Sunday, November 4, 2001
culture wars of today
Review by Shelley Walia
The Idea of Culture
by Terry Eagleton . Blackwell Publishers, London. Pages 156. £12.99.
history extends over a critical and crucial period of adjustments
when nothing in religion, politics, society or the life of the
individual is absolute and any attempt to prove the contrary is
doomed to failure. Life cannot be fixed and codified; the very
nature of existence is that it is changing and when one thing
changes everything changes with it.
with death: road to immortality
Review by Ram Varma
The Undiscovered Country: Exploring the Promise of Death
by Eknath Easwaran. Penguin Books, New Delhi. Pages 144. Rs 150.
is a certainty. As Krishna says in the Gita, one who is born is sure
to die. Death follows life as inevitably as night follows the day.
Yet we shudder at the thought of our fateful rendezvous with death.
We are traumatised by its visitation in our family. We live our life
dreading death. And however certain the fact of death, it never
ceases to shock and surprise us when it comes.
Roop Kanwar’s tale
Review by Anoop Beniwal
Death by Fire: Sati, Dowry
Deaths and Female Infanticides in Modern India
by Mala Sen. Penguin Books, New Delhi.
an interpretive category, India is an elusive entity. It is a
protean flux that evades any attempt at clear-cut interpretation.
Over the years, it has been imagined and interpreted variously by
numerous scholars and critics. Ironically, all these efforts have
only added layers to the meanings of India, without really pinning
it down to meaning.