Paldi

Author: Kathryn Spencer
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781470174507
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PALDI: TWO CULTURES, ONE HEART was inspired by the village of Paldi, situated a few miles from Lake Cowichan, British Columbia where the author grew up. Mayo Singh Manhas immigrated to Canada from Paldi in the state of Punjab, India, in the early 20th century. He built a lumber mill in the Cowichan Valley, and hired workers from his home village, as well as immigrants from China and Japan. Paldi is the only village in Canada named for one in India. It is probably Canada's earliest example of several ethnic groups living and working together harmoniously as one large family. Cultural differences enriched the village, giving it a unique blend of traditions, food and language. The author, who attended school with the Paldi children, wished to explore the encounters and bonds between the two cultures. This is done through the friendship of the two main characters, Prabhjot and Ella. Prabhjot, born in Paldi, India, knows of the second Paldi because her father told her about Mayo Singh, the local legend who emigrated and established a small Indian community on the western edge of Canada. Ella, who was raised in the Canadian Paldi, is aware of the original village because she senses intuitively that she has been there in some mysterious and inexplicable way. As the girls grow up, each yearns to visit the world of the "other" Paldi. Ella and Prabhjot meet as adults, against the urban backdrop of Vancouver. Despite their disparate backgrounds, beliefs and personalities, a reluctant relationship sparks between them and evolves into an ever-deepening friendship. Over several years their lives intertwine and then take a few unexpected turns. PALDI is a spirited flirtation between East and West. Ella's and Prabhjot's core beliefs are often in stark opposition, and the women challenge each other relentlessly. Ella is obsessed by the East and all that it represents, while Prabhjot aspires to embed herself in the values of the West. Paldi is where everything begins and returns. It is Ella's and Prabhjot's home, from which they emerge to travel throughout life. It is their journey, their destination, and their refuge along the way. It is the fulfillment of their deepest longings and the witness to their joys, sorrow and laughter. PALDI is a flight of the imagination, a web of magic and dreams, and a stage for the intricate interplay of human hearts and minds. With the changes of time, both villages have fallen into decline, and most of the families have moved away. Yet in their hearts it remains home. PALDI speaks to the innate human yearning for a true home. It may be for family, generations present and past, or a place of belonging or refuge. For Ella it is the desire to solve a puzzle that persists in claiming her attention, and ultimately leads to the fulfillment of a spiritual quest. Her magical and transcendental experiences themselves, and the beckoning from beyond of an intuited but unknown source, are in turn a metaphor for the soul seeking union with the oversoul. The reader may interpret the story as he or she will, according to personal interests, associations and beliefs. PALDI is a work of historical fiction, in that information and events regarding Paldi, Canada, and the Mayo family are factual. Geographical locations and descriptions as well as political, historical, temporal and cultural settings are intended to be authentic. The remainder is a work of imagination gathered from the author's own experiences, accounts from friends, conversations remembered, flights of fancy and irreverences regarding her personal sacred cows of hippiedom, the New Age, and India.

Flash And Xml

Author: Dov Jacobson
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 9780201729207
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The complete tutorial on integrating Flash and XML to create powerful Web applications. Integrate Flash with dynamic content, backend databases, server apps--even other live users. Covers ActionScript, HTTP, SQL, PHP, and much more.

The Baffled Parent S Guide To Great Basketball Plays

Author: Fran Dunphy
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071643478
Size: 27.49 MB
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From one of the most highly respected college coaches in the nation, the only book to show how to teach winning basketball plays to kids age 14 and under Like no other, The Baffled Parent's Guide to Great Basketball Plays gives you a total playbook for coaching middle and junior-high schoolers through the ins and outs of on-the-court tactics. NCAA coach Fran Dunphy provides 75 winning plays complete with easy-to-follow instructions on how to execute each move for maximum scoring.

Creative Crises Of Democracy

Author: Joris Gijsenbergh
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9789052017976
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The -crisis of democracy- is as old as democracy itself. From the first democracy in Athens up until western democracy in the twenty-first century, criticism and complaints about the deficiencies of democracy have recurred. Pessimistic accounts typically focus on the destructive potential of these crises.<BR> This collection of essays takes an alternative approach and draws attention to the creativity inherent in these -crises of democracy- - the potential for renewal and adaptation.<BR> In the volume, historians, philosophers and political scientists from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden and Austria tackle the three key questions prompted by this perspective: what moments of creativity can be discerned during crises of democracy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; how does democracy adapt during moments of crisis; and how does the notion of a democratic crisis affect political reality and vice versa?"

Understanding Our Selves

Author: Susan Tridgell
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039101665
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Modern Western biography has become one of the most popular and most controversial forms of literature. Critics have attacked its tendency to rely on a strong narrative drive, its focus on a single person's life and its tendency to delve ever more deeply into that person's inner, private experience, though these tendencies seem to have only increased biography's popularity. To date, however, biography has been a rarely studied literary form. Little serious attention has been given to the light biographies can shed on philosophical problems, such as the intertwining of knowledge and power, or the ways in which we can understand lives, or terms like 'the self'. Should selves be seen as relational or as autonomous? What of the 'lies and silences' of biographies, the ways in which embodiment can be ignored? A study of these problems allows engagement with a range of philosophers and literary theorists, including Roland Barthes, Lorraine Code, Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas, Alasdair MacIntyre, Ray Monk, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ricoeur, Richard Rorty and Charles Taylor. Biography can be a dangerous art, claiming to know 'just how you feel'. This book explores the double-edged nature of biography, looking at what it reveals about both narratives and selves.

U S Intervention And Regime Change In Nicaragua

Author: Mauricio Sola£n
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803243163
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As President Carter?s ambassador to Nicaragua from 1977?1979, Mauricio Sola£n witnessed a critical moment in Central American history. In U.S. Intervention and Regime Change in Nicaragua, Sola£n outlines the role of U.S. foreign policy during the Carter administration and explains how this policy with respect to the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979 not only failed but helped impede the institutionalization of democracy there. Late in the 1970s, the United States took issue with the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. Moral suasion, economic sanctions, and other peaceful instruments from Washington led to violent revolution in Nicaragua and bolstered a new dictatorial government. A U.S.-supported counterrevolution formed, and Sola£n argues that the United States attempts to this day to determine who rules Nicaragua. Sola£n explores the mechanisms that kept Somoza?s poorly legitimized regime in power for decades, making it the most enduring Latin American authoritarian regime of the twentieth century. Sola£n argues that continual shifts in U.S. international policy have been made in response to previous policies that failed to produce U.S.- friendly international environments. His historical survey of these policy shifts provides a window on the working of U.S. diplomacy and lessons for future policy-making.