• This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and award-winning writer Pankaj Mishra.They discuss several of Pankaj's books, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and An End To Suffering: The Buddha In The World, and his motivations behind them.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Weight of History, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. A Different Perspective - Unknown intellectuals and overlooked worldviews
    II. Demanding a Response - Reacting to an existential challenge
    III. Inseparable Factors? - Capitalism, imperialism and modernity
    IV. East and West - A meaningful distinction?
    V. Discovering Buddhism - Transcending false stereotypes
    VI. Personal Examinations - Growing up Western in the East
    VII. At an Impasse - The end of an experiment
    VIII. Learning From the Past - The benefits of increased historical understanding

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and renowned political theorist John Dunn, University of Cambridge. Through an engaging dialogue format, John Dunn candidly shares his deep insights on the historical development and current significance and future of democracy in different parts of the world and the relevance of political science departments in achieving democracy and other worthwhile goals.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Democratic Daze, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Illusions and Confusions - Unmasking American stereotypes
    II. Historical Examinations - The power of etymology
    III. Thinking Deeper - Minimizing political bads
    IV. Trust and Belief - Thinking critically
    V. China - Challenging Western ideals?
    VI. India - The world's largest democracy
    VII. Power to the People - Overthrowing autocracy and what happens next
    VIII. Towards Progress - Why we should care about all of this
    IX. Professional Indulgence - Critically examining "political science"




    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/).

  • Diwali

    Rina Singh

    During Diwali, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate the legends and stories that describe the triumph of good over evil and justice over oppression. Critically acclaimed author Rina Singh explores her Indian roots as she tells the Diwali stories, which remind us that eventually light will prevail over darkness.
    Enriched by personal stories and spiced with festive recipes, including two by acclaimed chef, Vikram Vij, Diwali: Festival of Lights brings to life the holiday's traditions, food and rituals and takes you on a journey to see how this festival is celebrated around the world!
    Diwali is the second book in the Orca Origins series, which examines how ancient traditions are kept alive in the modern world.

  • Marco Polo wurde im mittelalterlichen Venedig in eine wohlhabende Händlerfamilie geboren. Nach einer 24-jährigen Reise durch Fernost beschrieb er im Jahre 1299 seine Abenteuer einem seiner Mitgefangenen, einem Schriftsteller von Abenteuerromanen namens Rustichello da Pisa. Das vorliegende Buch nimmt eines der ersten Originalmanuskripte des "Il milione" zum Vorbild, das mit auf den Beschreibungen des Marco Polo basierenden Illustrationen ausgeschmückt war, und bringt dem Leser die Reise des Venezianers mit einer reichen Auswahl an Kunstwerken näher.

  • The most renowned travel story of the Middle Ages has never lost its allure. A story of true wonder, Marco Polo's experiences as well as the reported myths, transport us to the heart of Central Asia, China, Indochina, and the Indian Ocean. The original manuscripts were accompanied with illustrations realised from the few descriptions made by the traveller. Following in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the various illustrations found here will send the reader on the path to discovering the distant lands as we know them today.

  • India, with its extensive and colourful history, has produced an artistic tradition in many forms: architecture, painting, sculpture, calligraphy, mosaics, and artisan products all display the country's cultural, religious and philosophical richness. From Hinduism, with its pantheon of imagery of gods, goddesses, animals and many other figures, to Islam, with its astounding architecture and intricate calligraphy, the many facets of India have given rise to a fascinating and beautiful collection of artworks.
    Featuring incredible images and a text written by a renowned scholar on the subject, this work offers an in-depth look at the masterpieces of India, showcasing this fascinating country and her artists and covering a wide range of styles and techniques.

  • Fog, A Novel

    Rana Bose

    A small plane was blown up in an act of sabotage several years ago over Eastern Quebec, Canada. All the passengers and crew were killed. The incident was quickly analyzed and termed a mechanical failure. The case was declared cold, in a rush. What intrigue and what unseen, powerful forces could hush up such a catastrophic incident?

    A young actor from Montreal dies in Afghanistan. Killed by a missile from a drone. His death opens up wounds and discussions that are not in the public domain. These two seemingly disparate events form the backbone of a compelling contemporary thriller, set in the Main district of Montreal and in the blue-green mountains of Kandahar.

    Three friends-an eccentric dancer with a destructive split personality, an actor and tragic neighborhood hero who climbs out of the hood and destroys all existing notions about him, and the narrator, a non-descript follower who changes his life dramatically and takes control after a brutal assault-work together to de-freeze the cold case and burn up the fog. What does it take to clear the pall of complex emotions, the unresolved local and personal conflicts and the intricate remembrances of various communities in a fabled neighborhood?

    Rana Bose is an author, playwright, poet, and dramaturge. Fog is Bose's third novel. He has written and staged eleven plays that have been performed in many cities. He is the founding editor of Montreal Serai. Born and raised in Kolkata (Calcutta), Rana Bose completed his engineering studies at Washington University, and has lived in Montreal since the 1970s.

    Reviews

    "... suspenseful, conflicting, mysterious and hard to put down. (...) A literate mystery/thriller set in Montreal (on "the Main") with side trips to Calcutta and Kandahar, this is a superbly written book about a neighbourhood, friendships, justice and belonging. Highly recommended." - James Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

    "Suspenseful and sublime, Fog is a powerful novel of intrigue and love, family and friendship in which fog is a feeling `like a tenderness of the soul.' Grounded in place with exquisite detail and held aloft by an inspiring worldview, this is a story with unforgettable characters whose entanglements lead us through the magically rendered streets of Montréal and across continents in search of adventure and truth."-Cora Siré, author of Behold Things Beautiful and other books.

    "Sometimes the fog is a moist mist which beautifully frames our deepest intimacies, sometimes it is a translucent curtain drawn to mask the pain of exile and displacement, and sometimes it is an obscuring darkness where all moral movement seems impossible. But Rana Bose's characters join together to find new ways forward. They emerge from the fog by recognizing the history of "the Main" while seeing it anew."-Michael Springate, author of The Beautiful West and The Beloved of God

  • Gandhi in a Canadian Context examines a range of intriguing and under-studied connections between India's greatest nationalist leader, Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), and facets of life in Canada, including Gandhi's interest in and contact with Canada and Canadians early in the twentieth century, and the implications of Gandhi's thinking on a range of issues in Canadian society today. This collection of essays by Canadian scholars explores topics such as Gandhi's awareness of Canada; the academic study of Gandhi in Canadian higher education; and dimensions of Gandhi's thought that demand greater attention and have enduring relevance for individuals and communities in Canada. These range from a peace-oriented Islam and participation in direct action campaigns to a more constructive politics and environmental stewardship. This book breaks new ground in the depth of its study of a figure significant for both Canada and the world at large. The themes in this book will be of interest to scholars in Gandhi studies, education, Canadian history, and sociology, as well as to the general reader who seeks to reflect on what traditions of non-violence and conflict resolution championed by Gandhi might contribute to social progress in Canada.

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