Pavan K Varma is a writer-diplomat and was conferred the Druk Thuksey, while serving as India’s ambassador to Bhutan. He has authored over a dozen books, including Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker, The Great Indian Middle Class, Maximize Your Life, Krishna: The Playful Divine, Being Indian: The Truth About Why the 21st Century Will Be India’s, Becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity, Chanakya’s New Manifesto to Resolve the Crisis within India and The New Indian Middle Class. He is the Advisor (Culture) to the Chief Minister of Bihar, with the rank of Cabinet Minister.
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Set in contemporary India and in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, When Loss Is Gain, is a powerful story dealing with life and death, loss and gain, happiness and fulfilment, the physical and the spiritual, the rational and the inexplicable, and the perennial dialogue between dukkha or sorrow, the key word in Buddhism, and ananda or joy, which animates most of Hindu philosophy.
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Publisher (Marathi): Ameya Prakashan
Publisher (Punjabi): Unistar Books
Publisher (Tamil): New Horizon Media
Rights: Indian language rights available (excluding translation rights for Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil)
In this book, Pavan Varma looks at the consequence of Empire on the Indian psyche. Drawing upon modern Indian history, contemporary events as well as personal experience, he examines how and why the legacies of colonialism persist in our everyday life, affecting our language, politics, creative expression and self-image. For all our bravado as an emerging superpower, we remain unnaturally sensitive to both criticism and praise from the Anglo-Saxon world and hunger for its approval. With passion, insight and Impeccable logic, Pavan Varma shows why India, and other formerly subject nations, can never truly be free – and certainly not in any position to assume global leadership – unless they reclaim their cultural identity.
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)
What is Brahman? What is its relationship to Atman? What is an individual’s place in the cosmos? Is a personalised god and ritualistic worship the only path to attain moksha? Does caste matter when a human is engaging with the metaphysical world? The answers to these perennial questions sparkle with clarity in this seminal account of a man and a saint, who revived Hinduism and gave to Upanishadic insights a rigorously structured and sublimely appealing philosophy.
Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya (788–820 CE) was born in Kerala and died in Kedarnath, traversing the length of India in his search for the ultimate truth. In a short life of thirty-two years, Shankaracharya not only revived Hinduism, but also created the organisational structure for its perpetuation through the mathas he established in Sringeri, Dwaraka, Puri and Joshimatha.
Adi Shankaracharaya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker is a meticulously researched and comprehensive account of his life and philosophy. Highly readable, and including a select anthology of Shankaracharya’s seminal writing, the book also examines the startling endorsement that contemporary science is giving to his ideas today. A must read for people across the ideological spectrum, this book reminds readers about the remarkable philosophical underpinning of Hinduism, making it one of the most vibrant religions in the world.