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Of Sindhis, patriarchy, mythology and love (IANS Books)
Take a close look at the Sindhi way of doing business; know the stories of
women resisting the patriarchal rules of the society; go through an illustrated
retelling of the Mahabharata that is sure to enthrall the new generation of
readers; and flick through a modern love story, full of bumps and hurdles.
These are the reads, IANS bookshelf has on offer for this weekend.
1. Book: Paiso: How Sindhis Do Business; Author: Maya Bathija;
Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 216; Price: Rs 250
Guided by their sharp business acumen and adaptability, Sindhis have braved
Partition, fled from one nation to another and weathered ups and downs in the
economy to set up some of the biggest companies in the world.
In "Paiso", Maya Bathija, former head of content at The Sindhian quarterly,
brings to you the extraordinary stories of five Sindhi families and the empires
they have built over the years through Gary and David Harilela of the Hong
Kong-based Harilela Group, renowned for their hotels; Ramola Motwani, chairwoman
and CEO of the realestate investment and development company Merrimac Ventures;
India's first individual angel investor and chairman of Americorp Ventures and
India Land Properties, Harish Fabiani; Dilip Kumar V. Lakhi, head of Lakhi
Group-one of the biggest diamond suppliers in the country; and Jitu Virwani,
real estate kingpin and CMD of the Embassy Group.
Through the journeys of these incredibly successful companies, built
painstakingly by many generations, this book takes a close look at the Sindhi
way of doing business.
2. Book: Ten Dollar Bride; Author: Sanya Runwal; Publisher: The
Write Place; Pages: 99; Price: Rs 199
In this world of female empowerment, Ten Dollar Bride gives you an unflinching
account of the reality of many young girls living in shadow lines of this
country. There are dreams and desires and an attempt at resisting the patriarchy
within which they live. Yet, some battles are perhaps not meant for victory.
These are the stories we need to know.
3. Book: The Boys Who Fought; Author: Devdutt Pattanaik;
Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 106; Price: Rs 199
"When you can fight for the meek without hating the mighty, you follow dharma."
In the forest, the mighty eat the meek. In human society, the mighty should take
care of the meek. This is dharma.
A hundred princes should look after their five orphaned cousins. Instead, they
burnt their house, abused their wife and stole their kingdom. The five fought
back, not for revenge but, for dharma. What came of the hundred's fight against
India's favourite mythologist brings to you this charmingly illustrated
retelling of the Mahabharata that is sure to illuminate and enthrall a new
generation of readers.
4. Book: You Never Know; Author: Akash Verma; Publisher:
Penguin; Pages: 216; Price: Rs 175
There will be times when you feel you have the best relationship, ever. There
will be times when it will be the worst that has happened to you. There will be
times when you know you are getting into something terrible; something that will
not stop till it destroys you and yet you will be pulled into it so
Dhruv knew Anuradha was his true love. So, despite being married with kids, he
still went ahead with their affair. He hid it from his wife and his colleagues.
He told lies so he could be with her-it was that amazing! But he couldn't save
himself from the dark secret she was keeping. It pulled him into a vortex of
danger so deep that he lost all he had.
It happened to him and if you think it can't happen to you-think again.
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