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Selected Poems

Selected Poems
  • Author(s): Rabindranath Tagore
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Poetry
  • Era(s): Turn 20th Century

The poems of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) are among the most haunting and tender in Indian and in world literature, expressing a profound and passionate human yearning. His ceaselessly inventive works deal with such subjects as the interplay between God...

Sister of My Heart

Sister of My Heart
  • Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta), San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Anju is the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family of distinction. Her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family. Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not. Despite those differences, since the day on...

Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu

Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu
  • Author(s): Svabhu Kohli (illustrator), Viplov Singh (illustrator)
  • Location(s): Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

A shape-shifting tiger and a pretentious rat. A generous goddess and a powerful demon. A clever princess and a prince who returns from the dead. This collection of 16 traditional tales transports readers to the beguiling world of Indian...

The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta

The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta
  • Author(s): Kushanava Choudhury
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

When Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey at the age of twelve, he had already migrated halfway around the world four times. After graduating from Princeton, he moved back to the world which his immigrant parents had abandoned, to...

The House of Wives

The House of Wives
  • Author(s): Simon Choa-Johnston
  • Location(s): Hong Kong, Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1850s

Calcutta 1841. Emanuel an ambitious Jewish merchant wants to make his fortune by trading opium with China. Over the ensuing decades Emanuel s success will be determined by two remarkable women Semah his dutiful first wife in Calcutta whose...

The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss
  • Author(s): Kiran Desai
  • Location(s): West Bengal, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

The Inheritance of Loss is Kiran Desai’s extraordinary Man Booker Prize winning novel. High in the Himalayas sits a dilapidated mansion, home to three people, each dreaming of another time. The judge, broken by a world too messy for...

The Kolkata Conundrum

The Kolkata Conundrum
  • Author(s): Kalyan Lahiri
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): present

The Kolkata Conundrum A novel by Kalyan Lahiri The mysterious and alluring Pramila, resident of Avantika Heights, is brutally murdered. Sudhir Das, the security guard from the Golden Red Security Agency, is caught red-handed.In steps Sudhir’s boss, young Orko...

The Shadows of Men

The Shadows of Men
  • Author(s): Abir Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1920s

Wyndham and Banerjee Book 5   Calcutta, 1923. When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and...

The Sleeping Dictionary

The Sleeping Dictionary
  • Author(s): Sujata Massey
  • Location(s): West Bengal
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930

From an award-winning novelist, a stunning portrait of late Raj India–a sweeping saga and a love story set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval. YOU ASK FOR MY NAME, THE REAL ONE, AND I CANNOT TELL....

The Strangler Vine

The Strangler Vine
  • Author(s): M J Carter
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1830s

Calcutta 1837. The East India Company rules India – or most of it: and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing. William Avery, a down-at-heel junior officer in the Company’s army, is sent to find...

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