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  • Road to Mekong

    For fifty-six days, four women left their ‘regular lives’, homes, families and comfort, to ride their motorbikes through scenic landscapes, inhospitable terrain and diverse regions. In this process, they covered 17,000 kilometres through six countries. What inspired them to follow this dangerous, and at times maddening, adventure trail?

    In Road to Mekong, Piya Bahadur recounts her once-in-a-lifetime journey through Southeast Asia. With little prior experience in expeditions of this nature, the group successfully planned and executed an exhilarating trip from Hyderabad, through the east Indian coast and the northeast of India, weaving through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, along the river Mekong, and finally to Cambodia. By the time they returned, the lives of these audacious women had changed forever.

    Piya takes the reader along on her travels through places rarely visited by the itinerant Indian and shares the new world that unfolds as she journeys from being a working mother constrained by her own inhibitions to a confident traveller accepting of whatever adventures life has to offer.

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  • INDIA: Essays

    Between 1962 and 2006, V. S. Naipaul wrote six essays about his travels in India, some of his finest pieces of reflection and reportage. Approaching India through the residue of Indian culture and the scattered memories of nineteenth-century immigrants, eventually leading to a special understanding of Mahatma Gandhi, Naipaul offers an exceptional and sustained meditation on the country that was never his.
    These are essays, full of gentleness, humour and feeling, that take us into the mind of one of our greatest writers.

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    India and China have a long tradition of exchange in culture and commerce. The two countries are also rivals and competitors in the international political and economic arena.
    In a week’s visit, Sundeep Bhutoria paints a composite picture of the main cities, business and cultural centres and heritage sites of China, one of the largest trading partners of India. He takes us on a journey through the Indian food trail and cultural sites in the land of dragons and lanterns. Exploring diplomatic and commercial ties, China Diary gives us an overview of the key facets important to business and general exploration of China as a country—the possibilities, cultural specificity and convergence of economic interests.

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  • The Indian Trilogy

    Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

    ‘AN AREA OF DARKNESS

    ‘Brilliant … tender, lyrical, explosive’ Observer

    V.S. Naipaul was twenty-nine when he first visited India. This is his semi-autobiographical account—at once painful and hilarious, but always thoughtful and considered—a revelation both of the country and of himself.

    INDIA: A WOUNDED CIVILIZATION

    ‘A devastating work, but proof that a novelist of Naipaul’s stature can often define problems quicker and more effectively than a team of economists and other experts’ The Times

    Prompted by the Emergency of 1975, Naipaul casts a more analytical eye, convinced that India, wounded by a thousand years of foreign rule, has not yet found an ideology of regeneration.

    INDIA: A MILLION MUTINIES NOW

    ‘Indispensable for anyone who wants seriously to come to grips with the experience of India’ New York Times Book Review

    It is twenty-six years since Naipaul’s first trip to India. Taking an anti-clockwise journey around the metropolises—including Bombay, Madras, Calcutta and Delhi—he focuses on the country’s development since Independence. The author recedes, allowing Indians to tell the stories, and a dynamic oral history of the country emerges.

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    A look at one of the world’s greatest rivers, the Ganges, and the people who live on it and along its shores.
    The Ganges flows through northern India and Bangladesh for more than 1,500 miles before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. It is sacred to Hindus who worship Ganga, the river goddess. But it has also long been a magnet for foreigners, some seeking to unravel its mysteries and others who have come in search of plunder. In On the Ganges, George Black, who chronicled the exploration of the American West and the creation of Yellowstone National Park in Empire of Shadows, takes readers on an extraordinary journey from the glaciers of the Himalayas to the sacred city of Varanasi to the “hundred mouths” of the Ganges Delta.

    On the Ganges, parts of which originated from a New Yorker article published last year, introduces us to a vivid and often eccentric cast of characters who worship the river, pollute it, and flock to it from all over the world in search of enlightenment and adventure. Black encounters those who run the corrupt cremation business, workers who eke out a living in squalid factories, religious fanatics, and Brits who continue to live as if the Raj had never ended.

    By the end of his journey, Black has given us a memorable picture of the great river, with all its riddles and contradictions, both sacred and profane, giving the last word to a man scavenging for the gifts left by pilgrims: “There are good days and there are bad days. It all depends. Everything is in the hands of our mother, Ma Ganga.”

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  • Upon a Sleepless Isle

    Dense green forests in Yala, white-sand coasts in Trincomalee, azure waters off the south coast, Anuradhapura’s ancient temples, and cricket.
    Civil war, political assassinations, internally displaced communities, industrial-scale corruption.
    All are Sri Lanka. As are smug bureaucrats, nosy neighbours, and stray dogs with serious axes to grind.
    Through the eyes of Andrew Fidel Fernando, cricket writer par excellence, both a local and a tourist in his home country, Sri Lanka comes alive as he hurtles down hills in Kandy, breathes in the history at the rock fortress of Sigiriya, grapples with the aftermath of war in Jaffna, and has himself evicted from restaurants near Galle. Weaving through all manner of villages, paddy fields, mountains, jungles and marshlands, and pausing for the pests at grimy guesthouses and the vacationers of luxury hotels, Fernando has the time for every genre of person and wildlife in this chaotic, exquisite, frustrating, bewitching, tumultuous and intoxicating land.

    Hilariously witty yet wistfully sombre, Upon a Sleepless Isle is the story of a country and a people caught between long historical traditions and global capitalism, resulting in this ingenious paradise.

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  • INCREDIBLE JOURNEYS

    Alongside real-life explorer Levison Wood, travel around the world, meet some of history’s most daring pioneers, and be inspired to go on your very own adventures!

    Embark on 20 epic expeditions alongside Levison Wood, from the Silk Road and medieval pilgrimages to the Holy Land to Nellie Bly’s trip around the world, and recent missions to the Moon and the Mariana Trench. Along the way, Levison Wood shares his own insights into adventuring, telling you what it’s REALLY like to follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great.

    Beautifully illustrated with maps showing the routes and filled with detail bringing the cultures of each region to life, this is a lavish gift book to treasure from one of our greatest living explorers.

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  • DELHI AND AGRA

    Delhi claims a noble history as the site of at least seven capitals dating from before the time of Alexander the Great. The glorious Mogul Empire brought great riches to the city and to Agra, where the world-famous Taj Mahal has excited awe in visitors for over 380 years. This Traveller’s Reader is an indispensable and fascinating companion for the traveller who wants to understand the history of both cities, and who seeks the true spirit of the places.

    Delhi & Agra is a topographical anthology that explores the cities’ sites of interest and recreates the key events, customs and lives of the past, drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs and commentaries written by residents and visitors over the course of 600 years.

    Extracts include Tamerlane’s account of the sack of Delhi in 1398; descriptions of Shah Jahan building the Taj Mahal; recollections of Jesuits and mullahs debating the relative merits of their religions before the great Mogul emperor, Akbar; reports of cruelty and creativity, of addiction to drink and drugs; descriptions of elephant fights, suttee, the life of the bazaar and vice-regal banquets; and eyewitness accounts of the Indian Mutiny from both sides, and of the bloody aftermath of Partition. A great variety of topics are covered, vividly conveying an impression of how it would have been to live in, or visit, both cities from the recent past to hundreds of years ago.

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  • THE BUDDHA AND THE SAHIBS

    Today there are many Buddhists in the West, but for 2000 years the Buddha’s teachings were unknown outside Asia. It was not until the late 18th century, when Sir William Oriental Jones, a British judge in India, broke through the Brahmin’s prohibition on learning their sacred language. Sanskrit, that clues about the origins of a religion quite distinct from Hinduism began to be deciphered from inscriptions on pillars and rocks.

    This study tells the story of the search that followed, as evidence mounted that countries as diverse as Ceylon, Japan and Tibet shared a religion which had its origins in India yet was unknown there. British rule brought to India, Burma and Ceylon a whole band of enthusiastic Orientalist amateurs – soldiers, administrators and adventurers – intent on investigating the subcontinent’s lost past. Unwittingly, these men helped lay the foundations for the revival of Buddhism in Asia during the 19th century and its spread to the West in the 20th.

    Charles Allen’s book is a mixture of detective work and story-telling, as this acknowledged master of British Indian history pieces together early Buddhist history to bring a handful of extraoridinary characters to life

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  • All the Roads Are Open: The Afghan Journey

    In June 1939, Annemarie Schwarzenbach and fellow writer Ella Maillart set out from Geneva in a Ford, heading for Afghanistan. The first women to travel Afghanistan’s Northern Road, they fled the storm brewing in Europe to seek a place untouched by what they considered to be Western neuroses. The Afghan journey documented in All the Roads Are Open is one of the most important episodes of Schwarzenbach’s turbulent life. Her incisive, lyrical essays offer a unique glimpse of an Afghanistan already touched by the ‘fateful laws known as progress’, a remote yet ‘sensitive nerve centre of world politics’ caught amid great powers in upheaval. In her writings, Schwarzenbach conjures up the desolate beauty of landscapes both internal and external, reflecting on the longings and loneliness of travel as well as its grace. Maillart’s account of their trip, The Cruel Way, stands as a classic of travel literature, and, now available for the first time in English, Schwarzenbach’s memoir rounds out the story of the adventure. ‘Reading Annemarie Schwarzenbach is a fascinating experience because nobody as much as her has realized that literature is a journey in itself

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    In The Atlas of an Anxious Man, Christoph Ransmayr offers a mesmerizing travel diary—a sprawling tale of earthly wonders seen by a wandering eye. This is an exquisite, lyrically told travel story.

    Translated by Simon Pare, this unique account follows Ransmayr across the globe: from the shadow of Java’s volcanoes to the rapids of the Mekong and Danube Rivers, from the drift ice of the Arctic Circle to Himalayan passes, and on to the disenchanted islands of the South Pacific. Ransmayr begins again and again with, “I saw. . .” recounting to the reader the stories of continents, eras, and landscapes of the soul. Like maps, the episodes come together to become a book of the world—one that charts the life and death, happiness and fate of people bound up in images of breathtaking beauty.

    “One of the German language’s most gifted young novelists.”—Library Journal, on The Terrors of Ice and Darkness

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  • The Masque of Africa

    Compelling, insightful, often sombrely beautiful’ Sunday Telegraph

    Moving beyond travelogue, The Masque of Africa considers the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of African civilization. Beginning in Uganda, at the centre of the continent, Naipaul’s journey takes in Ghana and Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Gabon, and ends, as the country does, in South Africa.

    Focusing upon the theme of belief – though sometimes the political or economical realities are so overwhelming that they have to be taken into account – Naipaul examines the fragile but enduring quality of the old world of magic. To witness the ubiquity of such ancient ritual, to be given some idea of its power, was to be taken far back to the beginning of things. To reach that beginning was the purpose of this book.

    ‘Naipaul travels, he asks, he listens attentively and, above all else, he notices, often seeing what others do not or cannot. That acute gift has never left him . . . he is sustained by the old ideal of unadorned truth-telling’ New Statesman

    ‘The quality of Naipaul’s writing – simple, concise, engaging – rarely varies . . . Above all, Naipaul’s latest African journey is eyewitness reporting at its best’ Time

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  • Travel Gods Must Be Crazy, The: Wacky Encounters in Exotic Lands (April'19)

    How do smart students succeed?
    How do they crack exams and come out on top?
    What tricks do they have up their sleeves?
    How do they succeed in life?

    Find all the answers here in Six Secrets Smart Students Don’t Tell You! A book that tries to answer the pressing question asked by students and parents alike: how to study better and have a successful academic career. Based on his extensive research of smart students, Chandan Deshmukh enumerates the six secrets that will ensure success for all students. Conversational, funny and insightful, this book is a compilation of useful advice, tips and tricks, and anecdotes that not only help answer these all-important questions but also provide a clear and concise guide to how students can pass their exams with flying colours.
    Simply put, this book is what you need to succeed!

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  • Ganga: The Many Pasts of a River

    The Indian tradition shows us that positive, radiant happiness is our birthright, and Dr Rekha Shetty outlines a programme in this book to achieve it. The Happiness Quotient (HQ) is a concept that measures approximately the amount of happiness each person has achieved in their life. It then provides a blueprint to increase one’s HQ. It starts by describing the creation of a positive mind space, one that nurtures the positive emotions that increase happiness. It also discusses the impact of negative fields and how to avoid them.
    Anti-happiness traps, too, find a special place in this book. They require special identification as they can be very misleading, like a comforting golden cage full of fruit to a free-flying parrot. Whatever the external circumstances may be, the individual is responsible for his inner state. This book is an investment in Life’s greatest prize-Happiness.

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  • Discovering the Heritage of Assam

    Opportunities are free, abundant, and available to all-including you. Better yet, golden opportunities are like powerful magnets that attract all the resources you need to succeed. People who started with nothing-like Dhirubhai Ambani, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Sunil Mittal and Bill Gates-all leveraged the power of golden opportunities to make it big.

    But there’s a catch. Because golden opportunities are golden on the inside, not on the outside, people usually miss them. For the first time, Richard M. Rothman provides you with a simple and proven process to see and choose golden opportunities. Based on over three decades of research, The Power of Opportunity is your roadmap to achieve the kind of success that you’ve never dreamed possible.

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    In this collection of satirical essays in her deft, inimitable style, Naomi Datta tells you how to survive various situations-from how to befriend tiger moms to how not to get a pink slip- simply by being ‘ordinary’. This is a book which celebrates conformity and tells you how to be perfectly regular, to blend in and be largely forgettable. It is a fine art-moderation. This book will hold up a mirror to all of us, and we may not like what we see.

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    ‘An excellent account of the Vedic wedding […] Amrutur Srinivasan has written a fine book.’ – Prof. Subhash Kak, Louisiana State University
    An immensely accessible guide, The Vedic Wedding will take you to the roots of the Hindu wedding ceremony, on a journey of its evolution from the Rig Vedic times to the present day. A.V. Srinivasan brings the best of his experiential wisdom as a Hindu priest and scholar in the US in uniquely accessible explanations of each ritual of the traditional ceremony, along with a wealth of knowledge about their origin, variations and significance. One of its kind, this book will help you understand and appreciate, as well as execute, the traditional Vedic wedding ceremony and get a flavour of India’s wedding culture, its true meaning and significance.

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    As parents, we all face fear and doubt about bringing up children. It helps to have a guide who can prepare and take us through every single aspect of the formative years. You can rely on All You Need to Know about Parenting to be your guide, best friend and window into this world, knowing you’re not the only one who’s on this incredibly difficult but also rewarding journey. From the day you step into the hospital and welcome your baby to the time they become toddlers, this book will help you develop your parenting instinct.
    With practical, handy tips on topics such as introducing a sleep schedule, travelling with a child, weaning and advice on raising two children together, this book will see you through every sleepless night and temper tantrum.

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