The function of communication to shape the dialectics of the time provides it with a rare power. Defined as the interplay of various, often conflicting, images and symbolizations, the process of communication as well as the import of that process hold within them the innate will to move thought-processes in a particular direction.
Acollection in honour of distinguished philosopher Mrinal Miri, this volume is held together less by any thematic unity, despite its title, than by the personal closeness the authors and editors (two of his former students), feel towards an undoubtedly remarkable thinker and institution builder.
The blurb of Celebrating Delhi appropri-ately mentions that the book takes us on a journey varied and unexpected. We may add that it also infuses and inspires a deep sense of involvement and enchantment with the city through the passionate and committed writings of each author.
If one were to write a history of Namdev and trace the traditions that bear his name, how would one set about doing it? There is no historical record of his life and composition, either in court documents or in inscriptionsa fate he shares with most great bhaktas or devotional poetsaints of medieval and early modern India, North and South.