Books and Book Reviews

Floods despite dams
In his bi-lingual booklet titled 'Floods despite dams' ('Barh to phir bhi aayegi'), Dinesh Mishra explodes the myth of embankments and hopes that the issue of floods will be widely debated. Amita Bhaduri posted 7 years 5 months ago

Floods in Bihar have acquired menacing proportions following the embanking of its rivers, which has led to severe dislocations in the society. Estimates suggest that 70% of the population in north Bihar lives under the recurring threat of flood devastation (1). The 2013 floods affected more than 5.9 million people in 3768 villages (2).

Floods disrupt life in Bihar
Water fables from around the world
This collection of stories around the theme of water makes useful teaching material for children and adults alike. Prarthana Vishal posted 7 years 6 months ago

Children love bedtime stories. Fairy tales about kings, princesses, ogres and other magical creatures. For a change, what if we could tell them stories to make them aware of pressing issues that we are faced with. Like water, for example. 'Water Stories from Around the World' is one such compilation. It is a neat mix of stories with simple messages on conserving, using and respecting water.

Book cover (Source: Tulika Publishers)
Interventions of a voluntary agency: The MYRADA experience
Watershed projects have succeeded in varying degrees in the country. If they are weak in organisational management, it is due to the failure of the co-interveners in providing enough opportunities. Seetha posted 7 years 6 months ago

MYRADA has been working on watershed development projects since 1984-85. Through its efforts it had developed a climate of trust and confidence at the field level. Peoples' institutions have emerged and stabilised at various degrees of successes because of these efforts. 

Interventions of a voluntary agency
People's institutions managing natural resources in the context of a watershed strategy - A paper by MYRADA
This paper presents concerns and issues in the context of watershed projects promoted by government and NGOs and the role envisaged for Panchayat Raj Institutions in Hariyali guidelines. Seetha posted 7 years 6 months ago

This paper attempts to analyse the impact of several government guidelines related to watershed management on the People's institutions that have emerged in watershed programmes where NGOs have a role. 

People's institutions managing natural resources
Integrated Farm Development: A user guide
This user manual on Integrated Farm Development by MYRADA is based on experiences at their farms. It will help extended functionaries, NGOs and farming communities adopt this practice effectively. Seetha posted 7 years 6 months ago

Integrated Farm Development (IFD) is an innovative concept in farming where various resources (farm waste) are integrated and utilised in order to reap maximum benefits. 

Integrated farm development: A user guide (Source: Seetha Gopalakrishnan, IWP)
Rainwater harvesting: Practical solution to solve water woes
This book is a practical guide to rainwater harvesting written by Shree Padre. It details success stories of RWH in India and abroad. Prarthana Vishal posted 7 years 6 months ago

The book contains a few pieces on rainwater harvesting by Shree Padre edited by C. K. SujithKumar and published as a book. A practical guide for rainwater harvesting, the book very clearly highlights the necessity for conservation of water. It explains the causes for drought and decline of water table.

Roof top rainwater harvesting
Baravanne Manisida Mallanna: A case of successful farming even during drought
An account of drought-proofing techniques adopted and disseminated by Dr. Mallanna Nagaraj, farmer scientist from Bagalkote, Karnataka. Prarthana Vishal posted 7 years 6 months ago

This book talks about the practise of soil and water conservation adopted by Dr. Mallanna in Bagalkote. Bagalkote is a district in northern Karnataka, which is known for scanty rainfall. 

Soil and water conservation to face scanty rains
The forgotten Madakas of southern India
A book on traditional water harvesting system of coastal Karnataka by Harish Halemane. Prarthana Vishal posted 7 years 6 months ago

Madakas are manmade structures for storing rainwater that was abundantly prevalent in Kasargod District of Kerala. Pallas on the contrary, were similar structures but not man made. Pallas and Madakas met the water requirements of the settlements around these structures. 

Madakas and Pallas of Southern India
Gujaratina neera tijori: Taankaa
Taankaas are considered as safe deposit lockers of water in Gujarat. They have been storing every drop of water that falls down and quenching the thirst of households for decades. Prarthana Vishal posted 7 years 6 months ago

Rainwater harvesting is not a new science in India. There are several traditional practices across the country where rainwater was stored safely and used in times of need. One such example is the 'Taankaa' system in Gujarat.

86,000 litres tanka in Ahmedabad
Matte Roopararel Battalilla: Learning from Rajasthan
Community efforts over a decade led to the revival of johads, traditional rainwater harvesting structures in Alwar, Rajasthan. This book shares the process of this remarkable achievement. Prarthana Vishal posted 7 years 6 months ago

It is an astonishing thing to see the five rivers of Alwar in Rajasthan flowing for more than 6-8 months in a year. This is no miracle though. It is the result of a decade-long effort by Jal Jungle Andolan lead by Dr. Rajendra Singh. 

Johads for rainwater harvesting