The Butcher of Benares

By Mahendra Jakhar

The surprising and brutal homicide of a tender American lady rips aside the peace of the traditional urban of Benares. She is located to be a study scientist operating with the Vatican Observatory, one of many oldest astronomical examine associations on this planet. Hawa Singh, a senior inspector from Delhi crime department on a trip to Benares, will get embroiled within the case. He unearths that the murdered girl were getting to know the Bhrigu-Samhita, an astrological vintage courting again to pre-Vedic instances, believed to be misplaced. The FBI sends in Ruby Malik, a Pakistani-American to enquire the homicide. quickly, extra our bodies are chanced on with extraordinary connections to either the Bhrigu-Samhita and Christian orthodoxy. The Vatican appears to be like engaging in a clandestine operation, looking the secrets and techniques of Hindu astrology within the urban such a lot sacred to it.Secrets that the Vatican might kill to grasp. Hawa Singh, hardened by means of many gunfights, and with a bullet already lodged close to his mind in a prior stumble upon, groups up with Ruby Malik to resolve the secret. not anything is similar to any extent further. The temple bells fade within the perpetual wintry weather fog. there's blood at the streets of Benares, which turns into a battleground the place religion and technological know-how collide. The worlds of astronomy and astrology come .Hawa Singh and Ruby seek the opium dens, and the domain names of Naga sadhus, Aghoris and Doms within the cremation grounds, hunt a cannibal lurking within the maze that's Benares, and conflict with the figurehead king of the town, Kashi Naresh Maharaj Abhay Narayan Singh. The killer will be a person. in basic terms Hawa Singh and his attractive co-runner at the chase, Ruby Malik, own the mindset—and the indomitable courage—to locate the assassin on the center of this secret. And within the technique, locate themselves.

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Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) used to be one of many few males in background to struggle at the same time on ethical, non secular, political, social, monetary, and cultural fronts. in the course of his time as a legal professional in South Africa he built his technique of non-violence: the belief of opposing unjust legislation through non-violent protest. He led the Indian nationwide Congress occasion in 3 significant campaigns opposed to British rule, each one culminating in his arrest.

In Gandhi, a quick creation to Gandhi's lifestyles and concept, Bhikhu Parekh outlines either Gandhi's significant philosophical insights and the restrictions of his notion. Written with broad entry to Gandhi's writings in Indian languages to which so much commentators have very little entry, Parekh appears at Gandhi's cosmocentric anthropology, his religious view of politics, and his theories of oppression, non-violent motion, and energetic citizenship. He additionally considers how the luck of Gandhi's ideas have been constrained through his loss of coherent theories of evil, and of country and tool. Gandhi's view of guy as ascetic permits no room for expressions of the cultural, creative, or highbrow. moreover, he was once so adversarial to fashionable civilization that he was once not able to understand its advanced dialectic or supply a significant narrative.

Nevertheless, Gandhi's lifestyles and suggestion had an immense influence at the Indian country, and he remains to be generally revered--known prior to and after his assassination as Mahatma, the good Soul.

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I Won't Let You Go: Selected Poems

By Rabindranath Tagore

In what a profound unhappiness are sky and earth immersed! The additional i am going, the extra I listen an analogous piteous observe: I wont allow you to pass! during this beautiful choice of poems via Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, acclaimed translator Ketaki Kushari Dyson brilliantly captures the power and lyricism of the mythical poets verses. The identify poem conjures up the interior turmoil of a guy who needs to go back to the drudgery of labor after traveling his domestic for the Durga Puja holiday. Haunted via his four-year-old daughters parting phrases, I wont allow you to move! he unearths his suffering mirrored within the vagaries of nature, with the earth echoing his discomfort. the opposite poems during this assortment brim with Tagores compassionate humanity and mild sensuousness. From detailing the nuances of intimate relationships to ruminating at the massive cosmos, those poems glow with a burning wisdom of mans position within the universe, reaffirming Tagores acceptance as certainly one of Indias maximum smooth poets.

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The Turbulent Years 1980 - 1996

By Pranab Mukherjee

A pointy insider’s account of the numerous political and monetary judgements that formed the way forward for sleek India. The Turbulent Years opens within the Nineteen Eighties. Sanjay Gandhi is lifeless lower than unforeseen, tragic situations; now not a long time later, Indira Gandhi is assassinated; Rajiv Gandhi, ‘the reluctant politician’, unexpectedly turns into India’s best Minister. Pranab Mukherjee was once witness to (and, occasionally, a player in) the momentous occasions of the Eighties and the Nineteen Nineties, a interval that used to be no doubt the main turbulent in India’s publish- Independence historical past. An insider, he sheds new mild on each significant political incidence of the time from Rajiv Gandhi’s ascendance as India’s leading Minister to the emergence of P.V. Narasimha Rao as a pacesetter of the country; from Operation Blue big name to the Babri Masjid fiasco. both, Mukherjee is candid approximately all the expert crises that marked this era of his occupation the rumours that he desired to elbow apart Rajiv Gandhi for the head put up; the prospective purposes for his ouster from Rajiv’s cupboard and, later, the occasion; and the allegation that he aided and abetted the Left by means of no longer implementing President’s rule in West Bengal and Tripura within the past due Eighties. the second one quantity of Mukherjee’s autobiography isn't just a good account of his years in energy (and within the wilderness), but in addition a cogent research of the political and social turning issues of a key interval within the evolution of contemporary India.

• Candidly written, this booklet is an insightful peek into the political in addition to own lives of a few of the main celebrated leaders of India, like Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao
• offers a revealing photograph of the way a democracy services, protecting probably the most debatable classes among 1980 and 1996
• supplies a blow-by-blow account of Mukherjee’s go back to Delhi from Contai along Rajiv Gandhi on 31 October 1984, the day Indira Gandhi used to be assassinated
• brazenly talks concerning the incidents resulting in Mukherjee's expulsion from the Congress occasion, and the years of fight that in addition to his failed try out at beginning a political party
• Narrates in nice element the notorious tussle among Swraj Paul and DCM/Escorts
• Chronicles the surprising demolition of the Babri Masjid and offers Mukherjee's candid perspectives on no matter if the Narasimha Rao govt may have performed something in a different way to avoid it.
• The most-awaited moment quantity of Pranab Mukherjee's memoirs, after the bestselling The Dramatic Decade

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Homo hierarchicus : Essai sur le système des castes

By Louis Dumont

Après l. a. dernière guerre, l'anthropologie sociale, caractérisée par 'l'observation participante' du chercheur 'sur le terrain', a commencé à s'appliquer, au-delà des petites sociétés de face-à-face, à de grands ensembles sociaux. Ainsi Louis Dumont s'est consacré pendant une vingtaine d'années à une découverte sociologique de l'Inde, qui aboutit au présent livre. Depuis lors, il met en œuvre le contraste entre los angeles société des castes et l. a. nôtre pour obtenir une vue comparative des idées et valeurs modernes.

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The Walls of Delhi: Three Stories

A highway sweeper discovers a cache of black industry funds and escapes to determine the Taj Mahal together with his underage mistress; an Untouchable races to reclaim his existence that’s been stolen through an upper-caste id thief; a slum baby’s head will get higher and larger as he will get smarter and smarter, whereas his kin attempts to discover a treatment. one among India’s most unusual and audacious writers, Uday Prakash, weaves 3 stories of residing and surviving in today’s globalized India. In his tales, Prakash portrays realities approximately caste and sophistication with an authenticity absent in such a lot English-language fiction approximately South Asia. Sharply political yet freed from heavy handedness.

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Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Kevin Raub

Lonely Planet: The world's major shuttle advisor publisher

Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra is your passport to the main correct, up to date suggestion on what to work out and pass, and what hidden discoveries wait for you. wonder on the nice marble Taj Mahal, step into 'Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves' at Jaisalmer castle, or stopover at the big Mughal pink citadel; all together with your depended on commute spouse. Get to the guts of Rajasthan, Delhi, and Agra and start your trip now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra commute Guide:

  • Colour maps and photographs all through
  • Highlights and itineraries assist you tailor your journey in your own wishes and pursuits
  • Insider tips to save lots of money and time and get round like a neighborhood, averting crowds and bother spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, cellphone numbers, web content, transit guidance, costs
  • Honest studies for all budgets - consuming, napping, sight-seeing, going out, procuring, hidden gemstones that the majority guidebooks omit
  • Cultural insights offer you a richer, extra lucrative shuttle adventure - together with customs, background, paintings, cinema, dance, structure, politics, natural world, and delicacies
  • Free, handy pull-out Delhi, Agra & Jaipur map (included in print version), plus over 34 local maps
  • Coverage of Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Kota, Alwar, Bharatpur, Shekhawati, Fatehpur Sikri, Kumbhalgarh, Bikaner, Deshnok, Nagaur, and extra

The ideal selection: Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra, our such a lot accomplished consultant to destination, is ideal for either exploring most sensible points of interest and taking roads much less travelled.

  • Looking for extra broad insurance? try out Lonely Planet's India guide for a finished examine the entire state has to supply, or Lonely Planet's notice India, a photo-rich consultant to the country's most well liked points of interest.

Authors: Written and researched by means of Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has develop into the world's prime go back and forth media corporation with guidebooks to each vacation spot, an award-winning web site, cellular and electronic shuttle items, and a committed tourist group. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but additionally allows curious visitors to get off overwhelmed paths to appreciate extra of the tradition of the areas during which they locate themselves.

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Bhowani Junction

By John Masters

First released in nice Britain in 1954 by way of Michael Joseph.
This variation released 2001 through memento Press.
This e-book version first released in 2012

Magnificent novel of Empire and its aftermath

First released in 1954 within the wake of the partition of India, John Masters' nice novel Bhowani Junction has elevated in stature through the years. status among E.M. Forster's A Passage to India and the generally acclaimed works of such writers as Paul Scott and Salman Rushdie, Bhowani Junction is either a richly interesting novel and a good evocation of the tensions and conflicts on the delivery of recent India.

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The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan

The partitioning of British India into self sustaining Pakistan and India in August 1947 happened in the course of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one facet and Muslims at the different. greater than 750,000 humans have been butchered, and 12 million fled their homes—primarily in caravans of bullock-carts—to search shelter around the new border: it was once the most important exodus in historical past. Sixty-seven years later, it really is as though that August by no means ended.

Renowned historian and journalist Dilip Hiro offers a riveting account of the connection among India and Pakistan, tracing the landmark occasions that ended in the department of the sub-continent and the evolution of the contentious courting among Hindus and Muslims. To this present day, an affordable solution to their dispute has proved elusive, and the road of keep watch over in Kashmir continues to be the main seriously fortified frontier on the planet, with 400,000 squaddies arrayed on both side.

Since partition, there were numerous acute crises among the friends, together with the secession of East Pakistan to shape an autonomous Bangladesh in 1971, and the purchase of nuclear guns through each side leading to a scarcely kept away from disagreement in 1999 and back in 2002. Hiro amply demonstrates the geopolitical significance of the India-Pakistan clash through chronicling their respective ties not just with the USA and the Soviet Union, but additionally with China, Israel, and Afghanistan.

Hiro weaves those threads right into a lucid narrative, enlivened with colourful biographies of leaders, brilliant descriptions of wars, sensational assassinations, gross violations of human rights—and cultural signifiers like cricket fits. The Longest August is incomparable in its scope and offers the 1st definitive heritage of 1 of the world’s longest-running and so much intractable conflicts.

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The Mahabharata (Volume 9)

This definitive and sumptuous 10-volume unabridged translation is among the infrequent English translations in filled with the epic

Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata marvellously available to modern readers

Dispute over land and nation may perhaps lie on the middle of this tale of battle among cousins the Pandavas and the Kouravas however the Mahabharata is ready conflicts of dharma. those conflicts are tremendous and numerous, singular and usual. in the course of the epic, characters face them without transparent symptoms of what's correct and what's incorrect; there are not any absolute solutions. therefore each attainable human emotion good points within the Mahabharata, the explanation the epic maintains to carry sway over our mind's eye. during this awesome and greatly acclaimed translation of the entire Mahabharata, Bibek Debroy takes on a good trip with brilliant ease.

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