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<b>The Dead Tracks </b><br><br><b>By Tim Weaver </b><br><br><b>Penguin </b><br><br><b>550 pages, Rs 299 </b><br><br>A Victorian serial killer, a loony plastic surgeon, hacked bodies, missing women, a Russian drug lord and a creepy corner of London. Put these ingredients together and you get an eerie thriller that is unpleasant rather than frightening. The story revolves around David Raker, a Missing Persons Investigator, who is employed to find Megan Carver, a 17-year-old who has been missing for six months. His routine investigations take an alarming turn. Wherever he looks, he encounters butchered corpses, mutilated dogs and antagonistic policemen. And it is only after many nasty moments that Raker cracks his case and readers get a reprieve.

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April 9, 2011


The Dead Tracks

By Tim Weaver

Penguin

550 pages, Rs 299

A Victorian serial killer, a loony plastic surgeon, hacked bodies, missing women, a Russian drug lord and a creepy corner of London. Put these ingredients together and you get an eerie thriller that is unpleasant rather than frightening. The story revolves around David Raker, a Missing Persons Investigator, who is employed to find Megan Carver, a 17-year-old who has been missing for six months. His routine investigations take an alarming turn. Wherever he looks, he encounters butchered corpses, mutilated dogs and antagonistic policemen. And it is only after many nasty moments that Raker cracks his case and readers get a reprieve.

<b>Billy Arjan Singh: Tiger of Dudhwa </b><br><br><b>By Shaminder Boparai </b><br><br><b>HarperCollins </b><br><br><b>197 pages, Rs 799 </b><br><br>For over six decades, Billy Arjan Singh was the singular life that fought for survival of the tiger in India. After retiring from the British Army, this scion of the Kapurthala royal family bought a piece of forest in the terai of Uttar Pradesh. The Dudhwa National Park was created here in 1977. It was here that he initiated his lifelong campaign for saving the tiger. Boparai's biography interspersed with stunning images of Billy's wards - Prince, the male leopard, Harriet and Juliette, the two female leopards, and Tara, the tigress - takes us through this epic life. Billy's favourite mongrel is constantly with him.

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April 9, 2011


Billy Arjan Singh: Tiger of Dudhwa

By Shaminder Boparai

HarperCollins

197 pages, Rs 799

For over six decades, Billy Arjan Singh was the singular life that fought for survival of the tiger in India. After retiring from the British Army, this scion of the Kapurthala royal family bought a piece of forest in the terai of Uttar Pradesh. The Dudhwa National Park was created here in 1977. It was here that he initiated his lifelong campaign for saving the tiger. Boparai's biography interspersed with stunning images of Billy's wards - Prince, the male leopard, Harriet and Juliette, the two female leopards, and Tara, the tigress - takes us through this epic life. Billy's favourite mongrel is constantly with him.

<b>The Dialogue of Pyaasa </b><br><br><b>Dialogue: Abrar Ali </b><br><br><b>Concept: Nasreen Munni Kabir Om Books </b><br><br><b>213 pages, Rs 495 </b><br><br>Pyaasa was Guru Dutt's great anthem of love. As much a poem of romance as a critique of materialism, the 1957 film touched a million hearts. What endured were the lyrics songs written by Sahir Ludhianvi and the music composed by SD Burman. The dialogues too were first-rate, but never became popular enough to be recited in gatherings. The book reproduces the film's dialogues in English, Hindi and Urdu with an English translation of its meaning to boot. Despite the occasional typo, a valuable addition to film literature in India. And, yes, there's a free Pyaasa DVD too.

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April 9, 2011


The Dialogue of Pyaasa

Dialogue: Abrar Ali

Concept: Nasreen Munni Kabir Om Books

213 pages, Rs 495

Pyaasa was Guru Dutt's great anthem of love. As much a poem of romance as a critique of materialism, the 1957 film touched a million hearts. What endured were the lyrics songs written by Sahir Ludhianvi and the music composed by SD Burman. The dialogues too were first-rate, but never became popular enough to be recited in gatherings. The book reproduces the film's dialogues in English, Hindi and Urdu with an English translation of its meaning to boot. Despite the occasional typo, a valuable addition to film literature in India. And, yes, there's a free Pyaasa DVD too.

<b>The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights </b><br><br><b>By Jaysinh Birjepatil </b><br><br><b>Penguin </b><br><br><b>243 pages, Rs 275 </b><br><br>Jackson Heights is New York's Little India. In historic memory, it has the aura of Lahore's Anarkali or Delhi's Chandni Chowk. It's a place where 9/10th of life is "a celebration, a jingle-jangle of tongues, a fishgig of disparate cultures, and an elegy for lost homes. " It's here that migrants of all hues - traders, entrepreneurs, antique dealers and nobodies - live and seek to find the American dream. Birjepatil has created one of the most moving portraits of immigrant life by blending the contemporary with the imagined. Richly detailed and bustling with finely etched characters, this is a delightful novel.

Quick review

April 9, 2011


The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights

By Jaysinh Birjepatil

Penguin

243 pages, Rs 275

Jackson Heights is New York's Little India. In historic memory, it has the aura of Lahore's Anarkali or Delhi's Chandni Chowk. It's a place where 9/10th of life is "a celebration, a jingle-jangle of tongues, a fishgig of disparate cultures, and an elegy for lost homes. " It's here that migrants of all hues - traders, entrepreneurs, antique dealers and nobodies - live and seek to find the American dream. Birjepatil has created one of the most moving portraits of immigrant life by blending the contemporary with the imagined. Richly detailed and bustling with finely etched characters, this is a delightful novel.

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