OPERATION C-CHASE

Revisiting the Biggest Banking Scandal in History

OPERATION C-CHASE

BANK OF CREDIT AND COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL

The World’s Sleaziest Bank

Authored by B.V. KUMAR

 

Synopsis

The Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI)—the world’s sleaziest bank—had a unique criminal structure and was involved in international financial crime and espionage on a massive and global scale. It systematically bribed world leaders and prominent political figures in most of the 72 countries in which it operated. BCCI developed a strategy to infiltrate the US banking system bypassing regulatory barriers that were designed to keep it out. Due to the failure of the regulatory authorities, thousands of depositors and creditors lost millions of dollars. BCCI was actively involved in laundering billions of dollars of drug generated money for the Medellin Cartel, ruthlessly controlled by the Columbian mob led by Pablo Escobar Gaviria and Jorge Luis Ochoa Vasquez, which supplied the majority of cocaine entering the US and Europe. As a result of ‘Operation C-Chase’, clear evidence emerged to show the nexus between terrorist organizations and BCCI.

 

About the Author

  1. V. KUMAR joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1958 and held various key positions such as Director General, Revenue Intelligence; Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau; Director General, Economic Intelligence Bureau and Member, Central Board of Excise and Customs amongst others in his 35 years of service. During his tenure, many syndicates involved in organised economic crime that operated transnationally were neutralised. The Illustrated Weekly of India had dedicated its front cover (October 11-17, 1987 issue) to Kumar and described him as ‘Super Sleuth’. Kumar has represented India at various international conferences, including Interpol meetings held between 1985 and 1988. Post retirement, he has been a visiting lecturer at various institutions. He has authored five books and has several research publications to his credit. His recent work was DRI and The Dons.

 

Other Details

ISBN: 978-8194928638

Size: 19.5cm X 13cm

Price: Rs 499/-

Page Count: 304

Format: PB

Genre: Business & Money

Weight: 250gms

Pub. Month: September 2021

Best Intentions

Best Intentions

Author: Simran Dhir

Genre: Fiction

Publishing date: 30.10.2021

Territorial right: World

Price: ₹399

Publisher: Harper Collins

Number of pages: 352

Binding: Paperback

Publication year: 2021

Language: English

Best Intentions is the ambitious story of Gayatri Mehra finding freedom in her history journal whilst fighting off the pressures to find a husband. Described as sharp, acute and accomplished, this novel explores the challenges of marital pressure, family relationships and personal aspirations.

Gayatri Mehra is tired of her parents trying to find her a suitable husband. She would much rather focus on the history journal she edits and leave the happily-ever-after to Nandini
and Amar, her newly married sister and brother-in-law. But when the journal faces pressure to fall in line from the right-wing SSP headed by a corrupt godman, Gayatri is forced to seek help from Akshay Grewal, Amar’s brother and elder son of lawyer-turned-politician Gyan Singh Grewal.
Gayatri finds Akshay arrogant and unprincipled; he thinks she is naive and self-righteous. Enter Vikram Gera, a self-made banker willing to go to any lengths to break into Delhi’s elite circles, even if it means stringing Gayatri along. As Gayatri and Akshay come together to salvage the situation at the journal, they realize that their siblings’ marriage is coming undone.
Politics, ambition and hard truths collide, and familial bonds are tested. But as they navigate this complex world, Akshay and Gayatri learn that while some things can’t be fixed, love
often finds a way. BEST INTENTIONS is a sharply observed and compulsively readable novel of manners marking the arrival of an accomplished new voice.

‘This sharp, acute and accomplished debut novel . . . carries deep insights into human relationships and the social schisms and fault lines that surround us.’
NAMITA GOKHALE

Author Info:
Simran Dhir is a lawyer based in Delhi, where she lives with her husband and five-year-old son.

Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi

ADVANCE INFORMATION

 

Title: Chalo Delhi: Writings and Speeches 1943–1945, Netaji Collected Works, volume 12

Editors: Sisir K. Bose and Sugata Bose

Price: Rs 295

ISBN: 978-93-5442-041-2

Market rights: World

Edition: First

Binding: Paperback

Size: Demy Octavo

Extent: 488 (including art plates)

Colour Text: B/W

Cover: 4 Colour

Advance copies: August 2021

Complete stocks: August 2021

Co-publication: Netaji Research Bureau, Kolkata

 

If you’re looking for a life tale full of inspiration, finding freedom and independence, then this is the book for you. The story of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his travels to Southeast Asia in seek of Indian independence are all revealed in the Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi.

The Book 

After a perilous ninety-day submarine voyage, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose arrived in Southeast Asia on 6 May 1943 to lead the Indian independence movement. ‘Only when the blood of freedom loving Indians begins to flow’, he declared in one of his broadcasts in June 1943, ‘will India attain her freedom’. In his last message, on 15 August 1945, he urged faith in India’s destiny and expressed confidence that ‘India shall be free and before long’.

Volume 12 of Netaji’s Collected Works brings together all his speeches and writings as leader of the Azad Hind movement from June 1943 to August 1945. His stirring speeches in Singapore, Malaya, and Burma electrified massive audiences of civilians and soldiers, united Indians of all religions, and inspired them to join the march towards Delhi.

This volume is indispensable for all interested in modern South Asian history and politics, as well as nationalism and international relations in the twentieth century.

 

About The Editors

Sisir Kumar Bose (1920–2000) founded the Netaji Research Bureau in 1957 and was its guiding spirit until his death in 2000. A participant in the Indian freedom struggle, he was imprisoned by the British in the Lahore Fort, Red Fort and Lyallpur Jail. In the post-independence period he played a key role in preserving the best traditions of the anti-colonial movement and making possible the writing of its history.

Sugata Bose is the Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of several books on the economic, social and political history of modern South Asia.

 

The Market

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The Book of Passing Shadows

The Book of Passing Shadows

by C.V. Balakrishnan

Translated from the Malayalam Original by T. M. Yesudasan

Flexiback

228 pages

INR 350

ISBN 978-93-89136-82-1

Fiction/Family Drama

Thornbird

C. V. Balakrishnan is an Indian writer of Malayalam literature. His novels embrace a range of emotional issues from sexual politics to religion and everything inbetween. The Book of Passing Shadows embodies Balakrishnan’s unique style of writing, diving into the inner conflict between bodily temptations and spiritual aspirations.

Set in a Malabar village of Christian settlers, The Book of Passing Shadows, translated from the Malayalam original Aayusinte Pusthakam, tells the story of a family’s fall from grace, and their journey to redemption.

As the narrative unravels against the wider inner conflict between bodily temptations and spiritual aspirations, the sins of one generation seem to visit ominously upon the next. Through his journey from an innocent childhood to a ruined adolescence, Yohannan loses everyone he knows as ‘family’—a father who is a convicted felon, a grieving mother who passes away while her husband is in prison, an elder sister with prospects who elopes to build a better life, a grandfather who embraces death after committing a sin, and a best friend and lover who chooses religion over domestic life. The only solace he finds is in the loving companionship of a grieving widow, Sara, who has been equally wronged by fate and unbundles her woes with him.

Faith plays a pivotal role—provides a mythical, ethical, and moral scaffolding of this heart-rending novel, which resonates with the agony and pathos of the human spirit caught in the travails of earthly life.

Written in a sublime style made lyrical with a biblical cadence and rich in scriptural allusions, this passionate and visionary narrative has remained popular with readers since it was first published in 1984.

Mad(e) In India

Author: Tarika Roy & Soumya Gupta

Category: NON-FICTION 

Price: INR 395, US$ 11.99, UKP 9.99 

Binding: PAPERBACK SIZE 129 x 198 mm 

Pages: 264 RIGHTS World 

Publish date:  September 2021

 

About the book

Mad(e) In India is a frank and funny exploration of India and Indians – looking into who we are as people, as a nation, our quirks, superstitions, our obsession with film stars and filmy style, myriad gods and goddesses and holy men, our jugaadu ways of solving all problems big and small. 

Indias packed cities and streets, diverse cuisines, cultural traditions and art forms, and the unity in diversity bridges superficial differences and makes the country a liberating place to explore. Roy and Gupta showcase all of Indians unique and diverse qualities, that make up the idea of India as a country, helping readers to understand it better and delve into its warm and generous heart as they turn the pages. 

Written in a conversational style, generously spiced with humour and insight, and interspersed with a rich variety of Indian phrases, this book is an entertaining and light-hearted read for anyone looking to expand their knowledge on India, culture and travel.

 

Authors

Tarika Roy, an Indian Railway Accounts Service officer, is currently Joint Secretary in the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. She has served as Financial Advisor in the Railways. She worked with the Ministry of External Affairs as Director, Indian Council of World Affairs and Director, Central Europe. Roy has also been a lecturer at Hindu College, Delhi. A national basketball player, she represented Delhi and is interested in mountaineering and archaeology. She is married to Sanjeev and has two daughters, Arshia and Mahika.

Soumya Gupta is an Indian Foreign Service officer currently serving in the Ministry of External Affairs. She was posted in the Embassy of India, Berlin as Second Secretary and Head of the Economic and Commerce Wing and in the MEA in the Central Europe Division. Gupta has worked as an investment banker in London and an M&A specialist with the Big 4 in India. She also has experience in academics and policy advocacy from her stints at the London School of Economics and at an international NGO. Her interests include dramatics, music, travel, gastronomy, cycling and yoga.

Reflections

Author: SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

Date: Dec

No. of Pages: 655

Genre: RELIGION / PHILOSOPHY

Price:  INR 295 / US $ 9.95

 

About The Book

Presenting the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, ‘Reflections’ introduces the different teachings from the religion of Vedanta. Vivekananda explains the idea that our individual life paths, work, love, psychology, and knowledge will all lead us to the same final goal through different routes of life.

This book delves into the philosophy, methods of work and religious beliefs of the Vendata religion; including Vivekananda’s most famous speeches, lectures, addresses, teachings and inspirational quotes. An ideal read for philosophers, students, yoga teachers, spiritual gurus and individuals looking to explore religion and philosophy.

 

Author

Born into an aristocratic Bengali Kayastha family of Calcutta, Swami Vivekananda was a spiritual individual who introduced the Vedanta religion to the West. Vivekananda wrote a series of books surround yoga teachings, spirituality, philosophy and religion after completing his spiritual apprenticeship in 1880.

‘Tagore – The World Voyager’ – Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore – The World Voyager

Author: Rabindranath Tagore

Publisher: Penguin India

ISBN: 9780143453437 / 0143453432

Date: 26 April 2021

No. of Pages: 128

Genre: Poetry

Price: £7.99 / $12.95

For long considered untranslatable, Tagore’s songs express most profoundly his romantic and religious perceptions. Prof. Bose aims to convey the artistic value of Tagore’s songs beyond the limits of his province. The first part, ‘Oceanic Songs’, introduces the lyrics and tunes of the songs to a foreign audience through a narrative of Tagore’s travels during which he communicated with the wider world. Since Tagore wrote only forty of his nearly 2500 songs on his journeys abroad, the second part presents a selection of ‘songs in five genres’.

This book endeavours to reach Tagore’s songs to people beyond the borders of India, transcending the barriers of language on the wings of music.

Rabindranath Tagore (Author)

Rabindranath Tagore, Renaissance man, reshaped Bengal’s literature and music, and became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. He introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and was a living institution for India, especially for Bengal.

Sugata Bose (Translator)

Sugata Bose is the Gardiner professor of history at Harvard University. He was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and the University of Cambridge where he obtained his PhD and was later a fellow of St Catharine’s College. Before taking up the Gardiner Chair at Harvard in 2001, he was professor of history and diplomacy at Tufts University. Bose was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and gave the G.M. Trevelyan Lecture at the University of Cambridge.

‘Tatalog – Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution’ by Harish Bhat

Tatalog – Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution

Author: Harish Bhat

Publisher: Penguin India

ISBN: 9780143423348 / 0143423347

Date: 26th May 2021

No. of Pages: 224

Genre: Business Strategy

Price: £15.99 / $25.50

From steel to beverages and from supercomputers to automobiles, TATA companies have broken new ground and set new standards of excellence over the past two decades. Tatalog presents eight riveting and hitherto untold stories about the strategic and operational challenges that TATA companies have faced, and the forward thinking and determination that have raised the brand to new heights.

Among the engaging and inspiring stories told here are those of Tata Indica, the first completely Indian car that succeeded in the face of widespread cynicism; the jewellery brand Tanishq that has transformed one of India’s largest industries; and Tata Finance, which underwent several tribulations yet demonstrated the principles that TATA stands for.

Currently the brand custodian at Tata Sons, Harish Bhat has held many roles in the Tata Group over the past thirty-four years, including as managing director of Tata Global Beverages, and chief operating officer of the watches and jewellery businesses of the Titan Company Ltd.

‘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.