Books: Of hacking, love and healthy cooking

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New Delhi– Flick through an interesting story of a hacker, read the difficult love affair of a spoiled diva, learn some easy-to-prepare recipes that can help in fighting depression and get an interesting guide to queue-jumping. This is what the IANS bookshelf offers its readers this weekend.

Digital God1. Book: Digital God; Author: Nikhil Kumar Singh; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 241; Price: Rs 299

A runaway child from the most powerful family in Hyderabad, Kanu is a 22-year-old hacker. His mission in life is to destroy his uncle and take control of Sathyamev Computers, a billion-dollar company originally started by his father.

Together with the beautiful journalist Darshu, who is crusading against corruption, Kanu sets out to expose a mega financial scam at Sathyamev. His only weapons are his ingenious computing skills.

2. Book: Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right; Author: Varsha Dixit; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 278; Price: Rs 195

A rich spoiled diva, Gayatri, is fighting to establish herself even though her tyrant father pushes her into a life not of her choice. Viraj is a genius who shuns society and its hypocrisies. Gayatri sees Viraj only as a means to an end. For Viraj, Gayatri is the epitome of all that he despises. So, when their paths cross, it is a battle of feisty wills and desire.

Will Gayatri and Viraj prove to be each other’s salvation or annihilation? This is a tumultuous love journey of two wrongs who might just make everything right.

3. Book: Cooking For Happiness; Author: Kornelia Santoro; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 319; Price: Rs 399

Can you fight depression by simply eating right? Yes, you can. By sheer intelligence. Nourish your brain with pumpkin soup, roasted chicken, Mexican beans served with brown rice and seafood risotto.

In this book, the author builds upon years of scientific research and her own experiences to explore the ways in which food affects the mind. She shares with us her culinary secrets through 100 easy-to-prepare recipes that will both nourish your brain and help you fight those dreaded lows. They will reduce your stress levels, elevate your mood and in the process, make you want to eat more.

4. Book: The Good Indian’s Guide To Queue Jumping; Author: V. Raghunathan; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 180; Price: Rs 299

In a nation of a billion people, there is no escaping queues. We find ourselves in one every day — whether to board the flight for a Tirupati darshan or if we are less fortunate to fetch water from a municipal tap. We no longer wait for years for a Fiat car or a rotary-dial phone but there are still queues that may last days, like those for school admissions. And then, there are the virtual ones at call centres in which there’s no knowing when we will make contact with a human.

So if you can’t escape them, can you beat them? Mercifully, yes. And, if so, how can you jump queues better? Which excuse works like a charm? How should you backtrack if someone objects? Does it help to make eye contact? Are we generally accommodating of queue-jumpers and why?

More importantly, what does queue-jumping say about us as a people? Does it mean we lack a sense of fairness and basic concern for others? These are questions of everyday survival that bestselling author V. Raghunathan first throws up in The Good Indian’s Guide to Queue-jumping.


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