Off the shelf
V. N. Datta
The Art of Living and Karma and Dharma
by Bhagwan S. Gyanee. Ed. Surinder Pal Singh. Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana.
Pages 164 and 104.
two books containing 32 essays were written by Bhagwan S. Gyanee who had
taken a prominent part in the Ghadar movement in Punjab which was
ruthlessly crushed by Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant-Governor,
Punjab. Gyanee was closely
associated with the firebrand revolutionary Har Dyal who had profoundly
influenced his political and intellectual thinking.
for the carnal
Yayati: A Classic Tale of Lust
by V. S. Khandekar. Orient Paperbacks. Pages 251. Rs 195.
many spiritually inclined readers, the great epic Mahabharata is
significant because it contains the eternal message of the Gita;
but to the more earthly, it is a book that contains complex, intriguing
and often enigmatic characters that are fascinating and real. Among the
many such characters, two are better known for becoming syndromes that
continue to rule the passions and motives of human beings. Of the two,
the Dhritrashtra syndrome is often talked about though it is the Yayati
syndrome, the unending search for carnal satiation that explores the
underbelly of human beings.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Wale
Sheikh Farid di Bhal
by Prof Pritam Singh. Singh Brothers, Amritsar. Pages 368. Rs 650.
book is a research treatise on Baba Sheikh Farid, the 12th-century
savant of the Chishti order of Sufis. He flourished about three
centuries earlier than the advent of Guru Nanak. When the first
recession of the holy Guru Granth Sahib was compiled and edited by Guru
Arjan Dev in 1604, Baba Farid figured among 15 saints whose compositions
found place of honour in the Granth, along with the contributions of the
of two woeful worlds
by Saikat Majumdar. HarperCollins. Pages 293. Rs 295.
twin-stories of the novel encompass the history of an old
schoolteacher in the present-day Calcutta and of a widow living possibly
a century or more ago. The amateur writer-cum-teacher struggles to get
his exasperatingly slow pension files moving in an archaic bureaucratic
set-up that cannot be moved both literally and figuratively.
life of pain pain, grief & sorrow
mother suffered dark depressions and tried to dominate his life.
His sister and daughter had severe mental problems, his father and wife
died young and a beloved uncle committed suicide in his arms. So what
did Peter Mark Roget, the creator of Roget's Thesaurus, do to
handle all the pain, grief, sorrow, affliction, woe, bitterness,
unhappiness and misery in a life that lasted over 90 years?
The evocative memorial
erected for Takazhi Sivasankara Pillai, the grand old man of Malayalam
literature, is the first for any author in the country. An eight-day
Takazhi Sahitya Sammelan is scheduled in Shankaramangalam from April 8
to 17, reports M.S. Unnikrishnan
silent wail of Kadalamma (sea-mother) seems to resonate in the
quietitude of Takazhi Shivashankara Pillai’s magnificent memorial as
the raison d’etre of the complex is the presence of the essence of his
most famous fictional work, Chemmeen.
the terror trail
boy from Lucknow is lured into Pakistan as a jehadi by a terrorist
group. Months later, on the eve of Diwali and Eid, a series of bomb
blasts unleash death on the streets of Delhi...It’s time to call in
the ultra-secret Force 22 of the Indian Army.
Dickens’ family seeks to
overturn the writer’s dying wish, reports Arifa
1869, a year before Charles Dickens died, he wrote in his will
that he wanted to be remembered for his work alone. No plaques, no
statues, "no monument memorial or testimonial whatever" were
to be allowed to commemorate the life of one of Britain’s greatest
lifetime to literature
Sansar Chandra, the eminent Sanskrit scholar, has been awarded
the Haryana Sahitya Rattan Samman instituted by the Haryana Sahitya
Akademi. He is the first recipient of this award which carries a cash
prize of Rs two lakh. It has been conferred on Dr Sansar Chandra for his
life-long contribution to literature.