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The Bones of Stars

by Giti Chandra

`I am the blood that flows under all, I am the fire and bones of stars. . .? In the colossal caldera of Yellowstone National Park, a geyser blows in a startling eruption of red, and young Akshat disappears. This is only the tiny, terrifying start to the primal battle, now resurrected in full fury, between the two ancient foes, Elrai and Edasich. As the frantic search for Akshat ensues, his cousins, the child-guardians entrusted with olden secrets, come together with a coven of witches to rescue their beloved Akshat ? and indeed the world ? from certain peril. But will their growing powers be enough against the merciless evil loosed by the desperate and vicious Hyena-faced One? Will they be able to save Earth from a cataclysm of scorching lava and pulverized rock? Who will finally don the good Elrai?s baldric and leash the trail of death and destruction? Gripping and heart-stopping, The Bones of Stars tracks the defiant crusade of six extraordinary young people against a formidable, brutal force that threatens to obliterate the whole world as you know it. And end it forever.

Premchand's Kazaki and Other Marvellous Tales

by Munshi Premchand Sara Rai

`His is a voice that comes from where the action is...? Dhanpat Rai, famously known as Munshi Premchand, was an ordinary man living an ordinary life in extraordinary times. His intimate experience of the lives of common people gave him insights that created a vast and vibrant world in his vivid stories, making him one of the most important chroniclers of the 20th century. His vision homes in straight to the extraordinary heart of his everyday characters as they go about their daily struggles, proving an inspiration to generations of readers. From a game of gulli-danda to the classic tale of an imaginative young boy?s love for his grandmother that transforms a pair of household tongs into a battle hero, Premchand?s compelling stories continue to hold readers spellbound. His granddaughter Sara Rai brings a personal perspective to this book with family recollections and lovingly done translations. Premchand?s great-granddaughter Lara Chandni pays tribute to her illustrious ancestor with an eye-catching cover and poster design created especially for this collector?s edition.

Tiger by the Tail

by Venita Coelho

MISSION BRIEF: Tigers are being reported missing from wildlife reserves across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Several hundred tigers have vanished. Something, or someone, is taking them. And if they are not stopped, this could mean the end of the species. It is time the Animal Intelligence Agency got involved. NOTE: The Animal Intelligence Agency is a multi-species nongovernmental agency. Specially trained Animal and Human agents work undercover to save animals and save the world. Some of them have the licence to kill. The following agents have been assigned to the case: Agent No. 002 Species: Panthera tigris tigris Name: Bagha One of our most experienced agents. 250 kilos of sheer intelligence and muscle. Licensed to kill. Agent No. XXXX Species: Semnopithecus entellus Name: Kela Formerly an agent but removed from duty in disgrace after the Incident of the Exploding Mangoes. Licence cancelled. NOTE: KEEP A CLOSE WATCH. HIGHLY UNPREDICTABLE. Agent No. 11.5 Species: Homo sapiens sapiens Name: Rana Skinny. Allergic to everything. No brawn, plenty of brain. Great facility with technology. Fluent in JungleSpeak. Has the ability to speak to nearly all species. NOTE: ALSO ALLERGIC TO CAT HAIR. MIGHT BE A PROBLEM WHEN HE PARTNERS WITH AGENT NO. OO2. Agents have been instructed that this is an Alpha mission. Highest degree of difficulty and danger. The leads they have to follow lie in Kathmandu, the Sera monastery in Tibet and the Forbidden City in China. They will face danger, destruction, and possible death. The fate of the tiger species is in their hands.

Taranauts 8: The Magic of the Dazl Corals

by Roopa Pai

A great war looming, and four Tarasuns still to be rescued! Take flight with the Taranauts on their incredible final adventure! Mithya?s eight worlds ? Shyn, Lustr, Sparkl, Glo, Dazl, Shimr, Syntilla and Glytr ? were plunged into darkness when the wicked Shaap Azur captured all its 32 stars. There was no hope until Zarpa, Tufan and Zvala ? three bright and brave Taranauts with special gifts ? set out to bring back light and cheer to Mithya. Seven missions later, the Taranauts have reason to be proud ? they have successfully returned 28 Tarasuns to Tara. But there is little time for celebration. The Corals are still to be rescued, and Shaap Azur, determined not to go down without a fight, is preparing to unleash a terrible war. Will the Taranauts survive the deadly dangers that await them in the Dil of Darkness? Will the giglworms return to the Forest of Gul Izta and make the Dazlkos well again? Can Emperaza Shoon Ya find a way to save the mithyakos from the bloody destruction of the Great Zamara? Who will emerge victorious, and who will be banished to the Fiery Lands? Read and find out!

Amar Aiyaar King of Tricksters

by Sulaiman Ahmad

`AND THE TRICKSTERS OF THE WORLD WILL CALL HIM THEIR KING? There?s never a dull moment with Amar Aiyaar: master of mischief, perpetrator of pranks, con artist with a conscience, trickster beyond compare. As the loyal companion of Ameer Hamza, the illustrious warrior from Arabia, Amar bravely, and brazenly, defeats every trap and overcomes every challenge, standing up to king, sorcerer and commoner alike. Right from childhood it?s clear that Amar, the son of a camel driver, is born to humble even emperors with his audacity and sharp wit. As Hamza?s army is magicked away into prison in Tilism-e-Hoshruba, the land of sorcery that stuns the senses, it falls upon Amar to rescue them. Using his cunning and his blessed bag of tricks, Amar Aiyaar blazes his way through the most extraordinary adventures with aplomb. Of course, he never ignores a chance to add to his fortunes, with a greedy eye on every purse of gold. At once roguish and honourable, superhero and villain, Amar Aiyaar is one of the most colourful characters in traditional storytelling in India. In the age-old great dastan of Tilism-e-Hoshruba, his is one of the most exciting and unforgettable stories of all time.

The Search for the Glytr Turquoises

by Roopa Pai

Join the intrepid Taranauts on their most formidable mission as the action shifts into high gear on Glytr?s Terror Trail! Mithya?s eight worlds ? Shyn, Lustr, Sparkl, Glo, Dazl, Shimr, Syntilla and Glytr ? were plunged into darkness when the wicked Shaap Azur captured all its 32 stars. There was no hope until Zarpa, Tufan and Zvala ? three bright and brave Taranauts with special gifts ? set out to bring back light and cheer to Mithya. Six times they have been stretched to the limit, and six times ? undaunted by mind-boggling riddles, monsters and mayhem ? the Taranauts have returned successful. Now they are headed for the razzle-dazzle of Glytr?s capital city, Boom Bolly Bay, where, unknown to them, Shaap Azur has changed the rules of the terror game. Can the Taranauts save a hazillion unsuspecting Glytrkos from `bubbling, burbling death?? Will Zarpa succeed in preventing a terrible tragedy at the Bel Nolo Inter-World Cup Final? And where in the world has Shaap imprisoned Max Moolah, the 15-octon-old heir to BBBay's biggest fortune? Will the Turquoises shine down on Glytr again? Read and find out!

The Six Spellmakers of Dorabji Street

by Shabnam Minwalla

`Sometimes the forces of evil are so dark that no single spell can defeat them.? Cosy Castle is far from `cosy?. In fact, it is a boxy, grey building where children walk on tippy toes from fear of the dreadful `dragon? and the crotchety `crone?. With Nivi Mallik?s arrival at Cosy Castle, the rules start to change. The bimbli trees become the hang-out spot for two giggly girls and the driveway is a permanent cricket pitch for the boys. But the happy times are soon ended by the `dragon? and the `crone?, who gang up against the children and declare war on the bimbli trees. It will take a miracle to challenge the two wily women, leave alone defeat them. But miracles happen only in fairy tales?Or do they? Is it possible for fantasy-fan Nivi, geeky boy-next-door Venu, bubbly Sarita and their three pint-sized comrades, Nikhil, Vijay and Rehaan, to conquer an evil much beyond their power? Join the six imaginative spellmakers as they use a very practical kind of magic to conjure potent potions, summon unlikely fairies and engineer a haunting... Does Cosy Castle finally become what it?s called? Make your way to Dorabji Street and find out?

Mahabali: The Generous Asura B

by Anu Kumar

`I made vamana a promise and I am duty bound to keep my word...? Although he was an asura, he was loved by all. Mahabali was one of the most generous kings to have walked the earth. He was brave and powerful and used his boons and riches wisely for the betterment of his kingdom. A visionary and a warrior, Bali was admired and worshipped in all corners of the world. Read about his magnificent sacrifices and his great kindness to all?'

Mahishasura: The Buffalo Demon B

by Anu Kumar

`He charged forward, his head lowered, his horns curved and menacing, symbolizing destruction...? He was the much-feared asura who was more powerful than the bravest warrior on earth, stronger than the divine beings in Heaven. Mahishasura, the buffalo demon, unleashed such a reign of terror, that it finally took the combined forces of all the gods to defeat him. Read about his thrilling battles?'

Banasura: Thousand-armed Asura B

by Anu Kumar

`Banasura used his thousand arms to good effect, wielding five hundred bows that sent off a storm of arrows towards Krishna...? Banasura was fierce to look at with his thousand arms carrying a thousand different weapons. He had an equally fierce personality, whereby he terrorized humans, gods and even imprisoned his own daughter! He waged the greatest battle of his life against Lord Krishna. Read about his unmatched weapons of war?'

The Key to Shimr Citrines

by Roopa Pai

Mithya's eight worlds - Shyn, Lustr, Sparkl, Glo, Dazl, Shimr, Syntilla and Glytr - were plunged into darkness when the wicked Shaap Azur captured all its 32 stars. There was no hope until Zarpa, Tufan and Zvala - three bright and brave Taranauts with special gifts - set out to bring back light and cheer to Mithya. After five successful missions - each of which has tested their wits, courage and team spirit - the Taranauts head for the blazing hot world of Shimr in search of the golden Citrines. Meanwhile, determined to stop them, a brand new army of Mithya's Most Ruthless, goes into full combat mode. Will all three Taranauts make it safely through the Bhoolabyrinth? Can Tufan survive the oxdrogen-deprived darkness of the underground city of Oop R' Ville? What is the secret of the Drip-Trip Cave? And how in Kay Laas will they tackle the most unexpected problem of them all - Mithyakos who don't want their stars rescued? Will the Citrines return to Tara? Read and find out!

Mythquest: Uchchaishravas

by Anu Kumar

'Uchchaishravas broke through the frothy white waters and galloped across the ocean bed...' He was the magnificent seven-headed heavenly steed who flew across the skies faster than human thought. A symbol of Lord Indra's glory Uchchaishravas carried him in grand processions dangerous battles and exciting adventures. Read about his splendid life...>

Mythquest: Narasimha

by Anu Kumar

'Narasimha caught Hiranyakashipu as easily as a snake seizing a tiny mouse and the great asura was helpless in his grip...'>

Rajula and the Web of Danger

by Deepa Agarwal

One night fifteen-year-old Rajula's carefree life in the green hills of Kumaon is changed forever. A mysterious man begins to haunt her dreams and he turns out to be no other than the ruler of Katyur King Malushahi! The problem is her father: the formidable sorcercer Sunapati Shauka. He has promised her hand to a Tibetan chieftain and now weaves a web of deceit and danger between Rajula and Malushahi. When Rajula learns that Malushahi and she had been sworn in marriage by their mothers much before she follows her heart and her fate on a perilous journey to the Katyuri capital Bairath. Despite her mother's magical spells she has to use all her courage and wits to battle the odds she faces. And for Malushahi winning her hand poses a death-defying challenge. The epic tale of Rajula's bravery and Malushahi's steadfastness has been sung by bards in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand for centuries and is retold here for the first time in English. Packed with magic humour

The Mystery of the Syntilla Silvers

by Roopa Pai

One half of Mithya shining another half still in the dark – glide away with the Taranauts on another thrilling ‘chilling’ adventure! Mithya’s eight worlds – Shyn Lustr Sparkl Glo Dazl Shimr Syntilla and Glytr – were plunged into darkness when the wicked Shaap Azur captured all its 32 stars. There was no hope until Zarpa Tufan and Zvala – three bright and brave Taranauts with special gifts - set out to bring back light and cheer to Mithya. At the end of four missions the score reads 4-0 in favour of the Taranauts. Nervous and desperate Shaap Azur’s Ograzurs are in attack mode taking the war to the enemy at impregnable Kay Laas! The attempt fails and the Taranauts zip away to the icy world of Syntilla but Eye-in-the-Sky has other tricks up his sleeve. Will the giant Syntillakos still grieving over the sudden drying up of their life-giving Bisibrooks Waterway rise up to help the Taranauts? Can our heroes negoti

Bookmine: A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The courageous Theseus in battle with the snake-haired Medusa. Midas, the greedy king who was given the `golden touch? but lost so much more. The curious Pandora and the monstrous contents of her mysterious box. The greatest hero, Hercules, who set out to steal the three Golden Apples guarded by a hundred-headed dragon. The gods Zeus and Quicksilver, who, disguised as mortals, tested their human subjects. And brave Bellerophon, who slew the dreaded Chimaera. Superheroes and monsters, gods and tricksters, fantasy and epic battles?they all began with Greek myths. Famous American author Nathaniel Hawthorne retells six of the most exciting myths in A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys. Join Eustace Bright and his young friends in this action-packed Wonder-Book, complete with conquering heroes, grotesque monsters, and gods who can shape and shake worlds with nothing but a thought.

MythQuest 6: Sheshanaga

by Anuradha Kumar

`Shesha appeared in his true form as the magnificent many-hooded snake and reared up his heads above Vasudeva, forming a protective umbrella over the child who was no other than Lord Krishna?? He was all-powerful, he was as old as the universe, he was the wise serpent-king. Sheshanaga, the endless snake, was a celestial being with the power of a deva. He carried the underworld on his many hoods and Lord Vishnu himself rested on his immense coils. Read about his multiple avatars and magical transformations?

MythQuest 5: Airavata

by Anuradha Kumar

`The mighty Airavata would stretch his trunks into water reservoirs, suck up the water and then spray it into the clouds?? He was the mighty white elephant, who could weave clouds and create rain. He was Lord Indra?s magnificent mount, who could make any demon quake in fear. First among all elephants, Airavata could cross the universe in a few strides and was gentle, loyal and brave. Read about his marvellous feats?

MythQuest 4: Garuda

by Anuradha Kumar

`The vanara army looked on awestruck as Garuda approached the battlefield, flapping his immense red wings?? He was as magnificent as a beacon of fire in the sky and as splendid as the gods. Garuda, the devourer of snakes, carried Lord Vishnu as he fought great battles against powerful enemies. Garuda appeared on earth whenever it was threatened by the evil serpents. Read about his wondrous adventures?

Mythquest 3: The Immortal Bear King

by Anuradha Kumar

`Jambavan came face to face with Ravana. He moved with a speed and fought with a ferocity that was unbelievable?? He was endowed with incredible strength, he had the wisdom of the sages and he was a born leader. Jambavan, the great bear king, led the army of vanaras in their search for Sita. He helped Rama fight Ravana and even helped restore the Syamanatakmani gem to clear Krishna?s name. Read his spectacular story...

MYTHQUEST 2: THE DIVINE GATEKEEPER

by Anuradha Kumar

`Nandi was fearless?he gored all the powerful asuras to death in a fierce and swift motion?? He was ever obedient, he was brave and he was the most favoured of Shiva?s followers. Nandi, the great bull and gatekeeper of Shiva?s abode, carried the Three-Eyed One across the universe. Always at Shiva?s side, he danced the mystical tandava with him, fought great battles and even drank a deadly poison to prove his complete devotion to his lord. Read his amazing story. . .

MYTHQUEST 1: SAVIOUR FROM THE SKIES

by Anuradha Kumar

`The battle raged in the skies ? Jatayu refused to give up, taking on Ravana with his giant claws and mighty wings?? He was majestic, he was strong, he was the wise king of birds. Blessed by the gods and armed with celestial powers, Jatayu races to the sun, saves Dasharatha from Shani?s deadly glance and, inthe end, fights the powerful Ravana, sacrificing all he had in the name of justice and loyalty. Read his inspiring story?

The Race for the Glo Rubies

by Roopa Pai

Three worlds shining on to the fourth! Race away with the Taranauts to another heart-stopping adventure – at Glo! Mithya’s eight worlds - Shyn Lustr Sparkl Glo Dazl Shimr Syntilla and Glytr – were plunged into darkness when the wicked Shaap Azur captured all its 32 stars. There was no hope until Zarpa Tufan and Zvala - three bright and brave Taranauts with special gifts - set out to bring back light and cheer to Mithya. With three successful rescues under their belts the Taranauts head west determined to notch up another win against their foes. But things take a nasty turn right at the start - the Marani of Glo is taken hostage! What’s worse Ograzur Dusht now has a secret agent in the Taranauts’ camp a spy who is known only by the code name Dro Hie. Can the Taranauts get safely across the fearsome Budbudana and the treacherous cliff paths of Pur Butte? Will they survive the motion-sensitive lightning hurlers of Wilderwolf Gorge? Does t

The Secret of the Sparkl Amethysts

by Roopa Pai

8 Tarasuns rescued 24 to go! Can the Taranauts pull off another win at Sparkl? Mithya's eight worlds - Shyn Lustr Sparkl Glo Dazl Shimr Syntilla and Glytr - were plunged into darkness when the wicked Shaap Azur captured all the 32 stars of Tara. All seemed lost until Taranauts Zarpa Tufan and Zvala - three bright brave and gifted mithyakins - set out on the difficult and dangerous quest to bring back light and cheer to Mithya. This time the Taranauts travel to Zarpa's home world of Sparkl to rescue the four Amethysts only to discover that Shaap Azur has upped the stakes like never before. They have to win four deadly games against wily opponents seen and unseen! What's more Shaap Azur's henchman Ograzur Dusht has launched a secret search for a spy in Shoon Ya's camp! Will Zarpa be able to beat the sandinger at 3-D SeeZee? Can Tufan rout Mog Ambow at Lunascoot Latang? Does Zvala have what it takes to crack the mindbenders in Brain Drain? And can the Taranauts defeat th

BOOKMINE: Koni

by Moti Nandi

A poor but feisty tomboy, `Koni? Kanakchampa Paul. A fiery coach, with an eye for talent and a passion for making it shine. A championship that sets up privileged competitors against one who is constantly sidelined. The stage is set for an explosive contest. And a sport stops being just a game. In a city where sports clubs are guided by favouritsm, a coach with a dream, Kshitish Sinha, plucks Koni from a slum and trains her to swim. The spunky teenager battles her way past hardship, rivalry and humiliation to negotiate a decisive lap against all odds. If she fails, she loses everything that matters. And if she succeeds, she blazes a trail out of her sorry circumstances. For the first time in translation, this story of faith, grit and sportsmanship is a modern classic by Moti Nandy, the master teller of sports stories.

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