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Baumgartner's Bombay
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 150
  
Hugo Baumgartner, the central character of Anita Desai's dazzling novel, is a wandering Jew all his life. Too dark for Hitler's society he is too fair for India and remains a firanghi, a foreigner, wherever he goes. From the agonising scenes of his childhood in pre-war Berlin, through his spell in business in Calcutta and then Bombay, he simply does not belong.
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In Custody
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 165
  
Touching and wonderfully funny, 1984 Booker Prize shortlisted In Custody is woven around the yearnings and calamities of a small town scholar in the north of India. An impoverished college lecturer, Deven, sees a way to escape from the meanness of his daily life when he is asked to interview India’s greatest Urdu poet, Nur – a project that can only end in disaster.
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Clear Light Of Day
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 408
  
To the family living in the shabby, dusty house in Delhi, Tara's visit brings a sharp reminder of life outside tradition. For Bim, coping endlessly with the family's problems, there is a renewal of the old jealousies since, unlike her sister, she has failed to escape. Looking at both, the cruelty and beauty of family life and the harshness of India's modern history, 1980 Booker Prize shortlisted Clear Light of Day brilliantly evokes the painful process of confronting and healing old wounds.
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Cry, The Peacock
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 143
  
Winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award,.Cry, the Peacock is the story of a young girl, Maya, obsessed by a childhood prophecy of disaster. The author builds up an atmosphere of tension as torrid and oppressive as a stiffling Indian summer, both in the crowded, colourful cities and the strangely beautiful countryside where Maya's extreme sensitivity is rendered in terms of measurable human loneliness.
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Fire On The Mountain
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 352
  
Nanda Kaul is now old. She has chosen to spend her last years alone among the pines and cicadas, high in the mountains in a quiet house, wanting only to be left in peace. However her solitude is broken with the arrival of her great-granddaughter, Raka. Through the long hot summer, hidden dependencies and old wounds are uncovered, until tragedy becomes inevitable.
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The ZigZag Way
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 297
  
Happy to follow his more confident girlfriend to Mexico, Eric, an uncertain, awkward young man, a would-be writer and a traveller, is overwhelmed but gradually seduced - by the strangeness, the colour, the mysteries of an older world. Soon, he finds himself on a curious quest for his own family in a 'ghost' mining town where the various strands of the novel come together hauntingly, in a moment of quiet, powerful epiphany.
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Diamond Dust And Other Stories
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 408
  
Old relationships stir up buried resentments, a beloved dog causes havoc, a businessman away from home sees his own death, and freedom springs in surprising ways. In this brilliant new collection of funny, sad, compassionate and charming stories, Anita Desai shows us ordinary lives in a disconcerting world, where hopes and dreams clash with disappointment and the human spirit shines strongly from India to Canada and England.
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Fasting, Feasting
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 353
  
Short-listed for the 1999 Booker Prize, Fasting, Feasting looks gently but without sentimentality at an Indian family that, despite Western influence, is bound by Eastern traditions. Divided into two parts, one about an overprotected daughter who finds herself starved for a life & the other about her brother, who picks his way through a minefield of puzzling American customs during his stay with an American family in his graduation years, Anita Desai has much to say in this graceful novel about the inability of the families in either culture to nurture their children.
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Journey To Ithaca
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 291
  
Like so many other young Westerners in the 60s and 70s, Matteo leaves home to search for spiritual enlightenment in the ashrams of India. He believes he finds it at the feet of 'the Mother', but down-to-earth Sophie, who accompanies him. He does not find her inspiring so much as mysterious, and decides to trace the Mother's own story - from her travels with an Indian dance troupe in Paris, Venice and New York, to her search for divine love in India.
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The Village By The Sea
Anita Desai
Now: Rs.200
  
Untouched by the twentieth century, Thul, the small fishing village near Bombay is seeing the first signs of industrial India creep in. Delicately and exquisitely executed, Anita Desai's gentle and probing story traces the evolution of Hari and Lila into adults as each of them faces the family's predicament - An alcoholic father; a seriously ill mother and no money to keep them fed and clothed.
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Games At Twilight
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 352
  
Set in contemporary Bombay and other cities, Anita Desai's stories are peopled with intensely individual characters - the man spiritually transformed by the surface texture of a melon; the American wife who, homesick for the verdant farmlands of Vermont, turns to the hippies in the Indian hills & the painter living in a slum who fills his canvasses with flowers, birds and landscapes he has never seen!
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Where Shall We Go This Summer
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 121
  
Where Shall We Go This Summer is an intense story of a sensitive young wife torn between the desire to abandon the boredom and hypocrisy of her middle class and ostensibly comfortable existance, and the realisation that the bonds that tie her to it cannot easily be broken.
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Voices In The City
Anita Desai
Now: Rs. 164
  
Based on the life of the middle class intellectuals of Calcutta, it is an unforgettable story of a brother and his two sisters caught in the cross-currents of changing social values. Brought up in luxury and magnificence by an over indulgent mother, Nirode settles down in Calcutta and becomes engrossed in its bohemian life, while his elder sister, Monisha lives out a servile existence within the rigid confines of a traditional Hindu family. Amla sees the city as a monster, Nirode sacrifices everything for his career, and Monisha cannot bear her stifling existence.
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