Smoke and Ashes: A Writer’s Journey Through Hidden Histories by Amitav Ghosh | HarperCollins
A wide-ranging book about China and India; tea and opium; Europe and Asia; capitalist enterprises and indigenous understandings of the environment.
Made in India by Amitabh Kant | Rupa
A survey of the country’s business heritage and culture. Amitabh Kant provides ways to shape and execute a growth strategy.
Revolutionaries: The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom by Sanjeev Sanyal | HarperCollins
An examination of India’s free•dom struggle from the revolu•tionary perspective, and why the British were forced to leave. The book interweaves drama, assassination, and treachery with the personal courage of the revolutionaries.
Bloodbath Nation by Paul Auster | Grove Press
Paul Auster traces centuries of America’s use and abuse of guns. Since 1968, more than one and a half million Americans have been killed by guns. This beggars the question— why is America so different? Why is the US the most violent country in the Western world? Interwoven with Spencer Ostrander’s photographs of the sites of more than 30 mass shootings, Bloodbath Nation asks: What kind of society do we want to live in?
Spare by Prince Harry | Random House
It was a searing image—two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin. As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be going through. We now have that story.
Why We Die by Venki Ramakrishnan | Hachette
Nobel Prize-winning chemist Venki Ramakrishnan investigates the ongoing research to extend our lifespans indefinitely and explores the cultural, social and ethical ramifications of that research. As science advances, how much are we going to win and how much might we lose?
Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond | Crown
A reframing of the debate on poverty, making a new argument about why it persists in America. Matthew Desmond draws on history, research, and reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor.
The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg | Penguin
Greta Thunberg gathers the wisdom of over one hundred experts— geophysicists and meteorologists; engineers and mathematicians; historians and indigenous leaders—to propose ways to combat climate disaster. Alongside them, she shares her own stories of uncovering greenwashing, revealing how much we have been kept in the dark. She reminds us of the audacity of hope. If a schoolchild’s strike could ignite a global protest, what could we do collectively if we tried?
On the Origin of Time by Thomas Hertog | Bantam
In the theoretical physics department at Cambridge University, Stephen Hawking and his friend and collaborator Thomas Hertog worked for 20 years, to develop a new theory of the cosmos that could account for the emergence of life. Hawking’s closest collaborator now offers a revision of the theory he put forward in A Brief History of Time.
Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age by Katherine May | Riverhead Books
An invitation to reawaken our innate sense of wonder and awe. Katherine May shares stories of her own struggles professionally and personally and explores the restorative properties of the natural world, through the elements of earth, water, fire and air.
The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule | by Angela Saini | HarperCollins
Angela Saini searches for the true roots of what we call patriarchy, uncovering a complex history of how it first became embedded in societies and spread across the globe from prehistory into the present.
My Life as a Comrade by KK Shailaja with Manju Sara Rajan | Juggernaut
The former Kerala Health Minister tells the story of her life and through her life, tells a larger story about Kerala.
A New History of India: From Its origins to the 21st Century by Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Shobita Punja and Toby Sinclair | Aleph
Historian Rudrangshu Mukherjee, along with cultural historian Shobita Punja, and photographer– archivist Toby Sinclair, cover 4.5 billion years of Indian history—from its geological origins to the 21st century by blending pictures and maps with scholarship.
Why did Ancient India’s Matriarchy Disappear? Reflections on our Past, Present, and Future by Romila Thapar | Aleph
Romila Thapar probes a wide variety of subjects—ancient India’s matriarchal systems, the myth of a national language, the figure of the public intellectual, as well as the historicity of Ramayana and Mahabharata. These essays offer insights into our history, language, culture, and religion.
The Book of Compassion by the Dalai Lama and Kailash Satyarthi | Penguin
A journey through the lives of two Nobel Prize winners, and how we can apply compassion to our everyday lives.
Tipu Sultan: A Definitive Biography by Vikram Sampath | Penguin
A window to the life and times of Tipu Sultan.
The Indian Cat Files: The Cat in Indian Literature by BN Goswamy |Aleph
Art historian BN Goswamy writes about the figure of the cat and its representation in Indian art and folklore— from the poems of Ghalib to folktales and even fables from the Mahabharata and the Panchatantra. He highlights a variety of paintings in which cats make their appearance—Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari, Company—while also speculating what the cats might themselves be wondering through captions.
Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire by Nandini Das | Bloomsbury
When Thomas Roe arrived in India in 1616 as James I’s first ambassador to the Mughal Empire, the English barely had a toehold in the subcontinent. Courting India reveals Roe’s time in the Mughal Empire to be a turning point in history. Along with Roe’s account, readers also get an insider’s view of Britain in the making, a country whose imperial seeds were just being sown.
Insatiable: My Hunger for Life by Shobhaa Dé | HarperCollins
The most delicious lassi in Jaipur. Obsessions with kasundi. Conversations with a foodie Nobel Laureate. Juicy secrets of Mumbai’s venerated Willingdon Club. MF Husain’s last food wish. A year of Shobhaa De’s encounters with food, people and places.
Water in a Broken Pot: A Memoir by Yogesh Maitreya | Penguin
Yogesh Maitreya is an independent Dalit publisher, writer, and poet. Maitreya writes of working day and night shifts in factories; and university systems which continue to be casteist. A memoir of struggle and resilience.
Shahjahanabad: Mapping a Mughal City by Swapna Liddle | Roli Books
A mapmaker, working in 1846, depicted important buildings, streets, and landmarks, providing a wealth of information about the city. Shahjahanabad reproduces this large scale, beautifully drawn and coloured map, and considers the city as it had stood prior to its mid-19th century changes. It also explores its diverse communities and important landmarks.
Banned & Censored: What the British Raj didn’t Want You to Read: Selected and Introduced by Devika Sethi | Roli Books
A dive into the history of sedition and censorship in colonial India. It examines over 75 texts that the colonial state banned, censored or deemed seditious. These lost gems from the Indian freedom movement include writings by figures famous and obscure, of events immortalised and forgotten.
A Lucky Man: The Memoirs of a Radio-wala by Mark Tully | Speaking Tiger
Over 60 years, Mark Tully became the voice of the BBC in South Asia. In his memoir, he writes of his encounters with the most intriguing newsmakers of the subcontinent: from Indira Gandhi to Narasimha Rao to LK Advani to Mujibur Rahman.
Untitled by TM Krishna | Context
Protests across the country in recent times have seen a reclaiming of our national symbols. The flag is omnipresent, readings from the Constitution are part of every other protest, the national anthem is sung everywhere. TM Krishna grapples with the histories of our national symbols.
The Shoemaker’s Stitch: Mochi Embroideries of Gujarat in Tapi Collection by Shilpa Shah and Rosemary Crill | Niyogi
A history of chain-stitch embroidery in India and its connections to the Mochi or shoe-maker community. This work focusses on embroideries from the 18th to 20th centuries in the TAPI collection of textiles, with many pieces having direct links both to Gujarati royal families and the lineage of Mochi craftswomen.