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Wednesday, January 24, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From January 18, 2007  to January 24, 2007

On Meditation

Translation in Malayalam by V.T. Jayadevan of excerpts from lectures of J. Krishnamurti: DC Books, DC Kizhekemuri Edam, Good Shepherd Street, Kottayam-686001. Rs. 80.

Humorous Novel

J.S.raghavan has carved a niche for himself in the realm of humorous literature. He embarked on his maiden novel cast in the famous Wodehouse mould.

The State Of Civil Society

Essays providing insights into many of the major issues facing the world.

Management And Thirukkural

The author has drawn extensively from one of the greatest classics in Tamil, the Thirukkural, which is a treatise par excellence on the art of living.

Nuggets Of Nostalgia

As far as Chennai landmarks go, this one is in a class by itself: the Grecian-style mansion on the banks of the Cooum is not something the eye can easily miss.

Catalyst For Change

The title of Mrinalini Sinha's book is self-explanatory: this is an analysis of Katherine Mayo's famous Mother India. Rushdie's Satanic Verses is perhaps closest to Mother India in terms of causing an international furore upon its publication.

Beyond The Veil Of Fame

This book fills a gap in the seemingly impenetrable thicket of biographies on the Mahatma.

Opening Doors

`Living in India' showcases modern Indian homes.

The Charkha Spun Its Own History

Is there anything we don't know about Mahatma Gandhi that needed to be told?

Of Fact And Fictoid

A novel, on the other hand, lends itself to all kinds of styles, forms, fonts and layouts. Why, I've even got a couple of photos thrown in to break up my text! Two chapters of play-script, some poems and...

World Winners Emerging From `New Economies'

By under-rating corporations from developing economies you will be repeating the mistake of discounting the so-called Third World countries which are now turning winners globally, says The Emerging Markets Century, even as Sweet Spot suggests . . . .

Press And Power

The press owes a duty to be careful about accepting as true whatever version the regime of the day imparts.

Authentic Dissent

The book describes its author's travels in India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Tibet.

Game Of Hegemony
A scholarly work that traces and analyses the policies of the Unites States in its quest for global dominance.

Congress Slide

A political observer's analysis of the developments in and the internal workings of the Congress over a four-and-a-half-long period.

Art For Peace

The book is a recap of a quarter century of work for peace through art by noted Bangalore-based collage artiste Dr V Balu. Besides being an artist, he has been carrying on what he calls, “A one man peace mission” for over 25 years now.

‘Wip’Ping The Competition

This is an eminently readable, insightful and engaging book.

Winning With Words

There has never been anything overtly dramatic about John Wright. As a left-handed opener, he was steady rather than flamboyant, belonging to the old-fashioned school that believed in accumulating runs painstakingly as opposed to taking the fight . . . .

A Kahani For All Seasons

A magazine in the U.S. discovers a niche market by catering to the reading tastes of Indian children.

Shrink Sessions

After a string of revelations, yet another character in the popular imagination reveals himself.

The Plaintive Cry

Spanning half a century, the novel sweeps across the upheavals and turbulence in the Indian Subcontinent.

You Must Be Some Kind Of Superstar

The Big B. The Superstar. The Brand. The failed politician. The son of literary giant Harivansh Rai Bachchan. The ex-KBC host.

Fresh Print

P Radhakrishnan , senior professor at the Madras Institute of Developmental Studies, has looked at caste, religion and state in the 27 essays (which have appeared in various publications) appearing in this book.

The Mahatma, In Other Words

Gandhi’s life has become an epic in more ways than one can list. Like epics, no one quite hears the story for the first time. Yet each retelling seems a little different from previous ones.

How To Value Flats

What is an apartment? "A room or set of rooms fitted especially with housekeeping facilities and usually leased as a dwelling," defines www.m-w.com, the site of Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. The word dates back to 1641, and means, "private . . .

Reorienting The Ancient

The books on Mahabharatha and Rg Veda by Prof. G.N. Chakravarthy delve deep into traditional sources of Indian thought .

Fresh Print

The world got a peek into the life, caste politics and practices of the Syrian Christian community in Kerala with Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things.

Celebrating Women

The Asham Award was launched in 1996 to support and encourage new women writers. Don’t Know A Good Thing is the outcome of the 10th year of the Asham Award. Asham was the house in East Sussex which Virginia Woolf, along with her husband Leonard . . .

Print Pick

A must have on every family's bookshelf, this compact edition offers basic explanations of typical childhood tendencies and practical solutions to behaviours commonly seen throughout the pre-teen years.

The Power And The Potential Of India's Economic Change

All eyes are on China as it races to become the world’s next great power. Smart bettors would be wise to put some money on India to get there first, and Edward Luce explains why in “In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India,” his highly . . .

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.

Songs From A Miracle Garden In Mumbai

I have done a great deal of bird-watching in my own garden. And it has always surprised me that a very small area, if leafy enough, will attract a large number of species even if it is surrounded by cement, steel and humanity.

Rewind One More Time Please

The collection makes a great second read, if you go at it like it’s a 15-track album. It makes you wait for all the best tracks.

Burden Of Being

The author’s early works find expression in this ‘novel within a novel’, also about politics and angst.

Heavy Duty Reading

The ambition, richness and complexity of Richard Powers’s ‘The Echo Maker’ takes us to the heart of what it is to be human, says Patrick Ness. . . .


The Inheritance of loss; Kiran Desai. . .

Cheap At Half Price

The last chapter of this book, which is about 12 golden rules, is what it should have been about throughout.

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