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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Widely held as a classic, this book is much more than a manifesto and manual on swordsmanship and martial arts. It’s about the mindset, the discipline, and the perception necessary to win in life or death situations. As a swordsman, Musashi fought mostly by himself, for himself. His wisdom, therefore, is mostly internal. He tells you how to out-think and out-move your enemies. He tells you how to fend for yourself and live by a code. And isn’t that precisely what so many of us need help with every day?

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This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff and Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi . If you wanted to read a book to become a successful, well-adjusted person, you probably could not do worse than Catcher in the Rye . Tobias Wolff’s memoir is a far better choice for the young man struggling with who he is and who he wants to be. I also suggest pairing it with the female counterpart: Totto-Chan . The latter is the memoir and biography of one of the most famous and successful women in Japan (akin to Oprah). It’s an inspiring little story of someone who didn’t fit in, who always saw the world differently (sound familiar?). But instead of making her hard, it made her empathetic and caring and kind — to say nothing of creative and unique. (The former is actually fiction but based on a true story. The latter is a true story but reads essentially like fiction).

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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler . Duddy is the ultimate Jewish hustler, always working, always scheming, always looking for a deal, and looked down upon by everyone for his limitless ambition. Duddy never stops in his pursuit to acquire real estate in order to “be somebody” — never forgetting his grandfather’s maxim that “a man without land is nobody.” Except it doesn’t work out like he planned. From this book, you learn that the hustler — the striver — if he cannot prioritize and if he does not have principles, loses everything in the end.

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What Makes Sammy Run by Budd Schulberg. A composite figure based on some of Hollywood’s first moguls, the book chronicles the rise and fall of Sammy Glick, the rags-to-riches boy from New York who makes his way through deception and betrayal. Essentially, Sammy is your Ari Gold without the slightest bit of human decency. He’s running from self-reflection, from meaning. It’s fear knocking on the door that he’s frantically trying to block with accomplishments. Sammy is an accomplished man, but not a great man — that takes ethics, purpose, and principles. Pocket Square Floral in rusty orange white red and blue Notch 9MZcx7FFUj
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The need for environmental and urban planning reached a critical point in the year 2007, when one-half of the world's population could be defined as living in cities. Urbanisation in India is also increasing at a fast rate. Urban chaos in India, emanating from the continuous ignorance of fragile ecosystems, calls for the reshaping of existing cities as ‘eco-cities’. The ‘eco-city’—a well-known concept in the western world—is new to the Indian context. While western connotations of eco-cities should not be discarded outright in the context of India, core concerns vary significantly for obvious reasons. Recognising two facts—firstly, eco-city development is altogether a fresh approach to human settlement development in India, and, secondly, the manifold increase in the vulnerability of cities—this paper discusses documented good practice, reinforcing evolution towards the eco-city vision. Lessons drawn from the examples cited are further deconstructed in the light of their contribution to urban risk reduction, which provides direction to appreciating the ‘disaster-resilient eco-community’ concept in Puri, a coastal city in India. Further, this paper attempts to unravel existing community-based practices in Puri, which are boon to the local environment and invariably reduce disaster risk. These seemingly modest neighbourhood initiatives symbolise immense societal wealth, which can be calibrated appropriately for reducing urban environmental risk as well. This paper also illustrates how a ‘disaster resilient eco-community’ approach is inevitable in the present and future contexts not only to preserve sustainable development gains but also to secure human well-being.


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The authors gratefully acknowledge the valuable comments of the chief reviewer and constant support of the Editor-in-Chief; the authors would like to express their thanks for the very relevant, insightful and explicit comments and suggestions that have helped to prune and refine this paper into its present form. A.K.S. acknowledges support from a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship in carrying out this research. The case study and Field Campus (Casifica) Project of Disaster Research System (DRS) of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) also provided travel grant (to A.K.S.) for conducting field visits during this research. The research would not have been possible without the cooperation of communities, CBOs and local volunteers in Puri. The authors would like to convey their sincere thanks to Ms. Mital Petiwale and Mr. Yashowant Prohit of SEEDS-India; Mr. P.C. Gochhik of PKDA; Mr. Sushanta Tripathy of the Odisha Development Management Program; and Mr. Bibhuti Dalei and Mr. B. B. Gadnayak NUNV-DPOs for their great support during the field research. A.K.S. extends appreciation to Ms. Noralene M. Uy, who returned her useful suggestions on the final draft of the manuscript.


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