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Wednesday, December 03, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From December 28, 2006  to January 03, 2007

Short Stories

Stories: P. Surendran; DC Books, DC Kizhekemuri Edam, Good Shepherd Street, Kottayam-686001. Rs. 60.

Marathi Literary Genres

Bhalachandra Nemade, Chandrakantha Pokale — Tr. in Kannada; Sahitya Akademi, Ravindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 180.

Tamil Classic

K. P. Aravaanan; Thamizhkottam, 2, Munirathinam Street, Ayyavu Colony, Aminjikarai, Chennai-600029.

Novel Experiment

Now read Sherlock Holmes in Tamil!

From The Kitchens Of Pala

The evolution of Syrian Christian cuisine, along with the history of the community makes this cookery book special.

Wars Of The Words

What were the best selling titles of 2006? We find out...

Inventing A Tradition

The role of colonialism in the making of a classical musical tradition.

Multifaceted Artist

Shovana Narayan; Macmillan India Ltd., 2/10, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 285.

Holistic Approach To Human Life

At first glance this book, mainly because of its size, leaves the erroneous impression that it is yet again, another abridged and edited translation of one of our most favourite and popular epics, the Mahabharata.

The Burden Of History

An account of the lost opportunities that have been a part of the U.S. approach towards Iran.

The Missing Girl

Delhi University academic Tulsi Patel has just edited a comprehensive book on sex-selective abortion in India. . .

Take It From An Iitian!

Geeta Abraham Jose on her debut book.

Word War

What were the best-sellers of the year gone by?

Extra Inch Of Reading

Ashley Cole, Melanie Phillips, Victoria Beckham - what a brilliant year it’s been for fine literature. Oliver Burkeman on a roll...

Book Rack

Tiger Tales– Tracking the big cat across Asia; Edited by Ullas Karanth (Penguin Books, 2006, pp 296, Rs 350) With its judicious blend of adventure, natural history and tiger science, this anthology will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts as well as . . .

The Voice Of The Turtle

The trend of the big and the hyped books being written by expatriates and passers-by is past its zenith, says Vijay Nambisan.

When Economics Orbits Space Missions

The time is right for India to undertake a manned mission. Thus suggested the 80-odd scientists who congregated in Bangalore in the first week of November 2006.

Of Nazi Past, Plagiarism & Ego Clashes

As books and writers rose and fell in interesting patterns in 2006, were you paying attention? Take the following quiz with Suresh Menon.

Story Of Strength Lost In Translation

This is the stuff sagas are made of. A tale of injustice, crime, dishonour, and a long fight of determination and courage towards freedom, respect, honour and empowerment. This is the story of a woman who didn’t let circumstances hinder her quest . . .

Three Women Linked By Tragedy And History

Tragedies of the Indian subcontinent — from the Komagata Maru incident, to Partition, growth of Sikh terrorism and militancy in Punjab, Operation Bluestar, anti-Sikh riots and to the terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 — form the backdrop . . .

Complex Lives Get Tangled In A Grand Kolkata Mansion

Kamalini Sengupta’s The Top Of The Raintree has not been written for the casual reader. Too many characters and their complex personal and social lives beneath the seemingly mundane existence makes Raintree a difficult read.

We Thrive On Finding Loopholes

What is our national trait? `Defection,' declares V. Raghunathan in Games Indians Play, from Penguin Portfolio (www.penguinbooksindia.com). Another shared trait is `looking for loopholes in practically every law or system,' he rues.

Print Pick

The Puffin inter-school quiz contests have, over the years, generated a lot of interest among young quiz enthusiasts. The first Puffin Quiz Book and its sequel the following year have only whetted their appetite for more.

On The Ball

"We expect the 2007 World Cup to be the curtain call for icons of the modern game. We say goodbye to Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Chris Cairns, Sanath Jayasuriya, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Adam Gilchrist, all most likely to retire before the 2011 World Cup,"

Market Failure Versus Bureaucratic Failure

Indian economy is a fascinating amalgam, and if Indian Economy Since Independence offers insights into its working especially in the last half century, The India Economy is all about heresies, policies and practices. Energetic economic reads, . . .

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