Books and Book Reviews

Mannu Mattu Neeru
A compilation of local practices and farming tips from Karnataka to overcome a drought situation. Prarthana Vishal posted 6 years 10 months ago

Mannu Mattu Neeru by Shree Padre gives examples of local knowledge and agricultural practices that have successfully helped overcome a drought situation in the state of Karnataka.

These age-old practices, which have been in use for generations now, have helped families survive in circumstances of accute drought and famine. 

Traditional knowledge of farming
Sharanu Banni Jala Kaayakake
A collection of features on soil and water conservation by Shree Padre. Prarthana Vishal posted 6 years 10 months ago

Sharanu Banni Jala Kaayakake is a collection of features on soil and water conservation written by Shree Padre and published by the Akhila Bharata Sharana Sahitya Parishat, Mysore.

This piece of writing is based on interviews with farmers and experiences from the ground. This is one of the 8 books that was published duing the 8th Akhila Bharata Sharana Sahitya Sammelan.

Soil and water conservation
Engineering witchcraft in Bihar
The Bhutahi Balan, a tributary of the Kosi may be a small river but it has caused immense devastation. Dinesh Mishra says that embankments aren't the answer to this problem. Amita Bhaduri posted 6 years 11 months ago

It's been years since Bhutahi Balan, a small tributary of the Kosi river in Madhubani, North Bihar, has been causing devastation on both its banks. Dinesh Mishra in his book 'Story of a ghost river and engineering witchcraft' objectively analyses the failure of embankments, which are raised banks to contain the river's flooding.

Devastation due to floods
Yamuna Nama: a book review
Born out of citizens' concern for the Yamuna, the bi-lingual Yamuna Manifesto presents a lucid and succinct snapshot of the river, it's troubles, and the potential for its resuscitation. chicu posted 7 years ago

The Yamuna Manifesto -or Yamuna Nama- is a bilingual book with passages in both Hindi and English, published as part of the Yamuna Elbe project. In five deceptively short sections, the book takes us from the birth to the river to its future.

Yamuna river (Source:
Invitation to the release of 'Agony of Floods: Flood Induced Water Conflicts in India', Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India & Megh Pyne Abhiyan , Patna
The Forum has been engaged in documenting several kinds of water conflicts in India since 2004-05, and this publication is a compendium of case studies of flood induced water conflicts in India. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 2 months ago

For details on the invite, please click here.

Megh Pyne Abhiyan
Registration open for a short course 'Water resources of India', Mohile Parikh Centre, Mumbai
A short course based on the book 'Oxford India Short Introductions' which are authoritative and accessible introductions to different aspects of India, facilitated by the author A. Vaidyanathan. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 3 months ago

For details on the course, please click here.

For more information on the book 'Water resources of India', Oxford University Press, India, click here.

Mohile Parikh Centre, Mumbai
Need for resource-conscious landscaping
Landscape architecture, an age-old concept that blends science and art to create outdoor designs that incorporate existing natural landscapes, is regaining popularity in India. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 4 months ago

Bright-eyed in the morning, I walk down the pavement for some fresh air. As I squish over greasy paper bags and forsaken Coke bottles, the stale smell of plastic bags strewn all over hits me. Stamping on them, I charge onto the already cramped road, jostle for space with other people, dodge honking cars, and reach the park breathless, dishevelled and foul. All this, for some fresh air!

Landscape Architecture in India
Invitation to 'The Green Bazaar', The Alternative, Bangalore
An event that makes conscious living an everyday possibility by bringing together, under one roof, a whole variety of sustainable products that can power your home and regular life. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 4 months ago

For more information on this event, please click here.

For further details, please see the brochure for 'The Green Bazaar' and the press release attached below.

The Green Bazaar
The missing water bodies of Western Uttar Pradesh
Over 3000 water bodies which once existed in Meerut district alone are now in a pitiable state. Will returning to a community-based water management system help revive these? Amita Bhaduri posted 7 years 4 months ago

Traditional water bodies such as bawdis and talabs have long since been an integral part of rural life in India providing water, fish and sometimes even just a venue for people to chit chat. The flat plains in Western Uttar Pradesh, where the Ganga and Yamuna rivers meet, is no exception.

Suraj kund at Meerut; Source:
The Water Catchers
The book is a must-read for children to help them understand the importance of water conservation. Bhairavi Parekh, the author, shares her experience on writing the book and on water. sabitakaushal posted 7 years 4 months ago

'The Water Catchers’ is a story of an unlikely hero, an unassuming boy living in the concrete, water-deprived city of Mumbai. The boy named Chintu, has a simple wish - to find water in the village called Tintodan of his forefathers.

A children's book on water Source-Clker