A Short History
Dismayed by historians’ focus on the British imperial era, Andrew Robinson, the author of books on Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray, presents a non-academic study of India, from the Indus Valley civilization of the third millennium BCE, to the present day. Robinson tackles significant aspects in India’s story, rather than aiming to be comprehensive, and treats individuals, ideas and cultures as equal in importance to the rise and fall of kingdoms, political parties and economies.
Ribbons Among the Rajahs
A History of British Women in India Before the Raj
During the 18th and early 19th centuries, legions of women made the long, costly and hazardous journey to India, some accompanying husbands, others seeking a husband or employment, others still from a sense of adventure; but while the women of the Raj are familiar from literature, these pioneers are generally forgotten. Between the voyage out and their deaths in India, Patrick Wheeler’s social history offers an account of everyday life for these ‘Indian British’ women during the pre-imperial era.
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana
Written by the Hindu philosopher Vatsyayana around 300 CE, the Kama Sutra is popularly known as a sex manual but is actually a moral treatise on the achievement of sensual and aesthetic pleasure, one of Hinduism’s four goals of life. The text was first translated and published in the West in 1883 by the explorer and linguist, Sir Richard Burton. This edition presents his candid translation, illustrated with classical Indian miniatures.
A Personal History of South India
Coromandel is what Europeans once called south-east India. In this fusion of history and travelogue, the bestselling author of Ashoka explores the region south of the river Narmada, meeting historians, gurus and local people, to unlock the mysteries of its extraordinary past.
The Rise of an Asian Giant
With growing economic might, political influence, and dynamic social change, India has emerged as a major power in the 21st century. This volume charts the country's development since independence in 1947, assessing the forces that have contributed to its growth, as well as those that have impeded it. Through the lens of the nation's past, the book offers a new perspective on India today and a glimpse into its future.
Banaras, or Varanasi, stands on the banks of the Ganges in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it is also the holiest in the Hindu religion. In these 249 photographs, the award-winning photographer Christopher Roche has captured the colours and energies of Banaras’ streets and temples, its sadhus or holy men, and the religious rites on the burning ghats of this great spiritual centre.
The Spirit of Indian Painting
Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100–1900
For Professor Goswamy, an Indian painting ‘presents to us a layered world of meaning’, and his analysis and commentary on each of these 101 paintings encourages the reader to explore them with ‘eyes, mind and heart’. The works are in four sections: Visions, depicting imagined sights such as gods, heroes or the Cosmic Egg; Observation, picturing real scenes and people; Passion, with works inspired by poetry or emotion; and Contemplation, expressed in paintings of holy men.
Wonders of the Indian Wilderness
The tracts of wilderness in India offer an amazing diversity of habitats and bio-diversity of flora and fauna, but these areas are shrinking and their wildlife is endangered. This magnificent book, the result of 30 years visiting and recording the Indian wilderness, is a call for its preservation. A wildlife photographer and conservationist, Bharucha presents over 2,000 photographs, with his own informative text, in two parts: the flora and fauna; and the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Slip-cased.
The Second Anglo-Sikh War
This follow-up to The First Anglo-Sikh War chronicles the the fall of the Sikh Empire and the annexation of the Punjab by the British East India Company, a victory that would provide the British Army with a reliable source of soldiers for a century. Singh’s compelling narrative, supported by transcripts of significant treaties and proclamations, places the many sieges and battles, from Multan and Chillianwala to the decisive Gujrat, in the context of a fast-changing political and military landscape.
A Brief History of the Great Moghuls
India's Most Flamboyant Rulers
Bamber Gascoigne's classic book tells of the most fascinating period of Indian history, the 16th and 17th centuries, when the country was ruled by an extraordinarily talented dynasty of emperors. Masters of almost limitless power and incomparable wealth, the 'Great Moghuls', as they were known to European travellers, were passionate about art, science and religion, but also sophisticated administrators who stabilized much of India. First published as The Great Moghuls in 1971.
Vishnu's Crowded Temple
India Since the Great Rebellion
This history of modern India reveals the extent to which, 60 years after independence, the world's most populous democracy has drawn together the threads of its diversity and history to develop 'its own peculiar form of modernity'. Maria Misra's analysis takes a new approach to Indian history, emphasizing the persistent influence of hierarchical assumptions which can help to explain some of the country's more bizarre political partnerships.
The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition
Seventy years ago the British Raj was dissolved and the self-governing countries of India and Pakistan were born at midnight on 14–15 August 1947. But in the months surrounding Partition violence broke out between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, resulting in widespread ethnic cleansing that carved a gulf between the two countries with terrible consequences to this day. This book investigates how things went so very wrong, and left a toxic legacy of extremism, terror and nuclear proliferation.
Selected Writings 1993-2013
Amit Chaudhuri is one of India's finest novelists writing in English today. This collection of his non-fiction, written for publications such as Granta and the Times Literary Supplement, displays all his characteristic elegance and quirky humour. Endlessly curious, he ranges over topics from a plane hijack to playing 'Cowboys and Indians' as a child in Bombay, and from Leonard Cohen to the strange resemblance between Walter Benjamin and a familiar type of Bengali intellectual.
A Short History of India
From the Earliest Civilisations and Myriad Kingdoms, to Today's Economic Powerhouse
Diverse cultures have coexisted in India since the earliest times; empires have risen and fallen; and three major religions were founded there. This short history charts the many influences that combined to create today’s vibrant, successful nation.
The Uniform Coinage of India 1835 to 1947
A Catalogue and Pricelist
After an introduction sketching the situation in India that led to the standardization of the coinage in 1835, this catalogue provides an authoritative guide to the coins, arranged in descending denominations, under each ruler from William IV to George VI. The very detailed and clearly laid out entries include a wealth of detail as well as technical data, mintage numbers, actual sizes and photographs of each type of coin.
The Tiger and the Ruby
A Journey to the Other Side of British India
In 1841, Nigel Holleck left Britain to work as a clerk in the East India Company. After eight years in the post, he disappeared without trace in Nepal. A century and a half later, Kief Hillsbery set out to find the final resting place of his ancestor. The result is this remarkable tale of a clash of civilizations, a quest to discover one’s own identity, and a moving story of one man against an empire.
An Indian Love Affair
Simon Gandolfi first visited India in the 1960s, driving a VW to Goa, where he met and fell in love with Vanessa. Forty years later, fury at the terrorist attacks on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai leads him to return, this time on a Honda 125. Gandolfi’s unique and charming travelogue interweaves the two trips, combining bittersweet memories of the past with a window on the India of today.