Hot off the press – new titles from Shalimar Books

We have a lot of exciting new books coming out at the moment, this blog post features just a few recent highlights.

Many more titles on a wealth of subjects are also available to buy online from our shop. We are the largest UK distributor of Indian books; we also supply to shops, libraries and schools – please contact us for more information.

Annihilation of Caste: the annotated edition

This historic and provocative text is extensively annotated in this edition, and comes with a wonderful introduction by Arundhati Roi in which she puts Ambedkar’s work in its historical context and explores how caste plays out in today’s India.

The Boatman

A fascinating account of a man’s rollercoaster ride on a journey of sexual discovery, which is also a moving story of his love affair for India. An intimate and intense exploration of city life in India in the 1980s.

This Side, That Side

This highly acclaimed, ground-breaking graphic anthology brings a fresh perspective to the much-explored theme of partition. These narratives are fascinating and moving explorations of the human effects of partition and people’s enduring curiosity about “the other side”.

From India to Palestine

If you feel, as we do, that the Palestinian perspective on Palestine-Indian relations needs to be heard, then this is essential reading.

The introduction is by well known Palestinian activist Raja Shehadeh, who appeared on Desert Island Discs in June.



Shalimar at London Radical Bookfair, 2014

London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover 2014

Radical booksellers, publishers, artists and activists of all stripes are set to takeover the Bishopsgate Institute on May 10th. All three floors of this venerable establishment will host the London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover 2014With over 130 exhibitors, and 20 guest speakers, this will be a unique gathering of progressive readers, thinkers and doers, in a celebration of radical publishing and politics.

This free event is organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB), which formed in 2011 to raise awareness of the radical booktrade. The bookfair provides an annual opportunity to bring the UK’s radical booksellers together to meet in person with publishers and the reading public.

Award ceremony for two ARB book prizes
The bookfair also allows the ARB to award its two annual book prizes: the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. Shortlisted authors from the two awards will be giving talks and participating in panel discussions throughout the day as part of a programme which will culminate in the announcement of the winning titles by the guest judges in the Great Hall.

Talks and panel discussions
There will be talks on all of the titles shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award, with speakers including Rob Evans, Ben Griffin, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Barry Kushner, Katharine Quarmby, Andrew Simms and Imogen Tyler. The bookfair will also hear from the guest judges of the prize: editor of The F-Word blog Jess McCabe, associate editor at The Guardian Seumas Milne, and writer, philosopher and activist Nina Power.

There will be a panel discussion on the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, which will be hosted by Wendy Cooling, guest judge and founder of the Bookstart programme, and will include shortlisted authors Deborah Chancellor, Gill Lewis and Geraldine McCaughrean. Another discussion will take place on the subject of radical children’s literature, with children’s authors Alan Gibbons and Catherine Johnson, Ann Lazim from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, and Kim Reynolds from the Institute of Education.

A discussion on ‘Radical Black and Asian Publishing: Legacies and Continuing Challenges’ will be chaired by Sukant Chandan and include Eric Huntley, co-founder of Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications, amongst other speakers.

In addition to these talks, there will be a virtual tour of the invaluable collection of radical materials at the Bishopsgate Institute, presented by resident librarian and archivist Stefan Dickers.

The London Radical Bookfair
The London Radical Bookfair will be showcasing the depth and breadth of radical publishing in the UK by filling Bishopsgate Institute’s Great Hall with some fifty stalls from booksellers and publishers. There are currently other bookfairs dedicated to progressive titles, but they tend to focus on tightly defined political traditions. The aim of the London Radical Bookfair is to be a broad church that brings together these traditions and makes them accessible to a wider audience.

The Alternative Press connection
This year, for the first time, the London Radical Bookfair has teamed up with Alternative Press (AP), whose extended family of writers and artists will be exhibiting and selling their self published comix, zines, art books, and prints in the Upper Hall. They will also share their expertise by leading workshops in print-making and book-binding. To celebrate the collaboration between the two fairs, AP artists have created a series of artworks inspired by the Bread and Roses shortlist, which will be on display throughout the day.

Event Details

Free entry

Taking place at:
Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate,
London EC2M 4QH


Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 
London Radical Bookfair
Alternative Press
Alliance of Radical Booksellers
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award
Bishopsgate Institute


London Book Fair 2014

Shalimar will be displaying a selection of the Indian books that we distribute at the London Book Fair. These will be on Stand O 605, courtesy of our friends and colleagues from NCBA whose stand it is.


The selection includes books from Three Essays, Tulika Books, Women Unlimited and Yoda Press, including the highly acclaimed graphic narratives title This Side That Side.



This Side That Side – Restorying Partition created by Vishwajyoti Ghosh

We would be very pleased to welcome you to the stand, and discuss your requirements for Indian books. We work with leading publishers and distributors in India, enabling us to supply titles on all subjects from all regions of India.


Shalimar representatives at the London Book Fair are Anand and Melanie.


The London Book Fair runs from 8th to 11th April at Earls Court.


Sachin Tendulkar receives Bharat Ratna


Sachin – The Story of the World’s Greatest Batsman by Gulu Ezekiel

Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof. C.N.R. Rao were presented with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, at a brief function at Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Durbar Hall attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Union ministers, Tendulkar’s wife Anjali, daughter Sara and a host of dignitaries.

“I will continue to bat for India even though my cricket has stopped, but I will continue to try my best to give the people of India a reason to smile,” Sachin Tendulkar told reporters after being conferred the award by the President of India.

“It’s the biggest honour for me and I am extremely delighted on receiving Bharat Ratna,” he said. “I am extremely proud to be born in this beautiful nation and I would like to express my gratitude for all the love, affection and support I have received for a number of years.”

Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in November last year, is the first sportsman (and, at 40, the youngest) to be bestowed with this honour.

“I would like to reiterate what I said a couple of months ago that this award I would like to dedicate to my mother and along with her all the mothers in India who sacrifice their wishes, aspirations for their children so that their dreams come true,” he said.

He also congratulated Prof. Rao for motivating youngsters to become scientists.

“I would like to congratulate Prof. C.N.R. Rao for the Bharat Ratna. He has been instrumental in motivating and inspiring the youth of India to become scientists. I wish him all
happiness and good health.”


Sachin Tendulkar Masterful by Peter Murray and Ashish Shukla

Interestingly, and to some controversially, the wording of the award had been amended.

Before 16 December 2012, the award was for “exceptional service towards advancement of Art, Literature and Science, and in recognition of public service of the highest order”. On that day, it was changed so that it could be awarded “in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour”.

By broadening the criteria to include “any field of human endeavour”, cynics argued that the policy was altered specifically to accommodate India’s greatest cricketer. Under the previous policy, he could not be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

But others have welcomed the change. And in view of his achievements and the joy and pride he has brought to the Indian people, who would deny him this honour?

Please visit our sport section for books on Sachin Tendulkar.


Books on Homeopathy

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new selection of books on homeopathy.   These books have been chosen with professionals, students and home practitioners in mind, and represent homeopathic writers both past and present, including Hahnemann, Kent, Clarke, Boericke, Tyler, Allen, Roberts, Close and Herschu.

Here you will be able to find repertories, materia medicas, and homeopathic books that specialise in all subjects from children and chakras to mental health and veterinary studies.

As well as books on homeopathy we have included a small selection of books on other complementary therapies such as ayurveda, acupunture, herbalism, reflexology, flower remedies and nutrition.

For the full list of the books that we stock on this subject, please click here.











Shalimar Books launches online shop

Shalimar Books is pleased to announce the launch of its online shop. Please browse our latest products, below.


Shalimar at London Radical Bookfair

The London Radical Bookfair, organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, is taking place at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, on Saturday 11th May, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Entry is free.

Shalimar Books is having a stand at the book fair, and would welcome the opportunity to meet you.

As well as bookstalls from booksellers and publishers, there are two award ceremonies – the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, and The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, and talks from shortlisted authors.

Food and drink available.  Do come!


Shalimar Books at London Book Fair

Anand Kumria will be representing Shalimar Books at the London Book Fair from 15th to 17th April. Anand can be contacted on the NCBA stand – N465 – where you will find the latest titles from Yoda Press, New Central Book Agency (NCBA), and other leading Indian publishers.

Also present at the book fair will be Melanie Swan, a freelance publishers’ representative who can be contacted at or through stand N465 at the fair. Melanie handles representation to the trade and institutions of the books distributed in the UK by Shalimar.

Through our network of suppliers in India, Shalimar can supply any Indian book in print, and Anand and Melanie will be happy to discuss any requirements you may have in this area. We look forward to meeting you.


New Books From India

We are pleased to announce a number of new books which we will be receiving later this month.  These are the latest publications from Three Essays Collective, Tulika Books, Women Unlimited and Yoda Press, all of whom we distribute in the UK.

To purchase any of these titles or for further information, please contact us.

Three EssaysThe Indian Ideology

Perry Anderson

Paper  9788188789924    £13.95

“Instead of writing off the unspeakable violence and egregious injustice in our society as aberrations in an otherwise successful model, Anderson points to serious structural flaws and the deep seated social prejudices of those who have administered the Indian State in the decades since Independence.  It is important to read this book seriously…” – Arundhati Roy            (Three Essays Collective)

A people's history of medicine  Three Essays CollectiveReason and Medicine: Art and Science of Healing from Antiquity to Modern Times

Daya Varma

Paper    9788188789832    £19.95

“… fascinating, full of rich insights into the history, science, political economy, cultural and social aspects of medicine.  It is a people’s history of medicine, and a refreshingly non-Eurocentric view of medical science.” – William Dere in Frontier.        (Three Essays Collective)

Three Essays CollectiveThe Underside of Things: India and the World – A Citizen’s Miscellany 2006-2011

Badri Raina

Paper    9788188789856    £30.00

These essays hold a mirror to the neo-liberal world we live in.  Focused on south Asia, the essays straddle the world of politics, ideology and history.  His subjects include Hindu nationalism, Kashmir, North East India, Pakistan, Nepal, the state of the Indian left and various resistance movements.    (Three Essays Collective)

Three Essays CollectiveMuslim Leadership and Women’s Education: Uttar Pradesh 1886-1947

Nasreen Ahmed

9788188789917 Hardback £17.95

This is a broad study of the efforts at modern education for Muslim women, especially with reference to the Aligarh Movement and the initiatives inspired by it in other parts of Uttar Pradesh. The role of Muslim leaders, both male and female, the nature of the problems they encountered and the manner in which they countered them is the major thrust of this study. In the process we are introduced to the major debates on women and education during the course of late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century.    (Three Essays)

Saleem Kidwai  First fiction title from YodaThe Mirror of Wonders and Other Tales

Rafiq Husain, translated from the Urdu by Saleem Kidwai

9789380403090    Paper    £9.95

Apart from being great stories, the book has a literary and historical importance since Rafiq Hussain wrote it in Urdu even before Ismat Chughtai and Manto.  The first fiction title from Yoda Press.

Reaching the Great Mughal: Francophone Travel Writing on India of the 17th and 18th Centuries

Vijaya Rao (ed)

9789380403199    Paper    £11.95

This bilingual edition in English and French compiles insightful studies on travel writing on India by Swiss and French travellers.  These accounts highlight significant observations on the economy, polity, technical know-how, social and cultural mores of India in the 17th and 18th centuries, and, more importantly, on the mobility of objects between India and Europe at the time.    (Yoda Press)

Pakistan Project: A Feminist Perspective on Nation and Identity

Rubina Saigol

Details to be announced

Pakistan’s contradictory, fractured and fragile national identity relies on specific notions of masculinity and femininity, reinforced through an ideology of militarism and religious fundamentalism.  The dissemination of this identity as analysed by the author calls into question the very basis of a national identity predicated on religion and the subordination of women.  (Women Unlimited)

Across the Crossfire: Women and Conflict in India

Pamela Philipose & Aditi Bishnol (ed)

Details to be announced

While the impact of conflict and violence in India is well recognised as being deeply destabilising, women for the most part are missing in the conflict discourse.  In an attempt to redress this lacuna, this book presents a series of news features illustrating a gamut of women’s experiences of conflict in India, as well as documenting instances of women’s courageous resistance.  (Women Unlimited)

Distant Traveller: New and Selected Fiction

Attia Hosain

Details to be announced

The accidental discovery of chapters from an unfinished novel and of unpublished stories, made the publication of this anthology an inevitability.  The distinctive quality of her prose – subtle, elegant, with an uncanny ear for dialogue and sharp, yet sympathetic observation, is displayed to stunning effect as she delineates the tension and pathos of lives and societies in transition.  (Women Unlimited)

Dates.Sites: Project Cinema City – Bombay/Mumbai

Madhusree Dutta

9788189487997    Paper    £39.95

Dates.Sites presents a timeline of the city of Bombay/Mumbai in the 20th century, anchored to its most adored public institution: cinema.

Post-Mauryan India – 200 BC – AD 300: A People’s History of India 6

Irfan Habib

9789382381112 Hardback £12.95

Deals with the five hundred years that, in the political sphere, are associated with the dominance of Indo-Greeks, Sakas, Kushans and Satavahanas. The volume also offers a detailed survey of the economy of the period, which saw important changes, in craft production as well as overseas trade. The information is based on fully updated material. There are seven maps and twenty-four illustrations, mainly reproductions of coins and sculpture.

Amiya Kumar Bagchi  Tulika BooksMoney & Credit in Indian History: From Early Medieval Times (3e)

Amiya Kumar Bagchi

9789382381129    Paper    £11.95

The essays in this volume specify the contexts in which apparently similar institutions of money and credit functioned in very different ways, and thus alert us to the infinite potential of human ingenuity. Further, they tell us something about the way the use of particular institutions has a perceptible influence on the evolution of the larger society.  (Tulika Reprint)

Shireen Moosvi  Tulika BooksCapitalism, Colonialism and Globalization: Studies in Economic Change (3e)

Shireen Moosvi (ed)

9789382381068    Paper    £11.95

The global crisis that broke out in 2008 raised for many fundamental questions about the present economic order. This collection of articles from authors who include some of India’s leading economic historians consists of studies in the growth of capitalism, the impact of colonialism, and the implications of the current phase of globalization for India and the world.  (Tulika Reprint)

Irfan Habib  Tulika BooksShared Heritage: The Growth of Civilizations in India and Iran (4e)

Irfan Habib (ed)

9789382381037    Paper    £12.95

This volume originated in papers presented at a panel on the historical relationships between India and Iran, organized under the auspices of the Aligarh Historians Society at the 62nd session of the Indian History Congress, Bhopal, 2001.  (Tulika Reprint)

Deepak Kumar  Tulika BooksDisease and Medicine in India: A Historical Overview (3e)

Deepak Kumar (ed)

9789382381051    Paper    £14.95


(Tulika Reprint)

confronting-colonialismConfronting Colonialism: Resistance and Modernization under Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan (3e)

Irfan Habib (ed)

9789382381044    Paper    £9.95

(Tulika Reprint)

on-socialismOn Socialism: Selections from Writings of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, V.I. Lenin, J.V. Stalin & Mao Zedong (3e)

Irfan Habib (ed)

9789382381105    Paper    £8.95

(Tulika Reprint)








Four Indian publishers and a distribution collective

Shalimar books stocks and distributes a large number of Indian publishers in the UK. We would like to focus on four which are doing essential work. Here they describe their aims:

Three Essays Collective focuses on works of scholarship, which touch upon issues of contemporary concern. They address a wide range of themes in history, politics, culture, education and media. South Asian themes predominate, but do not exhaust the scope of these publications. The endeavour is to familiarize readers with the current debates in their respective fields, while enlarging the field of enquiry.

Many of our books have interrogated sectarian conflict, religious fundamentalism and imperialism. While history remains an important theme, livelihood issues, especially those related to agricultural policies, have also found a place among our titles. We look forward to broadening our focus to include books on urban history and culture in the coming years.

Tulika Books is an independent publisher of scholarly and academic books in the humanities and social sciences, with a broad left and democratic perspective. Publishing since 1995, Tulika specializes in subject areas such as archaeology, architecture, art, critical theory, culture studies, development studies, economics, film studies, history, literary theory, politics, philosophy and sociology.

Women Unlimited, a non-profit trust, is an associate of Kali for Women, India’s first and oldest feminist press (established in 1984), which publishes scholarly and academic books in the social sciences; fiction; general interest non-fiction; autobiography and memoirs; books for young adults; pamphlets and monographs; and activist material.  They explore new issues, anticipate trends, develop new perspectives and offer the best of feminist scholarship, activist material and creative writing, in India and South Asia.

These three publishers are all partners of IPD Alternatives:-

The Independent Publishers’ Distribution Alternatives, or IPD Alternatives, is a partnership of eight independent Indian publishers, formed in response to the globalisation of publishing and its domination by a handful of conglomerates in the global North and West that has had a ripple effect on small and medium independent publishers everywhere. In India, liberalisation of the economy and foreign direct investment means indigenous publishers are being pushed to the margins by the entry of multinational corporate publishing houses.

IPD Alternatives is a collaborative marketing and distribution initiative, aimed at achieving the widest possible exposure and distribution of books published by independent publishers. It seeks to redress the lack of visibility of independent publishing in India by using both mainstream channels and alternative networks for the dissemination of these books. IPD Alternatives also seeks to promote independent publishing in India by developing new, alternative markets.

The fourth publisher in this profile is Yoda Press –

Yoda Press is an independent publishing venture based in New Delhi.  With a view to developing dynamic non-fiction lists, both academic as well as popular, this young venture is currently focusing its attention on areas like urban studies, sexuality and the body, gender, cinema, contemporary art and popular culture, and new perspectives in history.  In doing so, the larger Yoda Press list hopes to effectively capture the non-mainstream, alternative, yet critical reality of contemporary India.

Together, these publishers are providing a progressive voice on the many issues of concern in India today, and we are proud to be associated with them.