India (Lonely Planet Country Guide)

Discover India

Shield your eyes because the wilderness solar ignites the sandstone of Jaisalmer castle, p. 245
Sway side-to-side as you lumber during the jungle tiger-spotting at the again of an elephant in Corbett Tiger Reserve, p. 472
Head for the hills and the heavens: experience out from Darjeeling on a trek with attractive Himalayan perspectives, p. 542
Align your chakras and get bent right into a new place at a yoga category in Mumbai, p. 780

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Sahib: The British Soldier in India 1750-1914

By Richard Holmes

From the bestselling writer of Tommy and Redcoat, an impressive and wealthy historical past of the British soldier in India from Clive to the tip of empire, making complete use of non-public debts of infantrymen who served within the substantial and sundry country that made up the jewel in Britain's imperial crown.

Sahib is a wide and sweeping army background of the British soldier in India, yet its concentration, like that of Tommy and Redcoat ahead of it, could be at the males who served in India and the ladies who them throughout that massive and dusty continent, bore their young ones, and, all too frequently, mopped their brows as they died.

The booklet starts off with the awesome tale of India's upward push from advertisement enclave to nice Empire, from Clive's victory of Plassey, in the course of the imperial wars of the eighteenth century and the Afghan and Sikh Wars of the 1840s, during the bloody turmoil of the Mutiny, and the frontier campaigns on the century's finish. With its specialize in the event of normal infantrymen, Sahib explains to us why squaddies of the Raj had joined the military, how they obtained to India and what they made up of it once they arrived. barrack room' to storming events assaulting powerful fortresses, cavalry swirling throughout open plains, and khaki columns inching their manner among louring hills.

Making complete use of intensive and infrequently overlooked archive fabric within the India place of work Library and nationwide military Museum, Sahib will do for the British soldier in India - no matter if serving a neighborhood ruler, forming a part of the Indian military, or soldiering with a British regiment - what Tommy has performed for the normal soldier within the First global conflict.

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A Fine Balance

By Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that keep in mind the paintings of Charles Dickens, this superb novel captures all of the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban through the ocean. the govt has simply declared a nation of Emergency, in whose upheavals 4 strangers--a lively widow, a tender pupil uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and tailors who've fled the caste violence in their local village--will be thrust jointly, pressured to percentage one cramped condo and an doubtful destiny.

As the characters flow from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, A positive Balance creates an everlasting landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman kingdom.

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Mughal Art (Mega Square)

If the ‘Palace of Love’, in a different way often called the Taj Mahal, is taken into account to be the logo of Mughal paintings, it truly is under no circumstances the only consultant. characterized via its beauty, attractiveness, and Persian and eu affects, Mughal artwork manifests itself both good in structure and portray as in ornamental paintings.

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Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge Hindu Studies)

Today yoga is a completely globalised phenomenon. Yoga has taken the realm through hurricane and is even seeing renewed attractiveness in India. either in India and in another country, adults, teenagers and youths are training yoga in assorted settings; gyms, faculties, domestic, paintings, yoga studios and temples. The yoga diaspora begun good over 100 years in the past and we proceed to determine new manifestations and makes use of of Yoga within the glossy world.

As the 1st of its type this assortment attracts jointly leading edge scholarship within the box, concentrating on the speculation and perform of yoga in modern instances. providing a number views on yoga's modern manifestations, it maps the move, improvement and consolidation of yoga in worldwide settings. the gathering positive aspects the most famous authors in the box and more recent voices. The contributions span a couple of disciplines within the humanities, together with, anthropology, Philosophy, stories in faith and Asian reports, supplying a number access issues to the problems fascinated with the research of the topic. As such, is of use to these excited about educational scholarship, in addition to to the growing to be variety of yoga practitioners who search a deeper account of the foundation and importance of the suggestions and traditions they're attractive with. it is going to also-and might be such a lot of all-speak to the starting to be numbers of 'scholar-practitioners' who straddle those realms.

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Those Days- A Novel

This novel is determined in nineteenth centruy Bengal opposed to the backdrop of the Bengal Renaissance and the 1857 rebellion. This translation from Bengali weaves historical past and fiction right into a hugely readable textile.

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The Great Indian Novel

By Shashi Tharoor

During this award-winning, the world over acclaimed novel, Tharoor has masterfully recast the 2,000 year-old epic, The Mahabharata, with fictional yet hugely recognizable occasions and characters from twentieth-century Indian politics. Chronicling the Indian fight for freedom and independence from nice Britain, Tharoor directs his hilarious satire as a lot opposed to Indian foibles because the bumbling of the British rulers.

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The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century

By Geoffrey Samuel

Yoga, tantra and different kinds of Asian meditation are practised in modernized types through the global at the present time, yet such a lot introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism inform purely a part of the tale of ways they built. This e-book is an interpretation of the historical past of Indic religions as much as round 1200 CE, with specific specialise in the improvement of yogic and tantric traditions. It assesses how a lot we actually find out about this era, and asks what feel we will be able to make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices, that have been to turn into such important and demanding positive aspects of the Indic spiritual scene. Its originality lies in looking to comprehend those traditions when it comes to the whole social and non secular context of South Asian society in this interval, together with the non secular practices of the overall inhabitants with their shut engagement with kin, gender, fiscal lifestyles and different pragmatic issues.

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A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka

By Meera Subramanian

Crowded, scorching, topic to violent swings in weather, with a central authority not able or unwilling to stand the main important demanding situations, the wealthy and terrible more and more dwelling in worlds aside; for many of the realm, this photograph is of a potential destiny. For India, it's the very actual present.

In this lyrical exploration of lifestyles, loss, and survival, Meera Subramanian travels looking for the standard humans and microenterprises made up our minds to restore India’s ravaged wildlife: an engineer-turned-farmer brings natural foodstuff to Indian plates; villagers resuscitate a river run dry; cook dinner range designers persist at the quest for a smokeless hearth; biologists convey vultures again from the edge of extinction; and in Bihar, one among India’s such a lot impoverished states, a daring younger lady teaches teenagers the basics of sexual well-being. whereas investigating those 5 environmental demanding situations, Subramanian discovers the tales that renew wish for a country with the capability to guide India and the planet right into a sustainable and wealthy future.

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Dahanu Road: A novel

By Anosh Irani

“The in basic terms assertion of rebellion the negative can make was once to place an finish to their very own distress. It occurred the entire time—men lay themselves on teach tracks, hanged themselves from bushes, ate up rat poison, and ladies set their kerosene-soaked our bodies alight in entrance in their husbands. those have been blazing ends to insignificant trips. yet in all this, there has been continuously one guy who, in that ultimate gush of blood, in that ultimate breaking of neck and bone, set issues in motion.” 
Zairos Irani, a tender guy of inherited relaxation, is meandering via his family’s lush chickoo orchards close to Mumbai whilst he comes throughout a distressing sight: placing from one of many fruit timber is the dead physique of Ganpat, a employee from the indigenous Warli tribe. Ganpat’s ancestors as soon as owned the land, earlier than his father’s alcohol money owed prompted the deed to be transferred to Zairos’s grandfather Shapur. the 2 relatives destinies were entwined ever considering the fact that, old grudges once more awoken by way of Ganpat’s ultimate determined act.
Zairos feels obliged to inform Ganpat’s relatives ahead of the experts come to invite useless questions and extract bribes. A tractor bearing Ganpat’s sister and anguished daughter Kusum quickly trundles into the orchard, and whilst Kusum alights, Zairos’s interest is piqued. As a landowner, he understands that he's good above her station, and but her dignity and sweetness lead him to forged apart taboos and threat the wagging tongues of neighbourhood gossips. notwithstanding cautious in the beginning, the grieving Kusum involves go back his affection, asking in basic terms that he help her in attaining what her lifeless father couldn't- through placing an finish to the violence she has persevered by the hands of a drunken husband.
Zairos can't get recommendation from his father Aspi, whose clownishness mask thinly-veiled nihilism. Nor can he open up to his liked grandfather Shapur, whose large palms planted the chickoo timber that he adores up to his personal sons. Shapur outfitted the relatives empire from a determined commence as an orphaned refugee, and any act that may threaten the fragile legacy spawned via his sacrifices may purely galvanize rage within the previous guy, who more and more dwells in thoughts. So Zairos whiles away his time at Anna’s, the neighborhood hang-out for the male relaxation classification, dreaming of a destiny with Kusum. There, with the help of a few both underemployed sidekicks, Zairos hatches a scheme to scare Kusum’s husband into freeing her, whereas holding his personal ethical integrity intact. yet unluckily, Zairos’s scheme won't spread as deliberate, and alongside the best way he'll unwittingly disclose relatives secrets and techniques which can good be larger left buried…
With really good gusto, Irani has outfitted his Dahanu Road upon the pathways cast by way of authors of tragicomic romance spanning centuries and continents, from the Persian vintage Layla and Majnun, to Romeo and Juliet or Wuthering Heights. Dahanu Road is a suspense-filled family members saga, a sprawling romantic epic within which the delineations among the oppressor and the oppressed, or among love and hate, are verified to be maddeningly deceptive.

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