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Book Review: From Goddess To Mortal: The True-Life Story Of A Former Royal Kumari

Posted by Ray McLennan on 01-Sep-2017 14:30:00

By Rashmila Shakya (Trans: Scott Berry) | ISBN 9789937623063 | Vajra Books | £14.99 Paperback

In Nepal, shamanic and pagan beliefs dating back thousands of years continue to thrive, subsumed within an ostensibly Buddhist religious framework. From Goddess to Mortal is the astonishing story, in her own words, of Rashmila Shakya, a ‘Royal Kumari’ from Nepal who as a child between 1984 and 1991 was widely worshipped as a living goddess.

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4 Great Indian Books That Have Become Bollywood Films

Posted by Ray McLennan on 24-Aug-2017 14:00:00

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Bollywood films are full of colour, glamour, music and adventure. The Indian film industry produces dozens of new titles each year, often original scripts with a focus on romantic comedy or action themes. There are, however, several important literary crossovers where Bollywood directors have taken a classic Indian novel and transformed it into a big-screen production. We can think of at least 20 Bollywood films that been influenced by novels or plays to some degree. The following four are, in our opinion, the most faithful to the novels in question, and are among the most thought-provoking Bollywood films ever made.

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4 Of Our Favourite Bollywood Biographies & Autobiographies

Posted by Ray McLennan on 10-Aug-2017 10:43:54

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From the dawn of Indian cinema in the 1930s until the present day, Bollywood has attracted a cast of larger-than-life characters: romancers, rogues, heroines and harlots – both off and on screen. It is only fitting that many of the top Bollywood actors and actresses have been the subject of biographies over the years. Some have even written autobiographies themselves. At its best, this genre makes for gripping reading; full of humour, adversity and often shocking revelations as they reveal the inner workings of one of the world’s most successful film industries.

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The Top 10 Selling Indian Books By Indian Authors In The UK 2017 (so far…)

Posted by Ray McLennan on 17-Jul-2017 10:05:05

Some readers of our previous blog on the bestselling Indian titles in the UK expressed surprise at the number of Western authors and titles featured on the list. This reveals an important point about contemporary Indian publishing. India is in the perhaps unique position of having a non-English culture combined with a predominantly English language educational, academic and publishing industry. This gives the Indian publishing industry a universalism and diversity that is hard to find elsewhere. No title or author is ‘off-limits’.

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Discover The Holy Quran This Ramadan

Posted by Ray McLennan on 15-Jun-2017 12:27:38

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The holy month of Ramadan – observed as a time of fasting by Muslims worldwide – takes place this year between 27th May and 24th June. Ramadan is the ninth month of the traditional Muslim lunar calendar, which begins at the sighting of the first crescent moon following the New Moon of Shab’an, the eighth month.

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An Unsuitable Boy: The New Autobiography of Karan Johar

Posted by Ray McLennan on 08-Jun-2017 16:19:09
An Unsuitable Boy, by Karan Johar with Poonam Saxena; Penguin Books of India (Shobhaa De’ Books Imprint), ISBN: 9780670087532, RRP £19.99 (Hardback)

With his good looks, personable style and infectious sense of humour, KJo went seamlessly from film director to TV personality. Koffee with Karan, now in its 13th year, is one of India’s most popular television chat shows, playing host to celebrity guests from the entertainment business in India and around the world. subsequent films.

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The Top Selling Book From Bangladesh In The UK In 2016: The Art Of Kantha Embroidery

Posted by Ray McLennan on 18-May-2017 14:20:00


In a troubled world, there is something deeply satisfying about a bestselling book being one about embroidery. The exquisite art form of Kantha embroidery, traditional to West Bengal and Bangladesh, is the subject of the 2016 top-selling book in the UK from Bangladesh…

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The Top 10 Selling Indian Books In The UK In 2016

Posted by Ray McLennan on 02-May-2017 15:40:00

In order of popularity based on the volume of sales, here are the top 10 biggest selling Indian books in the UK from 2016! Enjoy.

All of these books can be ordered for your shop through Motilal Books. Please get in touch for further details.

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Indian Publishers Focus: TERI Environmental Publishers

Posted by Ray McLennan on 25-Apr-2017 10:52:50

The publisher we examine in this article is radically different to the others we have looked at, demonstrating the vitality and diversity of the Indian English-language publishing industry. You can read our previous articles about Kitab Bhavan, Pentagon Press and Pearson by following these links.

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Indian Publisher Focus: Pearson Publishing

Posted by Ray McLennan on 18-Apr-2017 17:15:20


Pearson Publishing
is one of India’s foremost educational and academic publishers. Like many of India’s academic publishers, Pearson Publishing (India) is an independent franchise of a British publisher, in this case Pearson Education. Other branches include Pearson International and Pearson North America, which generates 60% of the group’s book sales. All the publishing businesses are part of Pearson PLC, an international media and publishing company which formerly owned The Financial Times, among other publications.

Pearson Publishing (India) follows the same model as Oxford University Press. Although it shares the name and brand identity with a western publisher, it is for all practical purposes entirely autonomous. Pearson has a unique Indian book catalogue not available through any other outlet, largely published to meet the needs of India’s English-speaking academic community.

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