The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel

By Adrian Levy, Catherine Scott-Clark

Mumbai, 2008. at the evening of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked ambitions during the urban, together with the Taj Mahal Palace inn, one of many world’s such a lot particular luxurious inns. For sixty-eight hours, thousands have been held hostage as photographs rang out and a big hearth raged. while the smoke cleared, thirty-one humans have been lifeless and lots of extra were injured. merely the brave activities of employees and guests—including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj common supervisor Binny Kang—prevented a far greater demise toll.

With a deep figuring out of the zone and its politics and a story aptitude resembling middle of the night in Peking, newshounds Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy vividly spread the tragic occasions in a real-life mystery packed with suspense, tragedy, historical past, and heroism.

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A Fine Balance

By Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that keep in mind the paintings of Charles Dickens, this significant novel captures all of the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban by way of the ocean. the govt has simply declared a country of Emergency, in whose upheavals 4 strangers--a lively widow, a tender scholar uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and tailors who've fled the caste violence in their local village--will be thrust jointly, pressured to percentage one cramped house and an doubtful destiny.

As the characters circulation from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, A high-quality Balance creates a permanent landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman kingdom.

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The Odyssey of my Life

By Shivraj V. Patil

Born in a small village in Maharashtra, Shivraj Patil aspired to develop into a legal professional, yet destiny had different plans; it propelled him into politics, the place he rose step-by-step within the Congress social gathering to eventually carry the submit of Speaker and Union domestic Minister. during this e-book, he describes his eventful trip, beginning with the early life and his idolization of his grandfather and father, and happening his years in Maharashtra Legislative meeting, as Minister of kingdom, Deputy Speaker, Speaker and Member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha after which Minister within the UPA govt. He stocks his many reports alongside the best way in numerous fields. A needs to learn for these attracted to figuring out the nitty-gritty and useful and ideological facets of Indian Politics.

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Perfectly Easy Indian Food

By Shahnaaz Ayub

A finished, one cease store for Indian cookery, combining a simple to stick to structure with a step by step consultant to your whole favorite conventional Indian dishes. The impact of Indian nutrition has been far-reaching and with eighty five mouthwatering recipes for newcomers in addition to finished chefs, this publication might be your visit advisor toIndian delicacies. Richly spiced with vibrant, own anecdotes and curious ancient evidence, and attractively designed with complete color illustrations to each recipe, this can be an important ebook for any foodstuff lover.

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Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba

By Stephen Tankel

Lashkar-e-Taiba is without doubt one of the strongest militants teams in South Asia and more and more considered as an international terrorist chance on par with al-Qaeda. thought of Pakistan's strongest proxy opposed to India, the crowd received public prominence after its lethal ten-person suicide attack on Mumbai in November 2008. by the point the final Lashkar terrorist was once useless after approximately 60 hours, it seemed the area used to be dealing with a brand new threat. Boasting transnational networks stretching throughout numerous continents, there was critical debate due to the fact Sept. 11 of even if Lashkar is an al-Qaeda associate. The planned concentrating on of Westerners and Jews throughout the Mumbai assaults raised questions about no matter if Lashkar was once relocating deeper into al-Qaeda's orbit and maybe on a trajectory to displace Osama bin Laden's community because the subsequent significant worldwide jihadi hazard. Lashkar's growth has severe safeguard implications for India, Pakistan, Europe and the USA and its actions threaten to break US-Pakistan kin. regardless of transforming into demands motion, Pakistan is but to take any critical steps towards dismantling Lashkar for worry of drawing it additional into the insurgency raging there and due to its persevered application opposed to India. greater than a militant outfit, Lashkar additionally controls an unlimited infrastructure that provides beneficial social prone to the Pakistani population, making all of it the more challenging to dismantle. Storming the realm Stage strains the evolution of Lashkar-e-Taiba over greater than twenty years to demonstrate how the gang grew so robust and to evaluate the possibility it poses to India, the West and to Pakistan itself. the 1st English-language ebook ever written approximately Lashkar, it attracts on in-depth box learn, together with interviews with senior Lashkar leaders, rank-and-file contributors, and officers of the Pakistani defense services--some of who've helped nurture the gang over the years.

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The Great Indian Phone Book: How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life

By Assa Doron

In 2001, India had four million cellphone subscribers. Ten years later, that quantity had exploded to greater than 750 million. Over only a decade, the cellular phone was once remodeled from an extraordinary and unwieldy software to a palm-sized, cheap staple, taken without any consideration by way of terrible fishermen in Kerala and prosperous marketers in Mumbai alike. The nice Indian mobilephone Book investigates the social revolution ignited by way of what could be the most vital communications gadget in historical past, one that has disrupted extra humans and relationships than the printing press, wristwatch, vehicle, or railways, notwithstanding it has features of all four.

In this fast moving learn, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey discover the total atmosphere of the inexpensive cell phone. mixing journalistic immediacy with years of field-research event in India, they painting the capitalists and bureaucrats who keep an eye on the mobile infrastructure and strive against over bandwidth rights, the agents and technicians who deliver cellphones to the hundreds, and the customarily negative, village-bound clients who adapt those addictive and infrequently complicated units to their day-by-day lives. studying the demanding situations cellphones pose to a hierarchy-bound nation, the authors argue that during India, the place caste and gender regulations have outlined energy for generations, the disruptive strength of cell phones is even more than elsewhere.

The nice Indian cell Book is a carefully researched, multidimensional story of what can take place whilst a robust and on hand know-how is positioned within the fingers of a giant, nonetheless predominantly bad population.

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A Suitable Boy: A Novel (Modern Classics)

By Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth's novel is, at its center, a love tale: Lata and her mom, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are either looking for -- via love or via exacting maternal appraisal -- an appropriate boy for Lata to marry. Set within the early Fifties, in an India newly self reliant and suffering via a time of trouble, A compatible Boy takes us into the richly imagined global of 4 huge prolonged households and spins a compulsively readable story in their lives and loves. A sweeping panoramic portrait of a fancy, multiethnic society in flux, A compatible Boy is still the tale of normal humans stuck up in an online of affection and ambition, humor and unhappiness, prejudice and reconciliation, the main gentle social etiquette and the main appalling violence.

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Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

By Hugh B. Urban

A fancy physique of non secular practices that unfold in the course of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions; a kind of spirituality that possible combines sexuality, sensual excitement, and the entire diversity of actual adventure with the non secular life—Tantra has held a relevant but conflicted function in the Western mind's eye ever because the first "discovery" of Indian religions via eu students. continually radical, continuously tremendous different, Tantra has confirmed a key consider the imagining of India. This publication deals a serious account of ways the phenomenon has become.

Tracing the advanced family tree of Tantra as a class in the heritage of religions, Hugh B. city unearths the way it has been shaped in the course of the interaction of renowned and scholarly imaginations. Tantra emerges as a made of mirroring and misrepresentation at paintings among East and West--a dialectical class born out of the continuing play among Western and Indian minds. Combining historic element, textual research, renowned cultural phenomena, and important concept, this e-book exhibits Tantra as a transferring amalgam of fantasies, fears, and wish-fulfillment, straight away local and different, that moves on the very middle of our structures of the unique Orient and the modern West.

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Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

By Karl Weber

In the final twenty years, loose markets have swept the globe. yet conventional capitalism has been not able to resolve difficulties like inequality and poverty. In Muhammad Yunus’ groundbreaking sequel to Banker to the Poor, he outlines the idea that of social business—business the place the artistic imaginative and prescient of the entrepreneur is utilized to today’s so much severe difficulties: feeding the bad, housing the homeless, therapeutic the unwell, and maintaining the planet. Creating an international with no Poverty finds the following part in a hopeful monetary and social revolution that's already underway.

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Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

By Rana Dasgupta

An awesome portrait of the fastest-growing urban within the world—and the increase of a brand new international elite

Since the hole up of India’s economic system in 1991, wealth has poured into the rustic, and particularly into Delhi. Capital bears witness to the impressive metamorphosis of India’s capital urban, charting its emergence from a rural backwater to the heart of India’s new elites. No different position in the world higher embodies the breakneck, noticeably disruptive nature of the worldwide economy’s progress over the last two decades. In a chain of outstanding conferences with a large swath of the population—from Delhi’s forgotten negative to its wealthy tech marketers— Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Rana Dasgupta offers an intimate portrait of the folk dwelling, soreness, and striving for extra during this tumultuous urban of extremes, in addition to an uncanny glimpse of our shared international destiny.

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