POLITICS, RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs—a real-life Tony Stark—and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new “makers.”
DONGRI TO DUBAI
S. HUSSAIN ZAIDI
Describing the roots of the Mumbai Mafia and its genesis into what it has become today, the book revolves around the life of Dawood Ibrahim. Some of the other gangsters that share the spotlight with Dawood in the book are Chhota Rajan, Karim Lala, Abu Salem, Haji Mastan and Varadarajan Mudaliar. The stories of each of these hooligans have been detailed along with the list of their illegal actions.
Talking about the Mumbai mafia’s history through the last six decades, the book takes a deep plunge into the life of the most famous goon in the nation, Dawood. His story from his days in Dongri, Mumbai to his rise to becoming the international terrorist that is known as today has been described. Dawood’s craving for power, his unaltered focus and his astute mind and tactics have been discussed along with the descriptions of his first robbery, his youth and his love affairs.
THE MODI EFFECT
How did a 'chai wallah' who sold tea on trains as a boy become Prime Minister of India?
On May 16, 2014, Narendra Modi was declared the winner of the largest election ever conducted anywhere in the world, having fought a campaign unlike any before.
Political parties in Britain, Australia and North America pride themselves on the sophistication of their election strategies, but Modi's campaign was a master-class in modern electioneering. His team created an election machine that broke new ground in the use of social media, the Internet, mobile phones and digital technologies. Modi took part in thousands of public events, but in such a vast country it was impossible to visit every town and village. The solution? A 'virtual Modi' - a life-size 3D hologram - beamed to parts he could not reach in person. These pioneering techniques brought millions of young people to the ballot box - the holy grail of election strategists everywhere - as Modi trounced the governing Congress Party led by the Gandhi dynasty.
AGRICULTURAL GROWTH, FARM SIZE AND RURAL POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN INDIA
C.H HANUMANTHA RAO
The volume presents a fine collection of some of the author's less accessible but academically most relevant writings on the subject of his mastery.
THE PANAMA PAPERS
11.5 million documents sent through encrypted channels. The secret records of 214,000 offshore companies. The largest data leak in history.
In early 2015, an anonymous whistle-blower led investigative journalists Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier into the shadow economy where the super-rich hide billions of dollars in complex financial networks. Thus began the ground-breaking investigation that saw an international team of 400 journalists work in secret for a year to uncover cases involving heads of state, politicians, businessmen, big banks, the mafia, diamond miners, art dealers and celebrities. A real-life thriller, The Panama Papersis the gripping account of how the story of the century was exposed to the world.
HOT, FLAT AND CROWDED
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Thomas L. Friedman's phenomenal number-one bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see the world in a new way. In his brilliant, essential new book, Friedman takes a fresh and provocative look at two of the biggest challenges we face today: America's surprising loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11; and the global environmental crisis, which is affecting everything from food to fuel to forests. In this groundbreaking account of where we stand now, he shows us how the solutions to these two big problems are linked--how we can restore the world and revive America at the same time.
PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED
First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire's work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm. With a substantive new introduction on Freire's life and the remarkable impact of this book by writer and Freire confidant and authority Donaldo Macedo, this anniversary edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed will inspire a new generation of educators, students, and general readers for years to come.
APJ ABDUL KALAM
The book, ‘My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions’ is the life story of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, India's famous scientist and former President. Written with a powerful narrative style laden with significant experiences, Dr. Kalam has filled this book with the details that matter. This inspirational book has been published by Rupa Publications India in the year 2013.
A long time ago, two families were to inherit a vast kingdom known as the Kuru Empire. The five sons of Pandu, called the Pandavas, were brave warriors, each of them born with divine blood running through their veins. They were virtuous, examples of humanity at its peak. They were endowed with wisdom, patience, strength, knowledge and compassion. Their cousins, the hundred sons of Dhritarashtra, were called the Kauravas. The Kauravas were greedy, always hankering after more wealth. Since neither Pandu nor Dhritarashtra were suited to reign over the kingdom, the throne had to be equally divided between these two families. However, the Kauravas cheated the Pandavas out of their share and drove them into a long exile. They constantly try to kill them throughout their exile, but the Pandavas persist. At long last, they return to claim their rightful inheritance, but the Kauravas are not ready to part with even a portion of the kingdom. With the stage set, the Pandavas and the Kauravas meet in an epic battle on a field which had already been washed several times over with the blood of warriors. On Kurukshetra, they would fight a mighty war which would leave both sides crippled. And on this battlefield, the Blue God, Krishna, explains the righteous duty the Pandavas have to fulfill by exterminating their vile cousins. This is a story of love, avarice, wisdom, patience and respect for one’s fellow man. Every known moral lies hidden in the Mahabharata, and it is for this reason that it is considered one of the greatest stories ever composed.
The Ramayana is a crucial part of Indian literature and is the story of Lord Rama s journey. The events that are described in the Ramayana are supposed to have been a part of our history and tell us about the importance of relationships and the duties that come with it.
The Ramayana is one among the two greatest Hindu epics. It revolves around the life of Rama and his loved ones. Upon reading the Ramayana, one will realize that it portrays many ideal characters like the ideal wife, the ideal brother, the ideal servant, the ideal king and the ideal father. In the story, Rama s beautiful wife, Sita, gets abducted by the King of Lanka, Ravana. From this point is where the most essential events unfold. The text consists of 24, 000 verses in a total of seven books and 500 cantos. It is best known to spread knowledge about dharma and explores the concept to a great length. The Ramayana has influenced Sanskrit poetry and Indian culture. It is a tale that is told to every Hindu child during their growing years so as to make them aware of their religious roots and its strong values.
THE LAWS OF THE SPIRIT WORLD
‘The Laws of the Spirit World’ by Khorshed Bhavnagri is a book that tells us about automatic writing, spirits and life after death. This book is based on the author’s own life. In 1980, Khorshed Bhavnagri and her husband lost their sons in a car accident. Their lives had come to a standstill after this tragedy until after a month of their death they started getting messages from their sons through mediators. This was something unimaginable. The author turned her personal misery into a spiritual story which is now admired by millions of people. The author claims about how the spirit of their sons contacted them and they successfully reunited. He also talks about how their sons provide them with immense spiritual guidance and knowledge.
ADIYOGI: THE SOURCE OF YOGA
SADHGURU & ARUNDHATHI SUBRAMANIAM
'Shi-va' is 'that which is not', a primordial emptiness; Shiva is also the first-ever yogi, Adiyogi, the one who first perceived this emptiness. Adiyogi is symbol and myth, historic figure and living presence, creator and destroyer, outlaw and ascetic, cosmic dancer and passionate lover, all at once. A book like no other, this extraordinary document is a tribute to Shiva, the Adiyogi, by a living yogi; a chronicle of the progenitor of mysticism by a contemporary mystic. Here science and philosophy merge seamlessly, so do silence and sound, question and answer-to capture the unspeakable enigma of Adiyogi in a spellbinding wave of words and ideas that will leave one entranced, transformed.
THE POWER OF SOUL
ZHI GANG SHA
In the twentieth century, mind over matter was emphasized. In the twenty-first century, soul over matter will transform all life. The Power of Soul reveals divine soul secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practices to transform the consciousness of humanity and all souls, and enlighten them in order to create love, peace, and harmony for humanity, Mother Earth, and all universes.
The Power of Soul teaches soul healing, soul prevention of sickness, soul rejuvenation, soul transformation of every aspect of life (including relationships and finances), and soul enlightenment.
While Buddhism has no central text such as the Bible or the Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of Buddha. This rich anthology brings together works from a broad historical and geographical range, and from languages such as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha's past lives, a discussion of the qualities and qualifications of a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of Enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast nature of the Buddhist tradition.
MANY LIVES, MANY MASTERS
DR. BRIAN WEISS
The true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives. As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from the space between lives, which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss' family and his dead son. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.
PEACE AND HARMONY IN DAILY LIVING
RAMESH S. BALSEKAR
Peace And Harmony In Daily Living – Facing Life Moment To Moment, Being Anchored In Tranquility Do you really know what you want most in life? Even if you have all the success, fame and money you want, and the good health to enjoy it – are you happy and fulfilled? Why is it that we all find ourselves seeking something more from life – all the time? Now, a modern sage points out that each one of us, at some time or the other, has a taste of what that is: an uninterrupted experience of peace and harmony. He also shows how we can achieve this constant repose in our ordinary, hectic, daily living. This is what the seeking – most evidently, the spiritual seeking – is all about. Thus, Ramesh Balsekar in his book Peace and Harmony in Daily Living raises a very basic question: Why should anyone seek ‘enlightenment’ or ‘Self-realization’? A simple examination of one’s personal experience will reveal that what usually disrupts the peace and harmony in life is a thought about something we think we – or someone else - should or shouldn’t have done. Hence, a massive load of guilt and shame for oneself, or hatred and malice for the other, is perpetuated. Without a lot of arduous effort – work, discipline, sacrifice, sadhana – without outside assistance, but simply by investigating one’s own experience, it is possible to get relief from this bondage. What mystics have said for ages, is here viewed from the perspective of modern living: that actions are happenings and not something done by someone. This understanding is what actually contributes to and helps us in discovering the state of equanimity and peace which we most ardently seek. Try it and you will see how simple it really is.
7 SECRETS OF SHIVA
Hindus and non-Hindus wanting to delve deeper into Hindu folklore and understand what some customs and teachings have taken roots from, this researched book attempts to interpret seven secrets associated with the celebrated hermit Shiva.
Devdutt Pattanaik uncovers some reasons why Shiva, the ascetic god, is worshipped. The Purusha-Prakriti concept has been detailed with a rational approach and mundane examples have been cited to explain abstract concepts that circle Shiva. Sitting withdrawn on the top of mount Kailash, Shiva is indifferent to all worldly concerns and yet is blindly followed by millions.
First published in India in 1977, Prayer is a compilation of Gandhi's letters, articles, recorded conversations, and book excerpts. Divided into sections, the book first explores the meaning of prayer and the merits of prayer versus Buddhist meditation. The second section describes specific methods of spiritual practice, both private and public, and the abuses that compelled Gandhi to forge his own religious path. The third section discusses the power of the mantram, the continual repetition of God's name, which Gandhi regarded as the supreme form of prayer. Prayer concludes with a moving account of Gandhi's assassination in 1948. The appendixes include a selection of Gandhi's favorite prayers and hymns, translated by Gandhi himself from many religious traditions, east and west.
In this book, seasoned journalist Shantanu Guha Ray meticulously probes the motives of those who shunted Shah out of Exchange businesses and what it means for the politico-business climate of India.
When P.V. Narasimha Rao became the unlikely prime minister of India in 1991, he inherited economic crisis, violent insurgencies and a nation adrift. Despite being unloved by his people, mistrusted by his party, a minority in Parliament and ruling under the shadow of 10 Janpath, Rao reinvented India, at home and abroad. Few world leaders have achieved so much with so little power.
With exclusive access to Rao’s never-before-seen personal papers as well as over a hundred interviews, this definitive biography provides new revelations on the Indian economy, nuclear programme, foreign policy and the Babri Masjid. While tracing Rao’s life from a village in Telangana through his years in power and humiliation in retirement, the book never loses sight of the inner man, his difficult childhood, his corruptions and love affairs, his lingering loneliness. Meticulously researched and honestly told, this landmark political biography is a must-read for anyone interested in the man responsible for transforming India.
REALITY AT DAWN
Reality at dawn
THE WORLD IS FLAT
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004," what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world's two biggest nations, giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalization? And with this "flattening" of the globe, which requires us to run faster in order to stay in place, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner?
MANMOHAN SINGH: A PROFILE
This book tells a big story as to why Manmohan Singh, the 14th Prime Minister of India, is like he is, an honest, upright, simple, straightforward, versatile visionary sincerely working to make his country what it should be-a great nation free of war, want and exploitation.
Soul Stories is filled with marvelous stories that show how concepts such as intuition, harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for life actually express themselves in people's lives. Best of all, the stories lead to practical advice on how you can discover your own Soul Stories and the truths they reveal about the deepest sources of your being. Wonderfully readable, Soul Stories is a wise and inspirational book.
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH
In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds--two men, two faiths, two communities--that will inspire readers everywhere.
EVERY MAN'S SPEAKING TREE
THE TIMES OF INDIA
You thought spirituality was not for Gen I? This book will make you rethink. Brewed with the right mix of spirituality and simplicity, every man's Speaking Tree is for those who scoff at the word - spirituality!
every man's Speaking Tree is just for the uninitiated.
INDIA'S DEFENCE PREPAREDNESS
Does India have a `National Security Strategy'? How does one understand India's defence preparedness in the context of the three services? The discourse on the making of a national security policy, its political implications, linkages with foreign policy, the issues of civil-military relations, defence research and development, and the role of the State and participation of the private sector in defence production are discussed in this volume. The two specific cases where the issue of defence preparedness is critical, that of dealing with Pakistan and China are covered in detail.
THE POLICTICS OF EMANCIPATION
The politics of Emancipation
THE GREAT ENIGMA- MOHAMMED ALI JINNAH
Mohammad Ali Jinnah : The Great Enigma
CIVIL LIBERTY: THE NCCL GUIDE TO YOUR RIGHTS
Civil Liberty : The NCCL Guide to your Rights
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI
This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America.
THE OPEN ROAD
Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father's) for the last three decades-a continuing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, in this insightful, impassioned book, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the most remote, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being needlessly distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his everyday humanity.
AMERICA THE VULNERABLE
Shortly after 9/11, Joel Brenner entered the inner sanctum of American espionage, first as the inspector general of the National Security Agency, then as the head of counterintelligence for the director of national intelligence. He saw at close range the battleground on which our adversaries are now attacking us-cyberspace. We are at the mercy of a new generation of spies who operate remotely from China, the Middle East, Russia, even France, among many other places. These operatives have already shown their ability to penetrate our power plants, steal our latest submarine technology, rob our banks, and invade the Pentagon's secret communications systems.
AMERICA AT WAR: WORLD WAR II
The world had not fully recovered from the horror of World War I or the anguish of its catastrophic aftermath, the Great Depression, before an even greater war commenced. The Third Reich of Adolf Hitler threatened to dominate all of Europe and, as the physicist Albert Einstein rushed to bring to the attention of President Franklin Roosevelt, the limitless destructive power of the atom was well within the reach of Nazi Germany. World War II, Revised Edition presents the complete story of America's war in Europe and in the Pacific, from Pearl Harbor to the Normandy invasion to the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri. Vivid photographs, illustrations, and maps, along with helpful research features, make this book an invaluable addition to any classroom or library. Also included in this new edition is a chapter devoted to the military innovations seen during this massive war.
ESSAYS IN SIKH HISTORY, TRADITION, AND SOCIETY
Written over the last two decades, this collection addresses major issues concerning the Sikhs, even as Hew McLeod traces an eventful and rewarding life in Sikh studies. Examining the fundamental difference between historical sources and traditions, McLeod discusses Sikh hagiography. He presents an analysis of the Jap Sahib of Guru Gobind Singh along with a translation. He looks into various aspects of the Khalsa Rahit-its history, the evolution of the Five Ks, rahit-namas , especially the problems associated with their study, and the legend of the enigmatic Banda Bahadur. He delves into the Sikh identity- what defines a Sikh and changing notions of what it means to be a Sikh. Various facets of Sikh society like observance of caste, the place of women, and wearing of the turban are explored. He investigates the story of Sikh migration to Australia and New Zealand, the earliest such settlements, from the first immigrants in the 1860s till the present day. There is also extensive discussion on Sikh art and literature including the Adi Granth, the janam-sakhis , and the works of Bhai Gurdas and Bhai Nandlal among others. A detailed introduction provides an overview of Sikh studies today and places the essays in context.
THE MUSLIM ALMANAC
AZIM A. NANJI
A collection of articles covers Islam from its beginnings in the seventh century to the present in all parts of the world.
INDIA'S STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE
India’s struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra is your go to book for an in-depth and detailed overview on Indian independence movement . Indian freedom struggle is one of the most important parts of its history. A lot has been written and said about it, but there still remains a gap. Rarely do we get to hear accounts of the independence from the entire country and not just one region at one place. This book fits in perfectly in this gap and also provides a narration on the impact this movement had on the people. Bipin Chandra’s book is a well-documented history of India's freedom struggle against the British rule. It is one of the most accurate books which have been painstakingly written after thorough research based on legal and valid verbal and written sources.
MY HANUMAN CHALISA
Reflecting on one of Hinduism’s most popular prayer for positive energy
Acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies the Hanuman Chalisa for the contemporary reader. His unique approach makes the ancient hymn accessible, combined as it is with his trademark illustrations.
Every time we experience negativity in the world and within ourselves, every time we encounter jealousy, rage and frustration, manifesting as violation and violence, we hear, or read, the Hanuman Chalisa. Composed over four hundred years ago by Tulsidas, its simple words in Awadhi, a dialect of Hindi and its simple metre, musically and very potently evoke the mythology, history and mystery of Hanuman, the much-loved Hindu deity, through whom Vedic wisdom reached the masses. As verse follows verse, our frightened, crumpled mind begins to expand with knowledge and insight and our faith in humanity, both within and without, is restored.
THE ASSASSINATION OF RAJIV GANDHI
On 21 May 1991, journalist Neena Gopal had finished just one part of an interview with Rajiv Gandhi—the last of his life—when his car reached the election rally at Sriperumbudur. Moments later, Rajiv Gandhi was dead, blown up by suicide bomber Dhanu, irrevocably changing the course of Indian politics, as Neena Gopal, just yards behind him, watched in horror.
In this gripping, definitive book, Gopal reconstructs the chain of events in India and at the LTTE’s headquarters in Sri Lanka where the assassination plot was hatched and follows the trail of investigation that led to the assassins being brought to justice.
THE NEW LEFT
The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution is a 1971 collection of essays by Ayn Rand, in which Rand argues that religion, the New Left, and similar forces are irrational and harmful. Most of the essays originally appeared in The Objectivist.
ENVISIONING AN EMPOWERED NATION
APJ ABDUL KALAM
Over the years, the authors have interacted with people from all walks of life. During these interactions, they could perceive a strong desire of the people to live in a prosperous, peaceful and safe India. Moreover, they realised that technology is the engine which is capable of leading the nation towards growth and prosperity.
Kautilya's Arthashastra is a book about economics written by Kautilya. The word (No Suggestions) originates from a primeval Indian dissertation that discussed how the economy and military affairs of a state should function. The dissertation was written in Sanskrit by Chanakya, the teacher to the founder of the Mauryan Empire. The book talks about the science of amassing wealth. The author emphasizes that the king should offer no reason for his actions and should go to any extent to attain wealth. The subjects would be prone to punishments unlike the king.
ECONOMICS OF IMPERIALISM
Economics of Imperialism
Almost sixty years ago, Nehru spoke of India s tryst with destiny at the dawn of Independence. In the Constitution of the new republic that was framed a few years later, the goals and values of that vision were unfolded. How far have we progressed since then and what is it that destiny now holds for tomorrow s India?
FAIR TRADE FOR ALL
JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ
In Fair Trade For All, Stiglitz and Charlton address one of the key issues facing world leaders today--how can the poorer countries of the world be helped to help themselves through freer, fairer trade? To answer this question, the authors put forward a radical and realistic new model for managing trading relationships between the richest and the poorest countries. Their approach is designed to open up markets in the interests of all nations and not just the most powerful economies, to ensure that trade promotes development, and to minimize the costs of adjustments. The book illuminates the reforms and principles upon which a successful settlement must be based.
The inspiration for the film that won the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, The Corporation contends that the corporation is created by law to function much like a psychopathic personality, whose destructive behavior, if unchecked, leads to scandal and ruin.
Over the last 150 years the corporation has risen from relative obscurity to become the world’s dominant economic institution. Eminent Canadian law professor and legal theorist Joel Bakan contends that today's corporation is a pathological institution, a dangerous possessor of the great power it wields over people and societies.
GLOBALISATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS
JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ
Globalization and Its Discontents is a book that offers readers everything that they want to know about globalization. It shows how what was meant to be a globally integrated economy that would benefit all the nations that were part of it, has actually turned out to be a highly criticized idea. All of the places where globalization has failed have voiced their feelings of discontentment, which have been steadily increasing in number too. This is what the book is about.