A Biography of Indira Gandhi
When Indira Gandhi was brutally assassinated in 1984, she had lived through India’s tortured liberation from the British Empire, the bloody era of partition and the monumental difficulties associated with creating and sustaining the world’s largest and most troubled democratic nation. This unique, intimate biography of one of the first women heads of state in modern history shows Indira growing from the shy daughter of the great Jawaharlal Nehru to the accomplished politician she eventually became.
A Fine Balance
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers–a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village–will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.
A Princess Remembers – Memories of the Maharani of Jaipur
She is the daughter of the Maharaja of Cooch Behar and the widow of the Maharaja of Jaipur. She was raised in a sumptuous palace staffed with 500 servants and she shot her first panther when she was twelve. She has appeared on the lists of the world’s most beautiful women. Gayatri Devi describes her carefree tomboy childhood; her secret six-year courtship with the dashing, internationally renowned polo player, Jai the Maharaja of Jaipur; and her marriage and entrance into the City Palace of the ‘pink city’ where she had to adjust to unfamiliar customs and life with his two wives.
Agra Delhi Jaipur
Three-dimensional cutaway illustrations and floor plans of key landmarks complement these richly illustrated, fully updated travel handbooks that also include enhanced maps, street-by-street guides, background information on a host of popular sights, and an expanded traveler’s survival guide providing tips on hotels, restaurants, local customs, transportation, medical services, museums, entertainment, and more.
Ambani & Sons
This book tells the riveting story of one of the wealthiest families in the world. Dhirubhai Ambani was a rags-to-riches tycoon whose company Reliance, is now one of India s major corporations. His sons Anil and Mukesh took over after his death in 2002 and their respective arms of the company are bigger than the parent ever was. However, a family feud of colossal proportions, that has had political reverberations, ensued. The Ambani tale contains a bigger story about modern India, not only as an economic powerhouse, but about the complicated links between government and big business
Autobiography: The Story of my Experiments with Truth
Personal account of the life of the man who freed India from colonization through the Satyagraha — nonviolent protest — movement. His early boyhood life, legal studies, purification, and ultimate salvation of his homeland is carefully recounted in this inspiring and critical work of insurmountable importance.
Pavan Varma turns a sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen to examine what really makes Indians tick.Drawing on sources as diverse as ancient Sanskrit treatises and Bollywood lyrics, Pavan Varma creates a vivid and compelling portrait of India and its people. Being Indian is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand Indians, and for Indians who wish to understand themselves.
Cambridge Self Hindi Teacher
This is a unique book which teaches Hindi through the medium of English Language in the easiest yet the most efficient way. It has a good collection of most common phrases and sentences of Hindi with their English equivalents. This will serve as a quick reference and will be of great help to tourists. Only essential grammar has been included so that the student is not overburdened or confused.
Kirpal Singh is riding the slow train to Kashmir. With India passing by his window, he reflects on his destination, which is also his past: a military camp to which he has not returned for fourteen years. Kirpal, is shy and not yet twenty when he arrives for the first time at General Kumar’s camp, nestled in the shadow of the Siachen Glacier. At twenty thousand feet, the glacier makes a forbidding battlefield; its crevasses claimed the body of Kip’s father. Kip becomes an apprentice under the camp’s chef, Kishen, a fiery mentor who guides him toward the heady spheres of food and women.Mesmeric, mournful, and intensely lyrical, Chef is a brave and compassionate debut about hope, love, and memory set against the devastatingly beautiful, war-scarred backdrop of occupied Kashmir.
City of Djinns, A Year in Delhi
This is William Dalrymple’s captivating memoir of a year spent in Delhi, a city watched over and protected by the mischievous invisible djinns. Lodging with the beady-eyed Mrs Puri and encountering an extraordinary array of characters – from elusive eunuchs to the last remnants of the Raj – William Dalrymple comes to know the bewildering city intimately. He pursues Delhi’s interlacing layers of history along narrow alleys and broad boulevards, brilliantly conveying its intoxicating mix of mysticism and mayhem.
For centuries travelers and poets have written about India. Her endless variety and mysterious fascinations. But such is the magic of this country, such her vibrant colours and richness of heritage, that words alone do not do her justice. In ENCHANTING INDIA photographer Rupinder Khullar has captured some of this essence through a series of images that are stunning, powerful and deeply moving.
From Goddess to Mortal
From Goddess to Mortal is a biography of Rashmila Shakya who was fortunate enough to live two different lives in one lifespan. It’s the story of a girl who was first a Goddess and latter a mortal. The book is a sum of her experience initially as a goddess and later of mere mortal. Rashmila was four years old when she was chosen to become the Royal Kumari. Her world was to change as she was now being promoted to Goddess. She was now Dyah Meiju, the living goddess and had to move into a new house the Kumari Che, She was the Royal Kumari from 1984-91.
Gandhi: A study in Revolution
Few biographies capture the complex personality of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)—theologian, philosopher, activist, and statesman—so successfully. Geoffrey Ashe separates myth from reality and clarifies the incredible polarities of his protagonist’s life, from middle-class lawyer to non violent revolutionary, from family man to man of the world.the longest running and best selling guide to India Indian lead author Sarina Singh, eight years with Lonely Planet, has a greater insight into Indian society, culture and languages than any guidebook author detailed itinerary maps guide you around the main sights and highlights of the North, the South, and off the beaten track much more to draw the reader in and excite them about their trip
Great Monuments of the Indian Subcontinent
An illustrated reference to places of cultural importance on the Indian subcontinent which covers both secular and religious monuments from various periods and regions. Outlines developments in architecture over time and provides practical information on visiting monuments.
Hindu, Gods & Goddesses
Selected accounts from India’s sacred literature form a complete and systematic overview of the many Hindu deities. These explorations cover gods from the Vedic and Puranic literature as well as lesser figures such as demons, sacred birds, and other lore. Includes 85 beautiful black-and-white illustrations culled from traditional sources.
Hobson-Jobson’s Anglo-Indian Dictionary
Bungalow, pyjamas, tiffin, rickshaw, veranda, curry, cheroot, chintz, calico, gingham, mango, junk and catamaran are all words which have crept into the English language from the days of Britain’s colonial rule of the Indian sub-continent and the Malaysian Peninsular. Hobson-Jobson (derived from the Islamic cry at the celebration of Muhurram ‘Ya Hasan, ya Hosain’ is shorthand for the assimilation of foreign words to the sound pattern of the adopting language. This dictionary, compiled in the late-19th century, is an invaluable source which has never been superseded. It is an essential book for all who are interested in English etymology and the development of the language.
Holy Cow and other Indian stories
Attempts to tell the reader through stories what India is, its traditions, culture, philosophical and religious beliefs customs, etc that are so variagated that it seems there are many Indias, rather that just one.Attempts to tell the reader through stories what India is, its traditions, culture, philosophical and religious beliefs customs, etc that are so variagated that it seems there are many Indias, rather that just one.
When their traditional business – selling saris – is increasingly sidelined by the new fashion for jeans and stitched salwar kameez, the Banwari Lal family must adapt. But instead of branching out, the sons remain apprenticed to the struggling shop and the daughters are confined to the family home. As envy and suspicion grip parents and children alike, the need for escape – whether through illicit love or in the making of pickles or the search for education – becomes ever stronger. Very human and hugely engaging, “Home” is a masterful novel of the acts of kindness, compromise and secrecy that lie at the heart of every family.
Illuminations from the Bhagavad-Gita
This fresh, opulent presentation of the Bhagavad-Gita, India’s great spiritual masterpiece, is truly unique. Profusely illustrated with 40 color plates and more than 50 black-and-white drawings, this edition provides a fresh look at this immensely popular classic.
In Xanadu, a Quest
While waiting for the results of his college exams, William Dalrymple decides to fill in his summer break with a trip. But the vacation he plans is no light-hearted student jaunt – he decides to retrace the epic journey of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the ruined palace of Kubla Kahn, north of Peking. For the first half of the trip he is accompanied by Laura, whom he met at a dinner party two weeks before he left; for the second half he is accompanied by Louisa, his very recently ex-girlfriend. Intelligent and funny, In Xanadu is travel writing at its best.
India – Eyewitness Travel Guides
This lavishly illustrated guide is the perfect accompaniment for your trip to India, with regional coverage stretching from the Great Himalayas of the north to the tropical peninsular of the south. Packed with 3D aerial views, cutaways and floor plans of all the major sights, and now with even more full-color maps of towns and regions, you can get a great visual appetizer wherever you go.
The Lonely Planet, India
The longest running and best selling guide to India Indian lead author Sarina Singh, eight years with Lonely Planet, has a greater insight into Indian society, culture and languages than any guidebook author detailed itinerary maps guide you around the main sights and highlights of the North, the South, and off the beaten track much more to draw the reader in and excite them about their trip
India: Land of Dreams and Fantasy
Armchair travelers and globetrotters alike will appreciate these lavishly illustrated, informative volumes which will rekindle old memories and inspire new flights of fancy. From the Taj Mahal in the historic north to Goa in the graceful south, the historical, architectural, and rural glories of India are strikingly presented with an authoritative text that explores the spiritual as well as physical essence of this 5,000-year-old civilization.
India after Gandhi
Amagisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations, and the glories of the world’s largest and least likely democracy, Ramachandra Guha’s India After Gandhi is a breathtaking chronicle of the brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation and the extraordinary factors that have held it together. An intricately researched and elegantly written epic history peopled with larger-than-life characters, it is the work of a major scholar at the peak of his abilities.
Two hundred years ago, India was seen as a place with little history and less culture.Today it is revered for a notable prehistory, a magnificent classical age and a cultural tradition unique in both character and continuity. How this extraordinary change in perception came about is the subject of this fascinating book.The story, here reconstructed for the first time, is one of painstaking scholarship primed by a succession of sensational discoveries.
In India Divided, environmental, human rights, and antiglobalization activist Vandana Shiva chronicles the internal battles of a nation that is both the world’s largest democracy and a leading nuclear power. Shiva describes a society where traditional cultures collide with the new economy of globalization, and charts the course of India’s war of fundamentalisms in the age of terror. ooking to the plights of India’s Dalit communities and millions of poor subsistence farmers impoverished or displaced by biotechnology, seed patents, and the spate of mega-dam projects, Shiva argues that these silent killers form a local terror unmatched in devastation.
India Then & Now
India Then: India lives in many centuries. Discover the majesty and sweep of India s rich cultural and historical heritage, replete with the people, events and places that have contributed to the checkered mosaic of India s past. Featured in this exquisite book are rare and never-before-seen vintage photographs from some of the finest collections across the world.
India Now: India lives in many centuries. The vibrant and ever-changing cultural landscape of India is featured in a series of photographs, showcasing the multifaceted, kaleidoscopic present. The timeless past lives amidst fast-paced, cutting-edge change. Modernity and tradition co-exist in the most endearing and surprising places. India Now is a visual feast of contemporary India.
India, Playground of the Gods
India is one in a series of books that portrays the wonder and enchantment of exciting places around the world. Strking photographs and evocative prose combine with a wealth of information to capture the fascinating landscape of each destination, the colourful flora and fauna life, interesting people with intriguing customs and beliefs, and the awe-inspiring monuments and art.
Insight Guides, India
Insight Guide India. This 412-page book includes a section detailing India’s history, 10 features covering aspects of the country’s life and culture, ranging from Hindu mendicants to Bollywood and Masala Westerns, a region by region visitor’s guide to the sights, and a comprehensive Travel Tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus many high quality photographs and 16 maps.
Kerala of Gods and Men
The music, dance, makeup, and colorful costumes displayed during the religious rituals of the Kerala people are vibrantly exhibited in this collection of photographs taken during moments of great celebration. Kerala’s history as the first Indian state to come into contact with Christians and Muslims brings a complicated texture to their religious tradition, which has been influenced by Western contact but still maintains ancestral vestiges such as the Dravid costumes. The balance between good and evil, light and dark, beauty and ugliness, and fire and water are among the tensions that emerge in these photographs.
Mohandas: A true story of a Man, his People and an Empire
A candid recreation of one of the most influential lives of recent times, Mohandas finally answers questions long asked about the timid youth from India s west coast who became a century s conscience and led his nation to liberty: What was Gandhi like in his daily life and in his closest relationships? In his face-offs with an Empire, with his own bitterly divided people, with his adversaries, his family and his greatest confrontation with himself? Answering these and other questions, and releasing the true Gandhi from his shroud of fame and myth, Mohandas, authored by a practised biographer who is also Gandhi s grandson, does more than tell a story.
The Mughal school of miniature painting flourished in northern India in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, chiefly under the patronage of the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Rooted in a diversity of cultural, religious and artistic traditions, it became one of the richest and most productive schools in the whole history of Islamic art.
In this beautifully illustrated book the author surveys the development of Mughal painting, from its early beginnings to the masterpieces created by the court studios for the books and albums of their demanding imperial patrons.
No Full Stops in India
India’s Westernized elite, cut off from local traditions, ‘want to write a full stop in a land where there are no full stops’. From that striking insight Mark Tully has woven a superb series of ‘stories’ which explore Calcutta, from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (probably the biggest religious festival in the world) to the televising of a Hindu epic. Throughout, he combines analysis of major issues with a feel for the fine texture and human realities of Indian life. The result is a revelation. ‘The ten essays, written with clarity, warmth of feeling and critical balance and understanding, provide as lively a view as one can hope for of the panorama of India.
Of Cricket, Guiness & Gandhi
The eight essays that comprise this book offer a ‘dissenting, futurist, and hermeneutic’ perspective on Indian civilization and various aspects of the modern cultural history of India. They explore the national obsession with the Guiness Book of Records and the paranoia over VIP security, the politics of sexuality as embodied in the lifestyles of hijras and the nationalist fervour over the nuclear tests.
Remains of the Raj, the British Legacy in India
This beautiful book charts the history of the British Raj in India and follows on from Antony Wild’s successful book The East India Company. Remains of the Raj shows how, fifty years after Independence, Britishness still permeates many aspects of life in India. It focuses on what there is still to be seen in the modern Indian subcontinent from the time of the East India Company and its successor, the British Raj.
This latest Picture Book from Salim Pushpanath brings glimpses of the magical land,called Kerala,where the finest spectacles are often stumbled upon in the most serendipitous and mesmerising manner. A virtual feast to the eyes of India Lovers, a must for any Tourist contemplating a visit.
Rough Guide Chronicle India
This text provides a clear and concise overview of India’s often tortuous political narrative, while providing in-depth information on the country’s ancient and complex cultures. Covering the history of India from the Indus Valley Civilization to present day, its continuous time-line is complemented with sidebars on the Bhagvad Gita, Hinduism, the Taj Mahal, the Nehru-Gandhi famiy and a host of other topics.
“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.”
So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.
Sri Lanka (Insight Guide)
Insight Guide Sri Lanka focuses comprehensively on this scenic island with its deceptively rich cultural past. Full-color photos throughout combine with the lively text to help you get under the skin of the destination – its people, ancient civilizations and Buddhist temples and architecture, as well as its places. Our “Best of Sri Lanka” section outlines attractions and activities not to be missed, while features by local writers cover subjects from the obvious to the not-so-obvious: art and architecture, the pleasures of a good rice and curry, Buddhists and Tamils, but also Kandyan drumming, the lowdown on Ayurvedic therapies and the art of Sri Lanka’s muralists.
The Age of Kali_Indian Travels and Encounters
In Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India itself, William Dalrymple searches for evidence of Kali Yug, the Hindu ‘age of darkness.’ Venturing to places rarely visited by foreigners, he travels deep into guerilla territory with the Tamil Tigers, visits Benazir Bhutto and meets the drug lords of the North West Frontier. He unveils a regions where the strengths and problems of both modernity and tradition remain to be reconciled. The result is this engrossing, eagle-eyed and utterly enthralling collection.
The ascent of Rum Doodle
First published in 1956, The Ascent of Rum Doodle quickly became a mountaineering classic. As an outrageously funny spoof about the ascent of a peak in the Himalayas, many thought it was inspired by the 1953 conquest of Everest. But Bowman had drawn on the flavour and tone of earlier adventures, of Bill Tilman and his 1937 account of the Nandi Devi expedition. The book’s central and unforgettable character, Binder, is one of the finest creations in comic literature.
The Bhagavad Gita
One of three new editions of the books in Eknath Easwaran’s Classics of Indian Spirituality series ”On this path, effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort towards spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.” – Bhagavad Gita (2:40) The Bhagavad Gita, the ”Song of the Lord, ” is India’s best-known scripture. For Easwaran, it was a personal guidebook, as it was for Mahatma Gandhi.
The City of Joy
Living in the seeming hell of one of the poorest and most crowded quarters of Calcutta are the saints of today: saints such as Mother Teresa, saints such as Stephen Kovalski, an unkown Polish Catholic priest who made his home there to care for the poorest of the poor. And Max Loeb, an American physician dedicated to fighting disease in this dirty hellhole. City of Joy, the story of these saints, is a testament to the human spirit unbowed by the most wretched of circumstances.
The Elephant & The Dragon
The Elephant and the Dragon is the essential guide to understanding how India and China are reshaping our world. With labor now unbound from geographic borders, we’re seeing startling shifts in how—and where—nearly everything we buy is made. In a compelling mix of history and on-the-ground reporting, veteran journalist Robyn Meredith untangles the complex web of business and politics, as well as environmental and cultural issues that entwine India, China, and the West. She also outlines how Americans—business leaders, workers, politicians, even parents—can understand the vast changes coming and thrive in this new age.
The Great Partition: The Making of India & Pakistan
The Partition of India in 1947 promised its people both political and religious freedom—through the liberation of India from British rule, and the creation of the Muslim state of Pakistan. Instead, the geographical divide brought displacement and death, and it benefited the few at the expense of the very many.In this book Yasmin Khan examines the context, execution, and aftermath of Partition, weaving together local politics and ordinary lives with the larger political forces at play.
The Hall of a Thousand columns
Born in 1304, Ibn Battutah left his native Tangier as a young scholar of law; over the 30 years that followed he visited most of the known world between Morocco and China. In this enchanting travelogue, Tim Mackintosh-Smith retraces one leg of the Moroccan’s journey: the dizzy ladders and terrifying snakes of his Indian career as a judge and hermit, courtier and prisoner, ambassador and castaway. From the plains of Hindustan to the plateaus of the Deccan and the lost ports of Malabar, an India far off the beaten path of Taj and Raj—glittering and grotesque but genuine—is revealed here.
The Indian Subcontinent
This new series provides an in-depth look at the geography, economy, history, and physical regions of various places around the world and the people who live there. Also examines timely demographic, technological, and environmental issues. Includes maps, charts, a glossary, and an index.
This is India
India is one of the most exotic countries in the world – a land of maharajas, Krishna, Buddha, Shah Jahan, Ghandi and Nehru. The diversity of landscapes is breathtaking, from the towering Himalaya in the north to the tranquil beaches of the south. This Is India takes the reader on a journey through the country exploring its peoples, politics, cultures, religions, festivals and arts.