Guru English: South Asian
Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language
by Srinivas Aravamudan.
Penguin Books. Pages 330. Rs 395.
culture in India is deeply embedded. The historical ‘guru-chela’
tradition has translated into a global guru-ism in the modern milieu. We
have Hollywood and Bollywood stars swearing by their gurus and we have a
spate of ‘Acharyas’ propounding theories of bliss and spiritualism
through an omnipresent media.
of the North-East
Lunatic in my Head
by Anjum Hasan. Penguin. Pages 291. Rs 295.
novel of very ordinary people, each reflecting a little of the people we
see around us. The story is set in the small picturesque town of
Shillong. One is transported to mist-covered hills as one reads the
story. In fact, you can feel the cold breeze on the face while working
your way up a hill, lost in your thoughts.
a price for progress
Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
Development-Induced Displacement and Human Rights
by Ashirbani Dutta. Deep and Deep Publications, New Delhi. Pages 248. Rs
displacement on account of development is a cause for concern, for
developmental economics often result in violation of human rights by way
of landlessness, joblessness, homelessness, marginalisation, food
insecurity, increased morbidity and mortality, loss of access to common
property and social disarticulation of the displaced population.
and glamour unveiled
A Girl Named Indie
by Kavita Daswani. Puffin Books. Pages 189. Rs 200.
protagonist Indie has been named ‘Indira Gandhi’ after India’s
first lady Prime Minister, but she hates her very Indian name and
prefers to go by the name Indie. She is a carefree 15-year-old residing
in suburban Los Angeles with her neurologist father, a mother who is a
housewife and Dinesh, her baby brother.
of the chosen one
Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic An Authorised Biography
by Mayank Chhaya. Mapinlit, Ahmedabad. Pages 342. Price not stated.
is it like to be born into a poor family in a small village of Tibet,
and then to be catapulted to the heights of spiritual power even before
you are not old enough to know the significance of it? This has happened
many times in the past, and it happens all the time in Tibet, which is
known for a long tradition of its spiritual heads called the Dalai Lama.
of the story
Mathews pays a tribute to legendary writer Vaikom Muhammed
Basheer in his centenary year
for what purpose Christ who was nailed to death needs a golden
cross" pleads the petty thief who was caught red handed for
stealing the golden cross from the local church. There is another one
who mistakes a sleeping elephant as a heap of cow dung and tries to
clear it by transferring it into a bamboo basket to dispose off.
tales for kids
a New Delhi-based non-profit publishing house, released two new
children’s books The Famous Smile and Kaleh and the Singsong
Castle in the capital. The books deal with nature and conservation.
Releasing the books, chief guest Mike Pandey, a renowned
conservationist, said the books were an attempt to highlight to
importance of reading "especially in times when the television is
soaking up attention of our children.
makes a person desirable
In their new book The
Psychology of Physical Attraction, psychologists Viren Swami and
Adrian Furnham claim, at last, to have unlocked the secrets of
attraction. Esther Walker explains what
they discovered Are looks everything?
Sadly, it seems, we really are as superficial as we seem. "Study
after study shows that people think that what is beautiful is
good," says Adrian Furnham, co-author of The Psychology of
Physical Attraction. (Routledge) The more attractive you are, the
more likely you are to get jobs and have people be nice to you.
"It’s a slightly shocking finding," Furnham says.
Rising India: Friends and Foes
Ed Prakash Nanda. Lancer Publishers. Pages 392. Rs 795.
was a time when India viewed almost every development at the
international level against the backdrop of Third Worldism,
nonalignment, Cold War politics and other such viewpoints. No policy
initiative was considered worth taking if it did not fit into the