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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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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
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...
Topics: India, Sedition, Article 124A, History
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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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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...
Topics: China, Very Short Introduction, Modern China, 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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“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
"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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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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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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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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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
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:...
Topics: India, Cricket, History, Modern India
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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
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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Few actors in Hindi cinema have had Rishi Kapoor's sort of a career arc: from the gawky adolescent pining for his schoolteacher (Mera Naam Joker, 1970) to the naughty 90-year-old (Kapoor & Sons, 2016), Rishi Kapoor has regaled audiences for close to 50 years. He won a National Award for his debut, became an overnight sensation with his first film as a leading man (Bobby, 1973), and carved a niche for himself with a string of romantic musical blockbusters in an era known for its angst-ridden...
Topics: India, Bollywood, Film Industry, candid
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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
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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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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
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
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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
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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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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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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
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...
Topics: India, China, War, Asia
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
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...
Topics: India, Philosophical, Biography
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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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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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R.K. Narayan’s reputation as one of the founding figures of Indian writing in English is re-examined in this comprehensive study of his fiction, which offers detailed readings of all his novels. Arguing against views that have seen Narayan as a chronicler of “authentic” Indianness, John Thieme locates his fiction in terms of its specific South Indian contexts and cultural geography and its non-Indian intertexts. The study also considers the effect that Narayan’s writing for overseas...
Topics: Hindi, R.K. Narayan, Novel, India
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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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
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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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Topics: India, Pakistan, China, War
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You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other “politically incorrect” facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Spencer traces the history of Islam, the teachings of the Qur’an, and the Crusades, and reveals the myths and realities related...
Topics: Internal Security, Islam, Muslim, politically incorrect, Terrorism
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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.
Topics: India, Sadhguru, Philosophy, Eastern
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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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Ashoka the Great  chronicles the life of Emperor Ashoka. It is fictional biography and more accurately can be called historical fiction. The original Dutch version was a trilogy, published separately in three volumes. The trilogy was written between1937 and 1947 by a Dutch scholar, Wytze Keuning, in Groningen in the Netherlands. These three volumes -  Ashoka: The Wild Prince , Book I;  Ashoka: The Wise Ruler , Book II; and  Ashoka: The World's Great Teacher , Book III - are now brought...
Topics: Ashoka, Ancient India, Maurya, Buddhist
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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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For many years, John C. Maxwell has equipped and inspired Christians to attain the highest levels of effective leadership through his conferences and books. Maxwell believes leadership determines an organization's growth. More specifically, empower people within the group to become leaders. Designed for both small and large groups, this audiobook has everything necessary to equip anyone who wants to reproduce leaders. Please note: This audiobook is in Hindi.
Topics: Leadership, Self-Help
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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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This book presents a compilation of 10 essays on some of the most influential judgments’ that were passed by the Supreme Court of India and proved to be life-altering for the common man and the democracy of the nation. These judgments by the Indian Judiciary proved that the nation’s legal system is not as irresolute as often cited. The author attempts to paint the complete picture of some of the most controversial cases, like Maneka Gandhi versus the Union Bank of India, the Union Carbide...
Topics: India, Legal System, Judiciary, Justice, Supreme Court of India, History, Judgements
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Meri Priya Kahaniyaan  contains the favourite stories by the fierce and celebrated poet Amrita Pritam, selected by her. Amrita Pritam, the first female Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, and the leading voice of 20th-century Indian literature, was awarded Jnanpith in the year 1982. She authored more than a hundred compositions and has left a special mark in the stories, just like her poems, which are about female sexuality, self-realisation and the pain of loss at a time when women mostly...
Topics: Amrita Pritam, Hindi, India, Short stories
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British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2009. Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2008. Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop until the day a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. Balram becomes aware of immense wealth all around him, and realizes the only way he can become part of it is by murdering his master. The White Tiger  presents a raw and unromanticized...
Topics: India, Fiction, Man Booker, Thriller
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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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In her critically praised debut novel,  The 20th Wife , Indu Sundaresan introduced the love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa. The story continues in this lush sequel, when Mehrunnisa comes into Jahangir's harem as his 20th and final wife. This time, Jahangir has married for love, and members of his court are worried that Mehrunnisa could exert control over their futures. Their concerns are well founded. Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, which has plotted against her from the...
Topics: India, The 20th Wife, Mughal, Historical Fiction, Mehrunnisa, Jahangir, Harem
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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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A definitive, analytical and meticulous account of the present state of the nation - from a constitutional perspective - by one of India’s most respected legal luminaries. An ardent defender of the Constitution of India, Fali Nariman has today attained the status of an outstanding lawyer who strongly believes in the rule of the law and stands by his convictions. In this timely volume, the author highlights crucial issues that the legislature, the executive, judiciary, the bar and the common...
Topics: India, Legal, Justice System, Judiciary, Contemporary
When  The Accidental Prime Minister  was published in 2014, it created a storm and became the publishing sensation of the year. The Prime Minister’s Office called the book a work of "fiction", the press hailed it as a revelatory account of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first term in UPA. Written by Singh’s media adviser and trusted aide, the book describes Singh’s often troubled relations with his ministers, his cautious equation with Sonia Gandhi, and how he handled the...
Topics: India, Politics, UPA, Congress
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In 1923 the beautiful, spoiled, and bored Olivia, married to Douglas and his career in the Indian Civil Service, outrages the English and Indian communities by eloping with an Indian prince. Fifty years later, Douglas’s granddaughter, armed with Olivia’s letters, goes back to the heat and dust and squalor of the bazaars to find out for herself how Olivia could have been so affected by India that she turned her back on her own country.
Topics: India, British India, Inter-racial romance
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Few actors in Hindi cinema have had Rishi Kapoor's sort of a career arc: from the gawky adolescent pining for his schoolteacher ( Mera Naam Joker , 1970) to the naughty 90-year-old ( Kapoor & Sons , 2016), Rishi Kapoor has regaled audiences for close to 50 years. He won a National Award for his debut, became an overnight sensation with his first film as a leading man ( Bobby , 1973), and carved a niche for himself with a string of romantic musical blockbusters in an era known for its...
Topics: India, Bollywood, Biography, Rishi Kapoor
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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
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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Sadhguru explores a variety of concepts around leadership, ethics, individual responsibility, and spirituality.
Topics: India, Sadhguru, Philosophy
At the dawn of World War I, a young academic named John Maynard Keynes hastily folded his long legs into the sidecar of his brother-in-law’s motorcycle for an odd, frantic journey that would change the course of history. Swept away from his placid home at Cambridge University by the currents of the conflict, Keynes found himself thrust into the halls of European treasuries to arrange emergency loans and packed off to America to negotiate the terms of economic combat. The terror and anxiety...
Topics: Economics, Economy, Economic History, America, USA
This volume opens with Mohandas Gandhi's arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades: to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India's Hindu and Muslim populations, to end the pernicious Hindu practice of untouchability, and to develop India's economic and moral self-reliance. We discover how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence - strikes, marches, fasts - that successfully...
Topics: India, Biography, Gandhi, British India, British Raj
Seven captivating manuscripts in one book:  Celts: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Celtic History and Mythology, Including Their Battles Against the Roman Republic in the Gallic Wars The Vandals: A Captivating Guide to the Barbarians That Conquered the Roman Empire During the Transitional Period from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages The Gallic Wars: A Captivating Guide to the Military Campaigns that Expanded the Roman Republic and Helped Julius Caesar Transform Rome into the Greatest...
Topics: History, Tribes, Barbarian, Celts, Vandals, Galls, Sarmatians, Scythians, Goths, Huns, Anglo-Saxons
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Evil has risen. Only a God can stop it. Shiva is gathering his forces. He reaches the Naga capital, Panchavati, and Evil is finally revealed. The Neelkanth prepares for a holy war against his true enemy, a man whose name instils dread in the fiercest of warriors. India convulses under the onslaught of a series of brutal battles. It's a war for the very soul of the nation. Many will die. But Shiva must not fail, no matter what the cost. In his desperation, he reaches out to the ones who have...
Topics: India, Shiva, Shiva Trilogy, Hindu, Hinduism, Historical Fiction
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Itane vistrit aur vrihad granth ko alpakaay pustak ke roop mein prastut karna tha, atah saar-sankshep-pravritti varnit vishay ko ek jagah karke sankshep roop mein hee prakat kiya gaya hai. Jaise maan leejiye, adhyaay mein Ëœagniâ„¢ se sambandhit sookt das hain, kintu ve ek kram mein na hokar alag-alag bikhre hain, to hamne un sabko ek jagah karke sankshep mein prastut kiya hai.  Rigved vigyaankaand ka granth hai. Rigved shabd do shabdon ke milne se bana hai-'rik' aur 'ved'. Rik shabd...
Topics: Hindu, Hinduism, Vedas, Hindutva
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There are places where the past lingers, making shapes in the moonlight and blowing in the curtains even as the air goes suddenly still. K. Hari Kumar, best-selling author of spine-chilling horror fiction, brings you the terrifying tales of some of India's most haunted places - including Bhangarh Fort, Malabar Hill's Tower of Silence and Jammu and Kashmir's notorious Khooni Nala. Whether you listen to them at night or in daylight, these stories will remain with you long after you've heard the...
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Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. How have the traditions of Indian philosophy attempted to understand the nature of reality in terms of an inner or spiritual quest? What do the distinctively Indian concepts of karma and rebirth mean? What do Indian thinkers have to say on issues of reality and knowledge — issues which are also an important part of the Western...
Topics: Sue Hamilton, India, Philosophy, Hindu, Indology, Hindutva, Hinduism, Dharma, Vedanta
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Have you ever found yourself struggling with information overload?  Have you ever felt both overworked and underutilised?  Do you ever feel busy but not productive?  If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is to become an essentialist.  In  Essentialism , Greg McKeown, CEO of a leadership and strategy agency in Silicon Valley who has run courses at Apple, Google and Facebook, shows you how to achieve what he calls the disciplined pursuit of less. Being an essentialist is about a...
Topic: Self-help
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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
In this rich and sweeping history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds - remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all of these figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from Central Asia - drawn from the Persianate and Turkic peoples of a region that today extends...
Topics: Arab, Central Asia, Medieval, History
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Revealing and intimate, based on more than 100 interviews with key figures in his life, this is the definitive biography of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, one of pop music’s best-loved and most complex figures. A revealing, intimate look at the man who would be Queen. As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury’s unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people...
Topics: Queen, Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter, India
Easwaran takes the timeless teachings of the Buddha and other mystics and tells us how we can train the mind not just during meditation but throughout the day.  Feeling trapped by unwanted thoughts and emotions can seem an inevitable part of life. But Easwaran, who taught meditation for 40 years, teaches us a way to break free. Just as a fitness routine can create a strong, supple body, spiritual disciplines can shape a secure personality and a resilient, loving mind. Writing as an...
Topics: Religious Studies, Meditation, Buddhism
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A freedom fighter's account of India's struggle for independence. How the British came to India, slowly penetrated the subcontinent and established an empire is a story recorded by many historians but not fully told... The early British historians tried to play down the role of their countrymen in subjugating the native kingdoms in India by all means. It was left to a few diligent historians to carry out painstaking research and unravel the facts. Pandit Sunderlal, who wrote this sensational...
Topics: India, British India, East India Company, History, Modern India
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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
"If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do," write the authors of  Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction . This engaging overview of the field combines an accessible account of some of the discipline's guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work. Peter Just and John Monaghan begin by discussing anthropology's most important contributions to modern thought: its...
Topics: Anthropology, Very Short Introduction, Sociology, Culture, Humanity
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She is the Mother Goddess, Mahamaya - the enchantress, the supreme consciousness, the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all must eventually return. As Usas, the enchanting goddess of the dawn, she is loved passionately and hated fiercely, leading to a horrific tragedy. As Durga, the invincible warrior, she defeats the savage Mahishasura, whom none of the male gods could vanquish. As Kali, the fearsome dark goddess, she delights in chaos. Yet she is also Shakti, beloved of...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Hindu
Jacqueline Saper, named after Jacqueline Kennedy, was born in Tehran to Iranian and British parents. At 18 she witnessed the civil unrest of the 1979 Iranian revolution and continued to live in the Islamic Republic during its most volatile times, including the Iran-Iraq War. In a deeply intimate and personal story, Saper recounts her privileged childhood in prerevolutionary Iran and how she gradually became aware of the paradoxes in her life and community - primarily the disparate religions and...
Topics: Iran, Hijab, Islam, Women
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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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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
China’s story is extraordinarily rich and dramatic. Now Michael Wood, one of the UK's pre-eminent historians, brings it all together in a major new one-volume history of China that is essential listening for anyone who wants to understand its burgeoning role in our world today. China is the oldest living civilisation on earth, but its history is still surprisingly little known in the wider world. Michael Wood's sparkling narrative, which mingles the grand sweep with local and personal...
Topics: China, History, Michael Wood
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The central core of the stories concerns a Persian king and his new bride. The king has a brother who is a vizier in faraway Samarcand, and he invites him to come to the palace for a visit. Just before his departure, the vizier is shocked to discover his wife's infidelity. Enraged, he kills her. Full of pain and grief, the vizier continues on to the court of his brother, the king. But, once arrived at his brother's palace, the vizier soon discovers the king's wife is also involved in an even...
Topics: Classics, Middle east, Islam, Muslim, Short Stories
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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
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Twenty-one riveting stories from the battlefield about how India's highest military honor was won The Brave  takes you to the hearts and minds of India's bravest soldiers, all of whom won the Param Vir Chakra, India's greatest military honor. With access to the Army, families, and comrades-in-arms of the soldiers, Rachna Bisht Rawat paints the most vivid portrait of these men and their extraordinary deeds. How hard is it to fight at 20,000 feet in sub-zero temperatures? Why did Captain Vikram...
Topics: Military, India, Historical, Indian Army
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
The original mindfulness book, in a landmark new translation by the award-winning translator of the  I Ching  and  The Art of War The most translated book in the world after the Bible, the  Tao Te Ching , or “Book of the Tao,” is a guide to cultivating a life of peace, serenity, and compassion. Through aphorisms and parable, it leads readers toward the Tao, or the “Way”: harmony with the life force of the universe. Traditionally attributed to Lao-tzu, a Chinese philosopher thought...
Topics: China, Mindfulness, Buddhism, Taoism, Daoism, Chinese Philosophy, Lin-Lang, Spirituality, Philosophy
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Detective fiction has never lacked devoted fans. The undying popularity of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot vouch for that fact. In the early thirties, a detective by the name of Byomkesh Bakshi made an unobtrusive entry into the world of Bengali fiction. He preferred calling himself a  satyanneshi , a seeker of truth, and within days was a household name, courtesy his cerebral skills and the exciting situations he found himself in. In the tradition of Doyle and Christie, Byomkesh is...
Topics: Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins, Release Date: 07-11-18, India, Detective, Bengali Writer
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Before Memory Fades  by Fali S. Nariman is a revelatory, comprehensive and perceptive autobiography - candid, compelling and authoritative. Internationally admired and respected, Fali S. Nariman is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He began his career at the Bombay High Court in November 1950 and has since been active in the legal profession. Over the years, he has held several prestigious posts at both the national and international levels. He became a Member of Parliament...
Topics: Autobiography, Fali S. Nariman, Advocate, Law, Judiciary, India, Legal System
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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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The inside track to India's most powerful tycoons The eight business maharajas profiled here are among Asia's most powerful industrial tycoons. Their combined turnover runs into billions of rupees, and between them they employ some 650,000 people, while indirectly affecting the lives of millions more.  Sip a cup of tea, drive to work, listen to music, build a house and the chances are that in these and a myriad other ways you are using products that they manufacture or market. By any...
Topics: India, Business, Businessmen, Business Leaders
'I was born in a sprawling house by the Yamuna River in Delhi. When I was a few minutes old, Grandmother welcomed me into the world by writing "Om", which means "I am" in Sanskrit, on my tongue with a little finger dipped in honey. When the family priest arrived to draw up my horoscope, he scribbled astrological symbols on a long scroll and set down a name for me, Indrani, or "queen of the heavens". My father ignored him completely and proclaimed my name was to be...
Topics: India, Memoir, Childhood, History
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Lalchand Gupta takes you on an exciting journey through Dalal Street in this brief history of the Indian stock market post liberalization. From tech booms and tax evasion to banks and money laundering; scams and crashes to fixers and investors, Lala has seen it all. A comprehensive account of the stock market over the last 25 years, it tells you what to watch out for while investing. It also looks at policies that the government needs to revise if the country is to harness domestic capital more...
Topics: Investing, Stocks, India, Indian Stock Market, Finance
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The word "jihad" is everywhere in the global media. It generally appears in the context of violence waged against the West by militants in or from Muslim-majority societies. This usage overwhelmingly colors popular discourse about Islam and Muslims and it has resulted in highly simplistic, distorted, and ahistorical understandings of the concept of jihad. For most Muslims, jihad refers to the continuous human struggle to promote and implement what is morally good and noble in all...
Topics: Islam, History, Jihad, Holy War, Muslim
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The definitive account of the 1999 Kargil war - the strategy, the effects, the heroism - from the man in charge. In February 1999, Pakistani Army personnel, disguised as jehadi militants, infiltrated mountainous Kargil and occupied key vantage points. Their intrusion triggered off a limited war between the world's newest nuclear states. It was a bitter battle, and one that throws up important lessons for India's defence preparedness, as also its responses to flare-ups such as this. This book is...
Topics: Kargil, India, Pakistan, War, Bravery, Patriotism, Nationalism
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कुल नौ कहानियों का यह संग्रह अपने आप में स्त्री-पुरुष संबंधों की जटिल सच्चाइयों को समेटे हुए है। ये फँतासियों और नाटकीयता से बहुत दूर अवसाद और कुंठाओं की सहज कहानियाँ हैं। यहाँ आपको...
Topics: Short Stories, Contemporary, India
How did an ancient Indian spiritual discipline turn into a more than 20-billion-dollar-a-year mainstay of the global wellness industry? What happened along yoga's winding path from the caves and forests of the sages to the gyms, hospitals, and village halls of the modern West? This comprehensive history sets yoga in its global cultural context for the first time. It leads us on a fascinating journey across the world, from arcane religious rituals and medieval body-magic, through muscular...
Topics: India, Yoga, History, West
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...
Topics: Russian, Short Stories, Classics
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There is perhaps no political figure in modern history who did more to secure and protect the Indian nation than Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. But, ironically, 70 years after Patel brought together piece-by-piece the map of India by fusing the princely states with British India to create a new democratic, independent nation, little is understood or appreciated about Patel's enormous contribution to the making of India. Caricatured in political debate, all the nuances of Patel's difficult life and...
Topics: India, Sardar Patel, Biography, British India, Nationalist
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'There are many missing pieces in the jigsaw puzzle that is ancient India, but those we have yield a rich tapestry." The oldest surviving love graffiti on a cave wall immortalizing an intimate bond in the third century BCE; charred seeds and chewed animal bones that provide evidence of a peoples' food obsessions; architectural minutiae that point to the alarming regression of a civilization's potty habits; intriguing sculptures that reveal myriad facets of the human-animal relationship....
Topics: India, Ancient India, History, Archaeology
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An entertaining and surprising ride through an India you thought you knew.
Topics: India, Portrait, Short Stories
While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500, a...
Topics: India, Middle east, China, Asia, science, philosophy, religion, medieval, Silk Road
The year 1971 was the one that changed Indian cricket forever. Accustomed to seeing a talented but erratic Indian team go from one defeat to another, a stunned cricketing world watched in astonishment as India first beat the West Indies in a Test series on their home turf and then emerged victorious over England - in England. Suddenly, the Indian team had become a force to reckon with. Boria Majumdar and Gautam Bhattacharya's book is a thrilling account of the 1971 twin tours that brings to...
Topics: India, Cricket, History
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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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When destiny stood between him and his destination.  Darkness engulfs the Indian subcontinent. The 17th century is destined to be an era of brutal wars, incessant oppression and physical and spiritual carnage in the name of religion. Shivaji, a warrior and thinker far ahead of his times, rises and renders a rousing dream - respect and dignity for human life, economic equity and empowerment. Destiny does not favour him; he faces terribile odds - a fallen and defeated populace, the might of the...
Topics: Hindu, Hindutva, Hinduism, Maratha, Indian, India, Warrior
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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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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