Green and Khaki

An unusual collection of Gandhi quotes, along with some great photographs made me aware of Natraj Publishers based in Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal. They have specialised in two areas, which, given the fact that they are based in Dehra Dun, home of the Forest Research Institute and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, the Indian Military Academy, seem quite natural... Ecology and the Environment, and Military Studies. Green and Khaki.

The publishers also run The Green Bookshop in Dehra Dun, a hub for conservationists, ecologists and wildlife enthusiasts and specialists from across the world. The aim of the bookstore has been to spread environmental awareness and promote literature on ecological conservation. To this end, Natraj have a number of titles in the area, some reprints of classics, others newly commissioned and very timely books. Take The Asian Elephant by J C Daniel, Director of the Bombay Natural History Society, for instance. (Its in our Natural History section.) Or A Pictorial guide to The Plants of the Indian Subcontinent by Ramesh Aima. Or Cultivating Diversity by Vandana Shiva...

Their Military Studies lists are fascinating... A reprint of Philip Mason's A Matter of Honour: An Account of the Indian Army, its Officers and Men, or Viscount Slim's Defeat into Victory. Or the Official History of Operations in Jammu & Kashmir: 1947-48.

And the book that got me thinking of this post, My Life, My Words: Remembering Mahatma, Edited by Sangeeta Kochhar, and with a foreword by the Dalai Lama. "Sixty years after his death, the fundamental principles of Gandhi's philosophy of unity, brotherhood and non-violence stand threatened around the globe. This book is an effort to provide vignettes into the life of this great man, and into his profound thinking.There is an urgent need to revive his vision for a troubled world, in the twenty-first century. It is a book to make each of us unlearn, rethink and relearn. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world", Gandhi famously said. Let us be that change."

Rs 295. ISBN: 9788181581099.