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Wednesday, April 04, 2007


 

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From March 29, 2007  to April 04, 2007

An Inheritance Of Loss
The first person I mention International Children's Book Day (April 2) to, predictably repeats the usual line about children and reading: "Children don't read anymore".

The Red Book Of Dhirubhai Ambani
A.G.Krishnamurthy's `Dhirubhaism' offers alternative pragmatic lessons on business from his association with the industrialist.

A Great Diplomat
This biography does not overlook French diplomat Charles-Maurice Talleyrand's foibles, but it also brings out his achievements.

`Other' Imperialism
An indictment of the Western Left, which has abandoned Iranian liberals in their fight for freedom and democracy.

A Daring Attempt
The book attempts to interweave the empirical problem of globalised militarism with the economic theory of Marxist tradition.

Democracy Makes All The Difference To Economies
China's growth is faster than India's but will this necessarily translate into better development, asks Guy Sorman in The Year of the Rooster.

Married To Low Iq

Mental asylum and marriage. Two institutions believed to be different. To escape the inevitable fate of being admitted into one, a growing number of unsound minds are migrating to another.

Shadows On The Net
It began as Cold War paranoia. The Sputnik was spinning in the blue and the Pentagon was worried about losing the space race.

How The English Win Over The Muslims
On January 15, Mariam Butt woke up to a brutal face of British Islam. A Channel 4 undercover reporter had caught some imams heaping many honorifics on the Westerners.

What Is Marxist Science?
The Big Bang never happened. The universe has existed forever. And there is no history of time.

Married To Low
Mental asylum and marriage. Two institutions believed to be different. To escape the inevitable fate of being admitted into one, a growing number of unsound minds are migrating to another.

Spreading Faith, Not Fanaticism
The imams who preached hate in England are today on the run. Mohammed Wajihuddin on the lessons India should learn from that country.

Book Launch
A Kannada translation of Latin poet Virgil's epic poem "Aeneid" by K. Seetharamaiah is being released on Sunday, April 1 at 10.30 a.m. at the Indian Institute of World Culture, B.P. Wadia Road, Basavanagudi.

Steal A Thought!
They are here, there, everywhere, but thieves have hardly got their due in literature. Now seasoned journalist Vimal Kumar has come up with "Chor Puran", a Penguin publication that looks into the life of notoriety with tongue firmly in cheek.

A Long Journey To Be Herself
Ayaan Hirsi Ali exposes a whole universe of cruel reality she broke out of, courageously and logically.

His Science Had Soul
A timely book that tries often successfully—to bring the personality of Vikram Sarabhai to life, most of all in quoting his dancer wife Mrinalini's words.

Mindscape Reading
Human relationships have invited the attention of writers since time immemorial. Dark and Darker is yet another attempt to delve into the complex world of human emotions and sentiments.

Kingdom Of Knowledge Remains
The pictorial biography under review opens with an endearing quote from Karan Singh himself. "My life seems to fall into 18-year modules.

House Of Ghosts
The Top of the Raintree, by Kamalini Sengupta, is a saga of a stately home named 'Rajmahal'.

He Was Jesus, Not Christ
In this book, Michael Baigent makes some startling observations against the conventional account of Jesus' death, shaking the very roots of Christianity, says MV Kamath.

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.

Quest To Entertain Indians And Illuminate Foreigners
Australia-born journalist and author Christopher Kremmer’s tryst with India started in the last decade of the twentieth century.

Women Writers Speak Out Against Censorship
In every movement, there are names that become synonymous with establishing new frontiers.

His Science Had Soul
Not many people remember Vikram Sarabhai today.

A Long Journey To Be Herself
I couldn’t put down Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel.

Plain Jane Gets New Look
After being made over as a pin-up for the big screen, Jane Austen is has now being dolled up by a publisher.

Bird’S-Eye View
The author captures India’s amazing diversity of birdlife in this must-possess book.

In A Time Wrap
The novel touches on many contemporary political movements with a sub-text of Maoist landscape.

Wanted: The Real Kid
T J Stiles writes about William Bonney, the notorious outlaw also known as ‘Billy the Kid’ whose mythical spin offs have overshadowed the real Kid.

Steal A Thought!
"Chor Puran" explores the philosophy of the pilferer

Book Launch
A Kannada translation of Latin poet Virgil's epic poem "Aeneid" by K. Seetharamaiah is being released on Sunday, April 1 at 10.30 a.m. at the Indian Institute of World Culture, B.P. Wadia Road, Basavanagudi.

Unusual And Uplifting Novel
This is a poignant and an unusual novel. The very name suggests its unusualness. Whoever has ever heard of salmon jumping in some obscure wadi in the
Yemen?

Malice Towards One
One evening in June, 1977 — a month before General Zia-ul-Haq upstaged Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto,
Pakistan’s first elected prime minister, in a military coup — members of Bhutto’s cabinet and senior army officials were invited to the PM’s bungalow for dinner.

Man Who Processed The American Dream
While one probably hears more about Bill Gates than about Andy Grove, the latter’s name is just as important in the context of the high-tech industry.

Tattered Songs Of Sorrow And Bliss
The photographs by Waswo X. Waswo in INDIA POEMS: THE PHOTOGRAPHS (Gallerie, Rs 1,750) intend to transport the viewer to a “nebulous Otherworld”, from which men and women with wizened faces and cows with doleful eyes stare out serenely.

Playing To Win The Hearts Of The Listeners
Few musicians have elicited as much adulation from music lovers as Ustad Vilayat Khan, the sovereign of romance and aesthetics.

Crisp Introduction
A visual introduction to an art form that is more than two thousand years old.

Sezs In A Flux
As a topic, SEZ (Special Economic Zone) has turned out to be a knotty issue. The Chinese model has `land'ed itself in trouble closer home.

Mould? What's That?
Women writers no longer want to be told what and how they `ought to' and `ought not to' write

Small Town, Big Heart
The book is about the adrenaline rush of humdrum survival eked out within the casually chaotic, blood-drenched mobocracy of today's India.

The Man, The Scientist And The Visionary
It is surprising that the first full-fledged biography of the charismatic, dynamic visionary Vikram Sarabhai has taken so many years.

Mahatma Vs Gandhi
Nothing grows under a banyan tree," goes an adage. The idiom gets a living manifestation when one looks at Mahatma Gandhi's relations with his family members, especially sons.

Revisiting Religious Pluralism
Minorities are entitled to the fullest justice. Efficiency and merit alone should count, and the spoils of office, given to minorities, over a long period, should no longer lure them.

Hornet's Nest Stirred Again
With over 300 biographies of Mahatma Gandhi already available, an addition of one more is an unattractive and uncommercial proposition.

Women Writers Speak Out Against Censorship
In every movement, there are names that become synonymous with establishing new frontiers.

Some Good Things Happened In The Windies
There are reports that many Indian wives have left their homes to go stay with their parents because they could not bear the World Cup insanity of their husbands.

The Transfer Circus
In 1996, Kakasaheb Sindhu Mhaske was caught taking Rs 20,000 from a shopkeeper by the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Mumbai.

How The Chinese Learn English
English is the new opium of the masses in China. To peddle this narcotic, I packed my bags and headed for Shanghai.

A For Ashley, B For Bipasha, C For Cause
I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I'm not exactly overjoyed about India becoming the parking-lot of the world's conscience.

The Killing Of Gandhi: Clearing Away The Overlay
The legacy of the man runs like a tangible thread of khadi ….under the Indian sun you can still feel the rough comfort of authentic homespun, under the seven veils of stifling hype flaunted as “Indianness”.

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

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

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

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

Visual Metaphors
The historical ingredients of this graphic novel result in a juxtaposition and amalgamation of characters and situations that create a literary mosaic.

Tagore On Tagore
The author has presented an ‘autobiography’ of Tagore in the Nobel Laureate’s own words.

Vivid Portrayal Of Partition
Penderel Moon’s work holds special significance as he was a scholarly and unbiased individual who witnessed much that happened during the Partition.

Book Talk
They were two old friends, each semi-retired, taking a stroll and catching up on news.

No Money, No Cry
Theatre actor Kumud Mishra says he once thought to himself that if an "idiot like Manav Kaul"—his friend and award-winning playwright—could write so well, it must be an easy job.

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