By Bibek Debroy
The Mahabharata is without doubt one of the maximum tales ever advised. although the fundamental plot is well known, there's even more to the epic than the dispute among Kouravas and Pandavas that resulted in the conflict in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate interesting meanderings and digressions, and it has infrequently been translated in complete, given its ambitious size of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This marvelous 10-volume unabridged translation of the epic relies at the severe version compiled on the Bhandarkar Oriental learn Institute.
The fourth quantity of the Mahabharata comprises Virata Parva and just about all of Udyoga Parva. It describes the Pandavas’ 13th yr of exile which they spend in cover in King Virata’s courtroom. whilst, in the course of their remain, the Kouravas and Trigartas invade Matsya to rob Virata of his farm animals, the Pandavas defeat them in conflict. With the interval of banishment over, the Pandavas ask to be back their proportion of the dominion. this is often refused and Udyoga Parva recounts the arrangements for the inevitable war.
Every attainable human emotion figures within the Mahabharata, reasons why the epic maintains to carry sway over our mind's eye. during this lucid, nuanced and assured translation, Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata marvellously obtainable to modern readers.
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By Ghalib Lakhnavi, Abdullah Bilgrami
This is the 1st unabridged English translation of an important Indo-Persian epic: a wide ranging story of magic and fervour, a vintage hero's odyssey that has captivated a lot of the area. it's the spellbinding tale of Amir Hamza, the adventurer who within the carrier of the Persian emperor defeats many enemies, loves many ladies, and converts countless numbers of infidels to the genuine religion sooner than discovering his as far back as his past love. In Musharraf Ali Farooqi's trustworthy rendition, this masterwork is captured with all its colourful motion and excellent components intact. favored because the seminal Islamic epic or loved as a sweeping story as wealthy and artistic as Homer's epic sagas, The Adventures of Amir Hamza is a real literary treasure.
Translated, with an creation and Notes, through Musharraf Ali Farooqi.
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By John Farndon
The traditional birthplace of a few of the world's significant religions and now a contemporary nuclear strength, India is experiencing astonishing monetary progress. In twenty-five years its inhabitants will overtake that of China, making it probably the most populous and rapidly-developing international locations on this planet. all of us want to know extra approximately this exciting country.
John Farndon explores the altering face of modern day India and its basic contradictions. the rustic is prime the realm in leading edge expertise and study, however it can also be domestic to forty in line with cent of the world's malnourished youngsters. it's a liberal democracy, but its political procedures are inspired through one of the most conservative spiritual principles on the earth. The booming economic system is every now and then either international and archaic. attending to the center of those inconsistencies, Farndon provides a desirable perception into the rustic because it is now and because it could be sooner or later, and divulges how the alterations in India will have an effect on us all.
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By Bibek Debroy
The Mahabharata is without doubt one of the maximum tales ever informed. although the fundamental plot is well known, there's even more to the epic than the dispute among Kouravas and Pandavas that resulted in the conflict in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate attention-grabbing meanderings and digressions, and it has not often been translated in complete, given its ambitious size of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This really good 10-volume unabridged translation of the epic relies at the serious version compiled on the Bhandarkar Oriental examine Institute.
Volume three completes the Vana Parva, the account of the Pandavas’ sojourn within the woodland. It information the dharma bought from, and outlines of, areas of pilgrimage. It recounts the tales of Agastya, Rishyashringa, Kartavirya, Sukanya and Chyavana, Mandhata, Jantu, Shibi, Ashtavakra, Yavakrita, Jatasura, and Markandeya. The narrative covers Arjuna’s slaying of the Nivatakavacha demons; the Kouravas’ defeat by the hands of the gandharvas and their next free up via the Pandavas; Droupadi’s abduction by way of Jayadratha and rescue through the Pandavas; and Indra’s stopover at to Karna to rob him of his rings and armour.
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By Vish Dhamija
1982. 3 teenage women making plans a flight from the Soviet Union to the West turn out being bought in Mumbai's red-light region as an alternative.
The murders commence 1 / 4 of a century later.
The sufferers are all males. them all methods, expecting trysts with high-class escorts. DCP Rita Ferreira is quickly to acknowledge the serial-killer pressure; the media isn't a long way in the back of. the scoop sends shockwaves in the course of the urban. the 1st serial killer in dwelling reminiscence of Mumbai is out at the streets.
As Rita grapples to set up the killer's development via Bhendi Bazaar, the killer supplies her 24 hours to forestall the subsequent homicide.
Can she do this sooner than she turns into the following sufferer?
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By Corban Addison
Corban Addison leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening trip into Mumbai's seedy underworld--and the nightmare of 2 orphaned ladies swept into the overseas intercourse trade.
When a tsunami rages via their coastal city in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With virtually every person they understand all at once erased from the face of the earth, the women set out for the convent the place they attend college. they're kidnapped shortly and bought to a Mumbai brothel proprietor, starting a hellish descent into the bowels of the intercourse trade.
Halfway internationally, Washington, D.C., lawyer Thomas Clarke faces his personal own crisis-and makes the fateful selection to pursue a professional bono sabbatical operating in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. There, his sense of right and wrong awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the alternate in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial method that fosters it. studying of the destiny of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his own project to rescue them, environment the level for a riveting showdown with a global community of ruthless criminals.
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By Anosh Irani
“The purely assertion of rebel the bad can make was once to place an finish to their very own distress. It occurred all of the time—men lay themselves on educate tracks, hanged themselves from bushes, fed on rat poison, and ladies set their kerosene-soaked our bodies alight in entrance in their husbands. those have been blazing ends to insignificant trips. yet in all this, there has been continually one guy who, in that ultimate gush of blood, in that ultimate breaking of neck and bone, set issues in motion.”
Zairos Irani, a tender guy of inherited relaxation, is meandering via his family’s lush chickoo orchards close to Mumbai while he comes throughout a distressing sight: striking from one of many fruit timber is the dead physique of Ganpat, a employee from the indigenous Warli tribe. Ganpat’s ancestors as soon as owned the land, earlier than his father’s alcohol bills prompted the deed to be transferred to Zairos’s grandfather Shapur. the 2 kin destinies were entwined ever when you consider that, historical grudges once more awoken by means of Ganpat’s ultimate determined act.
Zairos feels obliged to inform Ganpat’s kinfolk prior to the experts come to invite useless questions and extract bribes. A tractor bearing Ganpat’s sister and anguished daughter Kusum quickly trundles into the orchard, and whilst Kusum alights, Zairos’s interest is piqued. As a landowner, he is familiar with that he's good above her station, and but her dignity and wonder lead him to solid apart taboos and possibility the wagging tongues of neighbourhood gossips. although cautious at the beginning, the grieving Kusum involves go back his affection, asking basically that he support her achieve what her useless father couldn't- by way of placing an finish to the violence she has continued by the hands of a drunken husband.
Zairos can't get recommendation from his father Aspi, whose clownishness mask thinly-veiled nihilism. Nor can he speak in confidence his liked grandfather Shapur, whose colossal fingers planted the chickoo bushes that he adores up to his personal sons. Shapur outfitted the family members empire from a determined begin as an orphaned refugee, and any act that would threaten the fragile legacy spawned via his sacrifices may purely impress rage within the previous guy, who more and more dwells in stories. So Zairos whiles away his time at Anna’s, the neighborhood hang-out for the male rest category, dreaming of a destiny with Kusum. There, with the help of a few both underemployed sidekicks, Zairos hatches a scheme to scare Kusum’s husband into freeing her, whereas maintaining his personal ethical integrity intact. yet sadly, Zairos’s scheme won't spread as deliberate, and alongside the best way he'll unwittingly divulge family members secrets and techniques that could good be higher left buried…
With superb gusto, Irani has outfitted his Dahanu Road upon the pathways solid by means of authors of tragicomic romance spanning centuries and continents, from the Persian vintage Layla and Majnun, to Romeo and Juliet or Wuthering Heights. Dahanu Road is a suspense-filled kin saga, a sprawling romantic epic during which the delineations among the oppressor and the oppressed, or among love and hate, are proven to be maddeningly deceptive.
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