Comets – Nomads of the Solar System
This book introduces the general reader to the world of comets – those celestial visitors from the outer Solar System that occasionally visit the Earth’s neighbourhood and put up spectacular shows in the night sky. The world had geared up for just such a show at the end of 2013, when Comet ISON was expected to light up the night sky. Using the occasion to bring the world of comets to those interested, this book is a delightful read about the quirky world of these unpredictable visitors. Apart from lucidly and accurately updating the reader about what comets are, where they come from, why is it that they assume the fantastic shapes they do etc. “Comets” also regales the reader with myths about comets in various cultural contexts, snippets about famous comets in the history of mankind, anecdotes on comet discoveries and discoverers, the bewildering procedures followed while naming comets and much more. The book takes a hard look at the hype surrounding the fiery expectations about Comet ISON an cautions the reader that, while there was a good chance of the comet blazing forth in the skies of December 2013, there was a realistic chance that the comet would not survive its close encounter with the Sun. Sadly, the pessimistic predictions came true and the comet disintegrated as it went around the Sun. As we wait for chance to throw us a Great Comet to gaze at in the future, “Comets: Nomads of the Solar System” is an excellent guide to prepare for the event!
Culture and Creativity: Selected Writings by N Manu Chakravarthy
Culture and Creativity is a collection of essays of N Manu Chakravarthy, a prominent culture critic known for his discourses on music, cinema, literature and several aspects of culture and philosophy. This book illustrates the intellectual and ethical perspectives that shape his discussions on wide range of issues. These discussions are reflective of the inspiration he draws from his father Prof G N Chakravarthy and his teachers Prof C D Narasimhaiah, Prof U R Ananthamurthy, and Prof B Damodara Rao. The ideas of Ivan Illich and Noam Chomsky, and his friend D R Nagaraj are also instrumental in framing the critical nature of his interpretations. The essays in this book encompass Prof Manu Chakravarthy?s perspectives on religion, secularism, tradition, and modernity. The references to Sri Narayanaguru, M K Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, and the interview with Gustavo Esteva, evince his preoccupation with madhyamamarga. They also foreground his views on nationalism, metaphysics, media, politics and the crises of the third world and India in a globalised context. This work is a testimony to the form of scholarship he values.
Mysore History(Christa Shaka 1800 Ra Modalina Mysooru ithihaasa)
೧೮೦೦ ಕ್ರಿ. ಶ. ದ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಮೈಸೂರು ಇತಿಹಾಸವು ಪ್ರೊ. ಡಿ ಎಸ್ ಅಚ್ಯುತ ರಾವ್ ಅವರ ಜೀವನ ಮತ್ತು ಕೆಲಸದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ. ಮೈಸೂರು ಇತಿಹಾಸದ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಅವರ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯು 1940-65ರ ಅವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಿದ ಹತ್ತು ಸೂಚ್ಯಂಕ ಲೇಖನಗಳಿಂದ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಅವರು ಭಾರತದ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಮತ್ತು ಅದರ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಭೂತಕಾಲವನ್ನು ಸಕ್ರಿಯವಾಗಿ ಜನಪ್ರಿಯಗೊಳಿಸಿದರು. ಮಹಾರಾಜಾಸ್ ಕಾಲೇಜ್ ಹಿಸ್ಟರಿ ಸೊಸೈಟಿ, ಭಾರತದ ವಸಾಹತು ಸಂಶೋಧಕರು ಮತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೈಸೂರು ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಉಪಕ್ರಮದಿಂದ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಇತಿಹಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತಪಡಿಸುವುದರಿಂದ ಅಂತಹ ಮೂರು ಲೇಖನಗಳನ್ನು ಸೇರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಎರಡನೇ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರ ಜೀವನಚರಿತ್ರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ, ಅವರ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಶಿಕ್ಷಕ ಮತ್ತು ತಂದೆಯಾಗಿ ಅವರ ಜೀವನದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಅವರ ಅವಧಿಯ ಸಂದರ್ಭವನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪುಸ್ತಕವು ಕಳೆದ ಶತಮಾನದ ಮಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಗೆ ಆಸಕ್ತಿದಾಯಕ ವಿಂಡೋವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತಪಡಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.
Vaidehi Kathana is the first full-length literary critical study of the fictional, non fictional and poetic narratives of Vaidehi, who is considered to be one of the most celebrated contemporary Indian writers in Kannada. This work reviews, introduces, discusses and interprets all the writings of Vaidehi, which include short stories, poems, essays and a novel. The book examines how this great Indian writer has been reacting and responding to her time and space for the last four decades. The book shows how Vaidehi?s poetics has so subtly blended with her politics thereby creating some of the outstanding masterpieces in poetry and fiction of our times. The book discusses the special features of Vaidehi?s feminist perspectives as well as the uniqueness of her narrative skills. Arguing that Vaidehi?s spiritual triumph is demonstrated in her technical triumph, the book draws the attention of the non-Kannada readers to the entire body of Vaidehi?s writings. Lucidly translated into English by the noted translator O L Nagabhushana Swamy, T P Ashoka?s Vaidehi Kathana provides a meaningful opportunity for the non-Kannada readers to familiarize themselves with one of the greatest contemporary writers of India. T P Ashoka?s Vaidehi Kathana is a significant contribution to modern Indian literary criticism. The book provides an interesting reading not only to the students of literature, researchers and teachers but also appeals to the general readers.
Internationalization of Higher Education: The Dynamics of Educational Ecology
Mobilities of scholars seeking knowledge has been a part of the university ideal for centuries. History holds testimony to the fact that these mobilities have also altered the lives of people in different regions. Universities have played pivotal role in the movement of people across borders and the resultant transformation of societies due to transcultural interactions. In this book, the editors have brought together ideas on the changing dynamics of these mobilities of scholars and interconnectedness of higher education institutions in today?s world. Attempt is also made to record the implications of these international collaborations in knowledge generation and dissemination of the educational ecology.
COVID-19: A Multidimensional Response
COVID-19 disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, first detected in November-December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Thus far, more than 7 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus across the globe, and the count is increasing with every passing day. Even though it causes severe respiratory problems, the majority of patients show mild symptoms, and pathogenesis is under investigation. Although several drugs are being developed and many of them are undergoing clinical trials, currently there are no approved drugs/vaccines to cure this disease. Personal hygiene and social distancing are important means to prevent the spread of this disease. With the advancements in scientific research, humankind is hoping to find a potent drug/vaccine for this disease at the earliest. The health care professionals and scientific community are at their maximum in combating this viral infection. In this book, an attempt is made to compile various aspects of COVID-19 in a single platform, which include aetiology, epidemiology, its clinical manifestations, diagnosis, pathological, clinical and therapeutic facets, comorbidities, risk factors, and the essential precautionary measures. This book comprises around 29 chapters contributed by various experts from research and clinical backgrounds.
Journalism and Journalism Education in Developing Countries
Free and fair media are at the heart of any democratic set up. A thriving field of journalism and zealous and ethical journalists in that sense become torch bearers of a brighter and promising tomorrow. In this light, the status of journalists, the most important actors in the field becomes increasingly important as a matter of study. They act as gatekeepers of information that is flooding in the era of new media, a wave that is not so new anymore. Their roles remain intact and even becomes prominent in the chaos of many-to-many communication.
Not concentrating on specific countries, selected contributions in the book reflect on the developments of media and journalism education across different countries. Introducing the book with an overview about the state-of-the-art of journalism education and the research on a meta level, the book moves on to talk about media studies in the Asian countries and in Arab world, the African States and Brazil.
The recent economic and social developments present both opportunities and risks for journalism. Freedom of expression and freedom of press, even in democratic countries, are under pressure. This book provides an international perspective on the different aspects of journalism ? the situation in which journalists work, their working conditions, educational backgrounds, struggles and successes. It is aimed at an international public interested in the field of journalism and freedom of speech. It addresses journalists, trainers and academics. Furthermore, institutions in the field of development cooperation, education or cultural policy and cultural education are the focus of this work. Though the book is focused on journalism and journalism education in developing countries, contributions are from across the globe. This book is an interesting read for all those who care about a vital media landscape and an open democratic society.
Biomedical Spectroscopy is the output of the intensive discussions of the authors and the medical professionals of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University. The ?Centre for Laser Spectroscopy?, a centre for developing biomedical applications of laser spectroscopic methods, was established at Manipal University in 1997. The scientists of the Centre, together with the physicians, surgeons, and pathologists of the KMC, initiated a number of research programs in this area. The main aim of the Centre was to develop spectroscopic methods for early detection, screening, monitoring therapy and identification of disease markers, with special emphasis on various cancers, so that these techniques can be applied for routine healthcare applications. Outcome of these research activities are covered in the book. A common platform of information can provide a more open communication enabling faster and better evolution of the spectroscopic methods for biomedical applications.
The Practice of Geopolitics
Intended to be a Practioner?s Guide to Geopolitics, the book provides a look into the thought processes that generate correct and timely analysis of global events. Geopolitics needs to weave within its analytical grasp economics, society, strategy and even culture, as the science deals with overall national capabilities as well as the mutal synergy and frictions between nations. Although a broad range of subjects has been covered in the book, each is anchored in the ground reality of events having a profound impact on the lives of citizens and on world events. The growing interconnectedness of the globe has resulted in a need to do away with the popular west centric models of international relations and to view events not through that single prism but from a holistic viewpoint that accepts the relevance and maturity of different histories and geographies. What the book provides is an alternativeWeltanschauung to the dominant models of geopolitical analysis, so that the science is enabled to cross beyond the narrow boundaries which have confined. The scope and applicability of its analysis. The rise of Asia needs a geopolitical vision unique to the continent, and this is what has been provided by Professor Nalapat.