Month: December 2019

Penguin to publish Tahmima Anam’s The Start Up Wife

By A Correspondent New Delhi: Penguin Random House India has acquired The Start Up Wife by award-winning writer Tahmima Anam. Canongate in the UK and Scribner in the US will publish the book simultaneously. In India, it will be published under the Hamish Hamilton imprint, home to some of the most distinguished titles in literary

Made in India, the Milind Soman story

Editor | Non-fiction There’s more to Milind Soman than meets the eye (although, as his legions of female fans will agree, what meets the eye is pretty delish). Combining in himself the passion of an entrepreneur, the mind of a nerd, the discipline of an athlete, the curiosity of an explorer, the heart of a

Bahawalpur: The Kingdom that Vanished

Editor |History From the microcosm of Bahawalpur, this account helps to join the dots of a more coherent view of the macrocosm of Pakistan and queries the future route of the Islamic State. In the seventy or so years since Independence, much less has been written about the Princely States which acceded to Pakistan than

Ambedkar’s Preamble: A Secret History of the Constitution of India

Editor | Non-fiction On 26 January 1950, the Constitution of India was adopted formally and came into effect. Its preamble set out in brief the enlightened values it enshrined and hoped to engender. In a radical shift from mainstream constitutional history, this book establishes Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s irrefutable authorship of the preamble by uncovering the

Shehan Karunatilaka’s new googly: Chats with the Dead

Editor | Fiction Who is Malinda Albert Kabalana? How did he die? Renegade war photographer Maali Almeida has to solve his own murder. Does that sound fun? It would be if there wasn’t so much bloody red-tape to get through. Oh and it’s not as though anyone alive actually seems to miss him, and it

Republic of Religion: The Rise and Fall of Colonial Secularism in India

Editor | Non-fiction In this groundbreaking book, Abhinav Chandrachud explores how India aspires to become a secular country. Given our colonial past, we derive many of our laws and institutions from England. Many of the provisions in our statutes like the nineteenth-century Indian Contract Act or the Indian Evidence Act are based on the English

Plassey: The battle that changed the course of Indian history

Editor | History The Battle of Plassey, fought on 23 June 1757, changed the course of Indian history forever. When the short, sharp hostilities between the forces of the nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-daulah, and East India Company troops led by Robert Clive, an ambitious soldier of fortune, ended, Britain was on its way to becoming

Just in time: Christmas Shopaholic is funny and farcical

Editor | Fiction Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers. And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you

The Cartiers: The untold story of the family behind the jewellery empire

Editor | Non-fiction The Cartiers offers a behind-the-scenes look at the firm’s most iconic jewelry—the notoriously cursed Hope Diamond, the Romanov emeralds, the classic panther pieces—and the long line of stars from the worlds of fashion, film, and royalty who wore them. It is also a compelling family story. It tells of Louis Cartier, the