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March 15, 2015 12:16 AM

Piers Moore Ede first fell in love with Varanasi when he passed through it on his way...

Kaleidoscope City:
A Year in Varanasi
Piers Moore Ede
Bloomsbury
R399
Pp 209

Piers Moore Ede first fell in love with Varanasi when he passed through it on his way to Nepal in search of wild honey hunters. In the decade that followed, it continued to exert its pull on him, and so he returned to live there to discover what it is that makes the spiritual capital of India so unique.

City of Spies
Sorayya Khan
Aleph
R295
Pp 239

City of Spies is a coming-of-age story that explores a woman’s conflicting loyalties and her ongoing struggle to make sense of her world. Set in Islamabad and Lahore, the book is a gripping novel that unfolds over 30 months in Pakistan’s tumultuous history.

Chander and Sudha
Dharamvir Bharati & Poonam Saxena Penguin
R499
Pp 351

Allahabad of the 1940s is the serene backdrop to the turbulence of Chander’s love for his professor’s daughter Sudha. Driven by his passionate belief in the transcending purity of their love, Chander persuades Sudha to marry another man, to devastating consequences.

Allahabad of the 1940s is the serene backdrop to the turbulence of Chander’s love for his professor’s daughter Sudha. Driven by his passionate belief in the transcending purity of their love, Chander persuades Sudha to marry another man, to devastating consequences.

Wisden India Almanack 2015
Suresh Menon
Bloomsbury
R699
Pp 859

Wisden has grown through the years to maintain its status as the most revered and cherished brand in cricket. The Almanack, known for editorial excellence, has been a perennial bestseller in the UK. The third edition with India-specific content is equally engrossing.

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