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Wednesday, October 10, 2007


 

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From October 04, 2007 to October 10, 2007

What The Maid Never Mentioned...

Stray comments in the book will make the reader stop and think. This is a book that makes the maid a more human entity. 

Is Adoption For You?

This book answers important questions through case histories of real adoptions and provides a framework for prospective parents.

Kiss Of Death

This is a story about violence and unexpected love; dark treachery and the warmth of true friends...

Cheers To The High Life!

This book is a foamy, frothy concoction of life in high places, the hype and hoopla surrounding it and the broken loves of the people leading such lives.

Print Pick

From Orhadn Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Noble Prize in Literature, comes a personal selection of the best from twenty-five years work.

Magic, Miracles, Mysticism

She has a degree in music, veena training from Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, knowledge of Sanskrit and love of research.

Incredible Lives

The two had as much similarity as they were different. Both came from that part of Punjab which later merged with Pakistan, and both bore the brunt of Partition.

Quite A Mouthful

We’d like this piece to be as concise as possible but that’s quite a challenge.

Help At Hand

After the success of best sellers such as “The 10 Rules of Success”, “Be Positive, Think Positive” and “The 10 rules of Happiness”, author Mridula Agarwal has come up with her latest work, “De-Stress Yourself ”, published by Full Circle.

Asian Triangle

The title of this book recalls Prithvinarayan Shah, Nepal’s creator, famously describing his kingdom as a yam between two boulders. Asad-ul Iqbal Latif’s boulders are also India and China, but Singapore is no helpless yam at geography’s mercy.

Comedy Of Errors

This book, written by an Oxford don, is a howler-seeker’s delight. Turning to the bibliography, I found a reference to T. Roy, A Countryside in Revolt: Bulandshahr District, 1857.

Winding Routes From The Roof Of The World

When Warren Hastings returned to England in 1785, there followed in tow two yaks.

Señor C

The structure is polyphonic — a tribute to Bach, “the spiritual father”; the plot secretly reworks James and recalls Kawabata; and the implied master-allusion is to Nabokov.

Think Of Clothing As An Investment

Your shirt pocket is not a pseudo handbag and should not be the storage point for a selection of pens, notepads, cash and other items, chides Clare Maxfield.

Help At Hand

After the success of best sellers like “The 10 Rules of Success”, “Be Positive, Think Positive” and “The 10 rules of Happiness”, author Mridula Agarwal is now out with her latest work, “De-Stress YourselfR 21;, published by Full Circle.

Quite A Mouthful

We’d like this piece to be as concise as possible but that’s quite a challenge.

Magic, Miracles, Mysticism

She has a degree in music, veena training from Ranganayaki Rajagopalan, knowledge of Sanskrit and love of research.

Elucidation Of The Ramayana

Paravakkottai Srimad Andavan Gopala Desika Mahadesikan: Poundarikapuram Swami Asramam, 43-A/13, Asramam Road, Srirangam, Tiruchi-620006. Rs. 250.

Progressive Stories

Seelama? ADI EMI? (Anthology of short stories): Anamakudu; Vahini Book Trust,1-9-286/3,Vidyanagar, Hyderabad-500044. Rs.100.

From The Blurb

In India, as elsewhere in many parts of the world, a number of communities practise different forms of nature worship.

Not Just An Urban Phenomenon

Ethnographic account of the emergence of Hindu nationalism in a tribal community in Chhattisgarh.

New Arrivals

Unlearn Before U Learn — Seven critical factors to get out of the Rut: Kamekish; Promilla & Co., publishers in association with Biblophile South Asia, C-127, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 550.

‘A Classic Entry For Liberal Feminism’

None of the classical heroines seem to have committed suicide (“sati” enforced by a perverted custom is different).

Nuggets Of Managerial Wisdom

A Practitioner’s Guide to Being the Best: S.Ramachander; Penguin Portfolio, 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs.350.

Revival Of Agriculture

A road map for rescuing farmers from the prevailing agrarian crisis in several parts of the country.

To A Father Extraordinary

Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa’s son has come up with an insightful biography of his father.

Performing Arts

Raja Varier. Rainbow Book Publishers, Chengannur 689124. Rs. 80.

All Those Jaunty Angles

"To be in love with oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance," said Oscar Wilde, who should have known. Dev Anand has no reservations about his charm, his importance and his popularity.

Sarabande And Sauce

Two years ago, I coaxed a bunch of bachelors, male and female, of all shapes, sizes and ages, to write on the pleasures and perils of being single.

Frown Jewels

Binoo K. John’s thoroughly entertaining and informative book reminds us of the jewel we snatched from the British crown: the English language.

A Disgraceful Book

It is not even worth the price of the paper it is printed on. That such a book could be compiled by a professor of History is indeed a sad commentary on the state of academic research at some Indian universities.

Doonsbury

What do you get when writers, historians, actors, bureaucrats, and bibliophiles get together in an anthology? Other than an unhappy mix of confused writing, little else.

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