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Thanks to Daryl, Frank Stanley and Rajendran for responding.

Thanks for refining that thumb rule for deflection.
It gives greater accuracy without needlessly complicating the forumula.
Yes, I remember those Russian text books and the prices you mentioned. During those years we either bought cheap Russian texts or hired  expensive American Texts from text book loan libraries. Americans may find this interesting. We used to have libraries and Institutes that purchased expensive American texts and students paid a deposit and used them for their academic sessions and later returned them. It would cost just a fraction of the listed American price in dollars for hiring these text books for the duration of the academic session.
I remember those difficult years(the late sixties) when photocopying machines did not exist and how we students often divided the job of making copious notes from these books and copying entire passages and chapter extracts for sharing with each other.
These books were many times deliberately not kept in libraries. Dishonest students would borrow them and tear out some pages before returning them. Librarians had no time to check if the pages in each book being returned were intact. I also remember how some dishonest students would deliberately misplace these books in the shelves in the libraries so that they would always be available to them only in some other section in some other shelf from among the several hundred shelves in those huge libraries. You could not "google" those days!
Yes, Russian books, periodicals and a lot of Russian imports into India were ridiculously inexpensive compared to American imports.
Those were cold war years. India(under Socialist Nehru) and Russia were still having a honeymoon. They were obviously politically decided prices.
Perhaps the Russians wanted us to have their books instead of American books and were subsidizing them heavily. Or else I can't imagine how these Russian texts could be sold at those ridiculously low prices. I must say however the books were good.
Compared to this book by Mukhanov, the other popular book on Design of steel structures by Gaylord , and yet another by Bresler, Lin and Scalzi and later the book by Blodgett were out of reach for most Indian students.
Russian periodicals too sold cheap (compared to Life, National Geographic, Reader's Digest etc) and often came complimentary but hardly any one read them. The popular joke about their news publications went as follows:
A Russian diplomat was once supposed to have candidly admitted during a party after the liqour intake had crossed the Plimsoll line in his capacious tummy:
"In Russia we have only two newspapers. One is Izvestia and the other is Pravda. One gives the news and the other gives the truth. But everyone knows that there is no Izvestia in Pravda and no Pravda in Izvestia."
Thanks for responding. Have a happy weekend.