Aids Sutra

Author: Negar Akhavi
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409079759
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India is home to almost three million HIV cases. But AIDS is still a disease stigmatized and shrouded in denial. It is stigma that prevents people from openly discussing the facts around HIV, and keeps them from getting treatment. Stigma leads to discrimination against HIV positive people in hospitals, schools and even among families. In this ground-breaking anthology, sixteen of India's well-known writers go on the road to tell the human story behind the epidemic. William Dalrymple meets the devadasis ('temple women'), many of whom have become victims of HIV; Kiran Desai travels to the coast of Andhra where the sex workers are considered the most desirable and Salman Rushdie spends a day with Mumbai's transgenders. These writers travel the country to talk to housewives, vigilantes, homosexuals, police and sex-workers and together they create a complex and gripping picture of AIDS in India: who it is affecting, how and why. Eye-opening, hard-hitting and moving, AIDS Sutra will show you a side to India rarely seen before. This anthology was produced in collaboration with Avahan, the India AIDS Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Proceeds will be used to support programs for children affected by HIV in India.

AIDS Sutra

Author: Negar Akhavi
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 030745472X
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Illuminating the complexity and implications of the AIDS crisis in the developing world, sixteen noted writers shed new light on the problem in India in a collection of essays by Kiran Desai, Salman Rushdie, William Dalrymple, Vikram Seth, Nalini Jones, Amit Chaudhuri, and others. Original. 17,500 first printing.

Aids Sutra

Author: Various
Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited
ISBN: 9353051770
Format: PDF, Kindle
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India is home to almost three million HIV cases. But AIDS is still a disease stigmatised and shrouded in denial. It is stigma that prevents people from openly discussing the facts around HIV, and keeps them from getting treatment. Stigma leads to discrimination against HIV positive people in hospitals, schools and even among families. Most importantly, stigma fuels the belief that HIV is not our disease, but a disease of the other. In this groundbreaking anthology, some of India’s best known writers go on the road to tell the human stories behind the epidemic and get to know this other: the trucker who makes his punishing all-night journeys; the disaffected youth in the Northeast, many of whom are now injecting drug users; the sex workers from coastal Andhra Pradesh, reputed as the most coveted in the trade; and the housewives who have unknowingly contracted the disease from their husbands. Together their stories make up a complex—and gripping—picture of AIDS in India: who it’s affecting, how and why. Eye-opening, hard-hitting and moving, AIDS Sutra will show you a side to India rarely seen before.

The Girl

Author: Sonia Faleiro
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 9780143063445
Format: PDF
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&Lsquo;A Classic . . . Beautiful Lyricism, Poetic Passages And Evocative Descriptions Of Goa&Rsquo; &Mdash;Deccan Herald On A Gloomy November Evening In A Sleepy Village In Goa, It&Rsquo;S Time For Yet Another Funeral. The Girl Is Dead And No One In Azul Is Surprised. But Two Men Who Knew And Loved Her Are Achingly Curious To Discover What Made Her Give Up Her Life To The Sea. As They Turn The Pages Of Her Diary, A Story Unravels&Mdash;Of Loneliness And Abandonment, Of Memories Branded So Deep That They Return To Haunt The Soul, And Of Hope So Powerful That It Negates Reality And Opens The Doors To A Future That Is Never To Be. Richly Atmospheric And Written With Unusual Lyricism, The Girl Is An Outstanding Debut&Mdash;A Tender And Disquieting Story About Love And Its Infinite Capacity For Betrayal. Press Reviews &Lsquo;A Classic . . . Beautiful Lyricism, Poetic Passages And Evocative Descriptions Of Goa&Rsquo;&Mdash;Deccan Herald &Lsquo;This Lyrical First Novel Is Rich With Dark Visual Imagery&Rsquo;&Mdash;India Today A Literary Voice That Has Taken The Measure Of The Most Extreme Human Emotions&Mdash;Love, Rage And Grief&Mdash;And, Too, Of What Lies Beyond: The Desire For Blessed Release. The Girl Has Wisdom, Tenderness, And A Sort Of Agelessness That Sets It Apart From Much Other Contemporary Fiction In English Coming Out Of India&Rsquo;&Mdash;Far Eastern Economic Review

Philanthropy in America

Author: Olivier Zunz
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 140085024X
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American philanthropy today expands knowledge, champions social movements, defines active citizenship, influences policymaking, and addresses humanitarian crises. How did philanthropy become such a powerful and integral force in American society? Philanthropy in America is the first book to explore in depth the twentieth-century growth of this unique phenomenon. Ranging from the influential large-scale foundations established by tycoons such as John D. Rockefeller, Sr., and the mass mobilization of small donors by the Red Cross and March of Dimes, to the recent social advocacy of individuals like Bill Gates and George Soros, respected historian Olivier Zunz chronicles the tight connections between private giving and public affairs, and shows how this union has enlarged democracy and shaped history. Demonstrating that America has cultivated and relied on philanthropy more than any other country, Philanthropy in America examines how giving for the betterment of all became embedded in the fabric of the nation's civic democracy.

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Author: Kiran Desai
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802144508
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Sampath Chawla, a young postal worker who never feels as though he fits into the small Indian town into which he is born, one day climbs up a tree, only to become a famous holy man.

Same Sex Desire in Indian Culture

Author: Oliver Ross
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137566922
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This book explores representations of same-sex desire in Indian literature and film from the 1970s to the present. Through a detailed analysis of poetry and prose by authors like Vikram Seth, Kamala Das, and Neel Mukherjee, and films from Bollywood and beyond, including Onir's My Brother Nikhil and Deepa Mehta's Fire, Oliver Ross argues that an initially Euro-American "homosexuality," with its connotations of an essential psychosexual orientation, is reinvented as it overlaps with different elements of Indian culture. Dismantling the popular belief that vocal gay and lesbian politics exist in contradistinction to a sexually "conservative" India, this book locates numerous alternative practices and identities of same-sex desire in Indian history and modernity. Indeed, many of these survived British colonialism, with its importation of ideas of sexual pathology and perversity, in changed or codified forms, and they are often inflected by gay and lesbian identities in the present. In this account, Oliver Ross challenges the preconception that, in the contemporary world, a grand narrative of sexuality circulates globally and erases all pre-existing narratives and embodiments of sexual desire.

Beautiful Thing

Author: Sonia Faleiro
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 0857861727
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Meet Leela: nineteen, charismatic and fearlessly outspoken. With her sharp wit and stubborn optimism, she is the best paid bar dancer on Bombay's notorious Mira Road. Leela has a 'husband' (who is already married), a few lovers whose names she can't remember, an insufferable mother camping out in her flat and an adored best friend, Priya - the most beautiful woman she has ever seen. But when the dance bars are banned, Leela's proud independence faces its greatest test. In a city where everyone is certain that someone, somewhere, is worse off than them, Leela fights to survive - and win.

Gifted

Author: Nikita Lalwani
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 0307371972
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A dazzling first novel about a math prodigy who is being groomed by her parents to attend Oxford at the age of fourteen, Gifted heralds the arrival of a remarkable new talent. Numbers have filled Rumi Vashey’s world since she first learned to count. But it was on a trip to India at the age of eight that her mathematical powers acquired their almost supernatural significance. At fourteen Rumi is firmly set on the path of a gifted child, speeding headlong towards Oxford University. As her father sees it, discipline is everything if the family is to have any hope of making its mark on its adoptive country. However, as Rumi gets older and the family’s stark isolation intensifies, numbers start to lose their magic for the young teenager: she abandons the rigid timetable of her afternoons and replaces equations with rampant spice abuse. As her longing for love and her parents’ will to succeed deepen so too does the rift between generations. Gifted captures brilliantly the battle to come of age in an emotional and comic hinterland, where histories, arithmetic and cumin seeds all play a part. In a voice that is by turns very funny and fiercely acute Lalwani vividly brings to life a young family’s search for recognition and how that search can break a family apart. A story of high aspirations and deep desires, and of the sometime loneliness of childhood, Gifted is a remarkably passionate, assured and accessible debut. From the Hardcover edition.

The Argumentative Indian

Author: Amartya Sen
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466854294
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A Nobel Laureate offers a dazzling new book about his native country India is a country with many distinct traditions, widely divergent customs, vastly different convictions, and a veritable feast of viewpoints. In The Argumentative Indian, Amartya Sen draws on a lifetime study of his country's history and culture to suggest the ways we must understand India today in the light of its rich, long argumentative tradition. The millenia-old texts and interpretations of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, agnostic, and atheistic Indian thought demonstrate, Sen reminds us, ancient and well-respected rules for conducting debates and disputations, and for appreciating not only the richness of India's diversity but its need for toleration. Though Westerners have often perceived India as a place of endless spirituality and unreasoning mysticism, he underlines its long tradition of skepticism and reasoning, not to mention its secular contributions to mathematics, astronomy, linguistics, medicine, and political economy. Sen discusses many aspects of India's rich intellectual and political heritage, including philosophies of governance from Kautilya's and Ashoka's in the fourth and third centuries BCE to Akbar's in the 1590s; the history and continuing relevance of India's relations with China more than a millennium ago; its old and well-organized calendars; the films of Satyajit Ray and the debates between Gandhi and the visionary poet Tagore about India's past, present, and future. The success of India's democracy and defense of its secular politics depend, Sen argues, on understanding and using this rich argumentative tradition. It is also essential to removing the inequalities (whether of caste, gender, class, or community) that mar Indian life, to stabilizing the now precarious conditions of a nuclear-armed subcontinent, and to correcting what Sen calls the politics of deprivation. His invaluable book concludes with his meditations on pluralism, on dialogue and dialectics in the pursuit of social justice, and on the nature of the Indian identity.