By Shashi Tharoor

During this award-winning, across the world acclaimed novel, Tharoor has masterfully recast the 2,000 year-old epic, The Mahabharata, with fictional yet hugely recognizable occasions and characters from twentieth-century Indian politics. Chronicling the Indian fight for freedom and independence from nice Britain, Tharoor directs his hilarious satire as a lot opposed to Indian foibles because the bumbling of the British rulers.

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By Ashwin Sanghi

The yr is 340 BC. A hunted, haunted Brahmin early life vows revenge for the ugly homicide of his loved father. chilly, calculating, merciless and armed with an entire absence of accredited morals, he turns into the main robust political strategist in Bharat and succeeds in uniting a ragged kingdom opposed to the invasion of the military of that demigod, Alexander the good. Pitting the vulnerable edges of either forces opposed to one another, he pulls off a depraved and outstanding victory and succeeds in fitting Chandragupta at the throne of the strong Mauryan empire. background is aware him because the extraordinary strategist Chanakya. happy and a bit bored via his luck as a kingmaker, in the course of the basic summoning of his proficient brain, he recedes into the shadows to write down his Arthashastra, the technological know-how of wealth . yet heritage, which exults in repeating itself, revives Chanakya and a part millennia later, within the avatar of Gangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin instructor in smalltown India who turns into puppeteer to a bunch of bold contributors together with a definite slumchild who grows up right into a appealing and strong lady. smooth India occurs to be simply as riven as old Bharat by way of category hatred, corruption and divisive politics and this panorama is Gangasagar s feasting floor. Can this wily pandit who preys on greed, venality and sexual deviance lead to one other miracle of a united India? Will Chanakya s chant paintings back? Ashwin Sanghi, the bestselling writer of The Rozabal Line, brings you one more historic spinechiller.

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As Marco Polo (1254-1324) again domestic around the Indian Ocean, after years within the provider of Genghis Khan, he picked up a superb array of reports from sailors and retailers, concerning the peoples of the sector, a few trustworthy, a few entirely unbelievable, yet all interesting. nice trips permits readers to go back and forth either round the planet and again in the course of the centuries - but additionally again into principles and worlds scary, ruthless and harsh in several methods from our personal. Few studying reviews can start to fit that of enticing with writers who observed dazzling issues: nice civilisations, partitions of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and vegetation new to technological know-how. interpreting those books is to work out the realm afresh, to rediscover a time whilst many cultures have been really unusual to one another, the place legends and tales have been handled as proof and within which quite a bit was once nonetheless to be came upon.

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By Ruchir Gupta

1631, The Empress of India - Mumtaz Mahal has died. but, instead of anoint one among his a number of different better halves to take her position as Empress of India, Mughal King Shah Jahan anoints his seventeen 12 months outdated daughter Jahanara because the subsequent Queen of India. Bearing a nearly exact resemblance to her mom, Jahanara is the 1st ever daughter of a sitting Mughal King to be anointed queen. She is reluctant to simply accept this identify, yet does so in hopes of avoiding the hurricane drawing close her relations and Mughal India. Her more youthful siblings harbor severe personalities from a liberal multiculturalist (who perspectives faith as an agent of evil) to an orthodox Muslim (who perspectives razing non-Muslim structures as divine will). in the meantime, Jahanara struggles to come back to phrases along with her personal darkish truth: because the daughter of a sitting King, she is forbidden to marry. hence, whereas she lives within the shadow of her parents’ unflinching love tale, she is devastated via the tough truth that she is forbidden to percentage the sort of romance with one other. Mistress of the Throne narrates the robust tale of 1 of India’s most luxurious and turbulent occasions in the course of the eyes of an unsuspecting personality: a Muslim queen. It makes use of real old figures to light up the complexity of an period that has frequently been referred to as “India’s Golden Age”.

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By Vish Dhamija

While Inspector Michael D`Cunha is termed in to enquire a fireplace incident in Mumbai’s posh Worli Sea Face condo, the place Raaj Kumar has died, he's confident it truly is arson now not an coincidence – both for insurances or an adulterous dating long past bitter. yet Raaj’s spouse Serena is in another country and the suspected different girl Kim has extra alibis than he can count number.

A shut buddy of Raaj dies, in mysterious situations, quickly after. yet it’s merely while the Bombay inventory trade nosedives the police begin digging previous graves. Love, deception, homicide, suspense – not anything Lasts endlessly!

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By Thalassa Ali

In a land of unique beauty, a tender Englishwoman reveals herself parent of an orphan baby believed by way of a loss of life maharajah to be endowed with magical presents. it's a function that might take her on a dangerous trip right into a kingdom’s walled urban to guard a baby she doesn’t recognize from a tradition she doesn’t understand...

A Singular Hostage

The yr is 1838. Mariana Givens, a lively younger lady of twenty, has been despatched to India to discover an appropriate husband. touring as a translator, she joins the entourage of Lord Auckland, the British Governor-General, as he trips throughout India with a military 10000 robust to satisfy the fabled Ranjit Singh, Maharajah of the Punjab.

Eager younger officials compete for Mariana’s prefer, however it is with India that she falls in love: the luggage elephants tramping via nation monstrous and wild; the odor of unique meals at distant campsites; the enigmatic educate who's her consultant to local languages and methods. Lord Auckland needs to forge an alliance with Ranjit Singh that would carry Afghanistan into British regulate, yet as he negotiates his the most important treaty, Mariana is drawn right into a perilous conspiracy surrounding the one-eyed Maharajah’s child hostage--a baby of mystical reputation named Saboor.

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By Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray, one of many maximum auteurs of 20th century cinema, used to be a Bengali motion-picture director, author, and illustrator who set a brand new normal for Indian cinema together with his Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (Song of the Little street) (1955), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) (1956), and Apur Sansar (The global of Apu) (1959). His paintings used to be sought after for its humanism, versatility, realization to aspect, and expert use of song. He used to be additionally largely praised for his severe and highbrow writings, which reflect his filmmaking of their precision and wide-ranging clutch of heritage, tradition, and aesthetics.

Spanning 40 years of Ray's occupation, those essays, for the 1st time gathered in a single quantity, current the filmmaker's reflections at the artwork and craft of the cinematic medium and comprise his concepts on sentimentalism, mass tradition, silent movies, the effect of the French New Wave, and the adventure of being a profitable director. Ray speaks at the trouble of adapting literary works to monitor, the character of the trendy movie competition, and the outstanding contributions of Jean-Luc Godard and the Indian actor, director, manufacturer, and singer Uttam Kumar. the gathering additionally positive factors an excerpt from Ray's diaries and reproduces his sketches of recognized movie personalities, equivalent to Sergei Eisenstein, Charlie Chaplin, and Akira Kurosawa, as well as movie posters, images via and of the artist, movie stills, and a filmography. Altogether, the amount relays the entire volume of Ray's engagement with movie and gives huge entry to the idea of 1 of the twentieth-century's top Indian intellectuals.

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By Bibek Debroy

The Mahabharata is among the maximum tales ever informed. although the elemental plot is well known, there's even more to the epic than the dispute among Kouravas and Pandavas that ended in the conflict in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate interesting meanderings and digressions, and it has hardly been translated in complete, given its bold size of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This excellent 10-volume unabridged translation of the epic relies at the severe version compiled on the Bhandarkar Oriental study Institute.

The fourth quantity of the Mahabharata contains Virata Parva and just about all of Udyoga Parva. It describes the Pandavas’ 13th 12 months of exile which they spend in conceal in King Virata’s court docket. while, in the course of their remain, the Kouravas and Trigartas invade Matsya to rob Virata of his farm animals, the Pandavas defeat them in conflict. With the interval of banishment over, the Pandavas ask to be again their proportion of the dominion. this can be refused and Udyoga Parva recounts the arrangements for the inevitable war.
Every achieveable human emotion figures within the Mahabharata, explanation why the epic keeps to carry sway over our mind's eye. during this lucid, nuanced and assured translation, Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata marvellously obtainable to modern readers.

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By Shauna Singh Baldwin

The Selector of Souls starts off with a scene that's terrifying, harrowing and but unusually smooth: we are within the mid levels of the Himalayas as a tender lady provides beginning to her 3rd baby with the aid of her mom, Damini. The delivery brings no pleasure, only a terrible accounting, and the act that follows--the large sacrifice made through Damini out of affection of her daughter--haunts the novel.

In Shauna Singh Baldwin's mesmerizing novel, attention-grabbing, strong-willed girls needs to take care of the relentless good judgment pressured upon them by means of survival: Damini, a Hindu midwife, and Anu, who flees an abusive marriage for the sanctuary of the Catholic church. while Sister Anu involves Damini's domestic village to open a health facility, their paths move, and every are sure they're doing what is top for girls. What do wellbeing and fitness, justice, schooling and equality suggest for ladies while India is marching towards prosperity, development and turning into a nuclear energy? If the infant women and girls round them are to outlive, Damini and Anu needs to locate artistic how you can holiday with culture and aid this group swap from within.

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By Cyrus Todiwala

A beautiful Indian cookbook illustrated with brilliant photos of Mumbai. To Cyrus Todiwala, Mumbai will continually be Bombay: the town of his adolescence and the land that cultivated his love of foodstuff. sign up for Cyrus and his spouse Pervin on a bustling jaunt round one of many world's most enjoyable and mysterious towns. alongside how you will pattern pav bhaji - a scrumptious vegetable masala served with fluffy bread rolls - from highway proprietors, a highly spiced squid dynamite, dosas to die for and chapatiis immediately out of his moms kitchen. how you can make vintage curries, soft chutneys, tikkas and extra. With recipes incorporating the easiest of Indian delicacies, in addition to gorgeous photos from India, Mr Todiwala's Bombay is the basic Indian cookbook.

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