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Published: November 15, 2015 12:10 AM

Green Growth,
Smart Growth
Ralf Fucks
Anthem Press
Pp 371
R499

Decoupling economic growth from environmental consumption is an ambitious goal. Green Growth, Smart Growth outlines a way forward in this great transformation, saying the dangers posed by climate change can be overcome through a new approach to economics.

Ancestral Affairs
Keki N Daruwalla
HarperCollins
Pp 244
R499

It is 1947 and Saam Bharucha, a Parsee, is in Junagadh as legal adviser to the nawab to help steer the state through the tricky path of accession to either India or Pakistan. As he struggles with the morality of serving the nawab, while opposing his wishes to join Pakistan, his life changes drastically.

Kalkatta
Kunal Basu
Pan Macmillan
Pp 312
R599

Jami is the Gigolo King of Kalkatta. Smuggled into India from Bangladesh and given refuge by his uncle, a leader of the ruling Communist Party, he grows up in Zakaria Street—a Little Baghdad of the old—dreaming of becoming a pukka Kalkatta-wallah.

Chillies and Porridge
Edited by Mita Kapur
HarperCollins
Pp 273
R499

A mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar, the home-grown and the street-born, Chillies and Porridge is a celebration of that most vital ingredient of life: food. It features essays by Anita Nair, Avtar Singh, Bachi Karkaria, Bulbul Sharma, Chitrita Banerji, Janice Pariat, Jerome Marrel, etc.

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