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The Big Picture

Coffee-table books that showcase the arts, crafts and cultural histories of India

The Quest for a Sovereign Identity

Divine authority and other idioms of power in the shaping of modern India

Woes of a Warrior

The prince who took on the East India Company for the era’s biggest port city

The Diaries of Eliamma Mathen: Homemaker as Intimate Historian

The diaries of Eliamma Mathen capture with rare sensitivity the political intrigue and skullduggery in the former princely state of Travancore

From An Imperial To A National Cuisine

If India’s cuisine was influenced by colonial and princely tastes before 1947, the driving force after Independence was the palate of the urban middle-class. The task of shaping the national cuisine was taken up by the menus of restaurants, cookbooks and magazines and later by TV and films


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