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Reminiscences: The Memoirs of Shardaben Mehta

By Purnima Mehta Bhatt

Cambridge University Press/ Zubaan Publications, 2008. First edition. Hardcover. New. IN THE AFFLUENT and confident capitalist society of nineteenth century Gujarat, debates on social reform, including women’s reform, were conducted entirely by men, and were largely of academic interest since the historical transition to British rule had brought about little change in the existing social structure. In this context, the interventions of Sharadaben Mehta, a progressive educationist and social worker, represented a pioneering attempt by a woman in the early twentieth century at questioning, analysing and changing the conditions of women’s lives. The story of her life, as told by her in this memoir, is not that of an individual woman struggling to realize her personal aspirations, rather it is the story of an educated woman, equipped with independent views and fearless convictions, determined to open up a space for other women to enable them to experience the freedom and joy denied to them in their daily lives in patriarchal society. This book, made up of short pieces that she wrote at regular intervals for publication, tells the story of Sharadaben’s life and times, giving us insights into Indian history, viewed from the point of view of a participant in the freedom movement, and provides rich insights into the area of women’s education and the many campaigns in which they were involved. As well, it documents a life of intellectual companionship and action, one committed to women’s freedom and independence. Contents Introduction Epilogue Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33 Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36 Chapter 37 Chapter 38 Chapter 39 Chapter 40 Chapter 41 Chapter 42 Chapter 43 Chapter 44 Chapter 45 Chapter 46 Chapter 47 Chapter 48 Chapter 49 Chapter 50 Chapter 51 Chapter 52 Chapter 53 Chapter 54 Chapter 55 Epilogue Printed Pages: 332. Reminiscences: The Memoirs of Shardaben MehtaPurnima Mehta Bhatt9788189013653


An Account of My Life: Akhtar Iqbal (Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam, Ex-Ruler of Bhopal)

By C.H. Payne (Tr.)

Niyogi Books, 2012. First edition. Softcover. New. 15 x 22 cm. An Account of My Life (Akhtar Iqbal) is second in the series of the memoirs of Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam, the ex-rulerof Bhopal, and carries on from where the first, Gohur-i-Iqbal ends. Originally written in Urdu, it gives the story of herreign from 1908 to 1912, providing a detailed picture of life in Bhopal and its administration. Along with a descriptionof the reformation of the administrative departments, introduction of new agricultural ideas and modernization ofeducation and health facilities, the memoir also gives an account of her personal life. Glimpses of her travels, herrelationship with her children and her social life can be seen throughout the book. translated by CH Payne, the memoiralso contains letters written and received by the queen along with pictures and excerpts from various speeches. Printed Pages: 262. Account of My Life: Akhtar Iqbal (Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam, Ex-Ruler of Bhopal)C.H. Payne (Tr.)9789381523087


Rites of Passage: A Civil Servant Remembers

By H. M. Patel

Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd.. Softcover. New. Rites of Passage is an invaluable memoir that spans H.M. Patel’s years in the Indian Civil Service. It charts his entry into the civil service in 1927, as well as his election as cabinet secretary in 1946, and his resignation in 1958 that brought a premature end to an illustrious career in the civil services. A greater fate was waiting for him, however. H.M. joined the public sector, and went on to become a widely-respected politician. He became Finance Minister in 1977 and, subsequently, Home Minister of India. A key player in the attempt to stabilize the country following partition, H.M. recounts the milestones on the way to independence: the labour government’s surprise victory in Britain, the Cabinet Mission, the Interim Government, and the final countdown to August 15, 1947. He describes, in detail, the elaborate machinery that was created to aid partition: the Partition Council, the Arbitral Tribunal, and the Expect Committees. His account of the effort made to bring the communal situation in Delhi in September 1947 under control is a valuable historical document, revealing the role of civil servants in restoring order. It also reveals the unheard of cooperation between ICS officials and political leaders who put aside traditional differences to work together for the sake of the country. H.M. Patel’s life story intertwines his own life with a crucial period of Indian history; it is a story of devastation, hope and transition. Printed Pages: 431. NA


Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat

By Rita Kothari (Author) & Urvashi Butalia (Frwd.)

Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd, 2013. Hardcover. New. 14 x 21 cm. Situated in northern Kutch in Gujarat, the Banni grasslands lie on the border dividing India and Pakistan. It is home to diverse communities; while Muslim pastoralists form the majority, one also finds Dalit Hindus, and a community that is neither Hindu nor Muslim. Banni’s people, have for centuries, moved freely between Sindh (Pakistan) and Kutch (India)—a reason why, perhaps, the Indo-Pak border has not been able to produce a sense of bounded citizenship in them. While still referring to ‘Sindh’ as their homeland, they recognise Gujarat as their governing regime. These two experiences of belonging give rise to the cultural imaginary of Banni. Memories and Movements is an ethnographic account of present-day Banni society, where the rhetoric of ‘change and development’ have made inroads quietly but surely. Poised on the brink of socio-economic transformation, it hosts huge tourist populations for a few months every year. The result is an immense demand for its distinct products and services such as its handicrafts and music. The labour of its women feeds the embroidery industry in Banni. Kothari raises poignant questions, among others, about the position of Banni’s women: Do the handicraft industries give women more freedom and self-determination? Or do they entrench gender-inequality further? The author also tells the story of the entrepreneurial success and resultant social mobility of a hitherto ‘untouchable’ community. In presenting a picture of Banni’s complex, tiered society, she shows how its people navigate social borders on an everyday basis and transcend territorial borders through memory, song and story. In her insightful foreword to this volume, Urvashi Butalia highlights how Kothari’s ‘questioning of the very notions of region and nation’ is ‘remarkably free of jargon, and yet deeply informed by theory’. Tables of Contents:- List of Maps, Tables and Figures Foreword by Urvashi Butalia Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 The state of Banni, the State in Banni Chapter 2 Experiencing the Border in Banni: Chapter 3 Asli Shafaqat: The ‘Essence’ of Being Sindhi and Muslim Chapter 4 Kami Log: The Meghwal Story of Untouchability, Aspiration and Entrepreneurship Chapter 5 Beyond the Otaak: The Women of Banni Chapter 6 ‘Miskin Jee Ker Sunando?’ (Who Will Listen to the Poor?): The Story of the Wadhas Epilogue Glossary References and Select Bibliography Index Printed Pages: 200. NA


Have a Little Faith

By Mitch Albom

Sphere/Hachette, 2011. Softcover. New. ? The Five People hardback has sold over 115,000 copies. ? Tuesdays With Morrie has sold over 6 million hardbacks in the US and 12.5 million copies worldwide. ? Five People was the second bestselling US fiction title after The Da Vinci Code in 2003; a no 1 bestseller in New York and Singapore. Will you do my eulogy? With those words, Mitch Albom begins his long-awaited return to non-fiction. His journey to honour the last request of a beloved clergyman ultimately leads him to rekindle his own long-ignored faith. Albom spends years exploring churches and synagogues, the suburbs and the city, the ""us"" versus ""them"" of religion. Slowly, he gravitates to an inner-city pastor of a crumbling church that houses the homeless, and is stunned at how similar belief can be. As his own beloved cleric slowly lets go, Albom writes his final farewell, having learned that a faithful heart comes in many forms and places. Printed Pages: 272. NA


At Large in the World: A Memoir

By Harish Chandola

HarperCollins Publisher India, 2014. First edition. Softcover. New. The adventurous life of a newsman, At Large in the World is an account of the author’s journey from his childhood in the hills to his experiences as a journalist with renowned newspapers. It discribes the author’s escapades as he travels to different parts of the country in search of news. He began his career with the Hindustan Times, then moved on to the Times of India and finally the Indian Express. He has covered the conflicts in Tibet, Kenya and Afghanistan. He has closely monitored the Nagas’ fight for freedom from the Indian state, the Sino-Indian War in 1962, the turmoil in Indonesia which led to the ouster of Sukarno. He has written about the plight of Kuwaitis after the country’s invasion by Iraq, negotiated in the Sikkim talks with Prime Minister Shastri and covered the Palestinian uprising. His memoir provides insight into some landmark events in Indian and world history. Printed Pages: 376. NA


The Last Chance Millionaire: It`s Not Too Late to Become Wealthy

By Douglas R. Andrew

Business Plus US/Hachette, 2010. Softcover. New. the millions of baby boomers facing retirement, here is a brilliant--and refreshingly contrarian--guide to accumulating wealth and security regardless of age, income, or current assets. Printed Pages: 368. Last Chance Millionaire: It`s Not Too Late to Become WealthyDouglas R. Andrew9780446699181


Life: Remembering Grace
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Life: Remembering Grace

By Editors of Life Magazine

Time Inc Home Entertainment/Hachette, 2008. Hardcover. New. From the popular ""LIFE"" Picture Puzzle series comes a new volume categorized according to level of difficulty with a suggested completion time included for serious puzzlers. LIFE Printed Pages: 160. Life: Remembering GraceEditors of Life Magazine9781603200394


Memories of a Rolling Stone

By Vina Mazumdar

Cambridge University Press/Zubaan Publication, 2010. First edition. Hardcover. New. This endearing, witty, self-deprecating memoir documents the life of one of the leading feminists of the contemporary Indian women’s movement. Vina Mazumdar, one of the key researchers and writers of the landmark report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India, Towards Equality, here documents her early life, her gradual politicization in a household of liberal, educated Bengalis, and her involvement in women’s issues and the women’s movement. Brought up to be outspoken and frank, Vinadi, as she is affectionately known, began by becoming involved in university-led politics in Bihar. Marriage and a young family did not prevent her from pursuing her studies and her career, in the teeth of considerable opposition from relatives but with constant support from her mother. On her return to India, Vinadi first moved into the field of education, and then, with her involvement in the research and writing of Towards Equality, was catapulted into the women’s movement. An activist and institution builder, Vinadi set up the Centre for Women’s Development Studies in Delhi, one of the leading research and outreach institutions for women in the country. In this rare memoir, Vinadi provides a rich history of the contemporary women’s movement in India. Printed Pages: 250. Memories of a Rolling StoneVina Mazumdar9788189884529


In Search of Dharma: Memoirs of Modern Chinese Buddhist Pilgrim

By Chen Hua

Sri Satguru Publications, 1994. First edition. Hardcover. New. Printed Pages: 309. NA


Loh Purush Sardar Patel ke Sansmaran (Hindi)

By Ravindra Kumar

Gyan Books Pvt. Ltd., 2006. Hardcover. New. Printed Pages: 151. Loh Purush Sardar Patel ke Sansmaran (Hindi)Ravindra Kumar9788121209151


A Doctor`s Memoirs: An Inside story of the Medical Profession

By M.P. Gogoi

B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2008. First edition. Hardcover. New. A Doctor`s Memoirs - An Inside Story of the medical Profession has been written from the wide personal experiences of the author from his student days in the Medical College, his training period as a junior doctor and his professional life later. Dr. Gogoi trained in India as well as in North Wales and England. Apart from Gynaecology and obstetrics he also worked in medicine and surgery as a resident. His varied experiences in all these branches are well depicted in the book which will let the reader know about many things which the doctor is confronted with--his success, failures, happiness and the unpleasant moments in the busy life he leads. His vivid descriptions of the dissected human body in the anatomy dissection hall, a labouring woman`s distress and also happiness on the delivery table, a practicing doctor`s hectic life, a seriously ill patient`s struggle for survival are delicately put before the reader who will find the book very interesting. CONTENTS: Foreword; Preface; 1. Medical Studies 2. Training in Calcutta 3. Experiences in North Wales 4. Experiences in England 5. Back in India Printed Pages: 208. Doctor`s Memoirs: An Inside story of the Medical ProfessionM.P. Gogoi9788176466394


Piecing Together: Memoirs of an Archaeologist

By B.B. Lal

Aryan Books International, 2011. First edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 22 cm. In 1921, just when Daya Ram Sahni struck his pickaxe at Harappa in Punjab, bringing to light the earliest civilization of the Indian subcontinent, in a far off village in Uttar Pradesh was born a child, named Braj Basi Lal, who, in time to come, was ordained to carry on the mission of Sahni at Kalibangan in the Sarasvati Valley in Rajasthan. He discovered over here many new features of the Harappan Civilization, including the earliest (circa 2700 BCE) agricultural field met with anywhere in the world. One of Lal`s passions has been to ascertain if there was any historical basis for the two great Indian epics, viz., the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. The book marshals the evidence from various sites excavated by him, which shows that these epics did have a basis in history, though they are full of interpolations. The book also deals with the Mandir-Masjid issue at Ayodhya and shows that there existed a Hindu temple in the Janma-Bhumi area prior to the construction of the Babari Masjid. Finally, the oft-debated issue of `Aryan Invasion` of India has been dealt with, showing, in unequivocal terms, that there was no such `invasion` nor even `immigration` and that the Vedic people were indigenous to the Indian soil, their roots traceable back to the 6th millennium BCE. On the contrary, literary-cum-archaeological evidence shows that some of the Vedic people themselves migrated as far west as present-day Turkey, early in the 2nd millennium BCE. Interleaved with these archaeological discoveries are certain narratives which give a glimpse of Professor Lal`s personal life - a naughty (nasty?) boy, affectionate teachers, `rebirth` in 1957, interactions with fellow archaeologists, whisked away by a damsel, surviving five major car accidents without any injury and lessons he learnt from his life. The Epilogue says it all. Printed Pages: 288. Piecing Together: Memoirs of an ArchaeologistB.B. Lal 9788173054174


Sunshine: My Encounter with Cancer

By Minakshi Chaudhry

Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2011. Softcover. New. What would your reaction be if you came to know that you have cancer? Rather than hiding in the darkness and considering her fate sealed, Minakshi Chaudhry decides to fears and undergo the extensive therapy needed to fight her breast cancer. Aided by can extremely supportive husband, Rakesh and numerous concerned family members and friends, she eventually overcomes the many obstacles thrown her way and also gains a new approach to life. With a renewed urge to live, tasks and daily health goals become the firsts` of a new life. A deeply personal account of her struggle, the author captures the intense experience of her journey to recovery through numerous diary entries and other notes. The resulting story is an elaboration of the mental and physical fight to conquer a near-fatal disease, from an emotionally descriptive viewpoint that invites the reader to witness the darkest moments and yet emerge hopeful. The author crawls back from the abyss into a brighter world filled with sunshine. Minakshi Chaudhry, an author and former journalist has travelled extensively reporting news and human interest stories for a national daily from her home state, Himachal Pradesh, she is a keen observer of people, culture and lifestyles and is fond of trekking and travelling. Her books include Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills, Love Stories of Shimla hills, Whispering Deodars: Writings from Shimla Hills, Himachal: A Guide to the Land of Gods, Exploring Pangi Himalaya: A World Beyond Civilisation, A guide to Trekking in Himachal etc. Printed Pages: 216. NA


LIFE Remembering Jackie
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LIFE Remembering Jackie

By Editors of Life Magazine

Time Inc Home Entertainment/Hachette, 2009. Hardcover. New. America has no royal family, but in the earliest 1960s, the White House was graced with the presence of a couple so attractive, so vibrant and so glamorous that the eminent historian Theodore H. White, writing in LIFE, likened the situation to Camelot. And if Jack Kennedy was our King Arthur, then Jackie was our queen. On these pages, that era comes alive again, as do the earlier and later chapters of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis`s remarkable, captivating story. LIFE long enjoyed a special relationship with this woman--she first appeared on the magazine`s cover in 1953 as the fiancee of a charismatic young senator from Massachesetts, beginning a streak that would stretch to 18 covers in all--and this book is filled with warm, intimate images from our archives. We watch her children grow in these pages, and we smile. We revisit the tragedies that she endured, and we sympathize anew. Jackie`s was an altogether amazing American life. LIFE was there to chronicle it at the time and is there to recapture it in this special commemorative book. In this volume, Jackie lives on. Printed Pages: 128. LIFE Remembering JackieEditors of Life Magazine9781603200783


Borders to Boardroom: A Memoir

By Habib Rehman

Lotus/Roli Books, 2014. First edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. Borders to Boardroom is a memoir that educates and delights in equal measure. For those in the hospitality industry, or keen to learn about it, this book provides invaluable insights. It could also serve as a primer in the art of management, telling as it does the story of ITC, one of the countrys most professionally managed corporate houses. Above all, it is a warm, humane account of a man, a well-regarded figure in the hospitality industry, who has lived many lives, and loved them all and is not afraid to write about it with honesty and subtle humour. Printed Pages: 240. NA


A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work and Loss

By Vasanth Kannabiran

Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., 2012. Hardcover. New. 14 x 21 cm. A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work and Loss is a series of conversations with women about marriage and widowhood. The women speak here with frankness and candour about their often quite unconventional relationships with their husbands, and of coming to terms with the loss of a life-long partner. Despite the grief, despite an altered and often fractured sense of self, each woman is determined to live a productive and creative life. Reflecting the social history of a class of women born before Independence, this volume explores how the institution of marriage shaped their lives. These are extraordinary women, who have lived rich, full lives where work has not been separated from leisure, nor has the private world of home and family been separated from the wider world of work and social commitment. As such they have redefined marriage and family, and equally the public sphere of work to make both inclusive spaces. This collection of interviews raises important questions: Is it possible to retain your identity and hold on to your beliefs in a long marriage? What is the line that separates and insulates home and family from community and nation? How do these women breathe normally and smile graciously while coping with a shock that uproots and erases chunks of the self? What happens when a long and supportive partnership ends? Eminent personalities, among them, Neera Desai, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Ela Bhatt, K. Saradamoni and Shanta Rameshwar Rao discuss their long partnerships of shared visions and love. Their choices, their struggles, and their indomitable will may provide answers to countless young people today. Apart from a general readership, this book will also appeal to students and scholars of sociology and gender studies. Tables of Contents:- Preface Acknowledgements Choosing the Rugged Path: Charting the Political Economy of Gender Neera Desai K. Saradamoni Rameswari Varma Made for Each Other: Welding Human Rights into Development Kathy Sreedhar Koely Roy Ela Bhatt Portraits of Marriage: Wielding Pens, Forging Wisdoms Shanta Rameshwar Rao Meenakshi Mukherjee Abburi Chaya Devi Home and the World: The Walls of Freedom Sutapa Chakrabarty Rukmini Parthasarathy Jayalakshmi Narayan Epilogue: Half a Century With Kannabiran Printed Pages: 400. NA


The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor
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The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor

By Wbeeler M. Thackston

The Modern Library, 2002. Softcover. New. 21 x 14 cm. Both an official chronicle and the highly personal memoir of the emperor Babur (1483–1530), The Baburnama presents a vivid and extraordinarily detailed picture of life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India during the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries. Babur’s honest and intimate chronicle is the first autobiography in Islamic literature, written at a time when there was no historical precedent for a personal narrative—now in a sparkling new translation by Islamic scholar Wheeler Thackston. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes notes, indices, maps, and illustrations. Printed Pages: 608. Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and EmperorWbeeler M. Thackston9780375761379


Memoirs on the History, Folk-lore and Distribution of the Races of the North Western Provinces of India, 2 Vols (Bound in 1)

By Henry M Elliot

Low Price Publications, 2005. 5th or later edition. Hardcover. New. 15 x 23 cm. Printed Pages: 791. Memoirs on the History, Folk-lore and Distribution of the Races of the North Western Provinces of India, 2 Vols (Bound in 1)Henry M Elliot9788175363519


Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She`s \
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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She`s ""Learned""

By Lena Dunham

HarperCollins Publishers, 2014. Softcover. New. 14 x 21 cm. Printed Pages: 282. NA


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