By Anjana Motihar Chandra
India Condensed is a booklet for somebody who wishes a brief advent to India. historical past, philosophy, faith, language, literature, arts and tradition are all mentioned during this vigorous and available textual content. greater than a dry recitation of dates, names and occasions, the subjects lined diversity from tales and legends to present proof and observations. millions of years of heritage, tradition and civilization are distilled into one convenient publication for simple reference.
By Deepa M. Ollapally
South Asia is domestic to quite a number extremist teams from the jihadists of Pakistan to the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. within the well known brain, extremism and terrorism are always associated with ethnic and spiritual components. but the dominant heritage of South Asia is striking for tolerance and co-existence, regardless of hugely plural societies. Deepa Ollapally examines extremist teams in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Northeast India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to supply a clean point of view at the reasons of extremism. What debts for its upward thrust in societies no longer traditionally predisposed to extremism? What determines the winners and losers within the id struggles in South Asia? What tips the stability among extra reasonable as opposed to extremist results? The ebook argues that politics, inter-state and diplomacy frequently play a extra vital function within the upward push of extremism in South Asia than non secular id, poverty, and kingdom repression.
By Dennis Kux
Tracing the family members among India and the U.S. from 1941 to 1991, this old account unearths that the variations among the 2 nations stemmed much less from loss of discussion, misperceptions or misunderstandings than from basic disagreements over simple nationwide safeguard policies.
This e-book is geared up chronologically, with chapters facing every one American president from Roosevelt to Bush.
By G N Karna; Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies (New Delhi, India)
By Jean M. Langford
Fluent our bodies examines the modernization of the indigenous therapeutic perform, Ayurveda, in India. Combining modern ethnography with a research of key ancient moments as glimpsed via early-twentieth-century texts, Jean M. Langford argues that as Ayurveda advanced from an eclectic set of therapeutic practices right into a signal of Indian nationwide tradition, it used to be reimagined as a therapeutic strength now not easily for physically issues yet for colonial and postcolonial ills. Interweaving conception with narrative, Langford explores the recommendations of up to date practitioners who reconfigure Ayurvedic wisdom via associations and applied sciences resembling hospitals, anatomy labs, medical trials, and sonograms. She indicates how practitioners acceptable, remodel, or stay clear of the data practices implicit in those associations and applied sciences, destabilizing such different types as drugs, tradition, technological know-how, symptom, and self, whilst they set up them in scientific perform. finally, this research issues to the way forward for Ayurveda in a transnational period as a treatment not just for the injuries of colonialism but in addition for an imagined cultural vacancy on the center of world modernity. scholars and students of postcolonial thought, scientific anthropology, South Asia, and technology reports should be enriched via this ebook.
By D. Pinault
Horse of Karbala is a examine of Muharram rituals and interfaith kin in 3 destinations in India: Ladakh, Darjeeling, and Hyderabad. those rituals commemorate an occasion of important significance to Shia Muslims: the seventh-century dying of the Imam Husain, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, on the battlefield of Karbala in Iraq. Pinault examines 3 varied different types of ritual commemoration of Husain's demise - poetry-recital and self-flagellation in Hyderabad; stick-fighting in Darjeeling; and the 'Horse of Karbala' procession, within which a stallion representing the mount ridden in conflict by means of Husain is made the heart of a public parade in Ladakh and different Indian localities. The publication appears to be like at how publicly staged rituals serve to mediate communal relatives: in Hyderabad and Darjeeling, among Muslim and Hindu populations; in Ladakh, among Muslims and Buddhists. awareness is additionally given to controversies inside Muslim groups over concerns with regards to Muharram corresponding to the idea in intercession via the Karbala Martyrs on behalf of person believers.
By Willem Ysbrantsz Bontekoe
First released in 1929. 'Fire and shipwreck, fights ashore and afloat, the pitting of ceaseless endurance and source opposed to destiny, these items make one comprehend why the publication, well-known in its unique tongue, has yet to be savoured in translation to achieve an equivalent popularity.' Manchester dad or mum Bontekoe's East Indian Voyage was once essentially the most renowned books within which the Dutch 17th century public extremely joyful and it endured to be reprinted in the course of the 17th and eighteenth centuries. in addition to delivering an illuminating perception into the machinations of the retailers and administrators of the East India corporation and the usually waters of overseas exchange and international relations, the account is a truly own one: of a individual combating opposed to elemental forces, at super odds, tenaciously conserving directly to existence and coming via finally.
By Richard Cronin (auth.)
By V. S. Naipaul
A New York occasions Notable Book
Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his trips via his ancestral fatherland, with a brand new preface by means of the author.
Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and fervour for a rustic that's immediately his and absolutely alien, India: one million Mutinies Now relates the tales of some of the humans he met touring there greater than fifty years in the past. He explores how they've been instructed via the innumerable frictions found in Indian society—the contradictions and compromises of spiritual religion, the whim and chaos of random political forces. This e-book represents Naipaul’s final notice on his fatherland, complementing his different India travelogues, An zone of Darkness and India: A Wounded Civilization.
By Sy Montgomery
From the writer of The Soul of an Octopus and bestselling memoir The sturdy sturdy Pig, a publication that earned Sy Montgomery her prestige as some of the most celebrated flora and fauna writers of our time, Spell of the Tiger brings readers to the Sundarbans, an enormous tangle of mangrove swamp and tidal delta that lies among India and Bangladesh. it's the basically spot on the earth the place tigers regularly devour people—swimming silently at the back of small boats at evening to tug away fishermen, snatching honey creditors and woodcutters from the wooded area. yet, in contrast to in different components of Asia the place tigers are quickly being hunted to extinction, tigers within the Sundarbans are respected. With the ability of a naturalist and the spirit of a mystic, Montgomery unearths the fragile stability of Sundarbans lifestyles, explores the combination of worship and worry that provides tigers distinct defense there, and unlocks a few mind-blowing solutions approximately why humans susceptible to turning into prey may well give some thought to their predator a god.