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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.

 

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Crafting A Future

Crafting A Future

Stories of Indian Textiles and Sustainable Practices

by Archana Shah

Flexiback

276 pages

INR 1495

ISBN  978-93-91125-22-6

Textile/Craft

Archana Shah started her career as a design student with a passion for the traditional craft skills of indigenous artisans; her interest encouraged her to travel across the country to study and experience the vast variety of different textile practises and techniques. Shah has now been creating textiles for urban markets in collaboration for over 40 years. ‘Crafting A Future’ delves into the vocational skills of artisans and their unique expertise.

Crafting a Future is a heartfelt celebration of artisans and their vocational skills. Each region in India has its own distinctive raw materials, craft techniques, textiles, motifs and colour palettes, and through her well-researched narrative enriched with numerous stories, Archana Shah demonstrates the diversity and true value of handcrafted textile processes. She believes that handspun, handwoven fabrics made using indigenous fibres and natural materials for dyeing will help create a unique identity for handcrafted textiles, and suggests ways to repurpose the abundant artisanal talent available across the country to rejuvenate this sector. These tenets are woven throughout the book, which is broadly divided into three sections based on natural fibres: cotton from plants, silk from insects and wool from animals. This resonates with Gandhiji’s concept of developing khadi and village industries to rejuvenate the rural economy, and stimulate development through a bottom-up approach.

Beyond its beauty and heritage value, artisanal production is eco-friendly, has a negligible carbon footprint and fulfils most of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has the potential for creating dignified employment opportunities for millions of people in their own regional location, so that they are not compelled by economic constraints to abandon their ancestral professions and migrate to urban slums to earn a meagre livelihood as unskilled labourers. In essence, the book focuses on artisans, their aspirations and fulfilment in their work. It also draws upon their traditional wisdom to address two of the most serious challenges that we face today: growing unemployment and climate change.

5 New History Book Releases From Sharada Books

Sharada Books are synonymous with detailed but accessible academic history publications, covering all aspects of India’s philosophical, cultural, and religious heritage. The publisher is known for the depth of their content and the beauty of their books – with each title available as an imposing hardback, rich with photographs, line drawings, and references. So far in 2021, there have been five notable new releases, each strongly recommended for private book collections, universities, and libraries.

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New Releases From Juggernaut Books Q1 2021

2021 has already been an exciting year of new releases from Juggernaut Books – one of India’s leading independent English-language publishing houses. Here are our pick of four new publications from January & February 2021. Included here are a practical book on everyday health and well-being, an important compilation of essays on freedom, a nail-biting true crime story based on events in 2017, and a captivating collection of young children’s adventure stories that are sure to become favourites of parents and kids alike.

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‘My First Book of Bible Stories’ – Available now from Om Books International

My First Book of Bible Stories (ISBN: 9789386316172, £9.99) is the latest in Om Books International’s My First Book… Series, aimed at an early years leadership. This short, beautifully illustrated book, retells some of the Bible’s most endearing and popular stories to make them accessible and enjoyable for preschool children. Whether browsing the book themselves, or enjoying the tales as bedtime stories, My First Book of Bible Stories will captivate young children with the timeless adventures and moral lessons of the Bible.

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‘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.

‘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.