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Wednesday, October 31, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From October 25, 2007 to October 31, 2007

Yesteryear Southern Sensation

Vyjayantimala Bali with Jyoti Sabharwal; Stellar Publishers Pvt. Ltd., G-25, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018. Rs. 695.

Crusader For Women’s Rights

Not an arm-chair ideologue, Brinda Karat with her extensive on-the-field experience presents a realistic picture of poor and working-class women.

Story Of A City

Chennai Perunagarathin Kathai, 1600-1947: K.R.A.Narasiah; Palaniappa Brothers, Konar Mansion, 25, Peters Road, Chennai-600014. Rs. 275.

Gender Inequality In Politics

Paxton and Hughes have put together a brilliant and detailed account of the current status of women’s position in politics and women’s political representation across diverse countries and regions of the world.

Half A Century Of Space Exploration

In terms of human lifespan, the space age that began with the launch of Sputnik-1, the world’s first artificial satellite, would count as comfortably middle-aged.

Globalisation Dynamics

Alan Greenspan, as readers may know, was till mid-2006 the Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve System (“the Fed”), one of the highest official positions in that country which he had occupied for almost two decades.

Mirroring A Democracy

Give me the liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”

New Crime Busters On The Prowl

Enter a new world of intrigue and mystery with ‘Cambala Investigation Agency,’ starting from October 29 (Mondays to Fridays, 7 p.m.) on Pogo.

Print Pick

This collection brings together some of the finest stories of Manto, the most widely read and the most translated writer in Urdu.

The Best And Worst Of Khushwant Singh

These books are handsomely hardbound and easy on the eye, but except 'Train to Pakistan', some of the matter has lost relevance today.

Family Tales

These stories reflect the lifestyle of a typical middle-class household in Kerala sixty years ago.

Looking Back At Life

Three names that have dominated the Indian screen over the last half century are Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand. They went through the most fascinating formative years of Indian Films.

A River Runs Through It

The river Seine in Paris stands witness to many lives and loves... This is a vividly descriptive tale told in a jiffy.

It’s India Time, Folks

When I came to India in September, the immigration official while checking my passport asked me about the book I was carrying. And then went on to ask if it was good.

Love, Unhurried

No one writes quite like Michael Ondaatje. Referred to as a poetic novelist, his writing is set apart by the sensuality he imbues his prose and characters with.

Courtyard Drama

In the 50 years since its publication, M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s first novel has seen 23 reprints and 14 translations, and sold half a million copies.

Goodbye, Nathan

It is not so clear how we should read this new book by Philip Roth, the best novelist writing in English today and by every indication a novelist inhabiting an extended period of extraordinary brilliance.

Baseless And Prejudiced

To write critically about a religion and its community is one thing, but to denigrate them deliberately is quite another.

Trip Down The Musical Lane

Last week I called Manna Dey on phone at his Bangalore residence. The objective was to telephonically record his thoughts on Suraiyya, the legendary singer.

Drawing The Line Of Distrust

For observers and students of international politics, the final quarter of the 20th century was truly overwhelming.

Around Midnight

Phillips Talbot, president emeritus of the Asia Society in the United States, is the latest author to add his voice to the complex debates on India’s Partition.

A Head For Numbers

"I beg to introduce myself to you as a clerk in the Accounts Department of the Port Trust Office at Madras on a salary of only 20 pounds per annum," began Ramanujan’s famous first letter to G.H. Hardy, containing pages of mathematical results . . . .

I Have The Blues

We first got peanuts. But we’re still making music. We’re not rich. But we’re rich musically.” Sitting in a dimly lit Blues club, appropriately called Haze, Rudy of Soulmate describes his musical passions.

Print Pick

Agra has more than mere mention in the Hindu scriptures. And the city’s position of strategic importance astride important trade routes historically attracted empire-builders ranging from the Lodhis and the Mughals to the British.

Book Release

The release of the book ‘Augustine Joseph Bhagavathar: Sangeeta Natakathile Athulya Prathiba,’ written by Qutbuddin, will be held under the aegis of Centre For Heritage Environment And Development, at the EMS Memorial Town Hall, Kochi . . . . .

Law And Fiction- A Potent Combination

She says she wants to give a profound answer to the question, ‘Why this book?’ “I thought I’d say something philosophical and expected like ‘I was inspired by Leo Tolstoy,’” she says cheekily, a mood that fea tures predominantly throughout . . . .

Academically Yours

Publishing of academic books is a big industry worldwide. Every academic year, complying with the changing curriculum, students buy books.

Children Of The Apocalypse

In Paradise Lost, Book IV, when Satan views the created universe for the first time, he finds among the living creatures “Two of far nobler shape, erect and tall,/ God-like erect…”

Pirates Without Profits

Is book piracy in India as rampant as in the high-tech world of software, CDs and DVDs? It isn’t simply because the demand for the products of writers and publishers has never been robust enough to generate a major piracy problem.

Artists In Their Parlours

Some of the greats of Indian contemporary art come alive in this gallery of portraits.

Tinsel And The Tapori

The 19th-century French poet, Charles Baudelaire, popularized the modernist trope of the city as a labyrinthine space of mystery, a cosmopolitan inferno, with the figure of the flâneur or dandy — at once an observer and an explorer — lost in. . .

Final Advice From Drucker For Knowledge Organisations

What is the first sign of decline of a company? Not a splash of red on the financial statements, as accountants may tend to think, but ‘loss of appeal to qualified, able, and ambitious people,’ . . . .

Sarabhai's Vision

Governments lay down policies, but their implementation depends a lot on the personality and outlook of officials who, in turn, influence policymaking.

Southern Revolt

The book identifies the revolt by sepoys in Vellore in 1806 as what Hobsbawm calls “proto nationalism”.

Print Pick

Dev Anand is something of a Bollywood institution. For generations of filmgoers he has remained Hindi cinema’s most charismatic personality.  

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