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Yoga shakti awaken your own power

Author: Shailaja Menon
Publisher: Niyogi Books
(Pp 179, ISBN
978-93-86906-44-1, Rs 495)

Ever wondered what yoga is really all about? Is it simply about being twisted into different positions like a pretzel or sitting cross-legged on a mat with your eyes closed? In Yoga Shakti, Shailaja Menon, a seasoned practitioner and teacher of yoga, shares her insights, love, and passion for the practice of yoga as she takes you through the transformative effect it has had on her own life’s journey.

Fire, death and philosophy

A history of ancient Indian thinking
Author: Joanna Jurewicz
Publisher: Motilal Banarisidass Publishers Pvt Ltd
(Pp 717, ISBN 978-81-208-4189-5, Rs 1200)

This book is an attempt to reconstruct the foundations of Indian philosophy which are reflected in early Indian texts dated between 13th and 6th BCE. They are religious texts composed in Sanskrit which were transmitted orally in the families of priests called Brahmins. They constitute the intellectual foundation of Indian culture called Sruti, literally, ‘what has been heard’. They are generally called Veda which means ‘knowledge’.

Dance theatre of India

Author: Katia Legeret-Manochhaya
Publisher: Niyogi Books
(Pp 142, ISBN
978-93-86906-36-6, Rs 650)

Dance and theatre often explore the power of rhythmical playing, with words and their sonority, without attaching a special significance to them. When the hands dance, the gestures cannot be translated by one language, but one can feel the emotional intensity with which the actor-dancer performs. For the traditional actor-dancer, the emotion portrayed is a result of the fabric of all predetermined movements, far from any interpretation inspired by previous experience. For the audience and some contemporary performers, the feelings are complex and attached to their memory. Come discover this world of rasa with Katia Legeret-Manochhaya in this book-dance theatre of India, Crossing New Aesthetics and Cultures!

Songs of life & liberation

Author: Ashok Gupta
Publisher: Heritage Publishers
(Pp 200, ISBN
817026400-6, Rs 695)

These songs of Life and Liberation have been drawn from the oceanic “Guru Granth Saheb”, the Holy Book of the Sikhs, but essentially the Book for the entire humanity. The verses presented here have been translated into English and rendered into verse to enable the readers to imbibe the spiritual nourishment offered by them. This book has “Vani” (utterances) of mystics and saints, apparently of different persuasions but essentially of the same belief in One God, One Humanity, and the need to abide by His Laws and Will. Noticeably, it has verses of Guru Nanak, Kabir and Sheikh Farid and other Gurus, Mystics and Saints of India

Suryanamaskar: Sun Salutations

Author: Krzysztof Stec
Publisher: Motilal Banarisidass Publishers Pvt Ltd
(Pp 344, ISBN 978-81-208-4092-8, Rs 450)

Who would not like to be strong, beautiful and healthy? Yet such characteristics do not manifest themselves merely by desire, nor are they commodities that can be purchased on world markets. One of the best prophylactic measures against disease is regular physical exercise. The centuries-old system of Yoga with its distinct practice of Suryanamaskar remains the perfect all-inclusive health practice, even in today’s busy world.

Dharma laws and law seers of india

Author: Dr Ushakar Jha
Publisher: Motilal Banarisidass Publishers Pvt Ltd
(Pp 282, ISBN 978-81-208-4158-1, Rs 800)

The book provides a synoptic oeverview of the sacred literature that constitutes the foundation of Dharma (or the law as we know it in the contemporary context) and seers who have shaped this corpus. The book deals with various aspects of Dharma including its meaning, foundational principles as well as goals, relationship between dharma and Dandaniti along with the manner in which it worked in and through Vidyasthana (abode of knowledge) and Dharmasthana (abode of Dharma).

Hindu mythology and the critique of sacrifice
The head beneath the altar

Author: Brian Collins
Publisher: Motilal Banarisidass Publishers Pvt Ltd
(Pp 310, ISBN 978-81-208-4190-1, Rs 800)

In the begining, says the ancient Hindu text the Rig Veda, was man. And from man’s sacrifice and dismemberment came the entire world, including the hierarchical ordering of human society. The book presents a wide-ranging study of Hindu texts read through the lens of Rene Girard’s mimetic theory of the sacrificial origin of religion and culture. For those interested in Girard and comparative religion, the book also performs a careful reading of Girard’s work, drawing connections between his thought and the work of theorists like Georges Dumezll and and Girogio Agamben.

The sixth finger

Author: Prema Jayakumar
Publisher: Ratna Books
(Pp 371, ISBN 978-93-86600-47-9, Rs 399)

Set in the 1970s and 1980s, this novel traces the story of the young uruly thief, Vedaraman. Later he finds that his sixth finger glows by itself and he possesses supernatural powers of predicting future events. Ministers and businessmen are quick to recognise his yogic qualities. Vedaraman becomes Vedanji and then Vedan Baba with a godlike aura, and is installed in an ashram. Amidst this fame and glory, Vedan Baba finds himself a prisoner of a web of machinations. Will he be able to break the shackles and become a free man again?

My encounter with the big cat and other adventures in Ranthambhore

Author: Daulat Singh Shaktawat
Publisher: Niyogi Books
(Pp 184, ISBN
978-93-86906-14-4, Rs 695)

A dramatic encounter with a belligrent tiger, a neardeath experience, hunting for missing tigers, a mystifying leopard who attacks humans at will with no fear, tracking and monitoring tigers and the fascinating story of an aggressive male tiger. These and other true-life tales form part of My Encounter with the Big Cat and Other Adventures in Ranthambhore.


A Pilgrimage to Kailash

Author: Raimon Panikkar
Milena Carrara Pavan
Publisher: Motilal Banarisidass Publishers Pvt Ltd
(Pp 175, ISBN 978-81-208-4166-6, Rs 500)

This diary tells a cosmotheandric story from a small human stand point. It is a personal story, but it also counts as an archetype. It is a beat in the cosmic symphony we have played probably unconsciously.

Raimon Panikkar one of the most prominent figures of spirituality of our times, regarded as a bridge between East and West, illustrated his profound insight in over 50 books which represent a great contribution to the inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue.

Milena Carrara Pavan is the close collaborator of Raimon Panikkar to whom he entrusted the task of editing and publishing all his writing.


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