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HT Picks; New Reads

ByHT Team
Mar 24, 2023 04:04 PM IST

On the reading list this week is a book that looks at the challenges facing Indian women scientists, a memoir that chronicles a lifetime of service to the Tibetan cause, and a volume that ruminates on the influence of the ideas of writers, thinkers, poets and public figures

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This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book on Indian women scientists, a memoir of a lifetime spent serving the Dalai Lama, and essays that look at the influence of the ideas of writers and thinkers. (HT Team)
This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book on Indian women scientists, a memoir of a lifetime spent serving the Dalai Lama, and essays that look at the influence of the ideas of writers and thinkers. (HT Team)

302pp, ₹499; Penguin (Thought-provoking conversations with Indian women scientists)
302pp, ₹499; Penguin (Thought-provoking conversations with Indian women scientists)

From Bhopal to Bhubaneswar, from Bangalore to Jammu, Aashima Dogra and Nandita Jayaraj engage in thought-provoking conversations with scientists like Gagandeep Kang, Rohini Godbole, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Prajval Shastri, as well as researchers at earlier stages of their scientific careers. These dialogues about the triumphs and challenges faced by women offer fresh perspectives on the gender gap that continues to haunt Indian science today.India’s labs are brimming with inspiring stories of women persisting in science despite facing everything from apathy, stereotypes, and sexism to systemic and organizational challenges. These stories reveal both a broken system and the attempts by extraordinary women working to fix it. By questioning whether India is doing enough to support its women in science and if western models of science and feminism can truly be applied in India, the authors not only offer a comprehensive examination of the state of women in science but also offer a road map for the way forward.*

Memoirs of a lifetime in pursuit of a reunited Tibet

800pp, ₹ 799; HarperCollins (A chronicle of the author’s service to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause)
800pp, ₹ 799; HarperCollins (A chronicle of the author’s service to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause)

Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari spent decades drawing attention to the plight of the Tibetan people and striving for the resolution of the Tibetan-Chinese conflict. He was the Dalai Lama’s special envoy and chief negotiator with the People’s Republic of China in the formal negotiations over the status of Tibet. In this revealing memoir, Gyari chronicles his lifetime of service to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause.He recounts his work conducting formal dialogue with the Chinese leadership from 2002 to 2012, as well as his efforts during the many years of quiet diplomacy preceding these historic negotiations. He details the fits and starts of the parties’ relationship, addressing successes as well as failures, and highlighting misperceptions, missteps and missed opportunities on both sides. Gyari grounds the recollections of his time as special envoy in his life experiences, providing a powerful account of the personal side of Tibet’s struggles. He describes the Tibetan resistance to the Chinese invasion and the tumultuous early years of the Tibetan community in exile, as well as his family’s history and spiritual lineage. A reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist lama forced to flee Tibet during the Chinese invasion, Gyari illuminates how his political efforts fulfilled his spiritual calling.Informed by his unparalleled experiences, Gyari offers realisable-but-provocative-recommendations for restarting the Tibetan-Chinese dialogue to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution of the issue. For all readers interested in Tibet’s complex modern history, this book offers an incomparable look inside the decades-long effort to achieve the Dalai Lama’s vision of a reunited Tibet.*

History, literature, and society’s fault lines

260pp, ₹795; Nirala Publications (A volume that ruminates on the influence of the ideas of writers, thinkers, poets and public figures)
260pp, ₹795; Nirala Publications (A volume that ruminates on the influence of the ideas of writers, thinkers, poets and public figures)

A volume that examines how individuals interact, respond to and are influenced by historical ideas and figures, Men’s Lib ruminates on the effects of the ideas of writers, thinkers, poets and public figures as diverse as Edward Said, Maulana Azad, Brajkishore Prasad, Nagarjun, Barack Obama, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Vishnu Khare, Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes, and Mangalesh Dabral, to name a few. With the gender discourse presented as the leitmotif of all dialogue, this book looks at how a person develops perspectives on multilayered subjects. History, literature, thinking on contemporary sociocultural fault lines, the translation of ideas and texts, and personal memoir all come together in this volume. As Claudia Kaiser, Vice-President, Frankfurt Book Fair has pointed out, “many of the essays are perfect to get a better understanding of today’s India.”*

*All matter from book flap.

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