‘Escape To Nowhere’ by Amar Bhusan

Escape To Nowhere

Author: Amar Bhusan

Publisher: Konark Publishers

ISBN: 9789322008208

Date: July 2021

No. of Pages: 52

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Price: £15.99 / $26.50

A whistleblower nervously drops in to share his suspicion about a senior colleague’s involvement in espionage with Jeevnathan, head of the security division of the Agency, India’s External Intelligence Service. An inquiry is promptly launched and Ravi, the suspect is placed under an elaborate regime of surveillance.

The investigation subsequently throws up a huge amount of evidence, showing the suspect stealing sensitive data. As panic sets in, investigators acrimoniously debate whether to allow the suspect to walk free or physically force him to own up his crime. For Jeevnathan, the problem also is how to keep the tiring watchers going and persuade an edgy Chief to stay on course. As the story enters 96th Day, paradoxical consequences follow.

Loosely inspired by a true incident that took place in 2004 when a senior intelligence officer suspected of being a spy for decades vanished, the story also treats us to a rare insight into the state of security awareness of employees in the Agency, constraints in conducting aggressive operations, pitfalls in liaison relationship, competing interests of intelligence services, hazards in co-ordination of intelligence inputs and the Kashmir imbroglio.

Amar Bhushan served as Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat before he retired in 2005. There was never a dull moment in his career that spanned nearly four decades and engaged him in various shades of policing, investigation and intelligence. However, due to his compulsive habit of dissenting, his passion to experiment with new and bold ideas, his penchant for rallying behind lost causes and his intense dislike for stereotypes, he always remained an outsider in his profession. He now lives in Jasidih, a sleepy village in the state of Jharkhand.

Six New Releases From Niyogi Books

BANARAS

  • Of Gods, Humans and Stories.

Author: Nilosree Biswas & Irfan Nabi

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-89136-77-7

Date: July 2021

No. of Pages: 240

Genre: Travel/Culture/Religion

Price: £52.50

A cascading effect of events unravels in Banaras: on its ghats and in its lanes. Myriad lanes emerge like an umbilical cord out of the ghats to the womb of the sacred geography, to the infinite spots where the believers pause to experience the divine. Its waterfront, a grid of staircase leads one’s vision up and the eye meets a world that is frantic of the mundane and magnum opus, a scene that appears chaotic yet in sync.

In Banaras: Of Gods, Humans and Stories, Nilosree and Irfan discern the engaging narrative of a unique chromosome that makes Banaras. Traversing within the maze, its sacred topography, craft traditions, and gastronomic plethora, the book examines the tenets of its weave. There is a singular, unified, and unstoppable momentum to all this—akin to the unfolding of a scroll of a painting.

 

JOHN LANG

  • Wanderer of Hindoostan, Slanderer in Hindoostanee, Lawyer for the Ranee

Author: Amit Ranjan

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-91125-05-9

Date: July 2021

No. of Pages: 472

Genre: Biography/History

Price: £23.99

This book is in pursuit of Alice, whose name rhymes with ‘galluse’. That, however, is another memory, another book, waiting to germinate. John Lang (1816-1864), inebriated on John Exshaw, a cognac, eau de vie, most of his adult life, was a dogged underdog from Sydney; he spared no effort to hurt the John Company (East India Company). He lived in India after the age of 26 and was a prolific writer, journalist, and lawyer.

His novels were too feminist for Victorian comfort, and his white male protagonists are often described by the narrator as in love with India, in despise with England. As a journalist, he was irreverent toward the army and legal systems; modern journalists can take a lesson or two from Mr Lang. As a lawyer, John Lang learnt Persian and Urdu fast to be able to argue cases in lower courts. He fought some important cases for Indians against the Company, and even won some of them. The establishment, however, found a way to send him to jail. The Rani of Jhansi was impressed and invited him to be her lawyer.

 

Five Novellas About Women

Author: Indira Goswami

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-91125-07-3

Date: July 2021

No. of Pages: 176

Genre: Fiction

Price: £14.99

ndira Goswami is a great literary writer of her generation and a feminist icon. Most of her major works have been translated from Assamese into English; however some of her works are yet to be discovered by a larger audience. These five novellas represent a cross-section of her writing, with a special focus on women.

Sensitively translated, with detailed notes on the translation, these stories bring to light the human condition that Indira Goswami portrayed in her writing. The lives of the rural poor, the situation of widows, the plight of the urban underclass and various social constraints under which people are forced to live are depicted in these impactful narratives.

 

mahanadi

  • a novel about the river

Author: Anita Agnihotri

Publisher: Niyogi Booka

ISBN: 978-93-89136-79-1

Date: July 2021

No. of Pages: 488

Genre: Eco-fiction

Price: £17.99

One of the largest rivers of India, Mahanadi originates from the foothills of the Sihaoa mountain of Chhattisgarh and flows for a thousand kilometres through Chhattisgarh and Odisha, finally immersing in the Bay of Bengal at Jagatsinghpur. But its journey never ends, as it flows daily from the plateau to the forest to the ravine to the plains. It unites with the sea every day. At every new turn, it leaves behind scores of villages, towns and cities. The din and bustle of a mofussil town, the solitary life in a standalone village, people’s struggle for survival, the episodes of their joys and sorrows, the sighs of the displaced people of Sambalpur during the building of the Hirakud dam mixes with the cries of the endangered people on the banks when the river overflows.

In this novel, the tale of the river is entwined with the people through vignettes of their dynamic lives that are infused with myths, legends and archaeological anecdotes. Characters like Malati Gond, Neelkantha, Kuber, Bhanu Shitulia, Parvati and others might never meet each other, but the story of their lives will remain strung together by the common thread of the ever-flowing Mahanadi.

 

One Love And The Many Lives Of Osip B.

Author: C.P. Surendran

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-91125-12-7

Date: July 2021

No. of Pages: 372

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Dysopia

Price: £21.50

Osip Bala Krishnan is a student at a boarding school in Kasauli, who falls in love with his English teacher, Elizabeth. Named after the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam by his Stalinist grandfather—with whom Osip shares a unique mental condition that often causes him to hallucinate incidents of Russia in the mid-20th century—he is determined to find Elizabeth, after she disappears. In the process, Osip unravels the secrets of why his grandfather pretends he cannot remember his past.

Osip’s journey is aided by his friend, Anand, a god-man on the make; Arjun Bedi, an iconoclastic writer disintegrating under harassment allegations; and the corpse of the school priest, which Osip and Anand kidnap to extort seed money for their adventures.

Through a clutch of dramatic characters, the plot traces and connects contemporary themes of transgressive relationships, gender politics, nationalism, individual freedom and group rights, fake news, and power. Sad, funny, and insightful, the novel asks: Can a dysfunctional young man survive in a deranged world, our world?

 

The Most Incredible Olympic Stories

Author: Luciano Wernicke

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-91125-14-1

Date: July 2021

No. of Pages: 230

Genre: July 2021

Price: £17.99

The Most Incredible Olympic Stories maps down the phenomenal journey of this marvellous event through time immemorial—from its genesis to its glory days—with the lore of myth, magic, and gallantry in every turn of its long walked path, where dirty politics went hand in hand with fair play, the universal the fraternity was welcomed in the backdrop of genocide, a strong woman often denounced of having male genitalia, fair skin dared to disobey White norms, the dark horse failed to surprise and the unpredictable often surprised.

Read in 15 languages, Luciano has already unearthed numerous stories of sports that have crossed many skies, unveiling the myths behind them. This time he curates the oldest sporting tale—a tale that becomes the narrative of modern civilization.

‘Textbook of Medical Parasitology’ by Sumeeta Khurana & Abhishek Mewara

Textbook of Medical Parasitology

Author: Sumeeta Khurana / Abhishek Mewara

Publisher: Universities Press

ISBN: 978-93-89211-894

Date: July 2021

No. of Pages: 384

Genre: Medical Sciences

Price: £22.50/$36.99

The Textbook of Medical Parasitology is a handy guide for workers in the field and is aimed at equipping them with the specialised skills, scientific information and research tools that would enable them to understand parasitism as a biological phenomenon and its relevance to human disease. The book is also well-aligned with the clinical approach prescribed by the new undergraduate medical curriculum. Parasites are individually dealt with according to the body systems they affect, viz. intestinal, blood or tissue parasites, but are grouped according to their taxonomic statuses. Thus, the book has a clinical orientation without compromising on the conventional principles of medical parasitology.

Dr Sumeeta Khurana is a professor in the Department of Medical Parasitology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. After completing her MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, she pursued her MD in Microbiology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. She is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology and the International Medical Science Academy, and was a WHO Fellow at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. She is Joint Editor of the Journal of Tropical Parasitology and is on the editorial board of several other journals. She is also a member of various international and national scientific organisations. Dr Khurana has over two decades of teaching experience and has guided several MD and PhD students, undertaken many research projects on parasitic diseases and published over 100 research papers. She has a passion for teaching, gardening, and music.

Dr Abhishek Mewara is an associate professor in the Department of Medical Parasitology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He has an MBBS degree from Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, and an MD in Microbiology from PGIMER, Chandigarh. He is a member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology and many other prestigious academic bodies. Dr Mewara has more than a decade of teaching experience. He has conducted several nationally and internationally funded research projects on parasites and has published nearly 50 papers. He enjoys music, yoga, reading and travelling.

‘People’s Linguistic Survey of India: The Languages of Chhattisgarh, Volume 7, Part II’ by G. N. Devy & Madhu Singh

People’s Linguistic Survey of India: The Languages of Chhattisgarh, Volume 7, Part II

Chief Editor: G. N. Devy

Volume Editor: Madhu Singh

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan

ISBN: 978-93-5442-079-5

Date: 29/06/21

No. of Pages: 256

Genre: Linguistics

Price: £45.99/$73.50

The Languages of Chhattisgarh (volume seven, part two) of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India discusses the Non-Scheduled languages spoken and in use in Chhattisgarh. The volume is a novel attempt to document the languages of the state– each chapter is dedicated to a language and explores its history, statistics of usage, linguistic characteristics, grammatical features, folklore, and vocabulary; multiple examples are provided to give the reader as broad a sense of the language as possible

G.N. Devy is the chief editor of the PLSI series. He taught at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, till 1996 before leaving to set up the Bhasha Research Centre in Baroda and the Adivasi Akademi at Tejgadh. There, he worked towards conserving and promoting the languages and culture of indigenous and nomadic communities. Apart from being awarded the Padma Shree, he has received many awards for his work in literature and language conservation.

Madhu Singh is Professor, Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow. She holds a PhD in modern British poetry, and her interests range from South Asian literary culture, the works of Mahasweta Devi, Hindi/Urdu Progressive writers, Modernism in Hindi short fiction, and Kabir’s mysticism, to South Asian colonial studies focusing on indigeneity, marginality and colonial representation. Her critical papers and translations have appeared in various Indian and international academic journals. She has also translated G. N. Devy’s A Nomad called Thief and Ramchandra Singh’s Thirteen Years: A Naxalite Jail Diary.

‘Introduction To Sanskrit (Part One)’ by Thomas Egenes

Introduction To Sanskrit (Part One)

Author: Thomas Egenes

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass International

ISBN: 978-93-9069-604-8 (HB), 978-81-9493-026-6 (PB)

Date: 2021 (First Revised Edition)

No. of Pages: 386 (HB), 408 (PB)

Genre: Language

Price: £36.99 (HB), £28.99 (PB)

The most important investment for any beginning Sanskrit student is a copy of Thomas Egene’s excellent Introduction to Sanskrit. This is a very competent introduction to the classical language which really suits the self-study student. It is very nicely designed and typeset, and contains may exercises, all of which have full answers. It is divided into two volumes, which are bought separately.

This book lays it all out, in easy to digest steps. It keeps it simple and helps build confidence with its repetition of nouns and verbs used in context of that lesson. The exercises with keys are helpful in testing one’s understanding. Also, it helps to do a combined study with a fried while going through this book and exercises.

‘An Anthology Of Indian English Prose’ by R.C. Prasad & J.P. Singh

An Anthology Of Indian English Prose

Author: R.C. Prasad / J.P. Singh

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass International

ISBN: 978-93-9069-635-2

Date: 2021

No. of Pages: 138

Genre: Literature

Price: £6.99

Meant as the anthology of Indian English prose is for students studying for their Honours examination in English, it includes representative writing by some of the celebrated Indian writers celebrated not only for their extra-literary attainments but also for their mastery of a variety of English which has come to be christened Indian English. We assume that there is not a reader, however ignorant, from any of the universities of India who is not familiar with these authors, some of whom are now an integral part of Indian political history.

‘The Struggle Within: A Memoir of the Emergency’ by Ashok Chakravarti

The Struggle Within: A Memoir of the Emergency

Author: Ashok Chakravarti

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227479

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 256

Genre: Memoirs

Price: £15.99 / $25.95

The Emergency lasted from 1975 to 1977. It was Independent India’s darkest hour. Over 150,000 people are said to have been arrested and kept in prison without trial for almost two years. The number of people killed in police firings or otherwise eliminated is unknown but could run into thousands. As many as eleven million are said to have been subjected to forcible family planning measures, including vasectomy.

The heroes were many, says author Ashok Chakravarti. Mostly, they were unknown. The Struggle Within is the unputdownable account of that time from one of those who fought against the Emergency and was part of the underground movement himself. Powerful, moving and revealing, this will count as one of the major accounts of that time.

Ashok Chakravarti is an economist who has been providing policy advice to countries, mainly in the African region, for the past forty years. He is the author of books published in the UK and USA, which focus on the central role of institutions in economic development. He is currently Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of Zimbabwe, based in Harare.

‘Nations and Nationalisms: A Short Introduction’ by Kaustav Chakraborty & Krishna Sen

Nations And Nationalisms: A Short Introduction

Author: Kaustav Chakraborty

Editor: Krishna Sen

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan

ISBN: 978-93-5442-056-6

Date: 15th June 2021

No. of Pages: 204

Genre: Sociology

Price: £9.99 /  $15.95

This volume is a comprehensive introduction to the idea of the nation, and offers a critical engagement with the contending manifestations of nationhood. Nations and Nationalisms provides an exhaustive overview of various theories and theorists of nationalism – from classical thinkers such as Marx and Max Weber to contemporary intellectuals like Foucault and Yael Tamir. It contextualises nationalisms by analysing a range of issues – such as globalisation, transnationalism, subnationalisms, stateless nationalisms, neo-nationalism and the cyberstate – and focuses specifically on the debates on nation-building in India.

A separate chapter surveys Indian English fiction’s negotiations with nationalism. Drawing on numerous examples from around the world, the book charts the permutations and transformations in the conceptual space of the nation.

Kaustav Chakraborty is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Southfield College, Darjeeling, West Bengal. His publications include Queering Tribal Folktales from East and Northeast India.

Krishna Sen is former Professor and Head of English at the University of Calcutta, and was the Leverhulme Visiting Professor of English at the University of Leeds. Her publications include A Short History of American Literature (Orient BlackSwan 2017).

‘Agile In Practice’ by Sudipta Malakar

Agile In Practice

Author: Sudipta Malakar

Publisher: BPB Publications

ISBN: 9789389423440

Date: 6th April 2021

No. of Pages: 314

Genre: Software Development & Engineering

Price: £21.99 / $35.95

This book is a pragmatic guidance teaching modern IT professionals how to improvise and scale up IT delivery capabilities using leading project management methodologies including Agile and Kanban. It is equipped with use-cases and hundreds of solutions and the readers will learn to examine the strength of their project management function and how to improvise it.

The book brings exclusive knowledge on several strategies to put into implementation in the event of natural disaster like Covid-19 and for future crisis management. You will be acquainted with the popular tools and technologies that your organization can make use of it for better collaboration on projects. You will learn the various project performance metrics for each of these project management methodologies. As an added advantage of this book, you can get yourself ready for one of the popular and critical professional examinations like PMP-ACP and SAFe

Sudipta Malakar is an accomplished SAP Agile Practice Area Head, Certified IT Sr. Program Manager, Agile Coach – Advanced level, Harvard Business School, USA alumnus with more than seventeen years of experience in directing SAP DEV teams in supporting many major Global fortune 500 clients in multiple large accounts.

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.