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Why India Votes? (Exploring the Political in South Asia) 1st edition by Banerjee, Mukulika (2014) Paperback
Why India Votes? (Exploring the Political in South Asia) 1st edition by Banerjee, Mukulika (2014) Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compact and enlightening book on Indian elections, November 11, 2015
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This is a rich and enlightening book that tells us much about Indian elections. It is based on intensive ethnographic study of trained observers and the project drew on insights gained by the lead author from her decade-long research in a West Bengal village.
This short book manages to distill important ideas about a truly massive phenomenon - an Indian general election. The number of voters who actually cast a ballot in an election exceeds the entire population of all but the biggest two countries (China and India). In 2009, the number of registered voters (not votes cast) was 728 million - more than twice the population of the USA.
Of course, national elections happen only every four or five years and the periods in between are marked by the everyday politics of favors and pressures, connections and threats, bribes and ransoms. The authors of this study recognize that they are not considering the whole of Indian political life which has, indeed many highly unsavory aspects.


Adventures of a No Name Actor
Adventures of a No Name Actor
by Marco Perella
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ausing Insights, August 16, 2015
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This is a set of very amusing stories written by the actor who played the abusive step-father in the film _Boyhood_. He writes very well and the book is well worth reading.


Great Temple at Thanjavur: One Thousand Years 1010-2010
Great Temple at Thanjavur: One Thousand Years 1010-2010
by George Michell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $54.20
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative monograph that is also usable as a guidebook, January 6, 2015
This volume by George Michell and Indira Peterson was timed to coincide with the 1000 year anniversary of the great temple. It is clear and accessible but also scholarly and has great photos. In fact, the images of frescoes in the book are much better than what one can see when physically present in the temple itself. It is a large volume but I would really recommend it to someone who is about to visit the temple. It is in my opinion, much more informative than the average authorized guide that one can hire on site.


War of a Thousand Deserts (The Lamar Series in Western History)
War of a Thousand Deserts (The Lamar Series in Western History)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good narrative history of the Southwest and its native peoples, June 16, 2014
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This book provides a gripping narrative of the role played by the independent Native American tribes of the region from the great plains to the edge of central Mexico. It shows the major part their initiatives played in allowing the expansion of Anglo settlers into Texas and then much of what was then North-west Mexico (including California). It also explains how these tribes were then also the victims of the Anglo expansion that they unwittingly helped bring about. It does not shrink from depicting the brutality and treachery that seems to have characterized so much of the warfare in this region. It ends with a sketch of how commercialization and intensification of raiding and stock-herding on the plains prepared the ground for the later collapse of bison populations to near-extinction.

Those who buy it on Kindle should be aware that no illustrations are included in that format; not even maps or graphs. It loses a good deal by that omission.


Ambani & Sons
Ambani & Sons
by Hamish McDonald
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carefully researched and vividly written, June 5, 2014
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This review is from: Ambani & Sons (Paperback)
This book incorporates much of MDonald's an earlier biography of Dhirubhai Ambani that the family managed to have suppressed in India in 1998. But it extends the Reliance story through another decade. McDonald lived in India for several years while the Ramnath Goenka-Dhirubhai Ambani-Nusli Wadia story unfolded and knows a great deal about the events of the time. Even though I lived in India then and closely followed the press stories about this and other scandals, I have learned much from this book. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to get a grasp of the decaying late Nehruvian business-political milieu where Ambani clawed his way to the top. One learns a great deal about that period, the internal intrigues in the Congress Party and Government of India, financial institutions etc. McDonald manages to explain the intricacies of rules, definitions and financial markets before clearly.

Unfortunately, the Ambanis cut McDonald out of their side of the story and so I get a slight feeling that it is a little tilted towards Bombay Dyeing and Nusli Wadia who appear to have been more forthcoming. The Bombay Dyeing synthetic textile fiber plant that sought to compete with Patalganga was recently sold for scrap however. The book is illustrated with some absolutely marvelous photos including a memorable mug-shot. It includes a careful review of the Bollywood movie "Guru" based on the life of Dhirubhai.


India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
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5.0 out of 5 stars A readable & clear book, October 28, 2013
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First of all, I am not related to the author (in case you thought so). i thought this was very readable and well-researched. There are very few informed contemporary histories of India after independence available. This is long but then it covers an area almost equal to Europe and a population several times greater.


Rand McNally Austin Streetguide: Including Travis County and Portions of Hays and Williamson Counties
Rand McNally Austin Streetguide: Including Travis County and Portions of Hays and Williamson Counties
by Rand McNally and Company
Edition: Spiral-bound
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a useful Atlas, October 28, 2013
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I am new in town and wanted to orient myself & drive without a GPS. This Atlas is badly organized: adjacent areas are pages apart and the scale is wonky.


Political Leadership among Swat Pathans (London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology)
Political Leadership among Swat Pathans (London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology)
by Fredrik Barth
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always worth returning to a classic, January 20, 2013
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Though written over 50 years ago, this short book repays reading. It shows us how ethnic hierarchy and descent group dominance can operate alongside values of independence and dominance. It also explains why the creation of stable state systems has proved so difficult in these Af-Pak border regions.


Tere Bin Laden
Tere Bin Laden
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious dark comedy -, January 2, 2013
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A very funny but dark farce on a young Pakistani who is determined to come to the USA and a bin Laden look-alike who is a poultry farmer. Bit dated now that the real Bin Laden has been dispatched.


Peepli [Live]
Peepli [Live]
DVD ~ Raghubir Yadav
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5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote to shallowness about India, November 30, 2012
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This is a brilliantly made, tightly scripted but deeply real movie about rural India. It does not glamorize either town or countryside - unlike the unbelievable atrocity and unbelievable glamor of Slumdog Millionaire. It presents actors looking much as real people look - literally warts and all.
The only thing missing are swarms of flies - I was struck by the fact that the village yards had no flies I could see.
It sends up the professional NGO activists, newsmedia and politicians alike.
It is dark but very funny if you can ignore the underlying grimness. I would compare it to a British film like 'Four Lions' in that regard.


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