What ails Mother Earth? The answer can be found in the propensities of Man, her most gifted, but alas, her also most prodigal son. The world today may look to be the oyster to the modern Man, with his faculties of creativity, inventiveness and enterprise. But looks are deceptive. Man has harnessed science and technology and also the new science of economics to bring about unprecedented prosperity, growth and amenities of life.
All this, however, has come at a grievous cost to nature – in the anthropogenic maladies that we, in our reckless quest for ‘progress’ and comfort, have inflicted on the mother planet. Climate change and global warming; rampant exploitation of non-renewable fossil fuels belching out greenhouse gases; retreating glaciers; growing water, air and noise pollution; ocean acidification; ozone depletion; dwindling forests; imperiled biodiversity; and the growing menace of e-wastage – all are stark symptoms of the seemingly inexorable degradation that human activities have wrought on the once-pristine environment of this living planet. We do not seem to learn from the fearsome records of myriad disasters and the five great extinctions that has stricken the earth in the past; what is worse, we seem to be heading mindlessly toward our collective doom of a sixth extinction, this time threatening to be caused by human-induced climate change.
Ten-year-old Barsau lives in poverty but is far from being poor. He does not go to a fancy school but learns the best from nature. His domain is not wide, yet the whole earth is his, as he revels in his own adventures under his share of the blue sky above his contented head and the earth under his joyous feet.
A young girl sat straight-backed on the edge of her chair, chewing a yellow pencil… She wiped her table clean with her sleeve, and with reverence, took out five clean sheets of papers. With a smile of joy, she began to write. Visited by the charming Story-Catcher, she writes stories of all kinds – a boy who finds the eye of a dragon; a girl who finds a letter from her great-grandfather whom she never knew; the Master of Dreams who helps create dreams every night; Coco who is half-deer-half-man; and Ruby who gets a glimpse of the other side of the mirror.
Everyone doesn’t make it to IIT….. But, they do make it BIG and sometimes GREAT Born in an Army background, Sid was brought up by his parents to become an “Army Medical Officer”. But getting indulged in all sorts of tarnished activities and thereafter screwing up his board results, he finally landed in Chennai to pursue his engineering ….of course.. Not from IIT!! College fun, Ragging in Hostel, scariest mess-food, dumbest mates, carats of beer and smoky environment ruined him further.
On a hot, humid morning in May 1545, a joint conversion brigade of the Portuguese King and the Pope set out to spread Christ’s message of love and compassion, but they leave behind a deathly trail of murder and mayhem. Armed with a monstrous cannon and scores of firearms, the brigade raids Princess Darshana Kamya Kathodi’s palace in Tana, carrying for her and her people the King’s inviolable conversion order… sealed by the Pope’s promise of a new heaven. The beautiful, 18-year-old tribal princess fights back with her ace archers’ poison arrows. Revenge of the Naked Princess shows how brutal, forced conversions can blur the line between religion and carnage.This historical page-turner by veteran journalist-turned-novelist Oswald Pareira comes after the success of his widely-acclaimed, best-selling thriller The Newsroom Mafia.
Meghna, a computer professional turned housewife, is one year into her marriage and already repenting giving up a high-salaried job with an IT form. To make matters worse, her husband Ashutosh takes her for granted. Meghna tries to adjust to her new life, fails miserably, and gets depressed. Ashutosh is struggling with his own set of problems. He loses his job to recession and is forced to move out of his house with Meghna. His troubles begin to adversely affect their marriage. Meghna finds an opportunity to once again prove her capabilities when she joins ‘Infinite Helpline’ a Dial-in service for the aged and lonely. Here, unknowingly she gets friendly with the most wanted underworld criminal, Mallinath aka Malli. Malli gets along with her, who he knows as ‘Angel’, as if she is his long-lost friend. Angel understands him and genuinely wants to help him deal with his loneliness. Malli is smart enough not to give away his identity. Soon, it’s time for Malli to move on with his life. But first, he has to get the diamonds he has kept hidden from his boss Don Zuber. But Zuber gets to know about the diamonds and sends his men after him. Malli is on the run, so he chooses Angel to do the dirty work for him. Malli knows he will need a full-proof plan and so he kidnaps Ashutosh. Now Angel is his ‘Muse’. Will Meghna get the diamonds for Mallinath? Will she be successful in rescuing her husband from the gangster’s clutches? Will she make peace with herself after his ordeal is over?
Your 2013 Diary contains : Messages of hope and encouragement, Wisdom from yesterday for today and tomorrow, Humour to make you smile when you are down, Optimism for you to see the brighter side of life, Thoughts of gratitude for what you value and appreciate, Inspiration for when you want it, Motivation for when you need it, Space for you to invent your own goals and dreams. As another year lays before you, a blank page awaiting words, take time to remember what you here for. Before you get too busy setting goals and making plans, take time to remember which moments last year took your breath away. May you find this year ways to create more of that.
Set in the tiny village of Pilerne, Bardez, Goa, the three Furtado brothers move to Pilerne from Carambolim, their ancestral village. Noted engineers, they have been given the project of building a dam and dykes to control the saline waters of the creek, to save the rice fields from turning into wasteland. Like the famed food and drink of Goa, this family saga is redolent with earthy and piquant flavours it is the story of three generations of a family who uproot themselves to forge a new life in a new land, along with their fears of moving; the tensions of setting up home; and how they finally turn into gauncars (members) of Pilerne.The Furtado family could be any Goan family that has emigrated to a different part of the world in modern times. All Goans are proud of their roots and share a strong Portuguese influence in their cuisine, music, and way of life. And they always love to come back to Goa no matter where they live. This wonderfully human story makes for a compelling read. Here is the real Goa, no longer hidden behind the camouflage and trappings of a world famous tourist destination. There are no beaches, food shacks, luxury resorts and Kashmiri shops just an unvarnished peek at village life. The traditon of diving into wells, enjoying lavish meals, and looking at life and love steeped in typical Goan susegad, is all there for the reader to enjoy.
‘I’ m sure you can do a much better job than Bhagath!’ When BB hears these inspiring words from his sexy lady boss, his staid life as a successful analyst in an MNC goes into a tailspin. Bitten by the ego bug and smitten by her, BB sets off on his quest to write a book that’s better than India’s greatest writer Dr.Bhagath’s blockbusters. Nothing unusual about this for BB, who likes a good fight. Except that he and Bhagath had been classmates and friends at college. What follows is a roller-coaster voyage of the debutant author and his book, with all its twists and cul-de-sacs. Brushes with publishers, celebrities, retailers, book chains, and competition with the alliances among giants, mark the challenger’s journey, upping the stakes at every stage.Will BB catch up with his famous friend?What will their encounter be like?Written from inside the ring, ‘Beaten by Bhagath’ is a gripping tale …the first-ever about the unseen side of the wonderland of Indian fiction.