I recently concluded reading the book titled:
Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War.
It is a succinct summary of Pakistan and it’s activities including it’s obsession with India. Written from a western perspective, it is particularly interesting as it eschews the wars before 1998 and starts with Kandahar hijacking. It has details of myths created by Pakistan around its various misadventures. A must read for any one interested in the subject. An excerpts about effect of ending of cold was and disintegration of USSR:
“While India had become more pragmatic and outward-looking, Pakistan had become more ideological and isolated. Pakistan had misread the collapse of the Soviet Union as having been caused by the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan and evidence of the benefits of Islamist proxies. Unable to see beyond its immediate neighbourhood, it disregarded the many other causes of the collapse—the Soviet Union had been rotting from within for decades for reasons quite independent of Afghanistan. Pakistan’s backing for the Taliban and Pakistan-based groups fighting in Kashmir through the 1990s had also deepened its well of support for Islamist militancy. It increasingly presented itself as a champion of Muslims worldwide, defining the defence of everyone from Kashmiris to Palestinians as a matter of national interest. Saddam Hussein, whose 1990 invasion of Kuwait had been defeated by a US-led coalition, was seen as a hero.”
Another excerpt about recent surgical strikes by India on terrorist camp inside POK:
“Shortly before calling the media to the news conference, the foreign ministry circulated—via the same WhatsApp group—a White House statement on an overnight phone call between Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his US counterpart Susan Rice. Condemning the Uri attack as “cross-border terrorism”; the Americans reiterated US demands that Pakistan take action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed and reaffirmed “the robust US-India partnership”. It was one of the strongest official statements in favour of India ever from Washington, which for years had tried to balance pressure on Pakistan over its support for Islamist militants with quiet diplomacy to nudge Delhi on Kashmir. Notably it made no mention of Kashmir; nor called for India and Pakistan dialogue. The entire onus was on Pakistan to disarm its jihadi proxies. The US statement set India up well for the announcement at the media briefing, where the main speaker was, unusually, the Indian Army’s Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO). In an overnight operation, Lt-General Ranbir Singh said, the Indian Army had conducted “surgical strikes” against Pakistan-backed militants preparing to infiltrate into Indian Kashmir. These strikes on launch-pads along the LoC had inflicted “significant casualties”. India had no plans for further military operations, he added, and had already contacted the Pakistan Army to inform it formally of its action. The DGMO read his statement in English and Hindi, took no questions and saluted the media on his way out. Other military officials were on hand to tell journalists the Indian Army had crossed the LoC in several different places to target would-be infiltrators. For the first time since 1971, India had announced military action across the LoC.”
Generally concluding Para is a mystery in a fiction but in a non-fiction; it can entice interest. One may read the book as to how the author, namely Myra Macdonald, reached to following conclusion: Continue reading
Writers block can be of different kind.
In last about one year, I am trying to write rather I am writing only to discard it later. Something right is not happening. It is a non fiction based on research but the idea is shrinking and expanding. First it was too big a project to cover. So I shrunk it and began afresh in September 2018 but only now to discover that it is boring, just like all other books I compiled for law. Except that it not the law which is the topic, this time.
It dawns on to me that writing about law is the easiest thing to do. It is expected to be boring. Least of all, nobody expects a law-book to be gripping. It is so easy to compile under different topics, liberally use cut paste and the book is ready. Only research is time-consuming. Once research is complete, writing a law-book is the easiest part. As author, one could write and even if what is written is cumbersome to understand, author is never blamed. Every reader thinks that perhaps his/her IQ is not that good. [:)] Author gets no blame. How convenient.
However to write a non fiction which is gripping, free-flowing and which does not sound like a text-book, is a real challenge. At least for me. So after scrapping my third draft (1/3rd part actually), today, I am going to try to start again.
Why don’t I quit?
The idea did cross my mind. But I do not have any other challenge, at present. Having failed three times makes it even more attractive. There is nothing more attractive than poison and impossible.
There is no reason to quit. One year in waste is the price of learning curve. Hope I get it write this time. Wish me luck even if we do not believe in that. It is customary.
A self help guide for aspiring authors to self publish.
Why self publish?
Publication means two things: 1. Communication/delivery of content; 2. Marketing. Most authors presume that the publisher would do the both. No. He will at best do the first and would expect you to market your product.
However the publication contract would have a subtle clause that if publisher chooses he can publish/adapt/rewrite the content to make it suitable for any medium e.g movie or ebook without payment of any additional royalty.
Publisher don’t want your work; they want some famous personality to write for them. Somebody who would not require marketing. Worst is when a publisher asks money from author to meet the expences and yet does nothing to help in marketing. In a previous post about notionpress, I had mentioned that they offer to publish themselves and promised to market on amazon. But in my experience, my book is available from notionpress website and still not available on amazon.
Another problem with authors is lack of transparency in accounts. Smaller publishers are outright dishonest.
Why prefer Amazon Kindle:
Don’t prefer. Try others and let me know. But problem is others don’t want individuals. They prefer dealing with publishers. Try Kobo or Google books. But I prefer Amazon. Surprisingly its kindle has made huge penetration in India as well and it is rising. Continue reading
Company Law has a long history. Company like institutions in India, date back roughly to 800 BCE but certainly during Mouryan Empire (322 BCE to 185 BCE). Of course the corporations were also in existence during Roman times. The company law under British Rule evolved with company law in rest of the common wealth countries.
The book on Company Law:
Corporate law in India is no less complex than any other country governed by Anglo Saxon laws. Parliament of India has enacted a new law called Companies Act, 2013 which has consolidated many previous laws into one code. It also recognizes many institutions which were in existence but were not recognized by previous law of 1956.
Publication and education:
A large number of publishers whom I have met were not from literary background. They were book dealers who graduated to publication on the basis of their marketing skills. Historically also the books selling shops were the earliest copyright owners and who approached the Royal Court for a charter on Copyright. Authors’ rights developed rather were acknowledged, much later.
Notionpress and free speech:
Today I received a phone call from Notionpress requesting me to remove the review posted here. The young lady was polite but extremely disappointed when I ended the conversation after explaining that they should concentrate on fixing their services rather than to rely upon the nice manners alone. Continue reading