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Wednesday, April 11, 2007


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From April 05, 2007  to April 11, 2007

The Sudden Millionaires

Gurgaon is a vast adolescent real estate that stands in the glow of new paint. Luminous glass buildings, stout bustling malls and gigantic hives of apartments named after lords, knights and birds are spread over green lawns that people from Bombay . . .

When The Dying Give Birth

Parenthood is a nagging evolutionary force. Nothing weaker could have inspired a growing trend among HIV positive couples to war against all odds and have children.

A True Story

It is amusing to note that the census report of 1931 influenced the central government in 2006 to make recommendations on what constituted the backward castes.

The Noisy Art Of The Book Fair

Once a year Paris hosts a book fair, the Salon du Livres, that highlights the literature from a particular country.

Rebirth Of The Postman
A long time ago, in the cold, silent and quaint Irish villages, they used to say the postman always rings twice.

Short Stories
This is a collection of 25 stories. Of them, some are so brief that they read like sketches, yet are equally impacting.

Snapshot On Bharati's Life
Twenty Rupees in 1957 brought us a rare gift, Chittira Bharati, from the earnest compiler, R.A. Padmanabhan.

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

Economic Analysis Of India's Space Programme
Path-breaking book on the economic aspects of India's space programme.

Tamil As A Classical Language
The Government of India, by its October 12, 2004 order designated Tamil, as a `classical language'. The concept of `classical language' needs a reasonable definition and interpretation.

Improving The Lot Of Captive Elephants
It is fairly common in parts of
Asia to encounter elephants in captivity. Note that the term used is "elephants in captivity", not "domesticated elephants".

Debate On Economic Reforms
The public debate on India's economic reform in the 1990s has been far more enlightening compared to that in the 1940s, when the debate revolved around the Nehruvian model, Gandhian alternative and the Bombay plan.

Punjab's Darkest Years
Punjab was a devastated State for nearly two decades beginning with the early 1980s. The separatist movement led by some badly misguided but extremely motivated groups, aided by some Sikh elements living abroad, was so strong and violent that few . . .

The Tata Tale
Know more about the life and times of JRD Tata through "Beyond the Last Blue Mountain - a Life of JRD", brought out by Charkha Audiobooks, an imprint of Karadi Tales.

Analytical Competition Will Be Something Of An Arms Race
When the usual business edges go blunt move up to the high end of business intelligence with Competing on Analytics.

Striking A Balance
Of late there has been a great discussion on Alternate Dispute Resolutions (known as ADR) as mechanisms to address the docket explosion in the country.

Fresh Print
The world has changed rapidly. My five-year-old daughter is as versatile with the laptop as I am. The world continues to change at a much faster rate, inching towards a global culture in terms of the current lifestyle and the workplace.

Swathi Thirunal: Fact And Fiction
Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma (April 16, 1813 – December 25, 1846) was one of the most accomplished and enlightened rulers of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore.

Erratic Thoughts Of A Raw Mind
The creatively written short stories, while taking the reader on a philosophical journey, give an insight into the lifestyle of the urban yuppie.

Meddling With The Male-Female Balance
Technological advances in medicine have done little to change patriarchal mindsets; female foeticide remains one of the worst social evils of our time.

Tale Of A Dreaming Indian
An engaging narrative akin to a journalistic discourse, Amrita Shaw’s deptiction of Vikram Sarabhai’s life is backed up by excellent research.

Window Of Literature
This is a unique book. A rare one with an objective to highlight the works of a few not-so-well-known faces of Indian English literature.

Colonial Delusion Of Indian Ignorance
The volume, Education and Social Change In South Asia, edited by Krishna Kumar and Jaochim Oesterheld, is the compilation of 16 essays written by as many scholars from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, France, Great Britain, Germany and . . .

A Case Of Inheritance Of Loss
Everyone complains that children don't read anymore.

A Perceptive Writer
1984 has come and gone, but the Orwellian nightmare lingers on. French author, Franck Pavloff's `Matin Brun' (Brown Morning) is a gentle reminder that every epoch generates totalitarianism of some kind.

Fantastically Real!
At a time when one person's misery is being frequently used to write someone else's fantasy, here is an author who claims he doesn't spin tales around abstract global ideas.

Same Story, New Cover
Mira Nair's celluloid version of The Namesake has travelled the globe as part of film festivals and earned accolades before hitting the big screens.

Learn The Kaliya Way!
They say count your chickens before they hatch. But what to do if counting in itself is a problem? Now help is at hand.

Mystery Man
“You can call me D.T.” Norman Mailer’s latest novel, intended as the first part of a trilogy that would cover the earthly life of Adolf Hitler, begins with Dietrich, a former “SS man”, introducing himself in these words.

The Child By His Side, And A Little Bit Of Fear
Arguably, it is as difficult to represent the good as it is to represent evil. Attempts on this regard, except by the very finest of artists, are likely to produce either a work of brittle smartness or one of cloying sentimentality.

Making The Master
The Australian academic and Gandhi scholar, Thomas Weber, believes that personal history can be represented by the image of a funnel.

Weapons Of Mass Distraction
Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest satirists of our times, said in an interview that “there is no shortage of wonderful writers.

Kids Do Read
The first person I mention International Children's Book Day to, predictably repeats the usual line about children and reading: "Children don't read anymore".

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

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