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Wednesday, July 11, 2007


 

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From July 05, 2007 to July 11, 2007

Print Pick

This month at indiaplaza.com As you can imagine, very interesting reading. Tully’s style is vintage BBC in many ways, characteristically, a mix of solid factual analysis combined with well-crafted story-telling.

Harry Potter And The Prisoners Of Discount

The magic is set to unfold again, the countdown has begun, a time to tap the knuckles and a time to count the currency.

Lessons From A City That Was

“Bhuj: Art, Architecture, History” by Azhar Tyabji throws up vital questions on heritage and urban development.

Poetry Anthology

Through his prodigious output over a period of four decades K. Satchidanandan has earned for himself a high place among modern Indian poets.

Ancient Text

Vachana Mahakavyamu: Sri Nrisimhananda Bharati Mahaswami. Pub. by Sri Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Sadasivananda Bharati Mahaswami Memorial Vedavidya & Publication Trust, 11-2-1123/ 9 J New Nallakunta, Hyderabad-500044. Rs. 240.

Hallowed Shrines

A. Ramabadrachariar; Vaanathi Pathippagam, 23, Deenadayalu Street, T. Nagar, Chennai-600018. Rs. 600.

From The Blurb

The Golden Jubilee Commemoration Volume of Advertising Club Madras, January 2007: Pub. by Advertising Club Madras, No.57. Bazullah Road, T. Nagar, Chennai-600017. Rs. 600.

Inside The World Of Militancy

Presentation of the author’s first-hand knowledge of Al Qaeda and its leaders, the result of years of observation.

‘Victims Of Circumstances’

Pradip Bhattacharya — Editor; Pub. by Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, ‘Aikatan’ IA 290, Sector 3, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700097. Rs. 325.

Funding For Cities

George Peterson, Patricia Annez; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B1/11, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs.750.

Solutions By Consensus

Mediation as a viable, practical method for expeditious settlement of cases without trial.

Pictures Perfect

An album of Baba’s photographs, ‘Chitravati’ is as much a coffee table book as a devotee’s artistic effort.

Us Indian’s Iraq Book Gets Award

An acc-ount of life in Baghdad’s reen Zone by a journalist of Indian origin was on Monday selected as the winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2007.

Desi Defenders Strike

Superhero unwinds tales of fantasy, unbelievable feats and great abilities.

Washed Your Hand Of Ethics?

Then this first-person medical report is a must-read. For all its lapses, it's an honest spot diagnosis.

Living On Weed

It is not often that a volume of essays gives so much pleasure. I picked it up with scepticism but put it down with delight.

Top-Down Whims

Most journalism has the shelf life of chaat—it must be consumed immediately. But this collection of articles is an exception, and has stood the test of time.

Hinduism Painted Black

This voluminous book makes for an interesting and indignant reading. Interesting, because it exposes the fallacious interpretation by American scholars of Hinduism, its numerous facets and their manifestation in ways that are beyond the ken of some.

Swadeshi Is Not Against Imports, Investments

My understanding of swadeshi goes far beyond narrow considerations. To me, swadeshi means making India economically self-reliant and strong, making India economically secure.

Before And After Midnight

History doesn’t quite remember Admiral Sir Reginald Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax. Which is a pity because his congratulatory missive to Mountbatten on the occasion of the latter’s appointment as British India’s viceroy makes for splendid reading: “When . ..

Theatrescape In Kerala

The author of the book under review is a peripatetic observer of the Kerala scene, but much unlike the ordinary viewer, he avoids ordinary pleasures of eyes and ears.

The Wages Of Calumny

The British colonial regime helped the missionaries in converting tribals. They thought the Christian hillmen would be a valuable prop to the state in time of nationalist uprising, writes BB Kumar.

Jinnah’s Story Teller

Hector Bolitho was well known in his lifetime as a prolific writer of books, primarily non-fiction, but is remembered today only for his biography of Mohamamd Ali Jinnah, published in 1954 as Jinnah: Creator Of Pakistan.

Diary Of A Maidservant

Exclusive extracts from Krishna Baldev Vaid’s new Hindi novel, soon to be published in an English translation.

Living Legend

The autobiography of Manna Dey, perhaps the last classicist of a bygone age, gives the inside story of the maestro of song.

Old Wine In A New Bottle

Bollywood has always been a fascinating subject for any writer keen to make a fast buck with least effort.

Hold On To Your Hats! This Could Get Bumpy

The Life and Loves of Mike Tarrance has been written by Sudhir Thapliyal, a journalist presently living in Mussoorie.

Its Magic...

Although not in the class of Tolkien and Pullman, this book about time travel and magic is action-packed and entertaining.

Books All The Way

Parragon Publishing India joins hands with Disney Books to publish its titles.

Married To Reality

The decision to end a marriage throws up emotional, financial and legal issues, says author Leela Kirloskar.

Desi Defenders Strike

Book “Superheroes” unwinds tales of fantasy, unbelievable feats and great abilities, says P. ANIMA .

Unhappy Arrangement

It appears that the brains behind Odeon either don’t read this newspaper or disregard constructive criticism.

Washed Your Hand Of Ethics?

Atul Gawande’s first book Complications was about training to be a surgeon in the US. In his second book, he steps back from the immediacy of the learning experience and, using a part-story, part-informative style, records A Surgeon’s Notes on . . . .

Living On Weed

It is not often that a volume of essays gives so much pleasure. I picked it up with scepticism but put it down with delight.

Top-Down Whims

Most journalism has the shelf life of chaat—it must be consumed immediately. Basu is an academic and a brilliant communicator, so this collection of his articles from the mid-1990s to 2005 is an exception, and has stood the test of time.

Space Odyssey

Rupa & Co. have published “Astronaut Sunita Williams: Achiever Extraordinaire”, co-authored by Aradhika Sharma and Captain S. Seshadri.

Potter Perfect

Irrespective of what transpires in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter has certainly set his place in stone.

Long Tale Cut Short

Gallery Nakshatra’s current exhibition (till July 10) is ambitiously titled, “A Tale of Four Cities”. The artists are from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Calcutta, so the title is justified, but it does not guarantee any mark of distinction.

Find The Missing Spirit

If dhrupad is not for mere entertainment of mortals but for the delight of the gods, then a proper ambience needs to be created for a satisfactory singing and listening experience.

Looking Good In Borrowed Feathers

For all the hype about Indian writing in English, it is educational books that still provide the bread-and-butter for the Indian book trade.

Reflections On The Nature Of Love, Grief And Immortality

It is fortuitous that the Prestons’ recounting of the love story that forms the backdrop of the Taj coincides with the sudden regeneration of popular interest in the monument.

Produce The Witness, Please

Who else but a journalist — and that too from the Daily Telegraph — would have the effrontery to write a book on history without a single reference or footnote, indeed without even a bibiliography? This is to stretch the readers’ credibility a bit . . .

Dirty Beauty

It is unfortunate that the combination of distinguished novelist and failed politician can sometimes produce a tedious critic and columnist.

Through The Nri Eye

Some interesting reads in Kannada…

Space Odyssey

Rupa & Co. have published “Astronaut Sunita Williams: Achiever Extraordinaire”, co-authored by Aradhika Sharma and Captain S. Seshadri.

Potter Perfect

Irrespective of what transpires in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter has certainly set his place in stone.

Poignant Narratives

If the 1960s saw a renaissance in Malayalam literature, especially, its short stories and novels, Padmarajan’s style had indeed made a significant contribution to that.

Short Stories

Kannada translation by S. Somanath of Kishori Charan Das’s Oriya short stories, Sahitya Akademi, 35, Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 125.

Music All The Way

The magnificent saga of M.S.Subbulakshmi’s life, music, career and achievements has been written and rewritten time and again during the past seven decades, and still continues.

A Matter Of Identity

The authors set out “to present a composite portrait in which Indians will recognise themselves and be recognised by others.”

Vedic Culture

A Vision of Hindu Dharma: Swamini Pramananda Saraswati, Sri Dhira Chaitanya; Sastraprakasika Trust, Chandra Vilas Apartments, A-3, No 19, 8th Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai-600004.

Embracing Original Ideas In Business

This book is all about bold new ways of being creative in business. A number of cases are presented in a convincing fashion to underline this approach.

Collective Memory Of Cultures

Historians came face to face with oral history with the rise of interest in pre-literate societies.

The Green Agenda

How to save the planet from self-inflicted ecological disaster? Have an international treaty that ticks.  

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