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A Short History of Indian Railways- Rajendra B. Aklekar₹235.00
His stories instruct and entertain, bringing the past of Indian Railways alive in the present. Did you know that India’s first steam engine never ran on tracks and was actually used to run driving mills in a factory? That the maximum speed of the first commercial train in India was 4.5 miles/hour? That the country’s first-ever steam locomotive could never be introduced commercially since it was destroyed in a factory blast? That the locomotive engine for the maiden rail run between Bombay and Thane was pulled by 200 coolies on streets? That there actually was a plan to build a rail network from the English Channel all the way to the river Indus? This is a people’s history of Indian Railways. Anecdotes and stories are curated from the time the first wagon rolled in India, up to the advent of bullet trains.
Revati is a representative of many an independent minded modern women, who fail to realise their expectations from their married lives. In the process, she experiences spells of loneliness and is driven to dispair. But instead of destroying the relationship, or continuing to live on a miserable existence, she tries to find out a mutually acceptable solution and emerges a stronger person who is able to demonstrate to her partner how they can follow their own individual paths and still be together with better mutual understanding.
The tense of the story consists of only about three days of Revati’s life. But Revati takes the reader almost 25 years back on flashbacks and the story ends on a positive note in the present.
Colours of Wings: Indian Birds By Kishor JoshiSale!
Starting bird photography was just a coincidence. Photography has been my passion right from childhood days. In 70s, my father bought me Kodak camera. Those days buying a quality camera for hobby was not common like today. But seeing my interest in drawing, my father always encouraged me with drawing & he was my first critic. He, by profession, was into technical field in BARC but he had amazing skill & eye for sketches & colours. He would always chide me about abnormality which I sometimes drew with Nature. Simple example was a tree branch would invariably grow upward which I on few occasions drew downward.
Buying professional camera like the one I have today – Nikon DSLR happened 7 years back with simple 18-55 mm lens. Soon I found that lens inadequate for long distance objects which forced me to buy 70-300 mm lens, now knowing that this field has no end. Somewhere in 2011-12, my first bird photography session happened near Karnala where I regularly visit. Ajit dada has a lovely farmhouse there which has almost every tree from mangoes to cherry. One fine morning I saw beautiful crimson backed sun bird perched on equally lovely tree which I clicked. That was the moment I decided to focus on flying beauties rather than other photography sections like landscapes, mammals, micro, still, food, fashion etc.
Initially, I started visiting nearby places in Mumbai which would give me practical experience clicking common birds like cattle Egrets, Shrikes, Prinia, Tailor bird, Ibis etc. Clicking slow gliding Egrets would give immense pleasure of photography. Finding my 70-300 mm lens insufficient to reach the birds more precisely that I went for telephoto lens Tamron 150-600 mm. The real bird photography journey started since fag end of 2014 & my life changed forever. Traveling to various locations for bird photography is integral part which is expensive & time consuming. It invariably disturbs family life but no gain without compromises.
Facebook provided much needed platform to showcase my bird photographs. One day Mr. Mandar Joshi – Editor of MI MARATHI E Newspaper appreciated my clicks on Facebook & enquired if I would be interested in sharing those clicks along with information of each bird a day for the newspaper. Ornithology is vast subject which includes study relating to anatomy, behavior, habitat, migration etc. whereas I was more into photography. However, this opportunity gave me different perspective & knowing the bird became habit. Lot of information is available on Net but using various books like one from Great Dr. Salim Ali would provide us knowledge of this fascinating world of colourful wings. A stage came when few of my clicks were framed & displayed at Art Shows. Thanks to Mr. Guruprio Paul.
Now its E world & idea of bringing out a book on Bird photography was lingering in my mind for a year or so. Printing a book has become outdated. But friend like Mr. Hemant Ghadi instantly helped me out to reach proper person for E Book – Mr. Shailesh Khadtare. Today I am here with my first book which I dedicate to my most loving father Mr. Nariman Joshi (Narendra D Joshi). I also thank my friends like Mr. Suru Nair, who have been guiding force for bird photography. Without you friends, this is not possible.
Corridors of life – A talk to your own soul₹160.00
I do have a dream to reach to every that person who is fighting everyday with complications of life. I believe that this book would be the first step to create a drastic change in life of those people who will read it by feeling the aroma of the thoughts. A manual towards success is in your hand try to observe every part of your life accordingly. ” Every Action has two results positive and negative Connecting with negative will make you cry And Connecting with positive will give you sky…..
Everyone Deserves A True Love- Prachi MohiteSale!
Love… What exactly is love? Different people have different opinions. For some, love calls in for trust, for some it’s another name for care.. but for Vedant, Love meant a simple act of caring and understanding.
Vedant, a simple, sweet, average looking boy who had high hopes from his life both personally and professionally! Never did he ever fell in love with anyone because for him, his love was his studies and his girlfriend was his career. But, things changed when he met Krutika.
Things were all lovey – dovey for the couple until Krutika left Vedant for the most silliest reason ever. His faith in love had died. Devastated Vedant still managed to pick up broken pieces of his heart & moved on…
Days turned into months and months turned into years.
Years passed away and then one fine day Krutika came back!
Why did Krutika come back after so many years? Will Vedant forgive Krutika and take her back in his life? Or will he move on with the new love of his life: Spruha!
Fort Caves- Goa, Daman and DiuSale!
I came, I saw and I lost myself. My first visit to Goa made this impact on me. Goa is called the 2nd paradise of India and reason behind this has to be experienced; it cannot be explained in words. The natural beauty is the blessing granted to Goa. The hills and forts covered with greenery, rivers, springs, seashores, the small villages behind the trees, high summits of the temples, the dome structures of the mosques and pillars, a huge bell hung on the churches, the sweet tunes of typical music, the language here are all mind blowing. These glimpses of Goa made me fall in love with this state. In the process of looking for geographical, political and cultural history of Goa, I became unified with these things, so much that the distance from Goa to Diu; 1,600 km couldn’t bother me at all.
Chandrapur was the first capital of Kadamba King and elder Goa was the second capital. Panjim was the capital of Portuguese. There are historical references of Satavahana, Chalukya, Shilahara, Kadamba upto Yadavs Dynasties, fort-caves, Hero Stones, Inscriptions, Copper sheets. I visited Goa a number of times to have a look at its interiors. I thought of penning down whatever I saw and heard. The ex-resident editor of Loksatta- Thane provided me with the platform. There my articles on forts, caves, temples, churches in Goa were much appreciated by the readers. In the Diwali Edition of ‘Anandache Dohi’ by Shrikrupa Prakashan my articles on Diu and Daman and in ‘Pratibha’ by Vyas creations of Diwali edition were also liked by the readers. I received the feedback of the readers through letters and phone calls. From those experiences this book ‘Fort Cave- of Goa, Daman and Diu’ took it’s shape. Of course there are many contributions. Senior Historian Dr. Ravindra Armadas, Prof. of J.J. School arts Shri Douglus, M. Johnser. Prof. Bharati Joshi, Dr. Arun Joshi made the reference books available to me.
The tour of Goa, would have been incomplete without the support of Shri Anant Krishnaji Jadhav, Ms. Sangita Jadhav, Sri. Sandip Karnik and his family, Kuldeep Pokharkar, Shri. Ravindra Lad, the technical officer of Navy Mr. Vishal Sonawane, Vivek Tetvilkar. The valuable information provided by Dr. Varsha Kamat and her husband and the registrar of Goa University Dr. Vijay Chandra Kamat has greatly contributed to the book.
The scholar of archeology and President of Konkan Itihas Parishad Hon. Dr. Daud Dalvi accepted my request and graced the book with his Preface has surely added value to the book. I shall always remain in his debt for the same.
Shri. Vikas Jadhav from Viz Vision has set the book with attractive typesetting, design and printing Mr. Vijay Kharde has given the book a suitable cover page and neat lettering, Vivek Tetvilkar and Mahendra Konde, the members of the family has provided great support in this journey. Shri. Vishwanath Salavi always stood by me throughout the process has also welcomed the book. Thanking him would mean loosening the bond of affection.
Shri. Eknath Shinde, district head of Thane, Shiv Sena had always appreciated my work wholeheartedly. The help received from Mr. Vilas Thuse, ex-President of Thane Municipal Corporation has always been motivating enough on this difficult path.
‘Durgayatri’ and ‘Durg Sampada Thanyachi’ are the two books with two editions each. I have also received a great response to my other books namely ‘Thane Killa’, ‘Gadkillyachya Jave Gava’ and ‘ Vikhuralelya Itihaskhuna’. With the same trust I present this book for the inquisitive tourists and history lovers, ‘FORT CAVES OF -GOA, DAMAN AND DIU.
Future of the Indian Education System- Dr. Narendra JadhavSale!
This is probably the first book on the Indian Education System after the announcement of the National Education Policy, 2020 on 29 July 2020.
The Education System in India is easily one of the largest in the world. Fortuitously available Demographic Dividend to India must be harnessed or else there is a risk of a demographic disaster. This calls for concerted efforts to reform the Education and Skill Development sector in India.
After a gap of 34 years (since the New National Education Policy of 1986), a comprehensive National Education Policy has emerged. Is the National Education Policy, 2020 capable of addressing the complex challenges that the Indian Education System is currently facing and would be confronting in future?
This book attempts to analyse this issue in four parts. Part One presents the analytical foundation and various dimensions of the Indian Education System. This includes a detailed analysis of India’s educational attainments, an assessment of the current state of preparedness in India for harnessing and leveraging the demographic dividend and as a corollary, identification of gaps in terms of key indicators for an inclusive and equitable growth and development of India’s Education sector. Part Two brings together all major proposals put forth in the draft New Education Policy, 2019. Against that backdrop, Part Three presents a comprehensive, critical and constructive appraisal of the New Education Policy and Part Four provides a way forward in terms of a Programme of Action.
A Postscript has been added which draws a comparison between Draft NEP 2019 and NEP 2020. It not only offers an in-depth analysis of the additions, deletions and modifications therein, but also identifies the critical conditions under which the NEP 2020 could possibly be laying the foundation of New India of the 21st century.
Hero Stones of MaharashtraSale!
The subject of Hero Stones was neglected for long because of the misunderstandings and lack of awareness. Today at Bharat Etihas Sanshodhan, the Hero Stones are treated as the sources of information for the research. That is why the scholars have diverted their attention towards them.
In the last 7 to 8 years my books namely ‘Vikhuralelya Etihas Khuna’ and ‘Durgaleni- Div, Daman Goa’ and also through my articles in newspapers I have published information on Hero Stones. After reading those published matter, Mr. Dalavi had suggested that there should be an independent book on Hero Stones in simple Marathi language. He was willing to publish that through ‘Etihas Parishad, Konkan.’ He also suggested writing on the Hero Stones from Maharashtra State. This had some challenges because the Hero Stones are located in nook and corner of the villages, temples, hills, on the borders of the towns of Maharashtra. Some of them had lovely events carved on them. But there are no inscriptions talking about the names and details of those Heroes. So it was difficult to write about such nameless Hero Stones. Mr. Dalavi also insisted on the information should not be based on mythology or folk tales. In the region of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh or even in Gujarat, Rajasthan there are Hero Stones or Sati Stones with the names of the Heroes, Kings and the Sati in the form of inscriptions. But there are no such inscriptions on the Hero Stones in Maharashtra, with an exception of Mathagaon. In my travel for Hero Stones for last 45 years I have come across number of them on different forts and in the region of Sahyadri Mountain ranges. Now I had to start my search for inscriptions on the Hero Stones. I read the articles written on Hero Stones. I came across the book ‘Memorial Stones’ published in the year 1982 by Gunther D. Sontheimer and Setter S. who were the scholars in the Culture of Maharashtra. I also came across some information at Karnataka University and Dharwad. ….
My other books namely ‘Durgyatri’, ‘Durgsampada Thanyachi’, Thane Killa’, Vikhuralelya Etihas Khuna’, Fort Caves- Goa, Daman and Diu’, have been well received by the readers. I expect the same love and affection from the readers and scholars of History for this new project of ‘Hero Stones of Maharashtra’.
- Sadashiv Tetvilkar
Indian Governance- By Madhav Godbole
MAKING OF A GENERAL- Lt Gen Konsam Himalay Singh
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