Three informers. Murky bylanes of the underworld that hold the key to deadly terror plots. The chase for India's most wanted terrorist. The lives of three of Mumbai police's best informers collide in the shady bylanes of the underworld. It's a bad bad world. A world of crime, sex, drugs, murder and betrayal. He who lies lives to see the light of another day. A day replete with even greater risks. From shady underworld dealings to switching gang loyalties, the men graduate to selling information on terrorism. Then begins the chase...to catch India's most wanted terrorist: Riyaz Bhatkal, the man with the ominous track record of masterminding seven blasts in three years. The search takes them to the most unassuming yet dangerous terror hubs across India. With trust in short supply, time ticking away and the sword of Damocles over their heads, the men can only hope that they are not on a wild goose chase.
Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples
Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples by V.S. Naipaul
Journeying into the non-Arab Islamic countries of Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia, Naipaul wonders about how these young nations are absorbing a resurgent Islam into their ancient societies and where it might lead them. His exploration is at the grassroots level, through the people living and breathing Islam today. Naipaul illustrates his points with vignettes about characters he meets, by both happenstance and calculation, along the way..
A Golden Age
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
Rehana Haque awakes one March morning feeling happy. She is throwing a party for her son and daughter. In the garden of the house she has built, her roses are blooming; her children are almost grown up; and beyond their doorstep, the city is buzzing with excitement after the recent elections.
Change is in the air.
But none of the guests at Rehana's party can foresee what will happen in the days and months that follow. For this is East Pakistan, 1971, a country on the brink of war. And Rehana's life is about to change forever.
Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism. In the chaos of this era, everyone-from student protesters to the country's leaders, from rickshaw-wallahs to the army's soldiers-must make choices. And as she struggles to keep her family safe, Rehana will find herself faced with a heartbreaking dilemma.
Life...Love...Kumbh... by Aporva Kala
Like the Kumbh Fair, this book promises to open the doors of its readers' thinking, coaxing them to tarry for a few moments and re-examine their priorities in life.
Togetherness is the greatest stoning...
Relations, the best snuff...
'It is good to live a life of an instinct, you have nothing to fear, no failures, no successes, just a gut and the beatings of the tiny heart. Let it see the world, it said in its beat, like the haloed Damru of Shiva; come out and enjoy the Maya of so called God; now this was one mystery I coudn't fathom; wait, there was one more; destiny. To these I added a third; Faith, not in these two, but in my Self.... the Atma.' Aditi's take on Life...Love...Kumbh...
On 13th of January 2010, a day before the first of the Eleven great baths of the Maha Kumbh at Haridwar, the largest human congregation in the Universe; Agastaya, Annant and Aditi, journey along in their lives; crossing each other's path; reminiscing of the past gone by and being wary of the future.
But as the day nears its end, destiny would throw them in a situation from which there would be no running away.
Will they face up to the challenges of living, loving, longing, leaving, learning and come out unscathed from the play of destiny and the cycle of Karma.
What of their identity; their Philosophies and the quest for Yogic excellence.