I Am No Messiah

Sonu Sood, Meena K Iyer

Penguin India, Rs 399

When a wave of poverty-stricken migrants set out on foot to make their arduous journey back home during the lockdown, Sonu Sood came forward. He helped thousands of helpless and needy workers from taking to the streets and reaching out to the stranded, to setting up a dedicated team and making arrangements for national and international transport. Thus, began his ‘Ghar Bhejo’ programme which snowballed into a campaign for providing jobs, medical facilities and educational aid to workers. In an honest, inspirational and heart-warming book, Sonu combines the extraordinary experiences of his journey with the writing skills of veteran journalist and author Meena K. Iyer.

Baahubalis of Indian Politics: From Bullet to Ballot

Rajesh Singh

Rupa Publications, Rs 295

Considered Robin Hoods by some, and dons and mafiosi by others, they are elected democratically but survive through the power of their bullets. Across the country and over the decades, there have been people who either got into politics through money and muscle power or gained either or both after they entered politics. Their careers have been pockmarked with criminal activity. Based on research and reportage, this book presents the origin, rise and fall of Baahubali politicians across India, from Arun Gawli to Raja Bhaiya and from Mohammad Shahabuddin to Mukhtar Ansari. The author shows how money and muscle power continue to exert a malignant infl­uence on politics in India.

When The Soul Heals

Pulkit Sharma

Auro Publications, Rs 275

This book amalgamates thoughts in contemporary psychology with simple spiritual wisdom. It helps you understand and heal common psychological problems by tapping your spiritual force. There are step-by-step strategies, guided meditations, contemplation exercises and real-life inspirational case studies in this book to overcome stress, anger, grief, depression, anxiety, beauty obsessions, addictions and caregiver burden. Author Pulkit Sharma presents an eclectic and integrative spiritual psychology bringing together insights from 10 major religions of the world: Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Bahai Faith, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism along with the timeless teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and revelations of other great spiritual masters.

Yoga Also for the Godless

Sri M

Westland, Rs 399

Renowned spiritual teacher, author, social reformer, educationist and global speaker Sri M through ‘Yoga Also for the Godlessis’ proves that one doesn’t even need to believe in God to be a true yogi. Based on a profound understanding of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, this book presents a step-by-step guide to the theory and practice of yoga for those who seek to know it better, and also for the young and the millennial, who may be stepping out for the first time. In lucid prose, with photographs for visual aid, the author takes us through the most complex notions of breath, body and posture with admirable brevity and clarity.