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Guru speak

Avoid Boring People:

By James D. Watson,

Knopf, 368 pages,


Cool quotient

The Perfect Thing:

By Steven Levy,

Simon & Schuster, 304 pages,



Originally written in Malayalam (Njan Laingikatozhilaali), this book is a candid, first-person recounting of the life of Nalini Jameela, a sex worker and social activist. After it was first published, Jameela made headlines in Kerala, her home state, where people were offended by her matter-of-fact way of describing 30 years of her life as a sex worker. The book has been translated into five regional languages. The story of Jameela begins from the time she earned money for her family as a child labourer and goes on to describe the circumstances that led her to become a sex worker. Now, she works for the rights of sex workers in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Autobiography of a Sex Worker:

By Nalini Jameela,

Westland, 143 pages,


Peace force

In her autobiography, Unbowed, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Wangari Maathai, paints a humble portrait of her rather exceptional life in Kenya. The first African woman to win the Nobel, Maathai takes readers to her oppressive childhood in Kenya, after which she went on to become a veterinarian. She is famous for Kenya’s Green Belt Movement (1977), which mobilized thousands of women to plant trees in an effort to restore the country’s indigenous forests. The most important chapters in the book deal with the issue of climate change.

Unbowed: My Autobiography:

By Wangari Maathai,

Arrow Books, 336 pages,


Critic’s eye

Another memoir by a Nobel laureate. The Caribbean-born author of Indian descent is famous for his intellectual rigour and sharp, critical voice. V.S. Naipaul’s 29th book, A Writer’s People, is about other writers such as Derek Walcott and Mahatma Gandhi; his childhood in Trinidad; his short career as a journalist and his own struggles as a writer wanting to present a true picture of the world. As expected, the knighted author is scathing in his criticism of intellectual life in India.

A Writer’s People: Ways of Seeing and Feeling:

By V.S. Naipaul,

Picador, 256 pages,


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