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Wednesday, June 27, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From June 21, 2007 to June 27, 2007

Globalisation 3.0 Isn't About `Empowered Individuals'

"Globalisation 3.0 is about transnational corporations being totally deregulated, above the control of any nation-state, and being able to exploit poor people in developing countries and, in the process, bringing down the wages of individuals in . . . .

Amusing Stories

A Novel and an amusing introduction by Bapu and Ramana in free verse gives the reader a foretaste of the inside material.

Life Of Ramanuja

The life and teachings of Ramanuja (1017-1137 A.D.), who systematised the philosophy of Visishtadvaita, are a source of perennial inspiration.

The Mahatma’s Life Partner

Books on Mahatma Gandhi are endless, but, those on his life partner Kasturba very few. Writers on Gandhiji scarcely project Kasturba’s role in the making of the Mahatma or in the freedom struggle.

Strangers In Their Own Land

A complex and nuanced story of the ’adivasis’ of Bastar being displaced in the name of development.

Traditional Educational Institution

Contemporary Social and Political Discourses: Yoginder Sikand; Rs. 595. Both the books pubished by Hope India Publications, 85, Sector 23, Gurgaon-122017.

Development Dynamics

This book opens with a perfunctory foreword by Amartya Sen, who as one of the founders of the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) in Finland 20 years ago, claims part responsibility for the name of the institute.

Encounter With Giants

What will you do when a man of the stature of Jawaharlal Nehru "grips you from behind with a hard shake" and smiles.

Train To The Heartland

For Mark Tully, India acknowledges that the absolute answers to the most important questions often remain unanswered, but we must go on asking them, writes MV Kamath.

Seeking A National Identity

Indianisation, by Balraj Madhok, was first published in 1970 by S Chand & Co. Its republication now is prompted by its greater relevance today.

The Guru Of Advertising

The story of R K Swamy is well worth telling. A true South Indian hero, Swamy, a self-taught professional, rose from an impoverished and small village beginning to become one of the leading lights of the Indian advertising industry.

A Journey Of Two Women

In recent times, I’ve awaited few books with intense anticipation as Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Mirror On Life

If one wants to make the point that women writers are writers who happen to be female, and can write on subjects other than the female experience too the vicissitudes of life, in different shades, as the introduction describes it Three Sides of . . . .

Al-Qaida Uncovered

The authors account of his meeting with bin Laden in the Tora Bora caves forms the high point of the book.

God, A Woman?

Coelhos book celebrates female divinity in a way that evokes both exhilaration and sorrow, his trademark style.

A Tapestry Of Colonial Life

Fanny Parkess journals trace her journey from prim memsahib to sitar-playing Indophile and are greatly enjoyable accounts, discovers William Dalrymple.

‘Musharraf’s Claims On Terrorism Misleading’

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s oft-repeated projection as a saviour of Pakistan is misleading as terrorist and extremist groups have become more lethal and better networked in Pakistan and Afghanistan during the past eight years of his rule.

Mark His Silences

Mark Tully's attractiveness is that he openly and honestly wrestles with the great issues of truth and life.

Potter Mania

Get your copy and win a gift certificate Potter fans no longer have to line up at bookstores on July 21 midnight to buy the last and final Harry Potter adventure ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Gallows.’

The Colours Of Allah

Once upon a time, in the mid-1980s, a young Pakistani civil servant wanted to carry on the best traditions of the British-created Indian Civil Service.

For A Perfect Number

Book publishing being a complicated affair, two questions have always troubled Indian publishers: the size of the book and the number of copies for the first edition.

Several Strangers

The title of this collection of fifteen short stories refers to a line in Rajlakshmi Devi’s Meye: “Open windows to three sides of life — fear sits at the other.”

The Agony Of Accepting The Limits To Knowledge

Revolution is a word often used nowadays rather casually — callously, to be precise — to drive home the significance of many a scientific discovery.

Gory Tales

Aristotle calls the poet a ‘maker’ because he deals not with what has happened, as a historian does, but constructs what might happen according to the laws of probability and possibility.

Ten Years And Counting

Surya Prasad is a proud man as Gunagrahi, a journal covering the fine arts, completes a decade in print RANJANI GOVIND.

The Philosophy And Mechanics Of Rural Banking

The volume is an important contribution to the principles and practice of rural banking in India, a body of knowledge which is still in its evolutionary stage (specially in this country).

Men In White

Launch of Mukul Kesavan’s book of cricket tomorrow.

Reit Rhymes With `Sweet'

You don't have to be a multi-millionaire to own "a piece of property in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, or even Seoul or Kuala Lumpur," assures Dominic Whiting in Playing the REITs Game.

Meeting Sir Mark Tully

Sir Mark Tully on his latest book, ‘India’s Unending Journey’


The author recounts with some amusement his family’s experience of life in Islamabad society between April 1997 and June 2000.

Potter Mania

Get your copy and win a gift certificate Potter fans no longer have to line up at bookstores on July 21 midnight to buy the last and final Harry Potter adventure “Harry Potter and the Deathly Gallows”.

Filling In History

Author Neera Kapur-Dromson brings India to Kenya and Kenya to India in ‘From Jhelum to Tana’.

Potter Mania

Potter fans no longer have to line up at bookstores on July 21 midnight to buy the last and final Harry Potter adventure “Harry Potter and the Deathly Gallows”.

Route To Roots

“From “Jhelum to Tana” by Neera Kapur-Dromson provides a glance at a little-known history.

How To Design A Broom

Iyengar's fine anthology will appeal to the discerning reader. Its range is wide—from politics and culture to police violence and public health...

An Officer And A Businessman

The Pakistan army is into business -- from banking to bakeries. It has eliminated market forces entirely.

Hot Chills

Smart, chic and deadly: the incomparable Modesty Blaise. But the edition isn't perfect.  

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