SHORT TAKES, LONG MEMORIES
PRABHAKAR KAMAT SHARMILA KAMAT RUPA. CO PAGES: 208; PRICE: RS. 195 A ringside view of an eventful period in Goas history – its transition from being a Portuguese colony to becoming Indian, this is a tale o
f a land caught between the irresistible pull of India and the immovable object that was the inflexible colonial regime. The book is based on the reminiscences of I. A. S. officer and diplomat Prabhakar Kamat. In the late 1940s, Prabhakar Kamat abandons the somnolence of Goa to travel by sea to Europe for higher studies. In Lisbon, his adventures navigating the minefield of culture shocks are tempered by encounters with revolutionaries from the larger Portuguese Empire. He returns to a Goa still under colonial rule, but with Indias patience wearing thin. A blink- and- you- missed- it Army action in 1961 lets Goa join India and plunge into its hectic, colourful democracy.
Goas date with self- rule galvanises Portugal to follow suit. With sharp insight and witty anecdotes, the book showcases life as it was ( and in some ways, still is) in Goa.
AND GOD MADE A MISTAKE
MOHIT GUPTA FROG BOOKS PAGES: 222; PRICE: RS. 195 In the midst of this new millennium and the challenges faced by humanity, emerges a scientist with a mission to make us immortal. But, will this antagonise God, the omnipresent force that watches, hears, listens and evaluates our every move or will He be pleased that we are trying to conquer death? Dr. Agastya Vardhaan is found dead, leaving behind an enigmatic suicide note hinting about this secret of immortality being pursued by mankind since time immemorial. His son, Ayaan, who had a hunch that his father was on to something important, tells his fathers colleague and family friend, Dr Arya, about a diary that carried the title: Science against God. The two set out to hunt the diary at home, find it, but just a day after this discovery, Dr Arya is dead, too. This ominous turmoil took its toll and finally ended with the burning of the diary. Now, after twelve silent years, the dark secrets of the diary have risen again setting an unprecedented milestone for mankind. This is a time of radical reformation for our planet Earth… that has arisen fortunately or unfortunately… with or without the Almightys consent… And it is now for Ayaan to reveal the truth of this new reality. Journey into this science fiction mystery thriller, into this chronicle of hope and despair, loyalty and betrayal, faith and science; and step into new and different worlds… Three Worlds.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF TRANSLATION TOOLKIT
ED. BY GAVIN BENNET & NASREEN JESSANI SAGE PUBLICATIONS PAGES: 253; PRICE: RS. 495 Drawing from the experience of specialists in relevant disciplines around that world, this book aims to enhance the capacity and motivation of researchers to use KT, and use it well. The tools in this book will heal researchers ensure that their good science reaches more people, is more clearly understood, and is likely to lead to positive action.
In sum, their work becomes more useful, and therefore, more valuable.