Sunday, 30 March 2014

Shaping the Discourse

Shaping the Discourse: Women's Writings in Bengali Periodicals (1865-1947) By Ipshita Chanda And Jayeeta Bagchi  from Stree.

Comprising translations of women’s writings of Brahmo, Hindu and Muslim writers of undivided Bengal (involving present-day Bangladesh), which were published in well-known Bengali periodicals (between 1865–1947), such as Bamabodhini Patrika, Prabasi, Antahpur, Bharati, Bangadarshan,Bharatlakshmi, Saogat, Nabanoor, and so on, this volume is the third reader compiled by the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, for the new Masters’ level courses in women’s studies.

Focussing on a period, of reform, conflict, change and debate, the reader explores the multi-layered social conversation about women’s issues and maps the changes in the life practices and beliefs of women as reflected in their writings with the progression of time. While there is Taherannesa writing in 1865 in Bamabodhini Patrika, and appealing, ‘O civilized men do not remain neglectful of educating women’, there is Saratkumari Chaudhurani’s article in Bharati, published in 1914, where she upholds the initiative of Swarnakumari Devi’s Sakhi Samiti for spreading education and literacy amidst women, helping widows, aiding orphans, and so on. Hence, the discourse that surfaces also follows the path of a historical narrative.

This volume traces issues like relations between men and women, and amongst women themselves to more ‘public’ concerns like women’s education and employment; child marriage, seclusion of women and the position of widows. It upholds the dichotomy between the private and the public, and the prachina, the traditional, and the navina, the ‘new’, with the emerging woman proposing an alternate way of life, thereby extending the woman’s question beyond every aspect of women and men’s social existence; putting these writings in a larger context of reform, change and conflict; and projecting the discourse on gender issues as shaped by power relations between classes, castes and communities cohabiting in society.

In our Gender Studies Section, Rs. 550, in hardback, 466 pages,  ISBN: 9788190676052

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights

Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights by Neil Wilkof And Shamnad Basheer from Oxford University Press (India).

Intellectual property (IP) rights regulate our knowledge economy to a significant extent, and have come to represent important markers of a country's economic, technological, and cultural progress. In its present form, the IP umbrella comprises at least twelve distinct legal regimes, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks. While patents protect technological advances, copyrights protect original cultural expressions, and trademarks protect brands against slavish imitation by unscrupulous traders.

However, notwithstanding their supposedly distinct scope, IP regimes tend to 

overlap with respect to the same subject matter. Illustratively, computer software is protectable under both patent and copyright law. Similarly, a logo can be protected under both copyright and trademark law. Unfortunately, despite increasing overlaps in the IP firmament, individual IP regimes continue to be studied in isolated silos. This creates a significant gap in our understanding of intellectual property law and policy.

This book aims to fill that gap by providing a comprehensive and multi-jurisdictional account of overlaps. Written by a stellar constellation of IP experts, each chapter addresses a discrete pair of IP overlaps. Beginning with a hypothetical situation, it considers how legislatures and courts around the world have attempted to resolve it. The book also includes a valuable table at the end, summarizing the legal position for each set of overlapping rights in various countries around the world, including Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East. The book also traverses the Indian perspective on overlaps in the introductory chapter, where key statutory provisions and judicial decisions are analysed. This book will be useful to IP stakeholders around the world, including lawyers, scholars, in-house counsels, judges, policymakers, and students.

In our Law section, Rs. 1995, in hardback, 640 pages, ISBN: 9780198095408 ,Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Industrial Relations in India

Industrial Relations in India: A Practitioner’s Handbook books by  E. I. Ravindranath from Tata McGraw-Hill Education.

Having a healthy Industrial Relations climate is not an option anymore for any organisation—it is a compulsive necessity for survival and growth. Recent developments in the industry throughout India clearly reveal the importance of Industrial Relations.

A practical guide to create, sustain and leverage excellent employee relations based on analysis of current trends in Industrial Relations, the book draws out lessons from specific cases of disputes and conflicts. Retracing the major incidents and events of recent times and examining the root cause of the problems, the book helps decision makers to review their people processes and focus on creating and sustaining best practices in employer-employee relations.

While helping to evolve strategies for managing and negotiating with Trade Unions, the book also shares essential knowledge to ensure shop floor discipline.

In our Management Studies section, Rs. 975, in hardback, 610 pages, ISBN: 9781259058530

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Phone Clones And Media

Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy by Kiran Mirchandani from  Cambridge University Press (India).

In Phone Clones, Kiran Mirchandani explores the experiences of the men and  women who work in Indian call centers through one hundred interviews with workers in Bangalore, Delhi, and Pune. As capital crosses national borders, colonial histories and racial hierarchies become inextricably intertwined.

As a result, call center workers in India need to imagine themselves in the eyes of their Western clients – to represent themselves both as foreign workers who do not threaten Western jobs and as being ‘just like’ their customers in the West.

In conversation with Western clients, Indian customer service agents proclaim their legitimacy, an effort Mirchandani calls ‘authenticity work’, which involves establishing familiarity in light of expectations of difference. In their daily interactions with customers, managers and trainers, Indian call center workers reflect a complex interplay of colonial histories, gender practices, class relations, and national interests.

In our Management Studies section, Rs. 695, in hardback, 188 pages, ISBN: 9789382264866, Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only

Urdu Literature and Journalism: Critical Perspectives by Shafey Kidwai from Cambridge University Press (India).

Notwithstanding widespread adulation for the creative dexterity of writers like Meer, Ghalib, Premchand, Manto, Firaq and Shaharyar. Urdu literature has often been viewed as inordinately influenced by emotionalism. Urdu Literature and Journalism, comprising well-focused and cogently-argued essays, works out a new perspective on Urdu literature.

The author weaves different strands of thoughts and new theoretical discourses reflected in various genres of literature to produce a kaleidoscopic portrait of contemporary Urdu literature. By analyzing the texts of famous Urdu writers in tautly-rendered poised prose, the book offers an alternative vision of our lived reality.

The book also includes essays on Urdu journalism, tracing its history and development in pre- and post-Partition India. The contribution of Urdu journalism to the freedom struggle of India and its influence on the First War of Independence have been made clear through these essays. However, the contention of the author is to make it clear to the readers that Urdu journalism is more than just ‘protest journalism’ – a term which, he thinks, has been wrongly attached to Urdu periodicals.

In our Media section, Rs. 495, in hardback, 204 pages, ISBN: 9789382993773

Friday, 14 March 2014

Future Crops, Vol- II

Future Crops, Vol- II by K. V. Peter from Daya Books.

Future Crops Vol. 2 expositions plants presently underexploited but with considerable economic value as vegetable, fruit, spices, ornamentals, medicinal plants and industrial crops. Future horticulture is challenging as space, water and energy are limiting factors. New life styles, migration both inter and intra country and innovations in processing into value added products would demand hitherto unknown plants to become crops of commerce and trade.

The volume 2 deals with aquatic vegetables, aquatic weeds as potential future crops, underutilized fruits of arid zone, underutilized and lesser known fruits of Mizoram, underutilized Spices, cactus pear, camelina, castor bean, cistron, Delphiniums, Embelia ribes, Jujube, Hamun lasoda, mappia, palmyrah, Salacia oblongs, Saraca Asoca and water chestnut. Future agriculture and horticulture have to be elastic to face effects of climate change, pressures of biotic and abiotic stresses including industrial pollution and induced salinity due to sea water intrusion.

Fifty working scientists from research institutes of ICAR and CSIR have contributed to the present volume. The two chapters on aquatic plants are included after considerable debate on prospects of water bodies to grow these crops and their potential as raw material for food, deed and energy. Water chestnut is dealt separately considering its habitat as fresh water bodies.

In our Agricultural Sciences section, Rs. 2995, in hardback, xxv+361 pages, ISBN: 9789351242680

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Regional Disparities and Social Development

Regional Disparities and Social Development: Perspectives and Issues by Ulimiri V. Somayajulu, S.Siva Raju, T.V. Sekher And C.P. Prakasam from Serials Publications.

Regional Disparities and Social Development : Perspectives and Issues

In our Public Health section, Rs. 1395, in hardback, 437 pages, ISBN: 9788183876490

Monday, 10 March 2014

Confluence of Thought

Confluence of Thought: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr by Bidyut Chakrabarty  from Oxford University Press (India).

While much has been written about Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., never before have the social and political origins and evolution of their thoughts on nonviolence been compared. In a unique consideration, Chakrabarty argues that despite the very different historical, economic, and cultural circumstances, there is a confluence of thoughts and concerns of Gandhi and King and their advocacy of humanity and nonviolence. There is a contrary dimension to this, as he demonstrates—of both these thinkers having been shaped by their historical moments, evolving their approaches to nonviolence to best advance their respective struggles for freedom.

Gandhi and King were perhaps the most influential individuals in modern history to combine religious and political thought into successful and dynamic social ideologies. Chakrabarty analyses the manner in which each strategically used religious and political language to build momentum and attract followers to their thought and action.

The result is a compelling and historically entrenched view of two of the most important figures of the twentieth century and a thoughtful meditation on the common threads that flow through the larger and enduring nonviolence movement. In the preface to this edition, Chakrabarty explores further the relevance of nonviolence as an effective means of articulating a distinctive voice of protest in the evolving modern world, especially in the context of the recently experienced Arab Spring.

In our Philosophy section, Rs. 595, in paperback, 294 pages, ISBN: 9780198096276, Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only.