Siachen, 1987: Battle For The Frozen Frontier

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TITLE: Siachen, 1987: Battle For The Frozen Frontier

AUTHOR(S): Lt Gen. Ramesh Kulkarni, Anjali Karpe

PRICE: £17.50 UK / $28.95 US

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 15th December 2022 (UK), 28th February 2023 (US)

ISBN: 9789356294721

NUMBER OF PAGES: 280

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins

GENRE: History

BINDING: Paperback

RIGHTS: World

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The commander depends on his troops for the actual execution of plans, but the burden of decision-making rests with him. He will bask in the glory of success, but he must also face the brunt of failure.

In 1984, amid escalating tensions at the border between India and Pakistan, the Indian Army raised the 28 Infantry Division in Ladakh, which was responsible for safeguarding the entire northern stretch of the Indian border, including the Line of Control with Pakistan and the Tibetan/Chinese area of the Karakoram Pass.

Siachen, 1987: Battle for the Frozen Frontier tells the story of Lt Gen. Ramesh Kulkarni’s command of this infantry division, giving readers the rare opportunity to view the Siachen glacier and the army’s involvement in the region through the lens of a commander.

This memoir gives a blow-by-blow account of the important combat operations during Kulkarni’s tenure – Operation Rajiv, in which the Quaid Post held by Pakistan was captured; and Operation Vajr Shakti, undertaken to thwart the Pakistani attempt to capture Bilafond La. In addition to the thrilling descriptions of military prowess, the book also touches upon the human cost of the Siachen conflict: being expected to thrive in treacherous terrain and an environment that has claimed innumerable lives.

Gritty and heartfelt, this is a tale of survival on the world’s highest battlefield.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lt Gen. Ramesh Kulkarni was commissioned in the Garhwal Rifles Infantry in June 1956. Gen. Kulkarni commanded a battalion of the Garhwal Rifles in high altitude areas of Arunachal Pradesh in 1971-73 and was the Commandant of the Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre from 1979-81. He then commanded an Infantry Brigade in the northern areas of Nagaland during the counterinsurgency from 1981-83. He went on to command an Infantry Division from 1987-89. In the course of his tenure, Gen Kulkarni was the recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

Anjali Karpe is the Deputy Head and Head of student life at the Bombay International School in Mumbai. She teaches English literature and history to secondary and high school students.independent book seller

Breaking Barriers

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TITLE: Breaking Barriers

AUTHOR: Nafees Fazal with Sandhya Mendonca

PRICE: £29.99 UK / $49.50 US

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 12th December 2022 (UK), 20th February 2023 (US)

ISBN: 9788195678686

GENRE: Autobiography

NUMBER OF PAGES: 232

BINDING: Hardback

SIZE: 23.5cm X 16cm X 2.5cm

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

In this tell-all book, Nafees Fazal, a former minister from Karnataka and the first Muslim woman minister in south India, comes out with remarkable candour about her life—from her troubled childhood, her tumultuous political journey, and her personal beliefs as a modern woman and a devout Muslim who reads the namaz daily. This book is as much about her life as it is about the role of women in Indian politics, especially women from the Minorities. Anyone with an interest in women’s empowerment, the underbelly of Indian politics, the challenges faced by progressive women in politics, and who believes in equality should read this book. Nafees bares the dark and sunny sides of her life and her political views with forthrightness.

From encounters with godmen to escapades in train compartments, through riots, emotional trauma and a rolling pin-wielding mother-in-law, and more, Nafees recounts her story in an engaging narrative.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

NAFEES FAZAL is the first Muslim woman minister from South India. As Minister in the Government of Karnataka, she held various portfolios such as Medical Education, Science & Technology and Indian System of Medicine, and Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Finance Development Corporation. She was a Member of the Karnataka Legislative Council (MLC) for 12 years. She is a philanthropist and involved in social work, especially in the areas of education and health.

SANDHYA MENDONCA is an author, a journalist-turned-media entrepreneur, and a cultural evangelist. She is the founder & chief editor of Raintree Media and the founder/festival director of India’s first multi-arts women’s cultural festival, ‘Under the Raintree’. She has several noteworthy books to her credit including Disrupt & Conquer: How TTK Prestige Became a Billion Dollar Company and Reva EV: India’s Green Gift to the World.independent book seller

A History Of Indian Philosophy

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TITLE: A History Of Indian Philosophy

SUB-TITLE: (Vol. I) Philosophy of Buddhist, Jaina and Six Systems of Indian Thought

(Vol. II)  Sankara School of Vedanta, Yogavasistha and Bhagavadgita

(Vol. III)  Principal Dualistic and Pluralistic Systems

(Vol. IV) The Philosophy of the Bhagavata Purana, Madhva, Vallabha and Gaudiya School of Vaisnavism

(Vol. V) Southern School of Saivism

AUTHOR: Surendranath Dasgupta

PRICE: (Vol. I) £25.99 (UK), $31.47 (US)

(Vol. II) £29.99 (UK), $36.31 (US)

(Vol. III) £25.99 (UK), $31.47 (US)

(Vol. IV) £21.99 (UK), $26.62 (US)

(Vol. V) £11.99 (UK), $14.52 (US)

(Complete 5 Vols. Set Price) £101.50 (UK),

PUBLISHER: Motilal Banarsidass International

EDITION: Paperback

ISBN: (Vol. I)    978-93-92510-55-7

(Vol. II)   978-93-92510-60-1

(Vol. III)  978-93-92510-61-8

(Vol. IV)  978-93-92510-62-5

(Vol. V)   978-93-92510-63-2

DATE PUBLISHED: 12th December 2022 (UK), 20th February 2023 (US)

NO. OF PAGES: (Vol. I) – 528

(Vol. II) – 620

(Vol. III) – 614

(Vol. IV – 483

(Vol. V) – 204

RIGHTS: World

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The work appears in five volumes.

Vol. 1 comprises Buddhist and Jaina Philosophy and the six systems of Hindu thought, viz., Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Mimamsa and Vedanta.

Vol. II completes studies in the Sankara School of Vedanta. It also contains the philosophy of the Yogavasistha, the Bhagavadgita and speculations in the medical schools.

Vol. III contains an elaborate account of the principal dualistic and pluralistic systems such as the philosophy of the Pancaratra, Bhaskara, Yamuna, Ramanuja, Nimbarka, Vijnananbhiksu and philosophical speculations of some of the selected Puranas.

Vol. IV deals with the Bhagavata Purana, Madhva and his School, Vallabha, Caitanya, Jiva Gosvami and Baladeva Vidyabhusana.

Vol. V treats the sounthern schools of Saivism, viz., Saiva Siddanta, Vira Saivism, philosophy of Srikantha, Saiva Philosophy in the Puranas and in some important texts.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Prof. Surendranath Dasgupta, C.I.E., I.E.S., Ph.D. (Cal. et Cantab), D. Litt. (Hony, Rome), was the Principal, Government Sanskrit College, Calcutta and King George Vth Professor of Mental Moral Science, Calcutta University. He represented Cambridge University at the Congress of Philosophy in Paris in 1921 and the Calcutta University at the International Congress of Religion in London in 1936 and in Paris in 1939. Among his several works a few are mentioned : A study of Patanjali, Yoga Philosophy in Relation to Other Systems of Indian Thoughts, Yoga as Philosophy and Religion, Hindu Mysticism, Indian Idealism, Philosophical Essays, A History of Sanskrit Literature and Religion and Rational Outlook.

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Urdu Poetry

TITLE: Urdu Poetry, 1935-1970

AUTHOR: Carlo Coppola

PRICE: £17.99 UK / $29.95 US

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017

ISBN: 9780199403493

GENRE: Non-fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 700

BINDING: Hardback

PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

This book attempts to determine the nature and meaning of the term ‘progressivism’ and assess its significance in the larger context of Urdu literature and, ultimately, South Asian literature. It investigates the emergence of the Progressive Movement in the subcontinent along with the indigenous and foreign influences: literary, historical, intellectual, and philosophical which set the stage for the Progressive Movement.

Contrary to the belief held by some critics that the progressive movement was mostly if not entirely, derived from English and Russian sources and influences, this study indicates that strong indigenous elements contributed equally, if not more, to the movement.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carlo Coppola is Professor Emeritus of Hindi-Urdu and linguistics at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA. An award-winning teacher and mentor, he has served as Director at the University’s Centre for International Programs. In 1963 he co-founded Mahfil, A Quarterly of South Asian Literature, later retitled as Journal of South Asian Literature. Up until 2002, the magazine served as a major pioneering outlet for South Asian literature translated into English.

Coppola’s translations of South Asian (mostly Urdu) poetry and fiction are numerous, often done in collaboration with authors. Besides publishing scores of literary articles, he is editor of three books: Marxist Influences and South Asian Literature, Anthology of Mohan Rakesh, and Critical Perspectives on Socialist Realism in Asian Literature. Also to his credit are publications of groundbreaking interviews of eminent literary figures including Faiz Ahmed Faiz, N. M. Rashed, Ismat Chughtai, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Amrita Pritam (Punjabi), Umashankar Joshi (Gujarati), G. Sankara Kurup (Malayalam), Khushwant Singh (English), and Mohan Rakesh (Hindi).

Carlo Coppola is now settled in Los Angeles. He is working as Senior Docent at one of the most distinguished museums, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where he gives guided tours on collections of Islamic and South Asian art. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he teaches various courses on World Literature and Food History.

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Constitutional And Political History Of Pakistan: Third Edition

TITLE: Constitutional And Political History Of Pakistan: Third Edition

AUTHOR: Hamid Khan

PRICE: £37.50 UK / $61.95 US

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017

ISBN: 9780199406098

GENRE: Non-fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 842

BINDING: Paperback

PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

It has been seven decades since the independent state of Pakistan was carved out of British India, yet the country is still in pursuit of a suitable constitutional framework. Over this period of time, no other country has experimented with so many different constitutional forms, from parliamentary democracy to presidential form of government, to outright military regimes.

This book analyses constitutional development in Pakistan from its inception to present times. It provides a case-by-case account of constitution-making in Pakistan, with the inclusion of all pertinent documentation. Constitutional developments have been explained in the context of social and political events that shaped them. The book focuses on constitutional and political history, and constitutional development concurrently. It includes a liberal humanitarian reading of the travails of lawmakers and the role of generals, judges, politicians, and bureaucrats in the implementation of law.

Students of law, political science, and history, as well as lawyers, judges, and professors will find this book of particular value. Being grounded in a socio-political context, this book is also of interest to the general reader.

The third edition is updated to cover the constitutional and political developments uptil 2013.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hamid Khan is Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a founding partner of a leading Pakistani law firm, Cornelius, Lane & Mufti. He is former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (2001–3), and the Lahore High Court Bar Association (1992–3). He regularly lectures on various legal subjects at the University of the Punjab, Civil Services Academy, Administrative Staff College, and the National Institute of Public Administration. He is an Ebert and DAAD Fellow, and a member of The Hague Academy of International Law. His other publications include The Islamic Law of Inheritance (OUP 2007), Principles of Administrative Law (OUP 2012), and A History of the Judiciary in Pakistan (OUP 2016).independent book seller

Sambhaji

TITLE: Sambhaji

AUTHOR: Vishwas Patil

PRICE: £23.99 UK / $27.29 US

DATE OF PUBLICATION: November 2022

GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 538

BINDING: Paperback

TERRITORY: World

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

A MASSIVE BESTSELLER THAT HAS SOLD OVER 1,000,000 COPIES IN MARATHI.

Even as a child, Sambhaji has known he must stand alone. His mother died when he was barely two, and his father was always absent—chasing his own dream of ‘Swaraj’, fighting to keep the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb at bay. As the eldest son, Sambhaji is the true heir to Shivaji. He is valorous, wise and has the makings of a capable statesman. But there are dark forces at play in the palace.

Shivaji’s other queen, Soyrabai, is scheming to place her son Rajaram on the throne, and she has the support of several ministers whose misdemeanours Sambhaji is determined to expose. On 3 April 1680, Shivaji dies unexpectedly, and it is finally time for Sambhaji to rise to the challenge. He must now fight Aurangzeb, who has spent twenty years trying to smoke out the ‘mountain rat’, and whose presence in the Deccan poses an increasingly grave threat to the Maratha empire. And what could be better than the enemy’s own brother-in-law willing to hand him the rat on a platter.

Cinematic and ambitious in its scope, this is a keenly researched and splendidly executed period drama about one man’s struggle to preserve his father’s legacy and of the price extracted by the throne and the homeland.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vishwas Patil is one of the most acclaimed Marathi writers today.

He has written iconic novels like Ranangan, Chandramukhi, Pangira, Zadazadati, Panipat and Sambhaji. He received the Nath Madhav Award and the Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad Award for Panipat; the Priyadarshini National Award, the Vikhe Patil Award and the Sahitya Akademi Award for Zhadazdati; and the Gadkari Award for Mahanayak.

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Modi’s India: Hindu Nationalism And The Rise Of Ethnic Democracy

TITLE: Modi’s India: Hindu Nationalism And The Rise Of Ethnic Democracy

AUTHOR: Christophe Jaffrelot

PRICE: £26.99 UK / $30.70 US

DATE OF PUBLICATION: November 2022

ISBN: 9789395767248

GENRE: Non-fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 656

BINDING: Paperback

TERRITORY: Indian Sub.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

A RIVETING ACCOUNT OF HOW A POPULARLY ELECTED LEADER HAS STEERED THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOCRACY TOWARD AUTHORITARIANISM AND INTOLERANCE

Over the past two decades, Hindu nationalism has been coupled with a form of national populism that has proved to be potent at the polls—first in Gujarat and then in India at large. One man has been the driver of this change: Narendra Modi. He evolved a highly personalized political style, seducing Indians with the promise of development on the one hand and polarizing the electorate along ethno-religious lines on the other. Both facets of his particular national-populism were communicated directly to voters through numerous and diverse channels of communication that have come to saturate the public space.

Drawing on original interviews conducted across India, Christophe Jaffrelot shows how Modi’s government has moved India toward a new form of democracy: an ethnic democracy that equates the majoritarian community with the nation and relegates Muslims and
Christians to second-class citizens who are fair targets for vigilante groups. This muscular Hindu nationalism thrives on attacks against secularists, intellectuals, universities, and NGOs. Jaffrelot explains how the political system of India has acquired authoritarian features for other reasons too. Eager to govern not only in New Delhi, but also in the states, the government has centralized power at the expense of federalism and undermined institutions that were part of the checks and balances.

Modi’s India is a sobering account of how a once-vibrant democracy has gone wrong.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christophe Jaffrelot is director of research at CERI-SciencesPo/CNRS in Paris, professor of Indian politics and sociology at King’s College London, and a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

His books include The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience and Business and Politics in India (co-edited with Atul Kohli and Kanta Murali).

He lives in Le Chesnay, France.

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Dancing With Birds

TITLE: Dancing With Birds

AUTHOR: Bulbul Sharma

ISBN: 9789354472893

PRICE: UK – £9.99, US $11.38

PUBLISHING DATE: 30 October 2022

CATEGORY: Picture Book

NUMBER OF PAGES: 20

BINDING: Paperback

TERRITORY: World

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

I dance
I sing
I jump up and down
My head goes around
Like the wise owl.

Have you ever tried to dance with birds? The grumbling little lorikeet, the owl who can move his head every way, the woodpecker with the rhythmic pecking, the quarrelsome crow and the fierce eagle?

Dance your way into a colourful and magical world of birds in this beautifully illustrated poetry book by artist and writer Bulbul Sharma

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bulbul Sharma is a writer and an artist. She teaches art to children with special needs. She is the author of a number of books for adults and children. She lives mostly in the hills where she loves going on bird-watching and talking-to-trees excursions.

War Of Lanka

TITLE: War Of Lanka

AUTHOR: Amish Tripathi

PRICE: UK – £16.99, US – $27.95

PUBLISHING DATE: 30 October 2022 (UK), 15 December 2022 (US)

ISBN: 9789356291522

CATEGORY: FICTION & RELATED/ MYTH & LEGEND

NUMBER OF PAGES: 504

FORMAT: Paperback

RIGHTS: World

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

LANKA WILL BURN. DARKNESS WILL PERISH.
BUT CAN LIGHT ENDURE?
INDIA, 3400 BCE.

Greed. Rage. Grief. Love. Smouldering tinder, waiting to trigger a war.

But this war is different. This one is for Dharma. This war is for the greatest Goddess of them all.

Sita has been kidnapped. Defiantly, she dares Raavan to kill her – she’d rather die than allow Ram to surrender.

Ram is beside himself with grief and rage. He prepares for war. Fury is his fuel. Calm focus, his guide.
Raavan thought he was invincible. He thought he’d negotiate and force a surrender. Little did he know…

The first three books of the second-fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history – the Ram Chandra Series – explore the individual journeys of Ram, Sita and Raavan. In this, the epic fourth book of the series, their narrative strands crash into each other, and explode in a slaughterous war.

Will Ram defeat the ruthless and fiendish Raavan, constrained as he is by the laws of Dharma? Will Lanka burn to a cinder or fight back like a cornered tiger? Will the terrible costs of war be worth the victory?

Most importantly, will the Vishnu rise? And will the real enemies of the land fear the Vishnu? For fear is the mother of love.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amish is a 1974-born, IIM (Kolkata)-educated banker-turned-author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up his career in financial services to focus on writing. Besides being an author, he is also an Indian-government diplomat, a host for TV documentaries, and a film producer. Amish is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into over 20 languages. His Shiva Trilogy is the fastest selling and his Ram Chandra Series the second fastest selling book series in Indian publishing history.

 

Sanatana Dharma

TITLE: Sanatana Dharma

AUTHOR: G.C. Tripathi

PRICE:  UK – £27.99, US $30.19

PUBLISHER: Motilal Banarsidass International

ISBN-13: 978-93-92510-89-2

EDITION: Hardback

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30 October 2022

NUMBER OF PAGES: 275

RIGHTS: World

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

This jewel of the book on the fundamental doctrines and the basis principles of Hinduism was prepared more than a hundred years ago by a group of established scholars of the subject at the request of Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya Ji, the founder of Benares Hindu University.

It was to serve as compulsory – although subsidiary – reading for every student who was studying at the University irrespective of the field or subject of his or her study.

The Present book is an excellent introduction not only to the moral and ethical values of the Hinduism, but also to the beliefs and the multiple religious rites which an adherent of this religion, the sanatana-dharma or Hinduism, is supposed to perform on different occasions, daily, monthly, annually or on other particular occasions along with the rituals accompanying them.

It also sheds light on the main body of its philosophical tenets like the theory of the immortality of the soul, the theory of Karman, the system of re-birth and the nature of final salvation (moksha) etc.

The best part of the book is that every statement and the performance of each rite is corroborated by appropriate quotations from religious texts making the book very authentic and dependable.