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  • Varmull, nestled amidst the mighty Pir Mountains and the Jhelum River, with its small-town familiarity exchanged in quiet lanes, has always been home. Until violence overwhelms the streets, and there is no option but to flee. For six punishing summers in a sweltering Delhi barsati, Rahul, Doora and their young son try to push back their memories and their longing for Kashmir. Around them, the city remains rude and alien. Their landlord calls Rahul a Muslim-Brahmin because he eats meat; his Pandit relatives want him to join a Hindu extremist group. It isn’t long then before Rahul flees again, this time to England, where he hopes he will not have to make these choices: Pandit or Kashmiri? Rational intellectual or wounded exile? Expat or refugee? As he struggles to survive his foreignness, stumbling from one accidental relationship to another, a series of bombings in London blasts Kashmir right back into his life. And he knows he must attempt the journey back home. A devastating exploration of what it means to lose one’s home, A Bit of Everything lays bare the many ways in which the violence of a land tears apart the everyday lives of its people.

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  • Former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation and now diplomat, R.K. Raghavan has had a tumultuous career—full of successes, yes, but also one where he stood at the edge of some of India’s biggest fault lines.On 21 May 1991, in Sriperumbudur, he was in charge of Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi’s protection detail. Raghavan was only a few yards from Gandhi when the former prime minister was assassinated by the Sri Lankan Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It was a crushing blow to the nation, and one that left the top cop shaken to his core. Years later, Raghavan handled investigations into the Bofors scam, the cricket match-fixing scandal and the horrific Gujarat riots of 2002—key events that came to define India’s national character. R.K. Raghavan has been not only witnessed the country’s turbulent journey, but has been right at the centre as pivotal events unfolded. In some instances, he determined their course. An Indian Police Service officer, Raghavan went on to become director-general of Tamil Nadu’s State Vigilance Directorate and then to head the Interpol and the CBI. A Road Well Travelled chronicles his rise through the ranks of the nation’s protectors and gatekeepers—from his first posting in a small town in southern India to his sojourn at the sequestered worlds of the Intelligence Bureau and the CBI, as well as his investigations abroad. His recollections and personal insights are juxtaposed with fascinating vignettes of life in the rank and file of the Indian police and machinations in the corridors of power to reveal a nation on the move, simmering with activity at levels not always visible to other citizens.

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  • Get Digital Signed copies from the Author till Stocks last!Relationships require openness, and that brings vulnerability. If you open up, you risk getting hurt; if you don’t, you may never know the relationship you deserve.Disha has always been shy and wary, and finds it difficult to make friends. Having grown up with parents who bicker all the time, she craves warmth and harmony. And ever since she first experienced the emotion of love, she has longed to be the centre of a special someone’s world. But with every fibre of her being, Disha believes she is unlucky in love. The hardest part for anyone is finding the ‘right’ person—but in her search for that man, broken hearts and broken promises is all she’s had.With no luck and no one on the horizon, Disha gives up and agrees to an arranged marriage. Is true love not written in her stars? Will she be able to reverse her fortunes, or is she destined to never find her soulmate?A Second Chance is the heart-wrenching story of a multifaceted girl and her search to find the love she deserves.

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  • For over fi­ve decades, Azim Hasham Premji has been one of the trailblazers of India Inc. Taking over his family business of vegetable oils at the young age of twenty-one after the untimely demise of his father, he built one of India’s most successful software companies along with a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate. As of 2019, he was the tenth richest person in India, with an estimated net worth of $7.2 billion. Yet, the one facet of the man which has overshadowed even his business achievements is his altruism. His commitment to the Azim Premji Foundation, a non-profi­t focused on education, totals around $21 billion, making him one of the world’s top philanthropists. Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions, the fi­rst authoritative biography of the icon, shows how Premji is a philanthropist at heart and a businessman by choice – a man who wanted to give away his billions but realized early enough that he would ­first have to earn them. It peels the layers off Premji’s life while chronicling his professional and charitable work in the context of his many strengths and shortcomings. Based on interviews with hundreds of current and past Wipro executives, who have over the years worked closely with him, as well as with competitors, analysts, family friends and industry associates, this is a journalists’ account of Premji the man, the businessman and the philanthropist.

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  • For the last few decades, Ram Madhav—formerly the national general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party—has been observing and participating in Indian politics. Drawing from his years of involvement in politics, Madhav’s essays discuss a range of issues that are at the heart of contemporary debates in India: democracy as the responsibility of the head of state, rule of law, peace and public order, Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhi-ism, Ambedkar’s ideals, empowerment of women, Indian judiciary, the Ram Janmabhoomi case, abrogation of Article 370, the legacies of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Arun Jaitley, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s learnings in governance.Because India Comes First also delves into the decisions made by the BJP-led government over the last few years, diplomatic relationships with India’s neighbours and the confrontations with China. Madhav enquires into Indian policymaking and asserts that, going ahead, it must put India first. He calls out liberal fascism, deconstructs our understanding of terrorism in India, argues that opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act is intellectually dishonest, explores how learnings from Black Lives Matter can be applied in the Indian sphere and explains why protests should be rooted in Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent approach and not anarchy. The essays in this volume weave a broad tapestry of India’s growth into a soft power, and predicts how it will shape up over the next few decades. A must read for those who believe in the new idea of India, and for those who accept that there are two sides to every debate.

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  • Stories can be both entertaining and educative. They can also be insightful and illuminating, especially when they have travelled down the generations, through the centuries, taking on and eliding new meanings with each retelling. In this genre-bending book, the first of a series, Amish and Bhavna dive into the priceless treasure trove of the ancient Indian epics, as well as the vast and complex universe of Amish’s Meluha (through his Shiva Trilogy and Ram Chandra Series), to explore some of the key concepts of Indian philosophy. What is the ideal interplay between thought and action, taking and giving, self-love and sacrifice? How can we tell right from wrong? What can we do to bring out the best in ourselves, and to live a life with purpose and meaning, not just one fuelled by the ego and material needs? The answers lie in these simple and wise interpretations of our favourite stories by a lovable cast of fictional characters who you’ll enjoy getting to know.

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  • Which description fits your organisation?DREAMERS:  Most Dreamers, it turns out, know how to build products, not organisations. Most Dreamers stay local and never become a Unicorn.UNICORNS: A narcissistic leader, a leadership team of old cronies and a toxic culture are often the three curses that prevent them from going global and becoming a Market Shaper.MARKET SHAPERS: A Market Shaper changes how we live—across the world. They struggle to retain the trust of governments and stakeholders beyond investors.INCUMBENTS: How do you spot an Incumbent? Ask the employees. They believe the firm and its offerings are irrelevant; the leadership team believes they are Market Shapers.Packed with ideas and innovations, this powerhouse of a book by best-selling author and talent management specialist Abhijit Bhaduri explains why leadership, talent and culture are the new drivers of growth whether you are a Dreamer, a Unicorn, a Market Shaper or an Incumbent.

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  • Rujuta Diwekar is amongst the most followed nutritionists globally, and a leading health advocate. Over the past decade, her writings have decisively shifted food conversations across the country away from fads and towards eating local, seasonal and traditional. Her mantra, ‘eat local, think global’, blends the wisdom of our grandmothers with the latest advances in nutrition science for sustainable good health for all.This is a collection of some of her most-loved writings on: – Diet trends and food myths – Festival and seasonal foods – Quick tips for good health – Superfoods in the kitchen – Foods for health problems – Exercise and yoga – Women’s and kids’ health – Heritage recipes

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  • IT IS THE DREADFUL SUMMER OF THE 2020 PANDEMIC, AND INDIA IS IN LOCKDOWN.A British climber stranded in the Himalayan border town of Munsiyari forms a bond with his host’s seven-year-old grandson. Two funeral workers at a Benaras ghat try to work their way out of the dwindling business of cremations. A domestic worker, sent on paid leave, grapples with the shifting landscape for people on the margins of an urban metropolis. Hundreds of returning migrant workers turn up unannounced at the gates of an erstwhile Rajbariin Kolkata in the wake of a devastating cyclone.In Essential Items, Udayan Mukherjee examines oft overlooked human attributes – resilience, faith, endurance – put to test by a pandemic-forced lockdown. Written in stark, minimalist prose, these poignant but darkly funny stories expose deep cracks in our societal structures, papered over by the myth of growing prosperity.

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  • Gandhi, a devout Hindu, believed faith could nurture the civilizational harmony of India, a land where every religion had flourished. Jinnah, a political Muslim rather than a practicing believer, was determined to carve up a syncretic subcontinent in the name of Islam. His confidence came from a wartime deal with Britain, embodied in the ‘August Offer’ of 1940. Gandhi’s strength lay in ideological commitment which was, in the end, ravaged by the communal violence that engineered partition. The price of this epic confrontation, paid by the people, has stretched into generations.

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  • बंगाली द विंची कोड… —द संडे टाइम्स (लंदन)वर्त्तमान समय के दो सबसे बड़े मुद्दों से संबंधित: जलवायु परिवर्तन और मानव प्रवास। जिस विश्वास के साथ घोष इन विशेष ध्रुवों के चारों ओर एक शानदार कहानी को आकार देते हैं, वो लाजवाब है…जिस तरह घोष उपन्यास की गति को बनाए रखने में सक्षम हैं, यह किसी चमत्कार से कम नहीं है…गन आइलैंड हमारे समय का उपन्यास है। — द वॉशिंग्टन पोस्टबन्दूक़। एक साधारण सा शब्द, लेकिन यह शब्द दीन दत्ता की दुनिया को पलट कर रख देता है।दुर्लभ पुस्तकों का डीलर, दीन, घर के अंदर शांति से समय बिताने का आदी है, लेकिन जैसे-जैसे जीवन के बारे में उसकी ठोस धारणाएँ बदलने लगती हैं, वह एक असाधारण यात्रा पर निकलने के लिए मजबूर हो जाता है; एक ऐसी यात्रा जो उसे भारत से लॉस एंजेलिस और फिर वेनिस तक रस्ते में मिलने वाली यादों और अनुभवों के माध्यम से एक पेचीदा मार्ग पर ले जाती है। इस कहानी में पिया है—अमेरिका में पली-बढ़ी एक बंगाली लड़की जो उसकी यात्रा का कारण बनती है; एक उद्यमी युवक टीपू, जो दीन को आज की दुनिया में बड़े होने की वास्तविकताओं से रूबरू कराता है; रफ़ी, जो जरूरतमंद की मदद करने के लिए साहसिक प्रयास करता है; और चीनता, एक पुरानी दोस्त जो इस कहानी और उसके पात्रों के बीच की खोई कड़ियों को जोड़ती है। यह एक ऐसी यात्रा है जो उसकी वह सोच उलट देगी जिसमें उसे लगा था कि वह अपने, बचपन में सुने बंगाली मिथकों, और अपनी दुनिया के बारे में सब कुछ जानता है।अमिताभ घोष का उपन्यास बन्दूक़ द्वीप एक ख़ूबसूरत अहसास है जो समय और सीमा को आसानी से पार करता है। यह बढ़ते विस्थापन और न रुकने वाले संक्रमण की कगार पर खड़ी दुनिया की कहानी है। लेकिन यह कहानी उम्मीद की भी है, एक ऐसे व्यक्ति की, जिसका दुनिया और भविष्य में विश्वास दो अनूठी महिलाओं द्वारा बहाल होता है।

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  • Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world has won legions of fans since the first Illustrated Edition of the Harry Potter novels was published in hardback in 2015, becoming a bestseller around the world. This irresistible smaller-format paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban perfectly pairs J.K. Rowling’s storytelling genius with Jim Kay’s illustration wizardry, bringing the magic of Harry Potter to new readers with full-colour pictures and a handsome poster pull-out at the back of the book. This edition has been beautifully redesigned with selected illustration highlights, and is packed with breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. The fully illustrated edition is still available in hardback. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this inspired reimagining will captivate wizards and Muggles alike, as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger.

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  • Hidden in Plain Sight is the second brilliant and captivating novel featuring William Warwick by the master storyteller and bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer.Newly promoted, Detective Sergeant William Warwick has been reassigned to the drugs squad. His first case: to investigate a notorious south London drug lord known as the Viper.But as William and his team close the net around a criminal network unlike any they have ever encountered, he is also faced with an old enemy, Miles Faulkner. It will take all of William’s cunning to devise a means to bring both men to justice; a trap neither will expect, one that is hidden in plain sight . . . Filled with Jeffrey Archer’s trademark twists and turns, Hidden in Plain Sight is the gripping next instalment in the life of William Warwick. It follows on from Nothing Ventured, but can be read as a standalone story.

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  • Sahir Ludhianvi is remembered as one of the greatest poets and lyricists of Hindi cinema. He wrote in Urdu and Hindi and many of the songs he wrote went on to become hugely popular. His published poetry continues to attract newer generations of readers and reinforce his reputation as a fiercely humanist poet who wrote just as beautifully and effectively about romance as he did about revolution and patriotism.This diary is a tribute to his work and his life. It includes reminiscences by his great contemporaries like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle and Gulzar, as well as pieces by younger directors and film-makers who observed him at close quarters or were inspired by him, such as Naseeruddin Shah and Rajesh Roshan. As an elegantly laid out diary, it is the perfect companion to write in and dip into for all of 2021.

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  • More than just a brand name, more than just a bike.The Enfield’s distinctive look and feel, and the bass, throaty sound of its engine, create a rider in its own image—inspiring the kind of devotion that other brands can only aspire to.It’s been quite a ride for Enfield bikes in India, though, from its robust origins in the early 1950s to the rock bottom that was the 1980s. Come 1990, Vikram Lal of Eicher took over the brand and gave it a whole new lease of life. Later, his son Siddhartha’s vision brought marketing and product together in a uniquely imaginative way, and catapulted the bike to the iconic status it now enjoys. Today, Enfield has come to epitomise successful business turnarounds.Indian Icon: A Cult Called Royal Enfield by senior business journalist Amrit Raj tells the story of a trailblazing brand and company, and most of all, of the individuals who have made it what it is. Unusually for a business story, it also candidly reports the clash of the old guard with the new, baring the behind-the-scenes takeover dramas and the bare-knuckled battle to create the Royal Enfield: a premium homegrown consumer brand for the global markets.Deeply researched and expertly narrated, Indian Icon is a worthy addition to the shelf of both business readers as well as Royal Enfield aficionados.

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  • In Jeff Bezos’s own words, the core principles and philosophy that have guided him in creating, building, and leading Amazon and Blue Origin.In this collection of Jeff Bezos’s writings—his unique and strikingly original annual shareholder letters, plus numerous speeches and interviews that provide insight into his background, his work, and the evolution of his ideas—you’ll gain an insider’s view of the why and how of his success. Spanning a range of topics across business and public policy, from innovation and customer obsession to climate change and outer space, this book provides a rare glimpse into how Bezos thinks about the world and where the future might take us.Written in a direct, down-to-earth style, Invent and Wander offers readers a master class in business values, strategy, and execution:The importance of a Day 1 mindsetWhy “it’s all about the long term”What it really means to be customer obsessedHow to start new businesses and create significant organic growth in an already successful companyWhy culture is an imperative How a willingness to fail is closely connected to innovationWhat the Covid-19 pandemic has taught usEach insight offers new ways of thinking through today’s challenges—and more importantly, tomorrow’s—and the never-ending urgency of striving ahead, never resting on one’s laurels. Everyone from CEOs of the Fortune 100 to entrepreneurs just setting up shop to the millions who use Amazon’s products and services in their homes or businesses will come to understand the principles that have driven the success of one of the most important innovators of our time.Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos is co-published by PublicAffairs, an imprint of Perseus Books, and Harvard Business Review Press.

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  • Soon to be a Major Motion Picture.A Forgotten Hero. An Unforgettable Battle.India, 1025 AD.Repeated attacks by Mahmud of Ghazni and his barbaric Turkic hordes have weakened India’s northern regions. The invaders lay waste to vast swathes of the subcontinent—plundering, killing, raping, pillaging. Many of the old Indian kingdoms, tired and divided, fall to them. Those who do fight, battle with old codes of chivalry, and are unable to stop the savage Turkic army which repeatedly breaks all rules to win. Then the Turks raid and destroy one of the holiest temples in the land: the magnificent Lord Shiva temple at Somnath. At this most desperate of times, a warrior rises to defend the nation. King Suheldev. The ruler of a small kingdom, he sees what must be done for his motherland, and is willing to sacrifice his all for it. A fierce rebel. A charismatic leader. An inclusive patriot. Read this blockbuster epic adventure of courage and heroism, a fictional tale based on true events, that recounts the story of that lionhearted warrior and the magnificent Battle of Bahraich.

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  • ‘Wise, witty and intensely moving, the book brings to vivid life not just the personality of Rajiv Gandhi as a man and a leader but a whole phase of modern India’s political history. The author narrates with total honesty and the most becoming modesty the story of promise soaring into achievement only to be cut down by destiny’s inscrutable hand. Habibullah is to Rajiv what Abul Fazl was to Akbar.’- Gopalkrishna Gandhi‘If you want to know who Rajiv Gandhi was as a person, a friend and a leader, and what his contributions as prime minister were, Wajahat Habibullah’s thoughtful book, written with the sure hand of one who knew him from childhood and also served him professionally, is an unputdownable must read.’- Pavan K. VarmaOn 21 May 1991, Wajahat Habibullah, then the commissioner of Kashmir (constituting the valley and two districts of Ladakh), had returned home after inspecting a mysterious fire at Dalgate, Srinagar. Much to his dismay, there had been another fire, one that left him devastated: an RDX explosion in the south Indian town of Sriperumbudur had taken the life of India’s sixth prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi.My Years with Rajiv is an endearing account of a friendship that turned into an administrative partnership, one that gave him an acute insight into Rajiv Gandhi’s political life. But equally, in this lucid memoir, recounting his years in the Indian Administrative Services, particularly at the Prime Minister’s Office, Habibullah walks us through the last three decades of the twentieth century—in many ways, the most formative years of Indian history.Habibullah also seeks to demystify the workings of the Indian government and bureaucracy: the modernisation of the Nehruvian nation, the turbulence of the Khalistan years in Punjab, the introduction of grassroots policies aimed at poverty alleviation in rural India, the beginning of telecommunications services, the Shah Bano case, the opening of the locks at Babri Masjid/Ram Janmabhoomi, Indian interventions in Sri Lanka, and much else. In this, Habibullah, a natural raconteur, is more than successful, telling the tale in his inimitably candid and self-effacing manner.

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  • Keshav has set up an investigation agency with his best friend, Saurabh. Can the two amateur detectives successfully solve another murder case that affects them personally? And where will it leave their friendship?‘Ever since you found Prerna, I lost my best friend’ is what I told Saurabh.Hi, this is Keshav, and Saurabh, my best friend, flatmate, colleague and business partner, won’t talk to me. Because I made fun of him and his fiancée.Saurabh and Prerna will be getting married soon. It is an arranged marriage. However, there is more cheesy romance between them than any love-marriage couple.On Karva Chauth, she fasted for him. She didn’t eat all day. In the evening, she called him and waited on the terrace for the moon and for Saurabh to break her fast. Excited, Saurabh ran up the steps of her three-storey house. But when he reached …Welcome to One Arranged Murder, an unputdownable thriller from India’s highest-selling author. A story about love, friendship, family and crime, it will keep you entertained and hooked right till the end.

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  • Unlike people born in Panjab who have a direct connection with, and hence a memory of the land, I have no liminal or tangible marker of belonging to Panjab. While my family did hail from Panjab, I was neither born here, nor do I live here. I have no address, bank statement, Aadhaar card, passport or land ownership to prove my connection with Panjab.In 2015, Amandeep Sandhu began an investigation that was meant to resolve the ‘hole in his heart’, his ‘emptiness about matters Panjab’. For three years, he crisscrossed the state and discovered a land that was nothing like the one he had imagined and not like the stories he had heard.Present-day Panjab prides itself on legends of its military and valorous past even as it struggles with daily horrors. The Green Revolution has wreaked ecological havoc in the state, and a decade and a half of militancy has destabilised its economy and governance. Sikhism—the state’s eclectic and syncretic religion— is in crisis, its gatekeepers brooking no dissent and giving little spiritual guidance. And Panjab has yet to recover from the loss of its other half, now in Pakistan.Underneath it all, though, the old spirit of the land beats away— an undercurrent of resistance to power and hegemony that holds the hope that Panjab’s unyielding knots can be untied.

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  • There is in the short story the extraordinary ability to hold and enthral, to capture whole worlds with intensity and brevity. And that’s exactly what Anushka Jasraj accomplishes in these luminous stories. In the story that gives this collection its name, a weather forecaster tries to maintain her sanity while a storm threatens, literally and figuratively. In ‘Circus’, a young woman runs away from her home and husband to live with Rajan, the lion-tamer, the perfect being, both man and woman. In the award-winning ‘Radio Story’, politics and nostalgia come together to form a complex mesh of love and violence, while ‘Elephant Maximus’ stars the unforgettable Cassata in the role of cat-napper and elephant-kidnapper.In spare prose that heightens the impact of every little revelation, story after story – some of them subtly interlinked – draws us into the lives of sisters and friends, parents and daughters, men and women in relationships that casually shrug off easy definition. There is tenderness here, and bewilderment as well as reconciliation, as characters strip themselves bare to show us their most intimate fears and fantasies.

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  • How do you describe a life like Meghnad Desai’s?Born to middle-class parents in Vadodara, Gujarat, Desai grew up in an India that was still shiny and new and filled with every kind of potential. But seeking fresh academic challenges, he left for the US and then the UK, quite certain that his future lay elsewhere. As he participated in the student protests that spread across the Western world in 1968-1969, his political energy and ideas began to find focus. This was also perhaps the root of his unorthodox approach towards economics. A scholar of Marxian economics, political economy, monetary policy and economic history, Desai founded the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics (LSE) as well as LSE’s Development Studies programme. He is also one of the creators of the Human Development Index—an inclusive index that quantifies development. When a man of so many parts and with such a deep commitment to justice and reform writes of his life and his preoccupations, the story travels well beyond the personal to provide keen insights into the shaping of academic agendas and national and international politics.Rebellious Lord is the story of an intellectual and political maverick who has contributed a great deal to our understanding of contemporary politics and governance, and who continues to engage actively with all the important issues of our time. It is lively and educative, wry and self-aware, and unexpectedly entertaining.

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  • What was the reason for the first real armed encounter between Indian and Chinese troops on Chinese soil in the town of Dinghai on Chusan Island in July 1840?Were the orders for the invasion of Aksai Chin issued by Mao from Moscow in December 1949, at Stalin’s behest?Was the pluck and raw courage of Lt. Gen. Sagat Singh to hold Nathu La first in 1965 and then again in 1967 the basis for General K. Sundarji’s bold moves at Sumdorong Chu in 1986 and 1987?Red Fear: The China Threat catalogues, evaluates and infers the consequences of the political and military confrontations between India and China from the 15th to the 21st century.Contrary to the glowing accounts in popular imagination of a congruence of values and interests between these two nations, the relationship has been confrontational and antagonistic at many levels throughout these last six centuries.The lessons of history are hard to learn. Nevertheless, China seems to have learnt them better than India. It bided its time well and positioned itself to humiliate and denigrate India whenever possible as retribution for the perceived harm India and Indians did to its society and economy during the infamous Chinese century of humiliation between 1839 to 1940. For India, today’s post-Galwan situation is reminiscent of the challenge India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru faced in 1962 and the identical challenge India’s 14th Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces in 2020. Vedic philosophy argues that time is cyclical, and not linear, and by this argument, the year 2020 completes a 60-year cycle that began in 1960. How Modi responds to this challenge will define India’s relationship with China as well as its position in the world through the rest of the 21st century.

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  • Winner of the Booker Prize 2020Shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020An Observer ‘Best Debut Novelist of 2020’‘An amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love’ – The judges of the Booker PrizeIt is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest.Shuggie is different. Fastidious and fussy, he shares his mother’s sense of snobbish propriety. The miners’ children pick on him and adults condemn him as no’ right. But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place.Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride. A counterpart to the privileged Thatcher-era London of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, it also recalls the work of Édouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

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  • Spring: a twisted piece of metal that can be pushed, pressed or pulled but which always returns to its original shape or position afterwards. Rejection is inevitable in every stage of our lives. But what if this inevitability were a tool? What if it could be used as leverage to spring forward at every setback? What if there was a way to systematically process rejection and become a super-spring? Ambi Parameswaran—best-selling author, brand / leadership coach and former CEO of FCB-Ulka Advertising —was rejected at his dream job interviews, he was denied promotions and clients turned down his business pitches. He now knows that he eventually succeeded because of these rejections and the way he handled them.Spring is packed with tales of rejection and redemption. Walt Disney, The Beatles, Thomas Alva Edison, Michael Jordan, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the founders of Infosys, author Amish and others have used rejections as a pivot to swing their careers and businesses around. Ambi brings his decades of experience to bear on perhaps the vital life and career lesson you could learn from rejection. In Spring, he puts a gentle arm around your shoulders and helps you bounce back stronger than ever from every rejection.

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  • मुंबई की फ़िल्‍म इंडस्‍ट्री हमेशा एक पहेली की तरह है। हर कोई पर्दे के पीछे की कहानियाँ जानना चाहता है। यह उपन्‍यास ऐसी ही एक दिलचस्‍प कहानी कहता है, जहाँ एक सुपरस्‍टार मर गया है। उसकी भूमिका लंबे समय से तैयार हो रही है। हर साल बड़ी संख्‍या में युवा फ़िल्‍मी दुनिया का हिस्‍सा होने के लिए सपना देखते हैं लेकिन सच्‍चाई क्‍या है? क्‍या वहाँ सचमुच नए लोगों का स्‍वागत तहेदिल से किया जाता है। इस वक़्त पूरे देश में नेपोटिज्‍म की बहस चल रही है। यह उपन्‍यास दिखाता है कि उस शहर में नए रास्‍ते कैसे बनते हैं और उन पर चलने के ख़तरे और चुनौतियाँ क्‍या हैं? उपन्‍यास अपनी गद्य संरचना में ऐसा है कि एक बार पढ़ना शुरू करने पर पाठक उसके साथ बहने लगता है। उसे लगता है जैसे फ़िल्‍मी दुनिया के पर्दे के पीछे चल रही कहानी उसकी आँखों के सामने सजीव हो गई है।

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  • The 12 commandments of being a woman will make you laugh (a lot) and cry (a little), inspire you and move you. It may just become your Bible. In this funny, wise and outrageously Frank book, Tahira Kashyap khurrana talks of lying in school about getting her periods, falling in love at eighteen with her future husband, her obsession with having a Triple br>D bra cup, going on the world’s craziest diets and accidentally getting pregnant because of a Chinese meal. And in doing so, she touches every woman’s secret heart…

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  • In The Archer we meet Tetsuya, a man once famous for his prodigious gift with a bow and arrow but who has since retired from public life, and the boy who comes searching for him. The boy has many questions, and in answering them Tetsuya illustrates the way of the bow and the tenets of a meaningful life. Paulo Coelho’s story suggests that living without a connection between action and soul cannot fulfil, that a life constricted by a fear of rejection or failure is not a life worth living. Instead, one must take risks, build courage and embrace the unexpected journey fate has to offer.With the wisdom, generosity, simplicity and grace that have made him an international bestseller, Paulo Coelho provides the framework for a rewarding life: hard work, passion, purpose, thoughtfulness, the willingness to fail and the urge to make a difference.

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  • There are over a billion Indians alive today. But are some Indians more Indian than others? To answer this question, one that is central to the identity of every man, woman, and child who belongs to the modern Republic of India, eminent thinker and bestselling writer Shashi Tharoor explores hotly contested ideas of nationalism, patriotism, citizenship, and belonging. In the course of his study, he explains what nationalism is, and can be, reveals who is anti-national, what patriotism actually means, and explores the nature and future of Indian nationhood. He gives us a clear-sighted view of the forces working to undermine the ‘idea of India’ (a phrase coined by Rabindranath Tagore) that has evolved through history and which, in its modern form, was enshrined in India’s Constitution by its founding fathers. Divided into six sections, the book starts off by exploring historical and contemporary ideas of nationalism, patriotism, liberalism, democracy, and humanism, many of which emerged in the West in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and quickly spread throughout the world. The author then summarizes India’s liberal constitutionalism, exploring the enlightened values that towering leaders and thinkers like Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Ambedkar, Patel, Azad, and others invested the nation with. These are contrasted with the narrow-minded, divisive, sectarian, ‘us vs them’ alternatives formulated by Hindutva ideologues, and propagated by their followers who are now in office. Today, the battle is between these two opposing ideas of India, or what might be described as ethno-religious nationalism vs civic nationalism. The struggle for India’s soul has heightened, deepened, and broadened, and threatens to hollow out and destroy the remarkable concepts of pluralism, secularism, and inclusive nationhood that were bestowed upon the nation at Independence. The Constitution is under siege, institutions are being undermined, mythical pasts propagated, universities assailed, minorities demonized, and worse. Every passing month sees new attacks on the ideals that India has long been admired for, as authoritarian leaders and their bigoted supporters push the country towards a state of illiberalism and intolerance. If they succeed, millions will be stripped of their identity, and bogus theories of Indianness will take root in the soil of the subcontinent. However, all is not yet lost, and this erudite and lucid book shows us what will need to be done to win the battle of belonging and strengthen everything that is unique and valuable about India. Firmly anchored in incontestable scholarship, yet passionately and fiercely argued, The Battle of Belonging is a book that unambiguously establishes what true Indianness is and what it means to be a patriotic and nationalistic Indian in the twenty-first century.

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  • ‘If you read one book this year, make sure it’s this one’ Daily MailWINNER OF THE BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD FOR FICTION SELECTED FOR THE BBC TWO BOOK CLUB BETWEEN THE COVERS AND THE RADIO 2 JO WHILEY BOOK CLUBAn impossible murder A remarkable detective duo A demon who may or may not existIt’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia. But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks. Livestock are slaughtered in the night. And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles. First: an impossible pursuit. Second: an impossible theft. Third: an impossible murder. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes? With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.’A glorious mash-up of William Golding and Arthur Conan Doyle’ Val McDermid’A superb historical mystery: inventive, twisty, addictive and utterly beguiling … A TRIUMPH’ Will DeanFrom the author of the dazzling The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award, comes an audacious and original new high concept murder mystery.

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  • How do tax havens and syndicates running shell companies help fraudsters escape the long arm of the law?How does the ambiguity of valuation in the start-up ecosystem increase its vulnerability to corporate fraud? How are manufacturers and exporters from China exploiting India’s Free Trade Area (FTA) with other countries to dump goods at artificially low prices in the Indian market? What challenges does the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China pose for regulators of India? Why do people fall for Ponzi and pyramid schemes again and again?Serious frauds affect society and economy in damaging ways, belittling the common man’s trust in the system. Yet, barely do we understand how these affect our lives. A first-of-its-kind, The Great Indian Fraud reveals how all such frauds result from the manipulation of complex financial transactions, involving simple mathematics and tricks, to deceive regulators, enforcers, business partners and customers.Drawing on his experience in the fields of forensic audit and financial investigation, author Smarak Swain explains the modus operandi behind some of the most notorious cases of fraud-Haridas Mundhra, Jayanti Dharma Teja, Harshad Mehta, Ketan Parekh, Hasan Ali Khan, B. Ramalinga Raju, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Nirmal Singh Bhangoo and many more-narrating the rise and fall of the greatest fraudsters of our times.Informative and skilfully narrated, The Great Indian Fraud is a must-read to understand how frauds happen, how law enforcement agencies handle crises, the sectors that witness maximum frauds as well as the emerging sectors that are at high risk.

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  • ‘For the first time, I was not so sure that the survival of an idea could be taken for granted. But I was sure of one thing: the battle to salvage it, whether in whole or in part, had to be fought.’Since May 2014, under a resurgent Bharatiya Janata Party, it appears that the Nehruvian—read liberal, secular, scientific—Idea of India has come utterly undone. Institutions of governance that had weathered great turbulence in the past seem to be disintegrating. The economy, once the celebrated ‘India story’, is in a shambles due to self-inflicted blows. Large sections of the media genuflect in cringe-worthy surrender to the ruling dispensation. Two hundred million Indians are being repeatedly reminded about their irrelevance in the new political narrative. Meanwhile, the grand old party of India flounders on unfamiliar territory—trapped in its past and unsure about its future.Sanjay Jha, long-time Congress spokesperson, now suspended from the party for his outspokenness against it, takes a long, hard look at what all of this means for the future of India. What are the reasons for the Congress’s acute lack of oppositional ability? Is a resurrection of this seemingly somnolent giant even possible? What would it entail? Can the party look beyond the easy fallback of the Gandhi-family charisma and embrace transformational change? Can it sell its vision—of inclusive growth and social justice—to a nation that seems mesmerised by hate? Even as he asks tough questions of the government and his party, Jha has not lost faith in Mahatma Gandhi’s India. He writes of renewal, of hope. And the Congress, he firmly believes, is central to that revival of India.

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  • From his cricket debuts in 2007 and 2013 respectively, Rohit Gurunath Sharma has grown to be one of the vital pillars of the Indian cricket team. A modern-day entertainer who refused to compromise his approach to batting, his contribution to India’s domination in one-day cricket and victories in the Premier League is indisputable. This is the story of his journey, of the years of hard work and the confidence that has allowed him to keep his place in the team–and his amazing capacity to come up with big scores. His combination of aggression and caution, his lazy elegance and his deadly shots have brought a whiff of fresh air to the cricket field.The Hitman is the riveting account of a batsman, who has always chosen to play on his own terms, from two of India’s best-known cricket writers, Vijay Lokapally and G. Krishnan.

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  • The Ickabog is coming… A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, from one of the world’s best storytellers.The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest in the world. It had plenty of gold, a king with the finest moustaches you could possibly imagine, and butchers, bakers and cheesemongers whose exquisite foods made a person dance with delight when they ate them.Everything was perfect – except for the misty Marshlands to the north which, according to legend, were home to the monstrous Ickabog. Anyone sensible knew that the Ickabog was just a myth, to scare children into behaving. But the funny thing about myths is that sometimes they take on a life of their own.Could a myth unseat a beloved king? Could a myth bring a once happy country to its knees? Could a myth thrust two children into an adventure they didn’t ask for and never expected?If you’re feeling brave, step into the pages of this book to find out…A beautiful hardback edition, perfect for sharing and gift-giving. Brought to life with full-colour illustrations by the young winners of The Ickabog Illustration Competition.

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  • When Rituparna suddenly loses her mother at the age of five, she is shipped off to a trusted relative so she can grow up in a loving family. Instead, she finds herself bullied, sexually abused and has the first of several near-death-experiences. She grows up unsure of where love ends and cruelty begins and struggling to process the world without the dark lens of abuse. The acute anxiety, panic attacks, and severe depression follow her from boarding school to her move to Silicon Valley After her sense of reality is shaken by series of unexplained events, she, an atheist, finds her way to healing in the most unexpected quarters – looking within and opening herself up to a series of surreal spiritual events. How does she cope with what has happened to her? And how does she heal and find her way into a truly fulfilling life?Haunting, evocative and brave, Rituparna Chatterjee’s groundbreaking magic realism memoir The Water Phoenix gives voice to the countless victims of abuse who still find it difficult to speak of their trauma in today’s India. Most of all, The Water Phoenix is the story of transcending trauma and coming home to oneself.

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  • Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast ‘On Purpose’, distils the timeless wisdom he learned as a practising monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life. Over the past three years, Jay Shetty has become one of the world’s most popular influencers. One of his clips was the most watched video on Facebook last year, with over 360 million views. His social media following totals over 32 million, he has produced over 400 viral videos, which have amassed more than 5 billion views, and his podcast, ‘On Purpose’, is consistently ranked the world’s #1 health-related podcast. In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk in the Vedic tradition to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Drawing on ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, “Think Like a Monk” reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. The lessons monks learn are profound but often abstract. Shetty transforms them into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve focus, improve relationships, identify our hidden abilities, increase self-discipline and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can – and should – think like a monk.

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  • kausalyāsuprajā rāma pūrvā saṃdhyā pravartate/uttiṣṭha naraśārdūla kartavyaṃ daivamāhnikam//O Rama, son of fortunate Kaushalya, the eastern twilight (dawn) is breaking. Arise, O lion among men, the daily morning rituals need to be performed. With these stirring lines begins the near-ubiquitous Hindu prayer, the Venkatesa Suprabhatam. An appeal to the lord to arise and save the world, the Venkatesa Suprabhatam is the first of four recitations that are sung together every morning in the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala, where it was originally sung.Prativadi Bhayankaram Anna, who composed this prayer in the fifteenth century, was a saint, a poet and an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. The poet’s devotion shines through, most unforgettably in M.S. Subbulakshmi’s rendition, which rings through many south Indian homes in the mornings.Venkatesa Suprabhatam: The Story of India’s Most Popular Prayer is a translation of the prayer, a journey through its verses and also a deep dive into the history of its composition and the circumstances of its author.So whether you have grown up listening to the Suprabhatam or are just curious about such matters, this book—scholarly and yet accessible—is a compelling examination of the cultural phenomenon.

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  • A hopeless romantic, Anubhav had been looking for the love of his life. When Zoya accepted his online friend request, he felt an instant connection. Soon, he was falling deeply in love with her.For four years, first as friend and then as boyfriend, Anubhav waited for the day that Zoya would fall for him too. It never came. He had fallen in love with a person who had never really cared about him. He thought that if Zoya ever left him, he would be devastated. Turns out, it was the best gift ever.In Why Not Me? A Feeling of Millions, Anubhav looks back on his roller-coaster ride of being crazy in love to heartbroken, expressing in words what countless others have felt. His message? A broken heart can make you a stronger person.Already a national bestseller, Why Not Me? is a story of learning to love yourself again.

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  • You Will Be Okay: Embracing Social Distancing offers a step-by-step process to help you dismiss the irrelevance of that which bothers you, enabling you to build a stronger inner dialogue and integrate with a more liberated journey while going forth. This very engaging book will open a world of happiness and peace for you by guiding you through a powerful, affirmative questioning technique that draws on far greater wisdom than what you may be aware of.With over two decades of experience as a hugely successful therapist and Olympic mind coach, the author, Radhika Kawlra Singh, stimulates a deliberate momentum that makes each person expand on love-from self-love to love for others-thereby, creating an inescapable space of personal introspection.You, the reader, will be compelled to face your inner landscape, making corrections to innumerable perceptions of self-doubt, misrepresentation, immorality and several unchartered mental patterns. This process initiates ground-breaking self-realisation-the good and bad outside of you is the same as that which is lurking inside you. With persistent use, you will assemble uncommon revelations and endless possibilities of discovering a heightened level of good in others as well as within yourself!

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