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Wednesday, April 25, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From April 19, 2007  to April 25, 2007

Tagore's Novel

Choker Baali (A Grain of Sand) by Rabindranath Tagore in Bengali, M. Bilina —Tr. in Malayalam; Mathrubhumi Books, Cherooty Road, Kozhikode-1. Rs. 135.

The Ayodhya Imbroglio

P.V. Narasimha Rao; Raavela Sambasiva Rao — Tr. in Telugu; Alakananda Prachuranalu; Opp. Maris Stella College, Vijayawada-520008. Rs. 175.

Introduction To Art Theory
This book is a Tamil translation of Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Cynthia Freeland.

Global Economic History

Analysis of the growth and performance of various economies over centuries.

Hymn On Creation
Fresh translation and commentary on an important Vedic HYMN.

The Voice Of Industry
The book is all about the rise of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from a small engineering association way back in 1895 to an apex body representative of
India by 2005.

Ensuring Water Security
The water resources sector in
India has witnessed rapid changes since Independence.

The Idea Of Being Indian
A critical examination of Golwalkar's thought and his legacy: his conception of Indianness.

Get The True Picture
Biography, history and economics are emerging as the latest must-reads in reading rooms.

Brace Up To Decode Rbi's Delphic Pronouncements
Even as the nation waits to decipher which way the RBI chief will turn the money supply valve, Basic Economics offers some key pointers to the action of the central bank that, as Indian Administration: Politics, Policies and Prospects, points out . . .

'The Last Mughal. The Fall Of A Dynasty: Delhi, 1857'
By Central Asian standards, the 19th-century Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar II had some pretty impressive bloodlines.

1857: The People's Double-Edged Sword
If 1857 fatigue is already beginning to hit you, ward it off a little longer. Rebellion 1857, while light on the pocket, is invaluable for the reason that it takes us down a less trodden path into the battlefields.

In Sir Vidia's Shadow
In the Eighties, Indians regarded the emergence of Salman Rushdie with a special sort of pride.

A Grouse For Mr Naipaul
The films would cover the writer's interviews and background on his years in
Trinidad and the events associated with the WI University’s Year of Naipaul in 2007.

Naipaul To Be Subject Of Two Films In Wi
The life and times of
Trinidad and Tobago's first Nobel Laureate Sir Vidiadhar Surujprasad Naipaul will be the subject of two films.

The Uniquely Indian Brand Of Economics
During the years of the struggle for independence, there was a debate on whether there was something distinctive called Indian economics or whether it was all economics, but applied to India as to any other country as circumstances permitted.

Who Not Dunnit
Guilty until proved innocent. John Grisham must have chuckled incessantly at the utter ingenuity of this plot-on-the-platter served up to him in small town
Ada, Oklahama.

Sculpting A Geek God
So you thought geeks were boring? Try Andy Grove for size. The chairman and CEO of chip-maker Intel Corp during its most difficult and successful period, which coincided with the personal computer revolution, is not just another engineer who made . . .

Unenviably Yours
Hussain's candour is commendable and, despite its warts, this book persuasively illuminates the dissonances inherent to
Pakistan's current predicament.

Comments From The Ringside
The 'outsider' analysis has value, but a wariness of messy democracy lurks in his prescriptions

Orientalist Confection
Sharma's study of Golwalkar's worldview shows beyond a shadow of doubt that it is the very antithesis of what holds us Indians together.

Unquiet American: A Monologue
A US-born
Princeton graduate's journey from yuppiedom to fundamentalism.

Life Through A Child's Eye
By penning "Kid's Recipe for Pizza Paisa Peace," eight-year-old Raja Monsingh becomes the country's youngest author.

Tragic Partitions
The book, based on the proceedings of the Conference on Memory and the Partition Motif in Contemporary Conflicts at the historical setting of
Halle in July 2005, provides a fascinating dimension to our understanding of divided societies.

Whose Biography?
Who is interested in knowing what happened (or didn't happen) when Jessica Hines met Amitabh Bachchan in his hotel room, and how in awe she was of him, and how giddy and stoned she felt? Instead, we are interested in knowing what happened when . . . .

An Insider's Insights
Exclusive excerpts from Manohar Devadoss' Multiple Facets of My Madurai, published recently, with exquisite drawings and accompanying text that capture what it was like growing up in the temple town in the 1950s.

The Summer Of ’78
Llfe is not easy in 1978, the summer that Fahim and his family move from the tiny apartment at Seaview to the new house in Defence.

Clearing Haze Over Valley
Karan Singh has made a significant contribution to contemporary history by publishing his personal archive of letters exchanged with Jawaharlal Nehru shortly after the accession of Jammu & Kashmir to the Indian Union.

'Scroll' Down The Dark Side
"The Omega Scroll" attempts to understand the reasons for the rise of Islamic ‘fundamentalism’ against a backdrop of mystery and suspense.

Survival Games
"Games Indians Play: Why are we the way we are?" looks at the typical Indian inside-out and has the reader smiling at himself.

Tradition Et Al
"The Edge of Time" is an introduction to traditional life lived for centuries in Coastal Karnataka.

Life Giving Elixir
These two books explore the water situation in
India and provide solutions in terms of groundwater management and rural supply schemes.

A Bit Of This, That And Economics
I must begin with a confession or two.

Wild Justice
Sir Robert Warburton writes about crimes committed in the Frontier in the name of zar, zan or zameen.

A Chronicle Of Tyranny And Valour
Zameer Niazi’s name will lead the rest in the annals of
Pakistan’s press freedom history long after every episode of freeing the media in this country has ended or is throttled.

How Things Should Be
Despite her cynical scrutiny of the lives of the couples around her, Hannah Gavener just can’t seem to grasp the elemental facts about life and love that would enable her to form a satisfying relationship herself.

Joy And Sorrow
“The Indian sun struck fiery glints from the train tracks, the wind sent dust devils whirling down the street, my father glowered, and my mother prayed.

Dying Legacy
Mushirul Hasan, one of the most prolific research scholars in contemporary
South Asia, has presented several aspects of the social and cultural history of Muslim India in his writings.

Children’s Book Review Of The Week
Of late it seems that almost all senior Sindhi poets have more or less lost interest in penning creative and lively verse for children.

Unveiling Reality
Irshad Tounsvi’s collection of poems Naddi Naan Sanjoke, carries within it the aroma of Saraiki soil.

So It Went
So it went. Man born. Man died. Lots of funny stuff written in between.

Reflecting Childhood Terror
This remarkable first novel — by the Libyan writer Hisham Matar, settled in
America is set in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979.

Across An Unmapped Land
Just how the Right to Information Act translates into action and how long it takes for the applicant to receive the information asked for is anybody’s guess.

Foot In The Mouth
Rio Ferdinand may have a story to tell. But neither he nor his collaborator Shaun Custis, the chief football writer for The Sun, can rescue this book from the unsympathetic reviewer.

Where The Mirrors Do Not Open Out Windows
Sudhir Kakar has been, for a while, one of the most definitive voices in all matters Indian.

In The Beginning Was A Dot
First came the bindu — a black hole from which emerged light and energy. Only the Hindu philosophers thought of it, and S.H. Raza, acknowledged master of contemporary Indian art, spent an entire lifetime painting dots and concentric circles,

Humanising The Poet
Though this is Tarini Chidananda's first attempt at writing, the sheer magnificence of the subject has elevated her to the level of a professional writer.

Inevitable Revolutions
To argue, as Dalrymple does, that it was only imperial arrogance and evangelical influence that forced the rebels to engage in a life-or-death struggle is to underestimate the depth of their determination.

Agra's Unknown Past
A book that shows there is more to
Agra than the Taj Mahal.

Get The True Picture
Non-fiction is drawing more new readers, with biographies, history and economics emerging as the new must-reads.

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