good read that doesn’t quite sweep away
Darshan Singh Maini
by Deepak Munjal. Minerva Press, New
Delhi, Pages 568, Rs 390.
Indian novel in English has since the 30s of the last century
achieved so much reputation, force, diversity and
lexical-idiomatic excellence as to have become a genre to
count in the world of letters.
Lives: The Story of Ashok and
other with HIV
by Kalpana Jain. Penguin Books, New Delhi. Pages xx+299. Rs
jacket of the book portrays a man pointing towards the reader,
exuding tremendous optimism and confidence. This is Ashok —
one of the 3.9 million HIV-positive persons in India. While
others with a HIV-positive status seek confidentiality about
their illness, Ashok belongs to a different world — a world
full of hope for the hopeless and love for the lovelorn.
Chessmaster and His Moves
by Raja Rao-Vision Books PP 735 Rs
Rao’s The Chessmaster and His Moves first appeared in
the year 1988 and in the same year it was awarded the Neustadt
International Prize for Literature. The book under review is a
reprint and it informs us that RR at the ripe age of 90-plus
is revising the next two volumes of The Chessmaster
trilogy. This book itself contains three books spread over
700 odd pages.
the final parting of ways
Pangs of Partition, Volume I, The Parting of Ways,
by S. Settar & Indira Baptista Gupta, Indian Council of
Historical Research, Manohar Publishers & Distributors,
New Delhi, 2002, Rs 700/-.
edited volume containing 17 articles by stalwart historians,
economists and distinguished librarians, serves as an
eye-opener for researchers, academicians, politicians,
sociologists, planners, bureaucrats and enlightened readers.
Gorky in an avant garde form
Tramping with Gorky
by Arun Gaur, Writers Workshop Pages:
95 Price: Hardback: Rs 180; Flexiback: Rs 120
poet in this case is probably trying an experiment in reverse
alchemy. Inspired by the prose works of Maxim Gorky, whose
characters, as he admits, had stayed with him for nearly two
decades, he tries to play God and reincarnate them in poetry.
and affordable remedies for smart people
by GD Thapar Rupa & Co., New Delhi. Pages: XVI + 305,
Price: Rs 195/-.
of the spin-offs of the information explosion has been the
general increase in health consciousness. People realise that
not only the sick but also the healthy should take due care of
the body and mind. This apart, there is an increasing demand
for affordable and effective remedies for all sorts of