Harper Collins India have announced 10 new titles to be released throughout April, we’ve listed them below with some short descriptions.
Title: THEEYOOR CHRONICLES
Author: N. Prabhakaran, Jayasree Kalathil.
Publisher: Harper Perennial
No. of Pages: 300
“‘A work of historic significance’ – BENYAMIN
A journalist goes to Theeyoor – ‘the land of fire’ – to investigate the unnaturally large number of suicides and disappearances there. Even after he finished the assignment, however, Theeyoor refuses to leave his consciousness. And so, he decides to write its history, telling it through various documents: his own notes, the anecdotes told to him while researching the suicides, Wardha Gopalan’s book The History of Theeyoor, information provided by a local newspaper agent, personal papers of individuals, as well as some ‘incidents’ that the journalist himself imagines.
In N. Prabhakaran’s masterful hands – and in Jayasree Kalathil’s brilliant translation – history, myth, facts, nature, political events, and the everyday concerns of ordinary people weave together into a story that is at once local and universal.”
Title: 1971: THE BEGINNING OF INDIA’S CRICKETING GREATNESS
Author: Boria Majumdar; Gautam Bhattacharya.
Publisher: Harper Sport
No. of Pages: 316
Genre: Nonfiction – Sport
“1971 was the year that changed Indian cricket forever. Accustomed to seeing a talented but erratic Indian team go from one defeat to another, a stunned cricketing world watched in astonishment as India first beat the West Indies in a Test series on their home turf, and then emerged victorious over England-in England. Suddenly, the Indian team had become a force to reckon with.
Boria Majumdar and Gautam Bhattacharya’s book is a thrilling account of the 1971 twin tours, that brings to life the on-field excitement and the backroom drama.
Against a canvas that features legends: Pataudi and Wadekar, who captained India to the two sensational series victories abroad; Sardesai, Durani, Viswanath, Engineer, Solkar, Abid Ali; the famed spin quartet of Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar and Venkataraghavan; and a young batsman named Sunil Gavaskar who was making his debut-it is the tale of a young country ready and eager to make an impression on the world stage.
Fifty years later, this is a wonderful book to relive those glory days with.”
Title: RENAISSANCE STATE: THE UNWRITTEN STORY OF THE MAKING OF MAHARASHTRA
Author: Girish Kuber
No. of Pages: 256
“Maharashtra. Among the country’s largest, wealthiest, most significant constituents. A great state in name and in deed that has been the cradle of individuals and events that have shaped India.
Girish Kuber, a seasoned journalist and one of Maharashtra’s foremost opinion makers, tells the region’s story in Renaissance State. Taking in its vast sweep the politics, society and history of the land, from the time of the Satavahanas down to the present day, the book chronicles a number of lesser-known tales: the empire that brought the mighty Mughals to their knees, the woman who took the issue of consent in marital sex right up to Queen Victoria, the social reformers who were far ahead of their time, the men and women who were pioneers in different walks of life, the evolution of movements of the right and left as well as for Dalit identity, the man who mentored Gandhi and also the one who killed him, besides recounting the region’s long tradition of standing up to the power centres of the north.
This is the account of the making of Maharashtra and the Marathi Manoos that its proud people deserved but which had so far remained unwritten.”
Title: AKHTARI: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BEGUM AKHTAR
Author: Yatindra Mishra, Maneesha Taneja
No. of Pages: 268
Genre: Biographies & Autobiographies
“Akhtaribai Faizabadi, or Begum Akhtar as she was better known, was a legend even during her own lifetime, and one of the last of the great singers from the tawaif community.
Akhtari documents her eventful life and her music through essays and reminiscences by some of her closest friends and associates, and by people who knew her work deeply – including the likes of Bismillah Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Shubha Mudgal, among others.
The volume also includes a long conversation between Acharya Kailash Chandra Dev Brihaspati and Begum Akhtar, and interviews with her disciples Shanti Hiranand and Rita Ganguly.
A bestseller in the original Hindi – and now available in English for the first time – this is a book to treasure for all of Begum Akhtar’s fans and lovers of music.”
Title: STARTUP COMPASS: HOW ICONIC ENTREPRENEURS GOT IT RIGHT
Author: Ujwal Kalra, Shobhit Shubhankar
No. of Pages: 264
Genre: Business, Investing & Management
“The idea of ‘starting up’ has never been as much in vogue as it is today. Filled with ambition, inspired by homegrown heroes, a new breed of entrepreneurs is rising in India. This book is based on the ‘How to Start a Startup’ series at IIM Ahmedabad where over a series of lectures, successful entrepreneurs spoke of their success and failure across key stages of the startup lifecycle.
Startup Compass covers ten stages in the journey of a startup using the experiences of some of the most inspirational startup experts in India and beyond. Theirs are stories of grit and ambition, of vision being transformed into tangible reality, of dreamers, pioneers, steely-eyed achievers. They offer invaluable advice to those who would like to follow in their footsteps.”
Title: GHOSTS IN OUR BACKYARD: THE RAMSAYS’ REAL-LIFE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE SUPERNATURAL
Author: Alisha ‘Priti’ Kirpalani
No. of Pages: 200
The Ramsays, India’s first family of horror, are synonymous with the supernatural and gore. Through their films and series, they introduced India to churails that floated across the screen, ghouls that woke up from eerie graveyards, and houses that buzzed with ghosts.
But few knew that behind the production drama, elaborate sets, and haunting showtunes, there was a more sinister story.
For the Ramsays, the supernatural wasn’t just stuck to the screens and camera—it creeped into their lives, too.
Alisha Kirpalani, the granddaughter of FU Ramsay, has grown up on stories that question reality and bring a chill to the bone. In time, she, too, followed in her family’s footsteps and saw through the veil that separates this world and the Other.
From the woman on the highway that Shyam Ramsay met to Gangu Ramsay’s creepy midnight walk with an unwanted companion to Amit Ramsay’s unwelcome dead visitor at Lamington House, the original home of the Ramsays, this book has the improbable, bizarre and spine-chilling scary all parading through its chapters.
Title: RUMOURS OF SPRING: A GIRLHOOD IN KASHMIR
Author: Farah Bashir
Publisher: Fourth Estate
No. of Pages: 240
Genre: Biographies & Autobiographies
“Rumours of Spring is the unforgettable account of Farah Bashir’s adolescence spent in Srinagar in the 1990s. As Indian troops and militants battle across the cityscape and violence becomes the new normal, a young schoolgirl finds that ordinary tasks – studying for exams, walking to the bus stop, combing her hair, falling asleep – are riddled with anxiety and fear.
With haunting simplicity, Farah Bashir captures moments of vitality and resilience from her girlhood amidst the increasing trauma and turmoil of passing years – secretly dancing to pop songs on banned radio stations; writing her first love letter; going to the cinema for the first time – with haunting simplicity. This deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir portrays how territorial conflict surreptitiously affects everyday lives in Kashmir.”
Title: TIANANMEN SQUARE: THE MAKING OF A PROTEST
Author: Vijay Gokhale
No. of Pages: 176
“‘I recall being woken by the sound of tanks moving down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. It was 5 o’clock on the morning of 4 June. Tanks, APCs and troop trucks were sweeping down the avenue. Citizens ran for cover. Helicopters hovered above. There were reports of weapons being fired in other parts of Beijing. Foreign media claimed that Chinese troops had fired into the crowds with several hundred casualties.’
More than three decades later, the Tiananmen Square incident refuses to be forgotten. The events that occurred in the summer of 1989 would not only set the course for China’s politics but would also re-define its relationship with the world. China’s message was clear: it remained committed to market-oriented reform, but it would not tolerate any challenge to the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party. In return for economic prosperity, the Chinese have surrendered some rights to the state. A democratic future seems far away.
Vijay Gokhale, then a young diplomat serving in Beijing, was a witness to the drama that unfolded in Tiananmen Square. This unique account brings an Indian perspective on a seminal event in China’s history that the Chinese government has been eager to have the world forget. ”
Title: THE BRAIDED RIVER: A JOURNEY ALONG THE BRAHMAPUTRA
Author: Samrat Choudhury
No. of Pages: 424
“The Brahmaputra is by some margin the largest river in India. After its confluence with the Ganga in Bangladesh, it becomes the largest in Asia.
In The Braided River, journalist Samrat Choudhury sets out to follow its braided course from the edge of Tibet where it enters India down to where it meets the Ganga at a spot marked by the biggest red light district in Bangladesh. Along the way, he meets suspicious Indian spies, gets packed off on the back of a cement truck by soldiers, visit a shelter home for baby rhino and elephant orphans in Kaziranga, and hops from river island to riverside town meeting the locals.
The tales of these encounters spice up a story that weaves in the history of the emergence of the border between India and China in Arunachal Pradesh, the formation of the Assamese identity – a matter of great contemporary relevance owing to the National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act – and the ecological challenges posed by proposed dams.
This is a genre-bending book that touches upon several hot-button issues – environmental, military and political – as it blends travel, memoir and history with the present.”
Title: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF RAMA: TRAVELS WITH THE RAMAYANA
Author: Vikrant Pande and Neelesh Kulkarni
No. of Pages: 272
“Vikrant Pande and Neelesh Kulkarni’s quest to retrace the trail of Rama’s fabled travels during his years in exile began with their trying to locate Chitrakoot on the map and realizing that they had little idea where it might be. Curious about the places mentioned in the Ramayana, they set off on a journey of their own, following Rama’s route from Ayodhya to the Dandakaranya forest and Panchavati (near Nashik) and on to Kishkindhya (close to Hampi), Rameshwaram and Sri Lanka.
Along the way they would discover how closely the narrative of the Ramayana is linked to local folklore, and how the stories of the Ramayana and the moral framework that binds them together still speaks to the people who live in the land across which Rama, Sita and Lakshman made their journey.
For the armchair traveller as well as the enthusiast for epic tales, this is a wonderful book with which to revisit the world of the Ramayana.”