India - Books
A selection of books from India that all of us at No-Mad love...
The pleasures to be had from slowing down can be many, with connections to sustainability, simplicity, reflection, and tuning into traditional and other multicultural textile traditions. Slow Stitch is a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more approach, valuing quality over quantity, and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice
A comprehensive analysis of the work of one of India s foremost poets Gulzar is arguably the most well-known contemporary poet writing in Hindustani. As a poet he occupies a unique place being a Progressive poet in a popular culture. His poetry appeals to all strata of society, without compromising either on literary merit or on its ability to convey the most exalted thought in an accessible idiom
New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
The new novel by the writer, journalist, and activist—who returned her Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015 in protest—speaks to the contemporary moment in India: a telling comment on what may happen when a country’s rulers attempt to wipe out sections of its history and marginalize a community.
From the 2015 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of The Fishermen—also adapted for the stage—comes this sophomore novel: one part true story, and another, a contemporary twist on Homer’s Odyssey. The author, hailed by the New York Times Book Review as verity heir to Chinua Achebe,“ weaves a heart-wrenching epic regarding the stress between destiny and determination”, and also the novel is written in the “mythic variety of the Igbo literary tradition”
The Ramayana, one of the world's greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita's version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men.
Pukka Indian or Purely Indian brings together hundred objects that are the most coveted symbols representing Indian culture and design. This illustrated book celebrates the diversity, versatility, vibrancy and colours of design icons – ranging from kulhad to the kolhapuri chappal, Nano to the Nehru jacket and auto rickshaw meter to the Ambassador – that set them apart in a country as multifarious as India.
The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity has been written by none other than Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. The book comprises of sixteen interlinked essays that explain in detail the rich background on which India has built its foundations on. In four sections the book tries to delineate the importance of perceiving contemporary India easily
Muhammad’s was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality.
The Patola of Patan, a town in Gujarat state, India, are some of the most complex and luxurious fabrics in the world, thanks to their complex double ikat weaving technique. One sari takes at least 7 months to complete, and costs upwards of $2,000! Read on for a history of Patan Patola, and a look at one of the last families still weaving them in India today.
Handmade in India is a unique compendium that probes into all aspects of handicrafts historical, social and cultural in fluences on crafts, design and craft processes, traditional and new markets, products and tools unravelling a wealth of knowledge. Based on extensive field work and research, Handmade in India maps out the regional craft clusters identified across the country on the basis of prevailing craft-work patterns
Chetna Makan has travelled to the four corners of India - Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai - sampling the extreme varieties of street food on offer. Each area has subtle differences in ingredients and techniques, making the cuisine completely unique and full of character. In Chai, Chaat & Chutney, Chetna has taken inspiration from the street and created delicious recipes that are simple to cook at home. The result is a completely fresh take on Indian cuisine .
The Palaces of Memory is a journey into India through the Indian Coffee Houses, a national network of worker-owned cafés which can be found in cities throughout the sub-continent. The Coffee Houses simultaneously speak of a Post-Independence optimism and a now-faded grandeur. Buried deep within the country’s collective memory they have for decades acted simultaneously as political and artistic salons as well as simple eating places.
Sooni Taraporevala’s arresting photographs, cutting across class and community lines, are an insider’s affectionate view of the city she considers home. Capturing life in Bombay/Mumbai from 1977 to the present day, the images – complex and intimate, quirky and quotidian – celebrate the odd and everyday character of a city as its shape shifted over four decades. With illuminating write-ups by Pico Iyer and Salman Rushdie, as well as a candid conversation between Taraporevala and Siddharth Dhanvan
Flowers are a hugely important part of Indian culture, used in everything from temple rituals to festivals and parties – and Malik Ghat flower market is the largest of its kind in India. Located in Calcutta, next to the Hooghly river, it attracts more than 2,000 sellers each day, who flock to peddle their blooms amid frantic scenes. After having visited Calcutta and its flower market for the first time, Danish photographer Ken Hermann decided to take portraits of the sellers, their magnificent g
Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city-today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how m
BLUED is an illustrated documentation of the use of Taad-Patri, as we call it colloquially in India. The blues of a tarpaulin is a common sight in urban metros. Blue Tarp is comparatively inexpensive and typically used as a creative jugaad solution due to the strength and convenience of the material. It is commonly seen at the street-side makeshift shops as a base to display their wares and keep them safe from the dirt on the roads. It is also used for waterproofing and windproofing and thus can
The extraordinary work of acclaimed photographer Karen Knorr and her poetic journey through the Indian Subcontinent. Karen Knorr began her ‘India Song’ series in 2008, after a life-changing trip through Rajasthan. These carefully crafted images take inspiration from the Indian tradition of personifying animals in literature and art, depicting scenarios that are at once otherworldly and surreal. Knorr’s work explores Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its contemporary relationship to questio