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publisher's note Founded more than eighty years ago, Rupa Publications is a household name in India, having published some of the most promising writing talent the country has to offer. Over the years, we have published numerous acclaimed novelists and non-fiction writers, including well-known sportspeople, politicians, economists, journalists, actors, entrepreneurs and industrialists. Keeping up the tradition, we bring you a wide range of books for the first half of 2018—fiction, non-fiction, mythology, self-help and books especially created for our young readers. In the space of non-fiction, our list in the coming six months comprises history, politics, philosophy, literature, popular culture and memoirs. We proudly present Kapil Sibal’s reflections on policies of the NDA government and Prime Minister Modi; P. Chidambaram’s incisive critique of contemporary realities; Manish Tewari’s no-holds-barred exposition of media politics and realpolitik; Naina Lal Kidwai’s keen insights into water issues; Kiran Karnik’s take on the sweeping changes technology is bringing in our life, and Bimal Jalan’s vision of India in the future. In the self-help and management space, we bring you books on parenting, health, entrepreneurship, tips on leadership and high performance. To top it all, we present MasterChef Shipra Khanna, who shows you how to cook up a storm in your kitchen with everyday ingredients. In fiction, rib-tickling humour of Gurgaon Diaries and Things My Kids Say rub shoulders with the dark humour of Yamraj Number 5003; Kaafir’s Love and Hungry Gods explore the depths of human passion, while Infidels of Mecca and Unfettered Wings take readers to a different space and time. And, like balm to our rushed existence comes The Little Buddha and Ruskin Bond’s heart-warming tales of hills and dales and adventures! For our young readers, a ten-volume set of beautifully illustrated books brings alive stories of the Mahabharata. Each slim book is woven around a particular incident, and lucidly portrays the magic and power of the great epic. Available as a box set as well as individual books, this is for the young and old alike. The pages that follow bring you much more; this is simply an indication of what to expect in the coming months.


CONTENTS Non-fiction 1. Shades of Truth Kapil Sibal 10 2. Maharashtra Maximus Sujata Anandan 12 3. Speaking Truth to Power P. Chidambaram

14

4. The Ministerial Years Manish Tewari 16 5. Mint Street Rahul Bajoria

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6. SOS: Survive or Sink Naina Lal Kidwai

20

7. Foods for Fussy Kids Shipra Khanna 22 8. Winning Like Sachin Devendra Prabhudesai 24 9. The BCCI Story Vijay Lokapally & R. Kaushik 25 10. Decoding India’s Disruptive Technology Story Kiran Karnik 26 11. India 2025 Bimal Jalan 27 12. Rajasthan

Rima Hooja 28

13. My Date with History Suman Chattopadhyay 29 14. Deendayal Upadhyaya Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi

30

15. Unmet Needs of Entrepreneurship S. Parthasarathy 31 16. Plain Tales from the Rails

Rajendra B. Aklekar

32

17. 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck

Swati Lodha & Swaraa Lodha 33

18. The Ultimate Guide to Modern-Day Parenting Pradeep Kapoor & Neelkamal Kapoor 34 19. ParenTeen

Prakriti Prasad

20. Ambedkar

35

34

21. The Essence of Bhagwadgita Atul Sehgal 35 22. Nautanki Diaries Dominic Franks 23. Nepal

Edited by Dwarika Nath Dhungel &

Madan Kumar Dahal

24. Military History of India Uma Prasad Thapliyal

36 36 37

25. Space India 2.0 Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan &

Narayan Prasad 37

26. Achieving High Performance Murray Eldridge

38

27. Are We Happy Yet? Lisa Cypers Kamen 38 28. Leading with Purpose Marc Koehler 39 29. The Golden Tradition Ahmed Ali 39 30. The Cricket Quiz Book Kalyanbrata Bhattacharya 40 31. The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Memory Jayasimha

40


32. The Best of Tall Tales Michael Burns 41 33. Chance Happeneth

V. A. Mohta 41

34. Tales of Man Singh Kenneth Anderson

42

35. In a Cult of Their Own Amborish Roychoudhury 42 36. Bushcraft Lessons for the Boardroom Sutirtha Sanyal

43

37. A History of Indian Philosophy (3 Volumes) Surendranath Dasgupta 43 38. An Unlikely Chemistry S. Krishnaswamy 44 39. Fun with Yoga Hansaji J. Yogendra

44

40. I Did It My Way Bikram Dasgupta 45 41. Kashmir

Saifuddin Soz 45

Fiction 42. Owls in the Family

Ruskin Bond 49

43. The Beast with Five Fingers

Ruskin Bond 50

44. Dragon in the Tunnel

Ruskin Bond 50

45. The Chakrata Cat

Ruskin Bond 51

46. The Man Who Was Kipling

Ruskin Bond 51

47. Gurgaon Diaries Debeshi Gooptu 52 48. Yamraj Number 5003 Mrinal Chatterjee 53 49. The Little Buddha Claus Mikosch 54 50. A Broken Sun Aditya Iyengar 55 51. Stories from Saratchandra Translated by Anindita Mukhopadhyay

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52. Restless Waters of the Ichhamati Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay 56 53. Great Textpectations Ruchi Vadehra 57 54. Things My Kids Say

Sathya Ramaganapathy 57

55. Lost Worlds Anshul Dupare

58

56. Greatest Folk Tales from Bihar Nalin Verma

58

57. The Kaafir’s Love Abhisar Sharma

59

58. Infidels of Mecca Abbas Zaidi

59

59. The Glass House Chanchal Sanyal

60

60. Unfettered Wings Sana Munir

60

61. Hungry Gods Richa Lakhera

61

64. The Outraged Aditya Sudarshan

61


65. Murder at Lord’s

Harry Oltheten & John H. Wories

62

66. DareDreamers

Kartik Sharma & Ravi Nirmal Sharma

62

67. The Code of Manavas

Arpit Bakshi 63

68. The Song in the Night

Qazi Fasih 63

Children 69. Mahabharata for Children Charu A. Dhandia &

Rachita Rakyan

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70. Hanuman Colouring Book Mala Dayal 70 71. Classics for Children

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Shades of Truth kapil sibal

It is almost three and a half years now since the Lok Sabha mandate was announced, and the party pivotal to India’s fight for freedom was forced to relinquish the reins of a government it had managed for most of the years since our independence in 1947. While the process was democratic, the shift in scale and sentiment was revolutionary. Ironically, the party that steered India through its Green Revolution, Industrial Revolution and IT Revolution, and leadership that helped India rise as an economic superpower in the new world order, was repositioned to occupy the Opposition benches. But as the NDA government under the leadership of Narendra Modi travels on its declared mission and attempts to tackle all the issues blamed on the previous government, it is time for an objective assessment of what lies ahead. Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal reflects on the many actions of the Modi government since 2014. He also reflects on the policy decisions of the UPA government in sectors as diverse as telecom, education, science and technology, and law.

Kapil Sibal is a Member of the Rajya Sabha and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress. He has previously held the positions of Union Law Minister, Union Telecom Minister as well as Union Minister for HRD in the UPA I & II governments. A lawyer by profession, Sibal is also a poet and writer.

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EXCERPT from the book Our defeat can also be attributed, to some

have weakened the party over the years is

extent, to the factor that in many states in

our inability to attract the youth. Those who

India, our committed cadre has moved away to

reach twenty-one and are entitled to vote

other political parties; perhaps not entirely but

have, in the recent past, in their growing years,

in large measures. We still have a strong cadre

witnessed the kinds of allegations that have

in Kerala and in some other states, but a cadre

been made against the Congress party. They

in Uttar Pradesh in particular is all but non-

have grown up in the midst of the Anna Hazare

existent. In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan,

movement, the rise of Kejriwal and the venom

too, we do have an organizational structure

and vituperation with which he attacked

on the ground. The fact is that wherever the

a defenceless leadership of the Congress

Congress and the BJP are the only rival parties

party. They have witnessed the era when the

in the state, the cadres do exist, but wherever

Parliament was stalled and heard the fiery

there is a triangular context or wherever a third

speeches of the Opposition alleging not just

political party has made its presence felt, we

corruption against the Congress, but charging

see the cadre diminishing. In Uttar Pradesh,

the then UPA government with a policy

for example, we’ve not been in power for over

paralysis for which, in fact, the Opposition was

twenty years. Yet another element that may

largely to blame.

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Mahar ashtr a maximus The State, Its People & Politics

sujata anandan

Maharashtra has always been the gateway to India—in more ways than one. The dawn of the movement of selfrule—or swaraj—first saw light in Maharashtra with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Apart from that, Shivaji also propagated social integration and this essential philosophy led to many pioneering movements for the abolition of castes and the equalization of society. Post-Independence, many stalwarts of the freedom movement, such as Tilak, Gokhale, Phule and Ambedkar, rose from Maharashtra, leaving their mark both on the nation’s politics and society. What is Maharashtra? What has been the contribution of various communities and castes in making the Maharashtra of today? What makes Mumbai a centre of political power? Why is it that rampage can be unleashed if the city is called by its old name, Bombay? Who is a Maharashtrian? Sujata Anandan delves into history to unravel multiple layers that explain the complexity of Maharashtra politics and its impact on the Indian state.

SUJATA ANANDAN is a journalist and has worked for leading newspapers like The Indian Express and Hindustan Times. A versatile writer, she has distinguished herself as a political analyst with sharp insights. Category Non-fiction/Politics Price `395 Format Demy (PB) Page Extent 264 pp TERRITORY World january 2018 12 // NON-Fiction


EXCERPT from the book three

state. But the beginning, for the purpose of this

phases in its neo-sociopolitical formation since

book, was the dawn of Maratha rule starting with

India’s independence from British rule in 1947.

Chhatrapati Shivaji, son of Shahaji, who was a

It was under three separate governments soon

mansabdar in the army of Mughal Emperor Shah

Modern-day

Maharashtra

has

seen

after independence—Bombay State, Central

Jahan and later an officer in the Bijapur army.

Provinces and Berar, and Hyderabad State—all

Shivaji established the Maratha empire and the

of which saw major struggles to integrate with

concept of Swaraj or independence.

each other and emerge as one Marathi-speaking

PRAise for the book ‘I don’t think anyone can predict where Maharashtra is headed without understanding the background. Sujata’s book is so invaluable because it looks beyond today’s headlines and shows us the origins of today’s Maharashtra and its concerns.’—Vir Sanghvi ‘What has always struck me is that [Sujata Anandan’s] easy access to the state’s leading politicians has neither impaired her objectivity nor her willingness to call a spade a spade. These…are strongly evident in this book, which looks at Maharashtra’s political history with a clear and objective eye.’—Anil Dharker

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Speaking Truth to power My Alternative View

p. chidambaram In a parliamentary democracy, citizens always wish to hear the articulate voice of the Opposition that can offer alternative policy solutions to the crises faced by the nation. In 2017, P. Chidambaram emerged as that voice. From the adventure of demonetisation and a flawed GST, to the irrefutable reasons for the Modi government’s economic report card to be marked ‘Fail’, Speaking Truth to Power, a selection of the most incisive essays published as a weekly column in The Indian Express in 2017, underscores the all-round sense of disappointment after forty-three months of the Modi government. It is equally vocal about contentious issues that define India more than the country’s GDP—privacy, children and hunger, and the BJP’s confrontational attitude that has greatly diminished democracy. In a year when Indian politics remained divisive and ugly, Chidambaram forcefully articulates his unabashed views on the deceptive calm in J&K and the intriguing verdict in the election to the Gujarat legislature.

P. Chidambaram is a former Union Minister of Finance and Home. Currently a Rajya Sabha Member, he heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs. He is an eminent lawyer practising in the Supreme Court.

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EXCERPT from the book on

that the economy had begun to slide. As the

8 November 2016, it cast its long shadow

year progressed, more data became available,

throughout 2017. I was one of the earliest

including data for the first half of 2017. A decline

critics of demonetisation. Through statements

in the growth rate of GDP by at least 1.5 per

and interviews, I articulated the reasons why I

cent, a stagnant IIP, a fall in investment as a

thought demonetisation was a reckless act and

proportion of GDP by 2 per cent and a credit

why it would not achieve any of the objectives

growth rate that was the lowest in twenty years

set forth in the Prime Minister’s address to the

are the highlights of the Modi government’s

nation. The government, however, was in denial.

report card. It must be marked ‘Fail’.

Although

demonetisation

was

done

It was obvious to any student of economics

PRAise for the book ‘For those interested in the challenges facing our nation today, whether or not they agree with all the arguments, this is a book that I will readily recommend.’—Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics, Cornell University, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India

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The Ministerial Years manish tewari

The Ministerial Years is a glimpse into the inner workings of the great Indian media. What all of us see is the glitzy and often glamorous front end of the media, replete with breathless breaking news on television, screaming newspaper headlines and rumbustious talk shows on private FM radio channels. However, there is a back end to the media paradigm, which is grubby, grimy and gritty. After all, every private/corporate media is a business—they have their bottom lines to be taken care of, shareholders to satiate and salaries to be paid. It is fascinating to observe how money makes the mare go. Manish Tewari provides scintillating insights and impish observations of both ends of the media. Whether it is the issue of flash mobs and social media mobilization for action, handling the political hot potato called paid news, attempts to streamline communication across the government space or the birth of the new media wing of the ministry, Tewari recounts his memorable innings as the Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) in impeccable prose and characteristic style. This fascinating book also tells the story of the struggle to string together a narrative as the UPA government in its second term faced a barrage of both unwarranted and, more often than not, motivated criticism from an extremely belligerent media driven by corporate imperatives.

Manish Tewari is the national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress and a distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. He is a practising lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. He was formerly a member of the Lok Sabha and the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Category Non-fiction/Memoir Price `595 (TBC) Format Royal (HB) Page Extent 304 pp (TBC) TERRITORY World april 2018

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EXCERPT from the book One of the challenges before every I&B Minister

in power at the time, there was an urgent need

or MIB, as he is referred too, is to moderate

to make the narrative less damaging owing

the public discourse and get the government’s

to the fact that the government had been

viewpoint communicated clearly in the public

subjected to ghoulish treatment by the media,

space. Obviously, that puts a lot of pressure

especially the broadcasting media, from the

on them to deliver that objective. Ministerial

Indo-Pakistan Sharm-el-Sheikh summit, July

colleagues try and pass the buck onto the

2009 onwards. It got particularly worse after

I&B Ministry for all the negative press that the

the then C&AG came out with a report on

government receives, notwithstanding the fact

Spectrum allocation in November 2010 that

that all of it may be a consequence of their

was based upon a specious Presumptive Loss

own actions. The MIB, in turn, expects his or

theory and threw bizarre numbers into the

her officials to try and get favourable press for

public discourse.

the government. For the UPA, the government

Non-fiction // 17


Mint Street The Story of the Reserve Bank of India

rahul bajoria ‘We are neither hawks, nor doves, we are owls.’—Raghuram Rajan, former Governor, Reserve Bank of India Mint Street documents the origin and evolution of the Reserve Bank of India, by analysing its leadership, its autonomy, its ‘political economy’ and its role in financial development. The book also explores the RBI’s role in India’s progress— from the seamless transition from British to Indian control and the early stages of development in free India, to its contribution in strengthening banking services following bank nationalization in 1969, managing foreign exchange crises including 1991, and then liberalization of the financial sector in the last two decades, culminating in the recent demonetisation episode. Alongside, the book also explores the impact various governors have had in shaping the institution and its relationship with the ministry of finance, in shaping India’s economic policy. With in-depth research and wide-ranging accounts by leading economists, experts and former RBI governors and officials, this is the most impactful book ever written on the RBI.

Rahul Bajoria is an economist based in Singapore. He has spent the last ten years at Barclays focusing on Asia Pacific, with a special emphasis on India’s macroeconomy and policymaking.

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EXCERPT from the book Forcing governance and disrupting traditional

India

had

gone

through

two

rounds

of

banking practices did not win Governor Rajan

demonetisation previously, once in 1946 and then

any significant praise in India, and in fact, he was

again in 1978. However, the magnitude and the

widely seen as an outsider who was trying to

size of the 2017 demonetisation was significantly

enforce ‘western rules’ in a ‘unique’ system. This

larger, and its impact on India’s economy was

along with the more frequent run ins with the

expected to be debilitating. In a country with

government over his speeches and utterances,

a large informal sector and a general lack of

would set up a rather rocky relationship, before

access to banking services, such a significant

his term extension, which was due in September

demonetisation was expected to give a body

2016, began to be debated.

blow to several sectors, including agriculture.

Non-fiction // 19


SOS: Survive or Sink An Agenda for Sanitation, Pollution and Green Finance

naina lal kidwai

For a young nation with immense potential and a vision of development that will vanquish poverty as well as fulfil the highest aspirations of its diverse population, the importance of accelerated but sustainable development must go beyond rhetoric to concrete action. Naina Lal Kidwai throws the spotlight on this and sets the agenda for several core themes of sustainable development, including water, sanitation, environment, financing, green jobs and the role of women in social transformation. This collection of articles reflects a comprehensive understanding of issues on the ground, while being able to link them to effective strategies requiring the active engagement of citizens, businesses and the government.

Naina Lal Kidwai is Commissioner, Global Commission on Economy & Climate; Chair, FICCI’s Sustainability Council and Water and Energy Missions; and Chair, India Sanitation Coalition.

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EXCERPT from the book Sanitation, being a complex issue in a diverse

sanitation and ODF a very complex exercise.

country like India, encompasses a number

Additionally, India has a large number of

of factors which are important determinants

disabled people whose sanitation needs

for the success of the Swachh Bharat Mission

also have to be met by providing customized

(SBM). It has a direct relationship to caste,

solutions. Despite all these challenges, we

creed, religion and gender. A successful

have seen a marked improvement in the

sanitation programme needs to address all

sanitation coverage in India since the launch

such factors which make achievement of safe

of SBM.

PRAise for the book ‘From defining the role of corporates and communities in sanitation to a multifaceted approach to solving India’s water woes, this path-breaking book shows us the way to a strong and ecologically sustainable future.’—Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India ‘Naina inspires the reader to think of his or her own role in India’s shared development story.’ —Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog

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foods for fussy kids How to Make Your Child Eat What You Serve

shipra khanna

You have cooked parathas but your kid wants to have noodles! You have cooked noodles but your kid wants an ice cream instead! Bad news. Children are fussy eaters. But the good news is that fussy eating can be managed. After the success of Super Foods for Awesome Memory, MasterChef Shipra Khanna now serves a tasty delight for parents. Kids sometimes don’t like the shape, colour or texture of particular foods and the key is to make their food attractive as well as delicious. The secret is to ensure that we balance the indulgence with the essentials. Foods for Fussy Kids should be on every mother’s kitchen table. After winning MasterChef India Season 2, Shipra Khanna has never looked back. She is a restaurateur, TV food anchor, author, social worker and has her own digital channel.

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Custard that pampers their sweet tooth

Shakes to wake the taste buds

Tempt them with the looks

For that finger-licking experience

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WINNING LIKE SACHIN Think & Succeed Like Tendulkar

devendra prabhudesai Learnings from the life of Sachin Tendulkar—the phenomenon, the inspiration. A part of Rupa’s Winning series, this book attempts to showcase the attributes and incidents that contributed to the making of a legend. Sachin Tendulkar’s penchant for seizing the initiative, making the most of opportunities, handling crisis situations and displaying leadership when it matters was evident from an early age. The qualities that Sachin was endowed with, and those that he equipped himself with to excel, make him the ideal role model not only for cricketers, but also for professionals wishing to make a mark in the field of their choice. From working with the police to rehabilitate victims of crime, to executing some of the biggest cricketing events organized in India in recent times,

Devendra Prabhudesai has worked across sectors and handled a diverse range of responsibilities in a career spanning nineteen years. He

also

holds

the

unique

distinction

of

scripting

documentaries on Sachin Tendulkar to mark the 100th and 200th Tests of his career.

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• hero • The Nice Guy Who Finished First

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TERRITORY World May 2018


The BCCI Story

vijay lokapally & r. kaushik History of the world’s richest cricket board. The recent goings-on might have pushed the BCCI into a corner, but its contribution to making cricket the vibrant, popular and financially the most-viable sport in the country can’t be ignored. Seasoned cricket journalists Vijay Lokapally and R. Kaushik chart the journey of Indian cricket, of its trials and tribulations, and of strides only half-taken, by visiting the story of a powerhouse where the modern revolution of Indian cricket started, the Board of Control for Cricket in India. India’s growth as a cricketing entity has run parallel to the growth of BCCI in India as one of the more powerful sporting bodies in the world. From modest beginnings in 1928, the BCCI has now come to establish itself as the country’s most efficient sporting body, and can hold its own within the corridors of power of the International Cricket Council. This book is a fascinating peek into the formidable world of cricket’s most powerful body, the BCCI.

VIJAY LOKAPALLY has been reporting on cricket since 1981. He is currently Deputy Editor, The Hindu. R. KAUSHIK is Managing Editor, Wisden India.

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Decoding India’s Disruptive Technology Story kiran karnik

A practical, down-to-earth and contextualized understanding of the sweeping changes brought about in key areas, thanks to technology. Three decades ago, India witnessed unprecedented transformation as a nation due to groundbreaking research and innovation in every sphere of life. But the rise of disruptive technology also became a double-edged sword. An extremely high rate of skill obsolescence was a constant across all sectors. This book discusses important issues that need to be looked into and resolved. Can market forces be nurtured differently? What are the urgent actions by policymakers to soften the impact of the shift? Is India, with its large young and less-educated workforce, heading for a social explosion? Is it time for policymakers to think strategically in a situation when the growth dynamics have become predominantly non-linear?

Kiran Karnik was President, NASSCOMM. Over the last few decades, he has served on many high-level government committees such as Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and the National Innovation Council.

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India 2025 The Great Leap in the Next Decade

bimal jalan

This book deals with certain priorities for India in the long run, i.e. up to 2025. All the suggestions made are likely to be relevant irrespective of any party, or coalition of parties. The primary focus of the book is on promoting the national interest of India in the long run, irrespective of a party’s specific political agenda either on the right or the left (or a mix of both). It is an attempt to explore various aspects of the challenges that India faces in realizing its full potential. India’s fundamentals are no doubt stronger now than ever before, but it also faces several old and new challenges in the areas of politics, economics and governance. The author argues that these challenges can only be met if we are able to generate sufficient political will to pursue the right policies and shake off the dead weight of the past.

Dr Bimal Jalan is former Governor, Reserve Bank of India. He has previously held several positions in the government including those of Finance Secretary and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; Chairman of Expenditure Management Commission. He also represented India on the Boards of the IMF and the World Bank. Bimal Jalan is associated with a number of academic and public institutions as well.

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R ajasthan A Concise History

rima hooja

Rajasthan, also known as ‘Rajwarra’, ‘Raethan’ and ‘Rajputana’ in the past, is synonymous in popular perception as the land of rajas and maharajas, chivalry, forts and palaces, the Great Indian Desert and a treasure trove of ancient lore, music and myths. Present-day Rajasthan came into being when nineteen princely states and the two chiefdoms of Rajputana were merged between 1948 and 1950. Tracts like Ajmer-Merwara and several other zones were next added in 1956. The region has a long history that goes far back to the prehistoric Stone Age. This book makes use of various archival, epigraphical, numismatical, architectural and archaeological information and oral and written chronicles. It provides a general overview of the political, sociocultural and economic history of present-day Rajasthan from the earliest times up to the middle of the twentieth century, in a comprehensive yet easy-to-read text.

Rima Hooja is an archaeologist, historian and writer. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, she has served in several governing bodies, committees and councils.

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My date with History A Memoir

suman chattopadhyay ‘[Suman’s] mighty mind and powerful pen will create many more endurable works.’ —Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India ‘He has had a ringside view to Indian politics and society for more than three decades.’ —Rajdeep Sardesai, Senior journalist This is a memoir of one of the leading journalists in Bengal. Conceived as an autobiographical narrative, this book effectively captures important national and international political and social events from the 1980s to 2011, most of which he has witnessed and written about. As a journalist, Suman’s USP has always been his insistence to be at the spot where news breaks, notwithstanding his official position.

Suman Chattopadhyay is the Editor of the Bangla daily, Ei Samay. He has helmed Anandabazar Patrika for close to nine years, and was behind the successful launch of the news channel, Star Ananda.

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deendayal upadhyaya Life of an Ideologue Politician

shiv shakti nath bakshi This book attempts to decipher the journey from Bharatiya Jana Sangh to Bharatiya Janata Party and the impact of Deendayal Upadhyaya’s ideas on the overall political culture, ideology and political evolution of the party. In doing so, it assesses his contribution to the shaping of the BJP. The governance and development models of the BJP have been viewed vis-à-vis his ideals, writings and speeches. In this biography, the author contextualizes Deendayal Upadhyaya’s vision, ideas, politics and the manner in which he sought to build Bharatiya Jana Sangh while seeking to create a niche for it in the non-Congress political space in India. Effectively, it traces the historical circumstances in which the party was born and the transition from Bharatiya Jana Sangha to its current identity.

Dr Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi, a PhD in history from JNU, is currently the National Convenor of BJP Journals and Publication Department, and also Executive Editor of Kamal Sandesh. He edits party publications, presents papers in India and abroad, writes regularly for national dailies and appears on panel discussions on various national TV channels.

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Unmet Needs of Entrepreneurship Why Entrepreneurs Do What They Do

s. parthasarathy

What needs of an entrepreneur get met by meeting the unmet needs of a customer? This book talks about the role of needs and its impact on various aspects of entrepreneurship. The perspectives provoke the reader to question, reflect and refine his or her thoughts on certain core fundamentals of entrepreneurship. The author has shared interesting models to help businesses discover customer needs, define customers, segment markets, reach out to customers and position their offerings. The need for emotional intelligence, growth, innovation, new ideas, empathetic communication, congruent actions and resilience after business failures are explored using various models, cases and illustrations.

S. Parthasarathy, an MBA from IIM Bangalore, worked with the ITC group for two years, and has ideated multiple entrepreneurial ventures over a span of two decades. Currently, he is Head, Alumni Relations, IIM Bangalore.

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plain tales from the r ails A Short History of Indian Railways

rajendra b. aklekar

Long-forgotten, neglected and quirky stories of Indian trains. Did you know that India’s first steam engine never ran on tracks and was actually used to run driving mills in a factory? That the maximum speed of the first commercial train in India was 4 km/hr? That there actually was a plan to build a rail network from the English Channel all the way to the Indus River? This is a people’s history of Indian Railways. Anecdotes and stories are curated from the time the first wagon rolled in India up to the advent of bullet trains. Authored by our country’s foremost chronicler, the stories are carefully sourced from reliable material, first-hand and second-hand, and some from author’s correspondence and memory banks of people, as well as stories and anecdotes quoted in journals, newspapers, official records, magazines and books.

Rajendra B. Aklekar is a journalist with twenty-one years of experience. He is presently working with Mid-Day Mumbai as Senior Assistant Editor, and has previously written two books on trains and railways.

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54 reasons why parents suck swati lodha & swaraa lodha

These 54 chapters are 54 signposts that tell us what parents do wrong, why they do so and how they can make it better. 54 Reasons Why Parents Suck talks about various beliefs, behaviour and biases held by most parents that make them annoying and difficult. We all go wrong. But parents don’t necessarily like to believe that they do. It could be unintentional, habitual, or out of ignorance, but it is harming the lives of many children. To prevent this harm, parents need to begin with honest acceptance and a willingness to improve their relationship with their children. Though this book is written from a seventeen-year-old girl’s perspective and comprises her opinions and questions for parents, it represents the inner world of teenagers with dexterity.

Dr Swati Lodha has been a mother, author, management guru and life coach for nearly two decades. Swaraa Lodha is a seventeen-year-old student of class 12. She is interested in music, photography and creative writing.

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The Ultimate Guide to Modern-day parenting Using Common Sense to Make Your Child a Winner PRADEEP KAPOOR & NEELKAMAL KAPOOR Parenting is an art that relies heavily on the use of common sense. In parenting there are no set rules that can guarantee predictable outcomes. Each child is unique and requires an individualized approach. Yet, there are certain guiding principles which, if followed meticulously, will produce desired results. The aim behind writing this book is to promote effective parenting.

Dr Pradeep Kapoor M.B.B.S., M.D. is a paediatrician based in Bhopal. He has authored several successful books on parenting which have been translated into many languages. Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY march 2018

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Dr Neelkamal Kapoor M.B.B.S., M.D. is Dean, Research, at AIIMS, Bhopal. She has written four books and contributes regular columns to newspapers and magazines.

ParenTeen How to Make Friends with Our Teens and Help Them Excel in Life Prakriti Prasad A definitive guide to crossing the turbulent teen years without crash-landing. Teenage can be stressful both for children, who experience all kinds of physical and emotional changes, as well as for parents who find themselves emotionally drained dealing with constant authority challenges, indifference and slammed doors. This exclusive handbook on parenting of teens focuses on decoding the insecurities, dilemmas and interests of our youngsters in order to understand them better.

Prakriti Prasad is a journalist and columnist who has worked with several leading publications, including The Times of India, Business Standard, The Indian Express and The Himalayan Times for over two decades. As a relationship and meditation mentor and parenting expert, she conducts wellness workshops and individual sessions with youngsters and adults.

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Ambedk ar An Overview ‘Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.’ Born in 1891 into an Untouchable family, Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar was the man behind the Indian Constitution and the champion of the Dalit cause. This is a collection of extracts from some of his finest works that capture him as a modernist. These writings cover a wide range of issues such as the caste system, Untouchability, Hinduism, status of women, the multiple religions in India, creation of Pakistan and much more. Ambedkar: An Overview is both a handy reference guide and a preamble for those who Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY January 2018

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wish to familiarize themselves with the pioneering works of Babasaheb. This is a compilation of extracts from Dr Ambedkar’s works by AbhijIt

Kundu. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi.

The Essence of Bhagwadgita 70 Verses at Its Core Atul Sehgal The Bhagwadgita comprises seven hundred verses and has been a guide to us over generations. This book focuses on seventy verses, which, the author believes, form the core of what Shri Krishna told Arjun at the Kurukshetra battlefield. Each chapter begins with a Sanskrit verse, which is followed by its literal translation. The wisdom of each verse is then eloquently expounded. This book doesn’t confine itself to explaining the verses and the philosophy of the Bhagwadgita only; it shows us how to apply these tenets in everyday life through lucid examples. Effectively, it teaches us how to resolve our problems, improve social relations, enrich our souls and make our journey worthwhile.

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Atul Sehgal is the New Delhi-based author of Happiness...all the way. Having a long-term association with the Arya Samaj, he is a keen proponent of Vedic ideology. Non-fiction // 35


Nautanki Diaries Dominic Franks Nautanki Diaries sits comfortably in the travelogue niche. Yet, in the best traditions of travel writing it does much more than just describe the passing scenery. With candour and a quirky sense of humour, the author carries the reader on a twenty-two-day journey on a Hercules cycle from Bengaluru to New Delhi, aiming to reach in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Eschewing the lure of fancy machinery, the author decides to name his ride ‘Nautanki’—in the tradition of a ‘doodhwallah’ cycle. Replete with anecdotes and (un)conventional wisdom gleaned from the conversations he has on his travels, Nautanki Diaries is also a ‘cycling book’—one that allows the reader to share the intricacies of cycling as sport, as meditation in motion, and as craft, without being bewildered by Category Non-fiction/Travel Price `295 Format B (PB) Page Extent 272 pp TERRITORY Indian Subcontinent February 2018

technical specifics. When not working to travel, or travelling on work, DOMINIC FRANKS holes up in Bengaluru where he lives, laughs and loves.

Nepal Search for Alternative Visions Edited by Dwarika Nath Dhungel & Madan Kumar Dahal Since opening up to the modern world in 1951, Nepal has faced a series of political upheavals, followed by volatile constitutional experiments. The people of Nepal have suffered, especially since the last political upheaval of 2006. Growing corruption and poor governance too have contributed to the increasing pessimism and stagnation. This book attempts to understand Nepal’s tryst with democracy and development. A galaxy of eminent authors explores pragmatic strategies that can deal with the crisis facing the Himalayan kingdom and looks at ways to consolidate national unity and sovereignty, while ensuring economic prosperity in the twentyfirst century.

DWARIKA NATH DHUNGEL is former Executive Director, Institute for Integrated Development Studies, Kathmandu.

MADAN KUMAR DAHAL is Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Strategic and Socio-Economic Research (ISSR), Kathmandu.

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military history of india uma prasad thapliyal This book covers all major aspects of the military history of India, including the organizational and operational dimensions. Beginning with AD 1600, it examines the role of the military in ancient times to the present day. Major organizational changes introduced in the military apparatus and the operations conducted from time to time have been narrated in detail. This book will serve as a useful guide to the history and relevance of the armed forces, for both the general and the informed reader.

Uma Prasad Thapliyal was born in Uttarakhand in 1938 and retired as the Director of the History Division, Ministry of Defence, Government of India. He has earlier published several books on Indian history. Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY june 2018

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Space India 2.0 Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspectives Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan & Narayan Prasad This book provides a glimpse into the past, while assessing the present and delivers perspectives on the future of India’s space programme. This work is a unique collection of thoughts and analyses on matters relevant to space policy and governance. The authors are national and international experts in different disciplines, both veteran and young scholars, making this book an invaluable resource for policymakers, academic researchers and the public at large.

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan is Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi.

Narayan Prasad is the co-founder of Dhruva Space, a NewSpace

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company based in Bengaluru.

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Achieving High Performance How to Apply Winning Principles of Sports Coaching in Your Organization Murray Eldridge Achieving High Performance seeks to answer a key question: ‘Are leaders getting the same performance out of their “followers” at work as coaches get out of their athletes in sport?’ If not, why? By combining current ideas of leadership in business with relevant elements of modern coaching in sports, the book shows that high performance is not the preserve of the large, the highly sourced or the elite few.

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variety of sectors like shipping, oil and gas, water and telecom industries. He is a qualified, practising rowing coach and a keen sailor.

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life Lisa Cypers Kamen For those who find happiness to be elusive, this book is a perfect roadmap. Ding dong. Your happiness awaits. Open the door and invite it in. Do you want to be happier? If yes, be kind to yourself and get this book. Are We Happy Yet? blends the author’s professional experience, research and tales from her personal experience to demonstrate how and why our personal happiness not only really matters, but is also within our personal power to create. Written in a user-friendly manner, the eight keys contained within this book are sure to unlock your happiness from within. The book is loaded with practical, no-nonsense tips and tools that will guide you to a happier version of yourself.

Lisa Cypers Kamen is an internationally recognized applied positive psychology coach, author, speaker and documentary filmmaker.

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Leading with Purpose How to Engage, Empower and Encourage Your People to Reach Their Full Potential Marc Koehler Leading with Purpose is focused on helping you become effective as a business leader and how to become empowering and successful in every aspect of your work. It shows you how to envision a strong future for your company and provide caring and intelligent direction. With examples and lucid explanations the book is a must-read for those who want to lead with a difference.

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The Golden Tr adition An Anthology of Urdu Poetry ahmed ali Urdu poetry is the poetry of sensibility. It exhibits openness to emotional impressions and displays a rare delicacy of feeling in the poet’s awareness of the world and his place in it. Pakistani poet-novelist-critic Ahmed Ali brings to the reader this rich anthology of Urdu poetry featuring poets from Vali to Dagh. Starting its poetic journey from the eighteenth century and ending at the nineteenth, The Golden Tradition binds in it the meticulously researched and diligently translated works of the doyens of Urdu poetry, ghazals and shers. Ali not only introduces to the English reader the rich tradition and work of Urdu poetry but also delves into the socio-economic conditions of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that fashioned the evolution of Urdu. Novelist, poet, critic, diplomat and scholar, Ahmed Ali was the co-founder of the Progressive Writers’ Movement and Association. He is considered a pioneer of modern

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Urdu short story writing. Also available

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The Cricket Quiz Book Facts & Trivia from Test and ODI Cricket Kalyanbrata Bhattacharya A storehouse of information on anything and everything about cricket. • Who received the first ball and who was the bowler in the first-ever ODI? • Who is the first batsman to be out in ODI cricket? • Did you know that the shortest Test match lasted for only five hours? • Did you know that Papua New Guinea also played international cricket? • Which Indian cricketer was fondly called ‘Lord of the Lords’? • Were you aware that Sir Garfield Sobers’s highest run in an ODI was zero? • Which great Indian batsman scored zero in his first two ODI matches? For those who eat, live and pray cricket, this book is a treasure trove. With Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY April 2018

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over 500 questions, trivia and quirky facts from the ODI and Test matches, this quiz book has all that has been done on the field. A must-have for both connoisseurs of the game and those who follow it as a profession.

Dr Kalyanbrata Bhattacharya is a practising neurologist in Kolkata.

the Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Memory Jayasimha Memory is life and life is memory. In today’s world, we are bombarded with information from countless sources around us relentlessly. In such a scenario, this book comes to our rescue. It allows us to organize our mind, exercise it and ensure that it starts thinking along a certain pattern. It equips the reader with the tools, techniques and skills required to remember more, faster, for long and with the least effort possible. It follows the concept of ‘Creative Memory’ which works on the fundamental laws and rules of memory. Creative memory is highly visual, simple to use and fun-oriented. Many of the techniques mentioned are used by contestants in Indian and World Memory Championships. And it does not require you to be a genius to get started.

Jayasimha is the President of World Memory Sports Council for India. He is India’s leading trainer in memory and soft skills. He is the only Indian to hold the highest number of Guinness Records in the world.

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The Best of Tall Tales Michael Burns Everyone has at least one great story. The Best of Tall Tales is a collection of stories curated from life. The storytellers in this collection bare their soul, share their innermost desires, fears, hopes and inadequacies. Yes, it’s a one-of-its-kind collection where the stories are real, characters are real and so is their pain and pleasure. One story talks about the ups and downs of being an extra in Bollywood, the other takes you into the life of a fortune teller while another shows you the terror of stalking! They leave you shocked, and at the same time they leave you inspired. They don’t push just one button—they push all the buttons. And that makes The Best of Tall Tales unique. Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY June 2018

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What do these stories have in common? They’re born from deep honesty, which might be the most important ingredient to a great story. Funny stories, scary stories, romantic stories, stories of social justice—they move from interesting to unforgettable.

Michael Burns is a university teacher, writing coach, actor, editor and storyteller. Originally from the US, he has been living in Mumbai since 2011.

chance happeneth v.a. mohta Justice V.A. Mohta’s memoir is a remarkable read for many reasons. Not only does it show the intrepidness with which a young man steadily rose from the position of an ad hoc judge to permanency, it is replete with fascinating incidents such as the grand escape of Mrinal Gore from Akola during the Emergency, the great fraud of Harshad Mehta, the inside story of the Laxmi Bank fraud case and many other such cases that came up during his long career. Apart from his interactions with legal luminaries like Justice P.N. Bhagwati, Jawaharlal Nehru and Ram Jethmalani, to name a few, this book also reveals another side of the astute man of justice—anecdotes of his interaction with Mohammed Rafi and Naushad Ali bring another dimension to the reader. Chance Happeneth tells the tale of a life ‘judiciously’.

justice V.A. Mohta is a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and was the former Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court.

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Tales of Man Singh King of Indian Dacoits Kenneth Anderson The Indian Robin Hood A single man who was pursued by 1,700 policemen of four states for fifteen years! A man who ruled the ravines and roamed 8,000 square miles, leading the police on a wild goose chase every time they plotted to nab him! Loved by the underprivileged and feared by the rich, he was eventually shot dead while he was shielding the dead body of his father with his own. Read the thrilling tales of his adventures and the legends of a man who was called ‘Raja’ because of his generosity and large-heartedness.

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generations. His love for the denizens of the jungle led to some of the best literature on wildlife, and his books are acclaimed as classics.

in a cult of their own Amborish Roychoudhury From Kaagaz Ke Phool to Shahenshah to Andaz Apna Apna to Gunda and the Ramsay Brothers’ films, this book discusses films that were ahead of time then but are cult classics today, or those that are so bad, they are good. In other words, films that have a niche but dedicated following. Rediscover your favourites or find some new ones here! Celebrate these ‘cult films’, films that didn’t exactly set the box office on fire but attained cult status later on. For the purpose of this book, there are two criteria for a film to be termed a ‘cult film’. First, the films that (a) flopped at release or weren’t released at all, or (b) are trashy but entertaining nonetheless, or (c) were hits but not considered ‘mainstream’. Second, films that gained a cult following over the years, and are often analysed online and have become a pop culture phenomenon.

Amborish Roychoudhury is a film fanatic who likes to rant about movies and other such things.

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Bushcr aft Lessons for the Boardroom Tips from Nature to Survive the Corporate Jungle Sutirtha Sanyal If you want to do well in business, go out for a trek or an adventure activity. Don’t believe it? Well, it’s true. In fact, the same principles of leadership, time management and the best possible use of available resources that we resort to in a wilderness survival situation, are the ones we often fall back upon to tackle a crisis situation in our work environment. After all, business is all about taking risks. So, what better than a real adventure to learn those skills! This book offers the gist of the management lessons from wilderness survival skills and gives you tips on how you could use the same Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY June 2018

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to understand and handle the concepts of strategy, decision-making, making the best use of the available resources and surviving your ordeal.

Sutirtha Sanyal is founder of SilverSteps, an eco-tour agency, where he teaches the basics of wilderness survival through treks, day hikes, camping and bushcraft sessions. A former journalist, he has previously worked with Outlook Money, The Indian Express and ANI news agency.

A HISTORY OF INDIAN PHILOSOPHY (3 Volumes) SURENDRANATH DASGUPTA A seminal work on Indian philosophy that has been a must-read for every scholar of eastern philosophy. Dr Surendranath Dasgupta’s in-depth work has been collected and published in five volumes, the last volume being published posthumously. He spent his life collecting material and data from all corners of India, travelling to far-off places in order to get a first-hand source often in the form of old parchments. Years of dedicated study and painstaking collation of data yielded this phenomenal collection of all the strains of philosophic thought propagated by various schools and philosophers in India down the ages. The five volumes have been presented as a three-volume set for the first time, making it more accessible and easier to handle for students and scholars alike. Nothing of the original has been abridged or sacrificed.

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Dr Surendranath Dasgupta earned doctoral degrees both from India and abroad. Internationally renowned and respected, he presented papers in International Congress of Religion and International Congress of Philosophy. Non-fiction // 43


An Unlikely Chemistry Autobiography of a Couple S. Krishnaswamy How can a couple survive in a marriage when one of them sees it as an impediment to personal growth? Well, you keep trying and eventually figure ways of making it work. An Unlikely Chemistry is the autobiography of a couple—a scientist and a filmmaker—who battle personal issues and external challenges, and go on to build a life on their own terms. Krishnaswamy and Mohana join hands to weave an illustrious tapestry of over two hundred non-fiction films and a dozen television serials. However, their path is littered with politics, controversies, legal battles and Category Non-fiction/ Autobiography Price `395 Demy (PB) Format Page Extent 368 pp World TERRITORY February 2018

societal prejudices, but their belief in righteousness and spirituality helps them overcome these hurdles. Alongside, within these pages, there’s also the veritable magic and nostalgia of a bygone era spanning five decades.

S. Krishnaswamy is an acclaimed documentary and television filmmaker. He has received many awards, including the Padma Shri.

Fun with Yoga Hansaji J. Yogendra The book recognizes the need [for yoga] in modern society for guidance towards a way of life that is in greater harmony with our surroundings. —Amitabh Bachchan Yoga is India’s biggest export to the world. Yoga is said to be a ‘union’ (from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’). It plays an allinclusive role where the person’s body is considered in totality. Often, yoga is equated with the physical practices such as asanas, pranayamas, kriyas and so forth. Devoid of a philosophical and spiritual base, such physical practices can very well be just another form of exercise. To reverse and transform this trend, Fun with Yoga brings back the joy, freshness and wholesomeness of yoga, and repositions the traditional techniques of yoga in a new and unique dimension.

Hansaji J. Yogendra is the Director of The Yoga Institute, the world’s oldest organized yoga centre. She is the leading face of householder yoga and has transformed millions of lives by conducting free counselling sessions.

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I Did It My Way Bikram Dasgupta If there is one person who exuded confidence, joy and hope while carrying the huge burden of the Indian hardware industry during its formative years, it has to be my friend, Bikram Dasgupta.—N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and former Chairman, Infosys Bikram Dasgupta has seen it all—from a boy who joined IIT Kharagpur for ‘serious fun’ to selling oxygen cylinders in his first job; from being dubbed as an ‘ideas man’ by IT doyen Shiv Nadar to co-founding India’s number one PC company of its time, and then going solo with his own entrepreneurial venture. I Did it My Way is not a rags-to-riches story, but a fascinating insight into the life and times of someone who didn’t shy away from thinking big Category Non-fiction/ Autobiography Price `595 Royal (HB) Format Page Extent 256 pp World TERRITORY february 2018

and, for whom, progress meant creating his own road and establishing new milestones. Bikram reveals his beliefs, ideas, influences, failures and successes in a rollercoaster journey.

Bikram Dasgupta is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and IIT Kharagpur. A pioneer and visionary, he helped set up India’s first IT park in 1996, co-founded the biggest PC company of its times and is now at the helm of his company, Globsyn Group.

K ashmir The Complete Story Saifuddin Soz Is this the last chance for the survival of Kashmiriyat? Saifuddin Soz takes a passionate and compelling look at the past, present and future of a vastly misunderstood land and its people. Soz reveals the origins of Kashmiriyat by analysing the various accounts of ancient travellers and historians, and discusses how Kashmiriyat can offer hope for the future. From an ancient civilization with liberal views to embracing the Sufi spirit in Islam, to fighting the Mughals and the Sikhs, to the ruthless militancy, and the ensuing action by the Indian Army; Kashmir has survived it all. However, what is the destiny of its people? Can the Valley return to a life of dignity, peace and development? Soz discusses these questions and provides implementable solutions to end the grave crisis.

Professor Saifuddin Soz is a former Union Minister and a respected senior politician from Kashmir.

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RUSKIN BOND ‘As a novelist and storyteller, I have always drawn upon my memories of places that I have known and lived in over the years...The stories and the poems float in through my window, float in from the magic mountains, and the words appear on the page without much effort on my part.’ Rupa Publications proudly presents exciting short story collections selected and edited by the master storyteller himself. Ruskin Bond is known for his signature simplistic and witty writing style. He is the author of several bestselling short stories, novellas, collections, essays and children’s books; and has contributed a number of poems and articles to various magazines and anthologies. At the age of twenty-three he won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, The Room on the Roof. He was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi Government in 2012 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. Apart from three years in the UK, he has spent all his life in India, and now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.

OWLS in the family ruskin bond ‘I had placed one [owl] on a branch of the mango tree, and was stooping to pick up the other, when I received quite a heavy blow on the back of my head. A second or two later, the mother owl swooped down at Grandfather, but he was agile enough to duck out of its way.’ This is a collection of Ruskin Bond’s ‘small town’ stories. Meet Ranji’s wonderful bat which is his lucky charm, along with wacky parrots, ostriches, owls and a number of idiosyncratic characters in other stories. Hold your breath as Romi cycles through a raging forest fire and follow the Boy Scouts on delightful adventures. Lose yourself in timeless romantic classics, ‘The Eyes Have It’ and ‘Time Stops at Shamli’, and savour the bittersweetness of ‘The Blue Umbrella’. Owls in the Family will take you on a journey through childhood and youth—through romance and thrill, leaving you enchanted with Bond’s beautiful world.

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The Beast with Five Fingers ruskin bond ‘About ten yards in front of him, crawling along the floor, was a man’s hand. Eustace stared at it in utter amazement. It was moving quickly in the manner of a geometer caterpillar, the fingers humped up one moment, flattened out the next; the thumb appeared to give a crablike motion all the while. While he was looking, too surprised to stir, the hand disappeared round the corner.’ Terror lurks where you least expect it! This is a collection of hair-raising horror stories that are bound to make your flesh creep, written by undisputed masters of the genre. Selected and compiled by Ruskin Bond, these are stories by Rudyard Kipling, W.F. Harvey, Category Fiction Price `195 Format B (PB) Page Extent 136 pp TERRITORY World february 2018

Marjorie Bowen and Thomas Burke, among others. From a ghostly animated hand and the walking dead, to haunted cemeteries and dressing tables—these tales will send a chill down your spine. Featuring phantoms, beasts and monsters, The Beast with Five Fingers makes for the perfect read when the moon is up!

Dr agon in the Tunnel ruskin bond ‘Although the India of Kim is no more, and the Grand Trunk Road is now a procession of trucks instead of a slow-moving caravan of horses and camels, India is still a country in which people are easily lost and quickly forgotten.’ Did you know that Delhi was half its present size in the 1940s and ‘50s? Can you imagine a Dehradun with lush greenery, with hardly any commercial places? Do you remember steam engines or have you ever sat in a train pulled by one? This book takes you back in time as Ruskin Bond relives his memories in timeless classics like ‘Summertime in Old Delhi’, ‘Bhabiji’s House’, ’My Father’s Trees in Dehra’, creating, as only he can, vignettes imbued with nostalgia. Add to these the punch of stories like ‘A Station for Scandal’, the thrill of ‘Picnic at Fox-Burn’ and the surprise twist of ‘The Eyes Have It’—and you have a story for every mood! This collection of seventeen stories showcases Bond at his storytelling best.

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The Chakr ata Cat ruskin bond ‘As the light came on, I saw the cat standing at the foot of the bed, tail erect and hair on end. It was very angry. And then…its appearance changed and its head was that of a human—a woman, black-browed with flaring nostrils and large crooked ears, her lips full and drenched with blood—my blood!’ This is a collection of some of Ruskin Bond’s most pithy short stories ranging from eerie suspense to touching empathy. There’s a bloodthirsty cat in a colonial rest house; an uncle who carries a vial of deadly arsenic with him; a mysterious woman whose seven husbands have disappeared one after another; and the touching tales of animals in the wilderness and their lonely struggle for survival against humans. Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY January 2018

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Captivating and addictive, The Chakrata Cat will keep you enthralled till the end.

The Man Who Was Kipling ruskin bond ‘…a tall, stooping, elderly gentleman sat down beside me. I gave him a quick glance, noting his swarthy features, heavy moustache, and hornrimmed spectacles. There was something familiar and disturbing about his face, and I couldn’t resist looking at him again. I noticed that he was smiling at me.’ The Man Who Was Kipling is a collection of stories which should be on the must-read list of every reader. We are introduced to a man in a museum in London who claims to be the ghost of Rudyard Kipling. Then there is a schoolboy’s encounter with a mysterious woman, while waiting for their trains to arrive. We have an inspector pitting his wits against a murder mystery and a writer who always takes the same route into the city to catch a glimpse of a balcony belonging to a past love. And then there is the timeless classic ‘Sita and the River’ that will tug at your heartstrings. Through this collection, Ruskin Bond has us enthralled, yet again, with his effortless storytelling.

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gurgaon diaries Life, Work and Play in Drona’s Village

debeshi gooptu

Whether you are here to stay or are just passing through, there’s enough wisdom in here to rival the ancient Guru’s knowledge! From swanky malls and skyscrapers to pothole-ridden roads where gleaming Mercs vie for space with rickety rickshaws; from voluptuous North Indian aunties and brawny local men to rotund Bengali mashimas; from designer stores and Starbucks coffee to roadside vans peddling chole bhature; Drona’s village is riddled with contradictions, both hilarious and poignant, irreverent and bittersweet. Gurgaon Diaries is a humorous peek at the workings of this modern-day village and how the Millennium City is a big paradox in itself.

Debeshi Gooptu is a business journalist turned digital content strategist and entrepreneur. She runs an online research consultancy for overseas educational organizations and works as a digital content strategy head for Digiqom, a digital media agency.

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yamr aj number 5003 mrinal chatterjee

Translated by Thirumoy Banerjee What happens when a clone of Yamraj, the Lord of Death, gets emotional and upsets the power structure in Devlok, the realm of Gods? Yamraj Number 5003 is the story of one of the thousands of cloned Yamrajs in Mrityuloka. The Yamrajs are supposed to carry out their duties like robots, but by some fluke one Yamraj—code-named #5003—has a ‘manufacturing defect’ by which he can think and feel, making him ‘different’. He begins to question the status quo, shaking the very foundation of the power structure in Devlok, making the divine trinity—Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar—jittery. What happens when they decide to take action against the erring Yamraj? Woven with humour, this multilayered novel will move the readers as well as entertain them. Originally published in Odia and translated into Assamese, this hugely popular novel is being published in English for the first time.

Dr Mrinal Chatterjee is a well-known author from Odisha. He teaches mass communication at IIMC, Dhenkanal, Odisha.

Thirumoy Banerjee is a journalist with a passion for reading and writing.

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the little buddha Finding Happiness

claus mikosch Sometimes you simply have to find the courage to take the first step. To choose a direction. To make a decision. And then to stop thinking and simply start. Once upon a time, there was a little Buddha who lived in a faraway land. His home was a flat stone under a big, old Bodhi tree and, as you might imagine, the little Buddha did what all little Buddhas do: he meditated all day long. Yet, at the same time, he also felt that something was missing in his life. Finally, the little Buddha got tired of sitting all the time alone under his Bodhi tree, and so, on the advice of his friend, he went travelling. What did the little Buddha discover? His journey led him to a big city, to a dark cave in the forest, to the sea and to the desert. From a courageous widow and a smart professor, to a patient gardener and a group of old fishermen, his many encounters enliven this book.

Claus Mikosch was born in Mรถnchengladbach, Germany, in 1976. Claus has worked as a photographer, homoeopath, record dealer, DJ and filmmaker, to name but a few. In the last few years, he has followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, a German writer and poet. Claus divides his time between Germany and Spain.

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A Broken sun aditya iyengar

A breathless retelling of what happened after Abhimanyu was killed in the Kurukshetra war. A Broken Sun picks up from where The Thirteenth Day left off—the death of Abhimanyu—and recounts what happened over the next few days, culminating in one of the bloodiest battles of all times. Entering the minds of each of the great warriors, Aditya draws out the conflicts of duty and values, of brotherhood and enmity, of brutality and all that makes us humane. It is the lucid portrayal of internal conflict as well as the external one on the battlefield, that makes this book stand out. Each character is drawn out in detail with dexterity through first person narratives, and their conversations, interactions and experiences are portrayed in vivid prose throughout. A Broken Sun succeeds as a true to life, modern retelling of an age-old classic.

Aditya Iyengar , one of the rising stars of Indian fiction writing, is the author of The Thirteenth Day, a retelling of the life of Abhimanyu. He lives in Mumbai, India.

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Stories from Sar atchandr a Innocence and Reality Translated by Anindita Mukhopadhyay This book is a collection of twelve widely acclaimed short stories of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, one of the doyens of Bengali literature. The stories bring to life themes covering perceptions of childhood, a refusal to be rule-bound, transition from the innocence of a child’s world view into hard reality, and the world as it appears to a child. From stories such as ‘Laalu’ to ‘Mohesh’ to reminiscences of Saratchandra’s own boyhood, this book offers a glimpse into the oeuvre of Saratchandra’s work.

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he lived in, he wrote novels and short stories that became immensely popular, and continue to be so.

Anindita Mukhopadhyay is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Hyderabad.

restless waters of the ichhamati bibhutibhushan bandyopadhyay Translated by rimli Bhattacharya Restless Waters of the Ichhamati is set in the waning days of indigo plantations in rural Bengal, and tells the story of a cast of characters who live in a village by the banks of this river. The novel was the result of many years of research that Bandyopadhyay did in the region—the history of indigo plantations, kulin polygamy and the specific configurations of caste, class, race and religion—brought alive through loving attention.

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was one of the leading writers of modern Bengali literature. He was posthumously awarded the Rabindra Puraskar, the most prestigious literary award in West Bengal, for his novel Ichhamati.

rimli bhattacharya is an academic and a translator.

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Great Textpectations Ruchi Vadehra Amaya Kapoor is a Delhi-based intellectually inclined thirty-five-year-old single, financially independent and sexually liberated woman, who wants to open a ‘boutique bookstore’ and live life on her own terms—single and content. What happens next? She comes across Rohan while playing Scrabble online, and they soon get chatting, enjoying each other’s company without the usual baggage faceto-face interactions bring. Using the premise ‘text is the new talk’, the book highlights fun text conversations between them, that are instrumental in connecting their worlds. Amaya and Rohan become an integral part of each other’s lives even before they realize it, and decide to meet. What happens to the virtual relationship when they meet in the real world? Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY April 2018

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Ruchi Vadehra has lived in Delhi all her life. She is a mother of two kids. Ruchi conceptualized and co-edited a neighbourhood mini-magazine called THINK IN THINK OUT–A Pranayam for the Mind.

Things My Kids Say Sathya Ramaganapathy It’s a war out there, and the kids are winning. They can download apps on your smartphone with deceptive ease, tell you who the Greek goddess of wisdom is and how to do a back-heel nutmeg (don’t ask). How is one ever to catch up, let alone get the upper hand? This book presents anecdotes from a mother and offers a light-hearted look at her parenting journey. The main protagonists are the mother, her two cheeky daughters, aged nine and eleven, and her long-suffering husband. Parenting is a veritable minefield in this household. Backchat, bad jokes and mischievous gleams in the eyes, pre-teen hormones and emotional meltdowns (of the parental variety) pop up frequently. Every day is fraught with danger. Revealing the affectionate, yet tumultuous relationship between the mother and her daughters who are growing up fast, the book falls in the parenting humour genre.

Sathya Ramaganapathy is a humourist with two kids and a long memory, especially for inconsequential things and old grievances. Armed

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with these, she conjures up funny and incisive pieces on parenting, kids and life in general.

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Lost Worlds The War of Kalinga Anshul Dupare Was Ashoka the Great really the man we know or was he different? The Kalinga war shook Emperor Ashoka and he decided that he would dedicate his life towards the betterment of society and try his best to prevent a destruction of such magnitude. Ashoka created a secret society, known as the Nine Unknown Men, to preserve the knowledge and wisdom of the ages from any future destruction. Little did he know that the knowledge he was trying to protect would cost him his life; and the fact that sometimes our actions can have unimaginable consequences.

Anshul Dupare is an avid traveller and a voracious reader. He also writes poetry and is fond of playing chess and basketball. Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY april 2018

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Greatest Folk Tales from Bihar NALIN VERMA Rarest of the rare stories from Bihar folklore brought together in a book for the first time. This is an effort at preserving the stories that are dying with the changing times. It contains several rare stories that were never part of recorded history but lived on people’s lips from generation to generation. They stand endangered in the storm of change today. The book will interest the young and old with its tales of animals and birds talking in the language of human beings, stories of fairies, Rakshasis, ghosts, gods and goddesses. It will address the general readers’ curiosity about myths, legends and social values of village society.

Nalin Verma has been writing on society, culture, politics and governance in Bihar for three decades. He is rated as the region’s most independent and finest people’s journalist who draws his stuff more from travelling in the hinterlands than loitering in the corridors of power.

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The K aafir’s Love Abhisar Sharma A volatile and intense love story set against our troubled times. Two dramatic incidents: a suicide by a terrorist on the footsteps of the Jama Masjid and an influential trader shot near the same spot. Amidst these troubled times, Sameer discovers love. Unaware of the consequences of his forbidden love, Sameer is dragged down the rabbit hole, and as he sinks, he discovers a shocking truth that shall change many lives forever. Restless and on the edge, The Kaafir's Love is a thriller not to be missed!

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he currently hosts the 8 p.m. show on ABP News.

Infidels of Mecca Abbas Zaidi 27 December 2007, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto is about to address a political rally. Pakistan is torn between messianic fanatics and idealist reformers. On one hand is an old-school Sufi-activist Professor Umer. On the other is Colonel Burq, a hard-line radical who will do anything to prevent Benazir from coming to power. In between these two extreme personalities is the protagonist of the story, Dara Shikoh. Son of Colonel Burq and a pupil of Professor Umer, all Dara wants is to live with the love of his life, Laleen. Will the two lovers be able to create their paradise amidst the fiercely divided Pakistani society? Benazir’s rally is about to begin and it will change Dara’s life forever!

Abbas Zaidi is a researcher, journalist and fiction writer with degrees in literature and linguistics. Born in Pakistan, he now lives in Sydney, Australia.

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The Glass House A Year of Our Days Chanchal Sanyal College professor M.B. and his designer wife, Roshni, are a yuppie couple living in the ever-expanding, smog-encrusted, roiling city of Delhi. They have finally achieved their dream of buying their own apartment in an up-and-coming building complex in Gurgaon. The problem is, it looks like it’s going to be up-and-coming for a while. A darkly comic take on the monstrous megapolis of Delhi and its many moods and characters, The Glass House looks into the ideals of middleclass urban happiness, its link to home ownership, and the pitfalls and prices that come along with its pursuit. Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY may 2018

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An entrepreneur in the live events and activation space, currently based in Gurgaon, Chanchal Sanyal has been at various times, sometimes concurrently—college lecturer, itinerant traveller, main-line advertising professional, business owner and now a writer.

Unfettered Wings Stories of Women from Pakistan Sana Munir If women were writing their stories themselves, there would be more happy endings in the book of life. This collection of short stories presents various facets of the Pakistani woman, who compares with her Indian counterpart as much as she contrasts. Be it the bald kurta-clad girl migrating from Patiala to Lahore during the monsoon of 1947 or the Alzheimer’s patient who makes a dying declaration of being raped by her uncle at the age of ten, Unfettered Wings takes the reader not just into the nooks and crannies of a woman’s heart but also of Pakistan.

Sana Munir has a feministic approach to writing. She believes demanding equal rights for both genders does not have to be female-centric, for we should all be feminists.

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Hungry Gods Richa Lakhera A deeply unsettling and provocative tale of hunger for money, power and sex. Beaten and brutally raped, her body is never found. However, the killers make one mistake. They leave a witness, a witness who has nothing to live for except revenge. And when he crosses the boundaries of time to make the guilty pay, a whole lot of dark characters come to light. There is Valentine, the superstar brand ambassador who sells anything for a price; there is Medici, a pharmaceutical company manufacturing banned drugs; there is the perverted and sinister-minded Dr Ranga; and there is Este, the prostitute whose cruel secrets will blow up a daughter’s sanity. Is there another murder waiting to happen? Will police inspector Rane Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY june 2018

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connect the clues to prevent another crime? Will these gods of greed be exposed? And yes, you will be surprised by who you will find there, finally. Deeply unsettling, Hungry Gods takes a hard look at man’s greed for wealth and power.

Richa Lakhera is a Senior Deputy Editor at NDTV. She is the winner of the Indian Council for UN Relations (ICUNR) award for excellence in entertainment journalism.

The Outr aged Aditya Sudarshan A vital story about the English-speaking Indian community, The Outraged encompasses the growing political and cultural extremism among two generations of Indian liberals, whose deep-seated rootlessness comes to the fore in the wake of the Hindu right’s ascension to power. Set largely in Versova, hub of the independent film community of Mumbai, and partly in Delhi, from where journalists and policymakers shape the course of events, this book is an acutely contemporary novel with a prophetic bent. While the book details the tipping over of a whole world into extremism and destructiveness, and the saving way of faith, the plot revolves around three main characters whose lives mirror the tumults we are going through, and our as yet completely unrealized need for faith.

Aditya Sudarshan has authored several books and is the winner of the Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award for 2011.

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Murder at Lord’s Harry Oltheten & John H. Wories The gentleman’s game will no longer be the same. The cast: Vinoo Ramji, Indian cricket boy wonder, who never stops to amaze and exhilarate. Alan Moorcombe, English team’s manager. Dick Anthony, young ambitious local reporter. Mohammed Musa, Pakistani ex-gun for hire. Michael Cookson, English captain. Tony Abbott, team physiotherapist. In Murder at Lord’s, their paths cross in the shadowy world of match fixing, a world ruled by syndicates whose sole purpose is luring players and coaches into their dangerous web of fear and deceit. They are ruthless. A refusal can have gruesome consequences, as Vinoo Ramji soon finds out. Stuck in a whirlwind from which escape is virtually impossible, Vinoo is forced into a Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY May 2018

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fight for honour, conscience and love, and the stakes are very high.

Harry Oltheten is a well-known Dutch novelist and short story writer. He is the proud owner of more than a thousand books on cricket, which includes five books written and co-authored by him.

John H. Wories is a prominent Dutch journalist and a former cricket and hockey commentator for radio and television. John has played first class cricket and was the manager of the Dutch cricket team.

DareDreamers A Start-up of Superheroes Kartik Sharma and Ravi Nirmal Sharma The corrupting influence of power, when left unchecked, can turn even saints into monsters. High on the life that his plush job affords him, Rasiq, a young investment banker loses everything he holds dear due to sheer arrogance. Salvaging only his grit from the wreckage, he bounces back with an entrepreneurial venture unheard of—a company that offers daring rescue missions for a price. Rasiq’s start-up is soon joined by five uniquely talented superheroes. Nick: a crazy inventor; Halka: an inhumanly strong human; Arjun: a champion shooter; Natasha: a Bollywood stunt-double; and Dr Vyom, a medical Sherlock Holmes. Their combined strength being greater than the sum of the parts, the six DareDreamers are soon the talk of the town after many successful rescue operations. Treachery, deceit, traps, action and adventure combine to make DareDreamers come alive in this page-turner. The father-son team of Ravi nirmal Sharma and Kartik Sharma are Delhi-based authors who are passionate about telling stories that bring laughter and joy to the readers, while being thought-provoking. 62 // Fiction

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The Code of Manavas Maha Vishnu Trilogy Arpit Bakshi Maha Vishnu shall rise again. The Code of Manavas is the first book of the Maha Vishnu trilogy which is built around the end of the world as we know it. Manava, a highly evolved and immortal race, has to accept the fact that nothing can last forever and must face tough choices. They can either hold on to their beautiful yet fabricated world or they will have to let the universe complete its course of destruction and re-generation. The Code of Manavas speaks of events that have placed Manava’s abode ‘Bhoomi’ in deep peril. The egalitarian heaven of Manava is crumbling all around them. Will the one man, on Category Price Format Page Extent TERRITORY May 2018

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whom they rely so much, Krishna, be able to save them? And what would be the price to pay? An MBA Finance from the prestigious University of RPI (New York), Arpit

BAKSHI took to writing in the year 2012. He has always harboured a deep interest in science as well as in Indian mythology, both of which influence his writing.

The Song in the Night Qazi Fasih A love story reaches its denouement when the inhabitants of the Indus River delta are devastated by a hurricane and decide to migrate. The Indus River delta, already in the throes of death, is further inundated by a canal that is bound to bring industrial effluents. A mass movement against the canal’s construction by inhabitants takes birth but falls prey to the chicanery of corrupt politicians. Meanwhile, a hurricane strikes and the whole area is flooded with poisonous water. People flee from their homes in search of levees and highlands. When the floodwater recedes, they return to rebuild their lives. Despite their fortitude, a fresh start proves to be a tall order. The fishermen are forced to migrate because the water in the lakes has turned brackish and lethal to the fish. But Jannu is reluctant to leave his abode and live on the footpaths of an unfamiliar metropolis. The answer to his predicament is in his pretty but not yet nubile daughter.

Qazi Fasih was born in Pakistan’s KPK province and has studied medicine. Parallel to his profession runs his love for literature and writing that satisfies

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his urge to dissect the component paradigms of the society he lives in. His teleplays have been cast in Pakistan and appreciated by critics.

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Mahabhar ata for Children charu a. dhandia rachita rakyan Illustrated by Kavita Singh Kale A series of ten books The Mahabharata is one of the oldest and greatest epics of the world, comprising several stories and characters, adventures and battles, gods, demons, kings and queens, woven into a complex tapestry. This series of ten short books specially designed for young children takes up a skein, unravels it with dexterous simplicity, bringing to the child a glimpse of mythology without losing any of its magic and power. Brightly illustrated, these slim books of sixty-eight pages each will be a delight even to a child who is too young to read by herself, awakening her interest and encouraging her to try. Each book is complete in itself so far as it revolves around a particular event or a story, and focuses on values that last a lifetime.

Charu A. Dhandia lives in New Delhi and works with a social enterprise, Dharma Life. She has worked with CNBC and India Infrastructure Publishing.

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From The Making of the Great Warriors


From The Making of the Great Warriors

From The War of Kurukshetra


TITLES in this series

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hanuman colouring book Mala Dayal has been involved with developing, editing and writing material for children for over forty years. She is the author of The Story of Hanuman, The Story of Krishna, The Ramayana in Pictures and Nanak: The Guru.

Colouring is an activity that every child enjoys. It builds focus and promotes brain activity. Under proper guidance, this activity can be made into a group activity where children gain knowledge together and learn from each other. To promote learning and engage the child’s attention, parents can utilize the colouring activity to teach them basic words and names of things. So, in a fun exercise, Mala Dayal brings to tiny tots the stories of the Ramayana and Hanuman in colouringbook format. Ancient stories narrated in an animated manner, vivid in description and colour, the books would be of much delight to children. These will keep kids engaged while helping them hanuman for children

learn the names of various characters and the stories that are part of our mythology.

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Classics for Children The aim of this series is to familiarize young readers with popular classics of world literature. Each book has special elements to help children remember the story and its characters. Chapter summaries, character sketches and details about the author make these books stand out from the usual crop of classics retold. Question-answers at the end of each book will help students who read these as part of syllabus.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri Heidi is a heart-warming tale set in the picturesque Swiss Alps. This is a novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her grandfather’s care. The story also speaks of the joy of helping those in need, the beauty of nature and the importance of prayer.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell This book is the autobiography of a horse called Black Beauty. Brought up in happiness and plenty, Black Beauty passes from master to master, experiences happiness and misery until he finds a home with a friend from his past. This moving story went a long way in ensuring that horses get better treatment and that our attitude towards animals is more humane.

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde Sir Simon de Canterville has been a ghost for three hundred years. He seeks liberation from his state of ghosthood and finds the means to this end when an arrogant American family buys the Canterville Chase mansion which he has been haunting for so long.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors is among one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. This hilarious play uses slapstick comedy where humour stems from ridiculous activities. The story takes place during the course of one day where two pairs of identical twins have a load of misadventures and misunderstandings among themselves and with people around them.

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Forthcoming Titles in this Series Frankenstein by Mary Shelley What happens when Man tries to become God? What will it lead to when the creation becomes as powerful as the creator, resulting in a power struggle? Frankenstein is not just a horror story; it narrates what happens when man meddles with the workings of nature.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle relating the adventures of the famous detective. All these adventures take place after Sherlock Holmes's apparent death in ‘The Adventure of the Final Problem’. ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’ and ‘The Adventures of the Dancing Men’ are some of the most famous stories from this collection.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of the adventure stories published in The Strand of the celebrated sleuth Holmes between December 1892 and December 1893. This series includes one of his most famous stories, ‘The Adventure of the Final Problem’. The narrator’s voice in most of these stories is Holmes’s own.

the Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows is a series of animal stories connected to one another. These stories relate the adventures of four friends and their neighbours in an English countryside. Although the animals behave like humans, they retain their individual animal habits. Set in an imaginary world with plenty of adventures, this book is a delight to one and all.

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