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Wednesday, July 25, 2007


 

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From July 19, 2007 to July 25, 2007

Harry Potter Finale Goes On Sale

Children pose with the final chapter in the Harry Potter series; Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in Hong Kong 21 July 2007.

Girls Of Riyadh Creates A Stir

Saudi Arabia has seen a literary explosion in the last two years after the success of Girls of Riyadh, a taboo-breaking novel that this month went on sale worldwide in English.

Potter Makes History As Fastest-Selling Book

London-US sales of the seventh and final Harry Potter volume hit an estimated 8.3 million in the first 24 hours, confirming its place in the history books as the fastest-selling book ever.

Emerging Global Players

The rather unexpected appearance on the global economic scene of China in the 1980s, and of India in the 1990s was first a matter of curiosity for the Western powers.

Nostalgic Voyage

This volume is a welcome collection of devotional, folk and marriage songs, most of which have their genesis in the villages of Palakkad.

Tribute To A Malayalam Litterateur

K. AYYAPPA Panikkar, the renowned Malayalam literary figure, who died last year, was not only a major poet but also a scholar, critic, teacher and translator of merit.

Nehru’s Own ‘Project Tiger’

Letters offering a ringside view of the momentous events in Kashmir and the rest of India after Independence.

Forays Into Creative Imagination

This volume offers a novel approach to religious studies consisting of 13 essays with a long in-depth introduction.

As Old As Humankind

Globalisation is hardly a recent phenomenon. It is centuries old and has multiple origins, says Nayan Chanda, in his book, Bound Together:

Case For And Against Mega Dams

The Polavaram dam (renamed as Indira Sagar) is one of the fast track projects taken up by the Government of Andhra Pradesh with a view to improving the irrigation facilities in the State.

Economic Implications Of Unorthodox Warfare

King Wu queried his preceptor, advisor, strategist, and confidant, the T’ai Kung: “I want to overthrow the Shang but have three doubts.

The Battle Of The Book Reviews

When members of the National Book Critics Circle recently picketed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — protesting the elimination of its book review editor — a war of words broke out between book reviewers and literary bloggers.

Night Life In A Japanese City

Haruki Murakami’s new novel, After Dark, is full of his characteristic elements of weirdness, surrealism, fantasy, jazz music, western tunes, cats, and “drawers crammed with tons of memory.”

Christopher Fails To Discover India

Born in Sydney and educated at the University of Canberra, this former South Asia and Vietnam correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Christopher Kremmer, is an archetypal journalist who prefers to think from his mind without . . . .

When Comrades Betray Marx

Contemporary India is deeply engrossed with peasants' resistance against the acquisition of their land by the Government, or with Maoist problems in different States.

Grievance, If Any, Is America

The book is a Muslim's perspective of the post-9/11 world order without being overtly anti-West, writes Utpal Kumar.

Fancy A Cuppa?

This book of short stories is a masterly brew of contemporary experiences.

Real List Of Reel Stories

The book is not merely a listing of the authors favourite films but an effort that includes other opinions as well.

Scoop And Serve

At the outset, this humble reviewer thought that this book would turn out to be a damp squib. On the contrary.

Beginning Of The End

Its finally here! and its everything it promised to be, says Michiko Kakutani about the final Potter book.

Spare Particulars

Told in spare, straightforward prose, history unfolds in small and large ways in this accomplished novel.

Scribal Justice

A thought-provoking collection of essays re-examining the concepts and issues of individual freedom, the role of the press, and the privileges and laws of contempt regarding legislatures and the judiciary

Chained Exhibit Of Democracy

A patient, painstaking recreation of the tensile strength of Suu Kyi's story, leavened with admiration

Bringing Matters To A Head

Shohan’s new offering, Helmet, directed by Anish Ghosh, finds the Bengali group attaining a peak in fluid acting and production values.

Clouds Heap Upon Clouds

On the first day of the two-day Barsha Utsab organized by Samaroha at Madhusudan Mancha over July 12-13, it was disappointing to find more people sitting on the steps outside than inside the auditorium.

On A Low But Steady Note

Sangeet Ashram presented Manilal Nag, possibly the seniormost performing sitar player of Calcutta, in an evening recital at G.D. Birla Sabhagar on July 13.

Point Man

Without the bindu, a black hole from which emerged light and energy, there would have been no life.

Exhibition Of Books

It is a treat for bibliophiles interested in lifestyle as British Library adds more books to its collection on lifestyle.

Indian Fantasy…a Fiction?

Harry Potter is a huge hit again but the kids here are starved of some true Indian fantasy fiction.

Ways Of Seeing

Sampurna Chattarji’s debut collection, launched in the city, showcases her agility in moving from minute detail to the wide canvas.

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