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Homespun Homespun
Author: Nilita Vachani

ISBN: 978-1-59051-285-2
152 x 220 mm Hardcover
361 pages
US $30
IAAC Price $24.95 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


Spanning three generations, from India's struggle for independence against British rule, up to the present day, HomeSpun traces the lasting imprints of war and the search for peace at levels that are both historical and familial. Setting in motion an irreversible chain of events, a cast of unforgettable characters criss-cross and affect one another in unlikely ways: a Bombay movie producer with a love for pakoras, a fighter pilot who never should have been one; a war correspondent who stumbles upon a disquieting truth; and at the heart of the story, a young girl on a fractured quest for family. Painted on a wide canvas with a deft and intimate hand, HomeSpun's reach is alluringly diverse: it is at once historical saga, military intrigue, and a funny and moving coming-of-age portrayal.

    
Edge of Faith Edge of Faith
Author: William Dalrymple
Photographer: Prabuddha Dasgupta


ISBN:978-1-906497316
249 x 249 mm Hardcover
US$29
IAAC Price $23.20 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


 
Located on the west coast of India along the Arabian Sea, Goa officially became an Indian state in 1987 after nearly 500 years of Portuguese rule. This conflict of cultures is captured by Indian photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta in The Edge of Faith. The book’s 70 striking photographs create an intimate portrait of the Catholic community in Goa rarely seen before - a portrait of people torn between their fidelity to a history of Portuguese faith and culture and their post-Independence Indian identity. In addition, acclaimed travel-writer William Dalrymple provides an accompanying text that explores both the history of Goa’s Catholic past and its struggle to deal with its multi-cultural, multi-religious present. The Edge of Faith captures Catholic Goa in a haunting, but beautiful impasse - caught in a time warp between comforting nostalgia and a
   
Parsis

Parsis:
The Zoroastrians of India:
A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

Author: Sooni Taraporevala

ISBN:1-58567-593-8
289 x 289 mm Hardcover
US $60.00
IAAC Price $48.00 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


The result of a 20 year labour of love, photographer and screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala's Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India offers a rare insider’s view of how the Parsis, a religious and ethnic minority of India and the South Asian diaspora who follow the religion of Zoroastrianism, endure today. Unesco recently celebrated 3000 years of Zoroastrian culture. Today, the Parsis are a proud but often misunderstood religious minority, small in number but significant in influence - the community has produced many well-known leaders and artists, including the world-renowned conductor, Zubin Mehta; the late rock singer Freddy Mercury, of Queen; and the international award-winning author, Rohinton Mistry. As a people, the Parsis are a highly literate and educated people, comprising one of India's most wealthy and urbanized communities, yet they are also the smallest - and they also follow what many would consider Stone Age rituals: perhaps most notably, leaving their dead out in specially designed open air towers for vultures to devour. The words and images in Taraporevala's unique book chronicle, for the first time, the faces, voices, and unique culture of the Parsis - a community of intense contradictions.

    
The Queen’s Kitchen – How to Rule King of Bollywood – Shahrukh Khan
Anupama Chopra (Author)
(http://www.anupamachopra.com/)

ISBN: 978-0-446-57858-5
US $27.99

IAAC Price: $22.39 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



Here is the astonishing true story of Bollywood, a sweeping portrait about a country finding its identity, a movie industry that changed the face of India, and one man’s struggle to become a star. Shah Rukh Khan’s larger than life tale takes us through the colorful and idiosyncratic Bollywood movie industry, where fantastic dreams and outrageous obsessions share the spotlight with extortion, murder, and corruption.

    
The Queen’s Kitchen – How to Rule The Queen’s Kitchen – How to Rule
Radhika Nanda Byrn (Author)
The Buzz Co. (Publisher)


ISBN: 962-86528-1-8
US $25
IAAC Price $20.00 + Added $5.00 for shipping.

     
The South Seas Vanishings The South Seas Vanishings
Patrick Chastel (Author)
Carnot (Publisher)


ISBN 978-1-59209-036-2
US $21.95
IAAC Price $17.56 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



After ten years at sea collecting stories and experiences, Frank comes home to pursue a writing career. After lining up assignments to work on travel articles and children's books, he settles down to focus on his first novel. The theme he chooses is the highly publicized disappearances of people such luminaries as Robert Maxwell and the Countess Francesca Augusta. But Frank's plan quickly goes off track after he meets the exotic Salimata. Soon, his fantasy that a company exists which will help people disappear becomes an obsession. With the help of a former girlfriend, he decides to crack the code of this underground network and use it to further his own schemes.
     
The Pakistani Bride The Pakistani Bride
Bapsi Sidhwa (Author)
Milkweed Editions (Publisher)

(http://www.bapsisidhwa.com/)

ISBN 978-1-57131-063-7
US $14
IAAC Price $11.20 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



Qasim leaves his tribal village in the remote Himalayas for the plains, take an orphaned girl for his daughter and brings her to the bustling, decadent city of Lahore. As the years pass, Qasim grows nostalgic about his life in the mountains while his hopelessly romantic teenage daughter, Zaitoon, imagines Qasim's homeland as a region of tall, kindly men who roam the Himalayas like gods. Impulsively, Qasim promises his daughter in marriage to a tribesman, but Zaitoon's fantasy soon becomes a grim reality of unquestioning obedience and unending labor.
   
Sugar-Changed-the-World Sugar Changed The World
Marc Aronson (Author)
Marina Budhos(Author)


ISBN978-0-618-57492-6
US $20
IAAC Price $16.00 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



When this award-winning husband-and-wife team discovered that they each had sugar in their family history, they were inspired to trace the globe-spanning story of the sweet substance and to seek out the voices of those who led bitter sugar lives. The trail ran like a bright band from religious ceremonies in India to Europe’s Middle Ages, then on to Columbus, who brought the first cane cuttings to the Americas. Sugar was the substance that drove the bloody slave trade and caused the loss of countless lives but it also planted the seeds of revolution that led to freedom in the American colonies, Haiti, and France. With songs, oral histories, maps, and over 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how one product allows us to see the grand currents of world history in new ways.
   
UNRAVELING UNRAVELING
Sudnya Shroff (Author)

ISBN 978-0-9857318-0-9/978-0-9857318-1-6
US $14.95
IAAC Price $11.95 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


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Anchored in time around the 2008 Mumbai bombings, UNRAVELING is the story of the protagonist, Shalini, who only after experiencing an extremely hostile situation, awakens to the realization that she has become hostage to her own life choices. From the high pitch of her days as a young girl full of promise, ready to take on the world on her own terms; to the sober sound of life abandoned, grief borne and chances lost, Shalini struggles, as much with herself as her circumstances yearning to give in to her heart's honest desires on one hand, while wrestling with guilt over her notions of loyalty and inviolability of the marriage contract on the other. Is her deep discontent with her personal life merely a weakness serving her own selfish need, or is it a manifestation of a deeper sensibility? Vibrant, thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging, UNRAVELING is not just the story of a woman facing up to her life of self-deception, but also a meditation on the theory of how choice, unselfish as it may seem at the time we make it, can cause collateral damage along the way.
   
The-Devil-Thumbprint The Devil's Thumbprint
Ahsan Akbar(Author)

ISBN 978-9-84907383-3
US $20
IAAC Price $16.00 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



The Devil's Thumbprint is the debut collection by a young Bangladeshi poet. It clearly shows that Bangladeshi poetry in English is attracting fresh talent whose development is bound to be a matter of interest to poetry lovers everywhere. The poems cover a span of years and reflect a young man’s sentimental education in a world of emotional instability. At once emotionally charged and infused with irony and wit, the poems will delight and entertain and also provoke serious thought.
   
Maya Saves The Day Maya Saves The Day
Meera Nair(Author)

ISBN 978-81-92594-83-5
US $6.00
IAAC Price $4.80 + Added $3.00 for shipping.



An escaped tiger. Lost parents. Puppies who need a home. What's a little girl to do? SAVE THE DAY, OF COURSE! Good thing Maya is on the job! Join Maya and her friends on an adventure for all ages.
   
At Home with Mudhur Jaffrey Chaos Theory
Anuvab Pal (Author)

ISBN 978-1-447-23807-2
US $20
IAAC Price $16.00 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



Sunita and Mukesh are friends. He’s cynical, from Calcutta, cocky and well-read. She’s clever, curious and amused by him. It’s the 1960s, Delhi University. Fashionable movies play at the art deco cinemas, Nehruvian poshness is stylish, The Beatles are the rage. They meet over a quotation game involving William Shakespeare and whisky. They both realize there’s something special here. They have burning questions, as young people do, about things literary, philosophical, existential, romantic. The answers lie in an endless set of conversations with Sunita over Scotch, Mukesh imagines. Till she thinks America will be the answer, and leaves for a PhD in her search. He follows her. What happens, over the next forty years, is a journey – to carry on that conversation. Across continents, campuses, decades, marriages and life. To find what it is they really want to say.
    
The South Seas Vanishings No Land's Man
Aasif Mandvi (Author)

ISBN 978-1-4521-0791-2
US $22.95
IAAC Price $18.36 + Added $5.00 for shipping.




This is a book filled with passion, discovery, and humor. Mandvi hilariously and poignantly describes a journey that will resonate with anyone who has had to navigate his or her way in the murky space between lands. Or anyone who really loves brunch.
   
IN Shooting Water IN Shooting Water
Devyani Saltzman (Author)

ISBN 978-1-55704-711-3
US $ 23.95
IAAC Price $19.16 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



In Shooting Water, Devyani Saltzman recounts her experience straddling the separate worlds of her divorced parents in Canada and India—navigating between two religions (Hindu and Jewish), two traditions, two cultures, and two people—belonging to both and to neither at once. This cross-cultural memoir chronicles her life-changing experiences in India and Sri Lanka, the struggle to produce the controversial Oscar®-nominated film, and the emergence of a deeper understanding between mother and daughter.
    
Water Water
Bapsi Sidhwa(Author)

ISBN 978-1-57131-056-8
US $ 16.95
IAAC Price $13.56 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



The renowned author Bapsi Sidhwa and the equally renowned filmmaker Deepa Mehta share a unique artistic relationship: Mehta adapted Sidhwa’s novel Cracking India for her brilliant film Earth, and here, Sidhwa adapts Mehta’s controversial film Water to the printed page. Set in 1938, against the backdrop of Gandhi’s rise to power, Water follows the life of eight-year-old Chuyia, abandoned at a widow’s ashram after the death of her elderly husband. There, she must live in penitence until her death. Unwilling to accept her fate, she becomes a catalyst for change in the widows’s lives. When her friend Kalyani, a beautiful widow-prostitute, falls in love with a young, upper-class Gandhian idealist, the forbidden affair boldly defies Hindu tradition and threatens to undermine the ashram’s delicate balance of power. This riveting look at the lives of widows in colonial India is ultimately a haunting and lyrical story of love, faith, and redemption.
   
Leaving India Leaving India
Minal Hajratwala(Authors)

ISBN 978-0-618-25129-2
US $26
IAAC Price $20.80 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



An inspiring personal saga that explores the collisions of choice and history that led one unforgettable family to become immigrants In this groundbreaking work,Minal Hajratwala mixes history,memoir, and reportage to explore the questions facing not only her own Indian family but that of every immigrant: Where did we come from? Why did we leave? What did we give up and gain in the process? Beginning with her great-grandfather Motiram’s original flight from British-occupied India to Fiji, where he rose from tailor to department store mogul,Hajratwala follows her ancestors across the twentieth century to explain how they came to be spread across five continents and nine countries. As she delves into the relationship between personal choice and the great historical forces—British colonialism, apartheid,Gandhi’s Salt March, and American immigration policy—that helped to shape her family’s experiences, Hajratwala brings to light for the very first time the story of the Indian diaspora. This luminous narrative by a child of immigrants offers a deeply intimate look at what it means to call more than one part of the world home.
   
Plain Truths Plain Truths
Arun Kumar(Author)

ISBN 978-81-264-2663-8
US $3.00
IAAC Price $2.40 + Added $3.00 for shipping.



Arun's Plain Truths are found in social settings, the departure of a son for college, the cooking of a favourite hostess - but also in the ideas of a scientist, the theorems of a mathematician and the life work of a poet.
   
Pavel, a Penguin of Prominence Pavel, a Penguin of Prominence
Raj M. Hathiramani(Author)

ISBN 978-0-9792053-0-9
US $ 22.95
IAAC Price $18.36 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



Soul call is conceptualized, composed and voiced by Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, Soul Call consists of 9 tracks of praise. Like her other CD's even Soul Call is related to the healing mantra of Om Namo Narayanaya which is considered to be one of the most potent protections for the physical body.
    
Ammi: letter to a democratic mother  Ammi: letter to a democratic mother
Saeed Mirza(Author)

ISBN 978-81-89975-36-4
US $7.00
IAAC Price $5.60 + Added $5.00 for shipping.




“Damaru” is a cross-over album that weaves together Indian folk-pop, classical, lounge, elektronika, andRabindrasangeet (the music of Rabindranath Tagore) in an unprecedented manner through fusion singer, Isheeta Ganguly.
   
Bird in a Banyan Tree  Bird in a Banyan Tree
Bina Ramani(Author)

ISBN 978-81-291-2912-3
US $15
IAAC Price $12.00 + Added $5.00 for shipping.



Fashion designer, entrepreneur, restaurateur, social worker, agony aunt, visionary, socialite—many labels have been applied to Bina Ramani. But what is her real story? From arriving as a refugee child in India during Partition to having Binatone, a successful electronics brand, named after her; from a nine-year-old sitting on her favourite black rock, watching the waves and weaving dreams in Mumbai, to a passionate relationship with screen idol Shammi Kapoor; from a loveless marriage and a bitter divorce, to opening her own stores and changing the face of Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village; from searching for her daughters across continents, to being taken in police custody and sent to Tihar Jail for being a stubbornly honest witness; from being vilified by the media to being lauded by the country for her heroic role in the Jessica Lal murder case—in this inspiring, no-holds-barred memoir, Bina tells it all.
   
Days of Gold and Sepia  Days of Gold and Sepia
Yasmeen Premji(Author)

ISBN 978-93-5029-330-0
US $16.00
IAAC Price $12.80 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


….beginnings in his desert homeland of Kutch, to amass fortune and fame as ‘Cotton King’ in Bombay. Set against the fascinating century that was India between the War of Independence in 1857 and the dawn of independence in 1947, and the backdrop of the vibrant city of Bombay, this sweeping tale is peopled by a rich array of characters _ merchant princes and maharajas, courtesans and soothsayers, Europeans and Anglo-Indians, freedom fighters and soldiers of the British raj…. t is a story of the discovery of life and of a passionate and hopeless love, painting the portrait of a man of courage and character, of great personal integrity and human frailty, giving us a glimpse into another time, another era, through the perspective of one man’s incredible journey.  
   
The blood telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide The blood telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide
Gary J. Bass(Author)

ISBN 978-0-307-70020-9
US $30.00
IAAC Price $24.00 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


Giving an astonishing inside view of how the White House really works in a crisis, The Blood Telegram is an unprecedented chronicle of a pivotal but little-known chapter of the Cold War. Gary J. Bass shows how Nixon and Kissinger supported Pakistan’s military dictatorship as it brutally quashed the results of a historic free election. The Pakistani army launched a crackdown on what was then East Pakistan, killing hundreds of thousands of people and sending ten million refugees fleeing to India—one of the worst humanitarian crises of the twentieth century.??Nixon and Kissinger, unswayed by detailed warnings of genocide from American diplomats witnessing the bloodshed, stood behind Pakistan’s military rulers. Driven not just by Cold War realpolitik but by a bitter personal dislike of India and its leader Indira Gandhi, Nixon and Kissinger actively helped the Pakistani government even as it careened toward a devastating war against India. They silenced American officials who dared to speak up, secretly encouraged China to mass troops on the Indian border, and illegally supplied weapons to the Pakistani military—an overlooked scandal that presages Watergate.??Drawing on previously unheard White House tapes, recently declassified documents, and extensive interviews with White House staffers and Indian military leaders, The Blood Telegram tells this thrilling, shadowy story in full.  
   
Midnight’s children    Midnight’s children
Salman Rushdie(Author)

ISBN 978-0-8129-7653-3
US $20.00
IAAC Price $16.00 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


….beginnings in his desert homeland of Kutch, to amass fortune and fame as ‘Cotton King’ in Bombay. Set against the fascinating century that was India between the War of Independence in 1857 and the dawn of independence in 1947, and the backdrop of the vibrant city of Bombay, this sweeping tale is peopled by a rich array of characters _ merchant princes and maharajas, courtesans and soothsayers, Europeans and Anglo-Indians, freedom fighters and soldiers of the British raj…. t is a story of the discovery of life and of a passionate and hopeless love, painting the portrait of a man of courage and character, of great personal integrity and human frailty, giving us a glimpse into another time, another era, through the perspective of one man’s incredible journey.  
   
Tivolem  Tivolem
Victor Rangel Ribeiro(Author)

ISBN 978-1-57131-019-3
US $24.00
IAAC Price $19.20 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


….beginnings in his desert homeland of Kutch, to amass fortune and fame as ‘Cotton King’ in Bombay. Set against the fascinating century that was India between the War of Independence in 1857 and the dawn of independence in 1947, and the backdrop of the vibrant city of Bombay, this sweeping tale is peopled by a rich array of characters _ merchant princes and maharajas, courtesans and soothsayers, Europeans and Anglo-Indians, freedom fighters and soldiers of the British raj…. t is a story of the discovery of life and of a passionate and hopeless love, painting the portrait of a man of courage and character, of great personal integrity and human frailty, giving us a glimpse into another time, another era, through the perspective of one man’s incredible journey.  
   
Four Aleys   Four Aleys
Renu Kurien(Author)

ISBN 978-93-82711-52-0
US $11.00
IAAC Price $8.80 + Added $5.00 for shipping.


This is a book about four women – all named Aley. It is a story of obsessive love and familial loyalties set against a background of social upheaval. The women in the feudal, patriarchal, landowning family of Big House deal with their complicated lives as best as they can and Little Aley, the youngest of the four, tries to make sense of the lives of her hapless namesakes. She vows never to fall victim to the emotions which had tortured her mother, grandmother and beloved grand aunt and is determined to set a balance in the social system that after a violent upheaval, now fumbles to constructively reinvent itself. Will she be able to achieve this? And will it give her contentment if she does? 
   
Yena Sharma Purmasir's Yena Sharma Purmasir's
Yena Sharma(Author)

ISBN
US $10.00
IAAC Price $8.00 + Added $3.00 for shipping.

Until I Learned What It Meant is Yena Sharma Purmasir's first book of poetry. The book is divided into three parts, weaving together themes of racism, sexism, body image, and overarching themes of love: love of the self, romantic love, love of tradition, and love for god. Purmasir writes with an intensely original and unique style that is sure to be a favorite to read over and over again.
   
Seeing through Stones   Seeing through Stones
Rajdeep Paulus(Author)

ISBN 978-93-82711-52-0
US $5.00
IAAC Price $4.00 + Added $3.00 for shipping.

From Award-Winning, Young Adult author Rajdeep Paulus comes the sequel to Swimming Through Clouds, a powerful reminder that life is a battle you dont fight alone. And sometimes the sweetest love story starts with a simple act of kindness.
 
 
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