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Religious Tolerance: A History

Religious Tolerance: A History

Religion has become a vital element in identity politics globally after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States of America. And so the question of how religious tolerance may be secured in the modern world can no longer be avoided. Can religious tolerance be placed on a firmer footing by finding grounds for it within the different faiths themselves? This book addresses that question. In Religious Tolerance: A History, Arvind Sharma examines Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism and Shinto - whose followers together cover over two-thirds of the globe - to identify instances of tolerance in the history of each of these to help the discussion proceed on the basis of historical facts. This is a timely book - the first of its kind in scope and ambition.

ADULTING

ADULTING

Social media manager and popular blogger Aisha is flirty and flamboyant ... even as she battles personal demons that tell her she must stop eating if she wants to stay pretty.

Ruhi couldn't be more different from her friend Aisha. Working at Litracy Publishing, she feels grossly underappreciated by the editor-in-chief, who happens to be her mother. What keeps her going are her own ambitions - and her handsome author Tejas.

Bestselling novelist Tejas has a bad case of writer's block. He leans on Ruhi for emotional support before getting enamoured by Aisha as he struggles to live up to everyone's expectations, including his own.

Bold and unapologetic, this is a story of love and self-discovery, heartache and book launches.

No Holds Barred: My Years in Politics

No Holds Barred: My Years in Politics

Early in 1999, when Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray decided to instal a new chief minister in Maharashtra, he was asked who the man of his choice was. 'New CM? Narayan Rane,' he replied, as though the question need not even have arisen. His pick was a mass leader who had first caught his attention as a teenager in a Mumbai suburb when Thackeray had just started his party in the 1960s. The committed Shiv Sainik with close access to the supremo, however, stormed out of the party and joined the Congress in 2005. In the years that followed, he was a powerful fixture in the cabinet of one of India's most politically significant states - always with a fighting chance of making a comeback as chief minister and perennially holding out an existential threat to not only his one-time bosses in the Shiv Sena but also the leaders of his own party. Today, having broken from the Congress too and been elected to the Rajya Sabha on a Bharatiya Janata Party nomination, he remains as unpredictable and aggressive as ever. In No Holds Barred, Narayan Rane looks back on the years he has spent in the dog-eat-dog world of Indian politics. Packed with revealing stories of his encounters with the who's who of the game in Maharashtra and at the Centre - ranging from the Thackerays, Pramod Mahajan, Gopinath Munde, Manohar Joshi, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan and Devendra Fadnavis to Sharad Pawar, Ahmed Patel and Rahul and Sonia Gandhi - this is a truly candid and fearless tell-all that exposes the true nature of India's corridors of power.

The Shape of Things to Come: An Impassioned View

The Shape of Things to Come: An Impassioned View

India is in the throes of transition-from a primarily feudal agrarian society to a modern, industrial one. For the transition to be successful, however, Markandey Katju says that the country needs to rid itself of the ills of the feudal days. But perturbed by the growing incidents of communalism, racial and lingual strife, corruption and persisting issues of poverty, casteism and unemployment, he is sceptical of the change arriving anytime soon. He argues that this turbulent transition might last for another twenty-odd years. In this timely collection of his views, Katju suggests that influential politicians and their governance are not enough, but a scientific mission for national reconstruction is the need of the hour to bring India into its own as a developed and egalitarian society. In his trademark no-holds-barred approach, the author holds up a mirror to the citizens of India and where they could be headed-so that from the dark times emerges a shining vision of the nation its people deserve. His forthright and unreserved views in The Shape of Things to Come give an important perspective to judge India's future.

A Gandhian Affair: India's Curious Portrayal of Love in Cinema

A Gandhian Affair: India's Curious Portrayal of Love in Cinema

Hindi cinema, ever since Independence, has revolved almost entirely around issues of sex and money. This may seem odd given the conservative taste of the times. But that we do not 'see' sex does not hide just how much sex there is in the cinema. As for money, a nagging theme is the impact of money - or the lack of it - on sex. Sanjay Suri argues that Hindi cinema was an unlikely offspring of the Father of the Nation - the product of Gandhi's celibacy and austerity. His heroic retreat from wealth and sexuality was written into the cinema and then elaborately filmed shot by shot. Suri draws on numerous examples - from Mother India to Do Bigha Zameen; Shree 420 to Pyaasa; Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam to Guide; and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Lage Raho Munnabhai - to show how cinema was made within well-defined moral fences that were built with dos and don'ts about sex and money. A Gandhian Affair is a history of India through the preoccupations of its cinema.

China Ascendant: Its Rise and Implications

China Ascendant: Its Rise and Implications

China is on the cusp of becoming a superpower. The transformation of Beijing's regional and global position over the last three and a half decades has received extensive attention from experts and opinion- and decision-makers across the world. The responses of the states in the Indo-Pacific and beyond to China's rise is currently a mixture of trepidation, confrontation and cooperation. China Ascendant is an eclectic collection of articles by some of the finest minds in India and seeks to capture the pattern and complexities of Beijing's engagement with the world and the states around its rim-land. In these essays are insightful analyses on several facets of Chinese power - economic, military, technological and political - and they provide a peroration on China's societal trends, environmental profile, energy needs, media strategy and cultural influences.

Yoga Mythology: 64 Asanas and Their Stories

Yoga Mythology: 64 Asanas and Their Stories

The popular names of many yogic asanas - from Virbhadra-asana and Hanuman-asana to Matsyendra-asana, Kurma-asana and Ananta-asana - are based on characters and personages from Indian mythology. Who were these mythological characters, what were their stories, and how are they connected to yogic postures? Devdutt Pattanaik's newest book Yoga Mythology (co-written with international yoga practitioner Matt Rulli) retells the fascinating tales from Hindu, Buddhist and Jain lore that lie behind the yogic asanas the world knows so well; in the process he draws attention to an Indic worldview based on the concepts of eternity, rebirth, liberation and empathy that has nurtured yoga for thousands of years.

Rs. 303.24

F-rated: Being a Woman Filmmaker in India

F-rated: Being a Woman Filmmaker in India

What does it mean to be a woman filmmaker in India? One famous director suffered from depression, unable to take on film projects because of her young child. Another was asked in an interview if she drinks and smokes to deal with the stress of filmmaking like men do. Some faced cinematographers who refused to listen to them. Almost all of them struggle to raise money for films with female protagonists. But they are also cool and sassy. One attended film-school with her two-week-old baby. Another stormed the once all-male bastion of the 200-crore club. They can make a hit film about a middle-aged housewife, as much as a bisexual teenager with a disability. F-rated brings together diverse stories of eleven women filmmakers in India: Aparna Sen, Mira Nair, Farah Khan, Meghna Gulzar, Nandita Das, Shonali Bose, Tanuja Chandra, Anjali Menon, Reema Kagti, Kiran Rao and Alankrita Srivastava. A celebration of their womanhood as much as their work - this is a must-read.

Inside Nepal/The Walk-In

Inside Nepal/The Walk-In

In Inside Nepal, Jeevnathan, head of the Eastern Service Bureau (ESB) of India's external intelligence agency, has been charged by the Agency's headquarters with overseeing the closure of the Bureau. In the shadowy world of intelligence operations, the line between right and wrong, good and bad can often become blurred. Presented with the opportunity to redeem the Bureau, Jeevnathan launches a series of audacious operations aimed at securing India's interests vis-a-vis Nepal. In The Walk-In, Jeevnathan, head of the Dhaka unit of India's external intelligence agency, is taken completely by surprise when a young man walks boldly into his office and declares his intention of serving as a source for Jeevnathan. Espionage is a risky business and sources are recruited with great care to minimize the risk of exposure. Is he a mole? Yet he never pushs Jeevnathan for sensitive information. Is he in it for the money? Yet he has never demanded any. So who and what is he, and why was he so keen on helping Jeevnathan? Soon to be a major motion picture by Vishal Bhardwaj, this double-bill of pacey thrillers highlighting the exploits of India's intelligence agency will have your pulse racing.

Rs. 253.69

Superior: The Return of Race Science

Superior: The Return of Race Science

When you see how power has shaped the idea of race, then you can start to understand its meaning. For millennia, dominant societies have had the habit of believing their own people to be the best, deep down: the more powerful they become, the more power begins to be framed as natural, as well as cultural. In the twenty-first century, we like to believe that we have moved beyond scientific racism, that most people accept race as a social construct, not a biological one. But race science is experiencing a revival, fuelled by the misuse of science by certain political groups. Even well-intentioned scientists, through their use of racial categories in genetics and medicine, betray their suspicion that race has some basis in biology. In truth, it is no more real than it was hundreds of years ago, when our racial hierarchies were devised by those in power. In Superior, award-winning author Angela Saini explores the concept of race, from its origins to the present day. Engaging with geneticists, anthropologists, historians and social scientists from across the globe, Superior is a rigorous, much-needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of race science.

The Virtual Hindu Rashtra: Saffron Nationalism and New Media

The Virtual Hindu Rashtra: Saffron Nationalism and New Media

From websites devoted to battling a 'Left-liberal' media ecosystem to the formidable internet army of Hindu Right volunteers, from online narratives of Hindu valour to Narendra Modi's impeccably-managed social media presence, new media is an integral part of present-day Hindu nationalism. The Virtual Hindu Rashtra examines the relationship of Hindu nationalism and new media across a range of internet spaces, including Twitter trends in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party's government policies, Facebook pages dedicated to the cultural project of establishing a Hindu state, and WhatsApp groups circulating jokes about Modi's critics. Situating online Hindu nationalism in a historical context, this book analyses the movement with respect to national and global political trends, such as the rise of authoritarian political personalities worldwide and the phenomenon of fake news. The book concludes with a reflection on the implications of the relationship of Hindu nationalism and new media for democracy in India.

The McMahon Line: A Century of Discord

The McMahon Line: A Century of Discord

Sir Henry McMahon, a British colonial administrator, drew a line along the Himalayas at the Simla Convention of 1913-14, demarcating what would in later years become the effective boundary between China and India. The boundary, disputed by India's northern neighbour, has had a profound effect on the relations between the two Asian giants, resulting most prominently in the war of 1962 but also in several skirmishes and stand-offs both before and after that. It continues to be a thorn in the side - reaching a flashpoint at the tri-junction between Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan in Doklam in 2017 - and may derail all the progress in bilateral ties if left unattended. General J.J. Singh examines the evolution of the boundary and the nuances of British India's Tibet policy from the eighteenth century through to India's Independence, analyses the repercussions for contemporary times and puts forth recommendations for the way ahead.

Blood Island: An Oral History of the Marichjhapi Massacre

Blood Island: An Oral History of the Marichjhapi Massacre

'When the house of history is on fire, journalists are often the first-responders, pulling victims away from the flames. Deep Halder is one of them.' - Amitava Kumar In 1978, around 1.5 lakh Hindu refugees, mostly belonging to the lower castes, settled in Marichjhapi an island in the Sundarbans, in West Bengal. By May 1979, the island was cleared of all refugees by Jyoti Basu's Left Front government. Most of the refugees were sent back to the central India camps they came from, but there were many deaths: of diseases, malnutrition resulting from an economic blockade, as well as from violence unleashed by the police on the orders of the government. Some of the refugees who survived Marichjhapi say the number of those who lost their lives could be as high as 10,000, while the-then government officials maintain that there were less than ten victims. How does an entire island population disappear? How does one unearth the truth and the details of one of the worst atrocities of post-Independent India? Journalist Deep Halder reconstructs the buried history of the 1979 massacres through his interviews with survivors, erstwhile reporters, government officials and activists with a rare combination of courage, conscientiousness and empathy.

Close to the Bone

Close to the Bone

'How fortunate it is when life alters you without warning.' One of India's first supermodels. Actor. Cancer survivor. Mother of twins through surrogacy. Woman of no fixed address. This is the story of Lisa Ray. An unflinching, deeply moving account of her nomadic existence: her entry into the Indian entertainment industry at sixteen; her relationship with her Bengali father and Polish mother; life on the movie sets and her brush with the Oscars; her battle with eating disorders; being diagnosed with multiple myeloma at thirty-seven; her spiritual quest; lovers and traitors, mentors and dream-makers; and the heartaches and triumphs along the way. It is also about Lisa's quest for love. Funny, charming, and gut-wrenchingly honest all at once, Close to the Bone is Lisa Ray's brave and inspiring story of a life lived on her terms.

The Diamond Trail: How India Rose to Global Domination

The Diamond Trail: How India Rose to Global Domination

If you visit Antwerp, the diamond market of the world, you will see for yourself how Indians have taken over the sleepy Belgian town, where bells in the biggest Hindu temple attract thousands of visitors every evening. Global diamond trade is now on a new chapter, and India is playing an important role in that. Diamonds are the second-largest export commodity from India after mineral fuels. With more than 80 per cent of the world's diamonds being cut and polished in Surat, India has become the processing house for the world's diamonds. But how did we get here? In The Diamond Trail, veteran journalist Shantanu Guha Ray charts the course of India's rise to domination in the diamond industry.

Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1

Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1

Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place? Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideals of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose? Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura Empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon - the Brahmastra. But the Trials have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive? Welcome to the reimagining of the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu by bestselling author Kevin Missal.

The Belated Bachelor Party

The Belated Bachelor Party

It's been twelve years since Happy, MP, Raamji and Ravin graduated. Well into their married lives, they realize that none of them had a bachelor party before their weddings. But it's never too late to set things right. They go about planning their belated bachelor party - a Euro trip which, well, ends up becoming the trip of their lifetime. Picture this: It's the middle of the night. The four friends wait to be strip-searched by the border police. They are stuck in the no-man's land between Croatia and Slovenia, without valid visas, but with banned party drugs and a rifle cartridge ... Welcome to one hell of a reunion! Bestselling author Ravinder Singh returns with his friends in a hilarious, moving story of friendship and adventure.

But You Don't Look Like a Muslim

But You Don't Look Like a Muslim

What does it mean to be Muslim in India? What does it mean to look like one's religion? Does one's faith determine how one is perceived? Is there a secular ideal one is supposed to live up to? Can People of different faiths have a shared culture, a shared identity? India has, since Time immemorial, been plural, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, where various streams have fed into and strengthened each other, and where dissimilarities have always been a cause for rejoicing rather than strife. These writings, on and about being Muslim in India, by Rakhshanda Jalil - one of the country's foremost Literary historians and cultural commentators - excavate memories, interrogate dilemmas, and rediscover and celebrate a nation and its syncretic culture. But You Don't Look Like a Muslim is a book that every thinking Indian must read.

Faith: 40 Insights into Hinduism

Faith: 40 Insights into Hinduism

Why are Hindus so ritualistic? Why do they worship idols? Were Hindus always casteist? Are Hindus supposed to be vegetarian? Is divorce permitted according to Hinduism? Why is a Hindu prayer different from a Muslim or Christian prayer? Did the arrival of Muslim invaders a thousand years ago destroy Hindu culture? Answering key questions on Hindu Philosophy and associated Indian History in simple, lucid, engaging ways, and exploring the often curious customs and beliefs that are an intrinsic part of the Hindu faith, Devdutt Pattanaik's latest book is a treasure house of information on the complex tenets of Hinduism. For many a curious reader, Faith: Understanding Hinduism will prove to be a delightful and eye-opening introduction to the intricacies of one of the world's most practiced religions.

India Misinformed: The True Story

India Misinformed: The True Story

The propaganda of misinformation and hoaxes disseminated through print, graphics, and social media has altered the social landscape of this nation. It has led to multiple cases of lynching, mob violence, defamation and riots, and continues to pose a serious threat to Indian democracy. India Misinformed: The True Story, written by the team of Alt News, a fact-checking website that debunks fake information - and edited by Pratik Sinha, Dr Sumaiya Shaikh and Arjun Sidharth - identifies the purveyors of fabricated news, exposes the propaganda machinery and familiarizes Readers with techniques to detect these menacing stories. Was Jawaharlal Nehru anti-Hindu? Was Narendra Modi declared one of the most corrupt prime ministers in the world? Is Sonia Gandhi the fourth richest woman in the world? Did Rahul Gandhi register as a non-Hindu at the Somnath Temple? With photographs to establish its claims, India Misinformed: The True Story presents the real picture.

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free

What do straight, married female revelers at an all-women's sex club in LA have in common with nomadic pastoralists in Namibia who bear Children by Men not their husbands? Like Women worldwide, they crave sexual variety, novelty, and excitement. In Ancient Greek tragedies, Netflix series, tabloids and Pop songs, we've long portrayed such cheating Women as dangerous and damaged. We love to hate Women who are untrue. But who are they really? And why, in this age of female empowerment, do we continue to judge them so harshly? In Untrue, Wednesday Martin takes us on a bold, fascinating journey to reveal the unexpected evolutionary legacy and social realities that drive female faithlessness, while laying bare our motivations to contain Women who step out. Blending accessible social Science and interviews with sex researchers, anthropologists, and real Women from all walks of life, Untrue will change the way you think about Women and sex forever.

Gulzar's Angoor: Insights into The Film

Gulzar's Angoor: Insights into The Film

Angoor (1982) is among the best-loved comedies in Hindi cinema. It is also a perfect example of Gulzar's genius as a writer complete with his impish wordplay. Through extensive interviews with some of the main actors in Angoor (Deepti Naval and Moushumi Chatterjee) and its earlier version - both adaptations of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors - this book traces the evolution of a comic tale that continues to amuse audiences of all ages. It deftly peels the layers exploring how song, dialogue, silences and wordplay add to the actors' arsenal in creating Humour that can range from rib-tickling mirth to guffaws. Sathya Saran's book reveals what lies behind the evergreen appeal of Angoor, with memories and anecdotes shared by Gulzar himself.

The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer

The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer

For decades, scientists have puzzled over one of medicine's most confounding mysteries: Why doesn't our immune system recognize and fight cancer the way it does other diseases, like the common cold? As it turns out, the answer to that question can be traced to a series of tricks that cancer has developed to turn off normal immune responses-tricks that scientists have only recently discovered and learned to defeat. The result is what many are calling cancer's "penicillin moment," a Revolutionary discovery in our understanding of cancer and how to beat it. Journalist Charles Graeber expertly traces the fascinating History of immuno-oncology and guides Readers through the Revolutionary Scientific Research bringing cancer treatment into the 21st century. As advances in our understanding of cancer and the human immune system continue to fuel a therapeutic arms race among biotech and pharmaceutical Companies around the world, the next step - harnessing the wealth of new information into modern and more effective patient therapies - is already well underway. Groundbreaking, riveting, and expertly told, The Breakthrough is the story of the game-changing Scientific discoveries that unleash our natural ability to recognize and defeat cancer, as told through the experiences of the patients, physicians, and cancer immunotherapy researchers who are on the front lines. This is the incredible true story of the race to find a cure, a dispatch from the life-changing World of modern oncological science, and a brave new chapter in medical history.

Every Vote Counts: The Story of India's Elections

Every Vote Counts: The Story of India's Elections

Navin Chawla has had a ringside view of Indian elections: as Chief Election Commissioner, he supervised the landmark 2009 General election, and several key state elections as well. Drawing on his wide-ranging experience, Every Vote Counts presents a riveting account of how the daunting task of conducting the largest electoral exercise in the World is undertaken. The challenges before the Election Commission are many: How does one conduct free and fair elections when a large percentage of our lawmakers are law-breakers? Is the model code of conduct effective? How does one hold elections in Maoist-affected constituencies, or for that matter in the strife-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir? How reliable are electronic voting machines? Is it possible to implement compulsory voting? Will simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies make things any easier? Every Vote Counts is a fascinating, informative account that gives us a kaleidoscopic view of how the electoral machinery works in the world's largest democracy. With the 2019 elections just round the corner, this is a book that every concerned and interested Indian might want to read.

Books published by HarperCollins India at best prices | Best of HarperCollins India (94 books)

Books published by HarperCollins India at best prices | Best of HarperCollins India (94 books) Price
Religious Tolerance: A History Rs. 584.0
ADULTING Rs. 239.0
No Holds Barred: My Years in Politics Rs. 389.0
The Shape of Things to Come: An Impassioned View Rs. 352.0
A Gandhian Affair: India's Curious Portrayal of Love in Cinema Rs. 364.0
China Ascendant: Its Rise and Implications Rs. 510.0
Yoga Mythology: 64 Asanas and Their Stories Rs. 303.24
F-rated: Being a Woman Filmmaker in India Rs. 399.0
Inside Nepal/The Walk-In Rs. 253.69
Superior: The Return of Race Science Rs. 479.0
The Virtual Hindu Rashtra: Saffron Nationalism and New Media Rs. 299.0
The McMahon Line: A Century of Discord Rs. 415.0
Blood Island: An Oral History of the Marichjhapi Massacre Rs. 299.0
Close to the Bone Rs. 415.0
The Diamond Trail: How India Rose to Global Domination Rs. 224.0
Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy Book 1 Rs. 149.0
The Belated Bachelor Party Rs. 135.0
But You Don't Look Like a Muslim Rs. 449.0
Faith: 40 Insights into Hinduism Rs. 299.0
India Misinformed: The True Story Rs. 299.0
Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free Rs. 311.0
Gulzar's Angoor: Insights into The Film Rs. 224.0
The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer Rs. 449.0
Every Vote Counts: The Story of India's Elections Rs. 431.0

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