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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

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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.

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1) Mein Kampf (My Struggle), by Adolf Hitler (Jaico Publishing House) £8.99 (ISBN:9788172241643)

The presence of Mein Kampf at the top of the Indian bestsellers list for 2016 came as a bit of a surprise for us, as it will for many of you! The explanation is that Mein Kampf is currently on the school national curriculum, and the Jaico Publishing edition is among the most accurate and affordable English translations currently available. The difficulty with Mein Kampf translations is that the original was written in very poor German, being dictated in the manner of a lengthy speech rather than a literary construction. English translations therefore tend to be stilted and hard to read. This edition is both clear and straightforward. Not many readers will find the contents of Mein Kampf palatable – it is an intense and heavy read. Nevertheless, for better or worse, it was among the most influential books of the 20th Century, and as George Santayana is often quoted “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it…”

2) The Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank (Prakash Book Depot) £5.99 (ISBN: 9788172345198)

Another history national curriculum title, Anne Frank’s Diary is a tragic testimony to the ideas contained in Mein Kampf put into action. The human pathos of Frank’s adolescent musings are at times touching, profound and humorous. Many readers will relate to the internal struggles expressed in this intimate book; a teenage life played out against the backdrop of one of the most devastating dramas of human history. This edition is a high quality, affordable translation of the Diary, suitable for students, teachers and general readers alike.

3) Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda (Yogoda Satsanga Society of India) £4.99 (ISBN: 9788189535513)

First published in 1946 and in continuous print ever since, the Autobiography is arguably the most famous and influential Indian book ever published in English. In his own words, the book tells the story of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952), a Hindu monk and Kriya yoga practitioner, who taught and toured extensively in America in the 1920s and 30s. He was the first of the Eastern gurus to become influential in the West, foreshadowing the explosive interest in Eastern spirituality in the 1960s. The Autobiography is a spiritual classic and is still one of the best general introductions to traditional Indian mysticism for a Western reader.

4) The Holy Qur’an: The Transliteration in Roman Script with Arabic Text & English Translation (Kitab Bhavan) £13.99 (ISBN: 9788171512065)

One of the barriers for Western readers to reading the Qur’an in its original Arabic is the inaccessibility of Arabic script. For someone used to Roman letters, written Arabic is a difficult language to learn, with different rules for grammar, syntax and pronunciation. This remarkable edition of the Qur’an from Kitab Bhavan transliterates the poetic Arabic of the scriptural text into Roman letters and English syntax, making it instantly available to Western readers. The transliterated text is accompanied by an accurate and readable English translation, as well as the original Arabic.

5) Animal Farm, by George Orwell (Mahaveer Publishers)  £4.99 (ISBN: 9788172344399)

Animal Farm, George Orwell’s devastating critique of totalitarianism, needs almost no introduction. A modern allegorical tale in the tradition of Aesop and the mediaeval beast epics, Animal Farm tells the tale of a badly run farm whose repressed animals manage to overthrow their human masters. Their hard-won freedom turns out to be illusory, however, as a clique of pigs take over and impose a tyranny as bad, if not worse than before. The great maxim that “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” is as chilling today as it was when first written in 1945. The days of Stalin and Hitler may be over, but people continue to find fresh social and political insights in Animal Farm.

6) The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Mahaveer Publishers)  £4.99 (ISBN: 9788183520676)

The Little Prince, first published in French in 1943, while the Second World War still raged, is one of the most widely translated and bestselling books of all time. Ostensibly a children’s book, The Little Prince is highly astute and makes profound observations about the adult world. No doubt influenced by the author’s experience as a military pilot in North Africa during the war, the story involves a stranded pilot who meets a young Prince, who has fallen to earth on an asteroid. The dialogue and events that follow expose the bizarre folly of human events from an outsider’s perspective, with the optimistic conclusion that history is not set in stone; and there is always hope for change.

7) Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Yoga Publications Trust) £24.99 (ISBN: 97881863366144)

Now in its fourth, revised edition since it was first published in 1969, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha is the go-to textbook for all serious practitioners of yoga. The book sets out the theory and practice underpinning Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Kriya Yoga; explaining the principles of yoga postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), gestures (mudra) and body contractions (bandha). The classic text is accessible enough for beginners to get a solid theoretical basis for their practice, and contains enough depth for masters and teachers to return to as a sourcebook.

8) Yoga Nidra, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Yoga Publications Trust) £14.99 (ISBN: 9788185787121)

Yoga Nidra is a deep state of relaxation frequently described as ‘yogic sleep’. Of all the different yoga disciplines, this is probably the least well-known and most widely misunderstood. The premise is that profound psychological, physical and spiritual benefits can be gained by having more conscious awareness during the one third of our lives we spend sleeping. A lot of new-age and self-help manuals make a big deal of dream control, without ever presenting a convincing method. Yoga Nidra makes no elaborate claims and does not offer fast results, but instead presents a practical curriculum of relaxation and concentration exercises that can be followed by anyone with a basic understanding of yoga. This is the best English language textbook to cover a very obscure but nevertheless important branch of yoga, suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

9) Hatha Yoga Pradipika, by Swami Muktibodhananda (Yoga Publications Trust)  £27.99 (ISBN: 9788185787381)

Hatha Yoga Pradikipa is a widely practised discipline of stretches, bodily postures and breathing exercises. It is what immediately comes to mind in most people when they think of ‘yoga’. However, Hatha Yoga is first and foremost a system of spiritual liberation, with the postures (asanas) and breath work (pranayama) being designed to bring about a heightened level of body-mind awareness that allows you to transcend your individual ego. Yoga has been practised in India in one form or another for thousands of years, but many of the practices we recognise today have their origin in Hatha Yoga Pradikipa, a manual of yoga practice first written in Sanskrit in the 15th Century. This English translation makes the classic text accessible to both yoga practitioners and readers interested in the history of religious ideas. Each exercise is presented clearly and succinctly, without the esoteric language so common in mediaeval texts. This is what makes Hatha Yoga Pradipika a valuable and much sought-after publication, nearly six centuries after it was first written.

10) 10 Steps To Positive Living, by Windy Dryden (Orient Paperbacks)  £5.50 (ISBN: 9788122203202)

Windy Dryden is a world authority on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and its practical applications for improved emotional health. His main contribution to the field is the set of psychotherapeutic principles known as Rational Emotive Behaviour. This is led to him writing several self-help books dealing with topics such as overcoming jealousy, anxiety and depression. Windy Dryden has a straightforward, sympathetic writing style that presents practical solutions that anyone can follow using just a few minutes a day. 10 Steps To Positive Living is a complete syllabus for transforming your mental well-being and enriching your relationships. Dryden exhibits a profound knowledge of human nature, meaning there is something for everyone to take away from this book. At 144 pages, this inexpensive paperback can be read in a couple of days, but the philosophy it contains can continue paying dividends for life.

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