The Great Indian Phone Book: How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life

By Assa Doron

In 2001, India had four million cellular phone subscribers. Ten years later, that quantity had exploded to greater than 750 million. Over only a decade, the cellphone used to be remodeled from a unprecedented and unwieldy tool to a palm-sized, reasonable staple, taken with no consideration via bad fishermen in Kerala and prosperous marketers in Mumbai alike. The nice Indian cellphone Book investigates the social revolution ignited by means of what could be the most vital communications equipment in background, one that has disrupted extra humans and relationships than the printing press, wristwatch, car, or railways, notwithstanding it has features of all four.

In this fast moving research, Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey discover the complete environment of the inexpensive cellphone. mixing journalistic immediacy with years of field-research adventure in India, they painting the capitalists and bureaucrats who keep an eye on the mobile infrastructure and strive against over bandwidth rights, the agents and technicians who deliver cell phones to the hundreds, and the usually bad, village-bound clients who adapt those addictive and occasionally not easy units to their day-by-day lives. studying the demanding situations cellphones pose to a hierarchy-bound nation, the authors argue that during India, the place caste and gender regulations have outlined strength for generations, the disruptive power of cell phones is even more than elsewhere.

The nice Indian mobile Book is a carefully researched, multidimensional story of what can ensue while a strong and on hand know-how is put within the arms of a big, nonetheless predominantly bad population.

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Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)

Overextension is the typical pitfall of empires. Why does it ensue? What are the forces that reason the nice powers of the economic period to pursue competitive international rules? Jack Snyder identifies recurrent myths of empire, describes the different types of overextension to which they lead, and criticizes the normal motives provided by means of historians and political scientists.

He exams 3 competing theories―realism, misperception, and household coalition politics―against 5 unique case reviews: early twentieth-century Germany, Japan within the interwar interval, nice Britain within the Victorian period, the Soviet Union after global struggle II, and the us throughout the chilly warfare. The ensuing insights run counter to a lot that has been written approximately those it sounds as if regular circumstances of empire building.

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Mahabharata, Volume 5

By Bibek Debroy

The Mahabharata is likely one of the maximum tales ever instructed. although the fundamental plot is well known, there's even more to the epic than the dispute among Kouravas and Pandavas that resulted in the conflict in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate attention-grabbing meanderings and digressions, and it has hardly ever been translated in complete, given its bold size of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This fabulous 10-volume unabridged translation of the epic relies at the serious variation compiled on the Bhandarkar Oriental study Institute.

The 5th quantity will entire Udyoga Parva with the tale of Amba who used to be reborn as Shikandi. It contains Bhishma Parva which covers the 1st ten days of the conflict and has Krishna’s suggestion to Arjuna within the kind of the Bhagavad Gita. This quantity hence will get into the battle right. After Bhishma’s downfall, Drona is instated because the commander and Abhimanyu is killed.

Every feasible human emotion figures within the Mahabharata, reasons why the epic keeps to carry sway over our mind's eye. during this lucid, nuanced and assured translation, Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata marvelously obtainable to modern readers.

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Capitalism: A Ghost Story

By Arundhati Roy

From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and straight forward forests, to the masses of hundreds of thousands of farmers who've dedicated suicide to flee punishing debt, to the loads of thousands of people that continue to exist below funds an afternoon, there are ghosts approximately in every single place you glance in India. India is a state of 1.2 billion, however the country’s a hundred richest humans personal resources resembling one-fourth of India’s gross household product.

Capitalism: A Ghost Story examines the darkish aspect of democracy in modern India, and indicates how the calls for of globalized capitalism has subjugated billions of individuals to the top and so much extreme varieties of racism and exploitation.

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Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India

By Miranda Kennedy

Whilst twentysomething reporter Miranda Kennedy leaves her task in manhattan urban and travels to India without employment clients, she longs to immerse herself within the turmoil and pleasure of a swiftly constructing kingdom. What she speedy learns in Delhi approximately renting an residence as a unmarried woman—it’s subsequent to impossible—and the correct approach for ladies in India to trip scooters—perched sideways—are early indicators that lifestyles this is much less Westernized than she’d counted on.

Living in Delhi for greater than 5 years, and discovering a urban pulsing with probability and wish, Kennedy studies friendships, amorous affairs, and losses that open a window onto the opaque international of Indian politics and culture—and adjust her personal attitudes approximately every little thing from meals and garments to marriage and relations. alongside the way in which, Kennedy is drawn into the lives of numerous Indian ladies, together with her charismatic good friend Geeta—a self-described “modern lady” who makes an attempt to squeeze herself into the normal position of spouse and mom; Radha, a proud Brahmin widow who denies herself uncomplicated pleasures that allows you to reside by means of high-caste Hindu ideas; and Parvati, who defiantly chain-smokes and beverages whiskey, but feels forced to maintain her boyfriend a mystery from her family.

In her attempt to appreciate the hopes and goals that encourage her new pals, Kennedy peels again India’s globalized snapshot as a land of name facilities and fast-food chains and unearths an historic position the place, in lots of methods, women’s lives have scarcely replaced for hundreds of years. Incisive, witty, and written with a willing eye for the luxurious vibrancy of the rustic that Kennedy involves love, Sideways on a Scooter is either a notable memoir and a cultural revelation.

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Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

By Hugh B. Urban

A fancy physique of spiritual practices that unfold in the course of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions; a kind of spirituality that possible combines sexuality, sensual excitement, and the complete diversity of actual event with the spiritual life—Tantra has held a critical but conflicted function in the Western mind's eye ever because the first "discovery" of Indian religions by means of ecu students. regularly radical, regularly tremendous different, Tantra has confirmed a key consider the imagining of India. This ebook deals a severe account of ways the phenomenon has end up.

Tracing the complicated family tree of Tantra as a class in the historical past of religions, Hugh B. city finds the way it has been shaped in the course of the interaction of well known and scholarly imaginations. Tantra emerges as a manufactured from mirroring and misrepresentation at paintings among East and West--a dialectical type born out of the continued play among Western and Indian minds. Combining ancient element, textual research, well known cultural phenomena, and demanding conception, this ebook exhibits Tantra as a moving amalgam of fantasies, fears, and wish-fulfillment, straight away local and different, that moves on the very center of our buildings of the unique Orient and the modern West.

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Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

By Karl Weber

In the final 20 years, loose markets have swept the globe. yet conventional capitalism has been not able to unravel difficulties like inequality and poverty. In Muhammad Yunus’ groundbreaking sequel to Banker to the Poor, he outlines the idea that of social business—business the place the inventive imaginative and prescient of the entrepreneur is utilized to today’s such a lot critical difficulties: feeding the negative, housing the homeless, therapeutic the ailing, and keeping the planet. Creating an international with no Poverty finds the subsequent part in a hopeful financial and social revolution that's already underway.

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In Good Faith

By Saba Naqvi

Attractive and eloquent, In reliable religion makes an excellent case for pluralism in India via examples of groups that stay in ideal communal concord with one another.

In an age while the assumption of the non secular neighborhood depends upon stereotypes and outdated fault traces, Saba Naqvi takes a trip around the kingdom looking for her personal id between humans, groups and shrines that problem our predetermined notions of what makes a Muslim or a Hindu. alongside the best way, she reveals areas and other people at the outer edge of absolute identities, culling out a distinct house for themselves in an orthodox, exclusivist society. In reliable religion is a journalistic account of the invention of an India that now and then defies trust the India of far flung shrines in old fashioned little areas, and of groups and people who succeed in out to a standard God. From the Muslim woodland goddess of Bengal to an unknown side of the Shivaji legend in Maharashtra; from the disputed origins of the Shirdi Sai Baba to shrines around the land which are either temple and dargah this booklet exhibits how, in those little wallet, the assumption of a tolerant India nonetheless survives. those ignored flooring realities, argues the writer, those little islands of pluralism, song, paintings and tradition, may perhaps but supply a counter to fundamentalism.

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The Corporation that Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multi

By Nick Robins

The mum of contemporary multinationals, the East India corporation encircled the globe, uploading luxuries reminiscent of spices, textiles and teas. however it additionally conquered a lot of India with its inner most military and broke open China’s markets with opium.

This is a well-liked heritage of 1 of the world's most famed businesses. based in 1600, the East India corporation used to be the forerunner of the fashionable multinational. beginning existence as a dealer in Asian spices, the corporate ended its days operating Britain's Indian empire. within the procedure, it stunned its contemporaries with the dimensions of its violence, corruption and hypothesis. this is often the first-ever booklet to show the Company's social list. Robins finds a hidden tale of tragedy and intrigue. conflict, famine, stock-market bubbles or even duels among rival executives are all to be present in this new account. For Robins, the Company's legacy presents compelling classes on the best way to make sure the responsibility of today's international enterprise.

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