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Posted at: Jan 17, 2016, 12:22 AM; last updated: Jan 15, 2016, 7:55 PM (IST)

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This deeply felt memoir, translated from the acclaimed original in Malayalam, chronicles the endeavours of four generations of the family that set up the Malayala Manorama, the Travancore National and Quilon Bank and other enterprises. With great candour, KM Mathew describes how the family’s fortunes changed when their support to the nationalist State Congress brought upon them the wrath of the dewan of Travancore, leading to the bank’s collapse and the closure of the Malayala Manorama, and how through sheer perseverance they could rebuild the newspaper and go on to establish other enterprises. Mathew also shows that, throughout, the newspaper upheld the values of liberalism, credibility and democracy, which it continues to do till date. 

The Eighth Ring is a rich portrait of a remarkable man, his family and their stirring times.


My India: Ideas for the Future is a collection of excerpts from Dr APJ Adbul Kalam’s speeches in his post presidency years. Drawn from Dr Kalam’s addresses to parliaments, universities, schools and other institutions in India and abroad, they include his ideas on science, nation building, poverty, compassion and self-confidence.

Dr Kalam draws on the lives of stalwarts such as Marie Curie, Dr Vikram Sarabhai to encourage and inspire his young readers. Through these speeches, he shares many valuable lessons in humility, resilience, and determination and leads children to think, grow and evolve.

A project very close to his heart, Dr Kalam’s last book 

for children is a road map for every child to pursue their dreams, to be the best they can be, leading to the realisation of a better India.


What makes strangers fall in love? This remains a conundrum — one that neither technological breakthroughs, nor the most passionate of lovers has managed to unravel. While some may attribute attraction to shared sensibilities or even a karmic connection, the fact remains that love comes without simple answers; it’s damn complicated!

Rishaan and Kiara, both incurable romantics, recovering from their respective heartbreaks, fall in love with one another (or so they think!). Soon, they are in a relationship; their affair is as blissful as it is chaotic. Then, in an unexpected turn of events, the bohemian Kiara proposes marriage. But Rishaan is not so sure, and things get especially problematic when Rishaan realises that it’s Kiara’s best friend he could be falling for! Written in Tuhin A. Sinha’s impassioned and disturbingly honest narrative-style, Let the Reason Be Love is the author’s second exclusive romantic offering.

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