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The Fall of the Human Intellect
Author : by A. Parthasarathy
Stress, depression, disease in individuals and militancy, vandalism, terrorism in societies is threatening humanity with extinction. The book traces back the source of this impending disaster to the continual neglect of the human intellect. It highlights the fundamental difference between intelligence and intellect. Intelligence is acquired from schools and universities while the intellect is developed through oneâ€™s personal effort in thinking, reasoning, questioning before accepting anything. The book is designed to develop the intellect and save humanity from self-destruction.
The Journey Within
Author : Radhanath Swami
In this long-awaited follow-up to his international best seller The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, renowned spiritual leader and social activist Radhanath Swami shares intimate stories from his decades of experience as a guru of Bhakti Yoga that illustrate the basic teachings of the ancient philosophy. With illuminating references to Western religions and ideologies, The Journey Within invites readers from all backgrounds to discover the simple truths that unite us.
The Afterlife of Sai Baba: Competing Visions of a Global Saint
Author : Karline McLain
Nearly a century after his death, the image of Sai Baba, the serene old man with the white beard from Shirdi village in Maharashtra, India, is instantly recognizable to most South Asians (and many Westerners) as a guru for all faiths-Hindus, Muslims, and others. During his lifetime Sai Baba accepted all followers who came to him, regardless of religious or caste background, and preached a path of spiritual enlightenment and mutual tolerance. These days, tens of thousands of Indians and foreigners make the pilgrimage to Shirdi each year, and Sai Baba temples have sprung up in unlikely places around the world, such as Munich, Seattle, and Austin.
Tracing his rise from small village guru to global phenomenon, religious studies scholar Karline McLain uses a wide range of sources to investigate the different ways that Sai Baba has been understood in South Asia and beyond and the reasons behind his skyrocketing popularity among Hindus in particular. Shining a spotlight on an incredibly forceful devotional movement that avoids fundamental politics and emphasizes unity, service, and peace, The Afterlife of Sai Baba is an entertaining-and enlightening-look at one of South Asia's most popular spiritual gurus.
Karline McLain is chair and associate professor of religious studies at Bucknell University. She is the author of India's Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, and Other Heroes.
Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your childs struggles.Harvey Karp, M.D.
Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have created a masterly, reader-friendly guide to helping children grow their emotional intelligence. This brilliant method transforms everyday interactions into valuable brain-shaping moments. Anyone who cares for children or who loves a child”should read The Whole-Brain Child. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain and make accessible the new science of how a childs brain is wired and how it matures. The upstairs brain, which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your childs brain and foster vital growth.
Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
We Are Generation Z
Author : Vivek Pandit
Grapevine HS senior, varsity football player and debut author Vivek Pandit has just released We Are Generation Z: How Identity, Attitudes, and Perspectives Are Shaping Our Future.
Born at the turn of the millennium, the members of Generation Z are no strangers to today's fast-paced, hyperconnected world. They were born in the Digital Age. They grew up online. Their identities, attitudes, and perspectives have all been uniquely integrated with technology. Now, as they stand at the brink of adulthood, it's time for the world to discover: Who is Generation Z? Vivek shares an insider's perspective on what it means to be part of this unique generation. By exploring the forces that have shaped him and his peers, he gives insight into how they may go on to shape the world. For more information about the book and to connect with Vivek on social media, visit www.WeAreGenZ.com.
Little Jessie's Beach Fun
Author : Gowri Nat
Jessie loves going to the beach with her Dad. She is very good at making new friends too. In this story, Jessie meets a new friend at the beach. She wants to surprise her friend by making something really special. Do you want to know who her new friend is? What is the special surprise that she has got for her new friend?. Flip open the book and let's dive into Jessie's world.
How does an unfocused young person such as Varun Agarwal, become the co-founder of a million dollar company? How does he get pesky Anu Aunty off his trail? The book is an interesting real-life story of how the author, Varun Agarwal, managed to brave all odds to reach the peak of his career.
Varun Agarwal is shown to be an unfocused human being, with no real interest in pursuing a career, even though he does harbour dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Varun whiles away his time, hopping from pub to pub, spending time with friends and keeping a track of his love interest on Facebook.
These traits worry his mother to the bone, compelling her to put the very meddlesome Anu Aunty on the job, to help get her son moving in the right direction in life. Anu Aunty does a rather good job of this, much to Varun's dismay. He then does all that he can to get her off his track, while pursuing his dreams to become an entrepreneur.
How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company is the authorâ€™s debut novel and is on its fourth reprint already. Having sold twenty thousand copies in only a month, the book has become a bestseller by national standards. It has also occupied a firm foothold on the bestseller charts for eighty days at a stretch. The author attained initial popularity with his Facebook blog posts, a few of which were sent to his publishers. The book was conceived once they demanded a full manuscript.
The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth and Economic Prosperity in America
Author : Tahmina Watson
Tahmina Watson strips away the rhetoric and uses her remarkable skills as an immigration attorney to make a compelling argument for how and why U.S. immigration policy is working against our own best interest. And she explores why a bipartisan Startup Visa for foreign entrepreneurs, which the U.S. Congress has repeatedly failed to approve, is now more crucial than ever for securing job growth and economic prosperity in America. Her insightful book reaches back through the generations to acknowledge immigrantsâ€™ contribution to the American economy and offers lively analysis of how, like fitting a square peg into a round hole, existing visa options are not working for the modern entrepreneur. Regardless of class or status, this book helps us all to understand that immigrants, through hard work and ingenuity, continue to help forge the U.S. economy -- creating untold numbers of well-paying American jobs. But as the U.S. fumbles in creating a legal path for them to come and live here, the rest of the world is catching up, embracing the entrepreneurs we are turning away. As a country, we must decide: If we want a future of continued economic prosperity, the Startup Visa is essential for keeping America in this global race
Freedom at Midnight
Author : Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
First published in 1975, this 2009 edition is a new edition of the best-selling book described as irreplaceable by Le Monde, Paris. It is a poignant reminder of the defining moments of the end of the British Raj, the independence of 400 million people, their division into India and the newly created Pakistan. Time Magazine raised a poetic salutation to this brilliantly written book, hailing it as the Song of India . . . illuminated like scenes in a pageant .
The Husband's Secret
Author : Liane Moriarty
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secretâ€”something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. .
Immigrant Success Planning
Immigrant Success Planning is the first comprehensive family resource guide of its kind. It is an all one one guide filled with best practices, tips and guidelines to help lead immigrants towards a productive life style. This guide is the product of years of knowledge, real life practices and proven ideas. It was developed based on core principles of and input from various groups of immigrants Iâ€™ve met from all walks of life, including parents, students, teachers, social services experts, entrepreneursâ€”in short, anyone who had best practices to share.
The God Who Failed
Author : Rushikesh Samudra
This is a story about a young British executive whose genius in the world of advertising has caused ripples everywhere. He is a maverick creator of ideas, his vision unparalleled. A rising star in the world of advertising, he is a workaholic.
But he has a past, a past riddled with death of a loved one, lost love and guilt. All this along with his maddening love for creativity hurls him in the vicious claws of fate. And as fate would have it what follows is a heart-tearing story of his fall.
This is a tale of love, dedication and sacrifice. A brilliance undone by love.
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
Author : Ramachandra Guha
Amagisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations, and the glories of the world's largest and least likely democracy, Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi is a breathtaking chronicle of the brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation and the extraordinary factors that have held it together. An intricately researched and elegantly written epic history peopled with larger-than-life characters, it is the work of a major scholar at the peak of his abilities.
The Young Graduate on a Student Visa (Kindle Edition)
Author : Pushpa Gowda
A young Indian graduate Manasvi dreams of pursuing a Masterâ€™s degree in America and building a life from scratch in a foreign country, even though she has never lived away from her family and friends or doesnâ€™t have money to pay for the expensive education. The exciting journey unfolds in surprising ways and during the dot-com boom of the nineties, Manasvi comes to America all alone on a student visa.
Cable TV shows being her only source of information about all things American, her American adventure begins when she's stranded in the airport in Mississippi and hopes LAPD will rescue her, just like the TV show LAPD.
Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream [Hardcover]
Author : Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra
The inspiring story of two brothers who immigrated to America from India and took very different paths to becoming world-renowned healers and teachers. At a time when America is fiercely divided on the issue of immigration, Brotherhood tells the story of two brothers who pursued the American dream to its fullest expression. In the early 1970s, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra joined a flood of immigrants looking to make a new life in America, a land of opportunity. Having grown up in postwar India amidst the sudden freedom of the 1947 liberation, their childhood was a blend of the exotic, the mythical, and the modern. Their father was one of the first Indians to become a Western-trained cardiologist, while their extended family maintained deep roots in ancient spiritual traditions.
Brotherhood follows the Chopra brothers as one becomes a world-renowned spiritual teacher and the other rises to the top of Western medicine to become a professor at Harvard Medical School. Their story will fascinate and inspire anyone who still believes in America’s capacity to foster achievement and reward hard work.
With these words, Philip Goldberg begins his monumental work, American Veda, a fascinating look at India’s remarkable impact on Western culture. This eye-opening popular history shows how the ancient philosophy of Vedanta and the mind-body methods of Yoga have profoundly affected the worldview of millions of Americans and radically altered the religious landscape.
What exploded in the 1960s actually began more than two hundred years earlier, when the United States started importing knowledge as well as tangy spices and colorful fabrics from Asia. The first translations of Hindu texts found their way into the libraries of John Adams and Ralph Waldo Emerson. From there the ideas spread to Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and succeeding generations of receptive Americans, who absorbed India’s “science of consciousness” and wove it into the fabric of their lives. Charismatic teachers like Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda came west in waves, prompting leading intellectuals, artists, and scientists such as Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, Allen Ginsberg, J. D. Salinger, John Coltrane, Dean Ornish, and Richard Alpert, aka Ram Dass, to adapt and disseminate what they learned from them. The impact has been enormous!
Northern Utopia - Rebirth of American Dream
Author : Mat Chaudhr
Written by Seattle based author Mat Chaudhry, Northern Utopia: Rebirth of American Dream is gaining popularity among gold rush prospectus, obviously it is black gold this time from Bakken area. This book is a guide for those who are preparing to move to North Dakota to benefit from the oil boom. It is really important guide that will become a “must have guide book” for anyone moving to this area.
The Bubble Collector: Poems and Drawings by Vikram Madan
Author : VikramMadan
Seattle Indian-American poet (and award-winning cartoonist) Vikram Madan has created an inventive and imaginative colleciton of humorous poetry that the US Children's Poet Laureate calls "...lively and kid-friendly...". This 148-page book contains 100 original funny poems and over 150 playful illustrations. Kids and grown-ups of all ages will enjoy reading it again and again!
BE THE CHANGE FIGHTING CORRUPTION
Author : Kiran Bedi
Voted as “India’s most admired” and “most trusted woman” Kiran Bedi is a recognised face in India. She has been a recipient of prestigious decorations, most notable being, the Ramon Magsaysay Award in Government Service, and the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry.
She was the first Indian to be appointed as Civilian Police Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. She is known for her innovative, reformative and holistic approach to crime prevention and law enforcement. She holds degrees in Law, Masters, and a Doctorate. She is a Nehru Fellow and an author of several books, with a biography, entitled I Dare. She has been a National and an Asian Tennis champion.
She founded and runs two Non-Profit organisations: Navjyoti India Foundation and India Vision Foundation, which serve the underserved communities in rural areas, urban slums and prisons.
She has a biopic “Yes, Madam, Sir,” produced by an Australian which won accolades at several international film festivals. She is a sought after public speaker on issues she stands for.
India (Country Travel Guide)
Author : Sarin Singh
“India’s diversity is apparent in its architecture, landscapes, festivals and handicrafts. And spirituality – the beating heart of India – pulsates from the mountains of Ladakh to the shores of tropical Kerala.” – Sarina Singh, Lonely Planet Writer
Lives on the Brink: Bridging the Chasm Between Two Great Nations, India and United States
Author : Anu Peshawaria
In this memoir Attorney Anu Peshawaria shares international laws on marriages and immigration. The book offers preventative measures a bride-to-be should take and what immigrant women should expect when they come to the United States. Having dealt with countless such problems and helped hundreds of women navigate through the complex American Immigration Laws, the book is an essential read for people who immigrate to US on family, employment, brides-to-be, their parents and family, students, young immigrants, and Lawmakers.
Author : Kiran Bedi
I Dare!: Kiran Bedi- A Biography is a book written by Parmesh Dangwal about the social reformist Kiran Bedi, which is a compilation of all the obstacles she has faced and overcome along her way up the rungs of success. Corruption has made its way into the critical parts of the Indian governance, so much so that the people have lost faith in getting something righteously. The devil of corruption, of bribery, of blackmailing, and threatening is prevalent at every corner of life and at every stage of development. The more an institution is developed, the more the bribe expected is.