JUNE 2023: To Be Read


(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)

By Rupa Publications

Here is June 2023's line-up of releases by Rupa Publication. From memoirs, autobiographies, guide book
s to cook book
s; this month's new releases have something for everyone!

Through the Broken Glass: An Autobiography

by T.N. Seshan

2 August 1993: A red-letter day for democracy in India.

On this day, elections
were indefinitely postponed through an order issued by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), T.N. Seshan. The CEC, ironically, is tasked to 'conduct' elections
, so who in his right mind would do such a thing in a democracy?

Seshan had put everything on the line while signing that order. And it was an indication as to the lengths he would go to prosecute his designated mandate. And the Supreme Court too did not find the order to be unlawful.

Before Seshan came on the scene, the Election Commission was increasingly functioning as an appendage of the government. Over and above that, there was evidence that malpractice and lawlessness in elections
were reaching alarming levels. If that trend were to continue then further down that track lay the ignominy of a banana republic and the danger of Balkanization.

Fearless to the core, in his autobiography, Through the Broken Glass, Seshan brings to light his years of struggles to usher in a new era of electoral reforms in India. Not the one to mince words and Seshan's devil-may-care attitude and righteous self-awareness took even the Union governments
by surprise. Written by a person who never cowered to the high and mighty, the book
gives a no[1]holds-barred account of the man who revolutionized the electoral process.

Thought-provoking and inspiring to the core, Through the Broken Glass is a testament to the grit and determination of the man who wagered a lone struggle to bring about a colossal change in the Indian electoral system.

Centres of Power: My Years in the Prime Minister
's Office and Security Council

by Chinmaya R. Gharekhan

Delve into the decision-making at the Indian Prime Minister
's office and the UN Security Council- two crucibles of foreign policy.

What was working with Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi like? Was she a difficult person to work with? Did she lose her temper or shout at the officers in her office? Was she a religious person? Did she aspire for Nobel Peace Prize? How did she deal with the pressure leading up to the armed action in the Golden Temple in June 1984? Did her son and successor Rajiv Gandhi follow his mother's line in foreign affairs? How did his style of functioning differ from his mother's?

From advising two Indian prime ministers-Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi-on sensitive matters of state to negotiating complex global agreements at the United Nations, Gharekhan offers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of international politics.

Gharekhan's years of experience as a top diplomat
at the United Nations have given him a unique perspective on global politics, and his insights into the challenges facing the world today are both thought provoking and timely. Through his personal stories and vivid anecdotes, readers will gain a new understanding of the complexities and nuances of international relations as well as the role that diplomacy
plays in shaping the course of history.

With humour and candour, the book
recounts the challenges and triumphs of a career spent navigating the intricacies of diplomacy
. From high-stakes negotiations with rival nations to building alliances with unlikely allies, the book
provides a masterclass in the art of diplomacy
.

500 Easy, Delicious, Healthy Recipes: Simple Tricks for Stress-Free Cooking

by Kavita Devgan

Do you hate entering the kitchen after a long day of work?

Do you struggle to find easy ideas for a quick, satisfying meal?

Do you want to eat better and reset your health
?

500 Easy, Delicious, Healthy Recipes might just be what you need to jump-start your journey towards health
y living and change your life. Featuring familiar comfort foods as well as new twists on classics, bestselling author Kavita Devgan's latest offering is a glorious celebration of quick, health
y foods prepared with minimal fuss. Her ideas are inspiring, her tricks and technique ingenious and the recipes accessible and delicious.

This book
ensures short cooking time while maximizing flavours and strengthening your desire and commitment to health
y eating. From the humble millets to a rainbow of vegetables bursting with flavour, from meals for singles to festival eating, the author shows you a straightforward and tasty way towards improving your overall health
and well-being, increasing your energy, even achieving sustainable weightloss
and a better life. An excellent addition to any kitchen, the book
also features charming anecdotes by well-known people like chefs Saby Gorai and Tarun Sibal, Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, sarod maestro Ayaan Ali Bangash, entrepreneur Romi Dev, author Kiran Manral, dancer Bhavna Reddy and others.

How to Make Champions

by Gabe Jaramillo and Gyasi Hall

Motivated parents have many burning questions: Do my children have talent? What is their passion? How much potential do they have? How can I help my children become champions? Can I keep them motivated? How do I find the right coach? What exactly are the steps I need to take?

Finally, international celebrity coach Gabe Jaramillo reveals his secrets and provides an exact blueprint for how successful parents must create an environment where that talent can thrive, taking advantage of the small windows of trainability for each young athlete.

Based on his experience working with elite tennis
players such as Andre Agassi and Monica Seles, he describes various aspects of coaching. A must-read for any parent of athletic children, coaches and athletes
themselves.

Diamonds and Stones: An Unlikely Story

by Navreet Sran

She thought she'd already seen the worst, but then her captor's gritty eyes set upon her, a leer that stalled her senses. In that moment, she understood-she was the target.

At 24, Meera is exactly the girl her parents wanted her to be: subtle, upright and compliant. She abandoned her dream of becoming a pilot at the first whiff of disapproval from her family, accepting the bland office job her father secured for her at a friend's company.

When she visits company's offshore plant
in Saharanpur with a team of coworkers, Meera is desperate to return to Delhi-the factory is dull and dusty, thick with the smell of chemicals. On the trip back to Delhi late that evening, the team becomes a victim of a violent highway robbery.

Next morning, the police find everyone at the crime scene except Meera. The news of the attack also reaches the media. In the investigation that follows, Meera's family blames her boss for their daughter's disappearance.

How does one girl's abduction ripple through the lives of an entire community? What happened to Meera? Are her captors more than they seem?

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