Books of the

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November 2015

ISBN: 9789385755002

Price: ₹499

Friends in Wild Places: Birds, Beasts and Other Companions

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 evening, walking through the forest, I disturbed parties of Kaleej pheasants. I saw pine martens and a handsome red fox. I recognized the footprints of a bear. As I had not come to take anything from the jungle, the birds and animals soon grew accustomed to my face.’

Since he was a young boy, Ruskin Bond has made friends easily. And some of the most rewarding and lasting friendships he has known have been with animals, birds and plants—big and small; outgoing and shy. This collection focuses on these companions and brings together his finest essays and stories, both classic and new. There are leopards and tigers, wise old forest oaks and geraniums on sunny balconies, a talking parrot and a tomcat called Suzie, bears in the mountains and kingfishers in Delhi, a family of langurs and a lonely bat—and many more ‘wild’ friends, some of an instant, others of several years.

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ISBN: 9789385288906

Price: ₹350

Into the Hidden Valley: A Novel

Stuart Blackburn

‘A deeply moving, pioneering work in the history of British relations with the tribes of India’s Northeast frontier, Blackburn’s book, like the chant of the shaman, resurrects new spaces and meeting places, like the confluence of rivers—for a more reconciled world. ’

Mamang Dai

‘This unusual book is both a terrific page-turner and deeply moving. I could not put it down, and I will not forget what I learned from it.’

—Wendy Doniger, author of The Hindus

As the British Raj begins its expansion towards Tibet, the remote Apatani valley on the Indo-Tibetan border becomes a flashpoint. George Taylor, an up-and-coming officer in the Indian Civil Service, leads the first expedition into the valley and recommends setting up a base nearby, as the Apatanis are a ‘friendly tribe’. During the expedition, a tenuous bond is established between him and Gyati, the Apatani shaman who has long been anxious about the halyang outsiders creeping closer and closer to the ordered world of the valley. But this bond cannot survive. The increased British presence and their arrogance towards the hill tribes causes resentment; the tension escalates until it culminates in an act that has tragic consequences for both men, and for their sons, Charles and Komo.

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NEW TITLES

ISBN: 9789385288968

Price: ₹599

The Scenes We Made: An Oral History of Experimental Theatre in Mumbai

Edited by Shanta Gokhale

The Scenes We Made gives us a compelling account of the ideas and people that drove theatre in Mumbai for over five decades. Three spaces—Bhulabhai Desai Memorial Institute, Walchand Terrace and Chhabildas School Hall—provided the necessary impetus for theatre in Mumbai to flourish. These places saw influential visionary personalities like Ebrahim Alkazi, Vijaya Mehta, Satyadev Dubey and Sulabha Deshpande mould young theatre people, from playwrights, directors and actors to lighting and set designers. Plays like Band Darwaze, Aadhe Adhure, Hayavadana and Uddhwasta Dharmashala, amongst countless others performed in these spaces, broke new ground and continue to inspire the present generation.

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ISBN: 9789385775026

Price: ₹399

The Light of His Clan

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 posted for the day. Pamphaa made a gesture of mock exhaustion. “So many people to make tea for. Who told you to become so famous?” The ex-Minister snorted. “All vultures. Came only when they heard of my death.” ’

Kuldeep Chandanth, ex-Minister of the Government of Sikkim, leading light of his community, and foul-mouthed, caste-obsessed, ageing patriarch, is in the final siege of his illustrious life.

Set in Gangtok, The Light of His Clan follows—over days of hail, rain, mist and sun—the ex-Minister as he navigates the treachery of those once close to him, schemes for and against his children, and battles the final stiffening of his bones.

Funny, compassionate, wise, and full of memorable characters, The Light of His Clan is a triumph.

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ISBN: 9789385288449

Price: ₹299

Like A Pinprick to the Heart

Shujoy Dutta

‘An unusual tale about an unusual family—spooky, sexy, sarcastic.’

Anuja Chauhan

A story about divinity, psychic powers, and God—with a diabolical twist at the end.

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 spin mantras to get what he wants. Gifts that are perhaps the natural by-product of being a highly spiritual family.

While travelling to immerse his grandmother’s ashes after her death, Anando discovers the great secret about his family, which his grandmother kept hidden from them. The secret that explains just how the family came to their gifts. This revelation makes him question everything he knows, and has grown up believing and starts unravelling something within Anando.

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FROM OUR DIARIES

·         Speaking Tiger authors, Aliyyah Enihat, Nandita Haksar, Anubha Bhosle, participated in the Kindle Litfest X, India’s first virtual reality literary festival organised from 23 October to 1 November 2015.  Click on the above links to view their sessions.

·         Speaking Tiger was present at the Dharamshala International Film Festival held from 5-8 November 2015. The variety of books displayed by Speaking Tiger attracted many visitors to the stall. Click here for pictures.

·         A book reading session was organised by Oxford Bookstore New Delhi of Anupama Raju’s book, Nine Poems on 14 November 2015. Anupama Raju was in conversation with well-known author Mridula Koshy. Popular author and poet Mr Keki Daruwala was the guest of honour at the event. Click here for pictures.

·         Speaking Tiger’s author, Anubha Bhonsle’s book Mother, Where’s My Country? will be released in January 2016. Click here for the article, ‘15 years of hunger strike: Should Irom Sharmila continue her protest in another form?’ published on Scroll.in dated 02 November 2015.

·         Speaking Tiger books are now available at Relay at New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore airports. Click here

·         A book reading session of Nazels Afroz’s translation ‘In a Land Far From Home (Deshe Bideshe)’, by Syed Mujtaba Ali’s was held at the World Integrity Centre Dehradun. Click Here for pictures.

·         Speaking Tiger participated at the ILF Samanway organised by India Habitat Centre from the 26 to 29 November. The stall was well attended by many book lovers. Speaking Tiger’s author Jerry Pinto was in conversation with Urmila Pawar and Gopal Guru. Click here

·         Like a Pinprick To the Heart’ by Shujoy Dutta was launched at the ILF Samanway. There was a Q and A session with the author followed by a book reading. Click here

Media Coverage

·         Baluta by Daya Pawar, translated by Jerry Pinto, ‘The lives of others’ published in The Hindu dated 24 October 2015. Click here

·         The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar.

§   ‘Darkly Political’, published in The Statesman dated 25 October. Click here

§   ‘The Adivasi Speaks’, published in Tehelka dated 21 November 2015. Click here

§   ‘Combating Bias’, published in Deccan Herald dated 1 November. Click here

·         Looking Away by Harsh Mander, ‘No food on my plate’, published in The Tribune dated 18 November 2015. Click here

·         Nine Poems by Anupama Raju, ‘On Cloud Nine’ published in The Hindu dated 28 October 2015. Click here

·         The Hindus: An Alternative History, by Wendy Doniger, ‘The main thing that writers can do is go on writing’ published in The Indian Express dated 31 October 2015. Click here

·         Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski,

§  India Today dated 8 November 2015. Click here

§  Plainspeak 15 November 2015.Click here

·         The Valley of Flowers by Frank S Smythe, ‘Astoundingly Real Journey’ published in Sakal Times, dated 8 November 2015. Click here

·         The Mare’s Trap: Nature and Culture in the Kamasutra by Wendy Doniger, ‘Utterly butterly scholarly’ published in Business Standard dated 17 November 2015. Click here

 

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