Books and Book Reviews

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled
A remarkable, first-ever collection of 35 essays on India’s future, by a diverse set of authors – activists, researchers, media practitioners. Posted on 22 Jan, 2018 10:39 AM

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled is a book that brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, economically sustainable and equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious.

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled
In the name of development
The indigenous community of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been systematically alienated from their land by the colonial and post-colonial policies. A new book chronicles the change. Posted on 06 May, 2017 08:12 PM

Pankaj Sekhsaria’s recent book Islands in flux--The Andaman and Nicobar Story is a collection of around 20 years of his writings on the environmental and conservation concerns faced by the indigenous tribal communities of the region.

The forests and the tribal communities of the islands are being decimated. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
A book every city needs
Jal Aur Samaj' takes the readers through the pond culture of Bikaner that nurtured its past and holds promise for its future. Posted on 01 Jan, 2017 07:46 PM

A scarcity of something makes it special. That’s the reason why Rajasthan has always sanctified water much more than any other place in India. Low rainfall and saline groundwater turned people into great conservers who not only built beautiful and durable structures but also developed sustainable practices around them.

One of the ponds in Bikaner.
Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab
A book by the late Shri Anupam Mishra, now available in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, English AND Russian! Posted on 19 Dec, 2016 09:53 AM

In Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab, Shri Anupam Mishra documents the life and work of several individuals and communities, across the country, in setting up water harvesting and management systems through talaabs (lakes / tanks).

Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab: Anupam Mishra
Dealing with urban waste
While India continues to be besieged by waste, a new book on waste management looks at how a minimal waste society can be created. Posted on 03 Oct, 2016 11:17 PM

When it comes to managing huge piles of waste, Indian metros have a monumental task in hand. As per 2011 figures, Delhi is the biggest waste generator with 6800 tonnes of waste being produced daily.

Pushpa leads the struggle against Bhalaswa landfill that contaminates Delhi's groundwater.
Comics for Change
Dainik Bhaskar's initiative to spread awareness about Sustainable Development Goals through Comics on World Environment Day Posted on 10 Jun, 2016 04:42 PM

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to hand over to them at least as it was handed over to us.” This famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi aptly forms the basis of today’s ever-growing focus on sustainable development and inclusive growth.

Business interests and environmental crisis: A book review
While the environmental crisis threatens to impact the ecology and livelihoods in India, business interests take over sustainable solutions. Posted on 05 Jun, 2016 07:03 AM

A number of Asian countries are going through environmental crisis. Nowhere is the impact felt so seriously than in India, where the crisis threatens to affect survival. It is also impacting biodiversity, ecology and livelihoods. In this context, it becomes important to understand how nature and the current environmental crisis are being addressed in policy discourses.

Business profits and the environmental crisis (Source: India Water Portal)
Saaf Mathe Ka Samaaj: A treasure of essays on life and water
In our blind pursuit of progress, has the equation between man and nature been lost? Anupam Mishra talks about people, the environment and the mislaid empathy between the two. Posted on 19 Nov, 2015 01:04 PM

Saaf Mathe Ka Samaaj’ is a compilation of 23 essays on people, land, air and water, on issues and concerns that plague them, and the deep and direct connect between society and the environment they live in. Anupam Mishra is a simple, down to earth man and a true Gandhian.

Saaf mathe ka samaaj': Essays by Anupam Mishra (Source: Anupam Mishra)
Roundtable Conference on 'Innovations in Catalysing Interventions and Data Driven Decision Making for WASH programs'
Roundtable Conference will includes a book launch of 'Is it really clean? Creating a WASH Index'
Posted on 14 Aug, 2015 12:49 PM

About the conference

Roundtable Conference and Book Launch
Reflections on managing water: A book review
Scarcity, pollution, inequity, floods and drought -- words that are synonymous with water today. Is the water crisis for real or is it simply a case of mismanagement? Posted on 06 Aug, 2015 05:40 PM

Water, a valuable resource that is magical and mystical, is both mistreated and misunderstood today. Jacques Yves Cousteau once said, "We convenientl

Water reflections: A new way of thinking & innovation
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