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1 Blood Brothers: A Family Saga

M.J. Akbar

Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2006, 81-7436-439- 0 / 9788174364395, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
Blood Brothers is M.J. Akbar’s amazing story of three generations of a Muslim family ?based on his own ?and how they deal with the fluctuating contours of Hindu-Muslim relations. Telinipara, a small jute mill town some 30 miles north of Kolkata along the Hooghly, is a complex Rubik’s Cube of migrant Bihari workers, Hindus and Muslims; Bengalis, poor and ‘bhadralok? and Sahibs who live in the safe, ‘foreign?world of Victoria Jute Mill. Into this scattered inhabitation enters a child on the verge of starvation, Prayaag, who is saved and adopted by a Muslim family, converts to Islam and takes on the name of Rahmatullah. As Rahmatullah knits Telinipara into a community, friendship, love, trust and faith are continually tested by the cancer of riots. Incidents ?conversion, circumcision, the arrival of plague or electricity ?and a fascinating array of characters ?the ultimate Brahmin, Rahmatullah’s friend Girija Maharaj, the workers?leader, Bauna Sardar, the storyteller, Talat Mian, the poet-teacher, Syed Ashfaque, the smiling mendicant, Burha Deewana, the sincere Sahib, Simon Hogg, and then the questioning, demanding third generation of the author and his friend Kamala ?interlink into a narrative of social history as well as a powerful memoir. Blood Brothers is a chronicle of its age, its canvas as enchanting as its narrative, a personal journey through change as tensions build, stretching the bonds of a lifetime to breaking point and demanding, in the end, the greatest sacrifice. Its last chapters, written in a bare-bones, unemotional style, are the most moving as the author searches for hope amid raw wounds with a surgeon’s scalpel. Printed Pages: 350. 016779

Price: 8.85 USD
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2 Byline

M.J. Akbar

Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2004, 81-7436-317-3 / 9788174363176, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 
Byline anthologizes M.J. Akbar’s finest writings over the last decade, bringing together essays that reflect the author’s versatility and range. The book is divided into five seamless sections, each with its own identity, woven together by M.J. Akbar’s delectably informal prose. ‘Travel?is the first section in which the author shares his passion for history and the occasional fable, the obscure detail, the glorious and the ludicrous. This is followed by ‘Politics and History?in which the reader is provided a view of some events and people in the recent past with all the quirks and whimsy that characterize the great as well as the mundane. The reader then moves on to ‘Sidelines?(those delightfully off-centre pieces). M.J. Akbar says in an essay in this section: ‘The train of thought has moved. But that is the way with trains. They must travel.? ‘Memories?is the most personal and autobiographical part of the entire selection, mixing regret, nostalgia and deeply felt sorrow for the friends and times gone forever. Byline ends with a short section entitled ‘On a Personal Note?in which James Bond must live to die another day, The Telegraph has to learn to live beyond the age of 20 and Dev Anand remains young forever. Printed Pages: 366. 028964

Price: 9.95 USD
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3 Have Pen, Will Travel: Observations of a Globetrotter


Lotus Collection/Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2011, 8174368159 / 9788174368157, First Edition, Soft Cover, New, 
Printed pages: 282. 036235

Price: 7.00 USD
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4 Kashmiri Cuisine through the Ages

Sarla Razdan; Foreword By M.J. Akbar

Lustre Press/Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2011, 817436692X / 9788174366924, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
Kashmiri cuisine is one of the most delectable and ancient cuisines in the world because of the many foreign influences. People are still a trifle inhibited about cooking it, because, like any delicacy, it demands a delicate sense of the instinct after you have measured ingredients by the spoon or the ladle. But Sarla Razdan’s book will chip away the inhibitions and introduce you to a world that cannot be described at the inadequate level of mere words. Kashmiri Cuisine: Through the Ages is not just a cookbook but also showcases the splendour of Kashmir through beautiful vintage and new photographs bringing alive the history and culture of the place. A collection of authentic, comprehensive and easy-to-make recipes, popular within the Kashmiri community, makes this book indispensable to all lovers of good food. A section on low calorie Kashmiri food is a treat for the health conscious! Printed Pages: 144. 036586

Price: 11.95 USD
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