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  • 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 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 2014; US$ 16.98

    This definitive collection of Ved Mehta?s work contains excerpts from nearly all his writings, many of which first appeared in the New Yorker. It begins with his first book, the classic autobiography highlighting his blindness, Face to Face, and features his iconic books about India and his family saga, Continents of Exile. Each entry comes with a... 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 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...

  • 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 Ved Mehta, 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-Partition Lahore. 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 most interesting figures?Indira Gandhi, Jaya Prakash Narayan and Satyajit Ray, among others. Travelling across the country from the Himalayas to Kerala, through its villages and cities, Ved Mehta?s observations of and insights into India remain relevant and thought-provoking... more...

  • Institutiones oratoriaeby Sulpicius Victor; Rainer Jakobi

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 56.00

    Sulpicius? Institutiones oratoriae, a late antique introduction to rhetoric, is presented here in a completely new critical edition, which replaces the one edited by Halm in 1853. This new edition of the text is based on a thorough re-examination of the only surviving testimony, the 1521 Basel edition, which reproduces a lost manuscript from the library... 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...

  • A Rag Called Happinessby Nirmal Verma

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 16.98

    A boy from Allahabad follows his cousin to the capital. He hovers at the edge of his cousin?s theatre set, as they try and bring into their lives the idealism they enact on stage. Verma?s distinctive lyrical voice captures with melancholic perfection the characters afloat in the turbulent world of Delhi in the 1960s and ?70s. more...