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.
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.
• ‘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
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.
• ‘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
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.
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.
• ‘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
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.
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.
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.
• ‘Startlingly avant garde in its form, as well as its content’—Business Standard
• ‘The enfant terrible of Hindi literature’—Tehelka
God is A Gamer
What happens when you cross gamer, banker, politician and terrorist with virtual money? God Is a Gamer is a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villains, predators are prey, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems. Totally unputdownable, it is Ravi Subramanian’s best novel yet.
A savage indictment of religious extremism and man’s inhumanity to man, Lajja was banned in Bangladesh but became a bestseller in the rest of the world. This brand-new translation marks the twentieth anniversary of this controversial novel.The Dattas—Sudhamoy and Kironmoyee, and their children, Suronjon and Maya—have lived in Bangladesh all their lives. Despite being members of a small Hindu community that is terrorized at every opportunity by Muslim fundamentalists, they refuse to leave their country, unlike most of their friends and relatives. Sudhamoy believes with a naive mix of optimism and idealism that his motherland will not let him down. And then, on 6 December 1992, the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya is demolished by a mob of Hindu fundamentalists. The world condemns the incident, but its immediate fallout is felt most acutely in Bangladesh, where Muslim mobs begin to seek out and attack the Hindus. The nightmare inevitably arrives at the Dattas’ doorstep, and their world begins to fall apart.