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Railways & The Raj: How The Age Of Steam Transformed IndiaRailways & The Raj: How The Age Of Steam Transformed India by Wolmar, Christian

India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, an Empire that needed a rail network to facilitate its exploitation and reflect its ambition. But, by building India's railways, Britain radically changed the nation and unwittingly planted the seed of independence. As Indians were made to travel in poor conditions and were barred from the better paid railway jobs a stirring of resentment and nationalist sentiment grew. The Indian Railways network remains one of the largest in the world, serving over 25 million passengers each day. In this expertly told history, Christian Wolmar reveals the full story, from the railway's beginnings to the present day, and examines the chequered role this institution has played in Indian history and the creation of today's modern state.

Asma's Indian KitchenAsma's Indian Kitchen by Asma Khan

Let Asma Khan feed your soul with this collection of authentic Indian recipes. Follow the route of the Darjeeling Express train from Bengal, through Calcutta, where she grew up, and along the foothills of the Himalayas to Hyderabad. Award-winning restaurant Darjeeling Express began life as a dinner party with friends; Indian food lovingly cooked from family recipes that go back generations. In this book, Asma reveals the secret to her success, telling her immigrant's story and how food brought her home. The recipes pay homage to her royal Mughlai ancestry and follow the route of the Darjeeling Express train from the busy streets of Bengal, through Calcutta, where she grew up, and along the foothills of the Himalayas to Hyderabad.

Delhi & Agra, A Traveller's ReaderDelhi & Agra, A Traveller's Reader by Alexander, Michael (Ed.)

Spanning the Mogul Empire and the British Raj through to the struggle for Indian independence, this collection takes the reader on a journey through Delhi and Agra, recreating the key events, customs and lives of residents and visitors.

Empress: The Astonishing Reign Of Nur JahanEmpress: The Astonishing Reign Of Nur Jahan by Lal, Ruby

Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost-until now. In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and favourite wife of the Emperor Jahangir who ruled the Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a devoted partner, she issued imperial orders; coins of the realm bore her name. When Jahangir was imprisoned by a rebellious nobleman, the Empress led troops into battle and rescued him. The only woman to acquire the stature of empress in her male-dominated world, Nur was also a talented dress designer and innovative architect whose work inspired her stepson's Taj Mahal. Nur's confident assertion of talent and power is revelatory; it far exceeded the authority of her female contemporaries, including Elizabeth I. Here, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography.

Gender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For WomenGender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For Women by Asian Development Bank

This gender equality case study presents the contributions of the ADB-India project in providing 24-hour power supply to rural households in Madhya Pradesh and how it has opened opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the energy sector. Reliable supply of 24-hour electricity in the State of Madhya Pradesh since 2014 has transformed the lives of many, including women from low-income households. The case study builds up on the project progress so far, showcasing women who, along with their sense of personal empowerment, have increased their incomes and savings through microenterprises. The case study reaffirms that a steady supply of electricity, coupled with capacity development, helps create an arena where men and women are accorded equal participation in business opportunities.

Nimita's Place: A NovelNimita's Place: A Novel by Nanda, Akshita

It is 1944 in India and Nimita Khosla yearns to attend university to become an engineer, but her parents want a different life for her. As she accepts her fate and marries, religious upheaval is splitting the country and forcing her family to find a new home. In 2014, her granddaughter, molecular biologist Nimita Sachdev, escapes India to run away from the prospect of an arranged marriage. Staking out a future in Singapore, she faces rising anger against immigrants and uncertainty about her new home. Two generations apart, these two women walk divergent paths but face the same quandaries: who are we, and what is home?

India: Art NowIndia: Art Now by Gether, Christian; S. Hoholt; R. Hoskute Et. Al.

Contemporary art in India has enjoyed a tremendous flourishing since the early 1990s. As Indian artists establish an ever-stronger presence on the global art scene, India: Art Now shows how their negotiations of the global and the local are yielding fascinating fruit. Leading Indian critics, scholars, writers and artists discuss new developments and artistic positions in Indian contemporary art, and its role on the global art scene.

Photography In India: A Critical History From 1840 To The PresentPhotography In India: A Critical History From 1840 To The Present by Gaskell, Nathaniel

India has one of the richest and most extensive histories of photography in the world with the camera arriving in the country only a few years after its invention in Europe. Organized chronologically, this book covers over 150 years of photographs, divided into ten chapters which focus on themes and genres such as archaeology and ethnography, portraiture, photojournalism, social documentary, street photography, modernism, and contemporary art.

Singapore Indian HeritageSingapore Indian Heritage by Rajesh Rai & A Mani (Eds.)

Singapore Indian Heritage is the Indian Heritage Centre's first publication since the centre's opening in 2015. It comprises essays by respected scholars and IHC's curators on different aspects of Indian heritage, as told through the centre's permanent galleries as well as catalogue entries featuring the centre's collection of over 300 artefacts, photographs and documents. Edited by Professors Rajesh Rai and A Mani, the publication is an important addition to the compilation of writings on Singapore's Indian community, and in particular on the community's cultural heritage.

Epic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings From The San Diego Museum Of ArtEpic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings From The San Diego Museum Of Art by Sardar, Marika (Ed.)

Exploring the topic of narrativity in Indian art, this beautiful and deeply researched book considers illustrations to the Bhagavata Purana, the Ramayana, the Ragamala, and a range of texts in the Persian language, notably the Shahnama. Featuring stunning reproductions of paintings made between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries from the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at The San Diego Museum of Art, the publication includes thorough and fascinating explanations of the narrative of each text, including how that narrative is visually conveyed. Essays examine why these particular stories are so enduring, why patrons may have chosen to have a copy of a particular text made for their own collections, and how artists responded to the challenge of creating new versions of venerable classics.

Malay Etiquette: A Matter Of CourseMalay Etiquette: A Matter Of Course by Tan, Raelene

Malay Etiquette teaches everything from performing a salam, washing before meals, appropriate dressing for parties, to correct terms of address.

Indian Etiquette: A Matter Of CourseIndian Etiquette: A Matter Of Course by Tan, Raelene

Indian Etiquette covers key aspects of the rich culture, from giftgiving, presenting a garland, eating with fingers, coping with unfamiliar food, to home visits.

Culture Shock! India - A Survival Guide To Customs And EtiquetteCulture Shock! India - A Survival Guide To Customs And Etiquette by Seow, Lynelle

CultureShock! India helps you understand this country that has more than 4,000 separate communities and where over 300 different languages are spoken. Learn to maneuver through the structure and varieties of Indian society, and appreciate the traditions and values that bind the people together despite their differences. Peppered with personal anecdotes, this book gives practical advice to avoid cultural misunderstandings as well as tips to facilitate your move to the country, including information on how to find a suitable home, how to get around, what schools and facilities are available for your family and what to expect from the work environment.

IndiaIndia by Naipaul, V.S.

V.S. Naipaul first visited India in 1962 at twenty-nine. His most recent visit was in 2015 at eighty-two. The intervening years and visits sparked by an inquisitiveness about a country he had never seen but had been a dream of his since childhood have resulted in three books: India: An Area of Darkness, A Wounded Civilization and A Million Mutinies Now. India is the collection of all three, introduced by fellow traveller and writer Paul Theroux.

Indian Spa, The: Ayurveda, Yoga, Wellness, BeautyIndian Spa, The: Ayurveda, Yoga, Wellness, Beauty by Inglis, Kim; Luca Invernizzi Tettoni (Photo.)

India is well known for its studies in the art of meditation, in yoga as well as natural medicines. Delving into India's rich history and culture of natural medicine, beauty and wellness, The Indian Spa is a must have guide to India's luxury spas and spa treatments. The Indian Spa is the first book of its kind to cover the plethora of wellness therapies that originated in the Indian subcontinent. The country's four healing systems -Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Tibetan traditional medicine are covered, along with yoga, meditation and more. A comprehensive chapter also highlights the exotic places where you can try the treatments, including luxury spas, resorts, Ayurvedic institutions, yoga retreats and more.

End Of Karma, The: Hope And Fury Among India's YoungEnd Of Karma, The: Hope And Fury Among India's Young by Sengupta, Somini

Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975. Returning 30 years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times, she found a vastly different country: one defined as much by aspiration and possibility - at least by the illusion of possibility - as it is by the structures of sex and caste. This book is an exploration of this new India through the lens of young people from different worlds: a woman who becomes a Maoist rebel; a brother charged for the murder of his sister who had married the "wrong" man; and a woman who opposes her family and hopes to become a police officer. Driven by aspiration-and thwarted at every step by state and society-they are making new demands on India's democracy for equality of opportunity, dignity for girls, and civil liberties. Sengupta spotlights these stories of ordinary men and women, weaving together a groundbreaking portrait of a country in turmoil.

Short History Of British India, AShort History Of British India, A by Carlos, E. S.

Originally published in 1889 for use by the British middle and upper classes to prepare them for colonial administration, this book is a surprisingly sensitive description of India before and during British rule. Carlos, in conjunction with some 'old Indian friends', describes life under British rule, the geography and key religions of India and important historical moments both before and after the British conquest. This book is useful as a record of the colonial mindset near the turn of the twentieth century, and will be of value to anyone interested in the history of the British Empire and historical British attitudes to rule.

Global World Of Indian Merchants, 1750-1947: Traders Of Sind From Bukhara To PanamaGlobal World Of Indian Merchants, 1750-1947: Traders Of Sind From Bukhara To Panama by Markovits, Claude

Claude Markovits' book charts the development of two merchant communities in the province of Sind from the precolonial period, through colonial conquest and up to independence. Based on previously neglected archival sources, it describes how the communities came to control trading networks throughout the world, throwing light on the nature of these diasporas from South Asia in their interaction with the global economy. This is a sophisticated and accessible book that will appeal to students of South Asia, as well as to colonial historians and economic historians.

Portuguese In India, The (The New Cambridge History Of India)Portuguese In India, The (The New Cambridge History Of India) by Pearson, M. N.

The Portuguese were the first European imperial power in Asia. Dr. Pearson's volume of the History is a clear account of their activities in India and the Indian Ocean from the sixteenth century onwards that is written squarely from an Indian point of view. Laying particular stress on social, economic, and religious interaction between Portuguese and Indians, the author argues that the Portuguese had a more limited impact on everyday life in India than is sometimes supposed. Their imperial effort was characterized more by reciprocity and interaction than by an unilateral imposition of Portuguese mores and political structures.

Modi Effect, The: Inside Narendra Modi's Campaign To Transform IndiaModi Effect, The: Inside Narendra Modi's Campaign To Transform India by Price, Lance

How did a 'chai wallah' who sold tea on trains as a boy become Prime Minister of India? Former BBC correspondent and Downing Street communications expert Lance Price has been granted exclusive access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team of advisers. With complete freedom to tell it as he finds it, he details Modi's rise to power, the extraordinary election victory and its aftermath.