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SAGE India celebrates the publication of WHY PEOPLE GIVE: INTERPRETING ALTRUISM by Ratna Vira and Suhasini Vira

September 12, 2019


10 September 2019: Why People Give: Interpreting Altruism was released by authors Ratna Vira and Suhasini Vira at a function held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The book, published by SAGE Publications India, focuses on hope and optimism through stories drawn from real life, building a strong case for altruism and the pressing need for empathy in an ever-increasing materialistic world.

The release was followed by a panel discussion featuring, Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO, HCL Corporation & Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation, Yogendra Durlabhji, Founder, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital, Radhika Bharat Ram, Trustee CAPED, Blind Relief Association, The Shri Ram Schools and the authors, moderated by Gargi Rawat, Anchor and journalist, NDTV.

Speaking at the occasion, author Ratna Vira said, “Before working on this book, I looked around and everyone seemed to be in a rush, chasing something. Nothing seemed to satisfy anyone, and it got me to question the way we live. We as people, as individuals can bring about change. We really don’t have to wait for the government, for a political party or a businessman to do it.” “The panel present here today proves it, and we are so blessed to have them at the release of this book”, she added.

During the panel discussion, Anshu Gupta said, “The word ‘charity’ should be done away with, and ‘giving’ should be seen as a duty of every individual”.

Radhika Bharat Ram remarked, “Working with the Blind Relief Association changed me completely. My ability to help people to help themselves is what drives me now. We as ‘givers’ receive much more, we receive the blessings and goodwill in return.”



About the Book

This SAGE Select title, “Why People Give”, builds a case for altruism and the urgent need for empathy in an increasingly self-centered and materialistic world. Through stories drawn from real life, this book will change how we look at the act of giving. A truly remarkable book full of humanity and common decency. It focuses on how the world will, could and has always come together to serve its own people

About the Authors

Ratna Vira

Artist, Speaker and the Author of the bestselling novels Daughter by Court Order and It’s Not About You

After a successful career where she worked at the CXO level in multinational and leading Indian corporates, Ratna Vira turned to writing fiction in English, with her work highlighting issues of deep social concerns. Her first book, Daughter by Court Order, was a national bestseller, reaching fourth in the Indian fi ction lists in 2014, and it was featured in The New York Times. In the book, she talks boldly about issues of feudalism, patriarchy, and the rights of women. This theme was carried forward into her second book, It’s Not About You, which was in the list of 35 Top Fiction and Non-Fiction Books of 2016. The book is about a single mother dealing with the school and the world when her son is found battered, beaten and bullied at school. Ratna is presently working on her third fiction book, which again holds up a mirror to the society.

Ratna’s creativity extends to art. She is amongst the few Indian authors who write and paint. She is known for her charcoal paintings and mainly makes faces that express the different facets and stories of life and the world. The eyes in her charcoal paintings speak of the stories within, the struggles and the experiences of the people she draws.

She did her Masters from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and is an alumnus of St Stephen’s College, Delhi. Ratna has been a guest speaker at leading schools and universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, international business schools and has spoken at literature festivals and has also been part of several distinguished panels.

Suhasini Vira

Student, Economics and Politics, Durham University, UK

Suhasini is a second-year undergraduate student studying Economics and Politics at Durham University. She has been awarded the Laidlaw Scholarship for Research and Leadership. For her scholarship research project, she is analysing the priorities and effectiveness of youth employment policy in India. She is the Co-Chief Editor of the Durham University Economics Journal and the Editor, Business and Economics, of the university’s online magazine, The Bubble. She spends her free time sketching, dancing and bingeing shows on Netflix.

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