‘Treasury of Joy and Enthusiasm’ by Norman Vincent Peale

Author: Norman Vincent Peale

Publisher: Orient Paperbacks

ISBN: 8122203736

Date: 30/10/06

No. of Pages: 224

Genre: New Age Thought & Practice

Price: £9.99 / $16.95

What do you want beyond all else? Life, of course. And not merely existence, or the physical ability to breathe and function. All of us desire a particular quality of life, a combination of interest, zest, excitement, achievement, satisfaction and peace of mind. Indeed, we want to enjoy the world and the society of other people. Every individual desires to experience beauty and the highest emotions, and to possess the energy and vitality necessary to meet daily responsibilities with vigour to spare. Our hope is to live on a high level of physical strength, mental interest and
spiritual meaning. And to enjoy life of this superior quality, we will discover that joy and enthusiasm are important factors in the total process.

The rationale for a book with the joint themes of joy and enthusiasm is that these two qualities are basic ingredients of the good life.

In this anthology, New York Times bestselling author, Norman Vincent Peale delves into the lives and minds of world’s greatest achievers, thinkers, writers and philosophers to show how nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. He shows how the power of laughter and zest can be applied to life with startlingly effective results.

Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was an American minister and author who is best known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking. He served as the pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, New York, from 1932 until 1984, leading a Reformed Church in America congregation.

‘Here is an author who has captured the imagination of the world, and become, perhaps, the most widely read inspirational writer of our time.’
– The Christian Herald

‘Full Circle – Yuletide in Patna’ by Capt. Narendra

Full Circle – Yuletide in Patna

Author: Capt. Narendra

Publisher: Turning Point India

ISBN: 978-81-952669-0-6

Date: 21/04/21

Genre: Military History

Price: £26.99 / $42.95

This book is a unique treatise on the heroic sacrifices made by the gallant Biharis – sung and unsung in history! The author has researched deeply digging into the official records of 1857 War of Indian Independence from libraries, musea and relics from India, Britain, Guyana and Trinidad. The heroic battles of Babu Kunwar Singh and Amar Singh besides, Capt. Narendra brings the reader on the ring- side of the uprising of the Bengal Native Infantry at Danapur Cantt and the Irregular Cavalry at Bhagalpur in August 1857.

The failed victory sees some of these heroes disguising and sneaking out to far-off lands as ‘Indentured labourers.’ The author, truly a ‘puppeteer of words’, takes you along on that voyage. You witness the incredible events of 164 years unfold before your eyes in graphic details.

Full Circle – Yuletide in Patna is indeed a masterpiece in the contemporary Indian English fiction. In fact, calling it ‘fiction’ would be a misnomer. Veritably, it is a discovery of the Bihari valour and patriotism that has been left unsung by the western historians.

Author Bio: Captain Narendra is a decorated veteran of the Indian Armed Forces who participated in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. He was awarded the prestigious President’s Police Medal and Fire Services Medal for gallantry for winning back an outpost across the Ravi River, which had been earlier captured by the Pakistan Army.

After an exemplary service of 20 years, he took voluntary retirement in 1981 and moved to England. He worked in London for about 18 years and retired as a Director of Services for children with disabilities in the Social Services Department of a Metropolitan London Council. His memoirs about the service in the Armed Forces of India was awarded a prize by Gujarat Sahitya Academy, Gandhinagar.

Narendra is a graduate of Gujarat University. He continued his research and studies, obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies from London South Bank University, and also a diploma in management from the Management College, Henley-on-Thames.

The author currently lives with his family in California, USA.

‘Legal Language and Legal Writing’ by Dr. Hema Menon

Legal Language and Legal Writing

 

Author: Dr. Hema Menon

Publisher: Dattsons Publishers

ISBN: 978-8171922031

Date: 2021

No. of Pages: 128

Genre: Law/Legal

Price: £12.50

Clarity of thought, lucidity, conciseness, thoroughly researched and properly organised are stated to be the characteristics of good legal writing. This book about legal language and legal writing by Dr (Mrs) Hema V Menon, possesses all these characteristics. Authored by an experienced teacher of the subject, the book will be of immense help to anyone trying to learn the basics of legal language and legal writing.

Based on university curriculum and designed to satisfy the needs of students of law, the book covers topics like meaning, functions & kinds of law, sources of law, evolution, and characteristics of legal language& and also the problems of legal language. Discussion on rules of statutory interpretation, fundamentals of legal writing, synopsis writing and case comments with examples makes study of the subject interesting.

Basics of legal drafting too, find a place in the book. Maxims and Latin terminology provide a quick reference. The book is thus well-equipped to lay a strong foundation for a student of law who aspires to enter the field of law, may it be, practicing law in the Courts, teaching law, being a researcher, a consultant, an advisor, a civil servant, a counsellor or any other such profession.

AUTHOR BIO:

Professor Dr.Hema V Menon has been teaching Legal Language, Labour Laws, Corporate Laws and International Trade laws both at the Undergraduate and Post Graduate levels for the past 21 years. She holds three Post Graduate Degrees namely, MA- Sociology, MA- Public Administration and LLM. A Doctorate in law, she is a Professor and Head of the Department of Law, Dr.Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur.

Her core areas of research are in the field of Gender Issues, Domestic Violence against women, Human Rights, Child Rights, Rights of the Elderly, Surrogacy and Corporate Laws. She has published two books on law namely, “Unorganized Women Workers and Social Security” published by Satyam International, N.Delhi and A Commentary on “Marriage and Divorce Laws in India” published by All India Reporter Ltd.

 

‘The Originals: A Passage To India’ – E.M. Forster

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Title: The Originals: A Passage To India

Author: E.M. Forster

Publisher: Om Books International

ISBN: 9353766346

Date: 15 Mar. 2021

No. of Pages: 272

Genre: Classics

Price: £4.99

British author E.M. Forster’s novel, A Passage to India (1924) is based on the author’s impressions of India. He started writing the novel soon after his first visit to the country. The story, set in the 1920s, plays out against the backdrop of the Indian independence movement. The title of the novel is inspired by American icon Walt Whitman’s 1870 poem, A Passage to India.

The novel revolves around four main characters—Dr. Aziz, his British friend Mr. Cyril Fielding, Mrs. Moore, and Miss Adela Quested. During a day trip to Marabar Caves, Adela mistakenly believes Dr. Aziz is trying to assault her. Dr. Aziz’s ordeal after being falsely accused, the run-up to his trial, and its consequences highlight the underlying tensions between Indians and the British rulers of India of the time.

AUTHOR BIO

Edward Morgan Forster (1879–1970), British novelist, essayist, short story writer and critic, was born at Marylebone, London. His architect father died when Forster was very young and he was brought up by his mother. Forster’s celebrated works include the novels A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910), A Passage to India (1924), and Maurice (1971) as well as a large corpus of criticism.

‘The Originals: The Wealth Of Nations’ – Adam Smith

The Originals: The Wealth Of Nations

Title: The Originals: The Wealth Of Nations

Author: Adam Smith

Publisher: Om Books International

ISBN: 9789353764333

Date: 5 Jun. 2020

No. of Pages: 984

Genre: Classics

Price: £9.99

Scottish political economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723–1790) is considered the father of modern economics. His influential book, The Wealth of Nations, is the first great work in political economy. In it, Smith argues against regulations on commerce and calls for a limited role of the government. The market economy is to be kept open and free if nations are to prosper, and the government’s core functions must be to maintain law and order, defence, build infrastructure, and promote education.

Smith is critical of government control, but not an advocate of laissez-faire. He believes that the market economy can function only when rules are adhered to. Hence the government’s role in maintaining the rule of law is critical.

The Wealth Of Nations, written before the Industrial Revolution transformed the world, resonates with readers in modern times and offers valuable lessons in solving the economic conundrums of the day.

AUTHOR BIO:

Scottish political economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723–1790) was the son of the Comptroller of the Customs at Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. He attended University of Glasgow and Oxford University and was deeply influenced by Francis Hutcheson, the well-known professor of Moral Philosophy.

In 1751, Smith was appointed Professor of Logic at University of Glasgow where he lectured on Ethics, Rhetoric, Jurisprudence, and Political Economy. Smith is the author of the seminal works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), The Wealth of Nations (1776), and the posthumously published Essays on Philosophical Subjects (1795).

The Wealth of Nations has played a significant role in creating the subject of political economy and developing it into an autonomous and systematic discipline.

‘365 Nature Stories’ – By Ranjit Lal

365 nature stories by ranjit lal

365 Nature Stories is the latest instalment in the 365 Series, with other titles such as 365 Wonders of the World and 365 Adventure Stories. This instalment in the 365 series is authored by Ranjit Lal – he is the author of over forty-five books – fiction and non-fiction – for children and adults who have children. His abiding interest in natural history, birds, animals and insects is reflected in many of his books.

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Publisher Profile: Paramount Books

Paramount Books is a Pakistani academic book publisher currently undergoing an interesting transformation. Best known for its well-respected Paksinat series of English language medical textbooks, Paramount has expanded its scope to publish books on business studies, computer sciences, engineering, social sciences and even children’s literature. It is predominantly an English-language publisher but has recently started releasing titles in Urdu as well – both original publications and translations of English works.

Paramount Books has a venerable history in Pakistan, where it was established in 1948 shortly after the birth of the country. Today it enjoys the status of the country’s leading book publisher and is also one of Pakistan’s most recognisable international exports. Paramount’s professional medical books can be found in universities and doctors surgeries throughout the world. Motilal Books now hold all Paramount titles in our UK stock with quick delivery available.

Paksinat Medical Books

If India is famed internationally for its expertise in engineering and computer sciences, Pakistan enjoys a similar reputation for medical professionals. Many surgeons, GPs and specialists working in the UK and America are of Pakistani origin. The Paramount Books Paksinat impression evolved to serve the needs of Pakistani medical schools as well as international universities. Publications cover every aspect of medicine, including:

  • Family, community and public health medicine
  • Antibiotics and antimicrobial therapies
  • Neonatal medicine
  • Obstetric nursing
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Anaesthesia
  • Radiology
  • Surgical instruments and practices
  • Dermatology
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Dentistry and oral pathology
  • Clinical ethics and best practices
  • Neurosurgery
  • Medical nutrition
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Clinical oncology
  • Medical education and teaching methods
  • Anatomy

Many Paramount titles feature on required reading lists for medical students, and others are ‘household names’ among GPs. Quite simply, the contribution of Paksinat authors to contemporary medical knowledge is hard to quantify – it is so deep and far reaching.

Expansion

From its medical foundations, Paramount branched into other scientific publications. These included related fields, such as biology, biotech, chemistry and environmental sciences, but also more distant disciplines as diverse as astrophysics, agricultural management and geology. Paramount soon experienced demand from teachers themselves for succinct guides to help them deliver curricula on a wide range of topics. This was the origin of their popular social sciences series, embracing university level material on art, anthropology, law and journalism – among a host of other topics.

Over the last few years the scope of Paramount Books has expanded even further, with a range of accessible children’s books written in Urdu covering popular sciences, history and Islamic folktales.

Target Audience

The focus of Paramount Books is still primarily academic, but this definition embraces pupils from pre-primary school age right through to postdoctoral, as well as their teachers and lecturers. Most scientific and medical books are technical and replete with detail, so although they may appeal to some general readers, their primary readership are medical professionals and students.

Academic libraries will benefit from stocking publications by Paramount Books, especially those that specialise in medicine. Specialist student bookshops will also find a ready market, as Paramount are known for their great prices compared with western textbook publishers.

Find Out More

At Motilal Books we are privileged to supply the full Paramount Books catalogue at great trade prices to booksellers and institutions around the world. We have over 17,000 English language Indian books currently in stock at our UK warehouse, to which we add over 700 titles each month. To find out more, please download our free e-book: The Guide To Indian Academic Publications or call 01727 761677 to speak with one of our team.

Censorship & Tolerance In Modern India: 10 Banned Books

Readers who aren’t shy of courting controversy may wish to check out this list of 10 banned books from Indian Publishers. In the UK we are so used to seeing the progressive, secular face of Indian society that it is easy to forget there are still worrying limits to free speech within the country. Censorship is rarely officially sanctioned by government bodies, but universities and publishers are subject to intense pressure from cultural and religious groups who are often sensitive to insult.

The backlash sometimes result in books being withdrawn from libraries, university curriculums and bookshops. Although petitions for books to be banned are sometimes overturned in court, they are also sometimes upheld – and there is a growing list of authors who have been forced into exile stemming from harassment and even death threats.

1) Such A Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

Set in the context of political upheaval in 1970s Mumbai, Mistry’s 1991 novel was deemed to be anti-Marathi by Aditya Thackeray, leader of the right-wing Shiv Sena political party. Thackeray’s strongly worded campaign against the book led to it being withdrawn from Mumbai University’s English Literature curriculum in 2010. The ban has since been reviewed but remains in place – under fear by the University of its reintroduction sparking disturbances on campus.

2) Shivaji: Hindu King In Islamic India by James Laine

James Laine’s fictional biography of the (historical) 17th century warrior king Shivaji Bhonsle was considered inflammatory by Hindu nationalists in the Mumbai area, who took offence at what they saw as a derogatory portrayal of the king in the novel. The outcry culminated in an attack on the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute by an enraged mob. The state authorities in Maharashtra – west of the Pune-Mumbai area that was the scene of most of the disturbances – banned the novel on the grounds that it ‘promoted social enmity’. This decision was overturned by the Mumbai High Court, although the publisher (Oxford University Press at the time) decided to withdraw the book from the Indian market.

3) Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence by Jaswant Singh

Jaswant Singh’s masterful, if controversial biography of Jinnah was criticised for its portrayal of Indian National Congress leaders Sardar Patel and Nehru. Singh was a leading member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the time, from which he was summarily expelled after the publication of the book! The Gujarat state legislature promptly banned the book, although this was overruled by the state’s High Court in December 2016. [Click here] for a full review of this controversial book elsewhere on our blog.

4) Dwikandita by Taslima Nasrin

Bangladeshi-Swedish poet and human rights activist Taslima Nasrin is no stranger to censorship. Several of her books were banned in her native Bangladesh between 1994 and 2004, but it was only in 2003 that the third volume of her autobiography was outlawed by the Indian state legislature in West Bengal. Her advocacy of women’s rights and freedom of speech were deemed hostile to the Muslim community, who read in her words a criticism of Islam. Although the decision to ban her work was eventually overturned on appeal through the Calcutta High Court, persistent harassment led Nasrin to leave India for voluntary exile in the USA.

5) Chittacobra by Mridula Garg (available in English translation as Banjara Love)

Mridula Garg’s steamy tale of a conservative Indian housewife’s affair with a Scottish missionary led to the author being arrested and charged under the Indian Obscenities Act in 1979. The novel was legally banned for three years and although now available in principle, is still difficult to purchase in India.

6) One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan

Depictions of free love in the 2010 historical fiction novel One Part Woman drew furious crowds to the streets of Thiruchengode in Madras state for protests which quickly turned violent. Petitions from conservative Tamil religious leaders for the book to be banned were rejected by the Madras High Court. Despite this, Muragan was relentlessly harassed on Facebook, to the extent that he felt compelled to withdraw all copies of the novel from sale and give up his writing career in January 2015. Fortunately Muragan reversed this decision and continues to publish books of poetry.

7) The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger

The controversy surrounding The Hindus: An Alternative History came as no surprise to author Wendy Doniger, who had deliberately set out to provide an alternative view of Hindu religious history to the official narrative by conservative and government groups. Doniger was careful to cite her sources, but was nevertheless strongly criticised by Dinanath Batra (founder of militant Hindu organisation Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti), who fought a successful lawsuit that forced the publisher to withdraw the book from sale in India. The author subverted the ruling the following year by republishing her book with a new publisher under a different title.

8) The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

The Satanic Verses is arguably the most controversial novel ever written by an Indian author. As a provocative fictional biography of Mohammed, the novel drew worldwide opprobrium from enraged Muslim groups, culminating in in official death threats from Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. These were no idle words. In 1988, Rushdie’s Japanese translator was murdered and his Norwegian publisher shot three times – but remarkably survived. Salman Rushdie himself withdrew to self-imposed exile in the UK, where he remains under police protection at a closely guarded address. India banned the novel soon after its publication in 1988. It remains in place 30 years later.

9) The Polyester Prince: The Rise of Dhirubhai Ambani by Hamish McDonald

Scottish journalist Hamish MacDonald faced Mafia style threats and intimidation even while researching his candid biography of petrochemical mogul Dhirubhai Ambani in 1997. The controversial founder of Reliance Industry had been dogged by allegations of financial malpractice and unethical investments since the early 1980s. The publication of McDonald’s book in Australia led to a string of injunctions through the Indian courts to prevent the Indian edition going to press. These were unsuccessful, although the furore prompted publisher Harper Collins not to proceed with publication in India. A heavily edited (some would say whitewashed) version was subsequently published in India under the title ‘Ambani & Sons’.

10) Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi & His Struggle With India by Joseph Lelyveld

Pulitzer Prize winner Lelyveld’s revisionist biography of Mahatma Gandhi was not well received in India. The book praised Gandhi’s achievements but also spoke of his many political disappointments and his failure to implement the much-needed social reforms that formed the core of his original agenda. It also shone a light into the darker recesses of Gandhi’s soul, revealing a complex character racked by contradictions and inner demons. Among its controversial claims was the suggestion that Gandhi was homosexual and had several same sex relationships in his youth. Gandhi’s racist and Hindu chauvinist opinions are also exposed in lurid detail, painting a unsettling counterpoint to the usual hagiographic biographies of India’s great independence leader. ‘Great Soul’ was banned in Gujarat following negative newspaper reviews in 2011. The ban remains in place in Gujarat state but not elsewhere in India.

What Price Freedom?

Freedom of speech is at the heart of the secular, democratic way of life. Readers are under no obligation to support the viewpoints of any of these banned authors, but few would disagree that free and open debate – coupled with tolerance – is the key to a broad and progressive intellectual culture. India has changed enormously for the better in recent years. Diaspora communities, publishing companies and cosmopolitan Indian authors play a crucial role in this change. Let us hope that the drive towards greater tolerance is irresistible and the phenomena of banned books will soon become a thing of the past.

Publisher Profile: Westland Books

The similarity between the world of Indian mythology and the more surreal borderlands of sci-fi has been noted by more than a few authors. Some nonfiction writers, such as Nick Redfern, see this as evidence of early visitation of the Earth by extra-terrestrial beings while humankind was in its infancy. Others, starting with Roger Zelazny and L Ron Hubbard, have delved into Indian myths while looking for inspiration for their science-fiction stories.

The connection has certainly not been lost on Westland Books, an Indian publisher that specialises in contemporary sci-fi/mythology crossovers, as well as self-help and crime thrillers.

Company Background

Westland has an interesting history in its own right. Founded in 1962 as EastWest Books, the company was a distribution company for over 25 years before its first foray into the world of publishing in 1988. From 1990, EastWest started to pioneer a unique fusion of Indian sci-fi with an imprint featuring writers such as Esther David, Mahesh Dattani and Paul Zachariah. Its rollcall of authors reveal the international focus of the company; committed to exporting quality English-language fiction by Indian writers to the wider world, and involving Western authors in writing authentically Indian fiction for the domestic market.

At the same time an imprint was set up dealing with translations and native Indian language publications – all the while continuing in its traditional role as distributor. The 2005 merger of EastWest books with Westland books created the business we know today, becoming India’s second largest trade book distributor overnight.

Westland Meets Amazon

From 2009 Westland’s publishing divisions became so successful in mainstream Indian literature that the distribution arm was wound up. 2012 saw the publication of Agent Vinod: The Jungfrau Encounter, a bestselling novel in India and the company’s largest grossing publication to date. The protagonist Agent Vinod comes across as an Indian James Bond meets Jason Bourne – operating in a claustrophobic world of government conspiracies, occult secret societies and clandestine technologies. The ascent of Westland into the global mainstream was completed in 2017 when it was purchased by Amazon.

Books For Our Times

Westland-Amazon now publishes under several distinct imprints. These include a wide range of mythic/historical fiction novels, sci-fi action thrillers and a broad selection of non-fiction topics. The Westland Books for our times imprint features biographies of historic figures, political satire and gritty crime-noir novels, all by Indian authors and with a distinctly Indian character.

Westland Publications Via Motilal Books

At Motilal Books we are honoured to stock the full Westland back catalogue and to add new titles whenever they are published throughout the year. Call us on 01727 761677 to find out more. To discover the benefits of stocking English-language Indian books, please click here to download our Independent Booksellers Guide To Books From India today.

Publisher Profile: The Himalayan Map Company and The Nepal Map Company

These companies specialise in exactly the type of publication that their name suggests: trekking maps and mountain climbing guides for North India, Nepal and the Himalayan region. Its range of maps are extremely detailed and specialised, each giving full details of specific treks, view points, glaciers, rivers, monasteries and resting points.

In effect, the Himalayan Map Company is a local Nepal manifestation – with the capacity to deal with this wild region in far more detail than any other global publisher.

A Comprehensive Himalayan Trekking & Outdoors Library

All the Himalayan regions and nations are dealt with, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Tibet and the Sikkim region of India – but most focus is given to Nepal, Tibet and Northern India. Famous treks around landmarks such as the Annapurna, Lang Tang, Ganesh Himal, Lower Dolpo and Mount Everest are each given detailed treatment. Maps provide detailed explanations of the trekking routes themselves, accommodation, places of interest and more – in short everything an intrepid trekker or mountaineer would need to attempt the route for themselves.

Why Stock Himalayan Map Company & Nepal Map Company Maps?

We recommend these maps to any independent bookseller that specialises in travel writing. The level of detail and depth of subject matter is simply unmatched by other English-language travel publishers. We are delighted to offer an extensive selection of maps at attractive trade prices of £7.99 or £8.30. Call our UK office for ordering information on 01727 761677.

Please use our stock guide on our website and search under ‘maps’.

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