November Mailer

Dear Friends,
November 2009 is a busy month at Kriti. The team is getting going on the newest edition of the annual movements diary which will be available for purchase by mid-December. Kriti will be putting up two stalls this month as well so if you are in the neighborhood, come and check out the collection of books, documentary films, t-shirts, bags, wallets, food products, stoles and much more! One event is November 6th and 7th at the National Conference on Climate Change and Sustaining Mountain Ecosystems, organized at INSA, Bahadur shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. The other will be at the Children's Book Fair at NMML, Teen Murti from November 27th to 29th.

This month is marked by important days some of which we will celebrate in solidarity with others. On 30th November join us to celebrate the South Asian Women's Day at Shankar Hall, Delhi University, North Campus (look out for a post on the event on the blog soon). 

We add a list of resources that you can order from the Kriti team for your reading, gifting et al. We also have some lovely greeting cards for the new year. Write or call us at 26027845.

We look forward to hearing from you as you access what we can offer!


Dates to remember in November
1   Anti Poverty Day
14 National Children’s Day
16 International Day for Tolerance
20 Universal Children’s Day
21 World Fisheries Day
25 International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women
29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People


Surviving Growing Up

by Chandita Mukherjee
Contribution: Rs.200.00
Adolescence is a time when we embark on a new journey, ripe with the potential for learning and self-discovery. At this time a young person is trying t make sense of everything analyzing the reactions and behavior of others, and finding reasons for his or her own thoughts and actions. This book is a compilation of many people’s thought on coming of age and young adulthood. Stream of knowledge came from the experience of teachers and counselors in schools, several adolescents, doctors, psychologists, feminists, activists concerned with sexual minorities and many others. This book is written in the belief that the readers know much more then what the system credits them with and they will be fine if they do what they feel is right, after honestly and carefully examining the circumstances.

An Economics for Well-Being
By Rajni Bakshi
Contribution: Rs.180.00
This backgrounder is part of CED’s on-going exploration of the meaning and practice of Structural Transformation. The Economics of Well-Being focuses on the kinds of economic structures that could truly revitalize and enrich people at all levels of society. The linking in the ‘New Economics’ stream is an important aspect of the global quest for systems that are socially just and ecologically sound. The hope is that this backgrounder will help to inform and enliven the process of making breakthroughs in our systems of production, technology, exchange of goods and, above all, the meaning and uses of wealth.

Background to Globalistion
By Avinash Jha
Contribution: Rs.150.00
Globalisation has intensified the domination of societies by consideration of economy and state power. This book traces this trend from the beginnings of the modern world and documents the emergence of the US led global system after the Second World War. The most visible aspects of globalization today are the explosion of the financial markets and the so-called information revolution.

Independent Election Observers Team Report
By Coalition of Civil Society
Contribution: Rs.50.00
This book follows the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly Elections in 2002.

Democratization & Women’s Grassroots Movements
By Jill M Bystydzienski and Joti Sekhon
Contribution: Rs.350.00
The fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe and of dictatorships in Latin America brought new attention to democratic movements worldwide. Most interest focused on national activities, electoral politics and the expansion of capitalist markets, and though much has been written about social movements, the connections between women’s grassroots organizations and democratization have been neglected. This book explores how these movements contribute to the expansion of public and private spaces and democratic processes. The sixteen case studies highlight women’s grassroots movements in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Eritrea, South Africa, Syria, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Poland, Russia, Belgium, Ireland, Canada, the United States (Appalachia), and Australia. They reveal the connections between local political and social action and the growth of democratic processes at state, regional and global levels. This book illustrates how community-based organizations that empower women contribute to the creation of a civil society and thus enhance democracy.

Negotiating Complexities: A Collection of Feminist Essays
By Bina Srinivasan
Contribution: Rs.450.00
This book is a collection of essays written over the last ten years and within different historical contexts. The essays cover a range of issues pertaining to women such as the various dimensions of displacement and its impact on women, religious fundamentalism, the gendered impact of disasters and the cultural aspects of religion- whether these can be potentially liberating for women. Each essay is a stand-alone piece, but they retain a basic continuity in terms of the theme as well as the perspectives that frame them. Women’s struggle for their rights as articulated by women’s movements in India and elsewhere and other social movement emphasizing justice and equality, provide an analytical lens for these essays. This lens includes patriarchies as a systemic given and tries to examine the workings of patriarchies in the course of various social developments. Feminist scholarship and activism informs the book right through.

(please write to us for info on contributions when ordering, international and national costs differ)

By Shahid Jarnal (47min, English)
This is a film about the spectra of poverty and hunger, the starvation deaths that have stalked Indian villages as the tragic metaphoric threshold between the State as a mass murderer and the starving Indian farmer, mostly landless, as the suicidal victims, or the slow, tortured condemned prisoner of his (or her) hunger-driven fate. Where fate is marked by a design, a man-made design, a structural adjustment paradigm, a liberalization code, a globalised repetition, which is no more a dead cliché but a cold-blooded recipe for organized killing.

Children of Nomads
By Meenakshi Vinay Rai (9min, English)
Director’s Perspective The film is an effort to sensitize urban child towards nomadic children living in difficult situations. They are considered habitual offenders from birth. The film is used as an advocacy tool to sensitize the children and to fight for the rights of nomadic children. The film promotes understanding of the lives and circumstances of nomadic children. The film helps to generate concern among urban children that most of the things they take for granted example drinking water are actually luxuries for many. The film generates value and respect for life.

Cinema by Kids
By Meenakshi Vinay Rai (60min)
Is a series of sort films developed by children during workshops guided by Meenakshi Vinay Rai.

Chilika bank$- Stories from Asia's Largest Coastal Lake- (1970-2007)
By Akansha Joshi (60min, English)
In a canvass spread over four decades, a banyan tree, on the banks of the lake Chilika, silently whispers tales of the lake and her fisher folk; from the times when there was no export to the time when there maybe no lake.

Resisting coastal Invasion
By K.P. Sasi (52min, Local languages and English with English subtitles and overvoice)
This documentary highlights the disastrous impact of the proposed changes in Coastal Laws in India. It points out how the proposed changes would open up the Indian coast to all kinds of invasion from hazardous industries, unregulated tourism and sand mining, including mining inside the sea. These changes, which are in keeping with the current trend of globalization, will ultimately lead to destruction of the coastal ecology and in the process take away the very source of livelihood of the fishing community and the coastal poor.

Ek Chingari Ki Khoj Mein
By K.P. Sasi (25min, Hindi with Eng sub-titles)
This film is an attempt to question the values associated with dowry. It traces the experiences of two women: one who submits to the pressures of the system and the other who attempts to overcome them.

Is this my city?

By Manak Matiyani and Sukanya Sen (25min, English)
As part of the Safe Delhi Campaign, JAGORI released a report and short film Is This MY City? The film records the voices and experiences of different women in the city using public spaces and transport, along with the different strategies used by JAGORI as part of the Safe Delhi Campaign. Women’s Safety in Public Spaces in Delhi on Mar 1, 2007 at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

Crossing the Lines
By Pervez Hoodabyoy Zia Mian (45min, English)
After four wars, Kashmiris and their land are divided between Pakistan and India, the source of recurring crises. This path-breaking independent documentary film, made in Pakistan, challenges us to look at Kashmir with new eyes and to hope for a new way forward. Rejecting the national ambitions of Kashmiris, Pakistanis and Indians alike, the film offers a vision of a shared future for all of South Asia built on a common humanity.

Jashne Azaadi
By Sanjay Kak (138min, Kashmiri/Urdu/English (English subtitles))
It's 15th August, India's Independence day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. The normally bustling square is eerily empty– a handful of soldiers on parade, some more guarding them, and except for the attendant media crews, no Kashmiris. For more than a decade, such sullen acts of protest have marked 15th August in Kashmir, and this is the point from where Jashn-e-Azadi begins to explore the many meanings of Freedom–of Azadi–in Kashmir.

SOME NEW EDITIONS IN THE Kriti FILM CLUB (Available To View and Access)


By Biju Toppo/ Meghnath (24 mins, Local languages and Hindi, with English subtitles and voice over)
This film is on the voices of the people on their struggle against an aluminum factory in the Kashipur, Orissa


By Biju Toppo/ Meghnath (34 mins)
This is the story of people surviving with sponge iron industry.

Note: This mailer has been put together with the support of Megan, Kriti team volunteer.

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