Books to look out for this week


Close to the Bone

Lisa Ray

HarperCollins India, Rs 499

‘How fortunate it is when life alters you without warning. One of India’s first supermodels. Actor. Cancer survivor. Mother of twins through surrogacy. Woman of no fixed address. Unflinching, deeply moving, brave and charming, ‘Close to the Bone’ is Lisa’s story. Of her nomadic existence; her entry into the Indian entertainment industry at sixteen; her relationship with her Bengali father and Polish mother; life on the movie sets and her brush with the Oscars; her battle with multiple myeloma at thirty-seven; her quest for love; her spiritual journey; lovers and traitors, mentors and dreammakers; and the heartaches and triumphs along the way.

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, From Cholera to Coronaviruses and Beyond

Sonia Shah

 Macmillan US, Rs 499 

  Science journalist Sonia Shah presents a startling examination of the pandemics that have ravaged humanity and shows us how history can prepare us to confront the most serious acute global health emergency of our time. It has a new preface written in response to Covid-19. In Pandemic, she interweaves history, original reportage and personal narrative to explore the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between cholera—one of history’s most deadly and disruptive pandemic-causing pathogens—and the new diseases that stalk humankind today.


Uday Singh

 Srishti Publishers, Rs 250

The success of the ‘Smiling Buddha’ nuclear test marked the rise of India as a nuclear power. But what went unreported in the media was the nuclear fallout that had lasting impact on the inhabitants of Pokhran, especially Chaitanya. It was clear that the conspiracy surrounding this radioactive fallout runs deep in the establishment and certain individuals are willing to go to great lengths for the secrets to stay buried. Chaitanya sets on a journey to expose the truth with Zara by his side but he becomes revengeful when fate takes away her. He embarks on a mission going from deserts of Pokhran to those of Syria and halls of MIT.

Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies for Giant Leaps in Work and Life

 Ozan Varol

Penguin India, Rs 699

In this accessible and practical book, Ozan Varol reveals nine simple strategies from rocket science that you can use to make your own giant leaps in work and life — whether it’s landing your dream job, accelerating your business, learning a new skill, or creating the next breakthrough product. Today, thinking like a rocket scientist is a necessity. We all encounter complex and unfamiliar problems in our lives. Those who can tackle these problems—without clear guidelines and with the clock ticking—enjoy an extraordinary advantage. Think Like a Rocket Scientist will inspire you to take your own moonshot and enable you to achieve liftoff.