#1 The Eyes of Darkness
It’s a year since Tina Evans lost her little boy Danny in a tragic accident.
Then a shattering message appears on the blackboard in Danny’s old room: NOT DEAD.
Is it someone’s idea of a grim joke? Or something far more sinister?
The search for an answer drives Tina through the neon clamour of Las Vegas nightlife.
The sun-scorched desert. The frozen mountains of the High Sierra.
People face a dreadful danger as a buried truth struggles to surface.
A truth so frightening that its secret must be kept at the price of any life – any man, any woman…any child.
#2 Ladakh: A Piece of Broken Moon Land
This book attempts to capture the beauty of ‘Ladakh’, a high altitude cold desert in the Himalayas, in pictures through my eyes, along with some facts. As we all aware, no photograph can truly do justice to this picturesque and breathtakingly beautiful land that stands unique from every place on this earth. However, I have tried to capture some frames in the hope that they would inspire people around the world to come and explore the paradise that is Ladakh. The journey to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, through the world’s highest motarable roads is an experience that should not be missed by any road-tip enthusiast. So, let us start exploring Ladakh in pictures.
At Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau reflected on simpler living in the natural world. By removing himself from the distractions of materialism, Thoreau hoped to not only improve his spiritual life but also gain a better understanding of society through solitary introspection.
In Walden, Thoreau condenses his two-year, two-month, two-day stay into a single year, using the four seasons to symbolize human development—a cycle of life shared by both nature and man. A celebration of personal renewal through self-reliance, independence, and simplicity, composed for all of us living in “quiet desperation,” Walden is eternal.
#4 40 Life Lessons I Learnt from Driving in India
India is a country of anomalies existing in harmony. As vast as this subcontinent stretches, the people, their habits and outlooks are different too. Learn the life lessons learnt from driving on Indian roads throughout the country, and how they can be imbibed into daily life. If you are looking to infuse some happiness and calm into your life, this is a self-help book without complex esoteric and global gyaan.
Drawing on travel experiences of driving through this vast land, it goes straight to the point and lays out the lessons one can follow to live a better life full of happiness, without making the entire topic heavy and serious. A breezy read written in simple English, it would make the reader draw on their own experiences of being on the road and how it can be a portal to some of life’s simple yet great insights.
#5 The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World
With details of every United Nations-approved country in the world, and a few more principalities and dependencies besides, Lonely Planet’s Travel Book is the ultimate introduction to a world of travel and the essential travel reference book for every household!
Each country is profiled by Lonely Planet’s expert authors and features details of when to visit, what to see and do, and how to learn more about the country’s culture from its film, music, food and drink. Every entry has a map and statistics about the country.
#6 A Long Petal of the Sea
September 3, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles’ splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe.
Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life – and the fate of his country – forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile.When opportunity to seek refuge arises, they board a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to Chile, the promised ‘long petal of sea and wine and snow’. together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.
#7 Aimless in Banaras
While cremating his mother at the famed Manikarnika Ghat, Bishwanath Ghosh pretended he was a writer collecting material for a future book rather than a grieving son—his way of dealing with the last rites. A few years later, he returns to Banaras to write that book.
Plunging into its timeless aura, he roams its ghats and galis, sails through the cool breeze of the Ganga, walks through the heat of funeral pyres.
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