A Publishing Company for Indian Authors

If you’re an Indian writer who dreams of making the crossover to published author, Partridge Publishing can help you get there.

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The Power of Writing About the Things You Read

At the beginning of this year, I interviewed Cal Newport about his new book Deep Work. Few books have had an impact on my creative output as much as this one. Nearly all of these articles below and many more were written using ideas from this book:

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The Year’s Best Books for Understanding Our Complicated World ( Kapil Komireddi, New Republic)

The Price of Thirst
: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos
, by Karen Piper

“There’s Money in Thirst,” screamed a headline in the New York Times in 2006. In The Price of Thirst, Karen Piper sets off to find the profiteers. She discovers a small number of corporations which, “banking on the fact that the world is entering a global water crisis,” have successfully enlisted the help of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to assume exclusive control of water supplies in some of the world’s poorest corners. Chile is the sole country on earth to have wholly privatised its water. But, travelling through India, Egypt, and Iraq, and frequently exposing herself to grave personal danger (she suffered partial loss of hearing while covering a protest), Piper introduces us to a vast human cast whose access to potable water is progressively diminishing. A backlash by the people being forced to pay for drinking water is not far away….

The Art of Secularism: The Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India, by Karin Zitzewitz

In The Art of Secularism, Karin Zitzewitz brilliantly traces the tragedy of India’s political and cultural degeneration through the evolving work of its most influential painters: MF Husain, Gulamohammed Sheikh, Bhupen Khakar, and KG Subramanyam.

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Why I publish translations of Indian literature (Mini Krishnan, Scroll.in, Jan 17, 2015)

Why I publish translations of Indian literature

“My tongue in English chains”
~ Homecoming: R Parthasarathy

I must have been 13 when I read Richard II in school. Bumbling through the sonorous lines I suddenly felt a sense of recognition when I repeated Shakespeare’s 16th century English …

…so deep a maim
Within my mouth you have engaol’d my tongue,

What is thy sentence then but speechless death,
Which robs my tongue from breathing native breath?

Was that me ?

Speechless death. Growing up in Bangalore in the 1950s it was almost fashionable to function only in English and look down on those who didn’t. Slowly,very slowly, the Malayalam world faded from my Anglo-Indian existence.  Nor did anyone ever suggest that I learn the Malayalam alphabet. Coping with both Hindi and Kannada in school I cannot say I was keen on trying to master another language  even if my origins lay in its culture.

Meanwhile I enjoyed textbook Hindi in school and sailed through the Hindi Prachar Sabha exams outside it. I was old enough to enjoy lofty and subtle poetry and something in me stirred as I studied Harivamsh Rai Bacchan, Kabir, and Rahim. That melodrama and sentimentality, that lyricism and those rich overblown descriptions – it was all me.

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Authors’ Rights Under the ‘Next Great Copyright Act’ Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg, Columbia University School of Law

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When our nation’s Founders were heading to the Continental Congress, Abigail Adams entreated husband John to “remember the Ladies.”  We know what became of that plea.  So, as the prospect of “the next great copyright act” sparks Copyright Office and PTO studies, congressional hearings, and interest-group advocacy, a sentiment of hopeful skepticism underlies my exhortation to “remember the authors.”  The U.S. Constitution authorizes Congress to secure for limited times the exclusive right ofauthors to their writings.  That right, as enacted in our copyright laws, however, has long fallen short of ensuring that authors enjoy the fruits of their intellectual labors, or even receive credit for creating them.  My wish-list for copyright reform therefore puts two hopes at the head of the agenda.  First, all authors (including “employees for hire”) should enjoy enforceable rights of attribution.  Second, and for the United States more radically, the copyright law should limit the scope of authors’ grants in order to ensure that authors are fairly remunerated.  In this column I will address the first aspiration; a later column will detail the second.

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Let’s Talk about Ebooks

Books are among the richest artifacts of human culture. In the last half-millenium, we have written over a hundred million of them globally, and within their pages lie incredibly diverse forms of literature, history, and science, poetry and prose, the sacred and the profane.

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