This slim book has been brought out by NBT under its Nehru Bal Pustakalaya series and is a useful addition to literature for the young. Though it is not for the first time that a subject like this has been taken up by a publishing house, it is significant and different from others in its treatment of the subject.
A Place Within: Rediscovering India is a detailed personal account by M.G. Vassanji of a series of visits he made to India, between 1993 and 2007. Born in Tanzania, and now a resident of Canada, M.G. Vassanji received international recognition with the publication of his first novel The Gunny Sack in 1989.
In her preface to The Fatal Garland (1915), the English translation of Phulermala, Swarnakumari Debi Ghoshal declares: ‘it is of the greatest importance that Europe—and more especially England—should understand India. And this understanding can, I think only be brought about by a study of our literature’.
Teresita Schaffer, long one of the foremost India watchers in the United States, and one with a distinguished diplomatic career—including much involvement in South Asia—behind her, displays impeccable timing in publishing this volume as the dust (largely) settles on the protracted negotiations surrounding the US-India nuclear cooperation agreement, which finally came to fruition in 2008.
In 2002, the Oxford University Press, New Delhi, published an anthology of papers written by D.D. Kosambi. Consisting of over fifty articles, written over more than two decades, these were scattered across several journals and magazines, published from cities and countries across the globe.
The stories of Indian myths, meditation, philosophy and poetry had gained access to the western world long before Sir William Jones imported in the eighteenth century the ancient Indian legal and literary traditions to Europe in the form of an academic exercise; and, for various reasons,
The information technology industry occupies substantial quantum of public discourse space in India—be it in the times of boom or during a phase of recession. It invariably figures prominently in any discussion on economic liberalization or globalization of the Indian economy, and rightly so.
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows (Bob Dylan).
Or do you? Seasons change, so do thoughts, deeds, ideas. Thought leaders—and cheerleaders—rediscover themselves, and turn old notions on their heads. New buzzwords get coined, new coalitions emerge.