Inglorious Empire tells the real story of the British in India — from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj — and reveals how Britain’s rise was built upon its plunder of India. In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and caused millions to die from starvation. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’ — from the railways to the rule of law — was designed in Britain’s interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain’s Industrial Revolution was founded on India’s deindustrialisation, and the destruction of its textile industry. In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy.
Published by: Scribe | Publication date: 07/31/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 330 pages
In Why I Am a Hindu, one of India’s finest public intellectuals gives us a profound book about one of the world’s oldest and greatest religions. Starting with a close examination of his own belief in Hinduism, he ranges far and wide in his study of the faith. He talks about the Great Souls of Hinduism, Adi Shankara, Patanjali, Ramanuja, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and many others who made major contributions to the essence of Hinduism. He delves deep into Hinduism’s most important schools of thought (such as the Advaita Vedanta). He explains, in easily accessible language, important aspects and concepts of Hindu philosophy like the Purusharthas and Bhakti, masterfully summarizes the lessons of the Gita and Vivekananda’s ecumenism and explores with sympathy the ‘Hinduism of habit’ practised by ordinary believers. He looks at the myriad manifestations of political Hinduism in the modern era, including violence committed in the name of the faith by right-wing organizations and their adherents. He analyses Hindutva, explains its rise and dwells at length on the philosophy of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, its most significant ideologue. He is unsparing in his criticism of extremist ‘bhakts’ and unequivocal in his belief that everything that makes India a great and distinctive culture and country will be imperilled if religious ‘fundamentalists’ are allowed to take the upper hand. However, he also makes the point that it is precisely because Hindus form the majority that India has survived as a plural, secular democracy.A book that will be read and debated now and in the future, Why I Am a Hindu is a revelatory and original masterwork.
Published by: Aleph Book Company | Publication date: 01/19/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 310 pages
An overview of the nation’s politics, economics, culture, society, and sports by an author whose work “has been an illuminating introduction to India” (Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22). In recent years, the country of India has evolved from a poverty-stricken sleeping giant into a world leader in science and technology that now boasts a middle class of over 300 million people—almost as large as the entire population of the United States. Here, Shashi Tharoor—one of the subcontinent’s most respected writers and diplomats—offers revealing insights into this complex, multifaceted land, which despite its dazzling diversity of languages, customs, and cultures remains the world’s largest democracy more than seventy years after its founding. Combining hard facts and statistics with personal observation, Tharoor discusses the strengths and weaknesses of his rapidly evolving homeland in “a fascinating portrait of Indian society” (Publishers Weekly).
Published by: Arcade Publishing | Publication date: 09/01/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 516 pages
The renowned Indian author of Why I Am a Hindu delivers “a splendidly readable novel of memorable characters and complexity” (The Washington Post). A highly motivated, idealistic American student, Priscilla Hart had come to India to volunteer in women’s health programs. Instead, she wound up dead. Had an indiscriminate love affair spun out of control? Had a disgruntled, deeply jealous colleague been pushed to the edge? Or was she simply the innocent victim of a riot that had exploded in that fateful year of 1989 between Hindus and Muslims? Experimenting masterfully with narrative form in this brilliant tour de force, internationally acclaimed novelist Shashi Tharoor chronicles the mystery of Priscilla Hart’s death through the often contradictory accounts of a dozen or more characters, all of whom relate their own versions of the events surrounding her killing. Like his two previous novels, Riot probes and reveals the richness of India, and is at once about love, hate, cultural collision, the ownership of history, religious fanaticism, and the impossibility of knowing the truth. “A multilayered narrative that sheds light on many contemporary issues on history, politics and culture of India . . . A love story of cross-cultural beings.” —Rupkatha Journal “A thoughtful, sociologically precise novel about the religious tensions racking the subcontinent . . . Tharoor’s story is about a larger topic than the undoing of one innocent American—it is about the potential fragmentation of the secular Indian republic, a tragedy in the making.” —Publishers Weekly “Tharoor has once again proved his formidable intellectual prowess and creative acumen . . . A story of ignited passions and communal violence between Hindus and Muslims.” —Taylor & Francis Online
Published by: Arcade Publishing | Publication date: 12/03/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Shashi Tharoor delivers an incisive biography of the great secularist whoalongside his spiritual father, Mahatma Gandhiled the movement for India’s independence from British rule and ushered his newly independent country into the modern world. The man who would one day help topple British rule and become India’s first prime minister started out as a surprisingly unremarkable student. Born into a wealthy, politically influential Indian family in the waning years of the Raj, Jawaharlal Nehru was raised on Western secularism and the humanist ideas of the Enlightenment. Once he met Gandhi in 1916, Nehru threw himself into the nonviolent struggle for India’s independence, a struggle that wasn’t won until 1947. India had found a perfect political complement to her more spiritual advocate, but neither Nehru nor Gandhi could prevent the horrific price for independence: partition. This fascinating biography casts an unflinching eye on Nehru’s heroic efforts for, and stewardship of, independent India and gives us a careful appraisal of his legacy to the world.
Published by: Arcade | Publication date: 10/17/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
This “amalgam of essay, literary criticism, and memoir . . . [is] a tribute to the world of books,” from the acclaimed Indian writer (Chicago Tribune). Born in London, and raised in Bombay and Calcutta, Shashi Tharoor was eleven years old when “an otherwise detestable teacher” dictated a passage from P. G. Wodehouse as a spelling test. It launched his first great passion: reading. In this illuminating collection of essays, the award-winning author, columnist, and former international diplomat, explores the many books that informed his life and literary identity. Tharoor tells of a childhood juggling Lamb’s Tales of Shakespeare with Archie comics. He delivers a poignant homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, explains his desire to rewrite Rudyard Kipling’s “overpraised” Kim as an act of postcolonial revenge, and discusses the influence of the Mahabharata, the tw-thousand-year-old Indian epic poem, on his own Great Indian Novel. His astute views on Salman Rushdie, Aesop’s Fables, Aleksandr Pushkin, John le Carré, V. S. Naipaul, and Winston Churchill make for fascinating reading, as does his criticisms of American illiteracy and the steep price Iraqis pay just to obtain a book. In addition, his insightful takes on Hollywood and Bollywood will enlighten even the most knowledgeable cinephile. Together, these forty pieces reveal the inner workings of one of today’s most eclectic writers.
Published by: Arcade Publishing | Publication date: 10/11/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 288 pages
From East Bengal to Tamil Nadu, 'When the Lotus Blooms' captures the mood and ethos of the rich landscape and diversity of India, while highlighting the universal and timeless circumstances of women and their struggle to seek happiness in a patriarchal world.The novel follows the arc of two Brahmin families in 1930s British Colonial India. It is the journey of two child brides, Rajam and Dharmu, who attempt to fulfill their destiny despite the shackles of tradition, duty, and customs of a complex society.Tormented by a domineering mother-in-law, Rajam battles with her inability to conceive, and Dharmu struggles with the loneliness and strain of adapting to her aloof husband's westernized lifestyle. The blooming of the lotus has a special significance to both families.
Published by: Kanchi Books | Publication date: 01/06/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Shadows across the Playing Field tells the story of the turbulent cricketing relations between India and Pakistan through the eyes of two men - Shashi Tharoor and Shaharyar Khan - who bring to the task not only great love for the game, but also deep knowledge of subcontinental politics and diplomacy. Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and man of letters, is a passionate outsider, whose comprehensive, entertaining and hard-hitting analysis of sixty years of cricketing history displays a Nehruvian commitment to secular values, which rejects sectarianism in sports in either country. Shaharyar Khan, a former Pakistan foreign secretary, is very much the insider, who writes compellingly of his pivotal role as team manager and then chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board at a time when cricket was in the forefront of detente between the two countries. In their essays, the two authors trace the growing popularization of cricket from the days of the Bombay Pentangular to the Indian Premier League. They show how politics and cricket became intertwined and assess the impact it has had on the game. But above all, their book is a celebration of the talent of the many great cricketers who have captivated audiences on both sides of the border. If politics and terrorism can at times stop play, the authors believe that cricket is also a force for peace and they look forward to more normal times and more healthy competition.
Published by: Lotus | Publication date: 06/04/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Explore Captivating Hindu Myths of Hindu Gods and GoddessesThe stories in Hindu myth stem from traditions within Hinduism, drawing on stories from ancient texts, like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Keep in mind that because different versions of Hinduism inspire different people, many different versions of the stories float through the jungle and over the stones of temples and traditions. The stories in this volume are my version, though I’ve stuck as closely to the original myths and legends as imagination allows. At the end of this book, you’ll find a short bibliography for further research and reading.Within this book, you'll find the following Hindu myths covered
- Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and the Beginning of the World
- The Birth of Lord Shiva
- Saraswati & Brahma’s Fifth Head
- Shiva Tests Parvati
- Shiva Snares a Whale
- Ganesha Loses His Head
- Ganesha Spills a River
- Kubera’s Pride
- Ganesha Injures a Goddess
- Ganesha Wins a Race
- Shiva Skips Success
- Ravana’s Ten Heads
- The Birth of Rama
- Urmila’s Slumber
- Deer of Deception
- Hanuman’s Torch
- Suvannamachha Steals a Bridge
- Hanuman Moves a Mountain
- The Final Battle
- Sita’s Purity
- Krishna Steals Butter
- Krishna Trades for Jewels
- Krishna Swallows the Flames
- Agni Spreads a Curse
- Vayu Humbles the Silk Cotton Tree
- Savitri Chooses a Husband
- Savitri’s Fidelity
- And more!
Publication date: 04/02/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 118 pages
India: The Future is Now is an inspiring vision of India, by her young parliamentarians. These nation-builders provide a perspective on a wide range of sectors: from technology to infrastructure, healthcare, education to environmental issues. The contributors prove how even the biggest problems can be solved by exercising bold, ambitious measures. We need to rest our faith in them. After all, these young parliamentarians are the ones who will chart the course of this nation's future. At once vigorously analytical and vividly written, India: The Future is Now is a must for anyone interested in India and its role in World economy and as a flag bearer of democracy and peace.
Published by: Wisdom Tree Publishers | Publication date: 01/27/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 118 pages