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Wednesday, March 07, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From March 01, 2007  to March 07, 2007

Ricochets From An Old Gun

Tushar Gandhi's claim of Bapu's assassination as conspiracy is naive rather than new, and emotional.

Remember '83?

Meticulously researched and produced, it gives the entire history of India's one-day matches. This will be manna for all schoolboys.

Nehru Vs Nehru Review Article By A.G. Noorani

This volume offers interesting vignettes of the man who stood for India's composite culture.

Foreign Policy Review By A.G. Noorani

A well-documented critique of India's foreign policy and a southern perspective on the crisis of the American empire.

Slaves Of The Mines Review By S. Viswanathan

A Progressive person of the Marxist persuasion, K. Chinnappa Bharathi is arguably the only one of his kind in Tamil Nadu, combining in himself a relentless fighter and a resolute writer fired by an insatiable thirst to liberate victims of exploitation.

Acts Of Resistance Review By Shelly Walia

Howard Zinn's profoundly insightful book provides a critique of the contemporary political and ethical crisis.

At What Cost Consumption?

A comparative history of environmentalism in two large democracies, India and the U.S.

Usage In Telugu Language

To The author of this book, working with zeal to instill in students clarity and flawlessness while writing and speaking Telugu the prescribed textbooks in schools came as a shock.

Life And Works Of Sankara

This book draws its material from Vidyaranya's Sankara Vijaya, Deivathin Kural, Swami Chinmayananda's commentary on the Bhaja Govindam and the Tamil translation of Sankara (in English by T.M.P.Mahadevan) by the late Narayanaswami.

Integration Of The Sacred And The Secular

One needs intelligence to understand a word but one must perform tapasya to understand the word.

Empowerment Of The Marginalised

A chorus of nine voices articulating at the intersections of caste, gender, religion and socio-spatial location.

Music Composer

Did Shakespeare author the Shakespearean plays? This question will remain as long as we discuss him.

Constitutional Reforms

The Constitution of India is one document that is being examined and re-examined, interpreted and re-interpreted almost every day throughout the year in so many forums to justify or challenge a policy or a decision within and outside Government.

India In The Future

An ambitious science fiction thriller set in a futuristic India that is fabulously rewarding.

Distant Memories

This is an unusually poignant, vivid and well-crafted work. In the Country of Men, Hashim Matar, Viking/ Penguin, p.194, 2006.

Multi-Tasking And Mixed Media

IF you are looking to Sarnath Banerjee spinning a great yarn in his "graphic novel", The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers, you will be disappointed.

Lend An Ear

Whom to Tell My Tale: An Autobiography, K.S. Duggal, National Book Trust, Rs. 65.

A Creative, Not An Academic Exercise

A look at the act of translation and what it involves.

A Master Storyteller

Kahnucharan Mohanty's stories evoked something personal in each reader.

Dostoevsky's Useful Idiots

The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by David Magarshack, Penguin, 1955 edition.

First Impression

After the incredible success of The Da Vinci Code, it seems almost every church in Europe has dark mystical secrets that need telling. If The Da Vinci Code was the original in its genre, then books like The Omega Scroll are faithful reproductions, . . .

Games, Big And Small

A romance set against the backdrop of the British debacle in Afghanistan. Companions of Paradise, Thalassa Ali, Headline Review, p.334, £6.


"The Sunderbans, the world's largest mangrove expanse, are nothing less than a hub for naturalists and scientists — a paradise for nature and wildlife photographers and a wonderland for tourists from all over the world.

Books All The Way

Despite the rain and a shift in venue, people poured in as usual at the Kolkata Book Fair this year.

Poet Of The Hopeless

Chekhov was a bridge between the structured realism of Maupassant and the psychological modernism of Joyce.

Looking Within

Sharana Sahitya has a perennial potency and mysticism which reveal implicit and explicit teachings of the Sharanas, reflecting the quintessence of VeeraShaivism.

Economist To Chair 2007 Booker Jury

The director of the London School of Economics, Howard Davies, will chair the judges of the 39th Man Booker prize.

In The Right Place At The Right Time

Christopher Kremmer has assimilated India as few other foreigners have owing largely to his baptism by fire as soon as he arrived in this country...

The Line Of Beauty

With her scenes of village life, Amrita Sher-Gil dedicated herself to painting the ‘true’ India. Attractive, outspoken and intelligent, she died at 28. Salman Rushdie on the inspiration for his flamboyant heroine in ‘The Moor’s Last Sigh’.

Impossibly Good

The night I finished reading his book, I dreamt of Niven Govinden. I ran up to him (he looked like his protagonist, tall, great hair), and grabbed his hands (I felt he needed reassurance), and said, "I know, I know, it's awful to say it . . .

Year Of Biographies

THE year 2006 was indeed The Year of The Biography. Look at the impressive men and women featured in the biographies.

Explosive Eye Candy

A Bollywood spectacle in a book. Lights, Camera, Masala; Naman Ramachandran, photographs by Sheena Sippy, India Book House, Rs.1995.

Seamless Narrative

REMARKING on the constitutional inability of Indians to be autobiographical about their deepest and most private moments, Dipesh Chakrabarty has pointed out that the novels, diaries, letters and autobiographies written since the 19th century by . . .

Complex Web Of Class, Caste, Gender

The story staggers under sociological debates and reformist zeal. The Edge of Time; Veerappa Moily, Translated by C.N. Ramachandran, Rupa & Co., Rs. 295 (hardcover).

Life's Like That Only

With this translation, Parashuram reaches out to readers beyond Bengal's shores.

A Bird's-Eye View

A sensible wide-angle look at India's bewildering bird life. India Through Its Birds; Edited by Zafar Futehally, Dronequill Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Rs. 395.

Pulling Out All The Stops

It was interesting to hear Sunil Gavaskar, the man who took a few years before he internalised the nuances of the shortened version of the game, advising players the other day to be ready for more Twenty20 games in future.

No Applause For Ashok Mitra

Before the demands of a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive media creatively destroyed traditional markers for hierarchy and job descriptions, being an assistant editor automatically meant you wrote edits and exercised a middle-managerial . . .

Power Play

Politics, as the adage goes, is the last refuge of the scoundrel. In The Eagle’s Throne, Carlos Fuentes says it “is the art of swallowing frogs without flinching”. The book is a brilliant political satire on Mexican Presidency and Latin American . . .

Fresh Print

Beyond Performing Art and Culture is the result of renowned dancer Dhanajayan’s firm conviction that an artiste cannot remain isolated from society and the larger world.

Inside The Jihadi Factory

If Zahid Hussain's book is to be believed, Pakistan-backed terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir and elsewhere in India is not an aberration, writes G Parthasarathy.

Hinduism Is Universal

It is not facetious to say that if there is one book that all 'secularists' must read, it is Fundamentalism Versus Hinduism.

Sincere And Impartial

SLOWLY but surely the world is getting to know the truth about life in the Israeli-occupied territories.

A Long Way To Go

Asma Jahangir explains what the Protection of Women Act does and what is still left undone.

Like ‘An English Country Garden’

BRITAIN was the first country to establish municipal parks. These parks were owned by local authorities and were fully and freely accessible to the public.

Lofty Heights

THE history of any nation turns meteorically cognisable with the noble achievements of its men and women of superior merit, knowledge, wisdom and fine art.

Roy Returns To Fiction

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

The Desert Queen

IN her day she was often dubbed the “Desert Queen” and the Bedouins called her Khatun, an honorific title.

Naseem Riaz – Paving The Way

AS I wait in her living room, I gaze at a beautiful sketch hanging on Dr Naseem Riaz’s wall. I find it to be quite similar to the picture on the back cover of her book Awaz, which I had brought along with me.

Through Indian Eyes

IN William Dalrymple’s latest work, Bahadur Shah Zafar seems to be the natural choice for protagonist. For Dalrymple, the last Mughal king embodied the ethos of the city where he spends much of his time.

They’Re Reading

"The book I recently read and enjoyed is called Guzashta Lukhnow. Apart from carrying a detailed description of Lucknow, it talks about how the city was built and developed by the Nawabs and their people.

The Snowball Affect

This book is a significant contribution to the genre of research works on women’s issues in the country. Shahnaz Khan, the author, is a Canadian immigrant of Pakistani origin, currently tenured as a professor in the Women’s Studies and Global . . .

Power Of The Pen

CHANGE in any society is beyond reach without a change in the social attitudes of the common people.

Children’s Book Review Of The Week

It’s cold and chilly in Antarctica, the highest and the most isolated place on earth. There are no permanent human inhabitants and nobody owns even a single inch of land in this place that is made up of 90 per cent of the world’s ice.

Good Teaching

Greg Mortenson came to Pakistan as a climber. He had decided to scale the K2 (28,267 feet), reputed to be the toughest peak on the earth to conquer.

Dancing With Rumi

There has been a commotion in many literary circles in Pakistan. Fahmida Riaz and Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi? Surely, this is an uneasy alliance!

In Brief

IN the past couple of years there has been a lot of hue and cry about promoting tourism in Pakistan. International tourism is now the fourth largest industry in the world, growing at an annual rate of eight per cent; however, Pakistan’s share in . . .

The Book Club

HISTORIAN and film-maker Tariq Ali is the author of bestsellers such as Trotsky for Beginners, Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity and Bush in Babylon.

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.

A Tale Of Buddies

Anita Nair, the author of three novels and a short story collection, now has a children's book in her kitty. `Living Next Door To Alise,' is an engaging tale of a lonely eight-year-old who befriends a talking elephant.

Book Fair

Enter the world of books at Bank Employees' Union Hall (TKV Smarakam), Pulimoodu, as Modern Book Centre holds a book fair.

Crying To Be Heard

Reghunatha Pillai, a 50-year old KSRTC bus conductor, is in the limelight yet again with his new novel `Cicadas Takes Life.' The novelist has established through his new book that he is a born writer.

Queens In West End, And The Slippery Aisle Of Glory

“The sun rose and the earth fell away. We were driving round a spinning rock.” Rupert Everett was on the outskirts of Paris with John Jermyn, his wastrel friend, looking at the fast-approaching horizon and the sun rising from behind.

What They Had Made Was Love

It is not often that a poet presents his own selection of love poems. James Fenton — poet, journalist and professor of poetry in Oxford (1994-99)— has brought together some of his favourites in this volume.

The Index Of Trust

After the parliamentary elections of 2004, New Delhi-based Centre for the Study of Developing Societies carried out a survey to find out how much the people “trusted” the major public institutions in India.

In All Fairness

The prerogative comes from a sense of belonging; a grandson writes a book on his grandfather, one of the greatest figures in our epoch, and dares to name it Mohandas.

In The Throes Of Change

The 19 stories contained in the slim volume presents a unique combination of literary creativity and a sensitive perception of human travails.

Writing Awards

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


Feast of love describes the basic techniques needed for Continental cuisine, so that even someone completely unfamiliar with cooking will be able to serve p a haute cuisine menu.

A Screenplay Between Covers

Over the years books have become the inspiration of many a film. Now debutante writer Rajashree has done the opposite. She has written a novel in the form of a film narrative - cut to cut with razor sharp editing and no pretensions of erudition in . . .

A Tale Of Unusual Buddies

Anita Nair, the author of three novels and a short story collection, now has a children's book in her kitty. Living Next Door To Alise, is an engaging tale of a lonely eight-year-old who befriends a talking elephant.

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