Buddha, Dawood and thrills on bookshelf
1.Book: "Dancing With Life: Buddhist Insight For Finding Meaning and Joy in the Midst of Suffering"; Written by Phillip Moffit; Published by Pan Macmillan-India; Priced at Rs.599
Noting that human beings have wrestled with such questions for thousands of years, the author has found answers for his own life in Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Reflecting on his own journey from Esquire magazine editor-in-chief to Buddhist meditation teacher, Moffitt provides a fresh perspective on the Buddha`s ancient wisdom, showing how to move from suffering to new awareness and unanticipated joy. In this deeply spiritual book that is sure to become a Buddhist classic, Moffitt explores the twelve insights that underlie the Buddha`s core teaching - the Four Noble Truths - and uses these often neglected ideas to guide readers to a more meaningful relationship to suffering. Phillip Moffitt is the founder and president of the Life Balance Institute and an award-winning essayist who writes the "Dharma Wisdom" column for "Yoga Journal".
2.Book: "The Man Who Tried to Remember"; Written by Makarand Sathe/Translated by Shanta Gokhale; Published by Penguin India; Priced at Rs.399
A well-known figure in Pune, Achyut Athavale is a retired economist of wide-ranging interests and some social standing. He is often invited to give lectures and speak at public events. One such speech results in a riot taking place in the city, leading a troubled Achyut to move into a home for the elderly located near three small villages in rural India named Norway, Sweden and Denmark. There Achyut suffers a temporary loss of memory and murders an inmate. Events take a turn for the bizarre with the media, the Hindi film industry and some international political figures campaigning to assert Achyut`s innocence. Bringing together the stylistic elements of the early twentieth-century Marathi novel and the modern European absurd in this superbly crafted exploration of causality and memory, Makarand Sathe creates a scathing and humorous narrative around the happenings of Achyut`s life.
3.Book: "My Magical Palace"; Written by Kunal Mukherjee; Published by Harper-Collins India; Priced at Rs.399
Haunted by dreams of an unforgettable loss, Rahul, a young man of 30 living in San Francisco, suddenly becomes secretive and withdraws from his partner Andrew. When Andrew discovers that Rahul is still interviewing girls sent by his parents for an arranged marriage, he hands out an ultimatum - stop living a lie, or give up their relationship. In response, Rahul tells Andrew a story. About a boy named Rahul who lived in a palace - an allusion to a Buddhist legend. Set in San Francisco today and in Hyderabad in the early 1970s, "My Magical Palace" is a sensitive tale about a boy`s coming of age, and the many hurdles he must cross to heal and find himself.
4.Book: "A Mysterious Death at Sainik Farms"; Written by Rukmani Anandani; Published by Rupa & Co; Priced at USD 10 (Rs.553)
When Ugrasen, the domineering patriarch of a family, drops dead at No.22 Sainik Farms, everybody in the household is horrified and confused. While his three sons and wife reel under the shock, his 14-year-old niece Anjali knows something is amiss. She sets out to unravel the truth. Knocking on private investigator Ganapati Iyer`s door is her first smart move. It`s now up to Ganapati and his north Indian namesake, Vinayak, to get to the bottom of the mystery. The collaboration between the two is an odd and interesting one, with Vinayak perpetually wanting to upgrade Ganapati`s skills with the ladies and the gifted south Indian quoting couplets from the Kural for Vinayak`s benefit. The real question is: Will this improbable duo succeed in exposing the murderer?
5.Book: "Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia"; Written by S. Hussain Zaidi; Published by Roli Books, Priced at Rs.350
"Dongri to Dubai" is the first-ever attempt to chronicle the history of the Mumbai mafia. It is the story of notorious gangsters like Haji Mastan, Karim Lala, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Chhota Rajan, Abu Salem, but above all, it is the story of a young man who went astray despite having a father in the police force. Dawood Ibrahim was initiated into crime as a pawn in the hands of the Mumbai police and went on to wipe out the competition and eventually became the Mumbai police`s own nemesis. The narrative encompasses several milestones in the history of crime in India, from the rise of the Pathans, formation of the Dawood gang, the first ever supari, mafia`s nefarious role in Bollywood, Dawood`s move to Karachi, and Pakistan`s subsequent alleged role in sheltering one of the most wanted persons in the world.