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Avengers: Endgame: Books you can read to brush up your knowledge before you watch the film

Avengers: Endgame: In case you have already booked your tickets and are all set to watch it, here are some books you can read before it hits theatres.

Cancer patients’ loss of taste inspire a cookbook with recipes by survivors and Michelin Star chefs

The book has been inspired by the story of Angharad Underwood, a breast cancer survivor who was treated at Velindre Cancer Care in Cardiff.

World Book Day 2019: History, theme, and significance

World Book Day 2019: This year, the city of Sharjah has been selected as the World Book Capital for a period of one year.

Rimple Mehta’s new book focusses on Bangladeshi women prisoners in India

The book explores how Bangladeshi women from poor and undereducated backgrounds, who have crossed the Indo-Bangladesh border, find themselves in prisons serving sentences under the Foreigners Act 1946.

In her collection of essays, Besharam, author Priya-Alika Elias discusses the perplexities of young brown women

The 30-year-old lawyer, writer, and fierce feminist’s part-manual, part-memoir is full of pop culture references and news items from the past decade or so, that elicit a chuckle, a sigh, and lots of nodding at regular intervals.

Wing commanders, Sri Lanka

Which makes Birds of Sri Lanka of particular interest to anyone keen on the subject (and especially ornithology) in India. Islands are where the tendency for new species to develop is arguably the greatest because of their relative isolation

The invisible man

One finds little discussion on the place or role of citizens, who are depicted mostly as passive recipients of state intervention on the economy. The various flashbacks principally serve to underline the merits of the current administration, using contrast as a tool of comparison.

Civil lines

Seasoned bureaucrat Anil Swarup’s memoir touches upon sensitive government issues but falls short of any big reveal

Bittu Sahgal on nearing four decades of Sanctuary Asia, and why tigers are the forest’s best chowkidars

Running a conservation magazine has its own issues, as Sahgal has discovered over the years. “People accuse us of being spoilsports all the time, but they are turning a blind eye to nature,” he says.

Monisha Rajesh on travelling around the world, writing about it and why no country can match the efficiency level of Japan

In Around the World in 80 Trains (Bloomsbury, Rs 599), a title she borrows from Jules Verne’s acclaimed adventure novel, we ride along with Rajesh and her fiancé Jem (now her husband) on their 45,000-mile adventure on some of the best rail services.

Pulitzer Prize 2019: Forrest Gander wins for poetry, Richard Powers for fiction

Richard Powers’ unusual novel The Overstory, that shows a world through the perspective of trees, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

How the author of ‘Genius Foods’ – a book about optimizing brain function through diet – spends his Sundays

As soon as he wakes up, Max Lugavere goes straight into the kitchen and drinks a tall glass of room-temperature water. Read on to know more.