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The Other by Paro Anand

May 21, 2018

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A searing portrayal of the minds of today’s teenagers.

Young people have to deal with a world that is rapidly changing—both from the inside and outside. While they need to understand all that is happening to them as individuals, they also need to process a world that is often at odds with their views and values. These stories delve deep into the minds of today’s teenagers as they come to terms with issues ranging from bereavement to gender identity, from body image to violence. The Other is as hard hitting as it is tender, as contemporary as it is sensitive, and is a book that every young adult must read.

The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers: Ten Years of Research in Panna National Park by Raghu Chundawat

May 7, 2018

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From 1996 to 2006, Raghu Chundawat closely studied the tigers of Panna in Madhya Pradesh. He meticulously recorded the habitat, movements, eating and reproductive behaviours of a core group of nine tigers, along with other floaters and animals of prey.

With support from the park management, he oversaw a spectacular revival of the tiger population. However, some years later, the fortunes of the tigers along with that of his research nosedived when the management changed. Monitoring privileges and access to the park were curtailed, and subsequently poaching and poisoning spiked. When he blew the whistle on the alarming decline, he faced immense backlash from state wildlife officials and other authorities, leading to the end of his study. This unique book presents his research from Panna, discussing possible new conservation strategies, along with an insider’s account of the politics and apathy plaguing wildlife conservation in India. The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers is an absorbing and informative read, for experts and general readers alike.

Beloved Delhi: A Mughal City and her Greatest Poets by Saif Mahmood

May 7, 2018

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Beloved Delhi: A Mughal City and her Greatest Poets by Saif Mahmood

Gar che hai mulk-e-dakhan mein, in dino qadr-e-sukhan
kaun jaaye Zauq par, Dilli ki galiyaan chhor kar

Although in the Deccan poetry is valued these days,
Zauq, who would trade that for the lanes of Delhi?

—Shaikh Ibrahim Zauq

Urdu poetry rules the cultural and emotional landscape of India—especially northern India—and Pakistan. And it was in the great and ancient city of Delhi that Urdu grew to become one of the world’s most beautiful and supple languages. Through the 18th and 19th centuries, as the Mughal Empire declined, Delhi became the capital of a parallel kingdom—the kingdom of Urdu poetry—producing some of the greatest and most popular poets of all time: Mir, Zauq, Ghalib, Momin, Daagh and others. This is the first book in English that documents their lives and poetry, and through them, paints a compelling, nostalgic portrait of late-Mughal Delhi.

Barenaked Love: Stories by Mihir Srivastava

November 14, 2017

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An artist invites people to shed their clothes so he can sketch and paint them. They drift into his life and out of it; some he falls in love with, others fall in love with him, and, with some, he forges connections that go much beyond love. A voluptuous psychiatrist whose vulnerability constantly threatens to engulf him; a man with whom the artist becomes obsessed; and a woman with the mind of a child in an adult’s body about whom he discovers that art, and the act of painting, is the only solace he can give her and her anxious parents.
Embellished by attractive sketches and line drawings by the author, Barenaked Love is a rich, moving book about love, its incandescence and its darknesses, its myriad shades and forms, and the infinite ways in which it can be expressed.

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