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Wednesday, November 14, 2007


  Book Review Articles


From November 08, 2007 to November 14, 2007

Politicians & Lies

Three books that constitute an instructive guide to governance in the United Kingdom.

Defiantly Amiable

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA is loved by millions around the world, especially in his country, Peru. Like Jorge Luis Borges, Llosa’s aesthetic pursuit coincides with his political concern, though it is often alleged that his writings are not candidly devoted . . .

A Bird’s-Eye View

What began as a book on birds at the Indian International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi grew into “Garden Birds of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur”.

Print Pick

Inspiration and motivation, undoubtedly increases effectiveness and efficiency.

Market Storms That Lash The Energy Engine

Chilling apprehensions about oil, which is on a relentless runaway rise, threaten to make this winter colder, even as oil jumps to $98 a barrel, on fears of a harsher winter.

In A Flat World

“He is like the 24x7 broadband Internet connection,” Nandan M. Nilekani, Co-Chairman of Infosys Technologies, introduced him.

Life on the margins

Study tracking the living conditions and labour relations in a rural economy during half a century

Charismatic cat

THE GIR LION: H.S. Singh; pub. by Pugmark Qmulus Consortium, 406, ‘Kaivanna’ Opp. Saffron Tower, Ambawadi, Panchvati, Ahmedabad-380006. Rs. 2000.

Partners in development

Papers offering a grassroots perspective of the promise and perils of participatory pathways in development.

Kamban’s epic

PADIYIL GUNATHTHU BHARATA NAMBI: Thiru Narayana Iyengar, Pub. by A. Rajagopalan, Madurai-1. Copies can be had from R. Ponnappan, Plot No. 45, Durairaj Street, Thirunagar, Alwarthirunagar P.O. Chennai-600087. Rs. 65.


AHA, ALASKA: Sivasankari; Vanati Pathippagam, 23, Deenadayalu Street, T. Nagar, Chennai-600017. Rs. 30.

Eternal winter

MATHANGI FARM: K. P. Unni; DC Books, DC Kizhakemuri Edam, Good Shepherd Street, Kottayam-686001. Rs. 85.“

For better or worse  

This is an excellent introduction to an economy and society in transition.

A stimulating story  

This is a rags to riches story with a difference: The riches that are mentioned here have nothing to do with money.

And what is time if not fleeting  

This is a complex book that threads many stories across time; it is likely to divide opinion in the literary world.

Secular India, Hindu ethos

Understanding India: Relevance of Hinduism, Subhash C Kashyap & Abhaya Kashyap (ed),Vitasta, Rs 495

All the world's a stage

Entertainment and education are the twin pillars of folklore. To say that folk theatre played a major role in creating social consciousness is not an exaggeration.

Blair, belief & truth

Tony Blair resigned as Britain's Prime Minister only recently and has now, like all Prime Minister before him, been virtually forgotten.

In a flat world

“He is like the 24x7 broadband Internet connection,” Nandan M. Nilekani, Co-Chairman of Infosys Technologies, introduced him.

Recipes from the Raj

Anglo Indian Delicacies” and “Festive Hamper” take you on a culinary odyssey.

Exploding myths

Ruth Vanita, an activist in Lesbian studies, is the founder of Manushi, a journal devoted to studies about women and society.

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