ARTS, CRAFTS AND TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES [BOOK 3]: here is another in Dr. Asim K. Dasgupta’s fascinating series on arts and crafts. The chapters in this volume range from bead work technique, candle making and flower arranging, to massive enterprise such as construction of hovercraft. With the author, you will journey to such far flung corners of the world as the Dominican Republic (where amber is mined), Lake Titicaca (where they make islands out of reeds), and in India, where delicate works of art are made out of the same ‘sholapith’ as was used to make the original ‘pith helmets’. Food lovers will relish the chapters on fishing and cheese production. Whatever your interests, you will find something here to intrigue and inspire you – and a salutary warning about the health issues attaching to each craft. As in every book in the series, the splendid photographs enhance the text and convey the skill and dedication of those who practice these wonderful activities.
About the Author
DR. ASIM K. DASGUPTA is an occupational physician, now retired. He has worked as a Consultant in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service and also in small and medium enterprises and in heavy industry. His work, research, and interests have taken him to many different parts of the world, and he has drawn on those travels in this book. His training, qualifications, teaching, experiences and hobbies have also played an important role in the writing of this new book on arts and crafts. He holds a medical degree from Calcutta University and a postgraduate degree (MSc) from London University. He also has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from Liverpool University and a Diploma in Industrial Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, England. He is a Member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM), London, and a Member of the Royal College of Physicians,London. His other book, Disasters, has already won two book awards. He lives in Hampshire, United Kingdom.