Thursday, 24 July 2014

Flipkart eLearning


Flipkart, India's largest e-commerce marketplace, announced the launch of its e-learning category. With over 1,900 products and titles, this category will offer an exhaustive range of e-learning material, certification courses and online tests catering to students with a variety of requirements.

With this announcement, Flipkart will be extending its virtual academic books category to feature a selection of offerings for students in schools, colleges as well as students appearing for competitive exams.

Study material from reputed brands such as Career Launcher, Edurite, EduKart, Merit Nation, TCY Online and Practice Guru, will be a part of this selection. Also, Flipkart will continue to expand its e-learning portfolio with exclusive offerings for students with varied needs.

Commenting on the launch, Nipun Mehra, Sr. Director - Retail, Flipkart, said, "Learning is going digital. Both eBooks and digital coursework are seeing increasing adoption and Flipkart is well-positioned to service the need. The availability of eBooks, certificate courses and online tests — all on one platform, will make the entire process of buying/accessing e-learning material easy for students who form a significant part of our customer base today."

Another one good news from flipkart that they are announced special offer for this eLearning category as introductory offer. Flipkart will be providing exclusive offers with up to 100 per cent cash-back on purchase of products under the e-learning category. Additionally, as a value addition to customers of books, free shipping on all books orders for a limited period.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Buy The Mirror Knows the Truth and Other Stories (English): Book
Description of The Mirror Knows the Truth and Other Stories (English) (Paperback) by Kusum Ansal
People feel that the position I have acquired, after transcending painful memories, is full of happiness.

I am happy, married to a rich and successful doctor. I have two adorable children and servants.

Status, dignity, prestige - I lack nothing. But my heart is not in my surroundings and I don't seem to know why.

An eclectic collection, the mirror knows the truth and other stories offers a kaleidoscopic range of human emotions, from love, longing and loneliness, to the discrimination faced by the minorities with in society.

It was my day poignantly describes the marriage anniversary of a middle-aged woman, spent aching for a gesture of affection from her ever-busy husband, the pigeon story chronicles the various discrimination's and the general lack of empathy among people, as perceived by the birds and, in the title story, a mirror faithfully records the goings-on in an affluent, upper-caste family which adopts Kalyani, a girl from a lower caste and raises as a daughter.

Evocative, sensitive and nuanced, the mirror knows the truth and other stories is a compelling exploration of the myriad complexities of the human psyche.

Interesting facts
  • An evocative, sensitive and nuanced collection of stories that compellingly explore the myriad complexities of the human psyche.
  • Fleshed out and rounded characters from different strata of society whom the readers would have encountered at some point in real life.
  • The mirror knows the truth and other stories is a powerful collection that deals with important themes of love, identity, relationships and self-discovery.

About the Author

A prolific writer, Kusum Ansals repertoire comprises novels, poems, short stories and travelogues. Her books have been translated into English, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Greek, Russian and French. Her novel Ek Aur Panchvatiwas adapted into the film, Panchvati, by Basu Bhattacharya, for which she wrote the screenplay and dialogues. She has also contributed to television, the all India radio and the Indian progression writers theatre association. An avid nature lover and a qualified Ikebana teacher, she enjoys flowers as a subject and has written several articles on it.

She has a masters degree in psychology from Aligarh Muslim university and a PhD in Hindi literature from Punjab university. She organises a monthly literary meet, Samvad, for creative writers of all languages and has been actively involved with organisations working in the field of education and social services. She is the director of Chiranjiv Bharti school and has been the recipient of several awards, including the international women entrepreneurial challenge award.

Specifications of The Mirror Knows the Truth and Other Stories (English) (Paperback) by Kusum Ansal
Publisher Rupa Publications India
Publication Year 2014 July
ISBN-13 9788129134523
ISBN-10 8129134527
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 406 Pages
Book Type Fiction Book

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Buy Capital : A Portrait of Twenty - First Century Delhi (English): Book
Description of Capital : A Portrait of Twenty - First Century Delhi (English) (Hardcover) by Rana Dasgupta

Delhi, the capital of the nation. Delhi, the city that everyone has been deeming unsafe since about a decade or so. Delhi, the only city in the country which lives in dichotomy of the kind which is weird – on one hand it wants to propel the country towards development and on the other; it does not even give enough room for progress. However, Rana Dasgupta's book, "Capital" not only looks at this Delhi but also at the other side of the city.

"Capital" is a stark account of Delhi as seen by Rana and also balancing it with people inhabiting the city. There are interviews, accounts, theories and speculations. Rana sees the city not in isolation. He makes it relevant to the country and to the world. The writing is raw and makes no bones about the city, nor does he try to defend it. He just says it the way it is and the reader will only cherish a book of this nature.

Globalization had brought about a sudden and rapid change in the world. In this book, Rana Dasgupta gives us his experience of this change that came about in the city of Delhi when India's economy was exposed to the world.

Summary of the Book

When Rana Dasgupta first arrived at Delhi it was not his intention to stay for too long. Except, he fell in love with the city. Fourteen years later, he returned to Delhi for good and made it his home. During this time was when India's economy was exposed for the world to see, and globalization brought about a change in the city. This change took place in very less time and Delhi was suddenly a city that came to be known across the world.

Wealth and power came in plenty and the whole city underwent a drastic change in accordance to this. Every soul in the city was affected by the change.

About the Author

Rana Dasgupta is a British- Indian writer. He studied at Balliol college, Oxford. His other novels include Tokyo Canceled and Solo. Today, he lives in Delhi with his partner Ms. Narula. He was called one of Britain's best novelists in 2010 by The Daily Telegraph.

Specifications of Capital : A Portrait of Twenty - First Century Delhi (English) (Hardcover) by Rana Dasgupta
Publisher HarperCollins
Imprint Fourth Estate
Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13 9789350297933
ISBN-10 9350297930
Language English
Edition 1st
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 496 Pages
Book Type Non Fiction Book

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The Path Unexplored (English) by A. Sivathanu Pillai

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Description of The Path Unexplored (English) by A. Sivathanu Pillai
This book describes the journey of BrahMos which made India a World Leader in missile technology with the fastest, high precision supersonic cruise Missile, realized in short time with a novel collaborative effor beteen India and Russia. It is the first time experience in an unexplored path to demonstrate " we can do it".

Specifications of The Path Unexplored (English) by A. Sivathanu Pillai
Publisher Pentagon Press
Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13 9788182747906
ISBN-10 8182747902
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 298 Pages

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Buy Chanakya Returns : A Novel (English): Book
Description of Chanakya Returns : A Novel (English) (Hardcover) by Timeri N. Murari

It all starts with a question: What shapes human lives, the love of power or the power of love?

A political thriller like none other! Avanti is the daughter of the leader of an unnamed state. She thinks highly of Chanakya – the political tutor and mentor of Chandragupta Maurya. And guess what? Chanakya is reborn in the present world and is there giving sound advice once again. This time though the decisions are harder, the ones between love and power, and what they hold for Avanti. She needs to choose quick as her would-be tutor needs answers. 
The book in essence is an invigorating read. It does demand some attention and pondering, however that is only valid given the context. The writing is stark and precise. I would not classify this as a quick read. It will take some time to get through it. Having said that, it is extremely readable and will make you see Chanakya in the modern scenario and situations.

 

Chanakya Returns is a political thriller from Timeri N. Murari.

Summary of the Book

Avanti is the only daughter of the leader of an unnamed Indian state. She is also the student of Chanakya, the military genius responsible for the Mauryan empire and the writer of the Arthashaastra. He was once exiled from his homeland, and returned with a young boy in tow as his protégé, the boy who history remembers as Chandragupta Maurya. Greek scholars sang his praises, and even Alexander the Great acknowledged his military prowess. Long dead, Chanakya is reborn into the current world and poses an eternal question before Avanti. What shapes human lives, the power of love or the love of power? Avanti needs to choose soon, and she knows that it must be a question of the utmost importance for the man who poses it is a genius known for his military and political machinations. Under his tutelage, Avanti can follow in the footsteps of Chandragupta Maurya and become yet another successful student of the genius master. She has everything to lose, and everything to gain in this exciting thriller that will glue readers to their seats.

About Timeri N. Murari

Timeri N. Murari is an Indian novelist and journalist. Some of his earlier works include: The Marriage, Taj, The Taliban Cricket Club, and Children of the Enchanted Jungle.

Born and raised in Chennai, India, Murari studied electronics engineering in UK and later switched majors to History and Political Science at the McGill University, Montreal. He has previously contributed to several prominent newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan among others. He has also written film documentaries, including a series in three parts entitled Only in America.

Specifications of Chanakya Returns : A Novel (English) (Hardcover) by Timeri N. Murari
Publisher Aleph Book Company
Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13 9789383064021
ISBN-10 9383064021
Language English
Edition 1st
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 264 Pages
Book Type Fiction Book

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Buy The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (English): Book
Description of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Paperback) by Stephen R. Covey, Jim Collins
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change focuses on seven traits that a person must develop in order to be successful and happy. These include not just personality traits but also the persons deeper character traits. Stephen R. Covey was working on his doctoral thesis in the course of which he reviewed self-help literature of the past 200 years. This was in the 1970s. He found that while self-help books from the 1920s onwards began to stress on personality traits, the older books all laid emphasis on character development. Covey says that there has to be a balance between the two. While the twentieth century books began to focus more on achieving success in life and concentrated on personality ethics, Covey says character development is more fundamental.

He says that personality ethics has to be built upon a solid foundation of character ethics. This includes values like integrity, courage, a sense of justice and honesty. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change calls the elements that make up Character Ethic primary traits, while it defines Personality Ethic elements as secondary traits.

The book then discusses seven habits that a person must cultivate in order to live a more fulfilling life. It takes the readers through three stages of character development, dependence, independence and interdependence. The first stage is the state that a person is born in, as a child is necessarily dependent on others to fulfil its needs. Independence comes later as the child grows and learns to take care of itself. The third stage is interdependence, when a person learns to live with others, in a cooperative manner. The first three habits mark the progress from dependence to independence. These include being proactive and have the ability to plan and prioritize their activities to achieve their goals.

The next three traits are about interdependence. Human beings are social animals, so they must learn to live and work effectively with each other. So, these three habits stress the importance of seeking mutually beneficial relationships, to learn empathy and to integrate different ideas and approaches by working as a team. The seventh habit is Sharpen the Saw, that is renewal. It is concerned with rejuvenating ones energy and internal resources through techniques like prayer, yoga, meditation, reading good books and so on. This book was included in Time magazines list of the 25 most Influential Business Management Books.

About the Author

Stephen R. Covey was an American self-help author and speaker. His other books include Spiritual Roots of Human Relations, Principle Centered Leadership, The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child At a Time and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. Stephen R. Covey was born in 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a Doctor of Religious Education and he also had an MBA from Harvard University. He founded the Stephen R. Covey and Associates which later became Franklin Covey after merging with Franklin Quest. The firm offers productivity tools and training for both organizations and individuals. He received numerous awards including the Golden Gavel Award, The Sikhs 1998 International Man of Peace Award and the International Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Specifications of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Paperback) by Stephen R. Covey, Jim Collins

Publisher Simon And Schuster
Publication Year 2004
ISBN-13 9781471131820
ISBN-10 1471131823
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 375 Pages

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Buy How to Win Friends and Influence People (English): Book
Description of How to Win Friends and Influence People (Paperback) by Dale Carnegie

How To Win Friends And Influence People includes tips and techniques about improving conversational skills, gaining new clients, making friends quickly, and changing the way people think.

Summary Of The Book

How To Win Friends And Influence People was first published in 1936, and this edition was released in 2004. This self-help book teaches readers how to deal with people, which is usually the biggest problem that one faces. Packed with time-tested advice and practical techniques, this book is designed for those who want to make their lives more fulfilling.

How To Win Friends And Influence People is divided into four parts. The first one includes three fundamental techniques on how to handle people. The author says that it is important to give sincere appreciation, and to avoid criticism as it makes people defensive. The second portion explains six ways to make people like a person. Readers are encouraged to show interest in other people, to remember names, to smile often, and to become good listeners. In addition to this, the book illustrates how to make someone feel important.

This is followed by twelve techniques on how to win people by changing their way of thinking. Carnegie says that it is important to admit one's mistakes, and to show respect to other people's viewpoints. Dramatizing ideas may help grab other people's attention. The last section talks about changing people without offending them. The author provides tip on how to indirectly correct someone's mistakes, and to avoid giving direct orders. He adds that it is also important to provide encouragement, and give the other person a chance to save face.
This book is packed with wisdom, all of which have stood the test of time. For over sixty years, the author's style of writing has captivated readers all over the world. How To Win Friends And Influence People has sold 15 million copies globally.

About Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie, born in 1888, was an American author and lecturer. Carnegie's has written books like Art of Public Speaking, Five Minute Biographies, Lincoln, the Unknown, Little Known Facts About Well Known People, and How to Stop Worrying And Start Living. His first collection of writings, Public Speaking: A Practical Course For Business Men, was published in 1926.

The author studied at the State Teacher's College in Warrensburg, and later attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York. In 1912, he started teaching, and his courses concentrated on improving self-confidence, interpersonal skills, public speaking expertise, and salesmanship. He also established the Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations, which now has branches in over eighty countries. Eight million individuals are said to have completed the training. Carnegie passed away in 1955, in Forest Hills, New York.

Specifications of How to Win Friends and Influence People (Paperback) by Dale Carnegie
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vermilion
Publication Year 2004 October
ISBN-13 9780091906351
ISBN-10 0091906350
Language English
Edition 1st
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 304 Pages

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Buy JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL A STORY (English): Book
Description of JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL A STORY (Paperback) by Richard Bach

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a book about a seagull who wishes to do more in life than just find food.

Summary Of The Book

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, first published in 1970, is a short novel about a seagull named Jonathan Livingston. The first part of the book shows that unlike other birds, Jonathan is bored of just fighting for food. He wishes to learn all there is to flying, and manages to dive at a speed of two hundred miles per hour. He becomes excited as he is the fastest seagull ever. However, the other birds say that he is recklessly irresponsible and therefore should be banished from the flock. Jonathan doesn't lose his passion for flying, and continues to practice his skills. One day, he meets two other seagulls who tell him about a wonderful place where all gulls love to fly.

Jonathan becomes friendly with a different group of seagulls and befriends the wisest seagull, who guides him to fly in a way that would instantaneously allow him to reach any part of the universe. In the next part of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the protagonist decides to return to his original flock and teach his skills to other seagulls who have been outlawed by their flocks. He also spreads the message of love. Will his students be able to learn from their master? Will the other seagulls accept what he has become and learn from him?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is filled with illustrations by Russell Munson. After a plane crash in 2012, Bach wrote the fourth and last part of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Within two years of its publication, more than a million copies had been printed. It also reached the No.1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and stayed there for 38 weeks. It is the bestselling novel in America as per the Publishers Weekly list. A movie of the same name was also made. In 1973, actor Richard Harris won a Grammy for the audiobook. 

About Richard Bach

Richard Bach, born in 1936, is an American author.

The author's books are semi-autobiographical in nature, and usually include stories about flight. Some of his works are Illusions, The Bridge Across Forever, Thank Your Wicked Parents: Blessings from a Difficult Childhood, One, Stranger To The Ground, and Out of My Mind.

He was born in 1936 in Oak Park in Illinois. The author studied at Long Beach State College. He had been pursuing flying as a hobby since he was a teenager. Bach joined the United States Navy Reserve, then later served in the New Jersey Air National Guard. Bach owns a plane which he has named Puff. He has been married three times.

Specifications of JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL A STORY (Paperback) by Richard Bach
Publisher HarperCollins India
Publication Year 2005
ISBN-13 9788172235789
ISBN-10 817223578X
Language English
Edition Illustrated edition (Reissue)
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 96 Pages

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A Massive Open Online Course


A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) also known as a "Free/commercial Online Courses" is aimed to unlimited participation and open access through internet. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) comes along with commercial and nonprofit types. Here we are going to be discussed about the free online courses.

In this Free/Nonprofit Massive Open Online Course provides traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education which began to emerge in 2012.

Find out below list of Free  MOOC Online Course providers,
Provider
URL
Institutions
World Mentoring Academy
MIT, UC Berkeley, Yale, Stanford, University of Houston, USC, UCLA, Khan Academy, NPTEL
iversity
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, University of Florence, University of Hamburg
edX
MIT, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Kyoto University, Australian National University, University of Queensland, IIT Bombay
Academic Earth
UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan, Oxford University
Future Learn
University of Auckland, University of Reading, Open University, Monash University, Trinity College, Dublin, Warwick University, University of Bath, University of Southampton
MOOEC
University of Queensland, Griffith University, University of Technology
Peer to Peer University



Top 10 Advantages of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
1.       Appropriate for any setting that has connectivity (Web or Wi-Fi)
2.       Language independent
3.       Escape time zones and physical boundaries
4.       Produce and deliver in short timeframe (e.g. for relief aid)
5.       Contextualized content can be shared by all
6.       Informal setting
7.       Peer-to-peer contact can trigger serendipitous learning
8.       Lower barriers to student entry
9.       Enhance personal learning environment and/or network by participating
10.   Improve lifelong learning skills


Ziena Jalil, Regional Director – South and South East Asia, Education New Zealand, said, "The education sector is seeing new trends develop at a rapid pace. This can be attributed to the technological advancement in the field of education. Massive Open Online Courses have created awareness about the impact of online education to students from all over the world. MOOCs allow students from across the world to have access to a broad selection of free, high-quality courses from some of the world's best educational institutions."

Monday, 21 July 2014

Do you know which is The World's Ugliest Animal?


The blobfish was voted as "World's Ugliest Animal" in the year of Sep, 2013. It is based on photographs of decompressed specimens, and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, in an initiative "dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature's more aesthetically challenged children".

The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae. It inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand. Blobfish are typically shorter than 30 cm. They live at depths between 600 and 1,200 m (2,000 and 3,900 ft) where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level, which would likely make gas bladders inefficient for maintaining buoyancy.Instead, the flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it such as deep-ocean crustaceans. Blobfish are often caught as bycatch in bottom trawling nets. Scientists now fear the blobfish could become an endangered species because of deep-ocean trawling.

Due to its low density flesh, the blobfish's shape is very different when it is out of water. Its unappealing looks have created much discussion in media outlets. The musician and author Michael Hearst featured a composition titled "Blobfish", inspired by the animal, on his 2012 album Songs For Unusual Creatures, and subsequently created a blobfish episode for his PBS Digital series.

Click here to see the World's Ugliest Animal Blobfish Image Gallery.