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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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Topics: Indian Authors, Indian Books

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

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

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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5 Of The Most Popular Indian Authors Revealed – Are You Stocking Their Books?

Posted by Ray McLennan on 02-Sep-2016 09:37:00


There are hundreds of talented and popular Indian authors who publish books in English. The Indian publishing industry is really booming, with a huge variety of fiction and non-fiction titles coming off the printing presses in India each year. The genres explored range from historical drama, to romance, popular science, self-help, crime thrillers and sci-fi. The writing styles and narratives of these books are as varied as the authors themselves.

Indian authors are able to draw upon the rich cultural heritage of India and the recent history of their country to provide some of the most varied and interesting backdrops in modern fiction. You certainly don’t have to be Indian to enjoy Indian books and novels. Indeed, many of the most successful Indian authors are as likely to be read in America or the UK as they are ‘at home’.

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