Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Mountain People:Foundation For Sustainable Development in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Neelendra K & Singh Vir Joshi
Vasanta College for Women, Rajghat established in 1913 is one of the oldest colleges of Varanasi, admitted to the privileges of Banaras Hindu University and runs under the aegis of Krishnamurti Foundation India, a world-renowned foundation. Student´s Colloquium is an annual event that started in April 2017 under the aegis of Prof Alka Singh, Principal, Vasanta College for women. Department of English organised its first Student´s Colloquium on ´´Theory and Literature in English´´ on 3rd April 2017. The keynote address was given by Prof. Anita Singh, B.H.U. There were fourteen paper presentations by the students of B.A III, M.A I and M.A II. Second Student´s Colloquium was organised on March, 13th 2018 on ´´Theory and Text: Post- modernism and Beyond´´ with a keynote address by Dr. Banibrata Mahanta, B.H.U. Third Student´s Colloquium was held on the theme of ´´Negotiating Context, Form and Theory in Indian English Fiction: Post 2000´´. Student´s Colloquium provides a platform to young minds and aims to discuss English Literature,Contemporary and Indian English Literature applying sociological, psycho-analytic, stylistic, existential, feminist and other approaches of close textual reading.
Two-time Giller Prize winner M.G. Vassanji returns with a powerful new novel about grief and second chances, tradition and rebellion, set in vibrant present-day Delhi. Munir Khan, a recent widower from Toronto, on a whim decides to visit Delhi, the city of his forbears. Born in Kenya, he has lost all family connections, and has never visited India before. While sitting in the bar of the Delhi Recreational Club where he´s staying, an attractive woman joins his table to await her husband. A sparring match ensues. The two are from different worlds: Munir is a westernized agnostic of Muslim origin; Mohini, a modern Hindu woman. Utterly witty and charming, she´s religiously traditional, but also a liberal and provocative newspaper columnist. Against her better judgment, Mohini agrees to show Munir around the city. As they explore the thriving markets and historical buildings of Old Delhi, an inexplicable attraction begins. What follows is a passionate love affair--uncontrollable yet impossible. This is a period of rising Indian nationalism in modern India that at times finds outlet in senseless violence. Constantly lurking at Munir´s Club is the menacing and foreboding presence of a fanatical nationalist group. To them Munir Khan is simply a Muslim ´´love-jihadi´´ who has led the pride of Hindu womanhood, Mohini Singh, astray. At what cost, their passion?
Mysterious death, suicide, and madness took uncanny toll of New York´s most prominent citizens. Only the Spider sensed the presence of the criminal genius whose tentacles were strangling the city - and the Spider was next on the crime monster´s death list! Here is the second and final Spider novel penned by the mysterious R.T.M. Scott. To this day, over 80 years later, the mystery of Scott´s departure remains unsolved. R.T.M. Scott was a famous byline in the 1920s and ´30s, the author of a series of hardcover novels featuring sophisticated detective Aurelius Smith and his Hindu aide, Langa Doonh. They were the template for Richard Wentworth and Ram Singh. But there were two R.T.M. Scotts, father and son. And the son worked for Popular Publications under the name Maitland Scott! So, which Scott initiated the Spider series? One of the more intriguing theories posits that R.T.M. Scott Senior penned The Spider Strikes and, having kicked off the series in grand style, handed it off to his son, who was 24 at that time. Whatever the case was, neither man was likely up to the job of writing a monthly pulp novel. Enter Norvell Page. The Wheel of Death is a crime story set in New York City and revolves around a strange after-hours nightclub catering to the elite. Donning the disguise of a hardened gangster, Dick Wentworth, alias the Spider, penetrates this place, and allies himself with Molly Dennis, a young woman whose father sits on Death Row, awaiting execution for a crime he may not have committed. What is the secret of Grogan´s Restaurant? Can he unravel a web of blackmail without revealing that Richard Wentworth is secretly the Spider? Nick Santa Maria reads this exciting suspense story of murder, mayhem, and mystery that perfectly evokes 1933 Manhattan. Originally published in The Spider magazine, November 1933. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Santa Maria. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/047698/bk_acx0_047698_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Selector of Souls begins with a scene that is terrifying, harrowing and yet strangely tender: we´re in the mid ranges of the Himalayas as a young woman gives birth to her third child with the help of her mother, Damini. The birth brings no joy, just a horrible accounting, and the act that follows - the huge sacrifice made by Damini out of love of her daughter - haunts the novel. In Shauna Singh Baldwin´s enthralling novel, two fascinating, strong-willed women must deal with the relentless logic forced upon them by survival: Damini, a Hindu midwife, and Anu, who flees an abusive marriage for the sanctuary of the Catholic church. When Sister Anu comes to Damini´s home village to open a clinic, their paths cross, and each are certain they are doing what´s best for women. What do health, justice, education and equality mean for women when India is marching toward prosperity, growth and becoming a nuclear power? If the baby girls and women around them are to survive, Damini and Anu must find creative ways to break with tradition and help this community change from within. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Yolande Bavan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019719/bk_adbl_019719_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The shocking and brutal murder of a young American woman rips apart the peace of the ancient city of Benares. Hawa Singh, a senior inspector from the Delhi crime branch on a visit to Benares, gets embroiled in the case. He finds that the murdered woman had been researching the Bhrigu-Samhita, an astrological classic dating back to pre-Vedic times, its original manuscript believed to be lost. The FBI sends in Ruby Malik, a Pakistani American to investigate the murder. Soon more bodies are found, with bizarre connections to both the Bhrigu-Samhita and Christian orthodoxy.... The Vatican seems to be carrying out a clandestine operation, seeking the secrets of Hindu astrology in the city most sacred to it.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nakesha Patel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026423/bk_adbl_026423_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Sikh religion was founded by Guru Nanak (1469-1539), who drew upon the teachings of Muslim, Sufis, and Hindu Bhaktas. In its purest form Sikhism is about unity, simplicity, equality, and surrender (to God) and the verses of the Sikh Gurus - most of them included in the Granth Sahib - articulate this beautifully. This elegant edition contains a selection of verses from the Guru Granth Sahib and other sacred texts like Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Vairagmayi Bani and the Dasam Granth of Guru Gobind Singh. Brilliantly translated by Khushwant Singh, these moving mystical hymns retain the immediacy and the lyricism of the originals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deo Haldar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006563/bk_rand_006563_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ravi Chandra Singh is the last guy you´d expect to become a private detective. A failed religious scholar, he now works for Golden Sentinels, an upmarket London private investigations agency. His colleagues are a band of gleefully amoral and brilliant screw-ups: Ken and Clive, brutal ex-cops who are also a couple; Mark Chapman, a burned-out stoner hiding a great mind; Marcie Holder, a cheerful former publicist; Benjamin Lee, a techie prankster from South London; David Okri, an ambitious lawyer from a well-connected Nigerian family; and Olivia Wong, an upper-class Hong Kong financial analyst hiding her true skills as one of the most dangerous hackers in the world - all under the watchful eye of Roger Golden, wheeler-dealer extraordinaire, and his mysterious office manager, Cheryl Hughes. Thrust into a world where the rich, famous, and powerful hire him to solve their problems and wash their dirty laundry, Ravi finds himself in over his head with increasingly bizarre and complex cases - and the visions that he´s been having of Hindu gods aren´t helping. As Ravi struggles to stay ahead of danger, he wonders if the things he´s seeing are a delusion - or if he might, in fact, be an unrecognised shaman of the modern world.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sendhil Ramamurthy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001131/bk_hodd_001131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.