The Years of Rice and Salt

By Kim Stanley Robinson

With the incomparable imaginative and prescient and breathtaking element that introduced his now-classic Mars trilogy to shiny existence, bestselling writer KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternative historical past of the final seven-hundred years. In his grandest paintings but, the acclaimed storyteller constructs a global greatly diversified from the only we know....

The Years of Rice and Salt

It is the fourteenth century and essentially the most apocalyptic occasions in human background is determined to occur–the coming of the Black dying. background teaches us 3rd of Europe’s inhabitants used to be destroyed. yet what if? What if the plague killed ninety nine percentage of the inhabitants in its place? How could the area have replaced? it is a examine the background which could have been–a background that stretches throughout centuries, a background that sees dynasties and countries upward push and collapse, a heritage that spans terrible famine and sumptuous innovation. those are the years of rice and salt.

This is a universe the place the 1st send to arrive the hot international travels around the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. it is a universe the place the commercial Revolution is prompted via the world’s maximum clinical minds–in India. it is a universe the place Buddhism and Islam are the main influential and practiced religions and Christianity is simply a ancient footnote.

Through the eyes of squaddies and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and students, Robinson renders an immensely wealthy tapestry. Rewriting background and probing the main profound questions as in simple terms he can, Robinson shines his remarkable mild at the position of faith, tradition, strength, or even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the beaches of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the current and past, this is the beautiful tale of the construction of a brand new world.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America

By Stefanie Syman

In The refined Body, Stefanie Syman tells the awesome tale of yoga’s transformation from a centuries-old religious discipline to a multibillion-dollar American industry.
     Yoga’s background in the United States is longer and richer than even its such a lot committed practitioners detect. It used to be found in Emerson’s New England, and by way of the flip of the 20 th century it was once trendy one of the rest category. And but while american citizens first realized approximately yoga, what they realized was once that it was once a deadly, alien perform that will corrupt physique and soul.

     A century later, you will discover yoga in gyms, department stores, or even hospitals, and the arriving of a yoga studio in an area is a sign of cosmopolitanism. How did it ensue? It did so, Stefanie Syman explains, via a succession of charismatic yoga lecturers, who risked fees of charlatanism as they promoted yoga in the USA, and during generations of yoga scholars, who have been deemed unbalanced or perhaps insane for his or her efforts. The sophisticated physique tells the tales of those humans, together with Henry David Thoreau, Pierre A. Bernard, Margaret Woodrow Wilson, Christopher Isherwood, Sally Kempton, and Indra Devi.

     From New England, the booklet strikes to ny urban and its new suburbs among the wars, to colonial India, to postwar l. a., to Haight-Ashbury in its heyday, and again to manhattan urban post-9/11. In bright chapters, it takes in celebrities from Gloria Swanson and George Harrison to Christy Turlington and Madonna. And it bargains a clean view of yank society, displaying how a likely arcane and overseas perform is as deeply rooted the following as baseball or ballet.

     This epic account of yoga’s upward thrust is soaking up and sometimes inspiring—a significant contribution to our knowing of our society.

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Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge Hindu Studies)

Today yoga is a completely globalised phenomenon. Yoga has taken the area via hurricane and is even seeing renewed acceptance in India. either in India and in a foreign country, adults, young children and youths are training yoga in assorted settings; gyms, faculties, domestic, paintings, yoga studios and temples. The yoga diaspora all started good over 100 years in the past and we proceed to determine new manifestations and makes use of of Yoga within the glossy world.

As the 1st of its sort this assortment attracts jointly leading edge scholarship within the box, targeting the idea and perform of yoga in modern occasions. delivering more than a few views on yoga's modern manifestations, it maps the circulation, improvement and consolidation of yoga in worldwide settings. the gathering good points the most recognized authors in the box and more recent voices. The contributions span a couple of disciplines within the humanities, together with, anthropology, Philosophy, reports in faith and Asian reviews, supplying various access issues to the problems desirous about the examine of the topic. As such, is of use to these all for educational scholarship, in addition to to the becoming variety of yoga practitioners who search a deeper account of the foundation and importance of the innovations and traditions they're enticing with. it's going to also-and possibly such a lot of all-speak to the becoming numbers of 'scholar-practitioners' who straddle those realms.

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The Hill of Devi

By E. M. Forster

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wiki quote: The Hill of Devi is an account through E. M. Forster of 2 visits to India in 1912-1913 and 1921, within which he labored because the inner most secretary to Tukojirao III, the Maharaja of the nation of Dewas Senior. The booklet used to be first released in 1953. E. M. Forster derived thought for the e-book from the well-known hill-top temple of the Hindu mom Goddess "Devi".The tale relies in pre-independence India in a non-descript state within the relevant a part of the rustic, Dewas. The e-book deals an perception into the lifetime of Indian royalty because it skillfully revolves round the inner feud among scions of the ruling kin of Dewas. The 1924 novel "A Passage to India" might be learn in addition to this publication: it makes an entire adventure. The hill is straight away north of the previous city in Dewas, at 22.97 levels north, 76.06 levels east.

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The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named

By John Keay

A shiny description of 1 of the main formidable medical tasks undertaken within the nineteenth century, and the lads who undertook the dimension of the Himalayas and the mapping of the Indian subcontinent: William Lambton and George Everest. The picture tale of the size of a meridian, or longitudinal, arc extending from the end of the Indian subcontinent to the mountains of the Himalayas. a lot the longest such dimension hitherto made, it posed horrendous technical problems, made most unlikely actual calls for at the survey events (jungle, tigers, mountains etc.), and took over 50 years. however the clinical effects have been commensurate, together with the invention of the world's maximum peaks and a brand new calculation of the curvature of the earth's floor. The Indian Mutiny of 1857 prompted an important building of roads, railways, telegraph traces and canals all through India: all depended seriously at the accuracy of the maps which the nice Arc had made attainable.

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An Upstart in Government: Journeys of change and learning

By Arun Maira

For 5 years (2009-14) Arun Maira sat in India’s cockpit, as member of India’s nationwide making plans fee. those have been years of significant alterations within the nation, finishing with the crash of the grand previous Congress social gathering within the nationwide elections and the emergence of a brand new political configuration in executive. With an insider’s view An Upstart in executive analyses the basis explanations of the myriad bottlenecks in implementation of rules and initiatives in these years that introduced down the expansion of the financial system. Maira explains that strong governance of numerous and democratic India needs to be outfitted on robust structures of cooperation instead of hierarchical associations. He makes use of his event as a hands-on chief of agencies and a administration advisor to provide an explanation for how those structures needs to be built. Maira’s transparent and candid considering resulted in the winding down of the making plans fee and its substitute via the nationwide establishment for Transformation of India (NITI Aayog).
Thought-provoking and incisive, An Upstart in executive indicates how India can strengthen strategies to transform competition into collaboration and confusion into coordination, which will keep away from prior blunders and movement in the direction of a brighter destiny with swifter, extra inclusive, and sustainable development.

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A Place Within: Rediscovering India

By M.G. Vassanji

A Globe and Mail Best Book

It could take many lifetimes, it was once stated to me in the course of my first stopover at, to determine all of India. The desperation should have proven on my face to soak up and digest all I very likely may well. This used to be now not whatever I had articulated or resolved; and but I remember an anxiousness as I travelled the size and breadth of the rustic, senses uncooked to each new event, that even within the distraction of a blink i would leave out anything profoundly significant.

I used to be no longer born in India, nor have been my mom and dad; that may clarify a lot in my expectation of that stopover at. but what number of people visit the place of birth in their grandparents with this sort of heartload of expectation and momentousness; the sort of wish to locate themselves in every thing they see? Is it purely India that adheres therefore, to these who’ve forsaken it; is that this why Indians in a overseas land look consistently so eager to search one another out? What was once India to me?

The inimitable M.G. Vassanji turns his eye to India, the native land of his ancestors, during this powerfully relocating story of relatives and nation. half travelogue, half background, A position Within is M.G. Vassanji’s clever and wonderfully written trip to discover the place he belongs.

From the Hardcover edition.

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An Introduction to Indian Philosophy: Hindu and Buddhist Ideas from Original Sources

Introducing the subjects, issues and arguments of the main influential Hindu and Buddhist Indian philosophers, An creation to Indian Philosophy leads the reader throughout the major colleges of Indian suggestion from the origins of Buddhism to the Saiva Philosophies of Kashmir.

By masking Buddhist philosophies ahead of the Brahmanical faculties, this enticing creation indicates how philosophers from the Brahmanical schools-including Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, and Mimamsa, in addition to Vedanta-were to a point responding to Buddhist viewpoints. including transparent translations of fundamental texts, this fully-updated version features:

• A word list of Sanskrit terms
• A advisor to pronunciation
• Chronological record of philosophers & works

With research instruments and incessant connection with unique texts, An creation to Indian Philosophy offers scholars with deeper realizing of the rules of Indian philosophy.

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The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India

By David Gordon White

The Alchemical Body excavates and facilities inside of its Indian context the misplaced culture of the medieval Siddhas. operating from formerly unexplored alchemical resources, David Gordon White demonstrates for the 1st time that the medieval disciplines of Hindu alchemy and hatha yoga have been practiced through one and an identical humans, and they will be understood basically while seen jointly. White opens the best way to a brand new and extra finished knowing of medieval Indian mysticism, in the broader context of south Asian Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam.

"White proves a skillful advisor in disentangling historic and theoretical complexities that experience to date bedeviled the learn of those influential facets of medieval Indian culture."—Yoga World

"Anyone heavily attracted to checking out extra approximately actual tantra, unique hatha yoga, embodied liberation . . . sacred sexuality, paranormal talents, therapeutic, and naturally alchemy will locate White's notable booklet as interesting as any Tom Clancy thriller."—Georg Feuerstein, Yoga Journal

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Waiting for the Monsoon

By Anna Threes

India, 1995. Charlotte Bridgwater lives together with her father, a former British basic, and only one unswerving servant in a stately previous mansion within the city of Rampur. funds is scarce and the as soon as grand property is crumbling.

In a determined bid to generate profits, Charlotte rents a room to Madan, an Indian tailor with an stunning expertise for making attractive clothing. Madan is not able to speak verbally, however the have a right away and electrifying connection. And, because the severe warmth ahead of the upcoming monsoon paralyzes the citizens of Rampur, the main points in their lives spread: Charlotte's unsatisfied adolescence and the early demise of her husband, Madan's poverty-stricken existence at the streets, and the way and while their paths have crossed before.

Told in wealthy, rhapsodic prose, spanning a long time and throughout continents, expecting the Monsoon is an unforgettable story of affection, loss, and the unwavering bond among humans.

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