History of Mathematics

History of Mathematics
Do you know how mathematics came to be? Numbers, shapes, lines, equations: you either love them or you hate them; but do you know the story behind these? How did we go from lines on a piece of bark to million-row matrices that can only be processed by supercomputers? Mathematics is the foundation on which technology has been built and advanced over the years. The contributions to this growth have come from all over the world and India has been at the forefront of mathematical progress, with its discovery of zero and the modern number system. History of Mathematics brings to life this journey through the evolution of the art and science of Mathematics, both in India and the western world, with a fascinating blend of fact and anecdote.
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Requiem in Raga Janki

Requiem in Raga Janki

Allahabad, early twentieth century. The British rule across India, but Avadhi culture is thriving. In this city where singers, musicians and poets assemble, a star emerges. Janki Bai Ilahabadi enthrals listeners wherever she performs, and counts as her fans maharajas and maharanis, poets and judges, nawabs and government officials-everyone. She is Janki ‘Chhappan Chhuri’, Janki of the fifty-six knives-attacked in her youth, she survives miraculously. Brought up in a nautch house, she rises to become the queen of Allahabad, her voice taking her from penury to palaces and royal durbars.

Based on the real-life story of Hindustani singer Janki Bai Ilahabadi (1880-1934), Requiem in Raga Janki is the beautifully rendered tale of one of India’s unknown gems. Moving from Hindustani classical music’s earliest times to the age of the gramophone, from Tansen’s mysticism to Hassu Khan’s stringent opposition of recordings, this is a novel that brings to life a golden era of music through the eyes of a gifted performer.

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The Conqueror (The Thrilling Tale Of The King Who Mastered The Seas Rajendra Chola I)

The Conqueror (The Thrilling Tale Of The King Who Mastered The Seas Rajendra Chola I)
Kingdoms are built by men. Legacies are built by emperors. It is 1025 ad. The mighty chola empire that controls much of southern bharatvarsha is helmed by emperor rajendra chola i – a man as enigmatic as his kingdom is renowned. Known for his might and vision, he has now set his sights upon the southern seas, governed by the powerful srivijaya empire. But his victories also bring forth stories of those affected by his ambition. Of an unnamed princess forced to fend for herself among enemies after everything she has ever known is destroyed by the ravaging chola forces. Of maharaja sangrama, captive in an alien land, who is torn between his enmity tempered by an unusual friendship with the elusive rajendra chola and his fierce determination to return to his kingdom. Told through the eyes of a prisoner of war and a princess without a kingdom, the conqueror is a magnificent narrative – of war and conquest, of loss and death, of kingship and legacy.
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The Valley of the Fallen (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

The Valley of the Fallen (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Acclaimed translator Edith Grossman brings to English-language readers Rojas’s imaginative vision of Francisco de Goya and the reverberations of his art in Fascist Spain This historical novel by one of Spain’s most celebrated authors weaves a tale of disparate time periods: the early years of the nineteenth century, when Francisco de Goya was at the height of his artistic career, and the final years of Generalissimo Franco’s Fascist rule in the 1970s. Rojas re-creates the nineteenth-century corridors of power and portrays the relationship between Goya and King Fernando VII, a despot bent on establishing a cruel regime after Spain’s War of Independence. Goya obliges the king’s request for a portrait, but his depiction not only fails to flatter but reflects a terrible darkness and grotesqueness. More than a century later, transcending conventional time, Goya observes Franco’s body lying in state and experiences again a dark and monstrous despair. Rojas’s work is a dazzling tour de force, a unique combination of narrative invention and art historical expertise that only he could have brought to the page.
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The Conqueror (The Thrilling Tale Of The King Who Mastered The Seas Rajendra Chola I)

The Conqueror (The Thrilling Tale Of The King Who Mastered The Seas Rajendra Chola I)
Kingdoms are built by men. Legacies are built by emperors. It is 1025 ad. The mighty chola empire that controls much of southern bharatvarsha is helmed by emperor rajendra chola i – a man as enigmatic as his kingdom is renowned. Known for his might and vision, he has now set his sights upon the southern seas, governed by the powerful srivijaya empire. But his victories also bring forth stories of those affected by his ambition. Of an unnamed princess forced to fend for herself among enemies after everything she has ever known is destroyed by the ravaging chola forces. Of maharaja sangrama, captive in an alien land, who is torn between his enmity tempered by an unusual friendship with the elusive rajendra chola and his fierce determination to return to his kingdom. Told through the eyes of a prisoner of war and a princess without a kingdom, the conqueror is a magnificent narrative – of war and conquest, of loss and death, of kingship and legacy.
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Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha

Little Sid: The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha

In this charming and accessible picture book, Ian Lendler and Xanthe Bouma offer a heart-warming account of the childhood of the Buddha.

A spoiled young prince, Siddhartha got everything he ever asked for, until he asked for what couldn’t be given­―happiness.

Join Little Sid as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and one very annoying mouse.

With Lendler’s delightful prose and Bouma’s lyrical artwork, Little Sid weaves traditional Buddhist fables into a classic new tale of mindfulness, the meaning of life, and an awakening that is as profound today as it was 2,500 years ago.

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