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Reading the Kamasutra

Reading the Kamasutra

By Wendy Doniger

Click here to buy Reading the Kamasutra The world of the Kamasutra is a fantasized world of sex that is in many ways the prototype for Hugh Hefner’s glossy Playboy empire...The protagonist of the Kamasutra, literally a ‘man-about-town’ (nagaraka, from the Sanskrit [...]

The Ends of the Earth

The Ends of the Earth

By Roger Willemsen

Click here to buy The Ends of the Earth With the impression of fleeting kisses still on our cheeks, we stepped out into the night of New Year’s Eve; we’d raised our glasses to the heavens for the umpteenth time and refilled them, formulated a few resolutions, and the lovers who’d just split up a couple of weeks ago vowed that they [...]

Nehru’s India: Essays on the Maker of the Nation

Nehru’s India: Essays on the Maker of the Nation

By Nayantara Sahgal

Click here to buy Nehru’s India: Essays on the Maker of the Nation “Jawaharlal Nehru was different. Though he was a follower of Gandhiji, he was less ideological and more political. For Nehru, the Gita was not the guiding light, Karl Marx was. Spirituality was not his credo, science was. Ram Rajya was not his [...]

Baluta

Baluta

By Daya Pawar

Click here to buy Baluta I have tried my best to forget my past. But the past is stubborn, it will not be erased so easily. Many Dalits may see what I am doing here as someone picking through a pile of garbage. A scavenger’s account of his life. But he who does not know his past cannot direct his future. The Maharwada I knew in my childhood has been [...]

In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi

In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi

By John Lang

Click here to buy In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi ‘What the deuce is that?’ cried the magistrate, who was driving us rapidly towards home. ‘See! That thing in the road.’ And coming up to it, he reined in the horse. The syce (groom), who was running behind the buggy, picked up the object, at his master's [...]

Art of Hearing Heartbeats

Art of Hearing Heartbeats

By Jan-Philipp Sendker

Click here to buy Art of Hearing Heartbeats And through all that crackling, through the creaking, whispering and cooing, the dripping, trickling and cheeping, came that unmistakeable soft knocking. Slow, calm, and even. Somehow the source of all sounds, tones and voices in the world. It was at once strong and delicate. Tin Win [...]

The Last Candles of the Night

The Last Candles of the Night

By Ian Bedford

Click here to buy The Last Candles of the Night Philip had no car. He drove a car in India, but in Australia – which lacked water buffalos, street cows, hand-carts and cycle-rickshaws, three-wheeler auto-rickshaws which turned on the spot, and laden wagons wending from the canefields or the cotton-ginning yards – the traffic [...]

The Himalaya Club

The Himalaya Club

By John Lang

Click here to buy The Himalaya Club Whilst we were enjoying ourselves after dinner, on the evening of the Hindoo holiday, the khansamah came in, and announced that two Sahibs had arrived. ‘Two Sahibs?’ said our host. ‘Who are they?’ ‘They are strangers to me, Sahib,’ said the khansamah, ‘and they do not speak Hindostanee; but [...]

A View from the Bund

A View from the Bund

By Ian Bedford

Click here to buy a View from the Bund Christopher was spying from a screen of bushes at the edge of the compound. There was no wall there but a path along a kind of embankment, looking across the fields on the exposed side. Traffic from the fields mounted the path. Cyclist and pedestrian from an outer world caught glimpses between the casuarina [...]

Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India

Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India

By Harsh Mander

Click here to buy Looking Away In our world today, there is much which has become globalized—the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the films we watch, the songs we dance to, and the social networking sites on which we compulsively exhibit our lives in real [...]

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