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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Baseless And Prejudiced
To write critically about a religion
and its community is one thing, but to
denigrate them deliberately is quite
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
Drawing The Line Of Distrust
For observers and students of
international politics, the final
quarter of the 20th century was truly
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
A Head For Numbers
"I beg to introduce myself to you as a
clerk in the Accounts Department of
the Port Trust Office at
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.
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.
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 . . . .
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
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
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,’ . . . .
Governments lay down policies, but
their implementation depends a lot on
the personality and outlook of
officials who, in turn, influence
The book identifies the revolt by
sepoys in Vellore in 1806 as what
Hobsbawm calls “proto nationalism”.
Dev Anand is something of a Bollywood
institution. For generations of
filmgoers he has remained Hindi
cinema’s most charismatic personality.