Saturday, 31 May 2014


Ecoliterature: Principles and Applications by S Kumaran from Authorspress.

Ecocriticism does not glorify nature and its objects, rather it brings out the interrelationship that underpins the universe. It also indicates how human beings are linked to the life of nature, which includes all the members of ecosphere such as soils, rocks, trees, rivers, animals, etc. 

Moreover, it advocates appropriate ways of living that help humans to formulate an ethical system that guards them against the misuse of available natural resources. Most of the problems faced by humans are the result of their self-indulgence and avarice and these can be rectified only through proper understanding of human life. Ecocriticism tries to educate humans of the sacred bond between humans and earth.

In our Natural History section, Rs. 650, in hardback, 160 pages, ISBN: 9788172738167

Thursday, 29 May 2014

People’s Linguistic Survey of India, (Vol- XXXVIII)

People’s Linguistic Survey of India, (Vol- XXXVIII): Indian Sign Language(s) by G.N. Devy, Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Nisha Grover And Surinder P. K. Randhawa from Orient Blackswan.

This thirty-eighth volume of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India is devoted to the Indian Sign Language (ISL), the language of the Deaf in India. The articles in the volume are divided into four parts. The first discusses both its formal linguistic and ‘orthographic’ features; the second presents the sociolinguistic themes of the ISL such as bilingualism and language variety as well as language planning and policy issues.

Part three presents various synchronic aspects of the ISL. The final part comprises articles on themes interfacing Sign Languages and other knowledge systems. This very first collection of articles on the ISL, is a critically important contribution to the discipline.

In our Linguistics section, Rs. 1015, in hardback, xli+198 pages, ISBN: 9788125054894

Decentering Translation Studies: India and Beyond by Judy Wakabayashi And Rita Kothari from Orient Blackswan.

This book foregrounds practices and discourses of translation in several non - Western traditions. Translation Studies currently reflects the historiography and concerns of Anglo - American and European scholars, overlooking the full richness of translational activities and diverse discourses. The essays in this book, which generally have a historical slant, help push back the geographical and conceptual boundaries of the discipline.

They illustrate how distinctive historical, social and philosophical contexts have shaped the ways in which translational acts are defined, performed, viewed, encouraged or suppressed in different linguistic communities. The volume has a particular focus on the multiple contexts of translation in India, but also encompasses translation in Korea, Japan and South Africa, as well as representations of Sufism in different contexts.

In our Translation Studies section, Rs. 495, in paperback, 232 pages, ISBN: 9788125054580

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Spy Among Friends

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre And With an Afterword by John Le Carre from Bloomsbury India.

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War.

Philbys two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone and then discovered they had not known him at all. This is a story of intimate duplicity, of loyalty, trust and treachery, class and conscience, of an ideological battle waged by men with cut-glass accents and well-made suits in the comfortable clubs and restaurants of London and Washington, of male friendships forged and then systematically betrayed.

With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.

In our Biography section, Rs. 399, in paperback, 368 pages, ISBN: 9781408859223

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Modern South Asia, Political Economy of Reforms in India

Modern South Asia, (3/e): History, Culture, Political Economy by Sugata Bose And Ayesha Jalal from Oxford University Press (India).

Drawing on the newest and the most sophisticated historical research and scholarship in the field, Modern South Asia provides a challenging insight for those with an intellectual curiosity about the region. After sketching the pre-modern history of the subcontinent, the book concentrates on the last three centuries. Jointly authored by two leading Indian and Pakistani historians, it offers a rare depth of historical understanding of the politics, cultures, and economics that shape the lives of more than a fifth of humanity.

In this comprehensive study, the authors interpret and debate the striking developments in contemporary South Asian history and historical writing, covering an entire spectrum of the region's modern history—social, economic and political. The book provides new insights into the structure and the ideology of the British raj, the meaning of the subaltern resistance, the refashioning of social relations along the lines of caste, class, community and gender, the different strands of anti-colonial nationalism, and the dynamics of decolonization.

This third edition brings the debate up to the present day, taking account of recent historical research and covering the closer integration of South Asia with the global economy, the impact of developments in Afghanistan on the region as a whole, and the fresh challenges to South Asia's nation-states.

In our History section, Rs. 625, in paperback, 292 pages, ISBN: 9780198092247
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Political Economy of Reforms in India by Rahul Mukherji from Oxford University Press (India).

Political processes and economic change are deeply intertwined in a globalizing world and recognition of their linkages is crucial for understanding the role of any government in economic activity. This short introduction discusses the politics of India's economic growth, state welfare, and development experience, situating it within a larger framework of globalization. It outlines the complex yet inevitable dependency of public welfare on the growth process, pointing out the Indian state's successes and failures on developmental fronts. It evaluates the main political factors impacting India's nearly three-decade-old engagement with economic reforms, globalization, and development.

In our Economics section, Rs. 275, in paperback, 224 pages, ISBN: 9780198087335

Friday, 23 May 2014

The Discovery of Ancient India/ Writing the Mughal World

The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology by Upinder Singh from Permanent Black.

The Chanda Yakshi graces this gorgeous new cover for Upinder Singh's indispensable book, written as much for the general reader interested in India’s antiquity and its pioneering archaeologists, as for students of the history of archaeology, colonialism, and constructions of the past. It breaks colonial archaeology down into its specific constituents and examines the ideas, impulses, tensions, and individual contributions that comprised early studies of India’s ancient past.

It focuses, at the outset, on the ideas and work of Alexander Cunningham, the first Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, as well as his assistants. It then looks at a number of related issues — the different definitions of archaeological research; the conflict between field archaeologists and architectural scholars; the debate over whether antiquities should be left in situ or removed to museums; the different approaches and initiatives towards the conservation of historical monuments. Finally, it looks at the contributions of Indian scholars to archaeology, and of the Indian princes to the conservation of historical monuments.

In our History section, Rs. 450, in paperback, 380 pages, ISBN: 9788178241272

Writing the Mughal World: Studies in Political Culture by Muzaffar Alam And Sanjay Subrahmanyam from Permanent Black.

In this book, two leading historians of early modern South Asia present nine jointly authored essays on the Mughal empire, framed by a long Introduction which reflects on the imperial, nationalist, and other conflicted trajectories of history-writing on the Mughals. Using materials from a large variety of languages—including Dutch, Portuguese, English, Persian, Urdu, and Tamil—they show how this Indo-Islamic dynasty developed a sophisticated system of government and facilitated an era of profound artistic and architectural achievement, setting the groundwork for South Asia’s future trajectory.

In several ways the joint work of Alam and Subrahmanyam, best represented here, provides the most significant innovation, expansion, and rethinking about the Mughal imperium for many decades. The present book intertwines political, cultural, and commercial themes while exploring diplomacy, state-formation, historiography, religious debate, and political thought.

It focuses on confrontations between a variety of source materials that are then reconciled by the authors, enabling readers to participate both in the debate and the resolution of competing claims. Interdisciplinary and cutting-edge, this work adds rich dimensions to research on the Mughal state, early modern South Asia, and the comparative history of the Mughal, Ottoman, Safavid, and other early modern empires.

In our History section, Rs. 595, in paperback, 536 pages, ISBN: 9788178243863

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

New Books

India's Doctrine Puzzle, (1/e): Limiting War in South Asia by Ali Ahmed from Routledge India.

The book examines the impetus behind India’s conventional military doctrines in the light of nuclearisation. Through a multi-level and multidimensional approach, it seeks to understand the reason behind India going for a proactive offensive doctrine. The Indian war doctrine is examined at the regional, national and organizational analytical levels.

In our Strategic Affairs section, Rs. 695, in hardback, 260 pages, ISBN: 9781138019706

Muslim Political Discourse in Postcolonial India, (1/e): Monuments, Memory, Contestation by Hilal Ahmed from Routledge India.

This book examines the postcolonial Muslim political discourse through monuments. It establishes a link between the process by which historic buildings become monuments and the gradual transformation of these historic/legal entities into political objects. The author studies the multiple interpretations of Indo-Islamic historical buildings as ‘political sites’ as well as emerging Muslim religiosities and the internal configurations of Muslim politics in India. He also looks at the modes by which a memory of a royal Muslim past is articulated for political mobilisation.

Raising some critical questions such as whether Muslim responses to political questions are homogenous, the book will greatly interest researchers and students of political science, modern Indian history, sociology, as well as the general reader interested in contemporary India.

In our Politics section, Rs. 795, in hardback, 312 pages, ISBN: 9781138020160

Constructing Indian Christianities, (1/e): Conversion, Culture, and Caste by Chad M. Bauman And Richard Fox Young from Routledge India.

This volume offers insights into the current ‘public-square’ debates on Indian Christianity. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork as well as rigorous analyses, it discusses the myriad histories of Christianity in India, its everyday practice and contestations and the process of its indigenisation. It addresses complex and pertinent themes such as Dalit Indian Christianity, diasporic nationalism and conversion. The work will interest scholars and researchers of religious studies, Dalit and subaltern studies, modern Indian history, and politics.

In our Religion section, Rs. 695, in hardback, 288 pages, ISBN: 9781138020184

India in the Contemporary World, (1/e): Polity, Economy and International Relations by Jakub Zajaczkowki, Jivanta Schottli And Manish Thapa from Routledge India.

This book brings together Indian and European perspectives on India’s polity, economy and international strategy. It explores internal, regional and global determinants shaping India’s status, position and goals in the early 21st century. Through an array of methodological and theoretical approaches, it presents debates on democracy, economic development, foreign and security policy, and the course of India–European Union relations. The volume will prove invaluable to scholars and students of international relations, politics, economics, history, and development studies, as well as policy makers and economists.

In our Strategic Affairs section, Rs. 995, in hardback, 544 pages, ISBN: 9780415812139

Monday, 19 May 2014

Subalternity, Exclusion and Social Change in India

Subalternity, Exclusion and Social Change in India by Ashok K. Pankaj And Ajit K. Pandey from Cambridge University Press (India).

This book emphasizes the need for adopting an integrated approach to understand the concepts of subalternity, exclusion and social change in India. It also explores the dynamic relations between these three concepts, instead of treating them as unconnected and discrete social facts. The contributors address some important questions of political economy: Why are subalterns, subalterns, and how does a society produce and reproduce them?

Are subalterns a historical construction, and, if so, what are those historical forces and how have they produced subalterns? Also, are there any contemporary forces of subaltern reproduction? What are those forces and how do they operate? How do we place the differentially positioned social groups within the larger subaltern category?

The essays in this volume capture ideology, knowledge and power as forces of subaltern reproduction in Indian society, and map the dominant trajectories of emancipation and assertion adopted by different subaltern social groups. Contributors show how subalterns are negotiating emancipation amidst continued oppression, subjugation and atrocities.

In our Sociology section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 387 pages, ISBN: 9789382993247

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society

Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society by Nalini Rajan from Orient Blackswan.

Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society is a collection of essays that highlights issues of ethics specifically in journalism of conflict. The media takes an active interest in reporting cases of conflict as political unrest has a direct and immediate impact on people’s lives. In the first part, this volume presents four such reportages; one each from Libya, Pakistan, Turkey and Khairlanji (India). Devoted to reportage, these case studies raise an important question: How far can a reporter prescribe and opine in her reportage? The authors explain, by their own example, the need for a journalist to be aware of this question during live reportage.

The second part of this volume is a critical look at the contemporary media scene in India. The authors draw our attention to the vibrant civil society that shook the administration when allegations of corruption cropped up. Citing instances of corruption within the media, the essays delineate the conflict between vested interest and ethics in journalism. In the concluding part, the authors focus on social media, as a new medium of civil society, playing an active role in the reportage of conflict—through clicks and shares.

The essays here provoke the reader to ask if journalistic ethics do find a place in social media at all! Presenting case-studies, theory and arguments, this volume is invaluable for students of journalism and mass communication. It will also be of interest to the lay reader.

In our Sociology section, Rs. 750, in hardback, 216 pages, ISBN: 9788125054849

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Water & State Conflict

The Socio-Cultural Context of Water: Study of a Gujarat Village by Farhat Naz from Orient Blackswan.

Water as a commodity in a consumer society is critically studied in this volume, the rural hinterland being viewed through the micro world of Mathnaa. Socio-cultural Context of Water: Study of a Gujarat Village analyses various aspects of water management at a project in Mathnaa in Sabarkantha district of the state of Gujarat noted for its aridity.

This small village is sharply differentiated along the lines of caste, tribe, class and gender. Wells are the main source of irrigation, rainfall being erratic. Water scarcity is an arena of conflict, which leads to the social actors trying to exploit the situation for their vested interests depending on their relative power positions. A significant finding of this volume is that Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe farmers too own borewells and are able to participate in user-group committees, thus gaining social mobility.

The author has explained to what extent attempts to revive the institutions for community water management have been successful, illustrating local power dynamics in terms of wealth, land ownership and access to water.

In our Anthropology section, Rs. 695, in hardback, 256 pages, ISBN: 9788125054306 

The Fall and Rise of Telangana by Gautam Pingle from Orient Blackswan.

Post Independence, the state of Andhra Pradesh was created by merging the Telangana region, a part of the princely state of Hyderabad, with the coastal region of Andhra and Rayalaseema—both parts of the erstwhile Madras state. With Madras, the major source of income of the state, allocated to Tamil Nadu, it was necessary to include the revenue-surplus Telangana to create a financially viable entity. However, there had always been doubts about the long-term feasibility of such an arrangement. Jawaharlal Nehru had even considered the provision of a ‘divorce’ if the ‘marriage’ between the three regions did not turn out to be mutually beneficial.

Despite several agreements, laws and government orders safeguarding the interests of the people of Telangana, modern history records a sordid tale of exploitation, agitation, assurances and broken promises. The author shows how the Srikrishna Commission that was formed to look into the matter and impartially recommend a way forward ‘subverted’ the process and came forward with a predetermined solution. Today, despite violent agitation, the surplus revenue of the region continues to be disproportionately diverted to Coastal Andhra, while land around Hyderabad is quite often illegally allocated to land sharks from other regions.

The author has painstakingly dissected the Telangana problem from its inception to the where a separate state seems to be inevitable. He has identified the political reasons for the behaviour of the national leaders in making promises and later reneging on them, and shows how this betrayal has affected the people of the region. In the final chapter, the author proposes a model for the trifurcation of the state and how this can be made equitable and just. Vocal and hard-hitting, this book will be valuable for students of political science and general readers interested in the movement.

In our Politics section, Rs. 595, in hardback, 344 pages, ISBN: 9788125054733

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Piracy in the Indian Film Industry

Piracy in the Indian Film Industry: Copyright and Cultural Consonance by Arul George Scaria from Cambridge University Press (India).

Piracy in the Indian Film Industry: Copyright and Cultural Consonance sheds light on how copyright law works at the grassroots level in India, by exploring the social, cultural, historical, legal and economic dimensions of piracy in one of the biggest copyright-based industries: the Indian film industry.

Based on extensive fieldwork, this book provides novel and insightful findings on the complexity and diversity of perceptions regarding piracy within Indian society. The bottom-up approach to analysis adopted in the book elucidates how local factors influence copyright enforcement and the book proposes a mix of positive and negative incentives to increase the voluntary compliance of copyright law in India.

In our Law section, Rs. 795, in hardback, 338 pages, ISBN: 9781107065437

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment

Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment by Akeel Bilgrami from Permanent Black.

Bringing clarity to a subject clouded by polemic, Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment is a rigorous exploration of how secularism and identity emerged as concepts in different parts of the modern world. At a time when secularist and religious worldviews appear irreconcilable, Akeel Bilgrami strikes out on a path distinctly his own, criticizing secularist proponents and detractors, liberal universalists and multicultural relativists alike.

Those who ground secularism in arguments that aspire to universal reach, Bilgrami argues, fundamentally misunderstand the nature of politics. To those, by contrast, who regard secularism as a mere outgrowth of colonial domination, he offers the possibility of a more conceptually vernacular ground for political secularism. Focusing on the response to Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, Bilgrami asks why Islamic identity has so often been a mobilizing force against liberalism, and he answers the question with diagnostic sympathy, providing a philosophical framework within which the Islamic tradition might overcome the resentments prompted by its colonized past and present.

Turning to Gandhi’s political and religious thought, Bilgrami ponders whether the increasing appeal of religion in many parts of the world reflects a growing disillusionment not with science but with an outlook of detachment around the rise of modern science and capitalism. He elaborates a notion of enchantment along metaphysical, ethical, and political lines with a view to finding in secular modernity a locus of meaning and value, while addressing squarely the anxiety that all such notions hark back nostalgically to a time that has past.

In our Religion section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 412 pages, ISBN: 9788178243856
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Saturday, 10 May 2014


Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka and the Bounds of the Indian Ocean Colony by Sujit Sivasundaram from Oxford University Press (India).

How did the British come to conquer South Asia in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? Answers to this question usually start in northern India, neglecting the dramatic events that marked Britains contemporaneous taking of the island of Sri Lanka. In Islanded, Sujit Sivasundaram reconsiders the arrival of British rule in South Asia as a dynamic and unfinished process of territorialization and state building, revealing that the British colonial project was framed by Sri Lankas traditions and maritime placement and built in part on the model they provided.

Using palm-leaf manuscripts alongside the colonial archive, Sivasundaram tells the story of two sets of islanders in combat and collaboration. He explores how the British organized the process of "islanding" and "partitioning": they aimed to create a separable unit of colonial governance and trade in keeping with conceptions of ethnology, culture, and geography. The advent of British rule in South Asia was thus a critical point in the fragmentation of the mainland from the island.

But rather than serving as a radical rupture, he reveals, how the colonists recycled and constantly redefined traditions that they learned from Kandy, a kingdom in the Sri Lankan highlands whose customs-from strategies of war to views of nature-fascinated them. Picking up a range of unusual themes, from migration, orientalism, and ethnography to botany, medicine, and education, Islanded is an engaging retelling of the advent of British rule and a theory of colonial impact that speaks to other places that have been lost from dominant histories.

In our History section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 384 pages, ISBN: 9780198096245
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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Integration of the Indian States & Colonialism

Integration of the Indian States by V. P. Menon from Orient Blackswan.

  • Merging the 554 princely states with the Indian state was one of the most structurally monumental tasks that the Indian administration faced after Independence.
  • V.P. Menon worked closely with Sardar Patel to help integrate the princely states with India.
  • The book details the negotiations he carried out with each of these states.
  • He has taken up the case of each state and shown how they were persuaded to sign the Instrument of Accession which made them a part of the Indian union.
  • He also shows how various states were grouped together to form new administrative units.
  • This reissue of the volume has a new Introduction that contextualizes it for contemporary readers. It gives us a brief account of the author, the book and the background in which it was written. It tells us how the process of carving out states from the jigsaw puzzle that India was after Independence is something that continues.

In our Politics section, Rs. 995, in paperback, 534 pages, ISBN: 9788125054511

Language Politics, Elites, and the Public Sphere: Western India Under Colonialism by Veena Naregal from Orient Blackswan.

The bilingual relationship between English and the Indian vernaculars has long been crucial to the construction of ideology as well as cultural and political hierarchies. Print was vital for colonial literacy—for initiating a shift in the relation between ‘high’ and ‘low’ languages. This book looks at the relationship between linguistic hierarchies, textual practices and power in colonial Western India. Whereas most studies of colonialism focus on India’s ‘high’ literary culture, this work looks at how local intellectuals explored their ‘middling’ position through initiatives to establish newspapers and influential channels of communication.

How was the ‘native’ intelligentsia able to achieve a position of ideological influence? This book shows that, despite their minority position and the bilingual division, such people negotiated the arenas of education policy, the press, and voluntary associations to advance their interests as a social class. In doing this it illuminates the Indian intelligentsia’s self-definitions before anti-colonial thinking articulated its hegemonic claims as nationalistic discourse. This book will interest readers of Indian history, cultural politics, and colonial thought.

In our Politics section, Rs. 450, in paperback, 312 pages, ISBN: 9788178243832

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Courage Beyond Compare And The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link

Courage Beyond Compare: How Ten Athletes Overcame Disability and Adversity to Become Champions by Sanjay Sharma And Medini Sharma from Rupa & Co.

Sport,at every level,is about excelling. The most exciting and inspiring sports stories are the ones in which a sportsperson has overcome adverse circumstances and excelled at the highest levels. Cricketers who grew up playing in narrow by lanes,tennis players who used empty swimming pools to practice in,footballers who played barefoot because they could not afford shoes, the list is long and impressive. The stories in this book capture the never-say-die spirit of ten athletes who soared in sport despite their physical disability. These are stories that deserve to be told and I am glad that Sanjay Sharma and Medini Sharma have devoted an entire book to them.'-Salman Khan

The ten sports people profiled in courage beyond compare - champions in disciplines as diverse as athletics,long-distance swimming,badminton and cricket,who have brought glory to the country both in national and international arenas - overcame immense physical limitations to reach the pinnacle in their chosen fields.

Powerful and inspiring,these stories are heart-warming reminders that a strong mind,steely will and dogged determination almost always triumph over the limitations of the human body. At the same time,Courage beyond Compare brings into sobering focus how far India must still go to ensure an equitable society for the differently able,and how little it cares for the sports people who move heaven and earth for the glory of the nation.

Interesting facts

  • A selection of profiles of differently-able athletes,this title will do well in the 'inspirational' space.
  • The author wrote the acclaimed biography of Pullela Gopi Chand which has a fair amount of recall value.
  • The book will appeal to readers who are interested in sports and sport-writing.
  • Salman Khan,the actor,has blurbed the book and Sanjay Sharma will involve him in its launches well. That will grab us a lot of eyeballs.
  • The media will also be interested in the book,since the stories are inspiring and quite eye-opening.

In our General section, Rs. 295, in paperback, 280 pages, ISBN: 9788129131195

The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link by B. Z. Khasru from Rupa & Co.

On 15 August 1975, several junior officers of the Bangladesh Army stormed the residence of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, killing the nation’s founder and most of his family members. Contrary to popular myth that the violent putsch was orchestrated by those countries which had opposed the creation of Bangladesh, American declassified documents suggest that the assassination was the culmination of a home-grown plot, but the United States had advance knowledge of it.

In tracing the events leading up to the murders, The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link narrates the untold stories of two statesmen of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman, whose legacies continue to dominate Bangladeshi politics to this day. It documents the events that occurred between 1971 and 1977—beginning with coup perpetrators, Major Shariful Haque Dalim and Major Nur Chowdhury’s defection from Pakistan, to General Ziaur Rahman’s rise to power.

The book also details the events that took place in India during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, events which shaped the Bangladesh military which would eventually pit itself against the nation’s founding leaders. It also seeks answers to several vital questions: Did Mujib favor a confederation with Pakistan after Bangladesh’s independence? Why did he authorize the release of Pakistani war prisoners, reneging on his vow to put them on trial in Bangladesh?

What prompted Mujib to form a Communist-style political system, discarding his life-long crusade for parliamentary democracy? And, most importantly, did his one-party policy catapult the grisly putsch that shook the foundations of the fledged nation? Well-researched, insightful and illuminating, The Bangladesh Military Coup and the CIA Link is a decisive account of one of the most turbulent events in the political history of Bangladesh.

In our History section, Rs. 995, in paperback, 420 pages, ISBN: 9788129129086

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Overwhelmed Or Why Entrepreneurs Really Fail

Overwhelmed, (1/e): Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte from Bloomsbury India.

In her attempts to juggle work and family life, Brigid Schulte has baked cakes until 2 a.m., frantically (but surreptitiously) sent important emails during school trips and then worked long into the night after her children were in bed. Realising she had become someone who constantly burst in late, trailing shoes and schoolbooks and biscuit crumbs, she began to question, like so many of us, whether it is possible to be anything you want to be, have a family and still have time to breathe.

So when Schulte met an eminent sociologist who studies time and he told her she enjoyed thirty hours of leisure each week, she thought her head was going to pop off. What followed was a trip down the rabbit hole of busy-ness, a journey to discover why so many of us ?nd it near-impossible to press the 'pause' button on life and what got us here in the ?rst place. Overwhelmed maps the individual, historical, biological and societal stresses that have ripped working mothers' and fathers' leisure to shreds, and asks how it might be possible for us to put the pieces back together.

Seeking insights, answers and inspiration, Schulte explores everything from the wiring of the brain and why workplaces are becoming increasingly demanding, to worldwide differences in family policy, how cultural norms shape our experiences at work, our unequal division of labour at home and why it's so hard for everyone - but women especially - to feel they deserve an elusive moment of peace.

In our Sociology section, Rs. 559, in hardback, 368 pages, ISBN: 9781408826690

Why Entrepreneurs Really Fail: The Road to Success…Always Under Construction by Nozer Buchia from Bloomsbury India.

Whether you have already started your own business or are struggling with the idea of what to do next, Why Entrepreneurs Really Fail has invaluable advice for you. Get unstuck, be inspired, and find out how to take the next step on the road to success.

This book tells you how to identify your strengths and recognize what you need to do to be successful in what he calls this unforgiving world of business. Just as important, you will be able to determine what not to do and how to minimize your risk of failure. You will also learn how to recover from mistakes that cause failure, what entrepreneurship is all about, whether it is right for you, what is holding you back, and how to move forward.

Equip yourself with knowledge, develop successful winning habits, learn from case studies, and discover Why Entrepreneurs Really Fail. Nozer Buchia will help you decide whether or not to jump into the world of entrepreneurship even as he inspires, and will show you how to really succeed if you do decide to take the plunge.

In our Management Studies section, Rs. 350, in hardback, 255 pages, ISBN: 9789382951605

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Hyderabad and Hyderabadis & India in Russian Orientalism

Hyderabad and Hyderabadis by Karen Leonard from Manohar Publishers.

This volume presents Karen Leonard's best articles on Hyderabad and Hyderabadis, pieces published since the 1970s that evoke the singular cultural ambience of the vanished princely state. Hyderabad's cosmopolitan Indo-Muslim culture distinguished the state from British colonial India, and Leonard captures the significant changes in state and society from the late eighteenth century to the late twentieth century, stressing the important role of the state in shaping culture and identity.

In our Anthropology section, Rs. 1250, in hardback, 442 pages, ISBN: 9789350980293

India in Russian Orientalism: Travel Narratives and Beyond by Amartya Mukhopadhyay from Manohar Publishers.

Russian Orientalism concerning India, through interpretation of Russian travelogues, is severely under-researched. The few exhaustive Indological studies exploring Indo-Russian cultural links either shun close readings of select texts, or do not make the Indian connection regarding Russian Orientalism in the Saidian sense, which burgeoned after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Rather, contemporary applications of Orientalism as a gaze to Russias activities in the East have remained, with only few exceptions, limited to the Caucasus and Central Asia, seldom extending to India.

Consequently, with the exception of Nikitins Voyage Beyond Three Seas most of the Russian travelogues, predating institutionalisation of Russian Orientlology, are not reinterpreted from modern perspectives. Researches on Lebedev, the most loved of Russian travellers in India, n Russia, Germany and India do not talk with each other, while Orientalist research of European-American provenance for India simply ignores him. Minor travelogues of Efremov and Daniebegov suffer worse fate. Prince Saltykovs travelogues, letters and pictures are the most neglected. Vereshchagins Orientalist, anti-war art and his travelogues in Caucasus and Central Asia receive attention.

But even after the current resurgence of interest in him, his travelogue of India written by him and his wife, where he is the main subject, lies forgotten. The diaries of Minaev are given short shrift, though they problematise Russian Orientalism in India most significantly. Amartya Mukhopadhyays original study, as a social scientist, seeks to fill this gap from an Indian point of vantage, showing how these travellers were imprisoned by, or broke free of, the stereotypes of observation called after Said as Orientalism.

In our History section, Rs. 1095, in hardback, 360 pages, ISBN: 9788173049972