He is that exceptional teenager who returned to play an innings the day his dad passed away. He is the chubby rookie who now sets fitness goals. He is the fiery batsman and nimble fielder who always wants to win. Virat Kohli’s determination to beat his drawbacks and shine his skills has him well on his way to becoming an all-time great in cricket.
From gully cricket and junior teams to the Ranji and national squads, Virat has had more than his share of hurdles. But he has made performing under the toughest conditions an art with his fine strokes, his electric feet and his ginormous appetite for runs. That’s why the dashing King Kohli – captain of Team India across all formats of the game – holds several records and prestigious awards.
Virat looks unstoppable in his run-up to the top, and his tremendously inspiring story is told vividly in this book. Peppered with behind-the-scene anecdotes by his coaches, teammates and other insiders from the cricketing world, this is one life story that is a must-read for anyone who, like Virat,
Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meager rations and governed by Freedom Fields – the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt-in.
The bees have long disappeared; instead, children must labour on farms, pollinating crops so that the nation can eat. But Nabil remembers Before and he knows that the soul needs to be nourished as much as the body so, despite the risk, he teaches his children how to grow flowers on a secret piece of land hidden beneath the train tracks.
The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to are hard and cruel. Themba won’t survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are – their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.
The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts – to let hope guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it
The Gopi Diaries is a series of three books for children about a dog called Gopi. Told in Gopi’s voice, the first book, Coming Home, begins with Gopi going to his new home, and tells the story of how he settles down with his loving, human family. How Gopi sees the world around him and what he thinks of the people in his life give the story a truly unique flavour. Written in Sudha Murty’s inimitable style, these are books children and adults will treasure as the simple stories talk of basic values even when told from a dog’s perspective.
On a night when the moon shone and the little specks of light danced on the ceiling, Ani lay awake. ‘It’s dark,’ he said.
Everything has turned dark in Ani’s life. Dobby, Nani, friends – he has them all by his side. But he pulls away from them.
Will Ani ever find his way out of the darkness?