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  • Our tales on rocks in Ellora Caves – Prakash Thorat

    Sale! 400.00 300.00

    Ellora, historically Elapura [or perhaps ancient Ilapura], situated in the Indhyadri ranges, is located 30 kms Northwest of Aurangabad [latitude 200 21′ N and longitude 740 15’E]. Ellora has largest, finest and variedly themed examples of cave architecture. It has a medieval art and architecture, representing India’s three dominant religions-Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The caves are awarded the status of world heritage site byUNESCO. Its ancestors, fraternities and descendants are spread all over the Indian continent. Ellora sculptures represent the microcosm of early medieval art of India. The caves offer approximately 1200 examples of sculptures carved in different style having influence of Magadha of North, Saurashtra from west and Mandapa of Mahabalipurum.

    The Ellora hill rises abruptly from the plains on the west and south and has a general elevation of about 2100 ft. from above the mean sea-level. It is situated in the hilly tracts of the Deccan trap formation, which, on weathering, gives the hills a characteristic appearance of terraces with a flat summit. The hill is constituted of extensive horizontal flows of trap alternating with vascular trap-beds. The upper portion of each of the massive trap-beds is formed by the vesicular trap. The rocks wither by exfoliation, shell by shell, because of their comparatively soft nature. The hard fresh rock forms the core, but the shell grades into clay. With erosion of the decomposed product, a decomposed or superficially-decomposed layer of the rock is laid bare. This favourable feature of the undulating spurs of the Sahyadri mountain ranges was one of the factors that led to record the heaviest-rock cut activities in Maharashtra. At Ellora, the caves have been carved out of the fine-grained and jointed trap-beds. The intermediary joints in the horizontal plane and master joints in the vertical plane, offered the great advantage to excavators to reduce their cost on manpower requirement.

    The total number of caves excavated at different heights in the Ellora hill is upwards of fifty, but those which have artistic significance are at the foot of the hill.

    Given Ellora’s place in Indian history as a Tirtha, or centre of pilgrimage, worship and ritual, the element of water here is accepted almost as “Purifying and fertilizing.” The Caves are, at once, a subtle and dramatic addition to the dry and rugged landscape. Because of their placement in the cliff, they are not visible from the road which once connected Paithan [ancient Pratisthana on the Godavari river with Aurangabad.-Maheshwari [Or Mahismati] and Ujjain- all important, trading, religious and political centres of ancient and medieval times. Inscriptions in Buddhist Cave sites throughout the Western Deccan indicate that monks, nuns and lay devotees travelled this route and there is a strategic connection between Ellora’s role as a religious centre and its position on a commercial path.

    The area around Ellora has been inhabited by man even before the dawn of the historic times. The occurrence of stone tools on jasper, attributable to an industry of the pre-microlithic facies at Ellora, takes pre-history of the area to the middle stone age.

    The Pratisthana or Paithan, situated 18 miles away from Ellora, is one of the oldest cities of the Deccan. According to a Jaina tradition, Satvahana after defeating Vikramaditya of Ujjayini made himself a king of Pratisthana. Ptolemy [150 B.C.] mentions it as an important city for textile industry. Ellora has a Jyotirlingam that finds mention in Shiva Purana. The area around Aurangabad was known as Asmaka country as mentioned in inscription in cave 26 of Ajanta.

  • Sip of Sea- By Sarang Khaty

    Rated 5.00 out of 5

    We cherish learning from such stories and implement them in practice to the best of our efforts, we obviously as parents today want to pass on this treasure to the new generation i.e.

    our children to make them wiser, smarter and successful in chosen walk of life, the key to such shaping of the character is in understanding the values and picking them up early in budding age. This book is an attempt towards the same.”

    A brief about the Author:

    Sarang Khaty is a well travelled Telecom professional working with a Swedish MNC. He has chosen to make the millennium city Gurgaon his home for past 12 years. He comes from a humble family background with roots in a small dusty town called Ghatanji from the State of Maharashtra, India.

    Besides managing his job responsibilities, he continuously rears his passion of writing. He has a script of an environment friendly drama to his credit called-

    ‘Lets Save Ourselves’. ‘Sip of the Sea’ is his contribution towards strengthening the cultural fabric of India by passing the baton of moral stories from one generation to the next.

    “If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control”- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • THE ‘OTHER’ SHANGRI-LA:: Journeys through the Sino-Tibetan frontier in Sichuan- Shivaji Das

    Sale! 284.00 240.00

    The ‘Other’ Shangri-La is a work of narrative non-fiction based on Shivaji Das and his wife’s journey through the SinoTibetan frontier land of western Sichuan.It describes the rugged landscape of this region that comprises 7,000-metre-high mountains, deep gorges, vast grasslands and the world’s most dangerous roads. It also explores the region’s history and the peculiarities of its scattered settlements: Litang—the world’s highest town that is also the birthplace of important lamas; Larung—the world’s largest monastery and highest slum; Danba—a ‘Beauty Valley’ famed since antiquity for its good-looking and strong-minded women; Yading—a pilgrim circuit once terrorized by bandit monks; and Kangding—a small town that gave birth to China’s favourite love song.

    Along their journey, the travelling duo indulged in several adventures that are written about humorously in this book—staying with nomad families, debating with monks on reviving Buddhism in China, getting spooked by a bone-collector at a sky-burial site, becoming investigators in a love triangle in the ‘Beauty Valley’, and running away from paparazzi tourists who mistook the travellers as participants in a local beauty contest.

    Above all, this book explores in detail the lives and cultures of the people inhabiting these remote lands who are now subject to turbulent socio-economic factors. It also explores the testy relationship between Hans and Tibetans in what is arguably the most restless of the Tibetan-inhabited areas in China.

  • The Babri Masjid Ram Mandir Dilemma- Madhav Godbole

    Sale! 600.00 449.00

    The Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir Dilemma: An Acid Test for India’s Constitution forcefully asserts that the Babri Masjid could have been saved by the timely intervention of Rajiv Gandhi in the initial years before political positions hardened, V.P. Singh remaining firm after promulgating an ordinance vesting the specified area in and around the Babri Masjid in the Central government, and, P.V. Narasimha Rao taking timely action when the Babri Masjid was under serious threat.

    Written by Madhav Godbole, former Union Home Secretary and Secretary, Justice, who was closely associated with the events when the Babri Masjid was demolished, the book provides rare insights through its comprehensive and detached analysis. It throws light on how all major Constitutional bodies failed in discharging their responsibilities.

    After the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, India is being perceived by some as a Hindu country. Strengthening secularism is its foremost challenge. The book is a must-read for leaders of public opinion, parliamentarians, jurists, media stalwarts, professionals, administrators, and the young generation. For, what is at stake is India’s future.”

    Dr Madhav Godbole was Union Home Secretary when the Babri Masjid was demolished in December 1992. He subsequently took voluntary retirement in March 1993. Pune-based Godbole, who also served as Justice Secretary, has held several high positions in the bureaucracy in the 1980s and early 1990s.

  • The History of Bombay suburban Railway- Dr. A. K. Arora

  • The Perfect Encounter- Arun Harkare

    Sale! 238.00 200.00

    ‘The Perfect Encounter’ has been a dream and ambition especially after seeing the court proceedings. Since last 30 years I have been writing police stories. I have seen many criminals caught by police. Police department do lot of hard work to catch hold of criminals. Years get investigated during investigation but when these criminals are taken to court, they get bail and even clean chit in many times. That’s because nobody is ready to speak against them. Criminals do out of court settlement with witnesses by threatening them or paying them and if that doesn’t work, even by killing them. People are aware of this so nobody comes forward. All the hard work done by police goes in vain.
    In some cases, police gets witness and criminals get punishment. The gangsters or criminals go in jail but they pay money or put pressure on jailor and enjoy the life in jail. At times, some powerful forces from outside make sure those criminals get all the comforts of life within jail. The money people pay in taxes is spent on salary of judges, government lawyers and jail people and this investment is not for a week or month but for 10 to 15 years.
    We don’t have sufficient jails so judges give criminals bail. Criminals come out and do crime again. Police again start investigation and cycle goes on.
    Comparing to other countries, we have huge population but limited police force. There is lot of political interference too. Against all the odds, police is expected to control the crime and maintain law and order.
    What we should do to stop crime? The novel tries to address the same issue.
    – Arun Harkare

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  • गीतांजली अनुवाद

    Sale! 250.00 228.00

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