5 reads for your rained-in days
Do you love curling up with a good book on a rainy afternoon? Then look no further! We list five engrossing books that would make a welcome addition to your bookshelf for those rain-filled days
Remember the Time
This book by Michael Jackson’s former bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, is an eye-opening account of the life and times of the world’s biggest superstar in his last years. Stationed by his side 24/7, this book goes behind the scenes on Jackson’s tragic life, his relationship with his fans, and essentially, his struggle to lead a normal life under the most extraordinary of circumstances.
Remember the Time, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard with Tanner Colby, HarperCollins, R699. Available at leading online and retail bookstores.
Hilary Rodham Clinton’s Hard Chronicles
As US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton looks forward to the 2016 presidential election, her autobiography hits the bookstores. Read about one of the world’s most powerful women who gives insights on one of the toughest choices she had to make in her political career. The memoir starts post her public breakdown after the 2008 presidential elections and talks of how she served under President Barack Obama who proved to be a rival until he asked her to serve as the Secretary of State in his administration.
Hard Choices, A Memoir, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster, `999. Available at all leading bookstores.
The Wild Mammals of Maharashtra
This concise guide to the state’s mammals is a must-read if you’re a wildlife lover. It offers interesting facts about each mammal, along with trivia and other details that make for a handy companion on a jungle safari.
The Wild Mammals of Maharashtra, Prakash Thosre, Maharashtra Tourism, R200.
For copies contact www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/ 1800229930
Sir George Birdwood
One of the lesser known architects of the city of Mumbai, then Bombay, Sir George Birdwood played a crucial role in the growth of the city in the late 19th century, as far as its arts, administration, literary and cultural landscapes were concerned. He set up the Victoria and Albert Museum and Gardens, was the city’s Sheriff, and had great respect for all
Sir George Birdwood, Dr Vijaya Gupchup, Popular Prakashan, R750. Available at leading online and retail bookstores.
The Sun that Rose from the Earth
This prolific Urdu writer has had a loyal following among English language readers, especially since he released his masterwork, The Mirror of Beauty, last
June. Another translation comes from the author’s pen who had originally written the book, The Sun that Rose from the Earth as Savaar aur Doosre. The story canvasses a gamut of imagined poets and poetry, especially of poet Mirza Jan-e Janan while the strange figure of a travelling rider leaves the reader and young scholar Khairuddin biting their nails.
The Sun That Rose From The Earth, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Penguin India, price undecided. Available from September 2014.