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The Mahabharata
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The Mahabharata

Sub title: Volume 9

In Volume 9, the war is over and Yudhishthira crowned. Bhishma’s instructions and advice that began in the eighth volume continue past the Shanti Parva into the Anushasana Parva. 

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• ‘Takes us on a great journey with admirable ease’ - Indian Express
• ‘For those who passionately love the Mahabharata and want to explore its depths’ - Hindustan Times
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Collected Poems
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Collected Poems

Sub title: 1969-2014

Gathering the work of a lifetime, spanning four books of poetry, and including thirty-four new poems, Collected Poems is the first comprehensive collection of the work of one of India’s most influential English language poets. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra’s poetry has long been known for its mixing of the commonplace and the strange, the autobiographical and the fabulous, in which the insignificant details of everyday life-whether contemporary or historical-bring larger patterns into focus. Mehrotra’s celebrated translations from Indian languages (Prakrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali) take up a third of Collected Poems. Selections from The Absent Traveller and Songs of Kabir are followed by those of Nirala, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Mangalesh Dabral, Pavankumar Jain and Shakti Chattopadhyay. Together they tell the story of Indian poetry over two millennia.

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Edge of Eternity
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Edge of Eternity

Sub title: Book Three of The Century Trilogy

Edge of Eternity is the sweeping, passionate conclusion to Ken Follett’s extraordinary historical epic, The Century Trilogy. Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh – as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all, the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidential impeachment, revolution – and rock and roll. East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives…George Jakes, the child of a mixed race
couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own…Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a Senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he’d imagined…Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khruschev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the U.S. and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister Tania carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw – and into history. As always with Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fastmoving,
the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again.

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A Great Clamour
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A Great Clamour

Sub title: Encounters with China and its Neighbours

Full of unexpected ideas and fresh insights, A Great Clamour is an extraordinary account of contemporary Asia from one of our finest essayists. Journeying through China, Tibet, Mongolia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan, Mishra explores the contradictions and dynamism of modern-day China, simultaneously drawing a vivid portrait of its neighbours, and the shadow the restless giant casts over its stage.

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• ‘The heir to Edward Said’—Economist
• ‘A Great Clamour attempts a major and necessary shift of perspective ... [points] like a compass to a True East rather than a True North’—Business Standard
• ‘The rare writer who is at ease as a historian, philosopher, traveler, and memoirist’—Pico Iyer
• ‘Thoughtful, intelligent, rigorous and deeply insightful’ - TimeOut
• ‘Intriguing vignettes of [China’s] transformation’ - Business World
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India Becoming
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India Becoming

Sub title: A Journey through a Changing Landscape

India has changed dramatically in recent years, but what does all this change mean for the lives of ordinary Indians? In this gripping and often moving book, Akash Kapur follows a handful of men and women in the villages and small towns of South India as they confront the ups and downs of life in a nation in transition.

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• ‘A remarkably absorbing account of an India in transition’—Amartya Sen
• ‘Captures the ambivalence of the times, the country and the people’—The Hindu
• ‘Kapur is especially qualified to assess the contrasts and contradictions that change has brought’—New York Times Book Review
• ‘Acutely observed and crammed with well-drawn characters’—The Economist
• ‘One of the best books about India changing’—Businessworld
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The Inheritance of Loss
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The Inheritance of Loss

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.

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• ‘Moving and revelatory’—New Yorker
• ‘Impressive’—Guardian
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My Kashmir
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My Kashmir

Sub title: The Dying of the Light

Jammu and Kashmir has been ravaged by conflict for sixty years. Caught in a tug-of-war between India and Pakistan, the state is today riven by conflicts of ethnicity, religion and national identity; by friction between national and local governments; and by rival claims to territory. At a moment when abiding peace seems elusive and the nuclearized neighbours are both threatened by terrorism, My Kashmir is a clear-sighted and timely examination of Kashmir’s recent history, the bloodshed and betrayals and the urgent quest for a lasting peace.

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• ‘Offers invaluable insights ... for an exploratory intellectual exercise aimed at synthesising conflicting narratives’—The Hindu
• ‘A sympathetic understanding of the complexities of Kashmiri angst and aspiration’—Outlook
• ‘A wealth of anecdotes and stories about Kashmir’s turbulent history’ —DNA
• ‘One of the most courageous accounts of Kashmir. A must-read for all Kashmiri leaders, observers, policymakers and analysts’ —Indian Express
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Natural Kingdoms
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Natural Kingdoms

Sub title: Healing with Homeopathy

Why is it that, sometimes, a single pattern repeats itself endlessly through every sphere of an individual’s life, despite their best efforts to change it? Using his path-breaking method of diagnosis, the sensation method, Dr Sankaran explains that an individual’s perception of stress is shaped by an inner pattern, or song, which is connected to one of the three kingdoms in nature—animal, plant or mineral. Identifying this fundamental connection enables homeopaths to cure ailments at their root. Insightful, accessible and lucid, Natural Kingdoms tells the story of the homeopathic process through the case studies of three individuals—it will encourage you to discover your own inner song to bring about better health and harmony in your life.

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‘The greatest single advance in homeopathic medicinal practice in the past century’—American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine
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Bollybook
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Bollybook

Sub title: The Big Book of Hindi Movie Trivia

In how many Hindi films has the hero been afflicted with the Big C (cancer, that is)? Who played a double role in Sholay? Which Dev Anand movie had the song ‘Usne phenka leg break to maine mara chhakka’? And who was it that said ‘Hum jahan khade hote hain, line wahin se shuru hoti hai’ in Kaalia? Amitabh, you say? Think again! From Geet Gaata Chal (songs that became movies), The Big Bong Theory (11 depictions of Bengalis) and Dawaa Ya Dua (8 kinds of diseases) to Nishabd (10 silent scenes of Amitabh Bachchan) and Picture Abhi Baaki Hai (16 unusual ‘The End’s), Bollybook is chock-full of interesting asides, fascinating insights and utterly useless trivia from the world of Hindi cinema. Every page in this bumper book—the print equivalent of a 270-minute Bollywood epic—is going to engross and entertain you. A copy of Bollybook belongs on your table, right next to your DVD remote.

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Strangers on the Roof
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Strangers on the Roof

Samar, a young scholar, is married to Prabha against his will. Ego and frustration combine to make him refuse to say even a single word to his wife on the day of the marriage. They live thus, without speaking, for nearly a year. Until one moment when their suppressed emotions burst through, and lead to a passionate reconciliation. Funny, affectionate and hard hitting, this is one of the most unique love stories in Indian writing.

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• ‘The first Hindi work which attempted to jolt the fabled Bharatiya Sanskriti (Indian culture) out of its smug stupor’—Countercurrents
• ‘Startlingly avant garde in its form, as well as its content’—Business Standard
• ‘The enfant terrible of Hindi literature’—Tehelka
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