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AN EMPEROR LOOKING FOR SPIRITUAL EMANCIPATION

I t’s seldom that somebody who studied history at St Stephen’s College and later Oxford, choses to write a text on history in Hindi language. This pioneering effort is to be appreciated for scholarship levels in the Hindi language publications have not shown to achieve the same benchmark as those in English. No wonder, given the increasing number of students craving for quality texts in Hindi language, a great market for translated texts is flourishing. According to Zaman he chose to write the book in Hindustani and not Urdu or English, for he wanted to write in Akbar’s language. “He was a great proponent of communal harmony and had a deep knowledge of religions. Akbar gave the world something new, be it his architecture, clothes, philosophy, poetry, political acumen. At the peak of his life, after winning all wars and being the most powerful man, he looked inward to find a place in the spiritual space,” says Zaman, adding the book will be translated into English. Shazi Zaman is a trained historian in limited sense as he has been a practicing media person known better for his creativity in producing extraordinary television news features. ‘Akbar’, is based on the life and times of the Mughal dynasty’s best known ruler - Akbar, who also enjoyed the epithet of being the Great. According to the author’s own admission, the book contains many hitherto unknown and unsolved aspects about Akbar, and is a result of 20 years of intensive research.Thus his attempt of doing a historical text demands greater attention for the sheer difference in approach a media person would adopt from a practicing historian and also the time management skills he must have utilized to given equal attention to his vocation and evocation. Zaman claims that he kept himself away from films, TV Serials and even books on Akbar so that his research was not impacted by these. The idea was to reach primary sources of information. In this endeavour he read a lot of available literature penned by writers considered close to Akbar, regional or vernacular sources and even letters written by Christian priests. He also put a special focus on studying Mughal era drawings that were available.To reach the very heart of Akbar’s life and times Shazi Zaman researched material associated with Akbar from Kolkata’s Indian Museum till London’s Victoria Albert. Here he studied Akbar’s drawings or those made by artists at the beckoning of the emperor.

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GORKHA: IN SEARCH OF IDENTITY

The book tells a passionate story of a family of Gorkha soldiers, who had been serving in the Indian armed forces for the last six generations since 1815. The book has been penned by a member of the family with a plea for a better treatment and pathos for the alleged national denial of a just cause. The author, a fifth generation soldier of the yesterday’s martial race of Gorkha, reminds readers of the devotion with which his family and others like him had sacrificed for the British and the Indian cause in war and peace. He provides some historical background in which Gorkhas continued with the Indian armed forces even after departure of the British colonial rulers from their Indian Empire. He feels that the community had made so much sacrifice for the Indian Union that it is entitled to its imagined homeland of Gorkhaland as demanded by various fora of the Nepali speaking Indians over time. And here, the soldier in the author turns into a partisan champion of the Gorkhaland movement. Not only that, but he also surrenders rationality as to why their claimed state had not been granted and becomes emotional reminding the Indian nation, how much Gorkhas had done for its integrity? He reads history selectively; gives figures differently at different pages; and equates all Nepali speaking people as Gorkhas, which is far from empirical reality. He fails to convince his readers on a number of points and sadly here is an honourable soldier repeating political idioms without providing sound proof in favour of his chosen cause. None of the proponents of the Gorkhaland movement, including the author, understands that, though granting of statehood in India is a political decision, it has historical, geographical, linguistic and ethnic basis. Secondly, India has created confederating states out of its districts such as Naga Hills district turning into Nagaland, but making of Gorkhaland out of three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling district will create untold problems for the country. The country will be on fire and every little village will demand a state of its own on some real or imaginary grounds and nobody will know where that madness stops. (And the author knows that adding of Duars as parts of alleged Gorkhaland state is an after thought and it ignores more logic than supporting their cause).Thirdly, Gorkhas are spread in every part of the country and even the author informs that they are in considerable numbers in 16 of the states of Indian Union. How elevation of three hill subdivisions to statehood in Darjeeling hills will solve their problems of homeland conundrum? After all, the Nepalis or Gorkhas have the state of Sikkim, a Nepali speaking majority state in India. If one small state of Sikkim cannot solve the problem of homelessness of Indian Nepali speakers, what is the rationale that another equally small state of Darjeeling hills will solve such a problem?

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A CAREER COUNSELOR FOR MANAGEMENT STUDENTS

Wondering what to do next for a youth who has just crossed tenth or twelfth grade in India is a million- dollar question. The much feared element of the unknown often rears its head in a search for the right career choice. A lack of awareness about existing career options and emerging professions in sun-shine industries, especially amongst youths in non-metro, tier-II and tier-III cities forms a Himalayan barrier to match educational qualification, skills, values and interests to a right career option. Advises at times, may come raining from all sides but how to choose one that is qualified, is a daunting task and confusing too. In Indian context, social conditioning also substitutes for conscious choice, and students in sweet ignorance just fall into a career path they would have otherwise not tread. At this point, career guidance books may come handy. Stepping into the book stores may land up with shelves upon shelves of career guidance books promising to close the gap between the day's job and a dream job. But these quick-fixes may not assure a passionate future career and are often boring, farcical and a complete waste of time. A promising career guidance book coming out this April of 2016 is MBA Meri Manzil, by an academician of eminence, Dr. Rajiv R. Thakur who has seen many summers in the management arena, both as an academician and industry stalwart. Many students may not afford the time or the money to seek an actual career expert advice and this book offers the next best thing.This companion book involves a lot of asking career guiding questions, making you do the work, rather than offering you the answers on a platter. This book is written in easy-understandable lingua franca, Hindi, with a missionary zeal to out-reach to the youths of India who are often left behind in the race to glory because of the linguistic barrier on one hand and acute lack of right information related to management as a career option. It offers its readers an expert guidance and insights into popular and emerging career option in management field. Written by an expert equipped with over 20 years of rich domain experience, this book