Shapeshifters | Profile Books
Francis, a doctor, delivers a paean to the human body and mind and its relentless, inherent changeability. Some are the sheer stuff of life—puberty, pregnancy, menopause, memory, death.... Then there are others—castration, laughter, anorexia, hallucination…. Moving through history philosophy and modernity, this is a celebration of medicine and its penchant for influencing/correcting the hand nature has dealt us.
The Wily Agent & The Zero-Cost Mission | HarperCollins
Former RAW officer Amar Bhushan, author of Escape to Nowhere, offers two back-to-back thrillers in one volume. In The Wily Agent, an Indian operative handles a volatile asset: an employee of the Bangladeshi foreign office. In The Zero-Cost Mission, another officer must combat Jamaat-e-Islami and the ISI without seeming to interfere in Bangladesh’s internal affairs.
Karno’s Daughter: The Lives of an Indian Maid | Westland
Former academic Rimli Sengupta makes her English debut with this biography of ‘Buttermilk’, a Calcutta maid. Framed through the author’s relationship with Buttermilk and stories that the maid narrates to the author, it presents a picture of someone who navigates the vagaries of an uninsured existence with wit, aplomb and not a little Thrasymachian survivalism.