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Eleven New Releases From HarperCollins India


Blood for Blood

Author: Terry Milewski

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227660

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 256

Price: £18.99

This book expands on the author’s viral report, ‘Khalistan: A Project of Pakistan’, in which he argued that Pakistan, for its own purposes, had always supported the Sikh movement for an independent Khalistan. The book adds surprising detail to the feebleness with which India’s western allies met the continuing challenge of the Khalistan/Pakistan project.

The book traces the rise of diaspora militants like Talwinder Singh Parmar, the Vancouver-based founder of the Babbar Khalsa terrorist group, and his deputy, Ajaib Singh Bagri, who orchestrated the 1985 ‘Kanishka’ bomb plot which killed 329 passengers and crew aboard Air-India Flight 182. It provides details of how the Khalistan struggle has played out over the decades in Canada, the United Kingdom and India, with the active support of Pakistan and lately, China.

 

COVID and Post-COVID Recovery

Author: Dr. Vishakha Shivdasani

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354224119

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 76

Price: £6.50

At a time when COVID-19 has gripped our world, forcing us to frantically search for the best ways to survive and thrive, Dr Vishakha Shivdasani shares her 6-Point Plan to help us accomplish just that.

Using the same principles of healing that have helped thousands of her patients reverse chronic lifestyle diseases, Dr Shivdasani (popularly known as DoctorVee) has developed a new protocol that will show us how to expedite recovery from COVID-19, reduce the chances of post-COVID complications and recover from them. This protocol also works on new COVID strains that are emerging.

Offering practical strategies that are easy to implement, Covid and PostCovid Recovery is an essential read.

 

Legal Fiction: A Novel

Author: Chandan Pandey and Bharatbhooshan Tiwari

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227509

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 168

Price: £11.99

‘Legal fiction’: A rule assuming as true something that is clearly false. Often used to get around the provisions of constitutions and legal codes.

A late-night phone call from his ex-girlfriend Anasuya forces writer Arjun Kumar to leave his wife and home in Delhi and travel to the mofussil town of Noma on the UP-Bihar border. The reason – Anasuya’s husband, Rafique Neel, a college professor and theatre director, has mysteriously disappeared. Soon after he arrives, Arjun realizes that things are not as they seem: the police are refusing to register a missing-persons case, Rafique’s student Janaki has also disappeared, and the locals are determined to turn it into a case of ‘love jihad’. And when Arjun begins to dig deeper, what he finds endangers him and everyone around him.

Set in today’s India, Legal Fiction is a brilliant existential thriller and a chilling parable of our times.

 

Lifestyle Diet – Straight from My Heart

Author: Rohini Patil

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354220463

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 280

Price: £11.99

‘Diet’ is an overused and underrated word, and people don’t realize the importance of diet as one of the indispensable components of a holistic lifestyle. This book talks about the various components that contribute to a healthy lifestyle that are unique in their own ways. It starts from gut health and makes its way to the superfoods that are the most talked about nowadays. It shares some of the practical techniques and some very handy checklists to make your lifestyle diet work.

The icing on the cake is definitely the 101 diet plans that cater to all kinds of lifestyles. With a section on the importance of meditation and pranayama as well, The Lifestyle Diet is a culmination of the author’s several years of practice in the fields of diet, nutrition, fitness, mental health, and overall lifestyle.

 

Holy Censorship or Mistranslation? Love, Gender and Sexuality in the Bible

Author: K. Renato Lings

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354225413

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 332

Price: £17.55

The Supreme Court of India decriminalized same-sex relationships in a landmark ruling in 2018, but there is a long way to go before societal attitudes change. One hurdle often cited is that religion, which has a pervasive hold on people’s mindsets, is believed to take a conservative view of such matters. Holy Censorship or Mistranslation? does a close reading of the Bible and its translations and shows that negative Christian attitudes to sexuality are not rooted in the sacred text but in centuries of tradition.

Mistranslations into Greek, Latin and other languages that occurred early, and the serious errors that continue to be committed by translators today, are also responsible for misplaced controversies. Combining meticulous scholarship with an accessible style, this book offers essential learning into a subject that affects millions today.

 

A Kashmiri Century – Portrait of a Society in Flux

Author: Khemlata Wakhlu

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354223280

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 384

Price: £18.99

A Kashmiri Century is a powerful and rare compilation of human-interest stories. Spanning a full century, it throws a compassionate light on the innocent and hard-working people who live in the beautiful valley of Kashmir. The stories are all based on the author’s personal experiences, and her intimate understanding of what it means to be a Kashmiri-speaking native.

They cover the period from the late 19th century to the present day. None of the available political treatises have ever delved deeply into the sociological and the human sides of living in the valley. The author’s intimate insights into Kashmiri society, its evolution in an enticing, remote valley, and how her people dealt with Kashmir’s bitter and tempestuous history, are sprinkled liberally across the book.

 

The Ocean’s Own

Author: Nandini Sengupta

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789353579654

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 216

Price: £11.99

An empire that stretches from coast to coast is not enough for the son of Chandragupta. All he desires: to conquer the untameable oceans beyond.

338 CE. A young ruler defeats the Naga kings of the north before claiming Kanchi in a powerful attack none had anticipated. It is his latest conquest that brings him closer to the ocean he seeks to control – and to Angai: a young woman unlike any he has ever known. Sharp-witted, with an even sharper tongue, she has the conqueror’s ear … and his heart. With her by his side, he prepares to do what even his father could not have dreamed of. To ensure the world would never forget the name Samudragupta.

The final book in the enthralling Gupta Empire trilogy, The Ocean’s Own tells the story of a king who dared to take his sword to the seas.

 

Breaking the Mould – Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

Author: Sanjeev Chopra & Ankur Bisen

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354220302

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 530

Price: £17.50

Breaking the Mould attempts to put under scrutiny the brick-kiln sector of India, with an intent of seeking change in the lives of the brick-kiln workers of India. The essays delve into the various aspects, such as health, migration, human rights, gender equality, sexual violence, among others. At the same time, the book ensures that the sector’s adverse impact on the environment due to its archaic practices is discussed as well to bring about change.

 

Royal Textiles Of Mewar

Author: Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation and Jyoti Jasol and Anamika Pathak and Smita Singh and Rosemary Crill and Neil Greentree

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354223303

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 280

Price: £79.50

The book opens a window into the royal world of Mewar and show us how the textiles and attire of the Mewar court through the ages. It also includes sections on the documentation and cataloguing of these royal costumes and textiles, the animal trappings at the Mewar court, and the Mewar textile regalia associated with the many rituals and festivals of the region. Interspersed with glorious photographs and detailed commentary, this is a musthave for any lover of textiles, fashion and, of course, history. As a bonus, the book also contains a detailed catalogue of the various costumes and dresses worn by the men and women of the court.

 

Sauptik – Blood and Flowers

Author: Amruta Patil

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227691

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 256

Price: £24.50

Sauptik: Blood and Flowers is a revisionist retelling of some of our oldest tales which have inspired and guided generations of people. The sequel to Adi Parva, which was chosen as one of 2012’s Best Graphic Novels by comic book historian Paul Gravett, this book combines breath-taking art with classic storytelling. Based on the Mahabharata, the Puranas and the tradition of oral storytellers, Sauptik is also very contemporary.

The narrative, with its lush visuals, emphasizes, over and over, our forgotten connection with the soil, with rivers, with forests, with fire. In book one, Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean, the celestial river Ganga narrates events from the beginning of time and in its sequel, Sauptik: Blood and Flowers, Ashwatthama carries the story forward after surviving the Kurukshetra battle.

 

Adi Parva – Churning of the Ocean

Author: Amruta Patil

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227615

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 276

Price: £24.50

Adi Parva is a graphic novel based on the Mahabharat and the oral tradition of ancient India. Adi Parva draws from the classic Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharat, and the Vishnu Purana. In it, the celestial river Ganga narrates the events from the beginning of time. The story is played out by a medley of characters ranging from gods to sages, queens to seers, hermits to seductresses and kings to warriors as they come together in this graphic retelling of Hindu mythology.

This epic graphic novel depicts timeless events such as the churning of the sea, the snake sacrifice of Janmejaya and the first time the queen Gandhari wears a blindfold. The book combines breath-taking art with classic storytelling to paint the picture of a tale which has inspired and guided several hundred generations of people throughout the history of India.