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The Kama Sutra Diaries: Intimate Journeys Through Modern India
The Kama Sutra Diaries
Intimate Journeys Through Modern India
Paperback      ISBN: 1857885899
In The Kama Sutra Diaries, one 'disillusioned child of the Western sexual revolution' discovers what this old land has to teach us about modern-day love and lust. It's a romp behind the scenes and between the sheets of new India via ancient temples to the vulva, Guru Nanak dildos, husband-beating festivals and the agony pages of Indian Cosmo...
Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion
Vishnu's Crowded Temple
India Since the Great Rebellion
Paperback      ISBN: 030015142x
As it enters its sixtieth year of independence, India stands on the threshold of superpower status. Yet India is strikingly different from all other global colossi. While it is the world’s most populous democracy and enjoys the benefits of its internationally competitive high-tech and software industries, India also contends with extremes of poverty, inequality, and political and religious violence. This accessible and vividly written book presents a new interpretation of India’s history, focusing particular attention on the impact of British imperialism on Independent India. Maria Misra begins with the rebellion against the British in 1857 and tracks the country’s advance to the present day. India’s extremes persist, the author argues, because its politics rest upon a peculiar foundation in which traditional ideas of hierarchy, difference, and privilege coexist to a remarkable degree with modern notions of equality and democracy. The challenge of India’s leaders today, as in the last sixty years, is to weave together the disparate threads of the nation’s ancient culture, colonial legacy, and modern experience.
India: From Midnight to the Millennium
From Midnight to the Millennium
Paperback      ISBN: 0060977531
One of India's foremost writers assesses the country's achievements and failures over the last fifty years of its independence from British rule and notes India's importance in the challenges facing America in the twenty-first century. Reprint.
In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India
In Spite of the Gods
The Rise of Modern India
Paperback      ISBN: 1400079772
Drawing on his own experiences and insights as the South Asia correspondent for The Financial Times, the author analyzes the conflicting political, economic, social, cultural, and religious forces that are shaping the modern nation of India and assesses the country's potential to become one of the next global superpowers. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
India: A Portrait
A Portrait
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307272435
An analysis of India's rapid economic progress in the decades since independence evaluates the cultural foundations that contributed to the region's accelerated transformations, citing the roles of factors ranging from Maoist revolutionaries and organized crime to forced labor and billionaire investors. By the award-winning author of Younghusband.
A Long Way Home
A Long Way Home
Paperback      ISBN: 0425276198
A full-length account of the author's inspirational effort to find his India birthplace describes how he was accidentally separated from his family in the mid-1980s, his survival on the streets of Calcutta, his adoption by an Australian family and his headline-making Google Earth search.
The Bullet and the Ballot Box: The Story of Nepal's Maoist Revolution
The Bullet and the Ballot Box
The Story of Nepal's Maoist Revolution
Hardcover      ISBN: 1781685649
"In 1996, when Nepal's Maoists launched their armed rebellion, their ideology was widely considered obsolete and they had limited public support. By 2008 they had gained access to state power and their ambitious plan of social transformation dominated the national agenda. How did this become possible? The Bullet and the Ballot Box offers a rich and sweeping account of a decade of revolutionary upheaval. Adhikari draws on a broad range of sources, including novels, letters and diaries, to illuminate both the history and human drama of the Maoist rebellion. An indispensible guide to Nepal's recent history, the book also offers a fascinating case study of how communist ideology has been reinterpreted and translated into political action in the twenty-first century"--
The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas
The Essential Gandhi
An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas
Paperback      ISBN: 1400030501
Gandhi's most intimate thoughts about life are revealed in these excerpts from his great body of writings, which includes the author's ideas and beliefs on politics, spirituality, poverty, suffering, love, nonviolence, civil disobedience, and his own life. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
Indian Summer
The Secret History of the End of an Empire
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805080732
A behind-the-scenes history of the 1947 separation of India from the British Empire offers a fascinating look at the events and personalities involved, detailing the the chaos, war, and conflict that followed the separation as well as the secret love affair between Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten. 40,000 first printing.
The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan's Lawless Frontier
The Most Dangerous Place
Pakistan's Lawless Frontier
Paperback      ISBN: 0143119214
"To understand the mess we're getting into in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas, there's no better book out there." -Robert Baer, bestselling author of See No Evil The tribal region bordering Afghanistan, known as FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area), has always been only loosely under government control. But since 2001 it has become a hornet's nest of violent extremists, many of whom have turned against their own state. In this groundbreaking book based on accounts by high-level Pakistani intelligence and military operatives and extensive firsthand reporting in villages where no American would be safe, award-winning reporter and broadcaster Imtiaz Gul chronicles his country's alarming slide into militancy. The United States is mired at great expense in Afghanistan, but Pakistan poses a far greater threat to American interests and to global security.