How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
Cast in the mould of a self-help guide to getting rich, this is the extraordinary story of a young boy, born into a poor family. As the years pass, he moves to a slum in the city, gets a brief education, flirts with militancy, and then, hungry for advancement, sets up a bottled water business, the ultimate symbol of the modern South Asian city –¬ a place where nothing works but everything can be had at a price. But as he leaves his past behind, one thing remains constant and true –¬ his love for the girl he met as a teenager.
‘I can’t picture you surviving in Indian politics. Let me tell you the reasons: you have morals, too much integrity, and you lack an ego.’
Without a job, and a marriage on the rocks, the mild-mannered Jay Banerjee has no choice but to come back from the US to Delhi. A chance meeting with a childhood friend, Govardhan Ray, aka Raja—a neta with a scandal too many—plunges him into the seamy, madcap world of Indian politics.
The fight for the Narayanpore seat—a nondescript district in West Bengal—begins, and along with it, the process of discovering ‘the real India’. Jay’s challenge: to provide a ‘clean campaign with integrity’.
Replete with colourful campaigns, media hullabaloo, cynical voters, goondas, chamchas and all the usual suspects, The Candidate is a breezy and humorous story of the great Indian election tamasha.
The Big Book of Treats
Meet Pooja Dhingra. Cupcake addict. Macaron lover. Baker. And founder and owner of Mumbai’s most famous French-style patisserie, Le 15.
Her passion for baking led Pooja to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and on her return she opened Le 15 Patisserie, which was soon a runaway success. Today, as a professional baker Pooja heads up one of India's finest patisseries. As a home baker, she makes hearty, uncomplicated desserts with kitchen staples that can be found at any corner shop.
The Big Book of Treats is Pooja's gift to Indian home bakers. Written with a professional's exacting eye and a home chef's ability to improvise, it teaches you how to make everything from cookies and cupcakes to brownies and birthday cakes. Accessible, engaging and undeniably scrumptious, these recipes will bring all sorts of baked goodies—even macarons—into your own kitchen.
Letters from a Young Poet: 1887–1895
As a young man, Rabindranath Tagore wrote a series of letters to his niece during what he described as the most productive period of his life. By turns contemplative and playful, gentle and impassioned, Tagore’s letters abound in incredible insights—from sharply comical portrayals of English sahibs to lively anecdotes about family life, from thoughts on the nature of poetry to spiritual contemplation and inner feeling. And coursing through all these letters, like a ceaseless heartbeat, is Tagore’s deep love for the natural splendour of Bengal. In this manner, this volume also serves as a prose companion to his magnificent work Gitanjali.
Letters from a Young Poet shimmers with wit and warmth, and offers unforgettable vignettes of the young poet in those happy days before extraordinary fame found him.
At the risk of offending you a little, India’s funniest bloggers would like to hold forth on:
• Why Narendra Modi’s favourite movie is The Lion King
• What happens to Arnab Goswami’s milkman when he tries to cheat him
• How Sonia G reshuffles her Cabinet with a little help from Britney Spears
• Why Kejriwal can’t get rid of his shawl in the Delhi summer
• What fills Manmohan Singh with rage
• Why Ravi Shastri must moderate the prime ministerial debate
And what all of this has to do with the most Unreal Elections of the Summer of 2014 . . .
Sub title: The Fiery Heart
After making the shocking decision that changed her whole life, Sydney still finds herself pulled in too many directions. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her powerful magical ability to destroy everything about the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and the burning desire for revenge, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the dangerous threat of exposure looms larger than ever.
By the waters running through the valleys of Kashmir, teenage boys come to play cricket, talk about girls, and just be. But a few years later, when they are young men and violence grips the region, they are gone.
Only the son of the local headman has stayed. He knows his friends have slipped over the border to Pakistan, and turned militant to bear arms against the Indian army. He would like to join them - but he cannot.
Instead, put in an impossible position by an Indian army Captain, he must cross into the shadowland between the opposing sides, a ghost walking among the dead. His fate, like that of his lost brothers, unknown . . .
• Devastating . . . haunting . . . gripping in its narrative drama (Kamila Shamsie, Guardian)
• Compelling . . . An important and poetic testimony to an all-too-easily forgotten war (Daily Mail)
• A thrilling, powerful debut (Sunday Times)
• 'A beautifully realized account of horror, grief and the psychological trauma of war' Observer
• Waheed builds an atmosphere of menace and despair . . . his tale possesses a disturbing power that is both lingering and profound (Independent on Sunday)
• I loved it. The voice is lyrical, to match the beauty of Kashmir, and yet is tinged with melancholy and grief. I was shaking at times, was livid at times and was moved to tears ultimately. (Nadeem Aslam)
• Mirza's rage has a flaming beauty... Certainly there is an epic quality about The Collaborator (Geeta Doctor, India Today)
• A powerful first novel (Books of the Year Financial Times)
• The Collaborator is that rare thing, a virtually flawless novel. (Eunice de Souza, Mumbai Mirror)
• Waheed’s writing combines the elegance and gymnastics of another reinterpreter of recent wars and revolutions, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and of Mohammed Hanif, the author of the sublime Pakistani satire A Case of Exploding Mangoes. (Justine Hardy, The Times)
• 'Waheed's prose burns with the fever of anger and despair; the scenes in the valley are exceptional, conveying, a hallucinatory living nightmare that has become an everyday reality for Kashmiris' Metro
Nobody Can Love You More
Sub title: Life in Delhi's Red Light District
The sex workers of Kotha No. 300 raise their children, cook for their lovers, visit temples, shrines and mosques, complain about pimps and brothel owners, listen to film songs, and solicit and entertain customers.
By following the daily lives of the denizens of one kotha, Mayank Austen Soofi paints an intimate portrait of women for whom sex is work—a way to make a living.
With precise details and haunting photographs, Soofi delicately and carefully etches the everyday world of those who inhabit the peripheries of society.
Live like a Maharaja
Sub title: How to Turn Your Home into a Palace
On her show, Amrita Gandhi has been a welcome guest to royal families all over India. Live Like a Maharaja: How to turn your Home into a Palace is her treasure trove of royal lifestyle tips and secrets that will change the way you live. Discover the art of setting a dining table from the royal house of Rampur; learn how to accessorize and drape your chiffon sari like Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur; uncover Saif Ali Khan’s style commandments and master the secrets of an authentic Hyderabadi biryani from the chefs of Falaknuma Palace.
Full of great advice on how to create luxury out of the ordinary, this book is an exciting journey into the lives and homes of India’s royal families, revealing the prized lifestyle secrets that will make kings and queens of all of us.
The Seduction of Shiva
Sub title: Tales of Life and Love
The god Shiva is utterly seduced by Mohini, the enchanting female form assumed by the god Vishnu during the churning of the ocean for nectar. A barber employs wit and wile and rumours of witchcraft to win his wife back from the lustful attentions of their king. The celestial nymph Urvashi curses the Pandava prince Arjuna when he rejects her sexual advances. A woman caught in adultery befools her elders with a religious ritual. A man with a disagreeable missing wife insists nevertheless that she be recovered by his ruler who has a similar problem.
Refined, colloquial, romantic, cynical, satirical by turns, these stories of erotic love, elegantly translated from the Sanskrit classics, make a sustained argument for the secular ends of life—of desire tempered with discrimination and pleasure with restraint.