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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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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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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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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
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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One treat a day! A 23-volume series of 365 treats: stories, facts, questions and answers, and science experiments for young listeners.
Topics: India, Hindu, Hinduism, Purana, Children
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At the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered old judge who wants nothing more than to retire in peace. But this is far from easy with the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter Sai, come to live with him and his chatty cook. Biju, the cook's son, is trying to make his way in the US, flitting between a succession of grubby kitchen jobs to stay one step ahead of the immigration services. Unbeknown to any of them, a Nepalese insurgency threatens Kalimpong, impacting Sai's...
Topics: India, Historical, Women, Fiction
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Ramachandra Guha - hailed by  Time  as "Indian democracy's preeminent chronicler" - takes us from Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his two years as a student in London, and his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa. Guha has uncovered myriad previously untapped documents, including private papers of Gandhi's contemporaries and coworkers; contemporary newspapers and court documents; the writings of Gandhi's children; and secret files...
Topics: India, Gandhi, Biography, British India, British Raj
The product of 11 years of research,  The Story of Philosophy  is an endlessly inspiring and instructive chronicle of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Socrates to Santayana. Written with exacting and scrupulous scholarship, it was designed both to command the respect of educators and to capture the interest of the layman. Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and...
Topics: Philosophy, History, Santayana, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Voltaire, Nietzsche
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Confessions of a Thug  is an English novel written by Philip Meadows Taylor in 1839 based on the Thuggee cult in British India.This book is a tale of crime and retribution. Set in 1832 in India, the story lays bare the practices of the Thugs, or deceivers as they were called, who lived in boats and used to murder those passengers whom they were able to entice into their company in their voyages up and down the rivers. Confessions of a Thug  went on to become a best seller in 19th-century...
Topics: India, Thug, Thuggee Cult, British India, Thugs of Hindostan
The first definitive natural history of the Indian subcontinent.  Did you know that the exquisite caves of Ellora were hewn from rock formed in the greatest lava floods the world has known - eruptions so enormous that they may well have obliterated dinosaurs? Or that Bengaluru owes its unique climate to a tectonic event that took place 88 million years ago? That the Ganga and Brahmaputra sequester nearly 20 percent of global carbon and that their sediments over millions of years have etched...
Topics: India, Geography, History
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Embark on an epic journey in this all-star cast audio dramatisation of  Around the World in 80 Days . This new Original drama features best-in-class performances from Golden Globe-nominee, Emmy-nominee and multiple BAFTA-nominee Toby Jones ( The Girl ,  Directorists ,  The Hunger Games ) as Phileas Fogg, George Blagden ( Versailles ,  Black Mirror ,  Vikings ) as Jean Passerpartout and Don Gilet ( Eastenders ,  Dr Who ) as Detective Fix amongst others.   One of the most celebrated tales...
Topics: Classics, Thriller, Travelogue, Fantasy
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Believed to be the liquid manifestation of Shakti and the nurturer of the three worlds with her life-sustaining waters, Goddess Ganga is the epitome of beauty and purity, famous for her indomitable spirit and boundless charm. Renowned as a devoted daughter, a caring mother, a passionate lover and a merciful saviour, she is here to absorb and absolve us of our sins. A constant goddess, she is part of the Indian ethos, revered and loved across the ages.  The exquisite epic that is Ganga’s...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Hindu, Ganges
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A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archaeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry.  In  Who We Are and How We Got Here , Reich allows listeners to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden...
Topics: Biochemistry, Genetics, DNA, Anthropology, Human Genome
Harpreet Grover and Vibhore Goyal met in college and then spent the next decade of their lives building a company before exiting successfully.  One way to tell their story is this: they had a dream, they followed it and, then, through perseverance, they made it come true.  But that’s not really the truth. Like everything in life - at least everything worth having - it wasn’t that simple. There was blood, sweat and tears, there was loss of capital, loss of friendship and even a loss of...
Topics: India, Business, Startup, Business Leaders, Leadership, Entrepreneurship
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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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It begins to dawn on the nine-year-old Sambhaji that his father has fled from the clutches of the Mughal badshah Aurangzeb and left him behind. He must now find his way back home with the help of strangers.... Under the shadow of an illustrious father, Sambhaji finds himself thrust into the Maratha-Mughal conflict from a tender age. His mistakes cost him dearly and when his father suddenly dies and he becomes the chhatrapati, it is as if he has inherited a crown of thorns. In the nine years...
Topics: India, Maratha, Hindu, Hindutva, Mughal, Biography, Aurangzeb, Sambhaji
A comprehensive value-investing framework for the individual investor. In a straightforward and accessible manner,  The Dhandho Investor  lays out the powerful framework of value investing. Written with the intelligent individual investor in mind, this comprehensive guide distills the Dhandho capital allocation framework of the business-savvy Patels from India and presents how they can be applied successfully to the stock market. The Dhandho method expands on the groundbreaking principles of...
Topics: India, Investing, Trading, Personal Finance
Fifty thousand years ago, we were not the only species of human in the world. There were at least four others, including the Neanderthals, Homo floresiensis, Homo luzonesis and the Denisovans.  At the forefront of the latter's ground-breaking discovery was Oxford Professor Tom Higham. In  The World Before Us , he explains the scientific and technological advancements - in radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, for example - that allowed each of these discoveries to be made, enabling us to be...
Topics: Anthropology, Neanderthals, Humanity, Homo, Denisovans, Evolution, Genetics, Paleontology
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The definitive biography of Ravi Shankar, one of the most influential musicians and composers of the 20th century, told with the cooperation of his estate, family, and friends For over eight decades, Ravi Shankar was India's greatest cultural ambassador. He was a groundbreaking performer and composer of Indian classical music, who brought the music and rich culture of India to the world's leading concert halls and festivals, charting the map for those who followed in his footsteps. Renowned for...
Topics: composer, India, Indian Classical Music, Music, Musician, Sitar
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"I am a product of traditional India and its ancient wisdom, and modern India and its urban bustle. My upbringing was always an amalgamation of the two Indias, and, just as much, of East and West." Unfinished  takes listeners from Priyanka's childhood in India, where she was raised by her grandparents and her parents ­- two army doctors committed not only to their children but to their careers and to philanthropy - before being sent away to boarding school at an early age; through...
Topics: India, Bollywood, Hollywood, Autobiography
This collection includes works famous authors: "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu, "The Republic" by Plato, "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius, "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli, "Utopia" by Thomas More, "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, "Utilitarianism" by John Stuart Mill, "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, "The State and Revolution" by Vladimir Lenin.
Topics: Marcus Aurelius, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Thomas Paine, Lao Tzu, Machiavelli, Polity, Politics,...
Notorious godman Asumal Sirumalani Harpalani (Asaram Bapu) is currently serving life imprisonment in the Central Jail, Jodhpur. He was convicted for rape and also has murder charges against him. A no-holds-barred, firsthand account,  Gunning for the Godman  looks at how Ajay landed the case when others had flatly refused; how he got a team together; how he foiled Asaram Bapu’s daring escape plan; how he ensured the victim’s safety even while receiving countless death threats himself. And,...
Topics: India, Ashram, Asaram Bapu
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest. He led the Indian National Congress party in three major campaigns against British rule, each culminating in his arrest. In  Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction , Bhikhu Parekh outlines...
Topics: India, Gandhi, British India, British Empire
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On 5th June 1984, the Indian army began its attack on the complex at Amritsar, which houses the two most sacred shrines. Generals who had pledged to use minimum force and on no account to violate the shrines were not prepared for the fierce and adept resistance they encountered. Having suffered severe casualties, the infantry were driven back, and as a last resort - with approval from Delhi - tanks were ordered in. The Akal Takht was virtually reduced to rubble. It is doubtful if Mrs Gandhi...
Topics: India, Sikhism, Secession, Khalistan, Indira Gandhi, INC, Operation Bluestar, Golden Temple,...
Now a Major Motion Picture starring Dame Judi Dench from director Stephen Frears. History’s most unlikely friendship - this is the astonishing story of Queen Victoria and her dearest companion, the young Indian Munshi Abdul Karim. In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of her two great loves - Prince Albert and John Brown - Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely...
Topics: India, Britain, Victoria, Colonialism, Historical
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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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Once described by Mao Zedong as a "needle inside a ball of cotton", Deng was the pragmatic yet disciplined driving force behind China's radical transformation in the late 20th century. He confronted the damage wrought by the Cultural Revolution, dissolved Mao's cult of personality, and loosened the economic and social policies that had stunted China's growth. Obsessed with modernization and technology, Deng opened trade relations with the West, which lifted hundreds of millions of his...
Topics: China, Communist, Development, Modernization
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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
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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A good job, hard work, IQ, EQ, good communication skills - these are all ingredients for a successful life. The presence of these elements alone, however, does not guarantee success. To convert them into long-term success, you need certain stimuli which precipitate or accelerate your growth. This robustly effective book identifies the various catalysts that you can cultivate and how you can leverage them to propel yourself in your work and life. Accessible, engaging and easy to follow, and...
Topics: Self-help, Success, India
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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...
In this landmark book, best-selling author, leadership coach and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik shows how, despite its veneer of objectivity, modern management is rooted in Western beliefs and obsessed with accomplishing rigid objectives and increasing shareholder value. By contrast, the Indian way of doing business, as apparent in Indian mythology, but no longer seen in practice, accommodates subjectivity and diversity and offers an inclusive, more empathetic way of achieving success. Great...
Topics: Buddhist, Dharamshastra, hindu, Hinduism, Hindutva, India, Jain, Lakshmi
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Advik is visiting his grandfather in India when one night, the celestial messenger Narada drops by to ask for his help. With his grandfather’s life at risk, Advik and his friends travel to the ancient city of Hastinapur to battle the fearsome asura, Harkasura. A spellbinding adventure that combines self-discovery with mythology!
Topics: India, Adventure, USA, Mythology
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Karan Johar is synonymous with success, panache, quick wit, and outspokenness, which sometimes inadvertently creates controversy and makes headlines. KJo, as he is popularly called, has been a much-loved Bollywood film director, producer, actor, and discoverer of new talent. With his flagship Dharma Production, he has constantly challenged the norms, written and rewritten rules, and set trends. But who is the man behind the icon we all know? Baring all for the first time in his autobiography, ...
Topics: India, Bollywood, Director, Producer, Biography
Banda Singh Bahadur appeared in Sikh history for a relatively short period (1708-1716) but, after the Sikh gurus, influenced it more significantly than any other individual. Banda Singh Bahadur is among the most colourful and fascinating characters in Sikh history. From an ascetic he was transformed into Guru Gobind Singh’s most trusted disciple. So much so that when the seriously injured guru could not lead his Sikh army against the Mughal forces, he appointed Banda Singh Bahadur as his...
Topics: India, Punjab, Medieval, Sikh, History
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Economics and its applications are everywhere around us; however it is not easy for a layman to understand the complex theories and concepts of this subject. To ensure that the subject of Economics can be understood by common people, Satish Y. Deodhar has written this book, 'IIMA - Day to Day Economics?. This book explains the most difficult Economics terms in a simple and easy to understand language. This book explains the role of the Government and the various policies that affect daily...
Topics: India, Economics, Government
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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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In the vein of  Inside Out and Back Again  and  The War That Saved My Life  comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.       Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old...
Topics: India, Partition, Hindu-Muslim, Communal Riots, Identity, Pakistan
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A book about being a teenager in Pakistan and India. Through letters we follow the lives of four girls, two wealthy and two poor, two Pakistani and two Indian. Two who know exactly what their future holds and two who are convinced that they will never measure up.  Last night there was a snowstorm that made my window disappear. I woke up gasping at the heater. This is my first letter in three years. First letter since I left Pakistan. First letter since Nusrat. Tanya Tania is a story about two...
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Topics: India, Pakistan, Coming of Age, Domestic Fiction
Bloomsbury presents  The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer  by Shrabani Basu, read by Aysha Kala. In the village of Great Wyrley near Birmingham, someone is mutilating horses. Someone is also sending threatening letters to the vicarage, where the vicar, Shahpur Edalji, is a Parsi convert to Christianity and the first Indian to have a parish in England. His son George - quiet, socially awkward and the only boy at school with distinctly Indian features - grows up into a successful barrister, till he...
Topics: India, Parsi, England, Britain, True Crime, History
India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. There were vast riches to be exploited and vast numbers of people to be subjugated. How better to achieve these aims than by building a rail network that facilitated the export of raw material and made it easier for troops to travel around the country to tackle uprisings?   India joined the railway age late: the first line was not completed until 1853, but, by 1929, 41,000 miles of track served the country. However, the creation of this...
Topics: India, Railways, History
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Henry Kissinger offers in  World Order  a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era - madvising presidents, traveling the world, observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decades - Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the 21st century: How to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent...
Topics: Foreign Policy, Geopolitics, Biography, International Security, Diplomacy, American
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In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the ancient time of the Vedas to the present day. The essays contemplate the nature of Hinduism; Hindu concepts of divinity; attitudes concerning gender, control, and desire; the...
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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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The Bengalis are the third largest ethno-linguistic group in the world, after the Han Chinese and the Arabs. A quarter of a billion strong and growing, the community has produced three Nobel laureates, world-class scientists, legendary political leaders and revolutionaries, iconic movie stars and directors and an unending stream of writers, philosophers, painters, poets and musicians of the first rank.  But, bald facts aside, just who are the Bengalis? What is the community all about,...
Topics: India, Bangladesh, West Bengal, Bengal, Bengali, Ethnography, Race, History
An international business expert helps you understand and navigate cultural differences in this insightful and practical guide, perfect for both your work and personal life.  Americans precede anything negative with three nice comments; French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans get straight to the point; Latin Americans and Asians are steeped in hierarchy; Scandinavians think the best boss is just one of the crowd. It's no surprise that when they try and talk to each other, chaos breaks out. In ...
Topics: Business, Culture, INSEAD, Globalism
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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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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
The essential manual on generating consistent returns from the Indian stock market by Saurabh Mukherjea, the best-selling author of  Coffee Can Investing  and  The Unusual Billionaires . Over the last few years, there has been a growing realization among Indians that their life's savings, the bulk of which are parked in physical assets like real estate and gold, are unlikely to help them generate sufficient returns to fund their financial goals, including retirement. At the same time, many...
Topics: India, Investing, Stock Market, Savings, Financial Education
As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire. In an astonishing blitz of 30 years, a handful of visionary and utterly ruthless empire builders, with few resources but breathtaking...
Topics: Indian Ocean, Empire, Portuguese, Portugal, India, Albuquerque, Goa
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The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume  Story of Civilization . In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today. The rare archival recordings of the Durants in conversation, made from 1957-1977, illuminate...
Topics: Ancient History, World, Civilization, History
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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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When young Sarah Parrish takes a skiing vacation to Gulmarg, a resort nestled in the mountains above the fabled Vale of Kashmir, she anticipates an entertaining but uneventful stay. But when she discovers that the deaths of two in her party are the result of foul play, she finds herself entrusted with a mission of unforeseen importance. And when she leaves the ski slopes for the Waterwitch, a private houseboat on the placid shores of the Dal Lake near Srinagar, she discovers to her horror that...
Topics: India, Kashmir, Gulmarg, Adventure
NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER • A gorgeously illustrated deep dive into the immune system that will forever change how you think about your body, from the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Kurzgesagt—In a Nutshell   “Through wonderful analogies and a genius for clarifying complex ideas,  Immune  is a truly brilliant introduction to the human body’s vast system for fighting infections and other threats.”—John Green, #1  New York Times  bestselling author of  The...
Topics: Health, Physiology, Immune System, Medicine, Human Biology, Immunity
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When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could match. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents' mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna, which inspired her stepson's Taj Mahal. And she was both celebrated and reviled for her political acumen and diplomatic skill, which rivaled those of her female counterparts in Europe and beyond.
Topics: India, Mughal, Jahangir, Women, Queen, Biographical
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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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Daniel Kahneman's pioneering work that tackles questions of intuition and rationality, read by Patrick Egan. In  Thinking, Fast and Slow , Kahneman takes us on a ground-breaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and make choices. One system is fast, intuitive and emotional; the other is slower, more deliberative and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking and reveals the pervasive...
Topics: Psychology, Decision-Making, Problem Solving, Success, Brain, Mind
Do you know how many wives Zeus had? Or how the famous Trojan War was caused by one beautiful lady? Or how Thor got his hammer?  Give your imagination a real treat. This Mythology: Mega Collection of eight audiobooks with more than 30 hours of listening time is for you. Some of the topics covered are: Mount Olympus and the 12 Olympian gods and goddesses and then beneath the surface to the gloomy world of Hades Classic Celtic myths, such as "The Life of Cú Chulainn" How Odin formed...
Topics: India, Greek, Nordic, Celtic, Japanese, Hindu, Chinese, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Mythology
The definitive collection of dramatisations and readings of Patricia Highsmith's finest fiction - plus bonus material. A master of the psychological crime genre, Patricia Highsmith is most famous for her quintet of best-selling Ripley novels, and her groundbreaking thriller  Strangers on a Train  (notably adapted as a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock). This extensive collection encompasses her best-known works, as well as selected short stories and three programmes about the author herself...
Topics: BBC Collection, Full cast, Fiction, Literature, Psychological Crime
Terrorism has affected several of India's states at different times and in different forms and continues to be a matter of national and increasingly international concern. One of the states most affected by terrorism was Punjab, which was torn apart by acts of violence during the 1980s, while its people were caught in the crossfire between the threats of the terrorists and the Indian government's attempts to combat them. The Golden Temple in Amritsar was the scene of two pivotal anti-terrorist...
Topics: India, Punjab, Terrorism, Khalistan, Counter Insurgency, Pakistan, Sikh
"Every day, millions of people - the rich, the poor and the many foreign visitors - are hunting for ways to get their business done in modern India. If they search in the right places and offer the appropriate price, there is always a facilitator who can get the job done. This book is a sneak preview of those searches, the middlemen who do those jobs, and the many opportunities that the fast-growing economy offers." Josy Joseph draws upon two decades as an investigative journalist to...
Topics: India, Democracy, Modern India, Economy, Business Leaders
Acclaimed across the world, prescribed in over 100 universities and colleges, and included in part in  The Century's Greatest Reportage  (Ordfront, 2000), alongside the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Studs Terkel, and John Reed,  Everybody Loves a Good Drought  is the established classic on rural poverty in India. Twenty years after publication, it remains unsurpassed in the scope and depth of reportage, providing an intimate view of the daily struggles of the poor and the efforts, often...
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Brought to you by Penguin.    Now a Feature Documentary Film Narrated by Natalie Portman. From the best-selling author of the essential new 2019 book on animal agriculture and climate crisis:  We Are the Weather. Discover Jonathan Safran Foer's eye-opening and life-changing account of the meat we eat.        Eating Animals  is the most original and urgent book on the subject of food written this century. It will change the way you think and change the way you eat. For good.  ...
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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
A much-used word,  karma  is loosely understood as a system of checks and balances in our lives, of good actions and bad deeds, of good thoughts and bad intentions. A system that seemingly ensures that at the end of the day one gets what one deserves. This grossly oversimplified understanding has created many complexities in our lives and taken away from us the very fundamentals of the joy of living. Through this book, not only does Sadhguru explain what karma is and how we can use its...
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Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith galvanized audiences with their astonishing  Jackson Pollock: An American Saga , winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, a book acclaimed for its miraculous research and overwhelming narrative power. Now Naifeh and Smith have written another tour de force - an exquisitely detailed, compelling, and ultimately heartbreaking portrait of creative genius Vincent van Gogh.  Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and...
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Combining mystery and mythology, this epic fantasy is a global best seller with over 300,000 copies sold. India, 3400 BCE. The ancient kingdom of Mithila is divided by corruption, resentment, and poverty. An abandoned baby is found in a field protected by a vulture from a pack of wolves. Soon adopted by the rulers of the land, she is named Sita, and raised as a princess and beloved daughter. But the neglected kingdom of Mithila continues to face dangerous political troubles due to its selfish,...
Topics: India, Hindu, Hinduism, History, Historical Fiction, fantasy
This audiobook includes all three volumes in the Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living series. A comprehensive manual for living a spiritual life, based on a verse-by-verse commentary on India’s timeless scripture - from the author of its best-selling translation. This audiobook includes all three volumes in this series.  The Bhagavad Gita is set on the battlefield of an apocalyptic war between good and evil. Faced with a dire moral dilemma, the warrior prince Arjuna turns in anguish to his...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Mahabharat, Gita, Bhagavat Geeta, Krishna, Hindutva
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The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.  Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise through the...
Topics: Mongol, Changez Khan, Medieval, Tribal, Islam
Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe?  Until now, their identity has remained a tantalizing mystery to linguists, archaeologists, and even Nazis seeking the roots of the Aryan race.  The Horse, the Wheel, and Language  lifts the veil that has long shrouded these original Indo-European...
Topics: Aryan Race, Proto-Indo-European, Anthropology, History, Linguistic, Archaeology
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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
Why did India and China go to war in 1962? What propelled Jawaharlal Nehru's "vision" of China? Why is it necessary to understand the trans-Himalayan power play of India and China in the formative period of their nationhoods?  The past shadows the present in this relationship and shapes current policy options, strongly influencing public debate in India to this day. Nirupama Rao, a former Foreign Secretary of India, unknots this intensely complex saga of the early years of the...
Topics: India, China, Geopolitics, History, International Relations, Foreign policy, China war, Ladakh
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In this compact but informative book, the author presents a concise history of the followers of one of the world's newest religions, Sikhism. Beginning with the life and times of the founder, the highly revered Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the contents move on to describe the vital contribution made by nine gurus in shaping and developing the Sikh religion. The significance of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, and its centrality to the religion are emphasized. The author discusses...
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Growing up in the sleepy towns of Bhilai and Bokaro, Arundhati Bhattacharya never imagined that one day she would go on to chair India's largest bank. It was sheer chance that she came to know of the bank probationary officers' entrance examination through a friend. She applied, was selected, and went on to have a glorious banking career spanning four decades. Indomitable  is the story of Arundhati's life as a banker and the challenges she faced in a male-dominated bastion. She takes the...
Topics: India, Businesswoman, Business Leaders, Leadership, Banking
Widely recognized as the best biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in English, Dr. Martin Lings' award-winning book is now available in audio, read by well-known narrator Sean Barrett. This excellent audiobook is the first of its kind and has been selected by a number of organizations as a worthy introduction to the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), including Muslim Welfare House, London, and the Muslim Council of Britain.
Topics: Islam, Nabi, Prophet, Muhammad, Mohammad, Muslim
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In  Strategy: A History , Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives. The range of Freedman's narrative is extraordinary, moving from the surprisingly advanced strategy practiced in primate groups, to the opposing strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in  The Iliad , the strategic advice...
Topics: Strategy, History, War, Sun Tzu, Machiavelli
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India's armed forces play a key role in protecting the country and occupy a special place in the Indian people's hearts, yet standard accounts of contemporary Indian history rarely have a military dimension. In  India's Wars , serving Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam seeks to rectify that oversight by giving India's military exploits their rightful place in history.  Subramaniam begins  India's Wars  with a frank call to reinvigorate the study of military history as part of Indian history...
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On 20 October 1962, high in the Himalayas, on the banks of the fast-flowing Nam Ka Chu, over 400 Indian soldiers were massacred, and the valley was overrun by soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army. Over the course of the next month, nearly 4,000 soldiers were killed on both sides, and the Indian army experienced its worst defeat ever. The conflict (war was never formally declared) ended because China announced a unilateral ceasefire on 21 November and halted its hitherto unhindered...
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Today, He is a God. 4000 years ago, He was just a man. The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain. The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere. A kingdom is dying as it is held to...
Topics: India, Hindu, Hinduism, Shiva, Historical Fiction, Shiva Trilogy
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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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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
A classic pioneering account of the lives of women in Islamic history, republished for a new generation. This pioneering study of the social and political lives of Muslim women has shaped a whole generation of scholarship. In it, Leila Ahmed explores the historical roots of contemporary debates, ambitiously surveying Islamic discourse on women from Arabia during the period in which Islam was founded to Iraq during the classical age to Egypt during the modern era. The book includes a new...
Topics: Islam, Women, Feminism, Muslim, History, Middle east
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Do you sometimes feel tired, lethargic and spiritless? How can Ayurveda help in a simple, practisable manner? Time is scarce and precious in today's world, and we seek solutions that are quick. While allopathic medicine tends to focus on the management of disease, the ancient study of  dinacharya  provides us with holistic knowledge of preventing disease and eliminating its root cause. Taking us through a day in the life of Ayurveda living, Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya illustrates the core...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Ayurveda, Ancient India, Medicine, Health
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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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China today is never out of the news: from international finance to human rights controversies, global coverage of its rising international presence, and the Chinese "economic miracle". It seems to be a country of contradictions: a peasant society with some of the world's most futuristic cities, heir to an ancient civilization that is still trying to find a modern identity. This Very Short Introduction audiobook offers the listener an entry to understanding the world's most populous...
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Finally available in paperback, Ralph D. Sawyer's incomparable study of ancient Chinese warfare. One of the most profound studies of warfare ever written,  The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China  presents us with an Eastern tradition of strategic thought that emphasizes outwitting one's opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of force - an approach very different from that stressed in the West, where the advantages of brute strength have overshadowed more subtle...
Topics: China, Eastern Philosophy, Military, Ancient China, Chinese Philosophy
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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...
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Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India whose mission it was to permanently live and teach in the West. In the 1920s, as he criss-crossed the United States on what he called his "spiritual campaigns", his enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls of America. His initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting influence is greater still. This audiobook, the version of which was first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Only...
Topics: Yoga, Yogi, India, America
For over fi­ve decades, Azim Hasham Premji has been one of the trailblazers of India Inc. Taking over his family business of vegetable oils at the young age of 21 after the untimely demise of his father, he built one of India's most successful software companies along with a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate. As of 2019, he was the 10th-richest person in India, with an estimated net worth of 7.2 billion dollars. Yet, the one facet of the man which has overshadowed even his business...
Topics: India, Billionaire, Businessman, Altruism, Philanthropist, Biography, Wipro
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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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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 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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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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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
The Indian Penal Code was formulated in 1860, three years after the first Indian revolt for independence. It was the country's first-ever codification of offenses and penalties. But it was only in 1870 that Section 124A was slipped into Chapter VI (Of Offences against the State), defining the offense of Sedition in a statute for the first time in the history of common law.  When India became independent in 1947, the Constituent Assembly expressed strong reservations against sedition as a...
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An enchanting seventeenth-century epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most legendary and controversial empresses -- a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal empire. She came into the world in the year 1577, to the howling accompaniment of a ferocious winter storm. As the daughter of starving refugees fleeing violent persecution in Persia, her fateful birth...
Topics: India, Mughal, Taj Mahal, Historical Fiction, Medieval
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From the award-winning author of  West  and  The Redemption of Galen Pike,  a “sublime” ( The Toronto Star ) and propulsive novel that follows an Englishman seeking refuge in a remote hill town in India who gets caught in the crossfire of local tensions. In this “jewel of a novel” ( The Observer ), Hilary Byrd flees his demons and the dark undercurrents of contemporary life in England for a former British hill station in south India. Charmed by the foreignness of his new...
Topics: India, Englishman, England, South India, British India
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The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India,...
Topics: History, Asia, Silk Road
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Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in 21st century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world - Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes - has very strong causal links to deficient sleep. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life -...
Topics: Sleep, Psychology, Neurophysiology, Biology