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As she eagerly awaited the birth of her first child, Mallika Chopra began to craft a unique gift that would express her profound loving commitment to the baby growing inside her. 100 Promises to My Baby is that gift - one that reflects her deep awareness of the responsibilities of parenthood. Here, Chopra reveals the vows she made to help her child - and all children - grow up feeling cherished and secure. She also shares short essays, reflections, poems and stories that will inspire you to think about your own life. values, and beliefs and what you would like to pass on to your children.
Whether you are a Chief Executive or a Supervisor, you can increase your own performance and that of your team, once you start developing your team. To maximize the return on time, effort and money spent on training, managers and those they manage must gain control of the learning process and develop people through their work. In this book, practical hints on how we learn, communicate and relate to each other are applied to routine management challenges such as delegation, project working, career planning and time control.
In this book, Sudarshan Bhutani, who served in the Indian embassy in China during 1957-62, critically narrates the political and diplomatic circumstances that led to the Indo-China war in 1962. He also analyses the role of the factors influencing China's domestic and foreign policies - especially the impact of the Tibetan revolt and the constraints it placed on the realization of the country's place in the international community. These factors and China's own warped image of Nehru's role and standing had a decisive impact on the India-China boundary dispute. The Tibetan revolt proved the catalyst for a series of events: border incidents and the 1960 meeting of Nehru and Zhou Enlai in New Delhi among them. The steady crescendo of mutual mistrust set the stage for China unleashing a full-scale ground war in 1962. The war went in China's favour, but brought no dividends, except the formation of the Sino-Pak alliance. Drawing on his rich diplomatic experience, ambassador Bhutani has given readers an incisive and deeply researched book that is a 'must-read' for scholars and students of international affairs.
A Common Humanity: Thinking about Love and Truth and Justice is a beautifully written profound book about how the humanity of our fellow human beings is sometimes not fully visible to us. Drawing on the examples of the Holocaust, the David Irving Affair, the case of Mary Bell and the taking of children of mixed blood from aboriginal parents in Australia, Raimond Gaita examines the reasons for these issues. Amongst them, he argues, are a moralistic conception of morality that runs deep in our culture and an impoverished conception of reason and understanding. Both encourage a false opposition between moral judgement and compassion, and between head and heart. Turning on its head the way we are inclined to think about evil, Gaita argues for an understanding of it that is inseparable from a sense of the preciousness of each human being. Only this conception of evil can safeguard us against the temptation to treat some evil-doers as no longer deserving to be treated fully as our fellow human beings. That sense of the preciousness of each individual, he argues, is founded on and revealed in the works of love - the love of parents for children, the love of lovers for their beloved and the love of saints for people whom most of us cannot love. Far from blinding us to the more formal ways we acknowledge our common humanity by means of concepts such as justice, rights and obligations, Raimond Gaita shows how love can make the structure of these concepts more visible to us. Essential and compelling reading for anyone interested in what makes an ethical society, A Common Humanity shows how philosophy can illuminate pressing moral issues none of us can afford to ignore.
He is a man of many parts and he has written a fascinating memoir of his life.' - Godfrey Smith, Sunday Times 'I would put this charming and absorbing book in the same class as Waugh and Frayn and recommend it to any aspirant reporter who wants to understand what the trade (not, please, profession) is really about.' - Peter Wilby, Independent on Sunday 'What a man, what a journalist. A thoroughly good read. Recommended.' - Scotsman '[Knightley] is a fond reporter, the chief among us not just taking notes but attempting to synthesize and comprehend the facts that he has gathered. It is a task that requires integrity, energy, courage and independence of mind. Once upon a time the word "hack" was actionable because it stood for a tired and cynical professionalism. But here the hack is the heir.' - Arnold Kemp, Scotland on Sunday
In a deeply personal memoir, Habib Rehman captures the joy and anguish of loving and saying good-bye to Gori, his canine companion of many years. As a pup smuggled into their home by his wife, Rehman refuses to have anything to do with Gori. Not one to give up, she soon worms her way into his affections. For ten years, they are inseparable, going for walks, embarking upon adventures, sharing a pillow, talking on the phone when he travels out of town. As Gori reaches the end of her life, Rehman tenderly nurses her through her last illness. And when she passes away, he resolves to build a home that overlooks her grave, as a memorial to her. A Home for Gori will remind dog-lovers of the canine companions they have loved, and lost. To the rest, it will tell an extraordinary story of a dog and a human being, and a bond that endures, quite literally, beyond the grave.
Nilima Lambah, wife of Satinder Lambah, an Indian Foreign Service officer, gets candid and presents a cavalcade of interesting episodes, anecdotes and fascinating experiences culled from a life she lived in a host of countries for thirty years. From leading a life under the microscope of intelligence agencies in Pakistan, to hosting a dinner just a few hours after an earthquake shook their home in San Francisco - her accounts are not only witty, but also present a picture of the culture and society of the various places she visited. A Life Across Three Continents offers a glimpse into different aspects of a diplomat's life from the point of view of his wife - its glitter and glamour; its protocol and surprises; and coming to terms with foreign soil and diverse cultures. Written simply, these recollections of Nilima Lambah have something for people of all ages and from all walks of life. An amalgam of wit and humour, this is both informative and entertaining.
Miss Grace Linnell joined Mahbubia Girls' School, Hyderabad, in 1922, giving it her energy, strength and, above all, her time to set systems in place to encourage women's education in Hyderabad in pre-Independence days. In 1956, Miss Linnell joined Women's College and put it firmly on its feet. Soon she joined forces with Miss Oliphant, principal of Welham Boys' School, Dehradun, and established Welham Girls' School, a premier education institute in India. Miss Linnell had made India her home and education her mission, touching and impacting many people's lives. In this heart-warming book, Khatija Akbar revives Miss Linnell's memory through conversations with her students who remember her fondly, teachers who worked with her and to whom she was a constant source of inspiration, and her letters to her family and friends. A fitting tribute to an indomitable spirit and a very fine human being.
This inspirational book combines invaluable advice with remarkable and candid inside stories of thirty Indian business leaders. Uncompromising vision, a willingness to take risks and exceptional business acumen enabled these leaders to add value to the business fabric of India. Through a series of interviews, Peter Church details the paths they travelled, the obstacles they overcame and the important lessons they learnt along the way. Not only do these stories provide guidance to young entrepreneurs trying to decide whether and how to embark upon a business career, but they also provide valuable insights to those looking for tie-ups and investment in India. Enlightening and fascinating, Added Value celebrates larger-than-life ambition, inspired leadership, hard work and the twists and turns of fate.
Afghanistan has been ravaged politically and militarily for over twenty-two years, and the bleak fortunes of the country took another turn on 9/11, when two jetliners flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Soon began the war against terror, but has that war been won? US bomber aircraft carriers have stopped circling the skies above Afghanistan and Forensic experts are still carrying out DNA tests on the countless samples that were picked up from the caves in Tora Bora to answer the crucial question of whether Osama Bin Laden is dead or alive. President George W. Bush had promised to smoke him out and deliver justice but over a year into the battle, it is clear that irrespective of Osama's fate, a lot still needs to be done vis-a-vis the war against terror. Afghanistan and 9/11 journeys through the ruins of the twin towers and through the battle-torn country to take a close look at what the 11 September attacks have in store for Afghanistan. Is the Taliban a spent force? Has the Al Qaeda been contained? Is Afghanistan finally back on the road to peace? Afghanistan and 9/11 answers the critical questions.
Ambani & Sons is the riveting story of one of the wealthiest families in the world. Dhirubhai Ambani was a rags-to-riches tycoon, whose company, Reliance, is now one of India's major corporations. His sons, Anil and Mukesh, took over after his death in 2002 and their respective arms of the company are bigger than the parent ever was. However, a family feud of colossal proportions, that has had political reverberations, ensued. The Ambani tale contains a bigger story about modern India, not only as an economic powerhouse, but about the complicated links between government and big business.
This book seeks to understand the terrible attacks of September 11 within a broader historical, political and ideological context. Rather than drawing on simple 'clash of civilizations' oppositions, the author argues that it is important to have an awareness of the complex historical processes that influence America's sense of itself and its changing view of the world; how the world, especially the Muslim world, views America; the changing nature of international politics; and the global system since the end of the Cold War. Drawing on a wide variety of contemporary and historical sources, Richard Crockatt has written a balanced, subtle and highly readable book that provides genuine insight into American foreign policy, anti-Americanism and Islamic fundamentalism. It will be important reading for all those seeking to understand the background to the 'war on terror'.
When some of the Sikhs left their homeland, an uncertain future stared them in the face. The antidote to this incertitude was their determination to make a name for themselves wherever their destiny would propel them. And so they did. Some spread Guru Nanak's message in the western hemisphere, while others went on to become members of parliament in their adopted countries. Yet others sang the gurbani in the west or were invested with the Order of the British Empire. They entertained the high and mighty at their chain of Indian hotels, and even regaled the world during wrestling bouts. Neither the lack of funds nor the feeling of cultural alienation could dwarf their will to succeed. Amongst the Sikhs: Reaching for the Stars is a celebration of Sikhs, especially diaspora Sikhs who came, who saw and who conquered.
It began with a photograph in a magazine of an odd little aircraft that looked as though it had an upside-down tail. When Vijaypat Singhania, chairman of Raymond, leading industrialist and a respected pillar of society, saw the picture, it inspired him to take off on an adventure that could only end in disaster, if it didn't end in glory. For, like his hero, JRD Tata, Singhania had a passion for flying, and the aircraft he saw was a Shadow Microlight - a twinseater aircraft with a two-stroke engine akin to a motobike's. An aircraft so small that, in his own words, sitting in it 'felt less like being in an aircraft than wearing one'! In this tiny vehicle, Singhania flew 5000 miles from England to India, in 22 days - from 18 August 1988 to 8 September 1988. In doing so, he broke the existing record of 34 days over the same distance, set the previous year by a British pilot, Brian Milton, and earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. As he prepares to set yet another record - by flying to over 65,000 feet in a hot-air balloon in November 2005 - Singhania recounts his adventures, both hair-raising and hilarious, as he fights his fear of sharks, finds himself on a nudist beach in Iraklion, encounters Greek beauties in Milos and tough-talking pathans in Gwadar, with only an angel and three gods for company.
Baba Allauddin Khan's daughter, Pandit Ravi Shankar's first wife, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan's sister, representative of Maihar-Senia gharana - Annapurna Devi has an illustrious lineage. And she is a star in her own right - she is the only female surbahar player in the country. Yet, Annapurna's life is shrouded in mystery. Though she is a true guru to her shishyas, to others she is an eccentric recluse or simply too strong-minded. This first authorised biography offers a glimpse into her life, not to reveal or to shock, but to set the record straight - her turbulent years with Ravi Shankar, the death of her only son, her single-minded pursuit of music and a life in seclusion. Drawing on interviews with Annapurna Devi and her family members, admirers, critics and students, Swapan Kumar Bondyopadhyay offers an absorbing portrait of a brilliant individual, who shuns public performances devoting her time instead to her music, her students and to keeping her father's legacy alive.
14/15 August 1947 means more than the 'Independence' of India. It marks the birth of two nation states, India and Pakistan, and is fixed in the memory of many as Partition and the end of the Raj. Bearing Witness nuances this historical moment by considering contemporary and post-event responses to Partition, inherited by Indians and Pakistanis as one of uncontested significance. From testimonials and speeches by Jinnah and Nehru, to fictional and non-fictional accounts by Indians and the British, and political cartoons from English newspapers at the time, Kamra offers an inductive study of primary texts ignored until now. The book studies the three groups most affected by the events of 1947: the educated Indians, for whom the moment was a rite of passage; the survivors of Partition, for whom the event is inextricably linked with trauma and loss of home, family, and community; and the British, for whom this heralded exile.
Written over a period of thirty-eight years - from 1909 to 1947 - this collection of letters between Jawaharlal Nehru and his sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit is significant as much for its historical content as for its literary value. The letters reveal the joys and trials of a family immersed in the struggle for India's independence. They are also a living testimony of the resilience and strength that won India her freedom. The letters included in this book have been divided into seven sections - each with its own distinctive flavour of life, in and out of prison. While in the first section the note of warmth and affection between a brother and his younger sister is almost palpable, the later sections depict the man who was to become the country's first prime minister in a variety of other roles - as a husband, a father and a statesman. In all this, one cannot but appreciate the lucid insight, skilled prose and logic of Nehru, whether he is writing to his sister after her husband's demise, expressing his views on global issues, or expostulating on the interpretation of the nude.
As a young law graduate in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), Kuldip Nayar witnessed at first hand the collapse of trust between Hindus and Muslims who were living together for generations, and like multitude of population he was forced to migrate to Delhi across the blood-stained plains of Punjab. From his perilous journey to a new country and to his first job as a young journalist in an Urdu daily, Nayars account is also the story of India. From his days as a young journalist in Anjam to heading Indias foremost news agency, UNI and from mainstream journalism to starting his now immensely popular syndicated column, Between the Lines, Nayar has always stood for the freedom of press and journalism of courage. Widely respected for his columns, his autobiography opens on the day Pakistan Resolution was passed in Lahore in 1940 and takes us on a journey through Indias story of a nation working on its foreign policy, development plans, relations with neighbouring countries, and dealing with coalition politics among others. From events of historical and political relevance like Tashkent Declaration and the 1971 war and the liberation of Bangladesh, to interviewing Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mujibur Rahman and from meeting Pakistans father of nuclear bomb, Dr A.Q. Khan, to his close association with Lal Bahadur Shastri and Jayaprakash Narayan, Nayars narrative is a detailed inside view of our nations past and present.