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THE HAY TIMES

JULY 2012

Dear Reader, It has been a hectic albeit promising month for us at Hay House. Besides battling the heat of the Delhi summer and impending deadlines, we’ve also been extremely excited to finally have in the market the fruits of our labour – some fantastic new books. You might have seen this book discussed on TV shows lately, on news channels, in magazines and in the newspapers – it’s been generating tremendous hype in the Indian media: Arjun Singh’s A Grain of Sand in the Hourglass of Time – An Autobiography. This autobiography is a personal, hard-hitting chronicle of the events and political dramas during Arjun Singh’s tenure in the Indian Government. If you’re at all interested in the history and politics of India, and even if you’re not, this book is an eye-opener. For those more spiritually inclined, on the 30th anniversary of the Art of Living Foundation we have a revised and updated biography of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Full of beautiful photographs and personal anecdotes, The Guru of Joy by François Gautier is a must-read for those who want to gain more insight into the life of one of India’s greatest spiritual thinkers. If you’re interested in the people behind the legal system of India or even completely baffled and bewildered by the system itself, there’s no better person to read about than legal luminary Nani A. Palkhivala, and his biography Nani A. Palkhivala – A Life by M. V. Kamath is testimony to this. Tensions escalate so quickly in the world today that it’s imperative to learn from our history and our past, so that the future is brighter and more peaceful. At the same time we also need to look within for that stillness and tranquility we seek. I hope our books this July prove to be handy tools in this endeavour. Here’s to a month of rain showers, umbrellas and hot coffee! Warmly, Editor

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[This] elegantly written memoir shows, he was also a shaper of much of contemporary history . . . a man who was more than the self-proclaimed ‘grain of sand’ in the ‘hourglass of time’. – India Today Covering several turning points of India’s recent history, Arjun Singh gives fascinating details as a man creating and a participant of history. – NDTV A GRAIN OF SAND IN THE HOURGLASS OF TIME: An Autobiography ARJUN SINGH with Ashok Chopra A candid, hard-hitting and authoritative chronicle that not only provides profound insights into significant political issues but also presents fascinating revelations and enthralling anecdotes ... Arjun Singh, a consummate practitioner of politics and a diehard Congressman, occupied several important political posts during a career spanning almost 50 years. In this riveting account, he throws new light on important developments, which have had a marked impact on the contemporary history of India, and on the prominent personalities who have shaped them. This is a no-holds-barred narrative from a veteran who went through the rough and tumble of politics with fortitude, equanimity and perseverance. This book is a must for all those interested in the role played by politicians and politics in attempting to mould the destiny of the country. {Hardback with colour inserts/Rs 599}

‘. . . the genre of political biography has hardly been able to take root in the Indian subcontinent. Its presence has been, by and large, lacklustre . . . any attempt at a biography/autobiography should be a welcome addition to the subcontinent’s political literature that has been starved of personal recollections of leading players who have had a hand at shaping some of the epochmaking events of their times.’


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Completely Revised and Updated Edition on the 30th Anniversary of the Art of Living Foundation! THE GURU OF JOY Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Art of Living François Gautier A vibrant and exhilarating narrative that portrays the life and times (and achievements) of a man who is recognized as the messenger of peace and the embodiment of love This timely and insightful volume, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Art of Living Foundation, presents a fascinating look into Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s childhood, adolescence, formative years and his subsequent growth that catapulted him onto the international stage. The author describes in graphic detail how he set up his foundation, how he developed, after meditating deeply, the Sudarshan Kriya (a transformative process that has miraculous healing powers) and how he strives ceaselessly to spread his simple but remarkable philosophy: CELEBRATE LIFE! {Paperback with flaps and colour inserts/Rs 350}

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BEFOR MEMORY FADES: An Autobiography Fali S. Nariman Whoever has heard Fali S. Nariman . . . never ceased to be impressed by his eloquence, command of the language, and a flair for the apt phrase. All these attributes are at their height in his autobiography Before Memory Fades that is lucid, concise, witty and absorbing; . . . not just a good read, it is also a delightful one. For those who have anything to do with law—its formulation, enforcement or practice—it should be compulsory reading. – India Today This autobiography is suffused with a rare warmth and modesty, a spirit of liberalism reflected in the willingness to seriously address rival points of view, and a scholarship that is worn very lightly. … All in all, a compassionate work written by someone who comes across as a compassionate man. {Paperback with colour inserts/Rs 399} – The Hindu

NANI A. PALKHIVALA: A Life M. V. Kamath The nation’s consciencevala . . . a connected, well-documented account of the life of a gifted individual with powerful mental faculties who by grit, determination and relentless ambition overcame adversity and rose to the heights of fame. – Outlook An insightful biography of Nani A. Palkhivala, one of modern India’s towering public figures. Essential to understanding the man and his era, this volume draws on a mine of letters and interviews from a range of sources. – India Today It is difficult to compile all of Palkhivala’s feats in a book. Yet, Kamath, undaunted by the challenge, has done him justice . . .. [This] biography makes for excellent reading. Kamath is in his element here and succeeds in bringing the inimitable Palkhivala back to life for us . . . – The Pioneer

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an excerpt from

A G rain of S and in the H ourglass of T ime an autobiography

Anderson may have been under the impression that Puri and his men had come to receive him on behalf of the government. After Anderson had been escorted out of the airport and had occupied his place on the back seat of the car provided for him, Puri, who was sitting in the front, informed him that ‘he is being put under arrest as being responsible for this great tragedy as the owner of the factory’. He was very surprised when he was told this. He kept on asking: ‘Why is the chief minister not here to receive me?’ The SP initially did not say anything, but as Anderson began pestering him, he replied: ‘Well that is not a question which I can answer; you better ask it when you meet the chief minister yourself.’ Anderson then asked him: ‘Are you taking me to jail?’ Puri replied: ‘No Sir, I am not taking you to jail but to your own rest house where you will be confined under police custody.’ I then left Bhopal to join Rajiv in the next leg of the election campaign. As soon as I met him, I informed him about all the developments that had taken place in the morning, including the arrest of Anderson. I emphasized the point that I had to order the arrest of Anderson to retain the confidence that the people had reposed in me. Rajiv heard me out quietly but made no comment. A little later, while we were touring, I received a wireless message from Brahma Swaroop, informing me that a top official from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had rung him up repeatedly from New Delhi advising us to make sure that bail was granted to Anderson. After that, we were instructed to send him to New Delhi in ‘a state plane’. I told the chief secretary that he should ‘do what is required’, but I insisted that he first make sure that Anderson’s arrest was duly recorded. I would like to make it clear that at no point of time did Rajiv talk to me about this matter or intercede on Anderson’s behalf. I came to know later that the Union home secretary, RD Pradhan, upon the instructions of the Union home minister, PV Narasimha Rao, had telephoned Brahma Swaroop to ensure Anderson’s release.

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