Books to look forward to in 2015
After a spurt of political tell-all books last year, the first half of 2015 saw some bestsellers such as Durjoy Datta’s World’s Best Boyfriend APJ Abdul Kalam’s Reignited: Pathways to a Scientific Career, Amitav Ghosh’s Flood of Fire, the final book in the Ibis trilogy, Raghav Bahl’s Super Economies and more recently, Avirook Sen’s Aarushi.
The next five months will see an eclectic range from different publishers—from Salman Rushdie’s hugely anticipated new novel to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh’s analysis of India’s reforms story and controversial film director Ram Gopal Verma’s salacious memoir, book fans will be spoilt for choice. Here is a list of the upcoming books from publishing houses Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and Rupa Publications.
Aakash Chopra - The Insider
In a book on the craft of cricket, both psychological and physical, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra lays bare the thoughts inside a cricketer’s head and brings alive what he thinks, how he’s likely to react to different situations in the game and, above all, why he reacts the way he does. The Insider is an important book that attempts to shut out the noise and hysteria and lets every fan of the game understand what matters most: the game itself.
Estelle Maskame - Did I Mention I Love You
This is first in the sensational DIMILY trilogy, which follows 16-year-old Eden Munro as she travels from Portland to begrudgingly spend the summer with her father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California. Eden’s parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she’s about to meet three step brothers.
Twinkle Khanna - Mrs Funnybones
A collection of film star Akshay Kumar’s wife’s funny and sarcastic columns in The Times of India.
Akshaya Mukul - Gita Press and The Making of Hindu India
Marwari businessmen with spiritual leanings, Jaydayal Goyandka and Hanuman Prasad Poddar, set up the Gita Press. Its magazine Kalyan now has a circulation of over 200,000, and the press has sold about 72 million copies of the Gita alone. At Gita Press, Goyandka and Poddar created an empire that spoke in a militant nationalist voice about Hindu society, religion, identity, cow slaughter, minorities, the caste system and, inevitably, politics. An account of one the most influential publishing enterprises in the history of modern India.
Jairam Ramesh - To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Reforms Story
As a key aide of the then prime minister, the author was uniquely positioned both to participate and observe the happenings of 1991. This book is an account of that period and contains material that is now being put in the public domain.
Arun Maira - An Upstart in Government: Journeys of Change and Learning
For five years, 2009-14, Arun Maira was a member of the national Planning Commission. A lucid account of the years of the great changes in the country, ending with the decimation of the Congress party in the national elections.
Salman Rushdie - Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
The new novel by Salman Rushdie slated for publication this autumn is a tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world that has been plunged into an age of unreason.
Ruskin Bond - Rusty and the Magic Mountain
India’s most loved children’s writer returns with a brand new novel, his first in more than a decade.
T.V. Rajeswar - India, the Critical Years
During his long career in public service, T.V. Rajeswar witnessed several historic events at close quarters. He was part of the team that investigated the assassination of Bhutanese prime minister Jigme Dorji in 1964. He was deputed to Bangladesh in 1972 to advise the country’s first President, Mujibur Rahman, on his security. And he was part of the Intelligence Bureau in the critical years of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi.
In his memoir, Rajeswar tells the stories behind the headlines and makes startling disclosures as it paints a compelling portrait of India over the last half century.
Anne Heltzel - Charlie, Presumed Dead
HarperCollins is launching its crime imprint with this book.
Kishalay Bhattacharjee - Blood On My Hands
An army officer splits open the anatomy of staged encounters in India’s Northeast, exposing the culture of killing with impunity. Blood on My Hands also explains, shockingly, how awards and citations are linked to a body count. A document on institutionalized human rights abuse.
T.N. Ninan - Turn of the Tortoise
A big picture book on India and its growth story.
Sam Pitroda - Dreaming Big
An autobiography of the man who ushered in India’s telecom revolution
Piyush Pandey - Pandeymonium
The celebrated executive chairman and national creative director at advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather on his life until now, and on advertising.
Ram Gopal Varma - The Day I Called Amitabh Bachchan an Idiot: Stories from My World
In the candid musings about his life, his worldview and his cinema, Varma reveals the man behind the pioneering Telugu and Hindi films such as Shiva, Satya, Company and Rangeela. Politically incorrect and disconcertingly in-your-face, Varma is as unconventional in writing about his films and his life as he is in the subjects he chooses for his films.
R. Gopalakrishnan - Six Lenses: Vignettes of Success, Career and Relationships
Author and leadership guru R. Gopalakrishnan of Tata Sons comes up with another book.
Nandan Nilekani - Rebooting Government
As the title suggests, the book is a road map for a new India that aims to connect a billion people .The book will narrate ideas on crowdsourcing, hackathons and app ecosystems that can help build more efficient government systems.
Devdutt Pattanaik - Mahabharata for Children
Following the phenomenal success of Jaya, Devdutt brings a children’s version of the grand epic.
Sudha Murthy - The Magic of the Lost Temple - Adventures of Nooni
A mystery set in small town India.
N.K. Singh, Memoirs
In this autobiography, politician, economist and former bureaucrat N.K. Singh recounts his participation in the making of modern India. The book is as much about politics and the economy as about politicians and economists.
Kavita Kane - Menaka
On the back of two bestselling mythological novels, Karna’s Wife and Sita’s Sister, comes Kane’s next book about Menaka, the most beautiful of the apsaras, and Vishwamitra, the sage who dared to defy the gods.