Friday, April 26, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK


THE STATE OF THE NATION 
IN CONTEXT OF INDIA'S CONSTITUTION

By - FALI S. NARIMAN

About the Book :
A definitive, analytical and meticulous account of the present state of the nation&ndash from a constitutional perspective&ndash by one of India&rsquos most respected legal luminaries
An ardent defender of the Constitution of India,FaliNarimanhas today attained the status of an outstanding lawyer who strongly believes in the rule of the law and stands by his convictions. In this timely volume, the author highlights crucial issues that the legislature, the executive, judiciary, the bar and the common people have to deal with virtually on a day-to-day basis. His main focus is on corruption at various levels and in&lsquohallowed&rsquo institutions, including the judiciary.
The author contends that the legislative and executive wings of the government&ndash the elected representatives of the people&ndash were (and are) expected to provide for the welfare of the people. He points out that they have failed miserably simply because making of laws is not enough applying and enforcing laws&ndash which are also the primary duties of the government&ndash have left much to be desired. Consequently, it is the judiciary that tells the government when and how to distribute excess food, what crops to grow and what not to grow, which economic projects are good for the country and which are not, and what fuel should be used in our vehicles and whether2G/3Glicencesshould be allotted only through auctions! The judiciary is hence accused of overreach!
The contents also throw light on other important subjects such as: the implications of reservations for certainsections of the population (including minorities) the true purpose and significance of theConstitution Centre&ndashstate relations and whether the Constitution has benefited the common people over the years.
This is a book that is absorbing as well as thought-provoking that will make the readers put on their thinking caps.

About the Author :
Internationally admired and respected, Fali S. Nariman (born on 10 January 1929) is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He began his career at the Bombay High Court in November 1950, and has since been active in the legal profession. Over the years, he has held several prestigious posts at both the national and international levels. He became a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in November 1999. He is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan (1991) and the Padma Vibhushan (2007).
 ISBN : 9789381431863                                                              PRICE : Rs. 599.00 

Labels: , , , , ,

Friday, April 19, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK


Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times 
By - Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

About the Book :
On 26 December 2012, Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the fourth time to extend his record tenure in office.
“Mass Murderer” or “Development Man”? It depends on which side of the spectrum he is viewed from, because Narendra Modi is one of those politicians whose name prompts extremes  of hate-filled anger or outright adulation. Despite polarizing Gujarat and India in more ways than one, Modi brilliantly does what it takes to survive in a democracy: win elections.
Written by veteran journalist and writer, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, after several in-depth interviews, meticulous research and extensive travel through Gujarat, this book reveals hitherto unknown aspects of Narendra Modi’s psyche: as a sixyear- old boy selling tea to help out his father
and distributing badges and raising slogans at the behest of a local political leader; abandoning his family and wife in search of his definition of truth; initiation into the RSS as a fledgling who ran errands for his seniors; his idea of Gujarati pride and Indian-ness; and finally, his meteoric rise which gave him a distinct identity post the 2002 Godhra riots. Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times is a definitive biography of a man who may have challenged the basic principles of a sovereign secular nation but emerged at its destination as an undisputed and larger-than-life leader.

About the Author :
Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay is the author of The Demolition: India at the Crossroads, and has written for several newspapers and magazines including The Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Outlook and The Statesman. He currently also presents a weekly show – Page From History – on Lok  Sabha TV which showcases historical debates.
  ISBN : 9789382618478                                                          PRICE : Rs. 495.00  

Labels: , , , ,

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The YES Way

The YES Way:
'via Blog this'

EBD is happy to roll out The YES Way, our new initiative to help schools move from 'good to great'. Email Sandeep Dutt on sd@ebd.in for more and do read more on www.inyouth.in

Cheers!!!

Labels: , , ,

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Amit Chaudhuri on great essay collections - Telegraph

Amit Chaudhuri on great essay collections - Telegraph:

The essay is a particularly alluring form for those who are tired of the novel, with its duties towards narrative and mimicking, laboriously, the passage of time, and the compulsion it feels to introduce us to characters.

Friday, April 12, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK


THE SPIDER KINGS DAUGHTER
By - CHIBUNDU ONUZO

About the book :
This book is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of a changing Lagos, a city torn between tradition and modernity, corruption and truth, love and family loyalty. Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a sprawling mansion in Lagos, protected by armed guards and ferried everywhere in a huge black jeep. But being her father's favourite comes with uncomfortable duties, and she is often lonely behind the high walls of her house. A world away from Abike's mansion, in the city's slums, lives a seventeen-year-old hawker struggling to make sense of the world. His family lost everything after his father's death and now he runs after cars on the roadside selling ice cream to support his mother and sister. When Abike buys ice cream from the hawker one day, they strike up an unlikely and tentative romance, defying the prejudices of Nigerian society. But as they grow closer, revelations from the past threaten their relationship and both Abike and the hawker must decide where their loyalties lie.

About the Author :
Chibundu Onuzo was born in Nigeria in 1991 and is the youngest of four children. She is currently studying History at Kings College, London. When not writing, Chibundu can be found playing the piano or singing.Chibundu Onuzo was born in Nigeria in 1991 and is the youngest of four children. She is currently studying History at Kings College, London. When not writing, Chibundu can be found playing the piano or singing.

 ISBN : 9780571268917                                                                  PRICE : Rs. 499.00 

Labels: , , , ,

Friday, April 5, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK


THE SECRETARY  

A JOURNEY WITH HILLARY

By - KIM GHATTAS

About the book : 
Written with the full cooperation of Hillary Clinton and her staff, The Secretary is the first book of its kind: a detailed look at an intensely private woman--arguably the most powerful woman in the world--from an author with both an insider and a global perspective. 
The Secretary tells the story of Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State: from the first days of the Obama administration, to the drama of Wikileaks, to the "Arab Spring" uprisings, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the standoff with Iran. Though Ghattas's eyes, we see Clinton under the intense professional spotlight commanded by the worlds chief diplomat, but also in the softer lighting of the more personal nuances of foreign relations - cheerfully boarding her plane at 5 AM after no sleep, committing an embarrassing blunder while going off-script at an Israeli press conference, handily working out some limo ride diplomacy between the Turks and the Armenians. 
Viewed through Ghattas's vantage point as a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese citizen who grew up in the crossfire of the Lebanon civil war--and her personal quest to understand America's place in a rapidly changing global landscape--the book offers a close-up of diplomacy at the highest level while seeking to answer pivotal questions about the United States. Is America still the global superpower? If not, who or what will replace it, and what will it mean for America and the world? 

About the Author
Kim Ghattas has been the BBC's State Department Radio and TV correspondent since 2008, and travels regularly with the Secretary of State. She was previously a Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, based in Beirut. Ghattas was part of an Emmy Award-winning team covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006. Her work has also appeared in Time magazine, the Boston Globe, NPR, and the Washington Post. She lives in Washington, DC.
  ISBN : 9780805098686                                                           PRICE : Rs. 699.00  


Labels: , , , , , ,