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Kuknalim, Naga Armed Resistance: Testimonies of Leaders, Pastors, Healers and Soldiers

Kuknalim, Naga Armed Resistance: Testimonies of Leaders, Pastors, Healers and Soldiers

An immensely valuable and revealing book about the decades-long Naga national movement, containing interviews with leaders, ideologues and soldiers that have never been published before. This first-of-its-kind book tells the story of the Naga national movement from the inside. Based on extensive interviews of the Naga nationalists, conducted in the late 1990s in Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dimapur and Delhi, it explains why the Indo-Naga conflict has lasted more than seven decades and why successive prime ministers of India, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Narendra Modi, have personally met the Naga leaders and tried to resolve the conflict.In Kuknalim, leaders and members of ten Naga tribes spread across India and Myanmar speak directly to the reader about their childhood experiences, reasons for joining the armed struggle and their personal triumphs and tragedies. They recount their journeys from small impoverished mountain villages through the jungles of Myanmar to China—from where they carried back arms to fight for an independent Nagaland—and finally the journey to the negotiating table. These stories relate to the period of the Naga movement from World War II to 1997, when Naga nationalists under the NSCN (IM) entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Indian state and began peace talks. And in the introduction to the book and the different sections in it, the authors also write about subsequent events, besides providing the political context for each interview. A ground-breaking work, Kuknalim offers invaluable insights into the world of Naga insurgency and its geo-political significance. Without asking the reader to agree or disagree with the people and movement it profiles, the book also examines complex questions of identity politics; The role of religion in nationalism; and the sentiments that drive men and women to take up arms and endure extreme hardship in pursuit of their dreams.

Rs. 379.25

An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876

An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876

‘Elegantly written, deeply moving, humane, angry without being polemical. One of the most compelling Historical reconstructions of a climatic disaster that I’ve read.’ — Sunil Amrith, Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History, Harvard University The storm came on the night of 31 October. It was a full moon, and the tides were at their peak; the great rivers of eastern Bengal were flowing high and fast to the sea. In the early hours the inhabitants of the coast and islands were overtaken by an immense wave from the Bay of Bengal—a Wall of water that reached a height of 40 feet in some places. The wave swept away everything in its path, drowning over 215,000 people. At least another 100,000 died in the cholera epidemic and famine that followed. It was the worst calamity of its kind in recorded history. Such Events are often described as ‘natural disasters’. In this brilliant study, Kingsbury turns that interpretation on its head, showing that the cyclone of 1876 was not simply a ‘natural’ event, but one shaped by all-too-human patterns of exploitation and inequality—by divisions within Bengali society, and the enormous disparities of political and economic power that characterised British rule on the subcontinent. With South Asia, especially Bangladesh and India, facing rising sea levels and stronger, more frequent storms, there is every reason to revisit this terrible calamity. An Imperial Disaster is troubling but essential reading: immensely relevant History for an age of climate change.

Uncertain Journeys: Labour Migration from South Asia

Uncertain Journeys: Labour Migration from South Asia

‘The Essays in Uncertain Journeys: Labour Migration from South Asia document the price People pay to earn a dignified livelihood, as well as the joy and pain of distance employment. They […] help us to understand the labour migrant from South Asia as a human being, and not a mere remittance machine for the Family or a precious foreign-exchange earner for the Home country.’—From the introduction by A.S. Panneerselvan The topic of labour migration appears constantly in the media, but too often, the Issues take precedence over the People involved—the migrant workers who leave Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to Work long hours in precarious situations across the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Here, eleven journalists explore the lived realities of migrant workers from South Asia—their aspirations, fears and dreams; how global forces determine their freedom; how they navigate the policies that attempt to regulate their lives; and their hopes for a better Future which carry them through years of unrelenting toil. Uncertain Journeys asks fundamental questions about the nature and costs of labour migration. Essays about the plight of Indians stranded in Kuwait due to bankrupt employers query whether labour-sending Countries can assume that their responsibilities to their citizens abroad end with enabling remittances. The horrifying stories of Men and Women suffering forced labour, abuse and de facto imprisonment demand whether the blurred borderlines between migration and human trafficking effectively enable modern-day slavery. Most crucially, the book questions whether human beings can be reduced to a mere commodity. Written with empathy, yet with a critical take on the stories being told, this book is an important contribution to the conversation about labour migration in South Asia.

Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi

Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi

New Delhi was the grandest planned capital city of the British empire. In its meticulous urban plan it owed as much to earlier imperial traditions of Delhi as it did to Western movements such as the Garden City and City Beautiful. It is interesting to examine the process by which this plan came into being and the interactions between the People responsible for it. This new city also became the centre of a culture at the cusp of Indian and British Indian Society - centering on the Shopping precinct of Connaught Place, restaurants, clubs, cinema theatres and other institutions. In the years immediately following independence and partition, came a sudden expansion of the metropolis beyond the limits of New Delhi. This left the original New Delhi as a predominantly administrative centre, with a low density of population, and an oasis of green. Far from being a sterile space however, its many cultural institutions, public spaces and thriving Shopping precincts have given it a persisting vibrancy.

A City Happens in Love (Ishq Mein Shahar Hona)

A City Happens in Love (Ishq Mein Shahar Hona)

Sparkling stories of love, longing and heartbreak in the city by Ravish Kumar, journalist, TV anchor and bestselling author of The Free Voice

A boy from Bihar living in Lajpat Nagar likes a momo-seller from the Northeast; she likes him too, but when he Gifts her a token from his village, his dreams come crashing down. Samar travels with his beloved in a DTC bus in Delhi, the only space in the city where they can meet, but he’s afraid to call out her name for fear it will be recognized. A couple shelters from rain underneath a flyover, hoping for a moment of seclusion, but staring Eyes pour water on their dreams. And a girl lets herself into her lover’s rented room, finds a bunch of letters from his past flames, and leaves him an unusual farewell note.

In these crisp, powerful, micro stories, the celebrated journalist, TV anchor and writer Ravish Kumar brings alive the love, longing and heartbreak which flourish in the city’s spaces. And even as lovers find the niches they need, the city itself shapes their relationships.

Brilliantly translated from the bestselling Hindi original Ishq Mein Shahar Hona, A City Happens in Love is a tribute to the modern Indian city, its capaciousness, and to the power of love.

Great Indian Speeches for Children (10 Sep 2018)

Great Indian Speeches for Children (10 Sep 2018)

A fantastic collection of some of the most inspiring speeches from India, spanning over a century.


In this book, brilliantly introduced by Derek O’Brien, legendary Indians speak on diverse topics that will motivate young readers: freedom and equal rights, Science and sports, friendship and education, the Environment and social responsibility, ambition and courage, the love of Books and the burden of schoolbags. Even in this age of speed and bite-sized attention spans, these timeless words reach out across years and touch us, provoke us, make us think, and become a call to action.

Shillong Times: A Story of Friendship And Fear (10 Sep 2018)

Shillong Times: A Story of Friendship And Fear (10 Sep 2018)

A delightful novel about growing up in Shillong in the 1980s by the bestselling author of Bali and the Ocean of Milk and The Case of the Secretive Sister

When fourteen-year-old Debojit Dutta meets the slightly older Clint Eastwood Lyngdoh in his maths tuition classes, he is wary of his cigarette-smoking, whisky-swilling ways. Besides, Debu has only recently escaped a bunch of local ruffians who wanted him to ‘go back Home to Bangladesh’.

But Debu is unable to resist being friends with Clint. For, in return for doing his maths homework, Clint introduces him to a completely new life: the heady charms of Kalsang, the Chinese restaurant forbidden by Debu’s mother; the Revolutionary sounds of Pink Floyd; and most importantly, the coolest, prettiest girl in town—Audrey Pariat. Audrey loves maths and detective stories, just like Debu, and does not make him feel awkward or exotic. Together, the three of them look set to embark on many adventures. But when tensions between the Khasi and Bengali communities boil over, Shillong becomes a battlefield—old neighbours become outsiders and the limits of friendship are challenged.

With crackling energy, Nilanjan P. Choudhury immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Debu, his friends and his family, and their attempts to find love and belonging. Written with uncommon warmth, Humour and a delightful evocation of place, Shillong Times is an exhilarating coming-of-age story—showing us how friendship can eclipse the hardened enmities of adulthood.

Idea

Beloved Delhi: A Mughal City and her Greatest Poets

Foreword by Rakhshanda Jalil; Preface by Sohail Hashmi.

‘A riveting resurrection of the city of poets, the city of history, Saif Mahmood’s learned and evocative book takes us to the heart of Delhi’s Romance with Urdu verse and aesthetics.’—Namita Gokhale

Urdu Poetry rules the cultural and emotional landscape of India—especially northern India and much of the Deccan—and of Pakistan. And it was in the great, Ancient city of Delhi that Urdu grew to become one of the world’s most beautiful languages. Through the 18th and 19th centuries, while the Mughal Empire was in decline, Delhi became the capital of a parallel kingdom—the kingdom of Urdu poetry—producing some of the greatest, most popular poets of all time. They wrote about the pleasure and pain of love, about the splendour of God and the villainy of preachers, about the seductions of wine, and about Delhi, their beloved home.

This treasure of a book documents the life and Work of the finest classical Urdu poets: Sauda, Dard, Mir, Ghalib, Momin, Zafar, Zauq and Daagh. Through their biographies and poetry—including their best-known ghazals—it also Paints a compelling portrait of Mughal Delhi. This is a book for anyone who has ever been touched by Urdu or Delhi, by Poetry or romance.

Looking for the Nation: Towards Another Idea of India

Looking for the Nation: Towards Another Idea of India

‘This splendid book will deepen the understanding of nationalism in our dark time.’—Talal Asad, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York

This urgent and compelling book comes at a Time when toxic nationalism is causing the violent and systematic exclusion of political, religious, sexual and other minorities. Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee reminds us that the modern nation-state, built on fear and an obsession with territory, is often at odds with democracy, justice and fraternity.

Critically analyzing the ideas of thinkers who laid the political and ethical grounds of India’s modern identity—Nehru, Ambedkar, Gandhi, Tagore, and Aurobindo—Bhattacharjee shows how we have strayed from their inclusive, diverse visions. He effortlessly weaves Personal and intellectual histories, navigating through vast swathes of scholarship, to sketch a radically ethical imagination against the sound and fury of nationalism. He dips into fascinating anecdotes, recalling Ashok Kumar’s friendship with Manto against the shadow of Partition, Ali Sardar Jafri’s Jnanpith Award acceptance speech, and his own encounter with the Sufi qawwal, Fareed Ayaz, among others. Concluding with an enlightening Genealogy of modern Politics in the light of its present crisis, he exhorts us towards a new Politics of trust.

Brimming with thought-provoking analyses and commentary, Looking for the Nation is an extraordinary and illuminating account of India’s Politics and culture.

The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers: Ten Years of Research in Panna National Park

The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers: Ten Years of Research in Panna National Park

‘This book is a must-read for everything you ever wanted to know about wild tigers in India.’—Valmik Thapar

In this seminal book about the Indian tiger, Raghu Chundawat, a renowned conservation biologist, shares his findings from the only long-term ecological Research project on tigers undertaken in India till date.

Chundawat closely studied the Panna tigers and their prey, from 1996 to 2006—meticulously recording their space use, movements, Feeding and reproductive behaviours—in the dry tropical forests of Madhya Pradesh. With support from the national park management, he oversaw a spectacular revival of Panna’s tiger population.

However, by 2002-03, the fortunes of Panna’s tigers, and Chundawat’s research, nosedived when the park Management changed. Monitoring privileges and access to the park were curtailed, and subsequently, poaching and poisoning of tigers spiked. When Chundawat blew the whistle on the alarming decline, he faced immense backlash from the state wildlife authorities. Despite the systemic opposition, Chundawat continued the fight to save Panna’s tigers, Collecting data and petitioning the Government to intervene.

In this immensely informative work, Chundawat presents not just his research, but also an insider’s account of the Politics and administrative apathy plaguing Indian wildlife conservation. He discusses the larger threats to Indian wildlife—and the possible solutions. Filled with stunning photographs, The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers is a must-read for all wildlife enthusiasts and researchers across the world.

She Goes to War: Women Militants of India

She Goes to War: Women Militants of India

‘An honest and sympathetic narrative on the lives of Women drawn into the dark World of terrorism and insurgency.’—Ajai Sahni, Founding Member and Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management

Purnima, a faith healer in Imphal, Manipur and Ribini, a nurse in a hospital in Assam. Unlikely occupations for Women who once lived life on the run: the former as the fearless Nalini, a member of the rebel Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), a crack shot much in demand as an assassin and extortionist and the latter as Lance Corporal Raisumai of the Bodo Security Force (BdSF), a banned militant separatist Organization in the northeast.

In faraway Kashmir, Khalida was just another schoolgirl till 21 January 2007, the day she was found with a bullet through her head—gunned down by the Baramulla police who believed she was going to meet her comrades in the dreaded militant organization, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Or by the militants, who suspected her of double-crossing them? No one will ever know who killed Khalida, but hers is a fate often met by the Women of this embattled state.

Since the Time that LTTE operative Dhanu, the first known human bomb in India, assassinated former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in a suicide bombing in 1991, Women have been crucial operators in insurgencies in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Chhattisgarh and Kashmir. Given the same rigorous training as their male comrades, they carry AK-47s, rob banks, ambush Security forces and play the game of subterfuge with amazing élan. Through the stories of Purnima, Khalida, Ribini and others profiled in this book, Rashmi Saksena attempts to get under their skin and fathom what goes into the making of a woman militant. What motivates them to abandon the traditional playbook for Girls and embrace the uncertain life of an insurgent, and, equally, how easy is it for them to return to the ‘normal’ world, when age, or the desire for marriage and motherhood, makes them want to give it all up?

Travels on My Elephant: An Indian Journey

Travels on My Elephant: An Indian Journey

‘I enjoyed this book immensely. Shand is the most engaging adventurer I have come across.’—Imran Khan

When Mark Shand, an aristocratic playboy and Travel writer, decided that what he needed was an elephant, it wasn’t long before he started getting phone calls from India, offering elephants for sale. With the help of a Maratha nobleman, he purchased Tara, a young, scrawny female and travelled with her—and a retinue of friends, old and new—for more than 800 kilometres across India, from Konark to the Sonepur Mela—the world’s oldest elephant market.

From Bhim, a drink-racked mahout, he learnt the skills of elephant driving. From his friend Aditya Patankar, he learnt about the culture and attitudes of India. And with Tara, his new companion, he fell in love. So much so, that decades after their travelling days were over, Mark Shand was still fund-raising and campaigning on behalf of Indian elephants, becoming one of the most high-profile conservationists in the world.

Travels On My Elephant is the story of an epic journey across the dusty back roads of India, as Mark Shand and his party astound, amuse and puzzle all those they encounter on the way. It is also a vivid portrayal of a cheerfully chaotic India and the memorable, touching account of Tara’s transformation from a sad beggar to the star attraction and Mark Shand’s loyal companion.

Rs. 227.24

Pinocchio: The Runaway Puppet (Classics with Ruskin)

Pinocchio: The Runaway Puppet (Classics with Ruskin)

The ever popular, unforgettable story of a puppet who came to life.

Pinocchio is a wooden puppet who comes alive and starts talking and Running about. When Pinocchio is sent to school, he decides to sell his school Books and join a puppet show. From there start his many adventures which take him all over the countryside, making enemies like the Fox and Cat, getting turned into a donkey, being swallowed by a whale and ending up with the Blue Fairy who promises to turn him into a real boy if he stops being naughty.

The story of Pinocchio has been read and adored by Children for more than a century. With this new edition introduced by Ruskin Bond, the inquisitive and mischievous Pinocchio’s incredible adventures will entertain and amuse Readers once more.

A Time for all Things: Collected Essays and Sketches

A Time for all Things: Collected Essays and Sketches

The finest non-fiction by Ruskin Bond, a singular writer who has inspired and comforted three generations of readers, collected in a single volume.

A lifetime of reading and writing, observation and contemplation is distilled in this comprehensive volume of the best essays, profiles and sketches by Ruskin Bond, the masterly and compassionate chronicler of the small details and lambent moments that capture the essence of a meaningful life. By turns thoughtful, humorous, keenly observed and wise, these Essays span more than sixty years of his writing—from reflections on companionship and solitude, to lyrical yet finely honed appreciations of nature, to nostalgic evocations of bygone People and ways of life. As an essayist, he brings to his Travel narratives about the major pilgrimage centres of the Himalaya, or the story about searching for the gravestone of a long-forgotten author, the same empathy and sense of wonder that mark his accounts of glimpsing an elusive leopard, or watching the mist rise in a forest of pines.

A Time for All Things contains the finest non-fiction of a singular writer who has inspired and comforted three generations of Readers with his sustained, steady and affectionate engagement with life in a World that grows ever more hectic.

Naishapur and Babylon: Poems (2005–2017)

Naishapur and Babylon: Poems (2005–2017)

Twelve years of poems—vigorous, wise and memorable—from our newest Poet Laureate and giant of Indian letters.
‘Over the course of Keki Daruwalla’s long career, some things have stayed the same: a vertical view of History that plunges across centuries and mythologies, an epic canvas rendered in minute detail, and a narrative engine that never stops ticking. What has changed is a tonal quality. Early poems that drip with scorn segue into the lovely late lyrics, with their grudging acceptance of mortality and frailty. This is an essential collection, a summing-up, as well as a fount of instruction and pleasure.’ —Jeet Thayil
‘Daruwalla’s verbs have lost none of their feral quality. His poetic line remains, for the most part, sinewy and energetic. The capacity to combine atmospheric sweep with succinctness, and to turn out the startling turn of phrase with an almost throwaway air are unchanged. Several moments in these poems linger long after one has closed the book: the wind “whetting its razor on eroded slopes”, “leaves like old scrolls wrapped in their crackling selves”, “a firefly pulsing/low on battery”, “the full-throated tremolo [of wolves] ricocheting in the wilds”, “the tangled reed-and-sedge Locks of Shiva”, and “elegy moving like a slow Wagnerian movement”, to name just a few [...] Vigorous and powerful, the poems of Keki Daruwalla continue to take wing.’—Arundhathi Subramaniam

Kwaidan: Stories of Ghosts and Other Strange Things (Classics with Ruskin)

Kwaidan: Stories of Ghosts and Other Strange Things (Classics with Ruskin)

A classic collection of spooky stories about spirits and goblins from Ancient Japan.

In the late 1800s, Lafcadio Hearn collected and retold strange and wonderful ghostly tales from old Japanese legends. In these stories, a blind poet must perform for members of a dead royal family; an old man gives up his life in exchange for blossoms on a wilting cherry tree; a man trying to comfort a strange woman crying in the dark recoils in Horror on seeing her face; and a mandarin duck haunts the hunter who shot her companion.

These are timeless and hair-raising stories in which humans and ghostly creatures co-exist. This new edition, with an introduction by Ruskin Bond, will leave Readers spellbound.

The Hollow Kingdom: ISIS and the Cult of Jihad

The Hollow Kingdom: ISIS and the Cult of Jihad

A timely and insightful book on ISIS—the world’s most dangerous terrorist network—by the bestselling author of Holy Warriors.
Governments across the World openly acknowledge the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as one of the greatest terrorist threats in history, greater even than Al Qaeda, which first set light to a global jihad. Never before has there been such a wealth of information, propaganda and counter-propaganda available on the subject, especially on the Internet. And yet, in all the noise, there’s confusion. This book draws on thorough Research and rare interviews to deconstruct the founding ideology of ISIS and chart its growth: how it recruits, using the Dark Web to indoctrinate the disaffected and the emotionally vulnerable across the world; how it has spread globally, using violence as theatre and making secret pacts with cynical governments; and how it finances itself—through sale of oil, extortion and slave trade. The book also examines how this terrorist state is being dismantled by an unlikely coalition of forces from the Middle East and the West, even as it warns that the nationalist chauvinism and economic protectionism Sweeping the World today could provide new fuel to ISIS and its ideology.
Rigorous and insightful, The Hollow Kingdom is a necessary read—a compelling mix of Research and reportage.

Available Light: New and Collected Poems

Available Light: New and Collected Poems

"‘Surendran is a real discovery. One hopes that this sudden flow of work, which has made his poems flower like Mexican cacti, will not stop.’—DOM MORAES
‘C.P. Surendran bears witness to…what James Agee memorably described as “the cruel radiance of what is”. Anyone who looks directly at that “cruel radiance” is very likely to be wounded; for the poet is not only a pilgrim in a dangerous landscape but also a trespasser in secluded zones, psychic, cultural or political, that would prefer to guard their mysteries. As in Greek mythology, the guardian of such a sanctuary, usually a serpent or a dragon, inflicts a wound on the trespasser who has entered and violated the temenos. It is the wound of unbearable knowledge.…It is a sacred wound, and poetry, certainly for C.P. Surendran, is an attempted suture for this sacred wound.’—Ranjit Hoskote
‘C.P. Surendran’s Available Light omnibus portrays the gritty Indian urbanscape with raw and urgent felicity. His poems are intelligent, lean, spare, muscular and tightly wrought. Aspects of daily Journalism and News editing, film and play of light, popular culture and philosophical questions about life and living inform his sharp-edged poetry. No soppy sentimentality, just studied restraint that is balanced delicately with deft linguistic control. This is an important volume by one of India’s finest Contemporary poets.’—Sudeep Sen "

The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984

The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984

"To Deepa, Prem gave no hint of the churning inside him. In front of her he affected a cheery demeanour, indulging her in her plans for their honeymoon, which she kept revising. It was a welcome escape from the mayhem surrounding him. There were occasions where the pretence got to him and a voice rose inside, urging him to tell her everything. He silenced it. Deepa was a Hindu and would never understand. Until then, he had never thought of her as different.
Prem Kohli, the handsome, ambitious son of a Sikh refugee, has the World at his feet. A glittering career lies ahead, and he has just got engaged to his college girlfriend, Deepa, overcoming her parents’ reservations about Hindus and Sikhs intermarrying. But, while Deepa remains occupied with their marriage plans, the Indian Army enters the Golden Temple. Prem cannot contain his rising anger at the desecration of the shrine and at the People around him who shrug it off as ‘teaching a lesson’ to the Sikhs. He begins growing out his hair and beard, and visiting the gurudwara regularly, where he learns about the militancy in Punjab. Matters come to a head a few months later, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated and anti-Sikh riots break out all over Delhi, as Prem is caught up in a vortex of violence and hate that threatens to engulf all of their lives. In The Assassinations, Vikram Kapur writes with sensitivity about a topic that still holds painful memories, skilfully telling the story of how ordinary lives are distorted by the forces of history. At the same time, he masterfully evokes the New Delhi of the 1980s, with its wide, leafy roads masking the precariousness of its Punjabi middle class. This memorable book captures the turbulence of those times, while chronicling the ways in which continuing to live means coming to terms with many kinds of deaths."

Naked or Covered: A History of Dressing and Undressing Around the World

Naked or Covered: A History of Dressing and Undressing Around the World

"An African tribesman merely needs to wrap a simple string around the hips and tuck his genitalia out of sight to be correctly dressed while, at the other end of the spectrum, a devout woman is considered naked in many cultures if her head remains uncovered.
Throughout history, different cultures and religions have developed codes to control unruly nakedness, giving rise to a variety of ideas of what it means to be dressed. Now, in a Time of globalization, we are confronted by a variety of perspectives on dress: not just what to wear, but who wears it, why and how. Advertisers routinely fall back on the female nude to sell anything from cars to perfume; wearing a traditional khadi kurta vs. a Western-style three-piece suit can send a powerful political message; violent protests take place against the idea of nakednesss, yet nakedness is used as a form of protest; and Contemporary interpretations of Religious or cultural edicts are met with bafflement, bigotry or outright bans.
Using an engaging mixture of anecdote and Historical interpretation, Naked or Covered: A History of Dressing and Undressing Around the World brilliantly dissects our contradictory attitudes to bodily exposure and concealment through Time and across cultures. Mineke Schipper’s unerringly detailed prose is complemented by aptly chosen photographs and Paintings which bring the History of revealment and concealment through Clothing to life."

Smritichitre: The Memoirs of a Spirited Wife

Smritichitre: The Memoirs of a Spirited Wife

Lakshmi Bai Tilak was born in 1868 into a strict Maharashtrian Brahmin Family in a village near Nashik. And at the age of eleven, she was married off to poet Narayan Waman Tilak, a man much older than her. In Smritichitre, Lakshmi Bai candidly describes her complex relationship with her husband—their constant bickering over his disregard for material possessions, which quite often left them penniless and his bouts of intense rage in these moments. But at the core of their relationship was their concern for Society and the well-being of every human being, irrespective of caste, class or gender and their unwavering devotion to each other. Equally touching is her recounting of his conversion to Christianity which led to a separation of five long years. After their reunion, she, too, was gradually disillusioned with orthodox Hindu customs and caste divisions and converted to Christianity. After Narayan Tilak’s Death in 1919, she came into her own as a matron in a girls’ hostel in Mumbai and later gathered enough courage to move to Karachi with her family. When first published in Marathi in 1934, Smritichitre became an instant classic. Lakshmi Bai's honesty and her recounting of every difficulty she faced with unfailing Humour make Smritichitre a memorable read. Shanta Gokhale’s masterly translation of this classic is the only complete one available in English.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Love: A Novel

The Girl Who Couldn’t Love: A Novel

An introverted, middle-aged spinster, Roo or Rudrakshi Sen, lives with her mother and teaches English at a local school. Roo’s mother, semi-blind and a chronic invalid, lives most of the Time in an imaginary World where she turns the grief of her husband’s Death and their bizarre relationship into the belief that theirs was a happy, conventional marriage. Roo cultivates an aloof manner and distances herself from close Relationships to stave off memories of her childhood and of Eeedee, the girl who entered her life as a six-year-old and left as a teenager—after one night that was to haunt and shape both their Adult lives. When Kumar, a man much younger than her, enters Roo’s life out of nowhere, she is intensely attracted to him—an attraction she believes is reciprocal. She begins an affair with this mysterious stranger, knowing that all affairs end messily. It is her secrets she wants to shield. But her secrets and this man are inextricably linked..Shinie Antony’s sparse yet evocative prose gives strength to this haunting tale of twisted relationships.

Rs. 187.53

There’s a Carnival Today

There’s a Carnival Today

Darjeeling in the 1950s. Janak, a prominent businessman and local leader, stares at professional, political and moral ruin. His store is failing and he has been sued by Jayabilas—a Marwari trader, once his friend and Business partner, to whom he owes money. Bhudev—Janak’s partner at the party which is working to organize workers—has triumphed over him in a bitter struggle for leadership. Janak’s son Ravi, of whom he expected better, has become a schoolteacher and is involved in party Work in the tea estates—Janak is convinced that Bhudev is using Ravi to further undermine him. And, despite being in a blissful marriage with Sita, Janak is drawn to the charms of Yamuna, the wife of an ailing friend. Then, tea-estate workers protesting the arrest of their comrades spontaneously march into town. They are joined by others along the way and the march quickly grows in size. But after the rally ends in a massacre by the police, Janak must find a way out of his morass to stand up and be counted once more. Capacious and prescient, There’s a Carnival Today is as much a panoramic view of post-Independence Darjeeling as it is of the sharply observed, flesh-and-blood characters who People it. It is also a foreshadowing of the Issues of identity which still shape Politics and attitudes in the region. Brilliantly translated by Manjushree Thapa, this seminal Work by one of the tallest Figures in Contemporary Nepali Literature is a modern classic.

Lessons for Mrs. Hauksbee: Tales of Passion, Intrigue and Romance (Ruskin Bond Selection)

Lessons for Mrs. Hauksbee: Tales of Passion, Intrigue and Romance (Ruskin Bond Selection)

Much of what we know about the everyday life of the British Raj comes from Rudyard Kipling, one of the keenest observers of nineteenth century India. He is at his best when writing about the Men and Women who worked, lived, loved and died together; their indiscretions and foibles; flirtations and passions. In this collection, we meet some of his most scandalous characters: Pluffles, a young subaltern who is rescued by beautiful Mrs Hauksbee, the toast of Simla, from following abjectly at wicked Mrs Reiver’s ’rickshaw wheels; Major and Mrs Vansuythen, whose arrival in a sleepy little town Throws all the other couples, clandestine and legitimate, into disarray; Janki Meah, the blind old miner, whose pretty young wife is more interested in his burly crewmate and Suket Singh, Sepoy of the Punjab Native Infantry and Athira, burning in their passion for each other, forever. In these sparkling, mischievous and touching stories, British India’s bureaucrats, soldiers, grass widows and native wives dance, drink and indulge through the hills of Simla, across small towns scattered from Burma to Coimbatore and in the opium dens of Lahore. Here, the most Entertaining writer of the Raj era is at the top of his form.

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Kuknalim, Naga Armed Resistance: Testimonies of Leaders, Pastors, Healers and Soldiers Rs. 379.25
An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876 Rs. 279.0
Uncertain Journeys: Labour Migration from South Asia Rs. 359.0
Connaught Place and the Making of New Delhi Rs. 374.0
A City Happens in Love (Ishq Mein Shahar Hona) Rs. 167.0
Great Indian Speeches for Children (10 Sep 2018) Rs. 209.0
Shillong Times: A Story of Friendship And Fear (10 Sep 2018) Rs. 245.0
Beloved Delhi: A Mughal City and her Greatest Poets Rs. 425.0
Looking for the Nation: Towards Another Idea of India Rs. 245.0
The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers: Ten Years of Research in Panna National Park Rs. 619.0
She Goes to War: Women Militants of India Rs. 374.0
Travels on My Elephant: An Indian Journey Rs. 227.24
Pinocchio: The Runaway Puppet (Classics with Ruskin) Rs. 173.0
A Time for all Things: Collected Essays and Sketches Rs. 261.0
Naishapur and Babylon: Poems (2005–2017) Rs. 217.0
Kwaidan: Stories of Ghosts and Other Strange Things (Classics with Ruskin) Rs. 143.0
The Hollow Kingdom: ISIS and the Cult of Jihad Rs. 324.0
Available Light: New and Collected Poems Rs. 274.0
The Assassinations: A Novel of 1984 Rs. 164.0
Naked or Covered: A History of Dressing and Undressing Around the World Rs. 320.0
Smritichitre: The Memoirs of a Spirited Wife Rs. 481.0
The Girl Who Couldn’t Love: A Novel Rs. 187.53
There’s a Carnival Today Rs. 238.0
Lessons for Mrs. Hauksbee: Tales of Passion, Intrigue and Romance (Ruskin Bond Selection) Rs. 164.0

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