Where There is Evil by Sandra Brown Sandra Brown was eight when her friend and neighbour, twelve-year-old Moira Anderson, disappeared from the small town of Coatbridge near Glasgow in 1957. Moira has never been seen since. Twenty-seven years later, at a family funeral, Sandra's estranged father confessed to her that he had been involved in the girl's disappearance. Appalled and fascinated by his curious half confession, Sandra began to delve into the case and in so doing discovered that her father was an acknowledged child molester whose activities were known not just to everyone in Coatbridge but also to the police. The horrifying jigsaw she pieced together, along with the admission her father had made, ultimately convinced Sandra that he had indeed been responsible for Moira's disappearance nearly fifty years ago. "Where There Is Evil" is the remarkable story of Sandra's quest to unravel the mystery and see justice done.Read More...Hide Pages: 312
The groundbreaking work done by these journalists won them the prestigious Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Media person, and like Chameli Devi Jain, a simple housewife who joined the freedom struggle in Delhi, they too exemplify values of independence, courage and dedication.
From across the north, south, east and west of India, in different languages, these intrepid women have exposed corruption, child labour and caste massacres, uncovered financial scams, fought against atrocities committed against women, championed human rights and celebrated when their stories have been catalysts for change.
In today's age of tweets and instant information, the early women journalists filed their reports, if lucky typed on an Olivetti typewriter, but most times from a post office, used as a conduit to get reports to the desk. They have come a long way, from the time the profession was a stronghold of men, when they were relegated to covering flower shows and beauty pageants, to the present day, when no area is forbidden territory, be it the Kargil war, terrorist attacks in Kashmir, insurgency in the North-east, art, environmental concerns, consumer rights, and everything else in between. The stories range from the days of Prabha Dutt and Usha Rai, torchbearers for a whole generation of women journalists, to those like Tavleen Singh, Barkha Dutt and Madhu Kishwar, who are in the forefront of the media today. This book also pays tribute to India's first photographer Homai Vyarawalla, who captured a whole era of great historical change with her lens.Read More...Hide Pages: 330
Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History by Canyon Sam Twenty years after her first encounter with Tibet, Canyon Sam re-visits the place she loves. Even as she disembarks Chinas infamous Sky Train, the author confronts a series of changes all seemingly irrevocable the devastation of Lhasas once-pristine landscape; the corrosion of cultural artefacts; the slow death of a vibrant civilization.
In an attempt to acknowledge the past, the Chinese- American writer documents her spiritual home by recording the voices of four Tibetan women a visionary educator, a freedom fighter, a gulag survivor, a child bride.
Gracefully connecting these womens poignant histories to larger cultural, political and spiritual themes, Canyon Sam finds wisdom and wholeness, as she comes to grips with the future. In a style that is uncompromisingly honest, yet tender and lyrical, Sky Train is a love-song to The Place of the Gods.Read More...Hide Pages: 348
Dad's the Word: The Perils and Pleasures of Fatherhood by Soumya Bhattacharya In our country, most books about parenting turn out to be books about motherhood. Do you recall reading about parenthood from a father's point of view? Now, from one of the most distinctive literary voices of his generation of writers, comes a book about the pleasures and perils of being a 21st century father. Based on an immensely popular weekly column in Hindustan Times, Dad's the Word talks about why we want to have children; how they come to shape our lives; and how every moment of being a parent is evanescent and unrepeatable.
With warmth and wit, Bhattacharya describes the unconditional love, the anxiety and the self-doubt that colour a father's life. Insightful, funny, tender, intensely onest and moving, this is a memoir in which you will see yourself. If you are a parent, or ever want to be one, here is a book you can't do without.Read More...Hide Pages: 196
This is a book about mothers and motherless daughters, and about a woman so scared of leaving her own children that she is hardly able to mother them herself. After a troubled upbringing that saw the early death of her mother from cancer, Sarah Gabriel had created a happy home life with her partner and two beautiful daughters. Then, at 44, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and learned that while you can turn your back on your past, you can't escape your genetic legacy. The problem was MI8T, a rare and deadly genetic mutation that was responsible for the death of her mother and countless female ancestors. In Gabriel's struggle for survival, she takes us on a white-knuckle ride through contemporary genetics, the rigours of her treatment for cancer, and the impact of the disease on her family's dynamics. It is a fight not just for physical survival, but for identity, for sanity, for hope. Laced with black humour, written with a mixture of passion and clinical accuracy, Eating Pomegranates is an intensely powerful and moving memoir about mothers, daughters and breast cancer that is as beautiful as it is brutal.Read More...Hide Pages: 320
The Dragon's Trail: The Biography of Raphael's Masterpiece by Joanna Pitman Raphael's "St. George and the Dragon" is the work of a genius -- an exquisitely rendered vision of heroism and innocence by one of the greatest painters of all time. Yet the painting's creation is only the beginning of its fascinating story, which spans centuries of power play and intrigue, and has made it a witness to the rise and fall of the great powers of the Western world as it seduced its owners to ever greater heights of corruption and greed.
The heroic curators of the Hermitage protected "St. George and the Dragon" from fire, water, and the anarchists of the Russian Revolution, until Joseph Stalin sold it in 1930 to raise cash. The secret buyer was Andrew Mellon, Treasury Secretary of the United States, who in doing so blatantly violated a U.S. sanction against doing any business with Soviet Russia. Mellon eventually founded The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., where "St. George and the Dragon" rests to this day.Read More...Hide Pages: 304
Portraits From Ayodhya: Living India's Contradictions by Scharada Dubey Almost two decades after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Scharada Dubey, an Ayodhya resident, studies the barricaded Ram Janmabhoomi site, travels through temple alleyways, visits the residents, ordinary and prominent, of a town that has known no peace. What follows is Portraits of Ayodhya ? a star- tling compilation of oral history.
In this book of narrative non-fiction, we meet Ayodhya denizens from all walks of life ? from the almost omnip- otent Mahant Gyandas (head of the Hanuman Garhi temple), to the unassuming Ram Sharan Das, whose occupation is cleaning gutters. Even as we witness two sides to every story, we spot a thread binding all the major figures: a love for Ayodhya, a longing for quiet.
If places are defined by people, Portraits of Ayodhya is testament to this belief. Unflinchingly honest and sincere, this is a book that presents an Ayodhya never seen before.
Mumbai's Dabbawala: The Uncommon Story Of The Common Man by Shobha Bondre It is a stupendous feat of co-ordination, efficiency, honesty and sheer hard work: Mumbai's dabbawalas deliver 200,000,meals to office-goers and return the tiffin boxes back to their homes in a span of three hours, on a daily basis. Their clockwork precision and incredibly low error-rate has got the world to sit up and take note of this awesome army of 5000 men who carry forward a 120-year-old tradition.
They have made the headlines several times in the last few years: when they were accorded the Six Sigma status, when Prince Charles met up with them in Mumbai, when they were invited to London to attend the royal wedding. Today the Mumbai Dabbawala system is the subject of management studies by experts and students all over the world.
How does this giant tandem bike work.
Who are these men and what are their lives like.
What are the challenges in delivering these meals on wheels.
How does their Association hold it all together.
Narrated alternately by the man who has taken it all forward, President of their Association, Raghunath Medge, and by researcher-author Shobha Bondre, the story unfolds in all its many hues the struggles, the triumphs; the questions, the solutions; the urban, the rural; the personal dreams and the collective reality of Mumbai's amazing Dabbawalas.
On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder. Set in 1954 in the shadow of World War II, Snow Falling on Cedars is a beautifully crafted courtroom drama, love story, and war novel, illuminating the psychology of a community, the ambiguities of justice, the racism that persists even between neighbors, and the necessity of individual moral action despite the indifference of nature and circumstance.
Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Sir Richard Branson
In his trademark charismatic and honest style, Richard shares the inside track on some of his greatest achievements over forty years in business as well as the lessons he has learned from his setbacks. In "Business Stripped Bare," hediscusses why he took on one of the world's biggest superbrands, how he built Virgin Mobile USA into the fastest growing company in history to reach a billion dollars in revenue, faster than Microsoft, Google or Amazon.com, and how Richard is the only person in the world to have built seven billion dollar companies from scratch in seven completely different sectors.
He also shares his thoughts on the changing face of the global economy and how businesses worldwide need to work together to tackle environmental challenges and invest in the future of our world.
"Business Stripped Bare" is a dynamic, inspirational and truly original guide to success in business and in life. Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur or just starting out in the business world, Richard strips down business to show how you can succeed and make a difference.
Manual of The Warrior of Light
Manual of The Warrior of Light by Paulo Coelho
Each page of Manual of the Warrior of Light is a new passage, an inspirational thought, a message of wisdom and guidance and encouragement.
Who is the Warrior of Light? Any of us, reaching out to be the fullest person we can be, not afraid to have doubts and fears and to make mistakes and to learn from them. "That is why he is a warrior of light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is." It is a path of tolerance: "In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else's path is wrong." It is a path of intuition: "the warrior knows that intuition is God's alphabet and he continues listening to the wind and talking to the stars." If we are met with the same problems and situations over and over again, instead of becoming depressed we should learn: "Yes, you have been through all this before," replies his heart. "But you have never been beyond it." Then the warrior realises that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn.
Collected from Coelho's newspaper columns in the mid-90s, these short passages are not always easy or comfortable; but maybe that's because life isn't either. This is a book for dipping into for spiritual refreshment and sustenance.