r. k. narayan’S
The story of an Indian computer programmer
whose luxurious fantasies about life in America
are shaken when he accepts a California job
offer. “Utterly captivating: a delicious satirical, humane, and very enjoyable novel.”
—The Washington Post.
Plume 88 pp. 0-45 - 8651-4 $14.00
“His books accurately portray an India
that hovers between the unchanging
rural and the newly industrial and
that is still filled with individualistic,
often eccentric personalities.”
—The New York Times
Monica Das, editor
hER StORy SO FAR
tales of the Girl Child in india
Showcases short fiction on the subject of the
girl child by some of India’s finest writers—
Phakirmohan Senapathy, Ashapurna Devi,
Kamala Das, Indira Goswami, Amrita Pritam,
Mrinal Pande, Pratibha Ray, Mahasweta Devi,
Ambai, Ismat Chughtai and others.
Penguin India 4 pp. 0-14-30304 - 6 $1 .00
“Delectable, sweeping...audaciously playful.”— The New York Times. “Charting the
bizarre and picaresque journey of a chame-leon-like figure from India to England to
Africa, Kunzru keenly explores racial and ethnic identity and overweening British pride.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred).
Plume 480 pp. 0-45 - 8397-3 $15.00
Tanaya Shah agrees to an arranged marriage
with a man who is living in Paris. Upon landing, however, she shuns the match, reinventing
herself as a rock-star-cavorting supermodel.
“The culture-clash dilemmas ring heartbreakingly true.”—Entertainment Weekly.
Plume 7 pp. 0-45 - 8746-4 $14.00
Eunice de Souza
ONE hUNDRED AND ONE
FOLktALES FROm iNDiA
Illustrations by Sujata Singh
This collection encompasses the entire range
and diversity of the oral tradition in different
parts of the country.
Penguin India 350 pp. 0-670-04967-0 $14.00
f thE pAiNtER OF SiGNS
New Introduction by Monica Ali
A wry, bittersweet story set in Narayan’s fictional city of Malgudi.
Penguin Classics 160 pp. 0-14-303966-0 $13.00
his Life and message for the World
The definitive biography of the leader whose
deep spirituality and devotion to a cause
reshaped a country and enriched the lives of
Signet 19 pp. 0-451-6 74 - 3 $7.99
New Introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri
This collection of stories, written over almost
forty years, presents the author’s imaginary
city in full color, revealing the essence of India
and of human experience.
Penguin Classics 7 pp. 0-14-303965- $14.00
Mohandas K. Gandhi
thE pENGUiN GANDhi READER
Edited by Rudrangshu Mukherjee
“With this rich and interesting ensemble of
essays, we finally have a handy sourcebook
of Gandhi’s writings.”— The Journal of Asian
Penguin 3 0 pp. 0-14-0 3686-4 $13.95
“An astonishing, laugh-out-loud, first-person
narrative about a 19-year-old Londoner who
wants desperately to fit in with his Indian
gangsta mates....An exceptional book.”— Library
Journal. “Parodies Bollywood soap opera and
then goes beyond satire with a wild drama of
family, gangsters (corporate and street), fists,
blood, love, and sorrow.”—Booklist.
The Penguin Press 35 pp. 1-594 0-097-1 $ 4.95
New Introduction by Michael Gorra
Narayan’s most celebrated novel, which won
him the National Prize of the Indian Literary
Academy, India’s highest literary honor.
Penguin Classics 40 pp. 0-14-303964-4 $14.00
Also in Penguin Classics: The Man-Eater of Malgudi
f BABUR NAmA
A new translation of the classic autobiography
of the founder of the Mughal Empire, Zahir
Uddin Muhammad Babur.
Penguin India 4 4 pp. 0-14-400149-7 $1 .00
NECtAR iN A SiEVE
Introduction by Indira Ganesan
The story of a simple woman of India and her
struggle to cope with changing times. “The
finest novel by an Indian I have ever read.”
—The New York Times.
Signet Classics 08 pp. 0-451-5 8 3-9 $6.95
City OF DJiNNS
A year in Delhi
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. “Delightful...
surely one of the funniest books about
India.”—The Times Literary Supplement.
Penguin 35 pp. 0-14- 00100-7 $16.00
thE WEAVER’S SONGS
Translated and edited by Vinay Dharwadker
A sparkling new translation of one hundred
poems by one of India’s greatest mystics,
Kabir, which draw for the first time on major
sources in half a dozen literary languages.
They closely mimic the structure, voice and
style of the originals, revealing Kabir’s multiple facets in historical and cultural contexts.
Penguin India 33 pp. 0-14-30 968-1 $7.99
f kAShmiR 1947
A Survivor’s Story
Mehta and her six children flee from raiders
until they are captured. The author’s force of
will and dignity inspire respect, and subsequent protection, from her captors.
Penguin India 176 pp. 0-14-400017- $10.00
Love and Betrayal in
“The history of the British in India will never
be the same after this book.”—Ahmed Rashid.
Penguin 51 pp. 0-14- 0041 -X $17.00
“Set in 0th-century India, yet based on the
historical narratives of 19th-century mystics,
this intriguing bildungsroman is a free-floating
excursion into the psychological paradoxes of
the pursuit of nirvana.”—Publishers Weekly.
Overlook 351 pp. 1-585-67458-3 $14.95
A Family Saga of Four Queens
“Examines the remarkable transition of India’s
female royalty from fairy-tale queens to activist
powerbrokers as colonial fiefdoms merged into
Asia’s largest democracy…A stirring story of
women strong enough to both embrace and defy
tradition.”—Kirkus Reviews. 16 pp. b/w insert, map.
Penguin 368 pp. 0-14-303704-8 $16.00
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