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1 A Black Englishman

Carolyn Slaughter

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0-374-11399-8 / 9780374113995, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 14.5 Cms x 24 Cms 
004670

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2 A Fine Family: A Novel

Gurcharan Das

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 1990, 0-14-012258-3 / 9780140122589, First Edition, Soft Cover, New, 14 Cms x 21.5 Cms 
Printed pages: 347. 016858

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A Letter from India: Contemporary Short Stories from Pakistan, Moazzam Sheikh (ed.)
3 A Letter from India: Contemporary Short Stories from Pakistan

Moazzam Sheikh (ed.)

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0143030493 / 9780143030492, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
A Letter from India brings together the best short fiction by some of the most important voices of Pakistani literature. Refreshing in their style and diverse in their themes, these stories—in English, and translated from Urdu and Punjabi—reflect a move away from nationalism and parochialism as they examine issues of identity, sexuality, individual freedom and interpersonal relationships. If Intizar Husain’s ‘A Letter from India?presents us with an insight into the psyche of a family torn apart by Partition (and the consequent loss of a family tree), in Asad Mohammad Khan’s ‘The Squatter?we discover pure and simple human love that doesn't lend legitimacy to religious barriers. In Nadir Ali’s ‘Feeqa’s Death?the protagonist’s dream becomes a device to reflect on sudden tragedies wrought upon a community by outside forces, while Zubair’s ‘The Door Is Open?manipulates dreams to deconstruct personal fear and family tyranny. Sorayya Khan’s and Azra Waqar’s stories speak of the lingering pain and guilt that seep into individual lives from national tragedies left unquestioned and unexplored. And while ‘Spots?humanizes social outcasts, Ashu Lal’s ‘Mangoes in the Time of Winter?critiques the decadence of exclusive sub-cultures. Printed Pages: 184. 002764

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A Place to Live: Contemporary Tamil Short Fiction, Dilip Kumar (ed.)
4 A Place to Live: Contemporary Tamil Short Fiction

Dilip Kumar (ed.)

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0143031597 / 9780143031598, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Innumerable strands of ethnic, regional and universal experiences are woven together in this collection of fine short fiction spanning four decades?960_1990—in which the short story emerged as the definitive genre of modern Tamil literature. Twenty-nine famous names are represented here—from Rajanarayanan to Paavannan and many others who have encapsulated the joys, sorrows and peculiar challenges of life in Tamil Nadu. Taken together, these stories represent a certain world view in which old ideas of honour and prestige, and the attitude of resignation—to fate and to social hierarchies—are yielding place to an ethic of struggle and strategic compromise. The language itself is transformed in the process, churning up a new idiom that loses none of its freshness or vitality in translation. Printed Pages: 304. 002765

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5 An Iron Harvest

C.P. Surendran

Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2006, 81-86939-25-3 / 9788186939253, First Edition, Paperback, New, 8.5 x 5.5 Inches 
John is the young Che Guevara-like leader of a Maoist revolutionary organization, Red Earth, active in Kerala, India. John's classmate, Abe, has gone missing in police custody, though he is a political innocent. John suspects Abe has been tortured to death. Death in police custody was a regular feature of the dark days of the 19-month Emergency, which the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared in a fit of pure paranoia in June 1975, the year of the story. Not able to withstand the brute force of the State, Red Earth begins to disintegrate. But for John, the unlikely revolution he is working at has already taken on the intimate emotional intensity of a vendetta. The fast-paced action of An Iron Harvest revolves in measured grooves around the characters of John, Sebastian, Abe’s elderly father, and the sadistic, sexually troubled Deputy Inspector General of Police, Raman, a killer without a conscience. In bare terms this is the story of one death and three people. An Iron Harvest is based on a real life incident. Printed Pages: 326. 015383

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6 Bharma's Dream

Shree Ghatage

Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2006, 81-86939-27-X / 9788186939277, Third Impression, Paperback, New, 8.5 x 5.5 Inches 
Born with a rare form of anaemia, thirteen-year-old Mohini is not expected to live beyond the age of three. Mohini's condition and her impending, inevitable death is the pivot around which the characters of Brahma's Dream live out their lives. But, instead of tragedy, it is humour, the fascinating detail of events as they unfold and, ultimately, the wry and heart-warming wisdom of the girl at the centre of the story that absorbs and envelops the reader. Set in Bombay in the forties, at the defining moment when India emerged from British rule, Brahma's Dream is as much the story of a nation on the move, as of a Maharastrian family that is forward-thinking and ready to embrace the new order, while holding on to the traditions it holds dear. Far from wallowing in self-pity, Mohini is both an astute observer and an active participant in all that goes on in the Oek household. Her parents, Keshav and Kamala, share a passionate love that is at first rent asunder and then, amazingly, healed, by their daughter's illness. Her young aunt, Vasanti, condemned to an early widowhood that no astrologer foretold, believes that there is a reason for this. Mohini's grandfather, Vishnupant, is the patriarch who rules Koleshwar Nivas with a firm and compassionate hand, a professor of history who has devoted his life to making sense of India's past so that the country may fulfil the promise of its future. And, as India surges towards independence, Mohini's family and friends look to her to help make sense and assign meaning to a rapidly changing world. A remarkable debut novel that succeeds in being hugely entertaining and immensely moving, Brahma's Dream explores the Hindu belief that birth, suffering and death are all but a part of a vast continuum in the mind of a god. Printed Pages: 436. 014958

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7 Broken Ties (Rabindra Rachanavali Series)

Rabindranath Tagore

Rupa & Co., New Delhi, India, 2002, 81-7167-739-8 / 9788171677399, First Edition, Paperback, New, 13 x 16 Cm 
Printed Pages: 145. 014216

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8 Bunker 13

Aniruddha Bahal

Faber and Faber Limited, London, UK, 2003, 0-571-21742-7 / 9780571217427, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Printed Pages: 368. 007050

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9 Burial at Sea

Khushwant Singh

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0-14-303261-5 / 9780143032618, First Edition, Paperback, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
In this, his first novella in five years, one of India’s most widely read authors returns to territories he knows best: twentieth-century Indian history, bogus religion, and sexuality. After Nehru, Victor Jai Bhagwan is Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite Indian—a brilliant young man with the temperament of a leader and fiercely committed to his country. Though Victor adores and respects Gandhi, he disagrees with the Mahatma’s vision for the future of India. He returns from university in England determined to bring the benefits of modern industry to the subcontinent and, within a few years of India’s independence, becomes the country’s biggest tycoon. But this is not the only ideal of Gandhi’s that he defies: facing a midlife crisis, he falls passionately in love with a tantric god-woman (who keeps a tiger as her pet and has a dubious past). She introduces him to the pleasures of unbridled sexuality, but also becomes the reason for his downfall. Comic, tender and erotic by turns, Burial at Sea is vintage Khushwant Singh. Printed Pages: 208. 013092

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10 Delhi: A Novel

Khushwant Singh

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 0-14-012619-8 / 9780140126198, First Edition, Paperback, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Thus begins Khushwant Singh’s vast, erotic, irrelevant magnum opus on the city of Delhi. The principal narrator of the saga, which extends over six hundred years, is a bawdy, ageing reprobate who loves Delhi as much as he does the hijda whore Bhagmati—half man, half woman with sexual inventiveness and energy of both the sexes. Travelling through time, space and history to ‘discover?his beloved city, the narrator meets a myriad of people—poets and princes, saints and sultans, temptresses and traitors, emperors and eunuchs—who have shaped and endowed Delhi with its very special mystique?And as we accompany the narrator on his epic journey we find the city of emperors transformed and immortalized in our minds for ever. Printed Pages: 392. 012926

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11 Devdas and Other Stories By Sarat Chandra Chatterji

Sarat Chandra Chatterji; Selected and Translated By V.S. Naravane

Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2003, 81-7436-030-1 / 9788174360304, Third Impression, Paperback, New, 14.5 x 22 Cm 
Printed Pages: 224. 013515

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12 Fire on the Mountain

Anita Desai

Vintage, London, UK, 1999, 0-0994-2848-2 / 9780099428480, Reprint, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Printed Pages: 146. 002986

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Girl Alone, Rupa Gulab
13 Girl Alone

Rupa Gulab

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0-14-30333-87 / 9780143033387, First Edition, Paperback, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Cough-syrup junkie, emotionally insecure intellectual snob (she’s an English literature graduate from Calcutta University), faithful advocate of the ‘Why me??brigade, Arti believes that rock bands help her get centred better than shrinks. And that large doses of D.H. Lawrence and Woody Allen dilute the emotional neediness coursing through her veins. In Bombay now, on her domineering mother’s orders to get a job or else marry a loser hand-picked from the matrimonial columns, Arti’s one objective (apart from bombing her Super-Bitch Boss’s office) is to keep alive her unrelenting search for the man with whom she can live happily ever after. But Arti has the unique talent of always falling for the wrong men. And as she stumbles from one disastrous relationship to the next, she realizes the potency of that all-important, universal truth: men only want you when you don’t want them any more . . . An irresistible blend of satiric wit, romance (not of the mushy kind) and saucy tips on surviving single in the city, Girl Alone is a rollicking read from start to finish. Printed Pages: 216. 010415

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14 Hacks and Headlines: A Novel

Rashme Sehgal

IndiaInk, New Delhi, India, 2005, 81-86939-20-2 / 9788186939208, First Edition, Paperback, New, 14 x 22 Cm 
Printed Pages: 319. 014867

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15 Hungry Stones and Other Stories (Rabindra Rachnavali Series)

Rabindranath Tagore

Rupa & Co., New Delhi, India, 2002, 81-7167-633-2 / 9788171676330, First Edition, Paperback, New, 13 x 16 Cm 
Printed Pages: 277. 014433

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16 In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

Alexander McCall Smith

Abacus, London, UK, 2004, 0-349-11742-X / 9780349117423, First Edition, Paperback, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Printed Pages: 264. 010482

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17 India: A Million Mutinies Now

V.S. Naipaul

Vintage, London, UK, 1998, 0-7493-9920-1 / 9780749399207, Reprint, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Printed Pages: 520. 011924

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Indulekha, P. Chandumenon; Translated from Malayalam By Anitha Devasia
18 Indulekha

P. Chandumenon; Translated from Malayalam By Anitha Devasia

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0-19-566933-9 / 9780195669336, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 15 Cms x 23 Cms 
Printed P 007391

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19 Island of Infinity: Marina's Dream

Anuradha Majumdar

Puffin, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0-14-333513-8 / 9780143335139, First Edition, Paperback, New, 11 x 18 Cm 
Marina, Gautam and Tenzing first come to know of Infinity when they see a rock that turns invisible in sunlight, and are told the legend of the messenger turtle from this mysterious island. Could the island be the one wrapped in light that Marina dreams of? And when their summer holidays are disrupted by a strange man and threatening phone calls from an international arms manufacturer called Dargate, they begin to suspect that there might be some truth to the legend after all. In their search for Infinity, Gautam, Marina and Spark the parrot find themselves en route to the Andaman Islands in a little ship that runs into a devastating storm. At every stage, they encounter the fell agents of Dargate, who want to make sure that the world will never find the island of Infinity again. But then, there is one part of the legend that very few know . . . Printed Pages: 312. 012993

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20 Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story

Richard Bach

HarperCollins Publishers, New Delhi, India, 2004, 81-7223-578-X / 9788172235789, Second Impression, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 17 Cms Russell Munson 
Printed Pages: 87. 002979

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21 Ka

Roberto Calasso; Translated from the Italian By Tim Parks

Vintage, London, UK, 1999, 0-09-975071-6 / 9780099750710, Reprint, Paperback, Very Good, 13 x 20 Cm 
Printed Pages: 444. Rubbed and scratched cover. 019912

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Kleptomania: Ten Stories, Manjula Padmanabhan
22 Kleptomania: Ten Stories

Manjula Padmanabhan

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0143031139 / 9780143031130, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
In this brilliantly versatile collection of stories from the award-winning author of Harvest, the reader will encounter a range of themes, from murder mystery to science fiction. The author’s vision of a post-apocalypse future is dark, but rendered with a rich vein of irony and humour that allows us to roller-coast with her into a world where air and water and the earth itself take on new shades of meaning. Then there are the here-and-now stories of bodies turning up in backyards, of love betrayed and sexuality discovered, of bitter awakenings and upbeat endings. Intelligent, opinionated, playful, this is a collection that defies limitations of time, space and imagination to conjure up new morality tales for our time. Printed Pages: 216. 002723

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23 Maps for Lost Lovers

Nadeem Aslam

Faber and Faber Limited, London, UK, 2004, 0-571-22181-5 / 9780571221813, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 15.5 Cms x 24 Cms 
Printed Pages: 369. 005308

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Maya Running, Anjali Bannerjee
24 Maya Running

Anjali Bannerjee

Puffin, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0-14-333492-1 / 9780143334927, First Edition, Paperback, New, 
Mayasri Mukherjee is a bright girl with an irrepressible imagination, born in India and raised in a Canadian town. She loves the land of maple leaf and snow, but sometimes she is not sure where she belongs. The only brown-skinned teenager in her school, she cannot speak Bengali or pirouette to save her life. Just as Maya captivates the gorgeous Jamie Klassen, her beautiful cousin Pinky arrives from India. Her long shiny hair, sandalwood fragrance and magical dancing skills bewitch Maya's friends. Woe of woes, Jamie falls for Pinky too. Pinky has brought a little statue of Ganesh, and Maya pleads with the Remover of Obstacles to get rid of all barriers to her happiness, a plea that backfires in hilarious and painful ways. In this delightful debut, Anjali Banerjee captures the dreams and turmoil of a teenager searching for her identity, her family and her own special culture. Printed Pages: 200. 010564

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Mila in Love, Dina Mehta
25 Mila in Love

Dina Mehta

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2003, 0-14-303019-1 / 9780143030195, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
She was out shopping in some kind of diaphanous drapery when she was spotted by an olive-hued, savagely handsome sheikh, also out for a day’s shopping. Carried off in one swoop to his luxurious tent, she was made junior assistant to his fourth wife and lived her days in delirious happiness, except when she wondered if her classmates—Ritu in particular—ever thought of her, the jealous cats . . .? Welcome to the dream world of Sharmila, twenty-something spinster. Ruthlessly wry and comically self-deprecating, this modern maiden entertains herself not with Bombay social dos but with florid fantasies of Rayhaan, family friend and mouth-watering Parsi-Punjabi hunk. Sharmila has secretly loved Ray ever since she was gawky, thirteen-year-old Mila and he was enamoured of her mother. Yet Ray disappeared, leaving Mila to endure a series of misfortunes with only an uncle for comfort. A sorry mixture of her father’s pouty mistress, her mother’s descent into madness and her tyrannical granny culminates in tragedy, and Mila can take no more. Her uncle persuades her to study abroad. Playing gamely along with her sexually experienced roommate and sexually impatient boyfriend, Mila just doesn’t fit into California. Back she goes, to nibble jalebis and wallow in the Sunday papers. She only has one dream left; how can she make it come true? A stunning second novel by one of India’s most accomplished writers, Mila in Love is by turns hilarious, heartbreaking and psychologically deadly—Jane Austen meets Adrian Mole. Printed Pages: 280. 000710

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26 Mistaken Identity

Nayantara Sahgal

HarperCollins Publishers, New Delhi, India, 2003, 81-7223-522-4 / 9788172235222, Second Edition, Paperback, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Printed Pages: 196. 000603

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27 New Life

Sharmistha Mohanty

Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2005, 81-86939-21-0 / 9788186939215, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 8.5 x 5.5 Inches 
New Life is a tale of love, of a girl growing up to be a woman in Calcutta, and of her spiritual awakening across continents. It can be read as a story of complex human relationships, evocatively interspersed with metaphorical descriptions of landscapes. A passage in the novel aptly describes the author’s intention behind her writing: ‘She wrote from, not about. She attempted to create a space, a vast space where many things could dwell at the same time, and where each thing could become more than itself.? This is not another Indian English novel written for export; a native sensibility works in English to rediscover our own ways of understanding the world. New Life is not just a tale, it is a poem. —U.R. Ananthamurthy The past comes through in New Life as so many melodic lines converging and then separating in strange yet vaguely familiar ways. These lines, I am afraid, will haunt you, because just when you will begin to think nostalgia is getting you, you will recognise in some surprise that it is not a lost world that Sharmistha Mohanty is invoking but a living world that survives in fragments, tentatively yet confidently, all around us. It is a world that has lost none of its vitality for being half-forgotten or cornered. The search is not for a lost history but for a self within which fragments of past selves will find a place. —Ashis Nandy Printed Pages: 296 illustrations. 013003

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No Guns at My Son's Funeral, Paro Anand
28 No Guns at My Son's Funeral

Paro Anand

Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2005, 81-86939-17-2 / 9788186939178, First Edition, Paperback, New, 7.75 x 5.25 Inches 
Aftab, a young Kashmiri boy, leads a double life. By day, he is a normal, bubbly teenager whose prime concerns are cricket, family and friends. The night holds the secrets of the life of a child, one who sneaks away to confabulate with Akram and his fledgling group of tearaway terrorists. Akram, so handsome, so exciting. But what Aftab doesn’t realize, so dangerous. Aftab is in complete awe of Akram and is willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. And Akram is more than willing to send him there. A complelling story of a child born into unrest. Though set against the militancy in Kashmir, this novel could belong anywhere in today’s world where violence is just a breath away. A brave story, never told in so raw a form, this is ‘reality fiction?at its most real. A book for teenagers-and for adults of all ages- who live in a world where ‘cops and robbers?is not fun anymore, but a deadly game. Printed Pages: 173. 009959

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29 Piece of Cake

Swati Kaushal

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0-14-303239-9 / 9780143032397, First Edition, Paperback, New, 11 Cms x 18 Cms 
Age 13: Shopping for shoes in the Bata men’s section Age 15: Being dumped by four-eyed guy with green braces Age 26: Acquiring Spineless Jaggu for a boss Age 29: A debut in HT Matrimonials under ‘Miscellaneous?Minal Sharma, MBA. Five foot ten twenty-nine-year-old with a hyperactive conscience and a ton of attitude. Minal wants it all—a successful career at International Foods, a lifestyle to match and a ‘totally cool?guy who’ll buy her diamonds, bring her flowers and laugh at her jokes. But given the unending record of her life’s embarrassments it’s not going to be that simple. Especially when her mother’s decided to take charge of the matrimonial front and the choice Minal has to make is between a wild and sexy radio jockey and a brilliant but boring oncologist. And it doesn’t help that her new colleague on a make-or-break ‘Cakes?assignment is a nasty, grudge-bearing kid from her childhood who just might be out to sabotage her career. Printed Pages: 376. 008071

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30 Pioneers in Canada (Pioneers of the Empire Series)

Harry Johnston

Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, India, 1996, 8120611527 / 9788120611528, Reprint, Hard Cover, New, 
Printed pages: 332 alongwith 8 colour & b/w plates. 034421

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31 Plans for Departure

Nayantara Sahgal

HarperCollins Publishers, New Delhi, India, 2003, 81-7223-524-0 / 9788172235246, Reprint, Paperback, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
000568

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32 PS, I Love You

Cecelia Ahern

HarperCollins Publishers, New Delhi, India, 2004, 000-716500-5 / 9780007165001, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 11 Cms x 18 Cms 
Printed Pages: 503. 002983

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Ratanbai: A High-Caste Child-Wife, Shevantibai Nikambe, Edited By Chandani Lokuge
33 Ratanbai: A High-Caste Child-Wife

Shevantibai Nikambe, Edited By Chandani Lokuge

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0-19-566311-X / 9780195663112, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Ratanbai traces the poignant life story of a Marathi Brahmin girl from early childhood, through to child-marriage and into maturity. As the daughter of a westernized lawyer father and a deeply traditional mother, young Ratanbai is caught in the grips of the East-West encounter within the precincts of her own home. The novel serves as a socio-historic document offering insights into the domestic routine and distinctive familial and religious customs of Marathi Brahmin women in late nineteenth-century Bombay, as well as a feminist text about the intellectual and emotional awakening of its female protagonist. Intimate and moving, Ratanbai includes eloquent photographs of child-wives which tell a narrative of their own. Very little is known about the author, Shevantibai Nikambe, except that she was the Head of a school for young wives, widows, and grown-up girls from the high-caste Hindu community. This novel is a rare contribution to Indian fiction written in English, and to wom en s studies. Printed Pages: 148. 001055

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Refugees from Paradise, Anuradha Majumdar
34 Refugees from Paradise

Anuradha Majumdar

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0-14-303130-9 / 9780143031307, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
`[Anuradha Majumdar is] an excellent writer…funny, quirky, poetic.'—Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi Refugees from Paradise addresses the ultimate mystery of our times: Does Paradise still exist? In Casa Mira, an unusual house of tenants in London, Jonathan Ferry, an actor and aspiring film-maker, is hunted by a story (like an aircraft, it `tilts inside his head every morning as he wakes up'). Meanwhile, Anjali Mehra, a television journalist in New Delhi, hunts after another on assignment. Their separate obsessions lead them to a village fair in Kenduli, Bengal, and to the Baul singer Krishnagopal, 150 years old or perhaps older, who once sang to a wounded pilot who fell out of the sky and into a jungle in Assam, where the mighty Brahmaputra roars like a demon. Where, in all this, is the road to paradise? Eventually it falls upon Milton, the venerable poet reborn as a cat, to detect a few remarkable things, and give us a glimpse of the grand design. Printed Pages: 296. 002951

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35 Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man

A.K. Ramanujan

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2003, 0-19-562388-6 / 9780195623888, Fourteenth Impression, Paperback, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
Printed Pages: 158. 011919

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36 Servant Master Mistress

Boman Desai

Roli Books, New Delhi, India, 2005, 81-86939-23-7 / 9788186939239, First Edition, Paperback, New, 8.5 x 5.5 Inches 
The Sanjanas had planned to enjoy the tiger cub and surrender the adult to the zoo, but no plan had been made for the adolescent. The family is breakfasting in the compound of their bungalow when the cub gets its first taste of blood from a cut on Sohrab Sanjana’s hand. Also in attendance are Daisy (Sohrab’s English wife, married when she was stranded by World War II in India); Rustom (Sohrab’s brother, infatuated by Daisy, challenging his brother for her affection); Dolly (their mother, afraid the rivalry between her sons may erupt into violence echoing the rivalry between two brothers whom she had married in succession); and Savak (Dolly’s husband, still paying the price for his own infatuation thirty years earlier). Their story spans the years from 1910 to 1945, encompassing scenes in which a yogi’s ‘spirituality?is exposed by a monkey, a ten-year-old English girl seduces an eight-year-old Indian boy, and a young Englishwoman meets her first lover at the Silver Jubilee of George V. A family secret lies at the heart of the story, but the periphery is no less thrilling: two lovers escape from Stalin’s Soviet Union to India and a soldier meets with tragedy during the Kut-al-amara campaign of the Great War in Mesopotamia. Printed Pages: 436. 013647

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37 Shame

Salman Rushdie

Vintage, London, UK, 1995, 0-09-957861-1 / 9780099578611, First Edition, Paperback, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Printed Pages: 287. 009325

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38 Shifting Sands

Dominique Varma

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0-14-303220-8 / 9780143032205, First Edition, Paperback, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
While working in Paris on Vedic myths of the legendary river Sarasvati which disappeared in the Indian desert, a young Indologist comes across the letters of her cousin Eliya, a dancer who died in Rajasthan. Intrigued by the hallucinatory nature of the memoirs and their surreal, dreamlike ramblings, she reconstructs the last days of Eliya's life—her loneliness within the walls of a sleepy palace surrounded by the desert, her thwarted passion in a dead-end relationship with a prince and her gradual descent into insanity. Offering a fascinating counterpoint to Eliya's narrative is the story of her father who spent his childhood in the Nazi concentration camp of Terezin, Prague. As the narrator seeks answers to her own existential questions, she unravels her cousin's deep secrets while providing an expos?of Nazi atrocities during the Second World War. Moving across the grim world of a concentration camp in Prague, the vibrant landscape of Rajasthan, and the rain-splashed streets of Paris, Dominique Varma's evocative prose is an ode to the indestructible spirit of the human race. Printed Pages: 192. 008070

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39 Soul Mountain

Gao Xingjian; Translated from the Chinese By Mabel Lee

Flamingo (HarperCollins), London, UK, 2001, 0-00-711923-2 / 9780007119233, First Edition, Paperback, Very Good, 13 x 20 Cm 
Printed Pages: 521. 012715

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40 The Agony and the Ecstasy

Irving Stone

Arrow Books, London, UK, 1997, 0-09-941627-1 / 9780099416272, Reprint, Paperback, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Printed Pages: 777. 015924

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The Arrangements of Love, Timeri N. Murari
41 The Arrangements of Love

Timeri N. Murari

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 014303149X / 9780143031499, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Smoking a joint in the attic of his Westchester home, seventeen-year-old Nikhil Figgis finds a tattered copy of a novel called Georgetown among the folds of a red silk sari in a long-forgotten suitcase. Eleven years on, he has arrived in India armed with a stage adaptation of the novel to look for its author, who is also the father he has never known. But in India, as Nikhil discovers, destiny is master, and within a few short hours he is sucked into a whirlwind of events that leaves him bewildered and breathless. He misplaces the suitcase containing his precious script, the police mistake him for a terrorist, a baby crocodile turns up in his bathtub, and when he finally tracks his father down with the help of the attractive and spunky detective Apu, the temperamental and reclusive man refuses to acknowledge Nikhil as his son. But Nikhil has made up his mind—he will take in his stride all the mayhem India has to offer, for he must help his father remember again what it feels like to love and trust. Besides, he is irresistibly drawn to Apu, whose own scars need healing . . . Skilfully interweaving drama, romance and comedy, and packed with quirky, unforgettable characters, The Arrangements of Love is a wonderful novel about family and home and the intricacies of ordinary human relationships. Printed Pages: 304. 002726

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42 The Best of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

Penguin, Nw Delhi, in, 1994, 0-14-006694-2 / 9780140066944, Reprint, Soft Cover, New, 13 Cms x 19.5 Cms 
Printed pages: 367. 016876

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (Second Edition), Margaret Drabble, Jenny Stringer, and Daniel Hahn
43 The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (Second Edition)

Margaret Drabble, Jenny Stringer, and Daniel Hahn

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2003, 0-19-860559-5 / 9780198605591, Third Edition, Paperback, New, 
This is a book 'one turns to with constant pleasure' (TLS). The classic guide to English literature, fully updated and revised for this paperback new edition. Based on the best-selling Oxford Companion to English Literature, this is an indispensable, compact guide to all aspects of English literature. Written by a team of more than 140 distinguished contributors working under Margaret Drabble's editorial direction, this handy reference work provides the reader with unrivalled coverage of writers, works, historical context, literary theory, allusions, characters, and plot summaries. Extensively updated and expanded for this new edition, this book provides essential reading for readers. New entries on modern authors such as Jim Crace and Ben Elton have been added, alongside new entries on topics such as travel writing and Anglo-Indian literature. Over 5,500 entries provide a wide coverage, including entries on the literature of other countries. The fully-updated appendices list literary prize-winners, including the Nobel, Man Booker prize, and Pulitzer prizes. Printed Pages: 730. 013919

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The Distorted Mirror, R.K. Laxman
44 The Distorted Mirror

R.K. Laxman

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0143031333 / 9780143031338, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
R.K. Laxman, cartoonist par excellence, is also one of the country’s most entertaining writers. The Distorted Mirror brings together some of his best short stories, essays and travelogues. The collection begins with ‘An Accident? a most unusual mystery story where the murder weapon is a newspaper. In other stories, we are introduced to Gopal, a schoolboy in an ordinary small town that is transformed one day when the Viceroy visits; Shantha, a little girl who makes an interesting discovery in the midst of a wedding; and Bhasker, a writer who is suddenly confronted by his past. Each story is marked by Laxman’s ability to delineate a character or a moment with a few deft strokes and imbued with his trademark wit. No less fascinating are the travelogues about the United States, Australia, the Andamans, Darjeeling, Mauritius and Kathmandu which are brought to life by Laxman’s vivid descriptions and his inimitable way of looking at the world around him. The collection is rounded off with a few rare and delightful anecdotes about Laxman’s cartooning career, a subject on which he is usually reticent. Accompanied by Laxman’s illustrations, the pieces in The Distorted Mirror will amuse and entertain every fan of R.K. Laxman’s. Printed Pages: 176. 002768

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45 The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2002, 0-14-302857-X / 9780143028574, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 14 Cms x 22 Cms 
‘The book keeps all the promises that it makes.?The Booker Prize Citation, 14 October 1997 ‘A novel of real ambition must invent its own language, and this one does? John Updike, The New Yorker ‘A masterpiece, utterly exceptional in every way.?Harpers and Queen ‘A banquet for all the senses we bring to reading.?Newsweek ‘A sad story, told very hilariously, very tenderly and very craftily.?The Pioneer ‘It is rare to find a book that so effectively cuts through the clothes of nationality, caste and religion to reveal the bare bones of humanity.?Daily Telegraph International No 1 bestseller Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize Printed Pages: 356. 001291

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46 The Grip of Change and Author's Notes

P. Sivakami; Translated from the Tamil Pazhaiyana Kazhithalum and Asiriyar Kurippu By P. Sivakami

Orient Longman, New Delhi, India, 2006, 81-250-3020-4 / 9788125030201, First Edition, Paperback, New, 14 x 22 Cm 
Printed Pages: 215. 015341

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47 The HarperCollins Book of Urdu Short Stories

Muhammad Umar Memon (ed.)

HarperCollins Publishers, New Delhi, India, 2005, 81-7223-611-5 / 9788172236113, First Edition, Paperback, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Printed Pages: 256. 011951

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The Hidden Pool, Ruskin Bond
48 The Hidden Pool

Ruskin Bond

Puffin, New Delhi, India, 2005, 0-14-333487-5 / 9780143334873, First Edition, Paperback, New, 
Laurie is an English boy who moves to a hill town with his parents when his father is posted to India on work for two years. Laurie makes two new friends: Anil, the son of a local cloth merchant, and Kamal, who lost his parents during Partition and now sells buttons and shoelaces but dreams of going to college. Anil and Kamal introduce Laurie to an enchanted world of beetle races, ghosts, chaat and Holi, and he shares with them the secret pool he finds on the mountainside. At the pool the boys fish, build dams, take midnight dips, wrestle, and ride buffaloes. It is there that they plan their grand adventure: a trek to the Pindari Glacier, were no one from their town has gone before. On the slopes of the beautiful mountain they meet pumpkin-eating bears, and keep a close lookout for the Abominable Snow-woman who feeds children fruit, honey, rice and earthworms. This lost classic is a magical tale of adventure and friendship, told in Ruskin Bond’s inimitable style. Printed Pages: 96. 010563

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The Inheritors, Aruna Chakravarti
49 The Inheritors

Aruna Chakravarti

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 014303216X / 9780143032168, First Edition, Paperback, New, New, 234 x 153 Mm 
From the ritual-bound household of an orthodox scholar in a small village in Bengal in 1897 to Germany and Mumbai at the turn of the new millennium, The Inheritors follows the shifting life patterns of a family through a melange of narratives, memories and characters. The unrelenting puritanism of Nyayaratna Bishnupada Deb Sharma drives his daughter Radharani to insanity and throws into sharp relief his grandson Shibkali's feeble attempt to break free. Giribala voices her resentment against her circumstances through a lifetime of silence, her destiny finding an echo in her daughter Alo, tragic victim of her husband's sexual perversions. And Pramatha's depraved radicalism is set against Shashishekhar's progressive outlook which symbolizes the most significant departure from the stifling constraints of his community. Even as it inherits the deadwood of the past, each generation strives to liberate itself, setting the stage for the eternal conflict between tradition and change, between a legacy and its inheritors. Aruna Chakravarti draws upon history and myth, religion and folklore, rituals and culinary practices to create a vivid portrait of a community of Vaidic Kulin Brahmins. The narrative, oscillating back and forth in time, weaves a vibrant tapestry of life—differing ideologies and sensibilities, suicides and desertions, marriages and infidelities, bigotry and liberalism—set in the larger context of a nation's inexorable march towards independence and a society caught on the cusp of conservatism and modernity. Printed Pages: 356. 003958

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50 The Last Song of Dusk

Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2004, 0-67-005768-1 / 9780670057689, Second Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 13 Cms x 20 Cms 
Pirouetting between laughter and tears, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's technicolour debut tells the story of four extraordinary lives. Of Anuradha Gandharva, gifted with astonishing beauty and magical songs; of her husband, Vardhmaan, struggling with secret losses; of Nandini, a deviously alluring artist, with a penchant for panthers and walking on water; and of Shloka, the Gandharvas' delicate, disturbingly silent child. As their fates unravel in an old villa in 1920s' India, they learn to navigate the ever-changing landscape of love, and in doing so encounter a host of eccentrics: Mr Bunkusdaas, the father of Bollywood cinema; Stella Dimm, `England's first ever Tit girl'; Libya Dass, rarely seen out of her porcelain bathtub; and Percival Worthington, the aristocratically limp son of the governor of Bombay, on whom Nandini rashly sets her sights. The Last Song of Dusk is a tale of exquisite friendships, immense sacrifices and dangerous desires. Told with tenderness and with dazzling wit, it will haunt you long after you have turned the final page. Printed Pages: 304. 004419

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