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Shehnaz | Penguin
Sophia Naz

An engaging biography of Shehnaz, a member of the Bhopal royal family who was almost cast as Anarkali in Mughal-e-Azam. It chronicles her glamorous life in Mumbai, her abusive first marriage to a politician, subsequent divorce and second marriage to an army doctor in Pakistan. Written by her daughter, it sensitively and eloquently traces her eventful life.


From Cowrie To Crypto | Westland
T.C.A. Sharad Raghavan

A breezy read that lucidly and concis­ely explains blockchain and its applications in insurance, healthcare, real estate and energy, cryptocurrencies, and the fut­ure of money. The author delves into the evolution of cryptocurrencies, their regulation across the world, and technological, legal and regulatory challenges in India.


Girls of Mumbaistan | Westland
Piyush Jha

This collection of three ‘domestic-suspense noir’ novellas set in Mumbai is replete with twists, surprise endings and insipid prose. The Simple Girl is about a distraught schoolteacher trying to save her dying husband. Inspector Hijra features Mumbai’s first transgender police officer, while Maid For Murder is about an impoverished housemaid whose life spirals out of control when she tries to help the couple she works for.

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