A Life in Words
Sub title: Memoirs
A Life in Words, the first complete translation of Ismat Chughtai’s celebrated memoir Kaghazi hai Pairahan, provides a delightful account of several crucial years of her life. Alongside vivid descriptions of her childhood years are the conflicted experiences of growing up in a large Muslim family during the early decades of the twentieth century.
Chughtai is searingly honest about her fight to get an education and the struggle to find her own voice as a writer. The result is a compellingly readable memoir by one of the most significant Urdu writers of all time.
• ‘She spearheaded a literary revolution’—The Hindu
• ‘Translator M Asaduddin has . . . done a remarkable job, catching all the nuances of Chughtai’s luscious prose and extraordinary wit. This is a book for all to read and enjoy’—Hindustan Times
• ‘Ismat Chughtai’s candid words continue to be contemporary and cutting edge’—The Hindu
• ‘Asaduddin’s work is top-of-the-shelf stuff . . . it transports you to the world of the original . . . If you have not read Chughtai before, this will whet your appetite’—Outlook
A Village Awaits Doomsday
Millions of people are displaced every year by development schemes such as the construction of dams, national parks, factories, SEZs, mines and thermal power plants. The conflict between those who are forced to part with their land and those who reap benefits from the projects is getting fiercer.
In A Village Awaits Doomsday, Jaideep Hardikar brings us the personal stories of ordinary people from across the country displaced and made destitute by innumerable government and private initiatives. Apart from providing vivid accounts of individual experiences, he analyses the reasons why people protest, the laws that governments use to displace them, the existing rehabilitation and resettlement policies, and the latest debates over the land acquisition process.
Hardikar’s writing is evocative, the stories haunting and his book timely and important.
On the Kebab Trail
Sub title: A Moti Mahal Cookbook
The kebab is one of India’s— and the world’s—most beloved foods. In On the Kebab Trail, Monish Gujral, grandson of the founder of the Moti Mahal chain of restaurants, the legendary Kundan Lal Gujral, travels the world in search of the most delectable kebabs, providing some rare family recipes along the way.
Here are Turkish clay-pot kebabs, Kashmiri Tabak Mas and Arabian hamburgers. And here are the definitive recipes of all the classic Indian kebabs—kakori, pasanda, boti, gilafi. Including vegetarian and fish kebabs, and recipes for chutneys and breads, On the Kebab Trail is the ultimate indulgence for all kebab lovers.
Sub title: Cricketer of the Century
‘A cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar comes along once every hundred years’—Mahendra Singh Dhoni
‘Sachin is the king of batsmanship’—Sir Vivian Richards
‘There cannot be another Sachin Tendulkar’—Virender Sehwag
Part of India’s World Cup-winning squad and the team that took India to its no. 1 Test ranking, Sachin Tendulkar has blazed his way through the cricketing world for more than two decades, tearing through matches and records alike. The highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs in the history of the game, he has also reached what is a truly fabulous milestone—one hundred international centuries.
Sachin: Cricketer of the Century takes the reader on a journey from stellar innings to stellar innings, surveying the batting genius's brilliant career through the eyes of a pantheon of people who are legends in their own right—from Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Nasser Hussain and Courtney Walsh to Waqar Younis, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. .
This is the ultimate tribute to the greatest batsman the modern era has seen.
The Moti Mahal Cookbook
Sub title: On the Butter Chicken Trail
Visiting Delhi and not going to Moti Mahal is like going to Agra and not visiting the Taj Mahal' "Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to the Shah of Iran who was on an official visit to India. From the famed kitchens of the legendary Moti Mahal restaurant comes The Moti Mahal Cookbook: On the Butter Chicken Trail, replete with the original recipes of their signature dishes. Kundan Lal Gujral, the founder of Moti Mahal, not only created the tandoori chicken, he invented the makhani gravy â€“the mother of North Indian gravies'to transform the succulent tandoori chicken into the delectable butter chicken, a star staple of the Moti Mahal repertoire. Chicken tikka masala followed and Indian cuisine was on the world map. These recipes along with a plethora of popular new dishes recently introduced in the restaurant as well as a wide range of vegetarian dishes, have been selected by Monish Gujral, Kundan Lal's grandson. With a special focus on kabab recipes, be they of chicken, mutton, seafood, cottage cheese or vegetables, this book is a must-buy for those who cannot resist recreating the Moti Mahal magic at home. Recipes include: Murgh makhani (Butter chicken for the strong hearted) Kesari dum murg (Slow-cooked saffron chicken) Pasanda kabab (Lamb escalope) Chatpatté pudina chaamp (Tangy lamb chops) Malai paneer tikka masala (Cottage cheese kabab in a rich tomato gravy) Khatta meetha paneer shahi tikka (Sweet and sour cottage cheese kabab) Pindi chana (Rawalpindi chickpeas) Dhania pomfret tandoori (Coriander-flavoured tandoori pomfret) Garlic prawns Tandoori trout Tandoori bharwan khumb (Stuffed tandoori mushrooms) Khatta meetha baingan (Sweet and sour aubergine) Palak makai malai (Spinach and corn in a creamy gravy) Kathal Punjabi pulao (Jackfruit pulao) Badaam halwa (Sweet almond dessert)
The Secret Gardener
24 Patwardhan Cross. The solitary bone that surfaces in the garden there doesn’t mean much to police surgeon Dr Q or Inspector Savio. But Lalli, who collects curiosities, finds it curious. Things get curiouser when a dying gigolo whispers the address in terror, and curiouser still when a mummified finger with a chic manicure turns up in the same garden.
Lalli might have ignored these curiosities, had there not been a child at the heart of the matter …
As she investigates what makes this garden grow, Lalli uncovers a gruesome tale.
War has spread from India’s borders to the forests in the very heart of the country. Here are four essays by Arundhati Roy including the heatedly debated ‘Walking with the Comrades’ that combines a clear-eyed, analytical overview with extraordinary reportage from the ground of the Maoist guerrilla zone. Broken Republic examines the nature of progress and development in the emerging global superpower, and asks some fundamental questions about the real meaning of civilization itself. This edition of Broken Republic contains her most recent essay, ‘Capitalism: A Ghost Story’.
‘A passionate take from what she calls “the heart of an unfolding revolution”’ The Hindu
‘A fine piece of reportage . . . The language is lyrical, but Roy’s critique is excoriating’ Scotsman
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Sub title: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
This brilliant work of reportage on the Mumbai slum called Annawadi, and the true-life stories of some of its inhabitants, is a powerful and unforgettable account of the impact of corruption, inequality, globalization and religion in an Indian megacity. It is written in luminous prose, with a narrative pace that grips the reader from beginning to end.
The much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling No Full Stops in India now available in paperback!
Poised to become one of the major economies of the twenty-first century, India at times seems unmindful of questions on the sustainability of such growth and its effect on the stability of the nation. Veteran journalist and bestselling author of No Full Stops in India, Mark Tully travels across India to turn the spotlight on the everyday concerns of the common man in areas such as governance and business, spirituality and ecology. In revealing interviews with captains of industry and subsistence farmers, politicians and Dalits, spiritual leaders and bandits, he captures the voices of the nation even as he celebrates its vibrant history and incredible potential.
· ‘Through Tully’s probing eyes, one discovers the complex workings of the Indian democracy’—Telegraph
Sub title: Indian Television in the New Millennium
What do the TV shows we’re watching tell us about ourselves?
Television is the single most powerful and dynamic agent of change in India today. It is also the country’s most popular and accessible form of entertainment. Remote Control examines three kinds of programming—24x7 news, soap operas and reality shows—that have changed Indian television forever, and analyzes how these three genres, while drawing on different sources, are hybridized, indigenized and manage to ultimately project a distinctively Indian identity.
Shoma Munshi’s book shows us how everyday reality in India in the twenty-first century shapes television; and how television, in turn, shapes us.
‘Shoma’s book captures the rapidly changing pace in the Indian television domain. Big plots, subtle changes, new scripts, stolen ideas, factual updates, dreams and disrupted plans—all neatly explained..’—Sunil Lulla, MD & CEO, Times Television Network
‘The growth and impact of television in India, strangely, hasn’t got the academic attention that it deserves. Shoma’s book is a refreshing attempt in that direction. It is well researched and insightful. She has an insider’s sensitivity and an academic’s objectivity.’ —Uday Shankar, Chief Executive Officer, STAR India