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Books of the Month: December 2016

 

Son of the Thundercloud

Easterine Kire

ISBN: 9789386050571 | Price: INR 350

Winner of the Hindu Prize 2015

 

Thamel: Dark Star of Kathmandu

Rabi Thapa

ISBN: 9789385755880 | Price: INR 399

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 miles he walks through a landscape as desolate as his heart. Until two ancient women who have waited for rain for four hundred years lead him to the Village of Weavers where a prophecy will be fulfilled. A single drop of rain will impregnate the tiger-widow and her son will slay the spirit-tiger. The traveller will help the woman bring up the boy. He will witness miracles and tragedy and come close to finding a home again. And he will learn that love and life are eternal.
In her new novel, Easterine Kire, winner of the Hindu Prize, combines lyrical storytelling with the magic and wisdom of Naga legends to produce an unforgettable, life-affirming fable.

 

For long a sleepy rural enclave, Thamel became one of the most celebrated and important centres of the counterculture movement in the 1960s and ’70s, and is today the beating commercial and cultural heart of Kathmandu—a dizzying square kilometre of hotels, bars, cafés, bookshops and temples to which visitors and residents gravitate, drawn by its dazzle and its possibilities.
In this unusual biography of the place, Rabi Thapa revisits the haunts of his youth. Tramping around its temples and monasteries, he unravels its layered history as well as the tales of the kings, monks and travelling merchants who laid its foundations. From residents—both Nepali and those who visited and never left—he pieces together the story of Kathmandu of the ‘flower-power’ sixties, the legendary Freak Street, and the rise of modern Thamel.
Written in the best traditions of flanerie, Thamel combines history, memoir and sharp reportage to tell the electric story of a place forever in flux, forever reinventing itself to suit the appetites and desires of those who seek it out.

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ISBN: 9789386050939 | Price: INR 350

 

The Sun and Two Seas

Vikramajit Ram


It is the thirteenth century AD. The kingdom of Kalinga is flourishing, having recently defeated Turkish forces encroaching from the North and established thriving ties as far afield as Africa. King Narasimha Ganga plans to immortalize himself by building the magnificent Sun Temple at the edge of the sea. However, unable to decide on the perfect design, and beset by financial woes, he decides to focus on something more congenial: sending a royal gift of prime cattle to an African Sultan. Meanwhile, his neglected consort searches for solace by studying the stars, and her young cousin drifts aimlessly through the palace, playing the flute and flirting with handsome soldiers.
Written in lush, vivid prose, leavened by wry humour, and teeming with memorable characters, The Sun and Two Seas is an enchanting read.

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ISBN: 9789386050953 | Price: INR 350

 

The Exodus is Not Over: Migrations from the Ruptured Homelands of Northeast India

Nandita Haksar

The Exodus Is Not Over features first-generation migrant workers from Northeast India, especially Manipur—a young schoolgirl who comes to Delhi and works long hours in a series of restaurants; her brother, whose ambitions to be a professional singer remain unfulfilled while he tries to earn his livelihood; an ambitious waiter now proudly in charge of his own restaurant in Goa, and many more. They tell their own stories of resilience in the face of exploitation and discrimination for the first time in such intimate and harrowing detail.
Nandita Haksar’s detailed understanding of the histories of the Northeast and deep respect for the people she writes about lends these narratives an added depth. Written with passion and a committed engagement, The Exodus Is Not Over provides a revealing and necessary look at the lived experiences of migrant workers today. A significant addition to migrant studies, it is a pioneering effort to document the conditions of migrant workers both in their homelands and during their quest to find work elsewhere.

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ISBN: 9789386050922 | Price: INR 350

 

Out of War: Voices of Surrendered Maoists

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 individual narratives and examines the reasons for, and the methods and contexts of, their surrenders. The disquieting voices of these foot-soldiers of the Maoist struggle reveal a harsh, on-the-edge world.
A disillusioned surrendered Maoist, whom the author met in Kondagaon, told her that the so-called ‘camaraderie’ displayed in the camps is often faked for the media and the real conditions—which are actually neither equal nor congenial—are hidden away like ‘family secrets’.
Out of War is an insightful, poignant and often disturbing book about an unrelenting conflict where, despite all the idealistic fervour, there is injustice, even brutality, on every side and the most vulnerable people pay the heaviest price.

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ISBN: 9789385755897 | Price: INR 850

 


Box Set (Set of 3 Books)

A Box of Happiness

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 achieve it; on love and how to keep it; and, above all, on happiness—how to be and stay happy. This little box is the perfect gift, and the perfect keepsake.

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ISBN: 9781784080044

 


Special India Price INR 1295
Original Price £25.00

That Glimpse of Truth: The 100 Finest Short Stories Ever Written

David Miller (Ed.)

Profound, lyrical, shocking, wise: the short story is capable of almost anything. This collection of 100 of the finest stories ever written ranges from the essential to the unexpected, the traditional to the surreal. Wide in scope, both beautiful and vast, this is the perfect companion for any fiction lover.
Here are childhood favourites and neglected masters, twenty-first century wits and national treasures, Man Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates.
Featuring an all-star cast of authors, including Kate Atkinson, Julian Barnes, Angela Carter, Anton Chekhov, Richmal Crompton, Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, Penelope Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, Ian McEwan, Alice Munro, V.S. Pritchett, Thomas Pynchon, Muriel Spark and Colm Tóibín, That Glimpse of Truth is the biggest, most handsome collection of short fiction in print today.

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ISBN: 9781786692955

 


Special India Price INR 599
Original Price £14.99

NEST

Terry Goodkind

In the wake of her brother’s brutal murder, Kate Bishop has a lot of questions. Why was her brother keeping a man chained in his cellar? What was his relationship with the detective now leading the investigation into his death? Could his murder be connected to the death of their reclusive uncle two weeks earlier?
One man, the enigmatic author of a book called A Brief History of Evil contacts Kate saying he has the answers to her questions—answers that will expose her to the nature of true evil. Kate, he says, has a hidden talent, a talent that has marked her for death at the hands of humanity’s super-predators...
An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark paranormal thriller from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind. A dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human – a place few have ventured and fewer still have survived.

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ISBN: 9781784973971

 


Special India Price INR 695
Original Price £7.99

The Hunt for Vulcan: How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet and Deciphered the Universe

Thomas Levenson

In 1859, the brilliant scientist Urbain LeVerrier discovered that the planet Mercury has a wobble, that its orbit shifts over time. His explanation was that there had to be an unseen planet circling even closer to the sun. He called the planet Vulcan. Supported by the theories of Sir Isaac Newton, the finest astronomers of their generation began to seek out Vulcan and at least a dozen reports of discovery were filed. There was only one problem. Vulcan does not exist—and was never there.
The real explanation was only revealed when a young Albert Einstein came up with a theory of gravity that also happened to prove that Mercury’s orbit could indeed be explained—not by Newton’s theories but by Einstein’s own theory of general relativity.
The Hunt for Vulcan is a scientific detective tale at the intersection of theory, measurement, and belief; and a reflection on a bizarre period in which the power of conformity led very smart people to literally see a planet that wasn’t there.


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ISBN: 9781784975234

 


Special India Price INR 499
Original Price £7.99

The Lost Island

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Gideon Crew—brilliant scientist, master thief—is living on borrowed time. When he’s handed an eyebrow-raising mission by his mysterious employer, Gideon has no reason to refuse. His task? To steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City, protected by unbreakable security.
Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment—only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks, treasure that could, perhaps, save Gideon’s life.


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ISBN: 9781784971038

 


Special India Price INR 499
Original Price £7.99

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror

Joyce Carol Oates

Six terrifying tales to chill the blood from the unique imagination of Joyce Carol Oates.
A young boy plays with dolls over action figures, but as he grows older, his passion takes on a darker edge…
A white man shoots dead a black teenager, creating a media frenzy. But it could have been self-defense as he claims...
A nervous young woman tries to escape her husband. He insists he loves her, but she’s convinced he means to kill her…
These quietly lethal stories reveal the horror that dwell within us all.


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ISBN: 9781784082543

 


Special India Price INR 399
Original Price £7.99

Dangerous Love

Ben Okri

From the Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri: a classic love story set in a country trying to come to terms with its past.
An epic of daily life, Dangerous Love is a story of doomed love, of star-crossed lovers, separated not by their families, but by the very circumstances of their lives.


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ISBN: 9781784082574

 


Special India Price INR 399
Original Price £4.99

In Arcadia

Ben Okri

From Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri: a voyage into the enduring myth of Arcadia and the mysterious painting it inspired.
A lyrical novel about art and enlightenment that takes the reader from Waterloo Station in London to Paris and a four-hundred-year-old enigma, the painting by Nicolas Poussin known as ‘Et in Arcadia ego’


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ISBN: 9781784082550

 


Special India Price INR 299
Original Price £6.99

Astonishing the Gods

Ben Okri

From Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri: a deceptively simple modern fable with an ancient origin.
A young man finds himself living among invisible beings who have built a utopia based on one principle: that we must repeat or suffer every experience until we experience it properly and fully for the first time.

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ISBN: 9781784082567

 


Special India Price INR 299
Original Price £6.99

A Way of Being Free

Ben Okri

Ranging from the personal to the analytical, covering subjects such as art, politics, storytelling and creativity, A Way of Being Free confirms Okri’s place as one of the most inspiring of contemporary writers.


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ISBN: 9781784080433

 


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Original Price £7.99

The Testament

Eric Van Lustbader

A heart-stopping conspiracy thriller from the million-copy-selling co-author of the Bourne series.
Bravo Shaw always knew his father had secrets. He just didn’t realise how dangerous they were...
When Bravo’s father dies in mysterious circumstances, his hidden life is laid bare. Dexter Shaw belonged to a secret religious order long thought extinct. For centuries, this order has guarded a lost Testament that could end Christianity as we know it. Dexter was the Keeper of the Testament—now his son must take his place.
Bravo has to solve the clues his father left behind, locate this precious document and ward off those who want it destroyed. But his enemies are powerful, and will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried...


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ISBN: 9781781859186

 


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The Swimmer

Joakim Zander

On a remote Swedish island, a little girl, Klara, grows up without a father. Now, twenty years later, she discovers a secret: a secret that powerful men will kill to keep hidden.
On the other side of the world, an old spy hides from his past. He used to be the best agent in the field. These days the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local pool.
Then, on Christmas eve, Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out...


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ISBN: 9781781857168

 


Special India Price INR 599
Original Price £12.00

Rupert Brooke: Life, Death and Myth

Nigel Jones

Paragon of youthful beauty, romantic symbol of a lost England, and precociously gifted poet, Rupert Chawner Brooke died in a hospital ship off the Aegean island of Skyros in April 1915, aged just 27. All of England mourned his passing.
But behind the glow of myth lies a darker reality. At the height of his promise a disappointment in love triggered a mental and physical collapse that brought his inner complexities to the surface. Letters reveal a man who was sexually ambivalent, misogynistic, anti-Semitic—and sometimes alarmingly unstable.
This revised edition of Nigel Jones’s admired biography, including an account of a previously unknown affair of Brooke’s, reveals a more conflicted and troubled individual than the gilded Adonis of English literary myth.


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ISBN: 9789813201965

 


Special India Price INR 799
Original Price US$28.00

Marketing for Competitiveness: Asia to the World! In the Age of Digital Consumers

Philip Kotler, Hermawan Kartajaya and Hooi Den Huan

Asia is a dynamic market that significantly grows with developments in technology and digitalization. For example, a research by Google and Temasek shows that Southeast Asia is the world’s fastest growing internet region. The internet economy in Southeast Asia is expected to grow by 6.5 times from US$31 billion in 2015 to US$197 billion in 2025.
All these make it critical for marketers, whether domestic, regional or global, to stay in touch if not ahead, in their understanding of what is happening in Asia from a marketing perspective and what Asia has to offer to the world.
In this book, the Father of Modern Marketing, Professor Philip Kotler has collaborated with two marketing experts from Asia, Hermawan Kartajaya from Indonesia and Hooi Den Huan from Singapore to publish a book on Marketing for Competitiveness: Asia to the World! In the Age of Digital Consumers. This book argues that marketing is no longer just vertical but it has encompassed a new, more horizontal paradigm. In addition to many new concepts and frameworks, this book includes a plethora of real-world examples from various countries in Asia, which will help to shed light on how companies, both Asian and global, compete in Asia. Useful lessons can be drawn by all businesses in the world on how to win the mind, heart and spirit of the Asian consumer—digital and non-digital.

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ISBN: 9781783122868

 


Special India Price INR 499
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The Ultimate Pokemon Go Handbook

Clive Gifford and Anna Brett

Get all the tips, tricks, facts and records that you need to know about Pokémon GO—in one handy package. And with a fill-in I Spy section too, it’s the perfect way to record your progress through the game that’s driving the whole world crazy!
• Section 1 is packed with hints to help you make the most of the app—master the basics, then level up to more advanced tactics and strategies
• Record all your Pokémon catches in the I Spy logbook. Fill in where you caught them, their CP level, and how they performed in battle. Can you catch ‘em all?


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   Speaking Tiger launched, The Temple Road: A Doctor’s Journey on 17 November. The book was released by, His Excellency Mr Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India. Dr. Fazlur Rahman was in conversation with Harmala Gupta, Founder and President of CanSupport, and Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, Columnist, Literary Critic and Publishing Consultant. Click here

   Famous children’s book writer Ruskin Bond was felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement award at the The Times of India Literature Festival in New Delhi, held on 26 and 27 November 2016 at The India Habitat Centre. Other Speaking Tiger authors Palash Krishna Mehrotra, Indrajit Hazra, Avijit Ghosh, Malvika Rajkotia, Colleen Taylor Sen and Harsh Mander also had sessions at the Times Delhi Lit Fest. Click here

    The Times of India Literature Festival was held in Mumbai from the 2–4 December 2016. Speaking Tiger authors Fazlur Rahman, Imraan Coovadia, Mridula Koshy, Shashi Warrier, Stefan Klein, Jerry Pinto, Jonathan Clements and Palash Krishna Mehrotra were present at the Times of India Literature Festival. Click here

    Colleen Talyor Sen, Umi Sinha and Sandor Jaszberenyi participated at the Tata Literature Live Festival held in Mumbai from 17–20 November 2016.

    Nine Poems by Anupama Raju was launched at the Poetry with Prakriti Festival in Chennai at the Amdavadi on the 1 December 2016. Click here

    Son of the Thundercloud by Easterine Kire was launched at the India International Centre on 11 December 2016. Dr Veio Pou, Assistant Professor at Shahid Bhagat Singh College and author of Literary Cultures of India's Northeast: Naga Writings in English was in conversation with the author. The discussion was followed by a musical performance by Kaguirong Gonmei. Click here

    Speaking Tiger authors Jerry Pinto, Ivan Arthur, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar and Mitra Phukan participated at the at the Goa Art and Literature Festival held at the International Centre Goa from 8–11 December 2016. Click here


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