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07/22/2008

The Silent Raga
by Ameen Merchant
The Silent Raga is a moving and ambitious debut novel. In prose that resembles the rhythms and progression of a raga, Ameen Merchant weaves a finely wrought story about the traditions that bind us and the sacrifices we must make along the road to our own individual destinies.

The Girl with the Golden Parasol
by Jason Grunebaum
Uday Prakash, one of India’s most original and audacious writers in Hindi, explores the relationship between politics and power and its effect on ordinary people in this vivid, unconventional novel. This excellent translation by Jason Grunebaum retains the novel’s controversial tone and remains true to the original.

The Age of Shiva
by Manil Suri
A sweeping epic that traces the fortunes of a family in the aftermath of Indian independence, The Age of Shiva is the powerful story of an ancient society in transition and an extraordinary portrait of maternal love.  


Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Everyone has their secrets. In her stunning new collection of stories, Jhumpa Lahiri gently lifts the veil to reveal how even the most ordinary lives have their dramas and tragedies and then, as gently, lets it fall back down again.

 Guardian of the Dawn
by Richard Zimler
Zimler's treatment of an obscure period of history makes for an exotic, colorful novel. Zimler tracks the travails of a young Jewish manuscript illustrator who flees with his family from Portugal to India to escape the Portuguese Inquisition in the last decades of the 16th century

 The Conch Bearer
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Motivated by the tensions and hate crimes that flared after Sept. 11, specifically those aimed at her ethnic community, Divakaruni strives to stress the similarities, not differences, among people through the tale of a 12-year-old Indian boy...The rich details in the story, cultivated from imagination, folklore and memories of the author's own upbringing in India, offer readers colorful snapshots of the land and its culture.

Others.to check out........

 Rediscovering Dharavi - Stories from Asia's Largest Slum
by Kalpana Sharma

  The Legends of Khasak - Modern Classics
by O V Vijayan

  In an Antique Land
by Amitav Ghosh

  Socialite Evenings
by Shobha De

Veronika Decides to Die
by Paulo Coelho

Dahan - The Burning
by Suchitra Bhattacharya

No Place Like and other Stories by Southern African women writers
by Robin Malan

The Belated Spring
by Bimal Kar




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