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Wednesday, March 14, 2007


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From March 08, 2007  to March 14, 2007

Devotional Hymn

Dehaleesa Stuti is a Sanskrit hymn of 28 sublime verses sung by Vedanta Desika in praise of Lord Tiruvikrama of Thirukkovalur.

Fresh Print

Study circles, Agrawals Classes, the constant pressure to be ‘‘above average’’ so that you make it to the most premiere institute of technology in the country – the IIT – is all chronicled in Amitabha Bagcha’s debut novel, Above Average.

When Humanity Survived The War

Having made readers laugh their heads off and also pause and ponder with two tomes of short stories - Life is Peculiar and On the Rocks - Roswitha Joshi now comes up with Once More, a novel which Once More is unputdownable.

Celestial Choreography

Was the celestial danseuse Urvashi the world's first devadasi? The author alludes to an endearing legend of the marathon churning of primordial seas by joint forces of the gods and demons in the mythic times that yielded, beside the coveted . . .

Tiger In The Book

Myths are broken and new ones are made as the reader progresses through this book.

Alluring Allahabad

The language in this book is as rich as the history of Allahabad.

A Cocktail Of Cultures

This collection of Parashuram’s best works reflects changes of a society in transition.

Telugu Literary And Cultural Heritage

Mandali Buddhaprasad, Guttikonda Subbarao, Dr. G.V. Purnachand — Editors; Immadisetty Akkeswararao Charitable Trust, Singarajuvari Street, Kothapeta, Vijayawada-520001. Rs. 300.

Celebration Of Love

This may be a slim volume but it has 20 short stories. Bharatha Devi, the author, who lost her father when she was only seven years old, spent her childhood in Chockalingapuram near Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu.

An Impossible Guru

Commentaries on Living are a three-volume series based on J Krishnamurti's notebooks. It's not easy reading.

After Thorn Birds

There was the gently told story of Tim, the best-selling The Thorn Birds and The Masters of Rome series.

Pakistan To Princeton

A few years ago, when I was staying in a friend's barsati in Delhi's Defence Colony, my host came home one evening with a painting.

Dice, Another Day

The most memorable Sunday afternoons of my childhood were spent plotting and perspiring over the progress of five wooden pieces along a square board.

Your Ceo Won't Like This Book

Spiders are amongst the oldest creatures on earth. But the future belongs to the starfish. The starfish has the unique capacity of regenerating itself—lop off a starfish's limb and it grows a new one, which in turn grows into an entirely new starfish.

Failure Is Not An Option

The book addresses all the elements crucial for effective educational reform. It takes all the strategic reform ideas and weaves them into a coherent whole.

The Empire Strikes Back

Mohsin Hamid’s second novel is a quietly told, cleverly constructed fable of infatuation and disenchantment with America, says James Lasdun.

Rama: The Literary Avatars

In the Milky Way of literature, planets and stars have a way of connecting. They collide, merge and submerge.

A Role Model For Humanity

This work on the Paramacharya of Kanchi Math Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati is a glowing tribute to him for he remained throughout his life as a role model to millions of people.

The Globalisation Debate

Raphael Kaplinsky, Polity Press, Cambridge. Rawat Publications, Satyam Apartments, Sector 3, Jawahar Nagar, Jaipur-302004. Rs. 895.

Civil Society And Politics

The book shows that the dominant rhetorics of our time are unable to address major questions.

The Tao Of Negotiating The China Bend

Doing business in the world's most dynamic market, China, is mostly about relationship building. China Now has elaborate inputs on how to parley with Chinese businesspeople.

Penning The Economy

They say that those who don’t read economic history are bound to repeat it. This really holds true for Pakistan’s economy.

Women Writers Speak Out Against Censorship

In every movement, there are names that become synonymous with establishing new frontiers.

India’S Unseen Heroines

Nationalist leaders understood the importance of family dynamics in encouraging and inhibiting women’s involvement in public activities.

Uneasy Lies The Head …

For 1,600 years, through the coming and going of kings great and small, through endless destructions and rebuildings, the great fortress of Bala Hisar had stood upon the Sher Darwaza heights, overlooking the Kabul plain.

Picture This

The cinema during the 1920s emerged as the most popular mode of family entertainment.

Old Habits, Old Ways, Old Words...

Faruq Hasan was born in 1939 in Faisalabad. After completing his early education in Pakistan, he studied in England and then Canada, where he now lives.

Speaking Of Flowers

THe applause picks up as the curtain falls. “Author … author!” The demand from the audience is unanimous.

Persian Identity

It’s perfect timing to be a daring, heedless travel writer when documenting the trouble spots of the world, as many far wandering witnesses with a pen and notebook have proven, but not without a gentle compassion for the people they encounter and . . .

Children’s Book Review Of The Week

From the heart of India comes the story of Sulekha, a bubbly fifth-grader and the “World’s Number 1 Hater of History,” and her friend, TJ, son of the local chaaye wallah.

Stories Of The Land

College girl guides or rangers, as they were known then, of the ’60s and ’70s would often sing a ditty which went something like this:

Of Barons And Lords

AT the turn of the 20th century, the United States of America was not only the most populous of industrialised countries, it was also the richest.

Hello Stranger!

When Moth Smoke — Mohsin Hamid’s debut novel about the anxieties of urban life in Lahore — came out in 2000, it received mixed reviews.

Land Without A People?

Not long ago, detectives in the UK struggled to find a serial killer who preyed on prostitutes as they walked alone at night; after murdering them, the killer left the bodies in desolate spots to be discovered later.

Well Worth The Postage

Though Partau Rohilla modestly claims to be a carefree poet, a cursory glance at his work does not substantiate this assertion.

From The Eye To The Heart

Tahir Afridi has dedicated this book to the gloomy characters of his novel, who he describes as “symbols of good and evil”, and to all those whose homes were either bulldozed or burnt to ashes in the fierce fight between two unequal powers.

Keeping The Faith

About 500 metres west of the Red Fort stands an enduring monument to Shah Jahan’s passion — the Jama Masjid, an extraordinary specimen of architectural extravaganza built during the years 1650-1656.

Crying With The Cicadas

Reghunatha Pillai's new novel, `Cicadas Takes Life' is out on the stands.

The World Of Wisdom

World Book Day saw a spectrum of writers come together.

Post-Horses Of Culture

Unlike Japan and China, which translate every single research paper and specialized monograph in science, technology and medicine into English within months of their publication, our academies and research institutes do nothing of the kind.

A Prince And A PM

Letter writing, when it takes place between two public figures, not only gives us a glance into the history of their times, but also helps us understand the characters of the men undertaking such a task.

How To Outlive The Fruits Of Success

This book provides interesting personal insights into the lives of some of the great businessmen in contemporary India.

A History Of The Inner Eye

Benodebehari Mukherjee (1904-1980) Centenary Retrospective (Vadhera Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Rs 4,000) is the catalogue raisonné of a master of modern Indian art who became a household name only after Satyajit Ray made . . .

Crying With The Cicadas To Be Heard

Reghunatha Pillai's new novel, `Cicadas takes Life' is out on the stands.

Aditi's Latest Adventure

"I have fun while writing for kids," says Suniti Namjoshi, during the launch of her latest "Aditi and Her Friends Take On The Vesuvian Giant".

Efficiency Is Associated With Competition

The Government seems to be in no hurry to make operational the Competition Act, 2002, but a new book on the subject is optimistic the powers that be will get their Act together `within a short period'.

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