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From February 01, 2006  to February 08,  2006



The Annals of the Srirangam shrine" would be the appropriate English equivalent of the title of this book. 

Metaphorical Fiction

This novel by the Nobel laureate portrays perverse sexuality and passionate violence. The narration is disturbing and metaphorical with feminine sexuality in a bizarre form. It is emotionally intense with sadism, frustration and chaotic passion, . . .

Classical Language

This Book deals with Tamil as a classical language among the classical languages of the world. In the recent times many books have been published on similar themes. 

All About Dementia

A user-friendly review of the current knowledge on dementia With the advent of modern medicine and thereby a growth in the elderly population worldwide, dementia poses a major concern to the international community of today. 

Showcasing A Legendary Motorcycle

A sumptuously illustrated coffee-table book tracing the history of the marque back to its origins in 1892 

Competing Feminist Perspectives

a critique of the conservative perception of women's issues What do feminists really want? Johanna Brenner articulates her response in this insightful and scholarly book that those engaged with women's issues cannot ignore. 

Growing Closer Apart

Essays debating the issues of syncretism and pluralism in the sub-continent today to objectively reassess their importance in coping with the political and cultural future 

If You Ain’T Got Love...

Ruth Vanita’s recent work of non-fiction– Love’s rite: same sex marriage in India and the West– is an interesting and expansive look at societal interpretations of the concept of marriage and its application in particular to same sex unions. 

Realm Of The Lamas

Himalayan Buddhist Monasteries gives a glimpse of the mystical vibrant and serene world of Buddhist monasteries, locally known as gompas. 

America Unplugged

IN today's globalised climate, the former colonies have ended up as the neo-colonial empire of the United States, complicit in global give and take, economic hegemony, and . . . 

Graphic Graffiti

Like a photograph, a brilliant drawing or a graphic impression can prove more eloquent, more potent and memorable than a thousand words. Poet-graphic artist Arun Kolatkar's offering — in visuals sans words this time — makes one do a double take . . . 

Dose Of Sunshine

Penned in a lucid, easy-reading and informal style by India's only officially certified Sommelier and Wine Expert, Magandeep Singh, this handy book is an ideal ready reckoner for anyone interested in the romance, the mystery, the simplicity of wine and .. 

Capturing Life In All Its Hues

In her poem, "Of Magic and Men", Shanta Acharya writes about the wave of "miracles" that swept across Hindus all over the world, when deities "drank milk" that was lovingly given by the devotees. It received a kind of media coverage that lulled . . . 

Fable For Our Times

John Boyne, author of a book that looks at the Holocaust from a child's perspective, says there is no subject that is `inappropriate' for children. 

Wide Canvas

Poor peasants. Uncaring chess players. A small boy who gives up the joy of toys to buy a chimta for his grandmother. Premchand's protagonists are classic figures that we've all grown with, in short stories scattered across school curriculae. 

Legend And History

Historians like David Shulman caution us that legends and folklores should not be discounted as sources of information for history. And India abounds in such tales, which need to be interpreted.

Different Journeys And Destinations

Tabish Khair's latest anthology grew out of a casual lunchtime discussion with two of the other editors. "We started talking of Asian and African travel texts, and we listed almost 20 between the three of us. Later, research took us to a hundred, . . . 

Literary Odyssey

Sivasankari on the Knit India project and the manner in which it will deepen our understanding of the country. Excerpts from an interview... 

Crossing Boundaries

Fiction is about journeys of imagination into the lives of others, says Beverley Naidoo. 

Call For Introspection

CERTAINLY, "Understatement" is not a word you'd associate with the self-proclaimed "Muslim refusenik", Irshad Manji. 

Never-Ending Narratives

The Inheritance of Loss is about poverty and patterns that repeat across generations, says Kiran Desai. 

Holistic And Healthy

A book that brings the body to centre stage. Healthy Living with Ayurveda provides an understanding of the prakruti (constitution) of the person, highlighting the necessity of personal participation and adaptations to seasonal changes, . . . 

Battles At Home

`A TALE of war and peace', says the blurb of Nilita Vachani's HomeSpun. Well, the book does refer to the freedom struggle and the Indo-Pak war but the phrase seems to have more to do with the battles fought within the four walls of a home. 

Highwaymen On The Net

Cyber criminals use the internet as a convenient conduit to unleash viruses, plant adware and spyware, steal personal/credit card information, send spam mail and engage in other activities that affect the innocent user in many ways. 

Swan Song Of A Pm Cum Linguist

This is a beautifully produced bi-lingual edition of poetry, translated from Telugu to English. It presents a beautiful rendering of the original Telugu poems by Jayaprabha, deftly transformed into English by the translator, P V Narasimha Rao. 

Grandmom Of Laughter

Some interesting reads in Kannada T. Sunandamma, who passed away last week, is a pioneer in her own right. She was the first woman writer in Kannada to establish herself in the genre of humour writing.

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