Saturday December 16, 2017

Books For The Weekend: Take on urban youth, personal experiences and Bengal

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New Delhi: We bring you good reads of the weekend with books pertaining to various genres- translated work of a self-declared anti-writer who uses montages and other cinematic techniques for his stories; and a teacher’s memoir that takes the reader down memory lane of unconditional support from his students, among others.

There’s also a journalist’s understanding of the concerns of urban youth presented with puns and wit; finally, a real estate developer’s memoir that takes a hard look at the sector in India. Here’s what Books This Weekend has to offer you. Read on!

1. Book: Wild Animals Prohibited; Author: Subimal Misra, Translated by V Ramaswamy; Publisher: Harper Perennial; Pages: 265; Price: Rs.375

Originally written by Subimal Mishra who is a master of contemporary alternative in Bengali literature and known for his anti-establishment writing, the book is a record of the dark history of violence and degeneration in West Bengal of the 1970s and 1980s.

A collection of 25 stories translated by V Ramaswamy, the book unfolds the continuous evolution of Misra’s writing as he searches for a form to do justice to the reality.

2. Book: Love Affection and Respect; Author: M S Neelakantan; Publisher: Notionpress; Pages: 259; Price: Rs.310
A beautifully written memoir, the book takes readers down memory lane of a teacher who shares best bonds with his students, who stood beside him no matter where they landed, who went out of their way to be there for a teacher when he needed support.

Replete with nostalgia and eloquence, the book compels you to make a call to your favourite teacher. A must-read memoir for any reader, the book takes you back to the 1990s.

3. Book: Name Place Animal Thing; Author: Mayank Shekhar; Publisher: FingerPrint; Pages: 414; Price: Rs.250
Today’s urban youth have several concerns ranging from city, cinema, stardom and religion to cops, cigarette smoking, social drinking and social media. Mayank Shekhar’s latest book is whacky yet insightful and takes on India’s desi and popular culture.

The book captures the essence of urban youth’s spirit with Shekhar’s characteristic wit and razor-sharp observations to simultaneously inform, amuse and irritate. Written with profound observational depth on varied topics, the book is a must read!

4. Book: Inside Unreal Estate; Author: Sushil Kumar Sayal; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 212; Price: Rs.499
Beginning his career with small-time players, the author was disillusioned with the shady dealings of the sector and started looking to work for bigger companies. In his work experience of 30 years, Sayal has worked with many established houses like Mahindra and Ansals.

The book recounts how the real estate sector went from being a ‘dirty business’ run by small time builders to the playing field of corporate powerhouses. Full of anecdotes, some witty and others disturbing, this fast-paced memoir takes a hard look at the real estate sector in India. (IANS)

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Checkout Ten Must-Read Books For Women

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Must reads for a woman.
Must reads for a woman. Pixabay

Nothing in this world can give you the feeling which books do. Some stories, some word just touch your heart and end up giving you the greatest lessons of life. Books can be inspiring at times, and help you make the toughest decisions of life. Below are ten must-read books for women:

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns

The book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini, who has also authored ‘Kite Runner’ revolves around the lives of two women, Mariam and Laila. The beautiful friendship of these two and the things they go through is mesmerizing. The book’s subtlety puts it under the category of must-read books for women.

2. Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

The Millennium series has three books- “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and “The Girl who Played with Fire”. The lead character of the series, Lisabeth Salander, is a confident and bold woman who never follows the old norms of the society and leads her life differently. Her rebellious nature can inspire the girls out there to stand for themselves.

3.  Pride And Prejudice

Must-Reads for women
Pride and Prejudice. Wikimedia.

The classic by Jane Austen teaches you to distinguish between the essential and the superficial. It makes you come across a way of looking at women, which is not judgmental. It teaches you to stand up for righteousness. It is definitely ones of the must-read books for women.

4. The Book Thief

Th novel, “The Book Thief” by the Australian author Markus Zusak gives out the inspiring message that no matter what the situation is, women can come out of it strongly on their own.

5. How To Be A Bawse

The Book, “How to be a Bawse”, by the Canadian YouTuber Lily Singh is a beautiful guide on tackling tough situations in life, supported by the examples of real-life situations. Lily’s classy and sassy video style has already been loved by a lot of women out there.

6. The Hunger Games Trilogy

Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy is one of the must-read books for women out there as the book’s lead character Katniss, makes you feel proud of being a girl. Her character motivates you to be your own hero.

7. Daughter By Court Order

“Daughter By Court Order”, by Ratna revolves around the story of a woman who has been disowned by her own family. The woman is fighting against money, power, deceit, and for her right to be recognized as a daughter. She has to handle everything on her own.

8. To Kill A Mocking Bird

The book is written by Harper Lee and is an all-time classic. The book revolves around a six-year-old protagonist who is a feminist and refuses to accept the societal norms and always challenges them.

9. The Diary Of A Young Girl

Must-Read Books For Women
The Diary Of A Young Girl. Wikimedia.

The novel by Anne Frank is set during the time of Nazi invading Netherlands. Anne Frank shares her feelings with her diary while she was in hiding for two years. The emotions and struggles make it one of the must-read books for women.

10. The Palace of Illusions

The book Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni shows the epic Mahabharata, through Draupadi’s eyes. Her problems and shortcomings are shown, along with the fact that how ego can lead to a battle.

by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. She can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya

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National Book Trust (NBT) Chairman: Nurturing Creativity and Innovation in Children at an Early Age are Much Needed

How should current school curriculum be modified for an overall development of Children?

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Nurturing creativity and innovation in children
Nurturing creativity and innovation in children. Pixabay
  • Education should work in the direction of expanding the horizon of knowledge children
  • There is a need to shift educational learning for school goers from content mastery to competency mastery
  • To compete with the children worldwide, they need to have an understanding that is beyond books

New Delhi, August 21, 2017: There is a need to look beyond the world of text books and inculcate in children qualities like empathy towards society, humanity, sensitivity towards other human beings and nature.

Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman of National Book Trust (NBT), talked about nurturing creativity, innovation in young minds for nation’s economic and spiritual development.

He was speaking at the FICCI’s first-ever Children’s Publishing Conclave called ‘Scrapbook’. Mr. Sharma said that it is crucial to observe and spot the creativity in children. To not just bound them to the school curriculum. The Supplementary books in school should teach them about the life lessons, that they should be good human beings. Such books will help them in the developing a good and positive personality; it will also strengthen their thinking and imaginative skills.

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In the conclave, he talked about how brave soldiers can inspire kids to be like that when they grow up and fight for their country someday. If not, even then such books will inculcate a feeling of patriotism in them. According to ANI reports, Mr. Sharma (pointing towards NBT’s efforts) said, “‘The Veergatha’ series had been introduced by NBT, which talks of the great acts of bravery by Indian soldiers.” The first series has a set of 5 books in English and Hindi, they are written so as to inspire the young minds and evoke feelings of patriotism in children from an early age.

Children are sometimes overburdened with books.  UNESCO encourages learning in mother tongue, especially at the early stage.  Sharma said that education should work in the direction of expanding the horizon of knowledge in a child and he agrees with UNESCO that teaching a child in mother tongue should be encouraged to retain cultural values.

Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director of NCERT, said: “There is a need to shift educational learning for school goers from content mastery to competency mastery, where competencies should be classified into character, intellectual and social.” He stressed upon the need to make the classroom environment vibrant where teachers would play the role of a facilitator- will provide them with an opportunity where they can develop and strengthen their competencies as well as communication ability. He added, “The Indian education system is moving from knowledge construction to knowledge processing with the help of technology, enabling children to explore, innovate and create.”

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Appreciating FICCI’s initiative, Dr. Senapaty said that the goal of this publishing conclave is to produce content which is rich in quality and is innovative. It will enable them to learn in a collaborative environment. He added, “Indian children have performed well when they follow a prescribed school curriculum but to compete with the children worldwide, they need to have an understanding that is beyond books and focus on skills like building their applied knowledge.”

Children should explore, innovate and create
Children should explore, innovate and create. Pixabay

Ms. Urvashi Butalia, Chairperson, FICCI Publishing Committee and Director, Zubaan, said that the conclave focused on:

  • promoting book reading amongst young minds
  • government and children’s publishers- enhance learning outcome in educational space
  • policy advocacy- nurture collaboration between schools
  • addressed- gender misrepresentation in children’s books
  • concerns- children’s content in school books
  • implementing theory of multiple intelligence on children’s content- enhance learning outcome
  • changing role of technology in children’s content and its impact on K-12 (kindergarten (K) and the 1st -12th grade) education

Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary-General, FICCI, said that this platform will help to explore possible collaboration between children, content creators, offline and online service providers, publishers, technology disruptors, schools, teachers, parents, and policymakers. The conclave focused on the important aspects like learning requirements of an individual child, crucial role publishers can play to address it.

The conclave also had some interesting workshops for school children. The workshops had activities like creative writing, story-telling and received appreciation from the young minds.


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Delhi Public Library signs MoU with Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM) to improve Overall Functioning of its Outlets

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May 19, 2017: The Delhi Public Library has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM) to improve the overall functioning of its outlets and make them more relevant in the fast-changing times.

The MoU was exchanged in the presence of the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture Mahesh Sharma, who expressed his happiness with the efforts to improve the libraries and hoped that the MoU will bring about a positive change.

The objectives of the MoU are to clearly identify the roles and responsibilities of all the parties as they relate to implement efforts in repositioning different libraries of Delhi Public Library. The understanding is aimed at enabling them to serve citizens better as community engagement, information, knowledge and resource centres.

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The MoU also intends to “strengthen the capacities of the libraries and librarians,” so that they serve the real time needs, especially of the youth. The initiative is set to propel time to time training of librarians on various aspects of revitalisation of libraries and library services.

Introduction of new services in the public libraries are also on the cards as children corner, space for differently abled people, digital resources, multimedia educational content and various outreach programmes also find mention in the understanding.

The Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM), supported by the Global Libraries initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted by Nasscom Foundation, has been conceived to re-vitalise the Indian public libraries and bring them back into the mainstream as inclusive knowledge and information centres catering to the 21st century information needs of communities across India. (IANS)