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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From April 12, 2007  to April 18, 2007

India Has A Zero Share In Ifs

The report Mumbai: An International Financial Centre is positive that the metro can compete with Singapore and London.

Multifaceted Artist

This is an unusual book and probably one of the first of its kind, carrying the reproductions of artworks with commentaries by the editor and studies by eminent people connected with arts and crafts.

Progressive Writer

Harbinger of a new and progressive era in Indian literature, Premchand wholly dedicated his writing to bring about a change in society, especially in the wretched lives of the poor and oppressed.

Fast-Paced Novel

This is a reprint of a short novel originally published in Malaimathi. It is a renewed treat for this reviewer, having devoured it when it was hot off the press.

From The Blurb

The result of a collaborative initiative of IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program and the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, this book addresses a range of management and policy issues related to improving rural and urban water supply . . . .

The U.N. And The Women's Movement

A southern perspective of the progress of feminist thought, language and ideas that enriched the U.N.

Screening Gods

When movies featuring gods and demigods were first screened in rural cinema houses, some from the audience lit camphor and offered puja.

Vignettes Of Goa

Perhaps it is fortunate I first met Goa outside Goa — in its itinerant people, food and tradition.

Ethics Of Health Equity

What is health? The word is derived from the old English word `h<109,90>ŕe<109,100>lth', which, according to the Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, means, "sound bodily condition;

A Helping

"Me" is a self-help book that inspires through living example. Me: A Handbook on Life, by Raksha Bharadia, published by Rupa and Co, was recently released by Magsaysay award-winner Kiran Bedi recently.

Kirsty's Chronicles

Children's literature has to be rooted in national culture and history, says Australian writer Kirsty Murray.

Roots Of Suicide Terrorism

Nationalism, and not religious fundamentalism, drives suicide bombers, as this book shows with the help of detailed research.

As Good As New

One hundred and fifty years after it was written, the Assamese play "Ramnabami-Natak" is still refreshingly daring.

Vendetta In Courts

Easily the best book on the 1820 trial of Queen Caroline of England, with insights and comments that are of contemporary relevance.

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.

Man At Large

An excellent translation, which has authentically captured the distinct, and, at times, stentorian, voice of Anand.

Pilot Projects

Despite its grating unevenness, what redeems this collection is the presence of some new and superbly exciting voices.

Girl Child Is Still A Curse Word

Nothing bridges our urban-rural divide better than the preference for sons, even in this new century.

Love, Life And More

...when the words did come, There was not a heartbeat between vision and consummation.

Great Game On Mall Road

The great game has returned to the frontier, and the altered interactions it fosters are once again to be found in Lahore’s old bazaars.

Fresh Print

So what is special about a book on disappearing daughters?

Versatile But Vulnerable

I was nine when Vikram Sarabhai died. I remember very clearly the arrival of the newspaper one cold morning - December 31, 1971, it must have been - and my mother's audible gasp.

When Chaos Came In Guise Of Revolution

What on earth is happening in Iran and to the Iranian people? In the last three to four decades it has laterally gone through hell and its citizens have suffered innumerably.

Trauma Of Separation

The Burden of Refuge, written by Rita Kothari, an English lecturer at a college in Ahmedabad, is a study of great academic interest for those interested in Sindhi Hindus of Gujarat.

Leading With Wisdom: Spiritual-Based Leadership In Business

Leading with Wisdom portrays an emerging global culture. This path-breaking book offers the experiences and perspectives of 31 top executives from 15 countries in 6 continents.

In Flesh And Blood

The book allows the reader to introspect, to make his own journey, where Kashmir provides the metaphor.

A Patchwork Quilt

It’s a collection of 23 short stories where lovers unite, couples fight, women scheme, men stray and gods get frustrated.

The Feathered And The Beautiful

For those with birds on the brain this book offers specialised information by a variety of writers on birds they have observed and studied.

‘Destroyed But Never Defeated’

In the story of an old fisherman’s heroic struggle with a giant marlin, Ernest Hemingway created both an enduring parable of the human condition and his greatest work, writes Mario Vargas Llosa.

Behind The Scenes

An insightful read, ‘Men of Steel’ attempts to bring personalities behind business leaders to light.

New Cover For Old Story

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.

Turning To The Father

How does one go about writing the Mahatma’s memoirs differently? Bidyut Chakrabarty, the author, dwells on this question at length and comes up with a plausible answer.

A Nation On The Cusp Of Innocence And Experience

Gopal Pandey stands among the debris in Kucha Bansilal, staring at the space that once housed his tea stall.

It Was A Famous Victory

No other military battle has brought forth as many quips as the Battle of Waterloo which was fought on June 18, 1815, between Napoleon’s army and an Anglo-Prussian army led by the Duke of Wellington.

The Vivisector

“Too many continents,” explains J.M. Coetzee’s eponymous, Australian writer-heroine in Elizabeth Costello.

Wordsworth's 'Daffodils' Set To Rap

The magic of William Wordsworth's words has delighted generations of people across the globe, but 200 years after his famous daffodils poem 'I Wandered Lonely as A Cloud' was published, it has been turned into a rap for the YouTube generation.

A Spine For The Facts

President APJ Abdul Kalam releases two significant new books.

From Culture To Culture

Translations are more challenging than original creative writing, reveals Jai Ratan Singh in a chat with Amrita Talwar.

Print Pick

Set in 1950s Calcutta, Chowringhee is a sprawling saga of the intimate lives of managers, employees and guests at one of Calcutta's largest hotels, The Shahjahan.

Women Writers Speak Out Against Censorship

In every movement, there are names that become synonymous with establishing new frontiers. Gloria Steinem, a leader of the women’s rights movement and founder of Ms magazine, is one such, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen is famous for her . . .

Seeds Of Unity And Division In Bengal

Belying signs of separatism, there was a thaw in Hindu-Muslim relationship during the second decade of the twentieth century.

Rang De Basanti And The Fight For Geelani

I loved your film, Rang de Basanti. I loved it because it has no macho man fighting the bad guys.

Grape Gripe

India produces more than a tenth of all vegetables, and 15 per cent of all fruits in the world. F.O.B (free on board) values of our exports are nearly half the corresponding world unit values.

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