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Library Junction won NCERT Innovative Practices in Schools Award 2011

NCERT Innovation AwardKV Pattom

Library Junction, the online academic social network launched by Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom won the All India Competition on Innovative Practices and Experiments in Schools and Teacher Education Institutions, 2011 conducted by NCERT, New Delhi.

The project ( was conceived as an online academic collaborative learning platform where the students can ask curriculum related questions to expert faculty members and clear their doubts. The network combines all the popular social networking features through which the members can communicate with each other, express their views and ideas, discuss issues related to different subject areas, share links, do wiki projects, download study materials and e-books and create sub groups on books, authors and themes. The network has more than 800 members and now opens to all students.

The award, consisted of a citation and Rs.20,000/-, was received by C.P.Kumaran, Principal and S.L.Faisal, Librarian and coordinator of the project from Prof. G. Ravindra, Director, NCERT at the National Seminar in New Delhi.

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The Mind of a Disease



A Biography of Cancer


Siddhartha Mukherjee

Illustrated. 571 pp. Scribner. $30


All patients begin as storytellers, the oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee observes near the start of this powerful and ambitious first book. Long before they see a doctor, they become narrators of suffering, as Mukherjee puts it — travelers who have visited the “kingdom of the ill.”

Many doctors become storytellers too, and Mukherjee has undertaken one of the most extraordinary stories in medicine: a history of cancer, which will kill about 600,000 Americans by the end of this year, and more than seven million people around the planet. He frames it as a biography, “an attempt to enter the mind of this immortal illness, to understand its personality, to demystify its behavior.” It is an epic story that he seems compelled to tell, the way a passionate young priest might attempt a biography of Satan.

Mukherjee started on the road to this book when he began advanced training in cancer medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in the summer of 2003. During his first week, a colleague who’d just completed the program took him aside. “It’s called an immersive training program. But by immersive, they really mean drowning,” he said, lowering his voice the way many of us do when we speak of cancer itself. “Have a life outside the hospital,” the doctor warned him. “You’ll need it, or you’ll get swallowed.”

“But it was impossible not to be swallowed,” Mukherjee writes. At the end of every evening he found himself stunned and speechless in the neon floodlights of the hospital parking lot, compulsively trying to reconstruct the day’s decisions and prescriptions, almost as consumed as his patients by the dreadful rounds of chemotherapy and the tongue-twisting names of the drugs, “Cyclophosphamide, cytarabine, prednisone, asparaginase. . . .”

Eventually he started this book so as not to drown.

The oldest surviving description of cancer is written on a papyrus from about 1600 B.C. The hieroglyphics record a probable case of breast cancer: “a bulging tumor . . . like touching a ball of wrappings.” Under “treatment,” the scribe concludes: “none.”

For more than 2,000 years afterward, there is virtually nothing about cancer in the medical literature (“or in any other literature,” Mukherjee adds.) The modern understanding of the disease originated with the recognition, in the first half of the 19th century, that all plants and animals are made of cells, and that all cells arise from other cells. The German researcher Rudolph Virchow put that in Latin: omnis cellula e cellula.

Cancer is a disease that begins when a single cell, among all the trillions in a human body, begins to grow out of control. Lymphomas, leukemias, malignant melanomas, sarcomas all begin with that microscopic accident, a mutation in one cell: omnis cellula e cellula e cellula. Cell growth is the secret of living, the source of our ability to build, adapt, repair ourselves; and cancer cells are rebels among our own cells that outrace the rest. “If we seek immortality,” Mukherjee writes, “then so, too, in a rather perverse sense, does the cancer cell.”

Mukherjee opens his book with the story of one of the founders of the hospital where he trained — Sidney Farber, a specialist in children’s diseases who began as a pathologist. In 1947, Farber worked in a tiny, dank laboratory in Boston, dissecting specimens and performing autopsies. He was fascinated by a sharklike species of cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which can move so fast that it kills an apparently healthy child within only a few days. A patient would be “brought to the hospital in a flurry of excitement, discussed on medical rounds with professorial grandiosity” and then sent home to die.

In the summer of 1947, a 2-year-old boy, the child of a Boston shipyard worker, fell sick. Examining a drop of the baby’s blood through the microscope, Farber saw the telltale signs of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, billions of malignant white cells “dividing in frenzy, their chromosomes condensing and uncondensing, like tiny clenched and unclenched fists.” By December, the boy was near death. In the last days of the year, Farber injected his patient with an experimental drug, aminopterin, and within two weeks he was walking, talking and eating again. It wasn’t a cure, only a remission; but for Farber it was the beginning of a dream of cures, of what one researcher called “a penicillin for cancer.”

The next year, Farber helped start a research fund drive around a boy who suffered from a lymphoma in his intestines, a disease that killed 90 percent of its victims. The boy was cherubic and blond, an enormous fan of the Boston Braves, and his name was Einar Gustafson. For the sake of publicity, Farber rechristened him Jimmy. That May, the host of the radio show “Truth or Consequences” interrupted his usual broadcast to bring his listeners into Jimmy’s hospital room to listen in as players on the Braves marched into Jimmy’s room and sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

By the summer of 1952, Farber had built an imposing new hospital, Jimmy’s Clinic. Soon, he was working on an even grander scale, with the help of an extraordinary socialite and medical philanthropist, Mary Lasker. (“I am opposed to heart attacks and cancer,” she once told a reporter, “the way one is opposed to sin.”) Mary and her husband, Albert, an advertising executive, joined forces with Farber. They wanted, as Mukherjee writes, “a Manhattan Project for cancer.” Together, through masterly advertising, fund-raising and passion for their common cause (“The iron is hot and this is the time to pound without cessation,” Farber wrote to Mary Lasker), they maneuvered the United States into what would become known as the war on cancer. Richard Nixon signed it into law with the National Cancer Act in 1971, authorizing the spending of $1.5 billion of research funds over the next three years.

In political terms, the war was well timed, coming at a time when America’s collective nightmares were no longer “It Came From Outer Space” or “The Man From Planet X,” but “The Exorcist” and “They Came from Within.” Mary Lasker called the war on cancer the country’s next moon shot, the conquest of inner space.

In scientific terms, however, the war was disastrously premature. The moon race had been based on rocket science. But in the early 1970s, there really wasn’t a science of cancer. Researchers still did not understand what makes cells turn malignant. Now that they were so much in the spotlight, and in the money, they fell into bickering, demoralized, warring factions. The “iconic battleground” of the time was the chemotherapy ward, Mukherjee writes, “a sanitized vision of hell.” Typically it was a kind of limbo, almost a jail, in which absolutely no one spoke the word “cancer,” the inmates’ faces had an orange tinge from the drugs they were given, and windows were covered with heavy wire mesh to keep them from committing suicide. “The artifice of manufactured cheer (a requirement for soldiers in battle) made the wards even more poignantly desolate,” Mukherjee writes.

“The Emperor of All Maladies” is a history of eureka moments and decades of despair. Mukherjee describes vividly the horrors of the radical mastectomy, which got more and more radical, until it arrived at “an extraordinarily morbid, disfiguring procedure in which surgeons removed the breast, the pectoral muscles, the axillary nodes, the chest wall and occasionally the ribs, parts of the sternum, the clavicle and the lymph nodes inside the chest.” Cancer surgeons thought, mistakenly, that each radicalization of the procedure was progress. “Pumped up with self-confidence, bristling with conceit and hypnotized by the potency of medicine, oncologists pushed their patients — and their discipline — to the brink of disaster,” Mukherjee writes. In this army, “lumpectomy” was originally a term of abuse.

Meanwhile, more Americans were dying of cancer than ever, mainly because of smoking. Back in 1953, the average adult American smoked 3,500 cigarettes a year, or about 10 a day. Almost half of all Americans smoked. By the early 1940s, as one epidemiologist wrote, “asking about a connection between tobacco and cancer was like asking about an association between sitting and cancer.” In the decade and a half after Nixon declared his war on cancer, lung cancer deaths among older women increased by 400 percent. That epidemic is still playing itself out.

Mukherjee is good on the propaganda campaign waged by the tobacco companies, “the proverbial combination of smoke and mirrors.” As one internal industry report noted in 1969, “Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact.’ ” This episode makes particularly interesting reading to anyone following the current propaganda campaigns against the science of climate change.

Meanwhile, those who studied the causes of cancer in the laboratories and those who treated it in the clinics were not always talking to each other. As Mukherjee puts it, “The two conversations seemed to be occurring in sealed and separate universes.” The disease was hard to understand either intellectually, in the lab, or emotionally, in the clinic. In the lab, because it is so heterogeneous in its genetics and its migrations in the body. In the hospital, because its course is horrible and so often slow, drawn out. When it comes to cancer, Mukherjee writes, “dying, even more than death, defines the illness.”

Mukherjee stitches stories of his own patients into this history, not always smoothly. But they are very strong, well-written and unsparing of himself: “Walking across the hospital in the morning to draw yet another bone-marrow biopsy, with the wintry light crosshatching the rooms, I felt a certain dread descend on me, a heaviness that bordered on sympathy but never quite achieved it.”

The heroes of the last few decades of this epic history are Robert Weinberg, Harold Varmus, Bert Vogelstein and the other extraordinary laboratory scientists who have finally worked out the genetics of cancer, and traced the molecular sequence of jammed accelerators and missing brakes that release those first rebel cells. As James Watson wrote not long ago, “Beating cancer now is a realistic ambition because, at long last, we largely know its true genetic and chemical characteristics.” We may finally be ready for war.

As a clinician, Mukherjee is only guardedly optimistic. One of the constants in oncology, as he says, is “the queasy pivoting between defeatism and hope.” Cancer is and may always be part of the burden we carry with us — the Greek word onkos means “mass” or “burden.” As Mukherjee writes, “Cancer is indeed the load built into our genome, the leaden counterweight to our aspirations for immortality.” But onkos comes from the ancient Indo-European nek, meaning to carry the burden: the spirit “so inextricably human, to outwit, to outlive and survive.” Mukherjee has now seen many patients voyage into the night. “But surely,” he writes, “it was the most sublime moment of my clinical life to have watched that voyage in reverse, to encounter men and women returning from that strange country— to see them so very close, ­clambering back.”

Reviewed by

Jonathan Weiner is the Maxwell M. Geffen professor of medical and scientific journalism at Columbia University. His latest book is “Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality.”


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Siddhartha Mukherjee

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee in his lab at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and The New Republic. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters.

His book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” won the 2011 Pulitzer prize for general nonfiction.



In Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s lab, a Stanley Kubrick-like space at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University, enormous white freezers with digital temperature readouts keep tissue at 80 below zero. Sterile work stations with transparent hoods and bacteria-scattering blowers emit an unearthly blue light. And there is a bountiful supply of mice that, thanks to the addition of a jellyfish gene, literally glow either red or green in the dark.

Under the microscope, their blood-forming stem cells, a particular interest of Dr. Mukherjee’s right now, shine like tiny Christmas lights. Just recently, he said, he and his team had discovered what may be a new mutation associated with the precancerous condition myelodysplasia.

“Cell culture is a little like gardening,” he added. “You sit and you look at cells, and then you see something and say, ‘You know, that doesn’t look right.’ “

Dr. Mukherjee, an oncologist and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia, known as Sid by his friends, is married to the MacArthur award-winning artist Sarah Sze and looks less like a scientist than like the leading man in a Bollywood musical. He belongs to that breed of physicians, rapidly multiplying these days, who also have literary DNA in their genome, and his first book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” comes out from Scribner on Nov. 16.

The book tells the stories of several cancer patients, and also of heroic researchers like Sidney Farber, who pioneered the treatment of childhood leukemia. But its main character, as the subtitle suggests, is the disease itself as it has been diagnosed, treated and thought about over the last 4,000 years.

In the early 1950s, Dr. Mukherjee points out in the book, cancer was still considered so unmentionable that a woman seeking to place an advertisement in The New York Times for a support group was told that the paper could not print either the word “breast” or the word “cancer.” How about “diseases of the chest wall,” an editor helpfully suggested. Then, a few decades later, cancer was in the public limelight, thought to be virtually curable if we just waged sufficient “war” against it.

What we understand now, thanks to advances in cell biology, Dr. Mukherjee writes, is that cancer is normalcy of a sort. Cancer cells are “hyperactive, survival-endowed, scrappy, fecund, inventive copies of ourselves,” he says, and adds: “We can rid ourselves of cancer, then, only as much as we can rid ourselves of the processes in our physiology that depend on growth — aging, regeneration, healing, reproduction.”

Dr. Mukherjee grew up in New Delhi; his father was a manager for Mitsubishi, and his mother had been a schoolteacher. He went to a Roman Catholic school there, where he was required to learn by heart a staggering amount of poetry, but attended college at Stanford, which he chose mostly because some cousins lived in California. After studying immunology at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, he went to Harvard Medical School.

By the time he got there, Dr. Mukherjee had pretty much decided to specialize in oncology, but the experience of actually encountering patients was transforming. “All of a sudden it’s as if the world had turned,” he said. “Everything suddenly becomes real, and your emotional responses become hyper-acute.”

And it was because of a patient, he added, that he began to write “The Emperor of All Maladies.” “I was having a conversation with a patient who had stomach cancer,” he recalled, “and she said, ‘I’m willing to go on fighting, but I need to know what it is that I’m battling.’ It was an embarrassing moment. I couldn’t answer her, and I couldn’t point her to a book that would. Answering her question — that was the urgency that drove me, really. The book was written because it wasn’t there.”

He wrote most of it in bed, propped up on pillows, and by mastering what he called the “art of full indiscipline.”

“Instead of saying, ‘I’ll get up every day at 5:30’ or, ‘I’ll write from 9 to 12,’ I did the complete opposite,” he said. “I said: ‘I will write during the day for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, whatever. I’ll write in stretches until the book is done.”

“The Emperor of All Maladies” (which Dr. Mukherjee adapted into an article for The New York Times Magazine last month) employs a complicated structure, looping around in time, juggling several themes at once and toggling between scientific discussions and stories of people, and yet Dr. Mukherjee says he wrote it in pretty much linear fashion from start to finish, without moving things around. He was influenced by both Richard Rhodes’s study “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” and Randy Shilts’s “And the Band Played On,” each a big book about a historical moment, but his real breakthrough came, he said, when he conceived of his book as a biography.

“I began wondering, can one really write a biography of an illness?” he said. “But I found myself thinking of cancer as this character that has lived for 4,000 years, and I wanted to know what was its birth, what is its mind, its personality, its psyche?” At times in the book he even personifies the illness, talking about its “saturnine” quality, its “moody, volcanic unpredictability.”


Last week Dr. Mukherjee gave an upbeat lunchtime talk to a group of cancer fellows at Columbia, young physicians who are preparing to become oncologists. He spoke quickly, clicking through a series of PowerPoint slides, but occasionally slowed down to remind the fellows about the kinds of questions that were bound to come up in their board exam. Talking about drug treatments, he reminded them: “If something is good, more is not necessarily better. Not always.”

“Are cancer patients living longer?” he asked, and then answered his own question: it depends on which cancer and on when you start measuring. And yet in the treatment of myeloma, his main theme that day, changes had come so fast, he said, that everything he had learned at their age was already out of date, and a new generation of drugs — über-thalidomides, he called them — were changing the picture even as he spoke. Myeloma, a cancer of blood plasma cells, is still not curable but often now is very treatable.

Dr. David Scadden, a Harvard hematologist and oncologist who supervised Dr. Mukherjee when he was a cancer fellow, recalled that his enthusiasm was such that he sometimes seemed to levitate off the laboratory floor. “People who take care of cancer patients and also have the research dimension are people who are unsatisfied with how things are but optimistic about how they might be,” he said. “Sid has an internal hope machine.”

At one point in “The Emperor of All Maladies” Dr. Mukherjee calls oncology a “dismal discipline,” but, sitting in his office, he said his work did not make him feel dispirited. “What does it mean to be an oncologist?” he explained. “It means that you get to sit in at a moment of another person’s life that is so hyper-acute, and not just because they’re medically ill. It’s also a moment of hope and expectation and concern. It’s a moment when you get to erase everything that’s irrelevant and ask the most elemental questions — about survival, family, children, legacy.”

“Most days,” he added, “I go home and I feel rejuvenated. I feel ebullient.”

Courtesy: The New York Times


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Ammu’s first book on God released by O.N.V.Kurup

Prof. O.N.V.Kurup, Malayalam poet and Gyanpith winner released the book, “Marunnupurattan vendi murivundakkunnayal”  (Malayalam, Chinta Publications, Trivandrum, Rs.40/-) written by Ammu (Gayathri) on 19th April 2011 at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom. The book has been termed as a 12 year girl’s reminiscence on God, religion, secularism and the present day society. The function was presided over by famous Malayalam writer Shri. Perumbadavam Sreedharam. Mr. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom received the first copy from O.N.V.Kurup. The book was reviewed by Sri. V.K.Joseph, Vice Chairman, Kerala Chalachitra Akademi. The author, Kumari Gayathri shared her experiences on writing the book. Shri. Rajesh Chirappad, sub editor, Chitha Publications, delivered the vote of thanks.


Presidential Address: Shri. Perumbadavam Sreedharan, Malayalam Novelist


Kum.Aparna R.Kurup, delivers the welcome speech.




Prof. O.N.V.Kurup, Malayalam poet and Gyanpith winner releases the book by presenting its copy to Shri. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom





Prof. O.N.V.Kurup addresses the gathering.



Shri. V.K.Joesph, Vice Chairman, Kerala Chalachitra Akademi and Managing Editor, Chinta Publications, presents the book.


Felicitations by Shri. C.P.Kumaran, Principal, KV Pattom


The person of the moment, Kumari Gayathri (Ammu) shares her experiences on writing the book “Marunnupurattan vendi murivundakkunnayal









Vote of thanks by Mr. Rajesh Chirappad, Sub Editor, Chinta Publications, Trivandrum



Prof. O.N.V.Kurup and Kumari Ammu in between the admirers and friends.













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Book release: “Marunnupurattan vendi murivundakkunnayal” by Ammu


Ammu (Gayathri), a class IX student of KV Pattom  to publish her first book in Malayalam titled “Marunnupurattan vendi murivundakkunnayal” (Chinta Publications, Trivandrum, Rs. 40/-). The book will be released by famous Malayalam poet and Gyanpith awardee Prof. O.N.V. Kurup at 10.00 a.m. on 19 April 2011 at  Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom. Well known Malayalam writer Shri. Perumbadavam Sreedharan will also present at the function.

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Textbooks’ Digital Future

E-books may be replacing hardbound versions in college classrooms.

Greg Hinsdale / Corbis

Harold Elder is not your typical Apple fanboy. Yet the 58-year-old University of Alabama economics professor pre-ordered an iPad to make sure he had one of the first ones. The device is “something that I’ve been waiting for for years,” he says. And not, to be clear, merely for reasons of gadget lust. “It really has the possibility of making the learning experience much richer,” says Elder, who is considering testing a new iPad-ready digital textbook in his introductory microeconomics course in the fall of 2010.

“Richer” is certainly the right word to use. App developers aren’t the only ones who greeted the iPad’s release with gratitude and optimism. The textbook industry, too, sees it as a way to woo customers away from the used-book market, boost profits, and help students learn better. It’s a pivotal moment for a segment of the publishing industry that has stubbornly resisted change. Thanks in large part to the iPad and an expected rush of competitor slates, that resistance is crumbling.

Of course, it won’t happen overnight. Textbooks today are still bought and sold in much the same way they’ve always been: as ink-and-paper objects assigned by professors and purchased by students in campus bookstores. “It’s a slow-moving pharmaceutical market,” says Matt MacInnis, the CEO of Inkling, a startup working on digital textbooks. “The professor writes a prescription, and the student goes to fill it.” It may be slow-moving, but it’s highly profitable. While McGraw-Hill Education’s earnings fell by 14 percent in 2009 because of the recession, college textbook sales actually increased.

But just ask any journalist or musician: technology has a way of laying siege to comfortable industries. And the iPad may be the first of many barbarians at the gate. Apple sold 3 million of the devices in its first three months, and now competitors, reportedly including Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Amazon, are preparing rivals. Educators and students are enthusiastic about them; at least three colleges, including the Illinois Institute of Technology, will offer free iPads to incoming students. But what will they put on them besides Bejeweled and Facebook?

There are already digital textbooks available, and their numbers are expected to grow: according to Simba Information, which provides data and research on the media industry, they represent less than 2 percent of textbook sales today, but will reach 10 percent by 2012. But in 2010 the offerings were pretty meager. CourseSmart, a San Mateo, Calif., company collectively owned by five of the biggest textbook publishers, has 6,000 educational titles for sale in digital format. But its electronic books are little more than scanned versions of printed works. A CourseSmart e-book includes some neat functions, like search capability and digital note-taking, but for the most part, it has few advantages over a traditional textbook other than weight and price. (CourseSmart books usually cost less than half the price of a new printed book.)

That’s where a company like Inkling comes in. Inkling, a 20-person San Francisco startup, and its competitors—including New York City’s ScrollMotion—are working with the textbook publishers to bring their books onto the iPad, iPhone, and other future devices. The aim, says Inkling’s MacInnis, is to harness all the advantages of a multitouch, Web-enabled slate. That means chemistry students won’t just see an illustration of a benzene molecule; they’ll spin and rotate a three-dimensional model of one. Biology students won’t just read about the cardiovascular system; they’ll see video of a beating heart, narrated by a world-class heart surgeon.

Interactivity, though, is only part of the story. Bringing texts onto a digital platform provides an opportunity to make the book as social as the classroom. With Inkling’s technology, for instance, a student can choose to follow another’s “note stream,” or view a heat map of the class’s most-highlighted passages. Professors get real-time information on how much of the reading assignment the class actually did, or whether a particular review problem is tripping up large numbers of students. All that comes on top of the cost savings: even these advanced digital textbooks will cost less than their print equivalents (with most of them in the $99 range) and some will even come “unbundled,” allowing students to buy the individual chapters they need most for a small fraction of the cost of a full textbook.

Textbook publishers stand to lose some revenue if individual chapter purchases catch on, but they hope to more than offset the loss by attracting new customers. Big publishers like McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Cengage are locked in a longstanding battle against the used-textbook market, which now totals about $2.2 billion, according to Simba, and from which they earn no revenue. Online textbook-rental companies like offer lower prices than the publishers, and reach a wide customer base. But traditional publishers think technology will be their salvation. There’s no such thing as a “used” e-book, and digital textbooks are the center of a whole ecosystem of services—such as homework-management systems and video-capture technology for recording lectures—that publishers hope will be profitable. “We’re becoming a software service company instead of a textbook company,” says Peter Davis, president of McGraw-Hill Education.

But what about the students? Are manipulable molecules just digital eye candy or real improvements to the learning process? “Technology is never the silver bullet, but it can sometimes be the bullet,” says Diana Rhoten, an education researcher and cofounder of Startl, which invests in innovative education companies. She notes that different students have different learning styles. Some are just fine reading text, while others prefer audiovisual aids, and kinesthetic learners need to interact with something. “In a digital book, I have all of those modalities available to me,” she says. “That is huge. Customization is going to have a great impact on learning.” And if it means getting an A in organic chemistry, paying $500 for an iPad seems like a smart choice.



Barrett Sheridan


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Kannada writer S L Bhyrappa chosen for Saraswati Samman 2011

Kannada writer S L Bhyrappa was selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for his novel ‘Mandra’.

Prof Bhyrappa was selected by the jury headed by former Chief Justice of India G B Patnaik. The award, constituted by K K Birla Foundation, consists of Rs 7.50 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
"After consideration of the works published in 22 Indian languages during 2000-2009, the Chayan Parishad (jury) selected ‘Mandra’, a novel in Kannada by Prof Bhyrappa for the 20th Saraswati Samman," a statement said here.
The 75-year-old writer has so far authored 22 novels, the first being ‘Bheemakaya’ in 1959. He is one of the best selling novelists in Kannada over the past 25 years.
‘Mandra’ is one of the most acclaimed epic novels of Prof Bhyrappa.
Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 and is given every year on an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in schedule VII of the Constitution by an Indian citizen and published during the last 10 years.




Date of Birth: 20-8-1931
Qualifications: M.A Philosophy, 1958; Ph.D in Aesthetics, 1963
Occupation: Professor of Philosophy (Retired)

Professor S.L. Bhyrappa is the bestselling novelist in the southern Indian language of Kannada over the last 25 years, the bestselling novelist in Marathi over the past decade and he has been a top five bestselling author in Hindi. He is a serious literary artist, always concerned with fundamental human conditions and predicaments. In addition to his profound knowledge of Indian philosophical and cultural traditions, Professor Bhyrappa has since childhood had intense personal experiences in both rural and urban settings. Drawing on this, his characters grow from the Indian soil. Seminars have been and are being held on his novels, and many volumes of literary criticism have been published on his works. His books have been assigned to the curriculum of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses by the universities in the state of Karnataka, and have been the subject of Ph.D dissertations.



Kavalu (Branch)
Aavarana (Veil); 22nd reprint within 18 months of publication
Mandra (Musical note); 5th reprint
Saartha (Caravan); 6th reprint
Bhitti (Canvas [Autobiography]); 6th reprint
Tantu (Fibre); 6th reprint
Anchu (Edge); 5th reprint
Sakshi (The Witness); 5th reprint
Nele (The Foundation); 6th reprint
Parva (The Epoch); 9th reprint
Anveshana (Search); 7th reprint
Daatu (Crossing Over); 8th reprint
Grahana (The Eclipse); 7th reprint
Jalapaata (TheWaterfall); 9th reprint
Niraakarana (Rejection); 8th reprint
Grihabhanga (The Broken Home); 8th reprint
Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane (Son, You Are An Orphan); 8th reprint
Naayi-Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow); 10th reprint
Vamshavriksha (Scion); 13th reprint
Matadaana (Casting Vote); 9th reprint
Doorasaridaru (Moved Apart); 10th reprint
Dharmashree; 11th reprint
Bheemakhaya (The Wrestler); 3rd reprint

Novels translated into English

The Caravan (Saratha), transl. S. Ramaswamy (New Delhi: Oxford University Press)
Crossing Over (Daatu), transl. Pradhan Gurudatta & David Mowat (Delhi: B.R. Publishing)
The Witness (Sakshi), transl. S.L. Bhyrappa & Sharon Norris (Chennai: East West Books (Madras) Pvt. Limited)
Scion (Vamshavruksha), transl. S.L. Bhyrappa & Sushuma Chandrasekhar (Chennai: East West Books (Madras) Pvt. Limited)
Parva, transl. K. Raghavendra Rao (New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi)

Academic publications in English

Values in Modern Indian Educational Thought (New Delhi: National Council of Educational Research and Training)
Truth & Beauty: A Study in Correlations (Baroda: M.S.University Press)
Research Papers published in various Journals like Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Darshana International, Journal of University of Baroda, etc.

Films based on S.L. Bhyrappa’s novels

Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow) (Kannada) directed by G. Kasaravalli
Matadana (Casting Vote) (Kannada) directed by T.N. Sitaram
Vamshavriksha (Scion) (Telugu) directed by Mr. Babu
Godhuli (The Orphan) (Hindi) directed by G. Karnad and B.V. Karanth
Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane (The Orphan) (Kannada) directed by G. Karnad and B.V. Karanth
Vamshavriksha (Scion) (Kannada) directed by B.V. Karanth and G. Karnad

Television series based on S.L. Bhyrappa’s novels

Grihabhanga (The Broken Home) (Kannada)


Literary awards

Honorary D.Litt from Karnataka University-Dharwad
Honorary D.Litt from Gulbarga University
Hedgewar Award (Calcutta)
NTR Award (Andhra Pradesh)
Pampa (Karnataka State) Award
Honorary D.Litt from Karnataka Government Open University, Mysore
Samanyajnana Award for Contribution to Literature
S. R. Patil Award for Contribution to Literature
Gorur Award for Contribution to Literature
Award of the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishat, Samvatsar Puraskar (Calcutta) for Tantu (Fibre)
Masti Award for Contribution to Literature (Bangalore)
Granthaloka (The Book World) Best Literary Work of the Year Award for Saakshi (The Witness)
The Karnataka State Award for Total Contribution to Literature
The Karnataka Sahitya (Literary) Academy Award for Contribution to Literature
Central Sahitya Academy (Institute of Letters) Best Literary Work Award (New Delhi) for Daatu (Crossing Over)
The Karnataka State Sahitya (Literary) Academy Best Literary Work of the Year Award (Bangalore) for Daatu (Crossing Over)
The Karnataka State Sahitya (Literary) Academy Best Literary Work of the Year Award for Vamshavriksha (The Uprooted)

Awards for films based on S.L. Bhyrappa’s novels

International Film Festival of Mumbai MAMI Best Film Award for Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow) (Kannada)
Osian’s Asian Film Festival, CINEFAN, Jury Award in the Indian Film Category for Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow)
Karachi International Film Festival Best Feature Film Award for Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow)
Karantaka State Film Award for Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow)
The Government of India Best Regional Feature Film Award for Matadana (Casting Vote) (Kannada)
The Government of India Best Feature Film Award for Godhuli (The Orphan) (Hindi)
The Government of India Best Feature Film Award for Vamshavriksha (Scion) (Kannada)

Scholarships and other honours (selected)

One of the five member of the Indian Literary Delegation, invited to visit China by the Government of China
Ford Foundation Award to visit the USA to study the cultural problems of Indian immigrants to the USA
British Council Fellowship tenured at the School of Education, University of London

Conferences (selected)

International Conference, University of Udine, Italy
President, Association of Kannadighas Meeting, Dubai
Association of Kannada Koota America, Washington DC, USA
President of the 67th All India Kannada Literary Conference, Kanakapure, India
President, World Kannada Sammelana, Phoenix, USA
Inaugural Address, All Indian Marathi Literary Conference, Goa, India
East-West Writers Meeting, Bled, Slovenia
Representative of India, UNESCO Seminar on Moral Education, Tokyo, Japan
Chairman and President of over 25 literary conferences held in India

Membership of literary associations (selected)

Executive Board, Central Sahitya Academy (Institute of Letters), New Delhi, India
Executive Board, Karnataka Sahitya (Literary) Academy, Bangalore, India
Life Member: Indian Philosophical Congress

Novels translated into other Indian languages 
(publication information available upon request)

Vamshavriksha: Telugu, Marathi (3rd Edition), Hindi (4th edition) & Urdu.
Naayi-Neralu: Gujarathi, Hindi (3rd edition)
Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane: Hindi (3rd edition)
Grihabhanga: All 14 Indian Languages by the National Book Trust, India
Niraakarana: Hindi (3rd edition)
Daatu: All 14 Indian Languages by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
Anveshana: Marathi, Hindi (2nd Edition)
Parva:Marathi (2nd Edition), Hindi (3rd Edition), Tamil, Telugu & Bengali
Nele: Hindi
Saakshi: Hindi
Anchu: Marathi, Hindi
Tantu:Marathi, Hindi (2nd Edition)
Saartha: Hindi, Sanskrit, Marathi
Bhitti: Marathi, Hindi
Dharmashree: Sanskrit, Marathi
Naaneke Barayuttene: Marathi

Interests and hobbies

Dr Bhyrappa is an avid listener of both Indian and Western classical music and has an interest in art and sculpture. He has trekked in the Alps, the Rockies, Andes and in Fujiama, but the Himalayas including Manasa Sarovara remain as his greatest passion. He is widely travel covering all the continents except Australia. He has taken expedition to Siberia, Antartica and Alaska.


Author Website

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Young Mandela by David James Smith

Young Mandela


David James Smith

Library Call No: 923.168  SMI-Y

(Visit the Library to read the Book)


There could not be a more poignant moment for the release of a book about Nelson Mandela‘s personal life, and the complex interplay of political imperatives and family commitments that have bedevilled it. On the eve of the World Cup that he was to preside over as his final glorious public act, Mandela’s great-granddaughter was killed in a car accident; the driver, a member of the extended Mandela family (although not related by blood), has been accused of being drunk. Young Mandela is the backstory.

Mandela’s older son, Thembi, died in a car-crash while his father was in jail, in 1969; so alienated was the young man from his father that he had not visited him in prison on Robben Island. Mandela’s younger son, Makgatho, was an alcoholic who died of an Aids-related illness in 2005. According to David James Smith’s informants, he was a gentle sort deformed by his authoritarian father’s incapacity for affection and "unrelenting scrutiny".

Mandela’s granddaughter Ndileka tells Smith Makgatho descended into alcoholism because of these deep wounds, and recounts a troubling story about how she failed to affect a death-bed reconciliation: Mandela "was frozen. He just could not accept his own feelings. Granddad can be affectionate with strangers but he is completely cut off from his own family."

Thembi and Makgatho’s mother was Mandela’s first wife, Evelyn, who died in 2004. She left him, she claimed in the divorce papers, because of his womanising, neglect and violence; immediately the divorce came through, he married Winnie, and there has been tension between the "first family" and the "second family" ever since. The womanising allegations have been aired before; now, Smith names names: the singer Dolly Rathebe, the ANC women’s leader Lilian Ngoyi, his legal secretary Ruth Mompati, who allegedly bore his son.

The violence allegations are the most serious: Evelyn claimed Mandela beat and throttled her, and threatened to kill her with an axe. Smith spends some time trying to understand how Mandela could have done this: he was "very patriarchal", and perhaps, given all the political pressure he was under, he simply "blew a gasket" in what was obviously a bad match. He comes to the conclusion that there must be "at least some credence" to the allegations, despite the fact that Mandela has categorically denied them, that they were not tested in court, and that they might have been fabricated or exaggerated by the aggrieved complainant. This is strong stuff, and is part of Smith’s stated intention, from the outset, "to rescue the sainted Madiba from the dry pages ofhistory, to strip away the myth and create a fresh portrait of a rounded human being".

At the very least, this is a long-overdue exploration of the making of the Mandela myth; one that refreshes a somewhat stale and overcrowded field. Smith sets the territory by looking at the stark difference between Mandela’s account of his father, a Thembu noble and a colonially appointed headman, and the documentary evidence provided by the colonial archive. He then effectively demonstrates how Mandela’s memoir was designed to "boost" the cult around him: although Mandela instructed his comrades to insert the line, "I led a thoroughly immoral life", into Long Walk to Freedom, an "admission of immorality might have detracted, or at the very least distracted, from his heroic reputation". And so "history had been revised".

Of course, this last comment is the very definition of memoir, all the more so for someone who has exercised such tight control over his public image. Mandela has made a political fetish of his biography: as he was in chains, so too were all South Africans; as he liberated himself and forgave his oppressors, so too can we all expunge the hate from our hearts. For this reason, the most striking and valuable parts of Young Mandela are the rare occasions where we hear Mandela’s unmediated voice, in a series of exquisite letters to Winnie and his daughters from jail. Here, away from the public eye, he articulates acute emotional intelligence and deep regret as he recounts the way his calling has denied his children a normal family life.

The book also includes some well-researched recapitulations of key political moments in Mandela’s early life: the retelling of his time underground stands out, as does the description of the "double-life" of his white comrades. But I put the book down not so much with a clearer understanding of the making of Mandela as with the kind of headful of gossip you carry away after spending too much time in a small town.

Perhaps this is a comment on the small town of the Mandela industry itself: Cranford-on-the-Highveld. Like all gossip, some of it is illuminating, but much is gratuitous, unsubstantiated and even malicious: Smith is obsessed with the sexual goings-on of the white left, which tell us nothing about Mandela’s own infidelities; he uses unnamed sources to have a go at Maki, Mandela’s oldest daughter, for declining to be interviewed; he also twice reports on "suspicions" about the bona fides of Mandela’s co-accused Govan Mbeki, with no evidence to back it up. More seriously, he has no firm corroboration of the allegation that Mompati bore Mandela’s son, something she firmly denies.

Smith also does not give enough weight to the way revisionism and self-mythologisation is often a balm to the wounds made by history rather than an act of willful intent. Often, too, he does not look closely enough at the reasons for the disjuncture between Mandela’s public memory and the conflicting evidence he has found; this is most evident in the case of the colonial record about Mandela’s father.

Ultimately, despite his strong research and laudable intentions, Smith falls into the mythbuster’s trap. Some people "won’t hear a word against" Mandela, he writes, and so sets himself the task of finding all the "words against" he can. In so doing, he sometimes loses sight of the primary reason for biography, which is to make sense of a life within its times, and to bring us closer to understanding its subject.


Reviewed by

Mark Gevisser : is the author of A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream.


Filed under: Book of the week, ,

New Arrivals (31/03/2011)

New Arrivals


Call No




001 BAN-K

Bansal, Akash and Prasoon, Abhinav

Kaleidoscope India: The India quiz book

Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi

001.076 AIE


AIEEE Cracker : sample papers

Prakash Books,New Delhi

001.076 AIP


AIPMT+ Cracker: sample papers

Prakash Books,New Delhi

001.076 ARI-1


13 years’ (2010-1998) CBSE All India Pre-Medical solutiions

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

001.076 ARI-1


12 years’ solved papers(1999-2010) JIPMER Medical

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

001.076 ARI-O


Objective mathematics: Exclusive for Kerala CEE

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

001.076 ARI-O


Objective biology: Exclusive for Kerala CEE

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

001.076 ARI-O


Objective physics: Exclusive for Kerala CEE

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

001.076 ARI-O


Objective chemistry: Exclusive for Kerala CEE

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

001.076 CHA-A

Chandresh Agrawal

AIEEE complete book

Priyanka Prakashan, Indore

001.076 MTG-1


10 Years (2001-2010) Kerala PMT chapterwise explorer

MTG books,New Delhi

001.076 MTG-A


AFMC Explorer

MTG books,New Delhi

001.076 MTG-A


AIEEE Explorer

MTG books,New Delhi

001.076 PAN-1

Pandey, D C, Singh R P and Agarwal, S C

12 Years’ (1999-2010) IIT JEE Solved papers

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

001.076 PRA-I

Pratibha Singh, ed.

IIT MASTER solutions to 25 years IIT-JEE Objective Questions

TATA McGraw-Hill Education Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

002 BAR-M

Bartlett, Allison Hoover

Man who loved books too much

Riverhead Books, London

002 LEI-W

Leigh, David and Harding, luke

Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s war on secrecy

Guardian Books, London

002 WIL-F

Williams, Jessica

Fifty facts that should change the world

004.678 NAU-T

Naughton, John

The brief history of the future: The origins of the internet

Phoenix , London

006.3 ART

Ela Kumar

Artificial intelligence

I K International Publishing House, new delhi

028 MOR-S

Mortenson, Greg

Stones into schools

Viking Books India PVt. Ltd., New Delhi

028.9 O’H-G

O’Hear, Anthony

Great books

Icon Books, London

080 BRE-L

Breverton, Terry

Immortal last words

Quercus, London

080 SOU-W

Southwell, Gareth

Words of wisdom

Quercus, London

150 ADA-A

Adair, John

Art of creative thinking: How to be innovative and develop great ideas

Kogan Page India Private Limited, New Delhi

150 BRE-D

Breslin, Dawn

Dawn Breslin’s guide to super confidence

Hay House Publication ( India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

150 DYE-P

Dyer, Wayne W

Pulling your own strings

Arrow Books New delhi

150 FAI-H

Fairweather, Alan

How to manage difficult people

Rupa & co,New Delhi

150 LYN-E

Lynch, Valerie and Lynch, Paul

Emotional healing in minutes

Harper Collins, New Delhi

150.195 RAM-T

Ramachandran, V S

Tell-tale brain

Random House India, New Delhi

153.42 BON-L

Bono, Edward de

Lateral thinking: creativity step by step

Harper Perennial, New York

155.25 COV-H;1

Covey, Stephen R

7 Habits of highly effective people

Pocket Books Inc., New York

158.1 BYR-S

Byrne, Rhonda


Simon & Schuster, London

158.1 DE -H

De Bano, Edward

How to have a beautiful mind

Vermilion, London

158.1 PEA-A

Peale, Norman Vincent

Amazing results of positive thinking

Vermilion, London

158.1 RIB-B

Ribbens, Geoff and Whitear, Greg

Body language

Hodder Education, London

158.1 RUS-C

Russell, Bertrand

Conquest of happiness

Research press;Gurgaon

158.1 SCH-S

Schoch, Richard

Secrets of happiness

Profile Books, London

158.1 TRE-R

Trehan, B K and Trehan, Indu

Retired but not tired

Roli Books, New Delhi

300 LEV-F

Levitt, Steven D., and Dubner, Stephen J


Penguin Books Inc., London

303 SRE-R

Sreedharan, E., Ed.

Restoring values

Sage Publication, New Delhi

303.4 ALI-N

Ali, Ayaan Hirsi


Simon & Schuster, London

303.44 SUR-E

Suresh, R R

Economy and society: Evolution of capitalism

Sage Publication, New Delhi

320.01 URM-P

Urmila Sharma and Sharma, S K

Principles and theory of political science, Vol.1

Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi

320.01 URM-P

Urmila Sharma and Sharma, S K

Principles and theory of political science, Vol.2

Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi

330 FRI-W

Friedman, Thomas

World is flat

Penguin Books Inc., London

363.73 MAK-5

Makower, Joel, ed.

50 simple steps to save the earth from grobal warming

Jaico Publishing House, Delhi

370.11 THO-L

Thomas, Gracious

Life skill education and curriculum

Shipra Publications, Delhi

371.26Q PRA-S

Praksah Books

Sample papers : Biology Class 12

Prakash Books, India Ltd., New Delhi

371.26Q PRA-S

Praksah Books

Sample papers : English Class 12

Prakash Books, India Ltd., New Delhi

371.3 THO-L

Thomas, Gracious

Life skill education and curriculum

Shirpa Publications, Delhi

379.54 RAJ-W

Rajan, Y S

Way beyond the three Rs: Indias educational challenge in the 21st century

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

428 BAR-Y

Barr, Chris, Ed

Yahoo style guide

Macdonald & Co., London

500 WAT-F

Watson, Richard

Future files: A brief history of the next 50 years

Nicholas Brealey Publishing Co., London

502 HOR-E

Horgan, John

End of science: Facing the limits of knowledge in the twilight of the Scientific age

Abacus, London

509 CRE-G

Crease, Robert

Great equations

W.W. Norton & Co., New York

510.XI DUB-M

Dubey, Manoj

Mathematics for Class XI: Target 2011 a complete refresher

TATA McGraw-Hill Education Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

523 HAW-G

Hawking, Stephen and Mlodinow, Leonard

Grand design

Bantam Books, London

523.1 PEN-C

Penrose, Roger

Cycles of time: An etra ordinary new view of the universe

Bodley Head, London

530 FEY-F.2

Feynman, Richard P, et al.

Feynman lectures on physics, Vol.2: Mainly electromagnetism and matter

Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. Inc., California

530 HAL-F8

Halliday, David, et al.

Fundamentals of physics

Wiley India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

530 HEW-C

Hewitt, Paul G.

Conceptual physics

Pearson Education Pte. Ltd., Delhi

530 IRO-P

Irodov I E

Principles of general physics

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

530 MAL-P

Malhotra, Stalin

Physics for Class XI: Target 2011 a complete refresher

TATA McGraw-Hill Education Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

530.1 HAW-N

Hawking, Stephen and Penrose, Roger

Nature of space and time

Princeton University Press, New Jersey

530.12 PHY

Physics: sample papers for Class 12

Prakash Books,New Delhi

534 TAL-S2

Talbot-smith, Michael

Sound engineering explained

Focal Press,New Delhi

537 PAN-U

Pandey, D C

Understanding physics for IIT JEE & other engineering entrances: Electricity and magnetism

Arihant Prakashan, Meerut

540 CHE

Chemistry: sample papers for Class 12

Prakash Books,New Delhi

540 MAH-U4

Mahan, Bruce M and Myers, Rollie J

University Chemistry

Pearson Education, New Delhi

540 PRE-C

Premm Dhawan & Vandana Dhawan

Chemistry for Class XI: Target 2011 a complete refresher

TATA McGraw-Hill Education Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

541.3 GUP-T

Gupta R K

Textbook of Physical chemistry for IIT JEE & other engineering entrances

Arihant Publications India Pvt. Ltd., Meerut

546 LEE-C5

Lee,J D

Concise Inorganic Chemistry

Wiley India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

547 SOL-O

Solomons, T W Graham and Fryhle, Craig B

Organic Chemistry

Wiley India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

551.4 KAL-I

Kale, Vishwas S and Avijitt Gupta

Introduction to geomorphology

University Press, Hyderabad

576.83 TUD-L

Tudge, Colin

Link: Uncovering our earliest ancestor

Little Brown & Co., London

621 DAS-A

Das, S K

All about rockets

Puffin Books, New Delhi

650 KAS-M

Kasibhatla, Nishant

Maximise your memory power

Marshall Cavendish Business,Singapore

650 MAN-D

Mannering, Karen

Dealing with difficult people: instant manager – taking control of work and life

Hodder Education, London

650 SAL-E

Salter, Brain

Effective presenting: instant manager – taking control of work and life

Hodder Education, London

650 SHA-L

Sharma, Robin

Leader who had no title: A modern fable on real success in business & in life

Jaico Publishing House, Bombay

650 WAL-M

Walmsley, Bernice

Managing yourself: Instant manager – skills for success

Hodder Education, London

658 ANA-B

Anandakumar, V and Subhasish Biswas

Business process outsourcing

Response Books, Los Angels

658.11 KIR-F

Kirkpatrick, David

Facebook effect

Virgin Books, New York

808.068 ARU-A

Arun Kumar and Tina George, ed.

Ali Baba and the forty thieves and other stories

DC Books, Bangalore

808.068 ARU-A

Arun Kumar and Tina George, ed.

Ali Baba and the forty thieves and other stories

DC Books, Bangalore

808.068 CAR-A

Carrol, Lewis

Alice in wonderland

Har-Anand Publicaions Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

808.068 IND-H

Indira, C V

Honest Raja

Shanti publications,Delhi

808.068 SHA-A

Shakespeare, William

As you like it

Har-Anand Publicaions Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

808.068 SHA-A

Shakespeare, William

Antony and Cleopatra

Har-Anand Publicaions Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

808.068 SHA-M


My favourite fairy tales

Shanti publications,Delhi

808.068 SHA-T

Shakespeare, William

Twelfth Night

Har-Anand Publicaions Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

808.068 TWA-A

Twain, Mark

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Har-Anand Publicaions Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi

808.068 VAN-Y

Vandana Singh

Young uncle comes to town

Puffin Books, New Delhi

808.068 VIQ-E

Viquar, Almas

Everlasting Aesop’s fables

Spider Books, Chennai

808.8 PAM-N

Pamuk, Orhan

Naive and the sentimental novelist

Penguin Books Inc., London

808.8 SUN-B

Sunil Sethi

Big book shelf

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

822 GAN-D

Gandhi, Gopal

Dara Shukoh: a play

Tranquebar, Chennai

822.08 DAS-U

Das J P

Under dog

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 ADI-B

Adiga, Aravind

Between the assasinations

Picador, London

823 BAN-P

Bandopadhyay, Bibhuibhushan

Pather Panchali: song of the road

Harper Collins, Noida

823 BON-A

Bond, Ruskin

All roads lead to Ganga

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-G

Bond, Ruskin, ed.

Great animal stories

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-H

Bond, Ruskin, Ed.

Heartwarming stories

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-H

Bond, Ruskin, Ed.

Hanuted houses

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-L

Bond, Ruskin, Ed.

Love stories

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-N

Bond, Ruskin, Ed

Nightmare tales

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-R

Bond, Ruskin

Ruskin Bond: complete and unabridged

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823 BON-R

Bond, Ruskin

Romi and the wildfire

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-S

Bond, Ruskin, Ed

Shudders in the dark

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-S

Bond, Ruskin, Ed

Snappy surproses

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-S

Bond,Ruskin, Ed

School days

RupaPublications, New Delhi

823 BON-T

Bond, Ruskin, ed.

Thrilling tales: A selection of hair-raising adventures

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BON-W

Bond ruskin

When the tiger was king

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 BRO-D

Brown, Dan

Deception point

Corgi Books, London

823 BYA-C

Byatt, A.S.

Children’s book

Vintage Books Inc., New York

823 CAN-C

Canfield, Jack, et al.

Chicken soup for the child’s soul

Westland Books Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

823 CAR-P

Carey, Peter

Parrot and Olivier in America

Faber & Faber Ltd., London

823 DAH-A

Dahl, Roald

Ah, sweet mystery of life

Penguin Books Inc., London

823 DIX-C

Dixon, Franklin W

Castle conundrum

Aladdin Paperbacks, New York

823 FOR-F

Forsyth, Frederick

Fourth protocol

Arrow Books Ltd., London

823 HAM-W

Hamsun, Knut


Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823 KAV-S

Kavery Nambisan

Story that must not be told

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823 KEE-C

Keene, Carolyn

Case of the sneaky snowman

Aladdin Books, New York

823 KEE-H

Keene, Carolyn

Halloween hoax

Aladdin Books, New York

823 KEE-N

Keen, Carolyn

Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys: Super mystery

Aladdin Paperbacks, New York

823 KEE-N

Keene, Carolyn

Nancy Drew: En garde

Aladdin Paperbacks, New York

823 KEE-S

Keene, Carolyn

Sleepover Sleuths

Aladdin Books, New York

823 KEE-T

Keen, Carolyn

Troubled waters

Aladdin Paperbacks, New York

823 KEE-T

Keene, Carolyn

Treasure in the royal tower

Aladdin Books, New York

823 KEE-W

Keene, Carolyn

Wedding day disaster

Aladdin Books, New York

823 KIN-S

Kinsella, Sophie

Shopaholic ties the knot

Black Swan,London

823 KIP-J

Kipling, Rudyard

Jungle book

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823 KIP-T

Kipling, Rudyard

Tales from India

Mahaveer publishers, New Delhi

823 LEW-C

Lewis, C S

Chronicles of Narnia: The silver chair

Harper Collins, New Delhi

823 LEW-C

Lewis, C S

Chronicles of Narnia: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

Harper Collins, New Delhi

823 LEW-C

Lewis, C S

Chronicles of Narnia: The magician’s nephew

Harper Collins, New Delhi

823 LEW-C

Lewis, C S

Chronicles of Narnia: The last battle

Harper Collins, New Delhi

823 LEW-C

Lewis, C S

Chronicles of Narnia: Horse and his boy

Harper Collins, New Delhi

823 LEW-C

Lewis, C S

Chronicles of Narnia: The voyage of the dawn treader

Harper Collins, New Delhi

823 LEW-C

Lewis, C S

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince caspian-the return to Narnia

Harper Collins, New Delhi

823 LLO-T

Llosa, Mario Vargas

Time of the hero

Faber & Faber Ltd., London

823 LLO-W

Llosa, Mario Vargar

War of the end of the world

Faber & Faber Ltd., London

823 LLO-W

Llosa, Mario Vargas

Way to paradise

Faber & Faber Ltd., London

823 MAH

Mahabharata: Droupadi’s marriage and other selections

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823 MAN-S

Manu Joseph

Serious men

Fourth Estate, New Delhi

823 MEY-T

Meyer, Stephenie

Twilight: A graphic novel, Vol.1

Atom Books, London

823 MOR-P

Morrison, Toni


Vintage Books Inc., New York

823 PAM-N

Pamuk, Orhan

New life

Faber & Faber Ltd., London

823 PAO-E

Paolini, Christopher

Eldest: Inheritance – book II

Corgi Books, London

823 PAO-E

Paolini, Christopher


Corgi Books, London

823 PUL-F

Pullman, Philip

Firework-maker’s daughter

Doubleday, London

823 RIO-H

Riordan, Rick

Heroes of Olympus: The lost hero

Puffin Books, England

823 RIO-P

Riordan, Rick

Percy Jackson: The demigod files

Puffin Books, England

823 RIO-P

Riordan, Rick

Percy Jackson: and the battle of the labyrinth

Puffin Books, England

823 RUS-L

Rushdie, Salman

Luka and the fire of life

Jonathen Cape, London

823 SAM-T

Samit Basu


Hachette india, Gurgaon

823 SAR-A

Saramago, Jose

All the names

Harvill Press, London

823 TEJ-A

Tejpal, Tarun J

Alchemy of desire

Picador, New Delhi

823 VAL-V


Valmiki Ramayana

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823 VIK-Q

Vikas Swaroop

Q and A

Black Swan,London

823.01 BON-K

Bond, Ruskin


Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823.01 BON-S

Bond, Ruskin, Ed

School times

Rupa & Co, New Delhi

823.01 CHU-Q

Chughtai, Ismat


Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823.01 KIP-F

Kipling, Rudyard


Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823.01 KIP-M

Kipling, Rudyard

Mark of vishnu

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823.01 MAN-T

Manto, Saadat Hasan

Toba tek singh

Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823.01 NAR-M

Narayan, R K


Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823.01 PRE-S



Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

823.01 RAB-K

Rabindranath Tagore


Penguin Books India Ltd., New Delhi

920 GIF-S

Gifford, Zerbanoo

Secrets of the world’s inspirational women

Westland Books Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

920 NAR-B

Nariman, Fali S

Before memory fades: an autobiography

Hay House India, New Delhi

923.154 PRU-P

Pruthi, R K, Comp.

Prime Ministers of India

Indiana Publishing House; New Delhi

923.168 SMI-Y

Smith, David James

Young Mandela

Weidenfield and Nicolson, London

923.173 HOD-M

Hodgson, Godfrey

Martin Luther King

Quercus, London

923.20532 CAS-M

Castro, Fidel

My Life

Penguin Books Inc., New York

923.26 MAN-N

Mandela, Nelson

Nelson Mandela: conversation with myself

Macmillan & Co. Ltd., London

926.5 MOR-M

Morita, Akio

Made in Jpan: Akio Morita and Sony

Signet Book, New York

927.96 AGA-O

Agassi, Andre

Open: an autobiography

Harper Collins, London

954 SIN-E

Singh, Patwant and Jyoti M Rai

Empire of the sikhs: the life and times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Hay House India, New Delhi

R 001 WRI-N

Wright, john W., Ed.

New York Times Almanac 2011

Penguin Books Inc., New York

R 028.9 EMM-5

Emma Beare, ed.

501 must-read books

Bounty Books, Londoan

R 030 MAT-M45

Mathew, K M, Ed.

Manorama yearbook-2011

Manorama Publishing House, Kottayam

R 510 RIC-M


Maths 1001

Quercus, London

R 530 YOU-U12

Young, Hugh D; Freedman, Roger A

University physics: with modern physics

Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. Inc., California

R 923.154 CHA-I

Chaube, Rasika and Mahajan, Chhaya

Inspirational Journey: Pratibha Devisingh Patil-The firstwoman President of India

S.Chand & Co., New Delhi

R 030.954 RES-I55

Research, Reference and Training Division

India 2011: A reference annual

Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India

T 4H0.7 NCE-A.11


Aaroh, Bhag1: Kaksha 11 keliye Hindi (Aadhar) ki padyapusthak (h)

National Council of Educational Research & Training, New Delhi

T 4H0.7 NCE-V.11


Vithann, Bhag 2: Kaksha 12 keliye Hindi (Aadhar) ki purak padyapusthak (h)

National Council of Educational Research & Training, New Delhi

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