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Manjula Padmanabhan


Books by Manjula Padmanabhan
The Puffin Book of Classic Stories for Boys by Manjula PadmanabhanThe Puffin Book of Classic Stories for Boys by Manjula Padmanabhan
Pick up an alien's egg; go crocodile hunting; run with a gang of pickpockets; get lost in a magical maze. All this and more in these stories of adventure, humour and imagination.

Oliver Twist Read More...
Pages: 168

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Kleptomania: Ten Stories by Manjula PadmanabhanKleptomania: Ten Stories by Manjula Padmanabhan
In this brilliantly versatile collection of stories from the award-winning author of Harvest, the reader will encounter a range of themes, from murder mystery to science fiction. The author's vision of Read More...
Pages: 201

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Hot Death, Cold Soup: Twelve Short Stories by Manjula PadmanabhanHot Death, Cold Soup: Twelve Short Stories by Manjula Padmanabhan
An American Sati,a coscientious calligrapher and a malevolent twenty-first century teenager are a few characters you can expect to meet within these twelve stories.Set in locales as diverse as an orbiting Read More...
Pages: 264

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Getting There by Manjula PadmanabhanGetting There by Manjula Padmanabhan
It is the 1970s and Manjula Padnabhan is in her mid-twenties,trying to find her way in teh world.Life in Bombay is proving tricky:there are the visits to Dr.Prasad's diet clinic and his photographs of Read More...
Pages: 325

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Darlingji
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Darlingji
by Kishwar Desai
In the late nineteenth century, in a small village in northern India, a thirteen-year-old Brahmin widow meets a Muslim sarangi player and elopes with him. Many years later, their daughter Jaddanbai moves to Bombay and becomes a star of the early talkies. Chấteau Marine, her home on Marine Drive, is famous for its evening mehfils and for the dreams it nurtures: regular visitors include Dilip Kumar, Mehboob and Kamal Amrohi. It is also the home of Fatima, Jaddanbai's daughter, who will set the screen ablaze as Nargis, the most accomplished actress of her time.

Far removed from this world of glamour, a young boy named Balraj Dutt spends his teenage years attempting to rehabilitate himself and his family after the trauma of Partition. In 1950, at the age of twenty, he arrives in Bombay. And there his life takes an unexpected turn: he is given the lead role in a new film, and is soon on his way to becoming Sunil Dutt, the film star.

Then comes the moment that transforms both their lives: on 1 March 1957, during the making of Mother India, Nargis is trapped in a circle of flames and Sunil risks his life to save her. They recuperate together, and fall in love. Nargis has been in a long but futile relationship with the mercurial Raj Kapoor, and in Sunil she finally finds an anchor. Their relationship is stormy and secretive to start with, but it survives every crisis to culminate in a quite wedding on 11 March 1958. What follows are years of togetherness, including the joys of caring for three children, Sanjay, Namrata and Priya but also days of pain and heartbreak: financuial trouble, Nargis's illness, Sanjay's addiction to drugs.

Based on the diaries and letters of Nargis, Sunil and their daughter Priya, as well as on conversations and interviews with family and friends, Darlingji ? as they often addressed each other is a probing yet affectionate biography of two extraordinary people and their love for each other.
The Zoya Factor
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The Zoya Factor
by Anuja Chauhan
When the younger players in India's cricket team find out that advertising executive Zoya Singh Solanki was born at the very moment India won the World Cup back in 1983, they are intrigued. When having breakfast with her is followed by victories on the field, they are impressed. And when not eating with her results in defeat, they decide she's a lucky charm.

The nation goes a step further. Amazed at the ragtag team's sudden spurt of victories, it declares her a Goddess.

So when the eccentric IBCC president and his mesmeric, always-exquisitely-attired Swamiji invite Zoya to accompany the team to the tenth ICC World Cup, she has no choice but to agree.

Pursued by international cricket boards on the one hand, wooed by Cola majors on the other, Zoya struggles to stay grounded in the thick of the world cup action. And it doesn't help that she keeps clashing with the erratically brilliant new skipper who tells her flatly that he doesn't believe in luck?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Last Straw
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Last Straw
by Jeff Kinney
Greg's dad, Frank, is on a mission - a mission to make this wimpy kid, well, less wimpy. All manner of 'manly' physical activities are planned, but Greg just about manages to find a way out of them. That is until military academy is is mentioned and Greg realizes that he's going to have to come up with something very special to get out of this one . . .