The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert Bloomsbury India.
Pages: 512; Rs: 499
In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker and his brilliant daughter Alma.
The Blind Man&’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam Random House India
Pages: 424; Rs 550
"Love is not consolation, it is light". From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers and The Wasted Vigil comes a novel set in the months after 9/11, when Western armies invaded Afghanistan. It is a story of love, hope and grief, of uncorrupted faith and of what it means to be alive.
Mahatma Gandhi and Prema Kantak translated by Meera Kosambi. Oxford University Press
Pages: 368; Rs: 850
The book charts out Prema Kantak&’s journey as a fellow resident in Bapu&’s ashram and her relationship with Mahatma Gandhi. It brings together the personal correspondence between Gandhi and Kantak and also reflects the complexities of Gandhi&’s political and social ideas and his understanding of the role of women in nationalist movement. The correspondence, marked by loving devotion on the one hand and encouragement and nurturing on the other, is replete not only with an unusual mix of Kantak&’s hero-worship, but also opens a vast ocean of Gandhian beliefs and theories for the world to look into.