Saturday, November 20, 2010

It Can't Be You- by Prem Rao


                                                                      

When Colonel Belliappa, Indian Army (Retd), a highly decorated war hero is found dying one night frothing at the mouth in anguish, there is no one else at home. Other than his immediate family. His wife, his daughter and his son.  Did he, who killed so many, kill himself to bury something dreadful from his past? Or, was he killed?
His death sets the clock back to his life as a career officer in the Indian Army. He fights with great valor in the 1971 war against Pakistan which leaves him physically and psychologically scarred for life. Years later, his aggression and maniacal bravery leads to a secret assignment. He is handpicked to command a crack team of Indian Army snipers as an irregular force to fight intruders and militants in the Kashmir Valley from 1989. Today, he is a partner in a flourishing and successful armaments firm.
The Colonel finds himself in a series of conflicts with his family, amongst others. Standing to gain from his death, they plan to kill him for their own reasons, quite unknown to each other. Do Colonel Belliappa and his family pay the ultimate price? For the spiral of vengeance he himself triggered some decades ago.”

Language: English
ISBN: 978-81-223-1157-0
Price: Rs. 175.00

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ENJOY THE EMPOWERING EXPERIENCE

Pustak Mahal pioneer in mass-trade paperbacks is now available on all digital platforms.

You can download our latest publications onto your kindle, IPhone, IPad/Pod, Blackberry, etc. You can download it directly on your kindle. For Ipad, first download the free app from Amazon.

Our complete range of publication is available  on Amazon as "ebooks". On Amazon, digital books are classified under Kindle books. In the search menu you can enter Pustak Mahal and our complete list (being updated regularly) will come up. You can buy the ebooks by paying through your Credit Cards and within a few minutes it will be downloaded.

                                                              

The entire process of buying is very smooth and with minimum effort you can browse, and buy the book of your choice.

Enjoy reading and gifting books, because people don't throw them but keep them.

Monday, October 11, 2010

WRITE TO LIFE CONTEST


WRITE TO LIFE CONTEST

Cedar Books, an imprint of Pustak Mahal, is dedicated to exploring new talent in the field of fiction writing. The books published under this imprint are a product of fresh and vivid imagination of budding writers, enriched with refreshing language. Our Bestsellers include Rosha, Love on Velocity Express, among many others.

Pustak Mahal is a professionally managed, closely held, family-owned company that was incorporated in 1974 by promoters who already had over four decades of experience in the field. Having moved from success to success, the company today has over 1,500 titles, with at least 500 titles on the active list. Out of these, around 50 titles have been on the bestsellers' lists, and are still being printed even years after their first edition. Every year, the company prints over 2.2 million copies of different books.

We are inviting manuscripts in fiction genre. The well written manuscripts will be acknowledged and rewarded by us.
·         First 15 entries- 1 Winner- Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000
·         Next 16-30 entries- 2 Winners- Cash Prize of Rs. 7,000 each
·         Last 31-50 entries- 3 Winners- Cash Prize of Rs. 5,000 each

So hurry up and send in your entries to publicrelation@pustakmahal.com. Last Date to submit the manuscripts is Oct 31, 2010.

*** Non Fiction Writings are welcome, but will not be the part of contest. ***

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fallen Leaf, Withered Wind ...and Love- by Saikat Baksi

                                                                     

Two threads of lives lay there coiled into a single entity flickering like an eternal flame. The clock ceased movement. Night froze in silence. Sindhu clasped Samsara with frantic desperation. She breathed his sweat, love and obsession.

“I shall not go away…” Samsara murmured with a feeble hint of smile.
Sindhu released her slowly and pleaded, “Please…don’t”.

“But should I not go back tonight?”
Sindhu fell silent and nodded like a subjugated infant, “Yes”.

“You know Sindhu…
my life is like a weed rooted on barren soil
anchored with mindless resolve.”

“I know,” replied Sindhu staring blankly into the space.
“Yet I am a human but not a weed.
Often I long to get lost…
lost in some faraway land at least for some time.”

Sindhu laughed,
“There is the mistake my dear.
If you know the way back, you are not lost.
Are you? If you are lost…
you can never get back.
So…it cannot be for some time…if at all…forever.”


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311334
Pages: 208
Price: Rs. 150.00

My Letters.... M.K.Gandhi- by Prof. Prasoon

                                                                      

My Letters” reveals not only the subject and object well but also the person, personality and attitude of Mahatma Gandhi. One can know real Gandhi through these letters, and his views about:
Vibhajan
Purna Swarajya
Bharat Chhodo
Ahimsa
Satyagraha
Asahayoga
Khadi
Harijan
Vishwa Yuddha


Gandhi’s determination and confidence, his devotion and dedication towards the greater cause of nation and humanity, have found profound expression in his letters.

Gandhi’s perception of each situation or issue is crystal clear and shown well through the letters. There is no illusion or dilemma. He had no doubt about what he was doing and what he was asking the people to do.

His ideas are clearly expressed in the letters. Such open and clear minds are rare. Without any shred of doubt, Gandhi was a rare figure.

“My Letters,” including Gandhi Re-introduced, is illuminating and will enrich the inner core. The letters are relevant and essential because of the global instability and terrorism.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311099
Pages: 240
Price: Rs. 250.00

Saturday, September 25, 2010

GOD Does Not Play Dice- by David A. Shiang


Does God play dice with the universe? Do events happen by chance? Do we have free will? Was Einstein right in his assessment of quantum theory?

If you seek answers to such questions, you have come to the right place. In my groundbreaking book God Does Not Play Dice.
                                                                      

The final answers to such crucial questions can surely be achieved, and we can definitely go beyond the uncertainty and confusion that some scientists claim cannot be overcome.
  • The final and only solution to the free will problem.
  • Why Stephen Hawking is wrong when he says that there is `evidence` that God plays dice.
  • The role of memory in solving the free will problem.
  • The type of certainty that can be achieved.
  • How past, present, and future are interrelated.
  • Why key ideas presented by Richard Dawkins and John Allen Paulos are false.
  • The reason why much of our worrying is misplaced and irrelevant.
  • Why an important pillar of evolutionary theory is based on an incorrect assumption, making Darwinism `defunct`.

Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310153
Pages: 133
Price: Rs. 195.00

A River on Fire- by Jasvinder Sharma

                                                                      


This bouquet of short stories presents a true-to-life picture of the society before us. Instead of an imagined world, the storyteller through these stories offers a slice of life, a down-to-earth scenario in which the reader finds himself involved unknowingly.The writer having a good understanding of basic human feelings brings them out dexterously in these tales on divergent issues. These fine, tumultuous, powerful and heartfelt sagas are not just stories; these are experiences. Reading them, the reader does not remain solely an observer; he becomes a part of them. The stories open a world of fallacy, malice and maladjustment, and take him directly to it. This is the world that is already known to him, but he very often chooses to close his eyes to it. Brimming with unlikely and colourful characters, the tales offer a fine blend of irony and humanity, with some of them replete with heart-warming humour. The world of the storyteller has the fullness of human psyche, with its dreams, passions, awe and wonder. Despite the ambience of fantasy, hardcore realism, quandaries and predicament underline his stories.

Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310245
Pages: 191
Price: Rs. 95.00

Dancing on the Notes of Life- by KB Trehan

Dancing on the notes of life is a motivational semi-fiction about a character named Seth. It shows how he fights his way through the various hurdles that he comes across in life. He is not a superhuman or a divine creature, but just an ordinary human being like us, who has the courage to bid farewell to his hurtful past and move on.

Often while going through the aisles of our lives, we come across various hindrances we stumble upon. Some people remain where they are, brooding over their fall; while some make the brave effort to stand on their feet again and boldly cross the obstacles. It is the latter who emerge victorious at the end.

                                                                    

A smooth sea can never make a skilled mariner. In the hard times, we learn the vital lessons of life. The key lies in accepting each day in life as it comes. Remember, it is in darkness alone that we get to see the stars!

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
wears yet a precious jewel in his head…
— William Shakespeare (As You Like It)


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310030
Pages: 195
Price: Rs. 195.00

Under the Rain Tree- by Vatsala Balachandran Warrier


                                                                        

The stories in this collection span continents, traverse time and enter the realms of fantasy. But they are rooted in this world, which sustains us all. These are tales of men and women caught in the play of time and the dilemmas of life. They make moves and countermoves to emerge stronger and wiser. From the promise of young love to the fulfilment of more enduring relationships, the women in these stories seek love in all its myriad forms. The men in these narratives include one who seeks solace in alcohol, another in his work; a young soldier freed of his past, a sportsman welcoming his future, and another seeking his roots.

Human perplexities are endless, its enigmas are complex and multiple. All these protagonists, on voyage to self-discovery, find their own solutions. And, in the end, they discover that happiness is webbed into our lives like the roots of a tree. It lies within. We only have to listen.

Language: English
ISBN: 978-81-223-0981-2
Pages: 175
Price: Rs. 95.00

Vinculum- by Dr. Jaideep Singh Chadha

‘Vinculum’ in essence means a stepping stone, an isthmus, and that is what this book is. It is an isthmus between adolescence and maturity, between dreams and reality and between happiness and sorrow.

                                                                      

Vinculum is a simple, heartwarming tale of five adolescents from different backgrounds thrown together in an environment as fascinating as a medical college, in a locale as romantic as Shimla.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122309683
Pages: 259
Price: Rs. 95.00

Friday, September 24, 2010

Three Shades of Green- by Manasa Rachapalli

                                                                    

Three Shades of Green has been written taking into consideration different perspectives of human life. The three stories:
\'Sandy and Pearl\',
\'A Fine Line\' ,
\'Peetam\'
have different storylines about different protagonists set in different situations of human life. Underlying each story is a message, which is conveyed in a subtle manner throughout the stories. Critical issues, like female foeticide and dowry, have been taken up in the first story very beautifully. The second story talks about love, betrayal and a fine line between love and selfishness. The third story \'Peetam\' talks about the immortality of the soul. Three Shades of Green is a beautiful presentation of feminist literature interspersed with wonderful emotions of the human mind; the characters are so real, that you would often mistake them for real life people. The challenges before two women, each confronted with a different problem, how a person in love crosses the fine line between love and selfishness and the invincibility of the human soul presented through use of simple language and a mature style makes all these stories worth reading.

Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310337
Pages: 167
Price: Rs. 195.00

The Angel of God- by Jyothi Menon

                                                                         

“…I cannot wear the mask of decency ever. The world will continue to remind me of the gutter from where I rose. Never mind that. You will not become another Moosa Bhai. I will not let you do that. You are going to become the master and the brain behind a business empire. A completely legit one. Do you understand me, Bhaskaran?” Moosa looked like he was talking from somewhere deep beyond his being. His whole countenance was lit up, he was looking deep into Bhaskaran`s eyes, poring into the young man`s mind, touching a part of that young absorbing soul and creating all at once a moment of sheer beauty and absolute magic for the young boy. Once more it seemed to Bhaskaran that the Angel of God had touched him, sending goose pimples running down the length of his body, his eyes brimming with tears of gratitude, hope and a lack of words to thank this man whom so many feared as The Enemy.

Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310412
Pages: 320
Price: Rs. 195.00

What Nobody Ever Told You!!- by B Ganeshkumar

Ever heard of a story with a moral and that moral being a PJ?
Ever thought that smoking can make you a millionaire?
Ever considered that replying chain mails can be funnier than forwarding them?
Will you ever dare to take your girlfriend on a date and give her a lecture on numbers instead of wooing her?
Well, there is one guy in the Universe who thinks and does all this and much more.
Welcome to the world of young Kuttappan, who ruined by the over-engineered intelligence of our education system, now sees every situation in life from a completely different perspective.
And today Kuttappan is all set to tell you What Nobody Ever Told You about the very same situations we face in our everyday lives.


                                                                               

Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310450
Pages: 160
Price: Rs. 125.00

Men, as they are!- by Rupa T Nath

                                                                             

 • Did you know that a man\\\'s obsession with his bike subtly shows the affection he demands from his woman?
• Did you know that pink may not be a woman\\\'s favourite colour after all?
• Did you know that men are not polygamous by nature?
• Most importantly, did you know that each zodiac sign carries its own style of making love?
The book answers all of these and more, including how I balk at the pressure to get married only to realise that there are many more women like me who love their independence, space and regular infiltration of office workload.
It also reveals how men are not a confusing lot to understand. You just need to switch your brains on to understand prerogatives better. It unleashes the power hidden in the zodiac sign of your man to know if he is the answer to your prayers or you need to wait a little longer continuing the ritual of fasting on specific religious days for a perfect partner.

Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310580
Pages: 160
Price: Rs. 125.00

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Haunting Silhouettes- by Sandeep Sudhakaran

                                                                     

What happens when a wife wakes up one morning to find that she was not sleeping with her husband all this while, but a stranger whom she had known for more than seven years.

An emotional turmoil gets unearthed from the charred ashes of memories when this lady starts digging into the past of her husband’s life.

The fact that every current action can be correlated to the past buried somewhere in the recesses of one’s brain makes this book, which looks like a collection of short stories at the first glance, a finely crafted and woven work of fiction.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310665
Pages: 184
Price: Rs. 175.00

Godaan- by Munshi Premchand


                                                                                                                                          

Godaan is one of the most celebrated novels of Munshi Premchand. Set in pre-independence India, the novel captures social and economic conflict in a north Indian village.

The story revolves around Horiram, a poor village farmer, and the struggle of his family to survive and maintain their self-respect. Horiram does everything in his capacity to fulfil his sole desire – to own a cow, which is considered a farmer\\\\\\\'s source of wealth and happiness.

One of the classics of Indian literature, the book offers an insight into the colonial history of India, captures the ethnic flavour of the Indian villages and also catches the human emotions in all their rawness.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310672
Pages: 351
Price: Rs. 250.00

Kite Strings- by Andaleeb Wajid

“Everyone I met in the family thought it was a strange hankering I had. ‘To do something.’ What? You get married, you have children, and you manage your house. What else can you do? I was asked sceptically. I didn’t know. I knew Ammi and Abbu wanted to get me married. And here was Imtiaz, after the same thing too.”

Have you ever known what it is like to be on the brink of freedom and not taste it? Like a kite that flies in the blue skies but cannot escape because of the string that tugs it down? Who holds that string? Can the kite escape eventually? Will it have to be cut down by another ruthless kite before it can fall to the ground gracelessly?

                                                                              

Kite Strings is the story of Mehnaz, a Muslim girl from an orthodox South Indian family where despite the trappings of education and reluctant modernity, she realises that she is not allowed to make the important decisions of her life on her own.

Easy to spot is her constant tussle with her mother over what Mehnaz’s priorities should be. But not so easy to understand is the constant yearning for direction in her life. As a novel of self discovery, Mehnaz encapsulates the lives of many such girls who are not even aware that they too can do something worthwhile with their lives.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310832
Pages: 296
Price: Rs. 175.00

Prisoners of Hate- by C.V.Murali

Set in Mumbai, this novel delves into the minds of Farhan, Madhav and Sanjay – three men whose lives are intertwined together by a quirk of fate.

It traces the history of their forefathers and the events leading to the 1993 Mumbai riots and subsequent terror attacks and the paths chosen by the three protagonists.

                                                                     

The tale moves from pre-partition days to current day Mumbai, looking intimately at the changing milieu and its impact on the three men and their families.

As the narrative progresses, there also emerges a constant dialogue with the readers, bringing the mirror to their face and drawing them into looking at various societal issues, the greatest of which are intolerance and apathy.

The three men are drawn towards each other on a bloody morning near Shivaji Park, Mumbai\\\'s middle class hub. They go back, changed, but are again pulled towards each other. The story culminates at the same place, as dusk slowly settles in, fifteen years later as the three adversaries are pitched into a battle of life and death.

Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310702
Pages: 259
Price: Rs. 195.00

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Enemy in the Ranks- by Varinder Taprial

A warship sinks during peacetime. Everyone presumes it to be an accident. Lieutenant Commander Rajen, the Weapons Officer, suspects otherwise. But when he puts forth his theory of sabotage, he is ridiculed and accused of negligence and unprofessionalism. Now he must prove his point lest his reputation is tarred for ever.

                                                                           

In his quest to establish his innocence, he stumbles across a sinister plot of systematic sabotage of strategic naval assets. The saboteurs are ready to execute the biggest attack ever. Rajen is racing against time.

Can he expose the Enemy in the Ranks?



Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310870
Pages: 264
Price: Rs. 195.00

The Second Hand- by Nilesh Shrivastava

                                                                     

Mukund\\\'s father, restricted to a hospital bed by paralysis, asks his son for a favour. Mukund is to go to his hometown, Jalsaur – a small isolated North Indian town – to rescue his cousin, Uday from the mess he has got into with the police for assaulting a local college principal, Mr Siddiqui. Mukund takes up the task despite his past differences with Uday, and undertakes the journey to Jalsaur after twelve years. What he thought would be a two-day job, starts taking a life of its own, as he comes face-to-face with a town gradually getting politicised, and Uday standing bang in the middle of the process. He can no longer understand his cousin and the town that holds his childhood memories. For help, he just has one person to lean on – Siddiqui\\\'s daughter and his childhood friend, Sara.

Mukund soon begins to realise that the real reasons for his cousin\\\'s behaviour may not lie in Jalsaur, but in the tortured past of his family as it prospered and decayed over three generations. Some of the reasons point accusingly to his father, who left the town ages ago but never got around to severing his roots. Even before Mukund can tie the loose threads and take charge, the town is swept away by the strong headwinds of an event far away – the fall of the Babri Masjid and all the chaos that follows…


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310825
Pages: 263
Price: Rs. 175.00

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Nameless Place- by Pallavi Hallur

My life was like a jigsaw puzzle with a vital piece missing from it and something had inspired me to think that I could find that missing piece again. Based on this hope, I made the decision to go on this journey.

A Nameless Place is the story of a British Indian girl, Laxmi Gupta, who is desperately searching for a sense of cultural identity.

Having lost her parents in a car accident when she was only two, and later losing her grandmother when she was still a child, Laxmi was sent to a boarding school in London.

Now she is 26, single, and frustrated with her life in London. After an intense relationship which fell apart, Laxmi is left broken and confused.

She decides to go back to India to resolve some of the questions that have been haunting her for years, but going back to her birthplace unleashes deep secrets, and creates new entanglements that she had not anticipated.




Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310931
Pages: 159
Price: Rs. 125.00

Rosha- by Vishal Bhandari

The uncertainties of life and unpredictability of fate turn Rosha\\\'s life into an unthinkable nightmare on her fourteenth birthday, when her father, an Afghan royal, is shot dead in his own courtyard. With the perilous circumstances prevailing in Afghanistan, Rosha is made to surrender her nubile self as a child-bride to someone as old as her father. She is forcefully exiled to Saudi Arabia to serve her wealthy master and become a part of his populous harem.

                                                                                                                                                        

Such a drastic turn could have meant to be a dead-end to Rosha\\\'s dreams and aspirations. But she chooses to struggle and her pursuit for answers takes her through continents, on a journey, on which she finds answers to most of her questions. She had left her nation as a slave and after being applauded as a hero elsewhere, she still longs to return to her land with respect and dignity that she and many like her deserve.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310887
Pages: 222
Price: Rs. 175.00

Illusions of Love- by KB Trehan

                                                                         

Like a phoenix Sheena rises from the ruins of her fate to build a remarkable career and lay the foundation of a beautiful life that promises to last \\\'happily ever after\\\'.

Then all of a sudden dark clouds threaten to obscure the sunshine in her life. But she chooses to shut her eyes to the storm, blissfully ignoring its threat! Like the peacock thrilled by the first drops of rain after a long scorching summer, she mistakes the gathering clouds as harbinger of excitement in her life that she makes herself believe to have become monotonous for her.

As she lets her passions soar high in the sky, it does not take much time for her to fall miserably on the hard ground, very much like the peacock that loses all its fervour in the midst of its rain-dance, when faced with the reality of its ugly feet.

This saga of the beautiful and gifted woman Sheena takes one on a journey of human feelings and emotions that range from the beautiful to the grotesque, the amazing to the gross. One moment the romance and thrill leave one wondering if life could truly be so beautiful and pleasant, while the next one reflects how suddenly fate can turn the tables for us unsuspecting mortals.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310979
Pages: 191
Price: Rs. 195.00

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Journey of OM- by Chandru Bhojwani

The naked flames danced gracefully around me as the pain flowed, through my veins. The grief and sorrow enveloped me and I descended into it without resistance. Coldplay strummed their beat as their melancholic lyrics rang so very true.

The candles began to die one by one. They had served their purpose for that brief moment in time and finally reached their destiny. The sands of time continued to slip on by. The merlot mixed with my blood and the bitterness ran through me.

Devastated by his beloved\\\'s betrayal, Om collapses both physically as well as emotionally and with that, begins his arduous battle for peace. Torn between love and anger, Om inadvertently starts to lose his grip on life as he knew it causing his world to spiral out of control.

Hoping to recover, Om turns to his closest friends, Arun and Mona. However, instead of gaining support, he bears witness to the trials which have beseiged their lives.

                                                                     

Like life, the three tales entwine sprinkled with humour, tragedy, perseverance and karmic retribution, and through Om, they bind together into a climactic conclusion.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310917
Pages: 287
Price: Rs. 175.00

Riddle Plays- by Rabindranath Tagore

                                                                      

Innocent laughter is rarely seen these days. From very early age, children today are made to carry heavily loaded bags to school. At times, those bags weigh more than their own body weights. Their lives principally rotate round the many C\\\'s, Career, Computer, and Competition, to name a few. The number of hours and minutes available to them are strictly divided for each pursuit, lest even a second is wasted! There is just no time for them to read a book, unless it is a textbook. Just no time to look out of the window, just like that, doing nothing!

Being non-critical about the existing system, where is the scope, space or time, for that matter, for moulding the young intellect with the care it deserves? That is a critical question. We may face it, or may ignore it. The choice is ours.

Tagore (1861-1941) always believed in development of superior intellect in complete harmony with time, system and context. Hasya Kautuk (1907), particularly written with this objective, is one of the masterpieces among his numerous brilliant creations. Comprised of short plays, this book is a discovery of adolescent intellect through humour.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311020
Pages: 158
Price: Rs. 125.00

The Wheel Turned- by Malathi Ramachandran

It is the dawn of the 1960`s. Meena is married to Anand, an army officer, and lives with him at an army cantonment in the verdant hills of Dharamshala. But their life together turns upside down when the unit is suddenly called to resist the Chinese in the North East. Anand goes to war and never returns. There is no news of him, nor is his body found. Has he been killed? Did he abscond from the battlefield? Was he captured alive?

As her family and friends prepare her for the worst, Meena remains staunch in her belief that Anand would have fought like a brave soldier and would be safe somewhere, and would return to her some day.

Weeks turn into months and the months into years. Another man enters her life, but Meena is not ready for this relationship, convinced that Anand will come back. She clings to her dreams, and her most precious possession, an old Tibetan prayer wheel, becomes her talisman of hope and happiness. She knows that it had brought her happiness once, and it would again show its magical powers.

                                                                       

This is the story of a soldier`s pride and courage on the battlefield and of a woman\\\'s faith and commitment; the story of tireless waiting and endless believing. Told with deep sensitivity, understanding and gentle humour, this story of Meena and the two men who love her moves to a heartrending climax. When the wheel turns, only Destiny knows who will be at the top…



Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311044
Pages: 295
Price: Rs. 175.00

Footprints in the Bajra- by Nabina Das

Struggle. Revolution. Change. Are these words simply meant for chanting or do they emerge as real agents of social justice in a country where the divides stand taller than multistoried shopping malls and sky-licking urban ghettoes?

                                                                               

Footprints in the Bajra is a novel about the dark realities that even today hound India, a thriving modern democracy in the eye of the world; about a young Maoist recruit named Muskaan from Bihar who meets Nora, a student-activist from New Delhi. The story of Muskaan’s transition in belief and action unfolds in this work that delights readers and travels with ease across idioms and identities to engage with the personal interaction of the author with popular cultures, histories and myths.



Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310993
Pages: 263
Price: Rs. 175.00

Friday, September 17, 2010

Beyond Diamond Rings- by Kusum Chopra

                                                                


Beyond Diamond Rings is a book that spans five generations. Yet it is not a story of generations that encapsulates a family history. Instead the book touches upon the lives of a women-centric Sindhi family of the Bhaibund community. The story revolves around the family’s post-partition rehabilitation experiences and presents a panorama of relationships between the women. The book follows them from pre-partition times to ours.

The Bhaibunds were the Merchant Princes of Sindh, who celebrated their success with fabulous homes and flamboyant weddings, Sindhi roots streaked with the colours of the world.

Post-partition’s major sociological development was a break with the ancient tradition of Bhaibund men leaving their families at home to live and work abroad, very often fathering a brood there. Genetically programmed almost to live with minimal male interference in their day-to-day functioning, the womenfolk blossomed on their own, taking hold of their lives. Living together with their men made for gender discomforts, in sharp contrast to the flair for living displayed by those lone women whose best was brought out by absent husbands or widowhood.

This book is about the women of those Merchant Princes, how they coped with the trauma and the freedom of this lifestyle, individually and collectively in locales as varied as Pune, Jakarta, Singapore, Dubai, the West Indies and Canary Islands.



Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310894
Pages: 207
Price: Rs. 175.00

friendship@facebook.com- by Daya Kudari

                                                                                                                                            


What is life all about? Each one of us wants an answer to this eternal question. After completing their engineering, Ballu and his friends, Chetan and Aman, realise the difference between ‘college life’ and ‘life’. Facebook, guitar and beer bind the friends reminding them of the good old days. Chetan and Aman are working in the same firm, where the latter is desperate to move to the next level in spite of the office politics. Cricket and chatting ruin Chetan’s marriage, but he still seems mesmerised by his wife. Ballu’s failing career in music is aggravated by his failure at the MTV Roadies auditions. Things change drastically when the friends get an unknown friend request on Facebook and a game starts. Everything goes as per the plan when one of the friends disappears…


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311037
Pages: 287
Price: Rs. 175.00

Not for $ Anymore- by Kalyan Vaidya



It is heartening to know that Indian businessmen are beginning to acquire companies globally. If the current century is going to be that of Asians, it would be vital for us all to reach a stage of gaining natural respect as was done by the European conquerors and the American entrepreneurs/ technologists in the last centuries. One key enabler in that process could be mutual sharing of learnings to shape ourselves better.

The narrations herein are as anecdotes that happened over the last two decades - in professional and personal lives - with illustrations alongside.

The compilation could be just one droplet in the ocean of daily experiences and learnings that globalising Indians are undergoing. It could be informative to those who carry dreams of conquering the world and aspiring to leave footprints on the sands of time. For those who have scaled some heights in life, it may be refresher of sorts.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311143
Pages: 143
Price: Rs. 150.00
                                                               

Dance O Peacock- by Aruna Jethwani

                                                                       

                                                                Author's Note
During the year 1988, immediately after the Sati (self immolation on husband's pyre) incident in Rajasthan, two of the students from St. Mira's College, Pune, visited the place. They were a part of an investigative team. Their horrifying account made me think. Years later, on my visit to Udaipur, I came across an acquaintance, who was thrown out of her husband's house because she was unable to bear a child. Empowering herself with education, she secured a good job, and found an excellent man for a husband. By facing the challenges, she had regained her social status. With these two incidents etched, novel is written, partially feminist, and partially translating the ethos of a Rajput way of life. A gender based society is slow to tranform. A woman has to take up the challenge, and break the barriers to realise her true identity.

Dance O Peacock is not only Neelam's story; perhaps it is the story of many of us, who inspite of orthodox upbringing yearn to bloom.



Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311136
Pages: 190
Price: Rs. 175.00

Interpretation- by Sreekumar Nair

                                                                    

In the winter of 1971, an Indian Army intelligence officer heads on a mission to interpret enemy war tactics and other adventures against his country. He is equipped with sheer intelligence and nothing else. In the process, he must also find his lost family.

Does he succeed? Will he overcome the peril of being in other land and fight it out? Will he overcome the political and religious turmoil that he faces while carrying on the mission? Can he get the required information that would help his country in proving their enemy wrong?

This is the story of a patriotic soldier who took up the challenge against backdrop of a war, went through the poignant circumstances of his life and fought it out to reach his family.



Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311113
Pages: 176
Price: Rs. 125.00

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Love on Velocity Express- by N. Sampath Kumar

                                                                        

What will happen if you plump for an arranged marriage and the stunning maverick girl wants a compatibility test? Pure emotional mayhem, love-drenched cardiac pain, and gut-wrenching suspense will gnaw at your being and make you feel as limp as moth-eaten cottage cheese.

LOVE ON VELOCITY EXPRESS revolves around Shyam, a rich spoilt brat, who is thrown into a romantic roller-coaster ride after an alabaster beauty, Megha, enters his life. And when she wishes to be reunited with her ex-lover instead, Shyam\'s mind battles a feeling as clear as confusion while his heart generates more heat than a raging forest fire. That apart, his starry-eyed soul practises scubadiving.

Will Shyam help her find that ex-lover? Will he pretend to help so he can woo her with his fake chumminess? Will Shyam and Megha get married? Or will she make him feel like a jilted hot potato? Such high-octane queries will exercise the heart and propel the inquisitive soul into the climax of this hilarious romantic comedy.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311266
Pages: 224
Price: Rs. 125.00

Vodka Shot & Beer Mug- by Kashish Kalra & Amarjit Rajkumar

One night @ corporate reunion party




To unfold the truth all it takes is a Vodka Shot & Beer Mug. On one such night Anurag and Kanika, two old friends meet at a corporate reunion party and rediscover their bonds of friendship. In their web of discussions they introduce us to:

The princess with the wild streak …..
The hideous beast that resides in a dejected lover…
The cuddle bunny with an insatiable thirst …
The pied piper who was overwhelmed by the results of his own charm.
The woman with the hidden scorpion sting…
Two Lost Lovers…

A night filled with events that would bring them face to face with their worst fears. Do they overcome it or succumb to it?


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311297
Pages: 135
Price: Rs. 95.00

Incredible High- by Atul Kapoor

                                                                    

In Ladakh, there is a popular saying: Only the truest of friends and fiercest of enemies come to Leh. Nikhil and his group of dysfunctional friends belong to the third kind: craziest of wannabes. Going Leh on bike would need them to surmount the road of world’s highest passes and deadliest traps.

And just when they begin to reckon that life can’t get messier, they get stranded in an inhospitable land. It is here that their conflicting emotions surface, their dark secrets unfold and their fears come alive. It is here that they begin to apprehend the real essence of life.

There can be no worldly justification to nurture such unrealistic option ahead of their lives. But why can’t they resist its temptation? Why should they find it tempting at first place?

Is this what they had sought to achieve when they left home? Is this the decisive journey of their rebellion? Would this consummate their search for that triumphant moment, their quest For That Incredible High?


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311242
Pages: 255
Price: Rs. 175.00

The GOD who Failed- by Rushikesh Samudra

                                                                    

An ad honcho’s tale of love, dedication & sacrifice.

This is a story about a young British executive whose genius in the world of advertising has caused ripples everywhere. He is a maverick creator of ideas, his vision unparalleled. A rising star in the world of advertising, he is a workaholic.

But he has a past, a past riddled with death of a loved one, lost love and guilt. All this along with his maddening love for creativity hurls him in the vicious claws of fate. And as fate would have it what follows is a heart-tearing story of his fall.

This is a tale of love, dedication and sacrifice. A brilliance undone by love.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311235
Pages: 195
Price: Rs. 95.00

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Red Corridor- by Ritu Dokania

                                                                    
Ramu, a typical Bihari servant, loves to flash his red torch light on the images of voluptuous heroines in the cinema hall and disparages foreign cuisine. He plays Lakshman during the Ramlila festivities, grudging the importance given to Hanuman. Could he be a murderer? Has he killed Manian?

Timila thinks so and interrogates him thinking about their interwoven lives in Chennai. Timila, an expatriate from Nepal, is branded Nepali-girl-with-no brains by her new, urban friends in Chennai. She is mocked since she cannot comprehend western social etiquette. She falls in love with Manian, a Tamilian businessman obsessed with medical research, who tries to cure her facial flaws. In alien Chennai, she meets Ramu, Manian\\\'s servant who incidentally hails from her hometown.

The riots in Nepal flared up by the Madhesis, the Indian-origin-inhabitants of Nepal, thwart the fledgling relationship between Ramu and Timila, who are two Madhesis uprooted and treated shoddily by an unfamiliar world. Manian and Timila find love and success in Chennai when suddenly death comes knocking…. Can Timila find a satisfying denouement?


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311075
Pages: 166
Price: Rs. 150.00

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Far From Normal- by Priya Varatharajan

A book by a teen for teenagers




Jessica Baker is only sixteen years old when her older sister, Kim dies in a car accident. Two years later, she moves to the quiet town of Greengrass, New Jersey, USA and is shocked when she discovers that she can talk to the dead. She soon befriends Stella, another mediator who also can talk to the dead. The two are on a secret mission, to persuade a particular spirit to leave the world. But that’s not the only problem Jessica has!
A dead sister, a freaky friend, a crazy sister, a mentally disturbed (as Jessica thinks) set of parents, a snobbish foe (at school), a girl who she thinks is her friend, a girl who is unable to make a decision and a gym teacher who has no sympathy aren’t making anything easy either.
A very creative plot woven into an interesting storyline with captivating elements of paranormality, mystery, suspense, deception, friendship, betrayal, teen rivalry and lots more.
An accomplishment that is Far From Normal indeed from a prodigious 13 yr old author.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311464
Pages: 224
Price: Rs. 150.00

One Day- by Nirupam Pratap Reddy

Will Love Triumph?

Ravi is a software engineer working for \"Software Only Solutions\", an Indian IT consultancy firm. A new girl, Naina, joins his group and he falls head over heels for her. He requests her for a dinner on Wednesday, which is just two days away from his project\'s deadline. But to his dismay, he faces competition from some certain unexpected quarters. Who is his competitor? What actually happened on that day? And, is Ravi successful in taking the girl out on a date? To know what actually happened, just grab the book and read along.



Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311341
Pages: 191
Price: Rs. 125.00

How I Got My Girl Back- by Arshat Chaudhary

                                                                     

Devdutt Rastogi fell in love with Pritha Bakshi when he was 15 years old. He didn\'t knew it then. His life fell apart after Pritha\'s father got transferred to Delhi. There was a void left in his life, the kind only a girl could leave behind...
The girl comes back to his life 9 years later... but now she has a boyfriend. Her boyfriend is an IIM grad, drives a C class Mercedes Benz, looks like a supermodel and worse of all, is his new boss!! What does Devdutt do? Does he accept life as it is, like he has done all his life? Or does he fight back?
Devdutt aka Dev is a mechanical engineer and works with Von Wahl (VW) electric. Devdutt isn\'t from IIT or IIM. He is not a genius. But he is hard working. He hasn\'t talked to more than four girls in his life, and one of them is his mother. Maybe he is a nerd. He is a really nice guy – but is that enough?
Akshay Sarin, his flat mate, helps Devdutt with dating tips to get Pritha to fall in love with him again. But will these tried and tested tips work on Pritha? Does Dev get his girl back?


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311358
Pages: 207
Price: Rs. 125.00


Friday, September 10, 2010

Some of the Whole- by Abhijit Bhattacharya

                                                                      
Some of the Whole- is a collection of stories from contemporary India- Mumbai, Delhi & Kolkata that keep quintessential Indian buzz alive. Fear of the Dark, Wonder wall, What goes around, comes around, etc are some of the parts that make a whole story.

The story keeps you hooked on to the last line, bringing together all the pieces of the puzzle so effortlessly.


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122311488
Pages: 144
Price: Rs. 199.00

The Best is Yet To Be- by EA Das

When a person achieves a certain amount of fame, he thinks that everything is over and that he has come to the end of the road. He must realise that there is a lot more to do as "The Best is Yet To Be". Wining or Losing is not in the hands of fate, it is in our own hands. We can win if we think we can, no body can stop us from doing that.

The Author Adds:
Whatever has happened in your life,
Whom so ever you have come across,
Which ever direction you may have taken,
Always look ahead, just glance
at the back once or twice.
Always keep in mind and walk.
"The Best is Yet To Be"

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Krishna- The God Who Lived as Man



Hema Malini releases Krishna- The God Who Lived as Man on Janmashtami Day.



For many years now Hema Malini has been performing a Krishna ballet on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami at Isckon Temple, Juhu.Last year she performed Yashoda Krishna and this year was Radha Krishna choreographed by Bhushan Lakhandri and music composed by Ravindra Jain.
 
                                                                      

On this auspicious occasion she released Bhawana Somaaya's English translation of Krishna- The God who Lived as Man from Kaajal Oza Vaidya's book in Gujarati.

                                                                      

Two years ago, Somaaya did an authorised biography on the actress which was released by Lal Krishna Advani in Delhi.

Krishna-The God Who Lived as Man is published by Pustak Mahal and this is the third edition in less than two years.


ABOUT THE BOOK

The river was in high tide and the footprints of the Yadavas were more or less washed away. Big waves came rushing to the shore and wiped away some more footprints…

Suddenly Rukmini discovered a familiar footprint and sat beside it…. Her eyes brimmed over with tears…. These were the footprints her hair locks drooped over when she knelt at her Lord`s feet every morning…. These were the footprints she worshipped with chandan…. The footprints of her Lord… of Sri Krishna…! They were deeply immersed in the sand. The impression engraved in the sand was filled with water.

Rukmini`s streaming tears were making an offering in the water-filled footprints.

Daruk arrived and stood beside her….

He looked startled. He could not believe how the footprints filled to the brim with water could contain Rukmini` tears without spilling over. What was further surprising was that not a single tear had dropped out of the carved footprint….

It was not just Krishna… even his footprints were accepting of everyone….


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310276
Pages: 308
Price: Rs. 350.00

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mask in the Mirror


The process of weaving a fictional dream can be painful and also joyful path to self discovery, realizes an ordinary man when he sits down to reveal his thoughts and bring to life characters whose lives would confront and impact his heart and mind. As the people of the imaginary world open the Writers eyes to his own soul, he relishes his intimate sentiments and sees the color of his emotions. Caught in an imaginary fabrication where at times he basks in the beauty of creation and at moments he suffers its loneliness . There is transformation and simultaneous transition during these years of writing, the beginning commences in the cold winter and rejuvenating spring comes in the end.

But the big question is will the Writer and his realm of fiction survive or both perish without the world ever reading his words and recognizing his worth.

Mask in the Mirror is a gripping story of self discovery, introspection, and a touching saga of how fictional life can change the real life of an ordinary man.


Language: English
ISBN: 978-81-223-1118-1
Pages: 312
Price: Rs. 295.00

Knots and no Crosses- by Hitesha Deshpande

Hearbreak after Heartbreak, he still dreams of a Perfect Wedding...

The woman he had no intentions of loving, but who he did love, hpelessly. The woman he had no intentions of dating, but had ended up committing himself to. The woman who had always been 4 years elder to him, but realised it only when she was about to hit London for a PG course. The woman who had gotten into the car, without looking back once as he stood there on the empty streets outside the institute, nursing a broken heart.

Akkie's relationships have followed a trial and error pattern. He finally meets the one woman who completes him. They both plan their 'dream wedding', only the wedding turns out to be anything but a dream! As Akkie tries to placate his agitated bride three days before their wedding, his past catches up with him, spelling disaster after disaster. The crunching blow comes, when the son of his first ever girlfriend calls him 'Papa' in front of a room fill to capacity with the bride's family. The wedding gets called off. But Akkie knows, there is no one else for him, but her....


Language: English
ISBN: 9788122310481
Pages: 188
Price: Rs. 175.00