RAJESH M IYER
RAJESH M IYER
India. Circa 3100 B.C.
As the thirteenth year of their exile dawns, the Pandavs realise a dangerous game unfolding, with hundreds of Kaurav spies trying to hunt them down by exposing their secret identities.
Bahubalya, one of the Kaurav spies, has stumbled upon a clue that could spell doom for the Pandavs.
Duryodhan finally smells blood. It means a world to him; unquestioned domination for thirteen more years.
Pandavs though aren’t completely oblivious of danger looming large. They know that uncovering of their identities means another round of exile, as decided during the game of dice.
Will they be as lucky as they were in the past?
Showcasing a little known segment of the much-chronicled epic, with taut, edge of the seat narrative, the action packed spy thriller is an excellent way to draw new readers into the amazing universe called the Mahabharata.
Hush! Don’t read so loud. Kaurav spies are everywhere. You don’t want the Pandavs to get caught, do
It's 1984. Thirteen year old Hari and his friends are incredibly excited as they are organising the Holi celebrations in their housing complex.
But with exams just around the corner, his father has directed him not to indulge in such distractions and focus on studying. His sister is also a bit of a snitch, and he must be wary of her.
Even if Hari can evade the surveillance at home, there is a bigger challenge that faces him and his friends: paucity of funds. So, how will they get wooden poles for the Holi pyre? There’s just one option: steal them from a neighbouring society. With meticulous planning going into it, it promises to be an adventure this motley crew is unlikely to ever forget. But, it’s also fraught with risk. Will Hari and his friends succeed in their mission?
A part of Hari’s coming-of-age series, Hari and Friends - A Holi Adventure promises to attract young readers for its fun elements and others for the nostalgia it evoke
Two charred birds, a swatted spider and guilt weighing heavy on the conscience. The signs are evident and Nalini knows that. She needs to tell the story now… so what if it contains an ugly secret. She knows that life, otherwise, won’t ease its strong, claustrophobic clasp.
Coming after a hiatus of ten years, there’s excitement in four generations of family and friends spread across the globe. The old storyteller is finally telling a tale. Many are ready to converge on to the small village of Govindapuram. Those who grew up on her stories can’t wait to hear another from her. Others who haven’t heard her can’t understand the strange excitement: who’s ever heard of taking leave and crossing seven seas to listen to a story!
But no one is aware that it will be unlike the thousands of stories she had told over eight decades. It would be unlike the therapeutic story that saved Vaibhavi’s life, the prophetic story regarding Vaidehi’s marriage or the climax of an incomplete story she told the travelling Italian who had traversed half the planet to listen to that small part.
Weaving many stories within the main story, Spinner of the Twisted Tale is a peep into the enchanting world of a storyteller, who wonders if the stories are mere reflections of life as everyone believes or is it the other way round? Part real, part surreal, it is a story to not just read, but also marvel at and cheris
Conflict, they say, is the essence of drama. But what if the conflict is not external and emerges from the darker recesses of one’s own mind?
Amy Mulholland is from New York: young, beautiful... but depressed. There’s a force inside her mind that propels her to take extreme steps, though she can’t deny another force that brings her back from the brink.
Sabyasachi Sikdar is from Mumbai and is a bestselling author of romantic novels. His life appears snug and cushy, making people wonder if his happy-go-lucky protagonists are autobiographical. But deep down, he holds a troubling secret...
When they meet in the midst of an esoteric spiritual retreat, neither has an idea of how deep the scars are in the other’s heart. As they go through strange spiritual exercises and come to terms with reality, they realise that it is in each other’s company that they find solace and answers to their questions.
But the road to bliss isn’t easy. The old ghosts are coming back to haunt. And some cast shadows on this new relationship.
Written in an unassuming style, and woven around the ancient Indian aesthetics of navarasa, Karmic Souls is a story of love, understanding, spirituality and, above all else, survival.
MAHABHARATA WAR. DAY 17.
Karna stands helplessly in the battlefield, holding the wheel of his chariot. He can see Arjun aim an arrow at him. He knows the three curses upon him are coming true.
He looks at Krishna and laments that he couldn’t heed to his words. Turning to his charioteer, Shalya he wonders if it was his discouraging words that proved fatal.
But he realises that it's too late! The die is cast! Explicitly!
Things dawn on him when Shalya later pays him a visit, as Karna lies dying, and tells him the significance of their names. While Karna knows his name means 'ear', he isn't aware of the little- known synonym of the name Shalya.
But it isn't till Krishna visits him that everything becomes clear. Karna knows that it isn't the celestial weapons that took his life. It also isn't the three curses. It isn’t even the whispers that entered his ears throughout his life as taunts. It is something deeper — that his mind whipped up — that eventually consumed him. Determined and extremely wily, the whispers of his mind did to Karna what they do best: put him in a state of dilemma and conflicting emotions.
Drawing instances from various retellings of the Mahabharata like Indonesian, Tamil, Oriya, Kannada and folk narratives, The Mind Whisperer is a fictional representation of the last four days of Karna and what possibly transpired in his mind.
Millions of Indians, cutting across at least three generations, grew up reading Amar Chitra Katha comics and Tinkle magazines. It's actually one of the most cherished part of their childhood. And they adored the man who was behind these iconic creations: Anant Pai, or Uncle Pai, as he was affectionately called by millions of young readers who wrote letters to him.
But despite all this not much is known of the man. What was he as a human being? As a boss? As a husband? But, above all else, what was in his mind while he conceived these ideas and what went into the making of these iconic storytelling brand? The book answers this question as it traces Pai's life journey through his creations.
Could there possibly be a more adorable child than little Krishna? While growing up in Gokul and Vrindavan, Krishna was the epicentre of everything. One one hand, he was full of mischief, and on the other, he helped people during various difficult situations. The stories in the book marvel at some of his delightful activities.
A land of bravehearts, India has produced some great warriors who proved their mettle on the battle ground. The storybook for children pays tribute to some valiant warriors from India by showcasing their valour.
Simple crosswords for young students in the age group of 6-9