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Meet Judy Moody, The Queen of Moods!

Judy Moody is a third grader with plenty of attitude and a mood for every occasion. This delightful series, created by Megan McDonald, is loaded with laughs and moments of wisdom as readers follow Judy through her hilarious adventures.
The fabulous Judy Moody will delight any child who’s known a bad mood or a bad day—and managed to laugh and learn along the way!

5 Times Ruskin Bond Made Us Fall in Love with Poems – All Over Again!

Ruskin Bond’s literary career started with his much loved first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was only seventeen. It went on to win the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then there has been no looking back! He has written several novellas, over 500 short stories and articles, essays, poems and children’s books. He was also awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Padma Shri in 1999. He now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.
On the birthday of this absolutely adored author of Indian literature (by both adults and children alike), we shall take a walk through his beautiful poetry that could only be woven by this genius.


The Literary Renegade Whom No Force Dared Stop

Saadat Hasan Manto is the most widely read and controversial short story writer in Urdu. A pre-eminent practitioner of the genre, he produced twenty-two collections of short stories. The prevalent trend is to classify Manto’s work into stories of Partition or stories of prostitutes but neither Partition nor prostitution gave birth to the genius of Saadat Hasan Manto. They only furnished him with an occasion to reveal the truth of the human condition.
On Manto’s birthday, we delve deeper into factors that moulded Manto’s creative world and showcase him as an astonishing writer who truly was unstoppable.


Fierce Protagonists from a Fierce Voice

Rabindranath Tagore was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He started writing at an early age and by the turn of the century had become a household name. In 1913 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and his verse collection, Gitanjali came to be known internationally. His works include novels; plays; essays on religious, social and literary topics; some sixty collections of verse; over a hundred short stories; and more than 2500 songs, including the national anthems of India and Bangladesh. Tagore’s eminence as India’s greatest modern poet remains unchallenged to this day.
Here are six quotes from his books, Chokher Bali and The Home and The World that show how brave and fierce Tagore’s protagonists were.

The Hate U Give: 5 Things You didn’t Know About Starr

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re going to be silent?”
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Starr, from Angie Thomas’s book The Hate U Give:

Books to Keep Busy with This May

This May, Penguin brings some interesting reads to you! From books that give a glimpse into the world of Supreme Court Judges to the best-loved stories from Sudha Murty to solving murder mysteries to taking an intimate tour of online sex cultures and discovering fitness secrets of Bollywood stars, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s take a look at the list of books we have for you this May!
The Lord and Master of Gujarat
The Lord and Master of Gujarat is set four years after The Glory of Patan, and unfolds at dizzying speed, abounding in conspiracies, heroism and romance. This is an epic novel in the grand tradition of Alexandre Dumas. Arguably K.M. Munshi’s best-known work, it deftly weaves state politics and battles with personal trials and tribulations into one glorious tapestry.

2. Supreme Whispers: Conversations with Judges of The Supreme Court of India 1980-1989
This book yields a fascinating glimpse into the secluded world of the judges of the Supreme Court in the 1980s and earlier.
Over the course of a decade, George H. Gadbois, Jr. met  judges of the Supreme Court of India who gave him astonishing details: about what they actually thought of their colleagues, about the inner workings and politics of the court, their interactions with the government and the judicial appointments process, among many other things.

3. Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik 3
In, Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik 3 you will read about the various versions of the Ramayana found across Asia. There are chapters on Buddhism and Jainism and their fascinating histories. Learn where the concept of marriage comes from, the reasons behind the many riti-riwaz in Hinduism and the place of fathers and fatherhood in Indian mythology, among myriad other topics and lesser-known tales – all tackled by Devdutt in a Q&A format.
4. Murder at the Happy Home for the Aged
The inhabitants of the Happy home for the aged are first perplexed when a body is found hanging in the garden, then decide to come together to solve the murder that has suddenly brought the violence of the world into their Goan arcadia.
Patiently, and with flashes of inspiration, the unlikely detectives follow the clues and in doing so emerge from the isolated and separate worlds they had inhabited for so long.
5. Cyber Sexy
In this intrepid, empathetic and nuanced account of the sexual shopping cart that is the internet today, Richa Kaul Padte takes readers on an intimate tour of online sex cultures. From camgirls to fanfiction writers, homemade videos to consent violations, Cyber Sexy investigates what it means to seek out pleasure online.
And as for whether or not something counts as porn? You’ll know it when you see it.
6. Life Over Two Beers and Other Stories
Sanjeev Sanyal, bestselling author of Land of the Seven Rivers, returns to enthral readers with a collection of unusual stories. Written with Sanjeev’s trademark flair, the stories crackle with irreverence and wit. From the vicious politics of a Mumbai housing society to the snobberies of Delhi’s cocktail circuit, the stories in Life over Two Beers and Other Stories get under the skin of a rapidly changing India – and leave you chuckling.
7. Here, There and Everywhere: Best-loved stories of Sudha Murty
Wearer of many hats – philanthropist, entrepreneur, computer scientist, engineer, teacher – Sudha Murty has above all always been a storyteller extraordinaire. Here, There and Everywhere is a celebration of her literary journey and is her 200th title across genres and languages. Bringing together her best-loved stories from various collections alongside some new ones and a thoughtful introduction, here is a book that is, in every sense, as multifaceted as its author.
8. Laughter Yoga: Daily laughter practices for health and happiness
A practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter, laughter yoga is based on scientific studies that have concluded that such laughter offers the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter.
This comprehensive book by the founder of the laughter yoga club movement, Dr Madan Kataria, tells you what laughter yoga is, how it works, what its benefits are and how you can apply it to everyday life.
9. Birthing Naturally
Birthing Naturally is a comprehensive book on pregnancy wellness that aims to increase the chances of expecting mothers in giving a successful and less-stressful natural birth. This book will help you as a friend and as an antenatal caregiver so you can enjoy your pregnancy, and provide valuable tips for your postnatal period to complete your experience of motherhood.

10. Fitness Secrets of the Stars
With detailed daily workouts, diets and plans followed by Bollywood actors for specific roles, Fitness Secrets of the Stars will show you how to get in shape like your favourite movie star. The authors also provide a peek into each star’s fitness philosophy along with interesting personal anecdotes and the ways in which they motivate themselves to not only achieve great bodies but also maintain them. Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or looking to ramp it up a notch, this book is sure to help you look like a star.

11. A Cage of Desires
Renu had always craved love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books.
What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined?
12. Dancing with Swans: A Book Of Quotes
Words have the power to move and motivate; to inspire as well as compel one to rethink their life choices. And often, a very short phrase is enough to set one on the right path. When you read and reread every word of Dancing with Swans, each quote opens up pathways within, helping you to lead your day-to-day life in the most spiritual manner. They shall help you give each moment your Divine Best and empower you to go through whatever is in store for you gracefully.
13. Disrupt and Conquer: How TTK Prestige Became a Billion-Dollar business
In this book, the current chairman of The TTK Group, T.T. Jagannathan, along with Sandhya Mendonca, takes us through the journey of this extraordinary company which fought off bankruptcy and rose like a phoenix to become a highly profitable, successful entity.
With invaluable business lessons, decades of experience and innovation distilled in these pages, Disrupt and Conquer is a must-read for aspiring entrepreneurs, executives and business leaders.
14. The Fuzzie and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts will Rule the Digital World
If you majored in the humanities or social sciences, you were a fuzzy. If you majored in the computer sciences, you were a techie, Scott Hartley first heard the terms ‘fuzzy’ and ‘techie’ while studying at Stanford University. This informal division has quietly found its way into a default assumption that has misled the business world for decades: that it’s the techies who drive innovation.
Scott  Hartley looks inside some of today’s most dynamic new companies, reveals breakthrough fuzzy-techie collaborations, and explores how such collaborations are at the center of innovation in business, education, and government, and why liberal arts are still relevant in our techie world.
15. Born with Wings: The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman
Born with Wings is a powerful, moving, and eye-opening account of Daisy Khan’s inspiring journey—of her self-actualization and her success in opening doors for other Muslim women and building bridges between cultures. It powerfully demonstrates what one woman can do—with faith, love, and resilience.

16. Calling Sehmat
Inspired from real events, this is the story of a young college-going Kashmiri girl, Sehmat, who gets to know her dying father’s last wish and can do little but surrender to his passion and patriotism and follow the path he has so painstakingly laid out. It is the beginning of her transformation from an ordinary girl into a deadly spy.


What’s In Store for Our Young Readers this Summer?

Hello, we’d like to introduce you to some new people and take you to some exciting places! First we meet the little girl with an uncanny sense of her own destiny who grew up to be the brave queen of Jhansi. Another little girl named Rahi amuses us with her story as she learns to deal with people who refuse to help her with her troubles i.e. needing to pee.
We then embark upon a vivid journey to learn about the origins and evolution of art in India, and another to explore the different states in India with our dear friends Mishki, Pushka and Daadu Dolma.
Travel back in time with us to meet interesting people like the Mughal princess Jahanara Begum and Raja Ram Mohan Roy and join Aditya and Anjali in a poignant and moving story of bereavement and healing.
Puffin brings the following exciting books for our young readers. Which one will you grab first?

5 Unbelievable Facts about the Tax Havens of the Rich and the Mighty

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is a senior journalist. Till recently, he was the editor of the Economic and Political Weekly. Shinzani Jain is an independent researcher and law graduate from Indian Society Law College, Pune. This book, Thin Dividing Line: India, Mauritius and Global Illicit Financial Flows, looks at the India-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement in the global context of growing illicit financial flows.
Let’s look at 5 astounding facts about the tax havens.
In recent times, the governments of many developed and developing countries have been seeking to discourage the use of tax havens. One of the most talked-about such moves is the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  The OECD is a grouping of some of the richest countries in the world.
They also stated that there was ‘no economic justification’ for tax havens’ existence, as they diminished the power of governments to collect taxes.The Tax Free Tour, a documentary by Marije Meerman, that covers useful ground, begins by detailing the round-tripping of funds carried out by multinational companies such as Apple. The figures are startling: James S. Henry is interviewed in the film about the details of Apple’s evasion of taxes, and he claims that it sells 20 million iPads a year for about $500 each (which comes to about $10 billion) while paying Chinese labourers $800 million to make these products.
It is also common knowledge that Mauritius hosts several distinguished lawyers and accountants from India itself who help set up shell companies and hide the trail of beneficial ownership through processes known as ‘layering’ and round-tripping, wherein illicit funds are transmitted through multiple tax havens and ultimately the black money thus gets ‘laundered’ white.
On 2 October 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States had arrested Ulbricht, who went by the moniker Dread Pirate Roberts. He was the elusive creator and proprietor of a huge illegal online market Silk Road. Ulbricht was a small part of a much larger network of a shadow economy. On the other hand, take the case of Jack Ma, said to be one of the richest men in the world and his brainchild, the Alibaba corporate empire. In May 2016, the net worth of the Alibaba group was $23.3 billion. His corporate conglomerate was able to become gigantic thanks to the ‘ease of doing business’ out of the Cayman Islands, a 264-sq. km British overseas territory comprising three islands located in the western Caribbean Sea south of Cuba.

Six Things You Didn't Know About Judy Moody

Judy Moody, from the international bestselling series created by Megan McDonald, is a third grader with plenty of attitude and a mood for every occasion. You know she is funny, intelligent and caring, but here are six things we bet you don’t know about Judy Moody.
Get to know them here.

Ramachandra Guha and some thoughts on Politics in India

Now based in Bangalore, Ramachandra Guha has previously taught at Yale, Stanford, Oslo, and the London School of Economics. His books include a collection of essays, Patriots and Partisans, Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India (1999) and Democrats and Dissenters. Guha’s awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Padma Bhushan. His books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2008, and again in 2013, Guha featured on Prospect Magazine’s list of the world’s most influential thinkers.
On his 60th birthday, we celebrate this iconic writer with his polemic quotes on Politics & India.