Boomtown by Aditya Mukherjee
Price: Rs 250
Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated in Helen’s decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of the World War-II. At three, Helen lost her mother and now the beloved grandmother, who raised her, has just died. A fiercely imaginative child, Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories. Flora, her late mother’s 22-year-old first cousin, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout, played against a backdrop of a lost America, will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
The Great Tamasha by James Astill,Bloomsbury, Price: Rs 499
The story of modern India told through the glitzy, scandalous, lucrative Twenty20 and IPL tournaments and how politics business and Bollywood have transformed cricket and transfixed India.
When Lalit Modi, an Indian businessman with a criminal record, a history of failed business ventures, and a reputation for audacious deal making, came up with the idea of creating a Twenty20 cricket league in India in 2008, the odds were stacked against him. International cricket was still controlled from London, where they played the long, slow game of Test cricket by the old rules. Indians had traditionally underperformed in the sport and the game was a national passion, rather than attracting the tribal following of a league sport. Adopting the highly commercial American model of sporting tournaments, merging the three powerful forces of politics, business and Bollywood,and throwing scantily clad western cheerleaders into the mix, Modi set himself three months to succeed. And succeed he did ~ dazzlingly.
It is about rapid economic growth, outlandish corruption and crony capitalism. It is about India’s emerging middle class, their great optimism, industry and vulgar consumerism.