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Censorship & Tolerance In Modern India: 10 Banned Books

Posted by Ray McLennan on 20-Jul-2018 14:00:58

Readers who aren’t shy of courting controversy may wish to check out this list of 10 banned books from Indian Publishers. In the UK we are so used to seeing the progressive, secular face of Indian society that it is easy to forget there are still worrying limits to free speech within the country. Censorship is rarely officially sanctioned by government bodies, but universities and publishers are subject to intense pressure from cultural and religious groups who are often sensitive to insult.

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Publisher Profile: Westland Books

Posted by Ray McLennan on 12-Jul-2018 16:14:32

The similarity between the world of Indian mythology and the more surreal borderlands of sci-fi has been noted by more than a few authors. Some nonfiction writers, such as Nick Redfern, see this as evidence of early visitation of the Earth by extra-terrestrial beings while humankind was in its infancy. Others, starting with Roger Zelazny and L Ron Hubbard, have delved into Indian myths while looking for inspiration for their science-fiction stories.

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The New Sourav Ganguly Autobiography Book Launch

Posted by Ray McLennan on 09-Jul-2018 09:44:12

You know the expression “1.3 billion Indians can’t be wrong”? Or maybe you don’t… Most Brits will agree that it is true of curry and many of cricket too. Cricket is more than India’s national sport. It is an institution, something fundamental to the Indian psyche and view of themselves as a people.

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Topics: Indian Authors

Publisher Profile: The Himalayan Map Company and The Nepal Map Company

Posted by Ray McLennan on 02-Jul-2018 10:30:18

These companies specialise in exactly the type of publication that their name suggests: trekking maps and mountain climbing guides for North India, Nepal and the Himalayan region. Its range of maps are extremely detailed and specialised, each giving full details of specific treks, view points, glaciers, rivers, monasteries and resting points.

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Book Review: Triple Talaq: Examining Faith By Salman Khurshid

Posted by Ray McLennan on 27-Jun-2018 14:33:58

Triple Talaq: Examining Faith by Salman Khurshid is one of the most controversial books we currently hold in our catalogue, and the subject matter itself couldn’t be much more controversial, either in India or the West. Nevertheless, the book represents an important contribution to the place of Islamic theology and tradition in mainstream politics and its intersection with Western ideas of personal liberty – whether or not you agree with the author’s position. Although Khurshid’s opinion isn’t popular in contemporary India – and is even less so outside the country – it is at least soundly argued, and the author deserves to be given a platform.

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Book Review: Hush A Bye Baby: The Cradle Will Fall By Deepanjana Pal

Posted by Ray McLennan on 19-Jun-2018 14:44:21

Hush A Bye Baby by Deepanjana Pal is a complex celebrity crime thriller published in April 2018 by Juggernaut Press. With hundreds of crime novels published each year in India and abroad, it is hard to find a story that stands out. Even fans of the genre will admit that one hard-boiled male detective has a tendency to blend into another, whether their exploits take place in New York, Glasgow, Stockholm or Mumbai.

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The Top Selling Book From Nepal in 2016: The Envelope: Walking Up To Everest Base Camp

Posted by Ray McLennan on 28-Feb-2018 16:15:58

The landlocked, beautiful country of Nepal has an economy largely based on tourism. Since the increased availability of adventure package holidays and cheap flights into the country, a growing number of tourists are making the trip to Everest Base Camp, and in some cases beyond to the cloud-wreathed summit.

In an age where it is possible to go online and book an adventure holiday to anywhere on the planet within minutes, it is easy to forget how mind-bogglingly beautiful, remote, challenging and sometimes dangerous the trek to Everest actually is.

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Our Full Indian Academic Book Catalogue Now Available Through Blackwell’s Online!

Posted by Ray McLennan on 22-Feb-2018 12:39:48

Much of the content on our website, and indeed many of the articles on this blog, are aimed at retail, wholesale and organisational customers. We are aware, however, that the most important factors are the needs and interest of end-users – the people who will be buying and reading the books. We want to provide the broadest and easiest access to Indian books for the widest number of people, and the way we have done this so far is through our network of supply partners.

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Publisher Profile: Penguin-Random House India

Posted by Ray McLennan on 13-Feb-2018 14:13:58

Penguin Books of India, a subsidiary of the Penguin-Random House group based in New York, is this year celebrating 30 years as an independent publisher of Indian authors and titles. It is one of the best recognised Indian publishing companies, each year showcasing hundreds of well-known and up-and-coming authors from India itself and the Indian diaspora.

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Topics: Indian Publishers

Book Review: Democracy’s Eleven by Rajdeep Sardesai

Posted by Ray McLennan on 05-Feb-2018 15:20:22

There are few things as quintessentially Indian as cricket. As a business with roots in both India and England this makes us delighted. An English sport, familiar on every village green across the Home Counties, is the national sport of India, followed and played by millions. Cricket is a symbol of the profound cultural connections between the UK and India, the same exchange of ideas that has made curry our national dish of choice here in the UK!

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