Books and Book Reviews

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.
Posted on 18 Oct, 2013 12:01 PM

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.
Posted on 09 Oct, 2013 09:12 AM

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. Posted on 13 Sep, 2013 10:09 PM

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.
Posted on 02 Sep, 2013 04:57 PM

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? Posted on 01 Sep, 2013 11:54 AM

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. Posted on 23 Aug, 2013 09:58 PM

'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
Invite to a book release 'Ecological and Environmental reporting in India- A handbook for media,NGOs and people', Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai
A handbook by Santosh Shintre, an active environmental journalist
Posted on 15 Jul, 2013 01:14 PM


Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)


BNHS, Hornbill House, 
Dr Salik Ali Chowk
Shahid Bhagt Singh Marg

About the book

BNHS, India
Celebrating Uttarakhand
The Uttarakhand Himalayas are home to several small but significant attempts by locals to conserve the region's forest and water resources. Posted on 17 Jun, 2013 05:14 PM

Throughout history, the Uttarakhand Himalayas have been a source of timber and water to the rest of the nation. However, this has led to severe depletion of resources in the state. Today, the mountain communities find it hard to meet their basic needs of fodder, fuel and water.

Soil and water conservation rejuvenates forests
Book review - ‘Conserving resources in the Himalayas’
The Himalayas, rich in natural resources is now under stress due to overuse. These 21 essays contain information about conservation efforts made in the region, especially Uttarakand. Posted on 09 Jun, 2013 07:29 AM

Uttarakhand is blessed with an immense amount of natural resources such as forests, wildlife and water, but if you are looking for some research-based information that quantifies, classifies and organizes this information, there isn’t much out there.

A man tries to beat out a wildfire in pine forest
Refugees of the Kosi embankments – A booklet by Dinesh Kumar Mishra
This booklet by Dinesh Kumar Mishra deals with the plight of the refugees of the Kosi embankment Posted on 13 Mar, 2013 02:44 PM

Kosi, one of the most vibrant rivers of North Bihar begins its journey at a height of about 7000 m in the Himalayan range. After entering the plains, the bed of the Kosi widens drastically and it spreads over 6 to 10 km.