Sub title: Hidden Biases of Good People
I know my own mind. I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. Blindspot is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Using the Implicit Association Test, Banaji and Greenwald explain the science that shapes our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities and potential.
Sub title: An Introduction to Hinduism’s Sacred Texts
When were the Vedas written, and why? Who were the people who composed them? Where did they come from, how did they live? Questions, conjectures and debates go hand in hand with the Vedas, the sacred keystone texts of Hinduism. Now, noted historian Roshen Dalal sifts through centuries of information and research to present, in a straightforward and succinct manner, an account of the Vedas that is authoritative yet accessible, thus appealing to both scholars and lay readers.
In this book, key insights into the Vedas are complemented by a celebration of the poetry that lies within the texts. Using socio-economic data and archaeological and linguistic research, the author introduces us to the Vedic era, enabling us to understand the culture and philosophy that produced these ancient and sublime texts.
• Based on original research and numerous authoritative sources, including auxiliary texts and early commentaries
• Appendices featuring selected hymns from all four Vedas, and listing all the hymns that make up the Rig Veda
• Conveniently cross-referenced with a wealth of information
The Sculptor in Exile
Bringing together the best of Vaid’s highly experimental short stories, The Sculptor in Exile makes for exhilarating reading. Rigour and wit inform these complex and transgressive meditations on time, love, death, marriage, ageing, selfhood and creativity. While they vary widely in form, tone and length, recurring through the collection are stories that reflect on the figure of the artist in self-imposed exile. In his explorations of interior darkness, Vaid often pushes his experiments to the edge but never loses his footing.
Steps in Darkness
Beero lives through a succession of days and events. His father gambles, his mother screams and gets hit by her husband, his sister flirts rather desperately. Beero searches for love and kindness in his strife-torn family. The spare delicacy of Vaid’s prose illustrates a child’s joy of play in fragile balance with the violence and poverty of his circumstances.
The Broken Mirror
The story of Beero and his motley group friends is set against the impending partition of India. Beero’s passage through adolescence is told through a series of vignettes involving characters who are each more eccentric than the next—wrestler, quack, prostitute; Hindu, Muslim, Sikh. But when partition becomes a reality, in a time of terror and carnage, the insane turn out be the only ones sane.
Sons of Brahma
An unassuming scholar, Jongom Hanse is more at home in the world of books and physics. Until, to his bewilderment, he is singled out by an implacable rebel leader, Anjan Phukan, who wants him to write for the separatist cause. Without any warning they are arrested on their second meeting and Anjan is shot dead. Caught in a snare between the police and the rebels who hold him responsible for their leader’s death, Jongom is forced to flee the safe confines of the university campus. Accompanied by his loyal friend, Pranab, he races through the lush Brahmaputra valley, facing a macabre world of ruthless politics even as they discover along the way a terrible secret that binds them together in ways they never thought possible. Addictive and gripping, Sons of Brahma is an enthralling Assam novel.
This Star Won't Go Out
A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends help to tell Esther's story, along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.
Their Language of Love
A wife worries for her family’s survival during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. A mother is horrified when she learns that her daughter wants to marry her American boyfriend. An American housewife living in Lahore has a tempestuous affair with a Pakistani minister. An aged matriarch travels to the USA to discover she must confront a traumatic memory from her past.
Finely nuanced, and laced with Sidhwa’s sharply comic observations, this is a stellar collection of tales from one of the subcontinent’s most important and beloved writers.