A philanthropist’s anecdotes

It was a Christmas evening last year at a famous bookstore in Delhi where Sudha Murty, one of the prolific children’s writers of India, was being relentlessly requested to pen down an autobiography. She very humbly fielded all those requests. I clearly remember her reply, ‘I don’t think my story is worth telling. I am a simple person. You won’t find anything extraordinary in my autobiography’.
But after reading her latest work- Three Thousand Stitches, I can firmly affirm that Sudha ji did take her fans’ requests into consideration which led to this beautiful compilation of 11 stories. Each story covers an entirely different phase of her life. However, one point that remains common in all of these poignant tales....

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भारतीय संविधान की सरलता एवं सुगमता से व्याख्यान

समझिक प्रशसनिक सेवा के विधार्थियों को भारतीयसविधान पढ़ाते हैं | समस्झिक, आर्थिक एवं राजनीतिक विषयों में इनकी रूचि हैं | ग्रनविल ऑस्टिन की पुस्तक `भारतीय सविधान, राष्ट्र की आधारशिला` अध्ययन करने के पश्चात ज्ञान होता हैं की क्यों उन्हें भारतीय संविधान का प्रखर विदान कहा जाता है | पुस्तक का अनुवाद नरेश गोस्वामी ने किया हैं | प्राय: ऐसा प्रतीत हुआ है अंग्रेगी से अनुबदित पुस्तके अपना सार, अनुवाद के क्रम में कही खो देती हैं | उनका सब्दार्थ तो होता हैं, भावार्थ गायब रहता हैं | परइस पुस्तके में ऐसा नही हैं |
भारत का संविधान एक विस्तुर्त समावेशी संग्रह हैं | जिसकी भासा सोच बिचार कर जटिल...

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How India is dying day by day

Prerna Singh Bindra is a well-known voice in the environment sector as a journalist with a finger on the pulse of the problem. This hard-hitting book from her ‘reveals the dark side of the country’s undisciplined pursuit of growth’, as George Schaller notes.
We see the rapid transformation of our immediate environment every day—that mynah in the tree across the street can no longer be seen, the tree has been whittled down to a decorative shape to match the plan drawing of the housing complex that is coming up behind it.Soon, it is no longer a real tree. Bindra gives umpteen such examples, with names of places, species and dates, to point out almost in every page how India’s wildlife is vanishing. In the island called United Kingdom, not a hare or deer or bird can be seen today, they have hunted out everything to make it ‘safe’ for mankind. India is not far behind....

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Khushwant, the master writer

The authors, Vijay Shankar and Onkar Singh, have done such a superb work in bringing the Master back to life for the readers – in India and overseas – those who knew him and/ or had read his works, and those from the relatively younger generations who have not yet read him and do not know him much. I belong to the latter group. Not only did I enjoy reading the book, I also derived immense inspiration from it. My personal thoughts on a range of social and spiritual matters also got calibrated in the process. In particular, I was emboldened with Khushwant’s....

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Know your lifegiving rivers

At a time when one of the biggest public supported campaigns for saving Indian rivers has been kicked off in September by a non-environmentalist (a modern yogi and a visionary) Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva, I had just put down reading this wonderfully done book on Indian rivers.
Frankly speaking, I had not read such an exhaustive book dealing with different rivers before this. There have been sundry accounts of rivers, swanky coffe....

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Demonetisation and its Discontents

I had planned to write on demonetisation for the November issue (as it will be the one-year anniversary of this landmark announcement), but my fellow professor and renowned economist Raghuram Rajan forced me into a corner when he released his book I do what I do, which drew public attention back to demonetisation. There is no doubt that demonetisation was an unprecedented economic policy decision, not just for India but for the entire world. While the possible benefits of pulling....

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