An Indian Adventure
Paperback ISBN: 0767915747
A popular Australian radio correspondent humorously recounts her reluctant relocation to New Delhi, India, where a dangerous illness propelled her to explore the region's culture and spirituality in order to discover its virtues as well as a greater understanding about life and death. Original.
The Great Emperor of India
Hardcover ISBN: 8857215253
An amazing exhibition catalogue showing the splendors of one of the greatest rulers of the world, India’s Emperor Akbar (1542–1605). Akbar the Great is considered one of the most splendid sovereigns of humankind. Though he never learned to read or write, he was a great protector of poetry and literature, the builder of the grandiose capital Fathepur Sikri, the City of Victory, and the promoter of new movements in arts and crafts. The catalogue illustrates his deep art appreciation, detailing his court life with portraits and images of political activities, cultural events, and his military glory through arms and armor. Jewel boxes, turban ornaments, earrings, and necklaces are lavishly presented from the most important Indian, European, and American museums and collections. Although the author references the latest in art historical scholarship, this book is also aimed at readers with an affinity for Indian culture.
Hardcover ISBN: 0307272435
An analysis of India's rapid economic progress in the decades since independence evaluates the cultural foundations that contributed to the region's accelerated transformations, citing the roles of factors ranging from Maoist revolutionaries and organized crime to forced labor and billionaire investors. By the award-winning author of Younghusband.
Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent
Paperback ISBN: 0892818700
An exploration of 99 classic myths of India from an entirely non-Western paradigm that provides a fresh understanding of the Hindu spiritual landscape â€¢ Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the stories of the Bible, ancient Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia â€¢ Looks at the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia â€¢ Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and art of ancient India are still vibrant today and inform the contemporary generation From the blood-letting Kali to the mysterious Ganesha, the Hindu spiritual landscape is populated by characters that find no parallel in the Western spiritual world. Indian Mythology explores the rich tapestry of these characters within 99 classic myths, showing that the mythological world of India can be best understood when we move away from a Western, monotheistic mindset and into the polytheistic world of Hindu traditions. Featuring 48 artistic renderings of important mythological figures from across India, the author unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and artwork of ancient India to reveal the tension between world-affirming and world-rejecting ideas, between conformism and contradiction, between Shiva and Vishnu, Krishna and Rama, Gauri and Kali. This groundbreaking book opens the door to the unknown and exotic, providing a glimpse into the rich mythic tradition that has empowered millions of human beings for centuries.
The Doctor and the Saint
Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste: The Debate Between B. R. Ambedkar and M. K. Gandhi
Paperback ISBN: 160846797x
In an extensive critique of Gandhi’s views on race, caste and imperialism, the Booker Prize-winning author reveals some uncomfortable, even controversial, truths about the political thought and career of India’s most famous, and most revered, figure. Original. 10,000 first printing.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Hardcover ISBN: 1400067553
A first book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother of a prospective female college student and a young scrap metal thief, in an account that illuminates how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by regional religious, caste and economic tensions. 35,000 first printing.
A Short History of India
From the Earliest Civilisations and Myriad Kingdoms, to Today's Economic Powerhouse
Paperback ISBN: 1843449226
The world's largest democracy and second-most populous country, 21st-century India is a dynamic nation with a thrivting economy, made up of a variety of beliefs and peoples united under one flag. Ancient India was home to myriad kingdoms with boundaries that were ever changing while a variety of cultures and religions flourished over the millennia as the influence of foreign invaders and occupiers has come and gone. The country was under foreign rule from the early 1800s until independence in 1947. From the late 1980s, India opened itself to the outside world, encouraging economic reform and foreign investment, and is now courted by the world's leading economic and political powers. It is a major power with a burgeoning middle class, having made substantial strides in areas such as information technology. The availability of a large, skilled workforce makes it a popular choice for international companies looking to outsource work. It has launched a space program and boasts a massive film industry, its "Bollywood" films being amongst the most-watched in the world. Meanwhile, India still has major issues with poverty and illiteracy, and campaigns have been launched to alleviate these problems.