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A River Sutra

By Gita Mehta
  • ISBN Code: : 0307780996
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
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With imaginative lushness and narrative elan, Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling with thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love--love both carnal and sublime, treacherous and redeeming. "Conveys a world that is spiritual, foreign, and entirely accessible."--Vanity Fair. Reading tour.

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By Disha Experts
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  • Publisher : Disha Publications
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 164
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  • Pdf File: 1300-mcqs-with-explanatory-notes-for-general-knowledge-2nd-edition.pdf

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The thouroughly Revised & Updated 2nd Edition of the ebook '1300+ MCQs with Explanatory Notes For GENERAL KNOWLEDGE' has been divided into 4 Parts & 18 chapters which have been further divided into 44 Topics containing 1300+ “Multiple Choice Questions” for Quick Revision and Practice. The book covers Indian Panorama, World Panorama, Art & Culture, Communications/Media/Transport, Government Key Initiatives, Major Events India & World & Current Affairs. The Unique Selling Proposition of the book is the explanation to each and every question which provides additional info to the students on the subject of the questions and correct reasoning wherever required. The questions have been selected on the basis of the various types of questions being asked in the various exams.

Perspectives on Indian Society

By Dr. Binoy Kumar
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  • Publisher : K.K. Publications
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 888
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PERSPECTIVES ON INDIAN SOCIETY India is a hierarchical society. Whether in North India or South India, Hindu or Muslim, urban or village, virtually all things, people, and social groups are ranked according to various essential qualities. Although India is a political democracy, notions of complete equality are seldom evident in daily life. Societal hierarchy is evident in caste groups, amongst individuals, and in family and kinship groups. Castes are primarily associated with Hinduism, but caste-like groups also exist among Muslims, Indians, Christians, and other religious communities. Within most villages or towns, everyone knows the relative rankings of each locally represented caste, and behaviour is constantly shaped by this knowledge. Individuals are also ranked according to their wealth and power. For example, some powerful people, or “big men,” sit confidently on chairs, while “little men” come before them to make requests, either standing or squatting not presuming to sit beside a man of high status as an equal. Hierarchy plays an important role within families and kinship groupings also, where men outrank women of similar age, and senior relatives outrank junior relatives. Formal respect is accorded to family members—for example, in northern India, a daughter-in-law shows deference to her husband, to all senior in-laws, and to all daughters of the household. Siblings, too, recognize age differences, with younger siblings addressing older siblings by respectful terms rather than by name. The book is a must for sociology and anthropology teachers, NGOs, researchers and students. Contents: • The Unique Caste System in Hindu Society • Hallmarks of Hindu Society • Rural Social System • Modern Status of the Caste System • Economic and Political Systems of Society • Religion and Society • Indian Society and Modernization • Feminism, Tradition and Modernity • The Pressure to Modernize and Globalize • Culture and Economic Development: Modernization to Globalization

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights

By Aleks Sierz,Martin Middeke,Peter Paul Schnierer
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1408123347
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Drama
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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights is an authoritative guide to the work of twenty-five playwrights who have risen to prominence since the 1980s. Written by an international team of scholars, it will be invaluable to anyone interested in, studying or teaching contemporary drama. Among the many playwrights whose work is examined are Sarah Daniels, Terry Johnson, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Anthony Neilson, Mark Ravenhill, Simon Stephens, Debbie Tucker Green, Tanika Gupta and Richard Bean. Each essay features: A biographical sketch and introduction to the playwright A discussion of their most important plays An analysis of their stylistic and thematic traits, the critical reception and their place in the discourses of British theatre A bibliography of texts and critical material

Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing

By Jane Eldridge Miller
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136214305
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Literary Collections
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Unique in its breadth of coverage, Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing is a comprehensive, authoritative and enjoyable guide to women's fiction, prose, poetry and drama from around the world in the second half of the twentieth century. Over the course of 1000 entries by over 150 international contributors, a picture emerges of the incredible range of women's writing in our time, from Toni Morrison to Fleur Adcock- all are here. This book includes the established and well-loved but also opens up new worlds of modern literature which may be unfamiliar but are never less than fascinating.

The Goddesses' Henchmen

By Lindsey Harlan
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0195348346
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Religion
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The Rajputs ruled the vast majority of the kingdoms that were joined together after Indian independence to form the state of Rajasthan, "Land of Kings." An important part of Rajput religion is the worship of "heroes" who have died in battle. This practice has attained new significance in recent years, as right-wing Hindu activists have deployed narratives about heroism in Rajput wars with Muslim emperors. In this book, Lindsey Harlan explores the idea of the Rajput hero. She is particularly interested in the role played by gender in stories about heroes and in their worship. She looks at the differences between female and male storytellers, the relationships of the hero to the women in his tale, and the relationship of the hero to the goddess for whom he is both sacrifice and henchman. She obtains her materials from interviews with Rajput families and their servants, from songfests, from bystanders at shrines, from ritual specialists. Ultimately she shows how heroic traditions encapsulate and express ideals of perfection and masculinity, defined most visibly against the backdrop of domesticity and femininity. More broadly she argues that heroes reflect ever-changing valuations of history, and serve as sources of inspiration for facing contemporary challenges (domestic, communal, national) and concerns about the future.

Landscape, Place and Culture

By Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay,Paul Brown
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1443827568
  • Total of Pages : 300
  • Category : History
  • Members : 875
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This collection of essays takes an interdisciplinary approach to the ecological, social, economic and, in particular, the cultural dimensions of the Australia-India relationship. The essays provide many levels of focus on environment, place and culture. Some evoke appreciation of particular “places,” either in India or Australia. Many explore how literature has treated “landscape,” while some are comparative studies of cultural, historical and political development. The essays arise from a particular gathering of scholars: The East India chapter of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA) held its inaugural international conference in Kolkata on 22–23 January 2009. Much of the work is comparative, exploring common Indian and Australian themes of colonial and postcolonial experience, implications of migration and diaspora, and shared language and literature. The work also explores shared environmental crisis, manifest in landscapes such as the Mouths of the Ganges and Australia’s Murray Darling Basin. Such comparisons indicate our shared experience of the “crisis” of ecological, social, economic and cultural sustainability. As human future is colonized through environmental degradation, and determined by human migration and shared culture and values, our relationship to “place” is revitalized and reassessed. We seek simultaneously a reconciliation between humans and a realignment of the human-nature relationship. This is the most basic meaning of social and ecological sustainability.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature [3 volumes]

By Guiyou Huang
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1567207367
  • Total of Pages : 1256
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 846
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Asian American literature dates back to the close of the 19th century, and during the years following World War II it significantly expanded in volume and diversity. Monumental in scope, this encyclopedia surveys Asian American literature from its origins through 2007. Included are more than 270 alphabetically arranged entries on writers, major works, significant historical events, and important terms and concepts. Thus the encyclopedia gives special attention to the historical, social, cultural, and legal contexts surrounding Asian American literature and central to the Asian American experience. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and cites works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography of essential print and electronic resources. While literature students will value this encyclopedia as a guide to writings by Asian Americans, the encyclopedia also supports the social studies curriculum by helping students use literature to learn about Asian American history and culture, as it pertains to writers from a host of Asian ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including Afghans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Iranians, Indians, Vietnamese, Hawaiians, and other Asian Pacific Islanders. The encyclopedia supports the literature curriculum by helping students learn more about Asian American literature. In addition, it supports the social studies curriculum by helping students learn about the Asian American historical and cultural experience.


By Mary A. Hood
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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Book Code : 0791478564
  • Total of Pages : 302
  • Category : Travel
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Journeys on the world’s rivers, from a naturalist’s point of view.

The Novel Cure

By Ella Berthoud,Susan Elderkin
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  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Book Code : 0143190202
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 891
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A novel is a story, a collection of experiences transmitted from the mind of one to the mind of another. It offers a way to unwind, a way to focus, a way to learn about life—dis­traction, entertainment, and diversion. But it can also be something much more powerful. When read at the right time in your life, a novel can—quite literally—change it. The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled through two thousand years of literature for the most brilliant minds and engrossing reads. Structured like a reference book, it allows readers to simply look up their ailment, whether it be agoraphobia, boredom, or midlife crisis, then they are given the name of a novel to read as the antidote.

Land, Water and Development

By Malcolm Newson
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134732317
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Science
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This is a fully revised and expanded second edition of Malcolm Newson's acclaimed book. Exploring in greater depth the meaning of sustainability in river basin development this new edition: * highlights the rapid evolution of practical concepts since the Rio Earth Summit * features new illustrations and case studies from Australia, South Africa and Israel * makes the ecosystem model more explicit throughout * strengthens coverage of the linkages between land and water management.

Political Sociology

By Dr. Gajanafar Alam
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  • Publisher : K.K. Publications
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Social Science
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Political sociology deals with patterns of social stratification and their consequences in organized politics. It is one particular approach to the study of social organization and societal change. By contrast, in narrower terms, political sociology focuses on the organizational analysis of political groups and political leadership. In this perspective, the core of political sociology involves the study of both formal and informal party organization, with its linkages to the governmental bureaucracy, the legal system, interest groups, and the electorate at large. This approach is an expression of an institutional or organizational point of view. As societies strive to become modernized and as the role of formally organized political parties becomes more and more dominant, it appears difficult to make a sharp distinction between the social stratification and the institutional approaches to political sociology. Nevertheless, these perspectives assume persistently different conceptions about the political process and are reflections of the basic writings of Karl Marx and Max Weber, respectively, both of whom have deeply influenced the emergence of the sociology of politics. In the nineteenth century, the development of representative institutions meant the extension of suffrage and an increase in the importance of parliament as a device for sharing political power and resolving political conflict. This book is essential reading for practicing researchers, students and scholars of subject and also the informed/interested general reader. Contents: • Theoretical Perspectives • Contemporary Issues: Socio-Cultural • The Nature of Caste-inequalities in India • Contemporary Issues: Development • Issues Pertaining to Deviance • Current Debates