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The Legend of Himal and Nagrai

The Legend of Himal and Nagrai

‘In these days when Kashmir is ever more inaccessible to most of us, it is both a personal pleasure and a cultural treasure to have this authentic Kashmiri voice speaking to us from the living realm of Kashmiri Memory and imagination.’—Wendy Doniger Filled with serpent kings, long-lost lovers, magical Birds and seductive witches, The Legend of Himal and Nagrai is an enchanting collection of folk tales from a land as beautiful as it is misunderstood—Kashmir. In the title story, the serpent king Nagrai takes on human form to be with his one true love, the princess Himal. But despite Nagrai’s warnings, when Himal doubts her lover’s origins, all hell breaks loose. Will the star-crossed lovers ever be together? Leaving home for the mountains, a goat evades a jackal, a lion and a bear, promising to come down all fattened up for them after winter. But will she really be able to get back home safely, and save her newborn kids from the jaws of death? In ‘Shikaslad’, A pauper goes on a quest to awaken his luck, which has been ‘asleep’ for years. Will he ever recognize good luck staring him in the face? These and twenty-six other tales, painstakingly collected and retold by Drabu, bring to light an immensely rich, multicultural and largely undocumented tradition of storytelling. As Kashmiri voices continue to be brutally silenced, this book is a vibrant tapestry celebrating the spirit and imagination of Kashmir, in the words of its own people.This gem of a book is a collecion of folk tales which have survived so far only in an oral tradition with its captivating storiesa and well-researched introduction, it is must-read for anyone intrested in Khashmir and its folklore

Assam: A Journey Through its Textiles

Assam: A Journey Through its Textiles

An invaluable illustrated History of assam’s rich textile traditions. For centuries, Assam has been a melting pot of peoples ‘living museum of man’. Northeast India is an ethnic mosaic consisting of different tribal groups of various ethnic stocks, each with their own dialect, traditional customs and practices. Bodos represent nearly half of the tribal population, followed by mishing, karbis, rabha, sonowal kachari, lalung, and de or is. The other smaller tribes are chutia, Moran, sonowal, mech, tiwa (lalung), Garo, sarania, hajong, Tripuri, de or I, thengal, hojai, and Koch. In this multicultural constellation, textiles are an important point of Reference. The spinning and handloom weaving tradition has a deep History and ancestry in Assam. Textiles are an important Reference and idiom for a culture where it is produced as an everyday activity in households and are worn by community members universally. The silks intrinsic to Assam (muga, Yeti, and pact), the typical handlooms and backstrap looms, the distinctive woven designs, and the characteristic modes of dress are expressions of the intangible heritage of Assam. The traditional dress of Assamese women is the two-pieced mekhela and chador and for ceremonial occasions, a third item called riha. For formal occasions, people wear a headdress like the Bodo joke. The ubiquitous gamosha (white with red design) can be used both as a headdress as well as a utilitarian scarf. While written records are sparse, the oral traditions, folklore, music and the continuing and living traditions are testimony to the vibrant weaving practices and distinctive design heritage of Assam. Assam: a journey through its textiles serves an invaluable purpose in documenting through a meticulously researched text and more than 150 stunning photographs, the History of the textiles and tribes of this north-eastern state. The book is published in association with the me era women weavers’ association. Established in 2016, The association is a not-for-profit public company with the twin objectives of documenting and preserving the Silkworm rearing, design, and weaving culture of Assam and providing a cooperative and commercially profitable platform for women weavers. The association is named after justice me era Sharma, the first woman in Northeast India to become a practising lawyer and a judge of the Guwahati high Court (1989–99).

Rs. 2100.0

Women of Prey (Shikari Auratein): Stories

Women of Prey (Shikari Auratein): Stories

‘The undisputed master of the modern Indian short story.’—Salman Rushdie originally published in 1955 as Shikari auratein, women of prey is a hugely entertaining and forgotten classic containing raunchy, hilarious short stories and profiles that show a completely different side of Manto. As he’s enjoying a Kulfi in his Victoria coach after a long day at filmistan, a beautiful burqa-clad woman suddenly hops in next to Manto, ready to go home. What will he do next? When Ashok stumbles across a porn film for the first time in his life, he is appalled. What will happen when his wife gets a hold of the contraband? Will two bitter lovers—about to give it all up—resolve their differences, before they take each other lives? Can Ashok Kumar, heartthrob to millions of women, handle Paro Devi’s affections? In addition to these stories, this volume also includes ‘sitara’, Manto’s scandalous profile of the legendary Kathak dancer, famous for her troop of lovers. Appearing in English translation for the first time ever, this gem of a collection is a gloriously pulpy, sexual, hilarious and tragic romp through Manto’s Bombay, Lahore and Amritsar.

One Palace, a Thousand Doorways: Songlines Through Bhakti, Sufi and Baul Oral Traditions

One Palace, a Thousand Doorways: Songlines Through Bhakti, Sufi and Baul Oral Traditions

‘Like Kabir’s “brilliant palace” (meaning the human body), this collection of Poetry and reflection glows with vibrant colours… This book is a doorway to the living traditions of South Asia’s great mystical Poetry. Step in to find joy, sorrow, wisdom, humour, love, challenge, and perhaps inspiration to enter the singing fields yourself!’—Linda Hess, author of Bodies of Song and The Bijak of Kabir A unique textual compilation for the modern seeker, this exceptional book brings together some of the greatest songs by Bhakti, Sufi and Baul mystic poets of northern India for the first time. Kabir, Nanak Das, Gorakhnath, Mira Bai, Khwaja Ghulam Farid, Bulleshah, Lalon Fakir, and Parvathy Baul, among others, illuminate the human condition with an enduring wisdom that resonates today as it did in centuries past. Variously acerbic or sensual, irreverent or devotional—and always incandescent and intimate—these songs explode beyond narrow religiosity and open doorways to the palace of true experience: ecstatic unity of the self with the universe. This carefully curated selection of 140 timeless songs in lucid translation and transliteration, accompanied with insightful commentary, is the result of Rikhi and Virmani’s extensive research and Travel across the subcontinent over two decades. Drawing upon the shared and many-splendoured spiritual heritage of the Indic civilization, One Palace, a Thousand Doorways lights up a path to profound fulfilment and bliss amidst the frenetic demands of modern life.

Rowing Between the Rooftops: The Heroic Fishermen of the Kerala Floods

Rowing Between the Rooftops: The Heroic Fishermen of the Kerala Floods

‘Rejimon writes in a highly readable manner [of these]…heart-warming anecdotes of the valour of our coastal communities…whose members are well deserving of the highest praise and admiration from a grateful society. A work to cherish!’—Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP In August 2018, when the worst floods in a century hit Kerala, fishermen risked their lives, their boats—their only source of livelihood—and their health to rescue thousands of stranded flood victims. They spent days and nights soaked to the skin, steering on empty stomachs. They had to navigate the wild flood’s treacherous undercurrents and dive into dirty waters, risking disease and injury. Sometimes, they had to carry people or act as Footstools to help them climb into the boats. They would even swim alongside the boats, so that more people could fit. Veteran journalist Rejimon Kuttappan draws on years of friendship with the fisherfolk along the Thiruvananthapuram coast to bring their stories to the world—in their own words. Through interviews with fishermen, Government officials and flood victims, as well as extensive research, he brings to life the daring heroism and heart-wrenching sorrow of those terrible days. In the process, he reveals the precarious lives of the fisherfolk communities—threatened by climate crisis, coastal erosion and a rapidly changing way of life. This book is both a chronicle of heroism and a tribute to the enduring courage of a community that saved Kerala in its moment of need.

The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation (Revised and Updated Edition)

The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture and the Nation (Revised and Updated Edition)

‘This brave and timely book should be required reading for every Indian.’—Nayantara Sahgal In this revised paperback edition of his best-selling book, Ravish Kumar, one of our bravest and most mature public voices, examines why debate and dialogue have given way to hate and intolerance in India, how elected representatives, the media and other institutions are failing us, and looks at ways to repair the damage to our democracy. A new introduction and two additional Essays examine developments since the election results of May 2019.

Tales from the Tail End: My Cancer Diary

Tales from the Tail End: My Cancer Diary

When she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, writes Ananya Mukherjee, she was ‘stunned and disappointed in myself but quickly found my resolve. I chose to fight cheerfully…with a deep belief and faith that I’d be okay.’ Tragically, and for perhaps the first time in her life, her will could not overcome circumstances, and she lost the fight on 18 November 2018. But she left behind a host of memories for those who knew her, and a beautiful legacy for the world—an intimate and inspiring diary of her ‘cheerful fight’. It is a book that makes light of the darker moments of cancer (comparing her balding head to the dishevelled crow on her windowsill); gives practical advice on gifts to bring a cancer patient (piping hot machcher jhol along with a good story or two); and gives an insight into what cancer patients dream of (a road trip to Jaisalmer and a gondola ride in Venice). Tales from the Tail End is a book of hope, courage, even sunshine—not only for those living with cancer, and their caregivers and loved ones, but for anyone determined to live life on her or his own terms despite adversity. Peeyush Sekhsaria’s skilful sketches are a delightful accompaniment to the text. Part of the proceeds of this book will go to the Yuvraj Singh Cancer Foundation and the Muskaan Foundation for Road Safety.

Looking for Miss Sargam: Stories of Music and Misadventure

Looking for Miss Sargam: Stories of Music and Misadventure

‘Set in the heart of the world of Indian music, these are stories with a rhythm entirely their own. They speak of hope and disaster, genius and fakery in surprising ways. And they are wickedly funny.’—JERRY PINTO After thousands of hours of training and practice, the gods of music smile upon the deserving few. Genius shines; melody and goodness reign supreme; and all is right with the world. Or is it? What happens, for instance, when a cunning PR brain brings together two star musicians from India and Pakistan in a concert for peace? Or when a Hindustani vocalist, long denied a foreign tour, flies from Pune to Philadelphia? Or when a small-town music teacher and a big-city businessman team up to plan a hunt for India’s best new classical talent—and make a few crores in the process? How does it all end when a harmonium player desirous of a Padma Shri award comes to a powerful ustad for a recommendation? Or when a Bollywood director calls a classical singer, offering to make her a sensation, like the mysterious Miss Sargam whom no one hears anymore but everyone remembers? And is it really a good idea for an old-world recording company to reinvent itself for the twenty-first century, or a devotee of a pious godwoman to compose songs for Hollywood? In this, her debut work of fiction, one of India’s finest and most original musicians has produced a sparkling collection—utterly distinctive, hugely entertaining and mercilessly funny.

Rs. 384.23

Who is Bharat Mata? On History, Culture and the Idea of India: Writings by and On Jawaharlal Nehru

Who is Bharat Mata? On History, Culture and the Idea of India: Writings by and On Jawaharlal Nehru

An unprecedented and timely collection of writings by and on Jawaharlal Nehru—the man who shaped newly independent India; and the icon whose legacy is the subject of intense and often angry debate today. ‘who is this Bharat Mata, whose victory you wish?’ asked Jawaharlal Nehru leading light of the Indian freedom movement who would become the country first prime ministers a public gathering in 1936. And then he explained: the mountains and rivers, forests and fields were of course dear to everyone, but what counted ultimately were ‘the people of India…spread out all over this vast land. Bharat Mata, mother India, [is] essentially these millions of people and victory to her [is] victory to these people.’ This collection of writings and speeches by and on Nehru shows us the mind—the ideology, born of experience, observation and deep study—behind this democratic and inclusive idea of India. It is a book of particular relevance at a time when ‘nationalism’ and the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are being used to construct a militant and purely emotional idea of India that exclude millions of residents and citizens. ‘who is Bharat Mata?’ contains selections from Nehru’s classic books— an autobiography, glimpses of world History and the discovery of India; his speeches, Essays and letters from the Pre- and post-Independence years; And some of his most revealing interviews. The concluding section of the book comprises reminiscences and assessments of Nehru by his contemporaries them, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, a run a Asaf Ali, Sheikh Abdullah, ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Ali Sardar Jafri, Martin Luther King Jr and Atal Bihar Vajpayee. In this carefully put-together anthology—which also carries an illuminating introduction emerges as a remarkable man of ideas and action who had an instinctive understanding of India’s civilizational spirit, as also a clear commitment to the Scientific temper; and as a leader who, despite the compulsions of politics, remained a true democrat. His legacy continues to be extremely relevant—for, in the words of the editor, an understanding of ‘Nehru’s political and intellectual journey is a pre-condition for India’s survival as a democratic Polity and as a humane, compassionate society’.

Empress of the TAJ: In Search of Mumtaz Mahal

Empress of the TAJ: In Search of Mumtaz Mahal

An extraordinary book that combines Travel- and History-writing with brilliant storytelling to give us a portrait of Mumtaz Mahal, in whose Memory Shah Jahan built the Taj and also a portrait of India before it was changed by liberalization.In the early 1980s, researching for his bestselling novel taj, author timeri—tim—murari began the first of his journeys in the footsteps of arjumand band, the precocious daughter of a Mughal nobleman. Arjumand went on to become Mumtaz Mahal, chief consort of emperor Shah Japan and Empress of the Mughal kingdom until her death in 1631, giving birth to their fourteenth child. Over the next two decades, the grieving emperor had the Taj Mahal built in her Memory—their final resting place and the world’s most enduring symbol of love. Tim went on his journeys at a time before air Travel was common in India, when they were protracted affairs undertaken mostly by train. In these Travels of discovery Delhi; in Agra, the centre of Mughal power and site of the Taj Mahal; in the desert cities of Rajasthan, where Shah Jahan waged ceaseless campaigns, Mumtaz Mahal at his side; and in burhanpur in the Deccan, where the Empress breathed her last—the author found fascinating glimpses of an empire at its zenith and of a consuming love. Intertwined with these insights were the shabby realities of modern india—the obstinacies of the bureaucracy that controls monuments, the Industries which deface them and a citizenry that remains unaware of its own History. A brilliant meld of Travel and History writing, Empress of the Taj is not only the story of a fabled queen and the magnificent obsessions of royalty; it is also an invaluable record of a lost era in India.

Rs. 197.92

Your Vote is not Enough: A Citizens’ Charter to Make a Difference

Your Vote is not Enough: A Citizens’ Charter to Make a Difference

In this timely and comprehensive book, a Professional with rare experience in policy making reminds us that merely casting our votes is never sufficient, we must be constantly involved with the decisions which affect us in our daily lives, and the country. Did you know that: • Flawed policies—in the economy, in governance and in legislation—are the biggest reason why India, despite its demographic advantage, lags behind in many indices of growth and progress • Draft policies are routinely put up in the public domain for citizens’ feedback, yet receive very little response • Policies, even after they are ratified, can always be contested and changed if they don’t suit the country through various means • We can always get in touch with our political representatives, at the district, state and national levels, and offer our suggestions on the policies which affect us, but we rarely do so Your Vote Is Not Enough Covers a diverse range of issues—from agriculture, the economy, defence, retail and job markets to technology, governance and administration, among others—to demonstrate how a lack of engagement on our part as citizens has led to the many problems which plague these sectors. And even as it points this out, the book also provides practical and concrete solutions. These innovative solutions range from the systemic to the technological—a self-sustaining district-level agency to facilitate and encourage Entrepreneurship across India; a mobile application which will serve not only as a database for the unorganized labour force of the country but also connect them with prospective employers; and a plan to completely transform the bureaucratic culture to make it more citizen friendly and performance driven. Written with authority and conviction, Your Vote Is Not Enough is a reminder, not only to citizens of the country but also its leaders and policy makers, about all that we must do to take our rightful place as a developed nation which has ensured peace and prosperity for all its citizens.

Out of Syllabus: Poems

Out of Syllabus: Poems

‘Sumana Roy is one of the most original writers in Indian English today, whose writing easily slides out of the clutches of genres.’—The Indian Express ‘“Every relationship is a long-distance relationship,” we read in one of Sumana Roy’s intriguing new poems. Out of Syllabus brilliantly anatomizes those relationships, viewing them from every disciplinary perspective: chemistry, physics, biology, geography, history, botany—and finally art. The result is a dazzling dissection of love, longing, and loss in all their conflicting moods and moments. Roy’s images and metaphors are as enigmatic as they are precise. However private and Personal her subjects, Roy maintains an aesthetic distance, wit and verbal control that recalls Sylvia Plath—but a Plath less angry, wiser—even philosophical. This is a very special book—one that deserves a wide readership.’ —Marjorie Perloff, Emeritus Professor, Stanford University ‘Sumana Roy’s wonderful book of poems, Out of Syllabus, combines rational ordering with the “unreason” of striking Figures of Speech. The rational ordering lies in the naming of sections as items in a comprehensive syllabus: “History”, “Chemistry”, “Physics” and so on. The striking Figures of Speech are everywhere in these poems. They give “out” in the book’s title a negative as well as a positive meaning. These metaphors are often coupled to what they figure by way of a key word in Out of Syllabus: “is.” But you must read these powerful and challenging poems for yourself, dear reader, to get a feeling for what they are like and for what they mean as unique poetic experiences.’ —J. Hillis Miller, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, University of California at Irvine

Those Magnificent Women and their Flying Machines: ISRO’S Mission to Mars

Those Magnificent Women and their Flying Machines: ISRO’S Mission to Mars

A fascinating look into the lives, struggles and triumphs of the Women scientists who spearheaded Mangalyaan—India’s mission to Mars. In late 2013, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched Mangalyaan—India’s first inter-planetary mission—after just eighteen months, at a fraction of the cost of similar missions by foreign space agencies. The next year India became the first Asian nation to reach the Mars orbit and the first in the World to do so in its first attempt. This historic mission, among ISRO’s other great successes, was spearheaded by the most talented, dedicated and badass group of Women scientists that the World has ever seen. Nandini Harinath and Ritu Karidhal calculated the spacecraft’s trajectory to Mars, besides overseeing the mission operations; Moumita Dutta and Minal Sampat designed the complex Scientific instruments involved in the mission; while numerous other ‘Wonder Women’ have been instrumental in ISRO’s other pathbreaking work. Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines narrates the inspiring stories of these extraordinary women: how they overcame the naysayers and gender barriers in a field dominated by Men to achieve the impossible. Now India is ready to launch Gaganyaan, its first space mission with humans on board, at least one of whom will be a woman. Women in Science are set to reach for the stars—and beyond.

Bells of Shangri-La: Scholars, Spies, Invaders in Tibet

Bells of Shangri-La: Scholars, Spies, Invaders in Tibet

A brilliant Work which perfectly captures the thrill and intrigue of espionage and Adventure in the high Himalaya. Almost all of the Himalaya had been mapped by the Time the Great Game—in which the British and Russian Empires fought for control of Central and Southern Asia—reached its zenith in the latter half of the 19th century. Only Tibet remained unknown and unexplored, zealously guarded and closed off to everyone. Britain sent a number of spies into this forbidden land, disguised as pilgrims and wanderers, outfitted with secret survey equipment and not much else. These intrepid explorers were tasked with Collecting topographical knowledge, and information about the culture and customs of Tibet. Among the many who were sent was Kinthup, a tailor who went as a monk’s companion to confirm that the Tsangpo and the Brahmaputra were the same river. In an arduous mission that lasted four years, Kinthup had many adventures—he was even sold as a slave by the monk—before he returned, having succeeded, only to find that the officers who had sent him, and the Family he left behind, were all dead. Sarat Chandra Das, a schoolmaster, also went on a clandestine mission. He came back in two years, having compiled extensive data and carrying a trove of Ancient manuscripts and documents. He went on to become a renowned Tibetologist and Buddhist scholar. All the People who had helped and hosted him in Tibet were either imprisoned or put to death. Bells of Shangri-La brings to vivid life the journeys and adventures of Kinthup, Sarat Chandra Das and others, including Eric Bailey, an officer who was part of the British invasion of Tibet in 1903, and who later followed in Kinthup’s footsteps to the Tsangpo. Weaving Biography with precise Historical knowledge, and the memories of his own treks over some of the trails covered by these travellers, Parimal Bhattacharya writes in the great tradition of Peter Hopkirk and Peter Matthiessen to create a sparkling, unprecedented Work of non-fiction.

On Leaders and Icons: From Jinnah to Modi

On Leaders and Icons: From Jinnah to Modi

A legendary journalist’s close encounters and candid profiles of the powerful, the famous, the glamorous and the rich—from Nehru, Jinnah and Sheikh Abdullah to Meena Kumari, Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi. In this frank and freewheeling narrative, Kuldip Nayar recounts his experiences of meeting many of the Men and Women who shaped the destiny of pre- and post-Independence India, revealing hitherto unknown aspects of their personalities and shedding light on many key Events in the country. Was Nehru a secret dynast who had only his daughter Indira Gandhi in mind as his successor? What role did Nayar himself play in Lal Bahadur Shastri’s election as prime minster after Nehru’s death? Why did Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan—revered as the Frontier Gandhi—refer to Indians as ‘baniyas’? And who did Zulfikar Ali Bhutto think should be the prime minister of the entire subcontinent—India, Pakistan and Bangladesh? Interspersed with these political reminiscences are delightful accounts of Meena Kumari’s encounter with Shastri on the sets of Pakeezah, and Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s flawless recitation of his great Poetry even after consuming a full bottle of Black Dog whiskey. Nayar does not fight shy of expressing his opinions—be it a comparison of JRD and Ratan Tata, Advice for Narendra Modi, or reflections on the shape of Indo-Pak relations had Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed Ali Jinnah lived longer. In this absorbing and Entertaining book—which he finished only weeks before he passed away—Kuldip Nayar writes in the grand old tradition of journalists who were not afraid to tell it like it is.

Under Something of a Cloud: Selected Travel Writing

Under Something of a Cloud: Selected Travel Writing

Inspiring lessons from some of the world’s wisest and pioneering Business leaders. • What does it take to achieve success? • How can you take charge of your career destiny? • What are the most important Business principles that you should follow? • How can you create Business Opportunities in hostile market conditions? • How can you stay motivated amidst cutthroat competition and naysayers? In Achievement, the most legendary Business leaders share their stories, insights and Advice about creating immensely successful and sustainable businesses. Henry Ford writes about his journey, from being an engineer at Thomas Edison’s electricity company to revolutionizing the automobile industry. J.R.D. Tata shares his ‘golden rules’ for success and getting the best out of others. Azim Premji, the czar of the Indian IT industry, stresses the importance of hard work, humility and taking charge of your destiny. John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Company and the wealthiest person in modern history, talks about sticking to his Business principles, maintaining integrity and taking care of his employees. Coco Chanel, founder of the iconic Chanel brand, points to the inevitability of failure and the courage in thinking for yourself. Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys and one of the great entrepreneurs of our time, shares lessons about having a long-term vision and self-belief, and the significance of fellowship and philanthropy. Whether you intend to start a Business or are already engaged in one, this handy book will inspire you to think bigger, identify your goals—both long-term and short-term—and take concrete steps towards realizing them.

Strange Worlds! Strange Times! Amazing Sci-Fi Stories

Strange Worlds! Strange Times! Amazing Sci-Fi Stories

‘Here is a fine collection of escape hatches arrayed in front of you: all open, all leading far away from this reality. Why not climb through one and see where it takes you?’ What if machines meant to help humans took over their owners? Or if unending traffic jams forced Swedish detectives to levitate around the Indian city of Bluru? How did the deadly cyclone in the Bay of Bengal that had everyone on tenterhooks suddenly calm down? What does one do when killer zombies launch an attack in Chennai or when eager-to-please musical creatures refuse to go back into their pods? And did the giant Tetrahedron appear on the streets of New Delhi to help People see beyond their present reality? Alternate worlds and futures—or pasts—have never seemed as full of potential or as visionary as in these stories by some of the best storytellers in the country, including Manjula Padmanabhan, Jerry Pinto, Vandana Singh, Srinath Perur, Rashmi Ruth Devadasan, J.C. Bose, Indra Das, Shalini Srinivasan, Zac O’Yeah, Sunando C. and Vinayak Varma. Satirical, humorous and thought-provoking, these mindboggling stories will amaze you with their depth of imagination and are a must-read for all sci-fi lovers!

A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘Is

A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘Is

‘A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi’is is an important corrective … [it] provides the reader not just with all the Historical background he or she could want, in an accessible and comprehensible fashion, but also employs this sound knowledge to a clear-headed appraisal of the modern Middle East.’ —Times Literary Supplement The 1400-year-old schism between Sunnis and Shi‘is has rarely been as toxic as it is today, Feeding wars and communal strife in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other countries, with tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran escalating. India, too, has not emerged unscathed from this schism, and has witnessed periodic violence between the two sects throughout History. In this richly layered and engrossing account, John McHugo reveals how this great divide occurred. Charting the story of Islam from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, he describes the conflicts that raged over the succession to the Prophet, how Sunnism and Shi‘ism evolved as different sects during the Abbasid caliphate, and how the rivalry between the empires of the Sunni Ottomans and Shi‘i Safavids contrived to ensure that the split would continue into modern times. Now its full, destructive force has been brought out by the struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for the soul of the Muslim world. Definitive, insightful and accessible, A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘is shows that there was nothing inevitable about the sectarian conflicts that now disfigure Islam. It is an essential guide to understanding the genesis, development and manipulation of the great schism that for far too many People has come to define Islam and the Muslim world.

Jiya Jale: The Stories of Songs

Jiya Jale: The Stories of Songs

The legendary lyricist, poet and filmmaker tells us of the art and stories behind the making of his best songs—some of the finest and most popular of Hindi Cinema—from 1963 to the present. A legend of Hindi cinema, Gulzar is among the Subcontinent’s finest poets and lyricists, whose songs have touched millions. He remains as popular today and as sensitive a chronicler of our emotions, as he was half a century ago. And throughout, his Work has been gloriously distinctive—especially for the unforgettable images and the intimacy he brings to his songs.In this book of conversations with the acclaimed author and documentary filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir, Gulzar speaks about the making of his most enduring songs—from ‘Mora gora ang lai le’ (Bandini; 1963) and ‘Dil dhoondta hai’ (Mausam; 1975) to ‘Jiya jale’ (Dil Se; 1998) and ‘Dil toh bachcha hai ji’ (Ishqiya; 2010). He also discusses the songs of other greats, like Shailendra and Sahir Ludhianvi; his favourite Music directors, like SD and RD Burman, Hemant Kumar and AR Rahman; and several playback singers, among them, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Vani Jairam, Jagjit Singh and Bhupinder Singh.Full of insight, anecdote and analysis—and containing over 40 songs, in roman script and English translation—this book is a treasure for students and lovers of Hindi cinema, Music and poetry.

The Emperor Who Vanished: Strange Facts from Indian History

The Emperor Who Vanished: Strange Facts from Indian History

If you ever thought History is boring, this funny and astonishing book is the perfect solution!Did You Know That...One of India’s greatest emperors was erased from all History Books for nearly 1,500 years?Beetles and beetle wings were a much sought-after Fashion accessory once upon a time?The iron pillar in Delhi’s Qutub complex does not rust?A French astronomer discovered the remains of a Roman port in South India?A caravan of elephants and camels from India once paraded the frozen streets of St Petersburg, Russia?Dive into these and many more odd and wonderful facts from the pages of Indian History. You will find here the megacity of Ancient India whose existence we know of today from the accounts of Chinese and Greek travellers; the architects who created whispering galleries; the cluster of houses in Rajasthan covered with vibrant frescoes; and the strange story of how Tea came to India. Lovelorn princes who lost their kingdoms; intrepid botanists who studied and recorded every plant in the Malabar region; the poem written in praise of garlic—these are some of the nuggets that capture the peculiar, the fascinating and the eccentric bits of History the way no textbook ever will!

Call of Nature: The Secret World of Dung

Call of Nature: The Secret World of Dung

‘I love this book. Packed with scatological gems, it is a magnificent, highly Entertaining and beautifully illustrated guide to the World of excrement. No bookshelf could be complete without it.’—Professor Dave Goulson, author of A Sting in the TaleThis fascinating book takes you into the improbably extravagant secret World of dung—the inevitable by-product of all human, Animal and bird life. While humans have traditionally made use of this abundant natural resource, from burning cow-dung patties to making elephant poo paper, the World would be drowning in dung if it weren’t for nature’s ultimate recyclers. As Call of Nature explains, the expulsion of bodily waste is the start of a race against time, as creatures eat, breed and compete for dung, creating a miniature ecosystem to explore. This secret World contains dung-feeders who can devour a giant ball of elephant dung in minutes; dung-breeders, including the enigmatic dung-rolling beetles that gave rise to the Egyptian sacred scarab; and parasites, such as the terrifying wasps that lay their eggs in the larvae of other dung-breeding insects. For those who want a hands-on approach, the author completes the book with the various types of dung and illustrated identification guides to the species of dung-feeders you’re most likely to encounter on an exploration of the dung heap. But even if you never go Hunting through dung heaps yourself, this witty, highly acclaimed book is an eye-opening look into the alien World that surrounds all of us.

When I Hid My Caste: Stories

When I Hid My Caste: Stories

‘Jevha Mi Jaat Chorli Hoti (When I Hid My Caste) was hailed as “the epic of Dalits”. These brilliant stories gave Dalits the strength to Face the painful and humiliating experiences of their wretched lives..’—K Satyanarayana and Susie TharuBaburao Bagul’s debut collection of short stories, Jevha Mi Jaat Chorli Hoti (1963), revolutionized Dalit literature, bringing to it raw Energy and a radical realism—a refusal to understate or dress up gritty, brutal reality. Through the lives of People on the margins, Bagul exposed the pain, Horror and rage of the Dalit experience. The unnamed young protagonist of the title story risks his life and job, and conceals his caste from his fellow workers in the hope of bringing about social change. Damu, the village Mahar, demands the right to perform a Religious masque—a preserve of the upper castes—thus disrupting the village order. Jaichand Rathod revolts against his parents’ wishes and refuses to take up the caste-enforced task of manual scavenging. Years of repressed maternal love begins to resurface when, in the Face of death, Banoo calls out to her estranged sonand behind Savitri’s desire for revenge lies the gruesome pain she suffered at the hands of her husband. Utterly unsparing in its depiction of the vicious and inhumane centuries-old caste system, this landmark book is now finally available in English, in a brilliant new translation by the award-winning author and translator Jerry Pinto.

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

‘An extraordinary woman and one of the great Travelers of our time.’ The Times When Dervla Murphy was ten, she was given a bicycle and an atlas and soon inspired by her correspondence with a Sikh pen pal she was secretly planning a trip to India. At the age of thirty-one, in 1963, she finally set off and this astonishing book is based on the daily diary she kept while riding through the Balkans, Iran, Afghanistan and over the Himalayas into Pakistan and India. A lone woman on a bicycle (with a revolver in her trouser pocket) was an unknown occurrence and a focus of enormous Interest wherever she went. Undaunted by snow in alarming quantities, floods and robbery, using her .25 pistol on starving wolves and to scare off predatory Men and relying on the generosity of nomads, she not only finished her epic journey, but also pioneered a form of Adventure Travel that has inspired generations. Over half a century after it was first published, Full Tilt remains a hugely popular classic of Travel writing.

The Disobedient Indian: Towards a Gandhian Philosophy of Dissent

The Disobedient Indian: Towards a Gandhian Philosophy of Dissent

‘[This] book succeeds in making us see the poetics of disobedience in the utterly illiberal prosaic ethos of our times, in the light of giving Gandhi a new radical and transformative significance.’ Ashok Vajpeyi, from the ForewordIn this original and timely book, Ramin Jahanbegloo, one of the world’s leading political philosophers, engages with the most pressing question facing all of us today: is it not our duty, as free and autonomous citizens of democracy, to question and speak out against all authority? Should we not take back the power from self-interested political actors in the true spirit of Gandhi, for whom Swaraj was more than mere freedom from oppression?The core idea of Gandhi’s Philosophy of resistance, Jahanbegloo argues, is his unshakeable conviction that it is no longer possible to organize political action without disobedience. Democracy, to be worthy of obedience, he says, must be structured so that every citizen can question and disobey unjust laws and institutions. This is what Mahatma Gandhi still tells us, more forcefully than any other thinker of the twentieth century.The Disobedient Indian is a compellingly argued, persuasive handbook about the history, Philosophy and necessity of disobedience. It is a vital tract for our times.(With a foreword by Ashok Vajpeyi).

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