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New Books, New Beginnings…

                  As 2021 begins and offers us hope for the future, we are also hopeful about having interesting and significant books to read in the New Year. Niyogi Books has been busy creating beautiful, informative, and thought-provoking books to stimulate your minds and broaden your horizons in the year ahead. Ranging from translations, social and cultural history, and research into endangered languages, we have an exciting range of books lined up for you, to illuminate your new year.  

Voices from the Lost Horizon: Stories and Songs of the Great Andamanese

Imprint: Niyogi Books Illustrated

The Andaman Islands—Great Andaman, Little Andaman, and North Sentinel Islands have been home for milleniums to four tribes: the Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa, and Sentinelese. Their languages are known by the same name as that of the tribes. ‘Great Andamanese’ is a generic term representing ten languages among a family of languages that were once spoken by ten different tribes living in the north, south, and middle of the Great Andaman Islands. These languages were mutually intelligible like a link in a chain. However, today, Great Andamanese is a moribund language of the only-surviving pre-Neolithic tribe, breathing its last breath. When a language is on the verge of extinction, its history, culture, ecological base, knowledge of the biodiversity, ethno-linguistic practices, and the identity of its community—everything is endangered. This is what prompted Prof. Anvita Abbi to conduct a research study to give life to the lost oral heritage of the vanishing world of the Great Andamanese. Voices from the Lost Horizon is a collection of a number of folk tales and songs of the Great Andamanese. These stories and songs represent the first-ever collection rendered to Prof. Abbi and her team by the Great Andamanese people in local settings. The compilation comes with audio and video recordings of the stories and songs to retain the originality and orality of the narratives. Author: Professor Anvita Abbi is a distinguished researcher on minority languages and perhaps the only one in the Indian subcontinent who has done first-hand field study on all the six language families from the Himalayas to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. During her studies in 2003–2004, she identified a new language family of India—the Great Andamanese, which was corroborated in 2005 by population geneticists. Her pioneering work was recognized by the Government of India and she was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013. In 2015, she received the Kenneth Hale Award, most prestigious in the field of linguistics, for her outstanding contribution to the documentation and description of Indian languages, from the Linguistic Society of America, where she was also elected as an honorary member.

Vegetarian Cuisine from the Himalayan Foothills: Flavours and Beyond

Imprint: Niyogi Books Illustrated

  A delectable experience for gastronomes, Veena Sharma’s Vegetarian Cuisine from the Himalayan Foothills delves into mouth-watering recipes that draw upon local bounties – some forgotten, or less used, grains and greens, spices and fruits – from the Himalayan heights. Exploring a variety of palates and creating a whole range of nutritious and tasty foods, there is an underlay of a desire to retain and re-establish the biodiversity that is vital for your physical and mental health. Traditional produce is dressed and enhanced to enrich the urban table, catering to your taste buds and nurturing your bodies and minds. Think of nutritional lentil kebabs, vegetables with a twist, zesty chutneys, nourishing soups, and even extraordinary desserts like phony gulab jamuns and luscious puddings. The inclusion of several vegan and gluten-free recipes makes the book of interest to those with special tastes. With striking photographs and useful snippets of information accompanying each recipe, this book is sure to feed your deepest cravings. Author: Veena Sharma did her Ph.D. from African Studies Centre, School for International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2010–2012), she also served as Head of Swahili Service, External Services Division, All India Radio, for nearly 22 years. The title is available at:

The Maharaja of Jodhpur’s Guns

Imprint: Niyogi Books Illustrated

In 1972 H.H. Maharaja Gaj Singhji of Jodhpur-Marwar transformed the Rathore’s magnificent Mehrangarh Fort into a highly successful Rajput museum and cultural centre. As part of this work, the Mehrangarh Museum Trust commissioned this book. The author discusses the worldwide medieval diffusion of firearms technology and Arab, Ottoman, European and Chinese influences on the development of Indian firearms. Jodhpur was one of the most important military states in Rajasthan, playing a major role in the history of the subcontinent, never more so than during the reign of Maharaja Ajit Singhji (1678–1724) who purchased large numbers of guns when his daughter married the Mughal emperor. Jodhpur owns the best Indian matchlocks in the subcontinent, much admired at the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Successive maharajas have added to the collection, which includes modern British and American sporting guns, shotguns, revolvers and automatic pistols by many of the great makers of the twentieth century, collected by the Maharaja’s grandfather, a noted hunter, and his father, a gun designer. The Maharaja of Jodhpur’s Guns is the first book to be written specifically on historic Indian firearms. With more than 350 unique images of guns and Rajput paintings from private collections showing their use, this book offers scholars and collectors the opportunity to see the superb Jodhpur collection and to learn about Rajput traditions relating to hunting and war. Author: Robert Elgood, an expert on the historic arms of Hindu India and the Islamic world, has lectured and worked in many countries. He is the author or editor of numerous books, the major ones being Islamic Arms and Armour (1979), Arms and Armour of Arabia (1994), Firearms of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Collection, Kuwait (1995), Hindu Arms and Ritual (2004), The Arms of Greece and her Balkan Neighbours in the Ottoman Period (2009), Arms and Armour at the Jaipur Court (2015) and Rajput Arms and Armour: The Rathores and their Armoury at Jodhpur Fort (2017). He has a BA from SOAS in Islamic History and a DPhil in Indian Anthropology from Oxford. He has worked at Sotheby’s and the Wallace Collection and as a guest scholar or consultant at various major museums. He is an independent consultant and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London and the Society of Antiquaries. The title is available at:

People on our roof Imprint: Olive Turtle

  In a once-grand, now down-at-its-heels bungalow in a south Delhi colony lives Naina with her mother, sister, and the stigma that madness ‘runs in the family’. When a woman’s face peeps in from the mists of her childhood memories, Naina sets out in search of the truth behind her father’s disappearance. Then comes a call that begins to unspool the past. People on Our Roof is a portrait of one woman’s undying commitment to her kin; her struggle with relationships, and a heart-wrenching story of indestructible love between two people. A coming of age story, it also explores the world of people whose minds are wired differently. Author: A novelist, a poet, and a social worker, Shefali Tripathi Mehta has a multifarious professional personality. People on Our Roof is her fifth book and the second work of fiction after Stuck Like Lint (2017). She has published short stories and poems in anthologies and online. She writes on disability awareness, social issues, travel, and parenting. For close to ten years, Shefali wrote the cover story for the Sunday supplement of the Deccan Herald. She lives in Bangalore and works with the Azim Premji Foundation. Shefali volunteers with the disability organization, Arushi, and curates Gond art to support tribal artists. The title is available at:

Karan Singh: A tryst with history

Imprint: Niyogi Books Illustrated

Karan Singh: A Tryst With History was born of a series of exclusive interviews, spread over a year, with Dr. Karan Singh, a man of exceptional grit, determination, achievements, and scholarship. Yuvaraj Karan Singh, the heir apparent to the throne of Jammu and Kashmir, was just eighteen in 1949 when he was appointed Regent. For the next eighteen years he served the State as Regent, Sadar-i-Riyasat and Governor. Since his early years he was deeply influenced by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in whom Yuvaraj Karan Singh found his political mentor, guide and philosopher. In 1967, Dr. Karan Singh was inducted as a member of the Union Cabinet. He first held the portfolio of Tourism and Civil Aviation. In 1973 he moved to the portfolio of Health and Family Planning. In 1979 he was assigned the portfolio of Education and Culture. Dr. Karan Singh was the only former ruler of a princely state to surrender his privy purse, putting the entire sum in the service of the people of India through the Hari-Tara Charitable Trust. Author: A prolific author, Dr. Karan Singh has written several philosophical essays, travelogues and poems in English, besides books on political science and Vedanta, and has been President of the India International Centre, and the Authors Guild of India. A former President of the Delhi Music Society, Dr. Karan Singh has composed, rendered and recorded devotional and folk songs in Dogri. A connoisseur of Indian classical music, he is beheld as a true rasik by the flag-bearers of the Indian performing arts. He is presently Vice-Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, and Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Elegy for the East: A story of blood and broken dreams

Imprint: Thornbird

  Before the relentless march of history, the lone individual is helpless. Yet it is men whose collective efforts give history its momentum and ushers in change of eras. These changes are tempestuous at times—like a churning that brings up both nectar and scum. Elegy for the East explores the utter helplessness and travails of man in face of exactly such overwhelming odds. A narrative not far from truth, where an uncaring, anonymous, and overbearing State creates and/or co-creates situations of social and political strife, and where innocent and beautiful dreams of the masses die in the stony bed of terror and counter-terror. The sylvian countryside of Assam with its green paddy fields hide memories of bloodshed, death, rape, and terror. And through all these, the eternal narrative of man’s quest for peace and meaning shine like a beacon. This novel is a work of fiction; the characters bear no resemblance to any person dead or alive. Yet they walked amongst us all–in flesh and blood, in thoughts and dreams. Fiction that reflects reality in a more truthful way. A masterly work of a master storyteller. Author: Dr. Dhrubajyoti Borah is an Indian writer who writes in Assamese and English. A brilliant novelist, he has written more than 20 novels—big and small—on various aspects of human existence. Set in the lush green valleys, steaming forests, emerald tea plantations, and rolling hills of Assam, his novels tell the stories of the youths in angst, of groups who struggle to bring about a more just society, and of women who search for true meaning of life amidst trials and tribulations. The title is available at:

The Afterlife of Silence: Still Lifes of Jogen Chowdhury Imprint: Niyogi Books Illustrated

The Afterlife of Silence is the first-ever comprehensive book on the still lifes of one of India’s leading modern painters. The book takes a close look at the essentials of the European tradition of still life painting and argues that Jogen Chowdhury’s works, while sharing certain common concerns of the tradition also differ significantly from it, and are firmly rooted in his indigenous situatedness. It explores how, in his still lifes, unregarded, everyday objects are irradiated with new life and unique relational possibilities. The book analyses the development of Chowdhury’s still lifes chronologically; a section deals with the distinctive ways in which his still lifes negotiate with desire—and its obverse, dread—and manage to create autonomous symbolic systems, addressing the nostalgia of inaccessibility. This book features about 80 impactful images of Chowdhury’s paintings and an in-depth interview of the artist by the author that reveals how the painter’s art is permeated by his universe of ideas and ideals. Author: Anuradha Ghosh is Associate Professor in English at Dinabandhu Andrews College, Kolkata. After graduating from Presidency College, she was a journalist with Business Standard and Ananda Bazar Patrika, before joining her present position in 1996. The title is available at:

Soumitra Chatterjee: A Life in Cinema, Theatre, Poetry & Painting Imprint: Niyogi Books Illustrated

Soumitra Chatterjee is one of the most celebrated actors in world cinema. A man of many pursuits, he is a thespian, poet and performer. Above all, Soumitra is the foremost representative of what is best in Bengali culture and perhaps its greatest ambassador. This book explores the making of Soumitra Chatterjee through his early years and his relationships with Sisir Kumar Bhaduri and Satyajit Ray. His 14 films with Ray are a testament to his versatility and virtuosity. As an actor he refused to settle in a comfortable groove and constantly looked out for fresh challenges. Throughout his theatrical career, he not only adapted and directed several acclaimed plays but kept returning to the stage for sustenance and inspiration. His poetry and art are more personal and offer an insight into his idealistic and cultured soul. Author: Arjun Sengupta teaches English Literature at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, with previous stints at Scottish Church College and Presidency College. His teaching interests include courses on scriptwriting and cinematic adaptations of literary works. He has co-authored Victorian Literature and Modern Indian Literature and is currently working on a book on Classical literature. Partha Mukherjee is a Kolkata-based freelance writer-cum-documentary filmmaker. He has contributed almost 600 articles, features and interviews to established English newspapers and periodicals across India as well as abroad. He has made a few well-received documentaries on digital and celluloid formats. Mukherjee has co-authored Russi Mody The Man Who Also Made Steel: A Biography.

Rogues Among the Ruins Imprint: Olive Turtle

Rogues Among the Ruins portrays the conflict of civil servants caught between ideals and thirst for success. The novel adopts the style of great masters like Cervantes and Gogol who in search of truth and justice evoke laughter through tears. The first part of the novel Life Among the Ruins is a gripping fictionalised account of the Archaeological Survey of India and the painful predicaments of a dedicated but naïve scholar faced with temptations. His son, a morally neutral civil servant caught in the conflict between power and ideals, chronicles a later era in the second part Romance Among the Ruins. Through tawdry dramas, administrative acrobatics of sycophants and hypocrites, he encounters the reality of powerful men and women who think they rule the country. Author: Born in Calcutta in a family of scholars and diplomats Achala Moulik went to schools in Washington, New York and London where her father Moni Moulik was posted on diplomatic assignments. She graduated in Economics, Political Science, International History and Law from London University. Thereafter she studied Italian Renaissance in Rome. The title is available at:

Nathdwara Paintings from the Anil Relia Collection: The Portal to Shrinathji

Imprint: Niyogi Books Illustrated

Nathdwara, located in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan, is home to Shrinathji, a fifteenth-century manifestation of the child-god Krishna holding up Mount Govardhan. Since the establishment of the haveli (temple mansion) in 1671, artists have flocked to the sacred town to adorn the walls where Shrinathji dwells with painted cloth hangings as well as to provide painted icons for the pilgrimage trade. At one time there were hundreds of artists in the service of Shrinathji. This catalogue explores Anil Relia’s comprehensive collection of Nathdwara paintings and sketches, celebrating the wide-ranging talents of various artists. The painters are creators of icons and storytellers of Krishna’s exploits. Krishna lives in their everyday lives permeating their thoughts and guiding their brushes. At the same time, they record important events in temple history and portraits of the people who participated in these affairs. The paintings that document festivals adhere to a traditional hieratic style, but the artist displays a freer hand in telling the exploits of Krishna. A prominent artist showcased in this collection is Ghasiram Hardev Sharma, a master draughtsman with a penchant for naturalism. He influenced a whole generation of twentieth-century artists and is still held in high esteem. Authors: Kalyan Krishna was Professor and Head of the Department of History of Art at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). His Ph.D. was on Mughal Painting of the Akbar Period from BHU. Formerly Krishna was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the University of Syracuse, New York , and Curator at the Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad. Kay Talwar holds an MA in Art History from the University of Michigan. She has co-authored with Kalyan Krishna Indian Pigment Paintings on Cloth, Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad and In Adoration of Krishna: Pichhwais for Shrinathji, TAPI Collection, Surat. The title is available at:

The Awasthis of Aamnagri Imprint: Olive Turtle

Families are like the sweet mangoes of Aamnagri—messy, filled with juicy secrets and sticking together through all times. The Awasthis of Aamnagri are the quintessential Indian family, who bumble through their lives encountering missing jewels and stolen eggs, deaths foretold, averted and a suspected suicide with no body. The mysteries are solved by the inquisitive minds of young Lakshmi and Guddu and the saffron-clad Guruji. With charming agility, the Awasthis sail through life and its quirks. The advent of God-men, genuine and fake, is a source of both relief and embarrassment for them. But not for the Lady of the Mansion—Mataji. She is the sutradhar who strings this tale of silk sarees and talking parrots together, who handles bedridden bahus and in-danger bhaiyyas with equal ease, who is tyrannical and vulnerable at the same time. And through whom the Awasthi family discovers that happy endings come for a price—of truth and love. All over a game of bridge! Author: Born and brought up in Lucknow, Shubha Sarma is an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College and Jawaharlal Nehru University and a member of the Indian Administrative Service. A Yoga practitioner, she enjoys travelling, swimming and tending to her bonsai collection. The book is available at:

अनुच्छेद 370 : समझें, आसान भाषा में

इंप्रिंट: बहुवचन 

अगस्त 2019 को, भारत सरकार ने, जम्मू और कश्मीर राज्य को दो केंद्र शासित प्रदेशों, जम्मू और कश्मीरऔर लद् दाख के रूप में पुनर्गठित किया, जो कि 31 अक्टूबर 2019 से लागू हो गया। इसके पूर्व, संविधान का अनुच्छेद 370, जम्मू और कश्मीर राज्य को विशेष दर्जा (स्पेशल स्टेटस) प्रदान करता था। भारतीय संसद के दोनों सदनों द्वारा जम्मू और कश्मीर पुनर्गठन विधेयक,2019 के पारित करने के बाद, राज्य का विशेष दर्जा अभिनिषेद हो गया और भारतीय संघ के साथ यह और क़रीबी रूप में संगठित हो गयाइस पुस्तक के द्वारा भारतीय संविधान के अनुच्छेद 370 और 35A से संबंधित विषयों को स्पष्ट करने का प्रयास किया गया है, ताकि पाठक इस महत्वपूर्ण, संवैधानिक, राजनीतिक और वैधानिक मसले पर अधिक जानकारी प्राप्त कर सकें। इस पुस्तक की विशेषता इस तथ्य में निहित है कि लेखक ने, पत्रिका शैली, शब्दजाल और कानूनी बारीकियों का त्याग करते हुए, इसे साधारण और स्पष्ट भाषा में लिखा है, जिसकी वजह से, इसका विषयआम आदमी की समझ के लिए और भी आसान हो गया है। Author: सुमित दत्त मजूमदार, पूर्व अध्यक्ष, केंद्रीय उत्पाद और सीमा शुल्क बोर्ड, ने आईआईटी, खड़गपुर से भौतिकी में परास्नातक के बाद, 1974 में भारतीय राजस्व सेवा में प्रवेश किया। इस दौरान, वे विभिन्न कानूनी और संवैधानिक विषयों से रू-ब-रू हुए, यही वजह है कि इन्हें संविधान की सूक्ष्म जानकारियों के बारे में भी दक्षता हासिल है। इन्होंने 2015 में, जीएसटी पर संविधान संशोधन विधेयक में राज्य सभा की प्रवर समिति के सामने अपने विचार पेश किए थे। इन्होंने, कस्टम्स वैल्यूएशन लॉ एंड प्रैक्टिस और जीएसटी पर 4 किताबें लिखी हैं, इसमें नवीनतम है, जीएसटी: एक्सप्लेन्ड फ़ॉर द कॉमन मैन। इनसे पर संपर्क किया जा सकता है। Translator:डी. श्याम कुमार, पिछले 23 वर्षों से पत्रकारिता और लेखन के क्षेत्र में सक्रिय हैं । हिंदी और अंग्रेज़ी दोनों भाषाओं की लेखनी में सिद्धहस्त हैं। 2012 में इन्हें, छत्तीसगढ़ राज्य सरकार द्वारा अंग्रेज़ी पत्रकारिता के लिए,राष्ट्रपति प्रणब मुखर्जी के द्वारा, ‘मधुकर खेर’ राज्य अलंकरण से सुशोभित किया गया। वर्ष 2018 में इन्हें राष्ट्रीय हिंदी दिवस पर, बीबीसी में उत्कृष्ट रिपोर्टिंग के लिए, ‘लाडली’राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार के द्वारा, सम्मानित किया गया। वे सेंटर फॉर साइंस एंड एनवायरन्मेंट, नेशनल फाउंडेशन ऑफ इंडिया और लाडली मीडिया के फेलो भी रहे हैं। The book is available at:                    
niyogibooks | 24-Dec-2020