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Book : Sea of Poppies
Author : Amitav Ghosh
Category : Fiction
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Sea of Poppies is a novel by Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. It is the first volume of the Ibis trilogy.
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Book : Oliver Twist
Author : Charles Dickens
Category : Fiction
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Charles Dickens poured his own youthful experience of Victorian London's unspeakable squalor into this realistic depiction of a spirited young innocent's unwilling but inevitable recruitment into a scabrous gang of thieves. Masterminded by the loathsome Fagin, the underworld crew features some of Dickens'smost memorable characters, including the vicious Bill Sikes, gentle Nancy, and the juvenile pickpocket known as the Artful Dodger.
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Book : The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Author : Fatima Bhutto
Category : Fiction
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Its a book by Fatima Bhutto, grand daughter of assasinated pakistan premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,niece of yet another assassinated pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto. The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, set in a town called Mir Ali near the Afghan border, in Pakistan's tribal belt of Waziristan, is the story of three brothers and two young women who are bound by local Pakhtun traditions and brutally affected by an insurgency, forcing them to reflect on their past and make difficult choices.
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Book : White Tiger
Author : Arvind Adiga
Category : Fiction
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The White Tiger is the debut novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga. It was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year.A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright'sNativeSon,The White Tigerfollows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India's caste society. "This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before"
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Book : Wolf Hall
Author : Hilary Mantel
Category : Fiction
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The novel won both theMan Booker Prizeand the National Book Critics Circle Award.Set in the period from 1500 to 1535,Wolf Hallis a fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power ofThomas Cromwellin the court ofHenryVIIIthrough to the death of SirThomas More.
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Book :India wins Freedom
Author : Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
Category : Non-Fiction
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One of the makers of modern India tells the story of the partition of India as never before, with intimate knowledge and feeling. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad served the longest term of Congress president and till India actually became independent. This book after long controversies saw the day of light in 1997
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Book : In the name of democracy: JP movement and the emergency
Author : Bipan Chandra
Category : Non-Fiction
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The Emergency of 1975-77 was a dark chapter of India's democracy. Leading up to it was the JP movement, named after its leader Jayaprakash Narayan which paralysed much of northern India and directly challenged Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Centre. This book, unlike earlier studies, looks at these happenings sequentially, seeking to understand their character and the nature of the challenge they posed to our democracy. Finely argued, incisve and original, this book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of those turbulent years.
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Book : The World of Fatwas : Sharia in Action
Author : Arun Shourie
Category : Non-Fiction
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THE World of Fatwas or The Sharia In Action is a meticulously researched work on the application of Islamic precepts to practically every aspect of the existence of the "faithful". It is a somewhat daunting book in volume; 669 pages of writings by the author, and the remaining pages containing basic texts and index.
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Book : Matters of Discretion: An Autobiography
Author : I.K.Gujral
Category : Non-Fiction
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It is an autobiography by the Former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral and the only one to be written by a former Indian Prime Minister.It deals with Gujral's life starting with partition and his moving to India and covers his public life.It gives a vivid description of coalition politics of India and emergence of third fronts during various points of Indian political History.
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Book : Tinderbox the past and future of pakistan
Author : M J Akbar
Category : Non-Fiction
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Tinderbox: The Past And Future Of Pakistan is an intriguing, historical, and accurate account of Pakistan as a nation. It traces the history of the nation right from its roots, beginning with the birth of two nations, India and Pakistan in 1947, to what it has become today.
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Book : Wuthering Heights
Category : Fiction
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Wuthering Heightsis a gorgeous, epic novel of love and revenge, full of passion and unforgettable characters. Heathcliff's pride and suffering make him cruel, menacing, and his and Cathy's end is not the stuff of fairy tales. However, the novel is thrilling, and it is full of its own kind of romance. Also, there are almost certainly ghosts in this book, though Bronte leaves it up to the reader whether or not to believe.
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Book : The Diary of a Young Girl
Category : Non-Fiction
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The Franks, along with another family, the Van Daans, hide in order to avoid capture during the German occupation of Holland. Aided by friends on the outside, Anne and the others spend two years in the "secret annex".While war rages outside, Anne is a normal teen, thinking at least as much about friends, and boyfriends, and how her parents annoy her, as she does about issues of the day.
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Book : Pakistan A Hard Country
Category : Non-Fiction
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Engagingly written, combining history and profound analysis with reportage from Lieven's extensive travels as a journalist and academic,Pakistan: A Hard Countryis both utterly compelling and deeply revealing.
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Book : The Book Sellers of Kabul
Category : Fiction
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This mesmerizing portrait of a proud man who, through three decades and successive repressive regimes, heroically braved persecution to bring books to the people of Kabul has elicited extraordinary praise throughout the world and become a phenomenal international bestseller.The Bookseller of Kabulis startling in its intimacy and its details - a revelation of the plight of Afghan women and a window into the surprising realities of daily life in today's Afghanistan
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Book : And the Mountain Echoed
Category : Fiction
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It is a story of sepration of two sibblings:Abdullah and Pari, when their father decided to leave baby Pari with a rich childless couple. Its quite engaging to trace their fate entwine again at an advanced stage of their life.
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Book : A House for Mr Biswas
Category : Fiction
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It's a story of Indian emigrant society in Trinidad. Mohun Biswas is the central character whose quest for owning a house is depicted in this novel. This story is a comic description of how Mr Biswas, living with his in-laws, gets dominated by them? And how this domination increases his desire for a house for himself ?
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Book : Narcopolis
Category : Fiction
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Bombay,or Mumbai, as it is known today, is brought to life by Jeet Thayil in this engrossing novel of sex, drugs and love in the underbelly of this sprawling city.The characters in this book include the amazing Dimple, who was born a boy but who was castrated at a young age and works as a prostitute in a brothel next to an opium den, where she prepares the pipes.Among others who frequent the opium den are the Chinese refugee/businessman, Mr.Lee, who has his own tale of woe and Rumi, a working man who is addicted to violence.
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Book : The Difficulty of Being Good
Category : Non-Fiction
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Why be good? What exactly is Dharma? How does one practise it, and to what effect? Gurcharan Das's superb exposition of the dilemmas and ambiguities inherent in the Mahabharata shows us how we can come to terms with the uncertain ethics of the world today, a world that is uncannily similar to that of the great epic.
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Book : Waiting for the Mahatma
Category : Fiction
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Waiting For The Mahatmais set in the fictional town of Malgudi. It follows the story of its leading characters, Sriram and Bharati, amidst turbulent events taking place during the period 1939 to 1947 in India's struggle for freedom, that saw a great upsurge in nationalism and culminated with the partitioning of India.
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Book : A Bend in The River
Category : Fiction
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One of the greatest novels about the process of "becoming" (as opposed to "being") a nation, especially after the colonising powers have departed, it is tense with a taut hyper-awareness and knowledge of every nuance, subtext, context and history of the various mix of peoples in the unnamed Central African country where the book is located.
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Book : War and Peace
Category : Fiction
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War and Peaceis anovelby the Russian authorLeo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work isepicin scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature.It is considered as Tolstoy's finest literary achievement,
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Book : Hello Bastar
Category : Non-Fiction
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With direct access to the top Maoist leadership, Rahul Pandita provides an authoritative account of how a handful of men and women, who believed in the idea of revolution, entered Bastar in Central India in 1980 and created a powerful movement that New Delhi now terms as India's biggest internal security threat.
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Book : Every Body Loves a Good Drought
Category : Non-Fiction
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In this thoroughly researched study of the poorest of the poor, we get to see how they manage, what sustains them, and the efforts, often ludicrous, to do something for them. The people who figure in this book typify the lives and aspirations of a large section of Indian society, and their stories present us with the true face of development.
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Book : The Elephant Paradigm
Category : Non-Fiction
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The Elephant Paradigm ranges over a vast area-covering subjects as varied as panchayati raj, national competitiveness, and the sacred and philosophical concerns of the average Indian consequent to India's entry into what the author calls the 'age of liberation'. While India may never roar ahead like the Asian tigers, Das argues, it will advance like a wise elephant, moving steadily and surely, pausing occasionally to reflect on its past and to enjoy the journey.
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Book : 5 Point Someone
Category : Fiction
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The book, besides having a humorous appeal, also deals with the fears and insecurities of the students in one of the country's top institutions. Its description of the lives of students in IIT or other higher-education institutions such as IIM or NID, rings true.
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Book : Kashmir
Category : Non-Fiction
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M.J. Akbar delves deep into the past for the roots of Kashmiriyat, the identity and culture that has blossomed within the ring of mountains for thousands of years. He records Kashmir's struggle in the century to first free itself from feudal oppression and then enter the world of modern India in 1947.
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Book : Trust Me
Category : Fiction
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Life is full of ups and downs accompanied by a range of emotions. Trust Me narrates the life of a young girl named Parvati, who moves to Mumbai with dreams of becoming a set designer of in the Mumbai Film Industry.
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Book : An Indian for all seasons
Category : Non-Fiction
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This rich biography, coinciding with his death centenary, illuminates the remarkable journey of Romesh Chunder Dutt (1848 1909) situated at the cusp of two centuries and two world views. It traces Dutt s eventful life from his running away to England at the age of twenty, and being an exemplary ICS officer (the second Indian in the service), to his early retirement and entry into politics, and becoming president of the Indian National Congress in 1899.
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Book : My name is red
Category : Fiction
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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers.
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Book : The Hungry Tide
Category : Fiction
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The settlers of the Sundarbans believe that anyone who dares venture into the vast watery labyrinth without a pure heart, will never return. It is the arrival of Piyali Roy, of Indian parentage but stubbornly American, and Kanai Dutt, a sophisticated Delhi businessman, that disturbs the delicate balance of settlement life and sets in motion a fateful cataclysm.
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