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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.

The Marwari Heritage by historian and writer Dr D K Taknet takes readers on a voyage of discovery of Marwaris who migrated from Rajputana, Haryana, Malwa and its adjoining regions to other parts of India. Meticulously researched over five years, the final product—a stunning pictorial book—comprises 511 pages with rich illustrations and rare photographs.


Alka Saraogi won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001 for her very first novel. Fourteen years later, she is out with her fifth novel—Jankidas Tejpal Mansion—set in Calcutta during the 1970s. In conversation with MARWAR, Saraogi talks about her protagonist’s need to protect his roots and identity, and her own desire to look for the extraordinary within the ordinary.