Book Review: Pollution by N. Seshagiri


A review of a book on pollution in India that is complemented with beautiful artwork. An old book that tells Ganga is not pure anymore. Situation hasn’t changed much since the book’s arrival.

About the author:

Dr Narasimaiah Seshagiri (1940-2013), author of “Encyclopedia of Cities and Towns of India” and many other books is a recipient of many awards including the Padma Bhushan. He was the Director General of the National Informatics Centre (NIC). He is known for his work in creating awareness of IT among the masses. He wanted to do away with ‘license raj and red tape‘. He quit his job just four months before his due date for retirement. He says he took the step to ensure a technical person headed NIC instead of the usual IAS bureaucrat.

DSC_0002About the book:

Pollution by Dr Seshagiri lays down a rationale for pollution control. The book covers all kinds of pollution: air, water, solid waste and noise. Information is well supported by statistical data. A lovely book to look at with illustrations by many artists. A book for an age group of 12-14 they say, but a very good reminder for grown-ups.

Other details:

Published by National Book Trust
(Age-group 12-14) ISBN 81-237-1080-1

Also published in Asamiya, Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.



  1. How many pages does the book have?
    Maybe Google Books has digitalized it? Does Amazon sell it?
    What are his main “rationale[s] for pollution control”?
    How do his arguments compare to those of others who are in favor or against pollution control?


    1. Thank you for the questions, Dirk. I googled some.
      1-The pages are not numbered in the book. The book has 64 pages though.
      2-I did not find a digital version of the book. Infibeam has some funny number on the price tag. Made me laugh. It has been multiplied by a factor of 100.
      3-Too many reasons to note here, Dirk. One can write a book on them, and Dr Sheshagiri has!
      4-There is nothing said by the author that I’d disagree with. It is supported by statistics and unbiased. It’s an old book and facts are well documented. I’m sorry but the question is too vague/broad for me.


      1. “Too many reasons to note here.”
        Ok, ‘read the book myself’ is the conclusion.
        Thank you Anuja for drawing my/our attention to this valuable book. :-)


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