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9 flamin’ hot and spicy recipe book recommendations ?

Looking for a mouthwatering meal to celebrate International Hot and Spicy Food Day? We’ve curated just the perfect recipe book recommendations for you that will make you want to cook your heart out! Pick up your favourite one from the list – they’re sure to tingle your taste buds.

On the Pickle Trail by Monish Gujral

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On the Pickle Trail||Monish Gujral

In this book, Monish Gujral brings together a collection of 100 pickles to start you on your journey of pickling. These recipes are not only simple and easy to make, each also has health benefits. From the Italian Giardiniera (pickled vegetables) to the Israeli Torshi Left (white turnip pickle), from the Gari (Japanese ginger pickle) to the Cebollas Encurtidas (pickled onions from Ecuador), this book is a treasure trove of some of the best pickles from around the world. Start your lip-smacking journey today!

Degh to Dastarkhwan by Tarana Husain Khan

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Degh to Dastarkhwan || Tarana Husain Khan

Originally indifferent eater and cook, Tarana Husain Khan, stumbled upon a nineteenth-century Persian cookbook at Rampur’s renowned Raza Library, that instantaneously set her on a voyage into the history of Rampur cuisine and the legends surrounding it. 

Degh to Dastarkhwan revolves around the question of what truly sets Rampur’s cuisine apart from others. Each chapter is a metaphor for a sentiment, a festival. The variety of Rampuri cuisine, from the lavish royal cuisine to the straightforward everyday meal, lays the groundwork for the expression of love, sorrow, healing, and spirituality. 


The Rana Cookbook by Rohini Rana

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The Rana Cookbook || Rohini Rana

The elegant palaces of Nepal were not only renowned for their glitz and architecture but their lavish feasts as well. Only the palace cooks were fortunate enough to have acquired these delicious recipes. For the first time ever, the doors to the palace kitchens are opened in this gorgeous book, giving us a look into the delectable royal cuisine.

Rohini Rana has compiled and documented the dishes that are cherished by each Rana prime minister’s family in this phenomenal book. This premium, exquisitely designed cookbook tries to preserve these recipes for future generations by showcasing delicious meals from the palaces.


This Handmade Life by Nandita Iyer

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This Handmade Life || Nandita Iyer

This Handmade Life is all about discovering your passion and mastering it. Divided into seven sections on baking, fermenting, self-care, kitchen gardening, soap-making, spices, and needlework, encourages us to take our time and engage in straightforward hobbies that bring us pure delight.

The book is about hands-on activities that can be contemplative and restorative for the body, mind, and spirit. It is written in Iyer’s trademark lyrical and approachable style. Iyer has succeeded in serving up a book that is inspirational and motivational at a time when both are in short supply by taking the reader through a variety of personal and transforming interests.


What’s Cooking in India?

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What’s Cooking In India?

The books On the Kebab Trail and On the Dessert Trail by Monish Gujral are ideal for anyone who wants to explore the world through food! With over a hundred Kashmiri recipes, P. Krishna Dar’s Kashmiri Cooking is a gorgeously illustrated edition of a well-known classic. Highway on My Plate: The Indian Guide to Roadside Eating by Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma is a must-have travel companion!


The Essential Sindhi Cookbook by Reejhsinghani Aroona

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The Essential Sindhi Cookbook || Aroona Reejhsinghani

The Sindhi community may trace its origins back to the Harappan civilization and claims a unique continuity of tradition and lifestyle in the Indian subcontinent. Cuisine, as explained in the opening to this book, is a crucial component of this continuity. While Sindhi cuisine has absorbed components from other cuisines, particularly Mughlai and Punjabi, it has always maintained its own distinct blend of flavours and scents. The answers to all questions relating to the preparation and serving of Sindhi food are all here in this comprehensive guide to a distinctive culture.


The Essential Delhi Cookbook by Priti Narain

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The Essential Delhi Cookbook || Priti Narain

The Penguin Essential Cookbooks are a pioneering endeavour to preserve the art of traditional Indian cooking. Each book is prepared by a skilled chef who combines regional or community-specific recipes with a lengthy introduction that details the rituals and customs associated with eating and presenting food. Recipes in the Essential Delhi Cookbook are gathered from the various communities that have made Delhi their home, including the Khatris and Kayasths, as well as Mughlai and Punjabi foods. Raan, Bheja, Methi Dal ki Pakori, Muthanjan Pulao, Mathri, Papri, Chaat, and Sharbat-e-Ghulab are among the recipes.


The Essential North-East Cookbook by Hoihnu Hauzel

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The Essential North – East Cookbook || Hoihnu Hauzel

If there is one section of our country that has yet to be explored, it is the North East, at least in terms of its food. Those who live in or have visited the seven sister states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura will tell you that the North East’s chefs produce an incredible variety of cuisines that combine tradition and innovation in surprising ways.


The Essential Andhra Cookbook by Bilkees Latif

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The Essential Andhra Cookbook || Bilkees Latif


Enjoy the enticing flavours of Andhra cuisine. While Hyderabadi cuisine is well-known for its distinct Mughlai flavour, food from other parts of Andhra, one of India’s largest and most culturally varied states, is relatively obscure. The author brings together for the first time the various tastes of Andhra cooking, from the simple idli-sambar to spicy seafood specialties, in this contribution to the Penguin series on Indian food and customs.

How to convert an idea into a venture; Become A Junior Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are bringing education online, connecting families at the touch of a button and revolutionizing the shopping experience-in short, they’re changing the way we live.

Following the success of Become a Junior Inventor, Vrunda Bansode gives every kid a hands-on crash course in entrepreneurship in her new book, Become a Junior Entrepreneur. Here is a checklist on how you can convert an idea into a venture, from the book.

Think of all the things that you can build on to develop your business as an entrepreneur and note them down. Right now, do not think of constraints. Just think of all that you would like to do. Innovate. Invent. Dream big! Now comes the reality check. Let us think of what you can actually work towards and have a good chance of succeeding at. How does one figure that out? Try to answer these questions for each of the businesses you have listed:

  • Do I myself have the skill of making this product or delivering this service?

(Hint: If you want to start a baking business but do not know how to bake, the answer would be No. If you want to start a web design service and are good at using design softwares yourself, your answer is Yes.)

  • Do I know who might be the customers for my business and can I reach them easily?

(Hint: If you are developing a book-trading app and know that many of your friends will use the service, your answer is Yes. But let’s say you are considering starting a garden clean-up service and don’t have any houses with gardens around you, the answer is No.)

  • Do many people need this product or service?

(Hint: Everybody needs and buys toothbrushes regularly, so the market is large. But not everyone needs dental braces, so the market is much smaller.)

  • Roughly how much money is needed to start this business and will I be able to get it through my savings, allowances and borrowings from family and friends?
  • Can I start working towards this right away – at least within a few months?

For any idea that you end up with more No-s than Yes-es, mark it as a passion to be pursued later. Where your Yes-es are more than the No-s, get going! If you have a Yes for all five questions, that’s a great place to start. But if you had to scrap all of your ideas, don’t be hassled. Just start again or see if you can modify an idea you like even a little until you get all five Yes-es.

Another great way to start is to team up with your friends. You will have more helping hands and great ideas on board, and there’s nothing wrong with having a little bit of fun on the side. Many great start-ups started with a team of founders rather than a single founder.

If it is not just you, but you and a group of friends who want to start a business together, then do the above as a group exercise. The group together will then have the skill of ideation, knowledge, access to prospective customers and the ability to get the money or seed capital—as it is called in the business world—to start your new business.

From sifting through ideas to running a business, Become a Junior Entrepreneur accompanies the reader through every stage of turning a nascent dream into a commercially viable start-up.


Re-opened bookstores in India to get your next read from!

Books have become our closest companions and sources of comfort (and often, refuge from the world) in these times. However, readers around the country have been affected by the closure of bookstores.

We are happy to see that some of our book stores are back, within the required social distancing norms of course.

As we collectively follow the developments, we thought to compile a list of returning bookshops to help further with your quarantine reading.  We would strongly suggest getting in touch with the bookstores for more up-to-date information on their pickup/delivery processes, given the dynamic situation.

A Note Before You Scroll Further

Since times are still uncertain and safety is paramount, we would request all our readers to continue following strict social distancing measures, whether you are going to the bookstores or getting deliveries. Avoid human contact as much as possible. Have all your details handy to ensure a faster process.

If you are going to the store, wear a mask and preferably carry a sanitizer with you. If you are getting a delivery – consider asking the delivery staff to put the package on your doorstep and stepping back while you pick it up. Try to make contactless payments as much as possible. Also do consider offering to sanitize their hands.

As storytellers and publishers, we would like to send out an earnest request to support these bookstores wherever and however you can.

As aversive as we need to be to physical contact these days, do ensure that you are not being dismissive towards staff and/or customers. There is also a fair chance of limitations and constraints for many of these bookshops, depending on circumstances and staff availability; we would urge everyone to be accommodating of those. Above all – a smile and a thank you are still very much needed in this world!


Midland Book Shop, (Hauz Khas and South Extension)

1100 AM to 630 PM (Hauz Khas)Home Delivery/
1100 AM to 630 PM (South Extension)Home Delivery/


Faqir Chand & Sons, Khan Market

1000 AM to 630


Amrit Book Company, Connaught Place

1000 AM to 600 PMVisits only011-23317331·


Bahrison Booksellers (Saket and Khan Market)

1030 AM to 500 PM (Khan Market)Home Delivery/
1030 AM to 500 PM(Bahrisons Kids)Home Delivery/
930 AM to 500 PM (Saket)Home Delivery/


Oxford Bookstores, Connaught Place

1000 AM to 600


The Bookshop, Jor Bagh

1100 AM to 500 PMHome Delivery/


Teksons Book Shop, South Extension

1100 AM to 500


Vandana Book Shop, Hauz Khas

1000 AM to 630


Jain Book Depot, Connaught Place

1000 AM to 600 PMVisit8929107101


Jain Book Agency, Connaught Place

1000 AM to 600



Bahrisons Booksellers, Galleria

1000 AM to 400 PMHome Delivery/


KoolSkool, Qutub Plaza

1000 AM to 600 PMHome Delivery/


New Midland Bookshop, Gurugram 

1100 AM to 630 PMHome Delivery/


Anamika Trading Co., Panchkula

1030 AM to 500 PMVisit0172-2579143




Granth The Book, Kolhapur

10:00 AM To 05:00 PMHome Delivery/Visit8975766682


Mehta Book Shop, Kolhapur

10:00 AM To 05:00 PMHome Delivery/Visit9823015319


Title Waves, Bandra

10:00 AM To 03:00 PMHome Delivery/


Happy Book Stall, Bandra

10:00 AM To 02:00 PMHome Delivery/


Kitab Khana, Fort

11:00 TO TO 5: 00 PMHome Delivery/


Granth The Book Shop, Juhu

11:00 T0


Venus Book Centre, Nagpur

11:00 AM To 03:00 PMHome Delivery/Visit7773952341


City Book Shop, Nagpur

11:00 AM To 03:00 PMHome Delivery/


Western Book Depot, Nagpur

11:00 AM To 03:00 PMHome Delivery/Visit9823162383


Grand Book Bazaar, Nashik

11:00 AM To 03:00 PMHome Delivery/Visit9890083155


Crossword, Aundh

11:00 AM To 06:00 PMHome Delivery/


Solanki Book Seller, Pune

11:00 AM To 06:00 PMHome Delivery/


Rohit Enterprises, Pune

11:00 AM To 05:30 PMHome Delivery/


Pagdandi, Baner

11:00 AM To 05:30 PMHome Delivery/



Book Lovers Retreat, Amritsar

1000 AM to 600 PMVisit0183-2545666


Books Punch, Amritsar

1000 AM to 600 PMHome Delivery/


Capital Book Depot, Chandigarh

1030 AM to 600 PMHome Delivery/


English Book Shop, Chandigarh

1100 AM to 630


The Browser, Chandigarh

10:00AM to 6:00PMHome Delivery/


Omsul, Chandigarh

1000 AM to 600 


Pal Book Depot, Ludhiana

1100 AM to 400 PMVisit9814178314


Reader Paradise, Patiala

830 AM to 630 PMHome Delivery/



Himanshu Book Company, Ahmedabad

10:00 AM To 5:00


Crossword Book Store, Mithakali

10:00 AM To 5:00


Astha Books, Ahmedabad

10:00 AM To 5:00


Book India, Ahmedabad

10:00 AM To 5:00


Toycra, Ahmedabad

10:00 AM To 04:00 PMHome Delivery/Visit096389


Alpha Book Shop, Ahmedabad

10:00 AM To 4:00


Natraj Book Shop, Ahmedabad

10:00 AM To 4:00


Hasu Traders, Ahmedabad

11:00 AM To 4:00 PMHome Delivery/


Book Plaza, Ahmedabad

08:30 AM To 02:30 PMHome Delivery/


Sanskar Books, Ahmedabad

09:30 AM To 04:00 PMHome Delivery/


Ashok Prakashan, Ahmedabad

10:00 AM To 7:00


Ajay Book Stall, Anand

08:00 AM To 6:00 PMHome Delivery/


Crossword Book Store, Surat

08:00 AM To 04:00


Pages Book Centre, Vadodara

09:30 AM To 6:00 PMHome


Maneesh Book Shop, Vadodara

10:00 AM To 6:00


Baroda Book Corporation, Vadodara

10:00 AM To 6:00


Crossword Book Store (Inorbit Mall), Vadodara

10:00 PM TO 7:00


Crossword Book Store, Vadodara

9:30 TO 7:00


You And Book World, Rajkot

11:00 AM TO 7:00


Chirag Book Distributors, Vadodara

10:00 AM To 7:00


Uttar Pradesh

Unviersal Book Company Allahabad

1000 AM to 600 PMVisit8874599611


Universal Book Distributing Company, Lucknow

930 AM to 530


Universal Book Sellers, Lucknow

930 AM to 530


Scholar Shopee, Lucknow

1030 AM to 530


Universal Book Company, Varanasi

1100 AM to 400 



Kaul Kraft, Jaipur

1100 AM to 500


Crossword Book Store, Jaipur

11:00 AM To 06:00 PMHome Delivery/


Rajat Book Corner, Jaipur

1100 AM to 400 PMHome Delivery/



DC Books (Banerji Road, Convent Jn, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Tiruvalla)

 Unsure  (Banerji Road)Home Delivery/
 Unsure (Convent Jn)Home Delivery/
9.30 AM TO 7 PM (Kottayam)Home Delivery/
9.30 AM TO 7 PM


Home Delivery/
10 AM TO 7 PM  (Tiruvalla)Home Delivery/


Mathrubhumi Books (Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Trichur)

10 AM TO 7 PM (Kochi)Home Delivery/
10 AM TO 7 PM (Kozhikode)Home Delivery/
10 AM TO 7 PM
Home Delivery/
10 AM TO 7 PM (Trichur)Home Delivery/


Modern Book Centre, Thiruvananthapuram

9.30 AM TO 7 PMHome Delivery/


TBS (Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram)

10 AM TO 7 PM (Kozhikode)Home Delivery/Visit0495-2721025‘’
9.30 AM TO 7 PM
Home Delivery/


H& C Books (Kochi, Kollam)

9.30 AM TO 7 PM (Kochi)
10 AM TO 7 PM (Kollam)


Crossword, Kochi

10 AM TO 7


Kochi Books, Kochi

10 AM TO 7 PMHome Delivery/


Calicut Books, Kozhikode

10 AM TO 7


Cosmo Books, Trichur

10 AM TO 7


Green Books, Trichur

10 AM TO 7



Gangarams (Domlur, Church Street), Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PM (Domlur)Home Delivery/Visit98806
10.00 – 6.00 PM (Church Street)Home Delivery/Visit97414


The Bookworm, Church Street, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit98450


Goobe’s Book Store, Church Street, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit99450


Higginbothams, MG Road, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit96202


Blossom Book House, Church Street, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit94482


Landmark, Forum Mall, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit080 4240


Crossword (Forum Value Mall, JP Nagar, White Field, Banerghatta, Mantri Mall), Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PM

(Forum Value Mall)

Home Delivery/
10.00 – 6.00 PM

(JP Nagar)

Home Delivery/Visit78921
10.00 – 6.00 PM

(White Field)

Home Delivery/Visit90085 64647 / 82176
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit86189 57558
10.00 – 6.00 PM

(Mantri Mall)

Home Delivery/Visit96867


Nagasri Book House, Jayangar, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit98459


Sri Book World, Gandhibazaar, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit 080 2662


Tata Book House, IISC, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit98451


Bookstop , Koramangala

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit99868


Tata Book House, IISC

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit98451


Paperback Inc, Kamanahalli, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit99000


The Bookhive, Vijaynagar, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit95354


Sapna Books House (Gandhinagar, Sadashivnagar, Jayanagar, Indiranagar, Koramangala, Residency Road, Royal Meenakshi Mall, Elements Mall, RMZ Mall), Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PM
Home Delivery/Visit080 – 4011
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit080 – 4123 6271 / 2344
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit080 – 4906
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit080 – 4045
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit080 – 4083
10.00 – 6.00 PM

(Residency Road)

Home Delivery/Visit080 – 4916
10.00 – 6.00 PM

(Royal Meenakshi Mall)

Home Delivery/Visit080 – 4256
10.00 – 6.00 PM

(Elements Mall)

Home Delivery/Visit080 – 6729
10.00 – 6.00 PM

(RMZ Mall)

Home Delivery/Visit9606014561 |


Lightroom Bookstore, Cook Town, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit98806


Kids 2Day, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit95355


Atta Galatta Bookstore, Koramangala, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit080 4160


OM Book Store, Phoenix Mall, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit 94818


Buzzword, Sahkarnagar

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit95381


Walking BookFairs, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit70081


Ameya Law Agency, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PM98441


Aakruti Books, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PM98866 94580


Champaca, Cunningham Road, Bengaluru

10.00 – 6.00 PMHome Delivery/Visit99165


Sapna Book House (P) Ltd (Belgaum, Hubli, Kalburgi, Mangalore, Mysore)

10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit0831 – 425
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit0836 – 424
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit08472 – 275599 /
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit0824 – 423
10.00 – 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit0821 – 400
Andhra Pradesh

Ashok Book Centre, Vijyawada

9:30 a.m to 6:00 p.mHome Delivery/Visit0866 247


Pages Book Shop, Vizag               

8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.mHome Delivery/Visit089125


Jyoti Book Depot, Vizag               

8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.mHome Delivery/Visit0891 664



The Dogears Bookshop, Madgoan

11:00 AM To 06:00 PMHome Delivery/


Literati, Calangute

11:00 AM To 06:00


Crossword Bookstores, Panjim

11:00 AM To 06:00 PMHome Delivery/


The Golden Heart Emporium, Madgoan

11:00 AM To 06:00 PMHome Delivery/


Singball, Panjim

11:00 AM To 06:00


Broadway Book Centre, Panjim

11:00 AM To 06:00 PMHome Delivery/Visit9823866755

Papyrus – Books & Beyond, Panbazar, Guwahati

10 am – 5 pmVisits0361 – 2730693


Western Book Depot,  Panbazar, Guwahati

10 am – 5 pmVisits0361 2543228


United Publishers, Panbazar, Guwahati                               

10 am – 5 pmVisits9864068121


Unique Books, Panbazar, Guwahati

10 am – 5 pmVists7002613685


Eastern Book House, Panbazar, Guwahati

10 am – 5 pmVisits9435549012


Not Just Book, G. S. Road

10 am – 5 pmVisits9859597378


Lawyers Book Stall, Panbazar, Guwahati

10 am – 5 pmHome Delivery/Visit99571 87355

Ukiyo Bookstore, Sega Road

8 am – 2 pmHome Delivery/Visit9899239448

Jain Bookshop, Thangal Bazar

8 am – 2 pmHome Delivery/Visit9856031157

Crossword, Porter Lane, NH-29

10 am – 4 pmVisits8014702477



Rachna Books, Development Area, Gangtok

10 am – 5 pmVisits9733102304


Good Books, M.G Road, Gangtok

10 am – 5 pmVisits9434153393


Jain Co. (Bookshop), Gangtok

10 am – 5 pmVisits9434126801

Himalaya Book World, Punjagutta

9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.mVisits040


Himalaya Book World, Secunderabad

9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.mVisits040


Central Book Shop, Ameerpet

9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.mHome Delivery/Visit040


Central Book Shop (Ameerpet and ABIDS)

9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m (Ameerpret)Home Delivery/Visit040
9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m (ABIDS)Home Delivery/Visit040


M R Book Centre, Begumpet

9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.mVisits088853


Book Selection Centre, Secunderabad

9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.mVisits040 2344


Akshara Books, Hyderabad

Tamil Nadu

Odyssey (Adyar and Thiruvanmiyur), Chennai

10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m (Adyar)Home Delivery/Visit044
10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m (Thiruvanmiyur)Home Delivery/Visit044


Higginbothams (Mount Road, Airport Store, Pondichery, and Trichy), Chennai

10:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m (Mount Road)Home Delivery/
10:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m (Pondichery)Home Delivery/Visit0413 233
10:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m (Trichy)Home Delivery/Visit0431 276


Words n Worths, Besant Nagar, Chennai

10:30 a.m to 6:00 p.mVists044 2446


Sapna Book House (P) Ltd, (Coimbatore and Erode)

10.00 to 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit0422 – 462 9999 / 97877 55858 /
10.00 to 6.00 PM


Home Delivery/Visit63666 99982 / 83 /


Turning Point, Madurai

9:30 a.m to 7:00 p.mHome Delivery/Visit097898


Focus Bookshop Pondichery Pondichery

9:30 a.m to 7:00 p.mVisits0413

English Book Depot, Dehradun

830 AM to 330 PMHome Delivery/Visit0135-2655192


Book World, Dehradun

830 AM to 330 PMHome Delivery/


Natraj Publishers, Dehradun

830 AM to 330


Saluja Book House, Dehradun

830 AM to 330


Cambirdge Book Depot, Mussoorie

1000 AM to 530


The Charleville Bookstore & Café, Mussoorie

1000 AM to 530


West Bengal

Indiana, College Street, Kolkata

12.00 till


Oneworld Books College Street, Kolkata

12.00 till


Story Elgin Road, Kolkata

10.00 till 4pmHome Delivery/


Storyteller Picnic Garden (Near VIP Bazar), Kolkata

10 am – 5 pmHome Delivery/


Oxford Park Street, Kolkata

12.00 till 4.00pmHome Delivery/



Walking Book Fairs, Bhubhaneswar

10 am – 5 pmHome Delivery/


Padmalaya Janpath , Unit III, Bhubaneswar

10 am – 5 pmVisits0674 2396922


Modern Book Depot Unit III, Master Canteen, Bhubaneswar

10 am – 5 pmVisit0674 2534373


Kitab Mahal, College Square, Cuttack

9 am – 5 pmWalk0671 2547882


A K Mishra Agencies, Roxy Lane, Cuttack

9 am – 5 pmVisit0361 2332233


Here’s Team Penguin wishing you safety, health, and wellbeing. We hope the returning smell of books and bookshelves will help with the quarantine blues.

Happy reading and stay safe!

A green-skinned zombie limping toward us…what happens next?

Karma Tandin is a Monster Hunter.

All his life, Karma has defended his village from monsters and creatures and forces of Darkness. He’s not the bravest or the smartest kid, but he always tries to do what’s right. When one of his classmates shows up to school as a Zombie, Karma knows that he must stop him. After all, no one else can. But is this Zombie really bad? Is he dangerous, or is he just under the thrall of some horrible spell? Karma and his friends must work together to solve this mystery, discover the magical secrets of their town, and hope they find the answers before they too become victims of the undead.


Read below an excerpt from the book:


Life is totally  normal now
Last month, I defeated a shark monster. The week after, I was attacked by possessed trees. The week after that, I may have gotten into a very short, very embarrassing fist-fight with a vampire potato (don’t ask).
I’m a twelve-year-old monster hunter. It sounds cool, but it’s a lot of work.
See, my whole life has been a never-ending series of monster attacks. I live in a tiny valley in Bhutan, so I really shouldn’t have a monster problem. I should just hang out, practise some archery with my friends, and maybe do some chores. You know, normal stuff.
Instead, I’m constantly looking for horrible creatures. For some reason, I’m like a monster magnet. They find me. I fight them. I usually win, but sometimes I get hurt. Well, usually I get hurt. My arm is still sore from that potato attack (again, don’t ask).
It’s not the perfect situation. My mom is always freaking out, and my grades aren’t great. But I kind of like it, too. I like saving people. If I’m the only person who can protect my classmates from vegetables with teeth, then why not? It’s my duty.
I just wish that I could have a more normal life, sometimes. I wish I could have a monster-free holiday somewhere nice and boring. Like the dentist’s office. Last month, I’d stopped a shark monster from eating my classmates. She was the school librarian. She even wore a fake human head on top of her shark head. I’d scared her off thanks to my bravery (and dumb luck), but not before she (I think) ate one of my classmates.
His name was Tenzin, and he was the school bully. I didn’t like him too much, but that didn’t mean he deserved to get eaten. It was awful. Now, things were finally getting back to normal. I felt good. Spring was coming fast, the weather was warming up, and I hadn’t seen any monsters in days. Everything felt nice and safe and dentist-office boring.
As always, I walked to school with my best friend Chimmi. Our school was on the side of a mountain, so we took the shortcut—the hidden trail along the edge of a stream. It had some nice views of Jakar Town below.
Of course, neither of us was enjoying the view. Chimmi was staring at me again, trying to figure out what I was thinking about. And I was squeezing my face really tight, trying to hide the fact that I was thinking about Dawa again.
‘You’re thinking about Dawa again,’ he said.
I guess I didn’t squeeze my face tight enough.
‘No,’ I lied. ‘I was thinking about . . . mummies.’ Out of all the monsters I’ve had to fight, I’d never encountered any mummies.
Give it time, though.
‘How is she?’ he asked.
‘Dawa? What do you mean? Is she okay? I haven’t seen her?’ I said in one breath. For a moment, I was worried that she’d been captured by a troll and no one had bothered to tell me.
‘Um, I’m just asking,’ Chimmi said.
‘Oh. Yeah. She’s good.’
Dawa was my other best friend. She was the coolest kid in school, and I really, really liked her. She didn’t like it when I fought monsters, because she didn’t want to see me get hurt. During times like these—normal, boring times—she was always really happy.
I thought about Dawa a lot. Chimmi elbowed me in the side. ‘Stop thinking about her,’ he said. ‘I’m not!’ I said. ‘You’re dumb,’ he said. This was a typical Chimmi/ Karma conversation. I couldn’t help but smile, not because my friend called me dumb (I’m not), but because I wasn’t worried about anything. After all the craziness of the last month, I wasn’t thinking about shark monsters or vampires or any of that. I was thinking about school, and friends, and maybe-kinda-sorta having a crush.
It was all so normal. And I needed that. I needed normal. Of course, that happy-normal feeling lasted for about ten seconds before I saw a green-skinned zombie limping toward us.
Well, crap.


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