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Symbols of India

Price : $44.75
ISBN # : 9788129119506
Author : Hem Shanker Ray
pages: 424
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Rupa & Co.
Published : 2012

What do a sari, Mahatma Gandhi, the IITs, an autorickshaw and paan have in common? The answer is simple India. All of them can trace their roots back to India, even if some have now migrated to other cultures as well. Symbols of India explores the origin, development and relevance of these and many others. Some of them, like the Bhagavad Gita, have been around since centuries; others, like Bollywood, are relatively new. Some, like the curry, have become internationally renowned, while others, like the maharaja, seem to be on their way out. More than eighty symbols taken from every age, place and section of Indian society have been discussed in this book. With not-so-well-known facts and vivid descriptions, this book will appeal to all those who want to gain a better understanding of what India is all about.



Author Bio: Professor Hem Shanker Ray, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, has done his MSc and PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Toronto, Canada. He was assistant professor at IIT Kanpur; senior technologist and manager of R&D, Pilkington Bros. Ltd.; professor of metallurgical engineering and dean of students affairs at IIT Kharagpur; director of the Regional Research Laboratory, Bhubaneshwar; an emeritus scientist at Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata; and a member of the editorial board of Everyman s Science and Research Advisory Council, JNARDDC, Nagpur. He has won several awards for his work on metallurgy and has published many papers and articles. He also writes fiction in English and Bengali, and currently lives in Kolkata.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 16 February, 2012.
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