A collection of various portrait photographs, describing briefly, how that photograph was taken. Some of the photos are fascinating and are worth remeA collection of various portrait photographs, describing briefly, how that photograph was taken. Some of the photos are fascinating and are worth remembering to emulate. Otherwise, not so.
I am always amused, when photographs are explained by their EXIF data. You will almost never ever have the same conditions to recreate the photo. If it is about understanding the camera information in context, then providing the data makes less sense. Ah, well, I am just different.
If you are new to portrait photography, then this book is worth a read. Not worth buying, though. For that, there some other very beautiful books. ...more
This is the right book to read, to get a context of history. For an amateur historian like me, it provides the appropriate context to understand histoThis is the right book to read, to get a context of history. For an amateur historian like me, it provides the appropriate context to understand history beyond the chronology of events and people.
The Lessons of History, by Will & Ariel Durant is a collection of twelve essays of history in different contexts. Race, earth, religion, war, economics, and such. Each essay looks at the role and impact of these context on history, in a relatively simple way, which, however, is not simplistic.
It has in it some very thought-provoking quotes (which I think I will be quoting for a long time now) which are quite relevant in today's times. In fact, the entire book, written in 1968, is relevant even now. If you like philosophy of history, this is a definite read....more
It did start with some promise, I will admit. Deeper into the story editorial fatigue seems to have seI really, really wanted this book to be amazing.
It did start with some promise, I will admit. Deeper into the story editorial fatigue seems to have set in. Without doubt this is a tough history to fictionalise, but this is not the first time it has been attempted (perhaps the first time in English). And any historical fiction brings in a bit of the author and her imagination no doubt. That is what a reader signs-up for, when he picks any historical fiction. Yet, when I consider the possibilities for this story, it fell short.
The book is more of a festival of adjectives, than anything else. Too much of looking at the skies and too many types of clouds. The focus of fictionalising is on embellishments rather than the story.
Most of the rating of this book was shaved off because of the typos. In a book of 400 pages, a couple of typos, though unacceptable, is understandable. But after you lose count, especially of typos that can be corrected with a simple spellcheck, it simply makes you sad. Spelling mistakes break the flow of reading; distract attention, and displace you from the engrossed state that a reader should be in. I felt that the author, editor, and publisher have not taken enough care for a book that could have had a huge impact in the historical fiction genre.
I hope the following two books (it's a trilogy) make for better reading than this one, especially with the spellings....more
Designed as a travel guide, there's good description of history that occurred in these three places. For various reasons, it's neither a history book,Designed as a travel guide, there's good description of history that occurred in these three places. For various reasons, it's neither a history book, nor a travel book. It's both, and in my experience, it's a new genre. A note of caution, especially to foreign readers: the history in the book is broad, so I caution you to accept what's written in this book as absolute. You may want to read other history books of this region. ...more
In an age and time where curriculum design is guided more by political compulsions rather than the needs of the society of today and of the future, thIn an age and time where curriculum design is guided more by political compulsions rather than the needs of the society of today and of the future, this report is am important analysis of the environment in which curriculum is designed as well as the factors which help support the needs of the future.
The report examines various innovations in curriculum design and form. As digital becomes a pervasive aspect of our lives and an irreplaceable factor of future generations, the need to recast curriculum as a framework rather than content structures has become important.
What then should guide us? That’s what this report looks at, while analysing “movements” that:
“represent a new “style of thought” about the school curriculum for the digital age.”
While it may seem that this report has a specific audience, that of policy makers and educators, it is an invaluable resource for teachers and parents, to understand the impact of curriculum on the society of tomorrow. In fact, that is one of the takeaway of the report.
If the whole report seems technical (which it is not), I would recommend reading the Conclusion which is a very good summary of the report. ...more