Bene Appetit

Publisher : HarperCollins

Intrigued by the common thread that binds the Indian Jews as a whole despite their living in different parts of the country, Esther David explores the lifestyle and cuisine of the Jews in every region, from the Bene Israelis of western India to the Bene Menashes of the Northeast, the Bene Ephraims of Andhra Pradesh, the Baghdadi Jews of Kolkata and the Kochi Jews.

Available on : Amazon India

Harper Collins

Kitchen Arts & Letters Inc

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Sefer Rachel – Hebrew edition of Book of Rachel

Publishing House Gamma, Tel Aviv

Editor and Acadmic editor – Dr. Shimon Lev

Translation : Yontan Alon

Link :

(Owner Dr. Ktzia Alon)


Bombay Brides

BOMBAY BRIDES is a novel by ESTHER DAVID published by HarperCollins publishers in November 2018.

Bombay Brides is about home, heritage, rites, rituals and roots. It offers the delights of Sahitya Akademi Award-winner Esther David’s exquisite light observations on what it means to be last surving members of a diminishing community, accompanied by her marvellous, evocative illustrations.

Book available at :

1. HarperCollins

2. Amazon Link 


Ahmedabad – City with a past

EstherDavid-Ahmedabad -City with a PastISBN 978-93-5029-797-1

Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers India Ltd.

Ahmedabad – City with a past also an e-book published by HarperCollins Publishers, India. The illustrations in this book are by Esther David

Esther David has been collecting the city-stories of Ahmedabad for many years and has been trying to understand the changing face of the city. The narrative explores Ahmedabad, a city which stands at the intersection between its ancient monuments and modern day high rises and glitzy shopping malls. So, in this book, Esther David weaves a rich tapestry of a fascinating multi-cultural city like Ahmedabad with its myths, legends and stories.

Esther David says,”…cities exist in my mind and I often recreate my own cities with its fables and city-stories, which are the soul of the city.”

Book available at :

1. Amazon Link

2. uRead

3. Infibeam

4. Flipkart Link


The Walled City

The-Walled-CityISBN-10: 9380032463
ISBN-13: 978-9380032467

Publisher : Westland Books

Bhint-TatbandiEsther David’s perceptive novel traces the lives of three generations of Jewish women living in Ahmedabad. It was published by East West Books, Westland Books, India. Syracuse University Press, New York, USA has re-published The Walled City and included it in the Library of Modern Jewish Literature. The Walled City is translated in French by Sonja Terangle as La Ville en ses Murs for Editions Philippe Picquier, Arles, France.The Walled City was translated in Gujarati as BHINT by Renuka Sheth for Navbharata Sahitya Mandir, Ahmedabad. The Walled City was translated in Marathi as TATBANDHI by late Gauri Deshpande and Ambika Sircar by Mouj Prakashan, Mumbai. E-book is published by Westland Books.

Book available at :

1. Syracuse University Press, New York, USA at Library of Modern Jewish Literature, please write to

2. French translation of The Walled City titled La ville en ses Murs is available at

3. Tattabandhi available from & Bhint available at

4. Amazon Link

5. Flipkart Link


By The Sabarmati

By-The-Sabarmati-Ne-KinareISBN-10: 0140278435
ISBN-13: 978-0140278439

Publisher : Penguin India

By the Sabarmati is a collection of twenty two extraordinary stories based on the lives of women, their dreams, aspirations, defeats and victories. The book is translated into Gujarati by Renuka Sheth, as “Sabarmati ne kinare”, published by Navbharata Sahitya Mandir, Ahmedabad.

Book available at :

1. Penguin India, write to

2. Sabarmati ne Kinare available at

3. Amazon Link

4. Flipkart Link


Book of Esther

ISBN-10: 0670049093
ISBN-13: 978-0670049097

Publisher : Penguin Viking

This is a historical novel spanning five generations of a Bene Israel Jewish family in western India. It explores Jewish family life in India and is loosely based around the author’s family. Parts of which are based around the Megillat from the Bible. It also revolves around the family’s power to heal and a deep empathy for wild life as the author’s father makes a zoo in Ahmedabad. All these stories are accompanied with the human drama of their personall lives. It is also a chronicle of the unique Jewish community of India.

Book available at :

1. Penguin India, write to

2. Amazon Link


Book of Rachel

ISBN-10: 0670058661
ISBN-13: 978-0670058662

Publisher : Penguin Viking

It is a novel set in Danda, on the picturesque Konkan coast in western India, where Rachel’s story is woven around a Synagogue and also the revival of traditional Bene Israel Jewish food. Esther David weaves a heart-warming tale of a woman’s battle to live life on her own terms. Book of Rachel is translated in French as LE LIVRE DE RACHEL.

Esther David BookBook of Rachel was awarded the national Sahitya Academy Award in 2010 for English Literature, during Rabindranath Tagore’s 150TH birth anniversary. Book of Rachel was translated in French by Sonia Terangle and published by Editions Heloise d’Ormesson, Paris, France.

Book available at :

1. Penguin India, write to

2. French translation of Book of Rachel titled Le Livre de Rachel and Shalom India Housing Society titled Shalom India Residence published by Editions Heloise d’Ormesson, Paris, is available at

3. Amazon Link


My Father’s Zoo

My Fathers Zoo 264 x 350ISBN-108129110776

daddyPublisher : Rupa Publications Pvt. Ltd.

In My Father’s Zoo – Esther David wrote MY FATHER’s ZOO in memory of her zoologist father Reuben David who made the zoo complex and  Kamla Nehru Zoological Gardens in Ahmedabad. A book for all ages, it is all about growing up in a zoo.

Book available at :

1. Order book from Rupa & Co. –

2. My Father’s Zoo was translated in Gujarati by Chirantana Bhatt as MARA DADDY NU ZOO by R.R.Sheth & co. Ahmedabad and is available at


4. Flipkart Link


Shalom India Housing Society

Shalom India Housing Society

ISBN-10: 818896509X
ISBN-13: 978-8188965090

Publisher : Women Unlimited. India

FrenchShalomIndiashalomSet in fictional society in Ahmedabad, this novel weaves together the lives of its residents through a series of events that capture the dilemmas of the last Bene Israel Jews of Ahmedabad. Shalom India Housing Society was re-published by Feminist Press, U.S.A., 2009.  Esther David  was included in the calendar of Hadassah-Brandeis University U.S.A. 2010-2011, where she was acclaimed as one of twelve best known Jewish women authors of the world.

Shalom India Residence – Translated in French by Marianne Veron and published by Editions Heloise d’ Ormesson, Paris, France.  It is known as Version Casher and compared to the French Jewish author Georges Perec’s famous novel – La Vie mode d’emploi. Republished by Femnist Press USA.

Book available at :

1. Please write to Women Unlimited at

2. For Shalom India Housing Society, please write to Managing Editor Feminist Press, USA.

3. Amazon Link

4. Flipkart Link

The Man With Enormous Wings 264 x 350


The Man With Enormous Wings

ISBN-10: 0143066927
ISBN-13: 978-0143066927

Publisher : Penguin India

Esther David’s novel deals with the communal riots of Ahmedabad in 2002, as she refers to Mahatma Gandhi as The Man with Enormous Wings as he flies over Ahmedabad to stop the violence.

Book available at :

1. Penguin India, write to

2. Amazon Link

3. Flipkart Link


India’s Jewish Heritage

India Jewish Heritage 264 x 350

ISBN-10: 8185026580
ISBN-13: 978-8185026589

Publisher : The Marg Foundation

INDIA’S JEWISH HERITAGE, RITUAL, ART and LIFE CYCLE; contributed a chapter on Bene Israel Jewish costumes and edited by Israeli scholar of Jerusalem University; edited by Shalva Weil

Books available at

1. Marg Publication – write to

2. Art Book Centre, Ahmedabad

3. Amazon Link

4. Flipkart Link



The Jewish Heritage of Gujarat

The Jewish Heritage of Gujarat – Co-authored by Esther David and Anil Mulchandani for U.K. based book published on  – Demystifying India, 2012


I AM A SEED OF THE TREE, a book about the last Bene Israel Jews of Gujarat, with photographs by Bindi Sheth, booklet published by India International Center, New Delhi as Occasional Publications.



8.46 – Ane Dhara Dhruji

Earthquake Stories in Gujarati edited by Esther David for Navbharata Sahitya Mandir, Ahmedabad.


Gattu TalesGattu Tales 

Gattu Tales were written for Book Box to create awareness of nature in children.


Books written for children for Book Box

Cheeku & Tooi Learn English – Video Link

Cheeku & Tooi Learn Hindi – Video Link

Cheeku & Tooi Learn Gujarati – Video Link

Mahatma Gandhi, The Salt March, The Dandi March English – Video Link

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