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Which of Us are Aryans?
Which of Us are Aryans?
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : Aleph Book Company
  • By : Romila Thapar
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2019
  • Pages : 224
  • Weight : 350 gm
  • Size : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN-10: 9388292383
  • ISBN-13: 978-9388292382
DESCRIPTION:
The question of which of us is Aryan is one of the most contentious in India today. In this eyeopening book, scholars and experts critically examine the Aryan issue by analysing history, genetics, early Vedic scriptures, archaeology and linguistics to test and challenge various hypotheses, myths, facts and theories that are currently in vogue.

Romila Thapar tackles the definition of the ‘Aryan’ in her inimitable style by tracing the origins and progression of the ‘Aryans’ from old Iranian texts such as the Zend-Avesta, archaeological excavations and colonial interpretations made by Max Müeller. She also touches upon the following fields of enquiry: historiography, archaeology, linguistics, comparative mythology, social anthropology and, more recently, genetics. Michael Witzel investigates the origins of the early ‘Aryans’ within and outside India. Jaya Menon examines data from excavations of Harappan culture. Kai Friese lucidly explains the Rakhigarhi research which has been talked about a lot in the recent past and Razib Khan provides insights arising from research into genetics.
$23
Chanakya Niti Evam Kautilya Arthshastra (Kannada Edition)
Chanakya Niti Evam Kautilya Arthshastra (Kannada Edition)
SPECIFICATION:
  • Publisher : V&S Publishers
  • By : Editorial Board
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2014
  • Pages : 176
  • Weight : 150 gm
  • Size : 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN-10: 935057120X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9350571200
DESCRIPTION:
Mahapandit Chanakya ek rachnatmak vicharak the. Veh sarvshreshth arthshastri ke saath-saath mahaan raajneetigya evam katuneetigya the. Veh samraajya vinaashak bhi the tatha samrajya nirmaata bhi the. Unki 3 anupam kritiyan - chanakya neeti, chanakya sutra tatha kautilya arthashastra hain. iss pustak mein inn teeno ki vistrit vyakhya lekhak dwara prastut ki gayi hai. yeh pustak chintak, lekhak, prabandhak, sevak, shasak, prashasak, raajneetigya se lekar samaanya jan sab hi ke liye laabhdaayi tatha upyukt hai.(Mahapandit Chanakya was a creative thinker. He was a great economist and a great politician and a masterpiece.That empire was also a destroyer and the empire was also a producer. His 3 unique works - Chanakya policy, Chanakya Sutras and Kautilya economics. Detailed explanation of all three in this book is presented by the author.This book is beneficial and suitable for everyone, from the thinker, writer, manager, servant, ruler, administrator, politician to general public.) #v&spublishers
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Stillpoint: A Novel of War, Peace, Politics and Palestine
Stillpoint: A Novel of War, Peace, Politics and Palestine
Specification:
  • Publisher : Zen Publications
  • by : Colin Mallard
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Edition : 2013
  • Pages : 455
  • Weight : 500gm.
  • Size :
  • ISBN-13: 978-9384363185
  • ASIN: 9384363189
Description:

Zen Publications of Mumbai has just published Stillpoint, a novel of war, peace, politics and Palestine, by Canadian writer, Colin Mallard. As the events of the last six weeks have shown, a book that addresses the Palestinian Israeli conflict, could hardly be more timely.

Mallard has previously written award winning non fiction books on Taoism, Zen and Advaita Vedanta. In 2013 Stillpoint was a finalist in the 'US Next Generation Indie Book Awards' in the category of general fiction over 80,000 words.

We all love stories and Mallards novel traces events beginning in the 1940s to the present. Although a work of fiction, it is based on historical events and written, in part, to help readers understand the underlying causes of the current conflict.

Stillpoint is a beguiling story of love and hope, peopled with unforgettable characters, vivid and haunting. It is a love story, a hymn to the great mystery of life.

To read Stillpoint is to be transported to another world, another time. Moved by the beauty of life and the ugliness, we find ourselves on a wild ride between love and hate, justice and injustice, sorrow and joy.

The novel is both historical and allegorical, some might even call it fantasy. It questions things we take for granted and assume to be true. It trusts the reader is more interested in the truth, the facts, than beliefs or ideology. Christ is reputed to have said, The truth will make you free. It is this idea thats at the heart of Stillpoint.

What can we do to ease the suffering in Palestine and replace conflict with peace? Mallard suggests only the truth, the facts, can bring it about. Truth, he says, must,' however, be valued more than beliefs and ideology.

How would we be, you and me, under circumstances the Palestinians and Israelis find themselves? Human nature is the same in us all and when we can answer that question for ourselves understanding takes place. The source of conflict, it turns out, is not geographical but personal-it might manifest as geographical but the source of conflict is always personal, in us, you and me. There are no exceptions.

Understanding, Mallard suggests, takes place when the mind is open, when we approach life from the perspective of not knowing, with a beginners or Zen mind. Such understanding, he suggests, brings action, including non-action that are both appropriate to the situation at hand and the nature of the person involved.'

From the perspective of Advaita it is clear there are not two. In this instance, the world is not divided into two groups of people, one good the other bad. We are the same! And when we understand ourselves we understand all human beings.

From the perspective of Advaita, no one is to blame, no one is right, no one is wrong.

What then is happening? People are simply doing the best they can under the circumstances and the powerful influence of their beliefs.

All is Maya until the illusion is seen for what it is - ignorance, lack of awareness. Just as awareness is the first step in understanding ourselves it is also the first step in understanding the current conflict and our relationship to it. Where ignorance once existed, understanding can replace it.

    $30
    Slaves of Saudis - Terrorisation of Foreign workers
    Slaves of Saudis - Terrorisation of Foreign workers
    Specification:
    • Publisher : Zen Publications
    • by : Joy C. Raphael
    • Cover : Paperback
    • Language : English
    • Edition : 2013
    • Pages : 158
    • Weight : 210gm.
    • Size : 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
    • ISBN-13: 978-9382788133
    • ASIN: 9382788131
    Description:

    When you applied for work in Saudi Arabia, didn’t you think you would work for a few years, make a pile, marry off your daughter or sister, build a home, retire to the good life?
    When you paid the huge commission to the recruitment agent and a large fee for your visa, did anybody tell you the bad news?
    Ihat your contract may be ‘renegotiated’ once you land in Saudi Arabia. You may not be paid your salary for months. You may have to sleep in chains. You may be falsely charged, perfunctorily tried and jailed. You may be threatened with sacking or your salary may be withheld if you spurn your employer’s ‘suggestion’ to convert to Islam.
    If you are a maid, you might be raped. If you are a male you may be thrashed by your boss for even a minor bungle.
    The dangers foreign workers face in Saudi Arabia are manifold. Yet the foreign embassies behave like ostriches, leaving the vulnerable employees to Saudi mercy. Meanwhile, thousands continue to queue up with job agents in New Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi, Dhaka, Colombo, Manila and other cities... lured by the petrodollars that they believe will fulfil their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

      $20
      Indiana: The Book of Indian Wonders
      Indiana: The Book of Indian Wonders
      Specification:
      • Publisher : Zen Publications
      • By : A.R. Sharif
      • Cover : Paperback
      • Language : English
      • Edition : 2010
      • Pages : 166
      • Weight : 210 gm.
      • Size : 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
      • ISBN-13 : 978-8188071715
      • ASIN : 8188071714
      Description:

      So you think you know all about India…its ancient history, its glorious heritage, its jaw-dropping wonders? Well, think again.

      Take architecture, building and town planning for instance. Do you know about the world’s biggest domical roof? The world’s largest monolithic statue? The world’s biggest sundial? Do you know about the hanging ceiling? The pillar without a foundation? Or about a model town 1,000 years ago? Medieval flush system latrines? And of concealed plumbing in ancient India?

      Or take literature. Do you know about the man who told two stories using one text? The oldest grammar book? The world’s longest poem? Or, for that matter, of poet Magha’s geometrical composition?

      In medicine, chances are you haven’t heard about incredible ancient surgical instruments. Or about the artificial nose created 2000 years ago. Or the curative sounds of the medicated drum.

      In science and technology, did you know of robots that existed 1000 years ago? Or the pillar that has defied rust for 1600 years? Of the journey from zero to infinity? Of the ancient technique of drilling pinholes in stones?

        $22

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