Penguin India’s latest releases of Jan – Feb 2022

Boys Don’t Cry by Meghna Pant 

An unputdownable story of a marriage made in hell When Maneka is arrested as the prime suspect for the murder of her ex-husband, she reveals a chilling tale of marital abuse. But can what she says be taken for the absolute truth? This is a gripping, behind closed-doors story of a modern Indian marriage. 

MEGHNA PANT is an award-winning author, journalist, feminist and speaker

Achieving Meaningful Success by Vivek Mansingh With Rachna Thakurdas 

Your ultimate guide to excellence This book is an adept lifetime mentor, faithfully by your side to guide you through various stages of life. It helps you achieve meaningful success, including tremendous professional success through multidimensional and balanced life goals which are the key to happiness and fulfilment. The book first focuses on defining the person you aspire to be through a step-by-step process. Then it guides you to become the best version of yourself and worthy of realizing your aspirations. The ideas shared are relevant to people from the age of fifteen years onwards, from high-school students and early and senior professionals to CEOs.

VIVEK MANSINGH is a global leader, entrepreneur, author, technology visionary, innovator, international speaker and philanthropist. He is a mentor par excellence and is in pursuit of ‘Mentoring A Million’. 

RACHNA THAKURDAS is a published author of several books.

The Muslim Vanishes by Saeed Naqvi 

What would India be without its Muslim people? The great poet Ghalib, part of a long tradition of eclectic liberalism, found Benaras so compelling that he wrote his longest poem on the holy city. If we take Ghalib and his followers out of the equation, will Hindustan become something quite new? This razor-sharp and funny play by Saeed Naqvi attempts to answer that question. 

SAEED NAQVI is an Indian journalist, and author of Reflections of an Indian Muslim, The Last Brahmin Prime Minister and Being the Other: The Muslim in India.

From The Heart Of Nature by Pamela Malhotra

This is an amazing story behind the creation of a private forest sanctuary in India. In this deeply fascinating and inspiring personal journey, Pamela recounts how she connected and communicated with animals and trees both at a physical and spiritual level, and how understanding and preservation of nature is the only way to save mankind. Called ‘Noah’s Ark’ by an Oxford University scientist, the SAI Sanctuary is an example of how nature exists on a delicate balance. You cannot destroy nature and you cannot rearrange it without serious consequences to your existence!

The Queen of Indian Pop by Srishti Jha

Usha Uthup, India’s undisputed icon of pop music, has enthralled an entire generation of listeners with her unforgettable voice and continues to do so. Completing fifty years as a professional singer in 2020 was just another milestone in her fabled career.

In this vivid biography, which was originally written in Hindi, Vikas Kumar Jha captures the entire arc of Uthup’s career in music. From her childhood days in Mumbai and her first gigs singing with jazz bands in Chennai’s glitzy nightclubs to her meteoric rise as India’s musical sensation and her philanthropic work, Jha covers it all and manages to weave a narrative that is colourful, inspiring and bound to keep any reader engrossed till the end.

Uthup is known for such evergreen hits as ‘Hari Om Hari’, ‘Rambha Ho’ and ‘Jeete Hain Shaan Se’, and her voice transcends genres. When she takes the stage, in her elaborately designed sarees and trademark bindis, she embodies a unique liveliness, unparalleled in the realm of Indian music. Jha meticulously explores Uthup’s sense of freedom, her struggles, and her constructive and creative attitude towards work and life.

This pitch-perfect English translation, by Srishti Jha, offers the reader a front-row seat to the life and times of the inimitable Usha Uthup.

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