Public Writings on Sri Lanka Vol III
What Volume 2 of Public Writings on Sri Lanka (2013) stated, can be repeated here: “Contrary to promise and much-cherished hope, the end of the war against the Tamil Tigers has not yet ushered in an age of justice, peace and prosperity for all.
On the premise that politics is far too important to be left entirely to politicians; that others have a duty and a moral obligation to take an interest” Sarvan offers this selection.
A Morsel of Different Shades
Sumitra Ghosal came all the way from Bankura in West Bengal to join the education service in the recently formed Bundeli State. During the period from 1956 to 1990, spanning more than three decades, she got shunted around small towns and semi-rural areas. The book is woven around her experiences on women teachers’ lives. She found for some teachers, cruel circumstances charting out the unknown trajectory, while for the others, the evil streak already present manifested itself rather blatantly during their teaching careers.
Ranging from weird to quirky, scheming to whimsical, there were all kinds of women for Sumitra to experience and continually learn from. Bearing a religious bent of mind, Sumitra, a spinster by choice, didn’t fail to take cognizance of the bizarre instances of marital co-existence in the couples she met throughout the story.
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A Partition in the Mind
The partitioning of India in 1947 is widely noted as a defining moment in the history of the sub-continent. It is possibly still playing itself out over the last seven decades and more, as people of the sub-continent come to terms with who they are and what they stand for. In a wider sense, therefore, a better understanding of the events leading up to the Partition should lead to a better understanding why we are where we are today, or will be in the foreseeable future.
This work attempts to weave together the strands of history from the Vedic times, and those of Gautama Buddha and Bhagwan Mahavira to the Mauryan Empire and later, and even early history of Islam in general, and of Islam in India, and facets of British rule, to provide a context to the core issue of the Partition. It goes on to examine the many circumstances and factors –some known, some poorly known, or plain unknown, which led to that traumatic event. It is tempting to say that the Partition, after all,was a plain sum-total of the effects of these many factors. That would be denying the "balance of evidence", and the relatively higher weightage that ought to be given to some aspects, for the disproportionate role they played in the key period of the 1930s and40s. This, then, is an attempt at all that, on the premise that abetter understanding should lead to a more reasoned and rational acceptance of reality of life on the sub-continent.
The Portuguese Impress : Glimpses of the Portuguese possessions of Goa, Bombay and Bassein
What has engendered that subtle streak linking Goa to Bombay and Baçaim? Could that partial slant westward hark back to a somewhat shared past? Did it bring about that unique blend of East and West into the lifestyle of a miniscule section of Goa, Bombay and Baçaim?
Just a peep into these pages and you will see that trend again, and again... in simple folk with an equal zest for work and play, so diversely creative, yet revelling in song, dance and food, well aware of concern for a better tomorrow.
The story revolves around Govinda and the journey life takes him on. Orphaned at an early age and brought up by his father's friend, a person with extraordinary human values, Govinda grows up with those same values to become an great scholar. He meets and marries Geeta while completing his PhD but loses her during the communal riots before Independence. He later marries Kamala, when her groom's party walks off after not receiving the agreed dowry. Will Govind's journey end happily?
ഒരു മനുഷ്യശരീരത്തില്,കുണ്ഡലിനി അല്ലെങ്കില് കോസ്മിക് ഊര്ജ്ജത്തിന്റെഉണര്വ് യുക്ത്യാധിഷ്ഠിതവും ബുദ്ധിപൂര്വ്വവുമായ ആധുനിക ശാസ്ത്രവിശദീകരണത്തെവെല്ലുവിളിക്കുന്ന ഒരു അസാധാരണ പ്രതിഭാസമാണ്.
കോസ്മിക് ഊര്ജ്ജവുമായിതനിക്ക് നേരിട്ടുണ്ടായ അനുഭവങ്ങളെ ഗ്രന്ഥകാരന് ഈ കൃതിയിലൂടെ സവിസ്തരം ആഖ്യാനംചെയ്യുന്നു.
ഈ കൃതി, ഒരു മനുഷ്യശരീരത്തില് കോസ്മിക് ഊര്ജ്ജംസക്രിയമാകുമ്പോള് എന്തു സംഭവിക്കുന്നു എന്നതിനെ കുറിച്ച് അത്യാകര്ഷകമായ ഉള്ക്കാഴ്ചതരുന്നു. അതിനാല് തന്നെ ഇതിലെ ചില ഭാഗങ്ങള് അവതരിപ്പിച്ചിരിക്കുന്ന ഭാഷ അപൂര്വ്വവുംമനസിനെ കീഴ്പ്പെടുത്തുന്നതുമാണ്. അസ്തിത്വത്തെ സംബന്ധിച്ച് മനുഷ്യവര്ക്ഷംഅഭിമുഖീകരിക്കുന്ന ഗഹനമായ ചില ചോദ്യങ്ങളെയും ഈ കൃതി സംബോധന ചെയ്യുന്നുണ്ട്.മതപരവും തത്വചിന്താപരവും സാംസ്കാരികവും തൊഴില്പരവുമായ , പശ്ചാത്തലം എന്തുതന്നെ ആയിക്കൊള്ളട്ടെ, മനുഷ്യനെ ആകമാനം ഉദ്ദേശിക്കപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുള്ളതാണ്ഈ പുസ്തകം. എന്നും ശാശ്വതമായ ശാന്തിയും സന്തോഷവും തേടുന്ന ഏതൊരാള്ക്കും ഇതില്വെളിപ്പെടുത്തിയിരിക്കുന്ന രഹസ്യങ്ങള് വളരെയേറെ സഹായകമാകും.
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Devank Dutta, a young and a bright executive, is found murdered, just off the highway, by a group of picnic goers. Two of the best in the Mumbai Crime Branch, ACP Aabhay Roy and ACP Ria Sharma are entrusted with solving this murder case. The news media can’t get enough of this case, the victim being an employee of the real estate behemoth, View Life Realty. While the police at first believe that the murder might have something to do with recent events in the company, new evidence unearthed during the investigation leads them to believe otherwise. There is certainly more to Devank’s death than what meets the eye.
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Call Me A Loser
This book, which is a compilation of short and some very short stories, is a reminder for all of us to learn from nature. It is nature that often guides us towards tranquility in times of turbulence. As we all compete in the rat race that our lives have become, it is important to understand that letting go is fine at times. It is okay to relax and accept things the way they are.
This book examines various aspects of human nature in an attempt to decipher if man is capable of finding peace in an otherwise chaotic world. With the help of several anecdotes, the book enumerates the various factors that cause stress, while endeavouring to predict if man can overcome stress and live a relaxed and peaceful life. The characters in each of the stories included in this book grapple with their own problems, and it is nature, even human nature, that gives them the strength to move on. All the stories, at the core, have a Taoist influence.
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We all have stories to tell. This one is about me a person lost both, in the big wide world and in life. I decided to leave my 6-month-old and a caring husband behind and escape. You might wonder why. The train takes me to unknown places, full of strangers and perils. I fall in love, most unusually, in unprecedented circumstances, with unexpected people. It is self-discovery, and enlightening.
The turmoil of fleeing, the strangers, their emotions, the eagerness to master life, the discovery of an inner ego, the dreaded land, the favorable universe against an unfavorable mind this is what my journey has been about.
Is there an option to return back to the old world or is it too late? Will I return back to where I belong?
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Slave boy and other stories
A child from the desert lands of Rajputana reaches Calcutta. He remembers nothing of his past and has no inkling of what the future holds. A tree narrates a patch of Delhi’s history. A girl loses her innocence to a tantric. A boy finds himself about to marry a girl he never loved.
A stray dog invades and captures the heart and hearth of an unwilling ‘parent’. Wild mongooses go on a rampage in an army household. A middle aged woman hears Vedic chantings in the croaking of frogs. A crane gives birth to a child.
These and many other stories, long and short, make up the pages of this book - which is really two books. A collection of anecdotes and stories, some approximated from life, others imagined, they are the brain children of two authors: Asha Gangoli, a “retired” army wife and O.N. Shrivastava, a retired police officer and former Governor of Nagaland and Manipur. Together they conjure up a motley of many moods and backdrops, sometimes sprightly, sometimes sad. But always full of a love for life and for nature.