We've got new books!

They're out! Here're a list of Katha's latest releases: Adult Fiction, Yuva Katha or Young Adult Fiction, Books for Children, Academic Titles, Poetry, Biographies ... you name it, we have it. Check out our new releases section to see what's hit the bookracks.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

For the love of a cat

For the love of a cat

Rosalind Wilson | Art by Wen Hsu

2010, pp. 32,

8.5"X11", ISBN 978-81-89934-51-4 [eng] HB | Rs 350

ISBN 978-81-89934-50-7 [eng] PB,

ISBN 978-81-89934-52-1 [hindi] HB,

Rs 250 | World Rights: KATHA

A painter loves his cat as much as he loves painting. But when the starving

artist is commissioned to paint a picture of the Buddha, he must choose

between his art and the love for his pet…

Buy now and marvel at this collector’s item for the young.

Windfall discounts on bulk buying.

So what are you waiting for?

To place your orders call us on 011-41829998 or write to us at marketing@katha.org.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Moon, Ramu and I

Moon, Ramu and I

Geeta Dharmarajan | Art by Harshvardhan Kadam

2010, pp. 32

11"X8.5", ISBN 978-81-89934-59-0 [eng] HB

ISBN 978-81-89934-61-3 [hindi] HB

Rs 250 | World Rights: KATHA

Your attention please!

You are about to blast off to Moon.

The spaceship that will take you to moon is already on the launch pad of your


You have 10 seconds to slip into your invisible space suits.

Don’t forget to load your pockets with chocolates because moon will have none.

When you’re ready and have loaded enough, you can start reading.

Get set…5…4…3…2…1…0

20% off on ordering now!

Place the order by dialing 011-41829998

or write to us at marketing@katha.org

Laptime Books for Children, 0-5 years

Enrique Lara Robayo and Luis Fernando Garcia Guayara “From the window of my room I see amazing things ...” A book to be enjoyed by everyone, young and old!
Pub: 2005 | pp. 32 | 8”X5”
ISBN: 81-87649-88-7 [hb] | Rs 100
ISBN 81-89020-07-2 [pb] | Rs 70

The Story of Shangmiyang
Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya
Art by Suddhasattwa Basu
A little book about the gentle, BIG giant who sneezed up a storm. A visual delight, superbly illustrated by Suddhasattwa Basu. This story is excerpted and retold from a novel by Asomiya writer Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya, winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Jnanpith
Pub: 2005 | pp. 32 | 8.25"X6"
ISBN 81-89020-37-8 | Rs 80
World Rights: KATHA

Mo...aning Morris
Franz Hubner
Art by Mario Kessler
A delightful little book that helps us realize that adapting to other people is much easier
than we think. And great fun too!
Pub: 2004 | pp. 32 | 8”X5”
ISBN: 81-87649-93-3 | Rs 65

One Lonely Unicorn
Meenakshi Bharadwaj
Art by Sonali Biswas
A splendidly illustrated book that celebrates the joy of a story and helps children learn to
count. Enjoy the tale of the unicorn and her many animal friends!
Pub: 2004 | pp. 32 | 10”X8”
ISBN 81-87649-96-8 [hb] | Rs 120
ISBN 81-89020-05-6 [pb] | Rs 95
World Rights: KATHA

Daddoo’s Day Out
Prabhjot Kaur
Daddoo, the little frog, decides to do something different on her day out ... A lively book that celebrates friendship and introduces children to the world of animals, colours and sizes.
Pub: 2004 | pp. 24 | 10” x 8”
ISBN 978-81-87649-94-6 | Rs 95
World Rights: KATHA

The Runaway Puppy
Sarang Dev Murthy
Art by Bindia Thapar
Little Puppy loved to play and lick, lick, lick everything he could find! One day he peeped out through the open garden gate…And guess what happens next? A happy book by 8-year-old Sarang about the joys and responsibilites of keeping a pet.
Pub: 2004 | pp 24 | 10” x 8”
ISBN 81-87649-61-5 | Rs 75
World Rights: KATHA

The Magic Raindrop
Geeta Dharmarajan
Art by Bindia Thapar
Wouldn’t you love about something which is bigger than the Big, Bigger, Biggest thing you have ever known? Come join us... step into a wonderland of magical raindrops and unbelievable kites.
Pub: 2005 | pp. 32 | 11”X8.5”
ISBN 81-89020-28-5 [hb] | Rs 150
ISBN 81-89020-27-7 [pb] | Rs 100

Katha World Library

Fledolin Upside Down
Antje Damm
All bats hang with their heads down but Fledolin — he stands firmly on the ground!
Read this upside down book and find out how its great fun to be topsy-turvy just like Fledolin!
Pub: 2009 | pp. 32 | 11"X8.5"
ISBN 978-81-89934-38-5 | Rs 150
World Rights: KATHA

A Lion in Paris
Beatrice Alemagna
One day, a big lion comes to Paris...
Pub: 2009 | pp. 32 | 11"X8.5"
ISBN 978-81-89934-27-9 | Rs 150
World Rights: KATHA

Sunday, September 12, 2010


The Famous Smile
Geeta Dharmarajan
Art by Rashin Kheiriyeh
Agar Magar has something special that he badly wants to share. But no one seems to
care... until one fine day! Come, walk with Agar Magar as he goes places, flaunting his
sparkling, shiny teeth and his famous smile.
Pub: 2007 | pp. 32 | 10"X8"
ISBN 978-81-89020-67-5 | Rs 150
World Rights: KATHA

On The Tip of a Pin was…
Geeta Dharmarajan
Art by Ludmilla Chakrabarty
On the tip of a tiny pin was a town where lived the Lion, Pig,
Cow, Goat, and Worm. Uncover the mystery of the Amazing
Worm, and her incredible wormholes! Go zooming with the
fastest underground dancer in the world. Hop into this sci-fi tale
for a journey you won't forget.
Pub: 2009 | pp. 36 | 10"X8"
ISBN 978-81-89934-26-2 | Rs 175
World Rights: KATHA

Free Mountain
Kaveri Chatterji
Art by Shweta Mohapatra
Long long ago, all mountains could fly.
They swam through clouds and skies so
And then came a day when…
Find out what happens next in this story that
comes alive with brilliant art. Wonderfully
imaginative, ringing with music and rhythm,
this book is sure to inspire every girl who
dreams of flying!
Pub: 2010 | pp. 32 | 9"X7"
ISBN 978-81-89934-49-9 | Rs 120
World Rights: KATHA

Guess Who?
Geeta Dharmarajan
Art by the children of Katha Lab
This is a song that most of us have sung as
Katha brings this old favourite back to life,
with words that resonate in english.
Pub: 2010 | pp. 20 | 9"X7"
ISBN 978-81-89934-45-3 | Rs 120
World Rights: KATHA

Friday, June 15, 2007

"Sketches from Memory"

Laxmibai Tilak

Translated from the Marathi by Louis Menezes

A writer par excellence. A woman who had the courage to go against the grain. Who thought nothing of flinging societal restrictions to the wind and plunging into selfless service. Who could take that magical and most difficult step that separated truth from hypocrisy.

Sketches from Memory is the autobiography of Laxmibai Tilak, who singularly championed the cause of girls’ education in Maharashtra in the early twentieth century. Adeptly translated by Louis Menezes, it traces her relationship with her scholar husband Narayan Wamanrao Tilak through his conversion to Christianity and her self-education.

Katha presents the story of Laxmibai Tilak's zest for life, love and god.

Read a review of this book in Time Out, Mumbai, here!

Labels: , , , , ,

"These are my Children"
Translated from the Konkani by Xavier Cota

Poignant, bittersweet, earthy. Nine heartwarming slices of life from Goa about empty nests, affections betrayed, relations made and unmade. The entanglements and entailments of human feeling echo through this engaging gallimaufry of stories from the pen of one of Goa's finest writers.

In this deeply sensitive translation from the Konkani, These are My Children mirrors a Goa that may have changed with time, yet holds on steadfastly to a character and energy that is all its own.

Read a review in The Statesman of this book here!

Buy now!

Labels: , , , ,

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

"Not Flowers of Henna"
Translated from the Hindi by Jai Ratan

"The young turk of Hindi Fiction" - Gulzar

The best of short fiction from Padma Bhushan Awardee Kamleshwar

A novelist, film writer, critic and editor, Kamleshwar wrote political, religious and ideological fixations . His writings depict the society in flux and build on fundamental verities such as circumstances and human affections. Jai Ratan, the translator, completed his masters from Foreman Christian College, Lahore. He was awarded the Divagish Award in 1991 and the Sahitya Akademi Award for translation in 1992. He is a founder member of the Writer’s Workshop, Kolkata.

Restive and moving, Kamleshwar’s stories resist all attempts to divide. The title story “These are not Flowers of Henna, Salima,” - which had set the stage for the celebrated novel Kitne Pakistan – affirms that Pakistan exists not on the map but in people’s minds. These tales are not fragrant flowers of henna, but intimations of the Pakistans that breed everywhere, every moment. The fifteen handpicked stories in this collection meld memory with experience.
Subtly crafted and sensitively translated, these stories defy easy conclusions.
“Kamleshwar painted life’s rainbow boldly and innovatively on a wide, expansive canvas and filled it with quality and craft” – Times of India
“Torchbearer of writing with a constructive approach and vision” – Sheila Dikshit

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

"Parthiban's Dream"

Translated from the Tamil by Gita Rajan

A story of epic proportions spanning dynasties, Parthiban's Dream is realized on a landscape that resounds as much with heroic war cries as it is awash with the tenderness of familial and romantic love. Witness the times of the great Pallavas and Cholas, the royal intrigues and conspiracies and the exploits of the great Narasimha Verman that has inspired storytellers down the ages. A heady mix of history and legend, with Parthiban's Dream, Katha brings the inimitable Kalki for you.

Category: Young Adult/Historical Fiction

"Alma Kabutari"

Maitreyi Pushpa
Translated from the Hindi by Raji Narasimhan

The saga of Alma Kabutari does not begin with Alma herself. It has its roots in centuries of social and sexual subjugation of the kabutaris by the upper-caste kajjas. Like Chittor's Rani Padmini of yore, from whom the kabutaris are descended, the onus of breaking the vicious circle and reclaiming human status for her people falls on young Alma. The engrossing story of young Alma's evolution from victim to survivor to tenacious rebel, Alma Kabutari opens a window to the suffering and exploitation of a tribe that teeters at the very fringes of society even today, and that urgently needs our concern and understanding.

Raji Narasimhan is a well-known writer and translator who lives in New Delhi.
Category: Adult/Fiction

"Second Person Singular"

Udaya Narayana Singh

Second Person Singular is the poetic expression of the epiphanic other-view of love and life that language presents to each individual. Udaya Narayana Singh’s original Maithili poems in this translation present the strange counterpoints that one gets from an involvement with language. They bring out the dialectical texture of the silent spaces in human relationships.

Shot through with ardour for the art of poetry and an exploration of the many moods of love in an unmistakably Indian idiom, the poet’s penchant for the miniature image and the powerful word endure in this volume.

Category: Adult/Poetry

Monday, October 02, 2006


Merle Kröger
Translated by Rubaica Jaliwala

When the last reel winds down in the projection room of the old cinema house, Madita Junghans, the German with Indian genes, teams up with her boyfriend Nikolaus as detective couple, Nick and Mattie, to set off on a search for Madita's biological father. Their only clue is that he is an Indian. Mattie's mother lives in a psychotic dream world. Her foster father Hinnarck is anything but talkative. Mattie and Nick soon get sucked into a deadly adventure, centred around a dark chapter of Indo-Germanic history.

A scintillating fusion of whodunit, postcolonial fable and historical romance, Cut! is a film in novel form. In her refreshingly subjective style, Merle Kröger portrays the tenous connections between reel and real life, the past and the present, and with chilling perception, depicts the clash of stark Hamburg reality with the Bollywood dream factory.

Category: Adult/Fiction