The book is a biography of Dr. Mallamma Yalawar, a woman of grit, based on oral interviews. In 1986 she started ‘Sabala’- an organisation for women empowerment in the hinterlands of Karnataka. Bijapur district in the northern part of Karnataka was oblivious to the growth story of the rest of Karnataka state. In such a scenario, Mallamma Yalawar defied all odds to start an NGO and has persisted with her goal for the last 30 years. The organisation today is part of the World Fair Trade Organisation and Mallamma is the Vice President of World Fair Trade Organisation- Asia. Leaving her ancestral village with just Rs. 2 in hand and building a success story purely with hard work and dedication, Mallamma Yalawar’s story will be an inspiration to young women and men to set out to achieve their dreams. The writing style is not strictly biographical but of a free flowing novel of one’s life and its various twists and turns.
Hamstrung by Parkinson’s Disorder family tragedies, I am perched facing my lap top, on my late father’s swivel
chair, pressing the key buttons about ‘my Life’s Penumbra Moments’, ‘Heredity’ and areas of my ‘Influence’ and
‘Concern’. Observes Madhu Tandan, prolific best- seller writer in her Preview of the book, “The author has ‘Lived A
Live of Love, Faith & Humour”.
Encouraged wife Jaya, “You have spent 40 years in a professional career and child-hood in the atrociously
feudalistic Bihar & the pell-mell of Uttar-Pradesh; educated in the royal but somewhat, anachronistic, Rajasthan,
and ‘nobody’s’ Delhi. Qualified expert Mr. Barun Banerjee, a close friend, showed the light. “Nagendra, each and
every one’s story of life is unique and different, hence interesting and engaging fare”.
The professional journey through the Steel, Sugar, Spinning and Polyester, Sponge iron & Power, assorted
industries, etc., was quite a journey. The Tatas, Willard, Monnet, Lohias, Bajaj & Adventz – was an impressive
litany. I was elevated as Director to four Board positions. In today’s parlance, I have read that there are more
10,000 business houses are ‘under the hammer’ as confirmed ‘Non Performing Assets’ by their bankers but their
promoters are enjoying a better ‘life-style’ that ‘pre say’ a Ratan N. Tata!
Our ‘Family Vision’ was documented in this milieu.
Prarabdha is an autobiographical account of the National Award-winning scientist of repute Mr. Rajendra Singh.
Beginning in a remote school-less village in pre-independence India, his journey traverses decades and geographies. Through hard work and dedication, he overcomes hurdles and rises to become an eminent scientist in his field.
The book reflects on the transformation of India since attaining independence- from a total lack of infrastructure to the new age of Expressways, mushrooming educational institutions, and internet connectivity. This transformation in the nation’s fortunes is paralleled and exemplified by his own life and the lives of his dependents,
Having travelled far and wide within his own country and abroad, the author brings out the best of both worlds in his commentary. He takes the reader along on a trip from the land of the midnight sun in northern Sweden to the Safari Parks of Kenya, from sophisticated life in posh Mumbai to the tribal regions of Arunachal Pradesh; sharing his vivid experiences of communist China and its people to those of the free society of North America.
Prarabdha makes an interesting read of the overall transformation of post-independence India and its people through a detailed personal account.
Syed Nazeer Niazi was an eminent Muslim scholar, professor, and journalist. He was one of the leading activists of the Pakistan movement. He was James Boswell of Allama Iqbal. His biography of Iqbal, Iqbal kay Hazoor, and Maktoobat-e-Iqbal Banaam Nazir Niazi are basic sources for the study of Iqbal.the author has brought forth every aspect of Syed nazir’s works on Iqbal.
The book describes the experiences of a village boy born in U.P. and his efforts to get himself educated and take interest in science to become a scientist in a premier organization ( ISRO) and to head one of the most important atmospheric research laboratories of ISRO in the country at its establishment phase. This laboratory has now turned from a tiny plant to a massive Banyan tree providing an opportunity to a number of young scientists to carry out advanced research in various areas of atmospheric science like the lower, middle, and upper atmosphere.
It is believed that this book would generate interest and attract a number of young people to do research in various areas of atmospheric science. These areas are so vast that they still remain a challenging theme for advanced research.
The role of women has transcended over the past few generations. From mostly being homemakers to becoming professionals and top achievers in many fields, opportunities for women are on the rise. But, the underlying challenges faced by them cannot be undermined. The stories in this book are a reflection of those challenges, that once overcome, make a person undeniably strong. This book has also been inspired by stories of women who I have observed very closely throughout my life. Please note that the facts, however, have been altered to maintain privacy and to make the stories more engaging. It can be enjoyed by the general public and conveys the message that women should always be valued for their respectable qualities.