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1 Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India

Matthew R. Sayers

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2013, 0199896437 / 9780199896431, First Edition, Paperback, New, 15.5 x 23.5 Cm 
Feeding the Dead outlines the early history of ancestor worship in South Asia, from the earliest sources available, the Vedas, up to the descriptions found in the Dharmshastra tradition. Most prior works on ancestor worship have done little to address the question of how shraddha, the paradigmatic ritual of ancestor worship up to the present day, came to be. Matthew R. Sayers argues that the development of shraddha is central to understanding the shift from Vedic to Classical Hindu modes of religious behavior. Central to this transition is the discursive construction of the role of the religious expert in mediating between the divine and the human actor. Both Hindu and Buddhist traditions draw upon popular religious practices to construct a new tradition. Sayers argues that the definition of a religious expert that informs religiosity in the Common Era is grounded in the redefinition of ancestral rites in the Grhyasutras. Beyond making more clear the much misunderstood history of ancestor worship in India, this book addressing the serious question about how and why religion in India changed so radically in the last half of the first millennium BCE. The redefinition of the role of religious expert is hugely significant for understanding that change. This book ties together the oldest ritual texts with the customs of ancestor worship that underlie and inform medieval and contemporary practice. Printed Pages: 187. 038004

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2 Marriage Customs and Modes of Courtship of the World

Theophilus Moore

Logos Press, New Delhi, India, 2013, 817268231X / 9788172682316, Reprint, Hardcover, New, New, 14.5 x 22.5 Cm 
Printed Pages: 364. 037867

Price: 30.00 USD
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3 Master of Arts: A Life in Dance

Tulsi Badrinath

Hachette India, Gurgaon, India, 2013, 9789350095843, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 14.5 x 22.5cm 
Male dancers provoke extreme reactions Who wants to watch hairy sweaty men dance half-naked? or Oh, they are so effeminate. Must be gay! or They would not find a job anywhere, thats why they have come to this field. The author, who learnt dance at a very young age, could never reconcile this prejudice with the dignified image of her handsome guru Dhananjayan, recognized as a manly and powerful Bharatanatyam dancer. Curious about the boys from low-income families who followed their heart and dedicated themselves to dance, in a field where money and fame are not always guaranteed, the author presents their struggles to make their mark in this field. Weaving the story around her guru, and recounting the romantic story of how Dhananjayan met his wife Shanta, it considers whether his success depended on his being one half of a dancing couple. It also narrates the stories of many other male dancers like Navtej, Satyajit Dhananjayan and Anand, each of whom brought their unique perspective to this dance Printed Pages: 286. 037809

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4 Nature Worship in India

M.L. Varadpande

Shubhi Publications, New Delhi, India, 2012, 818290112X / 9788182901124, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 20 x 28.5 Cm 
Printed Pages: 151 with numerous illustrations. 037901

Price: 24.87 USD
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5 Negotiating Adolescence in Rural Bangladesh: A Journey Through School, Love and Marriage

Nicoletta Del Franco

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2013, 9789381017173, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Throughout South Asia, young men and women are pursuing new educational opportunities and getting married at older ages. These changes, Nicoletta del Franco contends, have cleared new paths toward adulthood—ways of passage whose complex implications have not been fully explored. In Negotiating Adolescence in Rural Bangladesh, she fills this gap, documenting the realities of daily existence for young people as they navigate their lives amid the profound socioeconomic tumult of southwestern Bangladesh. Del Franco focuses on three main areas of these adolescents’ lives: college and student existence; same-sex and opposite-sex friendships and relationships; and the issues surrounding marriage and the choice of a husband or wife. In the process, she sheds new light on issues that affect adolescents not only in Bangladesh but also across South Asia. One of the first books to address what it means to be young in today’s Bangladesh, this volume will appeal to students and scholars of Asian studies, gender studies, and sociology. Printed Pages: 280. 037721

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6 Radha: From Gopi to Goddess

Harsha V. Dehejia

Niyogi Books, New Delhi, India, 2014, 9789383098064, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 22 x 30 Cm 
In tracing the evolution of Radha from that of a gopi to a goddess one traverses not only a span of several centuries, but travels through cultural divides, political dynasties and philosophical debates. She occupies a space which moves from the aesthetics of shringara rasa to the theology of shringara bhakti, from the madhurya of Pushtimarg Vaishnavism to the prema of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, taking in its stride the philosophies of Advaita and Dvaita, the traditions of Shakti and Shakta, she takes us from the devotional poetry of Bhaktikal to the courtly poetry of Ritikal and even beyond to the modern poetry of Adhunikkal. Radha is both kamini and ramani, desirable and beautiful and through her persona we understand the role of kama or desire in the workings of the human mind and especially in the aesthetics of shringara, she is both a gopi and a nayika and through her we feel the presence of Krishna in Vrindavana and the opulence of the Vaishnava Rajput courts, she is a devi in the temples of the Gaudiyas and through her we are able to worship Krishna, and finally she is even a kalankini or the defiled one and through her we are privy to the folk literature of Bengal and modern middle class psychology of the bhadralok. Radha: From Gopi to Goddess portrays in poetry and painting, dance and drama, sculpture and icon, songs and stories how Radha occupies a special place in sociology and psychology, aesthetics and theology. Printed Pages: 260 with numerous colour illustrations. 037995

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7 Re-scribing Tradition: Modernisation of South Indian Dance Drama

Guru Rao Bapat

Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Association Anthropological Survey of India, Shimla, India, 2012, 8179860930 / 9788179860939, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 18.5 x 25 Cm 
Printed Pages: 154. 037859

Price: 14.87 USD
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8 Redeeming Calcutta: A Portrait of India's Imperial Capital

Steve Raymer, Foreword By Dipesh Chakrabarty

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2012, 0198082185 / 9780198082187, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 29 x 28.5 Cm 
Redeeming Calcutta: A Portrait of India's Imperial Capital takes a fresh look at one of Asia's great cities, a metropolis of hope and decay that was once the Second City of the British Empire after London. In this storied colonial metropolis, National Geographic photographer and educator Steve Raymer discovers a city of high culture, leftist politics, and ambitions to reclaim its past grandeur. With around 200 photographs, including historic black-and-white images, the book takes us through the streets, ghats, and corridors of Calcutta to capture the imperial/historical city, the city in motion, commerce and business, the practice of faith, the country's cultural hub, and politics. Raymer's compelling photographs, coupled with a timely and detailed text, paint an inclusive and nuanced portrait of Calcutta, a city long neglected by Western journalists except for its poverty and sorrow. The volume also includes a Foreword by acclaimed historian, Dipesh Chakrabarty. Printed Pages: 208 with numerous colour illustrations. 037712

Price: 91.25 USD
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9 South India Under The Cholas

Y. Subbarayalu

Oxford University Press, New Delhi, India, 2013, 0198077351 / 9780198077350, Second Impression, Hardcover, New, New, 14.5 x 22.5 Cm 
This book explores different aspects of state-society interactions in medieval south India under the reign of the Cholas. Divided into two parts-Epigraphy and History, and State and Society-the first provides an in-depth analysis of Tamil epigraphy and inscriptions. While interpreting inscriptional terminology, it discusses the socio-economic milieu, merchant guilds, and other sociological aspects. The next section traces the evolution of the medieval state, economy, and society. It discusses land surveys, Chola revenue system and sale deeds, and property rights. The author examines, in detail, the emergence of new organizations like Urar, Nattar, and Periyanattar, and maritime trade guilds, and social classes like landholders, cultivators, slaves, and the left and right hand divisions. The introduction contextualizes these essays in current research scenario and historiography and also provides a brief overview of the evolution of the Chola state and society. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars, teachers, and students of medieval history, particularly those interested in south India, Cholas, and early medieval India. Printed Pages: 274. 038049

Price: 16.87 USD
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10 The Ethics of Marriage

H.S. Pomeroy

Logos Press, New Delhi, India, 2013, 8172682328 / 9788172682323, Reprint, Hardcover, New, New, 14.5 x 22.5 Cm 
Printed Pages: 197. 037868

Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Traditional Martial Practices in Odisha

Ileana Citaristi

Shubhi Publications, New Delhi, India, 2012, 8182901359 / 9788182901353, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 20 x 27.5 Cm 
The book by the celebrity danseuse Padmasree, Ileana Citaristi vividly captures the martial arts of Odisha, specially the Paik dance of a bygone era, when Paiks (derived from padatik) infantry foot soldiers of the then kalinga (the ancient name of Odisha) kept themselves in war-readliness by rigorously practicing the armed and unarmed combat styles. The book is all about such forgotten stories of valor, the skills developed with of without the swords and spears, all for the sake of protecting the motherland, the highest form of dedication and sacrifice, which is faithfully portrayed by the dancer-writer. Interwoven with the martial art fomr are the rituals, the code of ethics and the religious practices which are still being practiced in the districts of Odisha. The book will give the reader an insight into these seemingly innocuous practices but suffused with folklores and associated with historical events that speak volumes of the heroism of the hereditary foot soldiers. Meticulously researched and well documented the book provides a wealth of information and can be valuable reference material to any student of history, culture and art forms. Here is a dancer who is occidental by birth, belongs to a distant land but holds a lens to the glorious history of the oriental, through its indigenous martial art forms and thereby scripts a tale of the ordinary Paiks but extraordinary brave foot soldiers of medieval Odisha. Printed Pages: 160 with numerous illustrations. 037900

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12 Transforming Tradition: Cultural Essays in Honour of Mukund Lath

Monika Horstmann(ed.)

Prakrit Bharati Academy/Aditya Prakashan, New Delhi, India, 2013, 9789381571200, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 16 x 25 Cm 
Printed Pages: 136. 037839

Price: 12.37 USD
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13 Walking Naked: Women, Society, Spirituality in South India

Vijaya Ramaswamy

Manohar in Association with Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, New Delhi, India, 2007, 817986068x / 9788179860687, Second Revised Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 14.5 x 22 Cm 
Printed pages: 285. 037841

Price: 10.00 USD
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