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White Mughals -2002

The book is a work of social history about the warm relations that existed between the British and some Indians in the 18th and early 19th century, when one in three British men in India was married to an Indian woman. It documents the inter-ethnic liaisons between British officers, such as Major-General Charles Stuart, and Indian women, and the geopolitical context of late 18th century India. Like From the Holy Mountain, it also examines the interactions of Christianity and Islam, emphasizing the surprisingly porous relationship between the two in pre-modern times.

At the heart of White is the story of affair which saw a British dignitary, the East India Company Resident in Hyderabad, Captain James Achilles Kirkpatrick, convert to Islam and marry Khair-un-Nissa, a Hyderabadi noblewoman of royal Mughal descent. As the British Resident in Hyderabad, Kirkpatrick is shown to balance the requirements of his employers, the East India Company, with his sympathetic attitude to the Nizam of Hyderabad.

The very title of White Mughals indicates its subject: the late 18th- and early 19th-century period in India, where there had been ‘a succession of unexpected and unplanned minglings of peoples and cultures and ideas’. On one level, the book tells the tragic love story of James Kirkpatrick, ‘the thoroughly orientalised’ British Resident in Hyderabad and Khair, a beautiful young Muslim noblewoman. On another level, the story is about trade, military and political dealings, based on Dalrymple’s researches among letters, diaries, reports, and dispatches (much of it in cipher). Out of these sources he draws a fascinating picture of sexual attitudes and social etiquette, finding an “increasingly racist and dismissive attitude” among the British ruling class towards mixed race offspring, after the rise of Evangelical Christianity. He paces the gradual revelations with a novelist’s skills, leading us on, after the death of Kirkpatrick, to “the saddest and most tragic part of the whole story”. The doomed lovers actually engender an optimistic coda, when their two children move to Britain. The daughter Kitty becomes a friend and muse of Scottish writer and philosopher Thomas Carlyle, and re-establishes contact with her grandmother in India through Henry Russell.

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The Old Man and the Sea-Ernest Hemingway

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About Author:

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was born in Oak Park, IL. As a boy, he began his love for hunting and fishing. One of his first jobs was as an ambulance driver in Italy during WWI. After the war, he continued to live in Europe and experienced the life of an expatriate. One of his most famous novels, The Sun Also Rises, is about the “Lost Generation’s” experiences following the war. Hemingway hunted bear in Wyoming and lions in Africa. He also lived in Key West, FL and loved deep sea fishing. His experiences there helped him write The Old Man and The Sea. This novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. His life included much strife. He was wounded by shrapnel in WWI, some of which was never able to be removed. He was married four times. One of the main themes in his books is what it means to be a man. He is known for his Code Hero, a man who is stoic and stays strong against sometimes unbeatable odds.

The count of monte cristo


The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas (père) completed in 1844. It is one of the author’s most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.

The story takes place in France, Italy, and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815–1839: the era of theBourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. It begins just before the Hundred Days period (when Napoleonreturned to power after his exile). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book, an adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness. It centres around a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty. In addition, it is a story that involves romance, loyalty, betrayal, and selfishness, shown throughout the story as characters slowly reveal their true inner nature.

The book is considered a literary classic today. According to Luc Sante, “The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization’s literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah’s flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood.”

The Stranger


The Stranger -by  Albert Camus


About the Author ALBERT CAMUS was born in Mondovi, Algeria, in 1913. After winning a degree in philosophy, he worked at various jobs, ending up in journalism. In the thirties he ran a theatrical company, and during the war was active in the French Resistance, editing an important underground paper, Combat. Among his major works are four widely praised works of fiction, The Stranger (1946), The Plague (1948), The Fall (1957), and Exile and the Kingdom (1958); a volume of plays, Caligula and Three Other Plays (1958); and two books of philosophical essays, The Rebel (1954) and The Myth of Sisyphus (1955), both of which are available in the Vintage series. Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He was killed in an automobile accident on January 4, 1960. THIS BOOK was set on the Linotype in Janson, an excellent example o f the influential and sturdy Dutch types that prevailed in England prior to the development by William Caslon of his own designs, which he evolved from these Dutch faces. Of Janson himself little is known except that he was a practicing type-founder in Leipzig during the years 1660 to 1687. Printed and bound by THE COLONIAL PRESS INC., Clinton, Massachusetts. Cover design by LEO LIONNI.

Motorcycle Diaries

Ernesto Guevara’s travel diaries, transcribed by Che’s Personal Archive in Havana,* recount the
trials, vicissitudes and tremendous adventure of a young man’s journey of discovery through Latin
America. Ernesto began writing these diaries when, in December 1951, he set off with his friend
Alberto Granado on their long-awaited trip from Buenos Aires, down the Atlantic coast of Argentina,
across the pampas, through the Andes and into Chile, and from Chile northward to Peru and
Colombia and finally to Caracas.
These experiences were later rewritten by Ernesto himself in narrative form, offering the reader
a deeper insight into Che’s life, especially at a little known stage, and revealing details of his
personality, his cultural background and his narrative skill — the genesis of a style which develops
in his later works. The reader can also witness the extraordinary change which takes place in him
as he discovers Latin America, gets right to its very heart and develops a growing sense of a Latin
American identity, ultimately making him a precursor of the new history of America.
Aleida March
Che’s Personal Archive
Havana, Cuba, 1993




The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named-John Keay

In the first half of the nineteenth century a mammoth survey of India mapped, through progressive triangulation, the Great Indian Arc of the Meridian, from Cape Comorin in the south to the foothills of the Himalayas, along with several side “longitudinals”. Taking thousands of lives and costing millions of pounds over nearly fifty years, this was at the time perhaps the biggest scientific project ever undertaken. The surveyors used hills or temples or specially built towers as observation points; they cleared jungle and levelled hilltops and villages to open lines of sight; they chose the season and time of day to optimise visibility; and they were attacked by malaria, tigers, and human enemies. Trying to keep the errors over hundreds of miles down to a few inches required extraordinary care in the development, testing, and use of instruments, coupled with complex and laborious mathematics. continue

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The life story of Ramana, His childhood memories, Starving days, job as different posts in magazines at Chennai & Vijayawada,  role as a script writer, relation with Dr.Banumathi Ramakrishna & S.V. Rangarao. Close relation with Dr.Akkineni Nageswar Rao, Movie making days…………..all together kothikommachi

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EMDEN (An old man memories)-by R.K.Narayanan

He is more than 100 years old and now he can’t even remember his age. Meet Emden, the oldest man in Malgudi who hated birthdays- abominated birthdays according to him. He has nearly lost his hearing abilities and can’t retain names. Even though he tries to remember his ex-girl friend “S”………READ…..

Emden (Download)  By R.K.Narayanan