The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857

By William Dalrymple

During this evocative examine of the autumn of the Mughal Empire and the start of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple makes use of formerly undiscovered resources to enquire a pivotal second in heritage. The final Mughal emperor, Zafar, got here to the throne whilst the political strength of the Mughals was once already in steep decline. still, Zafar—a mystic, poet, and calligrapher of serious accomplishment—created a courtroom of extraordinary brilliance, and gave upward thrust to probably the best literary renaissance in smooth Indian historical past. all of the whereas, the British have been steadily taking on the Emperor's strength. whilst, in may possibly 1857, Zafar was once declared the chief of an rebellion opposed to the British, he was once powerless to withstand although he strongly suspected that the motion used to be doomed. 4 months later, the British took Delhi, the capital, with catastrophic effects. With an unsurpassed knowing of British and Indian historical past, Dalrymple crafts a provocative, revelatory account of 1 the bloodiest upheavals in heritage.

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The Butcher of Benares

By Mahendra Jakhar

The surprising and brutal homicide of a tender American lady rips aside the peace of the traditional urban of Benares. She is located to be a study scientist operating with the Vatican Observatory, one of many oldest astronomical study associations on the planet. Hawa Singh, a senior inspector from Delhi crime department on a trip to Benares, will get embroiled within the case. He unearths that the murdered girl have been gaining knowledge of the Bhrigu-Samhita, an astrological vintage relationship again to pre-Vedic occasions, believed to be misplaced. The FBI sends in Ruby Malik, a Pakistani-American to enquire the homicide. quickly, extra our bodies are came across with strange connections to either the Bhrigu-Samhita and Christian orthodoxy. The Vatican seems conducting a clandestine operation, looking the secrets and techniques of Hindu astrology within the urban such a lot sacred to it.Secrets that the Vatican could kill to grasp. Hawa Singh, hardened through many gunfights, and with a bullet already lodged close to his mind in a prior stumble upon, groups up with Ruby Malik to resolve the secret. not anything is similar from now on. The temple bells fade within the perpetual wintry weather fog. there's blood at the streets of Benares, which turns into a battleground the place religion and technological know-how collide. The worlds of astronomy and astrology come .Hawa Singh and Ruby seek the opium dens, and the domain names of Naga sadhus, Aghoris and Doms within the cremation grounds, hunt a cannibal lurking within the maze that's Benares, and conflict with the figurehead king of town, Kashi Naresh Maharaj Abhay Narayan Singh. The killer can be somebody. merely Hawa Singh and his appealing co-runner at the chase, Ruby Malik, own the mindset—and the indomitable courage—to locate the assassin on the middle of this secret. And within the technique, locate themselves.

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

By Hugh B. Urban

A posh physique of non secular practices that unfold in the course of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions; a sort of spirituality that possible combines sexuality, sensual excitement, and the whole variety of actual adventure with the spiritual life—Tantra has held a valuable but conflicted function in the Western mind's eye ever because the first "discovery" of Indian religions by means of ecu students. continuously radical, continually super different, Tantra has confirmed a key think about the imagining of India. This e-book deals a serious account of ways the phenomenon has end up.

Tracing the advanced family tree of Tantra as a class in the background of religions, Hugh B. city finds the way it has been shaped during the interaction of well known and scholarly imaginations. Tantra emerges as a fabricated from mirroring and misrepresentation at paintings among East and West--a dialectical type born out of the continuing play among Western and Indian minds. Combining historic element, textual research, well known cultural phenomena, and important conception, this publication indicates Tantra as a moving amalgam of fantasies, fears, and wish-fulfillment, immediately local and different, that moves on the very middle of our buildings of the unique Orient and the modern West.

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The Spoils of Partition: Bengal and India, 1947-1967 (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society)

By Joya Chatterji

The partition of India in 1947 was once a seminal occasion of the 20 th century. a lot has been written concerning the Punjab and the construction of West Pakistan; against this, little is understood concerning the partition of Bengal. This notable publication through an said specialist at the topic assesses the social, fiscal and political effects of partition. utilizing compelling resources, the ebook, which was once initially released in 2007, exhibits how and why the borders have been redrawn, how the production of latest kingdom states resulted in remarkable upheavals, great shifts in inhabitants and fully unforeseen ameliorations of the political panorama in either Bengal and India. The ebook additionally unearths how the spoils of partition, which the Congress in Bengal had anticipated from the hot obstacles, have been squandered over the 20 years which undefined. this is often an interesting and hard paintings whose findings switch our realizing and its effects for the historical past of the subcontinent.

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2014: The Election That Changed India

By Rajdeep Sardesai

The 2014 Indian basic elections has been considered as crucial elections in Indian background considering that 1977. It observed the decimation of the ruling Congress get together, a fantastic victory for the BJP and a brand new kind of campaigning that broke each rule within the political online game. yet how and why?

In his riveting ebook, Rajdeep Sardesai tracks the tale of this pivotal elections via all of the key avid gamers and the large information tales. starting with 2012, whilst Narendra Modi received the kingdom elections in Gujarat for a 3rd time yet set his attractions on a much bigger prize, to the scandals that crippled Manmohan Singh and UPA 2, and relocating to the back-room concepts of workforce Modi, the intense missteps of Rahul Gandhi and the political dramas of an election 12 months, he attracts a wide ranging photograph of the 12 months that modified India. Page-turning, jam-packed with insights and nice graphics, and written with a media insider s eye, 2014 is political storytelling at its very best.

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Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song

By Graham M. Schweig

“[It] will stay the traditional textual content of this outstanding track for future years, if certainly it really is ever superseded.”
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Graham M. Schweig’s translation of the Bhagavad Gita—the “Bible of India”—is a sublime, hugely available model of 1 of an important sacred scriptures in international faith. this pretty translation of the recognized dialog among the Hindu god Krishna and the younger prince Arjuna incorporates a word list, a pronunciation consultant, and specialist remark for better ease of understanding.

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Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India

By Vinayak Bharne, Krupali Krusche

This quantity examines the multifarious dimensions that represent the workings of the Hindu temple as an architectural and concrete outfitted shape. 11 chapters examine Hindu temples from a number of standpoints tracing their elusive evolution from wayside shrines in addition to canonization into classical gadgets; wondering the position of treatises containing their development principles; reading their prescribed proportions and orders; reading their presence in, and as, higher sacred habitats and ritualistic settings; and asserting their influential position within the modern Indian city. Going past stereotypical displays of Hindu temples ruled by means of chronological and stylistic issues, this examine, addressed to architects, urbanists, and developers, combines historical scholarship, documentation, own observations and fieldwork to extend the belief of the Hindu temple as a fancy and contradictory cultural entity, that's either formal and casual, huge and modest, ancient and sleek, and deserving of a miles broader and deeper figuring out.

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The Last India Overland

By Craig Grant

An over-looked vintage, a Canadian at the Road.

Based on a visit the writer took via Asia within the past due 70's, The final India Overland encompasses a drug-fueled forged of ex-pats and refugees from truth, screwing and doping their approach from London to the Khyber move. a desirable mixture of personalities and a story thrillingly informed, even though decidedly now not the type of travelogue prone to be counseled via the nations involved.

Craig provide dependent the unconventional on a bus journey he took that was once the final India overland show to make it via Iran prior to the borders closed through the Iranian revolution within the 1970’s. It used to be a furry, frightening experience, with sexual experience, weaponry (a pen, if I keep in mind correctly), and suspense.

This quantity is lengthy out of print and it's late for revival, a brand new iteration of readers and fun-seekers gaining knowledge of its indisputable appeal and unheard of strangeness.

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Brothers at War (Empire of the Moghul, Book 2)

By Alex Rutherford

The second one captivating installment in Alex Rutherford's Empire of the Moghul sequence. 1530, Agra, Northern India. Humayun, the newly-crowned moment Moghul Emperor, is a lucky guy. His father, Babur, has bequeathed him wealth, glory and an empire which stretches 1000 miles south from the Khyber move; he needs to now construct on his legacy, and make the Moghuls valuable in their forebear, Tamburlaine. yet, unbeknownst to him, Humayun is already in grave probability. His half-brothers are plotting opposed to him; they doubt that he has the power, the desire, the brutality had to command the Moghul armies and make them still-greater glories. maybe they're correct. quickly Humayun might be locked in a negative conflict: not just for his crown, not just for his existence, yet for the life of the very empire itself. (less)

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