A crucible of ideas
In ‘Making India Great’, author Aparna Pande focuses on the challenges the country faces in areas of social, economic, military and foreign policy and global strategies. She tries to reveal the dichotomy that lies at the core of these challenges: our belief in becoming a global superpower but at the same time our reluctance to implement policies and take action to achieve those goals. New India holds promises of being great to many of its citizens. Can it become one in reality? A stark issue India faces is that it will be the world's most populous country by 2024 and a third-largest economy by 2028. But this size of our population and a sense of historical greatness alone is insufficient to guarantee we will fulfil our ambition to become a global power argues Pande. It requires a shift in attitudes, apart from just planning for economic growth.
Pande is the director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute, Washington D.C. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in History from the University of Delhi and an M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at Boston University in the United States. She is the author of From Chanakya to Modi: The Evolution of India's Foreign Policy.
The novel ‘A river on the wall’ by Stormy Hazarika is a narrative of love, hate, betrayal and trust. It explores the extraordinary range of human emotions that ordinary human experiences. It is a heart-warming testimony of the search for elusive happiness. And how ultimately, each of us hopes to find love that redefines all that we believe in.
Professor Ryeed Lahan is devastated by the recent death of his wife. Initially he ignores the attention of this young, attractive, student at his college, Nikita Adhikari, who refuses to leave the professor alone. Smitten by destiny, Lahan begins to believe that he is being given a second chance at happiness after he befriends Nikita. But challenges await him and Lahan is eventually compelled to take decisions that will forever alter the course of his life.
Hazarika literature and play of words in the interstitial spaces of expression from as early as seven years of age. She believed that stories nourish imagination and kindle hope in a dreamer. Author of Obsession, Eternal Stories of Life and Death, Hazarika has altered the way she looks at life after her battle with cancer. She is currently Head of Department English, at St George’s College in Mussoorie, where she lives. She is also a contributor for Medium website.
“My first book is out today! Excited and nervous at the same time. But most of all humbled,” tweeted author Siddhartha Vaidyanathan after his latest book release ‘What’s wrong with you, Kartik? published 7th August 2020, s a charming tale of a young schoolboy trying to find his place in a fast changing world.
Karthik Subramanian, is all 12 years old, and has just been granted admission into St George’s, which is an elite boys’ school in Bangalore that has supported the academic lives of ‘state level cricketers, one India captain, tens of professors, hundreds of doctors, engineers and scientists, thousands of chartered accountants ...’ In this institution, Karthik struggles for recognition as an academic superstar.
Being prepped by his parents and grandfather, Karthik steps into this new world at St Georges’s. But nothing has prepared him for the challenges that lie ahead of him. He is left to himself to navigate the vagaries of school life, his transition into adolescence. The less his family learns about his friends, the better. There are threats all around, even violence.
With finely calibrated humour and sadness, Vaidyanthan makes some brilliant observations of a motley cast of characters. It is a poignant, exuberant debut from a writer of rare calibre.
Vaidyanathan is a writer and editor based in Seattle. He has worked at ESPNcricinfo and the Wall Street Journal, and contributed to Guardian, Forbes and Wisden. What’s Wrong with You, Karthik? is his first book.
In a city called Sumer, Mithila's world is bound by a Wall. It’s a city where nobody goes out, nothing comes in. Days pass as they have to and this has been for over two thousand years. The city has just enough to eat for just enough people, living by the rules. Within the city, everyone knows their status. But when Mithila tries to be a deviant and cross the Wall, every power in Sumer comes together to stop her. To break the rules is causing a civilizational collapse. But, to follow these rules is to never know. Why did the wall come up in the first place? Who built the Wall? And what would the world look like if it didn't exist? As Mithila and her friends search for this truth, they risk losing their families, the ones they have loved, and even their lives. Is a world they can't imagine worth the only world they have? It is an astonishingly powerful voice in fiction which explores what it means to truly be free.
Gautam Bhatia is a science fiction writer, reviewer, and an editor of the award-winning Strange Horizons magazine. The Wall is his first novel.
'Every Creature Has A Story', a book by Author-journalist Janaki Lenin published by Harper Collins India, will be released on bookshelves on August 13. This book delves into the fascinating tales from the animal kingdom.
Fascinating facts like why giraffes endanger their lives each time they bend down to drink water. Janaki explains that the very act of bending causes immense pressure on the heart as it has to pump blood up to the brain due to the giraffe’s long neck. Janaki uncovers fascinating and sometimes bizarre facts to look at the different ways in which animals breed and survive. The book is peppered with wit and delves into the wonders of the natural world. Like spiders salivating during sex to why elephants don’t have cancer.
Janaki, lives in a village close to Chennai and has produced many wildlife documentaries for National Geographic with her husband. She also had a career as a freelance journalist and has also worked in the field of environmental advocacy.
In 2007, she co-authored an action plan for tackling elephant-human conflicts in Indian farmlands. From 2008-2012, she was the regional chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Crocodile.
Lenin has also helped draft an action plan to manage non-human primates in public spaces and drew up an action plan to deal with human-leopard conflicts in 2011.
Funny and endearing, ‘Three Impossible Wishes’ by Anmol Malik is a book about finding love, and learning to love yourself.
Arya Mahtani, the main protagonist is 19 years old and just received an acceptance letter from the University of Westley. But does she really belong here? She gets engulfed by self-doubt and begins her college life. Here at the university, Arya meets Sahi - a privileged boy desperately trying to Keep Up With The Kardashians of Cuffe Parade and Connaught Place. Thrown into this mix is Arya's complicated relationship with her dad.
Malik studied Creative Writing from the University of Warwick, England. After working at Leo Burnett and UTV-Disney, she went on to look after the Script Department at Yash Raj Films. Author, singer, songwriter, she' s honestly just a girl doing the best she can.
MY SONG SHALL BE CRICKET is an autobiography of Franklyn Stephenson, published on 27th July 2020. He was called the 'rebel' for touring in apartheid South Africa with a West Indian XI. He overcame domestic bans to become one of the world's finest all-rounders. Recognised as the first fast bowler to develop a cunning slower ball, he was the last to do the Double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in an English summer.
Stephenson collaborated on his autobiography with Dave Bracegirdle, a Nottinghamshire-based sports broadcaster and journalist, who has followed the fortunes of his local county club for many years. Bracegirdle is an author of several football and cricket books, including Nottinghamshire CCC On This Day.
Mark Peel, an award-winning cricket writer, charts the development of the England captaincy from 1945 to the present, with portraits of England's 43 cricket captains. The book was originally published on 3rd August 2020.
He explores England's failure to produce sufficient leaders of stature - especially in comparison with Australia - down to individual deficiencies or the exacting nature of the job.
Peel has written 12 books including, ‘England Expects: A Biography of Ken Barrington (winner of the 1993 Cricket Society Literary Award), ‘The Last Roman: A Biography of Colin Cowdrey’, ‘Ambassadors of Goodwill: MCC tours 1946/47-1970/71’ (shortlisted for the MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year 2018) and ‘Playing the Game?: Cricket's Tarnished Ideals from Bodyline to the Present (shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph Cricket Book of the Year 2018).
Amita Nigam Sahaya, a social entrepreneur inverts the very essence of our understanding of the “Big Fat Indian Wedding.” in her latest novel, published on 5th March 2020 by the Pan Macmillian India. Across seven chapters structured like the traditional ritual of the saptapadi, Sahaya does a remarkable exploration of Indian weddings and marriages and what makes them tick. Drawing from ancient Sanskrit scriptures, western philosophies, Bollywood movies and the voices of young Indians, interviews and data - Sahaya tries to give an in-depth examination of institutionalized patriarchy that exists behind the glamour of Indian Weddings. She also gives a rallying cry to challenge the status quo.
Sahaya is a social entrepreneur and a gender activist. She is the director and founder of three NGOs including the Women Work & Health Initiative. She has authored and edited seven books on women and gender issues and translated to English the Hindi classic Jhansi ki Rani, Lakshmibai by her great-grandfather Vrindavanlal Verma.
Amita is co-founder of the Sweden India Gender Network (SIGN) and of India and Beyond the Dialogue Series, and has established two community education and development centres for the underprivileged in Delhi.
In the book author Natalia Borges (Portugese) talks about female love , freedom and the violence women confront. The 33 stories and poems dares to explore the way women love each other—the atrophy and healing of the female spirit in response to sexual desire and identity.
The poems, crafted with a deliberate delicacy, each capture the candid, private moments of women in love. The work has been translated into English by Natalia Borges Polesso and is available on Amazon since May 20. In the book author Natalia Borges (Portugese) talks about female love , freedom and the violence women confront. The 33 stories and poems dares to explore the way women love each other—the atrophy and healing of the female spirit in response to sexual desire and identity. The poems, crafted with a deliberate delicacy, each capture the candid, private moments of women in love. The work has been translated into English by Natalia Borges Polesso and is available on Amazon since May 20.
The book written by Serbian writer Goran Petrović, is an account of various love stories centered around a book: My Legacy , by Anastas Branica . At first glance, this is a book where there is no plot or characters, only descriptions. However, that is what makes it a self-sufficient space, a world that can only be inhabited by its readers, which Anastas has written in order to live, within the book, with his beloved. The book has been translated into English by Peter Agnone and is available since July 14.
In the book author Natalia Borges (Portugese) talks about female love , freedom and the violence women confront. The 33 stories and poems dares to explore the way women love each other—the atrophy and healing of the female spirit in response to sexual desire and identity. The poems, crafted with a deliberate delicacy, each capture the candid, private moments of women in love. The work has been translated into English by Natalia Borges Polesso and is available on Amazon since May 20. In the book author Natalia Borges (Portugese) talks about female love , freedom and the violence women confront. The 33 stories and poems dares to explore the way women love each other—the atrophy and healing of the female spirit in response to sexual desire and identity. The poems, crafted with a deliberate delicacy, each capture the candid, private moments of women in love. The work has been translated into English by Natalia Borges Polesso and is available on Amazon since May 20.
In this debut novel Daniel Speck, an award-winning screenwriter writes about a young German fashion designer Julia, who is about to launch the fashion show that could bring the breakthrough success she has sacrificed so much to achieve. All her dreams for the future are on the brink of reality—until an unknown past comes to find her. A grandfather she never knew existed approaches her with an astonishing claim. Julia’s father, believed dead for decades, is still alive. As a great lie is revealed, Julia embarks on a journey to uncover the lost pieces of her past. The book has been translated by Jaime McGill and is already listed on Amazon crossing by August 11.
The book by Hungarian writer Magda Szabó talks of a troubled teenager during World War II, Gina, is the only child of a general, a widower who has long been happy to spoil his bright and willful daughter. Gina is devastated when the general tells her that he must go away on a mission and that he will be sending her to boarding school in the country. She is even more aghast at the grim religious institution to which she soon finds herself consigned. She fights with her fellow students, she rebels against her teachers, finds herself completely ostracized, and runs away. Gina then entrusts her fate to the legendary Abigail, the classical statue of a woman with an urn that stands on the school’s grounds , which said, “If you’re in trouble, leave a message with Abigail and help will be on the way.” And for Gina, a life-changing adventure is only beginning. The book has been translated by translated from Hungarian by Len Rix. It is already available.
Stories of secrets and paranoia is laid bare in the Bluebeard’s First Wife by Korean author Ha Seong. From a stolen dog to a woman learning of her fiancé’s dishonesty, the book takes the reader through disasters, accidents, and deaths. A woman spends a night with her fiancé and his friends, and overhears a terrible secret that has bound them together since high school. A man grows increasingly agitated by the apartment noise made by a young family living upstairs and arouses the suspicion of his own wife when the neighbors meet a string of unlucky incidents. A couple moves into a picture-perfect country house, but when their new dog is stolen, they become obsessed with finding the thief, and in the process, neglect their child. Ha’s paranoia-inducing, heart-quickening stories will have you reconsidering your own neighbors. The book is translated Korean by Janet Hong and is available on online platforms since June 16.
Marco Buratti, known as the Alligator, and his partners are blackmailed by a high government official and framed in the latest of the Alligator series. Acclaimed as one of today’s best contemporary noir writers, Massimo Carlotto reaches new heights in the most complex “Alligator” novel to date. Rich with biting humor, humanity, and psychological insight, this is an exemplary noir novel from a crime writer at the top of his game. The “Alligator”, and his partners Max the Memory and Beniamino Rossini have fallen into a trap laid by their worst enemy, Giorgio Pellegrini, a wanted man who has no intention of living as a fugitive for the rest of his life and turns state evidence, but something goes wrong. Blackmailed by a high government official, the Alligator and his partners are forced to investigate. But they’ve been framed: even if they discover who’s behind the crime, they’ll rot in prison. To survive, some rules will have to be bent, and others broken. The book has been translated from Italian by Will Schutt and is available since February 4 on online e-com platforms. .
The story by Carmen Boullosa is set in Saint Petersburg, 1905. The son of Anna Karenina meets Tolstoy in his dreams, while a seamstress across town plans a protest with a leader of the proletariat. Behind the gates of the Karenin Palace, Sergei, son of Anna Karenina, finds reminders of his mother everywhere: the vivid portrait that the tsar intends to acquire and the opium-infused manuscripts Anna wrote just before her death, which open a trapdoor to a wild feminist fairy tale. Across the city, Clementine, an anarchist seamstress, and Father Gapon, the charismatic leader of the proletariat, plan protests that embroil the downstairs members of the Karenin household in their plots and tip the country ever closer to revolution. The book has been translated from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee and is available since April 14 from Coffee House Press.
In this book Spanish writer Pilar Quintana takes us to the Colombia’s Pacific coast, where everyday life entails warding off the brutal forces of nature. In this constant struggle, nothing is taken for granted. The book is about Damaris who lives with her fisherman husband in a shack on a bluff overlooking the sea. Childless and at that age “when women dry up,” as her uncle puts it, she is eager to adopt an orphaned puppy. But this act may bring more than just affection into her home. The Bitch is written in a prose as terse as the villagers, with storms―both meteorological and emotional―lurking around each corner. It is a poignant exploration of the many meanings of motherhood and love. The book has been translated by Lisa Dillman and will be available from August 4.