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The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow

Publisher: Roli Books

Date: October, 2012

In The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow, Rajika Bhandari weaves together history, architecture, and travel to take  us on a fascinating journey of India’s British-era dak bungalows and circuit houses, following, quite literally, in the footsteps of travelers who stayed in these bungalows over the past two centuries. Her search takes her from the early-19th century memoirs and travelogues of British memsahibs, to traveling the length and breadth of contemporary India, from the original colonial outpost of Madras in the south to the deep interiors of Madhya Pradesh, the heart of British India.


Evoking the stories of Kipling and Ruskin Bond and filled with fascinating tidbits and amusing anecdotes, the book unearths local folklore about these remote and mysterious buildings, from the crotchety khansamas and their delectable chicken dishes to the resident ghosts that still walk the halls at night.

Praise for the book:

Outlook Magazine

Bhandari drinks deeply from old travelogues and literature of the Raj…and justly reclaims the dak bungalow’s place in the Raj’s cultural imagination…Particularly delightful are the observations, verses, stories and even recipes (from Edward Lear, Dickens, Kipling, and other chroniclers...)

Mint/Wall Street Journal

The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow…is often an arresting social history of British India, or at least of those who were allowed to take shelter under its red roofs.

The Pioneer

Rajika Bhandari’s book has a novelty as there has probably been no detailed work on the subject. Tinged with nostalgia for things old and lost, the book...has a strong personal touch which endears it to the reader who is part of the emotional journey from the dak bungalows of the mid-19th century to the circuit houses of today.

Deccan Herald

If you have been thinking of Dak Bungalows as boring and haunting government run buildings of past then you need to explore them more for a stint with furious ghosts and delicious chicken treat, says Rajika Bhandari.


Dak Bungalow cuisine, is a near-forgotten culinary treasure that survives among a few remaining khansama families and Anglo Indian households. Rajika Bhandari’s The Raj on the Move retraces some of these flavours from sooty kitchens served for the ‘Sahib’ and the ‘Mem’.

Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower

Publisher: IIE, 2015

Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower? critically examines the local and global trends driving higher education policies in Asia and their impact on the local and regional knowledge economies. Featuring an impressive group of leading scholars, practitioners, and education policy experts these chapters look at how governments, universities, the private sector, and international organizations are responding to recent trends and meeting the diverse challenges and opportunities across the region.

Praise for the book:

"The center of gravity in higher education is perceptibly shifting to Asia where more than half of the world's population is found. This thought-provoking book raises new questions about interconnectedness and interdependence in higher education with the Asian factor fully in focus." — Anne Pakir, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

"The rise of Asia has been a big theme of the global university rankings in recent years, with data showing some outstanding progress by a number of key universities backed by exceptionally generous funding and strong political will. But questions still remain about the true potential of Asia's universities and whether they can truly break the Western hegemony—so this book comes at a very important time." — Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education World University Rankings

International Students and Global Mobility in Higher Education: National Trends and New Directions

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 & 2013

Global student mobility is one of the fastest growing phenomena in higher education in the twenty-first century. Over three million students are currently mobile, crossing geographic, cultural, digital, and educational borders in the pursuit of an international education —a movement that has significant consequences for higher education institutions and nations worldwide. International Students and Global Mobility in Higher Education: National Trends and New Directions examines current trends in global student mobility in key destination and sending countries, including large hosts like the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Australia and newer players such as China, India, and the educational hubs of the Middle East. Experts from these countries, and others, offer timely analysis for higher education policymakers, practitioners, and researchers, of how national-level investments and developments affect academic migration trends; the current and future capacity of countries to accommodate a growing demand for a higher education; and the implications of mobility for the labor market and economy.

Praise for the book:

“Rajika Bhandari and Peggy Blumenthal’s book is a welcome addition to the academic literature on the scope and impact of this growing trend in the context of a very dynamic global higher education market. The authors are to be congratulated for this excellent contribution that can guide countries and higher education institutions all over the world in thinking strategically about student mobility.” —Jamil Salmi, Tertiary Education Coordinator, The World Bank, and author of The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities.

“International Students and Global Mobility in Higher Education provides a useful worldwide perspective on key trends and issues relating to flows of students and programs across borders. The book provides excellent regional coverage and has outstanding authors.”—Philip G. Altbach, Monan University Professor, Boston College, and co-author of Trends in Higher Education, Tracking a Global Revolution.


International India: A Turning Point in Educational Exchange with the U.S.

Publisher: IIE, 2010

In the only comprehensive volume in recent years to focus on U.S.-India higher education exchanges at a crucial juncture in this important relationship, Indian and American authors address wide-ranging topics including the process of internationalization and higher education policy debates within India, U.S. government and institutional strategies to improve Indo-U.S. higher education linkages, the growing study abroad relationship between the two countries, and the relationship between higher education, entrepreneurship and the success of the Indian diaspora in the U.S.


Higher Education on the Move: New Developments in Global Mobility

Publisher: IIE, 2009

Higher Education on the Move explores the effects of recent developments in higher education, the world economy, and government policy on global student and scholar mobility. Authors ask how these processes affect the most commonly discussed aspect of international education — the movement of students and scholars across national borders.

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