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October 17, 2014

Wistful Thinking

Take a peek into Verve’s favourite new literary releases from varied Indian writers and find yourself chuckling, holding back tears and dreaming bigger

  • Netagiri
  • Gifted
  • God's Own Office

NETAGIRI
CYRUS BROACHA
RANDOM HOUSE INDIA
Unrestrained and exhilarating, Netagiri is India’s original funny-man Cyrus Broacha’s sardonic take on a society that is power-hungry. He walks us through a series of happenings that unfold in a massive country, somewhere to the right of Australia and very close to Eastern Timor, called Gyaandostaan. One of the biggest political showdowns in the history of this country is set off when the grand patriarch of the Huskee clan, Jay Huskee, falls out of a window and goes missing, leading to a sequence of disastrous events. In his absence, his grandson Paul must now stake claim to what is rightfully his…and what follows is revealed in an uproarious and absorbing tale.

GIFTED – INSPIRING STORIES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
SUDHA MENON, V. R. FEROSE
RANDOM HOUSE INDIA
Even as we indulge in the regular humdrum of contemporary living, there is a certain segment of people struggling to put two and two together. The rest of the world may have labelled them incapacitated, but Sudha Menon and V.R. Ferose discover the odysseys of those who have engineered their lives to inspire even the most dexterous of us.
Fifteen differently-abled people deliver precious lessons in Gifted… They do it by example, overcoming their physical challenges by sheer willpower. The book celebrates the triumph of mind over the body and brings together the stimulating journeys of people from across India who have risen above all odds.

GOD’S OWN OFFICE
JAMES JOSEPH
PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA
This story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever wanted to work from home or dreamed of working with a big international company without having to endure urban chaos. James Joseph tells of his journey, which began when he took his family on a vacation back to his village in Kerala while he was well-rooted in his job as a director with Microsoft. We see his six-year-old daughter falling in love with the place, earnestly wishing that she could eat jackfruits from the trees every year! Joseph then went on to move back to India, with the vision of empowering people to transform their lives and to lead global professional lives centered on their respective local communities. Part memoir and part tutorial, God’s Own Office relays a story of rebuilding in the backwaters of the south.

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