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  • The Final Questionby Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 16.98

    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; US$ 13.58

    ?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...

  • Two Measures of Bhaktiby Vijay Nambisan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 11.88

    Late medieval poems from Kerala that still resonate in every Malayali?s hearttouchstones of faith in Kerala. Puntanam?s Jnana-paana may claim to be the first original modern poem in Malayalam; simple and innocent, it still speaks directly to the reader. Melpattur?s Narayaniyam is ?the last great hurrah of classical Sanskrit? in India; the poem excerpted... more...

  • The Mouse Merchantby Arshia Sattar; Gurcharan Das

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 16.98

    Even in ancient India, money is always a good thing and everyone wants it. The stories in The Mouse Merchant?selected from the Sanskrit universe, from the period of the late Rig Veda to the twelfth century?tell us how money was dealt with in everyday life in ancient and medieval Indian society. At the heart of these tales is the merchant. Sometimes... more...

  • Face to Faceby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98

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

  • Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostlesby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98

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

  • Daddyjiby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98

    Daddyji is, at first glance, a biographical portrait of Amolak Ram Mehta,a distinguished Indian public-health officer, written by his son VedMehta, but in reality, as the story unfolds, it is seen to be a recreation,in crystalline detail, of a whole world?the everyday life of pre-PartitionLahore. Daddyji (1972) is the first book in Mehta?s extraordinary... more...

  • Portrait of Indiaby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98

    Portrait of India (1970) is a vivid account of 60s? India and some of its mostinteresting figures?Indira Gandhi, Jaya Prakash Narayan and SatyajitRay, among others. Travelling across the country from the Himalayas toKerala, through its villages and cities, Ved Mehta?s observations of andinsights into India remain relevant and thought-provoking even... more...

  • A Childhood In Malabarby Kamala Das

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 15.28

    It Is The Second World War And Kamala And Her Brother Are Removed From Their Parents Home In Calcutta To The Safer Environs Of Their Village In Northern Kerala.At Once An Outsider And An Integral Part Of Her Ancestral Home, Kamala Struggles To Fathom The Intricacies Of Class, Caste And Language. But Surrounded By People Like Her Adoring Ammamma, The... more...

  • Tales of The Ten Princesby Dandin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 16.98

    Dandin's work as a novelist, poet and pioneering theorist of literary style has secured for him an important place in classical Sanskrit literature. He lived in Kanchi, near present-day Chennai, in the period c. AD 650?750, during the Pallava rule. The Dasa Kumara Charitam is a prose romance recounting the exploits of Prince Rajavahana and his nine... more...