New books on the shelves

A literary tour de force, India’s tryst with public policymaking, an anthology of narratives, and more.

Published : Dec 29, 2022 10:15 IST

The Sound of Waves

‘Kalki’ R. Krishnamurthy; translated by Gowri Ramnarayan

Hachette India

Rs. 899

Set in the days leading to Independence, Kalki’s tour de force lays bare the emotions of ordinary people grappling with extraordinary changes. The characters move from rural Thanjavur, Madras, Bombay, Karachi, New Delhi, Agra and Calcutta to Lahore as the country fractures, relationships crack, and morality and nationalism are questioned.

Long Shadows 

David Baldacci 


Rs. 699 

FBI agent Amos Decker investigates the mysterious murder of a federal judge and her bodyguard at her home in an exclusive, gated community in Florida. Decker must first find the answer to why the judge felt the need for a bodyguard and the meaning behind the strange calling card left by the killer. 

The Greatest Marathi Stories Ever Told 

Selected and edited by Ashutosh Potdar 

Aleph Book Company

Rs. 799 

The 28 stories here represent some of the finest short fiction in Marathi literature, featuring literary greats such as Gangadhar Gadgil, G. A. Kulkarni, Baburao Bagul, Kamal Desai, Anna Bhau Sathe, Urmila Pawar, and others. The stories are sarcastic, humorous, elegant, experimental—together, they showcase the range and vibrancy of the Marathi literary tradition.

What the Rains Foretold 

N. Mohanan; translated by Manoj Neelakanthan 

Niyogi Books 

Rs. 395 

In this origin story of Kerala, Vararuchi, an accomplished scholar, seeks to challenge destiny and overturn its writ. He forsakes his 12 children in the pursuit of knowledge. The children grow into fine young people, the progenitors of Kerala. The translation makes the age-old tale accessible to a wider audience. 

WE Mean Business: 20 Women Entrepreneurs, 20 Stories

Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Shrutika Mathur & Nishtha Vadehra

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) & Yoda Press


An anthology of narratives in the graphic format by and of 20 businesswomen—including steel traders, factory owners, potters, YouTubers, and weavers among several others—from across India who defy expectations and claim their space under the sun.

Scripts of Power: Writing, Language Practices and Cultural History in Western India

Prachi Deshpande

Permanent Black


The focus of this book is the Modi script, formerly used for writing the Marathi language, which also serves as an entry point to understand the structures of power that produced the “regional vernaculars” of the Indian subcontinent. A cultural history of western India that makes us see language as more than a tool of communication, as history and practice.

The Social Life of Democracy

Sundar Sarukkai

Seagull Books


Drawing on B.R. Ambedkar’s ideology, philosopher Sundar Sarukkai critically examines the meaning and function of democracy today and argues in favour of bringing democracy into our everyday lives rather than leaving it exclusively to the domain of electoral politics.

Missing in Action: Why You Should Care About Public Policy

Pranay Kotasthane, Raghu S. Jaitley



This book about India’s tryst with public policymaking explains, using Bollywood references and a dash of humour, the fundamental concepts of public policy as well as the logic (or the lack of it!) of the Indian government’s actions, shortcomings, and constraints.

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