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Title: Tamil Tiger's Debt to America

Author: Daya Gamage

“The macro effect the Tigers have today is the result of the conducive atmosphere created, and moral upliftment America has given to them” was what Tamil parliamentarian Sam Tambimuttu told the American Embassy (Sri Lanka) in April 1990

This book gives a unique analyses and interpretation of Washington's foreign policy adventurism using the insights the author gained during his tenure at the U.S. State Department. This insider's account and alarming analysis have disclosed the link – not well known to outsiders - that enabled operative organizations within the Tamil Diaspora to replace the vanquished Tigers.

Washington’s disappointment in its failure to salvage Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger secessionist leadership - in 2009 - to use it as a pressure group to influence changes in Sri Lanka was thwarted by the movement's annihilation. To avenge the foreign policy setback, Washington created a conducive atmosphere that facilitated the emergence of a stronger, determined and more coordinated Tamil Diaspora – once effectively functioned to sustain the LTTE - as a global diplomatic movement.

Rs 2500

Title: Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Author: Madeleine Thien

 

Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded teahouses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music and silence, in which three musicians, the shy and brilliant composer Sparrow, the violin prodigy Zhuli and the enigmatic pianist Kai, struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another; and to the music they have devoted their lives to.

Rs 2095

Title: Sidney Sheldon's Chasing Tomorrow

Author: Sidney Sheldon, Tilly Bagshawe

 

Sidney Sheldon’s most popular and enduring heroine Tracy Whitney of If Tomorrow Comes returns in a sensational sequel full of passion, suspense, and breathtaking twists.

Tracy Whitney never wanted to settle down. Responsible for some of the world’s most astounding heists with her brilliant, charming partner Jeff Stevens, she's enjoyed the danger and relished the intensity of life on the wild side. But she’s had enough of conning the rich and corrupt out of their ill-gotten fortunes. The one thing that would make her life complete now is marriage and a child with Jeff.

But first, Tracy must finish one last job. An unexpected encounter with an old enemy triggers a series of disturbing events that Tracy never anticipated, raising terrifying ghosts she thought were dead and buried. Once again, this clever woman finds herself out on the edge, playing the odds in a desperate game of roulette.

The stakes have always been high. But with her life and her future on the line, Tracy needs to dig deeper than she’s ever gone before, and find the strength and courage to trump her rivals, no matter what the cost.

Tomorrow has come at last. But it isn’t the future Tracy bargained for . . .

Rs 1200

Title: The Boy Is Back

Author: Meg Cabot

 

In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit. Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night. And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

Rs 1630

Title: Sri Lanka: A Heritage of Water

Authors: Sarala Fernando, Luxshman Nadaraja

 

This book is a collection of expert perspectives traversing freely between the surrounding seas and the inland aquatic system, touching on politics and society, philosophy and human rights, economics and sustainable development. As climate change hovers over the forests, mountains, land and sea, the book calls public attention to respond to the threats to wildlife and indigenous species.

Rs 6800

Title: Three Sisters Three Queens

Author: Philippa Gregory

 

"There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other." When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined - with Margaret's younger sister Mary - to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France. United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret's boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret's proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

Rs 1375

Title: Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End)

Author: Cecelia Ahern

 

Previously published with the title Where Rainbows End - now a major film entitled Love, Rosie.

A story about love. And how life can get in the way…

Previously published as WHERE RAINBOWS END.

Sometimes fate just can’t stop meddling…

Best friends since forever, Rosie and Alex have shared their hopes, dreams, awkward moments – and firsts. But their bond is threatened when Alex’s family move to America. They stay in touch, but misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck seem to be conspiring to keep them apart. Can they gamble everything – even their friendship – on true love?

Rs 1050

Title: A Story Lately Told

Author: Anjelica Huston

 

Anjelica Huston’s “gorgeously written” (O, The Oprah Magazine) memoir is “an elegant, funny, and frequently haunting reminiscence of the first two decades of her life…A classic” (Vanity Fair).

In her first, dazzling memoir, Anjelica Huston shares the story of her deeply unconventional early life—her enchanted childhood in Ireland, living with her glamorous and artistic mother, educated by tutors and nuns, intrepid on a horse. Huston was raised on an Irish estate to which—between movies—her father, director John Huston, brought his array of extraordinary friends, from Carson McCullers and John Steinbeck to Peter O’Toole and Marlon Brando.

In London, where she lived with her mother and brother in the early sixties when her parents separated, Huston encountered the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. She understudied Marianne Faithfull in Hamlet. Seventeen, striking, precocious, but still young and vulnerable, she was devastated when her mother died in a car crash. Months later she moved to New York, fell in love with the much older, brilliant but disturbed photographer, Bob Richardson, and became a model. Living in the Chelsea Hotel, working with Richard Avedon and other photographers, she navigated a volatile relationship and the dynamic cultural epicenter of New York in the seventies.

Rs 800

 

 

Title: The Story of a Brief Marriage

Author: Anuk Arudpragasam

 

Two and a half decades into a devastating civil war, Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority is pushed inexorably towards the coast by the advancing army. Amongst the evacuees is Dinesh, whose world has contracted to a makeshift camp where time is measured by the shells that fall around him like clockwork. Alienated from family, home, language, and body, he exists in a state of mute acceptance, numb to the violence around him, till he is approached one morning by an old man who makes an unexpected proposal: that Dinesh marry his daughter, Ganga. Marriage, in this world, is an attempt at safety, like the beached fishing boat under which Dinesh huddles during the bombings. As a couple, they would be less likely to be conscripted to fight for the rebels, and less likely to be abused in the case of an army victory. Thrust into this situation of strange intimacy and dependence, Dinesh and Ganga try to come to terms with everything that has happened, hesitantly attempting to awaken to themselves and to one another before the war closes over them once more.

Anuk Arudpragasam’s The Story of a Brief Marriage is a feat of extraordinary sensitivity and imagination, a meditation on the fundamental elements of human existence eating, sleeping, washing, touching, speaking that give us direction and purpose, even as the world around us collapses. Set over the course of a single day and night, this unflinching debut confronts marriage and war, life and death, bestowing on its subjects the highest dignity, however briefly change us all.

Rs 1500


 

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