‘How India Votes And What It Means’ by Pradeep Gupta

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Title: How India Votes And What It Means

Author: Pradeep Gupta

Publisher: Juggernaut Publications

ISBN: 9789353451394

Date: 19th April

No. of Pages: 192

Genre: Social Sciences

Price: £17.50 / $28.95

Does polarization help win elections? How have smartphones changed Indian politics? Did the balakot strike make the difference in 2019?

Why are women a distinct voting Bloc in some states but not in others?

Why does GDP growth have almost no impact on election outcomes?

Since 2014, Pradeep Gupta and axis My India have established themselves as India’s most accurate and trusted election forecasts between 2013 and 2020, The axis My India forecast was the most accurate in 95 per cent of state and General elections.

Now Gupta takes us on a journey through the art and science of elections in the world’s largest democracy. Based on years of field interviews and analysis, he gives us a master Class – provocative, entertaining, and enlightening – in how and why Indians choose their leaders.

Pradeep Gupta is India’s top psephologist and chairman and managing director of Axis My India, which has successfully predicted 44 out of 46 exit polls since 2013. A Harvard Business School (USA) alumnus, Gupta is a leading name in market research. He is a first-generation entrepreneur from a dusty village in Madhya Pradesh, and believes his humble beginnings give him an insight into human behaviour.

‘Treasury of Joy and Enthusiasm’ by Norman Vincent Peale

Author: Norman Vincent Peale

Publisher: Orient Paperbacks

ISBN: 8122203736

Date: 30/10/06

No. of Pages: 224

Genre: New Age Thought & Practice

Price: £9.99 / $16.95

What do you want beyond all else? Life, of course. And not merely existence, or the physical ability to breathe and function. All of us desire a particular quality of life, a combination of interest, zest, excitement, achievement, satisfaction and peace of mind. Indeed, we want to enjoy the world and the society of other people. Every individual desires to experience beauty and the highest emotions, and to possess the energy and vitality necessary to meet daily responsibilities with vigour to spare. Our hope is to live on a high level of physical strength, mental interest and
spiritual meaning. And to enjoy life of this superior quality, we will discover that joy and enthusiasm are important factors in the total process.

The rationale for a book with the joint themes of joy and enthusiasm is that these two qualities are basic ingredients of the good life.

In this anthology, New York Times bestselling author, Norman Vincent Peale delves into the lives and minds of world’s greatest achievers, thinkers, writers and philosophers to show how nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. He shows how the power of laughter and zest can be applied to life with startlingly effective results.

Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was an American minister and author who is best known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking. He served as the pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, New York, from 1932 until 1984, leading a Reformed Church in America congregation.

‘Here is an author who has captured the imagination of the world, and become, perhaps, the most widely read inspirational writer of our time.’
– The Christian Herald

‘Full Circle – Yuletide in Patna’ by Capt. Narendra

Full Circle – Yuletide in Patna

Author: Capt. Narendra

Publisher: Turning Point India

ISBN: 978-81-952669-0-6

Date: 21/04/21

Genre: Military History

Price: £26.99 / $42.95

This book is a unique treatise on the heroic sacrifices made by the gallant Biharis – sung and unsung in history! The author has researched deeply digging into the official records of 1857 War of Indian Independence from libraries, musea and relics from India, Britain, Guyana and Trinidad. The heroic battles of Babu Kunwar Singh and Amar Singh besides, Capt. Narendra brings the reader on the ring- side of the uprising of the Bengal Native Infantry at Danapur Cantt and the Irregular Cavalry at Bhagalpur in August 1857.

The failed victory sees some of these heroes disguising and sneaking out to far-off lands as ‘Indentured labourers.’ The author, truly a ‘puppeteer of words’, takes you along on that voyage. You witness the incredible events of 164 years unfold before your eyes in graphic details.

Full Circle – Yuletide in Patna is indeed a masterpiece in the contemporary Indian English fiction. In fact, calling it ‘fiction’ would be a misnomer. Veritably, it is a discovery of the Bihari valour and patriotism that has been left unsung by the western historians.

Author Bio: Captain Narendra is a decorated veteran of the Indian Armed Forces who participated in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. He was awarded the prestigious President’s Police Medal and Fire Services Medal for gallantry for winning back an outpost across the Ravi River, which had been earlier captured by the Pakistan Army.

After an exemplary service of 20 years, he took voluntary retirement in 1981 and moved to England. He worked in London for about 18 years and retired as a Director of Services for children with disabilities in the Social Services Department of a Metropolitan London Council. His memoirs about the service in the Armed Forces of India was awarded a prize by Gujarat Sahitya Academy, Gandhinagar.

Narendra is a graduate of Gujarat University. He continued his research and studies, obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies from London South Bank University, and also a diploma in management from the Management College, Henley-on-Thames.

The author currently lives with his family in California, USA.

‘Legal Language and Legal Writing’ by Dr. Hema Menon

Legal Language and Legal Writing

 

Author: Dr. Hema Menon

Publisher: Dattsons Publishers

ISBN: 978-8171922031

Date: 2021

No. of Pages: 128

Genre: Law/Legal

Price: £12.50

Clarity of thought, lucidity, conciseness, thoroughly researched and properly organised are stated to be the characteristics of good legal writing. This book about legal language and legal writing by Dr (Mrs) Hema V Menon, possesses all these characteristics. Authored by an experienced teacher of the subject, the book will be of immense help to anyone trying to learn the basics of legal language and legal writing.

Based on university curriculum and designed to satisfy the needs of students of law, the book covers topics like meaning, functions & kinds of law, sources of law, evolution, and characteristics of legal language& and also the problems of legal language. Discussion on rules of statutory interpretation, fundamentals of legal writing, synopsis writing and case comments with examples makes study of the subject interesting.

Basics of legal drafting too, find a place in the book. Maxims and Latin terminology provide a quick reference. The book is thus well-equipped to lay a strong foundation for a student of law who aspires to enter the field of law, may it be, practicing law in the Courts, teaching law, being a researcher, a consultant, an advisor, a civil servant, a counsellor or any other such profession.

AUTHOR BIO:

Professor Dr.Hema V Menon has been teaching Legal Language, Labour Laws, Corporate Laws and International Trade laws both at the Undergraduate and Post Graduate levels for the past 21 years. She holds three Post Graduate Degrees namely, MA- Sociology, MA- Public Administration and LLM. A Doctorate in law, she is a Professor and Head of the Department of Law, Dr.Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur.

Her core areas of research are in the field of Gender Issues, Domestic Violence against women, Human Rights, Child Rights, Rights of the Elderly, Surrogacy and Corporate Laws. She has published two books on law namely, “Unorganized Women Workers and Social Security” published by Satyam International, N.Delhi and A Commentary on “Marriage and Divorce Laws in India” published by All India Reporter Ltd.

 

‘The Originals: A Passage To India’ – E.M. Forster

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Title: The Originals: A Passage To India

Author: E.M. Forster

Publisher: Om Books International

ISBN: 9353766346

Date: 15 Mar. 2021

No. of Pages: 272

Genre: Classics

Price: £4.99

British author E.M. Forster’s novel, A Passage to India (1924) is based on the author’s impressions of India. He started writing the novel soon after his first visit to the country. The story, set in the 1920s, plays out against the backdrop of the Indian independence movement. The title of the novel is inspired by American icon Walt Whitman’s 1870 poem, A Passage to India.

The novel revolves around four main characters—Dr. Aziz, his British friend Mr. Cyril Fielding, Mrs. Moore, and Miss Adela Quested. During a day trip to Marabar Caves, Adela mistakenly believes Dr. Aziz is trying to assault her. Dr. Aziz’s ordeal after being falsely accused, the run-up to his trial, and its consequences highlight the underlying tensions between Indians and the British rulers of India of the time.

AUTHOR BIO

Edward Morgan Forster (1879–1970), British novelist, essayist, short story writer and critic, was born at Marylebone, London. His architect father died when Forster was very young and he was brought up by his mother. Forster’s celebrated works include the novels A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910), A Passage to India (1924), and Maurice (1971) as well as a large corpus of criticism.

‘The Originals: The Wealth Of Nations’ – Adam Smith

The Originals: The Wealth Of Nations

Title: The Originals: The Wealth Of Nations

Author: Adam Smith

Publisher: Om Books International

ISBN: 9789353764333

Date: 5 Jun. 2020

No. of Pages: 984

Genre: Classics

Price: £9.99

Scottish political economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723–1790) is considered the father of modern economics. His influential book, The Wealth of Nations, is the first great work in political economy. In it, Smith argues against regulations on commerce and calls for a limited role of the government. The market economy is to be kept open and free if nations are to prosper, and the government’s core functions must be to maintain law and order, defence, build infrastructure, and promote education.

Smith is critical of government control, but not an advocate of laissez-faire. He believes that the market economy can function only when rules are adhered to. Hence the government’s role in maintaining the rule of law is critical.

The Wealth Of Nations, written before the Industrial Revolution transformed the world, resonates with readers in modern times and offers valuable lessons in solving the economic conundrums of the day.

AUTHOR BIO:

Scottish political economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723–1790) was the son of the Comptroller of the Customs at Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. He attended University of Glasgow and Oxford University and was deeply influenced by Francis Hutcheson, the well-known professor of Moral Philosophy.

In 1751, Smith was appointed Professor of Logic at University of Glasgow where he lectured on Ethics, Rhetoric, Jurisprudence, and Political Economy. Smith is the author of the seminal works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), The Wealth of Nations (1776), and the posthumously published Essays on Philosophical Subjects (1795).

The Wealth of Nations has played a significant role in creating the subject of political economy and developing it into an autonomous and systematic discipline.

‘Bitcoin Blockchain’ – Kapil Jain

Author: Kapil Jain

Publisher: BPB Publications

ISBN: 9389898099

Date: 04-Aug-2020

No. of Pages: 358

Genre: Computer Science

Price: £21.99

In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto released a codebase and whitepaper for a network that came to be known as the Blockchain. It was the first successful attempt to create electronic money after decades of failed attempts across the world. However, the basis of its success is not just the digitalization of currency into electronic form, but its peer-to-peer node network and the public storage of all transactions in time-stamped blocks chained together called as Timechain in the whitepaper. It also introduces a non-trusted third-party transaction processor, which replaces the current centralized trust-based systems. What happened next is history, and today, it is a multi-billion-dollar industry across the world. Bitcoin Satoshi Vision Blockchain restored the original version of the Bitcoin protocol and it is now a thriving developer, business and enterprise ecosystem.

This book offers a practical deep dive into every aspect of the Bitcoin protocol. It includes the math behind the Cryptography and a detailed overview of the application-level protocol, which works on top of the Bitcoin Blockchain network. It also focuses on the core principles and fundamental concepts of Bitcoin to explain the constructs of a Blockchain type system.

AUTHOR BIO 

Kapil Jain is a technology professional working in the IT departments of large US and European organizations working in the Banking and Financial industry. He has done his engineering degree from Sri GS institute of technology and sciences, Indore, and has played the role of programmer, business analyst, architect, project, and program manager over the 18 years of his experience in the industry. He continues to work in his professional capacity for a global bank’s core payment department.

He comes from a wealth of experience in Financial applications built on Mainframes and works to modernize those applications using Microsoft and Java-based tech stacks, cloud infrastructure, including building serverless applications. He has also developed applications with open-source tech stack like MERN and experimented with AI/ML algorithms. He has been deeply involved in the Bitcoin protocol for the last 3 years and also has experimented with various other blockchains like Ethereum, Hyperledger and Ripple.

He has also been a panel member at a couple of conferences organized by Alliance University on blockchain and AI. In his leisure time, he likes to attend workshops and conferences and likes to play chess.

‘Artificial Intelligence For Managers’ – Malay A. Upadhyay

Author: Malay A. Upadhyay

Publisher: BPB Publications

ISBN: 9389898382

Date: 17-Sep-2020

No. of Pages: 180

Genre: Computer Science

Price: £13.99

AUTHOR BIO:

Malay A. Upadhyay is a Customer Journey executive, certified in Machine Learning. Over the course of his role heading the function at a N. American AI SaaS firm in Toronto, Malay trained 150+ N. American managers on the basics of AI and its successful adoption, held executive thought leadership sessions for CEOs and CHROs on AI strategy & IT modernization roadmaps, and worked as the primary liaison to realize AI value on unique customer datasets. It was here that he learnt the growing need for greater knowledge and awareness of how to use AI both responsibly and successfully.

Malay was also one of 25 individuals chosen globally to envision the industrial future for the Marzotto Group, Italy, on its 175th anniversary. He holds an MBA, M.Sc. and B.E., with experiences across India, UAE, Italy and Canada.

DESCRIPTION:

Most AI initiatives in organizations fail today not because of a lack of good AI solutions, but because of a lack of understanding of AI among its end users, decision makers and investors. Today, organizations need managers who can leverage AI to solve business problems and provide a competitive advantage. This book is designed to enable you to fill that need, and create an edge for your career.

The chapters offer unique managerial frameworks to guide an organization’s AI journey. The first section looks at what AI is; and how you can prepare for it, decide when to use it, and avoid pitfalls on the way. The second section dives into the different AI techniques and shows you where to apply them in business. The final section then prepares you from a strategic AI leadership perspective to lead the future of organizations.

By the end of the book, you will be ready to offer any organization the capability to use AI successfully and responsibly – a need that is fast becoming a necessity.

‘Machine Learning for Beginners’ – Harsh Bhasin

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Author: Harsh Bhasin

Publisher: BPB Publications

ISBN: 9789389845426

Date: 21-Aug-2020

No. of Pages: 262

Genre: Educational

Price: £17.50

This book covers important concepts and topics in Machine Learning. It begins with Data Cleansing and presents an overview of Feature Selection. It then talks about training and testing, cross-validation, and Feature Selection. The book covers algorithms and implementations of the most common Feature Selection Techniques. The book then focuses on Linear Regression and Gradient Descent.
Some of the important Classification techniques such as K-nearest neighbors, logistic regression, Naïve Bayesian, and Linear Discriminant Analysis are covered in the book. It then gives an overview of Neural Networks and explains the biological background, the limitations of the perceptron, and the backpropagation model. The Support Vector Machines and Kernel methods are also included in the book. It then shows how to implement Decision Trees and Random Forests.
Towards the end, the book gives a brief overview of Unsupervised Learning. Various Feature Extraction techniques, such as Fourier Transform, STFT, and Local Binary patterns, are covered. The book also discusses Principle Component Analysis and its implementation.
Author Bio:
Harsh Bhasin is an Applied Machine Learning researcher. Mr. Bhasin worked as Assistant Professor in Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, and taught as a guest faculty in various institutes including Delhi Technological University. Before that, he worked in C# Client-Side Development and Algorithm Development.
Mr. Bhasin has authored a few papers published in renowned journals including Soft Computing, Springer, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, AI and Society, etc. He is the reviewer of prominent journals and has been the editor of a few special issues. He has been a recipient of a distinguished fellowship.
Outside work, he is deeply interested in Hindi Poetry, progressive era; Hindustani Classical Music, percussion instruments.
His areas of interest include Data Structures, Algorithms Analysis and Design, Theory of Computation, Python, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning.

Two New Titles From Konark Publishers

Two New Titles From Konark Publishers

Making of a General – Lt Gen. (Dr) Konsam Himalay Singh

ISBN: 9788194201885

Size: 23.5cm X 15.5cm

Format: Royal HB

Page Count: 248

Genre: Memoirs

Price: £24.99

Pub. Month: Nov-2020

Making of a General is about the unique journey of a village boy from a small hamlet of Manipur and his ascendance to become the first Three Star General of the Indian Army from North East India. The book takes the reader through the myriad places traversed by the author during his eventful career in the army. The chapter on the Kargil War gives a vivid portrayal of happenings that bring out the deep sense of pride, honour and valour of the men he commanded. The book brings to light the intrinsic challenges faced by those holding superior command posts in one of the most formidable forces in the world.

LT GEN. (DR) KONSAM HIMALAY SINGH (Retd) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, is the first Lieutenant General of the Indian Army from the North Eastern Region of India. He commanded his unit in Turtuk Sector and Siachen Glacier during the 1999 Kargil War and was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal for his role in the conflict. After serving nearly 40 years in the Indian Army, he went back to his home state Manipur to serve the people. He was the Chairman of the Manipur Public Service Commission.

Two New Titles From Konark Publishers

The Scientific Muslim – Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz

ISBN: 9788194201847

Size: 22.5cm X 15cm

Format: Royal PB

Page Count: 208

Genre: Religion & Science

Price: £19.99

Pub. Month: Oct-2020

The Scientific Muslim is an interesting work that aims to dispel negative perceptions and stereotypes regarding science and Islam. The author argues in the book that the Qur’an places immense emphasis on scientific knowledge and many of the misconceptions prevalent in society are due to the misinterpretation of the Qur’an. He urges readers to look to the Qu’ran for revelations about science. He has a scientific understanding of the Qur’an and attempts to understand the message of the holy book by deriving the meaning of words through their roots and usage at different places and contexts, the latter being described in the Qur’an as Tasreef-e-Aayat or diversification of verses. He has shown how the meanings of words were lost in translation.

Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz was the Vice-Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. He has more than 35 years of experience in teaching, research and administration. He is a science communicator and has five books and more than 350 popular science write-ups to his credit.