7 Unmissable New Titles From Harper Collins India


Harper Collins India have a great selection of new titles available EVERY month. These include no fewer than three new books by Khushwant Singh, alongside titles by lesser-known, up-and-coming Indian authors. Harper Collins India is one of the country’s most versatile publishing houses, spanning genres as diverse as poetry, film & cinema, Earth sciences and business studies. Here are seven highlights from this month’s releases.

1) ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: The Man Who Unified India’ by Balraj Krishna (ISBN: 9789353024802, PB, £17.99)

Balraj Krishna’s new biography of Sardar Patel is an important contribution to the history of Indian independence and partition. Many Indians see the partition of the former British Raj into India, Bangladesh and Pakistan as a tragedy, but what is lesser-known is that partition could have been far worse were it not for the efforts of Sardar Patel. The original British independence strategy for post-war India would have seen the country further divided into two Pakistans – effectively ‘balkanising’ India to keep it divided and reducing its power. In Hindu-majority India, the plan envisioned a confederation of princely states under British tutorship, effectively ending the dream of independence activists for a unified, democratic India. Through patient and persistent diplomacy, Patel managed to foil this plan. This book is the story of the man and his achievements.

Title – The Man Who Unified India’

Author – Balraj Krishna

ISBN – 9789353024802

Price – £17.99


2) ‘The Gorakhnath Enlightenment: The Path to Om’ by Jayraj Salgaokar (ISBN: 9789353024840, PB, £14.99)

Gorakhnath is a little-known Mystic philosophy that underlines many of the yogic practices currently popular in India and throughout the Western world. Influenced by Buddhist Tantra and Indian Hatha Yoga, Gorakhnath is a path to ‘immortality’ that helps practitioners attain freedom from restriction and fulfilment of their true potential.

Title – The Path to Om

Author – Jayraj Salgaokar

ISBN – 9789353024840

Price – £14.99

3) ‘Hazaron Khawaishen Aisi: The Wonderful World of Urdu Ghazals’ by Anisur Rahman (ISBN 9789353023393, PB, £17.99)

Hazaron Khawaishen Aisi is a great introduction to the tradition of Urdu Ghazal poetry, which is unique to India. The author expresses great love for the tradition as he unpacks the history and style of Ghazal poetry. The book includes exquisite poems from 65 leading Ghazal poets, tracing the tradition from its inception to the present day. Each poem is provided in its Urdu original, alongside a Roman text transliteration and English translation.

Title – The Wonderful World of Urdu Ghazals

Author – Anisur Rahman

ISBN – 9789353023393

Price – £17.99


4) ‘What’s Good About Falling’ by Prajwal Hegde (ISBN: 9789353024642, PB, £10.50)

What’s Good About Falling is contemporary Indian romantic fiction at its best. Two high flying Indian sportspeople arise from difficult backgrounds and childhood health problems to become upcoming lights in their chosen sports – Arya in tennis and Arvind in cricket. As a romance develops between the pair, they face difficult decisions about career, family and the direction of their lives. A feel-good romance dedicated to the international young Indian generation.

Title – What’s Good About Falling

Author – Prajwal Hegde

ISBN – 9789353024642

Price – £10.50


5) ‘The Last Avatar’ (Age of Kalki #1) by Vishwas Mudagal (ISBN: 9789353024666, PB, £10.50)

Indian literature has inspired writers and poets for centuries. The Last Avatar is a fast-paced contemporary retelling of the TIME cycle associated with Kalki, the 10th and final avatar – or representative – of the god Vishnu. Vishwas Mudgal makes the traditional stories as riveting as any sci-fi or superhero novel. This is the first of a series of books centred on the Kalki avatar, one of the most enigmatic and perplexing figures in Indian religion.

Title – The Last Avatar

Author – Vishwas Mudagal

ISBN – 9789353024666

Price – £10.50


6) ‘UG Says… Everyday Thoughts by UG Krishnamurti, by Arun Babani (ISBN: 9789353024826, PB, £11.99)

Arun Babani’s thought-provoking compilation of the sayings of UG Krishnamurti is a timely contribution to the field of comparative religion and interreligious dialogue. Krishnamurti’s open-minded, non-dual religious philosophy transcended individual religions and sits uncomfortably with the atmosphere of religious tribalism prevalent in many parts of the world today. A good introduction to the thought and teaching of a great man.

Title – UG Says… Everyday Thoughts

Author – Arun Babani

ISBN – 9789353024826

Price – £11.99


7) ‘Ants Among Elephants’ by Sujata Gidla (ISBN: 9789353025038, PB, £11.99)

Ants Among Elephants is the remarkable story of a family from the Untouchable Caste – the lowest in the traditional Indian Caste hierarchy – and their struggle for social mobility in early modern India. Based on the experiences of the author, the book explains the different ways in which family members broke free of caste restrictions to become teachers, writers and political activists. Not many people talk about the caste system in modern India these days, although unofficial caste prejudice is still very real in some areas. Even when it is not, a low caste status in the past can cast a long shadow in terms of access to education, social facilities and employment opportunities.

Title – Ants Among Elephants

Author – Sujata Gidla

ISBN – 9789353025038

Price – £11.99

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5 Best Jan 2019 Book Releases From Penguin Publishing India

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One of our favourite things at the beginning of each month is receiving the roundup of new publications from our Indian publication partners. December 2018 and January 2019 are particularly busy and exciting months for Penguin Random House India, which publishes English-language books in a wide range of genres by leading Indian authors.

Here are five highlights from Penguin’s latest release catalogue which are proving popular with readers and reviewers alike:


1) ‘Winter Companions & Other Stories’ by Neelum Saran Gour (ISBN: 9780140249897, £9.99, PB)

Winter Companions is a reissue of a compilation of short stories by Neelum Gour originally published in 1997. The new edition features original cover art and an improved layout. The stories themselves are timeless classics, spiced with humour, adventure and earnest humanity. Read them all in one sitting by a winter fire or return to them from time to time for companionship and solace. You will not be disappointed.


2) ‘The Age of Awakening’ by Amit Kapoor and Chirag Yadav (ISBN: 9780670090891, £14.99, HB)

The Age of Awakening is an economic history of post-independence India, written for the general reader. The book traces the economic history of India from independence, through partition, development, growth and the economic struggles after the 2008 recession. Amit Kapoor explains economic and trade concepts clearly and illustrates them with historical anecdotes. The Age of Awakening is packed with knowledge and insight, but is easy to read and extremely entertaining. This is a good book for readers interested in economics and history, and also for those with a general interest in contemporary India.


3) ‘The Bhagavata Purana’ (in 3 volumes) translated by Bibek Debroy (ISBNs vol 1: 9780143428015, £16.99, PB; vol 2: 9780143428022, £16.99, PB; vol 3: 9780143428039, £16.99, PB)

The Bhagavata Purana is ‘The King of Knowledge’ in Indian philosophy and is the key to understanding many of the spiritual principles of Hinduism. Many older translations into English are too dense for the general reader, or else mistranslate certain key concepts. Bibek Delroy’s new translation, now available in three paperback volumes, makes the classic of Indian spirituality accessible to English readers. Balancing scholarship and passion, the ancient text is translated into clear prose without losing any of the poetic beauty of the original. Bibek Delroy’s Bhagavata Purana is a spiritual masterpiece that is sure to attract a wide following.


4) ‘The Children of Destruction’ by Kuber Kaushik (ISBN: 9780143441151, £11.99, PB)

A supernatural thriller aimed at young adults from a master in the genre. With the assistance of a talking Fox companion and a host of supernatural abilities, troubled teenager Alice must thwart the plans of malevolent demonic forces who seek to exploit the cracks in the modern world. Weird, dark, quirky and difficult to put down, The Children of Destruction is a must read for fans of Terry Pratchet and Philip Pullman.


5) ‘A Dream I Lived Alone’ by Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Namrata Gupta Khan (ISBN: 9780670090860, £16.99, HB)

Iconic Indian musician Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan recalls his life story with the assistance of his daughter, in this engaging and moving autobiography. Now in his 80s, Khan narrates the path of his career from playing in graveyards as a boy, to his position as a living institution in Indian vocal music. As the story unfolds, Khan’s lyrical poetry assumes greater meaning and depth. A must for any fan of Indian traditional music.

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