War of books: E-books v/s Print books Where are we heading?

India is counted among the top seven publishing nations in the world. It ranks third in English language publishing. India’s print market presently produces 90,000 new books a year in 24 languages. It is serving around 1.28 billion customers. However, recent changes in the business setup have raised questions regarding the sustainability of traditional publishing houses.

Time Management for Success at Work

We have all been gifted 24 hours in a day, yet people like Einstein, M.K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates never complained about the paucity of time. They were able to accomplish huge tasks of global importance within the same time allotted to mortals like us. This is because apart from their leadership skills they had attained mastery over time by revering/valuing it.

Ballots, Bullets and Bhikkus by S. Y. Surendra Kumar (Book Excerpt)

The book makes an attempt to analyse the Buddhist Sangha’s role in Sri Lankan politics and ethnic conflict. The Sangha’s role and growth before 1983 is also discussed in detail, as it laid the foundation for the Sangha to emerge as a potent force in Sri Lanka’s politics and played a vital role in the culmination of the ethnic conflict. This book is useful for college/university teachers, research scholars and students working on linkages between Buddhism, politics and ethnic violence in Sri Lanka.

We Just Rediscovered Books!

Books have been among us for a long time. For a really long time books have probably been the most discernible medium through which exposure, knowledge, recreation, imagination and perhaps more happened. Language and script instantaneously gratified our inherent urge to record, share and propound. ‘The written word’ did not always exist in the form of books though. In the fifteenth century we left the manuscript for the printed book.

Woman: An Empowering Shakti

The terms ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ are used symmetrically only as a matter of form, as on legal papers. But in reality the relation between the two sexes is not quite as that of two electrical poles. As Simone de Beauvoir stated, ‘Man represents both the positive and neutral’, whereas ‘woman represents only the negative, defined by limiting criteria, without reciprocity’. This division between masculinity and femininity becomes more severe in the context of Indian culture. India, often portrayed as the land of ‘devis’, is a country which is ironically unsafe for its women.

Meet the Authors of the ‘Did You Know’ Series

Did You Know series are four books which explain several interesting facts around us that normally go unnoticed but have a bearing on our day-to-day life. We had a chance to interview the authors of these series – Dr. Chinmoy Kumar Ghosh and Dr. Moumita Das. Here are a few excerpts from our conversation with them.

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