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Wednesday, February 28, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From February 22, 2007  to February 28, 2007

A Composite Vision Of History

Reading this important book by the well-known historian and archaeologist K. Indrapala, which charts a history of Sri Lanka beyond the competing call of ethnic nationalism and myth making reminded me of a beautiful poem by the noted Sri Lankan . . .

Varnas Of Modern Composers

The genre of Varna in the repertoire of Carnatic music is an absolutely vital ingredient that forms the fundamental base for the learning of Carnatic music.

Deploying Human Creativity

Creativity@Work seems like a contradiction in terms. For most people, work is one thing and creativity another, and ne'er shall the twain meet.

The Truth About Wmd

An account of the way the Central Intelligence Agency undermined UNSCOM's operations

Hiro Of Substance

Speaking to Dilip Hiro is almost always like trying to force a man out of his blanket on a cold winter morning. He mumbles a bit, takes time in finding his feet.

Print Pick

Fabmall.com has acquired an US based e-commerce company, Indiaplaza.com and now onwards the combined business will be known as indiaplaza.in throughout the world.

Contemporary Fiction

This collection has 32 short and moderately long stories resonating with certain commonalities of popular Telugu fiction.


Authors and publishers are welcome to send copies of their books to The Hindu for review.

The Mother

She was born Mirra Alfassa in France in an affluent family, was drawn to Eastern religions, came to Puducherry in 1914, met Sri Aurobindo and collaborated with him in the yoga of transformation.

Two Celebrated Novelists

The books under review take a close look at two prominent Malayalam writers. One is a critical study of O. Chandu Menon, whose "Indulekha", written in 1889, is considered the first Malayalam novel. The other is a volume celebrating M. T. Vasudevan . . .

Bed-Time Stories

A collection of educative articles on sexual issues written in a snappy, anecdotal style by a man of many parts.

The Nation's Consciencevala

Eminent jurist, outspoken critic, Nani A. Palkhivala devoted his life to upholding the Indian Constitution

A Corridor Of Capers

Sometimes shoddy marriage of hurried sketch and pedestrian photograph. The matrioshka style of nested storylines becomes exhausting at points.

Tale With A Twist

Shakespeare, Keats and Urdu shayari were quoted by turn as Shiv K. Kumar discussed his latest book, "Two Mirrors at the Ashram," at its launch at the Taj Connemara recently.

When Dancers Turn Writers

In a diverse country like India, generalizations shouldn't have much of a shelf life. Surprisingly, they do. Maybe the phenomenon is similar to bad habits being easy to pick up and hard to drop.

A Tribute To Motherhood

A book with a difference. Very hard to come by in today's world of materialism and rat race, where sentimentality is a rare virtue.

Who Inspired President Kalam

The following is an extract from President APJ Abdul Kalam's book, Indomitable Spirit, printed here with the permission of the publisher, Rajpal & Sons.

The Spirit Isn't High Enough

They say there is a novelist in all of us. This is proved by the fact that a person who is an architect by profession takes to writing a fiction. This book deals with a person's internal struggle on issues relating to materialism and spiritualism.

Exploring The World Of Birds

This book is interesting for the manner in which every detail of Salim Ali's interaction with nature has been vividly depicted, writes Prerna Singh Bindra

Asian Themes

There was an inevitability in Pakistan’s decision to assist the United States against the Taliban/Al-Qaeda partnership after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Fresh Print

Wonder what a still from Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali is doing on the cover. Unlike the Bengalis who can read the remarkable works of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, most of us know the writer only through Ray’s landmark Appu Trilogy.

Sense In Nonsense

In a dank forest an old crank asked if I would know/ ‘In half an acre of ocean how many jackfruit grow?’/ I estimated roughly and said, ‘Begging your pardon—/ Just as many as the prawns growing in your garden.’

War On Terror

Two recent developments have highlighted the extreme danger to world security that US President George Bush has come to represent.

On Terror

Is the state a terrorist? Why does the editor of Tatler say that India can be everything but never boring? What does a half-Welsh, half-Gujarati poet have to say about Chennai? Are literary festivals very serious events with a glossy centre?

'Indians, The Most Creative, Intelligent Race In The World'

For those who may be wondering what the editor of Tatler is doing at a literary festival in Mumbai, here's some trivia:

Will Fiction Go The Jane Austen Way?

More or less? Full disclosure or head-to-toe coverage? Writers at a panel discussion that kicked off the Times of India Kitab Festival on Thursday debated the question as it relates to sex in fiction.

Broken Hearts Exist Only In Books: Freud

When Geoff Dyer was researching his book on jazz at the Institute of Jazz Studies in Newark, he was asked several questions. Are you a biographer? Are you a critic? and so on.

The Yoga For Time And Travel

This book gives a glimpse into the immortal nature of the soul as it helps us imagine what travelling to the past or the future through mind yoga would be like.

To Understand Science & Scientists Better

"Do you understand science?" This may well be the first question a science journalist faces when meeting his primary source of news, the scientist.

Book Talk

Arundhati Roy is to return to fiction writing, 10 years after winning Booker prize with her first novel, ‘The God of Small Things’...

‘Bad Journalists’

The book reveals the underbelly of the media and is a good read for anyone interested in the news...

Mountbatten’s ‘Last Chukka’

There is compelling historical evidence that Lord Mountbatten was not the most suitable candidate for the vice-regal responsibilities with which he was entrusted by the war-weary British Empire in its twilight years.

Playing It The Wrong Way

From Naguib Mahfouz and Orhan Pamuk to Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasrin, the jury remains out, and rightly so, as to who actually are the kinds of writers from the Muslim world — at least with an Islamic lineage and nomenclature, if not belief — . . . .

In Search Of Truth

Ghamgeen Dehlavi is an unfamiliar name for the literary elite of Pakistan. This contemporary of Mirza Ghalib could not gain prominence mainly because he lived far away from the main centres of literary activity.

Balochi Stories

The art of storytelling is as old as the mountains. The short story as it is known today, however, was developed in the 19th century with the publishing of journals and newspapers.

Children’s Book Review Of The Week

“The little world of childhood with its familiar surroundings is a model of the greater world. The more intensively the family has shaped its character upon the child the more it will tend to feel and see its earlier miniature world again in . .

Ecstasy And Trauma

Razia Fasih Ahmad is a towering figure in the literary world and is the winner of the Adamjee Award for her epoch-making novel Ablaa-i-Pa. She has written an armload of books.

Through The Looking Glass

Zeeshan Sahil is a contemporary Urdu poet who has published eight poetry collections and made his name for sparse, powerful poems crafted with economy of language and vivid imagery.

Anticipating Change

Competitive intelligence (CI) is described as a skill that can be taught, a discipline that can be used to improve market standing, a means to knowing a customer’s strategic thinking and an “ability to see past market disruptions and . ..

No Cakewalk

The United States is stuck in Iraq and some of the unintended consequences of the 2003 invasion of that country by America have bearing not only for the Middle East, but the entire Muslim world.

Italian Mysteries

Andrea Camilleri is the most successful author in Italy, yet little more than a decade ago he was a virtually unknown septuagenarian who had written a handful of historical novels, including the intriguing Il birraio di Preston (The Brewer . . .

The Maverick Poet

The Mumtaz Hussain Adabi Committee and Irtiqa Adabi Forum got together last week at the Arts Council of Karachi to observe the 138th death anniversary of Mirza Ghalib.

Remembering A Legend

To commemorate the 500th birth anniversary of Sirajuddin alias Bayazid Ansari, who is also popularly known as Pir Rokhan, the Afghanistan Academy of Sciences’ (AAS) Centre for Languages and Literature (CLL) recently arranged the second international . . .

Charity Begins At Home

Adil Najam examines the philanthropic attitudes and preferences of expatriate Pakistanis in America.

To Each His Hero

Even Ronald Reagan is a hero to some — well, at least to Paul Kengor. Ingersoll said each makes his deity in his own image.

Dream World

If the idea of distilled rainbows and purple fish flying through trees sounds exciting, then this book is for you...

Rupert Checks In

An interesting read, this book has all the right ingredients of a Hollywood potboiler...

Nawabs And Nautch Girls

The story evokes the ambience of a bygone era, but the translations of Urdu couplets fail to match up.

For Harry Potter Readers

To find out if he is the `prophesied' one and more, grab `Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows,' the seventh and final volume of the best-selling children's series written by JK Rowling. Psst! Rumour has it that a couple of the Potter characters . . .

Writing Awards

The winners of the Hutch Crossword Book Awards 2006 were announced in Mumbai on February 21.  Home Page


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