JUN
04
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Railways Stuck in Time: Should We Settle for Low Expectations?

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It was a decision we soon came to regret. In order to teach our son a lesson in gratitude and to show him how privileged he was, we decided to send him to his college in Pune via rail. The plan seemed foolproof. We managed to secure a confirmed reservation in tatkal, which initially felt like a victory. Little did we know the ordeal that awaited us...
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MAY
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Book Review - Transforming India Gamechanger in Action

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Book Title: - "Transforming India Gamechanger in Action"  Author : - Sudesh Verma Genre: Non-fiction, Politics  Rating: (5 star)  Review:  "Transforming India Gamechanger in Action" is an insightful exploration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership journey and the transformative changes he has initiated in India. Through ...
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MAY
24
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My Foray from Newspapers to Book Publishing

My-Foray
In late March 2024, virtually out of the blue, Renu Kaul Verma, the feisty lady who set up Vitasta Publishing offered me a job as executive editor. I had spent a lifetime in The Times of India, retiring as a deputy editor with The Speaking Tree, their spiritual newspaper. Then, for a while, I had edited spiritual books for Bloomsbury and Westland, ...
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MAY
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Are These Times Polarised?

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We often find ourselves donning blinkers when confronted with the enduring issue of societal and political polarisation—a phenomenon fraught with dangers, yet not entirely new or recent. Indian society has grappled with polarisation along communal lines since the advent of Muslim invasions. Despite this, a remarkable and beautiful paradox exists: a...
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MAR
02
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Beyond the Hashtag: A Decade of Twitter Activism in India - A Thought-Provoking Analysis

Beyond The Hashtag
"Beyond the Hashtag: A Decade of Twitter Activism in India" by Vitasta Publishing is a timely exploration of the evolving communication landscape in the face of technological advancements. Vitasta is a publishing house that endeavours to publish books that challenge outdated thoughts and social practices. The publishing house is well known for an e...
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OCT
09
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The Many Versions of Ramayana

Ramayana Book Review
Was Sita present when Rama bent the bow to win her hand in marriage? As per the Ramayana authored by both Valmiki and Kamban, the news of Rama breaking the bow was sent to Sita through her female companions. But the Tulsi Ramayana insists that Sita was present at the Swayamvaram hall when the auspicious and awe-inspiring event took place. According...
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JUL
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Ramayana A Comparative Study Of Ramakathas Review by R. Azhagarasan

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The return of Ramayana and Mahabharata in research and fictional retellings has occupied a significant place in the literary-academic domain in the last three decades. Unlike the early 20th century readings, which either endorsed traditional values or totally rejected them as oppressive, the 1990s and the years that followed offered novel readings,...
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JUL
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Satyajit Ray : From Frame To Frame Book Review

Book Review
In Satyajit Ray: From Frame to Frame, Shoma Chatterji examines patterns emerging from Satyajit Ray's body of work and groups his films under broad categories like hunger, masculinity, femininity. Subha Das Mollick reviews the book.  Published by Vitasta in 2022, Shoma Chatterji's book Satyajit Ray: From Frame to Frame is an interesting additio...
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MAR
28
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Chronicling the great educational heritage of India

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Ancient India, until the beginning of the second millennium, was a highly educated society with rich ancient and medieval systems of production and knowledge dissemination, as well as economic prosperity and social and political maturity, maintaining "the long tradition of pride and service" (Young India, 20 March, 1924). However, developments duri...
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SEP
09
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Reverberating with the sights and sounds of magical performances

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Kathak Lok, written by Shovana Narayan and Geetika Kalha, is almost like a spiritual journey into the depths of an art form, which initially began as formless, as the concept of Brahma. From the foreword itself, the book reverberates with the sights and sounds of magical performances of the kathakars in all their purity. The rhythm or chhanda is fu...
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SEP
01
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Useful new insights about filmmaking by a master

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  There are innumerable books that have been written on Satyajit Ray, India's best known film director in the realm of realism. Even though Ray covered a wide range of subjects such as feudalism, feminism, masculinity, oppression, poverty, love – you name it – the sensitive portrayal in each and every one of his films have left audiences world...
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JUN
25
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Ramayana: A Comparative Study of Ramakathas

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 Ramayana: A Comparative Study of Ramakathas is an award-winning opus by A.A. Manavalan. The book is a meticulous exploration of the diverse versions of Ramayana found within and outside the Indian subcontinent. Beginning with a preface written by C.T. Indra, who wrote its English translation, followed by a foreword by the critic Indira Partha...
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JUN
02
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It is a victory of faith and truth

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Vitasta would like to thank Professor Dinesh Srivastava, Homi Bhabha Chair at The National Institute of Advanced Studies for this wonderful review of our book – ' Jivaka the Child who Healed ' by Malavika Kapur! 'My most pleasant memories include sitting around a fire on a winter night and listening to our grandmother tell stories. She told them be...
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FEB
04
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A A Manavalan’s ‘Ramayana: A Comparative Study of Ramakathas’

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Mohan Ramanan's review of 'Ramayana: A Comparative Study of Ramakathas' translated by C T Indra & Prema Jagannathan in The Critical Endeavour — an annual peer-reviewed research journal devoted to World Literatures in English, Bhasa Literatures, Main Stream English Literature, Indian English Literature, Literary Theories, and Translation Studies...
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NOV
09
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Premonition

Premonition
Prem Nath ran his business from a shop in the busy and bustling shopping center at Amira Kadal in the heart of Srinagar. He was a successful cloth merchant and his sales were brisk in spite of the terrorism that had gripped Kashmir and paralyzed business. People needed clothes to wear; women were commanded to wear the burqa, men the kameez and shal...
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NOV
05
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The Guru’s Last Wish

Dr. Kundan Lal Chowdhury
​ It was a Sunday afternoon in November. I was driving my Ambassador, on way to Habba Kadal, the famous second bridge on the Vitasta. The window panes were drawn up and an icy draft sneaked in to send shivers down my spine and legs even as I was bundled in an overcoat, a woolen muffler and a karakuli cap. It had snowed a couple of days earlier. The...
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OCT
21
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Decoding the anatomy of black money with CA Shshank Saurav

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) recently released the names of politicians, businessmen, and the likes who own offshore companies, trusts, secret bank accounts, etc. to hide their ill-gotten money. This is not the first time that such revelations have rocked the world. The black money issue has got more attention in...
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AUG
01
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ASSAM Mizoram Border Clash

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Lack of delineation of borders are an inevitable cause for tension for both the sides, often leading to hostility and violent outburst. But when that is within national boundaries the breakout of violence takes on a different meaning and demands immediate attention. Over the past two weeks there has been palpable build up of tension between Assam a...
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JUL
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Review of Subhash C Kashyap’s bestseller 'Indian Constitution: Conflicts And Controversies’

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Are courts encroaching on the power of the executive? Is it constitutionally valid? Can Judges be disciplined, or is it forbidden…all this and more in this very interesting review of Subhash C Kashyap's bestseller 'Indian Constitution: Conflicts And Controversies' by teacher, editor, and columnist Kanishk Shekhar. Buy Online:  https://www.amaz...
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JUL
03
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Politics and Geopolitics Collide in Nepal

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A ceremonial head of state is under fire for allegedly conspiring with a democratically elected prime minister to dismantle democracy, prompting an alliance of opposition parties to take to the streets amid widespread public apathy. Nepali politics today is back to where it was two decades ago. The country abolished its monarchy and became a secula...
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JUN
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The famine which killed millions…who was responsible?

The famine which killed millions…
The narrow, elongated stretch of land in eastern India, known as West Bengal sheltering a disproportionately enormous population, was snatched from the plans of Pakistan by Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Posterity has spared little in labelling this statesman politician a communal person, while they themselves escaped from the consequences of partition...
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DEC
31
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2020: We Shall Overcome

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The year 2020 has been all about survival. With zero sales in one quarter and orders barely trickling in the next, it is a wonder we survived at all, especially with the brick-and-mortar stores downing their shutters. Some never to open again. But God has been kind. And of course, the continued support of our readers online kept us going. It has be...
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JUN
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Webinar on 'The Future of Publishing Industry in Post Covid Scenario'

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Kaladarsana Division of IGNCA, hosted a webinar on 'The Future of Publishing Industry in Post Covid scenario', on 2nd June 2020. The accomplished Panelists included: Sadhna Rout, Former DG, Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting;  Ashok Gupta, Honorary Secretary General, Federation of Indian Publishers; Sesh Sheshadri, ...
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APR
30
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RV Smith: Raconteur Par Excellence

RV Smith
Among the stars who became STARS this week is Ronald Vivian Smith, born in Agra on 6 January 1938 and rendered unto the Lord 30 April 2020 in Delhi. How do we know him? And what do we know of him? This son of the yesteryear journalist Thomas Smith, this pillar in the old redbrick building of The Statesman at the crossing of the Barakhamba Road, thi...
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APR
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Man Over Machine a Path towards Peace

Man Over Machine
Did you know? Although the pressures on nature had not become so acute in Gandhi's lifetime, this wise man had the foresight to see that our planet's carrying capacity is not infinite and some restraint will have to be placed on how much pressure we can place on its air, water, forests and minerals. Mahatma Gandhi said, 'Nature has enough to satisf...
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