The Art of Fiction: Interview Series
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বাংলাদেশ থেকে প্রকাশিত সাক্ষাৎকার সিরিজের বই।
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বাংলাদেশ থেকে প্রকাশিত সাক্ষাৎকার সিরিজের বই।
নরম বাঁধাই, ৪০ পৃষ্ঠা
Sir Albert Howard
An Agricultural Testament
The old well-known classic on organic agriculture. Acclaimed in the West as ‘the father of sustainable agriculture’, Howard confessed that the Indian farmers were his ‘professors’. He wrote ‘An Agricultural Testament’ to draw attention to the destruction of the soil. He rooted his criticism of modern agriculture in his own experiments with organic farming and invented the Indore method of composting.
262 pages, 2007 edition₹ 250.00
মুর্তজা বশীর: মূর্ত ও বিমূর্ত
মুর্তজা বশীর বাংলাদেশের অগ্রগণ্য চিত্রশিল্পী। শিল্পচর্চার পাশাপাশি তিনি আরও বহু মাধ্যমে তাঁর সৃষ্টিশীলতার পরিচয় রেখেছেন। এ বইয়ে তারই সার্বিক পরিচয় ধরা আছে। গল্প, কবিতা, চিত্রনাট্য, স্মৃতিকথা, সাক্ষাৎকার ও শিল্পবিষয়ক তাঁর নানান রচনায় সমৃদ্ধ এ সংকলন।₹ 300.00
This remarkable story demolishes the myth that organic farming can never feed the world! Holistically adopted, it can also revitalise society, enhance the environment and safeguard future generations. In the current raging debate over urban-industrial uprootment of farmers, here is one example the world cannot ignore. After the Soviet Union collapsed – and the US tightened its embargo – Cuba’s Organic Revolution began suddenly, under compulsion. A decade later, in 1999, the Swedish Parliament presented the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, to the Cuban Organic Farming Association – for “showing that organic agriculture is a key to both food security and environmental sustainability.” Today, not only has Cuba’s productivity increased, its economy, health, education, energy efficiency, water security, … are all big gainers. In 2006, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Global Footprint Network declared: Cuba is the only country on earth to achieve sustainable development! The American Journal of Public Health reported a 45% decline in cardiovascular diseases. Cuba’s bio-diverse agro-ecology and forest cover exceeding 25% also counter global warming. “Increasingly, people came to believe that productive, healthy harvests could be obtained on positive cost-benefit terms, while protecting the environment, … without excessive energy use.” – Dr. Fernando F. Aguilar, President, GAO, Organic Farming Association of Cuba “Cuba offers the very first large-scale test of sustainable alternatives, … before environmental realities mandate the rest of the world embark on a sudden, wholesale switch to organic agriculture.” – Dr. P. Rosset, Director, ‘Food First’, Institute for Food & Development Policy, Washington, USA “… Cuba is creating something truly new and hopeful for all of humanity.” -Prof. R. Levins, Harvard University School of Public Health.
Page 131, New edition₹ 200.00
Education in search of a philosophy
Education’ has its roots in `e‘ and `ducere‘, which together mean: `to draw out’. School derives from `skhole‘ or leisure. But what is this human potential to be leisurely drawn out?
Marjorie Sykes points out that wise planning in education depends upon a clear understanding of the nature and goal of the human individual; and of the nature and values of the society of which he is a part.
The unexamined life is not worth living, said Socrates. The great gurus of ancient India stimulated independent inquiry. Gautama the Buddha warned his disciples against accepting “truths” on any external authority, even his own.
Our revolution must thus begin with the encouragement of independent inquiry, with what Tagore called “the education of the mind in self-reliance”. Open-mindedness and understanding are closely linked, for open-mindedness means the encouragement of independent reflection.
“Building from below” by means of a plurality of centres of local responsibility, … was the central theme of the socio-political philosophy of Gandhi, and is the basis of sarvodaya. Vinoba Bhave laid special stress on the need for education to be free from state control.
The purpose of the essays in the book Education in Search of a Philosophy is not to supply answers, but to indicate the nature of the questions involved.
Marjorie Sykes, the great educationist, came to India, while still young. She worked with Gandhi, and was deeply influenced by the thoughts of Tagore, Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave on education. She is also the author of ‘The Story of Nai Talim’ – outlining Gandhi’s vision of education.
86 pages, 2013 edition₹ 85.00