The Endgame: Two Indian women in war-torn Iraq

Editor | Fiction Saddam Hussein is dead, but there’s no end to war in Iraq. Armed with a reputation for daredevilry, reporter Tejaswini Ray arrives from New York to cover the conflict and is immediately enmeshed in a skirmish with Commander Luke of the US Marine Corps. Bound by Luke’s strict censorship rules, Tejaswini –

Salar Jung, the Magnificent Diwan who ushered Hyderabad into modern era

Editor | Non-fiction The Magnificent Diwan is the definitive biography of arguably India’s most influential and powerful statesman of the nineteenth century. Drawing on extensive archival material, this is a compelling account of the life and times of a remarkable Indian who, as diwan or prime minister, decisively shaped Hyderabad’s political and economic history for

Arvind Adiga’s Amnesty, the novel to watch out for in New Year

Editor | Fiction Danny–Dhananjaya Rajaratnam–is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he’s been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his

New fiction: When Sarojini goes in search of her mother

Editor | Fiction Sarojini—Saz—Campbell has come to India to search for her biological mother. Adopted and taken to England at an early age, she has a degree from Cambridge and a mathematician’s brain adept at solving puzzles. Handicapped by a missing shoebox that held her birth papers and the death of her English mother, she

How the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet into India

Editor | Non-fiction In 1959, the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet into India, where he was granted refuge. Few know about the carefully calibrated operation to escort him safely from the Indian border. An Officer and His Holiness narrates how political officer Har Mander Singh successfully managed this assignment in the North East Frontier Agency

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev explains the inside story of Death

By A Correspondent New Delhi: Penguin Random House India has announced the acquisition of a book on death by spiritual master and bestselling author, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, titled Death: An Inside Story. In this book, the founder of the Isha Foundation – a non-profit, spiritual organization – is going to demystify death and its many