By: M. G. Vassanji
It would take many lifetimes, it was said to me during my first visit, to see all of India. The desperation must have shown on my face to absorb and digest all I possibly could. This was not something I had articulated or resolved; and yet I recall an anxiety as I travelled the length and breadth of the country, senses raw to every new experience, that even in the distraction of a blink I might miss something profoundly significant.
I was not born in India, nor were my parents; that might explain much in my expectation of that visit. Yet how many people go to the homeland of their grandparents with such a heartload of expectation and momentousness; such a desire to find themselves in everything they see? Is it only India that clings thus, to those who’ve forsaken it; is this why Indians in a foreign land seem always so desperate to seek each other out? What was India to me?
The inimitable M.G. Vassanji turns his eye to India, the homeland of his ancestors, in this powerfully moving tale of family and country. Part travelogue, part history, A Place Within is M.G. Vassanji’s intelligent and beautifully written journey to explore where he belongs.
Published on 15 September 2009.
Published by: Anchor Canada
François Pyrard was a Frenchman who in 1601 when he was in his early 20’s, set out to see the world. Sailing via St. Helena and rounding the Cape of Good Hope, he was shipwrecked in the Maldives after a stay at Madagascar. He left Maldives after about 5 years.
During his stay in the Maldives, he was witness to naval operations by the Dutch and Spaniards. Laval made his way to Chittagong and from there to the Malabar Coast where he visited Calicut, Cochin, stopping on the way at Minicoy and the Laccadive Islands. From Cochin, he left for Goa via Cananore. From Goa, he left for Diu and Cambay.
In 1608 he left Goa for Ceylon and Malacca. After visiting those countries he returned to Goa, from where he set sail for home. Being a keen observer, Laval describes the Military operation of this volatile age along with the politics between the European powers for the control of Asian trade. He also notices the arrival of other travellers. He gives an insightful account of the people, customs, trade, flora, fauna and language of the areas he visited.
This work of 3 volumes was first published in 1887.
By François Pyrard
Edited and translated by Albert Gray
Assisted by H. C. P. Bell
Published in 2000.
Weight: 1.85 kg.
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Why have all human cultures - today and throughout history - made music? Why does music excite such rich emotion? How do we make sense of musical sound?
These are questions that have, until recently, remained mysterious. Now The Music Instinct explores how the latest research in music psychology and brain science is piecing together the puzzle of how our minds understand and respond to music. Ranging from Bach fugues to nursery rhymes to heavy rock, Philip Ball interweaves philosophy, mathematics, history and neurology to reveal why music moves us in so many ways.
Without requiring any specialist knowledge, The Music Instinct will both deepen your appreciation of the music you love, and open doors to music that once seemed alien, dull or daunting, offering a passionate plea for the importance of music in education and in everyday life.
Published in 2011.
Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions.
A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live.
Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.
Published in 2014.