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The Crown of Seven Stars

The Crown of Seven Stars

Aum is under attack. The enemies are not external; rather, they are within the kingdom, each obsessed with the Crown of Seven Stars. Early one morning, Destiny rolls her dice. General Saahas, heir to the throne, becomes a hunted man and Aum plunges into chaos, submitting meekly to the tyranny of the self-appointed Raja Shunen and the wily Queen Manmaani.Turned into a fugitive, Saahas is forced to submit to the power of the saade saati--the dreaded seven and a half years befalling every person at least once in their lifetime. Bitter and full of despair, he vows to vanquish his biggest foe, Destiny. Rolling the dice once more, Destiny prepares to bend Saahas to her will. She, not Saahas, must decide the winner of the Crown of Seven Stars.

Rs. 150.75

White as Milk and Rice: Stories of isolated tribes in India

White as Milk and Rice: Stories of isolated tribes in India

The Maria girls from Bastar practise sex as an institution before marriage, but with rules-one may not sleep with a partner more than three times; the Hallaki women from the Konkan coast sing throughout the day-in forests, fields, the market and at protests; the Kanjars have plundered, looted and killed generation after generation, and will show you how to roast a lizard when hungry. The original inhabitants of India, these Adivasis still live in forests and hills, with religious beliefs, traditions and rituals so far removed from the rest of the country that they represent an anthropological wealth of our heritage. This book weaves together prose, oral narratives and Adivasi History to tell the stories of six remarkable tribes of India-reckoning with radical changes over the last century-as they were pulled apart and thrown together in ways none of them fathomed.

An Officer and His Holiness

An Officer and His Holiness

In 1959, the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet into India, where he was granted refuge. Few know about the carefully calibrated operation to escort him safely from the Indian border. An Officer and His Holiness narrates how political officer Har Mander Singh successfully managed this assignment in the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) with limited resources, and despite a treacherous terrain and external threats. Har Mander Singh kept careful diary entries of the period, which have been reproduced for the first time in this book. His niece and renowned journalist, Rani Singh, painstakingly documents the journey through extensive research, Travel and interviews with the Dalai Lama, his youngest brother, Tenzin Choegyal, and Har Mander Singh.Her own experience of retracing her uncle's journey also provides a comprehensive overview of the situation today. Rare Pictures and valuable input from experts bring alive this thrilling operation that forever changed relations between India, China and Tibet.

The Dry Fasting Miracle: From Deprive to Thrive

The Dry Fasting Miracle: From Deprive to Thrive

In the olden days, people ate early because there was hardly any light after sunset. Their next meal would only be after sunrise. This practice spread to all religions as a discipline due to its health and spiritual benefits. Today, it is called the dry fasting diet-the most superior form of fasting and cleansing. Replicating it requires abstinence from all food and water for twelve or more hours.Luke Coutinho and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Nuaimi teach us how this diet can stimulate the body, help one find the right balance between the 'elimination phase' and the 'building phase', aid weight loss and avoid a number of diseases. From Beauty to General well-being, discover the miracle of dry fasting and the route to a new you.

Kurukshetra: The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3

Kurukshetra: The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3

The empire that was Aryavarta fades under the shadow of doom. As the bitter struggle to gain control of the divided kingdom ensues, both Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa of the Firstborn and the Secret Keeper of the Firewrights can only watch as their own blood, their kin, savage and kill on the fields of Kurukshetra. Restraint and reason have deserted the rulers who once protected the land and they manipulate, scheme and kill with abandon - for victory is all that matters.At the heart of the storm Stands Govinda Shauri, driven by fickle allies and failed kings, to the very brink of darkness. He may well be the greatest danger Aryavarta has faced yet, for he is determined to change things forever. Reforging the forsaken realm in the fire of his apocalyptic wrath, Govinda prepares to destroy everything he loves and make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of one last hope: that humanity will rise. There will be revolution.

Made in India: A Memoir

Made in India: A Memoir

There's more to Milind Soman than meets the eye (although, as his legions of female Fans will agree, what meets the eye is pretty delish).Combining in himself the passion of an entrepreneur, the mind of a nerd, the discipline of an athlete, the curiosity of an explorer, the heart of a patriot and the soul of a philosopher, Milind has made the stunning-and apparently seamless- transition from champion swimmer to supermodel to actor to extreme sportsperson to women's fitness activist, enabler and proselytiser, all in one lifetime. How does he do it? What makes him tick? On the twenty-fifth anniversary of 'Made in India', the breakout pop music video of the 1990s that captured the apna-time-aagaya zeitgeist of post-liberalization India and made him the nation's darling across genders and generations, Milind talks about his fascinating life-controversies, relationships, the breaking of vicious habits like smoking, alcohol, rage, and more-in a freewheeling, bare-all (easy, ladies-we're talking soul-wise!) memoir. Co-authored with bestselling author Roopa Pai, MADE IN INDIA is a rare glimpse into the mind and heart of a very unusual man that will leave you thoughtful, awed and inspired.

Breath of Gold: Hariprasad Chaurasia

Breath of Gold: Hariprasad Chaurasia

Fights, action, music, romance, secret trysts-renowned classical musician Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's life reads almost like a film script. Wrestler in the morning, student during the daytime and flute player in secret, he lived more than a double life through his early years, till he broke away from his wrestler father's watchful eye to join All India Radio as a flautist. His marriage, relocation to Bombay and his foray into films were events rich in drama. As were his meetings with other musical greats, including Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, his dearest friend and music partner, with whom he composed the music for films like Silsila, Lamhe and Chandni. His reminiscences about his journey as a student of the reclusive Annapurna Devi, daughter of the famed Allauddin Khan of Maihar, give deep insights into his nature as well as that of his guruma. Hariprasad Chaurasia has also been a guru to innumerable students in his Mumbai and Bhubaneswar gurukuls, and at the World Music Department, Rotterdam Music Conservatory, the Netherlands, where he is artistic director. His mesmerizing flute can be heard in some of Hindi cinema's most popular songs, in a composition by the former Beatle George Harrison, as well as in recordings with renowned musicians from across the world. A plethora of awards, including the Padma Vibhushan, sits lightly on the man, who has taken the humble flute to international renown as an instrument that can hold its own. Hariprasad Chaurasia and his Breath of Gold will inspire and amaze everyone who reads the life story of this much-loved flautist.

Vichhoda

Vichhoda

The year is 1950; the Liaquat-Nehru Pact has been signed between India and Pakistan; she doesn't know it will change her life forever; it will also make her stronger Bibi Amrit Kaur's life is literally torn apart in the 1947 riots. She's now in a different country with a different identity. She accepts this new life gracefully and begins a new chapter. She gets married and has two children. Life, however, has something else in store for her. It breaks her apart. Again. This time the pain is unbearable. But the hope that she will reunite with her children and be whole again keeps her alive. And she doesn't let the bitterness cloud her days, becoming a beacon of hope and courage for all. From the bestselling author of Calling Sehmat comes another hitherto untold story of strength, sacrifice and resilience. A must read.

Govinda: The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1

Govinda: The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1

For generations, the Firstborn dynasty of scholar-sages, descendants of Vasishta Varuni and Protectors of the Divine Order on earth, has dominated here. For just as long, the Angirasa family of Firewrights, weapon-makers to the kings and master inventors, has defied them. In the aftermath of the centuries-long conflict between the two orders, the once-united empire of Aryavarta lies splintered, a shadow of its former glorious self.Now, the last Secret Keeper of the Firewrights is dead, killed by an unknown hand, and the battle for supreme power in the empire is about to begin. As mighty powers hurtle towards a bloody conflict, Govinda Shauri, cowherd-turned-prince and now Commander of the armies of Dwaraka, must use all his cunning to counter deception and treachery if he is to protect his people and those whom he loves.But who holds the key to the fantastic and startling knowledge of the Firewrights, which in the wrong hands will bring doom upon the empire? And does Govinda have it in him to confront the dark secrets of his past and discover the true meaning of being Arya, of being noble?

Party Like A Star: Recipes and Hacks from Bollywood's Favourite Chef

Party Like A Star: Recipes and Hacks from Bollywood's Favourite Chef

Learn how to entertain like the celebrity swish-set, with recipes, tips and photos from actual parties thrown by Bollywood stars and big brands. Find a detailed plan of action for every kind of party, be it brunch, high Tea or even a big, fat wedding. Shilarna Vaze, chef and founder of Gaia Gourmet, who has cooked for the best parties and the biggest stars, will turn you into the perfect host with her scrumptious recipes, advice on picking the right party professionals, indispensible checklists and getting every detail just right. Thrown into the mix are essential tips for décor, service, and menu planning, as well as expert and celebrity inputs on how to put together a perfect soiree.

Rs. 495.03

I've Never Been (Un)Happier

I've Never Been (Un)Happier

I don't write about my experiences with depression to defend the legitimacy of my pain. My pain is real; it does not come to me because of my lifestyle, and it is not taken away by my lifestyle. Unwittingly known as Alia Bhatt's older sister, screenwriter and fame-child Shaheen Bhatt has been a powerhouse of quiet restraint-until recently. In a sweeping act of courage, she now invites you into her head. Shaheen was diagnosed with depression at eighteen, after five years of already living with it. In this emotionally arresting memoir, she reveals both the daily experiences and big picture of one of the most debilitating and critically misinterpreted mental illnesses in the twenty-first century. Equal parts conundrum and enlightenment, Shaheen takes us through the personal pendulum of understanding and living with depression in her privileged circumstances. With honesty and a profound self-awareness, Shaheen lays claim to her sadness, while locating it in the universal Fabric of the human condition.In this multi-dimensional, philosophical tell-all, Shaheen acknowledges, accepts and overcomes the peculiarities of living with depression. A topic of massive Interest to anyone with mental health disorders, I've Never Been (Un)Happier stretches out its hand to gently provide solace and solidarity.

Rs. 181.18

An Extreme Love of Coffee: A Novel

An Extreme Love of Coffee: A Novel

When they drink a cup of 'magic' coffee, Rahul and Neha are entrusted with a quest that promises to lead to great treasure. As they race from the plantations of Coorg to Japanese graveyards, they are trailed by the Yamamoto brothers-bearing grudges and carrying swords.Accompanied by a friendly ghost and armed with an extreme love of coffee, Rahul and Neha discover their passion for warm frothy concoctions and each other. But will they manage to evade their Japanese assailants and find the treasure they first set out for?

Haunted: Terrifying Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits

Haunted: Terrifying Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits

An entire town that was abandoned overnightA fort that fell to ruins due to a curseMines where twenty thousand miners were trapped and perishedA village where black magic is a way of lifeA fair where exorcisms are performed in publicSuch are the locations dotting the colourful paranormal map of India. Intrepid adventurers and regular tourists alike have often dared to visit these places to experience for themselves their fascinating lure, and to see if ghosts truly haunt these regions. However, those who have ventured there have often returned with more questions than answers-if at all they have returned.Haunted chronicles the real-life adventures of paranormal investigator Jay Alani in ten of the spookiest locations in India. Co-authored by Neil D'Silva, these exploits provide a ringside view of these hair-raising paranormal journeys for everyone who has an Interest in exploring the dark side of the normal.

The Cousins Thackeray: Uddhav, Raj and the Shadow of their Senas

The Cousins Thackeray: Uddhav, Raj and the Shadow of their Senas

They are first cousins twice over, but have had widely divergent political trajectories. One, an abrasive, fire-breathing demagogue, was seen as his uncle's political heir whose behavioural traits he cultivated. The other, an introvert, is at his best when plotting strategies on the drawing board rather than the rough-and-tumble of street-corner Politics that his party is known for in India's financial capital.Starting out as brothers-in-arms, they had a bitter falling out over inheriting the party mantle. The younger cousin branched out on his own, hijacked the populist, ethno-centric plank of his parent party, putting his cousin-turned-political foe on the defensive. A series of miscalculations later, the boot seems to be on the other foot. The elder cousin has managed to keep his flock together and cemented his position as his late father Bal Thackeray's political heir, while the other, one of the most popular crowd-pullers in Maharashtra, is itching for an electoral comeback.The Cousins Thackeray evaluates the political careers of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray. It also examines questions about identity Politics, and the social, cultural and economic matrix that catalysed the formation of the Shiv Sena and the MNS from it. Above all, it is a look at what makes the Thackeray cousins so integral to the Politics of India, Maharashtra and Mumbai.

Rs. 286.07

The Class of 83: The Punishers of Mumbai Police

The Class of 83: The Punishers of Mumbai Police

At a time when Mumbai was plagued by underworld gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim, Iqbal Kaskar and Chhota Rajan, the batch of 1983 from the Police Training School (PTC) in Nashik-trained by the legendary Arvind Inamdar-produced a group of prominent encounter specialists who have been credited with bringing back the rule of Law in the city. Famed even within this batch, trigger-happy senior police inspector Pradeep Sharma understood that to save the city from the clutches of the underworld, he would need to dilute rival gangs. The Class of 83 delves deep into the most famous (or infamous) encounters conducted by Sharma and his batch mates. Pradeep Sharma was arrested by the same department he had served for two-and-a-half decades. He faced the ignominy of jail, clubbed in the same cell as the criminals he had arrested. However, he fought for his honour, was acquitted and reinstated into service.In The Class of 83, S. Hussain Zaidi presents a one-of-a-kind story of a policeman's triumphs, struggles and redemption.

The Vedic Wedding Book

The Vedic Wedding Book

'An excellent account of the Vedic wedding [...] Amrutur Srinivasan has written a fine book.' - Prof. Subhash Kak, Louisiana State University An immensely accessible guide, The Vedic Wedding will take you to the roots of the Hindu wedding ceremony, on a journey of its evolution from the Rig Vedic times to the present day. A.V. Srinivasan brings the best of his experiential wisdom as a Hindu priest and scholar in the US in uniquely accessible explanations of each ritual of the traditional ceremony, along with a wealth of knowledge about their origin, variations and significance. One of its kind, this book will help you understand and appreciate, as well as execute, the traditional Vedic wedding ceremony and get a flavour of India's wedding culture, its true meaning and significance.

Rs. 230.23

Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar

Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar

Hailed as a superstar in an era ruled by macho men and one that literally offered actresses crumbs, Sridevi tamed Bollywood like no other. Beginning her affair with the camera when she was four, this doe-eyed Beauty conquered Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada Industries with performances etched in gold. Taking Hindi cinema by storm with Himmatwala in 1983, Sridevi emerged as one of the most iconic screen goddesses of India, playing characters that became cultural touchstones. Besides reigning as Queen Bee for the longest spell among Bollywood heroines, she also remains the only actress who was, at the same time, No.1 in Tamil and Telugu cinema too. Such was Sridevi's pan-India stardom that in a patriarchal industry, she emerged as the 'hero' at the box-office, towering above her male co-actors. After a hiatus of fifteen years, she shattered the rules again by becoming the only Bollywood diva to make a glorious comeback in 2012 with English Vinglish. A supremely gifted actor-her comedy peerless, her dances legendary, her histrionics awe-inspiring-she offered a study in contrast in real life. If her life played out forever in the limelight, so did her sudden demise in 2018.Charting five decades of her larger-than-life magic, Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar celebrates both the phenomenon and the person. With exclusive access to her family, friends and co-stars in the film fraternity, Satyarth Nayak tracks Sridevi's journey from child star to prima donna who redefined the heroine to be regarded as a legend of Indian cinema.

Phoolproof: Indian flowers, their myths, traditions and usage

Phoolproof: Indian flowers, their myths, traditions and usage

After being forced to take a sabbatical from work because of her chronic breathing troubles, Jhelum Biswas Bose turned to flowers for solace and healing. Her blossoming connection with flowers deepened her understanding of herself and the world around her. Over the years, she has learnt to recognize and respect the soft energies of blooms with the help of healing therapies such as Bach flower remedies and aromatherapy. Phoolproof is a complimentary bouquet to flowers, especially Indian flowers, and brings to our plain sight their subtle power and meaning. From the book's various whorls, Jhelum teaches us how to gainfully use flowers in living spaces, foods, and Beauty and healing treatments.

Assam: The Accord, The Discord

Assam: The Accord, The Discord

The Assam Accord, which sought to end a six-year-long agitation against illegal immigrants in Assam, was signed between members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU), and state and central governments just a few hours before Rajiv Gandhi was to deliver the Independence Day address in 1985. Immediately afterwards, the student leaders were catapulted from their hostel rooms into the corridors of power. Their party, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), was voted to power the same year, with Prafulla Kumar Mahanta becoming the youngest ever chief minister of an Indian state.Key clauses of the Assam Accord remained unimplemented during Mahanta's often controversial tenures (1985-1990, 1996-2001), and through three terms of Congress rule, which ended with the BJP's victory in the state in 2016. Central to the Accord was deportation of those who could not prove their roots in India prior to 24 March 1971. In 2015, the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) based on the 1971 cut-off of the Accord began. The first list was released in December 2017, and did not include 14 million names.Assam: The Accord, The Discord looks at the making of the Assam Accord and its long shadow on the state, through political gamesmanship between principle players, periods of ULFA and Bodo militancies, and right-wing propaganda that has split the state along communal lines.

Flood and Fury: Ecological Devastation in the Western Ghats

Flood and Fury: Ecological Devastation in the Western Ghats

The floods that devastated large parts of Kerala in 2018 were not an isolated, freak phenomenon; rather, they signalled something graver-the ecological devastation of the Western Ghats.Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, the Ghats have become increasingly vulnerable to serious ecological damage, threatening the sustenance of their people. The 2018 floods were a wake-up call for the region spanning 1600 kilometres and six states-Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat-that form an ecosystem older than the Himalayas.Travelling in this region, documenting the devastating large-scale mining, quarrying, deforestation and mismanagement of water resources, at the same time mapping its culture, History and ecology, Viju B. investigates the crisis in the Western Ghats and suggests policy measures urgently required to mitigate it.

Bad Man

Bad Man

Foreword by Mahesh Bhatt'A remarkable story'-Tina AmbaniGrowing up on the fringes of our capital city, Gulshan Grover moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in acting in the 1970s. At a time when most wannabe actors held out for the lead, he made a conscious choice to opt for villainous roles. He went on to portray many memorable characters, with a career-defining role in the 1989 blockbuster, Ram Lakhan, that established him firmly as the 'Bad Man' of Bollywood. Many a mainstream potboiler of the era rode to success on his trademark one-liners and grotesque get-ups that have become part of Bollywood folklore. He subsequently moved on to the international arena, among the first actors from Mumbai to do so, in the process becoming one of India's more recognizable faces in international cinema.In this autobiography, Grover tells his story-the films, the journey, the psychological and personal toll of sustaining the 'bad man' image, the competition among Bollywood's villains, the move to playing more rounded characters, and the challenge of doing international films without relocating to another country or opting out of mainstream Hindi cinema.

The Non-Conformist: Memories of My Father Balraj Sahni

The Non-Conformist: Memories of My Father Balraj Sahni

A legend with a host of admirers like Amitabh Bachchan and Om Puri, Balraj Sahni led the golden era of Indian cinema. He was known to be true to his principles, a non-conformist often remembered for his portrayals of the underprivileged. This is the untold story of one of the most iconic leading actors of this country. Written by his son Parikshat Sahni, the book-packed with unseen photos-provides personal and intimate glimpses of Balraj Sahni as a man and an actor, as a husband and a friend, as a parent and a patriot. It celebrates the life, times and impact of a simple man who inspired an entire generation of actors and continues to do so even today.

The First Aryan: The Legend of Vrsakapi

The First Aryan: The Legend of Vrsakapi

Will a series of brutal killings destroy the very Foundation of Parsuvarta, an ancient kingdom? A series of murders have taken place in Parsupur, the capital city of Parsuvarta. Kasyapa and Agastya, two students training to become priests, are asked by their guru to investigate the deaths. Around the same time, there is great turmoil brewing in the city-a palace coup and a battle for supremacy between the traditional Indra worshipers and the new sect of Varuna followers.It is an age when Vedic gods are worshiped, religious sacrifices are performed regularly, Commerce flourishes and kings are guided by their loyal head priests. But beneath this façade of order lie prejudices and political rivalries, jealousy and power games. This is why the murders, which at first seem to be unconnected, soon lead in the same direction. It is now up to Kasyapa and Agastya to find out the common thread and identify the killer. The First Aryan is a one-of-its-kind murder mystery set in the Vedic times.

Kargil: Untold Stories from the War

Kargil: Untold Stories from the War

Why does a group of stranded paratroopers call for Bofors' fire upon its own position? Why is an old man in Palampur fighting for justice for his dead soldier son? What makes a martyr's father visit a young Kashmiri girl every year?Kargil takes you into the treacherous mountains where some of Indian Army's bloodiest battles were fought. Interviewing war survivors and martyrs' families, Rachna Bisht Rawat tells stories of extraordinary human courage, of not just men in uniform but also those who loved them the most. With its gritty stories of incomparable bravery, Kargil is a tribute to the 527 young braves who gave up their lives for us-and the many who were ready to do it too.

Books published by Penguin eBury Press at best prices | Best of Penguin eBury Press (44 books)

Books published by Penguin eBury Press at best prices | Best of Penguin eBury Press (44 books) Price
The Crown of Seven Stars Rs. 150.75
White as Milk and Rice: Stories of isolated tribes in India Rs. 359.0
An Officer and His Holiness Rs. 300.0
The Dry Fasting Miracle: From Deprive to Thrive Rs. 269.0
Kurukshetra: The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3 Rs. 239.0
Made in India: A Memoir Rs. 449.0
Breath of Gold: Hariprasad Chaurasia Rs. 539.0
Vichhoda Rs. 179.0
Govinda: The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1 Rs. 239.0
Party Like A Star: Recipes and Hacks from Bollywood's Favourite Chef Rs. 495.03
I've Never Been (Un)Happier Rs. 181.18
An Extreme Love of Coffee: A Novel Rs. 179.0
Haunted: Terrifying Real-life Encounters with Ghosts and Spirits Rs. 239.0
The Cousins Thackeray: Uddhav, Raj and the Shadow of their Senas Rs. 286.07
The Class of 83: The Punishers of Mumbai Police Rs. 319.0
The Vedic Wedding Book Rs. 230.23
Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar Rs. 479.0
Phoolproof: Indian flowers, their myths, traditions and usage Rs. 239.0
Assam: The Accord, The Discord Rs. 479.0
Flood and Fury: Ecological Devastation in the Western Ghats Rs. 319.0
Bad Man Rs. 374.0
The Non-Conformist: Memories of My Father Balraj Sahni Rs. 479.0
The First Aryan: The Legend of Vrsakapi Rs. 200.0
Kargil: Untold Stories from the War Rs. 239.0