A Bond to cherish
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
Love among the Bookshelves
by Ruskin Bond. Penguin Viking. Pages 179. Rs 299
Readers must thank Ruskin Bond for reintroducing to them some of the best authors in the history of English literature— Somerset Maugham, PG Wodehouse, HE Bates, Charles Dickens and Richard Jefferies. Bond intersperses the narration of his life story with his reading experiences. More importantly, he dwells on his favourite authors and how their works influenced him. These are like stations or junctions along the voyage of his life.

history books

A question of answers to life
Reviewed by Vikrant Parmar
The Book of Why
by Nicholas Montemarano. Hachette. Pages 325. Rs 299
The biggest question in life for most mortals is`85why? And when something titled "why" comes across in the form of a book, curiosity can hardly be kept at bay. Author Nicholas Montemarano's The Book of Why indeed fuels the desire to know more about life, its vicissitudes; struggles, pain, conflict and to counter them all, the coping mechanisms.

Doctrinal challenge for the IAF
Reviewed by Vijay Mohan
Indian Air Force in Wars
by Air Vice Marshal AK Tiwary. Lancer Publishers. Pages 336. Rs 795
Among the major air forces of the world, few have the diversity of operational experience and expertise that the Indian Air Force, in its 82-year-old history, can boast of. From all-out wars in deserts and jungles to precision strikes on some of the highest mountain peaks to undertaking peace-keeping missions abroad and carrying out humanitarian missions in adverse climate and terrain, the IAF has done it all.

The plot is prime
Ashwin Sanghi, author of conspiracy thrillers like The Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant and The Krishna Key, believes it is the pace-driven plot and not fancy writing that keeps the reader on tenterhooks
Reviewed by Nonika Singh
He loves to watch India TV for the sensational twist it gives to news. He creates a summary outline and plot details on excel sheet. A voracious reader, he doesn't care to read the reviews of his books. Instead, he applies the acid test — the page turning itself to his books.