2 Books To Read This Month
The Gene — An Intimate History
Penguin Random House India
While his first book spoke about the greatest disease known to man, Pulitzer Prize-winner Siddhartha Mukherjee’s latest work focuses on genes, the essence of every living person. The biography also traces the history of genetics in an engaging way. Interspersed with stories from the author’s own life and family history — many instances of which will move you — it’s a real page-turner. If you’re interested in heredity, nature and nurture or how our lives are shaped by these factors, spend your time devouring this book.
Ace Against Odds
The personal journeys of real-life heroes are often impressive, and this tennis star’s are no different. Physical and emotional setbacks, public scrutiny, personal hurdles — Sania Mirza writes about all the highs and lows of her life. The first chapter, where she talks about escaping death at the age of four, will have you hooked — and you’re soon living the sportswoman’s life with her, as she narrates it. The autobiography, co-authored by Imran Mirza and Shivani Gupta, will leave you energised to overcome your own obstacles and, as the title goes, against all odds. A tip: don’t skip Mahesh Bhupathi’s introduction or the foreword by Mirza’s doubles partner, Martina Hingis.
Buzzy new bookstores:
Juggernaut Books If you’re tired of carrying both your Kindle and your smartphone everywhere, the newest publisher on the block is sure to lighten your load. Chiki Sarkar’s venture launched its mobile reading app, which includes books published exclusively for the digital medium. Share, highlight and customise any page or paragraph you like, review books on the app, and even interact with other readers and authors.
Tasveer Online Bookstore The organisation that’s known for showcasing the country’s finest photographers now offers a library of books for the avid collector.
Pick from Jyoti Bhatt’s rural canvases, Deepak Puri’s enviable collection of photojournalism and fashion photographer Ram Shergill’s striking portraits. Peruse the work and read about the lives of many internationally acclaimed masters of the lens.