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THE INDIA BOX

Mark Twain called India “the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” Something about traveling to India makes one feel more like a seeker than a tourist. There’s so often a longing involved whether it be for a look at the Taj Mahal, that mausoleum of love, or for the seemingly singular solace of sun salutations performed in a hilltop ashram.

The Association of Small Bombs is about a different facet of the massive, diamond-shaped nation. It takes as its subject the sort of violence that shakes a city, captures headlines, elicits political furor -- and then recedes to memory. Karan Mahajan captures the privacy of lingering pain in a city of millions where voices and whispers of family members are never far. He offers us a look into the lives of those impacted by a bombing and shows how trauma doesn’t die when the cameras turn away, or the headlines fade to black.

In other words, The Association of Small Bombs begins when the news ends. And it shines a light on parts of India that enlightenment seekers may ignore: class anxiety, interfaith vitriol, and political corruption. The ROADMAP included in this box will guide you through these issues, underpinning this deeply moving story of loss with ground realities that are the foundation for life in India.

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Each INDIA box contains an assortment of items to support your literary journey.

JUST THE FACTS
- A letter for THE ALIGNIST founder
- A copy of The Association of Small Bombs
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A specially designed ROADMAP to guide you through the novel
- An invitation to a live Q&A with Karan Mahajan, the novel's author, and South Asia expert Bilal Baloch

THE WHOLE STORY 
- A letter from THE ALIGNIST's founder
- A copy of The Association of Small Bombs
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A specially designed ROADMAP to guide you through the novel
- An invitation to a live Q&A with the author Karan Mahajan and South Asia expert Bilal Baloch
- A series of recipes from Delhi by Rano Singh of Pansaari
- An artbook about the gender connotations of saris from Studio Kohl
- A foldable rickshaw
- A raakhi bracelet
- A packet of fair trade masala chai from Vahdam Tea
- Two pop-art style fair-trade coasters from Tesoros Trading Company

Connect fact to fiction to fiction with our signature ROADMAP.

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Sample the foods the main characters are likely to eat.

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THE MEXICO BOX

THE ALIGNIST's first featured novel, Prayers for the Stolen, follows a young girl named Ladydi (after the late, great princess of course) as she navigates a landscape swarming with drug cartels and human traffickers. As she comes of age, she comes into contact with some of the most brutal realities of life in Mexico — from the underground world of drug cartels to a town of children growing up with migrant fathers. 

Her experiences may well be those of many currently living in Guerrero, the part of Mexico she calls home, now, perhaps, even more so than when the book was written. Three years after the disappearance of 43 students from a bus in Guerrero in 2014 made headlines, the state, which is one of the primary suppliers of the United State’s increasing demand for opioids, has became one of Mexico’s most violent. The Guardian has reported that morgues were so inundated by dead bodies that workers walked off the job, overwhelmed by the scent of decay.

Based on extensive research, Prayers for the Stolen presents a deeply human portrait of life in a country that has seen a confounding boom in both tourism and homicides in recent years. It offers a sense of life beyond resort towns — and a portrait of what they might become if the power of cartels isn't checked. 

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JUST THE FACTS
- A letter for THE ALIGNIST founder
- A copy of Prayers for the Stolen
- A specially designed ROADMAP to guide you through the novel
- An invitation to a live Q&A with Jennifer Clement, the novel's author, and ProPublica reporter Ginger Thompson

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THE WHOLE STORY 
- A letter from THE ALIGNIST's founder
- A copy of Prayers for the Stolen
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A specially designed ROADMAP to guide you through the novel
- An invitation to a live Q&A with Jennifer Clement, the novel's author, and ProPublica reporter Ginger Thompson
- A series of recipes from Guerrero by Barbara Sibley of La Cocina Mexicana
- A set of temporary tattoos by Mexico City-based artist Manual Cetina
- A tapestry featuring the Virgin of Guadeloupe
- A box of fair trade Mexican oregano from Spicely Organics
- A fair tradeDay of the Dead figurine from Tesoros Trading Company
- A fair trade cactus tin ornament from Tesoros Trading Company
- An assortment of confections from Mexico including peanut marzipan, tamarind candy, and a stone-ground chocolate disk

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Get a taste of Guerrero.

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Delve into the realities tourists never see with THE ALIGNIST's signature ROADMAP. 

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