Great Jataka Tales

November 30, 2018

In a small forest, a hare convinces his friends—a monkey, a jackal and a water-weasel—to share their food with the hungry. But when the hare finds nothing to eat, and a fairy disguised as an old man comes asking for food, what does the hare do?

The king of monkeys asks his tribe to keep the delicious mangoes in their forest a secret from humans. But what happens when Brahmadatta, the king of humans, discovers the fruit and wants more of it?

A king spots the mysterious and beautiful deer, Sarabha, deep in the woods. He wishes to capture it but falls into a deep chasm on the way. Will Sarabha rescue him?

The twenty stories in Great Jataka Tales, retold by the remarkable writer Noor Inayat Khan, have been drawn from the Buddha’s former lives and the legends around him. These tales bring alive a world from long, long ago: a world that shows the importance of courage, compassion, non-violence and love. Written in simple, dramatic prose and beautifully illustrated in full colour, these magical stories will enchant a new generation of readers.

The Greatest Indian Fairy Tales

November 1, 2018

This title will be available by 25 November 2018

A prince sets out on an adventure and is joined by a talking parrot and the ‘Ant-Raja’. Together, can they win the heart of the beautiful Princess Labam?
Gangazara, the soothsayer’s son, rescues the tiger-king, the serpent-king and the rat-king from a well. But did he make a grave mistake when he also rescued the cunning goldsmith?
A boy is born with the mark of the moon on his forehead and a star on his chin but his enemies want to kill him as soon as he is born. Can he overcome his cruel destiny and return to his rightful kingdom?
Also in these pages are stories about animals both wise and cruel—a tiger tricked into returning to his cage by a jackal, a crane outwitted by a crab, and the cat, dog and mice who pit their wits against crafty humans.
Brave girls, adventurous men, wily tricksters and loyal friends populate this book, bringing alive an imagined world from long, long ago. Beautifully illustrated in colour and introduced by Jerry Pinto, these fairy tales are as unique as they are unforgettable and will ignite the imagination of a new generation of readers.

When I Hid My Caste

July 6, 2018

Baburao Bagul’s debut collection of short stories, Jevha Mi Jaat Chorli Hoti (1963), revolutionized not only Dalit but all Marathi as well as Indian literature, bringing to it raw energy and a radical realism—a refusal to understate or dress up gritty, brutal reality.

Through the lives of people on the margins—rebellious youth and migrants, sex workers and street vendors, slum-dwellers and gangsters—Bagul exposed the pain, horror and rage of the Dalit experience. The unnamed young protagonist of the title story risks his life and job, and conceals his caste from his fellow workers in the hope of bringing about social change. Damu, the village Mahar, demands the right to perform a religious masque—a preserve of the upper castes—thus disrupting the village order. Jaichand Rathod revolts against his parents’ wishes and refuses to take up the caste-enforced task of manual scavenging. Years of repressed maternal love begins to resurface when, in the face of death, Banoo calls out to her estranged son. And behind Savitri’s desire for revenge lies the gruesome pain she suffered at the hands of her husband.

Utterly unsparing in its depiction of the vicious and inhumane centuries-old caste system, this landmark book is now finally available in English, in a brilliant new translation by the award-winning author and translator Jerry Pinto.

The Other

July 2, 2018

Who is the Other? Is it you? Is it me? Is it all of us?

Childhood and teenage years—adults insist they are the best time. They cotton wool adolescence in soft lights, ignoring the heartaches and shadows. In this collection of stories, award-winning writer Paro Anand exposes the secrets and sorrows—and courage—that are part of today’s life.

A girl dealing with grief; another who is witness to a horrible assault on a woman in broad daylight; a boy who pushes himself to the brink of extinction; teenagers coming to terms with their otherness. Her stories ask, how do you tell a friend that you are different from everyone else in a deep, fundamental way? How do you go back to school and face friends and teachers when your own family has betrayed you? And when you put your faith in Superman, does he deliver when the bullies come calling?

Dark yet uplifting, unflinching yet deeply positive, these stories are a searing portrayal of the minds of today’s teenagers. In Paro Anand’s The Other, we are forced to examine our actions and inactions and every reader will find a fragment of themselves in the stories. It is a book every young adult and adult must read.

The Unsafe Asylum

June 1, 2018

After Partition, India exchanged the Muslim patients in its Mental Hospitals for their Hindu and Sikh counterparts in Pakistan. These interlinked short stories explore the impact of this decision, together with the ongoing consequences of Partition. Rulda Singh and Fattu (Fateh Khan), patients at Lahore’s Mental Hospital, are separated, possibly for ever. Years later, Prakash Kohli, an Indian psychiatry student, hears Rulda’s account of his journey to India, with its casual official cruelty and unexpected tenderness. When he visits Lahore, Prakash discovers the story of his own birth in 1947, forms a lifelong friendship with a Pakistani colleague—and realizes that nobody knows why so few mental patients survived the exchange.

As Prakash becomes curious about this, he realizes that Partition continues to have a profound effect on the psyches of his patients. A middle-aged woman passes on a delusion of being chased by murderous mobs to her children. A young boy from Simla is convinced that Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani President’s daughter, loves him and they have discussions in his dreams every night. And Prakash, seeing Punjab go up in flames under a militant call for another land of the pure, wonders if Partitions can happen again.

These stories, and more, with their recurring and shared characters, remind us that Partition does not merely lie in the past. Powerful and unsettling, this collection is essential reading.

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

June 1, 2018

Fifteen-year-old Aladdin is befriended by a stranger who says he is Aladdin’s uncle. Charmed by his generosity and friendliness, Aladdin accompanies the man to a cave somewhere in the wilderness outside the city. From the cave, Aladdin gathers all kinds of astonishing jewels—and a lamp that looks old and ordinary. But when the stranger reveals himself as a magician, and locks Aladdin in the cave, the boy discovers there is magic everywhere, including in the old ring he is wearing on his finger. From here start the extraordinary exploits of Aladdin. Will he be able to become a rich man with the help of the genie of the lamp? Will he win the hand and heart of the Princess Badroulboudour? And how will he rescue her when his lamp is stolen from him by trickery?

An everlasting story of genies and enchantment, love and deceit, a poor boy and a beautiful princess, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp will capture the hearts of readers once more, in this beautiful edition introduced by Ruskin Bond.

Heidi

June 1, 2018

Heidi is an orphan and comes to live with her grandfather when she is five years old. Grandfather’s house is among the tall mountains, surrounded by beautiful meadows. Soon, Heidi begins to love her life here with the goats she looks after, her new friend Peter, his blind grandmother who dotes on Heidi and even her stern grandfather. But one day, she is taken far away from all of this to Frankfurt, a busy city where she can neither see the sky nor walk about as she pleases. As Heidi learns to live a new life, she keeps yearning for her old one, till one day, someone is convinced there is a ghost walking about at night in the house. Who is this ghost? What is the ghost’s connection with Heidi? Will it help Heidi to go back to the village and to her grandfather?

Heidi has been a favourite of adults and children all over the world since it was first published. In this new edition introduced by Ruskin Bond, be ready to fall under its spell once again.

Treasure Island

June 1, 2018

When Billy Bones, an old sailor, dies at Admiral Benbow Inn, young Jim Hawkins gets drawn into the most exciting adventure of his life. Among the dead man’s belongings, Jim discovers a map that leads to a hidden treasure on a remote island, and shows it to Dr Livesey and Squire Trelawney. They, in turn, recruit a crew of seasoned seamen, and embark on a voyage to the island. They set sail on the Hispaniola where Jim learns of a mutiny brewing on the ship, masterminded by Long John Silver, the ship’s deceitful one-legged cook. As events hurtle towards electrifying swordfights and shocking murders, Jim learns about friendship, bravery and loyalty.

A timeless adventure classic, Treasure Island has inspired generations of readers and writers alike. This new edition, introduced by Ruskin Bond, will enthral readers all over again.

Sinbad the Sailor and Other Arabian Nights Adventures

April 3, 2018

Princess Scheherazade’s tales of the Arabian Nights, composed over ten centuries ago, have captivated the imagination of generations of readers. These unforgettable tales of adventure, magic and fantasy come alive in this collection. In ‘Sinbad the Sailor’, the prosperous sailor narrates his seven incredible ship journeys. In each of these voyages he ends up shipwrecked and encounters gigantic snakes and birds, cannibals, mythical creatures and more. But he escapes each time using his wit, amassing great wealth in the process. In ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’, Ali Baba and his family discover a secret cave filled with glittering gems and gold. But who will rescue them when the thieves trap them in the cave? And, in a lesser-known gem of a tale, the brave and intelligent Princess Periezade goes in search of the singing tree, the talking bird and the golden fountain, all of which lead her to an even greater secret.
Dive into this collection, specially selected and introduced by Ruskin Bond, to enter a world full of wonder, enchantment and daredevilry.

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

April 3, 2018

When Professor Otto Liedenbrock comes across a strange code, he is convinced that it points the way to reaching the centre of the earth. With the help of his nephew Axel, he deciphers the code and with Axel at his side, sets off for Iceland. There, they venture down the crater of a volcano. Travelling further and further, deeper into the earth using a series of interconnected passageways, they have incredible adventures and close encounters with death. The discoveries they make inside the earth are as astounding as they are unbelievable. From the existence of an underground sea and echoing chambers, to prehistoric animals and much more, the explorers go from one exciting episode to another. But will they be able to find their way back to the surface of the earth finally?
As enthralling and electrifying today as it was when it was first published, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth remains an enduring classic that continues to inspire voyagers and readers alike. Let it come alive once more in this beautiful edition, with an introduction by Ruskin Bond.

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