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Wednesday, September 12, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From September 06, 2007 to September 12, 2007


Malayalam translation by T. Gopalan of the book “On Self-Knowledge” by J. Krishnamurti; DC Books, DC Kizhakemuri Edam, Good Shepherd Street, Kottayam-686001. Rs. 90.

Commentary On A Hymn

The Thiruppavai of Andal is a hymn comprising 30 Tamil verses in the first thousand of the Nalayira Divyaprabandam of the Azhwars.

Literary Phenomenon

The writer Kalki is a 20th century modern Tamil literary phenomenon. . . .

New Arrivals

Towards Water Wisdom — Limits, Justice, Harmony: Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B1/11, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 350.

Asylum For The Displaced

William Clarance; Pluto Press, London, pub. in Sri Lanka by Vijitha Yapa Publications, Unity Plaza, 2 Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Price not mentioned.

Canonical Hymn

Pannirutirumurai, the 12 sacred books of canonical literature of the Tamil-speaking Saivite people, consists of devotional poetry, religious philosophy and history of the lives of the devotees of Lord Siva.

Exploding Myths About Gender Equality

Times have changed and definitely continue to do so redefining the new Indian woman or rather the new urban woman at every step.

Byword For Humane Corporate Practice

In the upper echelons of global business, there is a subtle difference between a corporate player who is successful and one who is admired.

Bane Of Fundamentalism

The main purpose of this book “is to bring to the attention of people generally a complex and chilling case of religious violence (Gujarat 2002) that does not fit some common stereotypes about the sources of violence in today’s world.

Children Of Unholy Gods

When an ordinary, familiar locality suddenly twists into a theatre of horror, a riot, it is beyond human reasoning.

Gentle Genius

T J S George tries to explore the Pothan Joseph mystique, which will be useful to anyone considering journalism as a serious calling.

Managing Expectations

The author notes a time in Indias business history when management training was an altogether unknown concept.

Challenging What Is Known

Paul Davies books throw up more questions than answers and leave the reader thirsty for more.

The Culture Of Spirituality

This book is a personal account of a pilgrims physical and spiritual journey in the little town of Dharamsala.

In Letters And In Spirit

So possessive were the British of the brightest jewel in their Crown that until well into the Second World War they never allowed even an American diplomat near the Indian capital.

I Had To Marry The Man I Wanted To Marry...

The book vividly talks about Vyjayantimala's journey from films to politics, besides throwing light on some illustrious personalities she came across in her life. . . . .

Goodbye Comrade

Personal identity, one of Hari Kunzru’s biggest preoccupations, resurfaces in My Revolutions.

Soup For The Soul

Non-preachy and meaningful, “Absolutely Effortless Prosperity” makes a lot of sense in our stressed out lives.

Behind The Camera

Stephen Alter recently released his new book ‘Fantasies of A Bollywood Love Thief – Inside The World of Indian Moviemaking’.

Life Made Effortless

He looks eerily like Jim Carrey in “The Mask” — his boundless bald head, his gleaming white teeth pinned into a smile like a clothesline, and his photograph in his book “Absolutely Effortless Prosperity” seems to have be en set in the . . . .

Indra Sinha In Man Booker Shortlist

Indra Sinha's novel Animal’s People is among the six fictional works that have been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Man Booker Prize for 2007.’


In ‘Vanished,’ the NCIS team is called in to investigate when a perfectly functioning marine helicopter is found in the middle of a crop circle.

A Big Win

Sandeep Sachdev was recently crowned India’s winner of “Biggest Loser Jeetega” on Sahara One.

Saigal Rediscovered

A new book on K.L. Saigal not only corrects disinformation about the enigmatic singer but adds some new myths as well.

The Charming Writer

This tiny book is an emotional tribute to one of the most distinguished personalities of Kannada literature, G. P. Rajaratnam, by one of his ardent admirers, Neelathahalli Kasturi.

Market Intelligence System Has To Be Unorthodox

We may develop sophisticated regulatory and supervisory systems, but financial celebrities know how to get round these, rues D. N. Ghosh in Governance & Accountability (www.oup.com).

In 'The Assassin's Song,' A Young Indian Seeks To Flee His Past

At the heart of M.G. Vassanji's sixth novel, The Assassin's Song, is an exercise in perspective.

A Rediscovery Of India

It sounds like a thinking youngster’s grand dream — hop on to a train, travel the country, meet its real people in the smaller towns, take a peek at history and gaze into the future — with hope, and perhaps a plan.

Thus Reads The Writer

Reading from her most popular works, Anita Nair had the crowd taking familiar literary journeys.

Life Made Effortless

He looks eerily like Jim Carrey in “The Mask” — his boundless bald head, his gleaming white teeth pinned into a smile like a clothesline, and his photograph in his book “Absolutely Effortless Prosperity” seems to have been set in the slapstick . . . . .

More Cursed

Nikita Lalwani’s novel takes an uncompromising look at that most unmentionable of crimes—parental hubris.

Red Sentinel

If the poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib is to be believed, Delhi’s personality was formed and defined by the Lal Qila or Red Fort, constructed in 1657-8. Once called the ‘Qila Mubarak’ (Auspicious Fortress), the palace-fortress of Emperor Shahjahan. . .

So Like Mike Then

Kunzru's wit acquires a bitter edge in this interweave of the real and the imagined in the year that was 1968.

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