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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

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From June 29, 2006  to July 05, 2006

Sci-Fi Novel

Narlikar, as a science fiction writer, believes in popularising science through short stories and novels.

Sci-fi novels offer a futuristic picture of amazing possibilities.

On Amartya Sen's Work

AMARTYA SEN'S "Development as Freedom", based on his lectures delivered while serving as

Presidential Fellow at the World Bank, is a significant work that attempts to synthesise elements of

capitalist and socialist concepts of development.

The `Office Of Profit' Controversy

Once in a while the Indian politics suddenly gets embroiled in an issue for which none of the

stakeholders seems to be fully prepared. The "office of profit" controversy is the latest instance.

Gandhi As Postmodern Thinker

Writings on Gandhi... resemble a state that falls between two extremes: a passionate embrace and

an autopsy

Is Education For All Still A Mirage?

It provides essential data to review the progress made so far in the sarvasiksha Abhiyan scheme.

Evaluating The State Of Basic Services

A path-breaking study in assessing the quality of India's important public services

A Hilarious Narrative

`Crazy' Mohan; Kizhakku Pathippagam, 16, Karpagambal Nagar, Mylapore, Chennai-600004. Rs. 80.

Made In Heaven Or Hell?

The launch of Rajendra Chenni's novel Mud Town saw a nuanced discussion on the institution of

marriage .

Being At Home And Away

A warm, thoughtful account of growing up between two worlds, and thriving.

Writing From The Jaws Of The Tiger

This book is invaluable for the insights that the author provides, despite the repeated threats that

he has had to face on account of his writings.

Killed By Plenty

The book is not written for an Indian audience. Moreover,it attempts at too much ornamentation

without paying attention to the plot.

A Bomb That Didn’T Go Off

The book reads more like a filmography than a biography.

An Ordinary Winner

Written by one of the most underprivileged people in society, this book is an inspiring read.

‘Class’ Act Of Historical Proportion

Set in colonial India, the book inverts conventional class hierarchies among the British and Indians.

'Water' Trickles In

A Novel, Bapsi Sidhwa, Penguin/ Viking, 2006, p.208, Rs. 325. MUCH has changed in India since

filmmaker Deepa Mehta ran into trouble with the saffron brigade as she began work on her film

"Water" along the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi.

Tipu's Heir Apparent

The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, Shrabani Basu, Roli, Rs. 395. AS stereotypes go, Noor Inayat Khan was

an unlikely candidate for the shadowy world of the Special Operatives Executive (SOE) — an

organisation set up in 1940 by Britain's Prime Minister . . .

Pilgrimage To The Past

FOR a Lahoria — whether an Indian or a Pakistani — the essential identity is hailing from Lahore.

What is it about the city — "feted as the Paris of the East" — that sets it apart from other pre-

artition bustling centres on both sides of the border? . .

True To The Original

Despite pitfalls, the book retains the authenticity of the language.

Not Just For Children

An exploration of the teaching behind the Jataka tales.

Window On The World

Hameeda shows rare insight in recounting events as they were.

A Rambling Read

What Mahasweta Devi's Salt did to dramatise the plight of the landless peasant, this complicated

cast of characters fails to achieve.

Secrets In The Family

Eraly portrays various aspects of relationships — some dark, some fiery, some sleazy.

The Art Of Amrish Puri

Vignettes of Indian theatre and cinema.

A Guide To Banaras

A boon for students and visitors alike.

Roots Of An Ancient Conflict

Tariq Ali's series of historical novels delve into the historical contact between the Christian and

Islamic worlds.

Personal And Political

A moving evocation of the troubled birth of a beleaguered nation and the tentative adolescence of a

great writer.

Understanding The Past

Akbar has a genius for placing ordinary occurrences in a broader historical matrix.

A Change Of Perspective

Penelopiad takes Homer's Odyssey and gives the epic a female voice.

A Vast Canvas

In a career spanning four decades, Daruwalla has handled almost all the themes under the sun and

grown in stature.

The Legacy That Ziegenbalg Left

A weeklong celebration begins tomorrow to mark the arrival of a pioneer who laid the foundations for

the printing industry in India.

First Impression

When you first read about Lucas he seems an ordinary enough child, recently bereaved by his

brothers' sudden death.

The Many Shades Of Love

The Brooklyn Follies is Paul Auster’s latest novel. It tries to take a look at the darker side of

contemporary American life. Since the novel talks about present times, it is twice as likely that it will

be appreciated by readers, who would not . . .

What Goes Between The Covers

Begin with a simple axiom: more bad books are published than good books.

A Patriot And A Socialist In The League Of Youth

The shadow of Krishna Menon’s career as India’s defence minister falls inevitably on his life.

Inside Colour

“Matisse paintings”, writes A.S. Byatt, are “about power. And about sex, hunger, loneliness, and


Insightful, Informative

Some interesting reads in Kannada...

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