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Book Review: ‘India Unmade: How The Modi Government Broke The Economy’ by Yashwant Sinha & Aditya Sinha (ISBN 9789386228864, HB, £21.99)

Posted by Ray McLennan on 01-Jul-2019 11:46:33

India’s Juggernaut Press have kick-started 2019 in assertive fashion with India Unmade: How The Modi Government Broke The Economy - a bold and confrontational indictment of the administration of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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7 Unmissable New Titles From Harper Collins India

Posted by Ray McLennan on 20-Jun-2019 14:44:23

 

Harper Collins India have a great selection of new titles available EVERY month. These include no fewer than three new books by Khushwant Singh, alongside titles by lesser-known, up-and-coming Indian authors. Harper Collins India is one of the country’s most versatile publishing houses, spanning genres as diverse as poetry, film & cinema, Earth sciences and business studies. Here are seven highlights from this month’s releases.

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5 Best Jan 2019 Book Releases From Penguin Publishing India

Posted by Ray McLennan on 12-Jun-2019 15:57:49

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One of our favourite things at the beginning of each month is receiving the roundup of new publications from our Indian publication partners. December 2018 and January 2019 are particularly busy and exciting months for Penguin Random House India, which publishes English-language books in a wide range of genres by leading Indian authors.

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Join Us At Book Expo America In New York

Posted by Ray McLennan on 28-May-2019 11:26:32

We’re flying out to New York for Book Expo America 2019 on 29th to 31st May! We can hardly wait, and as we are not exhibiting this time round – just taking part as delegates – we’ll have plenty of time to meet distributors and retails, academic library suppliers and promote Indian and South Asian publishing in general.

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Book Review: 'Mothering A Muslim' by Nazia Erum

Posted by Ray McLennan on 24-May-2019 12:38:52

Nazia Erum’s latest book, ‘Mothering a Muslim: The Dark Secret in our Schools and Playgrounds’ may sound like a parenting manual but it is much more than that. Erum has written a rare portrayal of middle-class Muslim mothering in multi-faith India, and an essential heart-breaking expose of the religious-based bullying and discrimination that runs through society right down to the schools and playgrounds. This prejudice is voiced by children who are echoing the prejudices they hear at home and in the media. ‘Mothering a Muslim’ was published by Juggernaut Books in January 2018.

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Book Review: 'Everybody Loves A Good Drought' by P Sainath

Posted by Ray McLennan on 23-May-2019 16:27:34

Originally published by Penguin Books back in 1996, Everybody Loves A Good Drought is written by the acclaimed Indian journalist Palagummi Sainath. Regarded as a modern classic in the field of rural poverty reporting, the book contains stories from the poorest districts in India and the struggles faced by the people living in them.

Research for the book was undertaken by Sainath himself while working for the Times of India newspaper. The research involved travelling almost 100,000 kilometres across the country, including thousands of kilometres on foot. The newspaper published many of Sainath's reports and some are re-printed in this book alongside original content.

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Book Review: 'Era Of Darkness: British Rule In India' by Shashi Tharor (ISBN 9789383064656)

Posted by Ray McLennan on 06-Feb-2019 14:30:00

An Era Of Darkness: The British Empire in India, published by the Aleph Book Company in 2016, is an explosive and ground breaking examination of the effects of British rule in India, and its ongoing repercussions for modern India. Its author, Shashi Tharoor, is a politician and former diplomat as well as a bestselling author of both non-fiction and fiction. The book was inspired by a speech he made at the Oxford Union in 2015, which subsequently went viral on YouTube and galvanised conversation around Britain's debts to its former colonies.

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Topics: Indian Authors, Indian Books

Author Profile: Indian Novelist Chetan Bhagat

Posted by Ray McLennan on 30-Jan-2019 14:29:00

Chetan Bhagat is a prolific Indian author and media personality, best known for his English-language novels Five Point Someone, The 3 Mistakes of My Life and 2 States. His novels tend to deal with issues relating to Indian middle-class youth, a topic that has made him a mainstay of mainstream networks and lifestyle columns where he writes as a current affairs pundit and social commentator. Bhagat's novels are bestsellers in India, having sold well over seven million copies. In 2013, Bhagat branched out into scriptwriting with the award-winning Kai Po Che!; he had completed four movie scripts by 2017. Bhagat has even starred as a judge for the seventh season of the reality dance competition Nach Baliye.

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Topics: Indian Authors, Indian Novels

Book Review: 'Plight Of The Stateless Rohingyas' by Imtiaz Ahmed

Posted by Ray McLennan on 21-Jan-2019 14:26:00

Imtiaz Ahmed's "The Plight of the Stateless Rohingyas: Responses of the State, Society and the International community" is a wide ranging response to one of South East Asia's most intractable problems. Published in 2010 by Bangladesh's University Press ltd, the book received a second impression in 2014, as befits one of the foremost works on this difficult topic. In a concise 219 pages, the book manages to cover the history of their situation, both recent and historical, examining its causes and effects, as well as conducting a searching examination of various agency responses and offering some thoughtful conclusions as to what is to be done to resolve this almost impossibly thorny issue, which keeps resurfacing at tremendous human cost.

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Book Review: 'Indian Folktales & Legends' by P. Nath

Posted by Ray McLennan on 14-Jan-2019 14:24:55

First published by our partners Penguin Books India in 1995, Indian Folktales & Legends is a unique collection compiled and edited by Pratibha Nath. It contains a variety of rare Indian folktales from different parts of the country, as well as a number of legends, which draw from ancient books and religious texts like the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Topics: Indian Authors, Indian Books

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