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The Last Color

Author : Vikas Khanna
ISBN : 9789388038034
Genre : Fiction
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It's Holi, 2012, the Hindu festival of spring, and back in Varanasi after twenty years, a young advocate is celebrating a nation-wide Supreme Court order against an age-old tradition of social injustice meted out to the destitute widows of India – to whom even the simple joys of color were denied. It was in this city that, twenty years ago, Choti, a sassy, tight-rope walker befriends an old widow, Noor. As a member of the ashram, she lives a life of complete abstinence, but her young friend's innocent exuberance and joy of life fills her with renewed hope. The two form an unlikely bond, with Noor looking out for Choti, inspiring her to 'fly high' by seeking an education and fighting for her rights with dignity. Choti listens enraptured by the memories her friend shares: of playing Holi dressed as Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna, and flinging great bursts of her favorite pink-colored gulal into the sky. Choti promises her that they will play the next Holi together. But then, one night, another friend of Choti's, Anarkali, is murdered by the heinous police chief and his goons. Being the only witness to her murder, Choti is imprisoned on the eve of Holi. Everything falls apart in the ensuing chaos. Will Choti be able to keep her promise of playing Holi with Noor? Pitting the smoke rising from the funeral pyres of Manikarnika Ghat, against the joyous color-bursts of Holi celebrations, Vikas Khanna's marvellously layered story of the survival of a delicate friendship, is brilliantly told and poignantly life-affirming.
Category: Fiction

Climbing The Mango Trees

Author : Madhur Jaffrey
ISBN : 9781409005049
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'I was born in a sprawling house by the Yamuna River in Delhi. When I was a few minutes old, Grandmother welcomed me into the world by writing "Om", which means "I am" in Sanskrit, on my tongue with a little finger dipped in honey. When the family priest arrived to draw up my horoscope, he scribbled astrological symbols on a long scroll and set down a name for me, Indrani, or "queen of the heavens". My father ignored him completely and proclaimed my name was to be Madhur ("sweet as honey").' So begins Madhur Jaffrey's enchanting memoir of her childhood in India. Her description of growing up a in a very large, wealthy family (half a train was booked to transport the family from Delhi to the mountains for the summer) conjures up the spirit of a long lost age. Whether climbing the mango trees in her grandparents' orchard, armed with a mixture of salt, pepper, red chillies and roasted cumin, or enjoying picnics in the foothills of the Himalayas, reached by foot, rickshaw, palanquin or horse, where meatballs stuffed with sultanas and mint leaves, cauliflowers flavoured with ginger and coriander, and spiced pooris with hot green mango pickle were devoured, food forms a major leitmotiv of this beautifully written memoir. With recipes drawn from memories of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, weddings and picnics, moving effortlessly from the lamb meatballs of Moghul emperors to the tamarind chutneys of the streets, this book will appeal to keen armchair cooks, as well as fans of Madhur the world over.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Mutiny

Author : Julian Rathbone
ISBN : 9780349143545
Genre : Fiction
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For its British population, the India that swelters in the late spring of 1857 is a place of amateur theatricals, horseracing and flirtations under the aegis of the omnipotent East India company. But a brutal awakening lies in store for the complacent British: one May night, after thirty years of abuse, the East India Company's native soldiers rise up against their British officers. Thus begins the most savage episode in our imperial history. Caught up in the violence is pretty Sophie Hardcastle, a young wife and mother newly arrived from England. As she searches for her infant son, missing in the chaos, Sophie finds herself bearing witness to atrocities on both sides. Moving, sombre and thrilling, Rathbone's tale is told on a grand scale, ranging from the Cannings in Government House to the heroism of the humblest soldiers and peasants. It is as exhilarating as any Victorian adventure story, and yet, with its unflinching examination of religious fanaticism and the horrors of war, THE MUTINY also carries a powerful message for the modern world.
Category: Fiction

Where The Streets Lead

Author : Sarayu Srivatsa
ISBN : UOM:39015038341817
Genre : Architecture
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The Secret Life Of Streets Cities Are Remembered By Their Streets, Which Have A Personality All Their Own. Some Are Broad And Indolent, Others Brisk And Efficient And Some Resemble Courtesans, Painted And Bright By Evening, Drab And Gritty During The Day. Sarayu Ahuja Takes A Leisurely Stroll Through Streets In Cities As Different As Ahmedabad, Jaipur And Mumbai, Viewing Them Not In Terms Of Configuration And Design Alone But Also In The Context Of Their History And Their Sights, Smells, Sounds And People. In The Process She Shows The Evolution Of A City'S Individual Character. She Visits Bustling Jaisalmer, Suspended Like A Drop Of Water Over A Sea Of Sand; Chandigarh, Grand And Imperial; Benaras, Intimate And Feverish With Activity; The Lanes Of Siddpur, Secluded And Withdrawn From The Public Eye, And A Host Of Other Cities. The Outcome Is A Unique Study Of Indian Streets By A Professional Architect Which, Besides Being An Entertaining Travelogue, Shows Us Our Streets In A New And Revelatory Light.
Category: Architecture

Indian Writing

Author : K. V. Surendran
ISBN : 8176251135
Genre : Indic literature (English)
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The Song Seekers

Author : Saswati Sengupta
ISBN : 9789381017487
Genre : Fiction
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As the monsoon rains wash over the city of Kolkata, four women sit and read and talk in the kitchen of Kailash—the old mansion of the Chattopadhyays where Uma comes to live after her marriage in the summer of 1962. Her husband’s silence about his mother and the childhood tragedy that beckons him from the shadowy landing of Kailash, the embroidered handkerchiefs in an old soap box in her father-in-law’s room and the presence of the old, green-eyed Pishi intrigue Uma. But it is only as she begins to read aloud the traditional Chandimangal composed by her husband’s grandfather to celebrate the goddess that the smothered stories begin to emerge... The novel weaves in the history of the militant goddess recast as wife, the Portuguese in Bengal, the rise of print and the making of memories from the swadeshi movement to the turbulent sixties in Bengal as Uma discovers that the foundation of Kailash is not only very deep but also camouflages the stink of death. Published by Zubaan.
Category: Fiction

Sons Of Jabir

Author : R. Talukdar
ISBN : 9780595254088
Genre : Fiction
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Meet Baasha Khan, seventeen, six feet tall. Born in Bangladesh, but raised in Rochdale, England. He is obsessed with Tupac's lyrics and his hairstyle. Meet Suna Khan, five minutes younger than Bassha. He is obsessed with designer clothes and Britney Spears. Meet Rajah Khan, Jabir's youngest son. He is always falling in love with the wrong person. He is obsessed with his own personality. Jabir Khan wished he had never come to Britain because none of his sons remained a true Muslim.
Category: Fiction