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Horror, mystery and self-discovery (IANS Books)

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Bury yourself in dark and scary tales of horror and mystery, wade through a momentous journey of self-discovery. Also, know the story of six individuals dealing with life and finding their own ways through it. The IANS bookshelf has some really interesting tales to offer this weekend.

1. Book: Whispers In The Dark; Author: Ruskin Bond; Publisher: Puffin; Pages: 234; Price: Rs 250

For all those who have trembled through Ruskin Bond's tales of horror and mystery, here's another collection of strange and dark stories from the master storyteller.

Within the pages of the book, befriend Jimmy, the jinn, who has a trouble keeping his hands to himself, witness the mischief of the Pisach and Churel who live in a peepal tree, and find yourself in the company of a bloodthirsty vampire cat, besides other tales and curiosities that are guaranteed to send a delicious shiver down your spine.

Written in Bond's inimitable style and riveting to the core, this beautifully illustrated book is a must read for anyone with a taste for the macabre.

2. Book: Scary Tales; Author: Arundhati Venkatesh; Publisher: Scholastic; Pages: 112; Price: Rs 175

Beware! The doll you love to play with, the pen you want to write with, and most of all the friends you like to hang out with - nothing is what it seems. Ghosts and ghouls don't just haunt old museums and houses... you can find them right in your own backyard.

Find out at your own peril in this spine-chilling collection of mysterious tales.

3. Book: Mind The Final Frontier; Author: Ravi Singh; Publisher: Partridge; Pages: 162; Price: Rs 350

From caves to condos, from spears to space ships and from stone to electronic tables, human beings have broken multiple barriers to pave the path of progress. Today we are materially much more prosperous than we were a couple of centuries ago, but are we happier and fulfilled? For many of us, the answer is a "No". We often feel anxious and lost, as if living somebody else's life.

The author argues that the answer lies inside our minds and that it is within the highs and lows of our thoughts, we can find clues for addressing our discontent and confusions about life. He explores his method of "The Information Processing Approach" (IPA) to understand how the human mind works and throws light on questions such as "Who am I", "What's the purpose of my life", "Why do I dislike my job" and "How can I improve my personal relationships". He takes you on a momentous journey of self-discovery.

4. Book: Never Gone; Author: Anusha Subramanian; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 268; Price: Rs 299

Siddharth and Veera have a connection that they refuse to acknowledge. There is more to Kavya than her snooty social butterfly act. Mahir is the heartbroken heart-breaker. Aslesha has built all her friendships on a foundation of lies. Nikhil has spent his entire life learning how to shut people out. All Aslesha wants is a second chance. And then there's Ananya -- the one who was born to change the world.

Read "Never Gone", the story of these six people who are dealing with different problems and finding their own ways.

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