A Fine Balance

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India n nThe time is 1975 The place is an unnamed city by the sea The government has just declared a State of Emergency,

Midnight's Children

Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India s independence, and found himself mysteriously handcuffed to history by the coincidence He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent and whose privilege and curse it is to be both

Mother of 1084

Mahasweta Devi is one of India s foremost literary figures, a prolific and best selling author in Bengali of short fiction and novels, and a deeply political social activist who has been working in marginalized communities for decades Mother of 1084 is one of Devi s most widely read works, written

Interpreter of Maladies

Navigating between the Indian traditions they ve inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri s elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations In A Temporary Matter, published in The New Yorker, a young Indian American couple faces the

A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy, #1)

Vikram Seth s novel is, at its core, a love story Lata and her mother, Mrs Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find through love or through exacting maternal appraisal a suitable boy for Lata to marry Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suit

The Inheritance of Loss

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep The judge s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, w

The Glass Palace

Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace an

The God of Small Things

The year is 1969 In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, a skyblue Plymouth with chrome tailfins is stranded on the highway amid a Marxist workers demonstration Inside the car sit two egg twins Rahel and Esthappen, and so begins their tale n nArmed only with the invincible

Train to Pakistan

In the summer of 1947, when the creation of the state of Pakistan was formally announced, ten million people Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs were in flight By the time the monsoon broke, almost a million of them were dead, and all of northern India was in arms, in terror, or in hiding The only remai

Queen of Dreams

From the bestselling author of Sister of My Heart comes a spellbinding tale of mothers and daughters, love and cultural identity Rakhi, a young painter and single mother, is struggling to come to terms with her relationship with ex husband Sonny, a hip Bay Area DJ, and with her dream teller mother,


In the heart of Lutyens Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of tea, wisdom, and second hand books Among his customers are Brighu, a postmodern Ibn Batuta looking for obscure collectibles and a love life Digital Dutta who lives mostly in his head, torn between Karl Marx and an

Incantations and Other Stories

This first collection of fiction by Anjana Appachana provides stories that are beautifully written, the characters in them carefully and respectfully drawn All the stories are set in India, but the people in them seem somehow displaced within their own society a society in transition but a transiti

English, August: An Indian Story

Agastya Sen, known to friends by the English name August, is a child of the Indian elite His friends go to Yale and Harvard August himself has just landed a prize government job The job takes him to Madna, the hottest town in India, deep in the sticks There he finds himself surrounded by incom

What the Body Remembers

Out of the rich culture of India and the brutal drama of the 1947 Partition comes this lush and eloquent debut novel about two women married to the same man.Roop is a young girl whose mother has died and whose father is deep in debt So she is elated to learn she is to become the second wife of a we