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Books of the Month: September 2016


Himalaya: Adventures, Meditations, Life

An Anthology Edited by Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale

ISBN: 9789385288920 | Price: ₹799

e-Book: 9789385288944


I Want to Destroy Myself: A Memoir

Malika Amar Shaikh (Translated by Jerry Pinto)

ISBN: 9789386050960 | Price: ₹399

e-Book: 9789386050984

With over fifty essays, this comprehensive volume brings together a dazzling range of voices—among others, Fa-Hien, Pundit Nain Singh, Heinrich Harrer, Fanny Parkes, Dharamvir Bharati, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Rahul Sankrityayan, Amitav Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Smythe, Paul Brunton, Edmund Hillary, Mark Twain, Sarat Chandra Das, Dom Moraes, Manjushree Thapa—and the two editors themselves—in an unparalleled panorama.


Malika Amar Shaikh was born to Communist-activist parents—her father, Shahir Amar Shaikh, was a trade-union leader and legendary Marathi folk singer. Brought up amidst the hurly-burly of Maharashtrian politics of the 1960s, and exposed to the best and the brightest in Bombay's cultural scene, Malika was a cosseted child, drawn to poetry and dance. She was barely out of school when she married Namdeo Dhasal, co-founder of the radical Dalit Panthers, and celebrated ‘poet of the underground’ who transformed Marathi poetry with his incendiary verse.

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ISBN: 9789386050601

Price: ₹299

e-Book: 9789386050625


A Full Night's Thievery: Stories

Mitra Phukan

A musician never realized the truth of the saying ‘Music is a harsh taskmaster’ until his beloved instrument exacts the highest sacrifice. An unfaithful husband is baffled: his wife grows more and more perfect until she literally becomes the goddess of plenty. A loving mother is naturally distraught at the kidnapping of her son by insurgents. . .or is she? And Modon Sur, with the spoils of a full night's thievery in tow, finds himself in a sticky situation on a black amavasya night.
  In this collection, Mitra Phukan sounds the rhythms of contemporary Assamese society, deftly weaving universal themes of love, loss and ageing with some of the issues facing the region: militancy, witchcraft, and the breakdown of traditional ways of life. . .

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ISBN: 9789386050458

Price: ₹750

e-Book: 9789386050465


Journey After Midnight: India, Canada and the Road Beyond

Ujjal Dosanjh

Born in rural Punjab just months before Indian independence, Ujjal Dosanjh emigrated to the UK, alone, when he was eighteen, and spent four years making crayons and shunting trains while he attended night school. Four years later, he moved to Canada, where he worked in a sawmill, eventually earning a law degree, and committed himself to justice for vulnerable communities, including immigrant women, farm workers, and religious, racial and sexual minorities. In 2000, he became the first person of Indian origin to lead a government in the western world when he was elected Premier of British Columbia. Later, he was elected to the Canadian parliament.
Journey After Midnight is the compelling story of a life of rich and varied experience, and also of rare achievement and conviction. With fascinating insight, Ujjal Dosanjh writes about life in rural Punjab in the 1950s and early ‘60s. . .

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ISBN: 9789386050809

Price: ₹250

e-Book: 9789386050779


The Case of Lady Sannox: Medical Mysteries and Other Adventures

Arthur Conan Doyle
With an introduction by Jerry Pinto

‘Excision of the wound, then?’

‘That is it. If it be on the finger, take the finger off. So said my father always. But think of where this wound is, and that it is my wife. It is dreadful!’. . .

‘It appears to be that or nothing,’ said [the doctor] brusquely. ‘It is better to lose a lip than a life.’

Best known for his immortal detective Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote many stories set in the world of medicine as well as engrossing tales of adventure. Set in plush London and on the wild moors and fells of rural England, these stories are peopled with a host of compelling characters: lunatics and loners; obsessed lovers; beautiful, mysterious women; and, of course, men of medicine.

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ISBN: 9789386050052

Price: ₹199

e-Book: 9789386050076


The Sand Libraries of Timbuktu: Poems

Rohinton Daruwala

‘Rohinton Daruwala's poems unfold like a baramasa, an almanac of seasons and sensations, exquisite torments and explosions of delight. He essays a sensuous portraiture of place, invoking torrential monsoons, arid summers, railway bridges at night, libraries in deserts. [He] spells out a frank eroticism in the textures and flavours of fruit. . .at the same time, [he] is entangled in the hypermodern present. He gathers traces of the loved one from residues both material and digital. . . [He] maps the city, not only through the portraiture of human protagonists, but also through the micro-ecologies inhabited by butterflies and sparrows. . . In Daruwala's handling, the poem can be an oblique parable, a brief lamp of wisdom in the wind of distraction: light as breath, yet as essential.’—Ranjit Hoskote

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ISBN: 9789385288432

Price: ₹399


Relaunched With a New Cover

Uncertain Light

Marion Molteno

From the Commonwealth Prize Winning Author of If You Can Walk You Can Dance, comes a gripping new novel that brilliantly portrays the Central Asian republics in a period of despotism and anarchy, weaving together lives linked and irrevocably altered by one extraordinary man.

High in the mountains of war-torn Tajikistan, rebels abduct inspirational UN peace negotiator, Rahul Khan. The lives of his closest friends begin to unravel.
 Tessa, now married with two children, has never stopped loving Rahul. Lance, a dedicated aid worker, has used Rahul’s friendship to avoid facing up to the gaps in his own life. Hugo, his UN supervisor, feels responsible for the abduction and is driven to uncover the truth. Tajik translator Nargis owes Rahul a personal debt but has secrets she cannot share. As hopes for Rahul's survival fade, each must find a way to begin again.

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ISBN: 9781784974589

Price: ₹1495


House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing about Nepal

Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Introduction by Ed Douglas

In April 2015, catastrophic earthquakes left Nepal devastated. Over 7,000 people lost their lives and more than twice as many were injured. Hundreds of thousands were made homeless and UNESCO World Heritage sites were destroyed.
House of Snow is the biggest, most comprehensive and most beautiful collection of writing about Nepal in print. It includes over 50 excerpts of fiction and non-fiction inspired by the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of this fascinating country.

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ISBN: 9781784770334


Special India Price ₹899
Original Price £20

The Big Cat Man: An Autobiography

Jonathan Scott

This new autobiography by wildlife celebrity Jonathan Scott celebrates the extraordinary life of one of the world's most popular wildlife presenters and photographers. From his childhood on a Berkshire farm in the UK to his rise to international fame as a presenter on the Big Cat Diary, one of the BBC Natural History Unit's most popular and long-running wildlife series, Jonathan Scott has lived a life that many people can only dream about. Following a degree in Zoology he travels 6,000 miles overland to Africa, where he becomes first a wildlife artist and then a safari guide in the Masai Mara.
  His experience allows him to write his first major book The Marsh Lions, followed by The Leopard’s Tale. At the same time, his TV career is launched when he becomes a presenter on the long-running American series Wild Kingdom.

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   We are pleased to announce that Speaking Tiger title Feasts and Fasts: A History of Food in India by Colleen Taylor Sen has been awarded the ‘Certificate of Merit in Book Production’ (Reference books-English) by the Federation of Indian Publishers, under the scheme of Awards for Excellence in Book Production.

   Speaking Tiger participated at the Delhi World Book Fair, from 27th August to 4th September 2016 at Pragati Maidan. There were many visitors to the stall and the variety of titles displayed by Speaking Tiger was much appreciated by book lovers. Click here to view album.

    Speaking Tiger author, Jerry Pinto, gave a talk on the art of translation at the Godrej India Culture Lab on September 2nd. Jerry Pinto is now on his way to Yale to receive the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize. Click here to view album.

    Indu Balachandran’s humorous novel on three young women writers, Runaway Writers, was launched at a fun event at Catholic Club Bangalore on 12th August. The book launch was followed by a reading and conversations on the book. Click here.

    Garrisoned Minds—Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia, edited by Laxmi Murthy and Mitu Varma, was launched at the India International Centre on Saturday, 3rd September. The launch was followed by a panel discussion. Sanjoy Hazarika, Saifuddin Chair & Professor for North East Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, Dr Siddiq Wahid, Founding Vice Chancellor, Islamic University, Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, Editor-in-Chief, Rising Kashmir, Seema Kazi, Associate Professor at CWDS were present for the panel discussion which was moderated by Siddharth Vardarajan. Click here to view album.

    The Man Who Wouldn’t Be God by Shashi Warrier was launched at The Press Club of Bangalore. The book was launched by well-known crime fiction writer Zac O'Yeah, followed by a discussion with the author. Click here.



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