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MUMBAI (A poem) by Shreyashi Srivastava

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Mumbai is a poem by Shreyashi Srivastava taken from her collection of poems:
To Mount a Sunbeam
published as an eBook by IDEAINDIA.COM

Mumbai




To watch a city come alive at night
By the very seams that fester in the light.
To watch a city bustle and tide
And come to ruins by its very might.
Dancing, winking tinsels pirouette,
While cranky old ladies play the roulette.
They pout, they frown,
They pounce at the pound.
They feint, they paint
Peels of old walls they ain’t.
Far and wide is their taint, such saints!


To stand and stare, waiting for your turn,
To watch with helpless fury others take your share.
Fluttering eyelashes buy themselves the night,
While portly cigars bid for the Light.
Countless wheels do the Fortunes roll,
Each trying to be on her scroll.


To grope for a matchstick in the growing disdain,
To be thwarted by pledges of “world peace” once again.
Find your way,
Once in this pit,
You are one in a million,
Remember, all ready to spit!
Reel by reel
The old film flashes,
Borne …

THESE DAYS (A Poem) by Smita Agarwal

'These Days' is a poem by Smita Agarwal and published by IDEAINDIA.COM in her collection of poems: MOFUSSIL NOTEBOOK : Poems of Small-Town India

THESE DAYS (A Poem)

This summer, the mango tree bore aubergines;
These days, you can’t trust in anything.


A young man, dying, made off with his nurse:
These days you can’t trust anyone …


My spouse cooed, “I love you deary …”
The next minute he was smooching his secretary.


The Ganges burst its banks …
The Ganges burst its banks and flooded the streets;
Lalu Yadav placated us by saying the goddess
Wished to kiss the common man’s feet …


Ramlila, the story of an ideal prince, has changed its format.
Bar girls gyrate to film tunes,
While Suparnakha, in her act of seduction,
Jumps into Laxman’s lap.
And we, the public, hiss and clap …
God’s life story acquires a celluloid tinge …
How shall we place our trust in anything?


In the land of Buddha, man and beast co-exist in peace.
In overcrowded railway stations, don’t be taken aback
If you witnes…

MOFUSSIL NOTEBOOK: Poems of Small-Town India - eBook by Smita Agarwal

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MOFUSSIL NOTEBOOK
Poems of Small-Town India


Smita Agarwal



EBOOK available at IDEAINDIA.COM http://www.ideaindia.com/mofussil-notebook-poems-of-smalltown-india/p/1924/





Like the epigraph couplet of the eighteenth century Urdu poet, Zauq, Smita Agarwal’s second book of poems casts a wry and amused glance at the world around her. While poems like “Catechesis”, “Undergraduate Indian English” and “Mofussil Mummies” explore the colonial hangover, others like “I Love You” reveal, with tolerant irony, the curious blend of tradition and modernity which is contemporary India.


Agarwal’s landscapes shift from Allahabad to Ladakh to Times Square and her emotions from playful (“My Bindi”) to stark (“Moving On”). She also experiments with form as in “Ghazal: Civil Lines”, “These Days” (the Hindi kavi sammelan) and the folk in “Binsar Barahmasa”.


Smita Agarwal is the author of Wish-granting Words, Poems, Ravi Dayal Publisher, New Delhi, 2002. ISBN 81-7530-046-9




Reviews of On Wish-granting Words, Poems:


Smi…

INDIA'S GREATEST EXPORT: BUDDHISM

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INDIA’S GREATEST EXPORT: BUDDHISM


Roderick Matthews




E-BOOK available at http://www.ideaindia.com/product_detail.php?pid=1706






The Buddha thought of himself as a guide rather than as a teacher of immutable rules. In consequence Buddhism has been the least centrally controlled of all the world’s faith traditions and this is very consistently reflected in its history. Where enforcement of a rigid orthodoxy might have killed the faith, its openness gave it a creative capacity for flexibility and longevity that sired a family of endlessly fertile offspring. The local adaptability of Buddhism has enabled it to travel and grow, to diversify and elaborate. Its lack of a Pope-Caliph or a single text has allowed it to grow differently in every soil into which it has been planted. The continuous practice of a system in which consciousness examines itself deeply and at leisure has produced a range of highly sophisticated approaches to spiritual experience over twenty-five centuries. Though it preached…

COOPERACIÓN Y COLABORACIÓN EN LA PRIMERA EDAD GLOBAL, 1400-1800: VOL. II: EL MODELO HISPÁNICO: REDES Y COOPERACIÓN EN LAS FILIPINAS by Antoni Picazo Muntaner

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COOPERACIÓN Y COLABORACIÓN EN LA PRIMERA EDAD GLOBAL
1400-1800:
VOL. II
EL MODELO HISPÁNICO: REDES Y COOPERACIÓN EN LAS FILIPINAS



Dr. Antoni Picazo Muntaner


e-BOOK  available at http://www.ideaindia.com/product_detail.php?pid=1893


THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN IN SPANISH
ESTE LIBRO ESTÁ ESCRITO EN ESPAÑOL




Este estudio forma parte del proyecto “Dynamic Complexity of Cooperation-Based Self-Organizing Networks in the First Global Age” (DynCoopNet), el cual está integrando por historiadores, matemáticos, sociólogos, geógrafos, cartógrafos, economistas, técnicos en SIG... Como tal, pues, está integrado en una obra mucho mayor, marcada y definida por la cooperación y colaboración entre sus miembros. Algunos de estos últimos, como el caso de Ana Crespo y David Alonso , han aportado datos extremadamente valiosos para comprender las dinámicas colaborativas en esa primera Edad Global, abriendo nuevos interrogantes y líneas de investigación.
Pero también deberíamos añadir que, en realidad, el texto que aquí pre…

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY DIFFUSION

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INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY DIFFUSION:
Potential Benefits and Danger of Digital Divide


Indervir Singh


EBOOK available at http://www.ideaindia.com/product_detail.php?pid=1663


ICT has revolutionized the world by reducing the distance, connecting the knowledge world wide and changing production structure. It has large potential to contribute not only as a sector but indirectly also by increasing productivity, reducing transaction cost, filling knowledge gap and helping government in providing many other services and implementing plans through e-government. But diffusion of this technology in developing countries is very less than developed countries, which may cause them to lag behind in growth path. These gaps in diffusion of ICT technology (digital divide) can be analyzed from usage, access capacity and policy prospective.




INDERVIR SINGH (Ph.D. Scholar), Centre for Development Studies, Prashanthanagar, Ulloor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India



MANIPURA CHAKRA by Shameem Akhtar

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MANIPURA CHAKRA:
CONDUIT BETWEEN THE SUBLIME AND THE GROSS:
Demystifying the manipura chakra (psychic power center) in order to rectify its imbalances and spur our spiritual and personal growth.


Shameem Akhtar

eBOOK available at http://www.ideaindia.com/product_detail.php?pid=1668




Among the seven chakras or psychic centers in each human, the third manipura has special spiritual significance. This power center is buoyed by a strong ego identity which swings our choice in favor of either the spiritualistic or animalistic. This transformative center is powered by the emotional weapons of fear or anger. It is lit by the psychic fire of consciousness. Our seers believed this inner fire could either purify us by burning out our spiritual impurities. Or stoke itself further, thus destroying us spiritually. Its important to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of this center in order to contain any spiritual damage we may unwittingly inflict on ourselves, through its imbalances. The manipura f…

MEDICINE IN ANCIENT INDIA by Abhijit Das

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MEDICINE IN ANCIENT INDIA





Abhijit Das



eBook published by

and available at http://www.ideaindia.com/ancient-indian-medicine/p/1774/



Ayurveda is claimed to be the oldest and most complete medical treatises in the world. It is 7000 years old and is now becoming very popular in the West as an alternative form of medicine. The origin of Ayurveda is based on the Vedas (the earliest Hindu texts) which were compiled by ancient Hindu sages or Rishis. The word is derived from the two words ‘ayur’ which means life and ‘veda’ which means eternal wisdom or knowledge. Therefore the word means ‘Knowledge of life’ or ‘Knowledge of a long life’. According to Charaka Samhita, LIFE itself is defined as the ‘’combination of the body, sense organs, mind and soul, the factor responsible for preventing decay and death, which sustains the body over time, and guides the processes of rebirth.’’ It is also the most comprehensive medicine in the world and includes everything from herbal therapy, diet, aromatherapy, …

INDIA - POLITICS and LAND - E-book by Roderick Matthews

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INDIA – POLITICS AND LAND




Roderick Matthews





EBOOK available at http://www.ideaindia.com/product_detail.php?pid=1710



Between 1580 and 1990 there was little change at the lowest levels of Indian rural life. Even the most dramatic developments, like the disappearance of the predations of warfare through the nineteenth century or the arrival of chemical fertilisers in the 1960s, did anything to affect the basic social structure of country life. In the late twentieth century, for all her software revolution and nuclear arsenal, India was still a land of small villages, neglected and defiant in equal measure. How, in a world so altered in other ways, could this have come about?


This paper examines how three successive regimes dealt with rural India over four centuries, comparing the methods used by the Mughal, British and post-independence Indian Governments.


Roderick Matthews, Historian, Obtained a First from Balliol College, Oxford in Modern History. Studied Medieval History under Maurice Keen.…

THE TIDE RISES SLOWLY: Corporate Governance in Development by Omkar Goswami

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THE TIDE RISES SLOWLY
Corporate Governance in Development: The Experiences of India


Omkar Goswami





eBOOK available at http://www.ideaindia.com/product_detail.php?pid=1617



The past few years have seen an extraordinary movement by Indian enterprises to sign up for codes of corporate governance; first voluntary, later compulsory. This is not the consequence of any scandal but the direct result of the recognition by a new breed of managers and entrepreneurs that good corporate governance is intimately linked to sound business and opens the road to sources of finance. There is still some way to go; bankruptcy and accounting procedures need improvement, the stock and bond markets need to perform better and pension funds should play a fuller role. But there are real grounds for optimism. This is chapter 4 of the work that outlines India’s experience.




Omkar Goswami is the Chief Economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries. Holder of a Master's degree from the Delhi School of Economics an…

ASSERT AND SUCCEED by Rooshikumar Pandya

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Assert and Succeed




by




Rooshikumar Pandya




© Rooshikumar Pandya, 2009






Rooshikumar Pandya is a master trainer in all aspects of communication and behavioural sciences. He has trained over 100,000 employees of Fortune 500 companies in the US and Canada. He has also conducted sessions in some of the best organizations in India. His workshops have been attended by CEOs, doctors, bankers, salesmen and actors.


Described by the ‘Evening News of India’ as a “Communicator par Excellence,” Prof. Pandya is known in the corporate world of India as a “Trainer’s Trainer”, “Master Trainer” or as the ‘Deccan Herald’ put it, as a management trainer/consultant/mentor with an “arresting, rhetorical style, clarity of thought and simplicity of argument.”


Born in 1940 and brought up in a middle class Hindu family of Ahmedabad, Rooshikumar aspired to be a teacher and launched his teaching career at the age of seventeen. Since then he has lectured at numerous colleges, universities, institutions and organizations …