Download E-books White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India PDF

By William Dalrymple

White Mughals is the romantic and finally tragic story of a passionate love affair that crossed and transcended all of the cultural, spiritual and political obstacles of its time.

James Achilles Kirkpatrick was once the British Resident on the court docket of the Nizam of Hyderabad whilst in 1798 he glimpsed Kahir un-Nissa—'Most first-class between Women'—the great-niece of the Nizam's major Minister and a descendant of the Prophet. Kirkpatrick had long gone out to India as an bold soldier within the military of the East India corporation, desirous to make his identify within the conquest and subjection of the subcontinent. in its place, he fell in love with Khair and overcame many hindrances to marry her—not least of which was once the truth that she used to be locked away in purdah and engaged to an area nobleman. ultimately, whereas final Resident, Kirkpatrick switched over to Islam, and in line with Indian resources even grew to become a double-agent operating for the Hyderabadis opposed to the East India Company.

It is a amazing tale, regarding mystery assignations, court docket intrigue, harem politics, spiritual and kin disputes. yet such issues weren't unknown; from the early 16th century, while the Inquisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from donning the dhoti, to the eve of the Indian mutiny, the 'white Mughals' who wore neighborhood gown and followed Indian methods have been a resource of embarrassments to successive colonial administrations. William Dalrymple finds such vibrant figures as 'Hindoo Stuart', who travelled together with his personal workforce of Brahmins to take care of his temple of idols, and who spent a long time attempting to convince the memsahibs of Calcutta to undertake the sari; and Sir David Ochterlony, Kirkpatrick's counterpart in Delhi, who took all 13 of his better halves out for night promenades, each one at the again in their personal elephant.

In White Mughals, William Dalrymple discovers an international virtually completely unexplored via heritage, and locations at its centre a compelling story of affection, seduction and betrayal. It possesses the entire sweep and resonance of an outstanding nineteenth-century novel, set opposed to a historical past of moving alliances and the manoeuvring of the nice powers, the mercantile pursuits of the British and the imperial desires of Napoleon. White Mughals, the made from 5 years' writing and learn, triumphantly confirms Dalrymple's attractiveness as one of many most interesting writers at paintings today.

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Download E-books Chokher Bali PDF

The literature of the recent age seeks to not narrate a chain of occasions, yet to bare the secrets and techniques of the guts. Such is the narrative mode of Chokher Bali’ – Rabindranath Tagore, Preface to Chokher Bali

Chokher Bali explores the forbidden feelings unleashed while a gorgeous younger widow enters the doubtless harmonious global of a newly married couple. This path-breaking novel through Rabindranath Tagore weaves a tangled net of relationships among the pampered and self-centred Mahendra, his blameless, childlike bride Asha, their staunch buddy Bihari, and the wily, seductive Binodini, whose arrival transforms the lives of all involved.
Radha Chakravarty’s translation brings the realm of Tagore’s fiction to existence, in lucid, idiomatic prose.

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Download E-books India on My Platter PDF

By Saransh Goila

Backpacking in the course of the nation, younger chef Saransh Goila units off on a culinary path via India, the place in he discovers many of the nuances of neighborhood food. From rural villages to barren deserts to freezing mountains, he unfolds the flavour of his vacation spot by way of assembly neighborhood villagers or erstwhile royalty, picking out up a tip or to take advantage of in his kitchen. at any place he is going, he makes certain to stopover at the recognized eateries of that position. via him, the reader can vividly odor the spices and style the dishes which are defined. The recipes given additionally current methods on utilizing in the neighborhood discovered elements. From having steaming Murthal ke paranthes to savoring tasty highway nutrition in domestic city Delhi, from cooking on a ship in Varanasi to cooking dishes utilizing a bamboo hole in Assam, Goila does all of it and provides his adventures in a lucid, flowing narrative peppered with funny anecdotes.

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Download E-books A Brief History of India, Second Edition (Brief History Of... (Checkmark Books)) PDF

An up to date examine greater than 5,000 years of India's history.

As lately because the flip of the century, Western photographs of India pictured it as a land of faith, luxurious, and determined poverty holy males sitting cross-legged via the roadside, fats maharajas on bejeweled elephants, or poverty-stricken beggars deciding on rubbish for scraps to consume. Now that picture has began to switch. this present day americans usually tend to think Indian employees in name facilities taking jobs wanted within the usa or little ones successful fortunes on quiz exhibits as in Slumdog Millionaire.

Admired for its religious traditions (two of the world's significant religions Hinduism and Buddhism originated here), for its peaceable fight for independence led via Mohandas okay. Gandhi, and for its bright tradition (from Bollywood and highly spiced food to classical tune and world-renowned authors), India has had a protracted and interesting heritage. notwithstanding, whereas most folk are accustomed to definite components of Indian background and tradition, the roots of the country's modern society and politics aren't continually good understood within the West. protecting nearly 5,000 years of background, a quick background of India, moment version bargains an available, trustworthy advent to the wealthy and numerous background of India.

Coverage includes:

-Caste, Kings, and the Hindu international Order
-Gandhi and the Nationalist move
-Constructing the kingdom
-Bollywood and past
-India within the Twenty-First Century.

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Download E-books Difficult Daughters PDF

By Manju Kapur

Set round the time of Partition and written with soaking up intelligence and sympathy, tricky Daughters is the tale of a tender girl torn among the will for schooling and the entice of illicit love. 'Difficult Daughters is extremely imagined, fluidly written, relocating. via our struggles with our mom and dad, it flings us into their very own momentous instances, their younger yearnings for romance and independence and lifestyles. And so it turns into an pressing and critical tale approximately kin and walls and love.

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Download E-books The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel PDF

By Adrian Levy, Catherine Scott-Clark

Mumbai, 2008. at the evening of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked pursuits in the course of the urban, together with the Taj Mahal Palace lodge, one of many world’s such a lot specific luxurious inns. For sixty-eight hours, hundreds and hundreds have been held hostage as photographs rang out and a big fireplace raged. whilst the smoke cleared, thirty-one humans have been useless and lots of extra were injured. merely the brave activities of employees and guests—including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj basic supervisor Binny Kang—prevented a far better demise toll.

With a deep realizing of the quarter and its politics and a story aptitude comparable to middle of the night in Peking, newshounds Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy vividly spread the tragic occasions in a real-life mystery packed with suspense, tragedy, historical past, and heroism.

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Download E-books Partitions: A Novel PDF

By Amit Majmudar

A lovely first novel, set in the course of the violent 1947 partition of India, approximately uprooted young ones and their trips to safety

As India is lease into countries, communal violence breaks out on each side of the hot border and streaming hordes of refugees flee from blood and chaos.

At an overrun teach station, Shankar and Keshav, dual Hindu boys, lose sight in their mom and subscribe to the human mass to head looking for her. a tender Sikh woman, Simran Kaur, has run clear of her father, who may relatively poison his daughter than see her defiled. And Ibrahim Masud, an aged Muslim medical professional pushed from the city of his delivery, limps towards the hot Muslim nation of Pakistan, rediscovering at the manner his position as a healer. because the displaced face numerous horrors, this not going quartet comes jointly, defying each rule of self-preservation to forge a way forward for hope.

A dramatic, luminous tale of households and international locations damaged and shaped, Partitions introduces a unprecedented novelist who writes with the strength and lyricism of poetry.

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Download E-books Narcopolis: A Novel PDF

By Jeet Thayil

Shortlisted for the fellow Booker Prize
 
Written in poetic and affecting prose, Jeet Thayil's luminous debut novel charts the evolution of an excellent and damaged city throughout 3 many years. A wealthy, hallucinatory dream that captures Bombay in all its compelling squalor, Narcopolis thoroughly subverts and demanding situations the literary traditions for which the Indian novel is well known. it's a booklet approximately medicinal drugs, intercourse, loss of life, perversion, dependancy, love, and God and has extra in universal in its material with the paintings of William S. Burroughs or Baudelaire than with that of the subcontinent's wide-spread literary lighting. specifically, it's a fantastical portrait of a pretty and damned new release in a country approximately to promote its soul.

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Download E-books Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) PDF

Overextension is the typical pitfall of empires. Why does it happen? What are the forces that reason the nice powers of the economic period to pursue competitive overseas guidelines? Jack Snyder identifies recurrent myths of empire, describes the different types of overextension to which they lead, and criticizes the normal motives provided via historians and political scientists.

He checks 3 competing theories―realism, misperception, and family coalition politics―against 5 targeted case experiences: early twentieth-century Germany, Japan within the interwar interval, nice Britain within the Victorian period, the Soviet Union after international battle II, and the USA throughout the chilly battle. The ensuing insights run counter to a lot that has been written approximately those it appears usual circumstances of empire building.

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