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A Gift Bag for the Festive Season

Compiled and written by Murali Kamma Email Compiled and written by Murali Kamma
October 2011
A Gift Bag for the Festive Season Books, DVDs, games, CDs—all these make good, unfussy gifts anytime of the year, but especially on festive occasions. They can be classy without being pricey. Of course, it would help to know the recipient’s taste. And if you don’t, it may still be worth a shot.

Here are some new releases that came to Khabar’s notice. Among books, Sheela Chari’s well-received Vanished (Hyperion) is for the pre-teen set, but it will also appeal to teens looking for a gripping mystery with an Indian-American angle. The tireless Deepak Chopra’s newest creation, Leela (THQ Inc.), will allow one to do seven kinds of interactive meditation exercises in the form of a video game. For film lovers in search of family entertainment, Disney has issued three DVDs, two of which are in Hindi (Do Dooni Chaar, a domestic comedy, and Zokkomon, an action adventure). The other one, Once Upon a Warrior, is a fantasy adventure in Telugu. And yes, all three DVDs have English subtitles.

As we enter the last year of President Obama’s term, interest in the next election is rising. Which brings us to the Politics of Love (Vivendi), a film starring Mallika Sherawat and Brian White. Premise: An Indian-American campaign worker and an African-American GOP presidential contender fall in love. Curiously, the film is also known as Love Barack. Anita Desai’s finely crafted trio of novellas set in India, The Artist of Disappearance (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), will appeal to adult fiction lovers. As for music, well, one artist you won’t go wrong with is jazz alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. His newest album, Samdhi (Act Music & Vision), is an artful fusion of Carnatic music and jazz within an electro-acoustic format.

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