Bangalore Mirror: Reading Room

Mar 3, 2015

There are magic tricks to be learnt, a crafty murderer to be nailed and beautiful verses to be savoured

Weekend of abracadabra

This little book should keep you entertained over the weekend. A Collins publication, Smart Course In Magic — Secrets. Staging. Tricks. Tips by Nakul Shenoy, India’s premier performers, will keep you enthralled, even if you are the skeptical kind. It is a simple and effective off-the-shelf course that teaches the craft focusing on the theory of performance and presentation. You can learn card tricks, coin tricks, mind-reading with cards, card-to-pocket trick and many more. The book will set you on a path to develop the ability to convince people — amaze and entertain.

Inheritance

She was easily the most endearing rebel who defied categorisation. Kamala Das Selected Poems by Penguin can be a nostalgic read for Das’ fans and for those who yearn for a poetry in a world filled with prose. A major poet in English, Kamala Das’s taboo-breaking work explores themes of love and betrayal, the corporeal and the spiritual, while celebrating female sexuality and remaining deeply rooted in the poet’s ancestral tradition and landscape. Selected poems from her previously published six volumes of poetry and few unpublished works find place in this edition. It offers a unified perspective on her poetic achievement.

Cat & Mouse Game

Malice (published by Hachette) authored by Keigo Higashino, also known as the Japanese Stieg Larsson, is an intricate and thrilling read. Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock-solid alibis. Or so it seems. Police Detective Kaga suspects the best friend’s statement. Kaga finds evidence which shows that the two friends’ relationship was very different than they claimed. It is a brilliant telling of a cat and mouse game.