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From August 09, 2007 to August 22, 2007

Gender Parity

This book contains 12 essays dealing with the contemporary problems connected with gender relations.

Inspiring Epic

Three Volumes: V.V. Ramanujan; Sri Rangapriya Publishing House, New No. 116, T.P. Koil Street, Triplicane, Chennai-600005. Rs. 400 (three volumes).

Hinduism Through The Ages

This Publication in 11 chapters deals with Hindu religion at different periods of time.

From The Blurb

Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research (SAIIER), Secretariat, Bharat Nivas, Auroville-605101.

Conservation Of Biodiversity

Study of the complexities involved in evolving integrated forest landscape management strategies.

Wildlife Management: A Case Study

A Strategy to Mitigate Human-Elephant Conflict (A Study): C.H. Basappanavar and K.M. Kaveriappa; Vanasuma Prakashana, 1423/2, 2nd Main, ‘B’ Block, Sahakarnagar, Bengaluru-560092. Rs. 750.

New Age Business Strategies

What It Really Takes to Profit in a Wal-Mart World: William H. Marquard with Bill Birchard; Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. Ltd., 7, West Patel Nagar, New Delhi-110008. Rs. 450.

Empowerment Of The Poor

The story of the micro-finance movement that turned banking practice on its head.

Pakistan Urged To Comply With Wto Standards

The government has decided to comply with the standards demanded by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to survive in the export market.

Framed In The Celluloid

Just a little over six months after the initial Paris screening of their 'moving pictures', the Lumiere brothers despatched their representative to a huge market waiting to be tapped - India.

Horror Of '47 Revisited

One can say with utter confidence that there has never been a history of India from the time the British left the country to Jawaharlal Nehru's death, written with such openness, insight and daring as Alex Von Tunzelmann's Indian Summer.

Nothing Works

A glance at the reader’s address in I. R. Shankar’s novel “An Adolescent Mind”, feels like a poor attempt at poetry and even if the author is trying to be amusing, it does not work. . . . .

Bringing Coffee To The Table

“Coffee Gyan” published by Macmillan India Limited and the Coffee Board makes for a quick and light read.

Looking For Elusive Peace

Many volumes have been written on the subject of Partition. Broadly, two opposite viewpoints have been expressed on the subject.

Home Truths, Gently Revealed

The author has the knack of telling a tale simply and elegantly while providing insights into daily life.

Unravelling The Raw Truth Of It All

The book conveys a sense of the Intelligence world as it really is mostly shades of gray, instead of black and white.

How To Play The Game

This book gives a detailed description of the life and times of one of India's greatest players.

Beauty And Herr Wolf

The Poor Man and the Lady, the title of Thomas Hardy’s first (rejected) novel, is a well-worn literary theme.

Bringing Coffee To The Table
“Coffee Gyan”, published by Macmillan India Limited and the Coffee Board, makes for a quick and light read.

India's Silent Warriors

Secrecy and intelligence agencies are synonymous. Very rarely does the general public get a peek into the shadowy world of spooks and their death-defying deeds shrouded behind the iron curtain of state secrets.

‘The World Was Silent When We Died’

Twenty-nine-year-old Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently bagged the prestigious Orange Prize for fiction for his second novel, which takes its name from the short-lived Biafran flag.

A R&aw Perspective

It is not easy to be a spy on a foreign posting. One day at a party, the drunken wife of an IFS officer loudly announced: “Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the most charming officer from India’s external intelligence”.

Looking For Elusive Peace

Many volumes have been written on the subject of Partition. Broadly, two opposite viewpoints have been expressed on the subject.

Framed In The Celluloid

Just a little over six months after the initial Paris screening of their 'moving pictures', the Lumiere brothers despatched their representative to a huge market waiting to be tapped - India.

Horror Of '47 Revisited

One can say with utter confidence that there has never been a history of India from the time the British left the country to Jawaharlal Nehru's death, written with such openness, insight and daring as Alex Von Tunzelmann's Indian Summer.

Forging New Boundaries

Nikita Lalwani’s debut novel Gifted traces the life of Rumi Vasi, Cardiff’s mathematics prodigy, from age five to age fifteen.

Exploring Indian Politics

It wasn’t a book reading of the usual sorts, but a conversation between two intellectual minds discussing the book India After Gandhi – The History of the World’s Greatest Democracy.

Wordsmith Of Wit And Wisdom

Thomas Burleigh Kurishingal turns Descartes’ quote on its head. ‘I am what I am’ at his hands becomes “I am what I am not!” Reverence, it appears is not part of Thomas Burleigh Kurishingal’s makeup.

Reviving Iraq

The essays in this book describe the collapse of the Iraqi state, its fragmentation and the identity crisis that now confronts Iraqis.

Bringing Coffee To The Table

“Coffee Gyan” published by Macmillan India Limited and the Coffee Board makes for a quick and light read.

Kyon Ki Meets Bridget

“My name is Aisha Bhatia, I am twenty-nine years old and single. I work as a guest relations manager at the Grand Orchid Hotel.

Food For Peace

IN this inspiring biography of Dr. Norman Borlaug, to whom the world owes a lot, Leon F. Hesser pays glowing tributes to the tireless and dedicated work of an individual against a background of constant pessimism and scaremongering.

Dense Narrative

Writing about one’s own boyhood days is not new to Kannada literature. Kuvempu, Karantha, Goruru, and a host of others have gone on this nostalgia trip. But Ka. Ta.

Asian Drama

The interactions among China, Japan, India, Russia and the United States have crucial importance for Asian and global stability.

Fill The Gaap Gap

“A prime aim of standards is to bring consistency of reporting within and between countries.

Exercise In Inclusion

There are three vital political moments in Indian history that deserve to be contextualised for any sort of serious deliberation on Muslim education.

Modern Malayalam Cinema

The Book is a two part, brief, but comprehensive study on modern Malayalam cinema.

Champion Of Equality

This work is the Telugu translation of Arundhati Roy’s An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire.

Poems For Children

Chella Ganapathy; Palaniappa Brothers, Konar Maligai, 25, Peters Road, Chennai–600014. Rs. 90.

New Arrivals

Advaita Philosophy of Sri Adhi Sankara: Amarakavi Ramachandra; Hayagreeva Publication, Triplicane, Chennai-600005.

Fast-Paced Novel

It is August 22, 2007 and Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf is addressing his nation after the Tarbela Dam across the mighty River Indus has sustained severe damage thereby threatening vast tracts of the country and its inhabitants.

Yoga Of Self-Perfection

Life and Work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: Georges Van Vrekhem; Rupa & Co., 7/16, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi 110012. Rs. 395.

Beyond Cartesian Metaphor

In his classic Science and the Modern World (1925), the British philosopher Alfred Whitehead suggests that with the industrial revolution, “the mechanical explanation of nature finally hardened into a dogma of science.”

Talking Water On Pages

In the 21st century world, water is the most contentious of elements, its ownership more disputed than land and space.

Pyre In The Graveyard

The recent history of Gujarat could be divided into two: the Gandhi-Sardar Patel era and the Advani-Narendra Modi era. In the first, relations between Hindus and Muslims were better than in any other state.

Oratory Club Of India

Both text and context mark out great speeches.

Dharma Cola

Even in today’s secular societies, there are few transformations that cause more grief than the decision of individuals or communities to abandon their religion and embrace a new God.

New Arrival

With the screening of the film, Gandhi, My Father, the family life of the Mahatma, especially his relationship with Harilal, his estranged son, is once again in the limelight.

A Cup Of Tea Or A Cup Of Chai?

Two years ago I was invited to Poland’s first-ever international literary festival held by the Book Institute.

Unusual Novel By Unusual Teenager

Grandslam, the first part of Fire Within, was the initial literary offering of 14-year-old author Ronen Chatterjee.

Witness To A Disaster

Ganga is dying. The river which has provided 'salvation' to millions of believers is left choking due to human as well as industrial pollutants.

Children Of A Dead God

Invading the Sacred: An analysis of Hinduism studies in America, Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas & Aditi Banerji (Edited), Rupa, Rs 595

From The Blurb

Originally known as Qila-i-Mubarak — the Fortunate or Auspicious Citadel — its construction began in 1639 and was completed in 1648.

Mixed Bag Of Tricks

Let me confess right away, that to support each and every woman is not my kind of feminism.

Ak47, The Coca-Cola Of Small Arms

Michael Hodges, 'AK47: Story of the People's Gun' is a tribute to the legendary popularity of the gun in the 60th year of its inception, says Nigel Fountain.

On The 'Ramp'age

Tanaya Shah shed her burqa, changed into something like a wisp of a panty and became a supermodel.

History Within Its Covers

'India After Gandhi' chronicles a vast amount of history and bolsters it with massive research.

Born To Be Free

Salma Ahmed’s reputation precedes her. The first woman entrepreneur of Pakistan, the founder and CEO of that country’s Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Exploring Indian Politics

It wasn’t a book reading of the usual sorts, but a conversation between two intellectual minds discussing the book India After Gandhi – The History of the World’s Greatest Democracy.

Print Pick

The Savage Gorge: Colin Forbes, Rs. 245 The pace of the story is excellent, the twists and turns keep you guessing all the time.

Foreign Fixation

A hardbound Harry Potter lifts his cloak, waves his wand and casts a spell on ten and thirty-year olds.

The Best Of Henry

“The Best of O. Henry” brings together the most popular as well as the lesser known works of the master storyteller.

Those Were The Days

The world, as they say, was not built in a day. But every few years or centuries, a day arrives which makes the world a little bit different.

A Whiff Of Nostalgia For The Raj

Sixty years of India’s independence is a publishers’ bonanza. Mountbatten’s daughter, Pamela, has published her memoirs of her days in Delhi when the Union Jack came down.

Follow The Evolving Leader

The dates of this volume are significant and perhaps the principal reason for treating it a little separately from many of the previous 38 volumes.

The African Writer And The Burden Of History

In a 2003 interview, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie had asked aspiring African writers not to imitate John Grisham, but write their own stories.

Caught In The Labyrinth Of Anyonymity

Debutante Payal Mohanka’s “In The Shadows – Unknown Craftsmen of Bengal” is an eye-opener on our unsung craftspersons.

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