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Children‚€™s Games, Adults‚€™ Gambits: From Vidyasagar to Satyajit Ray by Anindita Mukhopadhyay : Rs1095 ISBN: 9789352875177

Children‚€™s Games, Adults‚€™ Gambits studies how childhood was depicted by writers of note in Bengal, some of whom also wrote for children.

Late-eighteenth century and early nineteenth-century Bengali fiction for children was influenced by the reality of colonial India. Bengal saw the opening up of the metropolitan space of the West, and the Bengali literate elite re-oriented their understanding of the world and of themselves in relation to these new Western spaces through books and textbooks that included depictions of new lands.

Childhood thus became the foundation for building the new understanding of the world and the self. This book also traces how this programme was gendered, and how these stories generally catered to an upper-caste male world and created a privileged space for boys. When the space was opened up to girls, they were always fit into the mould of either the chaste wife or the frightening goddess.

This insightful study on the works of the icons of Bengali elite culture‚€”such as Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay and Satyajit Ray‚€”brings postcolonial critical literature into contact with feminist discourse.

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Cosmopolitan Dreams: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture In Colonial South Asia by Jennifer Dubrow : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245416

In late-nineteenth-century South Asia, the arrival of print fostered a dynamic and interactive literary culture. There, within the pages of Urdu-language periodicals and newspapers, readers found a public sphere that not only catered to their interests but encouraged their reactions to featured content. Cosmopolitan Dreams brings this culture to light, showing how literature became a site in which modern daily life could be portrayed and satirized, the protocols of modernity challenged, and new futures imagined.

Drawing on never-before-translated Urdu fiction and prose and focusing on the novel and satire, Jennifer Dubrow shows that modern Urdu literature was defined by its practice of self-critique and parody. Urdu writers resisted the cultural models offered by colonialism, creating instead a global community of imagination in which literary models could freely circulate and be readapted, mixed, and drawn upon to develop alternative lines of thinking. Highlighting the participation of readers and writers from diverse social and religious backgrounds, the book reveals an Urdu cosmopolis where lively debates thrived in newspapers, literary journals, and letters to the editor, shedding fresh light on the role of readers in shaping vernacular literary culture. Arguing against current understandings of Urdu as an exclusively Muslim language, Dubrow demonstrates that in the late nineteenth century, Urdu was a cosmopolitan language spoken by a transregional, transnational community that eschewed identities of religion, caste, and class.

The Urdu cosmopolis pictured here was soon fractured by the forces of nationalism and communalism. Even so, Dubrow is able to establish the persistence of Urdu cosmopolitanism into the present and shows that Urdu‚€™s strong tradition as a language of secular, critical modernity did not end in the late nineteenth century but continues to flourish in film, television, and on line. In lucid prose, Dubrow makes the dynamic world of colonial Urdu print culture come to life in a way that will interest scholars of modern Asian literatures, South Asian literature and history, cosmopolitanism, and the history of print culture.

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A Very Old Machine - The Many Origins of the Indian Cinema 1840‚€“1930 by Sudhir Mahadevan : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245256

This book shows how Indian cinema‚€™s many origins in the technologies and practices of the nineteenth century continue to play a vital and broad function in the twenty-first.

Mahadevan proposes that there has never been a singular cinema in India; rather, Indian cinema has been a multifaceted phenomenon that was understood, experienced, and present in everyday life in myriad ways.

Employing methods of media archaeology, close textual analysis, archival research, and cultural theory, he digs into the history of photography, print media, practices of piracy and showmanship, and contemporary everyday imaginations of the cinema to provide an understanding of how the cinema came to be such a dominant cultural force in India. The result is an innovative account of Indian cinema‚€™s ‚€œmany origins.‚€

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Bhisma Devavrata: Authority in Epic Mahabharata by Kevin McGrath : Rs945 ISBN: 9789352872015

So Bhisma, the son of Sastanu, Grand-father of the Bharatas,
Learned, a knower of time and place, knower of truth, aware
of all dharma ‚€¶

A plethora of complex and nuanced characters populate the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. One in particular stands tall even today as the face of moral authority‚€”Bhisma Devavrata, the eldest of the Kuru clan. In this book, the prolific scholar of Indic and Greek classics, Kevin McGrath, studies in microscopic detail the authority of this pitamaha, ‚€˜grand-father‚€™/patriarch, and explores why he still resonates with 21st century India.

Does Bhisma leave a lasting impression on us because of his steadfast loyalty and maintaining of vows, even when dharma dictates that he do otherwise? Or, if we could challenge conventional wisdom, is it because Bhisma (and not Arjuna) is the sole recipient and embodiment of cosmic inspiration from Krisna?

Relying on close and careful readings of the Bombay and Pune Critical editions of the grand epic, and drawing mainly on the text of the latter, this book describes the manner in which Bhisma negotiates the tortuous path of honourable and principled living. It describes how Bhisma‚€™s express decisions pave the way for the collapse of his clan and the partition of the kingdom, despite his consistent efforts to prevent it.

This book is the first study to view Bhisma as a hero and moral authority. This elegant literary exploration into one of the world‚€™s great epics will interest students and scholars of South Asian studies, cultural studies, and the classics.

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Conservation from the Margins by Umesh Srinivasan and Nandini Velho : Rs975 ISBN: 9789352872824

The diverse landscape of India is home to globally important wildlife species and habitats. However, a rapidly growing economy and human population, along with socio-political issues such as ethnic and political marginalisation, have serious, if often unrecognised, impacts on this vast biodiversity.

While some of India‚€™s conservation issues‚€”the tiger and elephant conservation, mining and global warming‚€”have gained currency in media and policy discourse, several others remain confined only to the academic world of conservation biologists and environmental activists, and rarely enter either public consciousness or public policy. Conservation from the Margins talks about some of these neglected conservation issues.

Conservation and environmental degradation cannot be confined to domains of only the state and activists; communities are also actively engaged with their natural surroundings. The essays in this volume do not merely analyse the ecological aspects of these environmental problems unidimensionally; instead, they examine the complex intersection of the natural with the social.

The chapters range from the realities of illegal wildlife trade in India to the impact of naxalism on the Palamau Tiger Reserve, and from conservation in marine fisheries to identity politics in the Gangetic fisheries. The result of extensive fieldwork done by some of the finest biologists and sociologists across the country, the book highlights the personal experiences of the scientists to understand and resolve the issues.

While the stories told are specific to India, the overarching questions this volume raises about conservation are relevant to the developing world, particularly to Asia, Sub-saharan Africa and Latin America.

This volume will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars of environmental studies, sociology, ecology and conservation.

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Displaying India‚€™s Heritage: Archaeology and the Museum Movement in Colonial India by Madhuparna Roychowdhury : Rs795 ISBN: 9789352872633

Displaying India‚€™s Heritage describes the history of museum-making in the Indian subcontinent in the 1800s and 1900s with special emphasis on the experience of Bengal. It details the connection between the museum movement and the broader political and cultural environment of the time.

The central discussion focuses on the colonial Indian Museum in Calcutta, which began as a natural history collection and soon became a repository of archaeological artefacts from across the subcontinent. The emerging contest between imperialism and nationalism shaped the visualisation in the display boxes here. In describing this history, the book also highlights the complex relationship between knowledge and power.

During the period of high nationalism, when regional histories‚€”often blended with mythical narratives‚€”became popular, scientific history writing placed an emphasis on archaeological knowledge. Local museums began asserting their right over excavated artefacts and princely states presented the pre-eminent position of their families through palace museums; through these histories of provincial and local museums, the book shows how museum-making was intimately tied to competing political loyalties and identities. It presents a convincing case to consider museums as a modern public sphere where the territorial and cultural bases of nationhood were negotiated.

Issuing from strong archival research, Displaying India‚€™s Heritage draws a connection between the ‚€˜culture of history‚€™‚€”constituted by the knowledge of history and the historical imagination of people‚€”and a series of individual endeavours in history-writing, collecting and museum-building. This volume will interest students of modern Indian cultural history, museology, archaeology and cultural studies.

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Ecocriticism: Big Ideas and Practical Strategies by Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Scott Slovic (Ed.) : Rs225 ISBN: 9789352872039

This book provides a detailed introduction to the multifaceted and evolving discipline of ecocriticism. It locates ecocriticism within the varied domains of the Romantic movement, science, ethics, feminism and urban life, while tracing the evolution of the field from the coinage of the term to its new trajectories, through its various phases or ‚€˜waves‚€™. The book explores important concepts such as ecofeminism and material ecocriticism and points out the ways in which this literary/cultural theory seeks to engage with ‚€˜our troubled environmental times‚€™.

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Elephants And Kings: An Environmental History by Thomas R. Trautmann : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245355

Because of their size, elephants have long been irresistible for kings as symbols of eminence. In early civilizations‚€”such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus civilization, and China‚€”elephants were used for royal sacrifice, spectacular hunts, public displays, and their ivory‚€”all aspects driving them toward extinction. The kings of India, however, Thomas Trautmann shows, found a use for elephants that actually helped preserve their habitat and numbers in the wild: war.

This book traces the history of the war elephant in India and its spread as an institution from there to the West, where elephants featured within some of the greatest wars of antiquity. Southeast Asia and China are also examined for comparison and contrast within this environmental history spanning 3000 years and covering a vast terrain, from Spain to Java.

Trautmann shows Indian kings capturing wild elephants and training them, one by one, through millennia. He reveals the political compulsions requiring the protection of elephants from hunters and their forests from being cut down. Taking a wide-angle view of human‚€“elephant relations, he throws into relief the structure of India‚€™s environmental history and the reasons for the persistence of wild elephants in its forests.

Written with uncommon flair and elegance, this is a monumental work of environmental history using Indian antiquity as its entry point. It will interest lay readers, historians, and environmentalists.

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Gendered Citizenship: Manifestations and Performance by Bishnupriya Dutt, Janelle Reinelt and Shrinkhla Sahai : Rs1195 ISBN: 9789352871971

This book explores how citizenship is differently gendered and performed across national and regional boundaries. Using ‚€˜citizenship‚€™ as its organizing concept, it brings together a collection of multidisciplinary approaches to the legal, socio-cultural and performative aspects of gender construction and identity: violence against women, victimhood and agency, and everyday issues of socialization in a globalized world.

The volume examines citizenship as embodied and enacted, and explores various perspectives on gender in relation to citizenship. The essays featured here analyse citizenship struggles and challenges of recent significant global issues and cover a wide range of social, civic and political spaces.

Gendered Citizenship brings together scholars of politics, media, and performance who are committed to dialogue across both nation and discipline. This book is the culmination of a two-year project on 'Gendered Citizenship', and is a compilation of research that is interdisciplinary and multinational, drawing on Indian, European, and North and South American contexts.

This compilation of essays focusing on scholarship, creative practice, and activism would be a useful resource for students, scholars, academicians, activists and artists.

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Himalayan Histories: Economy, Polity, Religious Traditions by Chetan Singh : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178245300

This book locates essential aspects of the material, mental, and spiritual world of western Himalayan peasant society.

In this large and difficult region, human enterprise and mountainous terrain long existed in a precarious balance. Natural adversity occasionally disrupted this balance.

Small peasant communities lived here in scattered environmental niches and tenaciously extracted from their harsh surroundings a rudimentary but sustainable livelihood. Family organisation, social custom, and religious practices were adapted to their purposes.

The communities were integral constituents of larger political institutions, the state being one such. This laboriously created life-world was enlivened by myth, folklore, legend, and religious tradition.

When colonial rule was established in the region during the eighteenth century, it transformed the peasant‚€™s relationship with his natural surroundings. Old political allegiances were weakened. Yet, resilient customary hierarchies retained their influence through religio-cultural practices. These are some of the many themes of Himalayan history offered in this book.

Indian historians have mainly studied riverine belts and life in the plains. Sophisticated mountain histories are relatively rare. This book, by one of India‚€™s most reputed historians of the Himalaya, is essential for a more complete understanding of Indian history.

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Hindu Pasts : Women, Religion, Histories by Vasudha Dalmia : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245263

In her Introduction to this book‚€”which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history‚€”Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in greater historical depth the relationship between language, religion, and society in India, as well as the ever-changing role of its religious and social institutions; second, to recognize that the Hindu tradition, which colonials and nationalists tend to see as monolithic, is in fact a multiplicity of distinct and semi-autonomous strands.

Professor Dalmia‚€™s work reveals a steady focus on Indian religious traditions, sects, and histories which, over several hundred years, came to collectively comprise what in the nineteenth century became known as Hinduism. In her first essay, Max MŁller‚€™s study of the Veda is positioned within a larger history of German philosophical interest in eastern thought. MŁller appears less an exceptional German scholar and eccentric Oxford phenomenon once his derivation and links with earlier European Indology are made clear.

Subsequent essays look at the building blocks of colonial knowledge-formation, law-making, and pedagogy in colonial India, and the role in these of Banaras; at some of the major components of the Vaishnava Bhakti tradition; at pre-modern vernacular narratives that fed into constructing the modern Hindi novel and the Hindu ‚€˜nari‚€™; and at the history of modern Hindi literature.

Anyone interested in the plurality of Hinduism, women‚€™s issues, and Indian cultural history will find this book immensely interesting.

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I am the Widow: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari by Harmony Siganporia : Rs795 ISBN: 9789352873906

An examination and critical analysis of the life-work and times of Behramji Merwanji Malabari (1853‚€“1912)‚€”Parsi social reformer, journalist, poet, proto ethnographer/anthropologist, travel writer, and a vital catalyst of change who did much to shape the national reform discourse‚€”I am the Widow is an intellectual biography that compares and analyses his diverse writings and concerns individually, and in relation to each other. This exercise reveals a society in transition in the late nineteenth century, providing us with an understanding of this crucial and formative moment in Indian history.

The book also evaluates Malabari‚€™s lifelong commitment to working for the uplift of women, particularly widows, even as it explores the politics of representation and outlines some of the tensions that such a voicing of ‚€˜women‚€™s issues‚€™ by male reformers such as Malabari entails.

Whether observing his own Parsi community, women, the British coloniser, or India and Indians at large, as a litterateur and quasi cultural anthropologist, Malabari possessed the ‚€˜innate human ability to identify with another‚€™ as much as ‚€˜the ability to refuse to identify solely with oneself‚€™. Malabari had two biographies written about him before he was forty, and a third two years after his death. He then vanished almost completely from the pages of Parsi and Indian history, reduced at best to a footnote. This fourth biography attempts to discover why.

This text will be a rare and valuable asset to scholars of history, culture studies and literary studies.

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In Diasporic Lands: Tibetan Refugees and their Transformation since the Exodus by Sudeep Basu : Rs775 ISBN: 9789352870851

A large number of Tibetans migrated to India following the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950. Till the end of the twentieth century, Tibetan studies focused primarily on Buddhism and pre-1950s Tibetan history in relation to Tibetan exiles, influenced largely by Western notions of Tibetan culture in an exotic ‚€˜Shangri-La‚€™. In Diasporic Lands moves away from this norm to study the dynamics of Tibetan refugees‚€™ emergent culture in the midst of their hosts, and in distinctly urban settings.

Based on the author‚€™s ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Darjeeling town, West Bengal, this volume looks at how places and identities are redefined and transformed by refugees negotiating their ‚€˜belonging‚€™ in an alien country over time. The earlier strategy of the ‚€˜myth of return‚€™ to their homeland has had to be reworked, and in the process, Tibetan refugees have moved away from the stereotyped ways in which they are portrayed to create plural identities of their own. The volume also looks at how the refugee‚€“host dynamic‚€”where the ‚€˜hosts‚€™ are Indians, Nepalis and ‚€˜Bhutia‚€™ Tibetans‚€”plays out in such a situation.

Tibetan refugees in India grapple with notions of what Tibet as the homeland stands for, what it means to truly belong to the host territory and to acquire Indian citizenship. The ethnographic analysis, which reflects on Tibet‚€™s past and the ‚€˜exile present‚€™, helps us to understand the ‚€˜lived meanings‚€™ that Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling attach to their life in exile and to the spaces they live and work in. It also shows how the experience of movement to and from a place alters the idea that people have of their relation to a specific place in the diaspora, and how this ‚€˜sense of place‚€™ adds meaning and purpose to refugee lives.

This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, social anthropology, politics, cultural studies and migration studies, as well as policy makers and human rights activists.

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In the Hall of Mirrors: Reflections on Indian Democracy by Peter Ronald deSouza : Rs850 ISBN: 9789352871957

A single mirror reflects the truth as it is but only from one perspective. A ‚€˜hall of mirrors‚€™, on the other hand, exposes the truth through overlapping reflections, with varying depths and from a wide range of perspectives. In this book, political scientist Peter Ronald deSouza places India at the centre of such a hall of mirrors. He reveals for the reader the layered nature of Indian democracy, one particular depth, one particular perspective at a time.

In the Hall of Mirrors discusses the dynamics of democracy and the nature of the human condition in India through a range of multidisciplinary, analytical and methodological tools. It documents our achievements and failures, follies and humanity, through the fall and rise of competing ideologies. The essays here, written over the course of the past two decades, document the aspirations and anxieties of the Indian people, the accommodations that our plural society has made, and the uncertainties and ambivalences that remain as a result of this grand experiment of and in democracy.

With this eclectic collection of his writings in journals and popular dailies, the author takes us through an array of issues facing us. At every turn and in every corner, he reflects on the resilience of India‚€™s democracy, the world‚€™s largest and most challenging. Students, scholars and the general reader interested in democracy, political science and contemporary India will find this book invaluable.

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Jaati ki Samajh : Mahatama Buddh se Babasaheb Ambedkar aur Unke Baad (Understanding Caste: from Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond) by Gail Omvedt : Rs235 ISBN: 9789352872640

  • Jaati ki Samajh: Mahatama Buddh se Babasaheb Ambedkar aur Unke Baad is the Hindi version of the book Understanding Caste: From Budhha to Ambedkar and Beyond published by Orient blackSwan.
  • This book talks about the complex subject of caste in a very easy to understand way. It discusses the historical issue of caste and anti-caste movements. It tells us that how Dalit politics and the Dalit vision require going beyond even the term ‚€˜Dalit‚€™ and how it has contributed to being symbolic of the most oppressed and exploited sections within the graded hierarchies of caste. Discusses about Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and  Mayawati.
  • This book starts with Buddhism and radical bhakti, in the anti-patriarchal stands of early feminists, in the pervasive radicalism of the dalit activists‚€”from Phule and Periyar, Ramabai and Tarabai, to Kabir, Tukaram and Ambedkar. The book also discusses the role of Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and Mayawati in the rise of Dalit politics and Dalit power.
  • This book brings to the reader the failures and triumphs of the many efforts that have aimed to dissolve the oppressive facets of Hinduism and its caste ideology, and continue to organise in newer ways for 'another' possible world where equality and human freedom reign supreme. It also makes visible the logic of dalit politics and the rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party, as a major alternative to the rise of Hindutva.

This important and essential book will be an invaluable primer on the subject of Dalit to students of Dalit and caste studies and politics.

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Jacques Lacan: From Clinic to Culture by Mahitosh Mandal and Sumit Chakrabarti : Rs320 ISBN: 9789352871902

This volume provides an overview of Lacan‚€™s significant psychoanalytic theories. It delves into the various ways in which Lacan made sense of the human subject, discusses the clinical structures of psychosis, neurosis and perversion, and uniquely demonstrates the application of Lacanian psychoanalytic criticism through a detailed analysis of John Fowles‚€™s The French Lieutenant‚€™s Woman. Engaging with Lacan beyond the clinical context, the book also examines how Lacan‚€™s work has been read in the domains of film studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies and deconstruction.          

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Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World by Ravinder Kaur and Rajni Palriwala : Rs750 ISBN: 9789352872732

Marrying in South Asia looks closely at the changing notions and practices of marriage in 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 in this volume examine the processes that make a marriage, the implications of marriage, cohabitation and divorce on domesticity and work, 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 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. It is a must-read for students and scholars of sociology, anthropology and South Asia studies.

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Novel Formations: The Indian Beginning of a European Genre by Baidik Bhattacharya and Sambudha Sen : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245362

This volume looks at the early Indian novel in a comparative frame, in the light of new conceptual approaches and research. It looks at novels written in various Indian languages as well as English. 

This is not a chronological or comprehensive history of the Indian novel, but a book about the connections between the novel in India as an emerging genre in relation to discourses such as political writing, visual culture, popular print genres, law and ethnography.

A wide-ranging examination of the early Indian novel of the kind to be found here has not been attempted before. This volume breaks new ground in the scholarship on the novel both in India and Europe. It will contribute to discussions on cultural modernity, the emergence of public spheres, and the history of expressive resources and literary languages in modern India.

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Of Indian Origin: Writings From Australia by Paul Sharrad, Meeta C. Padmanabhan : Rs675 ISBN: 9789352872954

Of Indian Origin is a dazzling collection of short stories and poetry by Australian writers of Indian origin. Cultures collide as children encounter racism in the playgrounds of Canberra, migrant women scrounge for a living nursing Melbourne's elderly, and a young author moves to a strange and unfamiliar country where she suffers from dreamlessness. These searing works bring new meaning to the field of ‚€˜Asian-Australian writing‚€™ and new perspectives on the Indian diasporic experience. Though the field of Indian-Australian writing is still small, this vibrant mix of emerging and established writers shows it is by no means a homogenous entity. Bold, experimental and wildly original, Of Indian Origin unapologetically tackles issues of home and provides a unique overview of how Indian-Australian literary writing has developed over half a century.

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Politics As Performance: A Social History of the Telugu Cinema by S.V.Srinivas : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245324

This book provides a picture of the Telugu cinema, as both industry and cultural form, over fifty formative years. It argues that films are directly related both to the prominence of an elite which dominates Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India, and to the emergence of a new idiom of mass politics.

Looking in particular at the career of Andhra Pradesh‚€™s best-known film star Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR), S.V. Srinivas reveals how the Telugu cinema redefined ideas of linguistic identity and community feeling within a non-literate public in South India. Dissecting NTR‚€™s remarkable election campaign of 1982‚€“3, he shows processes of political transformation and electoral mobilization via film, newspapers, and audio cassettes. He uncovers the complicated ways in which Indian politics can be linked with movie-going and, more broadly, cultural consumption. Cinematic and political performance are shown to be inextricably connected in ways disctinctively Indian.

NTR and the Telugu cinema, Srinivas argues, have shaped important aspects of Indian political and cultural modernity. Their legacies continue into the present time‚€”when film has yielded pride of place to television, when the future of Andhra Pradesh‚€™s statehood is unclear, and when Indian star-politicians no longer feel certain of success in the quest for power.

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Post-Growth Thinking in India: Towards Sustainable Egalitarian Alternatives by Julien-FranÁois Gerber and Rajeswari S. Raina : Rs1075 ISBN: 9789352873937

The Indian sub-continent has long been involved in global capitalism. While some parts of India are like the Global North in terms of lifestyle and wealth, the majority is clearly part of the poor and exploited Global South.

As the state and the market became key actors in the economy, GDP growth has emerged as the central policy goal. Presently, as a rapidly growing economy with widening inequality and huge environmental problems, India needs to rethink its social‚€“ecological transitions. Post-Growth Thinking in India discusses the relevance of ‚€˜prosperity without growth‚€™, or ‚€˜post-growth‚€™ for India, at a time when grassroots alternatives confront and question the consequences of growth.

‚€˜Post-growth‚€™ calls for a resizing and reorganisation of the social metabolism that would allow societies to live within their ecological means, and within democratic, equitable, and localised economies. This book presents diverse alternatives to the current growth-driven model of development.

The chapters in this book, some of which are Indian contributions to knowledge and policy, seek diverse alternatives to the current growth-driven model of development.

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Postmodern Literatures by Avishek Parui and Pramod K. Nayar : Rs225 ISBN: 9789352874637

The book provides an introduction to postmodern literatures by exploring its interactions with a range of subjects such as history, technology, media, gender, and the postcolonial. Postmodern readings have increasing significance in the ‚€œvirtual and real worlds we inhabit today‚€. Through a detailed study of selected texts, the book examines the features, trajectories and narratives of this literary movement, and showcases how the experience of reading postmodern literature can be enhanced by active engagement with the text.

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Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia: Histories and Practices by Ravi Kumar, Dev Nath Pathak and Sasanka Perera : Rs975 ISBN: 9789352873814

While intellectual practices always take place within a definite socio-cultural context, disciplinary histories and practices have overlapped with the territorial boundaries of nation-states in South Asia. As a result, the disciplinary history of India, for example, appears to have no relation with that of any other country in the region.

Believing that disciplinary histories, even while engaging with the local and the national, are influenced by larger regional forces, Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia calls for a more complete understanding of history and culture in the region, over time and at specific moments.

In the various chapters, sociologists and social anthropologists from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan show how social anthropology and sociology have worked as well as collapsed in South Asia, and how a more inclusive research agenda for this intellectually connected region can be imagined.

The authors explore the nature and scope of the disciplines emerging in each context; evaluate the relationship between sociology and social anthropology within a historical framework; and focus on the contemporary status of the disciplines, given the increasing thrust towards development objectives and agendas set by NGOs in each country.

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The Popular Arts by Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel : Rs875 ISBN: 9789352873913

When it first appeared in 1964, Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel's The Popular Arts opened up an almost unprecedented field of analysis and inquiry into contemporary popular culture. In contrast to prevailing views of the time, Hall and Whannel recognized popular culture's social importance and considered it worthy of serious study. In their analysis of everything, from Hollywood Westerns and the novels of Mickey Spillane, Ian Fleming, and Raymond Chandler, to jazz, advertising, and the television industry, they were guided by the belief that studying popular culture demanded an ethical evaluation of a work and full attention to its properties.

In doing so, they raised questions about the relation of culture to society and the politics of taste and judgment in ways that continue to shape cultural studies. This landmark text highlights the development of Hall's theoretical and methodological approach, while adding to a greater understanding of his work.

This edition includes a new introduction by Richard Dyer, who situates The Popular Arts within the history of cultural studies and outlines its impact and enduring legacy.

This book will be of interest to scholars in cultural studies and media studies.

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The Social History of England (Second Edition) by Padmaja Ashok : Rs150 ISBN: 9789352873876

The Social History of England is a concise survey of the important milestones in English history, from pre-history to the present. As a study that examines their impact upon the society and literature of England, this volume is both crucial and indispensable for a complete understanding and appreciation of English literature. The book includes chapters on the origin and growth of political parties in England, and also the impact of major internal and international events on contemporary life in England. The simple, straightforward approach of The Social History of England is supplemented with genealogical charts, maps and a glossary, which are very useful to the student.

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The Subaltern Speaks: Truth and Ethics in Mahasweta Devi‚€™s Fiction on Tribals by Sanatan Bhowal : Rs550 ISBN: 9789352873661

A study and critique of Mahasweta Devi‚€™s major fictional writings on tribals, The Subaltern Speaks addresses some primary concerns of Subaltern Studies historians, and explores the representation of tribals as ‚€˜subaltern‚€™.

Adivasis today are caught between an aggressive and seemingly benevolent version of capitalism. British India replaced traditional property rights with formal ones; neoliberal India chased them off their land in pursuit of development, dubbed them ‚€˜terrorists‚€™ and unleashed the army against them. Adivasis only seem to appear in recorded history when resisting the state, and their ‚€˜consciousness‚€™, along with their politics, has been reduced to this identity. The story of adivasi women is far more harrowing.

Following Gayatri Spivak‚€™s deconstructive approach, Sanatan Bhowal draws upon some leading thinkers of our time‚€”Badiou, Levinas, Foucault, Deleuze, Lacan and Zizek‚€”to address Spivak‚€™s question: Can the Subaltern Speak? Bhowal focuses on Mahasweta Devi‚€™s ethical representation of the adivasis she loved and lived with, and whose cause she passionately espoused lifelong. He also underlines the need to debunk conventional discourses before any genuine understanding of tribal consciousness can be arrived at.

This book will be valuable for students of Subaltern Studies, English and comparative literature.

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Thinking Gender, Doing Gender: Feminist Scholarship and Practice Today by Uma Chakravarti : Rs750 ISBN: 9789352872749

In the 1980s, gender was acknowledged as a useful and necessary category of analysis. The first generation of feminist scholars defined the new field and provided a rich corpus of works; later generations of scholars and activists then expanded it through their writings on culture, film and media, and sexuality.

Thinking Gender, Doing Gender focuses on these issues, as well as on pedagogy and classroom practice, theoretical obstacles created by disciplinary constraints, and practices in the performing arts from a gender perspective. This volume focuses more on doing gender rather thinking gender: in classrooms, in the making of curricula, in the writing and recall of history, in reading literature and cinema, and in the practice of culture in theatre and urban spaces.

Together, the essays discuss:

  • Pedagogy: the classroom as a site for exploring caste, gender, region, language and diversity; how textbooks reflect gender ideologies and tensions between tradition / modernity; the relationship between science and gender.
  • Countering the historical archive: recovering the everyday experiences of women and addressing silences and biases through oral history; the use of plays to forge a relationship between memory and politics, utilising personal archives to add to institutional accounts of the past.
  • Women‚€™s relationship to culture: representations of women in regional language writing; sex work, religion and the practice of dedication; the connections between nation, culture and gender; theatre from the nineteenth century and its complex handling of actresses.

As this volume documents, doing gender holds rich possibilities for thinking about gender. Its engaging and insightful discussions make it an invaluable addition to the corpus of feminist writing, and will be useful to students and scholars of women‚€™s studies, sociology and culture studies.

 

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Too Many Men, Too Few Women: Social Consequences of Gender Imbalance in India and China by Ravinder Kaur : Rs925 ISBN: 9789352872787

The gender balance in Asia is significantly shaped by the male-biased sex ratios of two of its most populous countries, China and India. The rapid fertility declines in the two countries, resulting from China's one-child policy and India's two-child norm, combined with the advent of sex determination technologies, has contributed to the birth of fewer girls. As a result of these factors, both countries now have an excess of males and a shortage of females.

There is increasing concern over the likely adverse consequences of such highly masculine populations. Most work on adverse sex ratios has dealt with the identification, patterns and causes of skewed sex ratios; Too Many Men, Too Few Women is the first book to focus specifically on the social consequences of the skewed sex ratio in both India and China. Well-known sociologists, economists and demographers come together to explore the social consequences of a skewed sex ratio from varied perspectives: the position of women in communities with fewer women; the likely increase in incidents of crime and violence; the impact on cultural practices such as dowry and bride price, as well as on domestic violence; and possible policy and reform measures that governments can undertake to correct the gender imbalance.

Based on new empirical work and ethnographical accounts, this book takes a critical look at demographic approaches and policies in both India and China. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, as well as researchers, policymakers, and funding agencies involved in population studies and problems related to male-biased sex ratios.

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Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala by V. V. Haridas : Rs775 ISBN: 9789352872800

The Zamorin‚€”ruler of the kingdom of Kolikkotu in modern-day Kerala‚€”left an indelible mark on world history when he welcomed Vasco da Gama in 1498. But a few centuries earlier, the Zamorin was only a local chief, heading a few villages. How did he become an independent ruler after the disintegration of the Ceras in the twelfth century? How did the Zamorin come to be recognised and legitimised as the ‚€˜king‚€™?

This story of the creation of an image of royalty is the focus of Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala. Relying on the archival richness of a large collection of unpublished palm leaf manuscripts called Granthavari, documents of the political and royal establishments of the time, this book reconstructs the days of the Zamorin. It carefully details the power and authority he claimed and actually wielded, and the various methods through which he sought to legitimise it‚€”elaborate rituals, patronage of temples and scholarship, propagation of art and culture, etc.

While the great past was always remembered, the Zamorin‚€™s ‚€˜little kingdom‚€™ depended on the existence, interaction and interdependence of various nodes of power‚€”the royalty, royal functionaries, locality chiefs, local magnates and temple authorities. This book argues that studying these nodes of power, which related themselves to the Zamorin‚€™s court and among themselves through elaborate customs and rituals, is vital to analysing the state structure in late medieval Kerala.

Complete with a foreword by Kesavan Veluthat, this book convincingly argues for the ‚€˜little kingdom‚€™ model to analyse the premodern state in Calicut. Scholars and students of historiography and history, especially of medieval Indian culture and society, will find it immensely useful.

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A Feminist Foremother: Critical Essays on Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain by Mohammad A. Quayum and Md. Mahmudul Hasan : Rs950 ISBN: 9789386296009

This volume looks at the life and works of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880‚€“1932), arguably Bengal‚€™s earliest and boldest feminist, revered as a crusader for the emancipation and advancement of women, in particular Bengali Muslim women. Through her spirited writings and her activism, Rokeya challenged the two pillars of patriarchy ‚€“ hierarchical family structures and religious dogma. She demanded that the ‚€˜family‚€™ be restructured on the basis of gender equality. A devout Muslim, she asked that women be recognised as human beings in their own right within practices of Islam.

Born into an orthodox Muslim family, for Rokeya, the most vital way in which women could empower themselves was through education. The Sakhawat Memorial Girls‚€™ School in Kolkata, started by Rokeya in 1911, still stands as an enduring testament to that belief.

This collection of biographical and critical essays places Rokeya within the socio-cultural and historical context of her times to better appreciate her literary and social contributions in the face of the formidable challenges she faced as a Bengali Muslim woman. The essays also aim to understand why the extraordinary vision she had, not just for women but for an ideal, more gender-just society, continues to be as radical, powerful and relevant today, almost a century after her death.

This volume will be a valuable asset to students and scholars of women‚€™s and gender studies, as also of South Asian literature and culture.

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A Rasa Reader: Classical Indian Aesthetics by Sheldon Pollock : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788178245171

From the early years of the Common Era to 1700, Indian intellectuals explored with unparalleled subtlety the place of emotion in art. Their investigations led to the deconstruction of art's formal structures and broader inquiries into the pleasure of tragic tales. Rasa, or taste, was the word they chose to describe art's aesthetics, and their passionate effort to pin down these phenomena became its own remarkable act of creation.

This book is the first in any language to follow the evolution of rasa from its origins in dramaturgical thought‚€”a concept for the stage‚€”to its flourishing in literary thought‚€”a concept for the page. A Rasa Reader incorporates primary texts by every significant thinker on classical Indian aesthetics, many never translated before.
The arrangement of the selections captures the intellectual dynamism that has powered this debate for centuries. Headnotes explain the meaning and significance of each text, a comprehensive introduction summarizes major threads in intellectual-historical terms, and critical endnotes and an extensive bibliography add further depth to the selections.

The Sanskrit theory of emotion in art is one of the most sophisticated in the ancient world. A Rasa Reader's conceptual detail, historical precision, and clarity will appeal to any scholar interested in a full portrait of global intellectual development.

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Banaras Reconstructed: Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu Holy City by Madhuri Desai : Rs1285 ISBN: 9789386392961

Between the late sixteenth and early twentieth centuries, Banaras, the iconic Hindu centre in northern India that is often described as the oldest living city in the world, was reconstructed materially and imaginatively, and embellished with temples, monasteries, mansions, and ghats.

Aristocrats, priests, and pilgrims from across South Asia invested in Banaras and created a city that could realize and enhance textual prescriptions. They consolidated sacred sites and realigned pilgrimage routes, which were framed through innovative architecture and urban spaces. They transformed the city according to an imagination of the past, while also connecting it to their immediate cultural and political realities. As a result Banaras was re-conceptualized in terms of its built forms and ritual practices. At the same time, its past was re-imagined in a broader context of Indo-Islamic and colonial regimes. The city‚€™s altered sacred landscape became the subject of pilgrimage maps and its spectacular riverfront was depicted in panoramas and described in travelogues.

In Banaras Reconstructed, Madhuri Desai examines the convergences as well as the tensions that have shaped this complex and remarkable city and explores larger questions about religious urban environments in South Asia. In so doing, she raises issues central to both historical and contemporary Indian identity.

This book will be essential reading across several disciplines, including history, art and architectural history, urban history, South Asian studies, and religious studies.

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Beyond Caste - Identity and Power in South Asia: Past and Present by Sumit Guha : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245133

 ‚€œCaste‚€ is today almost universally perceived as an ancient and unchanging Hindu institution preserved solely by deep-seated religious ideology. Yet the word itself is an importation from sixteenth-century Europe.

This book tracks the long history of the practices amalgamated under this label and shows their connection to changing patterns of social and political power down to the present. It frames caste as an involuted  and complex form of ethnicity and explains why it persisted under non-Hindu rulers and in non-Hindu communities across South Asia.

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Bodies Of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India by Linda Hess : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245195

Kabir‚€™s work lends itself to topics that range from subtle inner states to political argument and activism‚€”the relation between the religious-spiritual and social-political. An iconoclastic mystic who criticized organized religion, sectarian prejudice, caste, violence, deception and hypocrisy, Kabir also speaks of self-knowledge, deep inner experience, confrontation with death, and connection with the divine. Ambiguously situated among Hindu, Muslim, Sufi, and yogic traditions, he rejects religious identities and urges fearless awakening.

Bodies of Song is the first scholarly work in any language that studies the poetry and culture of the still popular Kabir through the lens of oral-performative traditions. It draws on ethnographic research as well as on the history of written collections.

It focuses on texts‚€”their transmission by singers, the dynamics of textual forms in oral performance, and the connections between texts in oral forms, written forms, and other media. It attends to context, reception, and community. While demonstrating how texts work in oral-musical performance, it analyzes discourses of authenticity and provides a repertoire of Kabir songs as they might be heard in Central India in the early 2000s. Professor Hess considers theories of ‚€˜orality‚€™, looks at social perspectives, and examines communities of interpretation‚€”including the Kabir Panth (a religious sect), Eklavya (a secular educational NGO), and urban fans of Kabir.

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Cultural History of Modern India by Dilip M. Menon : Rs225 ISBN: 9789386392602

The history of modern India has been narrated largely in terms of the nationalist movement, personalities and what has been seen as the ‚€˜high‚€™ politics of the state. Recent shifts in history writing have tried to bring in subordinated histories of regions and of groups. We are moving towards a wider understanding of politics, history and of the ordinary people who make history. Cultural History of Modern India tries to push the emerging paradigm further by moving away from conventional notions of the history of the nation and indeed of the political.

The seven essays in this collection present original and pioneering forays in the study of cricket, oral history, gender studies, film, popular culture and Indian classical music. Whether looking at issues of caste on the seemingly level-playing field of cricket in early twentieth-century India; or how a nineteenth-century housewife comes to pen the first autobiography by an Indian woman; calendar art reflecting deeper notions of religion and community; or how an idea of ‚€˜pure‚€™ classical music faces the challenge of technology, these essays show how ideas of self, community and art are formed within a larger politics. Moreover, culture far from being a refuge from the political is also the space within which politics comes to be worked out.

This book serves as an introduction to the idea of cultural history in modern India and is aimed at the layperson as much as an undergraduate and graduate audience in the social sciences and humanities.

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Dalit Studies by Ramnarayan S. Rawat and K. Satyanarayana : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245119

The contributors to this major intervention into Indian historiography trace the strategies through which Dalits have been marginalized as well as the ways Dalit intellectuals and leaders have shaped emancipatory politics in modern India.

Moving beyond the anticolonialism/nationalism binary that dominates the study of India, the contributors assess the benefits of colonial modernity and place humiliation, dignity, and spatial exclusion at the center of Indian historiography. Several essays discuss the ways Dalits used the colonial courts and legislature to gain minority rights in the early twentieth century, while others highlight Dalit activism in social and religious spheres.

The contributors also examine the struggle of contemporary middle-class Dalits to reconcile their caste and class, intercaste tensions among Sikhs, and the efforts by Dalit writers to challenge dominant constructions of secular and class-based citizenship while emphasizing the ongoing destructiveness of caste identity.

In recovering the long history of Dalit struggles against caste violence, exclusion, and discrimination, Dalit Studies outlines a new agenda for the study of India, enabling a significant reconsideration of many of the Indian academy's core assumptions.

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Dalit Women ‚€“ Honour and Patriarchy in South India by Clarinda Still : Rs625 ISBN: 9789383166183

One of the only ethnographic studies of Dalit women, this book gives a rich account of individual Dalit women‚€™s lives and documents a rise in patriarchy in the community. The author argues that as Dalits‚€™ economic and political position improves, ‚€˜honour‚€™ becomes crucial to social status. One of the ways Dalits accrue honour is by altering patterns of women‚€™s work, education and marriage and by adopting dominant caste gender practices. But Dalits are not simply becoming more like the upper catstes; they are simultaneously asserting a distinct, politicised Dalit identity, formed in direct opposition to the dominant castes. They are developing their own ‚€˜politics of culture‚€™.

Key to both, the author argues, is the ‚€˜respectability‚€™ of women. This has significant effects on gender equality in the Dalit community.

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Essays Of A Lifetime: Reformers, Nationalists, Subalterns by Sumit Sarkar : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788178245157

For the past forty years or more, the most influential, respected, and popular scholar of modern Indian history has been Sumit Sarkar. When his first monograph, The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903‚€“1908, appeared in 1973 it soon became obvious that the book represented a paradigm shift within its genre. As one eminent historian put it when the work was republished in 2010: ‚€œVery few monographs, if any, have ever rivalled the meticulous research and the thick description that characterised this book, or the lucidity of its exposition and the persuasive power of its overall argument.‚€

Ten years later, Sarkar published Modern India 1885‚€“1947, a textbook for advanced students and teachers. Its synthesis and critique of everything significant that had been written about the period was seen as monumental, lucid, and the fashioning of a new way of looking at colonialism and nationalism.

Sarkar, however, changed the face not only of modern Indian history monographs and textbooks, he also radically altered the capacity of the historical essay. As Beethoven stretched the sonata form beyond earlier conceivable limits, Sarkar can be said to have expanded the academic essay. In his hands, the shorter form becomes in miniature both monograph and textbook. The present collection, which reproduces many of Sarkar‚€™s finest writings, shows an intellectually scintillating, sceptical-Marxist mind at its sharpest.

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Essays on Modern India by Suresh Chandra Ghosh : Rs350 ISBN: 9789386392091

A number of features like the spread of English education that characterise modern India have a genesis in institutions and systems set up in British colonial India. Set up not merely to tighten the grip over a vast profitable colony, these were also experiments in social engineering based on the philosophies of Macaulay, Bentham and Mill. India provided a test-bed for ideas that could not possibly be implemented in England itself.

The author is one of the foremost historians of Indian education. This book brings together a collection of five essays that deal with the origin of the system of Western education in India under Lord Macaulay and Charles Wood, and subsequent reforms under Lord Curzon, on the use of military force to maintain control over large swathes of the country and the influence of Utilitarianism in Lord Dalhousie‚€™s policies.

This book is an excellent source material for students and scholars of history of education in British India.

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Exploring Emergent Global Thresholds: Towards 2030 by Richard Falk, Manoranjan Mohanty and Victor Faessel (Eds) : Rs1050 ISBN: 9789386392428

This volume presents multiple viewpoints on the possible future of the planet, as well as on what people in different parts of the world hope for and fear about the near future.

Our current era can be described as the beginning of a new, historical phase of the ‚€˜Anthropocene‚€™ age, where humans are becoming increasingly conscious of the effects of their actions on nature, culture, and human relationships. As the first section shows, this realisation is acquiring greater significance in current development discourse and policymaking, particularly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The fate of the human species rests on a sustainable collaboration with nature, as is apparent by the impact of climate change on food, energy, and water.

Arguing in favour of a possible decline in American importance, the second section discusses the encouraging opportunities this could create, as well as the future of both ‚€˜citizenship‚€™ and national self-determination. The third section focuses on the re-emergence of religion and civilisational identities as significant factors in world affairs, along with an exploration of alternative forms of secularism that could respond to changing cultural expectations. The final section considers the arena of policy and behaviour ‚€“ gender-specific practices and policies; political participation in India; and international peacekeeping operations.

With contributions from leading thinkers and academics from around the world, this prescient volume will interest students and scholars of global studies, international relations, culture studies, peace and conflict studies, and political theory.

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Fiction As History - The Novel and the City in Modern North India by Vasudha Dalmia : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178244877

This book provides a panoramic view of the intellectual and cultural life of North India over a century ‚€“ from the aftermath of the 1857 uprising to the end of the Nehruvian era.

The North‚€™s historical cities, rooted in an Indo-Persianate culture, began changing more slowly than the Presidency towns founded by the British. Focusing on six major cities ‚€“ Agra, Allahabad, Banaras, Delhi, Lahore, and Lucknow ‚€“ Dalmia takes up eight canonical Hindi novels set in them to trace a literary history of domestic and political cataclysms. Her exploration of emerging Hindu middle classes, changing personal and professional ambitions, and new notions of married life provides a vivid sense of urban modernity.

She looks at the radical social transformations associated with post-1857 urban restructuring, and at the political flux resulting from social reform, Gandhian nationalism, communalism, Partition, and the Cold War. These, she argues, shaped the realm of the intimate as much as the public sphere. Love and friendship, notions of privacy, attitudes to women‚€™s work, and relationships within households are among the book‚€™s major themes.

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Fiction to Film: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala‚€™s The Householder and Heat and Dust by Vivek Sachdeva : Rs795 ISBN: 9789386689030

Examining the relationship between literature and cinema from the perspective of poststructuralist narrative theory, this book studies how different kinds of narratives change during adaptation and offers an alternative model for the study of narratives. It addresses issues of cinematic adaptation and asks: what changes take place in a narrative when a novel is adapted into film? Looking at the art forms of novel, theatre and film, and the evolution of narratology as a discipline, it also shows how narratological tools, used to study literary texts, are equally relevant and applicable to the study of cinematic narratives.

Films, understood as a blend of mimetic and diegetic arts, are different from fiction. Questioning the relevance of fidelity criticism, the author closely examines the bias against adaptations. Instead of judging adaptations only for their faithfulness to the original, he argues that film adaptations of literary works must be seen as independent creative works of art, and not as derivative, and hence inferior. The relationship between cinema and the literary source can be understood in terms of inter-textuality, inter-mediality and interpretation, and within the paradigm of translation. 

The creative collaboration of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is a celebrated one in film history. The book focuses on Jhabvala, the novelist and screenwriter, and analyses two of her texts in fiction and film. The two novels/films under study‚€”The Householder and Heat and Dust‚€”were chosen to see how Jhabvala the novelist reinvents her own stories as the screenwriter to suit the needs of the new medium.

The book contributes to the study of narrative discourse in fiction and film in India, and will be useful for students and scholars of film and literary studies.

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From 'People' To 'Citizen': Democracy's Must Take Road by Dipankar Gupta : Rs650 ISBN: 9789383166237

Dipankar Gupta brings together social theory with policy practice to enlarge our understanding of the difference that democracy makes to the life of a nation. Unlike nationalism, democracy takes our attention away from the past to the future by focusing on the specific concerns of 'citizenship'. Historical victories or defeats, blood and soil are now nowhere as relevant as the creation of a foundational base where individuals have equal, and quality, access to health, education, and even urban services. The primary consideration, therefore, is on empowering 'citizens' as a common category and not 'people' of any specific community or class. When citizens precede all other considerations, the notion of the 'public' too gets its fullest expression. Differences between citizens are not denied, in fact encouraged, but only after achieving a basic unity first. This book argues that the call of citizenship not only advances democracy, but social science as well.

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Ghumantu Hai, Chor Nahin : Adivasi Maun Par Vimarsh by Ganesh Devy and Madhu Singh (tr.) : Rs525 ISBN: 9789386689429

Ghumantu Hai, Chor Nahin : Adivasi Maun Par Vimarsh  is the Hindi translation of Dr Ganesh Devy‚€™s English original A Nomad Called Thief : Reflections on Adivasi Silence. The English original is published by Orient BlackSwan.  

The essays in this book focus on the inadequacies in the way Adivasis have been looked at and thought about, resulting in their complete marginalization and oppression.

The essays are the result of the author‚€™s deep involvement with tribal peoples, their cultures and literatures, and also with the problems they face in the ‚€˜modern‚€™ world.

In this book interesting and pertinent questions are discussed:
--tribal aphasia, i.e., lack of communication,
--tribal silence in the face of the threat to their physical environment and to their knowledge systems (ch 6);
--the violence experienced by tribals (ch 2), and also
--the inducting of the tribals in the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002 (ch 3);
--tribal knowledge systems; and
--the relevance of Gandhi to our troubled times (ch 10).

The essays bring together the author‚€™s insights from his decades of work as an activist, student, and teacher working with Adivasis on issues as varied as
--health,
--microfinance,
--education and
--literature.

The essays also highlight initiatives such as Budhan and Dhol (Adivasi news magazines), the Adivasi Academy where the world is studied through adivasi eyes, and the setting up of the unique Museum of Voice.

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Haunting Bollywood: Gender, Genre, and the Supernatural in Hindi Commercial Cinema by Meheli Sen : Rs950 ISBN: 9789386392794

Hindi commercial cinema has been invested in the supernatural since its earliest days. However, only a small segment of these films has been adequately explored in scholarly work. Haunting Bollywood addresses this gap.

From Gothic ghost films of the 1950s to snake films of the 1970s and 1980s to today‚€™s globally influenced zombie and vampire films, Meheli Sen explores what the supernatural is and the questions it raises about film form, history, modernity, and gender in South Asian public cultures. Contrary to the widely held belief that these are uniquely ‚€œlocal‚€ forms, she shows that the supernatural is dispersed among multiple genres and is constantly in conversation with global cinematic conventions; simultaneously, the supernatural is an especially flexible impulse that pushes Hindi films into new formal and stylistic territories. 

Sen also argues that gender is a particularly accommodating arena in which the supernatural plays out its most basic compulsions; thus, the interface between gender and genre provides a productive lens into Hindi cinema‚€™s negotiation of the modern and the global. Haunting Bollywood reveals that the supernatural‚€™s unruly energies continually resist  being contained, even as they engage with and sometimes subvert Hindi cinema‚€™s most enduring pleasures, from songs and stars, to myth and melodrama.

Haunting Bollywood will be of interest to scholars and students of literary criticism, postcolonial studies, queer theory, history, and cultural studies.

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Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition by Satheese Chandra Bose and Shiju Sam Varughese : Rs795 ISBN: 9789386392657

The southwest coast of India has always been significant within the global network of relations, through trade and the exchange of ideas, commodities, technologies, skills and labour. The much longer history of colonial experience makes Kerala‚€™s engagement with modernity complex.

Kerala Modernity studies these complexities‚€”the various ideas, spaces and practices that weave together the region‚€™s experiences of modernity. The book emphasises the methodological need to re-examine the idea of ‚€˜region‚€™ as a discursive category to explore Kerala‚€™s regional modernity.

This interdisciplinary presentation, complete with a Dalit critique of modernity in the Foreword, is an important contribution to literature on Kerala and debates on alternative modernities in South Asia. It will be of interest to students and scholars of history, sociology, and literary and cultural studies.

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Labour State And Society In Rural India: A Class-Relational Approach by Jonathan Pattenden : Rs850 ISBN: 9789383166220

Behind India‚€™s recent economic growth lies a story of societal conflict that is scarcely talked about. Across its villages and production sites, state institutions and civil society organisations, the better and less well-off sections of society are engaged in antagonistic relations that determine the material conditions of one quarter of the world‚€™s ‚€˜poor‚€™. Increasingly mobile and often with several jobs in multiple locations, India‚€™s ‚€˜classes of labour‚€™ are highly segmented but far from passive in the face of ongoing exploitation and domination.

Drawing on more than a decade of fieldwork in rural South India, this book uses a ‚€˜class-relational‚€™ approach to analyse continuity and change in processes of accumulation, exploitation and domination. It focuses on the three interrelated arenas of labour relations, the state and civil society to understand how improvements can be made in the conditions of labourers working ‚€˜at the margins‚€™ of global production networks, primarilyas agricultural labourers and construction workers.Elements of social policy can improve the poor‚€™s material conditions and expand their political spacewhere such ends are actively pursued by labouring class organisations. More fundamental change, though, requires stronger organisation of the informal workers who make up the majority of India‚€™s population.

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Law and Identity In Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture 1772‚€“1947 by Mitra Sharafi : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244976

This book explores the legal culture of the Parsis, or Zoroastrians, an ethnoreligious community unusually invested in the colonial legal system of British India and Burma. Rather than trying to maintain collective autonomy and integrity by avoiding interaction with the state, the Parsis sank deep into the colonial legal system itself. From the late eighteenth century until India‚€™s independence in 1947, they became heavy users of colonial law, acting as lawyers, judges, litigants, lobbyists, and legislators. They de-Anglicized the law that governed them and enshrined in law their own distinctive models of the family and community by two routes: frequent intragroup litigation often managed by Parsi legal professionals in the areas of marriage, inheritance, religious trusts, and libel, and the creation of legislation that would become Parsi personal law. Other South Asian communities also turned to law, but none seems to have done so earlier or in more pronounced ways than the Parsis.

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Level Crossing: Railway Journeys in Hindi Cinema by Vijaya Singh : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125059462

Level Crossing: Railway Journeys in Hindi Cinema is a study of the representation of the railways as a cultural, perceptual, temporal and metaphoric paradigm of modern life in Hindi cinema. It examines the relationship of movement and stasis in late nineteenth century literary accounts and in Hindi cinema from 1935 to 1974 and asks how the three most important coordinates of the modern: machine, speed and vision shaped literary and film discourses.

As railways became a part of the social fabric of the subcontinent in the late nineteenth century, railway compartments, rail tracks, and railway stations became new sites for staging action and articulating aspirations, disappointments and struggles of a generation coming to terms with a rapidly modernising world. Mobility, speed, displacement, encounters with technology, urbanisation, new people, new worlds, new ways of being and perceptions became the subject matter of stories, novels and films.

This volume through an analysis of texts as diverse as wall murals in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, Bhartendu Harishchandra‚€™s travel accounts, Rudyard Kipling‚€™s Kim, O. Chandu Menon‚€™s Indulekha, films as Jawani ki Hawa, Achhut Kanya, Miss Frontier Mail, Station Master, Railway Platform, Bhuvan Shome, 27 Down and others examines railways as the technologic force that had a deep impact on our cultural life and imagination. It also shows how the railways functioned as a force of integration of physical and social spaces mediating the experience of modernity and how cinema itself worked to integrate railways into the consciousness of the subcontinent by circulating images of the ‚€˜new‚€™ twentieth-century world.

The volume is addressed to students and scholars in the fields of cinema, culture and media studies, film history. Any reader interested in Hindi cinema would also find it engaging and insightful.

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Life in Peace and Conflict: Indigeneity and State in the Chittagong Hill Tracts by Nasir Uddin : Rs895 ISBN: 9789386296818

Across the world, the modern nation-state has paid little attention to indigenous people, and excluded them from the mainstream development process. The state has even deprived indigenous people of their legitimate claims to land, civil rights and legal recognition of their ethnic identity. Life in Peace and Conflict is a collection of nine essays, many of which are empirically grounded, on the conflict and peace-building measures between various indigenous groups and the state in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh.

Home to eleven indigenous groups of people collectively known as the Pahari, the CHT lies at the crossroads of South and Southeast Asia, and shares borders with Myanmar and the Indian Northeast. As such, it is geo-politically vital in South Asia. The policies of both the colonial and postcolonial states, which privileged the dominant Bengali community over the Pahari, resulted in violent conflict. After years of armed conflict, a ‚€˜peace accord‚€™ was officially signed in 1997 between the State and the representatives of indigenous Pahari people. Two decades on, however, peace still eludes the CHT‚€”the region is still apparently militarised, cross-border insurgency continues to haunt Indo-Bangladesh relations, and the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar has complicated an already fraught landscape.

While the book discusses the politics of indigeneity, it also documents everyday forms of discrimination and resistance among dispossessed communities, and critiques the ‚€˜developmental‚€™ efforts of international agencies and NGOs to resolve conflict in an understudied region of the world.

Students and scholars of political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology, South Asian studies, public administration and development studies will find this book useful.

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Mobilizing Krishna‚€™s World: The Writings of Prince Savant Singh of Kishangarh by Heidi R. M. Pauwels : Rs925 ISBN: 9789352871278

Savant Singh (1694‚€“1764), the Rajput prince of Kishangarh, is famous for commissioning beautiful works of miniature painting and composing Krishna bhakti poetry under the nom de plume Nagaridas. Behind the idyllic world of the poetry and paintings lies a tragic life story: while designated the crown prince by his father, he never managed to ascend the throne, losing it to his younger brother. In the political tumult of the mid-eighteenth century, it proved hard to forge the necessary military alliances to regain his kingdom.

While on the road, seeking support for his cause, Savant Singh continued composing poetry. This book studies three of his more lengthy works authored in this turbulent period: an autobiographical pilgrimage account, Tirthananda; a hagiographic anthology, Pad- prasang-mala; and a reworking of the story of Rama, Ram-carit-mala. While mobilizing soldiers, Savant Singh also mobilized myths, songs, and stories about saints to cope with his personal and political crisis. 

In Tirthananda, Nagaridas focuses on the comfort of the satsang he finds in tirthas along the way, and in Braj where he settled down. His account of how major festivals were celebrated in Braj at the time provides historical depth to today‚€™s calendar cycle of this center of Krishna pilgrimage. In Pad-prasang-mala, he provides anecdotes that attest to the popularity of his favorite devotional songs, including those in Sanskrit by Jayadeva, in Marathi by Namdev, in Gujarati by Narsi Mehta, in Sant Bhasha by Kabir and Raidas, in Avadhi by Tulsidas, and of course in Braj by Mira, Surdas, Svami Haridas, and many others.

Finally, in his anthology Ram-carit-mala, he reworks the story of Rama, which acquires a poignant existential meaning for him as a prince in exile with his throne usurped by his brother.

Mobilizing Krishna's World allows us a glimpse into a world of intrigue involving political and religious reform movements, but one that also provides a promise of comfort in turbulent times.

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Performance and the Political: Power and Pleasure in Contemporary Kerala by Ameet Parameswaran : Rs795 ISBN: 9789386392459

In Performance and the Political, Ameet Parameswaran demonstrates how cultural performances can stage the political in ways that add to the more visible and traditional practices of popular politics. Through the lens of Performance Studies, the book explores Kerala‚€™s transformation into a neoliberal region.

Influenced by contemporary theories of ‚€˜affect‚€™, Parameswaran highlights bodily sensory locations and actions, and embodiment in general, as important but neglected sites of enormous political significance. His first two chapters focus on two sensory locations central to the experience of any performance‚€”vision and voice. The third emphasises gesture, while the last two chapters focus on two aspects that push at the boundaries of being-human‚€”the machinic and the animal.

By closely analysing how these ‚€˜affects‚€™ and embodiments are used in performances, Parameswaran discusses the cultural politics of staging both the revolutionary and the terrorist during the Emergency of 1975‚€“77 and after; the relationship between authoritarianism and democracy; and the emergence of a neoliberal consumption regime following widespread migration to the Gulf. In the process, he analyses diverse performance forms, like theatre, cinema, kathaprasangam, mimics parade and popular poetry recitals.

Deeply theoretical and original, this book will interest students and scholars of Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Theatre Studies and Film Studies.

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Print and Pleasure: Popular Literature and Entertaining Fictions in Colonial North India by Francesca Orsini : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245126

Print and Pleasure tells the story behind the boom in commercial publishing in nineteenth-century North India.

How did the new technology of printing and the enterprise of Indian publishers make the book a familiar object and a necessary part of people‚€™s leisure in a largely illiterate society? What genres became popular in print? Who read them and how were they read?

Our perception of North Indian culture in this period has been dominated by the notion of a competition between Hindi and Urdu, and the growth of language nationalism. Print and Pleasure argues that many other forces were also at work which, in the pursuit of commercial interests, spread quite different and much more hybrid tastes.

The importance of this major new book lies in showing, moreover, that book history can greatly enrich our understanding of literary and cultural history. Francesca Orsini mines a huge and largely untapped archive in order to reveal that popular songbooks, theatre transcripts, meanderingly seralized narratives, flimsily published tales, and forgotten poems are as much a part of colonial history as the elite novels and highbrow journals that are more frequently the subject of historical studies.

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Raga‚€™n Josh : Stories from a Musical Life by Sheila Dhar : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244631

Sheila Dhar‚€™s autobiographical stories, essays, and memoirs are classics of modern Indian prose. An accomplished singer, the world she inhabited included renowned north Indian classical musicians such as Begum Akhtar, Siddheshwari Bai, Fayyaz and Niaz Ahmed Khan, Kesar Bai Kerkar, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and Bhimsen Joshi. No writer has ever conveyed the ethos of this world and the quirks of its denizens with such wit, irreverence, perceptiveness and empathy.

Sheila Dhar‚€™s writing straddles many worlds. Once a part of Delhi‚€™s political elite, she is inimitably observant about celebrities as diverse as Indira Gandhi, Joan Robinson, Richard Attenborough, and the Queen of Tonga. In other parts of this book she returns to the Old Delhi she grew up in‚€”its sprawling bungalows, its labyrinthine households with their complicated domestic politics, its bygone musical ambience.

Incisive intelligence, comic effervescence, self-deprecating humour, and a fascinating ability to manipulate the English language for Indian contexts‚€”all combine to make this book an absolute delight.

Many of these writings have been unavailable or out of print for some time. The present book provides, for the first time within the covers of a single volume, Sheila Dhar‚€™s collected shorter writings, including all her memorable stories and essays.

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Raising the Curtain: Recasting Women Performers in India by Lata Singh : Rs695 ISBN: 9789386392756

Raising the Curtain, through the study of women performers in colonial and Independent India, problematises the question of gender and patriarchy. Women performers, being the most public women, unsettle the category of gender divided along castes, class, sexuality and the private/public paradigm.

Women performers do not form a homogenous category; their roles, agency, issues, concerns and lives differ significantly because of their different social and cultural locations. They ranged from the royally patronised nagarbandhu and ganika in ancient India, to the lower-caste performers of popular theatres, to the politically powerful tawaifs in medieval India, to subaltern women actresses in elite theatre of colonial India, to educated middle-class women of the Indian People‚€™s Theatre Movement of the 1940s, whose primary aim was to bring about social and political change.

Colonial modernity and middle-class respectability discourse stigmatized and criminalised women performers by creating a fuzzy boundary between them and prostitutes. By foregrounding the status and position of these women in brahmanical/middle-class patriarchal society, the study enters larger debates in feminist and cultural historiographies to understand what marriage, family and domesticity, the middle-class respectability quest meant for women and how actresses have used theatre to carve their own space, identity and labour.

This volume also highlights cultural labour, which has remained invisible in mainstream labour history and also devalued in mainstream society because of its linkage with caste, class, gender, sexuality and cultural politics. This problematises the question of sexuality taking the debate beyond sexual choice, agency and autonomy.

Through the use of a wide range of sources, this finely crafted book fills a significant gap in the study of subaltern cultural history and feminist historiography. It will be essential reading for scholars and students of subaltern history, sociology, gender studies, as well as of the theatre.

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Raja Yudhisthira: Kingship in Epic Mahabharata by Kevin McGrath : Rs1050 ISBN: 9789386392732

In Raja Yudhi??hira, Kevin McGrath brings his literary, ethnographic, and analytical knowledge of the Mahabharata to bear on the representation of kingship in the epic. He shows how the Mahabharata depicts both archaic and classical models of kingly and premonetary polity and how the king becomes a ruler who is seen as ritually divine. McGrath then addresses the idea of heroic religion in antiquity and the present, for bronze-age heroes still receive great devotional worship in modern India and communities continue to clash at the sites that have been‚€”for millennia‚€”associated with these epic figures.

One of the most important contributions of Raja Yudhi??hira is the revelation that neither of the contesting side of the royal Hastinapura clan triumphs in the end, for it is the Yadava band of K???a that achieves real victory. That is, it is the matriline and not the patriline that secures ultimate success: it is the kinship group of K???a‚€”the heroic figure who was to become the dominant Vai??ava icon of classical India‚€”who benefits most from the terrible Bharata war.

This book will appeal to scholars in the field of Mahabharata Studies as well as to students of early Hinduism and of late bronze-age cultural and political tradition. It will also be of interest to scholars of early Indian history, kinship, religious studies, and poetry.

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Refashioning India: Gender, Media, and a Transformed Public Discourse by Maitrayee Chaudhuri : Rs895 ISBN: 9789386689009

In 1991, the Indian state‚€™s new economic policies led to a greater role of the market. A public discourse that had till then been defined by self-reliance, equity and austerity had to be refashioned. The Indian middle class learnt that ‚€˜thrift‚€™ was not a virtue, and ‚€˜shopping was legitimate pleasure‚€™.

This period witnessed other significant developments: the rise of Hindutva; assertion of marginalised castes; and increasing institutionalisation of feminism. The book details how consumerism, combined with ideas of individualism, empowerment and choice in a contemporary public culture, paved the way for an instant, feel-good, and then aggressive nationalism.

Refashioning India maps this process through a compilation of the author‚€™s works, written at different points in time from the early 1990s, through the next two decades up to mid-2017.

The chapters offer detailed studies of advertisements; everyday details in the English-language print media; the communicative abundance of television; the dangers of instant access and unequal ignorance; and the dynamics of a transformed public sphere.

Refashioning India provides a chronicle of contemporary India, written by an author who is as much a participant member as an observer of everyday life in a changing India.

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Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies after Wittgensttein, Austin and Cavell by Toril Moi : Rs1025 ISBN: 9789386392749

This book discusses the power of ordinary language philosophy‚€”a tradition inaugurated by Ludwig Wittgenstein and J. L. Austin, and extended by Stanley Cavell‚€”to transform literary studies. Toril Moi demonstrates this philosophy‚€™s unique ability to lay bare the connections between words and the world, dispel the notion of literature as a monolithic concept, and teach readers how to learn from a literary text. By using Wittgenstein‚€™s vision of language and theory, she considers theory‚€™s desire for generality doomed to failure, and brings out the philosophical power of the particular case. Contrasting ordinary language philosophy with dominant strands of Saussurean and post-Saussurean thought, she highlights the former‚€™s originality, critical power, and potential for creative use. Finally, she proposes an innovative view of texts as expression and action, and of reading as an act of acknowledgment. Revolution of the Ordinary goes beyond literary studies and appeals to anyone looking for a philosophically serious account of why words matter.

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Society and Culture in India: A Reader by Subas Mohapatra : Rs650 ISBN: 9789383166145

Society and Culture in India is a collection of eighteen carefully chosen essays written by internationally famous sociologists whose work is on India. It has been designed to take the reader through the discipline of Sociology to get an understanding of the complex nature of Indian society.

The editor of the volume, Subas Mohapatra has very perceptively grouped the various readings in the book under five main heads, they are: ‚€˜An Introduction to Sociology and Pioneering Sociologists‚€™, ‚€˜Sociology of Caste Past and Present‚€™, ‚€˜Rural and Agrarian Society‚€™, ‚€˜Poverty and Development‚€™ and ‚€˜Contemporary Social Issues‚€™.

The essays in this book dwell on several separate subject areas of sociology. This enables the Reader to provide a comprehensive view of the discipline of sociology itself as well as the society it tries to understand.

Some of the main concerns of this book are: growth and development of sociology in India; changing nature of caste, village and rural society; sociological analysis of poverty and contemporary issues associated with civil society; gender inequality and secularism and communalism.

The Reader does not try to be thematically exhaustive but it nevertheless enables one to see order beneath the everyday confusions of life in India.

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Text And Tradition In South India by Velcheru Narayana Rao : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245188

There has long been a general consensus among ‚€œinsiders‚€ in the world of South Asian scholarship that Velcheru Narayana Rao‚€™s contribution to understanding Indian cultural history, literary production, and intellectual life‚€” specifically from the vantage of the Andhra region‚€”has few parallels. However, unlike the writings of his friend A.K. Ramanujan, Narayana Rao‚€™s writings in English remain little recognized by the broader public.

Nevertheless, several features make Narayana Rao‚€™s work utterly extraordinary. He is one of the very rare scholars to be able to reflect magisterially on both the pre-colonial and colonial periods. In part, this is because of his mastery of the ‚€œclassical‚€ Telugu tradition. As Sanjay Subrahmanyam puts it in his Introduction, ‚€œTo command nearly a thousand years of a literary tradition is no small feat, but more important still is VNR‚€™s ability constantly to offer fresh readings and provocative frameworks for interpretation.‚€ Further, Narayana Rao‚€™s work moves fluidly between the Sanskrit and vernacular traditions, and between the worlds of orality and script.

The essays and reflections in Text and Tradition in South India bring together the diverse contributions made by Velcheru Narayana Rao to the rewriting of India‚€™s cultural and literary history. No-one seriously interested in the history of Indian ideas, the social and cultural history of South India, and the massive intellectual traditions of the subcontinent can do without this book.

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The Gender Of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print by Charu Gupta : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244990

Caste and gender are complex markers of difference, hierarchy, and inequality. They have rarely been addressed together in the context of colonial India. The Gender of Caste rethinks the history of caste from a gendered perspective by exploring its connections with print‚€“public‚€“popular culture.

Charu Gupta shows that the creation by elites of hegemonic print and literary practices involved the operation of caste and gender in tandem. Caste and gender constituted society in vital ways and caste was central to how gender was reproduced. Deriving her material from Uttar Pradesh a century ago, she shows that ideas about gender were critical to caste practices in relation to Dalits.

Historicizing several axes along which Dalits were represented‚€”gender, caste, class, and community, she extends the preoccupations of Indian feminists and Dalit historians. Utilizing the lens of ‚€˜representation‚€™, she examines ideological discourses that constructed Dalits generally, and Dalit women specifically. Such constructions, she argues, suggest the implicit collusion of colonizers, nationalists, reformers, and Dalits themselves. She takes us through historical narratives that helped engender images of Dalits and ‚€˜untouchable‚€™ women, reifications which North Indians internalized and reproduced towards a cultural ‚€˜common sense‚€™ that persists into our own time.

This book questions both the presumptive ‚€˜upper-casteness‚€™ of feminist studies and the presumptive maleness of most Dalit studies of the colonial period. Dalit masculinity, remembrances of 1857, popular vocabularies and idioms, conversion anxieties, and the difficulties of indentured labour are among the many themes of this book‚€”a major expansion of the field.

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The Languages of Arunachal Pradesh-Volume 4, Part 2 (PLSI) by G. N. Devy and Lisa Lomdak : Rs1400 ISBN: 9789386392688

‚€Ę The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India.

‚€Ę It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

‚€Ę The Languages of Arunachal Pradesh documents the major languages that are spoken in the state‚€”not only languages of well-known tribes, but also lesser known ethno-linguistic groups that are found within the larger ethnic groupings.

‚€Ę The main objective of this volume is to bring numerically smaller ethno-linguistic communities into focus and provide them with a platform to share their views about their language and culture as they perceive it.

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The Languages of Haryana-Volume 10, Part 2 (PLSI) by G. N. Devy and Roop Krishen Bhat & Omkar N. Koul (Ed.s) : Rs1200 ISBN: 9789386296856

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

The Languages of Haryana (volume ten, part two) covers the languages that are spoken in the state of Haryana. The book gives a detailed description of Hindi as well as Hindi language and literature. In addition, the volume gives information about the contribution of Haryana to the development of Punjabi and Urdu language and literature.  Other languages, spoken in Haryana like Ahirwati, Bagri, Bangru, Kauravi and Mewati are also described in detail.

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The Languages of Himachal Pradesh-Volume 11, Part 2 (PLSI) by G. N. Devy and Tobdan : Rs1850 ISBN: 9789386296863

  • The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the languages of India-the widely spoken ones as well as the ones slowly going out of use.
  • The book is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.
  • This volume covers the languages that are spoken in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The book tries to document all these languages before they disappear and are no longer spoken.
  • The detailed linguistic descriptions given in the book have been taken from native speakers through oral interaction/by speaking with them directly.
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To Surju, With Love by Jaiwanti Dimri : Rs325 ISBN: 9789386296986

A transcreation of Jaiwanti Dimri‚€™s Hindi novella, Surju Ke Naam, this is the story of Sukurmani, a young woman who migrates to Bhutan with her four-year-old son, Surju, in search of livelihood, stability and peace. A Dumka tribal from Jharkhand, the one constant in her life is change as she crosses many borders ‚€“ from Ranchi in Jharkhand, to Kokrajhar to Darranga in Bodoland, to Bishalgarh in Tripura, to Rungthung and finally to Kanglung in east Bhutan ‚€“ to escape ethnic clashes, unrest and himsa, the omnipresent and many-faced violence which follows her.
Set in the small, scenic hill town of Kanglung, much of the story is told through a dialogue between two women: Sukurmani and her Memsaab. Through her Memsaab‚€™s eyes, we get glimpses of Sukurmani‚€™s life, past and present. We witness her struggles to make ends meet as a single mother, an illiterate labourer and uninhibited tribal in an alien land. We also see her as a self-reliant, resilient woman living her own life with willful little Surju, who trails her like a shadow, a participant in all his mother‚€™s joys and sorrows. As the narrative unfolds, an unusual bond forms between these two different women: two Indian expatriates, one legal and one illegal.
A poignant and thought-provoking story simply told, it lingers even after the last word is read.

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Writing The First Person: Literature, History, and Autobiography in Modern Kerala by Udaya Kumar : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245201

Why did autobiographical writings emerge in Kerala more than a century ago? What were the social, material, and cultural features that motivated individuals to write  personal histories and memoirs? This book shows the complex ways in which private recollections, and the use of memory for loosely literary ends, also entailed the production of history by another name.

Udaya Kumar analyses this period of social transformation to show the emergence of new resources for the self-relective writer, as well as of new idioms of expression. Among the many genres and forms he studies are anti-caste writings, works advocating spiritual and social reorientation, monologic poetry, and early novels in Malayalam.

Sree Narayana Guru‚€™s thought, the portrayal of women and desire in Kumaran Asan‚€™s poetry, and the fictional worlds created by major novelists of this period (such as O. Chandu Menon and C.V. Raman Pillai), says Udaya Kumar, excited fresh appraisals of morality, personal emotions, and shared pasts. The envisioning of caste reform, the recording of historical change, and the creation of political identities, he shows, are often inextricable aspects of new literary practices.

Using Kerala‚€™s cultural history as his entry point, Udaya Kumar has written an uncommonly inspirational book of ideas about the relationship of literature to history, on literature as‚€”in a sense‚€”‚€˜history in person‚€™.

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Arjuna Pandava: The Double Hero in Epic Mahabharata by Kevin McGrath : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125063094

Why should Arjuna, a late Bronze Age hero in the epic Mahabharata, be worshipped today and receive popular devotion, not just in India but throughout the world? Mahabharata scholar Kevin McGrath addresses this question through an examination of Arjuna‚€™s presence in the Pune Critical Edition of the epic. According to him, the heroic Arjuna, the perfect warrior, acquired such significance because of his dual nature‚€”he exists simultaneously in two worlds, the human and the supernatural. This duality is intrinsic to the nature and character of Arjuna, as well as to the narrative of the epic itself.

Through his text-based analysis of the mortal-immortal Arjuna‚€™s significance, the author explores what charaterises this category of ‚€˜hero‚€™, figures who are neither deities nor simple mortal beings, but who make up a unique group of beings by themselves. He also draws connections between the myth of poetry and its potential for ritual and cult; the book is a commentary on the poetic thought processes that formed the basis of the early tradition of composition in preliterate poetry. As the first study of the late Bronze Age period in which the Mahabharata is set, McGrath also provides us with an understanding of how kinship systems worked during that time, and how political alliances functioned.

With its well-tested and innovative concepts and methods of analysis that will change contemporary understandings of epic heroes and heroines, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Indian history, cultural studies, language and literature, and sociology.

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Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance by Arjun Appadurai : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125060758

Renowned scholar Arjun Appadurai argues that the economic collapse of 2008, while indeed spurred on by greed, ignorance, weak regulation, and irresponsible risk-taking, was ultimately a failure of language. To prove this point, he takes us into the world of derivative finance, which is now the core of contemporary trading and the primary target of blame for the collapse.

Through his incisive analysis, Appadurai draws on thinkers such as J. L. Austin, Marcel Mauss, and Max Weber as theoretical guides to showcase the ways language‚€”and particular failures in it‚€”paved the way for ruin. He also

  • highlights the importance of derivatives in contemporary finance, isolating them as the core technical innovation that markets have produced.
  • shows that derivatives are essentially written contracts about the future prices of assets‚€”they are, crucially, a promise.
  • pinpoints one crucial feature of derivatives (seen especially in the housing market)‚€”that they function as complicated promises that are used to speculate on the probability of others not keeping their promises‚€”and details how this feature spread like a contagion through the market.

With his characteristic clarity, Appadurai explains one of the most complicated aspects of our modern economy, and makes the critical link between the numerical force of money and the linguistic force of what we say we will do with it. 

Banking on Words will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of cultural and social anthropology, economics, and language and linguistics.

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Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History by Stuart Hall and Jennifer Daryl Slack and Lawrence Grossberg (Eds) : Rs925 ISBN: 9789386296696

Cultural Studies 1983 is a testament to Stuart Hall's contributions to progressive thought and politics. The eight foundational lectures that Hall delivered at the University of Illinois in 1983 introduced a broad range of audiences to a thinker and a discipline that changed the course of critical scholarship and of political imagination and strategy.

Unavailable until now, these lectures clearly lay out Hall's original engagement with the theoretical positions that led to the formation of Cultural Studies. While presenting the intellectual background of the discipline of Cultural Studies, Hall discusses the works of Richard Hoggart, Raymond Williams, and E. P. Thompson; the influence of structuralism; the limitations and possibilities of Marxist theory; the importance of Althusser, and the radical possibilities opened up by Gramsci.

These lectures also highlight the connection between Hall‚€™s academic work and his political strategizing. As a founding member of the original English New Left, and the founding editor of New Left Review, Hall helped to reshape and reorient our understanding of progressive politics in the modern world.

This book will be invaluable to scholars and students in the disciplines of critical race studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, literary studies, gender studies, political science, and sociology.

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Dalit Studies by Ramnarayan S. Rawat and K. Satyanarayana : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178244860

The contributors to this major intervention into Indian historiography trace the strategies through which Dalits have been marginalized as well as the ways Dalit intellectuals and leaders have shaped emancipatory politics in modern India.

Moving beyond the anticolonialism/nationalism binary that dominates the study of India, the contributors assess the benefits of colonial modernity and place humiliation, dignity, and spatial exclusion at the center of Indian historiography. Several essays discuss the ways Dalits used the colonial courts and legislature to gain minority rights in the early twentieth century, while others highlight Dalit activism in social and religious spheres.

The contributors also examine the struggle of contemporary middle-class Dalits to reconcile their caste and class, intercaste tensions among Sikhs, and the efforts by Dalit writers to challenge dominant constructions of secular and class-based citizenship while emphasizing the ongoing destructiveness of caste identity.

In recovering the long history of Dalit struggles against caste violence, exclusion, and discrimination, Dalit Studies outlines a new agenda for the study of India, enabling a significant reconsideration of many of the Indian academy's core assumptions.

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Desire and Defiance: A Study of Bengali Women in Love, 1850-1930 by Aparna Bandyopadhyay : Rs1275 ISBN: 9788125062356

Power is the key element of patriarchy; and the other significant element is love. Traditional control over women‚€™s sexuality was rearticulated in the mid-nineteenth century through the ideology of a non-consensual, non-dissoluble conjugality, based on the wife‚€™s unconditional fidelity and loyalty to her husband. Intertwined with this control was the fear that women would transgress, fears that even led to a backlash against representations of women‚€™s deviant love in novels, and attempts to prevent women from reading. Despite these restrictions, some women did follow their desires, in defiance of social norms.

Desire and Defiance retells story of heterosexual love in Bengal from the woman‚€™s perspective. Focusing primarily on upper-caste Bengali women from both Hindu and Brahmo backgrounds, this book explores aspects of heterosexual intimacy that were considered transgressive by upper-caste Hindu society. Resisting societal attempts to confine their sexuality, many upper-caste Hindu and Brahmo women married (or remarried) according to their own choice, or engaged in non-marital and extra-marital intimacy. However, as the book shows, such transgression usually led to harassment, familial and social ostracism, and severe social sanctions. The colonial bureaucracy, judiciary and media exercised control over women‚€™s sexuality through laws and strictures, highlighting the way patriarchy transcended the divide between the public and the private, the coloniser and the colonised.

Providing a feminist understanding of the high-caste Hindu/Brahmo woman‚€™s varied and mostly unrewarding experiences of intimacy outside the bounds of normative relationships, this book provides a glimpse into the deeply gendered world of love. Interesting and informative, this book will be useful to students and scholars of women‚€™s studies, history, sociology and culture studies.

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Disnarration: The Unsaid Matters by Sudha Shastri : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125062387

Disnarration: The Unsaid  Matters  is the outcome of a conference on the theme of disnarration, narrative refusals, counterfactual histories, held at IIT Bombay, Mumbai. Since the time it was first introduced by Gerald Prince, the concept of disnarration has brought a new perspective of looking at narrative and theorising about it. Disnarration, in principle, can be applied as an interpretive tool to almost all narrative texts to see how far they yield to its investigative strategies. At the same time, disnarration also signposts discourses such as postcolonialism and feminism, because of the way it foregrounds silencing, and thus extends beyond being merely a tool for reading narrative structures.  The first section of this book looks at the notion of disnarration itself as a theoretical principle and examines its possibilities and trajectory. In the second section, it addresses subjects like postcoloniality, gender, physical disability and ethnicity and examines how chosen texts have disnarrated it. Disnarration: The Unsaid Matters thus approaches the idea of disnarration from two ends: the specific text and the larger, broader, theoretical reach. The editor‚€™s introduction effects a dialogue between these two vantage-points of deliberating disnarration.

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Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India by Constantine V. Nakassis : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125063018

In Doing Style, Constantine V. Nakassis explores the world of youth and mass media in South India. Through ethnographic descriptions of college life in urban Tamil Nadu, Nakassis examines what Tamil youth call ‚€œstyle‚€: the display of ostentatious brand fashion, speaking in cosmopolitan English, or acting out bombastic film heroism, among other kinds of acts. As Nakassis shows, acts of ‚€œdoing style‚€ express the ambivalent desires and anxieties of these youth who live in the shadows of global modernity. This ambivalence is reflected in the conflicted ways that youth do style. Among youth, what appear are not authentic but fake branded garments, not fluent English but English-peppered Tamil, and not imitations of film heroes but ironical and playful citations.

Doing Style also explores the connections among youth peer groups and the sites where such stylish objects are produced: textile workshops, music-television channels, and the Tamil film industry. Nakassis shows how these connections deeply condition the production and circulation of these media. They inscribe youth style on these media, materializing as fashionable garments, on-air speech styles, and film texts that anticipate and give form to youth‚€™s ambivalent acts of style.

Doing Style presents an important and timely look at contemporary youth culture, globalization, and mass media as they interact in a vibrant and rapidly changing India. This book will appeal to socio-cultural anthropologists, sociolinguists, and scholars of media and cultural studies.

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Gitanjali Reborn: William Radice‚€™s Writings on Rabindranath Tagore by Martin Kšmpchen (Ed) : Rs850 ISBN: 9789383166152

After his path-breaking translation of Tagore‚€™s poems in 1985, Radice evolved into an ambassador of the poet in the Western world. He also translated Tagore‚€™s short stories and brief poems, and finally translated Gitanjali afresh, restoring Tagore‚€™s original English manuscript. W.B. Yeats had, in his attempt to edit them, seriously tampered with many Gitanjali poems.

From 2011 to 2013, when the poet‚€™s 150th birth anniversary was celebrated, Radice went from city to city in Asia, Europe and North America to advocate Rabindranath‚€™s importance as a poet and what he means to him.

Radice, himself a recognised poet and an erudite scholar, delved into the deeper meaning of Tagore‚€™s poems and songs, gauged his emotions and hidden thoughts and discussed his ideas on education and the environment with an insight probably no other Westerner has. This book presents a comprehensive collection of lectures and essays Radice wrote during those festival years.

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Life, Emergent: The Social in the Afterlives of Violence by Yasmeen Arif : Rs895 ISBN: 9789386296689

How does an inquiry into life as it lives (or dies) amid mass violence look like from the perspective of the ‚€œsocial‚€? Taking us from Sierra Leone to India to Lebanon, Life, Emergent challenges conventional understandings of biopolitics, and views the politics of life through the lens of life, not death.

Yasmeen Arif focuses closely on biopolitics‚€™ other pole: ‚€œmaking live‚€, by highlighting the various means and forms of life that are shaped in the aftermath‚€”or afterlives‚€”of violent events, in the contexts of law, justice, community, and identity. Her analysis of the social repercussions of violence is both global and local in scope. This rigorously argued book brings together the various strands of both life and the social, and thereby frames a politics both of and in life.

This book will be useful to post-graduate scholars and researchers in Sociology, Social Anthropology, Political Science and Theory, Philosophy, Social Theory, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies and International Law. It will also be of interest to organizations involved in formal humanitarian work in conflict areas.

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Multilingualism and Multiculturalism: Perceptions, Practices and Policy by Supriya Pattanayak, Chandrabhanu Pattanayak, Jennifer M Bayer : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125060000

This book is a collection of essays in honour of Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, for whom multilingualism and mother tongue education a means to secure social and linguistic justice. Dealing with the concept of multilingualism, this book aims to bring to the reader the evolution of cultures and its direct or indirect relation to language development in a multilingual society. This book comprises a wide variety of essays all brought together by common theme that examines multilingualism and its complexities in terms of sociolinguistic hierarchy.

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Nursing and Empire: Gendered Labor and Migration from India to the United States by Sujani K. Reddy : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125062301

Drawing on extensive archival research and compelling life-history interviews, Nursing and Empire examines the lives of Indian nurses, which have unfolded against a complex backdrop of Anglo-American capitalist imperialism and the emergence of a postcolonial Indian nation-state still tied to this global system.

The bookbegins with the movement of white, U.S.-based single female medical missionaries to India and proceeds through the remaking of the colonial medical map through race-based segregation in the U.S. and the ‚€œopen door imperialism‚€ of the Rockefeller Foundation in India. It ends with the Cold War emigration of Indian nurses as one outcome of the critical role played by U.S. medical interests in a colonial ‚€œcivilizing mission.‚€

Complicating the long-held view of Indian women as passive participants in the movement of skilled labor in this period, Reddy demonstrates how these "women in the lead" pursued new opportunities afforded by their mobility. At the same time, Indian nurses also confronted stigmas based on the nature of "women‚€™s work", religious and caste differences within the migrant community, and the racial and gender hierarchies of the U.S.

Spanning two centuries and multiple geographic spaces, Nursing and Empire sheds light on histories of capitalist expansion and marginalized women‚€™s histories of resistance and labor migration.

This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of gender studies, labor history, and U.S.≠≠‚€“India relations.

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Organisational Studies in India by R. C. Tripathi and Rohit Dwivedi(Eds.) : Rs1575 ISBN: 9788125064244

Indian organisations are more complex than organisations elsewhere, because of the unique cultural, economic and political contexts to which they belong. They present a diverse mix of new and old, religious and secular, rational and irrational; there are organisations that rank among the best, and those that barely deliver. In today‚€™s economically interdependent world, the success and failure of Indian organisations have implications for other nations as well.

Unlike previous research that studied organisations on the basis of universal principles, through Euro-centric models based on Western knowledge, Organisational Studies in India presents a range of perspectives and employs multiple lenses to provide a comprehensive understanding of the way organisations function in India.

This collection of research studies focuses on a diversity of issues that organisationsin Indiaface, along with the differences in their contexts. The common theme across all chapters is an assessment of the extent to which Indianorganisations hasbrought about the convergence of resources to build a modern nation-state. Focusing on alternative ways of looking at organisational phenomena,the contributing authors bring together their vast experience in academia and practice in their writings to present a nuanced picture of organisational practices and behaviour.

With its emphasis on perspectives embedded in the Indian context,this book will be of immense value to students and scholars of psychology, organisational studies and comparative management,and scientist-professionals in India and abroad. It will also interest transnational organisations operating in India and those employing Indians in other countries.

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Revisiting India‚€™s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics by Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola (Eds) : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125064121

Revisiting India‚€™s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics is a contributory volume on the Partition of India on the eve of Independence. There are 19 essays in the book drawn from interdisciplinary backgrounds on several topics pertaining to the Partition, including decolonisation and post-colony, economic development and nation-building, cross-border skirmishes, terrorism, and nationalism. The volume covers areas beyond Punjab and Bengal and includes analyses of Sindh, Kashmir, Hyderabad, and more broadly South India, the Northeast, and Burma. It, in fact, extends and expands on the original notion of the ‚€˜Long Partition‚€™ to examine the cultural, political, economic, and psychological impact the Partition continues to have on communities in South Asia and throughout the diaspora. 

Useful for scholars in literary and cultural studies, history, political studies, sociology, Asian/South Asian studies, and women‚€™s studies, the book has a thought-provoking introduction which provides a multi-vocal, multi-focal, transnational commentary on the Partition in relation to motifs, texts, and regions that have earlier been ignored.

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Sarasvatichandra Part II: Gunasundari‚€™s Household by Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi,Tridip Suhrud (tr.) : Rs495 ISBN: 9788125061588

An epic novel written in four parts from 1887 to 1901, Sarasvatichandra is both the enactment and embodiment of the life philosophy of one man, and his sole mission.

Part II, Gunasundari‚€™s Household, details the complex dynamics of a Hindu joint family. Minister of Ratnanagari, Vidya Chatura and Gunasundari were married as children. Intelligent and eager, a young Gunasundari is educated by her husband to share his pleasures of literature, poetry, philosophy. But this blissful aesthetic conjugality is disrupted when his relatives come to live with them. She must suddenly manage a household of fourteen individuals, each with different needs and idiosyncracies. Govardhanram‚€™s acute, often delightfully wry observations on human nature, the household dynamics, his sharp characterisation and descriptions of a pregnant Gunasundari struggling to keep the family ‚€˜joint‚€™ and content are perceptive and thought-provoking.

The novel holds up a fascinating mirror to Gujarati society, the joint family, particularly the role of women, and life in the princely states against the backdrop of India, pre-Independence, in transition at the turn of the nineteenth century‚€”culturally, politically and ideologically. Before Gandhi, arguably no other work has so profoundly influenced the ethos and imagination of Gujarat as Sarasvatichandra. Parts III and IV, also translated by Tridip Suhrud, an acknowledged scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Gujarat, are forthcoming.

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Shades of Difference: Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore by Radha Chakravarty (Ed.) : Rs650 ISBN: 9789383166107

This unusual collection brings together Tagore‚€™s writings on forms of difference based on gender, caste, class, nation, community, religion, social customs and political beliefs. Via new translations, along with Tagore‚€™s own writings, lectures and conversations, this illustrated anthology presents his complex, dynamic approach to commonly perceived dualities ‚€“ like life/ death, nature/ culture, tradition/ modernity, East/ West, local/ universal etc.- to highlight his humanistic vision and its significance for us today.
The accompanying Audio Visual Material, Tagore & His World, provides a broader context for Tagore‚€™s evolution as a thinker and artist, offering glimpses of his life, travels, educational vision and creative experiments in the visual and performing arts.

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Tell the Tale, Urvashi by Dalip Kaur Tiwana,Bhupinder Singh(tr) : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125063162

The long-awaited English translation of the popular Punjabi novel Katha Kaho Urvashi by Sahitya Akademi Award-winning novelist and distinguished academic Dalip Kaur Tiwana, Tell the Tale, Urvashi is the tragic intergenerational saga of a landed Sikh family in late 20th-century Punjab.

Devinder, his three sisters and their widowed, deeply religious mother form a close-knit family. Devinder‚€™s special bond with his eldest sister Kuldeep is challenged by his marriage to Alka, a beautiful, restless woman constrained by traditional roles and expectations. Exploring the dynamics of family life, human relationships, the evolving roles of women and the social structures within which they are rooted, the novel addresses questions of identity and alienation, tradition and modernity against the backdrop of a wider cultural disorientation of our times, and hauntingly captures the search for the meaning of life, loss and death.

Using multiple narratives and narrative genres, Tiwana projects a many-voiced, fragmented world in which there are no black and white divisions, no saints or villains, only individuals limited by their own impulses and frailties, their memories and pasts‚€”people in whom we can see reflections of ourselves. A universal tale of love and loss told simply but evocatively, this classic of Punjabi literature will appeal to all lovers of Indian fiction.

 

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Text And Tradition In South India by Velcheru Narayana Rao : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178244723

There has long been a general consensus among ‚€œinsiders‚€ in the world of South Asian scholarship that Velcheru Narayana Rao‚€™s contribution to understanding Indian cultural history, literary production, and intellectual life‚€” specifically from the vantage of the Andhra region‚€”has few parallels. However, unlike the writings of his friend A.K. Ramanujan, Narayana Rao‚€™s writings in English remain little recognized by the broader public.

Nevertheless, several features make Narayana Rao‚€™s work utterly extraordinary. He is one of the very rare scholars to be able to reflect magisterially on both the pre-colonial and colonial periods. In part, this is because of his mastery of the ‚€œclassical‚€ Telugu tradition. As Sanjay Subrahmanyam puts it in his Introduction, ‚€œTo command nearly a thousand years of a literary tradition is no small feat, but more important still is VNR‚€™s ability constantly to offer fresh readings and provocative frameworks for interpretation.‚€ Further, Narayana Rao‚€™s work moves fluidly between the Sanskrit and vernacular traditions, and between the worlds of orality and script.

The essays and reflections in Text and Tradition in South India bring together the diverse contributions made by Velcheru Narayana Rao to the rewriting of India‚€™s cultural and literary history. No-one seriously interested in the history of Indian ideas, the social and cultural history of South India, and the massive intellectual traditions of the subcontinent can do without this book.

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The Languages of Nagaland - Volume 21, Part 2 - People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India, by G. N. Devy and Duovituo Kuolie : Rs1550 ISBN: 9788125063124

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume attempts to bring to the reader the wealth of languages of Nagaland and contextualise them within contemporary linguistics. The languages surveyed have been divided into two parts‚€”(a) Tenyidie Group and (b) Other Naga Groups. The content of the survey is based entirely on structural bases, mainly, phonology, morphology and syntax. In an attempt to document these varieties of languages, this volume aspires to preserve the languages spoken in the state of Nagaland in this globalised world

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The Languages of Puducherry - Part 2, Volume 23 by G. N. Devy and L. Ramamoorthy, G. Ravisankar : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125062486

The People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume presents to the reader the multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual nature of the Union Territory of Puducherry and the history and the status of the languages in Puducherry. Formerly known as Pondicherry, Puducherry has been greatly influenced by French culture and language which can still be seen in the wide use of French in the region. The Union Territory comprises four small unconnected districts‚€”Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe. Each region has its dominant language as the local official language (Tamil in Puducherry and Karaikal, Malayalam in Mahe and Telugu in Yanam). This volume also highlights the spiritual identity of the region.

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The Languages of Punjab - Volume 24, Part 2 (PLSI) by Omkar N Koul, Roop Krishen Bhat (Eds) : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125062400

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume documents the languages spoken in the state of Punjab. Apart from a detailed description of Punjabi language, the volume includes entries describing the linguistic features of the regional dialects of Bauria, Bazigari, Bhand, Dhaha, Gojri, Lahanda, Lubana, Odi and Sansi. A survey of folk and written literature is also included. In addition, the volume provides information about the invaluable contribution of Punjab to the development of Hindi and Urdu languages and literature.

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The Subaltern Speaks: Truth and Ethics in Mahasweta Devi‚€™s Fiction on Tribals by Sanatan Bhowal : Rs825 ISBN: 9788125062790

A study and postmodern critique of Mahasweta Devi‚€™s major fictional writings on tribals, The Subaltern Speaks addresses some primary concerns of Subaltern Studies historians and explores the representation of tribal people as ‚€˜subaltern‚€™.

Adivasis today are caught between an aggressive and seemingly benevolent version of capitalism, although the lines between the two have increasingly blurred. British India created formal property rights to replace customary ones; neoliberal India chased them off their land in pursuit of development, dubbed them ‚€˜terrorists‚€™ and unleashed the army‚€™s might against them. Adivasis have only seemed to appear in recorded history when resisting the state, and their ‚€˜consciousness‚€™ has been reduced to this identity along with their politics. The story of adivasi women is far more harrowing.

Following Gayatri Spivak‚€™s deconstructive approach, Sanatan Bhowal draws upon some leading thinkers of our time‚€”Badiou, Levinas, Foucault, Deleuze, Lacan and Zizek‚€”to address Spivak‚€™s question: Can the Subaltern Speak? Using this heterogenous assemblage of ideas as a backdrop‚€”in which Badiou's philosophy of truth, resistance and responsibility for the ‚€˜other‚€™ figure prominently‚€”he focuses on Devi‚€™s ethical representation of the adivasis she has loved, lived with and whose cause she has passionately espoused lifelong. He also underlines the need to unthink conventional discourses before any genuine understanding of tribal consciousness can be arrived at.

The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of Subaltern Studies, English and Comparative Literature.

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Thinking Gender, Doing Gender: Feminist Scholarship and Practice Today by Uma Chakravarti : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125062394

In the 1980s, gender was acknowledged as a useful and necessary category of analysis. The first generation of feminist scholars defined the new field and provided a rich corpus of works; later generations of scholars and activists then expanded it through their writings on culture, film and media, and sexuality.

Thinking Gender, Doing Gender focuses on these issues, as well as on pedagogy and classroom practice, theoretical obstacles created by disciplinary constraints, and practices in the performing arts from a gender perspective. This volume focuses more on doing gender rather thinking gender: in classrooms, in the making of curricula, in the writing and recall of history, in reading literature and cinema, and in the practice of culture in theatre and urban spaces.

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Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal by Ralph W. Nicholas : Rs750 ISBN: 9788192304632

An expression common among Bengali Hindus says baro mase, tero parban, ‚€˜in twelve months there are thirteen festivals.‚€™ While each of these occasions is built around the worship of a particular god or goddess, they are also performances where setting, attire, ornamentation, recitation, music, and sometimes theater are brought together. Thirteen dramatically understates the number of such occasions around the year. Previous books in this series have described and analyzed the axial rituals in the annual cycle in the village of Kelomal, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal. These are the famous Sanskritic Durga Puja, the high point of the autumn in Bengal, and the less well known vernacular spring ritual of Gajan, devoted to Siva.  
The present work deals with the great variety of rituals that take place during the remainder of the year, including worship of Sitala, goddess of disease and mother of the village; Manasa, goddess of snakes; Laksmi, embodiment of prosperity dwelling in the rice crop; Krsna, who offers the possibility of liberation; Satya Narayana, who has a Muslim personality as Satya Pir; and the goddesses worshiped by women within the house: Sasthi, goddess of children; the auspicious Mangal Candi; and Bipattarini, who saves people from danger.

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Too Many Men, Too Few Women: Social Consequences of Gender Imbalance in India and China by Ravinder Kaur : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125062493

The gender balance in Asia is significantly shaped by the male-biased sex ratios of two of its most populous countries, China and India. The rapid fertility declines in the two countries, resulting from China's one-child policy and India's two-child norm, combined with the advent of sex determination technologies, has contributed to the birth of fewer girls. As a result of these factors, both countries now have an excess of males and a shortage of females.

There is increasing concern over the likely adverse consequences of such highly masculine populations. Most work on adverse sex ratios has dealt with the identification, patterns and causes of skewed sex ratios; Too Many Men, Too Few Women is the first book to focus specifically on the social consequences of the skewed sex ratio in both India and China. Well-known sociologists, economists and demographers come together to explore the social consequences of a skewed sex ratio from varied perspectives: the position of women in communities with fewer women; the likely increase in incidents of crime and violence; the impact on cultural practices such as dowry and bride price, as well as on domestic violence; and possible policy and reform measures that governments can undertake to correct the gender imbalance.

Based on new empirical work and ethnographical accounts, this book takes a critical look at demographic approaches and policies in both India and China. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, as well as researchers, policymakers, and funding agencies involved in population studies and problems related to male-biased sex ratios.

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When Sun Meets Moon: Gender, Eros, and Ecstasy in Urdu Poetry by Scott Kugle : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125063155

The two Urdu poets Shah Siraj and Mah Laqa Bai Chand lived separate lives in the Deccan during the eighteenth century. In When Sun Meets Moon, they are brought together in the realm of literary imagination. Through a comparison of their work, this book illustrates complexity of gender, sexuality, and religious practice in Islamic culture.

Shah Siraj (1715‚€“1763), whose name means "Sun," lived in Aurangabad; he was a Sunni Muslim who, after a youthful love affair, gave up sexual relationships to follow Sufi mysticism. Mah Laqa Bai Chanda (1768‚€“1820), whose name means "Moon," lived in Hyderabad; she was a Shi'i Muslim and courtesan who combined the seduction of men with the pursuit of mystical love. Both poets specialized in the ghazal, often fusing spiritual quest with erotic imagery.

This book features Kugle's translations of Urdu and Persian poetry previously unavailable in English. Kugle argues that Shah Siraj and Mah Laqa Bai were exceptions to the gender norms common in their patriarchal society. Their poetry helps us understand the reach and the limitations of gender roles and erotic imagery in Islamic and Indian culture. This study also shows how poetry, music, and dance are integral to Islamic devotional traditions.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of gender studies, comparative religion, Urdu poetry and Islamic studies.

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Writing The First Person: Literature, History, and Autobiography in Modern Kerala by Udaya Kumar : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178244747

Why did autobiographical writings emerge in Kerala more than a century ago? What were the social, material, and cultural features that motivated individuals to write personal histories and memoirs? This book shows the complex ways in which private recollections, and the use of memory for loosely literary ends, also entailed the production of history by another name.

Udaya Kumar analyses this period of social transformation to show the emergence of new resources for the self-relective writer, as well as of new idioms of expression. Among the many genres and forms he studies are anti-caste writings, works advocating spiritual and social reorientation, monologic poetry, and early novels in Malayalam.

Sree Narayana Guru‚€™s thought, the portrayal of women and desire in Kumaran Asan‚€™s poetry, and the fictional worlds created by major novelists of this period (such as O. Chandu Menon and C.V. Raman Pillai), says Udaya Kumar, excited fresh appraisals of morality, personal emotions, and shared pasts. The envisioning of caste reform, the recording of historical change, and the creation of political identities, he shows, are often inextricable aspects of new literary practices.

Using Kerala‚€™s cultural history as his entry point, Udaya Kumar has written an uncommonly inspirational book of ideas about the relationship of literature to history, on literature as‚€”in a sense‚€”‚€˜history in person‚€™.

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Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala by V. V. Haridas : Rs1075 ISBN: 9788125061281

The Zamorin‚€”ruler of the kingdom of Kolikkotu in modern-day Kerala‚€”left an indelible mark on world history when he welcomed Vasco da Gama in 1498. But a few centuries earlier, the Zamorin was only a local chief, heading a few villages. How did he become an independent ruler after the disintegration of the Ceras in the twelfth century? How did the Zamorin come to be recognised and legitimised as the ‚€˜king‚€™?

This story of the creation of an image of royalty is the focus of Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala. Relying on the archival richness of a large collection of unpublished palm leaf manuscripts called Granthavari, documents of the political and royal establishments of the time, this book reconstructs the days of the Zamorin. It carefully details the power and authority he claimed and actually wielded, and the various methods through which he sought to legitimise it‚€”elaborate rituals, patronage of temples and scholarship, propagation of art and culture, etc.

While the great past was always remembered, the Zamorin‚€™s ‚€˜little kingdom‚€™ depended on the existence, interaction and interdependence of various nodes of power‚€”the royalty, royal functionaries, locality chiefs, local magnates and temple authorities. This book argues that studying these nodes of power, which related themselves to the Zamorin‚€™s court and among themselves through elaborate customs and rituals, is vital to analysing the state structure in late medieval Kerala.

Complete with a foreword by Kesavan Veluthat, this book convincingly argues for the ‚€˜little kingdom‚€™ model to analyse the premodern state in Calicut. Scholars and students of historiography and history, especially of medieval Indian culture and society, will find it immensely useful.

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A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia by Smriti Srinivas : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125059554

A Place for Utopia is firmly rooted in a South Asian context but links questions and discussions of its urbanism, religion, pasts and futures to a global milieu and history. The volume blends ethnographic, visual, and archival methods and uses various ideas of ‚€˜utopia‚€™ for social science analysis that can productively open up new intellectual spaces, other histories, and urban policies. It moves across a hundred year period of South Asian modernity and its challenges from the early twentieth century to the early twenty-first century. Central to the designs for utopia in this book are the themes of gardens, children, spiritual topographies, death, and hope.

From the vitalist urban plans of the Scottish polymath Patrick Geddes in India to the Theosophical Society in Madras and the ways in which it provided a context for a novel South Indian garden design; from the visual, textual and ritual designs of Californian Vedanta from the 1930s to the present to the spatial transformations associated with post-1990s highway and rapid transit systems in Bangalore that are shaping an emerging ‚€œIndian New Age‚€ of religious and somatic self-styling, Srinivas tells the story of contrapuntal histories, the contiguity of lives, and resonances between utopian worlds that is generative of designs for cultural alternatives and futures.  

This book will be of considerable interest to students and scholars of urban studies, anthropology, religion, geography, sociology, philosophy, South Asian studies, design, history, and cultural studies.

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Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia: Past and by Sumit Guha : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244655

‚€œCaste‚€ is today almost universally perceived as an ancient and unchanging Hindu institution preserved solely by deep-seated religious ideology. Yet the word itself is an importation from sixteenth-century Europe.

This book tracks the long history of the practices amalgamated under this label and shows their connection to changing patterns of social and political power down to the present. It frames caste as an involuted and complex form of ethnicity and explains why it persisted under non-Hindu rulers and in non-Hindu communities across South Asia.

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Bodies Of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India by Linda Hess : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178244686

Kabir‚€™s work lends itself to topics that range from subtle inner states to political argument and activism‚€”the relation between the religious-spiritual and social-political. An iconoclastic mystic who criticized organized religion, sectarian prejudice, caste, violence, deception and hypocrisy, Kabir also speaks of self-knowledge, deep inner experience, confrontation with death, and connection with the divine. Ambiguously situated among Hindu, Muslim, Sufi, and yogic traditions, he rejects religious identities and urges fearless awakening.

Bodies of Song is the first scholarly work in any language that studies the poetry and culture of the still popular Kabir through the lens of oral-performative traditions. It draws on ethnographic research as well as on the history of written collections.

It focuses on texts‚€”their transmission by singers, the dynamics of textual forms in oral performance, and the connections between texts in oral forms, written forms, and other media. It attends to context, reception, and community. While demonstrating how texts work in oral-musical performance, it analyzes discourses of authenticity and provides a repertoire of Kabir songs as they might be heard in Central India in the early 2000s. Professor Hess considers theories of ‚€˜orality‚€™, looks at social perspectives, and examines communities of interpretation‚€”including the Kabir Panth (a religious sect), Eklavya (a secular educational NGO), and urban fans of Kabir.

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Cinema of Enchantment: Perso-Arabic Genealogies of the Hindi Masala Film by Anjali Gera Roy : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125059660

A fascinating account of the theatrical beginnings of Bollywood and the Indo-Islamic storytelling traditions of the subcontinent, the volume looks at how Islamicate cultures have richly informed and structured mainstream Hindi cinema. It tells us how it was Urdu which provided the language of quintessential romance, passion and poetry for it.

Acknowledging the central contribution of Hindu mythology, narrative visual arts and epics on storytelling in film, the volume isolates Bollywood‚€™s generic debt to the Perso-Arabic legacies of tilism or enchantment, qissa and dastan, which have been marginalised in the construction of popular Hindi cinema as national cinema. It looks at the structure and narrative form of Orientalist genres of the Silent period, stunt films, costume dramas, and their continuity in the ‚€˜masala‚€™ film of the 1960s and 1970s. As opposed to the lens of fantasy through which the dream-world of Hindi cinema has been traditionally perceived, it suggests that tilism may provide a framework for examining its magical and enchanting universe.

The influence of Urdu writers, pre- and post Partition, Urdu poetry and Sufism on film scripts, dialogue and music ensured that the language of Firdausi, Ghalib and Zafar lived on in popular imagination. Bollywood, thus, provided one of the last havens for preserving and performing India‚€™s famed syncretic ‚€˜Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb‚€™‚€”wherein Hindi and Urdu are not two but are deeply implicated in one another‚€”even as it disappeared from other public spaces.

The volume is addressed to students and scholars in the fields of cinema, culture and media studies, film history. Any reader interested in Hindi films and popular culture would also find it engaging and insightful.

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Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations : Two Centuries of Power and Protest by Kumari Jayawardena and Rachel Kurian : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125058786

Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations takes as its central theme the plantations of Sri Lanka, from their inception in the early nineteenth century to almost the present day in the twenty-first. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, it offers a detailed and compelling empirical narrative of the lives and struggles of plantation workers, who have constituted, for much of modern Sri Lankan history, the single largest organised workforce in the country. In doing so, it explores the complex links between power and class, gender and ethnic hierarchies both on the plantations and outside and crucially situates the labour movement on the plantations within the wider political and social economy of Sri Lanka.

The current volume begins by tracing the origins of the plantations in then Ceylon, the acquisition of Indian Tamil workers and the labour practices during the colonial period. This in turn contextualises the subsequent discussion on rising labour and political consciousness among plantation workers and their struggles for labour and democratic rights, which the authors track through the post-Independence period and into the twenty-first century. Particular attention is paid to the role of political parties, trade unions and other pressure groups in supporting or opposing these rights, within a background of class, ethnic, linguistic and nationalist consciousness and chauvinism. The book provides an astute analysis of the strategic alliances and political manoeuvres made by the various actors in this struggle.

This volume offers readers a truly integrated history of the labour movement on Sri Lankan plantations. It balances an empirically rich narrative with a nuanced analysis of the class, ethnic, linguistic and political consciousness that has informed and opposed the struggles of plantation labour on the island.

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Cognition, Experience and Creativity by Jaison A. Manjaly and Bipin Indurkhya (eds) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125057314

This book aims to showcase some of the recent developments in the areas of research in creativity and experience. The collection of essays embraces both theoretical and empirical approaches and tries to understand the complexity underlying creativity and its social, cultural and biological underpinnings.
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Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India by Sharmila Rudrappa : Rs795 ISBN: 9788125060475

India is the top provider of surrogacy services in the world, with a multi-million dollar surrogacy industry that continues to grow exponentially, as increasing numbers of couples from developed nations look for wombs in which to grow their babies. Some scholars have exulted transnational surrogacy for the possibilities it opens for infertile couples, while others have offered bioethical cautionary tales, rebuked exploitative intended parents, or lamented the exploitation of surrogate mothers. However, very little is known about the experience of and transaction between surrogate mothers and intended parents outside the lens of the many agencies that control surrogacy in India.

Drawing from rich interviews with surrogate mothers and egg donors in Bangalore, Discounted Life focuses on the processes of social and market exchange in transnational surrogacy. Sharmila Rudrappa interrogates the creation and maintenance of reproductive labor markets, the function of agencies and surrogacy brokers, and how women become surrogate mothers.

The author argues that this reproductive industry is organized to control and disempower women workers and yet her interviews reveal that, by and large, the surrogate mothers in Bangalore found the experience life affirming. Rudrappa explores this tension, and the lived realities of many surrogate mothers whose deepening bodily commodification is paradoxically experienced as a revitalizing life development.

A detailed and moving study, Discounted Life delineates how local labor markets intertwine with global reproduction industries, how Bangalore‚€™s surrogate mothers make sense of their participation in reproductive assembly lines, and the remarkable ways in which they negotiate positions of power for themselves in progressively untenable socio-economic conditions.

This book would be useful to students and scholars of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies.
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Displaying India‚€™s Heritage: Archaeology and the Museum Movement in Colonial India by Madhuparna Roychowdhury : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125059028

Displaying India‚€™s Heritage describes the history of museum-making in the Indian subcontinent in the 1800s and 1900s with special emphasis on the experience of Bengal. It details the connection between the museum movement and the broader political and cultural environment of the time.
The central discussion focuses on the colonial Indian Museum in Calcutta, which began as a natural history collection and soon became a repository of archaeological artefacts from across the subcontinent. The emerging contest between imperialism and nationalism shaped the visualisation in the display boxes here. In describing this history, the book also highlights the complex relationship between knowledge and power.
During the period of high nationalism, when regional histories‚€”often blended with mythical narratives‚€”became popular, scientific history writing placed an emphasis on archaeological knowledge. Local museums began asserting their right over excavated artefacts and princely states presented the pre-eminent position of their families through palace museums; through these histories of provincial and local museums, the book shows how museum-making was intimately tied to competing political loyalties and identities. It presents a convincing case to consider museums as a modern public sphere where the territorial and cultural bases of nationhood were negotiated.
Issuing from strong archival research, Displaying India‚€™s Heritage draws a connection between the ‚€˜culture of history‚€™‚€”constituted by the knowledge of history and the historical imagination of people‚€”and a series of individual endeavours in history-writing, collecting and museum-building. This volume will interest students of modern Indian cultural history, museology, archaeology and cultural studies.

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Elephants and Kings: An Environmental History by Thomas R. Trautmann : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243917

Because of their size, elephants have long been irresistible for kings as symbols of eminence. In early civilizations‚€”such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus civilization, and China‚€”elephants were used for royal sacrifice, spectacular hunts, public displays, and their ivory‚€”all aspects driving them toward extinction. The kings of India, however, Thomas Trautmann shows, found a use for elephants that actually helped preserve their habitat and numbers in the wild: war.

This book traces the history of the war elephant in India and its spread as an institution from there to the West, where elephants featured within some of the greatest wars of antiquity. Southeast Asia and China are also examined for comparison and contrast within this environmental history spanning 3000 years and covering a vast terrain, from Spain to Java. 

Trautmann shows Indian kings capturing wild elephants and training them, one by one, through millennia. He reveals the political compulsions requiring the protection of elephants from hunters and their forests from being cut down. Taking a wide-angle view of human‚€“elephant relations, he throws into relief the structure of India‚€™s environmental history and the reasons for the persistence of wild elephants in its forests.

Written with uncommon flair and elegance, this is a monumental work of environmental history using Indian antiquity as its entry point. It will interest lay readers, historians, and environmentalists.
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Feminisms by Arpita Mukhopadhyay,Sumit Chakrabarti (Ed.) : Rs175 ISBN: 9788125060734

This volume attempts to locate feminism/s within historical and critical perspectives, and provides a broad framework within which to locate the possible politics of feminism. It traces the trajectory of feminism, from a movement for the rights of women to the possibility of an 'organic revolution', and from the renegotiations of the 'woman question' by early feminists and suffragists to the critical interventions of ecofeminists and lesbian feminism.

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Fields of Play: Sport, Literature and Culture by Poonam Trivedi,Supriya Chaudhuri : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125057550

The book is a collection of essays discussing the various aspects of sports in India. Apart from discussing the present status of the different sports and sporting formats, the essays also discuss the institutions attached to sports. At the same time, the essays also discuss the factors that make up the sport: the body cultures involved in various sports and corporeality in computer games. The book shows the strong sporting culture present in the Indian society through discussing the intimate relation between sports, literature and cinema, as depicted in books and movies like Harry Potter series and Iqbal respectively. This book will leave a mark on all, especially people interested in sports.

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Foundations of Human Development: A Life Span Approach by Asha Singh : Rs250 ISBN: 9788125059073

‚€˜Human Development‚€™ is the study of humans, from conception to death. It provides an understanding of the physical, socio-cultural and environmental influences on growth and development, and the different roles that individuals play at different stages. It also focuses on the changes that take place in individuals as they progress through the human lifecycle.

This book focuses on human development in all domains‚€”physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional. It discusses the norms of growth and development, and the factors influencing their progress, in the Indian context, with special reference to the plurality of Indian families. The important features of this book are:

  • Introduces the study of human development, and the various theories underlying it.
  • Covers issues relating to sexuality, reproductive health, fertility and conception, and the influence of genetics, heredity and environmental factors.
  • Provides detailed discussions on childbirth, care of the newborn, infant care, and developmental milestones.
  • Explains the significance of the early childhood and preschool period.
  • Explains the concept of ‚€˜middle childhood‚€™, and the growing child‚€™s position in the larger physical and social world.
  • Describes growth and developmental changes during adolescence, focusing on Indian social contexts.
  • Discusses the roles and responsibilities of adults.
  • Discusses physical changes and health issues among the elderly, as well as current demographic trends, policies for the elderly, and notions of death.

Lucid and engaging, this book will be invaluable for all students of Home Science. Child counsellors, teachers and behavioural psychologists will also find it useful.

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Founts of Knowledge by Abhijit Gupta and Swapan Chakravorty : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125060536

Founts of Knowledge is the third in a series titled ‚€˜Book History in India‚€™, which was started in 2004 to showcase the latest research in what was then a nascent field in India‚€”the history of the book. It continues the trajectory of the first two volumes (published by Permanent Black) in establishing book history as a major tool of enquiry in the Indian academy, and brings together the finest scholars and the most recent research in the area.

This volume carries the second instalment of the four-part study of censorship of print during the Raj. It also examines print modernity and book entrepreneurs in colonial Benares; the complex history of Konkani print culture; the re-configuration of the community and building of a reading public by the coming of print in undivided Bengal through studies of theBhagavata Purana and the literary journal Bangadarsan; the construction of childhood through Hindi children‚€™s periodicals in north India in the early twentieth century; early travels of the Bible in the Gangetic plain; and problems relating to the import of British educational texts in colonial India, especially Bengal.

This collection will be an invaluable resource for book historians, literary and textual scholars, historians of colonial India, historians of trade, social scientists, and researchers in media theory. It will also be of great interest to students and scholars of history, literature, publishing studies, print culture, and cultural studies. 

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Gender, Livelihood and Environment: How Women Manage Resources by Subhadra Mitra Channa and Marilyn Porter : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125059837

This volume brings together contributions from different parts of the world to show the multiple ways in which women manage their resources, while simultaneously providing for their families.

The essays, based on recent anthropological research in diverse societies across ecological zones‚€”the Himalayan border, Kentucky (USA), Tanzania, Norway, and Gujarat‚€”deal with issues of knowledge management, social control and hierarchy, responses during disasters, and the values placed on women‚€™s work. Gender is the most pervasive of inequalities, and women are the most disadvantaged group. The ethnographic sketches presented here show how women negotiate adversity: they trade their bodies; put in extra labour for smaller returns; exchange and collect items that men do not consider worthwhile; form cooperatives, and join micro-credit savings systems.

The essays focus on a concept of development that incorporates ideas of justice and human rights, and a gendered perspective helps to identify areas often ignored in formal economic analysis. Providing important lessons for environmental management, Gender, Livelihood and Environment takes a close look at how women, who have traditionally been assigned the tasks of preservation, eke out their survival through sustainable means.

This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Environmental Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Gender and Women‚€™s Studies, Sociology and Economics. It will also provide useful resource material for institutions and NGOs that deal with environmental management, resource management, gender issues, and planning and development.

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Genealogies of the Asian Present: Situating Inter-Asia Cultural Studies by Tejaswini Niranjana and Wang Xiaoming (eds) : Rs1350 ISBN: 9788125058540

Genealogies of the Asian Present showcases the conceptual framework of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) project by consolidating insights from past thinkers, marking the continuity of concerns and their relationship to critical modern knowledge, and creating the pre-conditions for research in Inter-Asia cultural matters. There is also an archive section in the volume which contains foundational texts from specific national contexts.  The contemporary essays which demonstrate new ways of asking the culture question from a number of different Asian locations are presented in six sections. With its focus on methodology, this unique volume covers China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
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Hindu Pasts : Women, Religion, Histories by Vasudha Dalmia : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243993

In her Introduction to this book‚€”which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history‚€”Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in greater historical depth the relationship between language, religion, and society in India, as well as the ever-changing role of its religious and social institutions; second, to recognize that the Hindu tradition, which colonials and nationalists tend to see as monolithic, is in fact a multiplicity of distinct and semi-autonomous strands.

Professor Dalmia‚€™s work reveals a steady focus on Indian religious traditions, sects, and histories which, over several hundred years, came to collectively comprise what in the nineteenth century became known as Hinduism. In her first essay, Max MŁller‚€™s study of the Veda is positioned within a larger history of German philosophical interest in eastern thought. MŁller appears less an exceptional German scholar and eccentric Oxford phenomenon once his derivation and links with earlier European Indology are made clear.

Subsequent essays look at the building blocks of colonial knowledge-formation, law-making, and pedagogy in colonial India, and the role in these of Banaras; at some of the major components of the Vaishnava Bhakti tradition; at pre-modern vernacular narratives that fed into constructing the modern Hindi novel and the Hindu ‚€˜nari‚€™; and at the history of modern Hindi literature.

Anyone interested in the plurality of Hinduism, women‚€™s issues, and Indian cultural history will find this book immensely interesting.

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In the Club: Associational Life in Colonial South Asia by Benjamin B. Cohen : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125059080

Clubs in India are often regarded as antiquarian institutions left over from a bygone era with little to teach us about the past or present. Yet, In the Club presents a different picture of India‚€™s clubland. This book offers a comprehensive examination of social clubs across India. It argues that clubs have been key contributors to India‚€™s colonial associational life and civil society, and remain important nodes in public culture today.

Using government records, personal memoirs, private club records, and club histories themselves, In the club explores colonial club life with chapters arranged thematically. Legal underpinnings bind clubs within, and to each other, across regional and national borders. Many clubs occupy prime locations and maintain their historic interiors. All clubs faced financial crises as they increasingly entered the global marketplace. No club could function without servants and staff, while issues of race and class in clubs continues to be debated today. Women‚€™s clubs occupy an important place in clubland, while many clubs continue to thrive today in their postcolonial milieus.

This book will be critical reading for scholars of history and sociology as well as social scientists interested in colonialism, associational life and civil society in India. It will also be of interest to intellectually engaged club members, aspiring members, or just those curious about the inner-workings of clubs across India and beyond.

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India‚€™s First Democratic Revolution: Dayanand Bandodkar and the Rise of the Bahujan in Goa by Parag D. Parobo : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125059264

Goa features in academic and popular discourse as a place of exceptions, contrary in several ways to national trends. Along with its small geographical size, Goa‚€™s legacy of Portuguese colonialism is often cited as the leading reason behind its character. However, such explanations disregard its complex history and fail to address one of its most important distinctions: the fact that it brought to power in the Assembly elections of 1963, a government driven by the Bahujan Samaj; the first of its kind in India. This government was headed by Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar, a lower caste mine owner and philanthropist, whose popularity continued to wax over the next decade. 

Parag D. Parobo tackles the question of Goan exceptionalism in India‚€™s First Democratic Revolution, focusing not solely on its Portuguese past, but rather on the variety of influences that shaped modern Goa. Central to this issue are the comparatively little explored story of caste-based land and power relations in pre-colonial and early colonial Goa; emerging caste movements and identity politics among both upper castes and lower castes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and the interactions of caste politics with competing colonialisms, both Portuguese and British.

Parobo traces the history of land relations and caste movements into the post-Liberation period of Bandodkar‚€™s far-reaching land reforms, which destroyed the centrality of land in power-privilege relations, liberated lower caste tenants from crippling dependence on landlords, and opened up new employment opportunities for the Bahujan. Accompanied by substantial investments in education and health, they ushered in greater equity and democratisation. Goa, therefore, scripted a distinctive story of Bahujan success. This volume explores that history, and its implications for Bahujan politics in India.

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Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women‚€™s Rights in Pakistan by Anita M. Weiss : Rs795 ISBN: 9788125057734

Throughout the world, and especially in South Asia, myriad constituencies are grappling with rethinking and renegotiating the contours of society, particularly women‚€™s place in the larger social order. This is raising profound questions regarding women‚€™s social roles and rights eliciting disparate, conflicting images concerning what constitutes women‚€™s rights, who is to define these rights, where responsibility lies for ensuring rights, and the role states should play in articulating and clarifying what is acceptable and unacceptable within local contexts.

This book analyzes various efforts in Pakistan to conduct ijtihad‚€”interpretation‚€”as different groups reinterpret women‚€™s rights, seeking to reconcile the exigencies of modernity, local and global pressures to ensure women‚€™s rights with prevailing Islamic and cultural views, and feminist analyses of power and control of women and their rights. It begins with an overview of the Government of Pakistan‚€™s construction of an understanding of what constitutes women‚€™s rights, elaborates on traditional views and contrasts these with contemporary popular opinion. It then focuses on three very different groups‚€™ perceptions of women‚€™s rights: progressive women‚€™s organizations as represented by the Aurat Foundation and Shirkat Gah; orthodox Islamist views as represented by the Jama‚€™at-i-Islami, the MMA government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2002-2008), and al-Huda; and the Swat Taliban.

Author Anita Weiss argues that the resultant ‚€œculture wars‚€ are visibly ripping the country apart as groups talk past one another, each confident that it is the proprietor of culture and interpreter of religion, while others are misinterpreting both.

This book will be an essential resource to scholars interested in the discourse on Islam and women‚€™s rights, gender studies and development studies as well as to how different groups come to understand women's rights while grappling with the forces of modernity.  

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Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition by Satheese Chandra Bose and Shiju Sam Varughese : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125057222

The southwest coast of India has always been a significant site within the global network of relations through trade and exchange of ideas, commodities, technologies, skills and labour. The much longer history of colonial experience makes Kerala‚€™s engagement with modernity polyvalent and complex. Without understanding the multiple space-times of this region, it is impossible to make sense of the complexities of Kerala modernity beyond its general description as ‚€˜Malayalee modernity‚€™.

From the colonial pepper trade and Narayana Guru‚€™s philosophical engagement with the question of caste to the seemingly disparate elements that weave together an ‚€˜eclectic past‚€™  through the Muziris Heritage Project; from the debates on women‚€™s sexuality around the Suryanelli rape case to the gendered constitution of public space during the mass annual Attukal Pongala ritual; from the changes in state attitude towards providing piped water supply to how Cochin port‚€™s inter-War history has scripted urban modernity; from the shaping of the public sphere to the radical Left politics of the 1970s and the emergence of popular janapriya literature‚€”this book analyses the ideas, spaces and practices that intricately weave the region‚€™s experiences of modernity.

Kerala Modernity emphasises the methodological need to re-examine the idea of ‚€˜region‚€™ as a discursive category to explore Kerala‚€™s regional modernity apart from Eurocentric and nation-centric frames of analyses. The interdisciplinary presentation, complete with a Dalit critique of modernity in the Foreword, will be an important contribution to literature on Kerala and the debates on alternative modernities in South Asia. It will be of interest to students and scholars of history, sociology and literary and cultural studies, as well as the interested general reader.

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MODERN TIMES: INDIA 1880s ‚€“ 1950s : Environment, Economy, Culture by Sumit Sarkar : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244709

Much has changed in the world of South Asian history-writing since Sumit Sarkar‚€™s renowned classic, Modern India (1983). ‚€œThe passage of thirty years having rendered that work thoroughly dated, the futility of any attempt to revise it became increasingly clear to me, especially as over this period my own historical perspectives took new and unexpected directions‚€, says the author. The present work is an entirely fresh view of the same period. Focusing on three huge areas ‚€” Economy, Environment, and Culture ‚€” Professor Sarkar offers his magisterial perspective on these.

Scientific discourses, laws, forest administration, peasants and adivasis, irrigation, and conflicts over land-use are examined, as are agrarian relations, commercialization, indebtedness, and famine. Trade, finance, and industry are other major focus areas.

Modern urban India is scrutinized via the literature on its big cities. Sociabilities, caste configurations, and public culture (theatre, cinema, and sports) are discussed, as are literature, dance, music, and painting.

In conclusion, says Professor Sarkar, ‚€œI have within each chapter incorporated the relevant historiographical developments, changes, and debates. Separate bibliographical sections will I hope facilitate the work of teachers and students.‚€

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Psychoanalytic Theory and Criticism by Andrew Slade : Rs150 ISBN: 9788125060727

This book is designed to help students learn the basics of psychoanalytic theory and criticism as they have developed in the last hundred years and as they have been put to use in literary and cultural studies. It focuses on Freud‚€™s texts as the core and beginning of the discipline, while also pointing to the work of other psychoanalysts and literary and cultural theorists who have refined and developed Freud‚€™s formulations. The book shows a way to engage with psychoanalysis that is loyal to Freud and what has come since Freud in psychoanalytic thinking.

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Readings on Dalit Identity: History, Literature and Religion by Swaraj Basu : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125060901

Social oppression over the centuries in the name of caste and tradition denied a large section of the Indian population its rightful place in society. The cultural world and contribution of these people remained largely ignored. Resistance to the ideology of caste and the assertion by Dalits for equity and justice have found expression through writings over a period of time.

Since the 1970s, there have been attempts by scholars across disciplines to shed light on the cultural world of Dalits by constructing alternative historical and religious traditions, and even today, Dalit identity continues to be an important agenda of academic debate.

This volume brings together a diverse selection of writings that looks at how, through the reinterpretation of history, literature and religion, Dalits challenged their ascribed status and created a new identity for themselves. It examines the Dalit deconstruction of the Aryan migration theory, rewriting of the historical narrative, identity formation, cultural symbolism and memory, Dalit literature and women in Dalit autobiographies, ideas and notions of work, religion and caste identity, and the linkage between Dalit conversion and the question of decolonisation.

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Sarasvatichandra Part I: Buddhidhan‚€™s Administration by Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi and Tridip Suhrud (Translator) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788125059905

A novel of epic proportions, written in four parts from 1887 to 1901, Sarasvatichandra is both an enactment and the embodiment of the life philosophy of one man, and his sole mission.

Part I, Buddhidhan‚€™s Administration, narrates the story of one individual‚€™s extraordinary rise from poverty to power, to become the Karbhari of Suvarnapur. East India Company‚€™s growing presence in the Indian native states provides the setting for the rivalry between Buddhidhan and the ruling Karbhari, Shathrai, and the royal intrigue involving Bhupsinh, claimant to the throne of Suvarnapur. The parallel story threading through all four parts is of an unusual and abiding love between Sarasvatichandra and Kumud who, betrothed young, fall in love before marriage‚€”through an exchange of letters, words and worlds.

Written sixty years before Independence, the novel holds up a fascinating mirror to Gujarati society of that time, the joint family, particularly the role of women, and life in the princely states, against the backdrop of a nation in transition at the turn of the century‚€”culturally, politically, and ideologically.

Before the advent of Gandhi, arguably no other work has so profoundly influenced the ethos and imagination of Gujarat as Sarasvatichandra. Part II, III, and IV, also translated by Tridip Suhrud, an acknowledged scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century Gujarat, are forthcoming.

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Shades of Difference : Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore by Radha Chakravarty (Ed.) : Rs850 ISBN: 9789383166084

This unusual collection brings together Rabindranath Tagore's writings on forms of difference based on gender, caste, class, nation, community, religion, language, art, literature, philosophy, social custom and political belief. Via new translations, along with Tagore's own writings, lectures and conversations in English, this illustrated anthology presents his complex, dynamic approach to commonly perceived dualities -- such as life/death, nature/culture, male/female, tradition/modernity, East/West, local/universal, urban/rural etc. -- to highlight his humanistic vision and its significance for us today.

The accompanying Audio Visual material, Tagore & His World, provides a broader context for Tagore‚€™s evolution as a thinker and artist, offering glimpses of his life, travels, educational vision and creative experiments in the visual and performing arts. Through a range of contemporary adaptations from diverse sources and in different languages, it marks how Tagore‚€™s spirit lives on today, his legacy undiminished, for the world at large.

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Sociology and History: Dialogues Towards Integration by A. M. Shah : Rs725 ISBN: 9788125060130

Conceived as a series of dialogues between Shah and his fellow social scientists, and indeed between the two disciplines of Sociology and History, essays in this collection nuance ethnographic fact with a historical dimension in ways that were path-breaking for their time.

The book includes Shah‚€™s well-known study of the Vahivancha Barots‚€”traditional record-keepers of genealogies and narrators and creators of myths. The focus on genealogical depth explains the vital role this group plays in legitimizing lineage, clan, and a suitable ancestry traced back to a glorious mythological past. M. N. Srinivas in a foreword provides the theoretical backdrop.

By examining historical records, Shah, along with M. N. Srinivas, questions the myth, till then accepted as a given, of the self-sufficiency of the Indian village. An essay on the political system in eighteenth-century Gujarat, shows the persistence over time of well-integrated structures of power, spanning the village, provincial and imperial levels.

Shah offers several essays on theory and method in sociology and history, anchored in review of literature, and empirical materials. A significant inclusion is the discussion between Shah and Romila Thapar on sociological understanding of ancient India, examining the relation between lineage, clan, caste, and the state. Three other essays deal with the history of sociology and anthropology in India as seen from the perspective of three early journals.

The book will be invaluable for scholars and students of sociology, anthropology and history.

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The Gender Of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print by Charu Gupta : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243894

Caste and gender are complex markers of difference, hierarchy, and inequality. They have rarely been addressed together in the context of colonial India. The Gender of Caste rethinks the history of caste from a gendered perspective by exploring its connections with print‚€“public‚€“popular culture.

Charu Gupta shows that the creation by elites of hegemonic print and literary practices involved the operation of caste and gender in tandem. Caste and gender constituted society in vital ways and caste was central to how gender was reproduced. Deriving her material from Uttar Pradesh a century ago, she shows that ideas about gender were critical to caste practices in relation to Dalits.

Historicizing several axes along which Dalits were represented‚€”gender, caste, class, and community, she extends the preoccupations of Indian feminists and Dalit historians. Utilizing the lens of ‚€˜representation‚€™, she examines ideological discourses that constructed Dalits generally, and Dalit women specifically. Such constructions, she argues, suggest the implicit collusion of colonizers, nationalists, reformers, and Dalits themselves. She takes us through historical narratives that helped engender images of Dalits and ‚€˜untouchable‚€™ women, reifications which North Indians internalized and reproduced towards a cultural ‚€˜common sense‚€™ that persists into our own time.

This book questions both the presumptive ‚€˜upper-casteness‚€™ of feminist studies and the presumptive maleness of most Dalit studies of the colonial period. Dalit masculinity, remembrances of 1857, popular vocabularies and idioms, conversion anxieties, and the difficulties of indentured labour are among the many themes of this book‚€”a major expansion of the field.

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The Languages of Kerala and Lakshadweep by M. Sreenathan and Joseph Koyipally(Eds.) : Rs1500 ISBN: 9788125056270

This fifteenth volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India, The Languages of Kerala and Lakshadweep contextualises Kerala‚€™s language wealth in its social ecology. This volume deals with Malayalam and provides a description of its linguistic features. The volume also looks into the other tribal languages of the state.  Another sizeable section of the volume is devoted to the variant of Malayalam, Dweep Malayalam which is spoken in Lakshadweep, and which varies considerably from the language of the mainland.

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The Toda Landscape: Explorations in Cultural Ecology by Tarun Chhabra With a Foreword by Anthony R. Walker : Rs4750 ISBN: 9788125060017

The Toda people of the Nilgiris District in south India are one of the oldest indigenous groups in South Asia; they are also reportedly among the most studied and written-about in the region. While the field was dominated by Western scholars in the beginning, Indian researchers and writers began contributing to Toda studies from the early twentieth century.

The Toda Landscape: Explorations in Cultural Ecology represents a major breakthrough in Toda studies. From his interactions with the Todas from 1990 onwards, the author, Tarun Chhabra, has collected and analysed ethnographic data that had eluded even the greatest of Western ethnographers. Through his first-hand narrative accounts of important Toda rituals, ceremonies and routines, all accompanied by visual documentation in the form of photographs and maps, he provides new data that will significantly aid the preservation of Toda traditional culture.

The Toda Landscape highlights previously unknown aspects of Toda cultural heritage:

  • Their sacred geography‚€”sacred waters, sacred hills, and sacred trees and rocks.

  • Some sacred institutions, which have their own distinct, hitherto undocumented, rituals, and the intricacies of their traditional attire and embroidery motifs.

  • The entire domain of Toda ethnobotany.

  • The complex interweaving of myth and reality in Toda lives, evidenced in the routes Toda spirits are said to follow to their afterworld.

With its detailed descriptions of sparsely documented aspects of Toda life, all complemented with stunning photographs, The Toda Landscape is an invaluable addition to the field of social anthropology and cultural studies. Its focus on ethnobotany and the flora and fauna of the Nilgiris region will also greatly help students and scholars of environmental studies and botany.

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The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India by Srimati Basu : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125058649

The Trouble with Marriage considers the legacies of legal reforms around marriage and gendered violence in India in the 1980s which were strongly influenced by demands of the women‚€™s movement: lawyer-free Family Courts, the criminal prosecution of domestic violence, rape law reform, and the promotion of alternate dispute resolution as a mode of better gendered access. Looking backward to legislative debates, and forward to everyday life in legal sites of marital trouble, such as Family Court, police cells for women, and mediation organizations, it presents a portrait of contemporary marriage and of legal culture.

New legal subjectivities and strategies emerge as men and women negotiate concerns with money, kinship and violence in formal and informal venues, using a range of potentially contradictory civil and criminal laws. Some laws become popular in ways not imagined as part of their feminist scope: Family Courts proffer reconciliation as optimal solution, rape law secures marriage by evacuating consent as a criterion; domestic violence claims help with better economic settlements while rendering violence invisible.

Through compelling ethnographic vignettes and a re-evaluation of feminist theories of law, marriage, violence, property, and the state, Basu argues that despite reforms, legal process reproduces the profound structural vulnerabilities generated by marriage. Alternative dispute resolution, designed to empower women in a less adversarial legal environment, has created new subjectivities, but, paradoxically, also reinforces oppressive socioeconomic norms.

This book would be of interest to those in Law and Society Studies, Gender / Women‚€™s Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, and to those activists and NGOs who work on gender, marriage and violence.

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Three Essays on the Mahabharata: Exercises in Literary Hermeneutics by Sibaji Bandyopadhyay : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125060710

Three Essays on the Mahabharata investigates what the Mahabharata and the Gita mean today, how that meaning has been constituted, and how it is exploited to fashion the practice of everyday Indian politics.

Treating these hallowed texts as ‚€˜pre-texts‚€™ to gain a more nuanced understanding of India‚€™s colonial and pre-colonial discourses on the meaning of the Indian ‚€˜essence‚€™, the author underscores that the forty-seventh verse of the second chapter of the Gita (Gita 2.47‚€”ma phale?u kadacana) is now unanimously accepted as the kernel verse. By situating pre-modern commentaries on 2.47 with modern commentaries on and translations of the same, the author demonstrates that a series of conceptual shifts have accompanied the process of consecrating the verse to the highest rank.

Together, the three essays in this book deal with:

  1. The political ramifications of both the form and the content of Gita 2.47 through nineteenth and twentieth-century commentaries on and translations of the Gita;

  2. The style of narration of the Mahabharata War, and the significance of the disquiet expressed by several modern commentators;

  3. The ethical significance of the term An??amsaya (‚€˜non-cruelty‚€™ / ‚€˜leniency‚€™), which functions as a middle term between ‚€˜violence‚€™ and ‚€˜non-violence‚€™ in the Mahabharata, and the long shadow it casts on the question of ethical propriety in the domain of political practice.

Rather than offering yet another alternative interpretation of either the Mahabharata or the Gita, this book looks at the subtle processes through which pre-modern categories are transformed by modern mediations, and how these provide for a retrospective analysis of texts composed centuries ago. This deeply interesting and unique work will be invaluable to students of cultural studies and philosophy.

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Vegetarians Only: Stories of Telugu Muslims by Skybaaba : Rs395 ISBN: 9788125060741

A translation of twelve short stories titled Adhure: Muslim Kadhalu, Vegetarians Only introduces readers to the life-world of Telugu Muslims, their dreams, sorrows and predicaments. Negotiations around the burqa and dowry are interwoven with communal sharing of marriage expenses and work. Unfulfilled love, the desperation and helplessness of penury are eased by promises of migration to the Gulf. The stories present moving portraits of individuals battling prejudice and isolation, within and outside the community, with dignity and courage. They also foreground the friendships and camaraderie between poor rural and mofussil Telugu Muslims and Dalits and invite us to share their emotional journeys.

Skybaaba‚€™s fiction captures a ‚€˜Muslim subalternity‚€™ in post-colonial Deccan that finds itself at the crossroads of language, religion and economies, challenging stereotypes, even as his use of ‚€˜Telugurdu‚€™ brings into focus the disparate histories of Muslim communities across India. His stories raise vital questions about Muslim and Telugu identity in India, the status of women in Islam, and crucially‚€”caste among Telugu Muslims.

Written in refreshingly direct and simple prose, these stories will resonate with a pan-Indian readership and lovers of Indian literature.

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Violence and the Burden of Memory: Remembrance and Erasure in Sinhala Consciousness by Sasanka Perera : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125060512

Post-Independence Sri Lanka has been wracked by decades of civil war and political violence, particularly from the late 1970s to 2009. These protracted conflicts have been immensely destructive, resulting in many thousands of deaths and disappearances, both of armed personnel (whether of the Sri Lankan state or separatist outfits) and civilians.

How is such extraordinary institutional violence remembered? Political conflict in Sri Lanka and the attendant death and destruction have resulted in the emergence of public monuments and memorials, built and maintained by the state or other public organisations as well as private ritual and memorial practices, which have occasionally moved into the public domain. They have also provoked a great deal of commentary in the form of visual arts.

Violence and the Burden of Memory takes as its theme these forms of remembering and memorialising large-scale violent death and destruction and the attendant loss, grief and suffering. Sasanka Perera explores how issues of memory and forgetting are represented in these monuments, public and private rituals and the works of visual artists through sociological analysis and ethnographic research. This, then, is read within a wider intellectual discourse on how memory works, drawn from other global contexts.

The author skillfully demonstrates how most public narratives, particularly state narratives, of Sinhala heroism have focused on institutional victories and successes, thereby erasing particular acts of individual suffering and loss and eroding spaces for critical evaluation. While the state has enjoyed relative success in preserving and presenting a public narrative of triumph and heroism through its war memorials and military monuments and rituals, it has not been as successful at providing survivors of the fallen spaces in which to remember and mourn their dead, nor at mourning the loss of innocence effectively. Personal and evaluative approaches to the horrors of political violence have, therefore, become the province of private forms of remembering and artistic commentaries.

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Wording the World: Veena Das and Scenes of Inheritance by Roma Chatterji : Rs1550 ISBN: 9788125057338

The essays in this book explore the critical possibilities that have been opened by Veena Das‚€™s work. Taking off from her writing on pain as a call for acknowledgment, several essays explore how social sciences render pain, suffering, and the claims of the other as part of an ethics of responsibility. They search for disciplinary resources to contest the implicit division between those whose pain receives attention and those whose pain is seen as out of sync with the times and hence written out of the historical record.

Another theme is the co-constitution of the event and the everyday, especially in the context of violence. Das‚€™s groundbreaking formulation of the everyday provides a frame for understanding how both violence and healing might grow out of it. Drawing on notions of life and voice and the struggle to write one‚€™s own narrative, the contributors provide rich ethnographies of what it is to inhabit a devastated world.

Ethics as a form of attentiveness to the other, especially in the context of poverty, deprivation, and the corrosion of everyday life, appears in several of the essays. They take up the classic themes of kinship and obligation but give them entirely new meaning.

Finally, anthropology‚€™s affinities with the literary are reflected in a final set of essays that show how forms of knowing in art and in anthropology are related through work with painters, performance artists, and writers.

The book brings together case studies from different parts of the world, from Palestine, Lebanon, Chile, the US and India. It will be of interest not only to anthropologists and sociologists interested in comparative perspectives but also to artists, scholars in art, literary studies and philosophy.

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Beyond Tranquebar: Grappling Across Cultural Borders in South India by Esther Fihl and A. R. Venkatachalapathy(Ed.s) : Rs1375 ISBN: 9788125054375

A rare Indian colony of the Danish empire. A place that fostered the modern printing press and Protestant Christianity in the subcontinent. A tourist haunt that was ravaged by the tsunami in 2004. This is Tranquebar, known as Tharangampadi, a charming coastal town in present-day Tamil Nadu.

Beyond Tranquebar is a collection of twenty-four essays by scholars who bring to relief the many dimensions of this town. The book takes us to seventeenth-century Denmark, as the kingdom strives to find a place in the thriving colonial enterprise. It moves east to Maratha-ruled Tanjore where gifts can shift the balance of power. It takes us to a place where ideas, textiles and furniture arrive and depart, from as far away as Serampore in Bengal and Copenhagen in Denmark‚€”going beyond geography to contribute to literacy and education in India and alter tastes in distant Europe.

This volumeexamines the place from the perspectives of a diverse range of academic disciplines‚€”social anthropology, art history, sociology of religion, ethnography and history. It enquires into the lives of natives and foreigners, i.e. Danish, German and British, as they grapple(d) across borders both physical and cultural, in the past and the present. 
This collectionis unique in that it centres on activities which radiated from this important south Indian place, instead of seeing this place as an appendix to the national history of Denmark or to the Christian mission activities from Germany. Thereby, the authors and editors of this volume peg Tranquebar in its rightful place in the scholarly map.

This book will be useful for students and scholars of colonial history, South Asian studies and anthropology. They will benefit from the diverse strands of research a seemingly small place offers.
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Bombay before Bollywood: Film City Fantasies by Rosie Thomas : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125053620

Bombay Before Bollywood offers a fresh, alternative look at the history of Bombay cinema. Eschewing the conventional focus on India‚€™s social and mythological films, it foregrounds the subaltern genres of the ‚€˜magic and fighting films‚€™‚€”the fantasy, costume and stunt films popular in the B- and C-circuits in the decades before and immediately after independence. It explores the influence of this other cinema on the big-budget masala films of the 1970s and 1980s, before ‚€˜Bollywood‚€™ erupted onto the world stage in the mid-1990s. The book reminds us that a significant stream of Bombay cinema has always revelled in cultural hybridity, borrowing voraciously from global popular culture and engaging with transcultural flows of cosmopolitan modernity and postmodernity. This volume will be a welcome addition to the fields of film studies and cultural studies. It will also be of interest to the general reader.

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Cine-Politics: Film Stars and Political Existence in South India by M. Madhava Prasad : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125053569

Cine-politics explores the unique link established between cinema and politics in south India since the 1950s. Taking up the trajectories of three major stars‚€”M. G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao and Rajkumar, from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively‚€” the book shows how the widespread political mobilisation of star charisma in south India‚€”‚€˜cine-politics‚€™‚€”sheds critical light on the nature of democratic political life in postcolonial India. Insisting on the centrality of both cinematic and political aspects in interpreting the cine-political event, the author locates the emergence of the phenomenon against the backdrop of demands for the linguistic reorganisation of the states soon after independence. The argument leads us through the various formal and narrative shifts enabling the production of a cinematic form that allowed marginalised populations, deprived of political existence in the newly forged nation, to enact the fantasy of popular sovereignty.

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Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society by Nalini Rajan (Ed.) : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125054849

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.

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Critical Studies in Politics: Exploring Sites, Selves, Power by Nivedita Menon, Aditya Nigam and Sanjay Palshikar : Rs1275 ISBN: 9788125052708

Critical Studies in Politics is a collection of essays that redefines the discipline of political science. It brings into view objects of study not normally visible to the discipline, through a creative engagement with other disciplinary formations.

The volume is divided into four broad intersecting sections. The question of constructions of selfhood emerges as a central pre-occupation in the first titled ‚€˜Exploring Selfhood'. The essays in this section--ranging from the modern Dalit self to the construction of the Asura over time--investigate the construction of the Self in the face of the Other; and looks at selfhood, not so much as a question of past cultural memory but as self-fashioning in the present.

The second section--'Spatiality and Power'--analyses the idea of spatiality and explains its relationship with power. It discusses issues ranging from urbanisation and the politics of SEZs, to the entry of cinema halls in Delhi, and its implications for the formation of the 'public'. The third section titled 'State and Governmentality' examines state practices as they render legible various aspects of populations--from prison labour under colonialism to the organisation of official memory by the postcolonial state.

'Reconfiguring Categories of Thought'--the final section--seeks to unsettle conceptual categories such as 'capitalism', 'science', 'politics' and 'development'.

Located in the 'interstices of disciplines', these essays by scholars from mainstream political science departments are at once contemporary and historical. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, film and culture studies, gender studies and anthropology.

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Cultural History of Early South Asia: A Reader by Shonaleeka Kaul : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125053590

Cultural History of Early South Asia: A Reader presents a wide-ranging survey of the diverse art forms of early South Asia. In doing so, it departs from the dominant tendency of treating the arts as static ‚€˜heritage of the past‚€™ with just exhibition value, and instead perceives them as dynamic processes of meaning and communication in the past. It connects cultural production with ordinary life, to explore the various roles which literature and visual arts played in the lives of their communities. Here, art is investigated as objects of aesthetic enjoyment, but also as creations of rhetorical or philosophical moment, as well as of utilitarian value.
Through its broad chronological sweep covering the earliest specimens of cultural expression like the prehistoric rock paintings of Bhimbetka; the ornaments of the Harappan culture; the frescoes and rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora; the Pali Jatakas, and South Asian folklore, the book argues for a variety of audiences in ancient and early medieval South Asia.
Bringing together authoritative voices on South Asian history, archaeology and literature, the book presents complementary views which will help in understanding the popular dimensions of the subcontinent‚€™s art and culture. It will acquaint its readership with fundamental contributions to the region‚€™s art history, and yet do so in a way that questions and opens up received wisdom, and initiates a new understanding of early cultural processes. Scholarly, yet accessible, it will be of enduring relevance for researchers, students of history and cultural studies, as well as lay readers interested in the artistic traditions of South Asia.

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Decolonisation, Development and Disease: A Social History of Malaria in Sri Lanka by Kalinga Tudor Silva : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125054290

The 1901 Census of Ceylon identified malaria as a ‚€œbane‚€ 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.

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English in the Dalit Context by Alladi Uma, K. Suneetha Rani and D. Murali Manohar (Eds) : Rs875 ISBN: 9788125055198

Language does not confine itself to communication alone. It gets closely connected with politics, be it cultural, identity, or international politics. This becomes all the more true in the case of languages that were imported and imposed by colonial powers, and admired and followed by the colonised as the rulers‚€™ language.

 In India, English has always been an issue of political discourse, be it in pre-independent, postcolonial or globalised India. For the privileged class, English is either a language of achievement or one choice among many other languages. However, for disadvantaged and marginalised Dalits, mastering English promises liberation.

 English in the Dalit Context is set against this backdrop of the politics surrounding English in India. The volume, a collection of 15 essays, brings to the fore a multiplicity of views expressed by Dalit intellectuals and activists on ‚€˜English‚€™ in all its different senses. It also includes essays by non-Dalit scholars who have been long involved with questions of colonial modernity and of the English language in the Dalit context.

 The essays deal with issues of English pedagogy, such as English as one of the languages or subjects, English as medium of instruction, entry of Dalit literature into English departments in colleges and universities, and the politics of the English language as a stepping-stone to success in an increasingly globalised world, where market culture promises unlimited opportunities.

 This important and essential reading will be invaluable for students and scholars of English and caste and Dalit Studies.

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Figurations in Indian Film by Meheli Sen and Anustup Basu : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125054252

Just as the celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema comes to an end, this book takes stock of continuities as well as breaks that have made Indian cinema what it is now

Volume contains original, sophisticated and complementary selection of chapters that examine ‚€˜figures‚€™ in and of Indian cinema

Indian cinema here is taken in its broad sense to include popular and more art and new / niche film developments

This collection of essays brings together ideas about figures and figurations that have been swirling around in Indian cinema studies for a considerable period now

Thematically arranged under four sections, the essays (12) examine a wide range of films that differ stylistically and linguistically under an umbrella concept of ‚€˜figuration‚€™ or ‚€˜Indian modernity‚€™

The authors approach Indian cinema from multiple perspectives, ranging from investigations of the political and the generic, to unraveling the figurative resonances of fabrics, stars, and icons, in an era of media convergence.

Figurations in Indian Film demonstrates that the conversation about the relationship between bodies, modernity, globalization, aesthetics and politics is far from settled and suggests some exciting new ways of theorizing the same.

This book would appeal to any reader interested in Indian cinema, culture and politics.

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Hindu-Catholic Engagements in Goa: Religion, Colonialism, and Modernity by Alexander Henn : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125055211

Vasco Da Gama‚€™s celebrated passage to India (1497‚€“99) not only initiated a period of Christian expansion, in which Jesuit missionaries declared war to the alleged ‚€˜idolatry‚€™ of Hindus. The engagement with the until then largely unknown and unexpectedly rich culture of Hinduism was also part of profound modern transformations that, in the long run, lead Christian Europe to recognize the plurality of religions around the globe.

Hindu‚€“Catholic Engagements in Goa offers a novel perspective on the Portuguese empire and Catholic hegemony in Asia that for almost half a millennium‚€”from 1510 to 1961‚€”had its capital in Goa. Based on fresh archival studies and extensive ethnography, it reveals the dramatic role of religion at the beginning of colonialism and modernity and provides insight into Goa‚€™s intricate Hindu-Catholic syncretism today. 

Hindu village gods and Catholic patron saints commonly attract veneration from people of the respective ‚€˜Other‚€™ religious community and, yet, do not create confusion between the distinct identities of Hindus and Catholics. At the core of this seeming syncretistic paradox lies a communal concern for neighborhood, genealogy, protection and health that, at times, overrules doctrinal divides in the village communities. Hindus and Catholics share trust in communicating with the divine and holy in ways that occasionally favor ritual over belief and appreciate substance before meaning. Contrary to postcolonial theories of ‚€˜Othering‚€™, this book identifies religion thus as an inherently hybrid dimension of the intersection of colonialism and modernity and identifies local, rather than universal and epistemic, rather than ethical principles at the core of Goa‚€™s remarkable religious pluralism.

This book will be welcomed by scholars and students of history, anthropology, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies. It will also appeal to informed readers who are interested in the making of early modern Goa. 

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Indian Sign Language(s) by G. N. Devych(Ch. Ed.), Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Nisha Grover and Surinder P. K. Randhawa : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125054894

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.

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Language and Cultural Diversity: The Writings of Debi Prasanna Pattanayak ‚€“ Volumes 1 by D P Pattanayak : Rs2450 ISBN: 9788125053941

This collection of essays by Debi Prasanna Pattanayak brings together for the first time the writings of this eminent Indian linguist. The essays were compiled by the author himself, under the aegis of the IGNCA with whom these two volumes have been co-published. It contains his speeches and writings spanning a career over forty years.
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Language and Cultural Diversity: The Writings of Debi Prasanna Pattanayak ‚€“ Volumes 2 by D P Pattanayak : Rs1950 ISBN: 9788125053958

This collection of essays by Debi Prasanna Pattanayak brings together for the first time the writings of this eminent Indian linguist. The essays were compiled by the author himself, under the aegis of the IGNCA with whom these two volumes have been co-published. It contains his speeches and writings spanning a career over forty years.
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Language Politics, Elites, and the Public Sphere by Veena Naregal : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243832

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.
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Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World by Ravinder Kaur and Rajni Palriwala : Rs1375 ISBN: 9788125053552

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.

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Modern Times: India1880s ‚€“ 1950s - Environment, Economy, Culture by Sumit Sarkar : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243825

Much has changed in the world of South Asian history-writing since Sumit Sarkar‚€™s renowned classic, Modern India (1983). ‚€œThe passage of thirty years having rendered that work thoroughly dated, the futility of any attempt to revise it became increasingly clear to me, especially as over this period my own historical perspectives took new and unexpected directions‚€, says the author. The present work is an entirely fresh view of the same period.

Focusing on three huge areas ‚€” Economy, Environment, and Culture ‚€” Professor Sarkar offers his magisterial perspective on these.

Scientific discourses, laws, forest administration, peasants and adivasis, irrigation, and conflicts over land-use are examined, as are agrarian relations, commercialization, indebtedness, and famine. Trade, finance, and industry are other major focus areas.

Modern urban India is scrutinized via the literature on its big cities. Sociabilities, caste configurations, and public culture (theatre, cinema, and sports) are discussed, as are literature, dance, music, and painting.

In conclusion, says Professor Sarkar, ‚€œI have within each chapter incorporated the relevant historiographical developments, changes, and debates. Separate bibliographical sections will I hope facilitate the work of teachers and students.‚€

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Out of Line : Cartoons, Caricature and Contemporary India by Christel R.Devadawson : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125055136

  1. This book explores the career of ‚€˜graphic satire‚€™, i.e., newspaper cartoons, in independent India (post-1947)
  2. It offers detailed analyses of the work of prominent practitioners of the genre, including: Shankar Pillai, R. K. Laxman, Abu Abraham, O. V. Vijayan and the collaborative team of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan
  3. Chapter 1 reflects on Shankar‚€™s endearing yet thoughtful portrayals of Nehru in his ‚€˜Man of the Week‚€™ series, which addresses the challenges confronting the early years of the republic
  4. In Chapter 2, the author deals with Laxman‚€™s character the ‚€˜Common Man‚€™, a usually silent witness who testifies to the complexities of the post-Nehruvian era
  5. Chapter 3 deals with Abu Abraham‚€™s Emergency-era series ‚€˜Private View‚€™, which sought to keep the national conscience alive through this difficult period
  6. Chapter 4 explores O. V. Vijayan‚€™s dark and bitterly ironic graphic world, which deals with the inequities of development and the failures of justice in 1980s India
  7. Chapter 5 takes up the collaborative work of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan, who address the issues and concerns of a more self-confident, post-liberalisation nation, including environmentalism, multinational capital and international warfare.
  8. Christel Devadawson interprets the genre of graphic dissent as a form of national ‚€˜lifewriting‚€™‚€”the autobiographical recording of self, memory and experience‚€”that brings to light the trials and travails of democracy in the young nation-state.
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Rabindranath Tagore : One Hundred Years of Global Reception by Martin Kšmpchen, Imre Bangha and Uma Das Gupta (Editorial Adviser) : Rs1750 ISBN: 9788125055686

When Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his own English translation of Gitanjali (Song Offerings), he became the first non-European to do so, achieving immediate fame.Translations in other languages of this and other works followed. Reams were written on his writings, and his personality. As aworld citizen, Tagore aimed at bringing the ‚€˜East‚€™ and the ‚€˜West‚€™ together for an inclusive humanism. His was assumed to be the Voice of India‚€”indeed of Asia and the colonised world. The Nobel Prize gave him the authority to speak, and the intellectual elite of many countries listened.

The editors of Rabindranath Tagore:  One Hundred Years of Global Reception had asked Tagore experts worldwide to narrate how the Bengali author was received from 1913 until our time. Their thirty-five essays arranged by region or language group inform us about translations, the impact of Tagore‚€™s visits, and his subsequent standing in the world of letters. Tagore‚€™s reception while often enthusiastic was not always adulatory, occasionally undergoing dramatic metamorphoses, and diverse political and social milieus and cultural movements responded to him differently. This nuanced global reception is for the first time dealt with comprehensively and systematically in this volume presented as a work of reference. These essays remind us that Tagore‚€™s works keep being reprinted or retranslated for he continues to be relevant to modern readers.

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Rethinking Western India : The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion by DuŇ°an DeŠk and Daniel Jasper (Ed.s) : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125055822

  • While investigating the cultural, social and political dynamics in Maharashtra, Rethinking Western India looks into the relations and processes that make up what are usually thought to be regional problems.
  • The essays show how the regional must be understood in contexts that supersede the region and geographical determinism.
  • The opening essays not only contextualise Maharashtrian texts as coherent wholes, but also the meanings contained within these texts, thereby addressing ‚€œthe semantics of the social‚€.
  • A focus on ‚€œthe mechanics of the social‚€‚€”the interface of actions that articulate societal relationships at different levels, and of different characters‚€”is attempted by the next set of essays.
  • The concluding essays emphasise how local dynamics are as much a part of forces ostensibly ‚€œbeyond Maharashtra‚€, as they are products of dynamics within Maharashtra. There is, therefore, a deep analysis of the social and cultural referents upon which collective identities are built.
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Silver Lining: Insights into Gujarat by Jayanti S. Ravi : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125054726

A success story of national pride and achievement, Silver Lining is told most engagingly by a civil servant whose experiences in Gujarat deserve to be widely known. Jayanti Ravi is not only an observer but an active participant in this theatre of higher education where motives and methods meet several lives to enrich them amid numerous challenges and privations. True learning, argues Ravi, begins when we learn to read the world rather than the word, instances of which she cites and celebrates in these pages. Above all, non-formal education has had very few committed votaries, a regrettable shortcoming Ravi‚€™s pages will certainly redress/ overcome.
This book would inspire serious aspirants to the Indian Administrative Service and the general reader.
The Foreword to this book is by Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council

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The Modern Spirit of Asia: The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India by Peter van der Veer : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125054245

The Modern Spirit of Asia challenges the notion that modernity in China and India are derivative imitations of the West, arguing that these societies have transformed their ancient traditions in unique and distinctive ways. Peter van der Veer begins with nineteenth-century imperial history, exploring how Western concepts of spirituality, secularity, religion, and magic were used to translate the traditions of India and China. He traces how modern Western notions of religion and magic were incorporated into the respective nation-building projects of Chinese and Indian nationalist intellectuals, yet how modernity in China and India is by no means uniform. While religion is a centerpiece of Indian nationalism, it is viewed in China as an obstacle to progress that must be marginalized and controlled.
 Van der Veer, an outspoken proponent of the importance of comparative studies of religion and society, eloquently makes his case in this groundbreaking examination of the spiritual and the secular in China and India. This book allows both Indians and Chinese to examine their social history from a comparative viewpoint. These historical trajectories have a lot in common, but at various points Indians and Chinese have made choices that have led to very different outcomes.
The Modern Spirit of Asia is a welcome break from the ubiquitous emphasis on economic growth in the comparison of India and China. It would appeal to all those interested in comparing India and China who want to be informed about the contemporary world in which India and China are major players.

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The Past Before Us - Historical Traditions of Early North India by Romila Thapar : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788178243979

It has so often been said that Indian civilization lacks historical writing‚€”and therefore a sense of history‚€”that this notion passes for a truism. There has been little attempt to show up the falsity of the generalization. In the present book‚€”a magisterial historiographical survey of every major form within which ancient North Indian history is embedded or evident‚€”Romila Thapar shows an intellectually dynamic ancient world profuse with ideas about the past, an arena replete with societies constructing, reconstructing, and contesting various visions of worlds before their own.

‚€œTo determine what makes for this historical consciousness‚€, says Professor Thapar, ‚€œis not just an attempt to provide Indian civilization with a sense of history, nor is it an exercise in abstract research. My intention is to argue that, irrespective of the question of the presence or absence of historical writing as such, an understanding of the way in which the past is perceived, recorded, and used affords insights into early Indian society, as it does for that matter into other early societies.‚€

She argues that to possess history a civilization does not have to reveal writing in forms regarded as belonging to the established genres of history. In fact, a variety of ancient Indian texts reflect a consciousness of history; and, subsequently, there come into existence recognizable historical traditions and forms of historical writing. Both varieties of texts‚€”those which reflect a consciousness of history and those which reveal forms of historical writing‚€”were deployed to ‚€œreveal‚€ the past, and drawn upon as a cultural, political, religious, or other resource to legitimize an existing social order.

The Vedic corpus, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the itihasa-purana tradition, the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the hagiographical and biographical literature, the inscriptional evidence, a variety of chronicles, and dramatic forms such as the Mudrarakshasa are all scrutinized afresh in this book: not as sources for historical data, but instead as a civilization‚€™s many ways of thinking about and writing its history.

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The Socio-Cultural Context of Water: Study of a Gujarat Village by Farhat Naz : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125054306

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.

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Tibetan Refugees in India: Education, Culture and Growing Up in Exile by Mallica Mishra : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125054979

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.

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Tranquebar‚€”Whose History? Transnational Cultural Heritage in a Former Danish Trading Colony in South India by Helle JÝrgensen : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125053453

Tranquebar, a small fishing town on the coast of Tamil Nadu, was a Danish trading colony from 1620 to 1845. In recent years, the drive to develop it into a heritage destination has generated large-scale conservation and restoration efforts aimed at preserving the monuments of the town‚€™s colonial past

Alongside the proliferation of surveys and development plans, manifold agents including local and state-level authorities, private entrepreneurs, researchers, NGOs, and tourists‚€”Danish and Indian‚€”congregate in the town. Yet the townscape also sets the scene for the everyday lives and concerns of the local inhabitants. Tranquebar‚€”Whose History? explores the significances of cultural heritage in this small town, revealing the multiple attachments to, uses of, and negotiations around the townscape and its histories in daily life, tourism, research and heritage development.

The discussion moves from the differing motivations attending local and transnational constructions of Tranquebar as a remote location, and the sometimes contradictory expectations from development; the conflicting attitudes to modernity and notions of aesthetics among various stakeholders; to shifting constructions of history in which Tranquebar emerges as a postcolony, caught between colonial nostalgia, collective memory and contemporary narrations of anti-conquest.

This volume will be useful to those engaged in anthropology, history, postcolonial studies and cultural studies. It will also be of interest to students of heritage and tourism, heritage practitioners and to the general reader.

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Traversing Bihar : The Politics of Development and Social Justice by Manish K. Jha and Pushpendra : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125055679

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.

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Unforgotten : Love and the Culture of Dementia Care in India by Bianca Brijnath : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125055099

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. 
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Cultural Encounters in India: The Local Co-Workers Of The Tranquebar Mission, 18th To 19th Centuries by Heike Liebau : Rs750 ISBN: 9788187358725

Cultural Encounters in India : The Local Co-workers of the Tranquebar Mission, 18th to 19th Centuriesis an English translation of a German book which has won the Geisteswissenschaften International award for excellence in scholarship. It is now available for the first time to the English speaking world.

The history of social and religious encounter  in 18th century South  India is narrated through fascinating biographies and day to day lives of  Indian workers who worked in thefirst organised Protestant mission enterprise in India, the Tranquebar  Mission (1706-1845). The Mission was originally initiated by the Danish King Friedrich IV, but sustained by religious authorities and mission organisations and supporters  in Germany and Britain.

The book challenges the notion that Christianity in colonial India was basically imposed from the outside. It also questions the approaches to mission history concentrating exclusively on European  mission societies. Liebau  maintains that the social  history of 18th  century South India cannot be understood  without considering the contributions of the local converts and mission co-workers who  played an important  role from the very beginning in the context of Tranquebar  Mission.
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Fictionalising Myth and History: A Study of Four Postcolonial Novels by Padma Malini Sundararaghavan : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125050230

Fictionalising Myth and History offers refreshingly new perspectives on four postcolonial novels by writers hailing from different countries: Witi Ihimaera of New Zealand, Ngugi wa Thiong''o of Kenya, Shashi Tharoor of India and Salman Rushdie, the India-born writer living in the UK. It reveals how the boundaries of fiction, myth and history get blurred when forces of imperialism and resistance play out their power struggles in different countries. Political and culture myths are being constantly reshaped in a dynamic historical process, underlying which is the truth that political myths that shape history are crafted by the word of command. The novels explored here being metafictional texts, Sundararaghavan uses multiple theories in her analysis. This includes the ideas of Ernst Cassirer, Roland Barthes, Levi Strauss, Hayden White, and Greg Grandin among others. The book ends with a discussion of the future of postcolonial studies in a century when old colonies have shed their colonial bondage. Sundararaghavan examines the evidence of historians to show the need for new directions in postcolonial studies in the light of the emergence of financial colonisation and other hegemonic structures. The book closes with an appendix that summarises how the myth of the Aryan invasion of India has shaped the teaching and writing of history in India.

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Gendering the Nation: Identity Politics and English Comic Theatre of the Long Eighteenth Century by Chandrava Chakravarty : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125051299

Gendering the Nation studies the role of the comic theatre in Britain during the long eighteenth century as a nation-building discourse. It evaluates the impact of the cultural phenomenon of Sentimentality on the English comic stage in conceptualising gendered identities for the men and women of a polite, genteel nation. The book analyses certain popular comic plays of the time to ascertain the extent to which they could constitute gender ‚€“ masculinity and femininity ‚€“ as the basis of a secure social order and a stable nation. A study of gender‚€“culture interface, Gendering the Nation offers new readings of non-canonical plays and makes extensive use of several extra-literary discourses
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Impossible Citizens: Dubai‚€™s Indian Diaspora by Neha Vora : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125051770

Indian communities have existed in the Gulf emirate of Dubai for more than a century. Since the 1970s, workers from South Asia have flooded into the emirate, enabling Dubai‚€™s huge construction boom. They now comprise its largest non-citizen population. Though many migrant families are middle class and second- , third-, or even fourth generation residents, Indians cannot become legal citizens of the United Arab Emirates. Instead they are classified as temporary guest workers. In Impossible Citizens, Neha Vora draws on her ethnographic research in Dubai‚€™s Indian-dominated downtown to explore how Indians live suspended in a state of permanent temporariness

While their legal status defines them as perpetual outsiders, Indians are integral to the Emirati nation-state and its economy. At the same time, Indians‚€”even those who have established thriving diasporic neighborhoods in the emirate‚€”disavow any interest in formally belonging to Dubai and instead consider India their home. Vora shows how Indians in Dubai, despite their inability to formally belong to the emirate, do in fact practice and narrate many forms of belonging and informal citizenship. In so doing, this book contributes to new understandings of contemporary citizenship, migration, and national identity, ones that differ from liberal democratic models, such as those in India and the West, and that highlight how Indians, rather than Emiratis, are the quintessential‚€”yet impossible citizens of Dubai.

Impossible Citizens would be of interest to students and scholars of migration, diaspora studies, sociology, social anthropology, and studies of political economy, state and citizenship. This book will also be of particular interest to Indian audiences, many of whom have personal, financial, or other connections to the Gulf region, which in many ways is a part of a transnational imaginary of Indiannesss.

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Memory, Identity, Power: Politics in the Junglemahals, 1890‚€“1950 by Ranabir Samaddar : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125050544

First published in 1998, Memory, Identity, Power is a full-length study of the Junglemahals, an area lying at the margins of the Indian state of West Bengal. Rather than folding into frontier forgetfulness, Junglemahals has seen frenetic administrative and political activity and has been the focus of scholarly attention because of continuous struggles by the indigenous peasants of that area. Spanning the period between 1890 and 1950, this book describes in rigorous detail the transition of Junglemahals from being a ‚€˜frontier‚€™ region administered by custom and local power to its coming under the full-scale rule of colonial Bengal.

This transition fractured communities and forced its people to provide evidence of ownership of their own soil. It caused widespread unrest and unleashed a series of political mobilisations. Samaddar analyses how these mobilisations, centred around festivals and rites, fictive genealogies and origin myths, helped present a ‚€˜collective culture‚€™, one which transcended the tensions and fissures marking the fabric of this region. Narrated through inter-textual observations on a variety of texts (such as witness and affidavit accounts, census handbooks and colonial survey reports), the book presents this region as one that grappled for a historical identity in the face of colonial settlement operations.

Since 2005, violence has revisited the Junglemahals. Revised, and carrying a new Preface and a discerning Postscript, this book asks the historian to be innovative in tracking sources of so-called obscure histories, reminds the social scientist of the complex way in which memory works in our time, implores the cautious administrator to seek reason, and cautions everyone of us against the violence that has visited areas and regions like the Junglemahals‚€”in the Past and in the present.

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Night of the Gods: Durga Puja and the Legitimation of Power in Rural Bengal by Ralph W. Nicholas : Rs675 ISBN: 9788192304618

Durga Puja is the most visible annual event in West Bengal. This ethnographic account shows that Durga Puja in the countryside was a very different event from the modern version of the puja, one that symbolized legitimacy and counterposed generous redistribution against the ruthless collection of revenues. The offerings and sacrifices that were integral to the traditional pujas provided communion for the landholding families as well as their dependents in the community. 

Among the many features of the puja that are peculiar to Bengal is the notion that autumn is the night of the gods when worship is ‚€˜untimely‚€™, that spring is the proper time for the observance.

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Political Culture and Economy in Eighteenth-Century Bengal: Networks of Exchange, Consumption and Communication by Tilottama Mukherjee : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125052678

  • Books on eighteenth-century Bengal talk of how the economy declined when the British took over the revenue administration.
  • This volume is different from other books written on this period because it breaks away from the well-trodden path of eighteenth-century historiography that looks at the period as one that saw a general decline.
  •  It explores the major components of the distributive economic networks of markets, overland and riverine communication systems and consumption.
  • It analyses their interaction with the state, both during the Nizamat and the early years of the rule of the English East India Company in Bengal.
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Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire by Saikat Majumdar : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125051237

Prose of the World identifies and explores the way the banality of everyday life and the boredom that often accompanies it paradoxically shape a narrative instinct along the margins of the global British empire from late colonial modernism to the present day as revealed in the fiction of four writers: James Joyce from Ireland, Katherine Mansfield from New Zealand, Zoe Wicomb from South Africa, and Amit Chaudhuri from India. Majumdar foregrounds the banal as a key instinct of modern and contemporary fiction‚€”one that nevertheless remains submerged because of its antithetical relation to literature‚€™s intuitive function to engage or excite. Majumdar suggests that this impoverished affective experience of colonial modernity significantly shapes the innovative aesthetics of modernist fiction. Prose of the World thus presents the literary modernism of banality as an aesthetic which, though seemingly isolated from the tremors of public history, is more symptomatic than conclusive.

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Radical Rabindranath: Nation, Family and Gender in Tagore‚€™s Fiction and Films by Sanjukta Dasgupta, Sudeshna Chakravarti and Mary Mathew : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125050285

Much has been said and documented about the multifaceted genius of Rabindranath Tagore. Radical Rabindranath is a post-colonial reading that focuses on areas that have been marginalised because of the more dominant and compelling desire in the West to establish Tagore as a transcendent visionary and poet-philosopher.

The volume breaks new ground as it critiques Tagore‚€™s non-conformism, radical outlook and occasional ambivalence as seen in his novels and short stories. In its re-readings of his works, it meticulously analyses issues such as sexual desire, repression, and jealousy on the one hand, and nation, politics, family and gender on the other. It also shows how, amidst changing social structures, his women protagonists are motivated by promptings of self-discovery and self-realisation, as well as a compulsive need to recreate their identities.

The book includes readings from selected film versions of Tagore‚€™s fiction. These trace the deviations from the original texts to highlight how pre- and post-independence Indian/Bengali film-makers have appropriated Tagore‚€™s literary texts by emphasising gender positions, the politics of the sexualised body and body images.

It also provides details of Tagore‚€™s early years of growing up, his formative influences and also throws light on his intellectual combats with contemporaries like Chandranath Basu and Dijendralal Roy. In an interesting detour, the authors bring forth his relationships with women like Kadambari Devi, Ranu Mukherjee and Victoria Ocampo‚€”encounters that allow a glimpse into a mind that despite being progressive and fearless, was not devoid of contradictions.

For students and scholars of comparative literature, and those with a keen interest in Tagore, the man, the poet, and ‚€˜the radical‚€™‚€”an indispensable read, both at home and in the world.

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The 'Medieval' in Film: Representing a Contested Time on the Indian Screen (1920s-1960s) by Urvi Mukhopadhyay : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125050988

Wars, nationalism, economic depression, colonisation, decolonisation and, more recently, globalisation, have affected perceptions of contemporary as well as past worlds. Cinema, a popular medium directed to the broadest possible audience, has reacted to and in turn shaped the changing political, social and economic conditions of the times.

This book investigates how the cinematic medium negotiated the dominant ideas of history in order to construct a range of historical imageries. Focusing on the medieval epoch‚€”a notion of historical age which came only during the colonial period as an equivalent to the European idea of Middle Ages‚€”it studies the influences of various nationalist imaginations of the past, unmistakably present after the emergence of a mass-based nationalist movement in the 1920s and 30s.

The ‚€˜pre-modern‚€™ idea of society and governance in the medieval period came under attack from the ‚€˜modern‚€™ colonial rulers. Also, because of its association with the Islamic ruling class it was criticised by the dominant ‚€˜Hindu‚€™ nationalist ethos of the time. The volume examines this contested time on screen, and raises questions like: How did the internal organisation of the film industry guide the articulations of certain stereotypical images of the ‚€˜medieval‚€™ during the 1920s to 1960s? How did dominant historiographical interpretations influence a popular production like film in the colonial and the post-colonial situation? Did the cinematic representation succeed in codifying ‚€˜medieval reality‚€™ with stereotypes other than that of elitist vision of historicity?

With an extensive filmography and detailed bibliography, the words that populate the book are also complemented with glimpses of posters and scenes from the films discussed in the book. An important read for students and scholars of film studies, history, visual anthropology, South Asian studies and culture studies.
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The Past Before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India by Romila Thapar : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788178242958

It has so often been said that Indian civilization lacks historical writing‚€”and therefore a sense of history‚€”that this notion passes for a truism. There has been little attempt to show up the falsity of the generalization. In the present book‚€”a magisterial historiographical survey of every major form within which ancient North Indian history is embedded or evident‚€”Romila Thapar shows an intellectually dynamic ancient world profuse with ideas about the past, an arena replete with societies constructing, reconstructing, and contesting various visions of worlds before their own.

“To determine what makes for this historical consciousness”, says Professor Thapar, “is not just an attempt to provide Indian civilization with a sense of history, nor is it an exercise in abstract research. My intention is to argue that, irrespective of the question of the presence or absence of historical writing as such, an understanding of the way in which the past is perceived, recorded, and used affords insights into early Indian society, as it does for that matter into other early societies.”

She argues that to possess history a civilization does not have to reveal writing in forms regarded as belonging to the established genres of history. In fact, a variety of ancient Indian texts reflect a consciousness of history; and, subsequently, there come into existence recognizable historical traditions and forms of historical writing. Both varieties of texts‚€”those which reflect a consciousness of history and those which reveal forms of historical writing‚€”were deployed to “reveal” the past, and drawn upon as a cultural, political, religious, or other resource to legitimize an existing social order.

The Vedic corpus, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the itihasa-purana tradition, the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the hagiographical and biographical literature, the inscriptional evidence, a variety of chronicles, and dramatic forms such as the Mudrarakshasa are all scrutinized afresh in this book: not as sources for historical data, but instead as a civilization’s many ways of thinking about and writing its history.

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The Writings of Pamela Price: State, Politics, and Cultures in Modern South India: Honour, Authority, and Morality by Pamela Price : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125051145

Pamela Price has been a perceptive observer and analyst of the politics and cultures of southern India for more than three decades. She became interested in how the people in the region honour and respect those in public life while doing research in Madurai on Dravidian nationalism. She has also researched on similar issues in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This volume is a collection of ten of her essays that appeared between 1979 and 2010, presenting studies from different political domains and linguistic areas.

This volume brings together ten of Pamela Price‚€™s essays that appeared between 1979 and 2010, presenting studies from different political domains and linguistic areas. They represent the author‚€™s long involvement with political culture in south India.  They focus on conceptions of honour, authority, and morality. Price examines both change and continuity in ideas, values and symbols in colonial and post colonial south Indian politics. She outlines evolution in cultural meanings of power and influence under imperial rule and later under electoral regimes, giving evidence of individual agency in cultural constructions.

A running theme in political performances in post-colonial state politics, and one which she pursues in several of the essays in this collection, is the politics of honour and respect commanded by public figures that sheds light on the multifaceted nature of domination. Honour and respect and the dynamics of competition to command these attributes are topics of increasing interest in scholarship on south India to which she has made significant contributions.

This volume of essays will be an invaluable guide for students of history and politics of southern India in both the colonial and modern periods. The book will also appeal to those interested in understanding the culture and politics of south India.

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When Marriages Go Astray: Choices Made, Choices Challenged by Lina Fruzzetti : Rs650 ISBN: 9788192304625

When Marriages Go Astray: Choices Made, Choices Challenged is an account of inter-caste and inter-religious marriages and presents detailed case studies from Bishnupur, a town in West Bengal. In this study Lina Fruzzetti looks into a rarely studied aspect of female agency in India: how can we understand society‚€™s concern with marriages deemed to have gone astray? How do women cope with their families‚€™ rejection of their choices?

This work addresses women‚€™s dilemma in selecting one‚€™s marriage partner in a society still bound by the tradition of arranging marriages for their children. Fruzzetti analyzes the discourse of how these young women set about negotiating new boundaries by denying their imposed ideal as custodians and preservers of tradition. Instead of acquiescing to rules and cultural obligations, they decide to navigate the confines of culture and their decision often sets them against kinship, family, or even one‚€™s faith, notably in cases requiring conversion to a new religion. These women realize that in asserting their ‚€˜freedom to choose‚€™ they face conflict with the expectations of their upbringing and pose challenges of acceptability to their families, society, caste, and occasionally religious communities.

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Afghanistan: How the West Lost its Way by Tim Bird and Alex Marshall : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125044901

In this compelling book, Tim Bird and Alex Marshall ask how and why the international community has so signally failed to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan. They trace the story from the hurried post-9/11 decision to invade onwards, explaining how ambitious development plans failed to bear fruit, how muddled Western policies allowed Afghans to grow more opium poppies than ever before‚€”and how, despite all promises, life has become worse rather than better for many Afghan citizens.

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Appropriately Indian: Gender and Culture in a New Transnational Class by Smitha Radhakrishnan : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125045137

Appropriately Indian is an ethnographic analysis of the class of information technology professionals at the symbolic helm of globalizing India. Comprising a small but prestigious segment of India's labor force, these transnational knowledge workers dominate the country's economic and cultural scene, as do their notions of what it means to be Indian.

Drawing on the stories of Indian professionals in Mumbai, Bangalore, Silicon Valley and South Africa, Smitha Radhakrishnan explains how these high-tech workers create a "global Indianness" by transforming the diversity of Indian cultural practices into a generic, mobile set of "Indian" norms. Female information technology professionals are particularly influential. By reconfiguring notions of respectable femininity and the good Indian family, they are reshaping ideas about what it means to be Indian. The author explains how this transnational class creates an Indian culture that is self-consciously distinct from Western culture, yet compatible with Western cosmopolitan lifestyles. She describes the material and symbolic privileges that accrue to India's high-tech workers, who often claim ordinary middle-class backgrounds, but are overwhelmingly urban and upper caste. They are also distinctly apolitical and individualistic. Members of this elite class practice a decontextualized version of Hinduism, and they absorb the ideas and values that circulate through both Indian and non-Indian multinational corporations. Ultimately, though, global Indianness is rooted and configured in the gendered sphere of home and family.

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Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic by Anustup Basu : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125047551

This study of popular Indian cinema in an age of globalization, new media, and metropolitan Hindu fundamentalism focuses on the period from 1991 to 2004. Popular Hindi cinema took a certain spectacular turn from the early 1990s as a signature ‚€˜Bollywood style‚€™ evolved in the wake of liberalization and the inauguration of a global media ecology in India. Films increasingly featured transformed bodies, fashions, life-styles, commodities, gadgets, and spaces, often in non-linear, ‚€˜window-shopping‚€™ ways, without any primary obligation to the narrative. Flows of desires, affects, and aspirations frequently crossed the bounds of stories and determined milieus. Basu theorizes this overall cinematic-cultural ecology here as an informational geo-televisual aesthetic.

Bollywood in the Age of New Media connects this filmic geo-televisual style to an ongoing story of the uneven globalizing process in India. It explains how the irreverent energies of the new can actually be tied to conservative Brahminical imaginations of class, caste, or gender hierarchies. Using a wide-ranging methodological approach that converses with theoretical domains of post-structuralism, post-colonialism, and film and media studies, this book presents a complex account of an India of the present caught between brave new silicon valleys and farmer suicides.

The geo-televisual aesthetic will prove useful not just for scholars of Indian cinema and media, but also for those of Indian political and cultural modernity at large, from visual anthropologists to political scientists. The book is as much about the new globalized imaginary of a national elite as it is about film.

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Cultural Studies in the Future Tense by Lawrence Grossberg : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125045045

Lawrence Grossberg is one of the leading international figures in the study of the relations between political and popular cultures. In Cultural Studies in the Future Tense, he offers a powerful critique of the forms of progressive intellectual-political analyses. He asks why we so often tell the same stories over and over (as if the world were not changing or were changing in precisely the same ways) or tell stories that claim to be absolutely new (as if the world were magically new). He argues for an understanding of cultural studies as conjunctural analysis, based on commitments to contextualism, anti-reductionism and articulation. Cultural studies sees the world in terms of contingency and determination, the old and the new, economies and cultures, etc. Refusing to reduce modernity to its Euro-American forms, and challenging its taken-for-granted understandings, he argues that euro-modernity is a specific geo-historical actualization of a more complex and diverse diagram.

Grossberg sees the current global tumult defined by struggles among and for multiple ways of imagining and being modern. Consequently, he begins to rethink a number of fundamental ‚€œmodern‚€ concepts and their relations‚€”including economy, culture, the popular, and politics. This book offers a vision of a contemporary cultural studies that embraces complexity, rigorous interdisciplinary practice and experimental collaborations in an effort to better explain the present in the service of the imagination of other futures and the struggles for social transformation.

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Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal, 1947‚€“52 by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125047063

This book explores the meanings and complexities of India‚€™s experience of transition from colonial to the post-colonial period. It focuses on the first five years‚€”from Independence on 15 August 1947 to the first general election in January 1952‚€”in the politics of West Bengal, the new Indian province that was created as a result of the Partition.

The author, a specialist on the history of modern India, discusses what freedom actually meant to various individuals, communities and political parties, how they responded to it, how they extended its meaning and how in their anxiety to confront the realities of free India, they began to invent new enemies of their newly acquired freedom. By emphasizing the representations of popular mentality rather than the institutional changes brought in by the process of decolonization, he draws attention to other concerns and anxieties that were related to the problems of coming to terms with the newly achieved freedom and the responsibility of devising independent rules of governance that would suit the historic needs of a pluralist nation.

Decolonization in South Asia analyses the transitional politics of West Bengal in light of recent developments in post-colonial theory on nationalism, treating the ‚€˜nation‚€™ as a space for contestation, rather than a natural breeding ground for homogeneity in the complex political scenario of post-independence India.

The book will appeal to academics interested in political science, sociology, and cultural and social anthropology.

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Digital Cool: Life in the Age of New Media by Pramod K. Nayar : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125047308

You email your report, check the position of your stocks, play your favourite Rahman, and upload new patches for your favourite simulation game‚€”all using the same three-inch-by-five device that fits into your palm. You chat, share, play and blog, even check for directions to the new Italian restaurant in town online. Everyday life is now digital.

Digital Cool examines life in the age of New Media. From Facebook to Internet dating, tablets to Twitter, cyber avatars to Wikis‚€”it tells the story of how human lives today are heavily mediated by ‚€˜cool‚€™ technologies, and how the technologies themselves are mediated by our ways of living, playing, working.

‚€˜Digital Cool‚€™ is simultaneously about individualisation, with its make-believe detachment (‚€˜Cool‚€™), and the fierce collectivism facilitated by New Media. There‚€™s the young woman waiting for the tube while swishing through the bestseller she‚€™s just bought on her iPad, indifferent to her surroundings; there is also the fury of the mainly online Pink Chaddis campaign of 2009, the collaborative radical political critique of kafila.org, or the arrival of Spring in Tahrir, with its unforgettable images of Google executive Wael Ghonim coordinating revolution on Facebook, accessed on his smartphone.

US Congressmen tweeted President Obama‚€™s first State of the Union address as he spoke, the world was alerted to Andres Iniesta‚€™s World Cup-winning goal on Twitter, and the incredible landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson was first reported on the microblogging site. Twitter is today the cool way to update ‚€˜followers‚€™; YouTube is the platform on which a participatory culture and the sense of belonging to a community play out.

Digital technology empowers, enthuses, informs and mediates new forms of community, activism and identity. Culture jamming, participatory journalism and commons knowledge are all components of the activist new media, but also of popular culture.

Wide-ranging, accessible and incisive---welcome readers, to the world of Digital Cool!  Click here to enter.

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English Heart, Hindi Heart land: The Political Life of Literature in India by Rashmi Sadana : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243498

English Heart, Hindi Heartland examines Delhi‚€™s postcolonial literary world‚€”its institutions, prizes, publishers, writers, and translators, and the cultural geographies of key neighbourhoods in light of colonial histories and the globalization of English.

Rashmi Sadana places internationally recognized authors such as Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Vikram Seth in the context of debates within India about the politics of language, and alongside regionally recognized writers such as K. Satchidanandan, Shashi Deshpande, and Geetanjali Shree. She undertakes an ethnographic study of literary culture, probing the connections between place, language, and text in order to show what language comes to stand for in people‚€™s lives.

In so doing she unmasks a social discourse rife with questions of authenticity and the cultural politics of inclusion and exclusion. She illustrates how the notion of what is considered authentic not only obscures larger questions relating to caste, religious, and gender identities, but that the authenticity discourse itself is continually in flux. To extract cultural capital from India‚€™s linguistic hierarchies, writers deploy what Sadana calls ‚€˜literary nationality‚€™.

Her book argues that English in India, and the way it is positioned among the country‚€™s other languages, does not represent a fixed pole, but rather serves to change political and literary alliances among classes and castes, often in surprising ways.

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Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship: Contested Transitions in South Africa and India by Tina Uys and Sujata Patel(Eds.) : Rs1450 ISBN: 9788125047780

Historically, India and South Africa have a lot in common; the migration of indentured and passenger Indians to South Africa, the role and influence of Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom movements, their shared commitment to install democracy in their respective countries, and other such issues. Post-Independence, battling enormous poverty and inequality, these countries have undergone transitions at different points in history in their endeavour to restructure the economy and polity through political projects which are largely elite-driven.

Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship shows how though transition always carries the promise of inclusion for social groups inhabiting the margins of society, there is nothing inherently inclusive about the elite-dominated transitions that occurred in South Africa and India. The people of these countries, therefore, have articulated alternate visions of resistance to contest these.

Divided into three sections, this volume analyses whether we can use the prism of one experience to assess another in some other country and the lessons learnt from them through such contextualised comparisons. These and other methodological issues are studied in this collection. The book also describes how diasporic Indians deal with their minority status in post-apartheid South Africa; the intellectual resources that the Muslim minority groups in India employ to articulate their identity and assert their citizenship; and redress policies for groups previously disadvantaged on the basis of race in South Africa and caste in India.

Bringing together sociologists from both South Africa and India, this volume is a must-read for students and scholars of sociology, diaspora studies and political science.

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Freedom and Beef Steaks: Colonial Calcutta Culture by Rosinka Chaudhuri : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125047643

Freedom and Beef Steaks explores path-breaking debates to do with the literary,  with identity, and with cultural authenticity in nineteenth-century Calcutta--- debates arising from the flux of creative and critical work in that period. The seven essays collected in this book range across a diverse field of interests that have been, so far, under-researched. Crucial to our understanding of the making of modern Indian culture in a particular location, these are issues that uncover the complexity of the postcolonial field and further extend its scope.

A humorous poem written by Henry Meredith Parker (1796‚€“1868) about the newly educated youth of Calcutta is used to frame debates for and against meat-eating as the issue played itself out against the backdrop of a developing Indian nationalism. A closer look at the political poetry written by a radical iconoclast such as Derozio reveals the communal stereotyping of the ‚€˜Muslim‚€™ as Other‚€”representations in keeping with British historiographical orthodoxies of the time. Scrutinising early letters written to the Calcutta Journal in 1819 about the community‚€™s thoughts on naming and defining itself, Rosinka Chaudhuri also deals with the early history of the Anglo-Indians.

There are chapters in this book that range from an analysis of recurrent problems in modernist readings of the poems of both Milton and Bengal‚€™s greatest nineteenth-century poet, Madhusudan Datta, to the changing modes of everyday cultural experience in the city as experienced in the shifting representations of the drawing rooms of colonial and postcolonial Bengal. Finally, in an important chapter on certain subalternist  historians‚€˜ (mis)readings of Tagore, the author investigates the place of the relation of history and literature in history-writing today.

Situated in a modernity that was both radical and traditional in texture and forms of play, the texts examined in these essays challenge received ideas of historicity through their own particularity. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of literature, cultural studies and postcolonial studies.

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Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry, 1780-1870 by Ruth Vanita : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125045533

Gender, Sex and the City explores the cosmopolitan sensibilities of Urdu poetry written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially in the city of Lucknow, which was the centre of a flourishing Indo-Persian culture. Through its ground-breaking analysis, it demonstrates how re??ti (a type of Urdu poetry whose distinguishing features are a female speaker and a focus on women‚€™s lives) and to some degree, non-mystical re??ta (mainstream Urdu poetry with a male speaker), for the first time in Urdu represent women (both of conventional families and courtesan households) as important shapers of urban culture, especially urban speech.

Vanita analyses how re??ti  becomes a catalyst for the transformation of the g_?azal, first, by focusing it not on love alone but on the practices, spaces and rituals of everyday life; second, by bringing subordinated figures, such as women as well as servants centre-stage; and, third, by challenging the g_?azal‚€™s ideal of perfect love as framed by separation and suffering.

Women characters in re??ti  fall in love, but they also work, shop, dress, sing, dance, eat, fast, chat, quarrel, pray, invoke spirits, and voice opinions on many matters. The author explores the way re??ti reconfigures the city from women‚€™s perspective, depicting a parallel world of urban women‚€™s meeting places, networks and rituals. 

The first book-length study in English of re??ti and also of non-mystical re??ta, it demonstrates the interplay between the twoin language, form and content. Including many first-time translations and also analyses of neglected poems, such as Rangin‚€™s Mas?nawi Dilpazir and Jur‚€™ at‚€™s ???aja ?asan-o  Ba??shi  T?wa‚€™ if,  (a romance with a courtesan heroine), it also studies in detail the works of Insha and Nisbat, among others.

With several more transcribed poems than in its US edition, this book is a must-read for students and scholars of literature, history, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, South Asian studies and culture studies.

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Gendering Colonial India: Reforms, Print, Caste and Communalism by Charu Gupta(Ed.) : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125044727

Drawing on contemporary critical theories and academic debates, Gendering Colonial India examines how notions of patriarchy were recast and challenged in colonial India between the early nineteenth and the first half of twentieth centuries. This definitive collection of essays analyses the close interaction between gender, caste and community identities.

This volume brings out various regional complexities and lively public debates on social reforms for women and their impact on issues like sati, widow remarriage, domesticity, sexuality and education. It shows how women emerged as both objects and subjects of popular discourse and discussions. Simultaneously, the essays engage with concerns around masculinity, inter-caste intimacies and communal identities.

The debates found multifaceted expression in an emerging dynamic popular-public sphere and also in a flourishing vernacular print culture. These in turn served as powerful tools for propagating dominant ideas about women and for fashioning national, regional and community identities.

The three primary texts translated by J. Devika, Anshu Malhotra and Charu Gupta bring out the relationship, most often fraught, between popular literature, reforms and women.

With contributions from both established and emerging feminist historians, this book will be an indispensible read for students and scholars of modern Indian history, colonialism, nationalism, gender studies and popular culture.

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Hindu Widow Marriage: A Complete Translation, with an Introduction and Critical Notes by Brian A. Hatcher by Isharchandra Vidyasagar : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243504

Before the passage of the Hindu Widow‚€™s Remarriage Act of 1856, Hindu tradition required a woman to live as a virtual outcast after her husband‚€™s death. Widows had to shave their heads, discard their jewellery, live in seclusion, and undergo acts of penance. Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar was the first Indian intellectual to successfully argue against these strictures. Renowned Sanskrit scholar and passionate social reformer, Vidyasagar was the leading proponent of widow marriage in colonial India, urging his contemporaries to reject practices that caused countless women to suffer.

Vidyasagar‚€™s strategy involved a rereading of Hindu scripture alongside an emotional plea on behalf of the widow, resulting in the reimagining of Hindu law and custom. He made his case through a two-part publication, Hindu Widow Marriage, a tour de force of logic, erudition, and humanitarian rhetoric. In this new translation, Brian A. Hatcher makes available in English, for the first time, the entire text of one of the most important nineteenth-century treatises on Indian social reform.

An expert on Vidyasagar, Hinduism, and colonial Bengal, Hatcher enhances the original treatise with a substantial introduction describing Vidyasagar‚€™s multifaceted career, as well as the history of colonial debates on widow marriage. He also provides an overview of basic Hindu categories for first-time readers, a glossary of technical vocabulary, and an extensive bibliography.

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Indian English: Towards a New Paradigm by Rama Kant Agnihotri and Rajendra Singh (Eds.) : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125043713

Millions of educated Indians use English in some domains, but exactly what is Indian English, how is it best understood and described, and how far is it from the claimed centres of the socio-cultural space accorded to English? Centred around a scholarly dialogue, this book comprises a Target Paper by Rajendra Singh and some responses to it from scholars around the world.  In his Target Paper, Singh examines the status and structure of Indian English and its place in the language ecology of India. His examination of these issues leads him to question the dichotomy ‚€˜native‚€™ and ‚€˜non-native‚€™ varieties of English and to argue that it cannot be sustained. Agnihotri and Singh have in this book broken fresh ground in the study of English, particularly in the study of post-colonial varieties such as Indian English.

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Inter-Sections: Essays on Indian Literatures, Translations and Popular Consciousness by Rana Nayar : Rs795 ISBN: 9788125045540

Inter-sections brings together a collection of discursive essays that deal with a range of contemporary issues‚€”from the history of literary genres to the future of humanities; from locating Indian literatures to mapping Indian English fiction and drama; from Punjabi literature, history and culture to the theory and practice of translation; from media-driven literary evaluation to multiple ways of shaping popular consciousness. Divided into four (inter-)sections, these essays raise some fundamental questions regarding our postcolonial, postmodern era and emphasise the need for an interdisciplinary approach to mediate both thought and knowledge. The easy, accessible, non-pedantic style of these essays is bound to engage scholars as well as lay readers.

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Islam in South Asia: A Short History by Jamal Malik : Rs1025 ISBN: 9788125046585

Islamic and Islamicate South Asia has become a focal point in academia, esp. since 9/11. Where did South Asian Muslims come from? How did they fare in interacting with Hindu cultures? How did they negotiate identity as ruling and ruled minorities and majorities? Islam in South Asia aims to synthesize the long history of Islam as an intrinsic part of Indian society seeing the vantage point of such a complex history as a series of cultural encounters that were mutually energizing.

Part I covers early Muslim expansion and the journey of the Arabs into South Asia and their formative phase in context of initial cultural encounter which produced a unique blend of Islamicated culture (app. 700‚€“1300). Part II views the establishment of Muslim empire, cultures oscillating between Islamic and Islamicate, centralized and regionalized power, when Muslims became part of the Indian social fabric embodying cultural change through new urban centers and intellectual hubs as well as the expanding agricultural societies (app. 1300‚€“1700). The third cluster is composed in the backdrop of regional centralization, territoriality and colonial rule, displaying processes of integration and differentiation, of marginalisation and privatisation of Muslim cultures in colonial setting, that helped the cause of masculinized Islam to create new forms of socialization which threatened to tear apart the tradition of tolerance in Muslim societies (app. 1700‚€“1930). Tensions between Muslim pluralism and singularity evolving in public sphere as religious identity politics in the period of high nationalism followed by post-colonial predicaments make up the fourth cluster (app. 1930‚€“2002).

The book would interest all those interested in intellectual, cultural and social history of Muslim South Asia, and in history of religions, as well as social scientists, social and cultural anthropologists, theologians and Indologists.

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Kerala‚€™s Gulf Connection, 1998‚€“2011: Economic and Social Impact of Migration by K. C. Zachariah & S. Irudaya Rajan : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125049357

This volume situates the phenomenon of migration from Kerala to the Gulf in its economic and social contexts. Based on migration surveys carried out by the authors, the volume is a comparative study of the surveys carried out in 1998, 2003 and 2008. It looks at the changes migration has brought about in the lives of the families left behind by the migrant. It also carries a two-part epilogue. While the first analyses the panel data from the 1998 and 2008 surveys, the second evaluates the results from the most recent survey conducted in 2011 that throws light on migration during the global financial crises of 2008 and its aftermath on employment in the Middle East.

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Madhyakaleen Bharat ka Sanskritik Itihas by Meenakshi Khanna : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125046981

This is the Hindi version of Cultural History of Medieval India publishedby Social Science Press. The book caters to the concurrent courses syllabus of history of the Delhi University. This is the last in the series of three books for concurrent courses of History of Delhi University-- Dilli : Pracheen Itihas by Upinder Singh and Adhunik Bharat Ka Sanskritik Itihas by Dilip Menon published by Orient Blackswan.

The readings have been edited and put together by the eminent historian for their students. This anthology of readings seeks to explore Indian culture in the medieval period through five themes: Kingship traditions, social processes of religious devotion, inter-cultural perception, forms of identities and aesthetics. Written by well-known scholars, the ten essays in this book present sub cultures in diverse regional settings of the subcontinent.  These readings introduce a new way of understanding medieval Indian history by engaging with interdisciplinary methods of research on issues that are significant to everyday existence in a plural society like that of India. Cultural histories need to establish a correlation between the readings of text and its multi-layered historical perspectives that include political and economic context as well. The essays in the book seeks to establish such interconnections between text and history.

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Memsahibs‚€™ Writings: Colonial Narratives on Indian Women by Indrani Sen(Ed.) : Rs525 ISBN: 9788125045526

The white women of colonial India wrote extensively; they maintained journals and diaries, wrote letters home, authored novels and penned their memoirs. This anthology brings together a fascinating collection of such writings written over the period 1820s‚€“1920s, focusing on their relations with ‚€˜native‚€™ women.

The compilation draws on the experiences of medical missionaries, travellers, journalists and administrators‚€™ wives and is organised around key sites of contact.

A comprehensive introduction by Indrani Sen places these writings in historical perspective.

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Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan by Naveeda Khan : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125046622

In Muslim Becoming, Naveeda Khan challenges the claim that Pakistan''s relation to Islam is fragmented and problematic. Offering a radically different interpretation, Khan contends that Pakistan inherited an aspirational, always-becoming Islam, one with an open future and a tendency toward experimentation. For the individual, this aspirational tendency manifests in a continual striving to be a better Muslim. It is grounded in the thought of Muhammad Iqbal (1877‚€“1938), the poet, philosopher, and politician considered the spiritual founder of Pakistan. Khan finds that Iqbal provided the philosophical basis for recasting Islam as an open religion with possible futures as yet unrealized, which he did in part through his engagement with the French philosopher Henri Bergson.

Drawing on research in the neighborhoods and mosques of Lahore and on readings of theological polemics, legal history, and Urdu literature, Khan points to striving throughout Pakistani society: in prayers, theological debates, the building of mosques, readings of the Qur''an, and religious pilgrimages. Emphasizing skepticism toward the practices of others that accompanies aspiration, Khan seeks to affirm aspiration while also acknowledging its capacity for violence.

This book would be of interest to scholars and students of anthropology, politics, religion, Islamic Studies and postcolonial studies.

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Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule by Janaki Nair : Rs1075 ISBN: 9788125045076

Mysore Modern reconceptualizes Indian modernity through critical engagement with some important themes taken from the history of the Princely State of Mysore. In this work, Janaki Nair argues that the Princely Indian states were usually regarded as spaces that were either defined entirely by the dominant narratives of colonial/national modernity or were relatively untouched by them.

Grounded in political history, and deriving insights from a wide range of visual, social, and legal texts and issues, Mysore Modern reperiodizes the modern by connecting these apparently discrepant registers to build up a case for a specifically regional, ‚€œmonarchical modern‚€ moment in Indian history. Nair examines mural and portraiture traditions, as well as forms of memorialization and nationalization of art and architectural practices. The volume also considers bureaucratic efforts centered on the use of law and development as instruments of modernity.

As Nair demonstrates, a political history of Mysore, and of its many experiments with modernity, while relying on such disparate prisms as art and architecture, the law, or the discourse of development, challenges not only more conventional narratives of Mysore‚€™s modern past, but signals the necessity of taking the region, rather than the nation, as the ground for specifying forms of Indian modernity.

The work will be of interest not just to those specialists who work on the history of Mysore/Karnataka, but also to art historians, social and legal historians, while appealing to many who are more generally engaged in rethinking both the region and Indian modernity.

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Other Orientalisms: India between Florence and Bombay, 1860‚€“1900 by Filipa Lowndes Vicente : Rs1450 ISBN: 9788125047582

Other Orientalisms analyses different forms of knowledge about India through the circulation of people, ideas, information, images and objects between Florence and Bombay through the last decades of the nineteenth century. During this period, Florence became a centre of studies on India, organizing and promoting exhibitions, museums, journals, and international conferences. Based on the relationship between two Indianists ‚€“ the Italian Angelo de Gubernatis, professor of Sanskrit in Florence, and the Goan historian Josť Gerson da Cunha, doctor and historian in Bombay ‚€“ this book reveals an India created in different places and manifested by multiple voices.

By being marginal to the main European colonial metropolis, the institutional, intellectual and visual experience of Florentine Orientalism enriches the debate on power and colonial knowledge that has been very much at the centre of the social sciences in the last decades.

Likewise, by exploring the intellectual world of Bombay in the second half of the nineteenth century, made up of people from a variety of cultural, national and religious backgrounds, this book contributes to the wider cultural history of colonial India.

By combining fascinating unpublished materials of this period, with a deep analysis embedded in contemporary historiographical approaches such as European and India encounters in a colonial context; the debate on ‚€œorientalism‚€ initiated by Edward W. Said, or the global circulation of knowledge, people and objects, this books provides new insights into different fields.

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Politics as Performance by S.V. Srinivas : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243726

This book examines the deep connection between cinema and politics in India. it provides a picture of the Telugu cinema, as both industry and cultural from, over fifty formative years. It argues that films are directly related both to the rise of an elite which dominates Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India, and to the emergence of a new idiom of mass politics.

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Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry by Tejaswini Ganti : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125047070

Producing Bollywood offers an unprecedented look inside the social and professional worlds of the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry and explains how it became ‚€œBollywood‚€, the global film phenomenon and potent symbol of India as a rising economic powerhouse. In this rich and entertaining ethnography Tejaswini Ganti examines the changes in Hindi film production from the 1990s until 2010, locating them in Hindi filmmakers‚€™ efforts to accrue symbolic capital, social respectability, and professional distinction, and to manage the commercial uncertainties of filmmaking. These efforts have been enabled by the neo-liberal restructuring of the Indian state and economy since 1991. This restructuring has dramatically altered the country‚€™s media landscape, which quickly expanded to include satellite television and multiplex theaters.

Ganti contends that the Hindi film industry‚€™s metamorphosis into Bollywood would not have been possible without the rise of neo-liberal economic ideals in India. By describing dramatic transformations in the Hindi film industry‚€™s production culture, daily practices, and filmmaking ideologies during a decade of tremendous social and economic change in India, Ganti offers valuable new insights into the effects of neo-liberalism on cultural production in a postcolonial setting.

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School Education, Pluralism and Marginality: Comparative Perspectives by Christine Sleeter, Shashi Bhushan Upadhyay, Arvind K. Mishra and Sanjay Kumar (Eds.) : Rs1350 ISBN: 9788125045311

Education is an ‚€˜enabling factor‚€™, which facilitates not only economic betterment but also human freedom. However, for the marginalised‚€” Dalits and tribals in India, the Mapuche in Chile, the Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as women in most parts of the world‚€”basic education remains a challenge not only due to lack of access, but also because the pedagogy of mainstream education alienates the marginalised.

The editors and contributors of School Education, Pluralism and Marginality argue that school education must be conceptualised keeping in mind the material, social, and life experiences of marginalised groups. They strongly argue that pluralism and social inclusion should be the core principles of the pedagogic conceptual framework, practices and processes of school education across the world.

Divided into four sections, this volume brings together international perspectives on education from the USA, UK, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, among others, with a focus on India. It probes into the realities of the formal schooling system and the hegemonies that exclude children of the marginalised communities. It also explores the relationships between school education, labour processes, and differential opportunities and their outcomes. Importantly, the contributions in this volume suggest measures for developing inclusive teaching and learning methods and practices, and present models for culturally responsive and inclusive schooling.

This topical volume will be useful for students and scholars of education, culture studies, gender studies and Dalit studies. It will also be of interest to policy-makers and NGOs working in the area of education.

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The Last Brahmin: Life and Reflections of a Modern-day Sanskrit Pandit by Rani Siva Sankara Sarma, D. Venkat Rao( Tr.) : Rs495 ISBN: 9788178243641

The Last Brahmin is a work of reflection as well as the intellectual quasi-autobiography of a modern-day pandit.  

Written by a schoolteacher of Sanskrit, it embodies an effort to grapple with the enigma of the Brahminical tradition‚€”its spread over long time periods, its forms and transformations, its implications and stakes for the Indian subcontinent‚€™s Hindus and larger world.  Even as it is a philosophical critique of an elite tradition, The Last Brahmin emphasizes the enormity of the tasks involved in finding alternatives to that tradition today.  

From the core of the surviving realms of the tradition, this work recounts a tale of living on in difficult and adversarial conditions for the sake of learning, scholarship, and the rigours of pedagogical bonding.

This is also thus a narrative of the pain of discontinuity: it dramatizes the philosophical and historical issues of cultural practice in the form of filial disinheritance and throws up some formidable questions: What is an inheritance? Who inherits tradition?  How may one inherit a tradition?  What are the conditions and consequences of such inheritance?  In the process, this reflective work emerges as the poignant articulation of a Brahmin‚€™s response, and responsibilitiies, in the wake of colonial and postcolonial conditions.

Its critical unravelling of the Sanskrit tradition sets The Last Brahmin apart from the disciplinary frames of Indology on the one hand, and partisanal Hindu ideological forces on the other. While pitching its tent against Orientalist knowledge on India, it insists equally on the difference and distinction between the Brahmin Sanskrit tradition and ‚€˜so-called Hinduism‚€™.

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The Magic Web and Other Stories: Ashapurna Debi on the Widow and Her World by Ashapurna Debi and Jharna Sanyal (Tr.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788125047087

The Magic Web and Other Stories is a collection of eighteen of Ashapurna Debi‚€™s short stories on the lives of widows. One of the most prolific creative writers in Indian literature, Ashapurna Debi is known for her incisive chronicles of the Bengali middle-class. With women as her chosen subjects, her stories voice suppressed histories of intimate lives, and probe into the familial and social dynamics of relationships analysing the play of gender, caste and class.

Through these stories, we are introduced to ritual-oriented drudges and gossip-mongering women, and to unbecoming women who refuse to hear the voice of everyday morality and silence the promptings of received values. One finds in the stories the rational, sensible, modern, urban gentleman all but merely the camouflaged victims of patriarchy. There are also tales where traces of deeply entrenched desires, expressed through gestures and silences, signify the buried yet pulsating emotions in the lives of women.

Between conscience and custom, reason and prejudice, oppression and agency, these narratives show a rare sensitiveness to the deprivations and vulnerabilities, the triumphs and rebellion, the noise amidst the silences of the widow and her world.

Jharna Sanyal masterfully retains this sensitiveness in a translation that is both confident and compassionate. To those wishing to savour the richness of Ashapurana Debi‚€™s writings, this is a gift!

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The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing In an Ambiguously Islamic Place by Carla Bellamy : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243467

The violent partitioning of British India along religious lines and ongoing communalist aggression have compelled Indian citizens to contend with the notion that an exclusive, fixed religious identity is fundamental to selfhood. Even so, Muslim saint shrines known as dargahs attract a religiously diverse range of pilgrims.

In this accessible and groundbreaking ethnography, Carla Bellamy traces the long-term healing processes of Muslim and Hindu devotees of a complex of dargahs in northwestern India. Drawing on pilgrims‚€™ narratives, ritual and everyday practices, archival documents, and popular publications in Hindi and Urdu, Bellamy considers questions about the nature of religion in general and Indian religion in particular.

Grounded in stories from individual lives and experiences, The Powerful Ephemeral offers not only a humane, highly readable portrait of dargah culture, but also new insight into notions of selfhood and religious difference in contemporary India.

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Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond by Gail Omvedt : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125045731

Understanding Caste approaches the historical issue of caste and anti-caste movements from a position of insightful inquiry and rigorous scholarship. Critiquing the sensibility which equates Indian tradition with Hinduism, and Hinduism with Brahmanism‚€”which considers the Vedas as the foundational texts of Indian culture and discovers within the Aryan heritage the essence of Indian civilisation‚€”it shows how even secular minds remain imprisoned within the Brahmanical vision. And so it looks at the alternative traditions nurtured within dalit movements, which have questioned this way of looking at Indian society and history.

Written in a lucid and readable style, the author elucidates how dalit politics and the dalit vision require going beyond even the term ‚€˜dalit‚€™ and how it has contributed to being symbolic of the most oppressed and exploited sections within the graded hierarchies of caste. Alongside the ascendance of Hinduism, the book traces the invasive trends of resistance and revolt in the tenets of Buddhism and radical bhakti, in the anti-patriarchal stands of early feminists, in the pervasive radicalism of the dalit activists‚€”from Phule and Periyar, Ramabai and Tarabai, to Kabir, Tukaram and Ambedkar, even for that matter Buddha himself.

This book brings to the reader the failures and triumphs of the many efforts that have aimed to dissolve the oppressive facets of Hinduism and its caste ideology, and continue to organise in newer ways for 'another' possible world where equality and human freedom reign supreme. It also makes visible the logic of dalit politics and the rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party, as a major alternative to the rise of Hindutva.

This important and essential readingwill be an invaluable primer on the subject to students of dalit and caste studies and politics.

This revised edition has a new and comprehensive Index.

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Understanding Islam by Nazir Ahmad and Mohammed Zakir (Tr.) : Rs795 ISBN: 9788125046691

Understanding Islam is a translation of Ijtihad (Striving) written in Urdu by Nazir Ahmad (1836‚€“1912). The original work grew out of a response to the question, ‚€˜Why am I a Muslim?‚€™ which had obsessed the author. Marked by clear thinking, a commonsensical approach, erudition and social awareness, Ijtihad was written in a conversational style. Nazir Ahmad also critically examined questions that he felt had perhaps been inadequately understood by his co-religionists, and suggested areas where a change in their outlook might be conducive to the true spirit of Islam.

Written in the form of a dialogue between a student and a teacher, this book is a valuable introduction and guide to the essence of one of the world‚€™s major religions. It will appeal to the faithful through its clear and lucid explanations, and by clearing some of their doubts. For those of other faiths wishing to learn more about Islam, it imparts information on such questions as the oneness of God, prophethood, the twelve imams, the aim of the revelation in the Qur‚€™an, and the role and duties of maulvis.

Mohammed Zakir‚€™s translation is true to the original, and retains its flavour. This work, a succinct introduction to Islam, will find a place in courses of theology and philosophy, as well as Islamic history. If we agree with Eliot that religion is a cornerstone of culture, this book should also find its way into cultural discourses, especially on Islam and Islamic cultures.

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A Companion to Translation Studies by Piotr Kuhiwczak and Karin Littau (Eds.) : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125041474

The book provides an authoritative guide to key approaches in translation studies. Each chapter gives an in-depth account of theoretical concepts, issues and studies. In the general introduction, the editors illustrate how translation studies has developed as a broad interdisciplinary field.

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A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work & Loss by Vasanth Kannabiran : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125043058

A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work and Loss is a series of conversations with women about marriage and widowhood. The women speak here with frankness and candour about their often quite unconventional relationships with their husbands, and of coming to terms with the loss of a life-long partner. Despite the grief, despite an altered and often fractured sense of self, each woman is determined to live a productive and creative life. 

Reflecting the social history of a class of women born before Independence, this volume explores how the institution of marriage shaped their lives. These are extraordinary women, who have lived rich, full lives where work has not been separated from leisure, nor has the private world of home and family been separated from the wider world of work and social commitment. As such they have redefined marriage and family, and equally the public sphere of work to make both inclusive spaces.

This collection of interviews raises important questions: Is it possible to retain your identity and hold on to your beliefs in a long marriage? What is the line that separates and insulates home and family from community and nation? How do these women breathe normally and smile graciously while coping with a shock that uproots and erases chunks of the self? What happens when a long and supportive partnership ends?

Eminent personalities, among them, Neera Desai, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Ela Bhatt, K. Saradamoni and Shanta Rameshwar Rao discuss their long partnerships of shared visions and love. Their choices, their struggles, and their indomitable will may provide answers to countless young people today. Apart from a general readership, this book will also appeal to students and scholars of sociology and gender studies.

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Adivasis and the Raj: Socio-economic Transition of the Hos, 1820-1932 by Sanjukta Das Gupta : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125041986

While recent research on adivasis under colonial rule tends to focus on issues of identity politics, categories and definitions, it is important to emphasise that the histories of adivasis were shaped by the constantly evolving British policy towards them, their own unique features, socio-cultural traditions, and the nature of their integration within the colonial state, which in turn determined their self-definitions and their relations with others.

This book brings back a focus on the colonial history of adivasis and discusses the issue of their identity against this background. It is a study of the Hos of Chota Nagpur from 1820, when they first came into contact with the British, to 1932, when their protests took the form of religious reform movements in an attempt to develop a distinct tribal identity.

In their encounter with the British, the Hos were confronted with several challenges, such as their role in the changing political system; their right of access to local territory and forest resources; the growing influx of outsiders into their villages; and the restructuring of indigenous institutions of authority. While dealing with these circumstances, albeit with varying degrees of success, the Hos developed an ethnic and political awareness vis-ŗ-vis the British, other adivasis, and the non-adivasi population, leading to the Haribaba movement for self-purification and other socio-religious reform movements.

Meticulously researched and replete with statistical data, a detailed glossary and bibliography, this insightful volume will be useful for scholars and students of history, sociology and anthropology.

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Adivasis in Colonial India: Survival, Resistance and Negotiation by Biswamoy Pati (Ed.) : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125040941

How do we define ‚€˜adivasis‚€™? A post-modernist approach will situate them as ‚€˜colonial constructs‚€™. However, as this book goes to show, tribals were not just a colonial creation. They were a part of south Asian reality at the time of India‚€™s colonisation. Their world was not a monolithic one but the order of stratification was significantly reinforced with the advent of colonialism and its diverse interventions, in terms of the complexities arising out of land settlements and the commercialisation of agriculture.

Bringing together contributions from historians, sociologists, social anthropologists and younger scholars, this volume provides a holistic view of the world of adivasis under the British in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It unravels the ways in which the adivasi society negotiated with itself and interacted with the shifts and changes that were taking place during this period. The essays focus on the impact of the sahukar-zamindar-sarkar nexus on the adivasis; the question of dispossession and migration in the face of colonial capitalism and global needs of labour; the process of politicisation and resistance against coercive strategies of control and dominance; the problems within the adivasi society, and the questions of identity and patriarchy; medical colonialism and the adivasi healing systems; and the different ideologies that guided the ‚€˜adivasi‚€™ politics in colonial India‚€”from protests against feudal rulers, to protests against the national movement and later, the struggles led by the socialists and communists. While tracing the trajectory of the life of the adivasis, the book also examines the genealogy of the concept of higher and lower races.

Going beyond the colonial and anti-colonial theme to explore the world of the adivasis and their social history, this book makes a conscious effort to locate the ‚€˜present‚€™ in the context of the ‚€˜past‚€™. It contributes to the understanding of the encroaching colonial ideals and intentions in the name of development and civilisation, that continue to impact their lives even today.

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Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture by Francesca Orsini (Ed.) : Rs725 ISBN: 9788125042631

Based on a workshop on 'Intermediary Genres in Hindi and Urdu', Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture is an attempt to rethink aspects of the literary histories of these two languages.

Today, Hindi and Urdu are considered two separate languages, each with its own script, history, literary canon and cultural orientation. Yet, pre-colonial India was a deeply multilingual society with multiple traditions of knowledge and literary production. Historically the divisions between Hindi and Urdu were not as sharp as we imagine them today. The essays in this volume reassess the definition and identity of language in the light of this. Its aim is to move away from the received historical narratives of Hindi and Urdu, and look afresh at the textual material available in order to attempt a more complex picture of the north Indian literary culture that is more attuned to the nuances of register, accent, language choice, genre and audiences.

Various factors that would lead one to consider a broader range of texts and tastes that lay before poets and writers in those times are examined. For instance, why did a Sant write in Nagari Rekhta? Why did a Persian poet or an Avadhi Sufi mix Hindavi and Persian? Whatever their motivations, all these cases speak of an awareness of multiple literary models. It also implies a keenness towards experimenting with other literary or oral traditions that go against the purist intentions of modern literary historians.

This volume thus looks at the rearticulation of language and its identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and will be useful for students of modern Indian history, language studies and cultural studies.

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Colonialism, Modernity, and Literature: A View from India by Satya P Mohanty : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125042754

This is an innovative volume of essays situated at the intersection of at least three multi-disciplinary fields: postcolonial and subaltern theory; comparative literary analysis, especially with a South Asian and transnational focus; and the study of ‚€˜alternative‚€™ and ‚€˜indigenous‚€™ modernities. This definitive new work grounds the political insights of postcolonial and subaltern theory in close textual analysis and challenges readers to think in new ways about global modernity and local cultures. Focusing in part on Fakir Mohan Senapati‚€™s ground-breaking late-19th century Oriya novel Chha Mana Atha Guntha (Six Acres and a Third), the volume‚€™s comparative method suggests to readers non-ethnocentric and non-chauvinist ways of studying Indian literature. It de-emphasises regional literary histories, especially the construction of hoary pasts and glorious traditions, to focus instead on cross-regional clusters of historical and cultural meaning. The essays attempt in-depth interpretations instead of merely celebrating authors and their works. They challenge readers to think in new ways about global modernity and local cultures.

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Decentering Rushdie: Cosmopolitanism and the Indian Novel in English by Pranav Jani : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125044529

Decentering Rushdie, printed under license from Ohio State University Press, offers a new perspective on the Indian novel in English and interrogates current theories of cosmopolitanism, nationalism, and aesthetics in postcolonial studies. The book works on the contention that Salman Rushdie‚€™s Midnight‚€™s Children which won the Booker Prize in 1981 has  dominated all discussions of postcolonial literature in the recent few years with its postmodern style and orientation with the result that the rich variety of narrative forms and perspectives on the nation have been obscured, if not erased altogether.

Reading a range of novels published between the 1950s and the 1990s, including works by Nayantara Sahgal, Kamala Markandaya, Anita Desai, and Arundhati Roy, Decentering Rushdie suggests an alternative understanding of the genre in postcolonial India. Pranav Jani documents the broad shift from nation-oriented to postnationalist perspectives following the watershed crisis of the Emergency of the 1970s. Recovering the ‚€˜namak-halaal cosmopolitanism‚€™ of early novels‚€” a cosmopolitanism that is ‚€˜true to its salt‚€™‚€”Decentering Rushdie also explains the rise and critical celebration of postnational cosmopolitanism. The book resituates contemporary literature within a nuanced history of Indian debates about cosmopolitanism and the national question.

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From Hindi to Urdu: A Social and Political History by Tariq Rahman : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125042488

A first of its kind, this book traces the political history and genealogy of Urdu. It also looks at the domains in which the language is used by both Hindus and Muslims of northern India.

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Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain? by Anjali Sahay : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125042662

  • Indian Diaspora in the United States looks at the topic of brain drain from a new lens. It uses Indian migration to the United States as a case study.
  • Its approach is different from the conventional way of looking at international migration from India. The book includes discussions on ‚€œbrain gain‚€ and ‚€œbrain circulation‚€ for source countries.
  • Recipient-countries not only benefit in the form of remittances, investments and savings but also by networking and bringing ideas and technology into India.
  • By achieving success in and visibility in host countries, the diaspora community further influences economic and political benefits for their home countries.
  • This groundbreaking work brings economic and political issues to the dimension of migration and concerns over brain drain. With its rigorous, network approach, this book is a valuable contribution to the studies of Indian diaspora, labour, and globalization.
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New World of Indigenous Resistance: Noam Chomsky and Voices from North, South and Central America by Lois Meyer and BenjamŪn Maldonado Alvarado (eds.) : Rs875 ISBN: 9788125043256

After centuries of colonization, the ongoing struggle to preserve communal knowledge, rituals, language, traditions, and teaching and learning practices has taken on even more significance in the increasingly standardized world of globalization. For many indigenous societies, protecting community-based customs has involved the rejection of state-provided education, raising a series of interconnected issues regarding autonomy, modernity and cultural sustainability.

In New World of Indigenous Resistance, these questions are approached from multiple perspectives by means of an innovative exchange between linguist and human rights advocate Noam Chomsky, and more than twenty scholars, activists and educators from across the Americas.

In response to Chomsky‚€™s ideas, voices from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay draw from their first-hand experience and scholarship, speaking to, with, and at times against Chomsky‚€™s views.

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Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism by Eli Berman : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125041665

How do radical religious sects run such deadly terrorist organizations? Hezbollah, Hamas, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban all began as religious groups dedicated to piety and charity. Yet once they turned to violence, they became horribly potent, executing campaigns of terrorism deadlier than those of their secular rivals.

In Radical, Religious and Violent, Eli Berman approaches the question using the economics of organizations. He argues that these terrorists (even suicide terrorists) are best understood as rational altruists seeking to help their own communities. Yet despite the vast pool of potential recruits‚€”young altruists who feel their communities are repressed or endangered ‚€”there are less than a dozen highly lethal terrorist organizations in the world capable of sustained and coordinated violence that threatens governments and makes hundreds of millions of civilians hesitate before boarding an airplane. What is special about these organizations, and why are most of their followers religious radicals?

Drawing on parallel research on radical religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Berman shows that the most lethal terrorist groups have a common characteristic: their leaders have found a way to control defection. Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Taliban, for example, built loyalty and cohesion by means of mutual aid, weeding out ‚€œfree riders‚€ and producing a cadre of members they could rely on. The secret of their deadly effectiveness lies in their resilience and cohesion when incentives to defect are strong.

These insights suggest that provision of basic social services by competent governments adds a critical, nonviolent component to counterterrorism strategies. It undermines the violent potential of radical religious organizations without disturbing free religious practice, being drawn into theological debates with jihadists, or endangering civilians.

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Revisiting Abhijnanasakuntalam: Love, Lineage and Language in Kalidasa's Nataka by Saswati Sengupta and Deepika Tandon (Eds.) : Rs1100 ISBN: 9788125044192

Kālidāsa‚€™s AbhijŮānaśākuntalam has an iconic status in the history of Indian literatures. It is a tale of love found, forgotten and restored between Duṣyanta, the hero king, and Śākuntalā, an innocent maiden.

Bringing together linguists, literary critics, historians, Indologists and Sanskritists, Revisiting AbhijŮānaśākuntalam analyses the play as more than just a figment of imagination‚€”as a rich terrain for exploring links between culture, history and politics, as an interplay of memory, desire and languages. Divided into three sections, it focuses on the continuity as well as the change in the narrative of Śākuntalā, locating it in contexts of class, caste, gender, patriarchy and monarchy.

The first section, ‚€˜The Biography of a Narrative‚€™, addresses the earliest appearance of the narrative in the epic Mahābhārata, its best known form AbhijŮānaśākuntalam as ‘aka, and William Jones‚€™ Orientalist interpretation of the play. It also critically examines the varied representations of the play in diverse forms such as art, theatre and cinema.

Contrary to popular perception today that Śākuntalā is the central protagonist of AbhijŮānaśākuntalam, the second section, ‚€˜The Hero King‚€™, addresses how and why Duṣyanta is posited as the hero. It examines the representation of the king as the ideal in literature and its material reality in the context of the Gupta Period, the construction of kingship in different genres, and the politics of a courtly culture and patronage within which the articulation of the heroic king takes place.

The control of the womb is central to the reproduction of feudal and caste patriarchies. The third section, ‚€˜Of Love, Marriage and Family‚€™, deconstructs the politics of romantic love, marriage and motherhood in the play. The strategies of surveillance, regulation and control of sexuality by state and society as deployed in it are the focus of this section. The book thus looks into how the transactions within the play, whether dealing in love or land, through different languages, mark not only hierarchies of gender, caste and status, but also of spheres of influence and of knowledge.

A rich storehouse of diverse perspectives, this volume would be invaluable to students and scholars of literature, culture studies, history, linguistics, and performance studies.

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Sacrificing People: Invasions of a Tribal Landscape by Felix Padel : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125041894

Sacrificing People is a provocative anthropological study of the structures of power and authority which the British rule imposed on a tribal people of Central India, the Konds. The Konds practised human sacrifice and in the pretext of rooting out this ‚€˜barbaric‚€™ ritual, the British waged wars of conquest against them subjecting them to a century of exploitation.

Recalling the violence during the colonial period, this book puts into perspective the violence and ethnic cleansing in the district of Kandhamal (2007‚€“8) when invading forces burnt dozens of Kond villages. It also brings to light how mining companies have invaded the Kond territory due to the rich Bauxite cappings dominating their largest mountains and displaced several million tribal people.

From colonial intrusion to developmental displacement, the author draws attention to how the colonial mindset and system of exploitation continue till date. Who is an innocent victim? When is the taking of life justified? Who claims the right to do so? Who is sacrificing whom? It is through these questions that this book analyses the roots of human violence which sacrifices the essence of being human.

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Society and History of Gujarat since 1800: A Select Bibliography of the English and European Language Sources by Edward Simpson : Rs1060 ISBN: 9788125041887

This book consolidates scholarship on Gujarat in English and other European languages, notably, Dutch, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. It draws together well-known sources, as well as rare and under-exploited research material. Detailed bibliographical references are provided for books, chapters, periodical literature, dissertations, project reports, other materials published since 1800; anonymous works and select government publications, such as gazetteers and census reports, are also included. The titles considered spread across the disciplinary boundaries of history, political and development studies, literature and the liberal arts, sociology, cultural and social anthropology. In these respects, the book is a comprehensive introduction to modern traditions of scholarship on Gujarat.

The reader is however also encouraged to treat the references as artefacts of power ‚€“ each entry playing some role in the way we have come to know what we know about Gujarat today. Writing often has a social life, entertaining relations with other texts, with other authors, and with a readership. Annotations pointing to some of these connections are provided, especially when titles are uninformative, argument, data or provenance notable, or when serendipity has demanded. In this respect, the text can be read to trace the genealogy of certain ideas, regional traditions and preoccupations in the literature. Taken as a whole, the book can be read creatively as an alternative form of regional history, as a condensation of the literature from which current ideas about Gujarat have been formed.

The book also contains a substantial introduction based on new and original research on the key themes in the literature on Gujarat and how these themes spill into popular politics and life in the region at present. Society and History of Gujarat since 1800: A Select Bibliography of the English and European Language Sources is an invaluable guide to anyone interested in modern Gujarat, an audience which will include activists, administrators, scholars, students and others with critically informed minds.

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Stages of Capital: Law, Culture, and Market Governance in Late Colonial India by Ritu Birla : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125041467

Between 1870 and 1930, the British regime in India implemented a barrage of commercial and contract laws directed at the ‚€œfree‚€ circulation of capital, including measures regulating companies, income tax, charitable gifting, and pension funds, and procedures distinguishing gambling from speculation and futures trading.

Ritu Birla argues that this understudied legal infrastructure institutionalized a new object of sovereign management ‚€“ the market ‚€“ and along with it, a colonial concept of the public. In jurisprudence, case law, and statutes, colonial market governance enforced an abstract vision of modern society as a public of exchanging, contracting actors free from the anachronistic constraints of indigenous culture.

Birla reveals how the categories of public and private infiltrated colonial commercial law, establishing distinct worlds for economic and cultural practice. This bifurcation was especially apparent in legal dilemmas concerning indigenous or ‚€œvernacular‚€ capitalists, crucial engines of credit and production that operated through networks of extended kinship.

Posing the story of the Marwaris as an archive for reading the history law and capitalism together, Birla demonstrates how colonial law governed vernacular capitalists as rarefied cultural actors, so rendering them illegitimate as economic agents.

In Stages of Capital, Birla brings research on nonwestern capitalisms into conversation with postcolonial studies to illuminate the historical roots of India‚€™s market society. Highlighting the cultural politics of market governance, the book is an unprecedented history of colonial commercial law, its legal fictions, and the formation of the modern economic subject in India.

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States of Sentiment: Exploring the Cultures of Emotion by Pramod K. Nayar : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125041993

  • This book proposes that our responses to various situations, events and representations are not entirely private, individual and internal. They have a crucial social dimension.
  • Emotions are a result of the internalisation of cultural codes and discourses that inform, and even determine the appropriateness or inappropriateness of emotional responses.
  • We see a terrorist as a threat, a cyclone as worrying, a rags-to-riches story as a feel-good moment. We mourn the sudden death of Michael Jackson, we rejoice in the victory of a triumphant Tendulkar and we react with horror and shock to 9/11. All of these are emotional responses to specific representational strategies that present these people and events in particular ways. These strategies in turn construct our emotional relations to the events and people.  
  • Exactly how sentiments of care, passion, desire, pleasure, fear, sympathy or pity are discursively commodified (made a commodity) in the mass media, films, reportage and the other public culture forms today is the subject of this book. It demonstrates how cultures today are getting emotion-driven.
  • The book is organised around four ‚€˜sentiments‚€™‚€”well-being, suffering, aversion and hope.
  • It uses reality TV, hate speech, self-help literature, media coverage of  9/11 and 26/11, autobiographies, websites and films, and blends theoretical insights with elements of innovative inquiry, to show how emotions are packaged and how these emotions then determine social relations itself.
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The Partitions Of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India by Suvir Kaul : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243221

The essays in this book suggest ways in which the tangled skein of Partition might be unravelled. Two of them deal with culture and history in what is now a part of Pakistan. Other contributors range over issues as diverse as literary reactions to Partition; the relief and rehabilitation measures provided to Partition refugees; and the Dalit claim, at the prospect of Partition, to a political community differentiating them from caste-Hindus. The power of 'national' monuments to evoke a historical past, and the power of letters to evoke more immediately poignant pasts, are themes in some of the other essays. Imaginatively written, and grounded in painstaking scholarship, this is a collection for all interested in their own histories.

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The Poet and His World: Critical Essays on Rabindranath Tagore by Mohammad A. Quayum(Ed.) : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125043195

Seventy years after his death, Tagore's genius still provides ample scope for critical analyses of his writings, especially in the English language and outside the subcontinent.

A collection of thirteen essays, The Poet and His World: Critical Essays on Rabindranath Tagore enhances critical literature on Tagore. Looking at different aspects of Tagore's life and philosophy, the chapters in this volume are sequenced from the more general to the specific. They analyse the poet‚€™s life and relationships, his moral, educational, political and dramaturgical philosophy, and finally provide textual analysis of select individual works like the novels Gora and The Home and the World, and a short story, ‚€œThe Laboratory‚€.

Eminent scholars like Sukanta Chaudhuri, Martin Kšmpchen, William Radice, Bharati Ray, Kathleen M. O‚€˜Connell, Uma Das Gupta, to name a few, have contributed to this volume. Brought out on the 150th birth anniversary of the poet, this book will be an unputdownable read for students and scholars of literature and culture studies.

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The Social History of England by Padmaja Ashok : Rs145 ISBN: 9788125042877

The Social History of England is a concise survey of the important historical and political milestones of English history, from pre-history to the present. As a study that examines their impact upon the society and the literature of England, it is both crucial and indispensable for a complete understanding and appreciation of English literature. The book encapsulates more than two thousand five hundred years of history. It includes chapters on the origin and growth of political parties in England and also the impact of major internal and international events on contemporary life in England. The simple and straightforward approach of The Social History of England is supplemented with genealogical charts, maps and a glossary, which are very useful to the student.

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The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903‚€“1908 by Sumit Sarkar : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243351

This classic work of scholarship, first published in 1973, has long been out of print. It is reprinted now with a new preface by the author and critical essays by Neeladri Bhattacharya and Dipesh Chakrabarty.

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The Writer's Feast: Food and the Cultures of Representation by Supriya Chaudhuri and Rimi B. Chatterjee (Eds.) : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125041955

  • Sharing food, eating salt, breaking bread, raising a toast, picnics in the wild, formal dinners‚€”all have certain ideological, political and social significances. Some foods are taboo, whereas others endow the eater with purity. The means of preparing or processing food in different cultures each symbolise something.
  • The Writer‚€™s Feast is a collection of essays that discuss the various symbolic representations associated with food.
  • The essays in this volume show how food is a system of signs through which human societies give meanings to the material world they inhabit.
  • The book is divided into four thematic sections.
  • The first section eating cultures looks at social practices and systems relating to food and its consumption.
  • The second section gendering food, focuses on the gender implications of cooking and serving food.
  • In the third section, migrancy, diaspora and the cosmopolitan gourmet, the overwhelming importance of the symbolic function of food is discussed in immigrant narratives, as cuisine comes to be associated with the lost or abandoned homeland of the refugee or migrant.
  • The last section of this book, the body and its limits, looks into the implications of excessive appetites on the human body and what drives them. It also speaks of healthy eating practices. By way of contrast, it also examines what happens to human beings, their bodies when driven to the limit by extreme physical conditions or by famine and want.
  • The Contributors featuring in this book are scholars from all over the world.
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Violence and Belonging: Land, Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan by Are Knudsen : Rs620 ISBN: 9788125042013

Violence and Belonging examines the meanings of lethal conflict in a little-studied tribal society in Pakistan‚€™s unruly North-West Frontier Province and offers a new perspective on its causes. Based on an in-depth study of local conflicts, the book challenges stereotyped images of a region and people miscast as extremist and militant.

Being grounded in local ethnography enables the book to shed light on the complexities of violence, not only at the structural or systematic level, but also as experienced by the men involved in lethal conflict. In this way, the book provides a subjective and experiential approach to violence that is applicable beyond the field locality and relevant for advancing the study of violence in the Middle East and South Asia. The book is the first ethnographic study of this region since renowned anthropologist Fredrik Barth‚€™s pioneering study in 1954.

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Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression by G. N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis and K. K. Chakravarty(Eds.) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125042228

Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression is a companion volume to Indigeneity: Culture and Representation. The essays present a critical enquiry into the cultures and literatures of indigenous communities. They deal with their stories of colonial experience, their marginalization and their struggles to avert the decline of their socio-cultural status, and the emergence of their voice in the respective national literature. Rather than seeking succour from a human rights regime, Aboriginal peoples have consistently looked for lessons of environmental balance and social regeneration in their own literature, knowledge systems and cultural traditions.

The essays in this volume show how these groups have acknowledged, internalized and adapted to their own idiom, linguistic and cultural nuances and expressions left behind as a relic of colonial presence. Further, in their endeavour to analyze the reasons behind their alienation, they have consistently been self critical, holding the white colonists responsible for their current situation, but recognizing and narrating instances of complicity of Aboriginal elders in the persecution of their women.

Running through the volume is the view that the indigenous people are agents rather than objects of change. They have the capacity to classify, codify and present their knowledge and perceive and evaluate changes in the environment. The essays also highlight the rejection by Aboriginal groups of the prevailing view of their cultural heritage as a "social problem", at odds with the imperatives of contemporary existence.

This book is a celebration of indigenous cultures rooted in their physical and cultural environment rather than an archival repository or a museum gallery. Bringing together scholars from across the world, this volume will be of invaluable interest to students and scholars of sociology, anthropology, tribal studies, colonial studies, literature and linguistics.

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Women And Social Reform in Modern India (Two Volume Set) by Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar (Eds.) : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788178243276

The subject of social reforms has routinely formed a part of Indian history texts. The word 'reforms' conjures up the names of a few great individuals: always Hindu, always upper-caste and educated, always from cities, and always--apart from one or two memorable exceptions--men. These are the icons around whom the story of social change is written. The editors of the present work argue the need to understand the history of social reforms from a much wider array of perspectives: for example, the connections between specific social abuses on the one hand, and, on the other, systems or traditions of gender practices across times, classes, castes, and regions. For instance, when we look at widow immolation or widow remarriage practices, we need to look also at the larger domain of gender relations which sanctified immolation or which outlawed widow remarriage. What arguments were used? What aspects of these practices did the reformers ignore? How did the orthodox practitioners defend such traditions? There are also, say Sumit and Tanika Sarkar, other curious omissions in the existing literature: 'Most reforms passed through the grid of state legislation. Yet, there is little engagement even with the law-making machinery ... and far less with the judicial courts that enforced the laws and dealt with disputes around the new laws.' Such omissions are addressed, and many interesting questions raised and discussed, in this impressive collection of writings.

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Working the Night Shift: Women in India‚€™s Call Center Industry by Reena Patel : Rs545 ISBN: 9788125042655

Relatively high wages and the opportunity to be part of an upscale, globalized work environment draw many to the call center industry in India. At the same time, night shift employment presents women, in particular, with new challenges alongside the opportunities. This book explores how beliefs about what constitutes ‚€œwomen's work‚€ are evolving in response to globalization.

Working the Night Shift is the first in-depth study of the call center industry that is written from the point of view of women workers. It uncovers how call center employment affects their lives, mainly as it relates to the anxiety that Indian families and Indian society have towards women going out at night, earning a good salary, and being exposed to western culture. This timely account illustrates the ironic and, at times, unsettling experiences of women who enter the spaces and places made accessible through call center work.

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Art of Not Being Governed, The: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott : Rs1425 ISBN: 9788125039211

For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have field the projects of the organised state societies that  surround them‚€” slavery, conscription, taxes, corvee labour, epidemics and warfare. Significantly, writes James C.Scott in this iconoclastic study, these people are not innocent who have yet to benefit from all that civilization has to offer; they have assessed state-based civilizations and have made a conscious choice to avoid them. The book is essentially an ‚€œanarchist  history‚€ , the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making that evaluates why people would deliberately  and reactively remain stateless. Among the strategies employed by the people of Zomia to remain stateless are physical dispersion in rugged terrain; agriculture practices that enhance mobiliy; pliable ethnic identities; devotion to prophetic, millenarian leaders; and maintenance of a largely oral culture that allows them to reinvent their histories and genealogies as they move between and around states.

The Art of Not Being Governed challenges us with a radically different approach to history that views events from the perspective of stateless peoples and redefines state-making as a form of ‚€œinternal colonialism.‚€ In contrast to the Western ideal of the social contract as fundamental to state-making Scott finds the disturbing mechanism of subjugation to be more in line with the historical facts in mainland area studies  that  will be applicable to other runaway, fugitive, and marooned communities, they Gypsies, Cossacks, tribes fleeing slave raiders, Marsh Arabs, or San-bushmen.

In accessible language, James Scott, recognized worldwide as an eminent authority in Southeast Asian, peasant, and agrarian studies, tells the story of the peoples of Zomia and their unlikely odyssey in search of self-determination. Along the way he redefines our views on Asian politics, history, and demographics, and even our fundamental ideas about what constitutes civilization.

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Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture by Francesca Orsini (ed.) : Rs1005 ISBN: 9788125038290

Based on a workshop on ‚€˜Intermediary Genres in Hindi and Urdu‚€™, Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture is an attempt to rethink aspects of the literary histories of these two languages. Today, Hindi and Urdu are considered two separate languages, each with is own script, history, literary canon and cultural orientation. Yet, precolonial India was a deeply multilingual society with multiple traditions of knowledge and of literary production. Historically the divisions between Hindi and Urdu were not as sharp as we imagine them today. The essays in this volume reassess the definition and identity of language in the light of this. Various literary traditions have been examined keeping the historical, political and cultural developments in mind. The authors look at familiar and not so familiar Hindi and Urdu literary works and narratives and address logics of exclusion and that have gone into the creation of two separate languages (Hindi and Urdu) and the making of the literary canons of each. Issues of script, religious identity, gender are also considered. This volume is different in that it provides a new body of evidence and new categories that are needed to envisage the literary landscape pf north India before the construction of separate ‚€˜Hindu-Hindu‚€™ and ‚€˜Muslim-Urdu‚€™ literary traditions. This collection of essays looking into the rearticulation of language and its identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries will be useful for students of modern Indian history, language studies and cultural studies.

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Bridging Partition: People‚€™s Initiatives for Peace between India and Pakistan by Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian with Kamla Bhasin, A H Nayyar and Mohammad Tahseen (eds.) : Rs730 ISBN: 9788125038306

Over the past three decades, in the shadow of hostile nationalisms fuelled by radical Islamic and Hindu politics, military crises, a runaway arms race, nuclear weapons and war, an amazing set of civil society initiatives has been taking root in India and Pakistan. A citizens‚€™ diplomacy movement embracing thousands of activists, scholars, business people and retired government officials has emerged in an unprecedented effort to build national and cross-border networks for peace and cooperation between the two countries. In these essays, leading scholars, activists and writers from India and Pakistan reflect on the political and personal impact of crossing the border, and exploring the possibilities and limits of this new movement in its quest to chart a path to peace between the two countries.

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Chinese Myths by Anne Birrell : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039464

Anne Birrell has translated representative narratives drawn from over a hundred classical texts in the course of her work on various aspects of Chinese mythology, and here she introduces a splendid selection especially for the general reader. Lucidly retold using English equivalents for the Chinese names, these lively mythic tales are full of colourful episodes and vivid characters. Helpfully organised by themes and motifs which set them in the context of mythology the world over, these stories are a fascinating treasure trove that has long been inaccessible and unknown to many readers.

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Greek Myths by Lucilla Burn : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039471

Here retold in all their dramatic power are some of the most exciting and influential of all Greek myths: the epic struggle of the Trojan War, the wanderings of Odysseus, the tragic destiny of Oedipus, and the heroic adventures of Herakles, Theseus, Perseus and Jason. The author introduces the complex pantheon of Olympian gods and goddesses, describing their attitudes, genealogies and often comic relationships, and illustrates the personalities and their stories by drawing upon the artistry of the ancient culture which created them. A concluding chapter reviews the powerful and continuing imaginative legacy of Greek myth, from Botticelli to Freud. This book contains 50 illustrations

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Hindu Myths by A. L. Dallapiccola : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039488

India has long been regarded as the home of Hinduism, its mythology constituting the backbone of Indian culture. The myths have been adapted over the centuries to incorporate new or revised characters and continue to play a central role in modern Indian life. Retold here in their colourful and dramatic splendour, they touch on the key narrative themes of creation, preservation, destruction, delusion and the bestowal of grace. They also portray the main deities of the Hindu pantheon—Shiva, Vishnu and Devi—and their relationships with anti-gods, nymphs and ascetics. Drawn from a variety of sources, most notably the encyclopaedic texts the Puranas, the myths range from the early centuries ad to the sixteenth century, conveying their enduring appeal and the religious teachings derived from them. This books contains 37 illustrations.

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History in the Vernacular by Raziuddin Aquil and Partha Chatterjee (Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243016

Historians of India have lately been looking at the place of history in the country, both as an academic discipline and as a mode of public representation of the past. This book explores the status of regional and vernacular histories in relation to academic histories by professional historians.

Was there history writing in India before the British colonial intervention? The stock answer to this question is ‚€˜no‚€™. Other than the Rajatarangini of Kalhana, no ancient text adequately resembles a historical narrative. The itihasa-purana tradition is largely indistinguishable from mythology. The vamsavali and caritra traditions do not really distinguish between the legendary and the historical.

Yet these genres of narrating the past did percolate into India‚€™s regional languages, being later complemented by the Persian court chronicles of Islamic rulers, with the latter showing writing practices much closer to European conventions of history writing.

Looking closely at vernacular contexts and traditions of historical production, the essays in this book question the assumption that there was no history writing in India before colonialism. They suggest that careful and appropriate techniques of reading reveal distinctly indigenous historical narratives. Such narratives may be embedded within non-historical literary genres, such as poems, ballads, and works within the larger itihasa-purana tradition, but they are marked by discursive signs that allow them to be recognized as historical.

Vernacular history traditions in Assam, Bengal, the North-East, Kerala, the Andhra-Tamil region, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh are examined here with fresh archival material and new insights, making this a valuable book for historians, sociologists, and South Asianists.

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Hundred Tamil Folk and Tribal Tales by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan (Tr.) : Rs625 ISBN: 9788125039204

In Hundred Tamil Folk and Tribal Tales we have a rich variety of tale-types of a major South Indian oral tradition. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan‚€™s lucid English translation here beacons a serious engagement in Indic studies. It locates this body of work at the interface between folklore, anthropology, sociology and public culture of a by-gone era. This handy collection provides an easy access to the cultural registers and linguistic mores of a tribal/folk population at a crucial juncture of colonial modernity. Furthermore, she translates not merely the tales as she finds them in the Tamil original (naatupura kathai kalanjiyam), but distinguishes and recognises the tribal tale, otherwise unnoticed in a proverbial ocean of Indian folklore. As a vibrant vein of wit and wisdom in Dravidian lives and traditions, the tribal-tale receives the first-ever straight look in these pages.

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Liberalization‚€™s Children: Gender, Youth, and Consumer Citizenship in Globalizing India by Ritty A. Lukose : Rs565 ISBN: 9788125040071

Liberalization‚€™s Children explores how youth and gender have become crucial sites for contested cultural politics of globalization in India. Popular discourses draw a contrast between ‚€œmidnight‚€™s children‚€, who were rooted in post-independence Nehruvian developmentalism, and ‚€œliberalization‚€™s children‚€, who are global in outlook and unapologetically consumerist. Through a careful analysis of consumer citizenship, Ritty A. Lukose argues that the breakdown of the Nehruvian vision connects with ongoing struggles over the meanings of public life and the cultural politics of belonging. Those struggles play out in the ascendancy of Hindu nationalism; reconfigurations of youthful, middle-class femininity; attempts by the middle-class to alter understandings of citizenship; and assertions of new forms of masculinity by members of lower castes.

Moving beyond elite figurations of globalizing Indian youth, Lukose draws on ethnographic research to examine how non-elite college students in the southern state of Kerala mediate region, nation, and globe. Kerala sits at the crossroads of development and globalization. Held up as model of left-inspired development, it has also been transformed through an extensive and largely non-elite transnational circulation of labour, money and commodities to the Persian Gulf and elsewhere. Focusing on fashion, romance, student politics and education, Lukose carefully tracks how gender, caste, and class, as well as colonial and postcolonial legacies of culture and power, affect how students navigate their roles as citizens and consumers.

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Middle-Class Moralities: Everyday Struggle over Belonging and Prestige in India by Minna Saavala : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125037897

New middle-classes present themselves as the epitome of modernity and progress. Both in their role as social models and culture-brokers, they seem to promote a heightened consciousness of cultural difference and nationalism. Middle-Class Moralities examines how the new middle classes of India create identities, practices and politics of the everyday in a dialogue that involves other social categories and an imaginary West. Drawing upon ethnographic and interview material, this book studies family relations, leisure, food, housing and religious practices of these emerging and enterprising social classes. Defining the middle classes is a political and embodied process that people negotiate by making instrumental use of (or domesticating) the idea of the West. A closer and analytical look at the consumption-driven, status-obsessed middle classes reveals their deeper struggles that seek to engage such cultural concepts as dharma, purity, and auspiciousness.

The fieldwork for this study was conducted mainly in the city of Hyderabad among its upwardly mobile people who have identified themselves as ‚€œHindus.‚€ The Indian situation, argues the author, is comparable to that of the urban middle classes elsewhere, especially those of the traditionally hierarchical Asian societies. The dilemmas of these classes in a fast-globalizing India have seldom been given the detailed attention offered in these pages.

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Nature, Culture and Religion at the Crossroads of Asia by Marie Lecomte-Tilouine (Ed.) : Rs750 ISBN: 9788187358466

Nature, Culture and Religion at the Crossroads of Asia explores how ethnic groups living in the Himalayan regions understand nature and culture. The first part addresses the opposition between nature and culture in Asia‚€™s major religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Shamanism. The second part brings together specialists of different representative groups living in the heterogeneous Himalayan region. They examine how these indigenous groups perceive their world. This includes understanding their mythic past, in particular, the place of animals and spirits in the world of humans as they see it and the role of ritual in the everyday lives of these people. The book takes into account how these various perceptions of the Himalayan peoples are shaped by a globalized world. The volume thus provides new ways of viewing the relationship between humans and their environment.

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Persian Myths by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039495

The traditional tales and stories of ancient Iran describe confrontations between good and evil, the victories of the gods, and exploits of heroes and fabulous supernatural creatures such as the magical bird Simurgh and the div or demons. Much of our information about Iran‚€™s pre-Islamic past comes from the holy book of the Zoroastrian religion, the Avesta. Although not written down in its present form until the thirteenth or fourteenth century, parts of the Avesta date back originally to between 1400 and 1200 BC. As well as the words of the prophet Zoroaster and stories about Ahura Mazda, the Wise Lord, it also incorporates earlier pagan myths which reappear in the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). A magnificent epic in rhyme completed in ad1010 by the poet Firdowsi and featuring his most famous hero, Rustum. Dr Curtis draws upon all of these sources to retell for modern readers the stirring legends of ancient Iran, which have inspired centuries of manuscript illustrations. This book contains 42 illustrations.

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Print Areas: Book History in India by Abhijit Gupta and Swapan Chakravorty (Eds.) : Rs295 ISBN: 9788178243146

In recent years, the growth of History of the Book as a major, multi-disciplinary area of investigation has energised traditional disciplines such as history and literary studies in new and unforeseen ways. History of the Book looks at literature as it is embodied in its technological products‚€”mainly those of the print industry, but also manuscripts, engravings, and electronic texts. It studies the various personnel associated with the making of books: not just authors, but also printers, publishers, illustrators, booksellers, and of course, readers. In so doing it has restored a measure of historicism and objectivity to literary studies, by insisting on a rigorous engagement with the records and what they tell us about modes of production, transmission and distribution of books.

Despite being a country with a long, rich and complex book culture, India does not have a comprehensive history of its books. Print Areas is the first attempt to write such a history and brings together the work of leading contemporary historians of the book in India. This pioneering volume features essays looking at some of the most fascinating examples of India‚€™s encounter with the book. The choice of the essays also reveals the range of possible approaches to the study of books. There are histories of major publishing houses such as Macmillan and Oxford University Press as well of the first edition of a single book of nonsense verse; perspectives are offered on Benares as a centre of publishing, the role played by print in shaping Maharashtra politics and the cultural impact of popular books in Bengal. These essays will be of interest not just to the historian or literary scholar but also to those interested in questions of tradition and modernity in colonial and postcolonial India.

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Roman Myths by Jane F. Gardner : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039501

The myths of the Romans are stories not about the gods but about the Romans themselves. Writers such as Livy, Virgil and Ovid presented myths as if they were actual histories of the origins and early days of Rome. The stories of Aeneas, Romulus and Remus and the ‚€˜Seven Kings‚€™ give varying accounts of the founding of the city; Rome‚€™s destiny‚€”her divinely fore-ordained rise to power‚€”is stressed in all of them. Some myths provided models of virtuous and public-spirited behavior which citizens (both men and women) were encouraged to emulate. They could also add lustre to the reputations of Rome‚€™s ruling families, and stress their fitness for power, by describing past acts of heroism and civic duty. Roman myths were, in short, propaganda. Jane F. Gardner retells some of the best-known stories, and a few less well-known, examining their place in the society, religion and literature of ancient Rome. This book contains 39 illustrations

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Sacrificing People: Invasions of a Tribal Landscape by Felix Padel : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125038689

Sacrificing People is a new, updated edition of Felix Padel‚€™s classic case study of colonialism, originally entitled The Sacrifice of Human Being: British Rule and the Konds of Orissa. The journey of the book, like the struggle of the Konds, is from colonial intrusion to developmental destruction.

The book puts into perspective the communal murders and ethnic cleansing that happened in the district of Kandhamal where the Konds are concentrated, in 2007‚€“8, where an explosion of orchestrated violence occurred, mostly in the form of attacks against Christians, on a scale recalling violence at the time of colonial invasion (1830s-60s), when invading forces burnt dozens of Kond villages. The role and words of the first missionaries in Orissa, who targeted this district in particular, is analysed to throw light on recent events. The book‚€™s increasing relevance is also due to Bauxite cappings on the high mountains dominating the Konds‚€™ landscape in southern Orissa. Their base rock was named ‚€˜Khondalite‚€™, honouring the Konds, but their high aluminium content has elicited an invasion of mining companies with even greater impact on the Kond culture and environment than the British invasion.

As renowned anthropologist Hugh Brody writes in his Foreword to this new edition, ‚€œit is impossible to read Padel‚€™s work without being drawn into its flow of history, anthropology and profound insights into the way colonial projects have shaped how we see the world in general, India as a nation and tribal peoples in particular.‚€ Moving beyond the particulars of a remote resource conflict, Sacrificing People offers a way of comprehending the roots of human violence by understanding ourselves and our place in the modern structures of power and control, whose core is a sacrifice of human being‚€”a cruelty and dominance more extreme than human sacrifice because it sacrifices the essence of being human.

This book will fascinate scholars and the discerning public alike, as a meticulously researched, exceptionally original study of the forms of domination that permeate the modern world.

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The Last Musha‚€™irah of Dehli by Mirza Farhatullah Baig (author) and Akhtar Qamber (translator) : Rs625 ISBN: 9788125039679

The twilight Delhi of the later Mughals, decadent in statesmanship, devastated by marauders, declining in history, still managed to leave behind something more durable than marble and sandstone: a magnificent body of Urdu poetry and prose.

It is this facet of the city that Mirza Farhatullah Baig Dehalvi captures in this unique literary work. Drawing upon living memory, manuscripts and other documents, he wrote Dehli ki Akhri Shama‚€™, a fictional account of what purports to be the last great musha‚€™irah held in Delhi under the patronage of Bahadur Shah ‚€˜Zafar‚€™, the last Mughal emperor. The narrative recreates for us the various stages of organizing such an occasion, introduces us to unforgettable people and now-forgotten places, and builds up to the climax‚€”the musha‚€™irah itself‚€”at which all the important Urdu poets of the time are present.

The present volume is the first-ever English translation of Farhatullah Baig‚€™s classic, accompanied by a long introduction, textual and other annotations, and extensive glossary. Much more than a work of translation, this is a labour of love and scholarship.

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Cinema and Censorship: The Politics of Control in India by Someswar Bhowmik : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125036654

This ‚€˜narrative historiography‚€™ traces the evolution of censorship discourses in post-colonial India, delineates the theoretical bases of censorship claims and contentions, and uncovers its many socio-political dimensions and complexities.

The exercise of film censorship in modern India, Bhowmik argues, must be de-linked from its colonial origins, as such a practice violates the sacrality of the constitutionally granted freedom of speech and expression in the post-independence system. Penetrating the haze of bureaucratic manipulation, judicial laxity, vested interest and political or public pressure surrounding the film censorship debate, the author disagrees with the popular notion of censorship as moral restraint. Rather, he reveals that its true import lies in the propagation of political agendas. The overarching chronological schema that he devises outlines the intricate interplay of policies of governance and strictures of censorship. As in his other books ‚€“ Indian Cinema Colonial Contours (1995) and Behind the glitz: Exploring an Enigma called Indian Film Industry (2008) ‚€“ Bhowmik grounds the specific topicality of Cinema and Censorship within the wider contexts of film history and culture. A riveting read, this book goes into the very heart of the problematiques of Indian cinematic censorship.

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Craft Matters: Artisans, Development and the Indian Nation by Soumhya Venkatesan : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125036821

Craft Matters explores the ways in which ‘traditional Indian craft producers’ engage with the efforts of government and non governmental agencies to preserve, promote and develop their crafts. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork among the Labbai Muslim mat weavers of Pattamadai town in South India, this anthropological study explores the ways in which the famous pattu pai or high-quality silk-like mats of Pattamadai became classified as traditional craft objects, and what this classification has meant to the weavers who are now simultaneously national heroes and (paradoxically) marginalized and suspect Muslims. Handwoven by poor Muslims and bought by elite Tamil Hindus for use in marriage ceremonies and as craft objects by other affluent sections of society, the mats are made within the literature to embody liberal ideals of harmony between Hindus and Muslim, rural poor and urban elites, the past and the present, and tradition and modernity. The mats make their weavers accepted and celebrated within the wider nation, allowing them to act on the national stage. However, this is constantly constrained by the very ways in which ‘craft’ is conceptualized in India.

This book will be of interest to anthropologists concerned with the agency of objects, the production of persons through things and the working of development on the ground. Written in a lively and jargon-free style, it will also be of interests to scholars of development, development practitioners and all those fascinated by craft.

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Culture, Society and Development in India: Essays for Amiya Kumar Bagchi by Manoj Kumar Sanyal and Arunabha Ghosh (Eds.) : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125037071

This volume collects writings by authors across disciplines on issues that have engaged eminent economic historian Amiya Kumar Bagchi. The eleven essays define and develop the concepts of tradition, modernity, post modernism, liberty and humanism in the Indian context. They include critiques fo theWestern model of monolingualism in development, and of the 'self-absorbed' Indian middle class in the wake of Mandalisation and globalisation, as well as Amiya Bagchi's own writings in Bangla; the place of women in early hindi films, and in Utopias and fiction, past and present; the culture of hindustani classical music in the colonial context of the late 19th century; the language of contemporary Indian art; and ideological and bussiness aspects of the cinema of Mumbai. The subjects of this compelling collection include Wajid Ali Shah, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Dadasaheb Phalke, Mahasweta Devi, F.N. Souza and the cult film Jai Santoshi Ma

This book offers glimpses of the many shades of the cultural life of a nation forever swinging between inertia and change.

It will interest students of art, language and literature, music, gender studies and films. The informed general reader too will find much to treasure here.

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Fiction as Window: Critiquing the Indian Literary Cultural Ethos since the 1980s by V.Padma : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125036579

Fiction in India has witnessed great changes since the 1980s. Written, critiqued, read, patronised and translated from the myriad subject positions that Indian culture is teeming with, fiction is a valuable site from which to critique the Indian literary cultural ethos. Fiction as Window, in its first part, uses the fiction produced across languages in India during this vibrant period to critically look at the issues that criticism, patronage and translation of fiction throws up. Cutting across languages, in its second part, the book analyses novels from various Indian languages and those written or translated into English in an attempt to see how these issues are fictionalised. The book cuts new ground with its blend of the literary and the aliterary and its analyses of awards foundations as sites of production of a cultural tradition. The field of literary studies in India since the 1980s has seen a decisive shift towards greater interdisciplinarity. Neither is literature any longer merely a connoisseur‚€™s delight nor is literary criticism any more barely an exercise in aesthetic interpretation. Subversive conceptual changes have made it impossible for literature to remain an isolated creative activity. Literary criticism has perforce to encompass these changes and study their relation to the prevailing forms, themes and techniques in literature today using an integrated methodology. Even as creative literature is fast becoming a discursive space where pressing issues and concerns can be debated and discussed, literary criticism is compelled to turn ideological and is showing an increasing awareness, in a self-reflexive manner, of the paradigms and assumptions that inform its own activity. This study aims at examining the literary cultural ethos in India during this stimulating and perhaps even turbulent period.

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Hindu Nationalism: A Reader by Christophe Jaffrelot : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242651

In India and beyond, Hindu nationalism came into the headlines in the 1990s, when the Ayodhya movement‚€”to build a temple in place of a mosque‚€”gained momentum. This was when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power. This stream of Indian politics is, however, considerably older: in fact older than the Left, the Congress, and any other.

The first part of this reader, comprising the writings of both famous and unknown ideologues, shows that some of the nineteenth-centuryHindu socio-religious reformers, such as Dayananda (founder of the Arya Samaj), prepared the ground for Hindu nationalism by positing a Vedic Golden Age. On this foundation, leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) elaborated their vision of Hindu India in the twentieth century.

Now, V.D. Savarkar viewed the Muslim as the perfect ‚€˜Other‚€™, a figure to be stigmatized and emulated with fascinating ambivalence. A full-fledged ethno-religious concept, Hindutva, came into being, a notion that mentors of the Jana Sangh and the BJP‚€”such as Deendayal Upadhyaya and Balraj Madhok‚€” refined subsequently by adding Gandhian nuances as well as more exclusivist overtones.

The second part of the reader outlines every major political issue on which the Hindu nationalist movement has taken a distinct position. These include: how to participate in party politics without diluting the core cultural doctrine; how to cope with conversions by catering more to class needs; how to promote Hindi without alienating South India; how to fight reservations without losing the Other Backward Castes vote; how to criticize secularism without seeming communal; how to reform education and the economy; how to recuperate Kashmir; and how to make the Hindu diaspora replicate the original ideology beyond India‚€™s boundaries.

In brief, this reader is indispensable for anyone who wishes to understand contemporary Indian politics, society, culture, and history.

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In Quest of Indian Folktales: Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube and William Crooke by Sadhana Naithani : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125034506

In Quest of Indian Folktales publishes for the first time a collection of northern Indian folktales from the late nineteenth century. Reputedly the work of William Crooke, a well-known folklorist and British colonial official, the tales were actually collected, selected, and translated by a certain Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube. In 1996, Sadhana Naithani discovered this unpublished collection in the archive of the Folklore Society, London. Since then, she has uncovered the identity of the mysterious Chaube and the details of his collaboration with the famous folklorist. In an extensive four-chapter introduction, Naithani describes Chaube's relationship to Crooke and the essential role he played in Crooke's work, as both a native informant and a trained scholar. By unearthing the fragmented story of Chaube's life, Naithani gives voice to a new identity of an Indian folklore scholar in colonial India. The publication of these tales and the discovery of Chaube's role in their collection reveal the complexity of the colonial intellectual world and problematize our own views of folklore in a postcolonial world.

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India‚€™s New Capitalists: Caste, Business, and Industry in a Modern Nation by Harish Damodaran : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242583

Who are the major new Indian business people? What is their social profile? Business in India was traditionally the preserve of certain ‚€˜Bania‚€™ communities clubbed under the Vaishya order. The term ‚€˜Bania‚€™, in fact, acquired a generic connotation and could refer to the village moneylender, shopkeeper, wholesaler, or large factory owner. More recently, India‚€™s commercial ethos has changed massively with the entry of businessmen from the ranks of Brahmins, Khatris, and other castes with a predominantly scribal or administrative background. The past four or so decades have seen a further widening of the social base of Indian capital to include agrarian and allied service castes such as Kammas, Naidus, Reddys, Rajus, Gounders, Nadars, Ezhavas, Patidars, Marathas, and Ramgarhias. As a result, entrepreneurship and commerce in India are now no longer the exclusive bastion of the old mercantile castes. The social profile of Indian business has expanded beyond recognition. And, in order to do business effectively in contemporary South Asia, it is necessary to understand the culture, ethos, and ways of doing business among the region‚€™s new trading communities. In tracing the modern-day evolution of business communities in India, this book is the first social history to document and understand India‚€™s new entrepreneurial groups. Written accessibly, and combining analytical rigour with journalistic flair, it also contains fifteen individual case studies that embellish its general findings.

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Indigeneity: Culture & Representation by G.N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis and K.K. Chakravarty (Eds.) : Rs1325 ISBN: 9788125036647

The papers in this volume were presented at the 2008 Chotro Conference on Indigeneous Languages, Culture and Society, Jan 2008, Delhi. It forms Vol.I of a 2-volume collection. The papers in this collection analyse the history and contemporary situation of indigenous peoples from different parts of the world. The focus is on language and literary and cultural expression. The authors examine issues ranging from the loss of languages and literary/cultural traditions, representation of indigenous peoples by `mainstream‚€™ society, deprivations faced by them ‚€“ natural resources, education and civic facilities, and their history of colonization (including by the modern nation-state). But the papers also examine the creativity, knowledge systems and rich cultural traditions of indigenous peoples.

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New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory by Gary Hall and Clare Birchall : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125035114

New Cultural Studies is both an introductory reference work and an original study which explores new directions and territories for cultural studies. A new generation has begun to emerge from the shadow of the Birmingham School. It is a generation whose whole university education has been shaped by theory, and who frequently turn to it as a means to think through some of the issues and current problems in contemporary culture and culture studies. In a period where departments which were once hotbeds of 'high theory' are returning to more sociological and social science oriented modes of research, and 9/11 and the war on Iraq especially have helped create a sense of 'post-theoretical' political urgency which leaves little time for the 'elitist', 'Eurocentric', 'textual' concerns of 'Theory', theoretical approaches to the study of culture have for many of this generation never seemed so important nor so vital.

New Cultural Studies explores theory's past, present and most especially its future role in cultural studies. It does so by providing an authoritative and accessible guide, for students and researchers alike, to:

  • the most innovative members of this 'new generation'
  • the thinkers and theories currently influencing new work in cultural studies: Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Friedrich Kittler, Ernesto Laclau, Emmanuel Levinas, Slavoj Zizek
  • the new territories currently being mapped out accross the intersections of cultural studies and cultural theory: anti-capitalism, ethics, the posthumanities, post-Marxism, the transnational.
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Print and Pleasure: Popular Literature and Entertaining Fictions in Colonial North India by Francesca Orsini : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242491

Print and Pleasure tells the story behind the boom in commercial publishing in nineteenth-century North India.

How did the new technology of printing and the enterprise of Indian publishers make the book a familiar object and a necessary part of people‚€™s leisure in a largely illiterate society? What genres became popular in print? Who read them and how were they read?

Our perception of North Indian culture in this period has been dominated by the notion of a competition between Hindi and Urdu, and the growth of language nationalism. Print and Pleasure argues that many other forces were also at work which, in the pursuit of commercial interests, spread quite different and much more hybrid tastes.

The importance of this major new book lies in showing, moreover, that book history can greatly enrich our understanding of literary and cultural history. Francesca Orsini mines a huge and largely untapped archive in order to reveal that popular songbooks, theatre transcripts, meanderingly seralized narratives, flimsily published tales, and forgotten poems are as much a part of colonial history as the elite novels and highbrow journals that are more frequently the subject of historical studies.

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Scripting Lives: Narratives of ‚€˜Privileged Women in Kerala by Sharmila Shreekumar (Ed.) : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125036807

How does one examine the lives women script in the intimacy of diaries, letters and other personal narratives and how can one relate these to the social worlds in which they are produced? Centring its investigation on contemporary Kerala, it examines a range of diverse and seemingly disconnected discourses around the Kerala model, tourism, AIDS and sexual violence and argues that present-day Kerala maps two opposing worlds. It imagines itself as a perfected utopia and, simultaneously, also as a dystopiaa society that is on the edge of collapse. The book attempts to explore these divergent self-descriptions of Kerala. Concurrently it also analyses a range of personal narratives to trace how ‚€œdominant women‚€ configure their selves. It deploys the term ‚€œdominant women‚€ to signal women of relative privilege, whose experience speaks simultaneously of devaluation and dominance. Their lives also signal the asymmetries, the instabilities and the inequalities within the category ‚€œwoman‚€. These women are, in many ways, the subject of the development narratives of the state. The book reveals how discourses apparently removed from women‚€™s everyday shape their personal experiences and, in turn, how women‚€™s self-formations overwrite, extend and rework these ‚€œlarger‚€ discourses. Sreekumar‚€™s writing is compelling and textured. Her research, based on a wide range of women‚€™s narratives, makes this a riveting journey into the makings of modern-day Kerala.

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The Burden of Refuge: Partition Experience of the Sindhis of Gujarat by Rita Kothari : Rs625 ISBN: 9788125036739

Unlike most partition narratives, the narratives of the Sindhis is not marked by violence and bloodshed. The Hindus of Sindh came to India by ship, camel and train, and were unharmed most of the time. The Burden of Refuge is about Partition, and the resettlement and fragmentation of the Sindhi Hindus of India. Rita Kothari traces the trajectory of the Sindhi Hindus from Sindh to India, specifically to Gujarat.

The Burden of Refuge tells the story of the Sindhi Hindus of Gajarat beginning with colonial Sindh and tracing the socio-political dynamics of the pre-Partition days. Through personal narratives, Kothari begins to life the story of various Sindhis as they migrate to India and begin their process of resettlement. She delineates the contexts that made an atypical commodity like the Sindhis re-modify themselves to suit more textbook notions of Gujarati bourgeois society. In their desire to assimilate with the India (especially Gujarat), the Sindhis  gained much, but also suffered many losses. Though Sindhis have risen from the ashes of Partition as a model immigrant community, the Sufi syncreticism that informed their former life has been tragically damaged and they have also suffered the loss of their language. In Gujarat, their loss are accompanied with a desire to become ‚€˜popular‚€™ Hindus by adopting a more monolithic Hindu identity and by denying their ‚€˜Sindhiness‚€™.

Using intergenerational voices and combining history with personal narratives, Kothari‚€™s book examines the phenomena of psychological violence during and after Partition, and explores a different facet of Partition Studies. Going beyond Partition Studies, this book also makes an important contribution to the area of identity politics in contemporary India. This multidisciplinary study is relevant to everyone interested in India‚€™s past and present.

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The Essential Mystery: Major Filmmakers of Indian Art Cinema by John W. Hood : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125037750

A comprehensive overview of Indian art cinema, this substantially revised and updated edition takes a critical look at the major filmmakers of the genre. The film directors who form the corpus of this new edition now include among others Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, Govindan Aravindan, Aparna Sen, Girish Kasaravalli, Govind Nihalani, Ritwik Ghatak and Buddhadeb Dasgupta. A final chapter critically examines the works of filmmakers not as prolific as those mentioned earlier‚€”Mani Kaul, Kumar Shahani, Goutam Ghose, Ketan Mehta, Manmohan Mahapatra, Nirad Mahapatra and Shaji Karun. Nevertheless they have in their oeuvre, films marked by their excellence. The detailed filmography at the end of the book is a valuable addition for students and scholars of cinema and film aficionados. John Hood‚€™s critical analysis of each filmmaker‚€™s work is lucid and meticulous. The amazing availability of the films under study on DVD, have made this vast treasury of films accessible to the reader. The objective of this book is not to decode each film or provide the right answers‚€”only sensitive responses‚€”and to promote an enhanced appreciation of Indian art cinema.

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The First Promise by Ashapurna Debi, translated from Bengali by Indira Chowdhury : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125037903

The First Promise is a translation of Ashapurna Debi’s novel, Pratham Pratisruti , originally published in Bengali in 1964. Celebrated as one of the most popular and path-breaking novels of its time, it has received continual critical acclaim: the Rabindra Puraskar (the Tagore Prize) in 1966 and the Bharitiya Jnanpith, India’s highest literary award, in 1977. Spanning the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries, Ashapurna tells the story of the struggles and efforts of women in nineteenth-century, colonial Bengal in a deceptively easy and conversational style. The charming eight-year old heroine, Satyabati is a child bride who leaves her husband’s village for Calcutta, the capital of British India where she is caught in the social dynamics of women’s education, social reform agendas, modern medicine and urban entertainment. As she makes her way through this complex maze, making sense of the rapidly changing world around her, Satyabati nurtures hopes and aspirations for her daughter. But the promises held out by modernity turn out to be empty, instigating Satyabati to break away from her inherited world and initiate a quest that takes her to the very heart of tradition.

Indira Chowdhury’s confident translation, with its conscious choice of Indian English equivalents over British and American colloquialisms, carries across the language divide the flavour of Ashapurna’s unique idiomatic style. This edition also includes the translator’s reflections on the process of translation itself.

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The G N Devy Reader : After Amnesia, ‚€˜Of Many Heroes‚€™, The Being of Bhasha and Countering Violence by G N Devy : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125036937

A dominated culture learns not just to be like the culture that dominates it, but also attempts to conceal its own antecedents.  In such cultural encounters, amnesia plays a major role in defining the self-perception of cultures.  G. N. Devy‚€™s  After Amnesia, first published in 1992,  offers an incisive analysis of contemporary literary scholarship in Indian languages by demonstrating how modern Indian languages ‚€˜learnt to forget‚€™ that literary criticism had been rejected by them during the post-Sanskrit medieval centuries, and how they have posed before themselves a false choice of  intellectual practices rooted in culturally distant Western or Sanskritic traditions.  After Amnesia proposes that what has come to be seen as a crisis in Indian literary criticism can be understood if a relevant historiography is formulated. ‚€˜Of Many Heroes‚€™, first published in 1997, is an attempt to formulate such a historiography. If After Amnesia is an essay on literary criticism, ‚€˜Of Many Heroes‚€™ is a historiography of literary historiography in India. It presents a wide spectrum of survey of texts on literary history, beginning with the fourth century Bhartrihari‚€™s Vakyapadiya to the seminal texts produced during the twentieth century.  The Reader brings together two other new essays by G. N. Devy ‚€“ The Being of Bhasha and Countering Violence. These philosophical essays discuss the significance of dialects and vanishing languages in the making of civilization, the place of silence and insanity in the making of meaning, and of language itself in the future of knowledge. After closely analyzing the sociological and psychological roots of violence, the author argues that the increasing violence in modern societies and the loss of languages in an increasingly intolerant and aggressive world need to be seen as closely related aspects of the cultural impact of historical processes germinating in colonialism and globalization hostile to cultural plurality. The four essays together present a complete theory of knowledge in postcolonial times. They present a plea for a radical reorientation to the question of education, knowledge, expression and interpretation of linguistic creative. They are, perhaps, the most challenging and unorthodox thesis on epistemic and hermeneutical issues central to modern Indian culture

This Reader is a true summa, bringing together Devy‚€™s ground-breaking work in the field of contemporary Indian thought.

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The Politics and Culture of Globalization: India and Australia by Hans LŲfgren and Prakash Sarangi (Eds.) : Rs625 ISBN: 9788187358220

We experience the culture of globalisation every time we visit a Tandoori restaurant in Chicago, or a Pizza Hut in Hyderabad, or as we watch Bollywood films in Australia. Globalisation is a label used for a wide range of political, social and cultural phenomena, many of which are explored in this volume.

The Politics and Culture of Globalisation: India and Australia brings together Indian and Australian experts in the fields of political science, international relations, philosophy, cultural theory and political economy. Its timeliness and unifying theme derive from comparisons between Indian and Australian perspectives, and analyses by Australian writers on developments in India. Indian-Australian relations are explored in several chapters.

The neo-liberal form of globalisation is a key focus of critique in this volume. Several chapters examine the search for alternative forms of governance as the nation-state undergoes profound change due to global interconnectedness.

‚€˜An important contribution to the critical discourse on globalisation it is a unique Indo-Australian intellectual endeavour grappling incisively with deeper issues of philosophy and policy in the contemporary world.‚€™

Manoranjan Mohanty,
Council for Social Development, New Delhi

‚€˜With its cogent analysis and lucid style, this volume is a valuable addition to critical readings on globalisation‚€¶The focus on process ‚€“ governance, institutions, and area studies ‚€“ is an added strength... With its analytical depth and empirical stretch, it will be a valuable addition to this important field.‚€™

Subrata K Mitra,
University of Heidelberg, Germany 

‚€˜It will be a very useful volume for all the graduate students who are trying to understand [the] complex and multi faceted nature of the phenomenon of globalisation.‚€™

Rajen Harshe,
Vice Chancellor, University of Allahabad

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The Scar by K A Gunasekaran : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125037057

Growing up as a boy from the Parayar caste, in the milieu of Christian, Hindu and Muslim communities, K.A. Gunasekaran narrates the familiar tale of caste oppression and prejudice prevalent in the villages of Tamil Nadu. As the narrative unfolds, the reader is shown how the ‚€˜low‚€™ caste negotiates differently with the three religious communities. The deep pain of the Paraya surfaces through the risible anecdotes that ridicule the grievously unjust practices of the ‚€˜upper‚€™ castes. The book emphasises the fact that Indian villages are doubly caste-conscious and cruel, and that Dalit emancipation rests in better education for the community. Gunasekaran writes in an earthy and colloquial style to capture the innocence, cruelty and drama of a South Indian village. Considered the first modern Dalit autobiography in Tamil, The Scar is an important book calling for Dalit assertion and emancipation.

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This Gift of English: English Education and the Formation of Alternative Hegemonies in India by Alok K Mukherjee : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125036012

This provocative work deconstructs the popular belief that English was imposed on India by the British. Mukherjee draws on the theories of Gramsci and Bourdieu to demonstrate that the rise of English and the continued valorization of the literatures of Anglo-America in post-independence India have their roots in a conjuncture of the hegemonic agendas of British colonial rulers and ‚€˜high‚€™ caste Hindus. Through English education, British colonial intellectuals hoped to civilize a benighted people and to perpetuate colonial rule. ‚€˜High‚€™ caste Hindus, on the other hand, saw in English education the possibility of Hindu revival. Embracing the theory of a common racial origin, they argued that English education would help revive India‚€™s lost glorious past by giving access to the scientific and rational traditions of the Hindus‚€™ racial kin, the Europeans. After India‚€™s independence, English education, as a field and an institutional practice, continued to be ‚€˜brahmanical‚€™. With Dalits demanding English, it is now the site of a new contest of alternative hegemonies. Mukherjee makes a forceful case that if Dalits are to successfully employ English in a pursuit of emancipation and empowerment, they must ask fundamental questions about the field as it currently exists.

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Architecture in Medieval India: Forms, Contexts, Histories by Monica Juneja (Ed.) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178242286

From the first half of the nineteenth century, the architectural history of medieval India has been the subject of diverse books, essays and miscellaneous writings. The present book pulls together the most significant of these writings, revealing the impressive array of historical ideas about India's past that has emerged through the study of its monuments.

The writings reproduced here are located by the editor within the specific intellectual, political and socio-cultural contexts within which they emerged and were elaborated. By this means, Monica Juneja makes this anthology a major historiographical intervention which traces the colonial emergence and nationalist development of, as well as contemporary advances in, the discipline of architectural history both within India and in relation to art history in the West.

Professor Juneja's introduction also examines the intellectual importance of architectural history for all historians, arguing that the study of India's medieval architecture needs to be made integral to every history of conquest, state-building, and the movements of populations and traditions across the subcontinent. She demonstrates that ideas about buildings and their histories have frequently been polemical and instrumental: they have been politically deployed to construct or fabricate a collective past. They have been used to provide symbolic meanings which have helped subjugate or unify heterogeneous communities and nations. In short, the architectural history of India's contentiously misnamed 'Muslim' period is revealed as the site of tensions between Hindus and Muslims, colonialists and nationalists, traditionalists and postmodernists.

This book will open the eyes of general readers and students to the politics of interpreting monuments often taken for granted, even as it attempts to resensitise scholars to the vitality and overwhelming relevance of this sometimes neglected area of historiography.

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Barisal and Beyond: Essays on Bangla Literature by Clinton B. Seely : Rs675 ISBN: 9788180280368

This collection of essays, spanning the author‚€™s academic career, starts by looking back to his early experience of Bengal in Barisal, Bangladesh, hometown of Bengali poet Jibanananda Das, and goes on to analyze important works of Bangla writers including those of Rabindranath Tagore, Michael Madhusudan Datta, Mir Mosharraf Hosain, Rizia Rahman among others.

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Fatalism and Development: Nepal's Struggle for Modernization by Dor Bahadur Bista : Rs295 ISBN: 9788125034605

A bold and incisive analysis of Nepal‚€™s society, and its attempts to develop and respond to change, from someone who is both and insider and an outsider to Nepal. At an early age Dor Bahadur Bista travelled all over Nepal in the company of the leading anthropologist Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf which helped him acquire an insight that enables him to make an objective and frank comment on his country. The bulk of the author‚€™s argument in this book is that Nepal‚€™s strengths have always been in the indigenous qualities of its various ethnic groups. But it has been under the influence of other cultures which have suppressed its own strengths. He believes, that while Nepal should be open to other cultures, they should be scrutinized and their negative elements purged before they are adopted. Nepal‚€™s future hope lies in its ethnic cultures whose simplicity provides a greater flexibility and thus a greater propensity to development and change, than the cumbersome and ossified structure of the urbane upper class, and caste, society of the Kathmandu Valley. It attempts to diagnose Nepal‚€™s ills through the eyes of a sympathetic yet critical insider. It has something of the flavour of other such attempts: De Tocqueville‚€™s Ancien Regime, Weber‚€™s Protestant Ethic, Taine‚€™s Notes upon England. It is worth considering at some length because of its insights and because Bista, as an insider, can say things which no outsider could say. --- Alan Macfarlane in Cambridge Anthropology

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Gender and Cultural Identity in Colonial Orissa by Sachidananda Mohanty : Rs625 ISBN: 9788125034315

This is a book that examines the nineteenth-century cultural history of Orissa from the postcolonial angle by drawing primarily from literary sources. It focuses on issues such as feudalism and colonial modernity, language politics and the rhetoric of progress, westernisation, nativity and border crossing. It brings the archival material to centre stage and employs theatrical tools from the fields of gender, translation and culture studies. The book shows the intersections between colonial subjugations and postcolonial longings.

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Language, Ideology and Power: Language -learning among the Muslims of Pakistan and North India by Tariq Rahman : Rs1595 ISBN: 9788125034636

This is the first book-length study of the history of language teaching and learning among South Asian Muslims. It traces the history of language-teaching among the Muslims of north India and present-day Pakistan, and then relates language-learning (the demand) and teaching (the supply) to ideology (or world view) and power. It makes the point that the Muslims in this part of the world, like other people elsewhere, learned languages to empower themselves by acquiring marketable linguistic skills at all periods of history. It also argues that those who determine what languages, and what textbooks, are to be taught, would like to, and are in a position to promote the ideology which, in their opinion, promotes or consolidates their own power, or maintains the status quo. In short, the teaching and learning of languages is linked to the distribution of power which, in turn, is connected to employment, promotion of certain ideologies, shaping of identities, and national interest.

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Mobilizing India: Women, Music, and Migration between India and Trinidad by Tejaswini Niranjana : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125033592

The book argues for the importance of comparative research across the global South. Key terms of contemporary critical analyses ‚€“ colonialism, nation, modernity, citizenship, identity, and subjectivity ‚€“ are often explicated in the bounded context of nation-states in the South, or with reference to Western European societies. Indeed, an important feature of twentieth century scholarship could well be the nation-centrism of the analyses of intellectual formations of the period. The project proceeds on the assumption that South-South comparative work problematizes the standard use of these terms, and adds new dimensions to their usage even in specific national contexts. The attempt is to change the frame of reference so that the ‚€œWest‚€ does not become the sole norm against which we measure each other. The central focus of the book is ‚€œthe woman question‚€ as it emerges through the mobilization of ‚€œIndianness‚€ and other related notions of region, ethnic group or race. The intertwining of gender issues with the formation and assertion of different kinds of identities in Trinidad and India is explored. The analysis has a historical component and a more contemporary one, the latter being routed through popular music in Trinidad.

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New Mansions for Music: Performance, Pedagogy and Criticism by Lakshmi Subramanian : Rs475 ISBN: 9788187358343

The essays in New Mansions for Music: Performance, Pedagogy and Criticism look at one of the most ancient and rigorous classical musical traditions of India, the Karnatik music system, and the kind of changes it underwent once it was relocated from traditional spaces of temples and salons to the public domain. Nineteenth-century Madras led the way in the transformation that Karnatik music underwent as it encountered the forces of modernization and standardization. This study also contributes to our understanding of the experience of modernity in India through the prism of music. The role of Madras city as patron and custodian of the performing arts, especially classical music offers an invaluable perspective on the larger processes of modernization in India As the title suggests, the areas of classical music, which were most influenced by these developments were pedagogy or modes of musical transmission, performance conventions and criticism or music appreciation. Once the urban elite demanded the widening of the teaching of classical music, traditional modes of music instruction underwent a major change involving a breakdown of the gurushishya parampara or the tradition wherein the teacher imparted knowledge to a chosen few. Caste and kinship were important determining factors for the selection of these shishyas or students, but in modern institutions like the universities these boundaries had to be demolished. Simultaneously, the public staging of music brought the performer into a new relationship with his audience, especially as the art form became subject to validation and criticism by the newly emerging music critic. In an immensely readable book peppered with anecdotes and conversations with leading musicians and critics of the day, as well as humorous visual representations, part caricature, part satirical, the author describes a rapidly changing society and its new look in early twentieth century Madras.

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Women and Social Reform in Modern India (Vol. 1 and 2) by Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar (Eds.) : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788178241999

The subject of social reforms has routinely formed a part of Indian history texts. The word ‚€˜reforms‚€™ conjures up the names of a few great individuals: always Hindu, always upper-caste and educated, always from cities, and always--apart from one or two memorable exceptions--men. These are the icons around whom the story of social change is written.??The editors of the present work argue the need to understand the history of social reforms from a much wider array of perspectives: for example, the connections between specific social abuses on the one hand, and, on the other, systems or traditions of gender practices across times, classes, castes, and regions. For instance, when we look at widow immolation or widow remarriage practices, we need to look also at the larger domain of gender relations which sanctified immolation or which outlawed widow remarriage. What arguments were used? What aspects of these practices did the reformers ignore? How did the orthodox practitioners defend such traditions???There are also, say Sumit and Tanika Sarkar, other curious omissions in the existing literature: ‚€˜Most reforms passed through the grid of state legislation. Yet, there is little engagement even with the law-making machinery ... and far less with the judicial courts that enforced the laws and dealt with disputes around the new laws.‚€™??Such omissions are addressed, and many interesting questions raised and discussed, in this impressive collection of writings.??
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Brahmin and Non-Brahmin: Genealogies of the Tamil Political Present by M.S.S.Pandian : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178242217

In South India, the categories ‚€˜Brahmin‚€™ and ‚€˜non-Brahmin‚€™ are frequently treated as self-evident, both within contemporary Tamil politics and in mainstream academic discourses. Departing from this political and academic ‚€˜common sense‚€™, the present book historicizes the complex processes by which these categories came into being and acquired political power over the past century. Using archival, regional-language, and unconventional sources, M.S.S. Pandian unsettles the ‚€˜self-evident‚€™ quality of these two categories and opens up a rich theoretical-critical space to rethink and understand them.

In the process of unravelling and historicizing the so-called ‚€˜naturalness‚€™ of ‚€˜Brahmin‚€™ and ‚€˜non-Brahmin‚€™, this book also offers a new perspective on colonialism in South India. Stepping away from mainstream nationalist accounts of colonialism, it shows the ways in which colonialism was, for various strata of Tamil society, both a moment of crisis as well as one of possibilities. The book argues that it was this dual and ambiguous quality of colonial rule which facilitated new ways of looking at the figure of the Brahmin, even as it enabled the making of a non-Brahmin identity. The importance of this book for understanding politics and society in Tamil South India over the past hundred and more years can scarcely be exaggerated. The Non-Brahmin writings and discursive strategies of E.V. Ramasamy ‚€˜Periyar‚€™, Maraimalai Adigal, and Iyothee Thoss, alongside those of a wide array of Brahminic thinkers and propagandists (both within Congress and outside), are presented here with a degree of sophistication and analytic skill not available in other works of political, social, and intellectual history on the Indian South. This book will interest every historian, sociologist, and political analyst of India, as well as all who wish to understand anti-Brahmin and anti-upper-caste social movements.

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Cultural History of Medieval India by Meenakshi Khanna (Ed.) : Rs230 ISBN: 9788187358305

Cultural History of Medieval India is a part of the series, Readings in History. The books in this series have been edited and put together by eminent historians for their students. This anthology of readings seeks to explore Indian culture in the medieval period through five themes: kingship traditions, social processes of religious devotion, inter-cultural perception, forms of identities, and aesthetics. Written by well-known scholars, the eleven essays in this book present sub-cultures in diverse regional settings of the subcontinent. The articles suggest that culture does not exist as fragments of the ‚€˜great‚€™ and ‚€˜little‚€™, or ‚€˜classic‚€™ and ‚€˜folk‚€™ in any given tradition. In fact, variants within a given tradition interact with one another and assimilate new characteristics over time. These interactions also take place across boundaries of different religious and cultural spheres, and in the process, give meaning to the notions of the ‚€˜self‚€™ and the ‚€˜other‚€™. In an attempt to define the ‚€˜other‚€™ one discovers the ‚€˜self‚€™. These readings introduce a new way of understanding medieval Indian history by engaging with interdisciplinary methods of research on issues that are significant to everyday existence in a plural society like that of India. This book will be of great value to students of history, as well as to other readers interested in the culture of the medieval period in India.

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Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects: Islam, Rights, and the History of Kashmir by Mridu Rai : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242026

This is a remarkable work of scholarship which shows how Kashmir‚€™s modern Muslim identity came into existence. In doing this, it demonstrates the complex manner in which politics can enforce the creation of religious identity. Kashmir is a hotbed of religious politics. Disputed between India and Pakistan, this territory comprises a large majority of Muslims who are subject to the laws of a predominantly Hindu and increasingly hinduised India. How did religion and politics become so inextricably enmeshed in defining and expressing the protest of Kashmir‚€™s Muslims against Hindu rule? This book is a brilliant historical study of this central issue in the troubled politics of South Asia‚€™s most picturesque‚€”and most volatile‚€”province. Mridu Rai argues that the origins of present political conditions and problems lie in the hundred-year period preceding the creation of India and Pakistan, when Kashmir was ruled by a succession of Hindu Dogra kings. The Dogras wielded power under the aegis of British imperialism, and the collusion of colonial state and collaborating vassals played no small part in shaping a decisively Hindu sovereignty over a subject Muslim populace.

This sovereignty took a novel political form in Kashmir. It was characterized by an unprecedented degree of control by rulers intent on establishing and legitimizing their authority via Hindu forms of patronage, tradition, ritual, and related strategies. The region‚€™s Muslims, unlike its Hindus, were left out of the power-sharing arrangements not simply because of their religion but because, as Muslims, they became irrelevant to the legitimizing devices installed by the Hindu Dogras and their British overlords. Therefore, the protest of Kashmiri Muslims historically represents not so much a defense of Islam as a defence of their rights by a community defined specifically as Muslims by an explicitly Hindu ruling hierarchy. This explains the development of a consciousness among Kashmiri Muslims of religiously-based neglect, as well as the emergence of their ongoing political protest. Everyone interested in Kashmir and its history will want this book, as will those who study religion, politics, legal rights, and community identities.

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Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law by Nivedita Menon : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178242101

This book is about the relation between law and feminist politics. Nivedita Menon identifies a key dilemma that faces a radical politics today, namely the 'paradox of constitutionalism'. This occurs when various differing moral visions come up against the universalising drive of constitutionality and the language of universal rights. By examining three issues that the women's movement in India has engaged with‚€”the practice of selective abortion of female foetuses, sexual violence, and reservations for women in representative institutions‚€”Menon unfolds a two-pronged argument, namely that

  1. the language of rights and citizenship is no longer unproblematically available to an emancipatory politics; and
  2. that specifically in the context of feminist politics it has become increasingly difficult to sustain 'woman' as the subject of such a politics, despite (or perhaps because of) the explosion of 'gender' as a category of analysis in official state and NGO discourse.
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Brahmin and Non-Brahmin: Genealogies of the Tamil Political Present by M.S.S. Pandian : Rs650 ISBN: 9788178241623

In South India, the categories ‚€˜Brahmin‚€™ and ‚€˜non-Brahmin‚€™ are frequently treated as self-evident, both within contemporary Tamil politics and in mainstream academic discourses. Departing from this political and academic ‚€˜common sense‚€™, the present book historicizes the complex processes by which these categories came into being and acquired political power over the past century. Using archival, regional-language, and unconventional sources, M.S.S. Pandian unsettles the ‚€˜self-evident‚€™ quality of these two categories and opens up a rich theoretical-critical space to rethink and understand them. In the process of unravelling and historicizing the so-called ‚€˜naturalness‚€™ of ‚€˜Brahmin‚€™ and ‚€˜non-Brahmin‚€™, this book also offers a new perspective on colonialism in South India. Stepping away from mainstream nationalist accounts of colonialism, it shows the ways in which colonialism was, for various strata of Tamil society, both a moment of crisis as well as one of possibilities. The book argues that it was this dual and ambiguous quality of colonial rule which facilitated new ways of looking at the figure of the Brahmin, even as it enabled the making of a non-Brahmin identity.

The importance of this book for understanding politics and society in Tamil South India over the past hundred and more years can scarcely be exaggerated. The Non-Brahmin writings and discursive strategies of E.V. Ramasamy ‚€˜Periyar‚€™, Maraimalai Adigal, and Iyothee Thoss, alongside those of a wide array of Brahminic thinkers and propagandists (both within Congress and outside), are presented here with a degree of sophistication and analytic skill not available in other works of political, social, and intellectual history on the Indian South. This book will interest every historian, sociologist, and political analyst of India, as well as all who wish to understand anti-Brahmin and anti-upper-caste social movements.

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Unbecoming Modern: Colonialism, Modernity, Colonial Modernities by Saurabh Dube and Ishita Banerjee-Dube (Ed.) : Rs675 ISBN: 9788187358237

IN THIS VOLUME well-known scholars from India and Latin America ‚€“ Enrique Dussel, Madhu Dubey, Walter Mignolo and Sudipta Sen to name a few ‚€“ discuss the concepts of modernity and colonialism, and describe how the two relate to each other. Unbecoming Modern: Colonialism, Modernity, Colonial Modernities explores the vital impact of the colonial pasts of India, Mexico, China and the even the Unites States on the processes through which these countries have become modern. The collection is unique as it brings together a range of disciplines and perspectives. The topics discussed include the Zapatista movement in southern Mexico, the image of the South in recent African-American literature, the theories of Andre Gunder Frank about the early modernization of Asian countries, and the contradictions of the colonial state in India.

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Viramma: Life of a Dalit by Viramma, Josiane Racine and Jean-Luc Racine : Rs325 ISBN: 9788187358190

This is the first Indian edition of this remarkable book which created a great impact in France and was subsequently translated into English and Italian. This edition carries a fresh Afterword by Jean-Luc and Josiane Racine. Viramma an untouchable woman by birth, and listed as one of the authors, narrated the story of her life over a period of ten years to Josiane Racine, a Tamil-born ethnomusicologist educated in France. This book is the result of that conversation

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Becoming a Global Audience - Longing and Belonging in Indian Music Television by Vamsee Juluri : Rs510 ISBN: 9788125027416

What does globalization mean for the television audience? Becoming a Global Audience examines concerns of cultural imperialism in relation to the actual experience of television reception in a postcolonial context. The rise of satellite television in India in the context of economic liberalization in 1991 has been marked by the localization of global music television networks like MTV and Channel V. This book argues, however, that this "Indianization" is no cause for celebration. Using in-depth interviews with Indian music television viewers and theoretical approaches drawn from political-economic, cultural, and post-colonial studies, it argues instead that the reception of "Top Ten" shows and nationalistic music videos is part of a profound reordering and appropriation of common sense under the changing social relations of globalization.

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Caste and Democratic Politics in India by Ghanshyam Shah : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178240954

The Indian constitution seeks to prevent the perpetuation of caste and build a casteless social system. But this has not happened over the fifty-odd years since Indian independence, and shows little sign of happening in the near future. Therefore no understanding of Indian politics is possible without a thorough understanding of the complexities of caste. The aim of this book is to bring about such an understanding.

This volume offers state-of-the-art essays on the subject of caste and politics in contemporary India. It covers all the important grounds that students and scholars need in order to get to grips with the idea, ideology, and ground realities of India‚€™s caste system.

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Hindu Rulers, Muslims Subjects: Islam Rights and the History of Kashmir by Mridu Rai : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178240657

This is a remarkable work of scholarship which shows how Kashmir‚€™s modern Muslim identity came into existence. In doing this, it demonstrates the complex manner in which politics can enforce the creation of religious identity. Kashmir is a hotbed of religious politics. Disputed between India and Pakistan, this territory comprises a large majority of Muslims who are subject to the laws of a predominantly Hindu and increasingly hinduised India. How did religion and politics become so inextricably enmeshed in defining and expressing the protest of Kashmir‚€™s Muslims against Hindu rule?

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Caste and Democratic Politics in India by Ghanshyam Shah (Ed.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178240244

The Indian constitution seeks to prevent the perpetuation of caste and build a casteless social system. But this has not happened over the fifty-odd years since Indian independence, and shows little sign of happening in the near future. Therefore no understanding of Indian politics is possible without a thorough understanding of the complexities of caste. The aim of this book is to bring about such an understanding. This volume offers state-of-the-art essays on the subject of caste and politics in contemporary India. It covers all the important grounds that students and scholars need in order to get to grips with the idea, ideology, and ground realities of India‚€™s caste system.

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Living Traditions in Contemporary Contexts: The Madhva Matha of Udupi by Mr. Vasudeva Rao : Rs595 ISBN: 9788125022978

This book examines a monastic institution ‚€“ the Madhava Matha of Udupi (Udipi) in Southern Karnataka ‚€“ as a site of the formation of religious opinion, of monastic training, and practice, and the transmission of knowledge. The author brings both sociological and textual perspectives to bear on his work.

While anthropologists and sociologists have worked on cults, practices, categories of specialists and concepts, Vasudeva Rao‚€™s is one of the few books to focus on a monastic institution as the site of the formation of religious opinion in the context of monastic training and practice. Dr Rao‚€™s work provides an understanding of doxa or religious opinion in the context of the Madhva tradition of South India. In doing so, he focusses on priests rather than ascetics and thus contributes to the growing body of literature on the forms in which Brahminic ideology and practice take shape. In the process, Dr Rao also casts light on the complex ways in which a tradition perpetuates itself and deals with continuity and change. The study highlights the ways that texts are learned, remembered and transmitted to become a part of Indian religious experience. A significant contribution is also the ways in which the understanding of Madhva gurus and students reflect and are influenced by the general mood and the political discourse in the country.

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