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January Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

The Woman in the Window | A.J. Finn ‘The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that really is unputdownable. The writing is smooth and often remarkable. The way Finn plays off this totally original story against a background of film noir is both delightful and chilling’ ~ Stephen King As a person…… Continue reading January Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

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How to Conduct a Same-sex Wedding Based on Indian Rituals

A wedding (vivah) in Hinduism is a rite of passage (samskara) that transforms a single entity into one half of a conjugal pair (dampatya). Being single, however, does not mean being incomplete. The idea of ‘wholeness’ in Hinduism is not necessarily a matter of the union of two bodies in marriage or even two souls in love; rather, wholeness or completeness in Hinduism can be understood as rising to the fullness of one’s true self and expanding the arena of one’s selfhood (brah – to expand, manas – the mind).

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Indian Preview: Our Top New Releases from December

2017 has come to an end and we hope this year was as wonderful for our readers as it was for us. We’d like to end this year with a bang and some of our best books have released this month. Here are the top five releases, go get your copy of these today! From…… Continue reading Indian Preview: Our Top New Releases from December

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December Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

Arrowood – Mick Finlay Away from the posh streets of Central London, where Sherlock Holmes is the go-to person to solve all things sinister, victims turn to a lesser known figure – Arrowood, a self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard, private investigator and hater of Holmes. When a man disappears under mysterious circumstances and Arrowood’s best lead…… Continue reading December Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

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November Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

The Whispering Room | Dean Koontz It’s either fight, or die… The second gripping thriller in an exciting new series featuring FBI agent Jane Hawk, from the master of suspense and New York Times No.1 bestselling author. ‘Do what you were born to do’ These are the words that ring in the mind of a…… Continue reading November Preview: The Best International Fiction & Non-fiction

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‘How does anyone know what your caste is?’ An excerpt from ‘Ants Among Elephants’

In your own town or village, everyone already knows your caste; there is no escaping it. But how do people know your caste when you go elsewhere, to a place where no one knows you? There they will ask you, “What caste are you?” You cannot avoid this question. And you cannot refuse to answer. By tradition, everyone has the right to know. If you are educated like me, if you don’t seem like a typical untouchable, then you have a choice. You can tell the truth and be ostracized, ridiculed, harassed—even driven to suicide, as happens regularly in universities.

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Indian Preview: Our Top Five New Releases

My Adventures with Satyajit Ray For those who know their Indian cinema, Shatranj Ke Khilari is film-maker Satyajit Ray’s only feature film in Hindi/Urdu and also his most expensive film, employing lavish stage design and stars of both Mumbai and Western cinema. Jindal, Ray’s young and artistically committed producer of the movie, looks back on…… Continue reading Indian Preview: Our Top Five New Releases

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Why We’re Excited About Gulzar’s Debut Novel, ‘Two’

As is true of all literary genres, the success of the novella depends not on the nature of its structure alone, but far more importantly, on the literary dexterity of the person who writes it. When Gulzar embraces the format, the novella has met a truly consummate partner. As proof, one has only to read Two.