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The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity Books 

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity has been written by none other than Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. The book comprises of sixteen interlinked essays that explain in detail the rich background on which India has built its foundations on. In four sections the book tries to delineate the importance of perceiving contemporary India easily.

This book also goes onto explain the source of conflicting opinions pursuits and interests and yet how these conflicting situations are able to co-exist without many problems. It also goes onto write about how these conflicts help in creating a variety of opinions, varying cultures and abundance of viewpoints. Through this book, the author attempts to defend its secular politics and also tries to abolish the inequalities of issues like caste, gender, community and also the search for peace in the sub-continent.

This book also tries to analyze the environment of Hindu traditions, traditions prevalent in India and huge economic and social differences. It also speaks on the topic of India’s stature in the world.

About the author:

Amartya Sen is a renowned economist from India. He started out as a researcher and teacher and later went on to teach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later was a visiting professor at UC-Berkeley and Cornell University respectively. He has also contributed to his Indian roots by serving as a teacher in various colleges all over India.

Dr. Amartya Sen has been awarded many recognitions and felicitations some of which are Bharat Ratna in the year 1999, the Honorary Citizenship of Bangladesh in the year 1999, the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in the year 1998 and the 25 Greatest Global Living Legends in India by NDTV in the year 2013.

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Aatujeevitham Books 

Aatujeevitham

The book told in first person tells the story of a migrant worker who dreams big and leaves his home, hearth and heart in Kerala for the Gulf, the name attributed to middle east/Arabian peninsula. The story gives startling lives of expatriates behind the urban shine of the Dubais and Sharjahs. The story goes on from the highly contrasting world of Green Kerala and Deserted Arabia. He lands up in a goat farm which was not the job he was promised. The ordeal of men among goats and the goats among men is the backbone of the story. His escape from there takes the latter half of the book.

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India Since Independence Books 

India Since Independence

A sequel to ‘India’s Struggle For Independence’, ‘India Since Independence’ gives a concise history of the numerous challenges and obstacles India has had to face after independence, for the nation to become a major power with a fast growing economy. Likewise, the book essays India’s most successful and proudest moments post-independence.

The book also essays how the Constitution of India was drafted in the Nehruvian era and how the country’s political and economic policies had a lasting imprint of the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Apart from this, the book also sheds light on the foreign policy and economic reforms that were introduced in 1991. Not just the economic aspect, the book also covers in details the sociological problems faced in modern times, like the prevalence of untouchability and the caste issues and others. It also dissects and discusses in detail the Punjab crisis as well as the party politics played out both at the Centre and the States.

There is a section in the book that documents the decline of the National Democratic Alliance in 2004 and the emergence of the United Progressive Alliance. It also records the historical context of the much talked about and importance of Indo-US Nuclear Deal.

With a total of 41 chapters, including the Foreign Policy: The Nehru Era, Agricultural Growth and Green Revolution and The Rajiv Years, the book provides a concise and updated overview of India and its economic growth story, besides the drift in the Indian political system since 1947. In doing so, the book also does analyze important political personalities like Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to name a few.

About the author:

Bipin Chandra: An Indian historian specializing in subjects relating to the economic and political history of India, Bipin Chandra is an Professor Emeritus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has authored numerous books including Communalism in Modern India and Ideology and Politics in Modern India.

Mridula Mukherjee: Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and professor of Modern Indian History at Centre for Historical Studies, Mridula Mukherjee has also authored many books in the same subject.

Aditya Mukherjee: A recognized author of Indian history and politics, Aditya Mukherjee is a professor at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and also the Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU.

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Don’t Ask Any Old Bloke for Directions Books 

Don’t Ask Any Old Bloke for Directions

Exploring a karmic network in 25,320 kilometres After twenty years in the Indian Administrative Service, P.G. Tenzing throws off the staid life of a bureaucrat to roar across India on an Enfield Thunderbird, travelling light with his possessions strapped on the back of his bike. On the nine-month motorcycle journey without a pre-planned route or direction, he encounters acquaintances who appear to be from his karmic past: from the roadside barber to numerous waiters and mechanics fleeting human interactions and connections that seem pre-ordained. Life on the road is full of pot holes in more ways than one, but Tenzing acquires a wheelie s sixth sense. He is unfazed by suspicious hotel receptionists or other unkarmic sceptics who take one look at his dishevelled, unkempt appearance and ask for an advance, or a deposit or both. Tenzing s views on life and death, friendship and love are informed by a certain dark humour. But his conviction that everything revolves around the sacred bond that humans share with each other and with the universe is deeply felt and inspiring. Sometime singer with a Gangtok band, a dabbler in vipassana meditation and a supporter of a monk’s school at Mangan, Sikkim, P.G. Tenzing is self-confessedly at a mid-life crisis point and ready for all the adventures this world has to offer

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Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide) Books 

Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide)

#1 best-selling guide to India *

Lonely Planet India is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire the perfect symmetry of the Taj Mahal, ride a camel through the moonlit desert or cruise the lush backwaters of Kerala; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of India and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s India Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – temples, cuisine, history, art, Hinduism, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, customs, volunteering, yoga, ashrams, trekking
  • Over 199 colour maps
  • Covers Delhi’s bazaars, the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan’s forts and deserts, Goa’s beaches, Kerala’s backwaters, Mumbai’s colonial-era buildings, Darjeeling’s tea plantations, Khajuraho’s ancient temples, Himalayan monasteries and more

eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)

  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations’ websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet India, our most comprehensive guide to India, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of India? Check out Discover India, a photo-rich guide to India’s most popular attractions.
  • Looking for a guide focused on Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, Goa, Mumbai, South India or Kerala? Check out Lonely Planet’s South India & Kerala guide, Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra guide, or Goa & Mumbai guide for a comprehensive look at all that these regions have to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

*Best-selling guide to India. Source: Nielsen Bookscan, Australia, UK and USA, December 2013-November 2014

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Landmark Judgments That Changed India Books 

Landmark Judgments That Changed India

The executive, the legislature and the judiciary are the three branches of government, both state and central, in India. Of these, it is the judiciary’s task to uphold constitutional values and ensure justice for all. The interpretation and application of constitutional values by the judicial system has had far-reaching impact, often even altering provisions of the Constitution itself. Although our legal system was originally based on the broad principles of the English common law, over the years it has been adapted to Indian traditions and been changed, for the better, by certain landmark verdicts.

In Landmark Judgments that Changed India, former Supreme Court judge and eminent jurist Asok Kumar Ganguly analyses certain cases that led to the formation of new laws and changes to the legal system. Discussed in this book are judgments in cases such as Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala that curtailed the power of Parliament to amend the Constitution; Maneka Gandhi v. Union of India and Others that defined personal liberty; and Golaknath v. State of Punjab, where it was ruled that amendments which infringe upon fundamental rights cannot be passed.
Of special significance for law students and practitioners, this book is also an ideal guide for anyone interested in the changes made to Indian laws down the years, and the evolution of the judicial system to what it is today.

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10 Judgements That Changed India Books 

10 Judgements That Changed India

About The Book

10 Judgements That Changed India, available in hardcover, is a collection of 10 judgments passed by the Supreme Court, that was critical in transforming the democracy of India. It describes the way these judgments redefined the life of Indians. The author has tried to inform the readers about the grave decisions made which affected the citizens socially and culturally.

The book contains 10 essays. Each one of them delves into different scenarios observed in the Indian legal system. From environmental jurisprudence and custodial deaths, to reservations, it explains all the legal concepts involved in these areas. 10 Judgements That Changed India gives the readers an insight into the judgments by reviewing them and exploring the impacts they had on the people.

In the book, the author gives the readers an overall picture of India’s legal system. The crucial cases like Maneka Gandhi versus Union of India, Union Carbide Corporation versus Union of India and Mohammed Ahmed Khan versus Shah Bano Begum and Olga Tellis versus Bombay Municipal Corporation, have been looked into extensively.

10 Judgements That Changed India, published on 1st September, 2013, attempts to disprove the point that India has a weak judiciary system. It also shows how some of the powerful judgments passed continue to affect the lives of common people even today. It discusses the proceedings of the court rigorously to give the readers an idea about how the judicial process works internally.

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