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HISTORIES OF CONSUMPTION - CONCOCTING COFFEE AS POPULAR CULTURE - e-article by Gargi Bhattacharya

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HISTORIES OF CONSUMPTION: CONCOCTING COFFEE AS POPULAR CULTURE




e-Article by

Gargi Bhattacharya



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E-ARTICLE available from IDEAINDIA.COM at www.ideaindia.com/histories-of-consumption-concocting-coffee-as-popular-culture/p/1934/


The sociological imagination necessitates, above all, being able to ‘think ourselves away’ from the familiar routines of our daily lives in order to look at them anew. Consider the simple act of drinking a cup of coffee. What would we find, say, from a sociological point of view, about such an uninteresting piece of behaviour? The answer is – an enormous amount. - Anthony Giddens, Sociology, p. 20

Coffee drinking is not an activity that is anointed with any tinge of forbidden pleasure, or any twinge of guilt. It does not associate itself with the so-called ‘immoral’ severities of alcohol, nor the precipitous ‘high’ that is the doper’s delight. Shorn off the privileges of prohibition, coffee is pre-eminently permissible in all c…

NATYASASTRA, RASA THEORY OF INDIAN AESTHETICS - eBook by Gargi Bhattacharya

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NATYASASTRA
RASA THEORY OF INDIAN AESTHETICS
The Concepts of Bhava and Rasa


Gargi Bhattacharya



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Bharatamuni’s Natyasastra is the earliest treatise on drama available in any civilization. It rivals Aristotle’s theory of Catharsis as propounded in Poetics in its scope, its rigorous concepts of the theatrical art, of stagecraft and the role of the spectators. It is especially famous for laying down the cornerstone for Indian aesthetics in the form of the Rasa Theory, which is imperative in the understanding and appreciation of all Indian arts, since most follow the rules laid down by the sage even after the passage of centuries. The Rasa Theory claims itself as one of the most authentic, original, credible and enduring theories in Oriental arts, and theorists and performers attach immense importance to its merits. Bharata also refers to bhavas, the imitations of emotions that the actors perfor…

Are books in print becoming obsolete?

Are books in print becoming obsolete? Are paperbacks and hardbacks being overtaken by eBooks? Do you prefer to read a novel as an eBook or paperback? By 2050 will there be any new books printed? Will the printed word still exist?

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ACETIC LOVE - Some Unusual Love Stories - eBook by Sujoy Ghosh

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ACETIC LOVE
Some Unusual Love Stories

eBook by

SUJOY GHOSH




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To Everyone ... Love is a wonderful emotion. I know because I am living it. I feel it in my heart when someone tells his/her love story. Something warms my veins when I hear about Romeo and Juliet. It’s something that takes a lot out of me... and gives more than anything. Love is about giving. Time, space... and life. I have seen people just having good time in name of love. I have also seen people dedicating life for love. I have seen people hurting and getting hurt... reason... Love. I have see people winning and losing... reason... Love.

I have written a few love stories with some difference. The stories are entitled CAPTIVATE, CONSIDERATE, REVOKE, DETACHMENT and DEATH. It’s all about the injury love can cause... and aftermath. Five stories on five days based in five big cities and five endings. But all have one emot…

BEAUTY OF INDIA - Pilgrimage in Kedarnath

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Pilgrimage in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India
Photo by Amar Singh Chauhan

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DOWN AND OUT IN SOBO - Photos from South Bombay

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PHOTOS FROM SOBO (South Bombay)
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THE HEARTS OF THE HOOMANS - eBook novel by B.S. Raghavan

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THE HEARTS OF THE HOOMANS

B.S. Raghavan












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The novel is set in the India of the 1950's in the northernmost part of the State of West Bengal. It is a time of change and uncertainty. India has just recently become independent and a democratic republic. The Constitution of India has come into force. Nehru’s “Tryst with destiny…” is just beginning.

It was a time of great transition when there were still a few of the British left as managing agents and managers of tea gardens. The old generation of the members of the Indian Civil Service appointed in the colonial era was still in high positions of authority, while the new generation of young Indian Administrative Service officers was just taking charge.

You are transported into an India of 60 years ago in this realistic and absorbing depiction by B.S. Raghavan of the subtle inter-generational and inter-racial conflicts and friendships…

POSITIVE PHILOSOPHY FOR CONTEMPORARY INDIAN SOCIETY - e-article by Desh Raj Sirswal

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POSITIVE PHILOSOPHY FOR CONTEMPORARY INDIAN SOCIETY




Desh Raj Sirswal



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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” - James Madison


The 21st Century has been acknowledged as the 'Knowledge Century'. Every nation now finds itself operating in an increasingly competitive and globalised environment where the information, infrastructure, research and innovation systems, education and lifelong learning, and regulatory frameworks are crucial variables. In the words of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, “The time has come to create a second wave of institution building, and of excellence, in the fields of education, research and capability building so that we are better prepared for the 21st Century.” Since India’s independence, there has been a persistent demand on behalf of the count…

SECRET COACH TOURS IN DELHI - Photos of India

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Does this Delhibus have a 'secret' destination?

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AGRARIAN POWER AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY IN SOUTH ASIA Capital and the Transformation of Agrarian Class Systems: Sugar Production in India

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AGRARIAN POWER AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY IN SOUTH ASIA Capital and the Transformation of Agrarian Class Systems: Sugar Production in India


DONALD W. ATTWOOD
Introduction by Susanne Hoeber Rudolph




Series edited by Meghnad Desai, Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and the late Ashok Rudra



© Oxford University Press, India 1984



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Do differences in power structures play an important causal role in advancing or retarding agricultural productivity? In discussing the relationship between power and productivity, the nine contributors to this series anthropologists, economists, political scientists, historians - raise questions about the widely accepted generalization that structures of local power are a major constraint on technically progressive agriculture. By contrast, they argue that there is no necessary relationship between asymmetrical power structures and high or low productivity. Rather, the relationship between…

IS INDIA A MATCH FOR CHINA? - eArticle by G.K. Rajesh

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IS INDIA A MATCH FOR CHINA?
Questioning the Grounds for Optimism




G.K. Rajesh




E-ARTICLE available from IDEAINDIA.COM at http://www.ideaindia.com/product_detail.php?pid=1642




India and China are two of the largest agrarian economies in the world. China still continues to be a single party ruled, authoritarian state where as India is a multi party democracy with a market economy. After reforms both the countries have attracted global attention by their spectacular achievements in economic growth and trade participation. A current debate is on the comparative performance of the two countries. Some observe that by 2025 China will be world’s workshop where as India, its office. But a comparison of the current performance and advancement over the years reveal that India is crawling much behind China if the subject countries are taken as engaged in a running race competition.




GK Rajesh - MPhil Scholar, Center for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

SOURAV - eBook by Gulu Ezekiel

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SOURAV







GULU EZEKIEL



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'Maharaj' to his family, `Lord Snooty' to his county mates in Lancashire and `Dada' to his team, Sourav Ganguly has in the past few years rewritten the rules of captaincy for the Indian team. Unlike several of his predecessors, he is seen as an impartial, non-parochial captain, forever pushing his players to perform better. Off the field, his interactions with the media and his fans (and detractors) have been uncompromisingly honest and have earned him the respect of cricket followers everywhere.




Gulu Ezekiel began his career in sports journalism with The Indian Express in Chennai in 1982 before moving to New Delhi in 1991. He has been sports editor at The Asian Age, NDTV and indya.cam and has contributed to over fifty publications around the world. In August 2001 he launched GE Features, a features and syndication company. Gulu has written and contributed to a dozen sports bo…

CASTE AND CLASS: Social Stratification in Assam - eBook by RANAJIT K. BHADRA

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CASTE AND CLASS
Social Stratification in Assam


RANAJIT K. BHADRA



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The purpose of the study is to analyse the structure and process of social stratification in Assam. The introductory chapter deals with some theoretical issues. The second and third chapters are concerned with the historical aspects of the stratification system in Assam, and the subsequent chapters deal with some village studies for a micro analysis of the stratification system. An intensive fieldwork of ten months was conducted in three villages of upper Assam of distinctive nature, viz., one being a multi-caste, the other a single­ caste and the third a tribal village, in order to provide a comparative perspective.


The social structure of Assam consists of various castes and Hinduised and semi-Hinduised tribes. The synthesis of three traditions: Orthodox Hinduism, Vaishnava Sectarianism and Tribalism have mou…

MAHARASHTRA: Land of Concrete

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MAHARASHTRA: Land of Concrete




The above image is taken in Pune (2011) on the bridge going from Koregaon Park to Kalyaninagar. When I first visited Pune in the 80’s the buildings in the picture did not exist and neither did the bridge. The bridge crosses what used to be a large river where you could go fishing. But today it is a mere trickle compared to the past. You travel from Mumbai to Pune on the Express Highway and you see new constructions throughout the journey.


It is like Pune has become a suburb of Mumbai and everything in between has been concreted over- almost!


Pune has developed beyond recognition in the last 2 to 3 decades. I am sure the environment has suffered. But this is progress. I am sure other states in India have similar stories.



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PERSPECTIVE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND CONVERGENCE IN SELECTED SOUTH ASIAN AND EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES - eBook by Somesh Mathur

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PERSPECTIVE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND CONVERGENCE IN SELECTED SOUTH ASIAN AND EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES




SOMESH MATHUR



EBOOK available from IDEAINDIA.COM at http://www.ideaindia.com/product_detail.php?pid=1636



There has been considerable research inquiry into the causes and nature of differences in growth rates across countries and regions over time. Even small differences in these growth rates, if cumulated over a long period of time, may have substantial impact on the standards of living of people. Despite considerable research on the subject, cross-country and cross-regional income disparities are on rise over time. Understanding the causes behind such inequalities is essential to formulate appropriate policies and bring about required institutional changes in order to spread the benefits of growth processes across regions.


This Ebook is an excellent study in comparing the South and East Asian regions.



Dr. Somesh K. Mathur, M.A., M Phil, Ph.D, currently Assistant Professor of Economics at the In…

FOOD FROM THE MOUTH OF KRISHNA - eBook by PAUL M. TOOMEY

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FOOD FROM THE MOUTH OF KRISHNA
Feasts and Festivities in a North Indian Pilgrimage Centre




PAUL M. TOOMEY



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This research, which is based on fieldwork at Mount Govardhan (District Mathura, U.P.), fully documents gastronomic ideas and practices of several large Hindu sects, thereby adding to previous anthropological accounts of culinary habits in diverse regional, caste and village settings. In addition, Food from the Mouth of Krishna sheds new light on several classic problems of Indian sociology­ most notably, on the distinction, in matters of ritual form, between sects that are monastic in orientation and those which are house­holder-centred, and on the dynamic interdependence in pilgrimage settings of sectarian and non-sectarian patterns of worship.
The book will prove useful to readers who seek a broader under­standing of practical religion in India and a better appreciation of bhakti's social …

IS THERE A POLTICAL CINEMA IN INDIA?

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IS THERE A POLTICAL CINEMA IN INDIA?




Shoma A. Chatterji




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The question - does India have a political cinema? leads to other more relevant and specific questions. It does not and cannot offer ready-made, textbook answers. How, for instance, does one define political cinema? Is there any cinema that is apolitical and that does not really have any political statement to make? Is not there a politics within the entertainment thrown up by Indian mainstream films? If politics propagates a point of view, or has an agenda to serve or a point to make, then all cinema is political because a film expressing the aesthetics of a creative artist also, at the same time, presents the artiste bias for or against something. Argentinian film maker Jeanine Meerapfel who makes strong political statements in her films made in Germany, most often not allowed release in her own country, says, Every film is a political film b…

PHOTOS FROM INDIA - India Photo Library

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Photos taken from a recent trip to Mumbai, Pune and Delhi





Worshippers on the causeway to Haji Ali, Mumbai


Pune street scene - Tata has just released its latest version of the Nano - the Ultra-Nano!



Cane furniture seller in Delhi


Ironing clothes on a Delhi Street


Delhi billboard advertising the British Royal wedding


Delhi Parsi Agiary



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