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Is That Even a Country, Sir!
By Anil Yadav
When Hindi-speakers from North India were massacred in Assam before the elections in 2000, two out-of-work journalists, Anil Yadav and Anhes [...]
One Out of Two
By Daniel Sada
The most distinctive thing about the Gamal sisters is that they are, essentially, indistinguishable (except for a modest mole). The twin spinsters [...]
The Elephant in the Temple
By John Lockwood Kipling
From military camels and hunting cheetahs, to herding dogs and talking mynahs, animals have been living, working, playing and performing with humans [...]
A Thousand Yearnings
By Ralph Russell
For many people, Urdu is indelibly associated with a bygone era: the cultural renaissance of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the face of [...]
Guldaar
By Stephen Alter
A shadowy warlord known only as Guldaar has built an empire based on drug-running, arms-dealing and cold-blooded murder over the Hindu Kush in [...]
Comeuppance
By James Tooley
In March 2014, James Tooley, a champion of low-cost private schools across South Asia and Africa, was enjoying a well-deserved break in Hyderabad, [...]
Dispossessed
By Amod Shah Anhad Imaan Annie Baxi Ashwin Parulkar Rhea John Saba Sharma Shikha Sethia
In 2005, starving members of the Bhuiya clan in one of Bihar’s poorest villages dug up a long-buried dead goat, cooked and ate it. Sixteen people [...]
The Year of the Hawks
By Kanwaljit Deol
The early 1980s: A fiery preacher has outgrown his mentors and is raising an army of radicalized young men across Punjab. In Moranwale village, young [...]
The Secret Life of Zika Virus
By Kalpish Ratna
Zika Virus has wreaked havoc in Brazil in recent times and is rapidly raising the spectre of a global pandemic. It has also resurfaced in India. In [...]
A Night with a Black Spider
By Ambai
‘Since she was valorous, she said she was a man, and since Mahishan was speaking of love, he was feminine... If she was a combination of feminine [...]
Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
By Eka Kurniawan
From the prize-winning author of Beauty Is a Wound and Man Tiger—another masterpiece of storytelling. Ajo Kawir and Gecko are [...]
Shiva’s Drum
By Chandrasekhar Kambar
‘…It looks like the rhythm of Shivapura life is upset. Even the seasons don’t keep time. The river looks wasted. The waves no longer run with a [...]
No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight
By Parimal Bhattacharya
For a few years in the early 1990s—at a time when the embers of a violent agitation for Gorkhaland were slowly dying down—Parimal Bhattacharya [...]
The Diary of a Nobody
By George Grossmith Weedon Grossmith
‘Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see—because I do not [...]
Tibetan Caravans
By Abdul Wahid Radhu
‘In the villages, Buddhists as well as Muslims called us Akhon Pa, a Central Asian expression which originally designated mullahs, or [...]
The Division of Heaven and Earth
By Shokdung
The Division of Heaven and Earth is one of the most influential and important books from Tibet in the modern era—a passionate indictment [...]
Azadi’s Daughter
By Seema Mustafa
‘But strangely enough, I find all my identities under threat today. As a woman, as a journalist, as a Muslim, as a secularist, as a liberal and [...]
The Shah of Chicago
By Nate Rabe
‘He would need two months, three at the most, to tie everything together. Peshawar, up on the Afghan border, was thick with smugglers and heroin [...]
Lone Fox Dancing
By Ruskin Bond
Over sixty years, for numerous readers—of all ages; in big cities, small towns and little hamlets—Ruskin Bond has been the best kind of [...]
The Ring of Truth
By Wendy Doniger
From Shakuntala to Scheherazade to Marilyn Monroe, from Ancient India and Greece to Medieval Europe to modern cinema, sexual desire and jewelry, [...]
India Dissents
By Ashok Vajpeyi
Throughout Indian history, various individuals and groups have questioned, censured and debated authority—be it the state or empire, religious or [...]
Pocket Piketty
By Jesper Roine
We all know the book: it’s been hailed as one of the most important documents on how the world economy works, or doesn’t work, and it’s been a [...]
The White Umbrella
By Brian Sewell
 ‘Mr B, a wiry little man of fifty with white hair, was sitting in the back of a big white Land Rover when he saw the donkey. It was early [...]
Shared Tables
By Kaumudi Marathé
When Kaumudi Marathé moved to the US from India, she never thought she’d be a famous chef, food writer and unofficial spokesperson for Indian [...]
Mishti, the Mirzapuri Labrador
By Gillian Wright
 As soon as the door opened a crack, Mishti’s nose appeared and then Mishti, pushing her way in, small and gold, straining on her lead with [...]
Unforeseen Desires
By Anil Chopra
 ‘If ever there was a courtyard in paradise, it was here.… At some distance from the bungalow was a banyan tree, with its brooding branches [...]
Vampire in Love
By Enrique Vila-Matas
Enrique Vila-Matas is widely hailed by his peers and readers as one of the greatest writers of fiction in contemporary Spanish literature. Gathered [...]
Half-Open Windows
By Ganesh Matkari
 ‘On one side, the sea. On the other, the city. A city that seemed to believe that the Queen’s Necklace was enough past for it, a city [...]
Star of India
By Alice Perrin
Stella Carrington, young and beautiful, feels that life is passing her by in the repressed Victorian household of her grandmother and spinster aunts. [...]
The Flame of the Forest
By Sudhin N. Ghose
 ‘ … moved as though sustained by invisible wings attached to her feet. Her whole frame glowed like an incandescent bronze figure. And I [...]
The Vermilion Boat
By Sudhin N. Ghose
 ‘Sisi-Magar became my boat, and straddled on its back I was transformed into a sea-god—one who defied the elements and to whom the wind and [...]
Eve Out of Her Ruins
By Ananda Devi
With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country's endless cycle of fear and [...]
Curry
By Colleen Taylor Sen
Curry is one of the most widely used—and misused—terms in the culinary lexicon. Outside of India, the word curry is often used as a catchall to [...]
Immoderate Men
By Shikhandin
Over eleven wide-ranging stories, this collection deftly captures the world of men; the desires that drive them, and the impulses which bring them [...]
The Woman in the Bazaar
By Alice Perrin
 ‘He was living once more in those far-away days that had begun with such happiness, only to end in such failure and pain and now a result [...]
Lords of the Global Village
By Ranendra
 ‘The Americas were generous enough to preserve the literatures and ruins of the Incas, the Mayans, the Aztecs and the Native Americans in a [...]
Tourist Season
By Jaina Sanga
 A compelling duet of novellas, in exquisite prose, that capture the nuances of time and place, each one featuring a protagonist who is at heart [...]
Bombay Modern
By Anjali Nerlekar
Anjali Nerlekar’s Bombay Modern is a close reading of Arun Kolatkar’s canonical poetic works that relocates the genre of poetry to the [...]
Harilal & Sons
By Sujit Saraf
It is the year 1899. In the northwestern corner of British India, the Chhappaniya famine stalks the desert region of Shekhavati. A despairing [...]
Cradle of the Clouds
By Sudhin N. Ghose
In the Penhari Parganas, a district in pre-Independence Bengal, a young man prepares to leave for Calcutta. Amidst apprehensions, and warnings about [...]
Snowfed Waters
By Jane Wilson-Howarth
Deserted by her husband and forced out of her job as a schoolteacher, Sonia Swayne flees the sullen climes of Cambridge, England, to work for a [...]
Intimacy Undone
By Malavika Rajkotia
A leading expert in Indian family law and one of India’s most successful and respected divorce lawyers, Malavika Rajkotia has seen the drama of [...]
And Gazelles Leaping
By Sudhin N. Ghose
An orphan, his pet, a Manipuri elephant sensitive about his small size, and their friends—Heera and her nanny-goat; Mazdoor and his donkey White [...]
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Tiger
By Prerna Singh Bindra
Tigers don’t talk (well, at least not in ‘people’ language). Tigers don’t have names either. But then T-Cub is a very special tiger cub and [...]
Perhaps Tomorrow
By Pooranam Elayathamby Richard Anderson
Raised by her widowed mother in a Tamil village in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, Sandy, born Pooranam Elayathamby, grew up in poverty with her [...]
Kautik on Embers
By Uddhav J. Shelke
Kautik is prepared to work herself to the bone to feed her husband Mahadev and children Bhima, Nama and Yasodi. She not only drives herself hard, but [...]
Chandni Chowk
By Swapna Liddle
What we know today as Chandni Chowk was once a part of one of the greatest cities of the world—the imperial city established by the Mughal emperor [...]
The Adivasi Will Not Dance
By Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
In this collection of stories, set in the fecund, mineral-rich hinterland and the ever-expanding, squalid towns of Jharkhand, Hansda Sowvendra [...]
The Sari of Surya Vilas
By Vayu Naidu
1909: Allarmelu is nine years old when her mother dies, leaving her in Surya Vilas, the family home, now a world of spinster aunts and men. When she [...]
Monk on a Hill
By Guru T. Ladakhi
‘These are delicate, sensual poems of inwardness and solitude but also of place and people. There are startlingly tender accounts of love and grief [...]
Murder in Mahim
By Jerry Pinto
A young man is found dead in the toilet of Matunga Road railway station, his stomach ripped open. Retired journalist Peter D’Souza joins the [...]
A Box of Happiness
By Ruskin Bond
A three-part collection of observations by India’s most beloved writer—and by the thinkers and artists he admires—on serenity and how to [...]
Out of War
By Swati Sengupta
Over the course of two intense years Swati Sengupta spoke to dozens of surrendered Maoist soldiers. In this book she focuses on their complex [...]
Son of the Thundercloud
By Easterine Kire
After losing all his family in a terrible famine, a man leaves his village with just the clothes on his back, never once looking back. For endless [...]
The Sun and Two Seas
By Vikramajit Ram
A grand historical novel of love, intrigue and ambition—inspired by the sculptures on the Sun Temple of Konark. It is the thirteenth century AD. [...]
The Exodus Is Not Over
By Nandita Haksar
‘These men and women are, like the Naga warriors before them, above all survivors. And this book is an ode to them.’ Economic deprivation, [...]
Thamel
By Rabi Thapa
For long a sleepy rural enclave, Thamel is today the beating commercial and cultural heart of Kathmandu—a dizzying square kilometre of hotels, [...]
The Creature on the Moonlit Road
By Montague Rhodes (M. R.) James
Mr Abney was found in his chair, his head thrown back… In his left side was a terrible lacerated wound, exposing the heart. There was no blood on [...]
Amba
By Laksmi Pamuntjak
Myth, culture and politics weave together in a beguiling tale of profound love. Named after a tragic figure in Indonesia’s and India’s shared [...]
Fatal Accidents of Birth
By Harsh Mander
This volume collects seventeen stories of women and men who, simply because they were born poor, or a particular gender, or into a certain caste or [...]
The Pocket Kamasutra
By Alka Pande
The ultimate book of erotic love, the Kamasutra is, above all, about inventive sensuality. It is both a celebration of, and a guide to, the good [...]
Science Tales
By Darryl Cunningham
Shortlisted for ‘Best Book’ by the British Comics Awards In this graphic milestone of investigative reporting, Darryl Cunningham explodes the [...]
A Village Dies
By Ivan Arthur
Back in the 1940s, when Mumbai was still Bombay, the twin urban villages of Kevni-Amboli were home to a lively Catholic community—predominantly [...]
Loitering with Intent
By Ritu Menon
Where we go is usually decided spontaneously; one of us might say, ‘Let’s do a wine trip in France;’ or ‘We should go to Angkor before it’s [...]
A Season for Martyrs
By Bina Shah
The last three months of Benazir Bhutto’s life—from her arrival back in Pakistan on October 18, 2007, to her untimely death in a [...]
The Haunted Dolls’ House
By Montague Rhodes (M. R.) James
There was no striking clock within earshot—none on the staircase, none in the stable, none in the distant church tower. Yet it is indubitable that [...]
The Curry Coast
By Binoo K. John
Retracing the footsteps of explorer Vasco da Gama 500 years after his arrival on the shores of Calicut, Binoo K. John finds himself in a land of [...]
Gandhi on Non-Violence
By Thomas Merton
Gandhi on Non-Violence brings together the political and moral philosophies central to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi, pared down to [...]
The Temple Road
By Fazlur Rahman
A remarkable cultural and medical memoir, The Temple Road inspires and absorbs in equal measure. A veteran cancer physician, Dr Fazlur [...]
Himalaya
By Namita Gokhale Ruskin Bond
For some, the Himalaya is a frontier against which to test themselves. Others find refuge and tranquility in the mountains, a place where they can [...]
A Full Night’s Thievery
By Mitra Phukan
A musician never realized the truth of the saying ‘Music is a harsh taskmaster’ until his beloved instrument exacts the highest sacrifice. An [...]
I Want to Destroy Myself
By Malika Amar Shaikh
My life cannot be made over to anyone, not even Namdeo Dhasal. Malika Amar Shaikh was born to Communist-activist parents—her father, Shahir Amar [...]
The Big Cat Man
By Jonathan Scott
‘Jonathan Scott understands the animals he photographs so well that it is as though he has entered their minds and can see the world as they [...]
Journey After Midnight
By Ujjal Dosanjh
Born in rural Punjab just months before Indian independence, Ujjal Dosanjh emigrated to the UK, alone, when he was eighteen, and spent four years [...]
The Case of Lady Sannox
By Arthur Conan Doyle
‘Excision of the wound, then?’ ‘That is it. If it be on the finger, take the finger off. So said my father always. But think of where this [...]
The Sand Libraries of Timbuktu
By Rohinton Daruwala
A debut collection of poems by a compelling young voice. ‘Rohinton Daruwala’s poems unfold like a baramasa, an almanac of seasons and [...]
Up Campus, Down Campus
By Avijit Ghosh
It’s the late 1980s and Anirban Roy, fresh from the dustbowls of Inner India, arrives on an alternative planet called JNU. Here Marx rules the [...]
Istanbul Istanbul
By Burhan Sönmez
‘Istanbul is a city of a million cells, and every cell is an Istanbul unto itself.’ Below the ancient streets of Istanbul, four [...]
Garrisoned Minds
By Laxmi Murthy Mitu Varma
Militarisation and violence as a response to conflict are now part of the global social order. In this book, twelve journalists explore the impact of [...]
The Sleepwalker’s Dream
By Dhrubajyoti Borah
June, along with Ron and several other insurgents, is fleeing their hideout in Bhutan after an army attack. With them is their injured, unconscious [...]
Gulbadan
By Rumer Godden
An accomplished scholar and author of the Humayun-nama, Gulbadan Begam was also Babur’s daughter, Humayun’s sister, and Akbar’s [...]
A Book of Light
By Jerry Pinto
In 2012, Jerry Pinto published his debut novel, Em and the Big Hoom, which drew upon his experience of living with a mother who was bipolar. [...]
Belonging
By Umi Sinha
Shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award 2016 Lila Langdon is twelve years old when she witnesses a family tragedy after her [...]
A Little Book of Love and Companionship
By Ruskin Bond
‘We are all refugees, and our only duty is to be each other’s shelter, each other’s refuge, each other’s help.’ —Ruskin Bond • What [...]
A Little Book of Serenity
By Ruskin Bond
‘There is no harm in sitting in an office and making money, but sometimes you must look out of the window. And look at the changing [...]
Kohima
By Arthur Swinson
Arthur Swinson’s account of his time in the Japanese invasion of the British India from April to June 1944, this book is a tour de force about the [...]
Wisdom: A World History
By Trevor Curnow
Trevor Curnow provides an accessible introduction to wisdom and the many ways we have tried to achieve it throughout history. ‘There’s no fool [...]
The Man Who Wouldn’t be God
By Shashi Warrier
A gripping human drama of suspense, treachery and intrigue from the author of Night of the Krait and The Hangman’s Journal Bala Kamath is a [...]
Man Tiger
By Eka Kurniawan
Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction 2016. A new bestseller from the prize-winning author of Beauty Is a Wound. A [...]
Shell-Shocked
By Mohammed Omer
‘ produced eyewitness dispatches of such clarity and brilliance that, almost single-handed, he reclaimed the honour of real journalism.’ —John [...]
On Art, Literature and History
By Naguib Mahfouz
The Non-fiction Writing of Naguib Mahfouz: Volume I Naguib Mahfouz is one of the most important writers in contemporary Arabic literature. Winner [...]
Indian Dust
By Jon Godden Rumer Godden
“I will lend it to you,” Subhana said, “so that you can feast your eyes on it.” For two days it adorned the sitting-room of the houseboat. He [...]
One Last Drink at Guapa
By Saleem Haddad
A debut novel that tells the story of Rasa, a young gay man coming of age in the Middle East. Set over the course of twenty-four hours, One Last [...]
Feasts and Fasts
By Colleen Taylor Sen
India has always been part of the global economy. For thousands of years, the subcontinent was the centre of a vast network of land and sea trade [...]
Empire of Tea
By Markman Ellis Matthew Mauger Richard Coulton
Tea has a rich and well-documented past. The beverage originated in Asia long before making its way to seventeenth-century London, where it became an [...]
Kingpin
By Kavita Daswani
'The illicit yet profoundly alluring business of counterfeit was a bit like carrying on an extramarital affair: the underhandedness of it all was [...]
A Little Book of Happiness
By Ruskin Bond
• Why be happy and how, and why not to worry if you think you are not. • Why it is easy to be happy, and how you can miss happiness even if it [...]
House Spirit
By Palash Krishna Mehrotra
In this one-of-a-kind anthology, Indrajit Hazra introduces you to booze jabberwocky in an essay brimming over with linguistic playfulness; Sidharth [...]
The Prisoner of Kathmandu
By Charles Allen
The Prisoner of Kathmandu is the story of Brian Hodgson, Britain’s ‘father of Himalayan studies’. Born in 1801, Hodgson joined the [...]
Tram 83
By Fiston Mwanza Mujila
In an unnamed African city-state riven by civil war, profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities mix. They have only one desire: to make a [...]
I, the Salt Doll
By Vandana Mishra
Sushila Lotlikar was barely in her teens when tragedy forced her to give up her education and join Parshwanath Altekar’s Little Theatre in Mumbai [...]
One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator
By Manoj Kumar Panda
It took nearly five minutes for her ashes to cool down. Afterwards, someone held out a handful. "Here she is, your Lara. Take her." The agony stuck [...]
The Yard
By Aliyyah Eniath
A moving story of love and redemption set in Trinidad, that exposes the fault lines in Indo-Muslim culture, as it explores three generations of a [...]
Tales of the Metric System
By Imraan Coovadia
In ten chapters that describe ten days spread over four decades—from 1970 to 2010—this utterly compelling novel gives us a rich and intimate [...]
The Hangman’s Journal
By Shashi Warrier
For over thirty years, Janardhanan Pillai was the aratchar, the hangman, on call for the prison authorities in the kingdom of Travancore and, after [...]
The Silk Road
By Jonathan Clements
The Silk Road is not a place, but a journey, a route from the edges of the Mediterranean to the central plains of China, through high mountains and [...]
Two under the Indian Sun
By Jon Godden Rumer Godden
When World War I began in 1914, sisters Jon and Rumer Godden—aged six and seven respectively—left England to join their parents in Narayangunj, a [...]
Growing Older without Feeling Old
By Rudi Westendorp
The past century has witnessed a revolution. Less than a hundred years ago, the average Western life expectancy was 40; now it is 80. And there is [...]
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
By Jerome K. Jerome
‘What readers ask nowadays in a book is that it should improve, instruct, and elevate. This book wouldn’t elevate a cow… All I can suggest is [...]
Beauty Is a Wound
By Eka Kurniawan
Described as ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude kicked into another gear’, Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family [...]
The Science of Happiness
By Stefan Klein
An international bestseller, this book is an enthralling exploration of the science of happiness. We all know what it feels like to be happy, but [...]
Bicycle Dreaming
By Mridula Koshy
From one birthday to the next, thirteen-year-old Noor watches as her family comes apart. Her father, Mohammad Saidullah, a kabadiwala, loses his job [...]
Framed As a Terrorist
By Mohammad Aamir Khan
Framed As a Terrorist is the harrowing and heart-rending narrative of an ordinary young Indian man, from the by-lanes of Old Delhi, who was [...]
Remember to Forget
By Neel Kamal Puri
In Ludhiana in the 1990s, everyone is waiting for life to be normal again. The Punjab insurgency has ended, and the city is trying to emerge from the [...]
The Patiala Quartet
By Neel Kamal Puri
Punjab in the early 1980s. The atmosphere is charged with calls for Khalistan and there is terror and violence on the streets. The ripples reach even [...]
The Invisible Man from Salem
By Christoffer Carlsson
In the final days of summer, a young woman is shot dead in her apartment. Three floors above, the blue lights of the police cars awaken disgraced [...]
The Hunter’s Friends: Selected Writings
By Jim Corbett
Jim Corbett, ace hunter and inimitable raconteur, was also a gifted observer, not just of the jungle but also of the people around him. In the [...]
The Fortunate Tiger and Other Close Encounters
By Jim Corbett
The Fortunate Tiger and Other Close Encounters selects the most thrilling adventures of Jim Corbett of Kumaon, legendary hunter and [...]
The Ballad of Bant Singh: A Qissa of Courage
By Nirupama Dutt
On the evening of 5th January 2006, Bant Singh, a Dalit agrarian labourer and activist in Punjab’s Jhabar village, was ambushed and brutally beaten [...]
Bullets and Bylines: From the Frontlines of Kabul, Delhi, Damascus and Beyond
By Shyam Bhatia
War reporters tend to have shorter lives than many others in the same profession of journalism, simply because they are exposed to more day-to-day [...]
Mother, Where’s My Country?
By Anubha Bhonsle
In her powerful, poignant book—one of the best non-fiction works from India in recent years—Anubha Bhonsle examines the tangled and tragic [...]
River of Flesh and Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction
By Ruchira Gupta
River of Flesh and Other Stories brings together twenty-one stories about trafficked and prostituted women by some of India’s most [...]
On My Terms: From the Grassroots to the Corridors of Power
By Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar is one of India’s key public figures. Through his five- decade-long career, during which he has never lost an election, he has served [...]
We Are All Stardust
By Stefan Klein
When acclaimed science writer Stefan Klein asks Nobel Prize- winning chemist Roald Hoffmann what sets scientists apart, Hoffmann says, ‘First and [...]
ASAP Science
By Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown
From the creators of the wildly popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE comes a book about the science that people actually want to learn, presented in a [...]
East of Suez: Stories of Love, Betrayal and Hauntings from the Raj
By Alice Perrin
A woman’s ghost comes calling for her devoted husband; an amulet hastily given to a British officer saves him from a man-eating tiger; a happily [...]
New Songs of the Survivors: The Exodus of Indians from Burma
By Yvonne Vaz Ezdani
During the Second World War, many of the Indians settled in Burma were killed following the bombing of Rangoon by the Japanese Air Force. Thousands [...]
Runaway Writers
By Indu Balachandran
"Dear Boss, I quit!” Amby resigns her cushy corporate job on a reckless whim-- to be the ghost Tweet-Writer for the hot-looking superstar [...]
Friends in Wild Places: Birds, Beasts and Other Companions
By Ruskin Bond
‘Below my cottage was a forest of oak...Nearly every morning, and sometimes during the day, I heard the cry of the barking deer. And in the [...]
Into the Hidden Valley
By Stuart Blackburn
As the British Raj begins its expansion towards Tibet, the remote Apatani valley on the Indo-Tibetan border becomes a flashpoint. George Taylor, an [...]
The Scenes We Made: An Oral History of Experimental Theatre in Mumbai
By Shanta Gokhale
Mumbai’s theatre scene is a dynamic and creative space that has continuously inspired young theatre practitioners from the 1960s to the present [...]
The Light of His Clan
By Chetan Raj Shrestha
‘At home, the stream of visitors remained steady. The crush of vehicles caused traffic jams on the road outside, and a traffic policeman had to be [...]
Like a Pinprick to the Heart
By Shujoy Dutta
Anando Sen’s father can smell death, his uncle can see ghosts, his sister can communicate with spirits. Anando himself is able to tell futures and [...]
The Hindus: An Alternative History
By Wendy Doniger
Spanning over six millennia, this monumental and thoroughly engrossing narrative account of Indian history and myth offers a new way of understanding [...]
The Naked Surgeon
By Samer Nashef
‘ takes a Malcolm Gladwell-esque look at what happens in operating theatres... If a book-length examination of the topic sounds dry, it isn't. [...]
Asian Absences: Searching for Shangri-La
By Wolfgang Büscher
Asian Absences is the contemplative and lyrical narrative of Wolfgang Büscher’s travels across India, Singapore, Nepal, Cambodia and [...]
Animal Madness
By Laurel Braitman
Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by studying Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons; Alfred Russel Wallace investigated creatures in [...]
The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World
By Joel K. Bourne Jr
When Malthus famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern agriculture. New seeds, [...]
Beyond the Village Pond: Reflections on the Culture of Punjab
By Shivdev Singh
For centuries, Punjab has been famed for the robust, life-affirming spirit of its people—their industriousness, fortitude, vitality and joie de [...]
Nine: Poems
By Anupama Raju
A debut collection of poems by an acclaimed young poet— Anupama Raju. ‘Anupama Raju has mastered the right simile, the apt image, the terse [...]
The Valley of Flowers: An Adventure in the Upper Himalaya
By Frank S. Smythe
‘The predominant note was peace; not the faintest breeze ruffled the herbage and the silence was the silence of a vast ocean utterly calm, though [...]
Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World
By Jack Andraka
An inspiring teenage memoir from globally renowned young scientist Jack Andraka. When Jack Andraka was thirteen, he had a whole pile of problems. [...]
The Devil Is a Black Dog: Stories of War and Revolution from the Middle East and Beyond
By Sándor Jászberényi
‘I don’t regret anything, really. I never wanted to live a sensible life. . . I didn’t want a sensible death either.’ War-torn Africa, a [...]
Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
By Emily Nagoski
An essential exploration of women’s sexuality that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy. After all the [...]
The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories
By Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
Click here to buy the paperback edition. ‘We are like toys—someone presses our “ON” button, or turns a key in our backsides, and we [...]
Rungli-Rungliot {Thus Far and No Further}
By Rumer Godden
In the 1940s, as the Second World War raged elsewhere, author Rumer Godden lived for a year in Rungli-Rungliot—an isolated tea estate [...]
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ
By Giulia Enders
Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that [...]
Uncertain Light
By Marion Molteno
High in the mountains of war-torn Tajikistan, rebels abduct inspirational UN peace negotiator, Rahul Khan. The lives of his closest friends begin to [...]
The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism: From the Cold War to the Present Day
By Nandita Haksar
Nandita Haksar’s magnum opus traces the tortured history of Kashmiri nationalism through the lives of two men: Sampat Prakash, a Kashmiri Pandit [...]
The Edge of Another World
By Pepita Seth
The Edge of Another World is the story of three women living in different times and spaces, whose lives enmesh and interconnect in strange [...]
The Ends of the Earth
By Roger Willemsen
A lifelong traveller with an admitted ‘predilection for unlovely things’, Roger Willemsen has tramped over five continents in search of the ends [...]
Reading the Kamasutra
By Wendy Doniger
The Kamasutra, composed in the third century CE, is the world’s most famous textbook of erotic love. There is nothing remotely like it [...]
Nehru’s India: Essays on the Maker of the Nation
By Nayantara Sahgal
Edited and with an Introduction by Nayantara Sahgal Essays by: Mani Shankar Aiyar, Kumar Ketkar, Inder Malhotra, Aditya and Mridula Mukherjee, [...]
Baluta
By Daya Pawar
The first Dalit autobiography to be published, Baluta caused a sensation when it first appeared, in Marathi, in 1978. It quickly acquired [...]
In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi
By John Lang
Novelist, intrepid traveller, barrister-at-law, newspaper editor and uninhibited gossip, John Lang lived for a number of years in pre- and [...]
The Himalaya Club
By John Lang
‘Mrs Merrydale went off with Lieutenant Maxwell, leaving her children under the care of the servants, until her husband came to take them away. Mrs [...]
Sri Lanka
By Royston Ellis
A lush, teardrop-shaped island south of India, Sri Lanka appears to be the quintessential ‘tropical paradise’, but its cosmopolitan capital and [...]
A View from the Bund
By Ian Bedford
The police snubbed Christopher and detained the driver; they interrogated him for about fifteen minutes and let him go... Christopher sauntered to [...]
The Last Candles of the Night
By Ian Bedford
After a lifetime in India, Philip returns to Australia in 2001, seeking to re-establish links with his estranged wife Jenny, whom he had married in [...]
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
By Jan-Philipp Sendker
When Julia Win’s father disappears one morning without a trace, on the day after her graduation from law school, her family is left unsettled and [...]
Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India
By Harsh Mander
This feeble blemished light, this dawn mangled by night, This is not the morning we had all so longed for... —Faiz Ahmed Faiz In the two decades [...]
In a Land Far from Home: A Bengali in Afghanistan (Deshe Bideshe)
By Syed Mujtaba Ali
An intrepid traveller and a true cosmopolitan, the legendary Bengali writer Syed Mujtaba Ali from Sylhet (in erstwhile East Bengal, now Bangladesh) [...]
Jimmy the Terrorist
By Omair Ahmad
In Moazzamabad, UP, too large to be a town and too backward to be a city, a young man stabs a police inspector and is beaten to death. The last words [...]
The Two-Year Mountain
By Phil Deutschle
With his life in the balance as he hangs from a rope—alone, high in the Himalayas—a young idealist relives his relentless struggle as a Peace [...]
A Glimpse of Eternal Snows
By Jane Wilson-Howarth
Set against the backdrop of one of the most colourful countries in the world, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows is a moving and inspiring story of [...]
All That Could Have Been
By Mahesh Bhatt
Raising a young child on her own, writing him letters pretending to be his absentee father, Vasudha Prasad has taught herself not to dream. A [...]
A Book of Simple Living
By Ruskin Bond
‘Mist fills the Himalayan valleys, and monsoon rain sweeps across the hills. Sometimes, during the day, a bird visits me—a deep purple whistling [...]
The Storyteller’s Tale
By Omair Ahmad
Fleeing the city of Delhi ravaged by Ahmad Shah Abdali’s forces, the storyteller stops at an isolated haveli. When the Begum of the haveli invites [...]