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Climbing the Mango Trees
A Memoir of a Childhood in India
Written by Madhur Jaffrey


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7820-2 (1-4000-7820-2)

Today’s most highly regarded writer on Indian food gives us an enchanting memoir of her childhood in Delhi in an age and a society that has since disappeared.

Madhur (meaning “sweet as honey”) Jaffrey grew up in a large family compound where her grandfather often presided over dinners at which forty or... Read more >
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What You Call Winter

Written by Nalini Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7795-3 (1-4000-7795-8)

Composed of interconnected stories that move within and around a small Catholic community in India, this debut collection heralds the arrival of a graceful, sparkling new voice.

Nine-year-old Marian Almeida covets the green dress her parents have set aside for her birthday, but when her desire gets the best of her, dangerous... Read more >
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Bombay Stories

Written by Saadat Hasan Manto


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7060-4 (0-8041-7060-6)

A collection of classic, yet shockingly contemporary, short stories set in the vibrant world of mid-century Bombay, from one of India’s greatest writers.

Arriving in 1930s Bombay, Saadat Hasan Manto discovered a city like no other. A metropolis for all, and an exhilarating hub of license and liberty, bursting with both creative... Read more >
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A River Sutra

Written by Gita Mehta


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75247-9 (0-679-75247-1)

With imaginative lushness and narrative elan, Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling with thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love--love both carnal and sublime, treacherous and redeeming. "Conveys a world that is spiritual, foreign, and entirely accessible."—Vanity Fair Read more >
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Maximum City
Bombay Lost and Found
Written by Suketu Mehta


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70340-9 (0-375-70340-3)

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An illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people—a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself—from an award-winning Indian-American fiction writer and journalist.

A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us a true insider’s view of this stunning city, bringing to his account... Read more >
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India in Mind

Edited by Pankaj Mishra


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72745-0 (0-375-72745-0)

The first foray east in the "In Mind" series, India in Mind collects the varied appraisals of a country that has tantalized and largely eluded writers for much of its history. A vast and varied land, India has long been the repository of myth and legend. Only in the last hundred... Read more >

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The Romantics
A Novel
Written by Pankaj Mishra


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 20, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72080-9 (0-385-72080-7)

Pankaj Mishra is one of the most promising talents of his generation, and this stunning, universally praised novel of self-discovery heralds a remarkable career.
The young Brahman Samar has come to the holy city of Benares to complete his education and take the civil service exam that will determine his future. But... Read more >

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Family Matters

Written by Rohinton Mistry


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 18, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70342-3 (0-375-70342-X)

Rohinton Mistry’s enthralling novel is at once a domestic drama and an intently observed portrait of present-day Bombay in all its vitality and corruption. At the age of seventy-nine, Nariman Vakeel, already suffering from Parkinson’s disease, breaks an ankle and finds himself wholly dependent on his family. His step-children, Coomy and... Read more >
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A Fine Balance

Written by Rohinton Mistry


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3065-1 (1-4000-3065-X)

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in... Read more >

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Such a Long Journey

Written by Rohinton Mistry


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73871-8 (0-679-73871-1)

Winner of the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of the Year

Through the best of motives, Gustad Noble becomes enmeshed in the corruption of the Indira Gandhi years.  Gustad's attempt to sort out his conflicting loyalties manages to be ribald and heartbreaking, deeply compassionate and unsparing, in... Read more >
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Swimming Lessons
and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag
Written by Rohinton Mistry


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 11, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77632-1 (0-679-77632-X)

Firozsha Baag is an apartment building in Bombay. Its ceilings need plastering and some of the toilets leak appallingly, but its residents are far from desperate, though sometimes contentious and unforgiving. In these witty, poignant stories, Mistry charts the intersecting lives of Firozsha Baag, yielding a delightful collective portrait of a... Read more >

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Bhagavad Gita
A New Translation
Written by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81034-7 (0-609-81034-0)

Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. His celebrated version of the Tao Te Ching is the most popular edition in print, and his translations of Jesus... Read more >
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Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-neng

Translated by Wong Mou-Lam and A F Price
Foreword by W.Y. Evans-Wentz and Christmas Humphreys


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-137-1 (1-59030-137-4)

The Diamond Sutra, composed in India in the fourth century CE, is one of the most treasured works of Buddhist literature and is the oldest existing printed book in the world. It is known as the Diamond Sutra because its teachings are said to be like diamonds that cut away all... Read more >

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Holder of the World

Written by Bharati Mukherjee


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 9, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90966-9 (0-449-90966-2)

This is the remarkable story of Hannah Easton, a unique woman born in the American colonies in 1670. Inquisitive, vital, and awake to her own possibilities Hannah travels to Mughal, India, with her husband, an English trader. There she sets her own course, translating herself into the Salem Bibi, the white... Read more >
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Leave It to Me

Written by Bharati Mukherjee


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 14, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00396-1 (0-449-00396-5)

Includes a Reading Group Guide in the back of the book.

"Powerfully written... Debby has not memory of her birth parents. All she knows is that she was born in a remote Indian village, the daughter of a hippie back-packing mother and a mysterious Euro-Asian father, both of whom have disappeared almost... Read more >
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Ravan and Eddie

Written by Kiran Nagarkar


Format: eBook, 328 pages
Publisher: NYRB LIT
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-59017-651-1 (1-59017-651-0)

Ravan and Eddie are the unlikeliest of companions. For one thing, Ravan is Hindu, while Eddie is Catholic. For another, when Ravan was a baby and fell from a balcony, that fall had a dramatic, and very literal, impact on Eddie’s family. But Ravan and Eddie both live in Central Works... Read more >

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An Area of Darkness

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70835-0 (0-375-70835-9)

A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness is Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India.
Traveling from the bureaucratic morass of Bombay to the ethereal beauty of Kashmir, from a sacred ice cave in... Read more >
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A Bend in the River

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72202-1 (0-679-72202-5)

In what The New York Times calls a "brilliant novel," V.S. Naipaul takes us into the life of an Indian man who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African... Read more >
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Half a Life
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70728-5 (0-375-70728-X)

In a narrative that moves with dreamlike swiftness from India to England to Africa, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul has produced his finest novel to date, a bleakly resonant study of the fraudulent bargains that make up an identity.

The son of a Brahmin ascetic and his lower-caste wife, Willie Chandran grows... Read more >
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In a Free State
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3055-2 (1-4000-3055-2)

No writer has rendered our boundariless, post-colonial world more acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals such a hauntingly human face. A perfect case in point is this riveting novel, a masterful and stylishly rendered narrative of emigration, dislocation, and dread, accompanied by four supporting narratives.

In... Read more >
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India: A Million Mutinies Now

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73973-5 (0-307-73973-2)

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his journeys through his ancestral homeland, with a new preface by the author.

Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and passion for a country that is at once his and totally alien, India: A Million Mutinies Now relates the stories of many... Read more >

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Magic Seeds

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70727-8 (0-375-70727-1)

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s magnificent Magic Seeds continues the story of Willie Chandran, the perennially dissatisfied and self-destructively naive protagonist of his bestselling Half a Life.

Having left a wife and a livelihood in Africa, Willie is persuaded to return to his native India to join an underground movement on behalf... Read more >
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The Mystic Masseur

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70714-8 (0-375-70714-X)

In this slyly funny novel–his first–V. S. Naipaul traces the unlikely career of Ganesh Ramsumair, a failed schoolteacher and impecunious village masseur who in time becomes a revered mystic, a thriving entrepreneur, and the most beloved politician in Trinidad.

In 1940s Trinidad masseurs were the medical practitioners of choice. Ganesh treats not... Read more >
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Video
Stories
Written by Meera Nair


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72103-5 (0-385-72103-X)

In ten stories that read like parables, Meera Nair depicts contemporary Indian life with fierce precision and an irresistible blend of humor, wit, and pathos, firmly establishing herself as a striking new voice in Indian fiction.

An American porn flick wreaks havoc on the life of an Indian man, much to the... Read more >
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Mr Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma

Written by R. K. Narayan


Format: Hardcover, 616 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 7, 2006
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4477-1 (1-4000-4477-4)

In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of modern Indian fiction, human-scale hopes and epiphanies express the promise of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. The three novels brought together in this volume, all written after India’s independence, are masterpieces of social comedy... Read more >
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