On upcoming elections, Ram temple inauguration, Bharat Jodo Yatra; Books from Penguin Random House

MODI & INDIA: 2024 and the Battle for Bharat | Commentative Argumentative Book on Political Parties by Rahul Shivshankar and Siddhartha Talya

Chronicles the emergence of, and the battle for a new republic in the making. 2014 was a monumental year in Indian politics. Will 2024 be one too?

The victory of the Modi-led BJP in 2014 changed the face of Indian politics in a revolutionary way. Now equipped with the majority in the Lok Sabha, the authors describe the processes undertaken by the National Democratic Alliance. 2019 was marked with writing of transformational laws and policies. The book hopes to emphasise the impending consequences of such a shift in narrative, with discourses of ultra nationalism and majoritarianism of a Hindu Rashtra to convey to the readers the severity of it all. This is presented in this thrilling book through careful research with elements of argumentation and evocation to highlight the battle of the emergence of this new republic and the importance of the 2024 election to curb such a shift of India.

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Roadwalker | A Few Miles on the Bharat Jodo Yatra by Dilip D’Souza

‘The length of India, though. Think of that. The magnitude of it takes my breath away, even months later. When next will I get such an opportunity? As the Yatra got going, through its early days in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, that question began to haunt me. Through those early days, the challenge of finding an answer came to mean something to me. Something deep, profound, elemental. The challenge of the walk, yes. But what it helped me articulate for myself, too. The way it dredged up long-ago experiences, reminded me of what they had meant, wrung new meaning from them now, said things about my country, my family, myself. All in all, it helped me decide — if I wasn’t doing the whole trip, there was a next best thing I could do.’ Dilip D’Souza joined the Bharat Jodo Yatra four times. This is the story of that experience.

Pain | A memoir of the unseen agony of existence beyond death by Shweta Singh Kirti, sister of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput

How many of us are ever fortunate enough not to witness the death of family members? Pain is universal and inescapable. But nobody deserves to be under a spotlight while going through it. However, for this book’s author, Shweta Singh Kirti, that was the case, when her brother, Sushant Singh Rajput passed away. What the author hopes to convey through this book is that while pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. She hopes to influence us to rise above this suffering and look beyond the materialistic boundaries that shackle our world. Following the tragic loss of her brother, Sushant Singh Rajput, she embarked on several months of extensive solitary retreats. This profound and transformative experience gave birth to her first book, Pain: A Portal to Enlightenment.

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The Great Indian Manthan by Pushparaj Deshpande and Gurdeep Singh Sappal

This thought-provoking book features 13 essays penned by some of India’s foremost policymakers and practitioners, including Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Hamid Ansari, Sitaram Yechury, Madan Lokur, Ashok Lavasa, Dr. Thomas Issac, and more. The essays within “The Great Indian Manthan” meticulously dissects the norms underpinning the diverse institutions of the Indian State and objectively analyzes constitutional and institutional deviations. In doing so in a measured and methodical manner, the book plugs a glaring lacunae (since institutional capture and deviations have not been mapped with such objectivity or inside detail). The book also poses innovative ideas to redress structural issues that can be sustainably implemented. Finally, we strongly feel that this one-of-its-kind book on Indian governance and statecraft is going to be tremendously influential in shaping the thinking of foreign governments, diplomats, academics, journalists, corporate houses, activists and anyone working on India.

The Velvet Hotline by IPS OFFICER Arsh Verma

A horror suspense thriller with mysterious phone calls, this book delivers a variety of emotions, from happiness to wanting to check under your bed for monsters. For Ayingbi Mayengbam, however, the monster takes shape in the form of the winsome Dr Rastogi, who helps her extend and resume her well meaning work at a suicide hotline after her previous one ended in her finding a dead body. Her lack of experience at the new organisation is not her biggest foe, for her fierce determination in saving lives makes up for it. This book is promised to deliver some of the most unexpected plot twists and never make you want to pick up a call again without checking if the phone is plugged in. ‘the Velvet Hotline’ is a thrilling, exciting new book all ready to help you understand what exactly they mean by horror.

Getting Dressed and Parking Cars The Magical Story of Building a Gaming Company by Alok Kejriwal

A veteran of the game, this book follows Alok Kejriwal throughout his entire path of developing his new entrepreneurial venture Games2Win. For somebody who’s previous company was acquired by The Walt Disney company, the entrepreneur undertook this project with the aim of becoming India’s most successful casual gaming start-up in the global market. An exciting and informative read for all who wish to glance at the inner workings of a genius, this book is guaranteed to give you plenty of description of some of the real life adventures that constitute it. Creating car parking and dress-up games, Games2win is one of the most adrenaline induced recent project innovations any entrepreneur has taken up in recent times. This book offers not just insight into the entire process, but also captures the unique failings and successes that accompany them, making it truly one of a kind in its content.

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Teachings from the Ramayana on Family & Life New Age Spirituality by Shantanu Gupta

Ahead of the grand Ram temple inauguration, Yogi Adityanath’s biographer launches a unique book on Ramayana for families. First of its kind Ramayana in the form of case studies for the happy families, endorsed by PM’s economic advisor Bibek Debr

This book does not just translate the Ramayana but builds on it to teach us the essentials of living a good life. There are more scenarios in real life that we can count that we often feel lost in the action to take. This book helps to effectively deal and navigate these perplexing situations. Shantanu Gupta is the founder of The Vedic IQ and The Ramayana School, where he teaches life lessons from the Ramayana and other Indian scriptures to families across the globe. Shantanu has held workshops on life lessons from the Ramayana for thousands of participants across twenty-plus countries. He is also a part-time faculty at the Hindu University of America, Florida, where he teaches the Ramayana.

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