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An abandoned village, a lost tribe, a scheming minister and his unhappy wife—The Legend of Kuldhara, by Malathi Ramachandran, is a tale lost in time. Set in the gleaming deserts of Rajasthan, this historical novel interweaves three parallel tales to create a beautifully patterned story, just like a carpet that would have adorned the courts of the Rawals, the family that ruled Jaisalmer for centuries.

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The book respects the intelligence of children, encouraging them to dive right into the complex nature of the story with its twists and turns.

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Giles Tillotson and Mrinalini Venkateswaran, the editors of Painting & Photography at the Jaipur Court, take readers on an artistic journey spanning two centuries in this coffee-table book, the fourth in a series of well-researched publications showcasing the collections at Jaipur’s Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.

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In ‘Jaipur Quilts’, Krystyna Holmstrom transports the reader to the quaint
by-lanes of the Pink City, offering a glimpse at the genesis of Jaipur’s quilts and the art of quilt making.

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Since time immemorial, Rajasthan has been synonymous with rich heritage, traditions and colourful festivities. Vibhuti Sachdev outlines the various rituals and practices and how they continue to be an integral part of Jaipur and its people in her coffee-table book Festivals At The Jaipur Court.

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Vikaas Gutgutia’s Soulebration, a hardback featuring a beautiful array of wedding decor concepts, will leave you spellbound. Ferns n Petals, the event company, uses flowers to create elaborate sets of splendour and their professional expertise has been captured in this coffee-table book. The reader is left with no doubt that when it comes to wedding designs, FNP is among the very best in the country.

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An expert in the field of arms and armour, Dr Robert Elgood, the author of Arms and Armour at the Jaipur Court, brings us a taste of royal warfare through photographs and extensive research on a large number of arms on display at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum in Jaipur, in his brilliantly-illustrated coffee-table book.

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Significant observations on the journey of a marriage and an adoring portrayal of an extraordinary woman make She & Me, Padma Shri Bhavarlal H Jain’s memoir of his devoted wife Kantabai, a remarkable read.

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As wildlife enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or quite simply, a creature of nature, how much can one truly claim to know of the world of the wild? In Sariska: The Tiger Reserve Roars Again, Sunayan Sharma, the author and field director of the reserve delivers a brave insight into the lives of these majestic creatures, rescued from the fringes of extinction due to poaching, and the wildlife warriors who made it happen.

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Breaking free from stereotypes surrounding baniyas, Nikhil Inamdar’s book highlights the community’s ability to adapt to changes.

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