Monday, December 3, 2012

New! Books - arrived December 2012

See this list of new books which have arrived from South Asia in the last weeks and will be cataloged and added to our library collections at the University of Virginia.  Most are in Alderman library, some in the Fine Arts library, and a small number in the Science and Engineering library.

Have a look, review the titles, and check them out.


Pakistani food




Food – chillis, Pakistani. Writings - Faiz, Bhisham Sahni. Architecture – Chandigarh, Orcha, Nepal.
Politics / economics – land, rice, parliament, Bengal, Punjab, tsanami. Higer education. Naxals.
History – essays, symposia, Malaviya, Mujibur, Muslims, Lucknow, Bahawalpur, Sultana Raziya, medieval.
Other - Adivasis, rural women.
  1. Gogate, S., & Jalihal, S. (2012).Romancing the chilli: Chillies & chutneys. New Delhi: Rupa Publications India.
  2. Ramzi, S. (2012). Food prints: An epicurean voyage through Pakistan : overview of Pakstani cuisine. Karachi: Oxford University Press.
  3. Faiz̤, F. A., & Kāliyā, R. (2011). Faiza kī sadī: Laghu sañcayana va vivecana. Nayī Dillī: Bhāratīya Jñanapīṭha. And a list of new Urdu books (click here)
  4. Tripathi, D. P.(2011). Celebrating Faiz. New Delhi: Vij Books India.
  5. Sahni, B., & Sahni, K. (2011). Sampūrṇa nāṭaka. Naī Dillī: Rājakamala Prakāśana. Complete plays of Bhisham Sahni.
  6. Doongaji, D. H., Puri, R. I., & Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd. (2010). Great Indian classics. Mumbai: Amar Chitra Katha. “This Amar Chitra Katha collection brings together a sample of the Indian literary tradition down the years. It starts with the works of Kalidasa, moving to Sanskrit romances of the Gupta Age, and ancient Tamil Sangam literature which was influenced by Jain and Buddhist thought.”
  7. Pai, A., & Kadam, D. (2011). Mahabharata. Mumbai: Amar Chitra Katha. 3 volumes.
  8. Sharma, S. (2009). Corb's capitol: [a journey through Chandigarh architecture]. Chandigarh: Abhishek Publications.
  9. Rothfarb, E., & Marg Foundation (India). (2012). Orchha and beyond: Design at the court of Raja Bir Singh Dev Bundela. Mumbai: Marg Foundation.
  10. Dangol, P. (2011). Elements of Nepalese temple architecture. New Delhi: Adroit Publishers.

Fistful of rice

Parliamentary directory

Minorities Bengal

Debt Punjab

Women Disaster

Higher Education
  1. Bandyopadhyay, D., Saxena, K. B., Mohanty, M., & Chakravartty, S. (2012). A fistful of dry rice: Land, equity and democracy : essays in honour of D. Bandyopadhyay. Delhi: Aakar Books.
  2. Gosvāmī, B. (2011). Saṃsadīya śabdakosha. Jayapura: Rāja Pabliśiṅga Hāusa. Dictionary parliamentary terms; with reference to India.
  3. Dasgupta, A., Togawa, M., & Barkat, A. (2011). Minorities and the state: Changing social and political landscape of Bengal. New Delhi: SAGE.
  4. Sidhu, A., & Jaijee, I. S. (2011). Debt and death in rural India: The Punjab story. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE.
  5. Enarson, E. P., & Dhar, C. P. G. (2009). Women, gender and disaster : global issues and initiatives. Los Angeles: Sage.
  6. Agarwal, P. (2009). Indian higher education: Envisioning the future. New Delhi: SAGE Publications


Jharkhand officer


History symposia

M M Malaviya

  1. Kumar, M. (2012). The Naxalite movement in Bihar: Ideology, setting, practice and outcome. New Delhi: Manak Publications.
  2. Mānasa, M. (2011). Hindi kavita ki tisari dhara. Nai Dilli: Svaraja Prakasana. Study of the
    Hindi poetry influence by Naxalbari peasant movement; covers the post 1930 period.
  3. Sāhā, H. (2011). Jhārakhaṇḍa kā sitārā: Upanyāsa. Dillī: Śubhadā Prakāśana. Novel based on a police officer and his contribution in society as social reformer.
  4. Ali, R. U.(2012). Empire in retreat: The story of India's partition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. Bagchi, A. K., Acharya, J., Ghosh, S., Mukherjee, J., & Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata.(2011). Four essays on writing economic history of colonial India. Kolkata: Published by Institute of Development Studies in association with Progressive Publishers.
  6. Jafri, S. Z. H., & Indian History Congress. (2012). Recording the progress of Indian history: Symposia papers of the Indian History Congress, 1992-2010. New Delhi: Primus Books.
  7. Maini, S. K., Pandey, V., & Chandramouli, K. (2011). Visionary of modern India: Madan Mohan Malaviya. New Delhi: Showcase.
  8. Mujibur, R. (2012). The unfinished memoirs. Karachi: Oxford university Press.
  9. Nizami, Z. A., Mohammad, J. R., Ashraf, M., Khan, S. U., & Institute of Objective Studies (New Delhi, India). (2011). The role of Muslims in the Indian freedom struggle, 1857-1947. New Delhi: Institute of Objective Studies. Added volumes 2-3 to v. 1.
  10. Singh, M. (2011). Lucknow: A city between cultures. New Delhi: Academic Foundation.



Medieval 3


Rural women

Sikh heritage
  1. Shahāmat, A. (2012). The history of Bahawalpur, with notices of the adjacent countries of Sindh, Afghanistan, Multan, and the West of India. Lahore: Sang-e-Meel Publications.
  2. Mevārāma, . (2011). Sultāna Raziyā: [Sultāna Raziyā ke jīvana para kendrita aitihāsika upanyāsa]. Nayī Dillī: Bhāratīya ñānapīṭha. Historical novel based on the life of Raziya, Sultana of Delhi, d. 1240.
  3. Siddiqi, I. H., Iraqi, S., & Bhadani, B. L. (2003). Medieval India. New Delhi: Manohar. Volume 3 of a series.
  4. Das, G. S.,& Basu, R. S. (2012). Narratives from the margins: Aspects of adivasi history in India. New Delhi: Primus Books.
  5. Dimri, J. (2012). Images and representation of the rural women: A study of the selected novels of Indian women writers. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study.
List of South Asia Notable titles in December 2012 (click here). Also a list of new Urdu books (click here)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Maps - Pakistan and more

Maps of Pakistan, from the 1960s.  Have a look.

Recently our University of Virginia catalogers have be adding India, Pakistan, and other South Asian maps to our collection.  These mostly were brought up from the Alderman library basement when it was cleared out in 2010.  They had been there since the mid-1970s along with lots of other stuff (books, magazines, census - in English and other languages).

This post concerns a set of about 50 maps, mainly of taluqs and divisions of Pakistan as it existed around 1967.  They are reproductions based on late 19th century (the 1880s) maps.  They have very basic information - town and village names, roads, rivers, hills, and geographic locations.

The 50-60 Pakistani map do not cover all of the Pakistan area - missing are some places like Karachi, Raulpindi, etc.

More than half are 'new' (new location names with longitude and latitude, etc.) were added to OCLC by one of our catalogers, since none existed before in that database. The language is Sindhi. The company which produced them, and is a good search term, is the "Haqqi Brothers."

Here's the Haqqi Brothers Map list

Have a look at two samples.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pakistani Urdu Cinema - New arrivals June 2012

Have you viewed any of these Pakistani Urdu DVD sets? If you have, or know about them - tell me what you think or anything more about them.  Thanks.  

Four new sets of Pakistani Urdu DVDs arrived within the 6 packages of LC materials on the 19th of June 2012.
(22 June 2012, Philip McEldowney)

K̲h̲ān, Marīnah, Nadeem, Bushra Ansari, Saba Pervaiz, and Jawaid Shaikh.Ḍolī kī āʼe gī bārāt. Karachi: Geo Television Network, 2010.

Fazil, Mohammad Jawed, Sohail Mehmood Butt, Nūrulhudāʹ Shāhu, Talat Hussain, Faisal Qurashi, Momar Rana, Nadeem, Saba Pervaiz, Sania Saeed, and Shabbir Jan.Bebāk. Ep. 1-18. Karachi: HumTV, 2010.

Nawaz, Yasir, Hassan Zia, Vaṣī Shāh, Iffat Omar, Sajid Hassan, Adnan Siddiqui, and Shamoon Abbasi.Thoṛī sī vafā cāhiyʼe vafā jab jafā ban jāʼe to ghar ṭūṭ jāte hain̲ Ep. 1-17. Karachi: Geo Television Network, 2010.

Javed Jabbar, Mehreen Jabbar, Nandita Das, Rashid Farooqi, Māriyah Vasṭī, and Nauman Ejaz.Rāmcand Pākistānī. [Karachi]: Geo Television Network, 2008.

New arrivals 20 June 2012

Two new titles just came in to Alderman Library - which were requested by faculty or staff.  Always nice that requested titles show up quickly.

One is our very own Mehr Farooqi's newly published book "Urdu literary culture : vernacular modernity in the writing of Muhammad Hasan Askari"  Lovely and interesting topic, and lovely cover. See

The other is a 'new' translation of the Arabian Nights or "The Arabian nights : tales of 1001 nights" with translator M C Lyons and others. See
and have a good read of the 3 volumes

Enjoy these and other new arrivals in Alderman library, or at your library!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring's gems of wisdom - lectures and seminars

Spring 2012 provided us with many gems of wisdom - lectures, seminars, talks, presentations, discussions.  Here are photos of a few - 

But first, let's remember the wonderful symposium from last semester, Fall 2011.
Photos "The Literary City in South Asia: An Interdisciplinary Symposium," 2-3 November 2011, Wednesday and Thursday.  In Newcomb Hall.  Great presentations and discussions over two days.

“Scholars and Spies: The Early Emergence of South Asian Area Studies, and Reflections on its Future” Nicholas Dirks (Columbia University) Friday 10 February 2012. Jefferson Hall. The first in a lecture Series titled "The Future of Indian Studies"

"Modern Indian Art and the University Art Museum" by Rebecca Brown (John Hopkins University)
Campbell 153. Tuesday 28 February 2012. A Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia.  View a video slideshow

“Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement” by Farzaneh Milani (Professor and Department Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages, University of Virginia) Friday, February 24, 2012. 1-3pm. Brooks Hall.

Deepak Singh reads from his book "Chasing America: Of Lollipops,  Night Clubs and Ferocious Dogs" Part of the Festival of the Book, its panel "Memoirs: Cultural Leaps" Friday. 23rd March 2012 at 2:00 PM Barnes and Noble.  View a video

"Studying Contemporary India: Questions and Methods Beyond the Concerns of American Academia" by Devesh Kapur (University of Pennsylvania) Friday, 23rd March 23rd 2012. 3:00pm. Jefferson Hall. The second in our lecture series on "The Future of Indian Studies" 
"Uncertain urbanism: Chandigarh in the age of globalization" by Vikram Prakash (University of Washington) Friday 30th March 2012. 5 pm. Campbell Hall. The first Cox lecture.
“India and the Future of Philology” by Sheldon Pollock (Columbia University). 
Thursday 19 April 2012. 4:00 pm. Jefferson Hall. The third in the lecture Series titled "The Future of Indian Studies"
"The Idea of Non Alignment and Contemporary Indian Grand Strategy"  by Srinath Raghavan (Center for Policy Analysis Delhi) Tuesday 24th April 2012. 3:00 PM at Nau 342. Sponsored by University of Virginia’s Center for South Asian Studies and the Department of Politics.

"The Global Future of South Asian Studies" by Mark Juergensmeyer (University of California,
Santa Barbara). Thursday 26th April 2012. 3pm. Jefferson Hall. The fourth and final lecture in the "Future of Indian Studies" series. 


"Communitas and the Anthropology of Experience" by Edith Turner. Friday 27th April 2012. 1 pm. Brooks Hall. The Friday Speaker Series by the University of Virginia Department of Anthropology.

And now, looking forward to more gems of wisdom in the coming academic year - Fall 2012 and Sping 2013.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Can non-dancers do a Bollywood dance?

April, the month of Fools, but no fools here. Rather lots of new South Asia resources which have arrived in Alderman library - videos (list A and list B), and books in English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Persian, etc.

But maybe a little foolishness, before the interesting, serious books, R Sarma, asks "Can non-dancers do a Bollywood dance?" (in his book"Dance with jhalak dikhhla jaa.") What do you think?

Two collected works head this list - one by S. Kakar and one by Andre Beteille. Next P. Yogesa writes on the rulers of Oudh, while G Omvedt tries to understand caste from Buddha to Ambedkar and beyond. S. Chattopadhyay examines Muzaffar Ahmad, an early communist in Calcutta, while T. Weber considers Gandhi's relationship with Western women.  R. Govinda asks "Who goes to school?" Next, while M. Gottlob looks at the history and politics in post-colonial India, N Jayarm covers the subject of the diversity in the Indian diaspora, and G. K. Nagappa considers the place of the Bhagavad Gita in the nationalist discourse.  Then there are two volumes on the history of India's environment, as well as writings of D. R. Gadgil on the Indian economy, and the Maharashtra volumes of the "People of India" series. Four books on art or photography follow - one on the Indian painter Naisukh of Guler, one on Indian bronzes, and the photographs of Forgotten Dilli and Varanasi's civilization. The lighter fare ends this list with R Sarma's "Dance" book, along with books on diet, Gordon Ramsay's Indian recipes, and cookbooks from a Chettinad kitchen and on Konkani saraswat food.

The most recent annual editions of the Guide to Indian Periodical literature (2010) and Who's who in the India Parliament (Fifteenth) also have been added, as well as an interesting and colorful ebook on Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka.

Have a look, check them out.