Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Books

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community.

‘A room without books is like a body without a soul.’ Perfect gifts for the book lovers!

The Easy Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook by Hari Ghotra

“Combining Indian food with a slow cooker offers a winning combination. This book is perfectly timed to help us all reconnect with our slow cookers and offers a wonderful range of recipes.”
– Peter Sidwell, Founder of Simply Good Food TV

‘Dinner is a naan issue with easy Indian slow cooker recipes.

It’s tempting to reach for the take-out menu when you think about how long it can take to make your favorite Indian dishes at home. But you don’t have to spend your day in the kitchen to enjoy a home-cooked, traditional curry or masala. The Easy Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook gives you quick prep recipes for your slow cooker so that you can enjoy all of the spices that Indian food has to offer without wasting any time.’ – Hari Ghotra

The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

‘Gathering BAME voices from across Britain in a searing selection of essays exploring otherness, racial inequality and the immigrant experience, Shukla’s expertly curated book is full of revealing insights on every page. Varied in tone yet coherent in intent, the pieces that form The Good Immigrant provide an invaluable snapshot of modern Britain.’ – Waterstones

‘Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants – job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees – until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and – most importantly – real.’ – Amazon

The Night the Reindeer Saved Christmas

By Raj Khaira and illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejska

‘If you always imagined reindeers used their ‘manpower’ to pull Santa’s sledge, you’d better think again. Find out how Santa Claus met his team of decidedly female reindeer in a funny, festive and feminist picture book.’- The Lancashire Post

‘It’s almost Christmas Eve and the rockets on Mr Claus’s sleigh have exploded! With just hours to go, Mr Claus sets out to find a creature that can help him deliver Christmas gifts across the world.

The polar bears are strong, but they’re too sleepy. The narwhals are fast, but the presents get too wet. The reindeer might just be the perfect creature to help… especially when Mr Claus discovers that the females have a secret… they can fly!’ – Pink Ladoo

Royals & Rebels by Priya Atwal

Royals and Rebels is a fascinating tale of family, royalty and the fluidity of power, set in a dramatic global era when new stars rose and upstart empires clashed.

‘A dazzling history of the powerful women and men who forged a dynasty to rival the Mughals and the British.

In late-eighteenth-century India, the glory of the Mughal emperors was fading, and ambitious newcomers seized power, changing the political map forever. Enter the legendary Maharajah Ranjit Singh, whose Sikh Empire stretched throughout northwestern India into Afghanistan and Tibet.

Priya Atwal shines fresh light on this long-lost kingdom, looking beyond its founding father to restore the queens and princes to the story of this empire’s spectacular rise and fall. She brings to life a self-made ruling family, inventively fusing Sikh, Mughal and European ideas of power, but eventually succumbing to gendered family politics, as the Sikh Empire fell to its great rival in the new India: the British.’ – Amazon


Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon
by Simran Jeet Singh

The true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community. – Amazon

Synopsis – ‘Every step forward is a victory. Fauja Singh was born determined. He was also born with legs that wouldn’t allow him to play cricket with his friends or carry him to school miles from his village in Punjab. But that didn’t stop him. Working on his family’s farm, Fauja grew stronger to meet his own full potential. He never stopped striving. At the age of 81, after a lifetime of making his body, mind, and heart stronger, Fauja decided to run his first marathon. He went on to break records all around the world and became the first person over 100 to complete the grueling long-distance race. With inspiring text by Simran Jeet Singh and exhilarating illustrations by Baljinder Kaur, the true story of Fauja Singh reminds us that it’s both where we start and how we finish that make our journeys unforgettable. ‘

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