On the racks – December 2021

Stories I must tell

77a

Author                  : Kabir Bedi
Publisher              : Westland
Pages                   : 319; 256

From the first magical encounter with The Beatles as a student in Delhi to working as an interviewer for All India Radio to ventures in Italy and Europe, this book is a collection of anecdotes from Bedi’s life. It will take readers through the highs and lows of his professional and personal life, his relationships, including marriage and divorce. From being a sinister husband in Khoon Bhari Maang to playing the charming Prince Omar in The Bold and the Beautiful, he shares an interesting account of his exciting stints in film, television and theatre across India, Europe and Hollywood. He poignantly writes about his battle to save his schizophrenic son who later committed suicide. He also tells the fascinating love story of his Indian father, a philosopher in Europe, and his British-born mother, the world’s highest-ranked Buddhist nun.

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Know your Rotary

77b

Author                  : N Bhaskaran Pillai
Pages                   : 447; 399

The book has detailed information on all Rotary aspects ranging from how it was started, themes of various leaders, RYLA, conventions, awards, COL, TRF and more. It is a guide and has reference material for both Rotarians and non-Rotarians. The author has also mentioned important events in the history of Rotary (year-wise) in this book, spelt out the abbreviations of Rotary terms, and listed the chronological growth of Rotary, Rotary zones and Rotary fellowships groups for networking. The book covers all avenues of services, district and club responsibilities, regional magazines, International Assemblies, women in Rotary, Rotary in UN and more.

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Laughing Gas

77c

Author                 : Jai Shetty
Publisher              : Minds Power Publication
Pages                   : 180; 300

Based on the real-life experience of the author this book is a gentle reminder that life is full of laughter and one must laugh not just to be happy but healthy too. From Indian cinema to yoga, the author shares hilarious anecdotes and some special moments of his life. Written in a casual style the book includes plenty of Rotary experience, as well as poems by his wife PDG Rekha Shetty, a couple of caricatures and sketches.

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Born a Muslim

77d

Author                  : Ghazala Wahab
Publisher              : Aleph Book Company
Pages                   : 408; 710

This book gives an overview of the lives of Muslims post-Partition in India. The author talks about how female genital mutilation, veil, segregation, lack of education, divorce and inheritance have made Muslim women powerless and insists that this is not a result of faith, but selective use of religious texts by the clergy. She narrates stories of Muslims hiding their identity, and reverting to Hinduism to prove their secular credentials. The author talks about how “Saudi Wahabbism is making Indian Islam primitive.”

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