Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Awful Auntie

Awful Auntie by David Walliams from Harper Collins, India.

The screechingly funny new novel from the Number One bestselling author. A page-turning, rollicking romp of a read, sparkling with Walliams most eccentric characters yet and full of humour and heart. From larger than life, tiddlywinks obsessed Awful Aunt Alberta to her pet owl, Wagner-this is an adventure with a difference.

Aunt Alberta is on a mission to cheat the young Lady Stella Saxby out of her inheritance-Saxby Hall. But with mischievous and irrepressible Soot, the cockney ghost of a chimney sweep, alongside her Stella is determined to fight back… And sometimes a special friend, however different, is all you need to win through.


In our For Children section, Rs. 399, in paperback, 416 pages, ISBN : 9780008114947

Monday, 29 December 2014

Philip Larkin, (1/e)

Philip Larkin, (1/e): Life, Art and Love by James Booth from Bloomsbury India.

Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three' made him one of the most popular poets of the last century. Larkin's reputation as a man, however, has been more controversial. A solitary librarian known for his pessimism, he disliked exposure and had no patience with the literary circus. And when, in 1992, the publication of his Selected Letters laid bare his compartmentalised personal life, accusations of duplicity, faithlessness, racism and misogyny were levelled against him.

There is, of course, no requirement that poets should be likeable or virtuous, but James Booth asks whether art and life were really so deeply at odds with each other. Can the poet who composed the moving 'Love Songs in Age' have been such a cold-hearted man? Can he who uttered the playful, self-deprecating words 'Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth' really have been so boorish? A very different public image is offered by those who shared the poet's life: the women with whom he was romantically involved, his friends and his university colleagues.

It is with their personal testimony, including access to previously unseen letters, that Booth reinstates a man misunderstood: not a gaunt, emotional failure, but a witty, provocative and entertaining presence, delightful company; an attentive son and a man devoted to the women he loved. Meticulously researched, unwaveringly frank and full of fresh material, Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love definitively reinterprets one of our greatest poets.

In our Biography section, Rs. 699, in hardback, 544 pages, ISBN : 9781408851661

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Being Mortal

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande from Penguin Books India.

Doctors are trained to keep their patients alive as long as possible. But they are never taught how to prepare people to die. And yet for many patients, particularly the old and terminally ill, death is a question of when, not if. Should the medical profession rethink its approach to them? And in what way? With aging populations and hospital costs rising globally, these questions have become increasingly relevant.

In his new book, Atul Gawande argues that an acceptance of mortality must lie at the center of the way we treat the dying. Using his experiences (and missteps) as a surgeon, comparing attitudes towards aging and death in the West and in India and drawing a powerful portrait of his father’s final years-a doctor who chose how he should go – Gawande has produced a work that is not only an extraordinary account of loss but one whose ideas are truly important. Questioning, profound and deeply moving, Being Mortal is a masterpiece.


In our Biography and History of Medicine section, Rs. 599, in hardback, 296 pages, ISBN : 9780670086061
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Thursday, 25 December 2014

The Colonel Who Would Not Repent/Prince of Gujarat

The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy by Salil Tripathi from Aleph Book Company.

Salil Tripathi brings together the narrative skill of a novelist and the analytical tools of a political journalist to give us the story of a nation that is absorbing, haunting and illuminating. - Kamila Shamsie, author of a god in every stone. Between march and December 1971, the Pakistani army committed atrocities on an unprecedented scale in the countrys eastern wing. Pakistani troops and their collaborators were responsible for countless deaths and cases of rape. Clearly, religion alone wast enough to keep Pakistans two halves united.

From that brutal violence, Bangladesh emerged as an independent nation, but the wounds have continued to fester. The gruesome assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman-the countrys charismatic first prime minister-and most of his family, the coups and countercoups which followed, accompanied by long years of military rule were individually and collectively responsible for the countrys inability to come to grips with the legacy of the liberation war.

Four decades later, as Bangladesh tries to bring some accountability and closure to its bloodsoaked past through controversial tribunals prosecuting war crimes, Salil Tripathi travels the length and breadth of the country probing the countrys trauma through interviews with hundreds of Bangladeshis. His book offers the reader an unforgettable portrait of a nation whose political history since independence has been marked more by tragedy than triumph.

Many nation-states of Asia and Africa were once celebrated for their bold act of self-determination. They are best understood today through their failure to break free of their bloody origins and their always likely descent into anarchy. Salil Tripathis book resourcefully and grippingly describes Bangladeshs tormented search for truth and justice and its implications for the stability of one of the worlds largest muslim countries. - Pankaj Mishra, author of from the Ruins of empire - The intellectuals who remade asia.


In our History section, Rs. 595, in hardback, 400 pages, ISBN : 9789382277187

Prince of Gujarat: The Extraordinary Story of Prince Gopaldas Desai: 1887 - 1951 by Rajmohan Gandhi from Aleph Book Company.

With the surge of interest in personalities from Gujarat, not least because of the election of the controversial Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India, there is no better time for a biography of a great son of Gujarat and one of Indias forgotten heroes.? Born in 1887 into a clan of princely Patels, Darbar (Or prince) Gopaldas was not only a beloved and just ruler of the people of his tiny state in Saurashtra, he was an active and courageous participant in the struggle for Indias freedom and for social justice.

Championing Dalit rights long before that became acceptable, he declared, when his wife Bhaktilaxmi was pregnant with their last child, that if it was a girl he would marry her to a Dalit boy, he stood out also for his concern for Gujarats Muslim minority and for his defence of womens rights. Egalitarian at a time when rulers measured status by the capacity to humiliate their subjects, he was quick to give up his life of privilege when it became necessary. After he joined the freedom movement in 1920, his life as a prince rapidly became a distant memory, with no fixed abode, he and his family would shuttle between prisons, ashrams and the homes of well-wishers.

Remarkably, although he grew close to Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he spurned high office for himself, choosing instead to raise and mentor others, including four who became chief ministers, as well as Tribhuvandas Patel, who founded the famous milk cooperative that made Amul possible. In this biography, bestselling author Rajmohan Gandhi uses letters, rare documents, personal accounts and historical narratives to recreate in vivid and moving detail the life and times of a leader of supreme honesty and unalloyed patriotism who a hundred years ago also battled, as a prince, against the hierarchies of Indian society.


In our Politics section, Rs. 500, in hardback, 292 pages, ISBN : 9789383064069

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Ambedkar

Ambedkar: Awakening Indias Social Conscience by Narendra Jadhav from Konark Publishers.

While India went through a lot of struggle in the early and mid-20th century, fighting for independence, there were also many internal calamities and chaos that needed much attention. Some of the greatest minds took initiative to restore basic human rights among all sects of Indian society, irrespective of any materialistic differences like economic, caste, religion or financial.

Ambedkar was intellectual, a visionary leader, dreamer and above all, a great human being. He is the Father of Indian Constitution. This book concentrates on Ambedkar’s true spirit, intellectual and thought process evolution and how he grew from strength to strength as a public figure at different points in time. His work towards the upbringing of the downtrodden and the oppressed will be remembered for all the times to come.


In our Biography section, Rs. 595, in hardback, 647 pages, ISBN : 9789322008369

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Surveys In Theoretical High Energy Physics 2

Surveys In Theoretical High Energy Physics 2 by Raghavan Rangarajan And M. Sivakumar from Hindustan Book Agency.

Every student of particle physics needs to be well-equipped with a basic understanding of the many concepts underlying the Standard Models of Particle Physics and of Cosmology. This is particularly true today when experimental results from colliders such as LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider) as well as inferences from cosmological observations are expected to further expand our understanding of particle physics at high energies.

This volume is the second in the Surveys in Theoretical High Energy Physics Series (SThEP), the aim of which is to bring pedagogical reviews of important topics in high energy physics to the particle physics community.

Topics covered in this collection, based on lectures that were delivered at the SERC Schools in Theoretical High Energy Physics at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and the University of Hyderabad, include Quark-Gluon Plasma, Thermal Field Theory, Perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics, Anomalies and Cosmology.

Ph. D. students will find the clear exposition useful in obtaining a fundamental appreciation of the subjects. For the advanced researcher, having these diverse subjects discussed in one volume will make it a valuable reference book.


In our Physics section, Rs. 575, in paperback, 308 pages, ISBN : 9789380250670


N=2 Supersymmetric Dynamics for Pedestrians by Yuji Tachikawa from Hindustan Book Agency.

Understanding the dynamics of gauge theories is important because all known interactions are based on the principle of local gauge symmetry. Beyond the perturbative regime however, this is a notoriously difficult problem. Demanding invariance under supersymmetry turns out to provide a better handle, and allows one to analyze supersymmetric gauge theories over a larger region in the space of parameters.

Quantum field theories in four dimensions with extended N=2 supersymmetry are further constrained and have, therefore, been a fertile field of research in theoretical physics for quite some time. Moreover, there are mathematical ramifications that have lead to a successful dialogue with differential and algebraic geometry. These lecture notes aim to introduce the fascinating developments in the understanding of N=2 supersymmetric gauge theories in a coherent fashion to a serious student of modern theoretical physics.

Starting with a gentle introduction to electric-magnetic duality, the author guides the reader along the important milestones in the subject among which are the work of Seiberg and Witten, Nekrasov, Gaiotto and many others. This is an advanced graduate level text, and it assumes that the reader has a working knowledge of supersymmetry, including the formalism of superfields as well as techniques of quantum field theory such as regularization, renormalization and anomalies.


In our Physics section, Rs. 500, in paperback, 224 pages, ISBN :9789380250700

Friday, 19 December 2014

A Spoke in the Wheel

A Spoke in the Wheel by Amita Kanekar from Navayana.

Upali, embittered survivor of a brutal war of conquest, is given a job by the emperor, Ashoka, the victor of that war—to write the first ever chronicle about the Buddha, three hundred years after he sets in motion the Wheel of Dhamma. For the emperor is set on a new conquest, that of Dhamma…

So begins a search for the Buddha and a fight over his message. Was it renunciation? Individual salvation? Universal compassion? Tolerance, of even intolerance? Questions surface among the Buddha’s followers, fearful and then angry, to be fought over viciously even as the sangha rises to glorious imperial patronage, a patronage that will sustain it for over a millennium and reach it to half the world.

This is the story of that story, of the Buddha as seen by his admirers and questioners. In unassuming but agile prose, AmitaKanekar takes us to the time of the Buddha, then to that of Ashoka, and back again. The wheel is in motion, we move from one to the other, spinning with the wheel, becoming one with change.


In our Religion section, Rs. 495, in paperback, 469 pages, ISBN :9788189059569

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The God Who Failed

The God Who Failed: An Assessment of Jawaharlal Nehrus Leadership by Madhav Godbole from Rupa & Co.

No leader of independent India has towered as high over Indian politics as Jawaharlal Nehru. Highly educated and articulate, he had a deep understanding of the history and culture of India and was responsible for laying much of the foundations on which today’s India is built—an enlightened Constitution, parliamentary democracy with adult suffrage, and secularism.

However, of equal significance are Nehru’s failures, for which he and his admirers have been increasingly criticized since the turn of the century. These include the imbroglio that took place when Kashmir became a part of India; the Indo-China border dispute of 1962; his overlooking the growing menace of corruption on his watch; and Nehru’s futile pursuit of his own brand of dubious socialism.

The God Who Failed: An Assessment of Jawaharlal Nehru’s Leadershipprovides an objective and unbiased look into Nehru’s legacy—his triumphs, his failures, and his unfulfilled vision for India. Written by the veteran administrator and author Madhav Godbole, this book is a powerful account of the leader who shaped modern India as we know it.


In our Politics section, Rs. 595, in hardback hardback, 374 pages, ISBN: 9788129135599

Monday, 15 December 2014

Easy Money

Easy Money: Evolution of Money from Robinson Crusoe to the First World War by Vivek Kaul from Sage India.

A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest, wrote singer and songwriter Paul Simon some decades back. Books on the current financial crisis which started in late 2008 are a tad like that. Until w they have tended to deal with certain aspects of the crisis without looking at the bigger picture of what really went wrong.

That bigger picture of the ongoing financial crisis has w started to evolve. Easy Money captures this big picture. The history of money and the financial system as it has evolved over the centuries stand at the heart of this endeavor. It explores the idea that the evolution of money over centuries has led to an easy money policy being followed by governments and central banks across the world, which in turn has fueled humongous Ponzi schemes, which have w started to unravel, bringing the whole world on the brink of a financial disaster.

The book also explains how the lessons of the financial crisis have still t been learned, and in trying to deal with it, governments across the world are making the same mistakes which led to the current crisis in the first place.


In our Management Studies section, Rs. 395, in paperback, 300 pages, ISBN: 9788132113423

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Enlightened Entrepreneur

The Enlightened Entrepreneur by Bhavarlal H. Jain from Rupa & Co.

It is easy for an entrepreneur to look at data and charts to arrive at a business decision, but extremely difficult to look within his soul to find answers.Bhavarlal H. Jain happens to be someone who can do both with ease. He is the founder and chairman of Jain Irrigation, a 1-billion company which was presented with ‘The Good Company Award’ by Forbes in 2012.

His is a company that nearly went bankrupt four times in the last thirty years of its existence, only to rise again. Despite these ups and down, however, Jain has not wavered from a business model that is based on Gandhi’s notion of trusteeship—wherein wealth belongs not to an individual but is used for the benefit of the community.Which is a compilation of lectures that he has given over thirty years.

Replete with instances and expositions of what constitutes ‘enlightened entrepreneurship’—a notion that, Jain iterates, must be embraced by each and every entrepreneur—this book provides invaluable insights into what successes and failures mean to a businessperson, the tenets of effective leadership, and transformational businesses.


In our Biography section, Rs. 395, in paperback, 185 pages, ISBN: 9788129131942

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Savage Attack

Savage Attack: Tribal Insurgency in India by Crispin Bates And Alpa Shah from Social Science Press.

In Savage Attack: Tribal Insurgency in India the authors ask whether there is anything particularly adivasi about the forms of resistance that have been labelled as adivasi movements. What does it mean to speak about adivasi as opposed to peasant resistance? Can one differentiate adivasi resistance from that of other lower castes such as the dalits?

In this volume the authors move beyond stereotypes of tribal rebellion to argue that it is important to explore how and why particular forms of resistance are depicted as adivasi issues at particular points in time. Interpretations that have depicted adivasis as a united and highly politicised group of people have romanticised and demonized tribal society and history, thus denying the individuals and communities involved any real agency.

Both the interpretations of the state and of left-wing supporters of tribal insurgencies have continued to ignore the complex realities of tribal life and the variety in the expressions of political activism that have resulted across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent.


In our Sociology section, Rs. 725, in hardback , 306 pages, ISBN: 9788187358695

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

An Introduction to Hindustani Classical Music

An Introduction to Hindustani Classical Music: A Guidebook for Beginners by Vijay Prakash Singha from Roli Books.

An Introduction to Hindustani Classical Music: A Guidebook for Beginners is Vijay Singha's comprehesive guide to savourand appreciate classical music. Written in a simple and easytocomprehend style, this book delves into the understandingof raga sangeet, semiclassical and fusion music, raga sangeet in Hindi films, as well as the future of classical music in India.

In our Music section, Rs. 250, in paperback, 184 pages, ISBN: 9788174369192 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Development on Trial

Development on Trial: Shrinking Space for the Periphery by Sunanda Sen And Anjan Chakrabarti from Orient Blackswan.

Developing countries today are subject to a process of transformation, from what could be identified as a developmental State to one where the market emerges as the major driving force in the economy. Development on Trial analyses the changing links between State policies and corporate structures as the goal of development in these economies weaken, crumble and then fall apart to give way to a steady withdrawal of the State. This goes with the growing and imperious control exercised by big businesses in the process.

The authors unravel the contradictions between the State and the market as has been spelt out in liberal theory. They draw attention to the new pattern usually described as corporate feudalism where corporations replace or co-opt the ruling State in these countries. This volume has been organised in four sections. The first deals with the State and corporatisation of business. The second section deals with colonial trade patterns, trade, employment and structural changes relating to India and other developing countries during the recent years.

The third section discusses aspects of mobile capital, volatility, and financial exclusion in de-regulated capital markets—issues which have of late been drawing a lot of attention in public debates. The last section studies the dimensions of labour market flexibility in India and in the developing areas in general. Bringing together essays by well-known economists from India and abroad, this volume is an indispensable read for students and scholars of economics and development studies.


In our Development Studies section, Rs. 925, in hardback, 468 pages, ISBN: 9788125051305

Friday, 5 December 2014

Babri Masjid

Destruction of the Babri Masjid: A National Dishonour by A.G. Noorani from Tulika Books.

Destruction of the Babri Masjid: A National Dishonour is a sequel to The Babri Masjid Question 1528–2003: ‘A Matter of National Honour’, published in 2003 in two volumes – a compilation by A.G. Noorani of documents and primary source material on various aspects of the Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid dispute, covering the demolition of the Masjid on 6 December 1992, and the legal proceedings in the civil suits and criminal cases up to mid-2003.

The present volume brings the narrative up to date. It covers the three Allahabad High Court judgments, the Liberhan Commission Report, the tortuous course of the criminal cases, and disclosures and developments in the last decade –from 2003 till the end of 2013. An Introduction surveys the events before and after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, and analyses the judgments delivered by the three judges of the Allahabad High Court in 2010. ‘In the courts of law and justice, the civil and criminal cases concerning the title to the Babri Masjid and accountability for its destruction, on 6 December 1992, have all but run their course.

Neither legality nor justice has been conspicuous in the proceedings or in the many judgments delivered. On past form, there is little hope for redress in legal proceedings after that grave and utterly wasteful crime. . . . The forces of India’s secularism can ignore the challenges ahead only at the nation’s peril. At stake is the survival of India’s democracy and its corollary, secularism.’


In our Religion section, Rs. 995, in hardback, xiv+506 pages, ISBN: 9789382381471


The Babri Masjid Question 1528-2003, (Vol-I): 'A Matter of National Honour' by A.G. Noorani from Tulika Books.

The Babri Masjid Question, 1528–2003: ‘A Matter of National Honour’ is a compilation by A.G. Noorani, in two volumes, of primary source material on various aspects of the Ramjanmabhumi–Babri Masjid dispute. The documents, chronologically arranged under thematic chapter heads and covering historical, archaeological, legal and political ground, clearly reveal why and how an issue that had been settled in the nineteenth century was revived in the twentieth century, and exploited for sordid political ends.

They bear evidence to the fact that the demolition of theBabri Masjid on 6 December 1992 was a criminal deed that redefined the politics of India. They show how the movement that led up to the demolition and its continuing efforts to justify the building of a Rama temple at the very site of the mosque are driven by the politics of power and religious fundamentalism.

For the Sangh Parivar, raising the Ayodhya issue has a wider aim than that of building a temple at Ramjanmasthan. That aim is the establishment of a Hindu rashtra. What is at stake, therefore, is the survival of secularism, democracy and rule of law in this country. It is a battle for India’s soul.


In our Politics section, Rs. 650, in paperback, xl+416 pages, ISBN: 9789382381457


The Babri Masjid Question 1528-2003, (Vol-II): 'A Matter of National Honour' by A.G. Noorani from Tulika Books.

The Babri Masjid Question, 1528–2003: ‘A Matter of National Honour’ is a compilation by A.G. Noorani, in two volumes, of primary source material on various aspects of the Ramjanmabhumi–Babri Masjid dispute. The documents, chronologically arranged under thematic chapter heads and covering historical, archaeological, legal and political ground, clearly reveal why and how an issue that had been settled in the nineteenth century was revived in the twentieth century, and exploited for sordid political ends.

They bear evidence to the fact that the demolition of theBabri Masjid on 6 December 1992 was a criminal deed that redefined the politics of India. They show how the movement that led up to the demolition and its continuing efforts to justify the building of a Rama temple at the very site of the mosque are driven by the politics of power and religious fundamentalism.

For the Sangh Parivar, raising the Ayodhya issue has a wider aim than that of building a temple at Ramjanmasthan. That aim is the establishment of a Hindu rashtra. What is at stake, therefore, is the survival of secularism, democracy and rule of law in this country. It is a battle for India’s soul.


In our Politics section, Rs. 500, in paperback, xii+320 pages, ISBN: 9789382381464

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Art And Craft Of Harappans

Art And Craft Of Harappans by Deo Prakash Sharma from Kaveri Books.

This work is a masterpiece on archaeological material related to Harappan sites, belonging to both Indian and Pakistan. It provides an exclusive documentation of Harappan artifacts and other articles as found in various sites of one of the most ancient civilization of the world. The contents of the material provided herein sprawl from the excavated sites in the north west south Asia, including mineral sites in the region to script to seals, sealing and tablets and last, but not the least, to different types of objects discovered.

The book gives a vivid and lucid description of the settlements, miniature figurines made up of stone/bronze/ceramic, pottery, terracotta articles, jewellery along with appropriate and eye catching illustrations and details which are easy to comprehend and remember. Not only this, the author has even touched on the subject of varied trys, tools implements and weapons existing in that period apart from delving in the than prevailing religious rituals.

This pictorial presentation is not only valuable for a student of ancient history but also for all those who have tendency towards and taste for peeping into the annals of the hoary past.


In our Art and Architecture section, Rs. 2500, in hardback, xviii+238 pages, ISBN: 9788174791375

Monday, 1 December 2014

Hindustani Music in Colonial Bombay

Hindustani Music in Colonial Bombay by Aneesh Pradhan from Three Essays Collective.

This book focuses on Bombay’s role in modernising the world of Hindustani music in the colonial era and in moulding the ethos surrounding this musical tradition. Changing patterns of patronage, performance and pedagogy, are elaborated upon, and adaptive strategies employed by musicians to cope with the new colonial urban environment are examined.

The author discusses the interface between Hindustani musicians and theatre and cinema, and the impact of gramophone recordings and broadcasting on Hindustani music, in the context of Bombay.

Based on primary and secondary source material, and oral histories, this book will be of academic interest to scholars working in the fields of colonial history, music history, urban studies, and musicology, and, of course, to all lovers of Indian classical music.



In our Music section, Rs. 750, in hardback, xii+348 pages, ISBN: 9788188789962 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Destination India

Destination India: From London Overland to India by Lloyd I. Rudolph And Susanne Hoeber Rudolph from Oxford University Press (India).

Destination India is an account of the travels of two eminent political scientists and, as such, a compelling account of India less than a decade after independence. In the summer of 1956, Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susannne Hoeber Rudolph drove a Land Rover from London to Jaipur, recording their impression of the people, the cultures, and the landscape. Their 5000 mile journey took them 'East of Suez', across the ecological and cultural lines distinguishing Europe from Asia, and then over the Khyber into the Indian subcontinent.

Part primary source, part analysis, the book also provides an account of what the Rudolphs subsequently learned over five decades of teaching and writing about India, including eleven research years in India. A concluding section, 'The Imperialism of Categories: Situating Knowledge in a Globalizing World', highlights how Western perceptions of India are often skewed. It makes the case for situated knowledge that recognizes the importance of context.


In our History section, Rs. 450, in paperback, 216 pages, ISBN :9780199450558

Friday, 28 November 2014

Financial and Fiscal Policies

Financial and Fiscal Policies: Crises and New Realities by Y.V. Reddy, Narayan Valluri And Partha Ray from Oxford University Press (India).

What started as subprime mortgage crisis in the US in 2007 snowballed into global recession soon after. Still running its course, it has transformed itself into an economic crisis, if not a socio-political one.

This book looks at the impact of the global crisis on fiscal positions, and fiscal implications of the measures undertaken to deal with the situation. The authors explore cross-country experiences with special focus on the euro area economies and India. 


Analysing the issues relating to the interaction between monetary, fiscal, and financial policies, with emphasis on public debt management, sovereign debt restructuring, taxation, and regulation of the financial sector and sub-national finance, they present the emerging challenges.

Recognizing the inter-linkages between monetary, financial, and fiscal policies against the backof the global crisis, this book offers an understanding of possible institutional arrangements for the future.


In our Economics section, Rs. 995, in hardback, 348 pages, ISBN: 9780199452651

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Marxism

Marxism: With and Beyond Marx by Amiya Kumar Bagchi And Amita Chatterjee from Routledge India.

This book offers a unique re-conceptualization of Marxism in bringing together leading scholars across disciplines — history, philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, and literary and culture studies — into one comprehensive corpus.

It demonstrates the engaging relevance of the perspectives and techniques of the analyses adopted by Karl Marx, Frederich Engels and contemporary Marxists, and will be immensely useful to scholars and researchers across social sciences as well as general readers interested in Marxism.


In our Politics section, Rs. 850, in hardback, 216 pages, ISBN: 9781138795679

Monday, 24 November 2014

Tehzeeb

Tehzeeb: Culinary Traditions of Awadh by Adil I. Ahmad from Roli Books.

In a Lucknow famous for its art, craft and way of living, food was the single element that united the prince and peasant alike. This book provides a peek into the resplendent Lucknow of yore. Into the kitchens where food and art became synonymous, where simple rice dishes were fashioned to look like glowing pearls, and where some of the worlds most famous dum and tandoor recipes were invented.

A world defined by grace, beauty and a heightened culinary aesthetic- where every meal required a perfectly appointed table and where each ingredient was circumscribed to a particular time of day. It is nostalgia for this sensual city of the past that defines Adil I. Ahmads life and work and is palpable in the pages of Tehzeeb.


In our History section, Rs. 995, in hardback, 240 pages, ISBN: 9788174369826

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Development' Destination' Policies

Growth or Development: Which Way is Gujarat Going? by Indira Hirway, Amita Shah And Ghanshyam Shah from Oxford University Press (India).

In this book, researchers from prominent academic institutes in Gujarat examine objectively the much talked about Gujarat model-the growth process in the state in the past decade or so. Apart from examining the validity of the theory and policy framework underlying the economic reforms in India, the book examines in depth the interpretation and implementation of this framework in Gujarat and studies the inclusiveness of the growth in terms of achieving development goals.

This book goes much beyond the state-level analysis. It studies the role of the Gujarat economy in the context of the national economy as well as in comparison with the performance of other states' economies. Further, it analyses the dynamics of growth in the state, that is, the sources and process of growth, sustainability of growth, and its interaction with development goals. The book also highlights the growing disconnect between economic growth and development goals in Gujarat.

Although there are some limitations of the neo-liberal policy framework in delivering inclusive growth, the focus of Gujarat on becoming the fastest growing state in the world and the most attractive destination for corporate investments has led the state government to make serious compromises with respect to development goals. In spite of being one of the fastest growing states, therefore, the state is lagging behind other fast-growing as well as slow-growing states in achieving inclusive growth.


In our Economics section, Rs. 1395, in hardback, 608 pages, ISBN :9780199451180

Destination India: From London Overland to India by Lloyd I. Rudolph And Susanne Hoeber Rudolph from Oxford University Press (India).

Destination India is an account of the travels of two eminent political scientists and, as such, a compelling account of India less than a decade after independence. In the summer of 1956, Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susannne Hoeber Rudolph drove a Land Rover from London to Jaipur, recording their impression of the people, the cultures, and the landscape. Their 5000 mile journey took them 'East of Suez', across the ecological and cultural lines distinguishing Europe from Asia, and then over the Khyber into the Indian subcontinent.

Part primary source, part analysis, the book also provides an account of what the Rudolphs subsequently learned over five decades of teaching and writing about India, including eleven research years in India. A concluding section, 'The Imperialism of Categories: Situating Knowledge in a Globalizing World', highlights how Western perceptions of India are often skewed. It makes the case for situated knowledge that recognizes the importance of context.


In our History section, Rs. 450, in paperback, 216 pages, ISBN :9780199450558

Financial and Fiscal Policies: Crises and New Realities by Y.V. Reddy, Narayan Valluri And Partha Ray from Oxford University Press (India).

What started as subprime mortgage crisis in the US in 2007 snowballed into global recession soon after. Still running its course, it has transformed itself into an economic crisis, if not a socio-political one.

This book looks at the impact of the global crisis on fiscal positions, and fiscal implications of the measures undertaken to deal with the situation. The authors explore cross-country experiences with special focus on the euro area economies and India. Analysing the issues relating to the interaction between monetary, fiscal, and financial policies, with emphasis on public debt management, sovereign debt restructuring, taxation, and regulation of the financial sector and sub-national finance, they present the emerging challenges.

Recognizing the inter-linkages between monetary, financial, and fiscal policies against the backof the global crisis, this book offers an understanding of possible institutional arrangements for the future.



In our Economics section, Rs. 995, in hardback, 348 pages, ISBN :9780199452651

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Politics Trumps Economics

Politics Trumps Economics: The Interface of Economics and Politics in Contemporary India by Bimal Jalan And Pulapre Balakrishnan from Rupa & Co.

In India a globally impressive talent pool co-exists with the highest incidence of poverty in the world. The engaged citizen is aware of this situation, wants to know how it has come to be and what can be done to improve it. That the countrys full potential is not being realized to make for a dynamic economy and acceptable living conditions for her people points to something beyond economics being at play. And this is the ever-present politics.

In this volume, edited by Bimal Jalan and Pulapre Balakrishnan, twelve professionals illuminate the interface between politics and economics in the country, illustrating in the process how their interaction will determine the path that India will take. Among the subjects discussed are the implications of the emergence of coalition governments as the norm, the rise of civic activism, the tension between identity politics and development and the nature of the discourse on the informal sector. The essays also offer possible solutions to end corruption in administration and identify the strategic factors in achieving inclusive growth.

With contributions from Meghnad Desai, Dipankar Gupta, Poonam Gupta, Ashima Goyal, Ravi Kanbur, Sunil Mani, T. T. Ram Mohan, Deepak Mohanty, Samuel Paul and M. Govinda Rao, Politics Trumps Economicsis an incisive comment on how politics can influence the outcome of the most well-intentioned of economic policies.


In our Politics section, Rs. 500, in hardback, 221 pages, ISBN :9788129132734

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Marxism

Marxism: With and Beyond Marx by Amiya Kumar Bagchi And Amita Chatterjee from Routledge India.

This book offers a unique re-conceptualization of Marxism in bringing together leading scholars across disciplines — history, philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, and literary and culture studies — into one comprehensive corpus.

It demonstrates the engaging relevance of the perspectives and techniques of the analyses adopted by Karl Marx, Frederich Engels and contemporary Marxists, and will be immensely useful to scholars and researchers across social sciences as well as general readers interested in Marxism.


In our Politics section, Rs. 850, in hardback, 344 pages, ISBN :9781138795679

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Thirsty Cities

Thirsty Cities: How Indian Cities Can Meet Their Water Needs by M. Dinesh Kumar from Oxford University Press (India).

Urban water management is an important challenge for many developing countries of the world, characterized as they are by high development economics, rapid urbanization, and unregulated industrialization. With urban population increasing by 38.1 million from 2001 to 2011, infrastructure in Indian cities, including water supply, has come under enormous pressure. A number of solutions from rainwater harvesting to community participation and public-private partnerships have been suggested. This book argues against these fragmented approaches and presents an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) framework for India.

The author elucidates how IUWM takes a comprehensive approach to urban water services, viewing water supply, storm water, and waste water as components of an integrated physical system and recognizes that the physical system sits within an organizational framework and a broader natural landscape. He discusses how the policies for sustainable urban water management will be decided by the type of physical interventions, economic instruments, and institutional changes required for achieving the goal of IUWM. Since these would change across localities, the policies also will have to be different for different localities.


In our Economics section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 376 pages, ISBN :9780198099550

Friday, 14 November 2014

Light Matter

Light Matter: Atelier by Pierre Legrand And Anuradha Majumdar from Roli Books.

When he started out on his artistic journey, the question plaguing Pierre Legrand was: what was there to see? Was there something still to reveal in a world flooded with too much of everything? Underneath the chaos, was there another map of man to be discovered?

Cellular structures that wrote the whole universe, also wrote a human being to existence was that the frontier from where all would change? Could that become Art?

In his journey, Legrand has questioned limits and redefined matter. This book is a visual record of his path-breaking work the exploration of a distinct inner territory at a time crowded by many outer conflicts.


In our Culture section, Rs. 1495, in hardback, 204 pages, ISBN :9788174369734

Tehzeeb: Culinary Traditions of Awadh by Adil I. Ahmad from Roli Books.

In a Lucknow famous for its art, craft and way of living, food was the single element that united the prince and peasant alike. This book provides a peek into the resplendent Lucknow of yore. Into the kitchens where food and art became synonymous, where simple rice dishes were fashioned to look like glowing pearls, and where some of the worlds most famous dum and tandoor recipes were invented.

A world defined by grace, beauty and a heightened culinary aesthetic- where every meal required a perfectly appointed table and where each ingredient was circumscribed to a particular time of day. It is nostalgia for this sensual city of the past that defines Adil I. Ahmads life and work and is palpable in the pages of Tehzeeb.


In our History section, Rs. 995, in hardback, 240 pages, ISBN : 9788174369826

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

On Their Watch

On Their Watch: Mass violence and State apathy in India Examining the record by Surabhi Chopra And Prita Jha from Three Essays Collective.

In 2005, India passed a law giving individuals the right to information on the State’s acts and decisions. Using this law, the authors in this edited volume applied for official records about four of the worst episodes of mass violence in independent India. These traumatic events had not previously been scrutinised using the recently-minted law on this scale. The authors filed over 800 applications for information; the results of their unusual endeavour led to this book.

Sifting through hundreds of government documents on criminal justice, administrative discipline, commissions of inquiry, emergency relief and monetary compensation, the authors examine the State’s response to sectarian violence in Nellie in 1983, Delhi in 1984, Bhagalpur in 1989 and Gujarat in 2002. Hundreds of people, most of them religious minorities, were killed, injured, displaced from their homes, and stripped of their livelihoods in these episodes of mass violence. In each instance, violence was encouraged by the politically powerful and tolerated by the police.

This book examines official records and shows how State apathy in the wake of violence thwarted attempts to rehabilitate survivors and punish perpetrators. These failures are not simply an unfortunate coincidence. The State’s own records reveal that national and state governments have been negligent in recurring, systematic ways. By detailing how State processes have failed, this disquieting book demonstrates that the State could have pursued justice and reparation for victims of mass violence in the past, and could, in substantial measure, still do so.


In our Politics section, Rs. 750, in hardback, xx+374 pages, ISBN :9788188789870

Monday, 10 November 2014

Women and protective law

Women and protective law by Monica Chawla from Regal Publications.

Law cannot be divided into Law relating to Men and Law relating to women as law of any country is applicable to all persons i.e. male and female. Whatever Law is applicable to men is also applicable to women equally. However some enactments may be exclusively for women to upliftment of the dignity and status of women in society.

The life of women is divided into four parts: childhood, adolescent, adult and old age. There are laws to protect women in all the stages. The book is an effort to compile various laws relating to women.


In our Law section, Rs. 1750, in hardback, 458 pages, ISBN :9788184842166

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Guts and Glory

Guts and Glory: 20 Inspiring Stories of Graduates From SIBM Pune Who Made Their Own Future by Students of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management from Rupa & Co.

Guts and Glory profiles twenty entrepreneurs who have conquered limitations and obstacles to write their stories of success. In the beginning was just an idea. Gutsy and driven by the will to succeed, they aspired to shun the limitations of working in cushy corporate jobs and confront the challenges of the unknown by plunging into entrepreneurship. Where will we generate the finances from?

How will we deal with disappointment and disillusionment? Such questions and apprehensions didn t have the power to demotivate these entrepreneurs as they moved out of their comfort zones to start out on their own and chase their dreams. They run businesses ranging from apparel and FM radio to beer caf├ęs and wineries, from HR consultancies and leadership training organizations to software firms and advertising agencies.

These former MBA students of SIBM Pune are glorious and inspiring examples for those who feel that the fear of failure and its repercussions is holding them back from realizing their ambitions. The book will inspire and unshackle those who haven t had the courage to translate their ideas into reality due to the absence of enterprise and, more importantly, willpower. Above all, the book has a lesson for everyone.


In our General section, Rs. 250, in paperback, 236 pages, ISBN :9788129123701

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The First Naxal

The First Naxal: An Authorised Biography of Kanu Sanyal by Bappaditya Paul from Sage India.

It seldom happens that the story of an individual becomes so intertwined with the cause she or he stands for that it becomes impossible to separate the one from the other. Kanu Sanyal’s is one such rare story: to read it is to relive the history of the Naxalite Movement, which the Indian establishments call the country’s biggest internal security threat.

This book narrates the making of Kanu Sanyal right from his childhood to the days of the Naxalbari uprising and beyond. It delves deep into Sanyal’s evolution as a Communist rebel and throws light on the various stages of the Naxalite Movement with relevant background information.

What is significant about this book is that this is the only authorised biography of Kanu Sanyal in any language—he personally read and cleared all its chapters but the last one, which deals with his aberrant demise.


In our Politics section, Rs. 550, in paperback, 264 pages, ISBN :9788132117872


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Disaster Management and Strategies

Disaster Management and Strategies: Concept & Methods, Risk Reduction & Insurance, Experiences & Case Studies by Ashu Pasricha, Kiyanoush Ghalavand And Jai Narain Sharma from Regal Publications.

India has been traditionally vulnerable to natural disasters on account of its unique geo-climatic conditions. Currently, it has become equally prone to man-made disasters. The urgent need of the hour is to manage them.

This outstanding book will help in great way to manage both natural as well as man made disasters. It will be greatly useful for the policy planners engaged in the disaster management as well as for the students and research scholars of the subject.


In our Managemet Studies section, Rs. 2050, in hardback, 373 pages, ISBN :9788184844061

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Indians at Herod's Gate

Indians at Herod's Gate: A Jerusalem Tale by Navtej Sarna from Rupa & Co.

Eight hundred years ago Baba Farid, the great Sufi saint of the Chisti order, visited Jerusalem, freshly wrested back for Islam from the Crusaders by Saladin, and meditated there for forty days in an underground room. Later, an Indian Hospice was born through a waqf endowment around that room and has welcomed Indian pilgrims and soldiers to Jerusalem ever since.

For close to a century, through the tumultuous years of the British Mandate, the Second World War, the birth of Israel and the ensuing decades of conflict, the Hospice has been looked after by an Indian family first by Sheikh Nazir Hasan Ansari, a police inspector s son from Saharanpur, and then by his eldest son, Sheikh Munir Ansari.

Following in the tradition of literary travellers such as Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux, Navtej Sarna wanders through the timeless narrow lanes of Old Jerusalem, sifting through fact and fable to tease out the unique story of the Indian Hospice and the Ansari family. What starts off as a personal conversation becomes a deeply researched but lightly told account that weaves historical narrative with telling personal detail.


In our Culture section, Rs. 500, in hardback, 208 pages, ISBN :9788129134516

Friday, 31 October 2014

Books 3

Global Jihad and America: The Hundred-Year War Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan by Taj Hashmi from Sage India.

Global Jihad and America questions the assumption if Islamist terrorism, or “Global Jihad,” poses the biggest threat to modern civilization in the East and West. It explores if Islamic and Western civilizations, being “incompatible” to each other, are destined to be at loggerheads. Consequently, the book argues that state-sponsored terrorism and proxy wars—not terrorist acts by “non-state actors”—will pose the biggest security threat to the world.

This study does not suggest that the world has already reached the cul-de-sac of its destiny with no point of return. Both America and the Muslim World can play important roles to avert the catastrophe. Meanwhile, the gap between the needy and the rich and powerful is widening. Throughout history, sections of the rich and powerful have manipulated wars in the name of peace and justice, religion and freedom. So the big question now is: with America and its allies waging a “war on terror and extremism” and their Muslim adversaries defending honor and religion, is a disaster looming?


In our Politics section, Rs. 995, in hardback, 344 pages, ISBN :9788132113782

Intellectual Property and Business: The Power of Intangible Assets by Rodney D Ryder And Ashwin Madhavan from Sage India.

Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the most vital assets for any business organization. It is a domain not restricted to lawyers alone; it is a crucial area of concern for business organizations, managers, and corporate leaders. Intellectual Property and Business demonstrates how companies can deploy their IP not just as legal instruments but also as dominant and powerful financial assets, and as useful arsenal that can boost their business.

The book aims to provide a basic understanding of various forms of IP that business organizations need to protect, and to analyze and understand IP management and strategy through case studies. It highlights these aspects of IP management through the lens of both a lawyer and a business manager.


In our Management Studies section, Rs. 595, in paperback, 320 pages, ISBN :9788132117919

Cinematically Speaking: The Orality-Literacy Paradigm for Visual Narrative by Sheila J. Nayar from Sage India.

Most people think of film narrative in fundamentally visual terms. But what if visuality is only one component of a larger epistemic framework for how film narrative “works”? In this book, Sheila J. Nayar argues just that, laying out the comprehensive terrain for what has already been described as a “controversial new theory of cinematic literacy.”

Proposing that orality and alphabetic literacy play a fundamental role in shaping visual storytelling, Nayar challenges the way we think about how film stories get shaped, as well as the notion of film as an autonomous mode of storytelling construction. Narrative and aesthetic principles of film, she demonstrates, are significantly impacted by ways of knowing that have—or, in some cases, that have not—emerged as a consequence of a cultural investment in reading, writing, and print.

Between close readings of Bollywood cinema and modernist art cinema in 1950s–1990s, as well as of the many cinemas in between—including Indian middle cinema and middle-class cinema—Cinematically Speaking casts a pioneering lens on what goes into shaping screen stories worldwide. It is a theoretical work certain to alter our understanding and future exploration of the narrative-film species.


In our Film Studies section, Rs. 795, in hardback, 268 pages, ISBN :9788132117902


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Struggle for Identity/ Peace and Conflict

A Struggle for Identity: Muslim Women in the United Provinces by Firdous Azmat Siddiqui from Cambridge University Press (India).

In the nineteenth century, the British were occupied with the question of becoming socially acceptable, as they had already established political and military sway in India. It was in this context that the servants of the East India Company, merchants, adventurers and missionaries who arrived in India from Europe attempted to enter the zennana, in much the same manner as the ruling Indian elites. These foreigners adopted the ways of the ruling class, and thus demonstrated a preference for the Muslim section of Indian society.

This book is an attempt to understand the social and economic profile of Muslim women in India and to shed light on the conditions of Indian Muslim women in the United Province particularly after 1857. This period is significant for Muslim society as it was undergoing social and economic transition especially with the Mughal dynasty reaching its end.

Besides, the book critically discusses the influence of how the new colonial judicial system weakened traditional customs and questions whether this legal system was beneficial to Muslim women or whether it enhanced its complexities.


In our Sociology section, Rs. 795, in hardback, 273 pages, ISBN :9789382993063

Peace and Conflict: The South Asian Experience by Priyankar Upadhyaya And Samrat Schmiem Kumar from Cambridge University Press (India).

South Asia’s diversity is also reflected in the many violent inter-state and intra-state conflicts that further distinguish it from other regions of the world. Despite the national differences, one can still find transnational commonalities in cultures, languages and religions, bound together by the common pre-colonial and colonial history of the South Asian countries. This book takes its readers into a ‘reflexive journey’ of understanding peace in South Asia, and the imperceptible way through which religious and cultural dimensions contribute to the peace building process.

It also unravels the unique patterns of common cultural practices in the region to emphasize that the connect between cultures can ever be a source of tension as well as reward. In addition, it presents a fascinating account of the origins and meaning of the concept of ahimsa in Buddhism and Jainism, and looks at the practical examples of ahimsa from India to highlight the diversity of peace, non-violence and peace work that exist in the country. One of the chapters offers an intriguing example of nonviolent resistance in Pakistan – it documents the history of a nonviolent civil resistance movement, the ‘lawyer’s movement’, or also known as the ‘Black Revolution’, for justice and the rule of law in Pakistan.


In our Sociology section, Rs. 595, in hardback, xx+250 pages, ISBN :9789382993551

Monday, 27 October 2014

Kafkaland, On their watch

Kafkaland: Prejudice, Law and Counterterrorism in India by Manisha Sethi from Three Essays Collective.

Kafkaland explores the grisly underbelly of counterterrorism, where prejudice and lawlessness are the standard operating codes. From Mumbai to Bangalore, to Delhi to Madhya Pradesh, it examines some of the most prominent terror cases to show that the hallmark of terror investigations is not simply a casual subversion of norms but cynical prejudice and brutal violence inflicted in the knowledge of absolute impunity.

It also examines the disquieting trend of judicial abdication, wherein the courts indulgently ignore signs of torture, lack of evidence and absence of procedural norms, while trying terror cases.

Kafkaland challenges the dominant narratives of counterterrorism and the emerging security-industrial complex. Kafkaland is where impunity, bias, suspicion are sustained by laws, where erosion of constitutional guarantees is advertised as internal security, where corporate greed masquerades as national interest.


In our Politics section, Rs. 350, in paperback, xii+216 pages, ISBN : 9789383968008

On Their Watch: Mass violence and State apathy in India Examining the record by Surabhi Chopra And Prita Jha from Three Essays Collective.


In 2005, India passed a law giving individuals the right to information on the State’s acts and decisions. Using this law, the authors in this edited volume applied for official records about four of the worst episodes of mass violence in independent India. These traumatic events had not previously been scrutinised using the recently-minted law on this scale. The authors filed over 800 applications for information; the results of their unusual endeavour led to this book.

Sifting through hundreds of government documents on criminal justice, administrative discipline, commissions of inquiry, emergency relief and monetary compensation, the authors examine the State’s response to sectarian violence in Nellie in 1983, Delhi in 1984, Bhagalpur in 1989 and Gujarat in 2002. Hundreds of people, most of them religious minorities, were killed, injured, displaced from their homes, and stripped of their livelihoods in these episodes of mass violence. In each instance, violence was encouraged by the politically powerful and tolerated by the police.

This book examines official records and shows how State apathy in the wake of violence thwarted attempts to rehabilitate survivors and punish perpetrators. These failures are not simply an unfortunate coincidence. The State’s own records reveal that national and state governments have been negligent in recurring, systematic ways. By detailing how State processes have failed, this disquieting book demonstrates that the State could have pursued justice and reparation for victims of mass violence in the past, and could, in substantial measure, still do so.


In our Politics section, Rs. 750, in hardback, xx+374 pages, ISBN : 9788188789870 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Shaping the Emerging World

Shaping the Emerging World: India and the Multilateral Order by Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu , Pratap Bhanu Mehta And Bruce Jones from Cambridge University Press (India).

The five major emerging national economies known as the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have gained on the world stage. For BRICS watchers, and anyone interested in the future of India’s burgeoning economy, twenty-two scholars have developed one of the most comprehensive volumes on India: Shaping the Emerging World.

India faces a defining period. Its status as a global power is not only recognized but increasingly institutionalized, even as geopolitical shifts create both opportunities and challenges. The country experienced rapid growth through participation in the existing multilateral order – now its development strategy makes it dependent on this order.

Despite limitations, India increasingly has the ideas, people, and tools to shape the global order, in the words of Jawaharal Nehru, ‘not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially.’ Will India keep its ‘tryst with destiny’ and emerge as one of the shapers of the emerging international order? This volume seeks to answer that question.


In our Development Studies section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 368 pages, ISBN : 9789382993544
Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only

Friday, 17 October 2014

Public Secrects of Law

Public Secrets of Law: Rape Trials in India by Pratiksha Baxi from Oxford University Press (India).

Sexual violence in general, and rape in particular, is under-reported in India. The social stigma associated with rape is the biggest hurdle that a rape survivor faces right from the time of reporting the matter to the police to the stage of trial. This book, one of the first ethnographic studies of rape trials in India, focuses on the everyday socio-legal processes that underlie the making of rape trials. It describes how state law is transformed in its localization, often to the point of bearing little resemblance to written law.

The work centres around four extended case studies in a trial court in Ahmedabad. These case studies show how the effects of power and knowledge congeal to disqualify women's (and children's) testimonies at different sites of state law such as the police station, forensic science laboratory, or the hospital and the court.

This book describes multiple ways in which public secrecy is subjected to specific revelations in rape trials that do not bring justice to a rape survivor but address and reinforce deeply entrenched phallocentric notions of justice. Bringing sociological insights to the contested and anguishing issue of rape trials, this book is an essential read for all those committed to a just and safe society for women in India.


In our Law section, Rs. 1150, in hardback, 488 pages, ISBN : 9780198089568

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Letters of John F. Kennedy, (1/e)

The Letters of John F. Kennedy, (1/e) by Martin W. Sandler from Bloomsbury India.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy led the United States for barely a thousand days, and yet he is regarded as one of the great Presidents of all time for his brave decisions on civil rights and international relations, and not merely as a consequence of his tragic fate. Kennedy steered his nation away from the brink of nuclear war, initiated the first nuclear test ban treaty and launched his nation on its mission to the moon and beyond. JFK inspired a nation, particularly the massive generation of baby boomers, injecting hope and revitalising faith in the American dream at a time when it was badly needed.

2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's untimely death. Martin Sandler's The Letters of John F. Kennedy will be the only book that focuses on letters both from and to Kennedy. Drawn from more than two million letters on file at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, The Letters of John F. Kennedy presents readers with a portrait of both Kennedy the politician and Kennedy the man, as well as the turbulent times he lived in. The beginnings of American involvement in Vietnam, a touch-and-go Cold War relationship with the Soviet bloc and many other international controversies are intertwined with Kennedy's own hushed-up health problems, his renowned controversial personal life and his charismatic engagement with the world of presidential politics.

Letters to and from Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Nikita Khruschev, Bertrand Russell, David Bengurian and many others are included, as well as missives from ordinary citizens and schoolchildren. Each letter is accompanied by lively and informative contextualization and facsimiles of many of the letters will appear in the text, along with photographs and exclusive material from the Kennedy Library and Museum.


In our Literature section, Rs. 499, in hardback, 384 pages, ISBN : 9781408830451

Monday, 13 October 2014

"Seventh"

The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age U.S. Power by Vivek Bald, Miabi Chatterji, Sujani Reddy And Manu Vimalassery from Orient Blackswan.


The Sun Never Sets presents the work of a generation of scholars who are shifting the orientation of South Asian American studies. In its early years, the field centered on literary and cultural analyses and focused predominantly on the immigrant professionals who arrived in the United States after changes to immigration laws in the 1960s. Here, the contributors focus on the political economy and long history of South Asian migrations to the U.S.—and upon the lives, work, and activism of often unacknowledged migrant populations—in ways that not only challenge preconceptions about the South Asian presence in the United States, but illuminate continuities between British Imperialism and U.S.-led globalization.

These essays track changes in global power that have influenced the paths and experiences of migrants—from the Indian farmers, seamen and radicals who sought work and refuge in the U.S. in the 1910s to Indian nurses sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation during the Cold War to the post-9/11 detainees and deportees caught in the crossfire of the “War on Terror”.

The work collected here reveals a South Asian diaspora that has long been entangled with the United States and its imperial ambitions—and one that renders those imperial ambitions visible. It will appeal to anyone with interest in the historic relationship between South Asia and the United States, in the intertwined processes of imperialism and global migrations, and in the continuing struggles of South Asian migrants who have crossed oceans to pursue work and build new lives in the U.S.


In our Development Studies section, Rs. 1095, in hardback, 408 pages, ISBN : 9788125052364
Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only

Unforgotten: Love and the Culture of Dementia Care in India by Bianca Brijnath from Orient Blackswan.

As life expectancy increases in India, the number of people living with dementia will also rise. Yet little is known about how people in India cope with dementia, how relationships and identities change through illness and loss. In addressing this question, this book offers a rich ethnographic account of how middle-class families in urban India care for their relatives with dementia. From the husband who wakes up at 3 am to feed his wife ice-cream to the daughters who gave up employment for seven years to care for their mother with dementia, this book illuminates the local idioms on dementia and aging, the personal experience of care-giving, the functioning of stigma in daily life, and the social and cultural barriers in accessing support.

Offering a timely and accessible entry into the everyday world of care this book adds to the current research around dementia care in developing world contexts. The analyses highlight the complexities of care, ageing, culture and love in Indian families in an era of globalisation, money, transnationalism and migration. Simultaneously it also shows how cultural frameworks historically specific to India, such as medical pluralism and hope for a cure, the emotional currency of feeding and eating, and the powerful bonds of kinship and reciprocity, continue to structure everyday worlds and practices.

Targeted to anthropologists, South Asian specialists, transcultural psychiatrists, gerontologists, public health experts and social scientists interested in the fields of ageing, gerontology and culture, this book will also have relevance to families and carers for people with dementia.


In our Anthropology section, Rs. 750, in hardback, 240 pages, ISBN : 9788125055099
Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only

Neoliberalism and Water: Complicating the Story of ‘Reforms’ in Maharashtra by Priya Sangameswaran from Orient Blackswan.

Neoliberalism and Water tells us the story of the reforms in the water sector in Maharashtra in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It looks at it through the prism of neoliberalism, which works in combination with other processes, and by the specific nature of water as a resource. The introductory discussion of different approaches to understanding neoliberalism provides the base for the ensuing discussion of water reforms. It discusses changes in urban and rural drinking water, and irrigation, and concepts like piped water, 24x7 water, water entitlements, commodity, and entrepreneurship.

It raises the questions—What kinds of visions of development of the urban and the rural do current water reforms draw upon? How is decentralisation mediated by ideas like self-sufficiency, depoliticisation, and expertise? What kind of work goes into constructing markets and determining prices? Who are the new kinds of ‘private’ actors who have emerged in the arena of water? How are mindsets and modes of working changing even among ‘public’ institutions?


In our Anthropology section, Rs. 750, in hardback, 340 pages, ISBN : 9788125054917

Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World by Ravinder Kaur And Rajni Palriwala from Orient Blackswan.

Marriage has long been central to the study of kinship and family and to imaginings of culture, identity and citizenship. If the deeply gendered nature of marriage has been critiqued by feminist researchers, the conjugal contract has been the subject of debate in the legal domain and the economics of marriage and of the wedding ceremony figure in the discourse on development.

Engaging with these and other strands is Marrying in South Asia, a volume which looks closely at Bangladeshi, Pakistani and south Indian Muslims, Bhutanese ethnic groups, Nepali widows, the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, south Asian gays and lesbians, middle class and urban, working class communities and many other groups. With the globalising world as the backdrop, the essays trace the encounters with changing notions and practices of marriage.

The book examines processes that make a marriage, the implications of non-marriage or its end and the acknowledgement of multiple sexualities, as well as the contestations and conflicts, including in the law courts, that are part of the institution. The integration of the larger economic and political contexts in understandings of personal relations around marriage is significant. The diverse ethnographic accounts, demographic analyses and economic investigations provide a wider window to marriage than is usually available in a single volume.

This volume brings together scholars in sociology, anthropology, economics, demography, development studies, queer theory and gender studies, and historical research, from around the world. Marrying in South Asia is a must-read for students of the social sciences and for all of us interested in the ideas around conjugality and the institution of marriage.


In our Development Studies section, Rs. 925, in hardback, 440 pages, ISBN : 9788125053552

Decolonisation, Development and Disease: A Social History of Malaria in Sri Lanka by Kalinga Tudor Silva from Orient Blackswan.

The 1901 Census of Ceylon identified malaria as a bane of the island. And through the ensuing century a story of development has sprung around the control of this endemic disease. A story of development that is scripted by a postcolonial state, as it grew to espouse a hegemonic Sinhala nationalist ideology.

Decolonisation, Development and Disease looks at the dynamic interplay between malaria and its social, political and environmental milieu in Sri Lanka over an 80-year period from 1930 to 2010. The volume begins with an ethno-historical account of the accumulated body of indigenous knowledge and practices and cultural adaptation to fevers and how it saw a rapid decline with the arrival of western medicine. Then it analyses the consequences of the devastating malaria epidemic of 1934 35, which, affecting mainly the Sinhala South, in some ways shaped Sri Lanka s transition from a colony to a postcolonial developmental state. The book also examines the manner in which civil war (1983 2009) triggered yet another outbreak of a malaria epidemic.

Employing postcolonial studies, post-development and discourse analysis, and examining colonial records, government statistics, oral history, ethnographic research and newspapers, this book challenges the conventional modernist wisdom relating to the role of tropical medicine in combating disease and points to the social and historical embeddedness of malaria epidemics. Arriving at a time of reconciliation in Sri Lanka, this volume will be of interest to ethnographers, social historians, public health experts, administrators and students of political science.

In our Development Studies section, Rs. 795, in hardback, 272 pages, ISBN : 9788125054290

Tibetan Refugees in India: Education, Culture and Growing Up in Exile by Mallica Mishra from Orient Blackswan.

Tibetan Refugees in India focuses on the issue of education for the Tibetan community as an important ingredient conceived to not only protect and preserve tradition but also engage with modernity by the Tibetan Government in Exile. The volume recognises the dilemmas that the community grapples with in trying to achieve a balance between ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’ in education and the strategies it has employed to deal with the issue. Life in exile is seen as a continuous learning experience for the community with trying to be ‘exclusive’ yet also to prevent ‘exclusion’ in a modernised world.

The Introduction sets the tone with the idea of and about refugeeism as a complex and problematic global reality. The chapters examine the educational options available to the Tibetan youth—Tibetan schools and Indian schools respectively. It details the curriculum and pedagogy in both sets of schools and the impact it has on the Tibetan youth, their sense of identity, nationhood, Tibet in their imagination and their attitude towards the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan struggle.


In our Anthropology section, Rs. 750, in hardback, 328 pages, ISBN : 9788125054979

Traversing Bihar: The Politics of Development and Social Justice by Manish K. Jha And Pushpendra from Orient Blackswan.

To a curious onlooker, Bihar seems like a place full of paradoxes. It has a rich cultural heritage from
the civilisational past, but evokes images of being ‘uncultured’, ‘primitive’ and ‘rustic’ in the present. Traversing Bihar depicts and interprets Bihar’s internal contradictions and struggles. The volume examines and analyses crucial political, social and developmental concerns of the state over the past two decades. Between 1990 and 2005, Bihar under Lalu Prasad Yadav witnessed a social churning, called the politics of social justice. This period ushered in a process of de-elitisation of politics with far-reaching consequences. However, over time, Yadav’s regime became chaotic and failed to combine change and development.

In 2005, the people voted for a change and brought the Nitish Kumar-led JDU-BJP coalition to power. The new regime restored the state—the police, the quiescent bureaucracy, the rule of law. It seemed to be making concerted efforts to improve the climate of development in the state. The 13 chapters of this volume, divided into three sections, look into issues such as growth and development, the politics of water resources, social exclusion in flood response, land rights, agrarian relations, the Left movement, and voting patterns in Bihar.

Well into its second term, the concerns about Bihar have re-emerged. Is Nitish Kumar’s model of development devoid of social justice? Does it re-elitise politics? Why did the new developmental state renege on its promises of tenancy reforms? Is the bureaucracy not responsible for raising the scale of corruption? Was the restoration of law and order and the model of development geared to satisfy middle-class demands for security and well-being? In asking these questions and providing in-depth analyses of Bihar’s contemporary issues, this one-of-a-kind book will be an invaluable guide for scholars and students of economics, development studies and political science.


In our Development Studies section, Rs. 850, in hardback, 368 pages, ISBN : 9788125055679