But not for the first time, Arzee has it all wrong! The Noor is about to be closed down, taking away to its grave all his hopes of this world and his walls against it. A new darkness threatens, more sinister than the comforting womb-night of the Noor. Arzee knows he will be crushed by that new cycle of rage and impotence, all these added to the perpetual indignity of walking face-to-face with "the crotches and asses of this world".
Arzee the Dwarf follows Arzee over two weeks, setting off Arzee's frenzied plotting and pleading against the beating and pulsing of the great city around him. The narration vividly brings to life not just the protagonist, but also a host of characters to whom Arzee turns in his hour of need: the departing head projectionist Phiroz, the sneering faux-gangster Deepak, the poetical taxi-driver Dashrath Tiwari, the enigmatic hairdresser Monique, and the garrulous and homely Shireen.
Can Arzee fight off all the forces that menace his world, or will the vast city that he loves succeed in crushing him? Chandrahas Choudhury's bittersweet comedy, selected by World Literature Today as one of 60 essential works of modern Indian literature in English, is a novel about the strange beauty of human dreaming.
Newly assigned Secret Service Agent, Alex Coulter, joins forces with an American Embassy secretary in Madrid who turns up with evidence of a Coup D’Etat in progress after the assassination of the American Ambassador to Spain and the murder of an Admiral at Rota Naval Station in Spain.
The couple, pursued by rogue Secret Service Agents, fight for their lives across Madrid and Segovia, Spain, Washington, D.C. and Virginia
The plot surprises; not every thing is what it seems. The sense of reality, drama, intrigue and suspense will hold your attention and keep your pulse pounding until the last page.
Poverty reduction in South Asia is a precondition for sustaining any form of reforms in governance. The new public management reforms which started in South Asia from Sri Lanka taking the initiative in 1977–78 have been a decisive break from the previously practised State driven protectionist system. Investment in the region has been rising and even per capita income has shown some increase, yet the state has not been able to lead these reforms appropriately and efficiently. Thus poverty has not been reduced, ordinary people continue to languish under government programmes and the socially excluded remain outside the mainstream decision making bodies. Governance in South Asia faces the single most important challenge of poverty reduction which continues to blunt and disfigure capacity, self esteem and service delivery system to the poor. This book attempts to bring out microlevel studies from many regions in South Asia to address issues of entrepreneurship, knowledge and professionalism.
As an initiator of the idea on developing a critique to the straightjacketed ‘best practice’ research, this book questions the standard practice in evaluating administrative reforms as not being the true base for knowledge. Administrators need to balance capacity and control in every implementation programme. Confining to the knowledge of ‘best practices’ may conceal enormous amount of information from the ‘less than best’ practices which may be necessary to sustain good initiatives of public managers.
This book highlights areas of active networking, partnerships and collaborations amongst state and non-state bodies, NGOs and specialist Science and Technical Organizations. The true nature of governance is explained and demonstrated through the processes which otherwise pass off undetected in macro-understanding of governance.
India: Financial Sector Assessment Program—Detailed Assessments Report on IOSCO Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation
Considering the fact that the understanding of the concept of strategic intent is prerequisite to the understanding of strategic management, the chapter on strategic intent is included which brings out the differences between various elements of strategic intent. It also covers the current happenings in the businesses from the Indian context. Similarly, a topic on strategic choice has been discussed at length because of the fact that BCG growth-share matrix and GE nine-cell matrix are extremely useful in making a strategic decision in real life.
Besides, the book contains ten case studies on various topics of strategic management such as environmental appraisal, critical success factors, SWOT analysis, strategic intent, strategic choice, business level strategy formulation and choice of growth strategy. All these cases are provided with authentic industry specific data. Firms are chosen from different businesses thereby giving business-specific flavour and a broad understanding of various business domains.