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Inked in India & Devi for Millennials Written by Bibek Debroy. Books Review

Inked In India: Fountain Pens and a Story of Make and Unmake

Authors: Bibek Debroy with Sovan Roy

Published by Rupa Publications

Genre: Non-Fiction

No Of Pages: 190

MRP: Rs. 595/-

Devi For Millennials

Author: Bibek Debroy

Published by Rupa Publications

Genre: Non-Fiction

No of Pages: 192

MRP: Rs. 595/-

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I have the utmost respect for Mr Bibek Debroy’s work. I read his book Bhagavad Gita for Millennials earlier this year and have been wanting to read his translations of the Mahabharata since forever. For those who are unaware, Mr Bibek Debroy is the chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. Debroy has made significant contributions to game theory, economic theory, income and social inequalities, poverty, law reforms, railway reforms and Indology among others. He is also an anchor for the fortnightly show Itihasa on Sansad TV.

Sovan Roy works for the Government of West Bengal and writes on science, history of science, Indology, technology, environment, and ecology. He has published in the popular media, as well as in scientific journals.

The book Inked in India, is a love letter to fountain pens, going in detail of the history of Ink and Fountain Pens in the country. This book traces the various pen manufacturers and ink companies from the nineteenth century onwards, highlighting the industry as a whole and detailing early entrepreneurs and their various experiences. The book is not only an extremely important document because it systemically charts the course of the Indian fountain pen and ink industry as it evolved through the ages to where it is now, but it is also a historical treatise because it chronologically documents the industry's passage over time. It goes without saying that the book is extremely well researched, right down to the smallest details. The book is divided into seven chapters, each of which contains useful information. The amount of research done by the authors will be evident on every page and stage. The first chapter introduces readers to the 2003 National Mission for Manuscripts, which is expanded upon and referenced in the book's footnotes. The chapter explains how and when ink was created, how it was used, and other fascinating facts about quills and other writing methods. The second chapter is set in India in the 1920s, and it discusses the use of ink, pens, and letters to mark historical events. This chapter goes into great detail about the exciting history of the Indian fountain ink pen.

Devi for Millennials. Honestly speaking, I expected the book to start with a general description of Devi(Durgaa), but the first chapter goes through a brief description of the 5 strotas. Subtle differences are pointed out between the strotam and mantra. Then the book moves on to the Markandeya Purana (on which, the author has written a whole book about). The feminine dieties and some of their stories are explored such as Daksha’s Yajna, the significance of the Number 64, the auspisious days of the Navaratri. I really loved reading about the significance of the Nine nights and Devi’s One Thousand Names. The book is directed at young readers like me, and narrates the stories of Devi and describes the significance of the Shakthi Peethas in an easy to understand manner.

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