New York University professor Vasu Varadhan’s memoir is an inspiring story of an immigrant’s struggle to forge an identity of her own amidst the upheavals of geographical and cultural displacement. On My Own Terms is also an uplifting testament to a remarkable woman’s struggle to maintain individuality, integrity and freedom as an accomplished scholar inside the orthodox Hindu culture in which she was born and raised.
BY DEVIKA C. MEHTA
Children play a significant role in building cultural dimensions and what better way to teach them than good books, written by capable authors! Diksha Pal Narayan is one such author of a children’s book series- ‘Ved and Friends’, who intelligently captures Indian traditions and gives an intrinsic voice to South Asian culture in North America...
Pia Padukone garnered praise for her debut novel, Where Earth Meets Water, which was published in twelve countries and translated into seven languages. Now, with her lyrical second novel, ‘The Faces of Strangers’ the writer once again explores the cultural divide in our global village. Set largely in New York City and Tallinn, the capital of the small former Soviet satellite republic of Estonia, the story centers on four young people and...
Kirâtârjunîya, or Arjuna and the Hunter, is one of the great court epics of the Sanskrit literary canon. Written by the sixth-century poet Bharavi, it is also the first and most remarkable reinterpretation of a pivotal episode in the Mahâbhârata, India’s ancient epic. The warrior Arjuna travels to the Himalayas to perform penance and win a boon from the god Shiva that will help his brothers, the Pandavas, overcome their enemies in...
At one time or another, Dr Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi, M.A. Jinnah, Sardar Patel and many other top leaders strongly opposed India s adoption of the parliamentary system. History has proven them right. Given its diversity, size, and communal and community divisions, the country needed a truly federal setup not the centralized unitary control that the parliamentary system offers. Why India Needs the Presidential System tells the...
Gods in Print: The Krishna Poster Collection
Mandala Publishing $24.99 April 2015. The collection features a stunning selection of forty full-color removable posters selected from Gods in Print: Masterpieces of India’s Mythological Art. This spiritual collection contains 12x16 prints and lithographs of the beautiful and inspirational sacred imagery of Krishna, gathered from all corners of India.
Mascot Books has released the children’s book ‘Ari Loves the Holidays’, written by Reetu Dua. The book is a magical world of ‘Ari Loves the Holidays’, where each holiday takes on a new meaning. Young readers can join Ari as he celebrates with fireworks and presents, goes on an Easter egg hunt, passes out a valentine, puts on his favorite costume, enjoys Hanukkah and Thanksgiving and many more!
In the volatile interior of Old Hyderabad, where the majestic tops of its extraordinary mosques stick out into the serene skies, lives a south Indian family, steadily descending into ruin. Passionate and ambitious Anasuya dreams of bettering her education, but when she discovers her husband’s affair, she is consumed by a desire to exact revenge. Bright and joyful Rushi, brimming with resolutions and desires,
MUMBAI - Celebrated author Chetan Bagat says his next book is quite challenging, as it is a love story of a rural boy and an urban girl. His new novella will hit the stands in October. "My next novel is out and out love story. It's about a rural boy and an urban girl. First time I am trying to explore a semi-rural setting in India. It is quite a challenge to write a novel in English about a rural boy," Bhagat, who has so far set his novels....
Grew up in India between the 1960s and 1980s? Chances are that you, if you were fond of reading, had your first brush with English books through a magnificently inventive author whose oeuvre stretched from a range of mysteries solved by an adventurous group of pre-teenage siblings and their friends, or trips to magical lands with all manners of fantastic beings, or the exploits of a group of girl students in a boarding school.