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Sarojini Naidu: THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTER: WHAT SAROJINI NAIDU DID, WHAT SAROJINI NAIDU SAID

by Anu Kumar

`In the battle for liberty, fear is the one unforgivable sin? She always wanted to be wild and free like the birds, but she became much more: the Bulbul-e-Hind or the Nightingale of India. A child prodigy, Sarojini Naidu née Chattopadhyay grew to be so fearless and gifted that she was an example to all. Gopal Krishna Gokhale led her to devote her song and speech, thought and dreams to `the Motherland? and she never wavered in leading or following the cause, right into jail several times. Wise, lyrical and feisty, Sarojini Naidu brought intelligence, energy and intensity to the independence movement. She was the first woman to become President of the Indian National Congress, and later the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. Her frequent ill health never subdued her spirit. Her irreverence was legendary ? she was the one who gave Mahatma Gandhi the endearing nickname of `Mickey Mouse?. A staunch patriot, a unique poet, an efficient administrator, a progressive reformer and a women?s activist, she was hailed as a fiery public speaker. It is not surprising then that Women?s Day in India is celebrated on the birthday of Sarojini Naidu, a heroine then, and an inspiration now and forever. This book brings together her outstanding work and words, and highlights the main tenets of her life. From her stellar role in the difficult times she lived in, you too can learn to be a little bit like Sarojini Naidu.

Hachette School Handbook

by Hachette India

EVERYTHING AT YOUR FINGERTIPS! Here?s the right choice for smart achievers: a one-stop reference book for every student! It has all the essential information needed for the Big Four: English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, plus important G.K. modules as well as valuable tips?all presented for quick reference whenever you need them. Comprehensive and concise, the Hachette School Handbook is a handy and easy-to-carry student?s companion to help you get ahead and stay ahead. * Grammar Rules * Parts of Speech * Punctuation * Writing Skills * Computer Terms * Maths Formulas * Numbers * Factorization * Integers, Fractions + Decimals * Juggling Quantities * Geometrical Shapes + Forms * Exponents + Powers * Algebraic Expressions * Plant Life * Our Body * Metals + Non-metals + Acids, Bases + Salts * Speed + Time * Matter + Energy * Force + Pressure * Light + Reflection * Indian History * World History * Indian Geography * Maps * Parliament + Constitution * Local Administration * And much, much more!

Book Mine: Ramayana For Young Readers

by Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury Dutta Dutta

WHEN ANYONE WISHES TO SPEAK OF A GREAT RULER, THEY SAY, `A KING LIKE RAMA? All is well in the prosperous and orderly kingdom of Ayodhya until the greedy Queen Kaikeyi tricks King Dashratha into sending his beloved eldest son and heir apparent, Rama, into exile for fourteen years. The noble prince, accompanied by his brother Lakshmana and wife Sita, leaves for the forests. When Sita is abducted by Ravana, the demon-king of Lanka, it triggers off a series of events starting with the search for her and culminating in the cataclysmic battle between Rama and Ravana. What unfolds in between is a remarkable tale of divine reincarnations, fierce demons, powerful kings, magical weapons and amazing creatures ? all woven into the extraordinary and keystone Indian epic of good and evil, love and enmity, boons and curses, hardship and destiny. These retelling of the Ramayana, written especially for young readers by the inimitable Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, and checked and proofed originally by none other than Rabindranath Tagore, has been translated for the first time into English by leading children?s writer and translator, Swapna Dutta.

The Merry Adventures of Hardhabardhan & Gobardhan

by Arunava Sinha Shibram Chakraborty

Puns and pickles, and funny twists of fate pepper the madcap adventures of the two bumbling brothers, Harshabardhan and Gobardhan. Mildly dishonest timber merchants, foolhardy adventure buffs, reckless explorers, blundering do-gooders, occasional philosophers and gullible blokes, the endearing duo creates the most hilarious misunderstandings, commits the silliest mistakes and falls into the weirdest traps. Whether they are setting off on an elaborate tiger hunt or belling a cat, solving a mysterious burglary or coming back from the dead, Harshabardhan and Gobardhan are a laugh riot. Joined by the author, who writes himself into many a story, and a stellar cast of supporting characters, Harshabardhan and Gobardhan's antics will keep you chuckling away. The two brothers are among the best-loved characters created by leading Bengali humorist, Shibram Chakraborty. Appearing for the first time in this superb English translation by one of India's foremost translators, Arunava Sinha, these 20 classic comical stories will have you clutching your sides in merriment.

Chanakya: The Kingmaker and the Philosopher

by Anu Kumar

?A learned man and a king are not equal, as the former is respected everywhere, but the latter only in his own dominions.? Canny, contemplative and courageous, Chanakya is known as one of India?s most multifaceted and enduring gurus. His smart, sage advice, captured forever in the twin classic treatises ? the Arthashastra and the Nitishastra ? has both the detailing of a draughtsman and the wide-ranging wisdom of a genius. Scholar, teacher, visionary, political strategist, economic philosopher and royal adviser, Chanakya put forth invaluable lessons that changed the course of history. Humiliated by Dhana Nanda, the ruler of Magadha, Chanakya turned adversity into strength and challenge into opportunity. Through clever diplomatic manoeuvres and wise confrontations, he choreographed young Chandragupta?s rise as the founder of the Mauryan empire, the first of its kind in power and territorial extent. Melding his knowledge with a shrewd observance of life, Chanakya outlined political and economic philosophies in a long-lasting body of pithy truths. And that is why, centuries later, his work and his words matter in today?s world. This book brings together the transformative incidents that shaped Chanakya?s life, and his most important sayings. From his understanding of the ideal way of life, you too can learn to be a little bit like Chanakya. PLUS * Flipbook action page corner for a touch of fun * Timeline: A chronology of Chanakya?s life * Bonus Teachings!: A hundred tactical tips from Chanakya?s treasury of wisdom

The Water Catchers

by Bhairavi Parekh

`Someone from your bloodline, your village and water are all closely linked . . .? Counting out his days through measured buckets of water in the overcrowded, water-deprived city of Mumbai, 11-year-old Chintan aka Chintu leads a somewhat ordinary life. But all of that changes when his grandfather recounts a strange prophecy. The revelation takes him on a quest to his ancestral village, Tintodan, which is parched of rain and plagued by empty taps. Here, a chance meeting with Maahi, a shy girl with mysterious powers, makes him believe that prophecies might come true, after all. Back in Mumbai, Chintu has a run-in with a dreaded gang of bullies at school. This results in an impossible challenge and suddenly, he finds himself heading a major conservation competition that could bring his school prestige and a huge prize! Do these unlikely heroes fulfil the prophecy? Who is the saviour from the bloodline? Does Chintu?s school finally win the contest? Does he defeat the bullies? Discover the magic of water and how it transforms everyone who catches a drop.

The Happy Prince and Other Tales: Large Print (Everyman’s Poetry)

by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is at his imaginative best in this wonderful collection of fairy tales. The five stories include `The Happy Prince?, `The Selfish Giant?, `The Nightingale and the Rose?, and `The Devoted Friend? and `The Remarkable Rocket?. The stories have become popular classics and adapted in all kinds of audio-visual media. The stories about unhappy princes, mean giants, a sacrificing nightingale, a devoted friend and a self important fire cracker, have become material for bedtime tales. And at each story?s heart lies a simple lesson in an important human value.

Treasure Island: Prince Otto

by Robert Louise Stevenson

Join young Jim Hawkins and the crew of scurvy dogs aboard the Hispaniola as they go on a grand quest with pirates, battles and lots of danger. And of course there is the fabled search for the buried treasure belonging to evil Cap?n Flint. Meet the memorable cast of characters which include the one-legged Long John Silver, Captain Smollet, Billy Bones and Squire Trelawney and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. The only thing you need to remember is that this is no tale for lily-livered scallywags!

The Lu Quartet: The Lu Quartet B

by Swapna Dutta Nalini Das

`We knew we had to solve the mystery somehow!? The world of Kalu, Malu, Bulu and Tulu is always buzzing with mysteries, big and small. And that works just fine, because the four young `detectives? are raring to solve them. Wherever the four clever friends happen to be?at their school hostel, next door at the Zamindar Mansion, or away on holiday in Mandu or Cherrapunji?they have a way of smelling out a mystery and keeping their nerve in the face of daunting dangers and terrifying threats to find what lies at the bottom of it. Join the Lu Quartet on their adventures in caves and ravines, secret chambers and dark mango groves, and see if you can unravel the twists and turns of the whodunits just as they do. These thirteen classic stories by Nalini Das originally appeared in the reputed Bengali magazine Sandesh and have been translated for the first time into English by leading children?s writer Swapna Dutta. PLUS! Book Mine Gems: 32 extra-special pages: Know more about the author, her work and her times. Plus things to think about and to do.'

The Crazy Tales of Pagla Dashu and Co.

by Sukumar Ray

`Dashu got away with it because he was `mad?.? You never know what?s going to happen in Pagla Dashu?s world ? it?s an out-and-out romp. Life is never ordinary or dull when Dashu is around and this round-eyed, curly- haired schoolboy shakes up people and places till everyone and everything is as topsy-turvy as our hero. From his classroom antics to his playtime tactics, Dashu?s impish audacity has you rolling on the floor with laughter. Join him and his equally wacky company of madcap schoolboys and geniuses, show-offs and know-it-alls, scientists and explorers, and many other unforgettable characters who will take you on a crazy roller-coaster ride through poetry epidemics, strange robberies, chaotic school plays, and imaginary lands populated by magical creatures. These 25 classic stories by Sukumar Ray have been put together for the first time in English by the Jadavpur University Translators? Collective and feature rare illustrations by the father-son duo of Sukumar Ray and Satyajit Ray. PLUS! Book Mine Gems: 48 extra-special pages: Know more about the author, his work and his times. Plus things to think about and to do.'

Sarama and Sarameyas: The Heavenly Hounds

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 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.

The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong

by Shweta Taneja

Sometimes you go out looking for ghosts and sometimes the ghosts come looking for you... When Kartik Godse?s mother informs him that they are to move from Mumbai to the small hillstation of Kurseong, he thinks his death is near. And the cause will be boredom. That is unti he reaches there. On his very first day in this sleepy town, he is accosted by a frightened man and attacked by two strangers. This marks the beginning of his journey down an unexpected vortex of intruders, ghosts, haunting and rumours. Armed with good instincts, a sharp scientific mind and two unlikely companions ? gentle Tahir and the firebrand Opus, Kartik takes n the role of a ghost hunter and private eye to unravel a web of mystery, deceit and supernatural events! At the centre of it all stands the old and dilapidated mansion called the Iyer Bungalow. What is the mystery of this bungalow? What do its ghosts want and what role does the mysterious DPRS have in all of this? Join this brave trio as they make their way through the twisted bylanes of Kurseong, hot on the heels of villains both real and ghostly...

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...'>

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