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Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of women from the ganglands is an Indian 2011 non-fiction crime novel written by Hussain Zaidi with original research by reporter Jane Borges. It tells 13 true stories of women who were involved in criminal activities in Mumbai.
Topics: India, Mumbai, Gangubai Kathiawar, Mafia, Gangster
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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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Brought to you by Penguin. Narrated by James Nestor. There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren't found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet...
Topics: Meditation, Ageing, Success, Self-help, Yoga, Prayanama, Health
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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
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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
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As Khushwant Singh wrote in the preface to the hardbound edition published in 1990 of this true account of Mohanlal Bhaskar's mission to find out about Pakistan's nuclear plans: 'He was betrayed by one of his colleagues, presumbly a double agent, and had to face the music on his own. The interrogation, which was done by the army and police, included torture of the worst kind imaginable. Many of his comrades went insane or ended their own lives. Large portions of his stories describe the methods...
Topics: India, Pakistan, Spy, Intelligence, Jail, Torture, Interrogation
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1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha ? a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived. This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make...
Topics: India, Hindu, Shiva, Hinduism, Historical Fiction
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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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Without the darkness, light has no purpose. Without the villain, what would the gods do? India, 3400 BCE. A land in tumult, poverty and chaos. Most people suffer quietly. A few rebel. Some fight for a better world. Some for themselves. Some don’t give a damn. Raavan. Fathered by one of the most illustrious sages of the time. Blessed by the Gods with talents beyond all. Cursed by fate to be tested to the extremes.   A formidable teenage pirate, he is filled with equal parts courage, cruelty...
Topics: Ram Chandra, India, Hinduism, Ramayana, Hindu
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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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
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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‘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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Upanishads are mankind's oldest works of philosophy, predating the earliest Greek philosophy. They are the concluding part of the Vedas, the ancient Indian sacred literature, and mark the culmination of a tradition of speculative thought first expressed in the Rig-Veda more than 4,000 years ago.  Remarkable for their meditative depth, spirit of doubt and intellectual honesty, the Upanishads are concerned with the knowledge of the Brahman, the Ultimate Reality, and man's relationship with it....
Topics: Upanishad, Vedanta, India, Hinduism, Hindutva, Hindu, Philosophy
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Kashi - Secret of the Black Temple  is part 3 of the Harappa Series, written by Vineet Bajpai. It is a fiction novel that blends mythology and history with a modern-day thriller. 1699 BCE, the Marshes of Aryavarta – As the titanic waves of pralay swallow city after city, a final battle for the Ark and the Earth begins. A ruthless barbarian-king threatens the very existence of mankind, heralding Kaliyuga - the eon of Kali. 2017, Banaras – A sacred nakshatra erupts in the night sky as the...
Topics: India, Historical Fiction, Ancient India
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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
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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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Published in the summer of 1949, George Orwell’s  1984  is one of the most definitive texts of modern literature. Set in Oceania, one of the three intercontinental super states that divided the world amongst themselves after a global war, Orwell’s masterful critique of the political structures of the time, works itself out through the story of Winston Smith, a man caught in the webs of a dystopian future, and his clandestine love affair with Julia, a young woman he meets during the course...
Topics: Orwell, Novel, Communist
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Despite the recent rise of China to a position of dominance on the world economic stage, Chinese history remains an elusive subject. Yet it is this vast narrative of appalling loss, superhuman endeavour and incredible invention that has made China the superpower it is today. From the dawn of legend to the succession of great dynasties, from Confucius to Chairman Mao and from the clamour of revolution to the lure of slick capitalism, John Keay takes the reader on a sweeping tour through Chinese...
Topics: China, History, Portrait, Asia
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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
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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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...
Topics: India, Sikh, Sikhism, Hinduism, Punjab
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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Edward Rutherfurd has enthralled millions of readers with his grand, sweeping historical sagas that tell the history of a famous place over multiple generations. Now, in  China: The Novel , Rutherfurd takes readers into the rich and fascinating milieu of the Middle Kingdom.. The story begins in 1839, at the dawn of the First Opium War, and follows Chinese history through Mao's Cultural Revolution and up to the present day. Rutherfurd chronicles the rising and falling fortunes of members of...
Topics: China, Asia, Modern China, History
Brought to you by Penguin.  Meet the traders who supply the world with oil, metal and food - no matter how corrupt, war-torn or famine-stricken the source. The modern world is built on commodities - from the oil that fuels our cars to the metals that power our smartphones.  We rarely stop to consider where they come from. But we should. In  The World for Sale , two leading journalists lift the lid on one of the least scrutinised corners of the economy: the workings of the billionaire...
Topics: Geopolitics, Globalisation, Foreign trade, Global Commodity trade
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यह उपन्यास एक दयालु और बड़ी दिल वाली महिला ‘मझली दीदी’ के बारे में है। उसमें एक अनाथ बच्चे की दुर्दशा देखने की मानवता है और वह अपने बेटे के रूप में उसकी देखभाल करती है, और बच्चे की रक्षा के लिए...
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“Even death is afraid of the White Mask.” 1700 BCE, Harappa – the devta of Harappa has fallen tortured and condemned to the dungeons of the dead. His murdered wife’s pious blood falls on the sands of the metropolis, sealing the black fate of Harappa forever. 2017, Banaras – A master assassin bites into cyanide, but not before pronouncing the arrival of an unstoppable, dark force. A maha-taantric offers a chilling sacrifice. 325 AD, Bithynian City (modern-day Turkey) – Unable to...
Topics: India, Historical Fiction, Ancient India
A Chinese  Lord of the Rings  and one of the all-time great fantasy novels - which Neil Gaiman has said "is in the DNA of 1.5 billion people" - now in a thrilling new translation A shape-shifting trickster on a kung-fu quest for eternal life, Monkey King is one of the most memorable superheroes in world literature. High-spirited and omni-talented, he amasses dazzling weapons and skills on his journey to immortality: a gold-hooped staff that can grow as tall as the sky and shrink to...
Topics: China, Buddhism, India, Fantasy, Chinese literature
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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Satyajit Ray is well known for his contributions to Indian literature. His short stories often explore the macabre and the supernatural and are often marked by keen characterization. This collection brings together Ray’s best short stories - including such timeless gems as ‘Professor Hijibijbi’, ‘Ratan Babu aur Veh Admi’ and ‘Bhakt’. A collection of 12 short stories.  
Topics: India, Bengali, Satyajit Ray, Short Stories
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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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Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, has remarked that "[A]fter nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." This new collection of Rumi stories fills that need. This fresh prose translation of 105 short teaching stories by Rumi, which form the core of the six-volume Masnavi, explores the hidden spiritual aspects of everyday experience. Rumi transforms the seemingly mundane events of daily life into profound Sufi...
Topics: Rumi, Poetry, Islam, Sufi, Masnavi
The ultimate collection of great short stories by the best Russian classic authors. 1. "Her Lover" by Maxim Gorky 2. "The Empty Drum" by Count Leo Tolstoy 3. "The Hoop" by Fedor Sologub 4. "The District Doctor" by Ivan Turgenev 5. "The White Dog" by Fedor Sologub 6. "The Cloak" by Nikolai Gogol 7. "A Soothing Dream" by Fedor Sologub 8. "The Christmas Tree and the Wedding" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 9. "A Work of...
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The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power - which groups have it and which do not. Beyond race or class, our lives are defined by a powerful, unspoken system of divisions. In  Caste , Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives an astounding portrait of this hidden phenomenon. Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson reveals how our world has been shaped by caste - and how its rigid, arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today. With...
Topics: Caste, Pulitzer, America, India, Nazi Germany, Racism
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Anthropology is the organized study of what makes humans human. It takes an objective step back to ask questions like: Given our common characteristics, why aren't all of us exactly the same? And how can knowing the reasons behind our differences - as well as our similarities - teach us useful lessons for the future? The updated edition of Anthropology for Dummies gives you a panoramic view of the fascinating fieldwork and theory that seeks to answer these questions - and helps you view the...
Topics: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural, Evolution, For Dummies, Genetics, Linguistic, Sociology
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In Rebel Sultans, Manu S. Pillai narrates the story of the Deccan from the close of the thirteenth century to the dawn of the eighteenth. Packed with riveting tales and compelling characters, this book takes us from the age of Alauddin Khilji to the ascent of Shivaji. We witness the dramatic rise and fall of the Vijayanagar empire, even as we negotiate intrigues at the courts of the Bahmani kings and the Rebel Sultans who overthrew them. From Chand Bibi, a valorous queen stabbed to death, and...
Topics: Aurangzeb, Bahmani, Deccan, India, Khilji, Medieval, Portuguese, Shivaji, Vijayanagar
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Dating to the ninth century BC, Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War.  Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb Introduction that although the violence of the  Iliad  is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace. ...
Topics: Greek, Epic, Trojan War, Poetry, Homer, Achilles, Hector, Priam, Helen of Troy, Agamemnon
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
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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समाज के उच्च वर्ग, विशेषतया ब्राह्मण समाज में नारी का कितना और किस तरह भावनात्मक शोषण किया जाता रहा है, इस के ज्वलंत उदाहरण हैं शरतचंद्र चट्टोपाध्याय के उपन्यास ‘ब्राह्मण की बेटी’ तथा...
Topics: Brahmin, India, Caste, Women, class, untouchability, child marriage, Hinduism
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Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives. In the space of just 20 years, from October 1795, when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d'état, he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the revolution had descended. In a series of dazzling battles, he...
Topics: History, Waterloo, France, Biography
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
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
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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
A powerful reassessment of a seminal moment in the history of India and the British Empire―the Amritsar Massacre―to mark its 100th anniversary The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the British Empire, yet it remains poorly understood. In this dramatic account, Kim A. Wagner details the perspectives of ordinary people and argues that General Dyer’s order to open fire at Jallianwalla Bagh was an act of fear. Situating the massacre within the "deep"...
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Topics: India, Amritsar, Jallianwala Bagh, British India, British Raj, British Empire
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Breaking away from the shackles of family-run Bombay Oils Industries Ltd, Harsh Mariwala founded Marico in 1987. Today, the homegrown Marico is a leading international FMCG giant which recorded an annual turnover of over Rs 8000 crore last year. Their products, like Parachute, Nihar Naturals, Saffola, Set Wet, Livon and Mediker, are market leaders in their categories.  This is the story of grit, gumption, and growth, and of the core values of trust, transparency, and innovation which have...
Topics: India, Business, Business Leaders, Entrepreneurship
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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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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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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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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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Dhammapada  means "the path of dharma", the path of harmony and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. This classic Buddhist scripture is a collection of vivid, practical verses gathered from direct disciples who wanted to preserve what they had heard from the Buddha himself. Easwaran's translation of this classic Buddhist text is the best-selling translation in the US. In the comprehensive introduction, he brings the story of the young Prince Siddhartha and...
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2017, Delhi – Vidyut’s dying ancestor summons him to Banaras. The old Brahmin chieftain of the Dev-Raakshasa Matth, or the God-Demon Clan, bears a chilling secret. Their bloodline carries an ancient curse that will plague mankind - towards its own violent extinction. 1700 BCE, Harappa – Harappa is a magnificent city on the banks of the mighty Saraswati river. The darkness of treachery, taantric exorcism and bloodshed unleashes itself on the last devta, paving the way for his devastating...
Topics: India, Historical Fiction, Ancient India
Philosopher and writer Jiddu Krishnamurti’s life has been a source of intrigue and curiosity for those who are acquainted with his oeuvre. In this Hindi translation of  Krishnamurti: His Life and Death , Mary Lutyens shares a personal and philosophical account of his life, staying aligned with his beliefs about the world, the nature of knowledge, self, life and death. The translator, Mukesh Gupta, brings alive the author’s world-view through an apt adaptation of ideas into the cultural...
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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...
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Van Norden’s  Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy  is evidently of increasing importance in balancing our 21st century view of philosophy in general. It is to Van Norden’s regret, that when ‘philosophy’ is discussed or taught, it is almost always in the context of ‘Western Philosophy’ rather than a global perspective. Yet the contribution of China to global thought and understanding is crucial, especially in our contemporary context.  In his highly accessible...
Topics: China, Philosophy, Ancient China, Confucius, Zhuangzi, Mao, Kongzi, Chinese
Brought to you by Penguin.    This Penguin Classic is performed by Simon Callow, actor and director, known for his roles in  Four Weddings and a Funeral ,  Shakespeare in Love , and the BBC adaptation of  A Christmas Carol .  As a diplomat in turbulent fifteenth-century Florence, Niccolò Machiavelli, knew how quickly political fortunes could rise and fall. The Prince, his tough-minded, pragmatic handbook on how power really works, made his name notorious and has remained controversial...
Topics: Politics, Political Science, Polity, Power, Machiavelli
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
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...
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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...
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It is an irony of fate that despite being an extremely important and immortal character in the saga of Mahabharata, Ashwatthama has always been neglected. There are other characters in puranic literature, including Ashwatthama, who are considered immortal. But where other characters have received immortality in the form of a boon, Ashwatthama received in the form of a curse! The story of any war is replete with tales of ruthless massacres, murder of innocents, and other kinds of misdeeds. Then...
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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
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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
Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and his companion Enkidu are the only heroes to have survived from the ancient literature of Babylon, immortalized in this epic poem that dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Together they journey to the Spring of Youth, defeat the Bull of Heaven and slay the monster Humbaba. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh's grief and fear of death are such that they lead him to undertake a quest for eternal life. A timeless tale of morality, tragedy and pure adventure, The Epic of...
Topics: Uruk, Mesopotamia, Sumeria, Gilgamesh, Enkidu
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From the best-selling author of  My Seditious Heart  and  The Ministry of Utmost Happiness , a new and pressing dispatch from the heart of the crowd and the solitude of a writer's desk. The chant of ' Azadi !' - Urdu for 'Freedom!' - is the slogan of the freedom struggle in Kashmir against what Kashmiris see as the Indian Occupation. Ironically, it also became the chant of millions on the streets of India against the project of Hindu Nationalism. Even as Arundhati Roy began to ask what lay...
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The Odyssey  is literature's grandest evocation of every man's journey through life. In the myths and legends that are retold here, the energy and poetry of Homer's original is captured in a bold, contemporary idiom, giving us an edition of  The Odyssey  that is a joy to listen to, worth savoring and treasuring for its sheer lyrical mastery.  This audiobook is sure to delight both the classicist and the general listener and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students. 
Topics: Greek, Homer, Epic, Poetry, Odysseus, Circe, Trojan War
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A freedom fighter’s telling account of the exploitation of India by the East India Company.    In 1929, Pandit Sunderlal’s original work in four volumes,  Bharat Mein Angrezi Raj , was banned by the British because of its fearless criticism of their rule in India. In sharp contrast to narratives by British historians, who stressed that India was in a state of arrested development before the British arrived, Pandit Sunderlal’s books celebrated India’s past. In 1960, the government of...
Topics: India, British India, British Raj, History, Modern India, East India Company, Second Maratha War
Winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of  Ghost Wars , the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11.   Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation, although often in...
Topics: America, CIA, Intelligence, Spy, Afghanistan, Pakistan, USA, Security
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
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...
Topics: India, Philosophy, Karma, Sadhguru
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
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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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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 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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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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The   Mahabharata  is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. It is of immense importance to the culture of the Indian subcontinent and is a major text of Hinduism. Its discussion of human goals ( artha  or 'purpose',  kama  or 'pleasure',  dharma  or 'duty' and  moksha  or 'liberation') takes place in a long-standing tradition, attempting to explain the relationship of the individual to society and the world (the nature of the 'self') and the workings of karma.
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Topics: India, Hindu, Epic, Ancient India, Hinduism
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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
This revised and expanded edition of  The Essential Rumi  includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems. Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of listeners, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of 13th-century Sufi mystic Rumi more popular than ever. The Essential Rumi  continues to be the best-selling of all Rumi books and the definitive selection of...
Topics: Middle east, Islam, Spirituality, Sufism, Poetry
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In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi’s “Emergency”, V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left 100 years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece: a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portrait of a society traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest and immured in a mythic vision of its past.  Drawing on novels, news reports, political memoirs, and his own encounters with ordinary Indians - from a supercilious prince to an engineer...
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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...
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Spread over 15 of the country’s 28 states, India’s Maoist movement is now one of the world’s biggest and most sophisticated extreme-left movements. Hardly a week passes without people dying in strikes and counter-strikes by the Maoists - interchangeably known as the Naxalites - and the police and paramilitary forces. In this brilliant and sobering examination of the "Other India", Sudeep Chakravarti combines reportage, political analysis, and individual case histories as he...
Topics: India, Naxalite, Tribal, Maoist, Left-wing extremism
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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,...
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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...
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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
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 -...
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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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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...
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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...
"This book took me right back to my formative years. It was as if I was back there on the sets, watching Ramu with his magic wand and a band of outsiders. A lot of nostalgia and a whole lot of perspective." (Anurag Kashyap) "An enchanting and detailed look at the making of one of the finest movies of Indian cinema. A must-read for all fans of  Satya ." (Vishal Bhardwaj) "A passionate and riveting making-of chronicle of the film that paved the way for so many of us. A...
Topics: India, Mumbai, Bombay, Bollywood, Movie, Gangster
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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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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
When Ramachandra Guha began following the game in the early 1960s, India was utterly marginal to the world of cricket: The country still hadn't won a Test match overseas; by the time he joined the Board of Control for Cricket in India, 50 years later, India had become world cricket's sole superpower.  The Commonwealth of Cricket  is a first-person account of this astonishing transformation. The book traces the entire arc of cricket in India, across all levels at which the game is played:...
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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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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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Sadhguru speaks on the  Spirit of Eastern Wisdom: The Intelligence Within . He looks at how Eastern wisdom does not come from the limited amount of data gathered from books or scriptures but by enhancing one's perception.
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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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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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The thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers, and astonishing discoveries around the globe What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these, but also far more: the only science to encompass the entire span of human history - more than three million years! This Little History tells the riveting stories of some of the great...
Topics: Archaeology, History, Egyptians, Mayan, Pompeii
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The Mahabharata endures as the great epic of India. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra, Ajaya is the narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man.   At the heart of India’s most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. On the throne sits Dhritarashtra, the blind King, and his foreign-born Queen...
Topics: India, Ancient India, Mahabharat, Hindu, Kaurav
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For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As cardiologist and best-selling author Sandeep Jauhar tells in  The Heart , it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that changed the way we live. Deftly alternating between historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the colorful and little known story of the doctors who...
Topics: Humanity, Biology, Physiology, Organs, Medical, History