Dance of the Weave
The photographs you see in this book are the result of an extensive journey that the artist undertook across the length and breadth of India over a period of five years. She visited dance schools and festivals—from the Uttar Kamalabari Satra monastery on the Majuli river-island in the Brahmaputra river in Assam, which teaches Sattriya dance, to the C.V.N. Kalari gurukulam in Calicut, which instructs students in the martial art of Kalaripayattu—to research classical, folk and tribal dances. She also visited weaving villages, documenting the dancers’ costumes and textiles, and how a dancer inhabits textiles and plays with fabric through movement. By highlighting the drapes that are used in dance, Briana shows us how even a single piece of cloth that is used is still relevant in India. Her photographs celebrate textiles as well as the aesthetic of those who wear them.
The Warrior’s Mirror
Sub title: The Path to Peace
"The greatest weapon a warrior takes into battle is neither a sword nor a shield, neither a spear nor a steed—but an invisible mirror that reflects the path to self inquiry. By contemplating and analyzing this reflection, the warrior becomes a better individual and a true leader. With every battle fought and every action performed, using this mirror to look within can greatly increase levels of consciousness. The mirror is a potent weapon in the everyday battles we all have to fight. But how do we discover this mirror? Though we see it every day, we seldom realize that the world is our mirror. The reason we find fault with others lies within us, not them; our perception of the world around us is actually a reflection of who we are and what we believe in. To clarify the concept of the ‘warrior’s mirror’, the author creates a character called Hercules, named after the fabled Greek hero. This Modern-Day Protagonist Is A Common Man Who Helps Resolve The Problems Of The People He Encounters, Bringing Happiness Into Their Lives As Well As His Own. Ultimately He Attains The Highest Level Of Consciousness By Learning To Look Into The Warrior’s Mirror."
Tales from the Bench and the Bar
"Drawing on senior advocate Vicaji Taraporewala’s sixty-two years of practice in the Bombay High Court, this book is a brilliant compilation of stories, anecdotes and incidents—based not only on the author’s great variety of experiences, but also on some extremely interesting accounts narrated by senior lawyers and some rare writings by legal luminaries. These are stories of men of courage and independent thought, of their sharp wit and humour, of legendary lawyers of yore who did not take themselves or life too seriously but did the right thing fearlessly, and who, under all circumstances, upheld the cherished principle of justice. Some of the incidents also highlight the role of destiny in our lives, or why chance favours the prepared mind, and how persistence and the will to adapt to the vicissitudes of life are qualities we need to imbibe from the precedents set by some of India’s finest legal minds. This delightful insider’s account of life on the Bench and Bar brings forth the refreshingly light moments that liven the often stern and forbidding proceedings in our courts. A wonderful read, of course, for people donning the black coat, but equally engaging for everyone."
The One Above
Sub title: What if God Was Your Neighbour
"Nothing is more important than being happy and this is true irrespective of how successful you are or how much you possess. The One Above tells you how to infuse passion and energy into everyday activities—at work and at home—by understanding and accepting the meaning of ‘happiness’ and ‘suffering’. The book presents practical ways of being happy by dispelling common beliefs about unhappiness and pain, and provides insights into the real causes of suffering. This book explains how a happy, natural state paves the way for everything you desire in life—with, of course, a little help from ‘the one above’. As the author, Sirshree, observes, ‘There is no way to happiness; happiness itself is the way.’"
The Darjeeling Tea Book
In this superbly illustrated book, Gillian Wright tells the story of Darjeeling, the beautiful hill station in the Eastern Himalayas. She traces the history of its world-famous tea from its origins in China to the present day. The British appetite for tea convinced the merchants of the Raj that they should bring tea growing to India. The author recounts the adventures of the nineteenth-century botanists who succeeded in bringing the closely guarded secrets of tea manufacture from China to India; of the founders of Darjeeling and of the pioneers— British, German and Indian— who took up tea plantation on the then remote mountainsides. Wright tracks the changes that accompanied the transition from British to Indian ownership after Independence, and describes the gardens of today through the seasons, places of astounding biodiversity, where leopards still roam and uncounted smaller creatures and unnumbered plant species thrive. Her encounters with planters and workers, especially the women, without whom the industry could not exist, illuminate their lives, hopes and aspirations. This is a fascinating portrait of Darjeeling and its teas, widely acknowledged as the finest in the world.
Sub title: A Corporate Journey
A fascinating visual account of Indian enterprise and business, India Unlimited: A Corporate Journey traces the exciting evolution of Indian business from the time of the Indus Valley Civilization, focusing in particular on the transformations since the advent of liberalization. British rule introduced new forms of entrepreneurship and intrepid Indian entrepreneurs established new companies, challenging British conglomerates. The mixed-economy model after Independence laid equal emphasis on public, private and small sectors. Corporate India seized the initiative to emerge as an essential partner in develoent. Family businesses, public sector enterprises, new entrepreneurs and small scale enterprises flourished across the country. Economic reforms in 1991 led to a new phase in the growth of corporate India. Successfully restructuring to address the challenges of globalization, India Inc. pushed ahead in all sectors, becoming a powerhouse in the global economy. Economic growth has led to an explosion in the linkages of corporate India with rural India, with small entrepreneurs and with the world. Today, inclusive growth is a partnership between the government and corporate India. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs with its affiliated bodies plays a key role as facilitator, enabler and regulator. Through enduring images and lucid prose, this book portrays the dynamism of the Indian corporate sector today and presents the multi-dimensional facets of Indian entrepreneurship.
"Rohini was barely in her teens when she lost her father and her hero, Rahul Roy. He had been a wonderful father, husband, and an upright and renowned professional in the world of finance. Yet Rohini felt she knew little about him. She spoke to relatives, friends and her father’s colleagues to rediscover the man she called ‘Baba’. The best way to remember him, she felt, would be to write about him. Piecing together the public and the personal, the facts and the memories, Rohini Roy chronicles the life of her father: from his humble roots in north Kolkata to his Welsh connection; from his days at school to the lively debater in college; from his days as an accountant to becoming the youngest president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India; and, finally, from his days as a carefree young man to a sensitive and caring individual. Along the way lie snapshots of his life that at once surprise and charm the reader. "
Grids of Change
Sub title: Managing Power Games and Power Lines
Being the head honcho of a public sector enterprise is one of the most exacting or testing positions in the corporate world. Heading an archetypal corporate set-up where strengthening the bottom line is your sole objective is one thing; leading a corporation that has a crucial public service to perform while continuing to increase profits for its owners—the Government of India—is another. As chairman of PowerGrid.,one of India's leading utility companies, R.P. Singh was on the inside track of Indian business, government and policy for 12 long years—years spent not just reshaping power networking in India but also raising the benchmark in corporate governance. It wasn't always easy. Conservative, anti-reform forces had to be contested, rivals fought off, political and other influences contained. This book tells the story of how it was done. R.P. Singh reveals the inside workings of India's government-owned business sector, the saga of how a start-up with borrowed staff and facilities was built into a public-sector jewel and one of the leading power grid operators of the world. This is a fascinating business book: part memoir, part management manual, part survival guide.
"What happens when you cross-breed a stolid gerontocracy with a sabre-toothed democracy? You get the Indian public sector . . . Most public sector high flyers have no use for an autobiography because they have more to hide than they have to say...Candour gives Dr. R.P. Singh's book a compelling strength. Power has two meanings: Singh's career was stretched between the two. Thankfully he gave power to the people instead of being obsequious to the powerful"-M.J. Akbar.
"Dr R.P. Singh has used his candid approach to highlight challenges in the management of the Indian public sector: the tug with the political bosses, the resolution of conflicts within the organization and the achievement of consistent performance. It has been an overwhelming experience while I was going through the book discovering the actual thread of happenings in the other power grids. Grids of Change is a really encouraging book for those who want to reach and sustain at the top of the ladder."-Navin Jindal.
"A stirring saga of an upright public sector CEO's gritty and forthright response, to often insurmountable odds, through courage, dedication, determination, integrity and leadership. A must-read for every present and aspiring CEO."-Shekhar Bajaj, Chairman and Managing Director, Bajaj Electricals
Noon, with a View
Sub title: Courage and Integrity
Throughout his life, Sir Gulam, has made many friends and helped innumerable people, and when the Noon Products factory was destroyed by fire, both friends and clients were there to help him recover. After selling the business to WT Foods, his own charitable institution, the Noon Foundation, was established, and for his many efforts in this sector he was awarded the MBE. Increasingly, his time was spent working with many different charities and, in 2002, the Queen honoured him with a knighthood. A few years later Sir Gulam accepted nomination for a peerage but the â€˜cash for honours' storm erupted. He relates the incident from his personal perspective"his anger, humiliation, frustration and depression. He considers his relations with the police, the media, the Government, Tony Blair and other senior members of the Labour Party. He also reflects upon the tough questions facing Britain today, such as education, immigration, terrorism and the role of the government and private citizens. He pulls no punches and his indomitable spirit commands respect"his story demands to be read.