Books and Book Reviews

Reminiscence by the waterside: Book review of Jeevan Leela
A collection of Kaka Kalelkar's thoughts, and snippets from his visits to rivers, ponds, tanks, pools and lakes across the country make one want to travel to these water wonders. Posted on 29 May, 2015 06:53 PM

Water touches our lives in many ways. Our childhood memories are often entwined with the rivers that we have crossed, lakes that we have seen and the ponds that we may have jumped in. In his Bharat Darshan, the author Kaka Kalelkar travels across the length and breadth of the country and takes us to many such places we may have visited but have probably forgotten about.

 Where does a river begin? Does it have an end? Why does it never stop, why does it never rest?
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Water for All & Other Poems: Poetry with a purpose
A set of poems by G Venkatesh, a researcher on water and sanitation issues, seamlessly bring together important issues concerning water in verse form. Posted on 06 Mar, 2015 05:06 PM

An engineer or an ecologist talking about water may not cause many heads to turn, but when they do it through poetry, there is a chance that more people will take notice.

Water for all and other Poems
Embankments: Engineering solutions or problems?
In his book titled 'Bandini Mahananda', Dinesh Mishra describes the vicious circle of embankments that has created more problems than solutions in Bihar. Posted on 02 Mar, 2015 05:12 PM

Mahananda, a major River of north Bihar rises in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It meets the Ganga after a journey of 376 km through the flat lands of Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh. It would spill its banks because of the flat slopes, causing deluge and waterlogging in the Katihar district of Bihar.

Floods in Bihar; Image: Usha Dewani
The challenged coasts of India: A report
The report highlights how degradation of the coastal environment has reached alarming proportions, closely reflecting the urban population explosion and rapid and unplanned urbanisation. Posted on 05 Dec, 2014 10:18 AM

Aims of the report:

Fishing, an important coastal activity
Narmada: Sounds of silence along its banks
The Narmada river is being transformed from a free to a 'dammed' one, thanks to the new development projects. The book featured is a compilation of essays on this ancient river. Posted on 12 Nov, 2014 10:11 AM

Narmada, a name that translates into ‘One that bestows happiness’ will, in the next 20 years, pass through turbulent times. The question is not of the distance or the journey that this river covers, but the various points at which this ancient river is intercepted by new, modern dams.

River Narmada (Source: Wikipedia)
Ansuna mat karo is kahani ko: A history of lost pond and wells
In this book, Anil Yadav combines myths and lost legends about Vidisha's wells and 'baolis' with intricate details of the ponds' construction and economics. Posted on 23 Oct, 2014 04:14 PM

Motivated by Anupam Mishra's 'Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Tallab', this book describes the history of the ponds in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh including details on how these ponds were established and what caused their untimely deaths. Anil Yadav takes us down this path, weaving together myths and lost legends with intricate details of the ponds' construction and economics. 

Ansuna mat karo is kahani ko:Lost ponds of Vidisha
Forfeited Treasure: Status of irrigation tanks in Karnataka
In this book, ’Forfeited Treasure’, the author S.T. Somashekhar Reddy delves on the condition, status and measures for thr rehabilitation of irrigation tanks in Karnataka. Posted on 03 Sep, 2014 01:40 PM

In 1881, there was one tank every 15 square miles in the then state of Karnataka. These tanks irrigated more than 7 lakh acres of land. Tanks were the major source of irrigation and the system was completely managed by beneficiaries, their construction considered a meritorious deed. Their neglect began under the British rule, and continues till the present day ‘big dam’ commitment.

Status of irrigation tanks in Karnataka
Paani aur Hum: Urdu translation of Anupam Mishra's works
An Urdu translation of Anupam Mishra's books 'Aaj bhi Khare Hain Talab' and 'Gochar ka prasad bata ta Lapodia'. Posted on 29 Aug, 2014 11:40 AM

Water scarcity is being felt all across the world today. A major contributor to this loss is the excessive mining of groundwater and the lack of understanding of how traditional water sources in the villages, ponds and wells, contribute in keeping villages self sufficient .

Paani aur hum: An Urdu translation
Solutions to Indore's water problems don't have to be so expensive!
The use of decentralized systems puts the onus on individuals more than the government or central bodies to provide Indore proper water and sanitation according to Rahul Banerjee. Posted on 02 Aug, 2014 01:46 PM

In the last five decades, Indore, in Madhya Pradesh, has witnessed a substantial increase in urbanisation and industrialisation. Its population has also increased from 5,60,936 in 1971 to 2,167,447 in 2011 (Census 2011).

Waiting for water tankers in Indore
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