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Wednesday, May 23, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From May 17, 2007 to May 23, 2007

A Must For Managers

Of S. Ramachander’s new book, “Manager of Work: A practitioner’s guide to being the best”

A Touch Of Melancholy

Books in Indian languages do not normally get any international recognition as they are inaccessible to the English-knowing readers.

On Human Emotions

Whenever A seasoned writer visualises his fictional world "truly", and merges it with an "observed world" fully, a novel like Jnanapith award winner, K. Jayakanthan's "Kalyani" will be born.

Study On Tamil Epics

The book under review consists of two ancient Tamil epics. Cilappathikaram was composed by Ilangovadigal, the Chera prince and Manimekalai by the saint-poet known as Chathanar.


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

Interpreting Sacred Names Of Lakshmi

Every popular deity in Hinduism is usually associated with a large number of names, which have real significance and import.

Historical Account Of Sati
It offers a representative sample of writings on the practice and idea of sati.

Work On Dalit Angst & A Story For All Ages

Moon mountain: Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay; Translated from the original Bangla by Pradeep Sinha; Rs. 245.

Insight Into Professional Management

The evolution of professional management in India is of absorbing interest to any thinking manager or student.

Political Churning In U.P.

In India the practitioners (politicians) as also the daily chroniclers (journalists) of political exchanges tend to be dismissive of the scholar's capacity to help understand, and if possible, predict developments.

Xxl Don't An Epic Make

Sujit Saraf ambitiously sets out to write a sweeping epic about Indian politics.

Inheritance Of Deceit

The prose is unpretentious. The characters seem real, and the novel makes an easy read.

How Does A Democracy Change Gears On The Growth Highway

Steering a democracy on the development road is no different from driving a car. A shared vision of the future is the first gear.

The Invention Of India

Ramachandra Guha is one of India’s most distinguished public intellectuals and the quintessential liberal—an endangered species in our country these days.

What To Read This Summer

The Franco-Czech novelist picks up the conversation from The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed.

When Yusuf Became Dilip

One feature of the film industry has been its capacious cosmopolitanism. Paris and Jewish actors have rubbed shoulders with Hindus and Muslims and Christians.

Sex, Lies And Newspapers

Upendra Tankha's novel, A Bachelor Boy, is all about the musings of a Delhi journalist during the pre-reform era.

Face Behind The Makeup

Mani Shankar's Chowringhee, published in Bengali in 1962, was a bestseller.

Born On The 15th Of August

This is a sterling job by Ramachandra Guha. It will be difficult to find another such work that so convincingly tells the story of India after Gandhi with so much zeal and commendable accuracy,

First War Of Independence?

These three books offer objective and diverse analyses of the 1857 Uprising and the masaccres that followed.

A Matter Of Clich

This author treats her readers as fairly uncouth and wastes no time in originality or good English.

Horn, Ok, Please!

This book defies simplistic generalisations and succeeds greatly in understanding the Indian psyche.

Split Wide Open

This biography reveals the many faces of Hema Malini, the original dream girl of Bollywood.

Unity In Diversity
Kamila Shamsie enjoys Helen Oyeyemis intricate and intelligent novel on cultural displacement.

Comic Capers For India
Comic book houses bring India-specific stories and use Indian languages to lure the comic aficionado in the country.

Comic Capers For India
Comic book houses bring India-specific stories and use Indian languages to lure the comic aficionado in the country.

In Verse And Visuals
Imtiaz Dharker’s poems question the absurdity of war and the divisions people make.

Beat Street
It’s time for interpretations, tributes and new music this season.

Alternative Spaces
K.N. Panikkar, who taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, remains a classical Marxist.

An Outsider’s Inside View
The Australian journalist Christopher Kremmer had caught the attention of the reading fraternity with The Carpet Wars — a well-researched and captivating account of the texture of the Oriental carpet.

For A Scholar Of Repute
Take four relatively new books published late in 2006 or early in 2007: Amartya Sen’s Identity and Violence:

Want To Be One Of Them?
It’s the Big Sister speaking. In a no-nonsense voice, and superciliously trendy English . . . . .

The Red Carpet
In 1940, Vivien Leigh picked up the actress Oscar for playing Scarlett O’ Hara in Gone With the Wind. She was wearing the “Red Poppy Evening Gown”.

A Class Act

Australia’s best ever and the only outfit to have scored commercially outside that continent, Little River Band was a class act.

A Face For Every Recipe

If fruitcake was a woman, what would she look like? Eccentric, with scarves the colour of bright marzipan icing and hair as dark as a currant, perhaps.

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