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The Ruskin Bond Children's Omnibus

Ruskin Bond - 1995
    Most of these stories are set in the hills, but their appeal in universal. This volume includes the ever - popular Grandfather's Private Zoo written over twenty-five years ago and a favorite with two generations of children; Angry River and the Blue Umbrella, both of which have children as protagonists; The Road to the Bazaar, Ghost Trouble, 'Cricket for the Crocodile' and 'Dust on the Mountain', which chronicle small - town life in Northern India.These stories highlight the charm of simple living and are written in Ruskin Bond's witty and humorous style.

In Light of India

Octavio Paz - 1995
    Translated by Eliot Weinberger.

A Suitable Boy (Volume 3)

Vikram Seth - 1995
    The story that began with a wedding ends with a wedding, as the complex web of character and plot is pulled together in its final resolution.

The Moor's Last Sigh

Salman Rushdie - 1995
    He is also a compulsive storyteller and an exile. As he travels a route that takes him from India to Spain, he leaves behind a labyrinthine tale of mad passions and volcanic family hatreds, of titanic matriarchs and their mesmerised offspring, of premature deaths and curses that strike beyond the grave. The Moor's Last Sigh is a spectacularly ambitious, funny, satirical and compassionate novel. It is a love song to a vanishing world, but also its last hurrah.~from the back cover

The World of Fatwas or the Shariah in Action

Arun Shourie - 1995
    Study of Islamic canonical decisions (Fatwas) issued in India during the last hundred years.

Loving Ganesa: Hinduism's Endearing Elephant-Faced God

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami - 1995
    Learn about Ganeshas powers, pastimes, mantras, nature, science, forms, sacred symbols, milk-drinking miracle and more. There is no book about this beloved elephant-faced God that is more complete. The Lord of Dharma comes to life through the pages of this inspired masterpiece. Loving Ganesa makes approaching Ganesa easy and inspiring. A copy of Loving Ganesa should be placed in every library and Hindu home (Sri Om Prakash Sharma). Available April 2000, 592 pages paper, 5.5" x 8.5", US$29.85, ISBN 0-945497-77-6

Beyond The Devil's Teeth

Tahir Shah - 1995
    Roughing it for most of journey, Shah shared his travels and his tales with a diverting mix of eccentric characters.

Lal Bahadur Shastri: Life of Truth in Politics

C.P. Srivastava - 1995
    When Shastri died, he left no house, no land, and no money. But he did leave behind an example which is morally inspiring. In an age riddled with political corruption, his career of exemplary integrity possesses a special relevance for readers in contemporary India as well as abroad." "Although Shastri's tenure as Prime Minister lasted only nineteen months, it was a period of high excitement and drama. Under Shastri's leadership India successfully fought a major war against Pakistan. The Indo-Pak war was followed by successful peace negotiations between the two countries at the famous Tashkent Conference, where, with the ink scarcely dry after all the momentous signatures, Shastri dramatically died of a heart attack." Several social and political issues of national importance and international interest emerged or found successful resolution during the time that Shastri held political power in Nehru's cabinet, as well as when he took over the premiership of India. There was the Kamaraj Plan; the question of Nehru's successor; the English-Hindi national language controversy; the problems of food scarcity and food grain imports; the Hazratbal episode of the stolen sacred relic from the shrine in Kashmir; the complicated diplomatic negotiations over Kashmir in the United Nations; the tangled web of tightrope relations with China, the USA and the USSR; the controversy and suspicion over the circumstances of Shastri's sudden death; and finally the heroism and acclaim that came to Shastri. All this is recounted in the book, which also unearths and sets many facts right for the first time. This is the first and only biography for the general reader based on detailed and impeccable scholarship.

Krishnamurti: 100 Years

Jiddu Krishnamurti - 1995
    The 125 photographs bring into focus the man, the people he knew and the times in which he lived. Included are personal recollections from others who knew this remarkable man.

Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India

Cleo Odzer - 1995
    Goa Freaks begins in the mid 1970s and tells of Cleo's love affair with Goa, a resort in India where the Freaks (hippies) of the world converge to partake in a heady bohemian lifestyle. To finance their astounding appetites for cocaine, heroin, and hashish, the Freaks spend each monsoon season acting as drug couriers, and soon cleo is running her own "scams" in Canada, Australis, and the United States. (She even gets her Aunt Sadie in on the action.) Wish her earnings she builds a veritable palace on the beach- the only Goa house with running water and a flushing toilet. Cleo becomes the hostess of Anjuna Beach, holding days-long poker games and movie nights and, as her money begins to run out, transforming the house into a for-profit drug den. Tracing Cleo's love affairs, her stint hiding out at the ashram of the infamous Bhagwan Rajneesh, and her sometimes-harrowing drug experiences, Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India is candid and compelling, bringin to life the spirit of a now-lost era.

Travelers' Tales India: True Stories

James O'Reilly - 1995
    Some have said India stands for "I’ll Never Do It Again." Many more are drawn back time after time because India is the best show on earth, the best bazaar of human experiences that can be visited in a lifetime. India dissolves ideas about what it means to be alive, and its people give new meaning to compassion, perseverance, ingenuity, and friendship. India—monsoon and marigold, dung and dust, colors and corpses, smoke and ash, snow and endless myth—is a cruel, unrelenting place of ineffable sweetness. Much like life itself. Journey to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, the world’s biggest party, with David Yeadon and take "A Bath for Fifteen Million People"; greet the monsoon with Alexancer Frater where the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet; track the endangered Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros through the jungles of Assam with Larry Habegger; encounter the anguish of the caste system with Steve Coll; discover the eternal power of the "monument of love," the Taj Mahal, with Jonah Blank; and much more.

Binya's Blue Umbrella

Ruskin Bond - 1995
    Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life

Chandrasekharendra Saraswati - 1995
    To deal with Hindu Dharma or.more correctly,Veda Dharma or Sanatana Dharma,within the compass of a book,is like trying to contain an ocean in a jar.It is a task that can be accomplished only by a Great Master.Such a Master was Pujyasri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati Swami who has in the discourses constituting this book given an illuminating account of Hindu Dharma in all aspects.He has brought to bear here not only his vast erudition but also his intuitive insights and synaptic vision.It is doubtful if in modern times any other Acharya has given such a lucid and comprehensive exegesis of the sastras. The Paramguru discusses the basic texts of Veda Dharma-the four Vedas,the six Vedangas,Mimamsa,Nyaya,the Puranas and Dharmasastra.These encompass various systems of thought and various points of view and the great master tries to make them part of one unified vision that is Hinduism.He combines ancient wisdom with modern knowledge and it is thus he finds common points between the metaphysics and physics of sound in the chapters in which he expounds the Vedas and tells us why their sound must be preserved.It is all in the context of varna dharma to which we owe the achievements of the great Indian civilization. Altogether it is an integrated view of Sanatana dharma that emerges in which the ultimate Vedic message of liberation here and now is underlined.

Aani and the Tree Huggers

Jeannine Atkins - 1995
    Based on true events in India in the 1970s, young Aani and the other women in her village defend their forest from developers by wrapping their arms around the trees, making it impossible to cut them down.

A Suitable Boy (Volume 2)

Vikram Seth - 1995
    Meanwhile India, newly-independent, is struggling through a time of great turmoil as the agony of partition still throbs in people's minds - driving a wedge through friendships, families and political unions.

Collected Poems: A. K. Ramanujan

A.K. Ramanujan - 1995
    Ramanujan (1929-1993) was, arguably, modern India's finest English-language poet. At the time of his death he was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago and a noted translator of poetry from the ancient Tamil. This volume of his collected poems, the first such collection to be published, includes poems out of the three books he published during his lifetime, and a fourth collection left unpublished at his death. Reflecting his lifelong interests in folklore, anthropology, structuralism, and biculturalism, the poems will be welcomed by all lovers of contemporary poetry.

The Sanskrit Language: An Introductory Grammar And Reader

Walter Harding Maurer - 1995
    It is a stimulating and infectious approach, designed to cultivate rapid and lasting enthusiasm for Sanskrit.

It Does Not Die

Maitreyi Devi - 1995
    More than forty years passed before Devi read Bengal Nights, the novel Eliade had fashioned out of their encounter, only to find small details and phrases, even her given name, bringing back episodes and feelings she had spent decades trying to forget. It Does Not Die is Devi's response. In part a counter to Eliade's fantasies, the book is also a moving account of a first love fraught with cultural tensions, of false starts and lasting regrets.Proud of her intelligence, Maitreyi Devi's father had provided her with a fine and, for that time, remarkably liberal education — and encouraged his brilliant foreign student, Eliade, to study with her. "We were two good exhibits in his museum," Devi writes. They were also, as it turned out, deeply taken with each other. When their secret romance was discovered, Devi's father banished the young Eliade from their home. Against a rich backdrop of life in an upper-caste Hindu household, Devi powerfully recreates the confusion of an over-educated child simultaneously confronting sex and the differences, not only between European and Indian cultures, but also between her mother's and father's view of what was right. Amid a tangle of misunderstandings, between a European man and an Indian girl, between student and teacher, husband and wife, father and daughter, she describes a romance unfolding in the face of cultural differences but finally succumbing to cultural constraints. On its own, It Does Not Die is a fascinating story of cultural conflict and thwarted love. Read together with Eliade's Bengal Nights, Devi's "romance" is a powerful study of what happens when the oppositions between innocence and experience, enchantment and disillusion, and cultural difference and colonial arrogance collide. "In two novels written forty years apart, a man and a woman tell stories of their love. . . . Taken together they provide an unusually touching story of young love unable to prevail against an opposition whose strength was tragically buttressed by the uncertainties of a cultural divide."—Isabel Colegate, New York Times Book Review"Recreates, with extraordinary vividness, the 16-year-old in love that she had been. . . . Maitreyi is entirely, disarmingly open about her emotions. . . . An impassioned plea for truth."—Anita Desai, New Republic"Something between a reunion and a duel. Together they detonate the classic bipolarities: East-West, life-art, woman-man."—Richard Eder, New York Newsday"One good confession deserves another. . . . Both books gracefully trace the authors' doomed love affair and its emotional aftermath."—Nina Mehta, Chicago Tribune

The Gifts of Wali Dad

Aaron Shepard - 1995
    By the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hooper.

Norman Lewis Omnibus: A Dragon Apparent; Golden Earth; and a Goddess in the Stones

Norman Lewis - 1995
    Omnibus containingA Dragon Apparent - Travels in Laos, Cambodia & VietnamGolden Earth - Travels in Burma (Myanmar)A Goddess in the Stones - Travels in India

The Story Of Cawnpore

Mowbray Thompson - 1995
    Written shortly after his harrowing escape from Cawnpore in 1857, with the details fresh in his thoughts, he relates the battle, siege, escape and massacre from the most horrible incident of the rebellion.

Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema

Ashish Rajadhyaksha - 1995
    Covering the full range of Indian cinema, from Hindi musicals to the impressive diversity of regional Indian Art Cinemas, this edition of the reference text includes expanded coverage of mainstream productions from the 1970s to the 1990s.

David Gentleman's India

David Gentleman - 1995
    The result is not a romantic or nostalgic vision, but a study of a country in part patient, traditional, and unchanging, but one also renewed and transformed by its energy, inventiveness, and ingenuity.

A Little Princess: Film Novelization

Diane Molleson - 1995
    This digest edition ties in with promotions and advertising for the Warner Brothers' movie to be released this summer.