This is a keenly researched and splendidly executed period drama about one man’s struggle to preserve his father’s legacy and of the price extracted by the throne and the homeland.
How Richard F Burton’s The Kama Sutra symbolised fantastical Orientalism that shaped late 19th century imagination about India
What was presented to the colonial world as The Kama Sutra and taken to be a literal translation of Vatsayana’s Kamasutra was in fact the selective (and poor) translation of one part of a multipart disquisition on erotics and manners.
Read an excerpt from Devashish Makhija's Oonga: 'There are places in this forest where the sunlight cannot reach'
The story is set deep within the conflict of the adivasis, naxalites, the CRPF, and a mining company.
Read an excerpt from Devesh Verma's The Politician, a fast-paced novel about ambition, power and politics
The Politician's protagonist Ram Mohan is an intrepid and ambitious young man in newly independent India, who refuses to be held down by his humble origins.
Read an excerpt from 'Pork Roast', a short story that appears in Perumal Murugan's latest book, Four Strokes of Luck
Kumaresan's days of wandering the forests and hills were cut short by the introduction of the midday meal scheme in schools. He was forced to attend school so that he would have one nutritious meal a day.
Book excerpt: In The Tejas Story, a retired air marshal chronicles his experiences of test flying the LCA jets
The story that comes to life through his book is that of his team of pilots and of the LCA programme itself, how it was commissioned, the challenges in the development phase and the pressure of realising the dream of domestically developing a fighter plane.
Read an excerpt from Arjun Raj Gaind's The Anatomy of Scars, based on the aftermath of Operation Blue Star
Amidst mounting conflict, when the protagonist of Gaind's narrative, a young boy named Himmat, visits his grandparents in Amritsar he becomes witness not only to the acts of dissidents fighting for a free Khalistan but also the violence brought on in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's death.
Through Mumbai Monochrome, a collection of photographs that capture the cityscape in all its moods, Kelkar places dead centre the people who have made this much talked about city an energetic, complex and multicultural metropolis simply by way of their quotidian lives and occupations.
Read an excerpt from Sarbpreet Singh's Night of the Restless Spirits, a searing narrative of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots
Eight stories chronicle the lives of different characters attesting to the loss, betrayals and rage wrought by the violence of 1984.
In a new book on partition, Marina Wheeler reconciles India's political struggle with personal histories
Using her mother's story as the primary source for the non fiction, the human rights lawyer and Queen's Counsel crafts a meaningful prose that describes India's struggle for political independence alongside her mother's quest for her own freedom.
Healing the helpless, only to be banished by society: Read a short story from Dhumketu's Ratno Dholi anthology
Each of Dhumketu's stories is an attempt to question, critique and analyse the workings of a complex, layered society with Jenny Bhatt's translation bringing forth his curiously intelligent characters searching for justice, freedom and love.
Chronicling the life of the astute politician Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his political rise, along with that of his four children, the book draws from unpublished documents and research accumulated over two decades to tell the story of the family's complex relationship with British colonialists, the Pakistani armed forces and the United States of America.
'Atonement' is part of The Greatest Hindi Stories Ever Told, an anthology curated and translated by Poonam Saxena, featuring authors like Premchand, Bhisham Sahni and Usha Priyamvada.
In Unni R's latest work, a witch hunt for an invisible rooster exposes the foibles of a privileged, fanatical society
Known for his short stories and screenplays, The Cock is the Culprit is Unni's first novel, which brilliantly exposes the patriarchy, politics, privilege and bigotry prevalent in Kerala society.
With A Plate of White Marble, Bani Basu's Bengali classic Swet Patharer Thala finds first English translation
The following excerpt is the opening passage of the book.
Gangster on the Run: Puja Changoiwala's book delves into a hitman's reinvention as an ultramarathoner
Changoiwala's narrative takes readers through the hitman's arrest in 2007, his subsequent battle with alcoholism and schizophrenia and his journey as an athlete.
In Sugarbread, through the young protagonist's observations, the author delivers prose that not only captures the tangles within a family, but also turns food and delicious recipes into powerful metaphors depicting complex emotions.
Book excerpt: In Running Toward Mystery, The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi shares his life's journey and ideas
In Running Toward Mystery, with Iranian-American writer Zara Houshmand, The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi records his lifelong journey as a seeker.
Read an excerpt from Dr Bonnie Henry's 'Soap and Water and Common Sense': Nothing is immune to Microbes Inc
In Soap and Water and Common Sense, Dr Bonnie Henry traces the evolution of common sicknesses and explains how staying healthy boils down to basic hygiene.
As Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi turns 20, a look at how it shaped Star India's profile, and that of Hindi TV
Sometime in February or March of 2000 Ekta Kapoor pitched the idea of a daily prime-time soap, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The idea: examine what happens when a daughter-in-law becomes a mother-in-law.