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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Aesthetics and Culture: Performing Arts



Title: Aesthetics and Culture: Performing Arts 
Editors: Dr. M.S. Siva Raju, Pukhrambam Lilabati Devi
Foreword: Prof. H. Nandakumar Sarma, Vice Chancellor, Manipur University
ISBN: 978-93-82395-83-6
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover
Category: Dance/Performing Arts

About the Editor(s):
*Dr. M.S. Siva Raju has a Masters Degree in Performing Arts (Dance) from Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad in the year 1989-91. He was awarded Ph.D. in 1997 for his research work on ‘Prahlāda Yakshagānam’: A comparative study of Kūchipūdi and Mélattūr Dance traditions, from the same University. 
He is exponent in South Indian Tala System and Dance Music.  He was fortunate enough to obtain knowledge in the areas of South Indian Music and music related nuances. 
He is an established dancer, music composer and choreographer. He has designed and choreographed more than a dozen dance ballets, many solo numbers and six large group compositions using about 500 participants for national events. He also designed and produced dance compositions for electronic media, which received appreciation from the art lovers. 
He frequently organizes workshops on Dance and Movement, Choreography and Music and Dance. He delivers lectures on the dance and music, rhythm and its dynamics, aesthetics in dance music and concert music apart from writing research articles. 
He has written a titled ‘Dancing to Pray or to Play’ comparative study of Kuchipudi and Melattur Bhagavatha Mela Dance Traditions, published by ‘Kanishka Publishers’, New Delhi, 2010.  Currently, he is working on a volume dealing with dance music and film dancers and the role of percussion instruments in Indian Dance forms. 
He has been teaching in the department of dance for the past 22 years.  He is presently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Dance, S.N. School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad.


**Pukhrambam Lilabati Devi began her formal dance education at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal from early childhood. She owes her family for their love and encouragement towards her professionalism in dance. She received 3 years Certificate Course, 3 years Diploma Course, and another 3 years Post Diploma Course in Ras from J.N.M.D.A. Imphal. She completed the Four year Diploma course in Bharata Natyam from Kalakshetra Foundation Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Chennai She further completed Post Diploma course in Bharata Natyam from the above Foundation. She along with her sister was one of the first duo Manipuris to learn Bharata Natyam with scholarships and successfully completed the same. She was Selected a state nominee by the Directorate of Education (U), Government of Manipur, for specialization in the Master of Performing Arts in Hyderabad. She was also a member in the Academic Council of University of Hyderabad for the Academic Year 2008-2009. She than got the Gold Medal in Master of Performing Arts Examination held in year 2009 and was awarded the Nataraja Rama Krishna Sharada Devi Medal. She is pursuing Ph.D Dance at Hyderabad Central University. She has cleared U.G.C NET. Now she is working as Guest Lecturer Department of Dance (Manipuri), Manipur University (a Central university), Canchipur.
She is an enthusiastic young artiste struggling to explore the nuances of Bharata Natyam and Manipuri and Indian dance forms with academic insights. She firmly concludes that the goal of her life is solely to discover dance, discover herself.

About the Book:
The book entitled as “Aesthetics and Culture: Performing Arts” is completed and edited with the objectives of propounding the collective thought and views of some selected contributors who are widely scholarly involved as feather of the same flock i.e. the Artistic world. The contents of the book are mainly striving to unearth same of the innumerable aesthetic values under streaming in the world of culture which itself is the embodiment of the values of all facets of a society or nation. Elements of cultural heritages are inherited gifts from generations to generations and the basis of civilization. The aesthetic values of some selective Performing Arts are covered by the present book.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Russian Social Policy from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin: An Interpretation


Title: Russian Social Policy from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin: An Interpretation 
Author: Sanjukta Maharana
ISBN: 978-93-82395-82-9
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Author:
Sanjukta Maharana is currently working as a Research Assistant, Centre for research in rural and industrial development, (Ministry of External Affair), Chandigarh.

Sanjukta has done MA in Political Science (Gold Medalist) from Sambalpur University, Burla, Odisha, M. Phil in International Politics from Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Ph.D. Thesis Submitted in International Politics, Centre for Russian and central Asian studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The Author has also published Articles in various national and international magazines and attended various national and international seminar and conferences.

About the Book:
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) emerged as a super power after the Second World War. At that time all social responsibilities were taken care of by the socialist state. In 1991 the Soviet disintegration saw the transition from state controlled planned economy to market based economy and various economic reforms like Gaider reforms had severe impact on social policy of Russia which led to decline in standard of living, poor health facilities, poor educational facilities, costly higher educational facilities, unemployment and poverty, leading to overall decline in the status of Russian society from 1991 to 1999. Withdrawal of the state from social sector resulted in the deterioration in social living standard of people during Yeltsin’s period. 

This work is most interesting now because drastic changes have taken place in Russia since the Soviet disintegration. But at what level society is changing from time to time is most important, because the society is the nucleus around which all other activities like political as well as economic take place. By focusing status of social condition during Yeltsin’s Presidency and Putin’s Presidency, one can know whether it is getting better or worse.

President Putin claimed that the growth in gross national production of Russia during his Presidency reflected the improving social and economic condition of Russians. But in this research work it would attempt to collect data on per capita income of people which reflects the financial condition of the people. The human development indicators used in this analysis reflects the standard of living. This will also study whether the reforms which were carried out were helpful for improving the social status of Russian.

This book covers the social policy of new Russia (from 1991 to 2008). This book is confined to the territory of new Russia only, and does not cover other former Soviet republics. This book indicates that the social welfare system between 1991 and 1999 was extremely poor but during Putin’s period it improved to some extent. Various reforms were carried out to eradicate the old difficulties.


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Employment Problems and the Economy: A Case Study of Manipur


Title: Employment Problems and the Economy: A Case Study of Manipur
Author: Dr. Ngangkham Ibotombi Singh
ISBN: 978-93-82395-81-2
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Author:
Dr. Ngangkham Ibotombi Singh, B.A (Hons) Economics, Gauhati University, Assam, M.A Economics, Aligarh Muslim University, U.P., Diploma in Human Resources and Educational Management-National Institute of Labour Education and Management, Chennai, joined as a lecturer in a government college - G.P Women’s College in the year 1981. He has attended at National and International Conferences and Seminars and also Refresher Courses sponsored by different Universities under UGC programme. He has contributed many articles in national and regional publications. He is also a member of National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad-30, and North Eastern Economic Association, Guwahati, Assam. He is an approved supervisor of Manipur Central University and CMJ University, Shillong. He has guided two M.Phil Scholars (awarded) and two Ph.D scholars (awarded) under Manipur University. At present he is supervising three Ph.D scholars. He was working as the head of Department for about ten years at Imphal College, Economics Department. He is a regular head examiner of Manipur University. He was conferred Reader grade in the year 2001 and now designated as Associate Professor as per UGC norms. At present he is working at Imphal College, Govt. of Manipur. He has completed Pre-commission course of NCC and serving as an associate NCC officer of Imphal College, NCC Unit under 14 Bn NCC Manipur.

About the Book
Productive employment of the available labour force is the key to development of an economy. For effective and balanced utilization of the increasing labour force, the direction of the present book is to examine existing nature of employment in different sectors of the economy and to identify the sector or area where additional employment opportunity can be created. This is also in view of the fact that unless, the available labour force is effectively utilised, it may go as wasted becoming a liability to an economy by adversely affecting its growth.
Unemployment specially among the educated youths has created serious social problems, which is evident from the crimes, and the criminals in the society. The existing problem of unemployment in the country in general and the state of Manipur in particular, fascinated the author to go in depth into the problem of unemployment and to suggest feasible solution, keeping in view the socio-economic and political situation of Manipur. Thus the author attempts to study in detail the nature and the extent of unemployment and underemployment in the state, their causes etc. and offer measures for minimising the problems thereof.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

History, Philosophy and Fields of Social Work


Title: History, Philosophy and Fields of Social Work 
Author: Dr. Priyanka Singh
ISBN: 978-93-82395-80-5
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English 
Binding: Hard Cover
Price: Rs. 699/-

About the Author:
Dr. Priyanka Singh is presently working as an Assistant Professor & In-Charge, School of Social Work, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Education, Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agricultural Technology and Sciences from April 13, 2012, in the university since November 2006. She has worked as capacity of Program Organizer of “International Workshop on Indo-US Culture and Traditions” organized by the International Secretariat of Allahabad Agricultural Institute-Deemed University, Allahabad from 17th July to 16th August, 2007.

About the Book:
Social work has its roots in the social and economic upheaval wrought by the Industrial Revolution, in particular the struggle of society to deal with poverty and its resultant problems. Because dealing with poverty was the main focus of early social work, it is intricately linked with the idea of charity work, but it must now be understood in much broader terms. For instance it is not uncommon for modern social workers to find themselves dealing with the consequences arising from many other 'social problems' such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and discrimination based on age or on physical or mental ability.

Modern social workers can be found helping to deal with the consequences of these and many other social maladies in all areas of the human services and in many other fields besides. Whereas social work started on a more scientific footing aimed at controlling and reforming individuals (at one stage supporting the notion that poverty was a disease), it has in more recent times adopted a more critical and holistic approach to understanding and intervening in social problems.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Maring Tribe of Manipur: An Anthropological Study


Title: The Maring Tribe of Manipur: An Anthropological Study 
Author: Naorem Jibit Meitei

Foreword: M. Nimai Singh, Chairman, National Research Centre, Manipur
ISBN: 978-93-82395-78-2
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English 
Binding: Hard Cover


About the Book:
This book has a comprehensive ethnographic background of the Maring ethnic group of Manipur. It is very valuable to the Maring people who take more interest in their indigenous culture and many academicians who study tribal life and their cultures etc. Manipur is a land of several ethnic people who have their own cultures and traditions. Their ethnic identities vary at the micro level in such characteristics of names of persons, names of clans, village formation, village administration, cultural festivals, traditional dresses and dances, folk songs, traditional house, tools and weapons, musical instruments etc. The enchanting hills of Manipur are the inhabitants of tribal people (chingmee) and valley are inhabited by non-tribal people (Tammee). The chingmee (hill people) includes Naka and Kuki and Tammees are Meetei/Meitei and Meitei Pangals. All the ethnic groups interdependently live in the nine districts of Manipur. However, some tribal people live as major group while some are as minor or small pockets in the nine districts. Even a single district is not reserved for a particular ethnic group though they pursue their ethnic identities along with corresponding territory. The present book describes about the cultural entities of the Maring community. An attempt has been made to convince the vanishing material and non-material cultures to the younger generations though they are influenced by western modelled-values. It also presents the physical characteristics of the Maring ethnic people on the basis of field work besides socio-cultural entities.

About the Author:
Naorem Jibit Meitei graduated in Anthropology from D.M. College of Science, Imphal, took his M.Sc. in Anthropology (specialisation in Physical Anthropology) and his Ph.D. degree from the Manipur University, Canchipur. He has published some research papers in Frontier Anthropology 1, 2012; The Orient Vision, IV (II), 2007 and X (I), 2013, Anthropologist 17 (2), 2014 etc. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Anthropology


Title: Anthropology 
Author: Robert Marett
ISBN: 978-93-82395-77-5
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover
Price: Rs. 799/-

About the Author:
Robert Ranulph Marett was a British ethnologist. An exponent of the British evolutionary school, his work focused primarily on anthropology of religion. In this field he modified the theories of E.B. Tylor. He succeeded E.B. Tylor as Reader in Anthropology at Oxford in 1910, teaching the Diploma in Anthropology at the Pitt Rivers Museum. He worked on the palaeolithic site of La Cotte de St Brelade from 1910–1914, recovering some hominid teeth and other remains of habitation by Neanderthal man. In 1914 he established a Department of Social Anthropology, and in 1916 he published "The Site, Fauna, and Industry of La Cotte de St. Brelade, Jersey" (Archaeologia LXVII, 1916). He became Rector of Exeter College, Oxford. His students included Marius Barbeau, Dorothy Garrod, Earnest Albert Hooten, Henry Field and Rosalind Moss.

About the Book:

Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present, that draws and builds upon knowledge from the social sciences and biological sciences, as well as the humanities and the natural sciences. While, the anthropologist is not concerned with the practical employment to which his discoveries are put. At most, he may, on the strength of a conviction that truth is mighty and will prevail for human good, invite practical men to study his facts and generalizations in the hope that, by knowing mankind better, they may come to appreciate and serve it better. This book has the following contents:
1. Scope of Anthropology
2. Antiquity of Man
3. Race
4. Environment
5. Language
6. Social Organization
7Law
8. Religion
9. Morality
10. Man the Individual
Bibliography
Index


Monday, 6 October 2014

Impact of Terrorism on Kashmir Valley Tourism: An Analysis


Title: Impact of Terrorism on Kashmir Valley Tourism: An Analysis
Author: S. Sundararaman
ISBN: 978-93-82395-60-7
First Edition: 2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Language: English
Category: Tourism

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Brand Management of Multinational Companies: Selected FMCG Products in India & Thailand


Title: Brand Management of Multinational Companies: Selected FMCG Products  in India & Thailand
Author: Sunildro L.S. Akoijam
ISBN:  978-93-82395-74-4
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover
First Edition: 2015
Category: Management

About the Book:
Brand Management has become more important due to the rapid changes in the global market and the increased competition experienced between firms. Good brand management brings about clear differentiation between products, ensures consumer loyalty and preferences and may lead to a greater market share. Brands are highly regarded as an important source of capital for most businesses. The term brand has different meaning attached to it; a brand can be defined as a name, logo, symbol and identity or a trademark. A powerful brand will enhance a customer’s attitude strength of the product association of a brand. Attitude strength is developed by experience with the product. 
Brand name and what a brand stands for are the core values for most fast Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs). If properly managed, it will increase the competitive advantage of the fast moving consumer goods. The basic attribute of a fast moving consumer goods are also important for a FMCG brand to excel  because the strength of a brand commonly provide the fundamental steps for differentiating between several competitors. Majority of the FMCG brands have distinguishable brand identifiers, for example Lux soap is easily recognized by customers. The best way to build brand value and stop product and service commoditization is through continuous attempt to build brand equity. Strong brands are established by creating an emotional attachment with customers, seeking differentiation in communication and performing the service. Branding makes clear a FMCG company’s reason for existence and inspires its employees to get used to the brand thereby building it for customers. Brands are used as shorthand to make trips to the grocery store easier; they are used to re-assure us about purchasing decisions and are even used to define ourselves in the society. A brand is a promise. With a brand, customer expectations are set. When someone buys a product or service, they count on those expectations to be fulfilled. In this way, an effective brand management is coming important for every company.

About the Author:
Dr. Sunildro L.S. Akoijam is currently an Assistant Professor in area of Marketing and Strategy at Department of Management, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Tura Campus. He has more than 4 years of teaching experiences at the PG level in the Universities. Before joining NEHU, he was working at the Institute of Management Studies, Kurukshetra University. He did his MBA from Amity University, Uttar Pradesh and PhD. from Manipur University. He is a UGC-JRF (NET) qualified scholar. He has presented several research papers and case studies in various International and National Seminars and Conferences. He has also participated in various Workshops, Faculty Development Programmes, short term certificate courses and academic related activities organized by Premier Management Institutes in different parts of the country and abroad. His research papers have been published in various referred International and National Journals. He is a member of esteemed management associations like All India Management Association (AIMA), Rural Marketing Association of India (RMAI), Delhi Management Association (DMA), International Society for Development & Sustainability, Japan, The Society for Management Education, Kurukshetra etc. He is associated with various National and International Journals including Emerald (UK), Journal of Reviews on Global Economics (Canada) etc. as an Editorial board member or reviewer. He has also organized several academic activities like Seminars, Conferences, Symposium, FDPs, Workshops and Management Fest.

Ethno Rock Art: A Case Study of Kaimur, Bihar


Title: Ethno Rock Art: A Case Study of Kaimur, Bihar
Author: Sachin Kumar Tiwary
Foreword: S.C. MALIKU.G.C. Research Scientist Professor in Anthropology
Commentary: PROF. J. N. PALFormer Head Department Of Ancient History Culture & Archaeology, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
&
Fernando Coimbra, PhD
Visiting Professor in Master of Prehistoric Archaeology and Rock Art, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, Internal researcher Quaternary and Prehistory Unit, Center for Geosciences, University of Coimbra
Portugal
ISBN: 978-93-82395-73-7
Binding: Hard Cover
Language: English
First Edition: 2016
Category: Archaeology, Heritage Study

About the Author:
Sachin Kr. Tiwary, PhD. is currently working as an Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, Government of India, Ministry of Culture, Sarnath Circle, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He has done MA from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, PhD from A.I.H. and Archaeology Department, Patna University.

About the Book:
The book “Ethno Rock Art: A Case Study of Kaimur, Bihar” is a work, which largely depends on field exploration in the study area. Ethno rock art is one of the neglected disciplines of Indian Archaeology. In this work apart from the brief about the rock art of Kaimur, a detail attempt has been made to interpret them taking clue from ethno-archaeological evidences.

The collection of information started from a wide review of books and articles published on the Kaimurian rock art; researches about the occupants of those territory through the ages and the survey of specific data about their ethno art. As far as the research on rock art of Kaimur region (Bihar) is concerned, unfortunately only two articles are written on this regional rock art.

The work almost redefines the concept of origin and purpose of rock art and offers an extensive and all-inclusive classification of the rock art without hesitating to coin new terms for certain classes that were hitherto accommodated under groups which they were not conveniently belonging to on the basis of features and typology. Further, the contemporary lifestyles of the native habitants have been deeply observed for the first time revealing connectivity with the tradition may be with some modification of the prehistoric man and leading us to the belief that the social moorings of the present society extend to that by gone era.

The result of present book will elevate the Kaimur rock art on the national or even international level and that now the rock art researches from far off regions or nations may now turn to this region as one of the resource centres of filed observation.

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Salt: Luminescently Cooked


Title: The Salt: Luminescently Cooked
Author: Dr. A. Nabachandra Singh
ISBN: 978-93-82395-72-0
Language: English
Category: Chemistry
First Edition: January, 2015
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Book:
Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL), generally known as thermoluminescence (TL) may be considered to be the flagship method of all Thermally Stimulated Processes (TSPs). An enormous amount of energy and intellectual effort has been expended for the last seven decades since the pioneering works of Randall and Wilkins, Garlic and Gibson and others to extract model parameters from TL glow peaks. Despite major success in the understanding of the process of TL, this goal still remains one of the most difficult jobs to attain. The basic difficulty lies in the inherent “degeneracy” of the analytical results in that more than one set of parameters and often, more than one model, can yield theoretical curves which fit the experimental ones with acceptable accuracy.

Extracting model parameters is not the only worthwhile goal of TL studies. As for example, successful applications of this phenomenon have been made in:
i) Dosimetry of natural and artificial radiation fields i.e. in medical physics, radiation protection, archeo- and geochronology etc.
ii) Dating of natural and artificial samples which had been buried under for a long time.

The heart of the dosimetry is the integration of a relevant glow peak or a part of the glow curve. Since glow curves are in general complex, consisting of a number of glow peaks (including unstable ones) in addition to the one useful for dosimetry. Thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD) workers often used suitable pre-heat treatment or fading for few days to remove the unwanted, unstable signal. In addition, background also causes hindrance for weak signal. In order to overcome these, the community of TLD workers have resorted to Computerized Glow Curve Deconvolution (CGCD), which is essentially fitting the glow peaks to the numerically generated one.

Around the world, four methods have been broadly categorized for extracting/refining salt (Scientific name as Sodium Chloride with symbol NaCl). They may be summarized as follows:-
Ø   refining of common salt through natural way.
Ø   from mineral rock-salt of the crust
Ø   by heating saline water.
Ø   by chemical method
Natural salts available in Manipur (India) in different forms from different sources i.e. from rock-salt of the crust as well as from saline springs have been characterized and studied the TL properties to find the dosimetry properties.

Radiation therapy is an important technique for the treatment of cancer. The intention of this work is to provide all the fundamental tools necessary to characterize and embark upon the application f TL in dosimetry using natural salt that could be compared to dosimetric materials like common iodised salt (NaCl : I), which is non-toxic and easily available.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Democratic Institutions without Democratic Politics


Title: Democratic Institutions without Democratic Politics
Author: Dr. Dhanabir Laishram
ISBN: 978-93-82395-71-3
Language: English
Category: Political Science, North East Study
First Edition: January, 2015
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Author:
Dr. Dhanabir Laishram is a Guest Faculty Member, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) (Regional Centre Manipur). He is working as an Associate Professor in Regional College and former Guest Faculty Member, Dept. of Political Science, Manipur University. He, born in 1954, hails from the unique village of Thongju in Manipur.

He has travelled widely. In 1977 he participated in the Working Groups for Indigenous People at the United Nations in Geneva. He participated in the working groups again in 1999 and 2000. He got ESPERANTO learning in 2001 in Netherlands. He went to Thailand in 2001 and Shan states in Myanmar in 2005 to study genesis of Tai people. He is a member of Universal Esperanto Association, Netherlands. He was also one of the members of NEPI (North East People Initiative).

Dr. Dhanabir Laishram has published seven books and several articles on various aspects of North East India in national and international journals. He is also very popular permanent columnist of "The Poknapham" and "The People's Chronicle."

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Increasing Human Efficiency in Business


Title: Increasing Human Efficiency in Business
Author: Walter Dill Scott
ISBN: 978-93-82395-23-2
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover
Edition: 2015
Category: Management

Three Men in a Boat


Title: Three Men in a Boat
Author: Jerome Klapka Jerome 
ISBN: 978-93-82395-70-6
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Category: Travelogue

The Beginner's American History


Title: The Beginner's American History
Author: D. H. Montgomery
ISBN: 978-93-82395-31-7
Publisher: Ruby Press & Co.
First Edition: 2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Category: History

Friday, 29 August 2014

History of Modern Philosophy: From Nicolas of Cusa to the Present Time


Title: History of Modern Philosophy: From Nicolas of Cusa to the Present Time
Author: Richard Falckenberg
ISBN: 978-93-82395-05-8
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover
Edition: 2015

About the Author:
Richard Falkenberg was a German philosopher. He dealt with the history of philosophy. He wrote a history of modern philosophy, which was often reprinted and was kept up to date by him. Through this writing, and by his professorship in Erlangen, he coined as others thought of the history of philosophy. He attacked the truth of philosophy is not dogmatic, but historically and striving for harmony and justice. He belonged to a critical idealism to. He also wrote six articles for the General German biography.

About the Book:
Systems of philosophy are not as dependent on our progressive knowledge of facts as the theories of natural science, and change less quickly; notwithstanding their mutual conflicts, and in spite of the talk about discarded standpoints, they possess in a measure the permanence of classical works of art, they retain for all time a certain relative validity. The thought of Plato, of Aristotle, and of the heroes of modern philosophy is ever proving anew its fructifying power. Nowhere do we find such instructive errors as in the sphere of philosophy; nowhere is the new so essentially a completion and development of the old, even though it deem itself the whole and assume a hostile attitude toward its predecessors; nowhere is the inquiry so much more important than the final result; nowhere the categories "true and false" so inadequate. The spirit of the time and the spirit of the people, the individuality of the thinker, disposition, will, fancy-all these exert a far stronger influence on the development of philosophy, both by way of promotion and by way of hindrance, than in any other department of thought.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Stories of American Life and Adventure


Title: Stories of American Life and Adventure
Author: Edward Eggleston
ISBN: 978-93-82395-69-0
Binding: Hard Cover
Language: English
Edition: 2015
Category: History

The Pilgrims of New England: A Tale of the Early American Settlers


Title: The Pilgrims of New England: A Tale of the Early American Settlers
Author: Mrs. J. B. Webb
ISBN:  978-93-82395-68-3
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover
Edition: 2015
Category: History

Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters


Title: Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters 
Author: Logan Marshall
ISBN: 978-93-82395-67-6
Language: English
Edition: 2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Category: History

About the Author:
Logan Marshall (born 1884), was the pen name of Logan Howard-Smith of Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Howard-Smith attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1905. Upon graduation he took a position as assistant editor at The John C. Winston Co., a publishing firm. Winston was later acquired by Henry Holt and became part of Holt, Rinehart & Winston. At Winston, Howard-Smith both edited and wrote a large number of books, mainly under the pen name Logan Marshall.

About the Book:
The book is a detailed and accurate account of the most terrible marine disaster in history, constructed from the real facts as obtained from those on board who survived. Well established as part of the canon of Titanic literature, this book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the ship and her sorrowful fate. When Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York on April 10, 1912, it was the largest ocean liner in the world. Believed "practically unsinkable" because of her double-bottomed hull and watertight compartments, she carried more than 2,000 passengers and crew, although only sufficient lifeboats for just over half that number. Four days out of Southampton, on the night of April 14, she struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank within a matter of hours; 1,503 lives were lost. The author interviewed the survivors in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and in this book he records the facts as they were known. 

Abraham Lincoln and the Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North


Title: Abraham Lincoln and the Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North
Author: Nathaniel W. Stephenson
ISBN: 978-93-82395-66-9
Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover
Category: History

About the Author:
Nathaniel W. Stephenson is the Professor of history at the College of Charleston 1902-23 and at Scripps College 1927-35.

About the Book:
In spite of a lapse of sixty years, the historian who attempts to portray the era of Lincoln is still faced with almost impossible demands and still confronted with arbitrary points of view. It is out of the question, in a book so brief as this must necessarily be, to meet all these demands or to alter these points of view. Interests that are purely local, events that did not with certainty contribute to the final outcome, gossip, as well as the mere caprice of the scholar these must obviously be set aside.

The task imposed upon the volume resolves itself, at bottom, into just two questions: Why was there a war? Why was the Lincoln Government successful? Prominent as it is here made, the Lincoln matter all bears in the last analysis on one point his control of his support. On that the history of the North hinges. The personal and private Lincoln it is impossible to present within these pages. The public Lincoln, including the character of his mind, is here the essential matter. The bibliography at the close of the volume indicates the more important books which are at the reader's disposal and which it is unfortunate not to know.

The Men Who Found America


Title: The Men Who Found America
Author: Frederick Winthrop Hutchinson
ISBN: 978-93-82395-65-2
Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover

Young Peoples' History of the War with Spain

Title: Young Peoples' History of the War with Spain
Author: Prescott Holmes
ISBN: 978-93-82395-64-5
Edition: 2015
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Study of Oil & Gas PSUs of North East


Title: Corporate Social Responsibility: A Study of Oil & Gas PSUs of North East
Author: Bidhu Kanti Das
ISBN: 978-93-82395-63-8
First Edition: 2014
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Author:
Dr. Bidhu Kanti Das (Ph.D), MBA, M.Com, PGDIBO, is currently working as Assistant Professor at Department of Management, Mizoram University, Aizawl. He has a teaching experience of more than 8 years and 2½ year in industry. His area of Research Interest includes Corporate Social Responsibility, International Business, and Modern Management. He has published 3 Articles in International/National Journal; and written Six Chapters in Books. He attended approximately 20 national & international Seminars and presented a paper.

About the Book:
The term corporate social responsibility (CSR) signifies that since business, on the whole, derive their existence and continuity from the society and its environment, they must have some obligations to discharge some social responsibilities for the benefit of the society and its constituents in general and the environment with in which it operates in particular. As a result, it is the obligation of Business to undertake actions that preserve, promote and cause to promote and improve the welfare of the society, in the one hand, and meet the requirements of the sustainability of environment from where business draw the sinews of their operation, on the other along with their own concern for generating surplus for their economic survival. Thus, a business under corporate social responsibility has got the responsibility both to organization and society. The study of the corporate social responsibility of business, here we made an attempt to get information for understanding how tacitly and intelligently keeping their economic and technical objective in mind is and has been responding to the betterment and well being of the society that “restrains individual and corporate behavior from ultimately destructive activities, no matter how immediately profitable, and leads in the direction of positive contribution to human betterment”.

The purpose of this book is to analyze the underlying logic of and empirical evidence from corporate houses for corporate social responsibility. To do this, it critically examined conceptual and empirical literature on CSR in general. Additionally, it performed an empirical study with data from corporate bodies in the field of oil and gas sector from Tripura and Assam, also view of general people were taken from these two states to test conceptually driven objectives and to gain insights into the empirical relation of corporate social responsibility performance.

Today’s heightened interest in the proper role of business in society has been promoted by increased sensitivity of the environmental and ethical issues. Issues like environmental damage, improper treatment of natural resources, political alignment by organizations, faulty production and marketing system leading to customer inconvenience or danger, are highlighted in the media. In some countries, Government regulation regarding extractive industry, environment, social issues and multinational companies has increased, and standards and laws are also often set at a supranational level. This leads to investors and investment fund managers have began to take account of corporation’s CSR policy in making investment decisions. Some consumers have become increasingly sensitive to the CSR performance of the companies from which they buy their goods and services. These trends have contributed to the pressure on companies to operate in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way. 



Monday, 21 July 2014

Democracy Movement in Myanmar: Problems and Challenges


Title: Democracy Movement in Myanmar: Problems and Challenges
Author: Nehginpao Kipgen
Foreword: Priscilla Clapp, Senior Advisor to the Asia Society and former U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Burma
ISBN: 978-93-82395-62-1
First Edition: 2014
Language: English
Binding: Hard Cover

About the Author
Nehginpao Kipgen is a political scientist whose general research interests include democratization, democratic transition, human rights, ethnic conflict, identity politics, and foreign policy. His academic research focuses on the politics of South and Southeast Asia, with specialization on Burma/Myanmar. He has published peer-reviewed academic articles in World Affairs, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Ethnopolitics, Strategic Analysis, South Asia Research, Indian Journal of Political Science, Economic and Political Weekly, and Asian Profile. He has also published over 100 articles in various leading international newspapers and magazines in five continents - Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America.

About the Book:
The book provides an in-depth analysis of Myanmar’s (also known as Burma) political history since independence. The book will help academics and scholars who have teaching and research interests on Myanmar to understand how different political actors played differing roles in the country’s transition from one form of government to another. The book is also a helpful resource for general readers to understand the complexity of Myanmar’s problems. The concept and structure of the book does not center around one theoretical framework nor does it attempt to answer a specific question. It intends to help readers understand comprehensively about Myanmar’s problems and challenges in domestic politics as well as international relations.

Though the country is known to the international community as Myanmar or Burma, the book, except for direct quotations and the period prior to 1989, uses Myanmar, which is officially used by the Myanmar government as well as the United Nations. Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. It was renamed by the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) military government in 1989. Many in the Myanmar opposition groups, the expatriates, and some Western countries continue to use Burma. Some people argue that Burma should still be used since it was an undemocratic military government which changed the name without the consent of the people. There is no fundamental difference between the two names, since both still refer to one group of people, that is, Bama or Burman, the single largest ethnic group in the country. Some argue that the name change should only happen if a democratically elected government decides to do so with majority approval in the parliament. Some also say that the term Burma is easier to pronounce and remember than Myanmar.



Monday, 30 June 2014

Towards a Food Secure India


Title: Towards a Food Secure India 
Editors: Dr. Ranita Nagar, Sooraj Sharma
ISBN: 978-93-82395-58-4
First Edition: 2014
Binding: Hard Cover 
Language: English

About the Editors:
Dr. Ranita Nagar (MA, PhD.) is an Associate Professor of Economics and Director, Centre for Food Security and Agro Economy, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. She has to her credit numerous national and international publications and has edited books on Law and Economics, Food Security Law etc.

Sooraj Sharma is a Fifth Year Student of BA. LL.B (Hons.) at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. He has had the opportunity to intern under reputed names of the legal industry like Shri Soli Sorabjee, Shri Ram Jethmalani and Shri Iqbal Chagla to name a few. He has various international and nations publications on varying topics of national and transnational character.

About the Book:
The world today discusses ‘food’ as a ‘strategic’ commodity and its context gets further amplified as food security emerges as the road block to clear the Trade Protocol in the World Trade Organization. The stand of the developing countries is not a knee jerk reaction but a step born out of eminent necessity for sustenance. But is this the right stand for a food secure world??? Sound deliberations and policy implementation has the answer.

With a view to address the concerns of “Global Food Crisis”, the book intends to capture the growing maturity and development of an area of research encapsulating Agriculture, Food Security and its multidimensional impact. This publication promises to be a vehicle for serious academic writing across the board.


Monday, 16 June 2014

The Primitive Culture of India


Title: The Primitive Culture of India
Author: Thomas Callan Hodson 
ISBN: 978-93-82395-57-7
Reprint: 2015
Binding: Hardcover
Language: English

About the Author:
Thomas Challan Hodson occupied key administrative positions in Bengal Khasia Hills, Assam and Manipur before retiring in 1901. Later on he held positions as Hon. Secretary of Royal Anthropological Institute, reader in Ethnology, Cambridge University; and as William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, Cambridge. He was a recipient of the coveted Silver Medal of the Royal Society of Arts. His highly acclaimed works include Primitive Culture of India; Languages Customs and Religion of India and Sensus Ethnography of India.

About the Book:
The book is the Lectures delivered in 1922 at The School of Oriental Studies (Univ. of London). Complexity of Indian Culture Analysis of Fundamental Elements Dream Values and Social Life Prepotency of the Past Mind and Body Belief in Reincarnation Language as a Social Product Assimilation of Customs and the Relations of Higher with Lower Culture Value in situ of Customs The Selective and Comparative Method Common Elements and Range of Variable Elements. Before I attempt to define the lower culture or to describe its geographical distribution in India, let me clear the ground by emphasising the fact that primitive characters are not to be looked for in Indian culture as it now is for existing savage races are not merely peoples who have been left behind in the stream of progress. They are not simply examples of early stages in the development of human culture beyond which other peoples have progressed. It can be shown that each one of them has a highly complex history in which rites and customs introduced from elsewhere, perhaps from some highly-advanced society, have blended with others of a really primitive or infantile kind. Though existing cultures may not be primitive in the sense that they represent simple and uncontaminated stages of social development, we can safely accept the primitive character of their mentality and take them as guides to the history of mental development, though they are of very questionable value as guides to the order of social development. We must therefore dismiss from our minds such catch words as arrested development or continuity of progress. Let us remember the antiquity of India, the complexity of its social groupings, and the immense range of its culture.

Friday, 6 June 2014

The Meitheis


Title: The Meitheis
Author: T.C. Hodson
ISBN: 978-93-82395-56-0
First Edition: Originally published in 1908
Reprint: 2014
Binding: Hardcover
Language: English

About the Author:
Thomas Challan Hodson occupied key administrative positions in Bengal Khasia Hills, Assam and Manipur before retiring in 1901. Later on he held positions as Hon. Secretary of Royal Anthropological Institute, reader in Ethnology, Cambridge University; and as William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, Cambridge. He was a recipient of the coveted Silver Medal of the Royal Society of Arts. His highly acclaimed works include Primitive Culture of India; Languages Customs and Religion of India and Sensus Ethnography of India.

About the Book:

The country was divided into six pannas, Ahalup (the club of the old men), Naharup (the club of the young men), Laipham (abode of the gods), Kkabum (belonging to Khaba or bitter, from khaba), Hitakphariba (gatherer of tobacco), and Potsangba (watchmen). The earliest mention of these associations occurs in the reign of Kbirengba, A.d. 1510, and it is clear that at that time they were already military associations, and on the complete organization of the lal-lup (war club or militia), which took place in the reign of Pamheiba, they became what for some time they had been in fact, constituent parts of the militia of the country. Ahalup and Naharup seem to have been the first two to be established, and, on the creation of the Laipham and Khabam divisions, precedence was assigned to these latter over the older bodies. The precise reason for this is obscure, but may be connected with the difficulties which Pamheiba, a great reformer, experienced in introducing Hinduism as the formal religion of the State. It is now almost impossible to tell the precise conditions of membership in these associations before the period of the Burmese invasions, because the devastation of the country and its repeated depopulation completely disturbed the internal organization of the state, and the system described by Colonel McCulloch and other observers was the creation of Gambhir Singh at the comparatively recent period subsequent to the treaty of Yandabo in 1826. Nevertheless, it seems probable that the ancient model was closely followed, and that the basis of it was personal, not territorial, a feature which is due to the fact that such a system only became possible after the hegemony of the Ningthaja clan had been finally settled.