When I Was A Boy

January 12, 2021

In this beautiful, heartfelt and often humorous mini-autobiography, beloved storyteller Ruskin Bond relives the days of his childhood and teenage. He writes of carefree days in the port city of Jamnagar where little Ruskin
would read books upside down, wander into old palaces, go for rides on lurching boats and in swooping, looping aeroplanes, and listen to tall tales told by a loving ayah and a colourful cook. He also describes his schooldays
in Shimla—being dressed up as Humpty Dumpty for his very first stage performance, making friends and planning pranks. He remembers his days in Delhi, where he lived with his father for one magical year when they explored
monuments, cinema halls and shops selling ice-creams and comics. And he recalls his time in Dehra when he developed his love of reading and writing, cycled far and wide and loafed in the bazaar with new-found friends.
Funny and imaginative, nostalgic and tender, this truly timeless book— embellished with lovely colour illustrations—is a record of a very special childhood.

A Clown for Tenali Rama

January 12, 2021

Basava and Sivakka are two ordinary children growing up in the village of Hampi in Karnataka. One day, Basava finds a set of sculpting hammer and chisel, and as he starts carving with them, the magical instruments take them
right back in time to the Hampi of the sixteenth century, when it was ruled by the great Krishnadeva Raya!

Here they make friends and are plunged into a world of scheming dancers, talented artists, powerful emperors who live in fabulous palaces and more. And when Basava becomes an apprentice sculptor, he is commissioned by the legendary Tenali Rama himself to create something in stone that will make him laugh!

Subhadra Sen Gupta can make history come alive like no one else. This pageturning adventure story is not only exciting, but is also filled with the wonder that was once the magnificent Vijayanagar Kingdom.

The Tainted An Irish-Indian Love Story

January 12, 2021

The hills of Nandagiri,1920: the Irish Kildare Regiment is part of the vast machinery that holds together the British Empire for the Crown of England. Back home in Ireland, the Irish War for Independence is raging and is met with a ruthless backlash; the Black and Tans—an English paramilitary force set up to crush Irish dissidents—spread death, indignities and destruction wherever they go.

In Nandagiri, Rose Twomey, an Irish-Indian, and Michael, a soldier from the Kildare Rangers, fall in love, defying the social norms of the time that disapproved of such unions. As news of the Black and Tans’ atrocities reach
India, anger brews among the Irish soldiers against the Crown they’ve sworn to serve, leading to mutiny, arrests, court-martials and executions. Rose and Michael are helpless in the political maelstrom blowing around them that rips through their lives and dreams.

Sixty years later, in those very same hills, families torn apart by those turbulent decades are forced to reckon with the horrors of the past, heartbreak, loss and alienation, but they may yet, perhaps, finally find healing
and belonging.

Through a love story spanning an era of Indian and Irish history, The Tainted describes the continued disconnect that many Anglo-Indians live in, unable to come to terms with being unwanted in the country they consider ‘home’ (the land of their White fathers), the bitterness they pass down to their children and their mutually conflicted relationship with a country they are unsure whether to call their own.

The Last Light of Glory Days

January 12, 2021

Profoundly compassionate and a masterful storyteller, Avinuo Kire describes a world that is as breathtaking as it is shattering; where military occupation and magic co-exist.

‘The Disturbance’ holds three interconnected stories, set against the backdrop of the Indo-Naga conflict that began in the late 1940s and remains unresolved to this day. Told through the eyes of women from three succeeding generations of the same family, the stories recount how Naga people remained determined to hold on to normalcy even in the face of occupation, state torture, the tearing apart of families and racism.

In ‘New Tales from an Old World’, everyday events in the mountains are infused with an element of the supernatural. Naga myths and folk legends slip effortlessly into tales of hard farm life, childhood terrors and adventures in the countryside, love and mourning. In these stories, hunters, predators, Tekhumevi (weretigers), secret potions, shadowy-demons called Kamvüpfhi, strange spirits and enchanted forests, find a place in contemporary Nagaland with remarkable ease.

This volume, both a political declaration and a personal love-note to her land, establishes Avinuo Kire as a writer of formidable skill. The Last Light of Glory Days is an exquisite unravelling of the tired tropes that cast Nagaland as another undistinguishable piece in the ‘Northeast’.

Hop On

December 24, 2020

A little boy goes riding on a boat. He has been told many fearful stories of sea monsters and strange sea creatures. But what really happens on the boat? Then he is taken high up, far above the land in a tiny plane. The pilot loves to take his plane up and down, diving and swooping. Is that fun? On a train, the boy goes slowly up a hill, amidst piles of snow, through an amazing winterland. But this is no ordinary train, for it is taking a whole load of schoolboys to their boarding school. Can such a train ride really be exciting?

Find out in this set of stories where a young Ruskin Bond travels by train, plane and boat, and tells us all the marvellous adventures from his childhood days. Charmingly illustrated, written in simple language that will delight
younger readers, Hop On is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of Ruskin Bond’s stories.

Locking Down the Poor

December 24, 2020

In early 2020 the first cases of Covid-19 infection were confirmed in India, and on 24 March the country’s prime minister announced a nationwide lockdown, giving the population of over 1.3 billion just four hours’ notice. Within days, it became evident that India had plunged into its biggest humanitarian crisis since Partition. In this powerful book, Harsh Mander shows us how grave this crisis was and continues to be, and why it is the direct consequence of public policy choices that the Indian government made, particularly of imposing the world’s longest and most stringent lockdown, with the smallest relief package. The Indian state abandoned its poor and arginalized, even as it destroyed their livelihoods and pushed them to the brink of starvation.

Mander brings us voices of out-of-work daily-wage and informal workers, the homeless and the destitute, all overwhelmed by hunger and dread. From the highways and overcrowded quarantine centres, he brings us stories of
migrant workers who walked hundreds of kilometres to their villages or were prevented from doing so and detained. He lays bare the criminal callousness at the heart of a strategy that forced people to stay indoors in a country where tens of crores live in congested shanties or single rooms with no possibility of physical distancing, no toilets and no running water.

Combining ground reports with hard data, Mander argues with great clarity and passion that India is in the middle of a humanitarian catastrophe, the effects of which will be felt for decades.

Gulgul in Jungalu

November 17, 2020

Gulgul is a little girl who lives on the planet GR33N with her parents Jit and Megha. On their way back from a fun day on the planet H4H4H0, their space-car crashes into an unknown lake! They have landed on Jungalu. Here they are rescued by the strange elephant-like Patches and given yummy fruit and grass to eat. But how will they repair their car and return to their own planet? Only Jungalu’s Wise Leader, Mahali, the giant mouse, can help them.

Will Megha be able to build her zingjuck that will shoot them back into space? Will the weird and caring animals of Jungalu—the longfellows, bluglugs, flippots and others help them?

Find out in the first adventure story about the clever and naughty girl Gulgul. Ashok Rajagopalan, creator of the bestselling Gajapati Kulapati books, brings his trademark wacky humour to a new series filled with adventure, friendship and fun.

Gulgul in Parapara

November 17, 2020

Dinny, Gulgul’s cousin, loves collecting bird feathers. When Gulgul visits Dinny, her Aunt Jinny decides to take them to the planet P4R4P4R4 (Parapara) to find some rare keypock feathers. But wherever Gulgul goes, there is sure to be a super exciting adventure!

Parapara is a collection of many small planets and moons on which live birds of all shapes and sizes. When they land on Greenpara, they meet the bird Win King, and her three children Coo King, Thin King and Blin King who tell them where to find keypocks. But on the way, they are kidnapped by giant parrots as big as horses.

Will they be able to escape? Who will come to their rescue? Will Jinny, Dinny and Gulgul find a way to get back home with their feathers intact?

Ashok Rajagopalan, creator of the bestselling Gajapati Kulapati books, brings his trademark wacky humour to a new series filled with adventure, friendship and fun. Filled with funny birds and an even funnier aunt, the third book in The Adventures of Gulgul series will have you tweeting and squawking and hooting with laughter!

Gulgul in Sea-Saw Gara

November 17, 2020

Gulgul, along with her parents Megha and Jit, have gone to the planet C-54G4R4, or Sea-saw Gara. The whole planet is like a giant waterpark. When Gulgul goes on a submarine ride, the submarine loses its way in the planet’s waters! Soon they are rescued by giant octopuses who live in Octopus City. Here everyone lives in aquariums and eats sea-fruits, sea-nuts, seagrass, and even drinks seawater!

How will Gulgul and the other humans survive? Will they be able to find their way back to the waterpark? What will happen if the fierce half-fish and half-lion merlions attack?

Laugh out loud as Gulgul once again proves that with a little bit of luck and lots of clever ideas, there are amazing adventures waiting on every planet! Ashok Rajagopalan, creator of the bestselling Gajapati Kulapati books, brings his trademark wacky humour to a new series filled with adventure, friendship and fun.

Loki Takes Guard

November 17, 2020

Eleven-year-old Loki—Lokanayaki Shanmugam—is cricket crazy. She wants to play on the local cricket league team, The Temple Street Tankers. But they have a ridiculous ‘boys only’ rule that they aren’t willing to change for a girl. And her parents seem to be too involved with her brother’s studies to bother with Loki. So she takes matters into her own hands and begins a petition to fight for her right to play cricket.

But very few people are willing to sign this petition—even her parents refuse. Nobody takes much notice till anonymous Twitter sensation @_poetic_paati takes up Loki’s cause. Soon, Loki’s petition goes viral and the entire nation is rooting for her. But will her parents, the team, and the guardians of tradition change their minds? And more importantly, if they do, will Loki be able to deliver the runs?

Witty and fast-paced, Loki Takes Guard is as much a story about the joy of sports as it is about breaking outdated rules and standing up for oneself.

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