The Grace of Four Moons
Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India
Hardcover ISBN: 0253349117
Because clothing, food, and shelter are basic human needs, they provide excellent entries to cultural values and individual aesthetics. Everyone gets dressed every day, but body art has not received the attention it deserves as the most common and universal of material expressions of culture. The Grace of Four Moons aims to document the clothing decisions made by ordinary people in their everyday lives. Based on fieldwork conducted primarily in the city of Banaras, India, Pravina Shukla conceptualizes and realizes a total model for the study of body art -- understood as all aesthetic modifications and supplementations to the body. Shukla urges the study of the entire process of body art, from the assembly of raw materials and the manufacture of objects, through their sale and the interactions between merchants and consumers, to the consumer's use of objects in creating personal decoration.
A Very Short Introduction
Paperback ISBN: 0192854577
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest. He led the Indian National Congress party in three major campaigns against British rule, each culminating in his arrest. In Gandhi, a short introduction to Gandhi's life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhi's major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. Written with extensive access to Gandhi's writings in Indian languages to which most commentators have little or no access, Parekh looks at Gandhi's cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi's principles were limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power. Gandhi's view of man as ascetic allows no room for expressions of the cultural, artistic, or intellectual. Furthermore, he was so hostile to modern civilization that he was unable to appreciate its complex dialectic or offer a meaningful narrative. Nevertheless, Gandhi's life and thought had an enormous impact on the Indian nation, and he continues to be widely revered--known before and after his assassination as Mahatma, the Great Soul.
The Vicereines of India
Hardcover ISBN: 1906598193
In 1858 to reflect the status and role of the Governor-General in India as a representative of the monarch to the feudal rulers of the princely states, the term Viceroy was applied, and his consort was accordingly elevated to Vicereine. The author illustrates the lives of these remarkable women.
The Girl from Foreign
Paperback ISBN: 0143115774
Recounts the author's astonished discovery of her heritage as a descendent of the Bene Israel Jewish community that was shipwrecked in India two thousand years ago, in an account that describes her visit to India to put the pieces of her family's past together. Reprint.
Mi Vida Es Mi Mensaje/ My Life Is My Message
Paperback ISBN: 8496917371
Honouring the memory of the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), La Casa Encendida offers the exhibition, "My Life is my message". The exhibition looks over the life of Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi, better know as Mahatma Gandhi, his birth in Pordanbar (1869), his travels through England, the fundamental role that he played in the fight for the freedom of the Indians in South Africa, his many roles in the road to gaining India's Independence in 1947 and concluding with his tragic assassination in New Delhi. The text included in the book are unpublished and have been exclusively written by each author for the exhibition, of which are some of today's most important experts on Gandhi, from India and Europe. The majority of the photographs exhibited are unpublished and digitally restored from the archives most important collections dedicated to Gandhi. Until now this material has never been exhibited.
India, A Civilization Of Differences
The Ancient Tradition Of Universal Tolerance
Paperback ISBN: 1594770484
Builds a defense of India's caste system as not racist inequality but as a natural ordering of diversity while revealing the stereotypes of Indian society invented to justify colonialism. Original.
From Midnight to the Millennium
Paperback ISBN: 0060977531
One of India's foremost writers assesses the country's achievements and failures over the last fifty years of its independence from British rule and notes India's importance in the challenges facing America in the twenty-first century. Reprint.