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  • Classic Sunil Gangopadhyayby Sunil Gangopadhyay; Aruna Chakravarti

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    This special omnibus edition brings together the three great historical novels Sunil Gangopadhyay wrote. The Bengal Renaissance forms the backdrop to the Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Those Days, in which a feudal aristocracy awakens to its social obligations. In its sequel First Light, a turn-of-the-century Bengal, led by Rabindranath Tagore and Swami... more...

  • I Keep Vigil of Rudraby H S Shivaprakash

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; Not Available

    One of the only collections of Vachana poetry in translation?a must read for all poetry lovers. Here I come, a ferryman without a body To the great flowing river. If you pay the price? Your mind That grasps and lets go, I shall take you across? Vachana poetry in Kannada literature attained its zenith in the twelfth century. Passionate, intensely personal,... more...

  • The Final Questionby Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; Not Available

    Like Dickens, Saratchandra had a bag of wonderful tales'? The Hindu The Final Question (Shesh Prashna) is one of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay's last novels and perhaps his most radically innovative. The novel caused a sensation when it was first published in 1931, drawing censure from conservative critics but enthusiastic support from general readers,... more...

  • Nationalismby Rabindranath Tagore

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    ?More than any other Indian he has . . . broadened the bases of Indian nationalism. He has been India?s internationalist par excellence? ?Jawaharlal Nehru Rabindranath Tagore (1861?1941) was the first Asian to win a Nobel Prize. Nationalism is based on lectures delivered by him during the First World War. While the nations of Europe were doing battle,... more...

  • Train To Pakistanby Khushwant Singh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    It is the summer of 1947. But Partition does not mean much to the Sikhs and Muslims of Mano Majra, a village on the border of India and Pakistan. Then, a local money-lender is murdered, and suspicion falls upon Juggut Singh, the village gangster who is in love with a Muslim girl. When a train arrives, carrying the bodies of dead Sikhs, the village... more...

  • Fighting Words and Feuding Wordsby Thomas R. Walsh

    Lexington Books 2005; US$ 37.99

    Fighting Words and Feuding Words engages the powerful tools of Homeric poetic analysis and the anthropological study of emotion in an analysis of two anger terms highlighted in the Iliad by the Achaean prophet Calchas. Walsh argues that kotos and kholos locate two focal points for the study of aggression in Homeric poetry, the first presenting Homer's... more...

  • Mahabharataby Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told. Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much more to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandavas that led to the battle in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full, given... more...

  • Face to Faceby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    Blind since the age of four, Ved Mehta led a lonely and turbulent childhood in India until he was accepted to the Arkansas School for the Blind, to which he flew alone at fifteen. America and the school changed his life, leading to degrees at Oxford and Harvard Universities and a fruitful writing career. Face to Face (1957), Mehta?s first book, is... more...

  • The Essential Ved Mehtaby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    The Essential Ved Mehta is the definitive collection of the author?s work, containing excerpts from nearly all his writings, many of which first appeared in William Shawn?s New Yorker. It begins with his first book, the classic autobiography highlighting his blindness, Face to Face, and goes on to feature, among others, his iconic books about India... more...

  • Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostlesby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    Ved Mehta?s book on Gandhi (1977) is one of the great portraits of the political leader. Travelling the world to talk to Gandhi?s family, friends and followers, drawing his daily life in exacting detail, Mehta gives us a nuanced and complex picture of the great man and brings him vividly alive. more...