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THE MOTIONLESS TRAVELER - eBook by Aspi Doctor

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THE MOTIONLESS TRAVELER


eBook by

ASPI DOCTOR

EBOOK AVAILABLE  FROM IDEAINDIA.COM AT http://www.ideaindia.com/the-motionless-traveler/p/1809/

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First written in 1985, The Motionless Traveler is set in the future and set in a time when the supply of fuel (read oil) is almost at an end. It becomes absolutely necessary to find an alternate mode of transport as it is becoming difficult and expensive to travel. The world is again breaking up into insular countries. Krish, the protagonist of the novel, makes a chance discovery that enables him to become air borne and to move rapidly across continents. The discovery is that of an ancient Tibetan statuette which was used by Tibetan lamas to cross into India at the time of the Chinese invasion of their land.


Krish lives in Bombay, India. His life has been quite humdrum till the time that he gets possession of the statuette. He rescues a young Tibetan girl from a gang of …

THE BOMBAY ASSOCIATION: A Pioneering Political Association in Western India - eBook by Louiza Rodrigues

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THE BOMBAY ASSOCIATION
A Pioneering Political Association in Western India

eBook by

Louiza Rodrigues



eBook available from IdeaIndia.Com at www.ideaindia.com/the-bombay-association-1852-1879/p/1904/

The political consciousness that had developed in Bombay in the first half of the nineteenth century crystallized in an organized form into the formation of the pioneering political association in Western Inidia, ‘The Bombay Association’ on 26 August 1852. The western educated intellectuals, the ‘intelligentsia’ and the mercantile community of Bombay, the ‘shetias’ such as Jamshedji Jijibhoy, Jagannath Shankarshet, Naoroji Furdunji, Manakji Kharshedji, Narayan Dinanathji, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad and Dadabhai Naoroji were proactive in its formation. Sir Jamshedji Jijibhoy became the Chief Patron and Jagannath Shankarseth became the First President of the Bombay Association. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad and Vinayakrao Jagannathji were the secretaries. There were 23 ordinary members and the Association was well …

“CHRISTIANS AND SPICES”: The Portuguese in India, 1497 - 1961 - eBook by Roderick Matthews

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eBook available  from IdeaIndia.Com at http://www.ideaindia.com/christians-and-spices-the-portuguese-in-india-1497-1961/p/2107/


To reach India by sea the first Portuguese navigators had to spend periods out of sight of land for up to ninety consecutive days. This feat is remarkable in itself. Having done this, their relative success over the next hundred years in controlling the trade of three continents and the commerce of an enormous area of the world’s oceans is astonishing. No less remarkable, however, is how little was eventually built on this courage and ambition, and ultimately how little was left behind when the Portuguese were finally forced out of their last Indian possessions in 1961.

There is a story that, on arrival in Calicut in 1498, one of da Gama’s men was asked why the Portuguese had come so far. “We seek Christians and spices,” he replied. They found both in India but it proved difficult to get a grip on either, even though in one respect the two were closely connect…

“WHILE I AM SEEKING”: A Collection of Poems - eBook by Gunjan Raizada Chakravarty

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“WHILE I AM SEEKING”: A Collection of Poems
eBook by 
Dr. Gunjan Raizada Chakravarty



EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT www.ideaindia.com/while-i-am-seeking/p/1785/



A collection of modern poems, which have come through Gunjan Raizada Chakravarty. She was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. After completing her doctorate in Physics, she moved to Ca, US. She began her career by working in the fiber optics industry, shifting to teaching Physics at the local University, and then publishing experiential writings in a local magazine. Presently, she is sharing, some writings and poems (which have and are coming through her) on a blog called “Surrender, Listen and Give” (at http://surrenderlistenandgive.blogspot.com). She would appreciate feedback at gunjanwriter@yahoo.com. She believes in the sacred Sanskrit mantra, “Aum Tat Sat”, which implies, God is the Truth, or translates (word by word) to Supreme Infinite Spirit (Aum) is the Absolute (Tat) Truth (Sat). With pride, she dedicates thi…

STONES ON THE ROAD - eBook by Marian Larsen

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STONES ON THE ROAD



eBook  by

Marian Larsen


EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT www.ideaindia.com/stones-on-the-road/p/1886/


Read Marian’s journey to find meaning in her life, about her travels through several countries including India and the effects her travels have had on her.


MARIAN LARSEN in her own words: I am Danish, a woman, and 52 years old. I have had, and continue to enjoy, a wonderful life. Luck and happiness have followed me wherever I go. I had a lifestyle that many would envy—a great job, a beautiful home, a good husband, and the financial means to do whatever I pleased. Five years ago, I left it all behind to follow a call that was so strong and so intense I hardly felt I had a choice. A part of me said I was crazy; but I could do nothing about it. I had to go. I had to travel the world, learn about myself and discover how I’d survive without a home. It was hard for me. The first time I left Denmark, tears poured from my eyes. It was challenging enough, emotionally, but i…

THE GREAT GULZAR - Lyricist, Poet, Screenwriter & Filmmaker

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Gulzar was honoured by the South Asian Cinema Foundation at the Nehru Centre in London on 9th October 2010.






Winner of an Oscar for song 'Jai Ho' in the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' and awarded with the Padma Bhushan. Many dignitaries were present including the High Commissioner of India.






There was also a question and answer session where the audience took part. It was a great event with standing room only.


SJP (@DigitalAsian)

THE CHURNING - Short Story by Jayshree Winters

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THE CHURNING
Short Story by
Jayshree Winters
Published by IdeaIndia.Com


The other day I visited an Indian day care center. It had a nice name, which I will refrain from mentioning. It seemed like a very comfortable place and the soft Indian music was playing in the background. The nearby kitchen had Indian food aromas emanating from it.
The center of the room had several tables and chairs. Most of these were occupied by Indian men and women varying in ages from perhaps 65 to 75 plus. Women were doing needle craft or chatting, and men were playing cards, just sitting, or talking. It sounds almost idyllic, does it not?
I waved to some of the men in the room and they nodded somewhat hesitantly. I then sat down at the table with women doing some crafts. After introducing myself, I began chatting with them in Gujarati, as I could guess their home state from the style of their saris, Jewelry and bindis. We had a short conversation, which was enough for me to get a glimpse into some of their liv…

THIRTEEN MILESTONES TO PARTITION - eBook by Roderick Matthews - IdeaIndia.Com

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THIRTEEN MILESTONES TO PARTITION


eBook by

Roderick Matthews


eBook available from IDEAINDIA.COM at http://www.ideaindia.com/thirteen-milestones-to-partition/p/2113/

India was the first country in the modern world to decolonise itself, after a sustained campaign of self-assertion that lasted from 1905 to 1947. Over that period a combination of political reasonableness and massive popular mobilisation persuaded the British that they were no longer welcome, that the intellectual underpinning of Empire was unsafe and that the country would soon be ungovernable. A glance at the accounts ledger was enough to persuade the post-war British political leadership that the Raj was a project best abandoned. A rapid departure duly followed. In the event the final form that Indian independence took was left to the Indian politicians.

The British may have had their preferences but they had lost the political initiative by 1945 and had probably lost the ability to impose anything on anybody in India sever…

THE TOUCH - Short Story by Jayshree Winters

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THE TOUCH
Short Story by
Jayshree Winters
published by IdeaIndia.Com


It is a fine October morning here in the U.S.A. The day is clear, skies blue, and temperature cool. The day is brisk but not yet very cold.
My office is located in a medical building which also houses a lot of other medical doctors. As I entered and parked my car in the parking area of the building, I watched initially with interest and then with a certain sadness, the sight ahead of me.
An elderly man was struggling to get out of a car. He must be in his late 70’s, early 80’s. He looked frail and gaunt. In the driver’s seat was a woman, perhaps in her early to mid forties. She was on her cell phone, talking intently, oblivious to the older man’s struggle. There was a strong facial resemblance, to which I assumed that she must be his daughter.
The struggling man finally managed to get out of the care. He started to walk slowly, hesitantly towards the medical building, his wobbly feet carrying the weight of his thin body…

BRITISH INDIA AND THE COMING OF THE RAILWAYS - eBook by Roderick Matthews

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BRITISH INDIA AND THE COMING OF THE RAILWAYS

eBook by

Roderick Matthews



eBook available from IdeaIndia.Com at www.ideaindia.com/british-india-and-the-coming-of-the-railways/p/2103/


The introduction of railways to India in the 1850s produced far-reaching change. In many ways it was meant to. New markets for goods were opened up, raw materials were made accessible, tunnels were dug and bridges built, soldiers were moved further and faster. Above all, capital was invested and returns secured. As a secondary effect internal regional trade was redirected and the labour market altered so that over the next century agricultural production was reshaped in tandem with a mass migration to the cities. For the British rulers, administrative and military efficiency were enhanced, as foreseen, but at the same time opposition to the Raj was more easily mobilised. Worse, the new expensive technical infrastructure of colonial rule proved to be alarmingly vulnerable to popular disruption in a country of …

SLOW DOWN, INDIA - Short Story by Jayshree Winters

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SLOW DOWN, INDIA
Short Story by 
Jayshree Winters
published by  IdeaIndia.Com



March 8th, 2010 – I am traveling by Rajdhani Express from Bombay to Baroda – nice train, quite comfortable – bottled water, newspaper, snacks, then lunch. Tea or coffee a couple of times – all served with an expertise, almost fascinating, precise, timely and perfected. Great to watch – somewhat impersonal perhaps but then these guys have to move fast – all in all, a good experience.
I am sitting next to a young man who had bluntly refused to sit next to my travel companion – was I surprised? Greatly so…what had happened to the respect, flexibility of the yester years? Of course the only way to look at this is that the young man was being assertive, had a great self-esteem, and knew what he wanted to do, or not do, I told myself.
Separated from my companion, me being who I am, I started a conversation with the young man – he mumbled a few words and immersed himself into his cell phone. Soon he started making…

LABOUR UNREST IN CHINA - eBook by Sheo Nandan Pandey

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LABOUR UNREST IN CHINA

eBook by 

Sheo Nandan Pandey


EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT http://www.ideaindia.com/labour-unrest-in-china/p/1901/


Labour unrest in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has attracted a wide range of media and academic enterprises. It is a wonder that the Chinese workers have come to the streets now when the Chinese economy is somewhat back to the trails of recovery from the recessionary spell in the face of the global financial crisis and the global economic downturn. Again, it is a puzzle that the Chinese workers choose to vent their fury selectively, against foreign concerns, in particular the Japanese and Taiwanese firms, and that the row should taper out in one stroke with wage hikes.


To some degree, strikes are not something new in China. There are studies that speak of tens of thousands of protests taking place in China every year over a wide range of issues from workers' back pay to illegal land seizures. Most end peacefully after the government…