New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Fill yourself with joy at the idea of food as what we eat is a part of who we are; know the importance of preparing the body and soul for a healthy change from a celebrated yoga expert; get access to an exclusive handbook on parenting of teens that focuses on decoding the insecurities, dilemmas and interests of our youngsters to understand them better; and read the complicated love tales of three men who end up falling for the same woman.
For this weekend, IANS bookshelf has interesting reads for different age groups.
1. Book: Eat Up; Author: Ruby Tandoh; Publisher: Hachette; Price: Rs 499; Pages: 248
Think about that first tickle of hunger in your stomach. A moment ago, you could have been thinking about anything, but now it’s thickly buttered marmite toast, a frosty scoop of ice cream straight from the tub, some creamy, cheesy scrambled eggs or a fuzzy, perfectly-ripe peach.
Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Food nourishes our bodies, helps us celebrate our successes (from a wedding cake to a post-night out kebab), cheers us up when we’re down, introduces us to new cultures and – when we cook and eat together – connects us with the people we love.
In Eat Up, Ruby Tandoh celebrates the fun and pleasure of food, taking a look at everything from gluttons and gourmets in the movies, to the symbolism of food and sex. She will arm you against the fad diets, food crazes and bad science that can make eating guilt-laden and expensive, drawing eating inspiration from influences as diverse as Roald Dahl, Nora Ephron and Gemma from TOWIE. Filled with straight-talking, sympathetic advice on everything from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, this is a book that clears away the fog, to help you fall back in love with food.
2. Book: Own The Bump; Author: Payal Gidwani Tiwari; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 299; Pages: 196
Keeping in mind the fast-paced lives of nuclear families and sometimes unhealthy lifestyles, Bollywood’s celebrated yoga expert, Payal Gidwani Tiwari, brings to fore the importance of preparing the body and soul for such a change.
From pre-pregnancy to post-natal, Tiwari utilises her age-old knowledge of yoga and provides essential advice to take care of oneself before, during and after the birth. Her workout sessions are especially designed for modern parents.
3. Book: Paranteen; Author: Prakriti Prasad; Publisher: Rupa; Price: Rs 295; Pages: 185
Children act as our biggest stress busters, bringing happiness and meaning into our lives. Overcome with love and commitment to raise the best kind we invariably stretch our time, attention and wealth. Just when we begin to revel in the camaraderie we share with our growing child, teenage strikes. And lo and behold! Our lovable bundles of joy suddenly turn into our biggest stress creators. All the laughter and banter in the house tend to get replaced by unwarranted outbursts, tears and verbal duels, which constantly test our limits.
Teenage can be stressful both for children, who experience all kinds of physical and emotional changes, as well as for parents who find themselves emotionally drained dealing with constant authority challenges, indifference and slammed doors.
This exclusive handbook on parenting of teens focuses on decoding the insecurities, dilemmas and interests of our youngsters in order to understand them better. It emphasizes on keeping all channels of communication open and addresses an entire gamut of teenage issues pertaining to peer pressure, gadget addiction, underage drinking, stress, anger, complacency and privacy to name a few.
Armed with a better understanding of teenagers instead of archaic perceptions of parenting, we can hope to not just steer our children towards excellence, but even make friends for life with our teens.
4. Book: Love Curry; Author: Pankaj Dubey; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 250; Pages: 202
Three flat-mates in London begin to see how different their lives are and at the same time how similar their backgrounds. And when life begins to deal its rough cards, how easy things become when they are all together.
Ali is a Pakistani chef with the dream of setting up his own nihari restaurant. Shehzad is a cool tattoo artist from Bangladesh with a broken past, and Rishi is an Indian with nondescript skills.
They all make one mistake: that of falling in love with the same girl. They become arch-rivals. But when their worlds turn topsy-turvy, they have no one but each other to turn to, learning that love is as much about letting go as it is about possessing.