Thursday, July 20, 2017

Celebrate the Third Annual T-Shirt Week

Wear a t-shirt next week, come to the daily photo shoot.
(Details below of when, who, where, what - too many words? Forget the details - Just do it!)

Join us* in celebrating the Third Annual T-Shirt Week at the library, starting next Monday the 24th of July 2017, continuing all week to be topped off with Hawaiian shirt day on the last Friday of July (this year the 28th of July).

This is completely voluntary.

*Us = anyone, or specifically all who work at the Libraries, including staff, librarians, workers – AND those who otherwise work in the Libraries (that includes Papers people and others), plus any and all guests, friends, and family who might be around next week to join us, a fantastic bunch of people.

Noon Photo Shoot – (we click the camera at 12:05, be there) every day, on the steps of Alderman Library. Show off your T-Shirt.  But, if you can’t make the shoot, please take some selfies or have someone take a photo of you with  your fellow library participants, and send them to us (

Suggested, Optional Themes - for the Third Annual T-Shirt Week (2017), topics and / or colors. These are completely up to you, your preferences to wear a shirt of the day’s theme or color, or to ignore them and wear what you want.

If you can’t make it every day, come at least once during the week – not just from Alderman, but other libraries, Special Collections, SEL, Music, Fine Arts, etc.  Gordon Ave? City?

*Monday (24th July) Local or Monticello or Charlottesville connected day. Alternative – any shirt with an animal on it (Warner) or “Geek Galore” Day.  Break out those obscure references, those Firefly shirts, those corny knock-knock joke shirts … just a thought (R. Peters) Suggested color = RED
*Tuesday (25th July) Cruise, road trip, travel, visits, Semester at Sea day. Suggested color = BLUE or GREEN
*Wed (26th July) University of Virginia (sports or general), or some other University or College you like or attended. Suggested color = ORANGE
*Thursday (27th July) Vintage T-Shirt day (Warner), or Music, concert, band day. Suggested color = WHITE and / or BLACK
*Friday (28th July) Hawaiian or snazzy shirt day (since Ellen and others don’t have an Hawaiian shirt, just wear a snazzy or colorful one). Suggested color = MIXED
Do you remember the 2 minute TShirt Dance of the first annual t-shirt week?
Here’s Poe all t-shirted from way back in 2007+
--Philip McEldowney

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Some summer reading (2017 July)

                                                                                                      On the cover of Biblio Ap-June 2017
The April-June 2017 Biblio’s table of contents is at
We (UVa) do not subscribe to the expensive online digital version, but we do have an airmail subscription for the print edition, located in our Asian periodicals room on the 2nd floor of Alderman
    In this Biblio issue - some articles on the Tebhaga Women’s Movement,
    * a book on the “Liberation of Sita” (translated from Telegu),
    * “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows,”
     * history of Indian sport,
     * “Maid in India,”
     * “Memior of a Sri Lankan Housemaid,” and
     * “Love in Chakiwara. . .” by Muhammad Khalid Akhtar, translated from Urdu by Bilal Tanweer, etc.
    Z1035.A1 B43 CURRENT ISSUES IN THE ASIAN STUDIES ROOM in Alderman 2nd floor.

   From the Telegraph
     *It’s review of Chakiwara 2017 June 9, p. 12 Tales from a lost time “Love in Chakiwara” Muhammad Khalid Akhtar
   *there’s an interesting article on Bengali food
  2017 June 25 Dum Mast Must (Food over time)
    *About the Beatles and Indians 2017 June 10, p. 4 “Forgotten Indians in Beatles album tracked”
    *R. Guha on Harijan term 2017 June 10, p. 10 Rise and fall of the term ‘Harijan’ R. Guha
    *R. Guha on Modi and Shah 2017 June 24 p. 16 Guha on Modi and Shah
    *Food again 2017 June 9, p., Paperback – Shared tables: Family Stories and recipes from Poona to La by Kaumudi Marathe. More about people, but see her earlier “The Essential Marathi Cookbook.
     Shared Tables listed on WorldCat at with link to Amazon $20.76
     We have the earlier work (Marathi Cookbook) listed on WorldCat Our copy is in Alderman

There are also 5 recent books from India in Alderman Library
   which includes G̲h̲āliba ke patra Now checked out
    and on Mir or Mīra Kī Kavitā. Etc – daughters, environment, and Muslim women in medieval India

Or 7 titles, even more recently from India which are titles on Pakistan creation, Mahasweta Devi’s “Subaltern speaks,” Bhagat Singh’s Jail notebook, another Tantric Studies volume, “Bengali women in love, 1850-1930,” the “Indian Ocean Civilization,” and even Modi on the environment and climate change!
     Enjoy – sorry if this is too long a list, too dense – but there’s some great or at least interesting stuff here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Titles recommended in July 2017

[send me YOUR recommendations -]
Recommended books as of July 2017
By Philip McEldowney

1. The dalliance of leopards : a thriller / Stephen Alter.
Alter, Stephen, author.
call number:PS3551 .L77 D35 2017

2. A house called Askival / Merryn Glover.
Glover, Merryn, author.
call number:PR6107 .L68 H68 2014         

3. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Arundhati Roy
PR9499.3 .R59 M56 2017 (2 copies, both checked out) Audio book

4. The end of imagination / Arundhati Roy.
Roy, Arundhati, author.
call number:PR9499.3 .R59 A6 2016

5. In the Jungles of the Night: A Novel About Jim Corbett
Stephen Alter. New Delhi : Aleph Book Company, 2016.
Item is on order at   
Not available yet (as of June 2017) in Amazon, but maybe through from This title, costing US$ 7.00 with Shipping at US$ 15.74 = $22.74.

Now – some food books -
6. Feasts and fasts : a history of food in India.
Colleen Taylor Sen. London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2015. $12.92 paperback

7. First food : culture of taste.
Vibha Varshney; Aditya Misra, (Editor); Priya Talwar; Richard Mahapatra; Centre for Science and Environment (New Delhi, India), New Delhi : Centre for Science and Environment, [2017] $49.99 paperback

8. Shared tables : family stories and recipes from poona to la.
Kaumudi Marathé. [S.l.] : SPEAKING TIGER BOOKS, 2017. $14.87 paperback
9. The essential Marathi cookbook.
Kaumudi Marathé. New Delhi ; New York : Penguin Books, 2009.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Second Annual Sweat Shirt Week Monday 6th March – Friday 10th March 2017.

Celebrate Spring by wearing your favorite colorful attire to work. Leave the winter doldrums behind. 

Join us. [Do you remember the First T-Shirt Week? ]
Announcing the Second Annual Sweat Shirt Week Monday 6th March – Friday 10th March 2017.
1. Now (March 2nd 2017), get ready for the Second Annual Sweat Shirt Week at the University of Virginia libraries, starting on Monday the 6th of March and running all work week ending Friday the 10th March 2017.
2. Okay – we know it might be warmish weather so this Sweat Shirt Week will include the option of T-shirts and other shirts or attire, plus sweat shirts.

3. Wear your favorite T- or Sweat shirts to work during the week – no, this is not a requirement, it is completely voluntary and in the spirit of fun.  Be creative and join in the spring celebrations.

4. Every day at noon we will gather at the steps of Alderman Library for a photo shoot. Smile! Come on over from any of the libraries – SEL, Music, Fine Arts, Clemons, Special Collections, etc. or from anywhere. Join us. If you can’t make it, have someone take a photo of you in your T- or Sweat Shirt and get it to me. More photos the better.

5. Also completely optional – NOT required, but some suggestions of daily themes

6th March Monday. Green (sweat shirts, T-shirts, plain shirts, sweaters, ribbons, pin, etc).. Yes, St Pat’s is more than a week away, but we’re a little early.
7th March Tuesday Reds Celebrating the colorful Tuesday (or pinks or purples) Sports T or Sweat shirts
8st March Wed. Its Spring Blues (blue sky, blue water, blues, blues) Schools / College T- or Sweat shirts
9rd March Thursday is a Dual day Either A. black, browns, dullness, the earth.  Environment, nature, parks, beaches, places, locations. T- or Sweat shirts. Or B. Yellows, brighten up, sun, sun, sun o or Organizations such as ALA, Semester at Sea, Charlottesville, cities T- or Sweat shirts
10th March Friday Whites! Cleanliness, celebration, pureness. Or your most favorite T- or Sweat shirt, whatever color or theme.

Send us any suggestions or comments, which might improve this event. Looking forward to hearing from you - write us at
Tell others - publicize it among your friends and fellow workers. The more the merrier.

Here’s photos of the First Annual Sweat Shirt Week at the University of Virginia March 17-25 2016

Monday, February 20, 2017

October 2016 Bibliography of South Asian Titles

October 2016 Bibliography of South Asian Titles

See web page -
WorldCat listing
Description: 33 South Asia titles or books received from South Asia to add to Alderman Library at the University of Virginia. Mostly English, but also Urdu, Persian, and Hindi language books. On literature, food, history, religion, folk tales, folk medicine, Buddhism, Sufism, cinema, Tagore, Ambedkar, Andhra Communists, Modi, ecology, historical maps, the Ganges river; many on Pakistan.

Bibliography of South Asian Titles 2016 October
Books published in South Asia
Philip McEldowney 2016 October 10
South Asia Library Guide or South Asia Studies websit
Worldcat lists these titles at
Topics (in order) Persian and Urdu, Pakistan cinema, crafts, persons (Tagrore, Ambedkar, Modi, etc.), historical, social, folk, religious, and literature.
Ahadis va aqval 1. Ahadis va aqval dar divan-i hakim Sanayi Ghaznavi. Nazari, Mah, Sanai al-Ghaznavi,Abu al-Majd Majdud ibn Adam. 2015. Persian poetry -- 747-1500 -- History and criticism. Criticism and interpretation.
Jameel Jalibi ya Urdu adab ki tareekh2. Jamil Jalibi ya Urdu adab ki tarikh = Jameel Jalibi ya Urdu adab ki tareekh. Jamil, Khavar, Pasha,Mustafa Kamal. 2015. Study on contribution of Jamil Jalibi, born 1928, Urdu scholar and critic in writing of Urdu literature history. Urdu literature -- History and criticism.
Recipes of Pakistani Shef Zakir3. Shef Zakir signature. Quraishi, Zakir. 2014. Recipes of Pakistani cuisine. Cooking, Pakistani.
Pakistani cinema4. Cinema and society : film and social change in Pakistan. Khan, Ali, Ahmad,Ali Nobil. 2016. Motion pictures -- Pakistan -- History. Social aspects -- Pakistan.
Crafts of Madhya Pradesh5. Chapa : the imprints of crafts : Madhya Pradesh. Seth, Devika, Gaatha Handicrafts (Ahamadabad, India), Madhya Pradesh Hastashilp evam Hathkargha Vikas Nigam Ltd. 2013. On the handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh, India.
Towards Tagore6. Towards Tagore. Dasgupta, Sanjukta, Mukhopadhyaya, Ramakumara, Ganguly, Swati, Visva-Bharati. 2014. Criticism, interpretation
Memoir of a woman communist leader from Andhra Pradesh7. The sharp knife of memory : a memoir. Kotesvaramma, Kondapalli. 2015. Memoir of a woman communist leader from Andhra Pradesh and wife of Kondapalli Sitaramayya, communist leader.
Ambedkar8. Ambedkar : an economist extraordinaire. Jadhav, Narendra. 2015. Political and social views.
Modi's world9. Modi's world : expanding India's sphere of influence. Raja Mohan, C. 2015. Modi, Narendra, -- 1950- -- Political and social views.
British historiography of South Asia 10. British historiography of South Asia : aspects of early Imperial patterns and perceptions. Shafique, Muhammad,National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (Pakistan), 2016.
Historical geography11. Historical geography of the colonial Punjab : 1849-1947. Tiwana,Darbara Singh. 2015.
picturesque Gangs12. A picturesque tour along the rivers Ganges and Jumna in India : consisting of twenty-four highly finished and coloured views, a map, and vignettes, from original drawings made on the spot ; with illustrations, historical, and descriptive. Forrest, Charles Ramus, National Archives of India. 2015.
Angelic appeals for Jinnah13. Angelic appeals : children's letters of love and inspiration to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, 1939-1848. Malik,Nadeem Shafiq. 2015. Children -- Charitable contributions -- Pakistan -- Correspondence.
Partitioned histories14. Partitioned histories : the other side of your story. Sachdeva, Arjun, Patel, Sanaya, Hameed, Alizeh, Raja, Noorzadeh,Hidayatullah, Haris. 2016. Bengal (India) -- History -- Partition, 1905 and 1947.
Mughal-Afghan relations15. Mughal-Afghan relations in South Asia : history and developments. Yaqubi, Himayatullah, National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (Pakistan). 2015. Mogul Empire -- Politics and government.
Remotely colonial - Balochistan16. Remotely colonial : history and politics in Balochistan. Swidler, Nina. 2014. Kalat District (Pakistan) -- History. Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 19th century.
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Older and Rural women17. Elderly women in Indian village : tradition and transition. Vandana Kumari. 2015. Older and Rural women -- India -- Satwasa -- Social conditions.
Educational crisis and reform18. Educational crisis and reform : perspectives from South Asia. Rashid, Abbas, Muzaffar, Irfan. South Asian Free Media Association. 2015. Educational change -- South Asia.
19. Traditional and folk herbal medicine : recent researches. V. K. Gupta. New Delhi: Daya Pub. House, 2012.
Folk tales from Odisha20. Folktales of a forgotten folk. Samuel Dani. 2015. Folk tales of Kamar, Indic people, from Odisha, India. Kamar (Indic people) -- India -- Nuapada (District) -- Folklore.
Sufi saints21. Sufi saints and their contribution : (with spl.ref. to North-Western Uttar Pradesh from 13th to 17th century). Tariq Khan. . 2015. Chishtiyah -- India -- Uttar Pradesh -- History.
Kumbha Mela22. Confluence of faith : Kumbh 2013 = Kumbha Mela 2013, Prayaga, Ilahabada. Dubey, D. P., Roy, Arindam, Neelabh, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., Uttar Pradesh (India), Information and Public Relations Department. 2013. Hindu pilgrims and pilgrimages -- India -- Allahabad.
Poem on Gautama Buddha23. Jinalankara : Hindi anuvada sahita mula Pali-patha evam vistrta tippani. Buddhadatta, Sakya, Jnanaditya,Buddhadatta., Buddhadatta. 2015. Poem on Gautama Buddha; Pali text with Hindi translation; includes exhaustive introduction.
forgotten form of Shiva24. Bhadreshvara : a forgotten form of Shiva in India and South-East Asia. Sahai, Sachchidanand. 2016.
Bactria Buddhist iconography25. Buddhist iconography of northern Bactria. Abdullaev, K. A., Betts, Alison, Kidd, Fiona, University of Sydney.,Central Asian Programme. 2015. Buddhist art -- Bactria.
The Madhyamika26. The Madhyamika's conception of truth and error with special reference to Acarya Stong Kha Pa. Tsewang, Lobzang, Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (Leh, India). 2010.
ecological awareness in Buddhacarita27. Buddhacarita mem paryavarana cetana. Gautama, Ramaheta. 2016. Study on ecological awareness in Buddhacarita, poem by Asvaghosa, Buddhist poet and philosopher.
Christian missions in Bihar and Jharkhand28. Christian missions in Bihar and Jharkhand till 1947 : a study by P.C. Horo. Horo, P. C., Kalapura, Jose, Gossner Theological College. 2014.
Devotional love in the Braj poetry29. Bhaktikavya ka uttarardha : (atharahavim satabdi ke Brajabhasha kavya mem premabhakti). Avasthi, Devisankara. 2015. Study of the portrayal of devotional love in the Braj poetry; covers the period 18th century.
story of Rama30. Bharatiya bhashaom mem Ramakatha : Bangla bhasha. Simha, Yogendra Pratapa, Misra, Hariscandra,Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan. 2015. Contributed articles on the story of Rama, Hindu deity, in Bengali poetry.
Persian poetry31. Zir-i in nakhl-i buland : justarhayi dar mukhatabshinasi-i Shahnamah. Yahaqqi, Muhammad Jafar. 2015. Persian poetry -- 747-1500 -- History and criticism.
Magical mongoose - Bhutan children's story32. The magical mongoose & the Dzambhala. Gyaltshen, Pema, Bhattarai,Chand Kumar. 2015. Bhutan - Juvenile audience.
Persian wit and humor33. Asan yih vazi. Saki, Riza, Mahdinizhad, Umid,Hamidi, Mina. 2015. Persian wit and humor.
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