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Friday, January 22, 2010

Independence Days

Independence Days of Various Countries

SNo Country Date
1 Afghanistan 19th August
2 Armenia 28th May
3 Australia 4th January
4 U.S.A. 4th July
5 Bangladesh 16th December
6 Belgium 21st July
7 Brazil 7th September
8 Canada 1st July
9 China 10th October
10 Chile 18th September
11 Colombia 20th July
12 Finland 6th December
13 France 14th July
14 Greece 25th March
15 India 15th August
16 Indonesia 17th August
17 Israel 3rd April
18 Italy 26th March
19 Japan 29th April
20 Korea 15th August
21 Mexico 16th September
22 Myanmar 4th January
23 Maldives 26th July
24 Norway 17th May
25 Philippines 12th June
26 Peru 28th July
27 Poland 3rd May
28 Portugal 5th October
29 Pakistan 14th August
30 Rwanda 5th July
31 Sri Lanka 4th February
32 Switzerland 1st August
33 Spain 10th April
34 Thailand 24th June
35 Turkey 1st November
36 Uzbekistan 1st September
37 Ukraine 24th August
38 Uganda 9th October
39 Zimbabwe 18th April

Awards in 2009 December

December 6, 2009: Grawemeyer Award : Eboo Patel
India-born Eboo Patel who is a member of President Barack Obama's faith advisory council, has become the first Muslim to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville.

December 6, 2009: World Hockey Players of the Year 2009: Luciana Aymar & Naomi Van As
Luciana Aymar of Argentina (best men’s hockey player of the world) , Naomi Van As (best women’s hockey player of the world) of The Netherlands and Jamie Dwyer have been named the World Hockey Players of the Year 2009.

World Hockey Young Player of the Year 2009: Casey Eastham & Ashley Jackson
Australian Casey Eastham and England’s Ashley Jackson received the World Hockey Young Player of the Year 2009 awards for male and female category respectively.

December 6, 2009: UN's Global Citizen of the Year award: Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage has received Global Citizen of the Year award from the United Nations for his humanitarian efforts. He has appointed as a UN goodwill ambassador on drugs and crime.

December 7, 2009: Mukundan Menon award: C R Neelakandan
Environmentalist C R Neelakandan has been chosen for Mukundan C Menon award instituted by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO).

December 7, 2009: Young Investigator Award , Japan: M Bhaskar Rao
Assistant professor of Sri Venkateswara Ayurvedic College (SVAC) M Bhaskar Rao has received prestigious Young Investigator Award at Tokyo in Japan for his research paper on 'the prevalence of Hepatitis-B in India with special reference to Ayurveda management submitted at the VIII Japan Society of Hepatology Conference, held at the International Medical Centre of Japan.

December 8, 2009: BCCI Best Overall Performance Award: Punjab Cricket Association
The Punjab Cricket Association has received the best Overall Performance trophy instituted by the BCCI for its affiliated member associations for being the most organized cricket at the junior level and the spread throughout the state has resulting in winning most of the junior cricket tournaments held under the aegis of BCCI.

December 8, 2009: Global MAKE award: Wipro
Wipro Technologies has bagged the 2009 Global MAKE award for its achievement in 'developing knowledge workers through senior management leadership and 'creating an environment for collaborative knowledge sharing.' Wipro has won this award for third time.

Global MAKE Awards are administered by Teleos, an independent research firm based out of the UK since 1998. Wipro is the only Indian company to be awarded the Asian MAKE Award seven times in a row and also the prestigious winner of the Indian MAKE Award, five times since the inception of the award.

December 8, 2009: Asian Film Culture Award : Amitabh Bachchan
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been decorated with Asian Film Culture Award founded by the Asian Film Foundation. Sri Bachchan holds the record for most number of best actor nominations at Filmfare Awards.

The Past recipients of this award were Adoor Gopalakrishnan, 2009 (India), Park Kwang Su, 2008 (South Korea), Tapan Sinha, 2007 (India), Majid Majidi, 2005 (Iran), Kanneto Shindo, 2004 (Japan), Mrinal Sen, 2003 (India) and Lester Junes Peries, 2002 (Sri Lanka).

Chairman of the Asian Film Foundation - Kiran Shantaram.

December 9, 2009: Asiatic Society Award: Sheikh Hasina
Asiatic Society of Kolkata has chosen Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque 2009. The Asiatic Society, Kolkata, awards the Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque annually to an eminent person of global repute for significant contribution to international understanding or human progress or for inter-cultural cooperation. The award was introduced in 1985 and former Swedish premier late Olof Palme was the first recipient. Amongst the other recipients are Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.

December15, 2009: Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award: Sunil Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises has been bestowed upon with the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management 2009. He was selected in recognition of his quality business leadership & his contribution to the uplift of rural poor and contributed to the growth of academic excellence with Indian ethos.

The earlier recipients of this Award have been Prof CK Prahalad, Dr E Sreedharan, Dr MS Swaminathan, Dr Naresh Trehan, Dr CP Srivastava, Ms Ela R Bhatt, Dr RA Mashelkar, Mr N R Narayana Murthy and Mr Sam Pitr

Important questoins..

In which year first Arjuna Awards were conferred in Archery in India?

Arjuna award was instituted in 1961 as the highest national recognition for outstanding performance in sports & games in Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth games, World Cup, World Championships etc. The first recipient of Arjuna award in archery was Krishna Das in 1981. Other awardeees are:
1989: Shyam Lal, 1991: Limba Ram, 1992 S Kumar Singh, 2005 Tarundeep Rai , 2005 Dola Banejee , 2006 Jayant Talukdar and 2009: Mangal Singh Champia.

What is Selective Retention?

A person tends to remember only those facts, thoughts, incidences and messages which are closer to their interests, values and beliefs. For example, over a period of time, a person may only retain those things in memory about his / her school days which were interesting, pleasing and good ones forgetting the bitter experiences. Selective retention studied as a part of consumer behavior in marketing also. Buyers tend to remember information inputs that support their beliefs and forget inputs that do not.

In which amendment of Indian Constitution, Fundamental Duties were added ?

10 Fundamental Duties of citizens were added by the 42nd Amendment Act in 1976.The 11th Fundamental Duty, which states that every citizen "who is a parent or guardian, to provide opportunities for education to his child or, as the case may be, ward between the age of six and fourteen years" was added by the 86th constitutional amendment in 2002.

How Time Zone Difference Helps Indian BPO Industry?

The timezone difference of US and Other developed countries and India is approximately 10-12 hours. This is of great advantage in BPO operations. This is because of the reduced turnaround time.
Turnaround time is the total time taken between the submission of a program for execution and the return of the complete output to the customer. In developed countries the processing services are perfomed at night and so India is able to provide round the clock services. This way India is able to leverage the Time Zone difference. 

Who would discharge the duties of President , if seats of both President and Vice President are vacant in India?

Chief Justice of India. Justice M Hidaytullah acted a president in 1969 in his capacity as Chief justice of India as both the offices of President and Vice president were vacant at that time. Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah was holding the post of Chief Justice of India, the then Acting President of India, late V.V. Giri, tendered resignation in order to contest the Presidential Election. Justice Hidayatullah was thereupon sworn in as the Acting President of India on 20th July 1969 and served in that capacity till late V.V. Giri was sworn in as the duly elected President of the Republic. After his retirement as the Chief Justice of India, he was unanimously elected as the Vice President of India as a result of a consensus amongst different political parties and occupied that high office with distinction from 1979 to 1984.

What is Sunday Best ?

Sunday Best is a colloquial term used traditionally for a dress code or clothes wearing to church on Sundays. However , the term is also applicable to any clothes which are someone's best.

Till which year English was authorized to be continued by Constitution of India Initially?

Part XVII of the Indian constitution deals with Official language and other languages. Part XVII consists for article 343 to Article 351. Article 343 (2) provides that for a period of fifteen years from the commencement of this Constitution, the English language shall continue to be used for all the official purposes of the Union for which it was being used immediately before such commencement. Thus the constitution of India authorized continued Use of English up to January 25, 1965. 

What is India US MOU on Biofuel?

India and United states has signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both country will cooperate in production and marketing of biofuels in a manner which is environment friendly. Mode of production and marketing will be in accordance with national priorities and in keeping in mind the socio economic developmental goal.
Importance will be laid down on production and development of quality planting materials and high sugar containing verities of sugarcane,sugar,sweet sorghum and cassava. 

What is STPF?

Special Tiger Protection force which has been set up for wild life conservation.STPF has been set up by following the directives of NTCA(National Tiger Conservation Authority). 13 sensitive area have been selected for creation and depolyment of Special Tiger Protection Force in India

Why Kesavanand Bharti Case of 1973 is famous?

The supreme court of India enunciated the doctrine of the basic Structure of the Indian constitution in this case. The honorable Supreme Court held that “There are certain principles within the framework of Indian Constitution which are inviolable and hence cannot be amended by the Parliament. These principles were commonly termed as Basic Structure.”
The case was Kesavananda Bharati v. The State of Kerala and Others. The essence of the judgment was that - It is the basis for the power of the Indian judiciary to review, and strike down, amendments to the Constitution of India passed by the Indian parliament which conflict with or seek to alter the constitution's 'basic structure'.
42nd amendment: The 42nd amendment of the constitution of India was basically to reduce the power of Supreme Court & high courts to pronounce on constitutionality of laws.

97th Indian Science Congress

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, inaugurated the 97th Indian Science Congress at Thiruvananthapuram. This is a tradition that India's Prime Minister inaugurates the Indian Science Congress every year on 3rd January & is chaired by Chief Minister of the respective state where this congress is organised.

Indian Science Congress Association
On the lines of British Association for the Advancement of Science, two British Chemists Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMahon established the Indian Science Congress Association to promote scientific research in India. Its first meeting was held in 1914 at the Asiatic Society, Calcutta. Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, who was Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University at that time was the first president of Indian Science Congress.

What is Organized?
Plenary lectures are delivered by the eminent scientists and Nobel laureates which provide broader international perspective and create awareness about the role of science in the society A science exhibition is organised which showcases the latest developments in the field of science and technology.

Some Intersting Facts:
  1. Title of the Presidential Message this year was : Science & Technology of 21st Century - National Perspective
  2. Last Indian Science Congress was organised in Shillong, in January 2009.
  3. The Silver Jubilee Session of the Science Congress was held at Calcutta in 1938 under the Presidentship of Lord Rutherford of Nelson but due to his sudden death, Sir James Jeans took the chair. It was at this Jubilee Session that the participation of foreign scientists in session of the Indian Science Congress was first initiated.
  4. Golden Jubilee was celebrated in October, 1963 at Delhi with Prof.D.S. Kothari as General President.
  5. The Diamond Jubilee Session of the Science Congress was held at Chandigarh in January 3-9, 1973, under the Presidentship of Dr.S.Bhagavantam.
  6. Seventy Fifth year of its incepton, popularly called otherwise, Platinum Jubilee was celebrated in 1988, with Prof.C.N.R.Rao as General President. Keeping this in view, a special brochure, entitled "Indian Science Congress Association-Growth & Activities" was published so as to highlight the programmes of the Association over the years.
  7. The 34th Annual Session of the Indian Science Congress was held at Delhi in January 3-8,1947 with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, as General President.
  8. In 1976, Dr.M.S.Swaminathan, the then General President of ISCA introduced the Focal Theme of national relevence which is now discussed in every section, committee and forum during the annual session. ISCA has now become a platform where members from different disciplines and from different walks of life can contribute to discussions on the Focal Theme

State Farmers Commission (SFC) - Orissa

Agriculture is the major contributor to Orissa's economy. Agriculture is the chief occupation in Orissa. About 76% of the total working population is engaged with agriculture and agriculture related industries. The total cropped area in Orissa is 87,46,000 Hectares and out of that 18,79,000 Hectares are under irrigation.
Orissa is one of the largest producers of rice in India. The state grows almost one tenth of the total rice production of the country. In spite of a comfortable paddy production in the state, production of oilseeds and other commercial crops is not very encouraging. The economic conditions of the farmers has been ruined by an array of factors, like climate change, soil erosion, dryness and acidity of soil and falling ground water level. Besides the farmers are indebted and farmers committed suicides in recent years.

Keeping in view the impact on the farm sector of the state , Govt. of Orissa has constituted a State Farmers’ Commission (SFC) under the chairmanship of SM Patnaik. This was declared by Orissa's cabinet minister for agriculture and fisheries Damodar Rout.

Other members of the commission are Niranjan Panda, the renowned soil scientist and the chairman of the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC), economist and the president of the State Finance Commission Dr Sudhakar Panda and D P Ray, vice-chancellor, OUAT. Besides the State Famermer commission has been empowered to add members by inducting experts from within the state and outside.

Objectives & Functions of State farmers Commission:
  1. To review the status of the state’s agriculture, performance, strength and weakness, assess the condition of different categories of farmers in various agro-climatic zones.
  2. To work out a comprehensive strategy for achieving sustainable and equitable agriculture development of the state.
  3. To analyse factors responsible for low farm income and suggest measures to enhance income of the farmers, crop diversification, improved marketing, value addition and agro-processing.
  4. To recommend measures for stepping up investment in agriculture and allied sectors and promotion of public-private-partnerships (PPP). Simultaneously, efforts would be made for harnessing information technology in agriculture.
  5. To analyze the reasons for rural indebtedness which is often cited as the reason for the recent spate of suicides by the farmers in the state.
  6. To examine land tenure and land ownership system and other agrarian problems pertaining to increasing productivity and rural income.
The Commission would submit its report to the government within six

South Asia's Largest Monastery : Padma Sambhava Mahavihara

Padma Sambhav Mahavihara or Rigon Thupten Mindroling monastery is the 5 storyed largest monastery in South Asia and is inauguated in Gajapati District of Orissa by Dalai Lama. Padmasmbhav Mahavihara Monastery - named after Padmasambhav, the founder of the Vajrayana sect of the Mahayana path, is built in Atanpuri style of architecture of Nalanda. Padmasmbhav was born in Orissa and spread the Buddhism to Tibet in 7th century.

Orissa was the cradle of Vajrayana Buddhism during the 7th to 10th centuries.

Padma Sambhav Mahavira is a 10,000 sq. feet monastery and able to accomodate 200 resident monks. The library of this monastery has a copy of the Jang Satham Kangyur, the first and most ancient of all the collections of the teachings of Buddha which was produced in Tibet in 17th century.

After the foundation was laid in 2003, it took five years to be completed in 2008.

List of India's Grand Masters

India boasts of 21 Grand Masters and 65 International Masters as per the latest FIDE list of Grandmasters.
  1. Viswanathan Anand
  2. S. Arun Prasad
  3. Tejas Bakre
  4. Dibyendu Barua,
  5. Deepan Chakkravarthy
  6. Surya Shekhar Ganguly
  7. Geetha Narayanan Gopal
  8. Abhijeet Gupta
  9. P. Harikrishna
  10. Koneru Humpy
  11. Abhijit Kunte
  12. RR Laxman
  13. Neelotpal Das
  14. Parimarjan Negi
  15. Magesh Chandran Panchanathan
  16. R B Ramesh
  17. Chanda Sandipan
  18. Krishnan Sasikiran
  19. Kidambi Sundararajan,
  20. Praveen M Thipsay
  21. Latest in the list is Sriram Jha. The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has confirmed Grand Master title to Sriram Jha of Delhi based on his Elo rating of 2,511.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Top 13 natural wonders in the world

Can't make it to the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Galapagos Islands or China's Great Wall? While these remain among the world's most spectacular man-made and natural destinations, there are other sites luring to curious travelers. Among them, 13 natural wonders were added in 2009 to the UNESCO's World Heritage List.

These natural wonders; chosen by a committee of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, World Heritage Sites, recommended by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), are natural and cultural areas recognized for their universal value to humanity. The selection process involves extensive field work by conservation experts who have, in most cases, dedicated their lives to studying the natural world.

Here's the list of top 13 natural wonders in the world

The Dolomites in Italy

Dolomites Italy

The limestone peaks of this mountain range within the Italian Alps jut into the ever-blue sky and tower over breezy green valleys below. Its 90-degree walls and glacier-carved valleys make this wonder an attraction all year long. Visitors ski in the winter, rock climb and paraglide in the summer and can find accommodations from exclusive resort towns to quaint villages.

The Wadden Sea in Germany and the Netherlands

Wadden Sea in Germany

This body of water is one of the last undisturbed ecosystems of its kind in the world. Rich with wildlife, the expansive network of mud channels, seagrass meadows, marshes and dunes on the northern coast of Germany and the Netherlands is a destination for serene views for miles. The sea is also a bird-watcher's paradise, home to 12 million birds each winter.

Mount Wutai in China

Mount Wutai China

Translating as "five-terrace mountain," Mount Wutai has been a sacred Chinese escape for more than a millennium. Home to 53 Buddhist monasteries, including surviving ancient temples, the five platform-like peaks of this mountain are a testament to Chinese architectural and cultural history. The dominating, treeless mountain is also the largest in northern China and legendary for its foggy sunrises.

Stoclet House in Belgium

Stoclet House in Belgium

When banker Adolph Stoclet gave his builders and artists complete freedom to create for him a Brussels home in the early 20th century, this new UNESCO site came into being at what is said to be the turning point of Art Nouveau into Art Deco. It is still a private home of the Stoclet family, sharing only its exterior with the public. The home's facade is dressed in rare white marble and gilded moldings, while its inside boasts lavish murals by Vienna Succession artists such as Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser.

The Ruins of Loropéni in Burkina Faso

Ruins of Loropeni

Mystery engulfs the Ruins of Loropeni. The 1,000-year-old stone fortresses at the site are the first in the country to be ascribed World Heritage status. The ruins are thought to have once been a gold-trade hub, but were abandoned by the 19th century with few clues left behind. For travelers or architecture buffs looking to discover more, a trip to this remote West African spot may shed light on the site's past.

Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande in Cape Verde

Cidade Velha

Located off of Africa's northwest coast, this city center was the first European colonial settlement in the tropics. Some of the meticulously planned original design of the site is still intact, from a royal fortress to two towering churches to a 16th-century town square. Today, Cidade Velha, located on the island of Santiago, is an Atlantic shipping stop and center for Creole culture.

Shushtar, Historical Hydraulic System in Iran

Shushtar Hydraulic System in Iran

The system that provides water for the western Iranian city of Shushtar is a marvel of engineering dating back to the 5th century B.C., built under the direction of Darius the Great. With two main canals, rushing waterfalls and a mill, the rock complex that serves as the system's operation center is an ancient destination--and what UNESCO referred to as "a masterpiece of creative genius"--brought to new attention with its 2009 addition to the list.

Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain in Kyrgyzstan

Sulaiman Sacred Mountain

Two grand 16th-century mosques on the coarse slopes of Sulaiman are just a couple of places to worship in the Silk Road conglomeration of peaks and foothills. The site represents the seams and overlap of Central Asian cultures, from pre-Islamic destinations to Islamic centers that attract people seeking cures for physical ailments today. Visitors can also search for Sulamain's famed petroglyphs (rock carvings) to add to the list of 101 indexed thus far.

The Sacred City of Caral-Supe in Peru

Caral Supe Peru

Like many of the other wonders UNESCO added in 2009, the Scared City of Caral-Supe is far from new. In fact, it is the oldest center of civilization in the Americas and third-oldest civilization in the world. With six immense pyramids, surviving mud sculptures and ceremonial stages, continuing excavations of Caral-Supe are a window into lives lived so long ago.

The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty in Republic of Korea

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

Resting at the base of a sprawling hill and facing toward the shore, this series of Korean royal tombs documents a stunning lineage in the Joseon Dynasty. The tombs are surrounded by ceremonial decorations, wooden shines and the homes of tomb keepers, all glorifying Joseon ancestors and awing travelers today. Two other Korean burial sites, Gyeongju Hisotic Areas and Compex of Koguryo, were already on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The Tower of Hercules in Spain

Tower of Hercules in Spain

Roman sailors in the 1st century who saw the imposing Tower of Hercules knew they were arriving on Spanish shores. The lighthouse still stands as a monument to advanced Roman building technology and one of the world's most famous and far-reaching empires. But other history is also alive near this northwestern Spanish landmark. Near the Tower of Hercules, visitors can explore even older rock carvings, a Muslim cemetery and a sculpture park.

La Chaux-de-Fonds/Le Locle Watchmaking Town Planning in Switzerland

Watchmaking Towns in Switzerland

Visiting these neighboring watchmaking towns in the Swiss Alps is a trip for the mind. After devastating fires, early-19th-century builders redesigned the municipalities with painstaking planning to make them an model for robust production capitals. Development of these havens for skilled artisans was so successful Karl Marx cited their manufacturing practices in Das Kapital.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal in U.K.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Another engineering feat added to the World Heritage List in 2009 is this symbol of the Industrial Revolution. The Pontcysyllte aqueduct and canal in North Wales was one of the first water systems built with cast and wrought iron. Its soaring archways and impressive length were described by UNESCO as "monumental and elegant."

Shivshankar Menon is new National Security Adviser

Former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will be the fourth incumbent, succeeding M.K. Narayanan who has already been designated as the West Bengal Governor. Sources said that Shivshankar Menon might take charge on January 23.
The government on Thursday issued orders appointing Shiv Shankar Menon as the next National Security Adviser.
Mr. Menon, who retired as Foreign Secretary last year, will be the fourth incumbent, succeeding M.K. Narayanan, who has already been designated as West Bengal governor. He will take charge from Mr. Narayanan as soon as the latter demits office. Sources told The Hindu this would most likely be on January 23.
The NSA's post was created in 1998 to oversee the management of national security, both in the immediate term and long term. Brajesh Mishra was the first NSA till 2004, and was succeeded by J.N. Dixit, who died in harness in January 2005.
One of the executive functions of the NSA is to serve as chairman of the executive council of the Nuclear Command Authority. In recent years, the NSA has emerged as the Prime Minister's chief negotiator in strategic talks with the big powers.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Famous books and authors

A Bend in the river
V.S. Naipaul
A Brush with Life
Satish Gujral
A Conceptual Encyclopaedia of Guru Granth Sahib
S.S. Kohli
A Foreign Policy for India
I.K. Gujral
A Fortune Teller Told Me
Tiziano Terzani
A Gender Lens on Social Psychology
Judith A Howard and Jocelyn A.Hollander
A General and His Army
Georgy Vladimov
A Himalayan Love Story
Namita Gokhale
A Last Leap South
Vladimir Zhirinovsky
A Nation Flawed-Lesson from Indian History
P.N. Chopra
A Peep into the Past
Vasant Navrekar
A Possible India
Partha Chatterjee
A Psychoanalysis of the Prophets
Abdulla Kamal
A Reveolutionary Life
Laxmi Sehgal
A Secular Agenda
Arun Shourie
A Simple Path
Lucinda Vardey
A Suitable Boy
Vikram Seth
A Tale of Two Gardens
Octavio Paz
A Tribute to People's Princess: Diana
Peter Donelli
A Tryst With Destiny
Stanley Wolfer
Walter Scott
Absalom, Absalom
William Faulkner
Absalom and Achitophel
John Dryden
Acoession to Extinction
D.R. Mankekar
Across Borders, Fifty-years of India's Foreign Policy
J.N. Dixit
Adam Bede
George Eliot
Adhe Adhure
Mohan Rakesh
P.B. Shelley
Adrain Mole-The Wilderness Years
Sue Townsend
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe
Adventures of Sally
P.G. Wodehouse
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
Adversary in the House
lrving Stone
Advice and Consent
Allen Drury
Affluent Society
Afghanistan: Mullah, Marx and Mujahid
R.H. Magnus & Eden Naby
Africa's Challenge to America
Chester Bowles
After All These Years
Susan Issacs
After the Dark Night
S.M. Ali
Against the Grain
Boris Yeltsin
Age of Reason
Jean Paul Sartre
Agni Pariksha
Acharya Tulsi
Agni Veena
Kazi Nazrul Islam
Agony and the Ecstasy
Irving Stone
Abul Fazal
Arthur Hailey
Jai Shankar Prasad
Abul Fazal
Alaska Unbound
James Michener
Ben Johnson
Alexander Quartet
Lawrence Durrel
Alexander the Great
John Gunther
Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Alien Nation
Peter Brimelow
All for Love
John Dryden
All is Well that Ends Well
William Shakespeare
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
All things Bright and Beautiful
James Herroit
All Under Heaven
Pearl S.Buck
Along the Road
Aldous Huxley
Altered States
Anita Brookner
Amar Kosh
Amar Singh
Ambassador's Journal
J.K. Galbraith
Ambassador's Report
Chester Bowles
Henry Fielding
American Capitalism
J.K. Galbraith
An American Dilemma
Gunnar Myrdal
An American Tragedy
Theodore Dreiser
An Apology for Idlers
Robert Louis Stevenson
An Autobiography
Jawaharlal Nehru
An Eye to China
David Selbourne
An idealist View of Life
Dr.S. Radhakrishnan
Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Anatomy of a Flawed inheritance
J.N. Dixit
Ancient Evenings
Norman Mailer
Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
And Quiet Flows the Don
Mikhali Sholokhov
And Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll
Androcles and the Lion
George Bernard Shaw
Angry Letters
Willem Doevenduin
Anguish of Deprived
Lakshmidhar Mishra
Animal Farm
George Orwell
Anna Karenina
Count Leo Tolstoy
Another Life
Derek Walcott
Answer to History
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Antic Hay
Aldous Huxley
Antony and Cleopatra
William Shakespeare
Ape and Essence
Aldous Huxley
Apple Cart
George Bernad Shaw
Arabian Nights
Sir Richard Burton
Area of Darkness
V.S. Naipaul
Arion and the Dolphin
Vikram Seth
Arms and the Man
George Bernard Shaw
Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules verne
Elia Kazan
Arrival and Departure
Arthur Koestler
Arrow in the Blue
Arthur Koestler
Arrow of Good
Joseph Conrad
Sinclair Lewis
As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner
As You Like It
William Shakespeare
Ascent of the Everest
Sir John Hunt
Asia and Western Dominance
K.M. Panikkar
Asian Drama
Gunnar Myrdal
Aspects of the Novel
E.M. Forster
Assassination of a Prime Minister
Assignment Colombo
J.N. Dixit
Assignment India
Christopher Thomas
Athenian Constitution
Atoms of Hope
Mohan Sundara Rajan
August 1914
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
August Coup
Mikhali S. Gorbachev
Author's Farce
Henry Fielding
Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Autumn Leaves
O.Pulla Reddi
Avanti Sundari
Sinclair Lewis
Baby and Child
Penelope Leach
Back to Methuselah
G.B. Shaw
Backward Place
Ruth Prawer Jhabwala
Bandicoot Run
Manohar Malgonkar
Mohammad lqbal
Bangla Desh-The Unifinished Revolution
Lawrence Lifschultz
Banyan Tree
Hugh Tinker
Beach Boy
Ardesher Vakil
Beast and Man
Murry Midgley
Beating the Street
Peter Lynch
Beginning of the Beginning
Acharya Rajneesh
Toni Morrison
Ben Hur
Lewis Wallace
Bend in the Ganges
Manohar Malgonkar
Bermuda Triangle
Charles Berlitz
Berry Patches
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Best and the Brightest
David Halberstan
Betrayal of Pearl Harbour
James Rusbridger and Eric Nave
Between Hope and History
Bill Clinton
Between Hope and History
Bill Clinton
Between the Lines
Kuldip Nayar
Bewildered India-Identity, Pluralism, Discord
Rasheedud-din Khan
Beyond Boundaries: A Memoire
Swaraj Paul
Beyond the Horizon
Eugene O'Neill
Beyond Modernisation, Beyond Self
Sisir Kumar Ghose
Beyond Peace
Richard Nixon
Bhagwat Gita
Veda Vyas
Bharal Aur Europe
Nirmal Verma
Bharat Bharati
Maithili Sharan Gupta
Bharaitya Parampara Ke Mool Swar
Govind Chandra Pande
Big Fisherman
Lloyd C. Douglas
Big Money
P.G. Wodehouse
Bill the Conqueror
P.G. Wodehouse
Albert French
Biographia Literaria
Samuel Taylor coleridge
Birds and Beasts
Mark Twain
Birth and Death of The Sun
George Gamow
Birth and Evolution of the soul
Annie Besant
Birth of Europe
Robert, S. Lopez
R.N. Tagore
Bitter Sweet
Noel Coward
Black Arrow
Robert Louis Stevenson
Black Diaspora
Ronald Segal
Black Holes and Baby Universes
Stephen Hawking
Black Sheep
Honore de Balzac
Black Tulip
Alexander Dumas
Bleak House
Charles Dickens
Blind Ambitions
John Dean
Blind Beauty
Boris Pasternak
Blind Men of Hindoostan-indo-Pak Nuclear War
Gen. Krishnaswamy Sundarji
Bliss was it in that Dawn
Minoo Masani
Sidney Sheldon
Blood Sport
James Stewart
Blue Bird
Maurice Macterlink
Bofors: The Ambassador's Evidence
B.M. Oza
Bone People
Keri Hulme
Book of the Sword
Sir Richard Burton
Borders & Boundaries: Women in India's Partition
Ritu Menon & Kamla Bhasin
Born Free
Joy Adamson
Sheikh Saadi
Bread, Beauty and Revolution
Khwaja Ahmed Abbas
Breaking the Silence
Anees Jung
Gen.Moshe Dayan
Bride for the Sahib and Other Stories
Khushwant Singh
Bridge's Book of Beauty
Mulk Raj Anand
Bridges of Madison Country
R.J. Waller
Brif History of Time
Stephen Hawking
Bankim Chandra Chatterji
Britain's True History
Prem Bhatia
Broken Wings
Sarojini Naidu
Brothers Karamazhov
Fyodor Dostoevski
Mulk Raj Anand
Buddha Charitam
Bunch of Old Letters
Jawaharlal Nehru
M.K. Kaw
Butterfield 8
John O'Hara
By God's Decree
Kapil Dev
By Love Possessed
James Gould Cozzens
W.B. Yeats
Caesar and Cleopatra
G.B. Shaw
Call the Briefing
Martin Fitzwater
Cancer Ward
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Canterbury Tales
Canvass of Life
Sheila Gujral
James A. Michener
Henry M. Robinson
Franz Kafka
Joseph Heller
Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger
James Michener
Joseph Conrad
Rabindranath Tagore
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov
Sumitranandan Pant
Chikaveera Rajendra
Masti Venkatesh lyengar
Child Who Never Grew
Pearl S. Buck
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
George Byron
Maxim Gorky
Children of Gabelawi
Naquib Mahfouz
Children of the Sun
Maxim Gorky
China Passage
J.K. Galbraith
China-Past and Present
Pearl S. Buck
China's Watergate
Leo Goodstadt
Chinese Betrayal
B.N. Mullick
Rabindranath Tagore
Choma's Drum
K. Shivaram Karanath
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Christmas Tales
Charles Dickens
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
P.V. Akilandam
City of Joy
Dominique Lapierre
City of Saints
Sir Richard Burton
Erich Segal
Climate of Treason
Andrew Boyle
Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
Heinrich Boll
Cocktail Party
T.S. Eliot
Colonel Sun
Kingsley Amis
Comedy of Errors
William Shakespeare
Common Sense
Thomas Paine
Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx
Confessions of a Lover
Mulk Raj Anand
John Milton
Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit
S.T. Coleridge
Confessions of an English Opium Eater,
Thomas De Quincy
Confidential Clerk
T.S. Eliot
Confrontation with Pakistan
Gen. B.M. Kaul
Conquest of Happiness
Bertrand Russell
Conquest of Self
Mahatma Gandhi
Nadine Gordimer
Continent of Circle
Nirad C.Chaudhuri
Mulk Raj Anand
Count of Monte Cristo
Alexander Dumas
John Updike
Court Dancer
Rabindranath Tagore
Coverly Papers
Joseph Addison
Mrs. Gaskell
Gore Vidal
Crescent Moon
Rabindranath Tagore
Crescent Over Kashmir
Anil Maheshwari
Cricket on the Hearth
Charles Dickens
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crisis in India
Ronald Segal
Crisis into Chaos
E.M.S. Namboodiripad
Critical Mass
William E. Burrows
Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant
Crossing in River
Caryl Phillips
Crossing the Sacred Line-Women's
Search for Political Power
Abhilasha & Sabina Kidwai
Crossing the Threshold of Hope
Pope John Paul II
Crown and the Loincloth
Chaman Nahal
Crown of Wild Olive
John Ruskin
Cry, My Beloved Country
Alan Patan
Kiran Nagar Kar
Culture and Anarchy
Matthew Arnold
Culture in the Vanity Bag
Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Curtain Raisers
K. Natwar Singh
Damsel in Distress
P.G. Wodehouse
Dancing with the Devil
Rod Barker
Dangerous Plaqce
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Dangerous Summer
Emest Hemingway
Dangling Man
Saul Bellow
Daniel Deronda
Geroge Eliot
Dark Room
R.K. Narayan
Dark Debts
Karen Hall
Dark Home Coming
Eric Lustbader
Dark Side of Camelot
Seymour Hersh
Darkness at Noon
Arthur Koestler
Das Kapital
Karl Marx
Dashkumar Charitam
Daughter of the East
Benazir Bhutto
David Copperfield
Charles Dickens
Day in Shadow
Nayantara Sehgal
Day of the Jackal
Frederick Forsyth
Days of Grace
Arthur Ashe & Arnold Rampersad
Days of his Grace
Eyvind Johnson
Days of My Yers
H.P. Nanda
De Profundis
Oscar Wilde
Dean's December
Saul Bellow
Death and After
Annie Besant
Death Be Not Proud
John Gunther
Death in the Castle
Pearl S. Buck
Death in Venice
Thomas Mann
Death of a City
Amrita Pritam
Death of a Patriot
R.E. Harrington
Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie
Death of a President
William Manchester
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller
Death-The Supreme Friend
Kakasaheb Kalelkar
Death Under sail
C.P. Snow
Emile Zola
Giovannie Boccaccio
Decline and Fall of Indira Gandhi
D.R. Mankekar and Kamala Mankekar
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon
Decline of the West
O' Spengler
Democracy Means Bread and Freedom
Piloo Mody
Democracy Redeemed
V.K. Narsimhan
Descent of Man
Charles Darwin
Deserted Village
Oliver Goldsmith
Desperate Remedies
Thomas Hardy
Arthur Hailey
Sarat Chandra Chatterjee
Dialogue with Death
Arthur Koestler
Diana-Her Time Story in Her Own Words
Andrew Martin
Diana-Princess of Wales : A Tribute
Tim Graham
Diana-The Story So Far
Julia Donelli
Diana-The True Story
Andrew Morton
Diana Versus Charles
James Whitaker
Die Blendung
Elias Canetti
Dilemma of Our Time
Harold Joseph Laski
Henry Kissinger
Diplomacy and Disillustion
George Urbans
Diplomacy in Peace and War
J.N. Kaul
Disappearing Acts
Terry McMillan
Discovery of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
Distant Drums
Manohar Malgonkar
Distant Neighbours
Kuldip Nayar
Divine Comedy
Divine Life
Swami Sivananda
Doctor Faustus
Christopher Marlowe
Doctor's Dilemma
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevensan
Dr. Zhivago
Boris Pasternak
Doll's House
Dolly-The Birth of a Clone
Jina Kolata
Don Juan
George Byron
Don Quixote
Don't Laugh-We are Police
Bishan Lal Vohra
Double Betrayal
Paula R. Newburg
Double Helix
J.D. Watson
Double Tongue
William Golding
Double Teeth
U.B. Sinclair
Drogon's Seed
Pearl S. Buck
Dream in Hawaii
Bhabani Bhattacharya
Dram of Fair to Middling Women
Samuel Beckett
Dreams, Roses and Fire
Eyvind Johnson
Emile Zola
Durgesh Nandini
Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Dynamics of Social Change
Chandra Shekhar