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Speaking Tiger News Digest, October 2015

We bring to you an interesting variety of fiction and non-fiction across genres, written by some of the best writers from India and around the world, including works of Ruskin Bond, Mahesh Bhatt, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Jerry Pinto, Harsh Mander, Nazes Afroz, Nayantara Sahgal, Wendy Doniger, Nandita Haksar, Marion Molteno, Jack Andraka, Frank Smythe, and Giulia Enders.

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Books of the


October 2015




The Hindus

Wendy Doniger

ISBN: 9789385288661

Price: 799



 ‘[Doniger’s] book is no ordinary trek through inscriptions and chronicles. It is more like a psychedelic pilgrimage to sites, ritual moments, and beloved texts scattered over three millennia.’

—David Shulman, The New York Review of Books

The classic, best-selling study of Hinduism, now back in print in an elegant new edition.

Spanning over six millennia, this monumental and thoroughly engrossing narrative account of Indian history and myth offers a new way of understanding one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating religions.

Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its texts cannot be reliably dated even within a century; its central tenets—karma and dharma, to name only two—arise at particular moments in Indian history and often differ in each era, between genders, and from region to region, caste to caste; and what is shared among Hindus is overwhelmingly outnumbered by the things that are unique to one group or another. Yet the greatness of Hinduism—its vitality, earthiness and vividness—lies precisely in many of these idiosyncratic qualities that continue to inspire debate and devotion today.

With immense skill Wendy Doniger illuminates those moments within the Hindu tradition that resist forces that would standardize or establish a canon. She brings a multiplicity of actors and stories to the stage to show how brilliant, creative—and often subversive—thinkers have kept Hinduism alive and dynamic through the ages. She reveals how Sanskrit and vernacular sources are rich in knowledge of and compassion toward women and the lower castes; how they debate tensions surrounding ritual, faith, violence and tolerance; and how animals are key to important shifts in attitudes toward different social classes.

A groundbreaking work by one of the world’s foremost scholars of Hinduism, already acclaimed for its extraordinary insight and analysis, The Hindus is destined to become a classic.







The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

ISBN: 9789385288647

Price: 399


‘We are like toys—someone presses our “ON” button, or turns a key in our backsides, and we Santhals start beating rhythms on our tamak and tumdak, or blowing tunes on our tiriyo while someone snatches away our very dancing grounds. Tell me, am I wrong?’

In this collection of stories, set in the fecund, mineral-rich hinterland and the ever-expanding, squalid towns of Jharkhand, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar breathes life into a set of characters who are as robustly flesh and blood as the soil from which they spring, where they live, and into which they must sometimes bleed.

Troupe-master Mangal Murmu refuses to perform for the President of India and is beaten down; Suren and Gita, a love-blind couple, wait with quiet desperation outside a neonatal ward, hoping—for different reasons—that their blue baby will turn pink; Panmuni and Biram Soren move to Vadodara in the autumn of their lives, only to find that they must stop eating meat to be accepted as citizens; Baso-jhi is the life of the village of Sarjomdih but, when people begin to die for no apparent reason, a ghastly accusation from her past comes back to haunt her; and Talamai Kisku of the Santhal Pargana, migrating to West Bengal in search of work, must sleep with a policeman for fifty rupees and two cold bread pakoras.

The Adivasi Will Not Dance is a mature, passionate, intensely political book of stories, made up of the very stuff of life. It establishes Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar as one of our most important contemporary writers.




The Naked Surgeon

Samer Nashef

ISBN: 9789385288814

Price: 350

Nashef’s writing is lucid, free of medical jargon and, unlike many academic books, it is not dry, being strewn with anecdotes and jokes... An essential book for anyone contemplating surgery, medical treatment, or a career in medicine.’

Independent on Sunday

We are not meant to touch hearts. We all have one, but most of us will never see one. The heart surgeon now has that privilege but, for centuries, the heart was out of reach even for surgeons. So when a surgeon nowadays opens up a ribcage and mends a heart, it remains something of a miracle, even if, to some, it is merely plumbing.

As with plumbers, the quality of surgeons’ work varies. As with plumbers, surgeons’ opinion of their own prowess and their own attitude to risk are not always reliable. Measurement is key. We’ve had a century of effective evidence-based medicine. We’ve had barely a decade of thorough monitoring of clinical outcomes. Thanks to the ground-breaking risk modelling of pioneering surgeons like Samer Nashef, we at last know how to judge whether an operation is in a patient’s best interest, which hospital and surgeon would be best for that operation, when it might best be performed and what the exact level of risk is. We have at last made what is important in surgery measurable. But how should surgeons, and their patients, use these newfound insights?

Ever since his days as a medical student, Samer Nashef has challenged the medical profession to be more open and more accurate about the success of surgical procedures, for the sake of the patients. In The Naked Surgeon, he unclothes his own profession to demonstrate to his reader (and prospective patient) many revelations, such as the paradox at the heart of the cardiac surgeon’s craft: the more an operation is likely to kill you, the better it is for you. And he does so with absolute clarity, fluency and not a little wit.




Asian Absences: Searching for Shangri-La

Wolfgang Büscher

ISBN: 9789385288821

Price: ₹350

‘You will not find a more beautiful travelogue in contemporary literature.’


Asian Absences is the contemplative and lyrical narrative of Wolfgang Büscher’s travels across India, Singapore, Nepal, Cambodia and Japan. While in India, he visits an opulent palace and a fever forces him to take refuge in an abandoned hospital for lepers. Later, he embarks on an industrial oil tanker sailing from Dubai to Singapore. On a stormy day, a rickety boat takes him from Thailand to Phnom Penh. In Kathmandu, he joins a group of shamans on their way to the annual sacrificial feast on a mountaintop. He then examines the ‘beautifully odd’ curiosities of Tokyo’s metropolis, before arriving at his final destination, the elusive and mythical city of Shangri-La.

Büscher vividly captures the conflicting emotional and intellectual responses of a stranger in distant lands, evoking both the exotic wonder and threatening otherness of unfamiliar cultures, that repeatedly challenge mythic assumptions about the East.

Asian Absences is a subtle and compelling investigation into the perils and rewards of leaving one’s comfort zone and journeying to unknown lands. By evading simple conclusions, Büscher impels the reader on a journey of enlightenment that is both troubling and beautiful.




Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery help us Understand Ourselves

Laurel Braitman

ISBN: 9789385288845

Price: ₹450

Science historian Laurel Braitman draws on evidence from across the world to show, for the first time, how astonishingly similar humans and other animals are when it comes to their emotional wellbeing.

Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by studying Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons; Alfred Russel Wallace investigated creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, suffered from debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Braitman’s experiences with Oliver made her acknowledge a startling connection: non-human animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.

Thankfully, all of us can heal. Braitman spent three years travelling the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, finding numerous stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, dogs that cease licking their tails raw, polar bears that stop swimming in compulsive circles, and great apes that benefit from the help of human psychiatrists. How do these animals recover? The same way we do: with love, medicine, and above all, the knowledge that someone understands why we suffer and what can make us feel better.




The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World

Joel K. Bourne Jr

ISBN: 9789385288838

Price: ₹499

An award-winning environmental journalist introduces a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next revolution.

When Malthus famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern agriculture. New seeds, chemicals and irrigation, coupled with free trade, drove the greatest global population boom in history—but left ecological devastation and an unsustainable agro-economic status quo in their wake. Now, with a greater number of mouths to feed than ever before, tightening global food supplies have spurred riots and reform around the world.

Joel K. Bourne Jr takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hotspots, searching for new solutions that can sustainably feed us all. He visits young corporate farmers trying to restore Ukraine as Europe’s breadbasket, a Canadian aquaculturist channelling ancient Chinese traditions, the agronomist behind the world’s largest organic sugar-cane plantation, and many other people and groups, large and small, who are racing to stave off a Malthusian catastrophe. Part history, part reportage, part advocacy, The End of Plenty is a wake-up call for anyone concerned with what the coming decades will hold for our planet and its inhabitants if we don’t take action.




Beyond the Village Pond: Reflections on the Culture of Punjab

Shivdev Singh

ISBN: 9789385288890

Price: 599.00

For centuries, Punjab has been famed for the robust, life-affirming spirit of its people—their industriousness, fortitude, vitality and joie de vivre. It is a spirit and an attitude that informs everyday life in Punjab today—despite all its challenges—as it did in the past.

In Beyond the Village Pond, Shivdev Singh draws upon memories of his childhood and early youth to paint an affectionate and idyllic picture of life in Punjab, especially rural Punjab. In lyrical prose he shows us villages where dawn breaks to the song of a farmer walking to his fields, and dusk falls softly to the sound of cattle coming home for the night; where elderly friends spend long hours reminiscing in the winter sun, and young lovers spar playfully in springtime fairs.

Beautifully illustrated, and containing sparkling translations of Punjabi folk songs, this charming book is a nostalgic tribute to all that is worth cherishing in the timeless heritage of the Land of Five Rivers.







Into the Hidden Valley: A Novel

Stuart Blackburn

ISBN: 9789385288906

Price: 350


The Scenes We Made: A History of Bombay's Experimental Theatre

Shanta Gokhale (ed.)

ISBN: 9789385288968

Price: 599


Friends in Wild Places: Birds, Beasts and Other Companions

Ruskin Bond

ISBN: 9789385755002

Price: 499






The Light of His Clan

Chetan Raj Shreshta

ISBN: 9789385755026

Price: 399



Like a Pinprick to the Heart

Shujoy Dutta

ISBN: 9789385288449

Price: 299





A Book of Simple Living: Brief Notes from the Hills

Ruskin Bond

ISBN: 9788193071007

Price: 350




Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India

Harsh Mander

ISBN: 9789385288005

Price: 495




All That Could Have Been

Mahesh Bhatt

ISBN: 9788193071014

Price: 195



In a Land Far From Home: A Bengali in Afghanistan {Deshe Bideshe}

Syed Mujtaba Ali

ISBN: 9789385288029

Price: 350



Nehru’s India—Essays on the Maker of a Nation

Edited and with an Introduction by

Nayantara Sahgal

ISBN: 9789385288265

Price: 399




Daya Pawar (Translated by Jerry Pinto)

ISBN: 9789385288203

Price: 350


In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi and Other Travels in India

John Lang

ISBN: 9789385288227

Price: 250



The Himalaya Club

John Lang

ISBN: 9789385288166

Price: 199



The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism

Nandita Haksar

ISBN: 9789385288180

Price: 350


The Valley of Flowers: An Adventure in the Upper Himalaya

Frank S. Smythe

ISBN: 9789385288418

Price: 299



NINE: Poems

Anupama Raju

ISBN: 9789385288623

Price: 199


The Storyteller’s Tale

Omair Ahmad

ISBN: 9788193071021

Price: 295


The Two-Year Mountain: A Nepal Journey

Phil Deutschle

ISBN: 9788193071069

Price: 395



A Glimpse of Eternal Snows: A Journey of Love and Loss in the Himalayas

Jane Wilson-Howarth

ISBN: 9788193071076

Price: 395



Jimmy the Terrorist

Omair Ahmad

ISBN: 9789385288043

Price: 250


The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

Jan-Philipp Sendker

ISBN: 9789385288081

Price: 350



A View from the Bund

Ian Bedford

ISBN: 9789385288128

Price: 299



The Last Candles of the Night

Ian Bedford

ISBN: 9789385288142

Price: 299



Royston Ellis

ISBN: 9789385288104

Price: 699



The Mare’s Trap: Nature and Culture in the Kamasutra

Wendy Doniger

ISBN: 9789385288067

Price: 399



The Ends of the Earth

Roger Willemsen

ISBN: 9789385288500

Price: 450


Rungli-Rungliot {Thus Far and No Further}: A Memoir

Rumer Godden

ISBN: 9789385288395

Price: 299



GUT: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ

Giulia Enders

ISBN: 9789385288616

Price: 350



The Edge of Another World

Pepita Seth

ISBN: 9789385288371

Price: 399


Uncertain Light

Marion Molteno

ISBN: 9789385288432

Price: 399



Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

Emily Nagoski

ISBN: 9789385288739

Price: 450



The Devil is a Black Dog: Stories of War and Revolution from the Middle East and Beyond

Sándor Jászberényi

ISBN: 9789385288708

Price: 299




Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World

Jack Andraka with Matthew Lysiak

ISBN: 9789385288685

Price: 350








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·         Speaking Tiger made its debut in the world’s largest Book Fair held in Frankfurt from the 14–18 October. The varied display of Speaking Tiger titles at Hall 4.0; Stand C 59 attracted a lot of visitors to the stand, enquiring about our publications. Click here for pictures.

·         It gives us great pleasure to inform you that the Speaking Tiger title ‘Looking Away – Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India’ has been long-listed for the Tata Literature Live! Awards.

·         Jerry Pinto, author of our bestselling title ‘Baluta’ participated in a session in the ‘Indian Fiction Non Fiction Festival’ held on 15–16 September 2015. He also did a reading from ‘Baluta’ at the Social Communications Department, Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. Click here for pictures from the event.

·         We are pleased to inform you that several of our authors are participating in the ‘Kindle LitfestX’, a virtual literary festival organised by Amazon and Leapvault, from 23 October–1 November.

·         Nayantara Sahgal, author of ‘Nehru’s India’ was interviewed by NDTV on 11 October, on her returning the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the issue of Nehruvianism in the Modi regime. Click here for the interview.

·          The Mare’s Trap: Nature and Culture in the Kamasutra’ by Wendy Doniger has received excellent media coverage in some of the leading newspapers as well as magazines like ‘Outlook India’, ‘The Telegraph’, among others.

·         ‘The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories’ by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar has been extensively appreciated by the media, which  includes ‘’, First Post’, ‘Mail Today’, ‘The Sunday Guardian’, ‘The Mint’, ‘Outlook’ etc.

·         ‘Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ’ by Guilia Enders, the international bestseller which has sold over 2 million copies is No. 1 bestseller in Non Fiction category in France and also a bestseller in the UK.

·         Several other Speaking Tiger titles have also received widespread media coverages. Please find below the links for the same

Ø Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World’ by Jack Andraka in ‘Mumbai Mirror’.

Ø ‘The Valley of Flowers: An Adventure in the Upper Himalaya’ by Frank Smythe in ‘The Statesman’.

Ø ‘The Devil is a Black Dog’ stories of war and revolution from the Middle East and Beyond by Sándor Jászberényi in ‘The Times of India’, ‘The Telegraph’.

Ø ‘Nine Poems’ by Anupama Raju in ‘The Statesman’.

Ø ‘Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ by Giulia Enders in ‘The Telegraph’.

Ø Come as You Are’ by Emily Nagoski in ‘Daily O’.

Ø ‘Baluta’ by Daya Pawar, translated by Jerry Pinto in ‘The Asian Age’, ‘Tehelka 

Ø ‘In the Court of Ranee of Jhansi’ by John Lang in ‘The Indian Express’.

Ø ‘Nehru’s India: Essays on the Maker of a Nation’ by Nayantara Sahgal in ‘The Telegraph’, ‘The Indian Express’.

Ø ‘The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism: From the Cold War to the Present Day’ by Nandita Haksar in ‘The Hindu’.

Ø ‘The Ends of the Earth’ by Roger Willemsen in ‘Outlook India’.

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