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Apr 8, 2022 Vikram Sampath
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As the intellectual fountainhead of the ideology of Hindutva, which is in political ascendancy in India today, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is undoubtedly one of the most contentious political thinkers and leaders of the 20th century. Accounts of his eventful and stormy life have oscillated from eulogizing hagiographies to disparaging demonization. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between and has unfortunately never been brought to light. Savarkar and his ideology stood as one of the...
Topics: History, India, Hindutva, Hindu, Hinduism, Savarkar, Vikram Sampath, Hindu Rashtra, British Raj,...
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Apr 11, 2022
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Aavarana: The Veil  by S. L. Bhyrappa is a story of a free-spirited and rebellious young woman, Lakshmi, who marries the man she is deeply in love with. Amir, her husband, requests she convert to Islam, and she reluctantly agrees. Despite her father being completely against the marriage, she breaks ties with him and changes her name to Razia. However, things change for the worse, and she discovers a different side to Amir. He is not the progressive and liberal person she thought he was. He,...
Topics: Love Jihad, Islam, Hinduism, Women oppression, conversion
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When destiny stood between him and his destination.  Darkness engulfs the Indian subcontinent. The 17th century is destined to be an era of brutal wars, incessant oppression and physical and spiritual carnage in the name of religion. Shivaji, a warrior and thinker far ahead of his times, rises and renders a rousing dream - respect and dignity for human life, economic equity and empowerment. Destiny does not favour him; he faces terribile odds - a fallen and defeated populace, the might of the...
Topics: Hindu, Hindutva, Hinduism, Maratha, Indian, India, Warrior
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Apr 12, 2022
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"After so much  tapasya  I have understood this as the highest truth: God is present in every being. There is no other God besides that. He who serves all beings serves God indeed." (Swami Vivekananda) A journey through the life of Swami Vivekananda is a study of the Indian civilization, its ethos and value system. Not only did his message of tolerance, based on knowledge, make him an exemplary spokesperson of the country, but his life's mission of creating an order of monks who...
Topics: Hindu, Hindutva, Hinduism, Bharat, India, Hindu Sant, Spiritual Guru, Swami Vivekananda
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Apr 12, 2022
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This intellectual biography of Tagore, perhaps the first of its kind, portrays him as a man who was deeply skeptical, self-critical, tormented by conflicts in his inner life, aware of the historical significance of his times and continually interacting with adversaries and friends across the world; someone who built on the heritage of the 19th-century renaissance in India and became one of the makers of the modern Indian mind.  Rabindranath Tagore: An Interpretation  situates the iconic...
Topics: Hindu Intellectual, Poet, Nobel Laureate, Painter, Bengali, Polymath, Gurudev
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Apr 12, 2022
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Detective fiction has never lacked devoted fans. The undying popularity of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot vouch for that fact. In the early thirties, a detective by the name of Byomkesh Bakshi made an unobtrusive entry into the world of Bengali fiction. He preferred calling himself a  satyanneshi , a seeker of truth, and within days was a household name, courtesy his cerebral skills and the exciting situations he found himself in. In the tradition of Doyle and Christie, Byomkesh is...
Topics: Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins, Release Date: 07-11-18, India, Detective, Bengali Writer
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Apr 12, 2022
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Ashoka the Great  chronicles the life of Emperor Ashoka. It is fictional biography and more accurately can be called historical fiction. The original Dutch version was a trilogy, published separately in three volumes. The trilogy was written between1937 and 1947 by a Dutch scholar, Wytze Keuning, in Groningen in the Netherlands. These three volumes -  Ashoka: The Wild Prince , Book I;  Ashoka: The Wise Ruler , Book II; and  Ashoka: The World's Great Teacher , Book III - are now brought...
Topics: Ashoka, Ancient India, Maurya, Buddhist
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Kingdoms are built by men. Legacies are built by emperors. It is AD 1025. The mighty Chola empire that controls much of southern Bharatvarsha is helmed by Emperor Rajendra Chola I - a man as enigmatic as his kingdom is renowned. Known for his might and vision, he has now set his sights upon the southern seas, governed by the powerful Srivijaya empire.  But his victories also bring forth stories of those affected by his ambition. Of an unnamed princess forced to fend for herself among enemies...
Topics: Hindu, India, Tamil, Chola Empire
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Apr 12, 2022
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Business law in medieval and early modern India developed within the voluminous and multifaceted texts called the Dharmashastras. These texts laid down rules for merchants, traders, guilds, farmers and individuals in terms of the complex religious, legal, and moral ideal of dharma.  This exciting book provides a new perspective on commercial law in this period. In addition to a description of the substantive rules for business, the book reinterprets the role of business and commerce within the...
Topics: Business law, Dharmashastras, Dharma, India, Hindu
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Apr 13, 2022
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Twenty-one riveting stories from the battlefield about how India's highest military honor was won The Brave  takes you to the hearts and minds of India's bravest soldiers, all of whom won the Param Vir Chakra, India's greatest military honor. With access to the Army, families, and comrades-in-arms of the soldiers, Rachna Bisht Rawat paints the most vivid portrait of these men and their extraordinary deeds. How hard is it to fight at 20,000 feet in sub-zero temperatures? Why did Captain Vikram...
Topics: Military, India, Historical, Indian Army
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Lalchand Gupta takes you on an exciting journey through Dalal Street in this brief history of the Indian stock market post liberalization. From tech booms and tax evasion to banks and money laundering; scams and crashes to fixers and investors, Lala has seen it all. A comprehensive account of the stock market over the last 25 years, it tells you what to watch out for while investing. It also looks at policies that the government needs to revise if the country is to harness domestic capital more...
Topics: Investing, Stocks, India, Indian Stock Market, Finance
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Punjab was the arena of one of the first major armed conflicts of postcolonial India. During its deadliest decade, as many as 250,000 people were killed. This audiobook makes an urgent intervention in the history of the conflict, which to date has been characterized by a fixation on sensational violence - or ignored altogether. Mallika Kaur unearths the stories of three people who found themselves at the center of Punjab’s human rights movement: Baljit Kaur, who armed herself with a video...
Topics: India, Punjab, Human Rights, Women
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Apr 14, 2022
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इस उपन्यास में प्राग्वेदकालीन नर, नाग, देव, दैत्य-दानव, आर्य, अनार्य आदि विविध नृवंशों के जीवन के वे विस्मृत-पुरातन रेखाचित्र हैं, जिन्हें धर्म के रंगीन शीशे में देखकर सारे संसार ने अन्तरिक्ष...
Topics: Hindu, Hindi, India, novel
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Apr 14, 2022
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Bhaarteey jeevan-dhaara mein jin granthon ka mahattvapoorn sthaan hai unmein puraan bhakti granthon ke roop mein bahut mahattvapoorn maane jaate hain. Puraan-saahitya bhaarateey jeevan aur saahitya kee akshunn nidhi hain. Inmein maanav jeevan ke utkarsh aur apkarsh kee anek gaathayen miltee hain. Karmkaand se gyaan kee or aate hue bhaarateey maanas chintan ke baad bhakti kee aviral dhaara pravaahit huee. Vikaas kee isee prakriya mein bahudevvaad aur nirgun brahm kee svaroopaatmak vyaakhya se...
Topics: Hindu, Hindi, India, Hinduism, Hindutva
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Apr 14, 2022
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Kalidas incorporates a noble culture in  Kumarsambhav  by depicting things that are sweet and beautiful. The poems in  Kumarsambhav (Sanskrit Classics)  provide us a vibrant picture of good and meaningful life a person could and should lead as proposed by our learned ancestor.
Topics: Ancient India, Kalidas, Hindi, Hindu
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Apr 14, 2022
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गीतांजलि वह महान काव्य-कृति है, जिसने कवि रवींद्रनाथ टैगोर को वर्ष 1913 में एशिया के पहले नोबेल पुरस्कार प्राप्त व्यक्ति होने का सम्मान दिलाया। उनकी इसी रचना ने यह सिद्ध किया कि कथाशिल्पी,...
Topics: Gurudev, Bengali, Nobel work, Poem
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Apr 16, 2022
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One of the only two completed novels by the famous poet and playwright Jaishankar Prasad,  Titli  is a ‘social novel’ that addresses themes of feudalism, poverty and oppression of women. First published in 1933, this novel is a part of the ‘progressive’ phase of Hindi literature where various writers were creating works to reform and improve society. In this work, Prasad attempts to depict the Indian society with its flaws and internal struggles, while being faced with ‘Western’...
Topics: Hindu, Hindi, India, Novel, Hinduism
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Apr 16, 2022
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First published in 1930,  Kankal  is among the only two completed novels by famous ‘Chhayavadi’ Hindi poet and playwright Jaishankar Prasad . Kankal  is his exploration into the prevalent social issues of Indian society, as well as his critique of religious institutions, superstitions, and their role in the exploitation of women.  One evening in Prayag, on the banks of river Yamuna, a couple from Amritsar gets down from a boat and makes its way towards a young Sanyasi. They listen to...
Topics: Hindu, Hindi, Hinduism, India, Novel
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Apr 16, 2022
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Meri Priya Kahaniyaan  contains the favourite stories by the fierce and celebrated poet Amrita Pritam, selected by her. Amrita Pritam, the first female Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, and the leading voice of 20th-century Indian literature, was awarded Jnanpith in the year 1982. She authored more than a hundred compositions and has left a special mark in the stories, just like her poems, which are about female sexuality, self-realisation and the pain of loss at a time when women mostly...
Topics: Amrita Pritam, Hindi, India, Short stories
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Indian leaders at the time of Independence had their tasks cut out. The nation that was marred by an ugly partition had to be prevented from coming apart at the seams. A constitution had to be framed for a complex society. An election system had to be designed for an electorate that was mostly illiterate. An economic policy had to be shaped for a widely impoverished population. Among these aspects, the success of India's economic policy has been debatable. The economic path that India chose at...
Topics: Economics, India, History
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Apr 16, 2022
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अमृतसर के जलियांवाला बाग में हुए हत्याकांड की पृष्ठभूमि पर लिखा यह उपन्यास उस समय के माहौल का अत्यंत सजीव चित्रण प्रस्तुत करता है। अप्रैल 1919 में अंग्रेज़ों ने रौलेट-ऐक्ट के ज़रिये भारतीय...
Topics: Hindi, India, 1919. Amritsar, jallianwala bagh massacre
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Sachchidananda Hirananda Vastyayana ‘Agyeya’ (Ajneya) is an important poet and writer of the ‘ adhunik kaal ’ (modern period) of Hindi literature. He is regarded as the pioneer of ‘ nayi kavita ’ (new poetry) and ‘ prayogavaad ’ (experimentalism) and is also a key figure in literary criticism. He is the winner of the Jnanpith Award (1978) and the Sahitya Akademi Award for Hindi literature (1964). Although more famous for his poetry, essays and novels, he is also celebrated for...
Topics: Hindi, Agyeya, Short Stories, India, New age literature
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Apr 16, 2022
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Dharmputra (God Son) is the story of Dilip, the eldest son of a reputed Hindu doctor. He's a staunch Hindu who believes as strongly in the revival of Hindu glory in India, as much as in the freedom of the nation from the British rule. He lives religiously while being politically active in the Rashtriya Sangh. He even prefers to marry to a devout Hindu girl who would uphold the glorious ancient Hindu traditions & customs of Seeta & Savitri. But he doesn't know the secret his parents have...
Topics: Hindi, Hindu-Muslim, India
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Amritlal Nagar is considered as one of the most prominent Hindi writers of the 20th century. His ability to create relatable and multi-layered characters comes from his experience as a journalist where he researched and interviewed several artists and brought out different aspects of their personality. He worked for All India Radio and also wrote several films. Most famous as a novelist, his important works include  Boond aur Samudra ,  Suhaag ke Noopur ,  Maanas ka Hans  and  Nachayo...
Topics: Hindi, India, Story Collection, Amritlal Nagar
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Apr 17, 2022
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Ghalib is the greatest Urdu poet and one of the greatest in any Indian language. He would rank perhaps among the great poets of the world. With Meer Ghalib, Iqbal and Faiz, to name only four, the firmament of Urdu poetry is truly star studded, with numerous starlets strewn around. Ghalib has not only a pride of place among them; his stature is growing with every passing decade. In fact it is well nigh impossible to do full justice to his poetry, particularly the ghazal in translation. The best...
Topics: Hindi, Shayar, Urdu Poetry, Muslim
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Apr 17, 2022
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अमृतलाल नागर की लेखनी से हास्य-व्यंग्य मिश्रित जिन विभिन्न रचनाओं का सृजन हुआ वे अपने आप में विलक्षण हैं। ये समय-समय पर विविध पत्र-पत्रिकाओं में प्रकाशित हुई थीं। उनके कई संग्रह निकले...
Topics: Hindi, India, Novel, Amritlal Nagar
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Apr 19, 2022
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घर-वापसी' उन विस्थापित लोगों की कहानी है जो बेहतर भविष्य के लक्ष्य का पीछा करते हुए, अपने समाज से दूर होने के बावजूद, वहाँ से पूरी तरह निकल नहीं पाते। यह कहानी बिहार-उत्तर प्रदेश आदि के गाँवों,...
Topics: Hindi, India, Novel
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Apr 19, 2022
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लाल रेखा हिन्दी के लोकप्रिय उपन्यासों में मील का पत्थर है जिसने बड़े पैमाने पर हिन्दी के पाठक बनाए। 1950 में लिखे इस उपन्यास में उस समय हिन्दी उपन्यास की जितनी धाराएँ थीं, सभी को एक साथ इसमें...
Topics: Hindi, India, Novel, 1950s
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Apr 20, 2022
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Ancient Puranas and scriptures are an invaluable treasure and play a significant role in Indian literature. Devi Bhagwat Purana is a Sanskrit text that belongs to the Purana-genre of Hindu literature. The text is considered a Mahapurana (major Purana) of India. Eighteen major Puranas compile sacred tales of Gods and Goddesses. This Purana consists of twelve Skandha (sections) with 318 chapters and celebrates the divine feminine as the origin of all existence, the creator, the preserver and the...
Topics: Ancient India, Purana, Hinduism, Hindutva, Hindu, India
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Apr 20, 2022
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Shiv Puran is a book based on the various stories of Lord Shiva. Shiv, which means the auspicious one, is a popular Hindu deity and is regarded as one of the primary forms of god in Hinduism. He is one of the three most influential gods in contemporary Hinduism and is considered the supreme god within Shaivism. Shiva in his more benevolent form is depicted as a yogi who lives an ascetic life on mount Kailash. The most iconic attributes of Lord Shiva are the third eye on his forehead, a snake...
Topics: Ancient India, Purana, Hinduism, Hindutva, Hindu, India, Shiva, Saivism, Shaivism
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India is more than a nation state. It is also a unique civilization with philosophies and cosmologies that are markedly distinct from the dominant culture of our times - the West.  India's spiritual traditions spring from dharma, which has no exact equivalent in Western frameworks. Unfortunately, in the rush to celebrate the growing popularity of India on the world stage, its civilizational matrix is being co-opted into Western universalism, thereby diluting its distinctiveness and...
Topics: India, Rajiv Malhotra, Dharmic, Eastern, Oriental, Western
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The King James Version has continued to this day to be one of the most beloved and widely sought-after translations of the Bible into the English language. Now over 400 years old, the King James Version has been shaping Christians for centuries with its majesty and solemnity. Narrator David Cochran Heath brings his voice of clarity and warmth, making listening an experience the hearer will want to return to again and again.
Topics: Jews, Christian, Islam, Abrahamic, Jewish, Christianity, Moses, Jesus, Solomon, David, Elijah, Bible
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Apr 21, 2022
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From being one of the earliest members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Vajpayee blossomed into a leading opposition MP by the late 1960s and went on to become External Affairs Minister in the short-lived Janata government and, finally in 1999, to head the first non-Congress government to complete a full term in office. That it was a coalition government made the feat all the more remarkable and testifies to the fact that though wedded to a right-wing political ideology, Vajpayee did not believe in...
Topics: Politician, BJP, Hindu Nationalist, Hindutva, Leader, Poet, Bharat Ratna
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The Katha Upanishad embraces the key ideas of Indian mysticism in a mythic story we can all relate to – the quest of a young hero, Nachiketa, who ventures into the land of death in search of immortality. But the insights of the Katha are scattered, hard to understand. Easwaran presents them systematically, and practically, as a way to explore deeper and deeper levels of personality, and to answer the age-old question, “Who am I?” Easwaran grew up in India, learned Sanskrit from a young...
Topics: Hindutva, Hindu Philosophy, Ancient India, India, Hinduism, Indology
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The object of this book is to provide a simple introduction to the Indian systems of philosophy. Each one of these systems has had a vast and varied development. Attempt has been made to introduce the listener to the spirit and outlook of Indian philosophy and help him to grasp thoroughly the central ideas rather than acquaint him with minute details. Modern students of philosophy feel many difficulties in understanding the Indian problems and theories. Their long experience with university...
Topics: Hindu, Hindutva, Indology, India, Hinduism
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Apr 21, 2022
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Back by popular demand, the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guides provide an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of the topics every American needs to know. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad delves into the dark world of radical Islam, exposing the most violent menace of the 21st century.
Topics: Holy War, Jihad, Muslim, Radical Islam
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You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other “politically incorrect” facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Spencer traces the history of Islam, the teachings of the Qur’an, and the Crusades, and reveals the myths and realities related...
Topics: Internal Security, Islam, Muslim, politically incorrect, Terrorism
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Apr 21, 2022
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There have been other biographies of the Prophet of Islam, a few written by authors living in non-Muslim countries (Yusuf Islam’s splendid audio work The Life Of The Prophet springs instantly to mind here), but not that many by non-Muslims. And it is purely because Robert Spencer is not a Muslim that he is able to discuss, without fear and without any degree of ‘political correctness’, aspects of the holy man’s life that many, both believers and unbelievers, hitherto did not know. Mr....
Topics: Islam Jihadist, muhammad, Sharia, Muslim, politically incorrect, prophet, Terrorism, Genocider
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Back by popular demand, the best-selling Politically Incorrect Guides provide an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of controversial topics every American should understand. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Christianity  offers answers to the secular world's criticism of Christianity's history, traditions, and beliefs. You think you know about Christianity, but did you know.... God likes "organized religion"; it's clear from both the New and Old Testaments Christians have always...
Topics: Politically Incorrect, Christianity, Christian
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Apr 22, 2022
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A sweeping, interdisciplinary history of the world's third-largest river, a potent symbol across South Asia and the Hindu diaspora.   Originating in the Himalayas and flowing into the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges is India's most important and sacred river. In this unprecedented work, historian Sudipta Sen tells the story of the Ganges, from the communities that arose on its banks to the merchants who navigated its waters, and the way it came to occupy center stage in the history and culture of...
Topics: River Ganga, India, Hindu, Hindutva
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Apr 22, 2022
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The idea of the sword-wielding samurai, beholden to a strict ethical code and trained in deadly martial arts, dominates popular conceptions of the samurai. As early as the late 17th century, they were heavily featured in literature, art, theater, and even comedy, from The Tale of the Heike to the kabuki retellings of the 47 ronin. This legacy remains with us today in countless renditions of samurai history in anime, manga, and video games. Acknowledging these common depictions, this book...
Topics: Samurai, Japan, Very Short Introduction
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Indonesia is by far the largest nation in Southeast Asia and has the fourth-largest population in the world after the United States. Indonesian history and culture are especially relevant today as the island nation is an emerging power in the region with a dynamic new leader. It is a land of incredible diversity and unending paradoxes that has a long and rich history stretching back a thousand years and more.  Indonesia is the fabled "Spice Islands" of every school child's dreams -...
Topics: Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia, Spice Islands
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In 1526, when the nomadic Timurid warrior-scholar Babur rode into Hindustan, his wives, sisters, daughters, aunts and distant female relatives travelled with him. These women would help establish a dynasty and empire that would rule India for the next 200 years and become a byword for opulence and grandeur.  By the second half of the 17th century, the Mughal empire was one of the largest and richest in the world. The Mughal women - unmarried daughters, eccentric sisters, fiery milk mothers and...
Topics: Mughal, Timurid, Mongol, Mogul, Women, Hindustan, India, Harem, Begum, Akbar, Babur, Noor Jahan,...
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When Bhagat Singh was executed by the British after a sham trial for his involvement in the Lahore Conspiracy Case at the age of 23, he was glorified by the Indians as a martyr for his youth, his defiance and his reckless bravery. It was only many years later, after Independence in 1947, that his writings came to light. Today, it is these that set Bhagat Singh apart and reveal him as not just a hot-headed revolutionary who believed in the cult of the bomb but a widely-read intellectual inspired...
Topics: India, Bhagat Singh, Punjab, Communist, Socialist, Revolutionary, British India, British Raj
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Apr 22, 2022
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R.K. Narayan’s reputation as one of the founding figures of Indian writing in English is re-examined in this comprehensive study of his fiction, which offers detailed readings of all his novels. Arguing against views that have seen Narayan as a chronicler of “authentic” Indianness, John Thieme locates his fiction in terms of its specific South Indian contexts and cultural geography and its non-Indian intertexts. The study also considers the effect that Narayan’s writing for overseas...
Topics: Hindi, R.K. Narayan, Novel, India
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'One of the finest writers in today’s times.' (Sanjay Dutt) '[A] prodigious chronicler of the underbelly of the maximum city.' (Adrian Levy) The underworld has new faces, working for and against Dawood Ibrahim - the shadowy, manipulative figure that pulls the strings. Dawood’s own deputy-turned-arch rival Chhota Rajan, thug-turned-politician Arun Gawli, Amar (Raavan) Naik and his engineer brother, Ashwin Naik and a host of other characters, big and small, walk through this compelling...
Topics: Mumbai, Underworld, Gangster, Gangs of Mumbai. India, Crime, S. Hussain Zaidi
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Apr 22, 2022
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A definitive, analytical and meticulous account of the present state of the nation - from a constitutional perspective - by one of India’s most respected legal luminaries. An ardent defender of the Constitution of India, Fali Nariman has today attained the status of an outstanding lawyer who strongly believes in the rule of the law and stands by his convictions. In this timely volume, the author highlights crucial issues that the legislature, the executive, judiciary, the bar and the common...
Topics: India, Legal, Justice System, Judiciary, Contemporary
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Apr 22, 2022
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Before Memory Fades  by Fali S. Nariman is a revelatory, comprehensive and perceptive autobiography - candid, compelling and authoritative. Internationally admired and respected, Fali S. Nariman is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He began his career at the Bombay High Court in November 1950 and has since been active in the legal profession. Over the years, he has held several prestigious posts at both the national and international levels. He became a Member of Parliament...
Topics: Autobiography, Fali S. Nariman, Advocate, Law, Judiciary, India, Legal System
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Apr 22, 2022
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Bazaar-e-Husn  is a tale of an unhappy housewife who is beguiled away from the path of domestic virtue into becoming a courtesan. She then reforms herself and atones by serving as the manager of an orphanage for the young daughters of courtesans, the seva-sadan of the Hindi title.
Topics: Premchand, Hindustani, India, Novel, British India
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Apr 22, 2022
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The executive, the legislature and the judiciary are the three branches of government, both state and central, in India. Of these, it is the judiciary's task to uphold constitutional values and ensure justice for all. The interpretation and application of constitutional values by the judicial system has had far-reaching impact, often even altering provisions of the Constitution itself. Although our legal system was originally based on the broad principles of the English common law, over the...
Topics: India, Legal System, Laws, Judgements, Judiciary, Indian Constitution
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Indian judicial system has garnered worldwide fame through its historical and remarkable judgements and the hard work of its judges and lawyers rarely catches the glaze of common public. Legal Eagle tries to bridge this gap. Indu Bhan’s  Legal Eagles: Stories of Top Seven Indian Lawyers ’ traces the story of the top seven lawyers in India. Lawyers, as we commonly perceive, are not just shrewd intellectuals but much more. It takes more than just intelligence to become a successful lawyer....
Topics: India, Law, Lawyers, Legal System, Judiciary, Judges, Constitution
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Apr 22, 2022
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Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. How have the traditions of Indian philosophy attempted to understand the nature of reality in terms of an inner or spiritual quest? What do the distinctively Indian concepts of karma and rebirth mean? What do Indian thinkers have to say on issues of reality and knowledge — issues which are also an important part of the Western...
Topics: Sue Hamilton, India, Philosophy, Hindu, Indology, Hindutva, Hinduism, Dharma, Vedanta
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P. V. Narasimha Rao (or PV as he was popularly known) has been widely praised for enabling the economic reforms that transformed the country in 1991. From the vantage point of his long personal and professional association with the former prime minister, bestselling author Sanjaya Baru shows how PV’s impact on the nation’s fortunes went way beyond the economy. This book is an insider’s account of the politics, economics and geopolitics that combined to make 1991 a turning point for India....
Topics: India, Modern India, Liberalization, Economics, Politics, 1991
A brilliantly conceived nonfiction epic, a war narrated through the lives and deaths of a single family. The photographs of three young men had stood in his grandmother’s house for as long as he could remember, beheld but never fully noticed. They had all fought in the Second World War, a fact that surprised him. Indians had never figured in his idea of the war, nor the war in his idea of India. One of them, Bobby, even looked a bit like him, but Raghu Karnad had not noticed until he was the...
Topics: India, Second World War, Indian Army
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An incisive and comprehensive view of India’s legal process and its key issues. India has the second-largest legal profession in the world, but the systemic delays and chronic impediments of its judicial system inspire little confidence in the common person. In  India’s Legal System , renowned constitutional expert and senior Supreme Court lawyer Fali S. Nariman explores the possible reasons.  While realistically appraising the criminal justice system and the performance of legal...
Topics: Justice, Law, Legal System, India
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Apr 23, 2022
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Drawing on untapped new sources, the first global history of the Indian Expeditionary Forces in World War I. While their story is almost always overlooked, the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who served the British Empire in World War I played a crucial role in the eventual Allied victory. Despite their sacrifices, Indian troops received mixed reactions from their allies and their enemies alike - some were treated as liberating heroes, some as mercenaries and conquerors themselves, and all as...
Topics: India, First World War, Indian Army, British India, Racism, Colonialism
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In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army – what we would now call an act of involuntary privatisation. The East India Company’s founding charter authorised it to ‘wage war’ and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India...
Topics: British India, Hindustan, India, British East India Company
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1947 में भारत का विभाजन बीसवीं सदी की सबसे दुखांत घटना थी, जिसके ज़ख्म अभी तक नहीं भरे। इसके कारण चार पीढियों की मानसिकता आहत हुई। क्यों हुआ यह बंटवारा? कौन इसके लिए उत्तरदायी थे- जिन्ना, कांग्रेस...
Topics: India, Pakistan, Jinnah, Partition, Two nation theory, Separatist, Muslim
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Apr 24, 2022
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What makes a company truly outstanding? What is the secret sauce of delivering successful results year-on-year? What is common to Asian Paints, HDFC Bank, Marico, Axis Bank, Hindustan Unilever and Berger Paints? They are Unusual Companies, built by Unusual Billionaires.  The Unusual Billionaires  tells the story of eight, truly outstanding companies which delivered 10 percent revenue growth over the last 10 years and 15 percent return on capital employed. In simple words, these companies...
Topics: Economics, Business, India, Company
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Apr 25, 2022
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Tired of being bullied, a scrawny, impoverished Dawood Ibrahim is looking for a saviour, Khalid Khan Bachcha, who would teach him the ropes of handling a bunch of hooligans. Instead, what he gets is a mentor who eventually transforms him into a cunning mafia boss. In  Dawood's Mentor , Dawood meets Khalid and they eventually forge an unlikely friendship. Together they defeat, crush, and neutralize every mafia gang in Mumbai. Khalid lays the foundation for the D-Gang as Dawood goes on to...
Topics: S. Hussain Zaidi, Underworld, Crime, Mumbai, Gangster
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Not Just an Accountant  is an incisive, no-holds-barred account of India's 11th comptroller and auditor general and a symbol of the anti-corruption movement, Vinod Rai. Through a narrative rich in anecdote and inside information, Rai sheds light on the major scams that shook the country. Among the case studies - chosen for the diversity of failures they highlight - are the procedural irregularities in the issuance of licenses for second generation spectrum allotment, the last minute...
Topics: CAG, India, Corruption, Commonwealth Games Scam, 2G scam, Coalgate Scam
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In 2003, Tata Consultancy Services set itself a mission: "Top Ten by 2010". In 2009, a year ahead of schedule, TCS made good on that promise; in 14 years, the company had transformed itself from the $155 million operation that S. Ramadorai inherited as CEO in 1996. Today it is one of the world’s largest IT software and services companies with more than 240,000 people working in 42 countries, and annual revenues of over $10 billion. The TCS story is one of modern India’s great...
Topics: TCS, Business, Company, India, Business Leaders
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In the early 20th century, young Ganga Bhishan Agarwal, aka Haldiram, gained a reputation for making the best bhujia in town. Fast-forward a century and the Haldiram’s empire has a revenue much greater than that of McDonald’s and Domino’s combined. In  Bhujia Barons , Pavitra Kumar manages to tell the riveting story of the Agarwal family in its entirety - a feat never managed before. It begins in dusty, benign Bikaner and traces the rise and rise of this homegrown brand which is one of...
Topics: India, Business, Entrepreneurship
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"Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful one who taught by the pen, who taught man what he did not know." The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1,400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and a book of guidance that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in the history of...
Topics: Qur'an, Koran, Quran, Islam, Muslim, Sharia, Muhammad, Prophet, Rasul, Meccah
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When Titan Company Limited launched its quartz watches some 30 years ago, the founders - a merry bunch of Tata employees who started out simply wanting 'to do something different' - could not have foreseen just how completely they would capture the imagination of Indian consumers in the post-liberalization era of the 1990s. The brand they created - at first against tremendous odds and restrictive norms - injected freshness into the market and in retail spaces through its cutting-edge marketing...
Topics: Business, Company, India, Business Leaders, Brand
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Apr 29, 2022
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“Tamal combines his financial knowledge, eye for detail, and an excellent storytelling style to create a vivid portrait of India’s most valued bank and its path to the future.” (Nandan Nilekani, cofounder and chairman of Infosys and founding chairman of UIDAI [Aadhaar]) “Tamal has enthusiastically documented the epiphany that HDFC Bank’s leadership had in starting out on their digital journey. India is set for seismic changes to daytoday banking over the next few years and banks who...
Topics: HDFC, India, Company, Business, Business Leader, Bank
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Apr 29, 2022
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This is the story of Bandhan, the only bank that emerged in eastern India after Independence. Founded by the son of a sweet vendor, with a mere Rs 2 lakh, the sum total of his life savings. On 17 June, 2015, Chandra Shekhar Ghosh stepped out of the Reserve Bank of India building in Mumbai with the much-coveted banking licence, beating some of the country's top corporate houses. This moment compensated for all the frustrations that had come along the way. A year later, Bandhan Bank was launched...
Topics: Bank, India, Bandhan, Company, Business, Business Leader
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Apr 29, 2022
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In this explosive book, Suraj Yengde, a first-generation Dalit scholar educated across continents, challenges deep-seated beliefs about caste and unpacks its many layers. He describes his gut-wrenching experiences of growing up in a Dalit basti, the multiple humiliations suffered by Dalits on a daily basis, and their incredible resilience enabled by love and humour. As he brings to light the immovable glass ceiling that exists for Dalits even in politics, bureaucracy, and judiciary, Yengde...
Topics: Brahminical, Buddhism, Caste, Dalit, Hinduism, India, Sociology
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Apr 29, 2022
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No other bandit in recent times has captured the public's imagination as much as Koose Muniswamy Veerappan. Be it his trademark moustache, stories of his daring escapades or his ruthless massacre of officers, Veerappan continues to fascinate, even 13 years after his death. Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand  is a lucid and incisive account of the rise and fall of India's most dreaded forest brigand. Chronicled by K. Vijay Kumar, IPS, the man who spearheaded the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force (STF)...
Topics: India, Bandit
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Apr 30, 2022
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Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh aur Uttar Pradesh ki seema ke pathaareele aur beehadh shetra ko ‘Daang’ ke naam se jaana jaata hai. Yahan ke daaku apne ko daaku nahin, balki baaghi kehte hai. Yahan aaj bhi striyon ki khareed-fharokth hoti hai, jabardast jaatigat sangharsh hai, kisaanon ki haalat dayneey hai aur atyant gareebi aur bhrastachaar hai. Aisi visham paristhithiyon mein thodi si bhi aarthik kathinaayi hone par kayi baar aam log daaku banne par vivash ho jaate hain. Inn sabka daang...
Topics: India, Daaku, Bandit, Outlaw
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Apr 30, 2022
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एक ही पुस्तक में तीन लघु उपन्यास। जलावतन-तन के थोड़े-से बरसों में, मन की अन्तर-सतह में उतर जाने की वह कहानी है, जो जलते बुझते अक्षरों में लिपटी हुई है। जेबकतरे-यह एक उदास नस्ल की वह कहानी है,...
Topics: India, Punjab, Amrita Pritam, Novel
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When  The Accidental Prime Minister  was published in 2014, it created a storm and became the publishing sensation of the year. The Prime Minister’s Office called the book a work of "fiction", the press hailed it as a revelatory account of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first term in UPA. Written by Singh’s media adviser and trusted aide, the book describes Singh’s often troubled relations with his ministers, his cautious equation with Sonia Gandhi, and how he handled the...
Topics: India, Politics, UPA, Congress
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This book is a thoroughly researched primer on the 108 Upanishads, philosophical treatises that form a part of the Vedas, the revered Hindu texts. These Upanishads contain the most crystallized bits of wisdom gleaned from Hinduism. Roshen Dalal explains the concepts at the core of each Upanishad clearly and lucidly. Moreover, her vast, diverse philosophical and theological readings add priceless scholarly context to this comprehensive and fascinating volume.
Topics: Bharat, hindu, Hinduism, Hindutva, India, Indian Philosophy, Upanishad, Vedanta
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Apr 30, 2022
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In 1923 the beautiful, spoiled, and bored Olivia, married to Douglas and his career in the Indian Civil Service, outrages the English and Indian communities by eloping with an Indian prince. Fifty years later, Douglas’s granddaughter, armed with Olivia’s letters, goes back to the heat and dust and squalor of the bazaars to find out for herself how Olivia could have been so affected by India that she turned her back on her own country.
Topics: India, British India, Inter-racial romance
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In just over a hundred years - from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 - the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half the time. How this collection of Arabian tribes...
Topics: Arab, Islam, Jihad
While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500, a...
Topics: India, Middle east, China, Asia, science, philosophy, religion, medieval, Silk Road
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May 1, 2022
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Few actors in Hindi cinema have had Rishi Kapoor's sort of a career arc: from the gawky adolescent pining for his schoolteacher (Mera Naam Joker, 1970) to the naughty 90-year-old (Kapoor & Sons, 2016), Rishi Kapoor has regaled audiences for close to 50 years. He won a National Award for his debut, became an overnight sensation with his first film as a leading man (Bobby, 1973), and carved a niche for himself with a string of romantic musical blockbusters in an era known for its angst-ridden...
Topics: India, Bollywood, Film Industry, candid
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May 1, 2022
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A monumental biography of the subcontinent from the award-winning author of  The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul. Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has ever seen. In this dazzlingly panoramic book, Patrick French chronicles that epic change, telling human stories to explain a larger national...
Topic: India
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May 2, 2022
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Few actors in Hindi cinema have had Rishi Kapoor's sort of a career arc: from the gawky adolescent pining for his schoolteacher ( Mera Naam Joker , 1970) to the naughty 90-year-old ( Kapoor & Sons , 2016), Rishi Kapoor has regaled audiences for close to 50 years. He won a National Award for his debut, became an overnight sensation with his first film as a leading man ( Bobby , 1973), and carved a niche for himself with a string of romantic musical blockbusters in an era known for its...
Topics: India, Bollywood, Biography, Rishi Kapoor
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कुल नौ कहानियों का यह संग्रह अपने आप में स्त्री-पुरुष संबंधों की जटिल सच्चाइयों को समेटे हुए है। ये फँतासियों और नाटकीयता से बहुत दूर अवसाद और कुंठाओं की सहज कहानियाँ हैं। यहाँ आपको...
Topics: Short Stories, Contemporary, India
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May 2, 2022
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A compassionate novel based on the sacrificial generosity of a woman. Writer: Manoj Basu Translator: Rasik Bihari Published : 1983
Topics: India, Woman
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“As you dream,” philosopher and poet James Allen wrote, “so shall you become.” First published in 1903, this seminal self-help classic laid the foundation for today’s mindfulness practices and teachings. One of the first to explore the power of positive thought, Allen illuminated its effect on character, circumstance, health and body, purpose, achievement, ideals, and serenity. The root of Allen’s beliefs? That success, personal fulfillment, and inner peace really are all in your...
Topics: New Thought Motivation, Self-Improvement, World, Success
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May 2, 2022
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From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution - a number one international best seller - that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human”.  One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one - Homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?   Most books about the...
Topics: Hindi, Anthropology, Humanity, Human History
Easwaran takes the timeless teachings of the Buddha and other mystics and tells us how we can train the mind not just during meditation but throughout the day.  Feeling trapped by unwanted thoughts and emotions can seem an inevitable part of life. But Easwaran, who taught meditation for 40 years, teaches us a way to break free. Just as a fitness routine can create a strong, supple body, spiritual disciplines can shape a secure personality and a resilient, loving mind. Writing as an...
Topics: Religious Studies, Meditation, Buddhism
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Black Friday  by S Hussain Zaidi is a ghastly account of the one of the biggest terrorist attacks on Bombay, in 1993. The book chronicles the devastation caused to life and property due to the attacks and the trauma, both physical and mental, undergone by the people at large post the terrorist attacks and the consequent rift between the communities of Hindu and Muslims and hatred and clashes which often turned extremely violent.  The book describes the events that resulted in the terrorist...
Topics: Islamic Holy War, Jihad, Pakistan, Terrorism, Freedom & Security, United States, India
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May 3, 2022
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When his father dies, Prince Jauna Khan succeeds to the throne of Delhi as Muhammad bin Tughlaq. His reign will prove to be epic and bloody but unsurpassed in splendor, innovation, and defeat. A formidable strategist and remarkable scholar, the sultan will go down in history for his brutality as well as his brilliance, unfairly remembered only as a cruel tyrant who might have been raving mad. His high-flown aspirations and grandiose ambitions may have met with crushing failure, but even so,...
Topics: Delhi Sultanate, India, Hindustan, Medieval India
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May 4, 2022
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‘I take back all my books thus far and declare  Vaishali ki Nagarvadhu  as my only work.’ (Acharya Chatursen)   Aacharya Chatursen was an important Hindi-language novelist, famous for works like  Goli ,  Somnath ,  Vayam Rakshamah  and  Aabha . His best-known works take inspiration from historical events and characters.   His most famous work,  Vaishali ki Nagarvadhu , is considered to be one of the best Hindi novels of all time. Based on the life of Ambapali, this historical...
Topics: historical, India, sixth century BC, Ambapali, Magadha, Ancient India, Bharat
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May 5, 2022
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Audie-nominated narrator Deepti Gupta shares a classic love story set among the fires of India's struggle for independence. Bimala is torn between her commitment to her husband, Nikhil, who holds Western beliefs, and the radical Sandip, a leader of the Swadeshi movement under the British Raj. Bimala finds herself asking what freedom truly means for herself and for her country. Author, poet, and Nobel laureate Sir Rabindranath Tagore sets the story on a Bengali noble's estate in 1908. It is both...
Topics: Classics, Gurudev, Rabindranath Tagore, Historical, Literary Fiction, India, British India, British...
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Olympus is the home of the Greek gods, much like Amravati of the Hindu devas.  Zeus, leader of Olympians, wields a thunderbolt like Indra and rides an eagle like Vishnu.  The feats of the Greek hero Heracles, known to Romans as Hercules, reminded many of Krishna, as did his name, "Hari-kula-esha" or lord of the Hari clan.  The Greek epic of a husband sailing across the sea with a thousand ships to bring his wife, Helen, back from Troy seems strikingly similar to the story of Ram...
Topics: Classics, India, Greek, Hellenism, Myths, Mythology, Hinduism
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May 7, 2022
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A Suitable Boy is now a major 2020 BBC TV series and one of the BBC’s 100 novels that shaped our world. A Suitable Boy is Vikram Seth’s epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the 20th century. The story unfolds through four middle-class families - the Mehras, Kapoors, Khans and Chatterjis. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get married. But not to just...
Topics: India, Literary Fiction, Love Story, Marriage
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In the book of Genesis, God bestows a new name upon Abram - Abraham, a father of many nations. With this name and his covenant, Abraham would become the patriarch of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Connected by their mutual - if differentiated - veneration of the one God proclaimed by Abraham, these traditions share much beyond their origins in the ancient Israel of the Old Testament. This Very Short Introduction audiobook explores the intertwined...
Topics: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Comparative Religion, Evangelism, Testament, Monotheism, Very Short...
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Afghanistan  traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the 16th century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces listeners to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He shows how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power...
Topics: Afghanistan, History, Tabilan, Mughal, Anthropology, Islam, Soviets, USA, British, Jihad, Kabul
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Having spent centuries in the shadows of its neighbors China and Japan, Korea is now the object of considerable interest for radically different reasons - the South as an economic success story and for its vibrant popular culture; the North as the home to one of the world's most repressive regimes, at once both bizarre and menacing. Korea: A Very Short Introduction  explores the history, culture, and society of a deeply divided region. Michael Seth considers what it means to be Korean and...
Topics: Very Short Introduction, Korea, East Asia, history, culture
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As the world once again confronts an eruption of authoritarianism, Gyan Prakash's  Emergency Chronicles  takes us back to the moment of India's independence to offer a comprehensive historical account of Indira Gandhi's Emergency of 1975-77. Stripping away the myth that this was a sudden event brought on solely by the prime minister's desire to cling to power, it argues that the Emergency was as much Indira's doing as it was the product of Indian democracy's troubled relationship with popular...
Topics: India, 1975-77, Emergency, Congress, Fascism, Indira Gandhi, Democracy
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Islamic law is one of the major legal systems in the world today, yet it is often misunderstood, particularly in the West. It is applicable in different forms as part of state law in countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and also has a strong influence on Muslim communities throughout the Western world.  This Very Short Introduction provides an authoritative perspective on the evolution and nature of Islamic law. Mashood A. Baderin considers its theory, covering the history and...
Topics: Islam, Muslim, Very Short Introduction, Sharia, Legal System, Islamic jurisprudence, Law
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Islamic law is one of the major legal systems in the world today, yet it is often misunderstood, particularly in the West. It is applicable in different forms as part of state law in countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and also has a strong influence on Muslim communities throughout the Western world.  This Very Short Introduction provides an authoritative perspective on the evolution and nature of Islamic law. Mashood A. Baderin considers its theory, covering the history and...
Topics: Islam, Islamic Jurisprudence, Law, legal system, Muslim, Sharia, Very Short Introduction
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A perfect college. Three imperfect students. A caring hostel. Three careless mates. The decisive years. Three ignorant souls. A bomb blast and a close shave. Welcome to life through the gate of BHU.
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Topics: Contemporary, India, Love Story, Romantic Comedy, Urban
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This audiobook is Ruswa's masterful retelling of the life of a courtesan of Lucknow. Known for her charm, wit and beauty, Umrao Jaan was also a talented poet, dancer and a singer.   Rich in historical detail, the audiobook transports us in old Lucknow, where decadence was nothing more than a part of day-to-day life.
Topics: India, Lucknow, courtesan, poet, dancer, singer, historical
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May 12, 2022
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Anne Frank’s  Diary of a Young Girl  is one of the most memorable books in the face of the holocaust that Nazi Germany and its collaborators unleashed on European Jews between 1941 and 1945 across German-occupied Europe.  Anne Frank was a German-born Jew hiding in Amsterdam with her family in 1942 when Nazis occupied Holland. She started keeping a diary in hiding - a diary she’d received for her 13th birthday from her parents. Beginning in 1942 till the family was apprehended by Gestapo...
Topics: Nazi oppression, Historical, holocaust, Jews