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Ethnic Community Builders

RRP $246.99

Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican Americans in Search of Justice and Power is an oral history of Mexican American activism in San Jose, California, over the past half century. The authors present interviews of fourteen people of various stripes - teachers, politicians, radio personalities - who have been influential in the development of a major urban center with a significant ethnic population. These activists tell the stories of their lives and work with openness and honesty, allowing readers to witness their achievements and failures. This vivid ethnography of a Mexican American community serves as a model for activism wherever ethnic groups seek change and justice.


Killer Builders

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Vickram's life is shattered when he is orphaned due to a building collapse. He was barely twelve years old then. He works at a tea stall vendor along with another orphaned boy, Ravi, of his own age. Ravi too had lost his father and was living with his mother who worked as a maid for a living. She did not return one day and found herself in the missing persons list with the police. Vikram and Ravi both worked at the tea stall for some time then they had an opportunity to work at a construction site as assistants to a mason and a carpenter. Then fate took Vikram to work on a construction site where a multi storey structure was coming up on the very place he had his house. There he learns that the house where he was residing with his parents had come down due to poor construction and criminal negligence of the builders. He vows then and there that he will avenge his parents death. Vikram becomes an assistant to a mason and Ravi an assistant to a carpenter. They both work there in that multi-storey building construction. There they meet some of their long lost friends Iftequar, Manoj and Sarika. They too are the victims of that building collapse. Iftequar and Manoj work in a garage as a mechanic. They too want to assist Vikram to have his revenge on the builders but the sister of Iftequar, Shabnam, says to grow up first for that kind of thing. Vikram and Ravi gather study materials and want to continue their studies. After the completion of that building, Vikram and Ravi work independently as they are grown up boys then. They are offered a job in another famous construction company where they work with dedication and honesty to become supervisors. At that instance, Ravi comes to know of his mother. He is told that she died in a hospital after being in comatose condition for five years. Vikram and Ravi delve into her condition and how she came to that. They find that she was beaten up and raped before she was found unconscious in a railway platform. She was taken to the hospital by the police where she remained in coma for five years. For Ravi, who had thought that she had just abandoned him all along, was a devastating news. He also vows revenge on the perpetrators. Vikram also promises Ravi to hunt down those men who were responsible for her death. When Vikram and Ravi attain the age of twenty-five something, they set out on their own to work elsewhere with different builders and contractors. Vikram goes to work with the builder who had built the building where he was residing when he was a boy. He gets in touch with the builder's daughter. Vikram plans to use her and get his revenge. Ravi too works at different places but stays with Vikram in one apartment. From there they plan their strategy to have their respective revenge.


The Railway Builders

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This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.


A Practical Dictionary Of German Usage

RRP $496.95

One of the most difficult tasks confronting the English speaker learning German is that of finding exactly the right German word to translate an English word in a particular context. Many common English words have several, sometimes a bewildering number of German equivalents. Thus it is all too easy to find yourself saying the equivalent of Have you extinguished the rubbish? instead of Have you put out the rubbish? Bilingual dictionaries list equivalents, but give little or no information about their use. The articles in this practical dictionary are much longer than those to be found in a bilingual dictionary, and the number of words treated is fewer, with a concentration on those which cause particular difficulties for speakers of English.
The complexity of the relationship between English words and their German equivalents is attributable to two factors. Firstly, frequently used English words often have more than one meaning, and each of these meanings likely to require a different German equivalent. Secondly, any one of the English meanings may be expressed by more than one German word. Such words will be at least partial synonyms, but the field of meaning is likely to be divided up in a way that is different from English. Each article in the book starts by separating out the different meanings of an English word, and then explains the meaning and use of the German equivalents for each, with numerous examples.
The book will be an essential reference work for advanced language learners and for teachers of German at all levels, offering a uniquely detailed insight into the structure of word meaning in German as well as practical advice on usage.


Ethnic Community Builders

RRP $246.99

Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican Americans in Search of Justice and Power is an oral history of Mexican American activism in San Jose, California, over the past half century. The authors present interviews of fourteen people of various stripes - teachers, politicians, radio personalities - who have been influential in the development of a major urban center with a significant ethnic population. These activists tell the stories of their lives and work with openness and honesty, allowing readers to witness their achievements and failures. This vivid ethnography of a Mexican American community serves as a model for activism wherever ethnic groups seek change and justice.



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