Horses are not indigenous to India. And yet, folklore and popular culture are full of stories about them. In this fascinating book, Doniger, who has been called ‘the greatest living mythologist’, examines the horse’s significance throughout Indian history, from the arrival of the Indo-Europeans, followed by the people who became the Mughals (who imported Arabian horses) and the British (who imported thoroughbreds and Walers). Along the way, we encounter the tensions between Hindu stallion and Arab mare traditions, the imposition of European standards on Indian breeds, the reasons why men ride mares to weddings, the motivations for murdering Dalits who ride horses, and the intriguing myth of foreign horses who emerge from the ocean to fertilize native mares.
A compelling biography of the glorious, feisty and never-say-die Zohra Sehgal, who began her performing career as a dancer with the legendary Uday Shankar in the 1930s, switched to theatre in the 1950s, working with another legend, Prithviraj Kapoor, and late in life—into her late nineties—became a celebrated character actor in Indian and English cinema.
Widely respected as a major literary voice to emerge from the Northeast, Padma Shri awardee Tesmula Ao demonstrates once again her extraordinary skill in depicting life in Nagaland—from things as simple as a lily that will not bloom, or a day in the life of a band of workers in Dimapur railway station, to the darker mysteries of death and memory. This is a collection of six hauntingly beautiful stories that linger in the mind long after the last page is turned.
Containing over 100 life histories of men and women from across India living on the streets of Delhi, this monumental book examines why and how people become homeless, how they survive on the streets, and how a few of them manage to exit the state of homelessness but always live in fear of falling through the cracks again. Ashwin Parulkar, who worked for almost a decade among the homeless, is as extraordinary a storyteller as he is a scholar, and this book will be one of the best works of non-fiction from and about India in recent years.
‘Salma doesn’t mince words, there is no modulation or playing down. She’s very even-toned but she doesn’t hold back,’ says the English translator of Salma’s The Curse, N Kalyan Raman in an interview to Firstpost
Review of Gulgul in Sea-Saw Gara: For the first time, what may look like a fun-filled adventure read, may actually give some insights on topics like food chain, breaking gender stereotypes and a curiosity for coining or understanding words over re-reads.
– Kids Book Café
Bride of the Forest perfectly stays true to its name. Philosophically precise, factually glorified and beautifully put to words, Madhavi Mahadevan’s new book is a literary work worth remembering.
– Deepan’s Bookshelf
Waiting For The Dust To Settle by Veio Pou is a heartfelt, personal tale of life in Manipur’s Naga villages in the midst of communal tensions, of the far-reaching effects felt by ordinary people, of disillusionment and resilience.
–Purple Pencil Project
Speaking to Natasha Badhwar for Article 14, Mander opens up for the first time about his own near-death experience of being a Covid patient in a public hospital and the implications of being in the midst of a humanitarian catastrophe.