When Amritsar meets
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
Tell Me A Story
By Rupa Bajwa
Picador/Pan Macmillan. Pages 206. Rs 499
WE listen to stories. We
tell tales. Our lives have many stories, some of them tangled. We look
at the world of others as a yarn that is unfolding in front of us....
Rupa Bajwa has an uncommon felicity with language and a rarer ability
to look into the lives of ordinary people, relate to their world and
narrate their story with candour, as readers of The Sari Shop,
one of the most- acclaimed first books by an Indian author, are well
a new world of possibilities
Reviewed by D.S.
The Perfect World
By Priya Kumar
Embassy Books Pages 319. Rs 275
are confusing times for millions of people worldwide who want to
lead better lives. This has created a huge market of self-help
books of all hues. Fortunately, this book by Priya Kumar is not
one of those which offers cut-and-dry nuggets of wisdom neatly
packed into a few hundred pages. It is uniquely different as it
takes you to a new universe of fairy tales to narrate the story
about the truth of life through a strange and imaginative manner.
thriller that captivates
Reviewed by Pooja
Portrait of a Spy
By Daniel Silva.
HarperCollins. Pages 455. Rs 299
Silva, with his
Portrait of a Spy skilfully lures you into yet another
covert world of agents and assassins, of clandestine operations
and the fine art of subterfuge, Gabriel Allon style. The eleventh
novel in the Gabriel Allon series, Portrait of a Spy is a
good read with some rewarding moments.
too, makes good business sense
Reviewed by M. M.
Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
By B.N. Ghosh
Tata McGraw Hill Education. Pages 484. Rs 495
without ethics is like eyes without sight. To do business with
morality and honesty of purpose is the need of the day. This is
necessary to cope with the threats of panic and fear (false
evidences appearing real) of the so-called global economic crisis
by all the stakeholders in any economy.
Reviewed by Geetu
Translated by Pavan K Verma
Penguin. Pages 133. Rs 399
is in the league of top Urdu poets in the country at present with
his 50-year association with poetry and widely acclaimed lyrics
for films like Bandini, Mere Apne, Khamoshi, Parichay,
Mausam, Aandhi, Angoor, Ijaazat, Maachis
and many more. As a poet and lyricist Gulzar’s wizardry with
words has won him accolades from connoisseurs of poetry as well as
from amateurs. Unfettered by rhyme and meter his brand of poetry
captures the music of verse in ordinary things.
Living and breathing
Tagore gives the life of street children who act in it a new
Rabindranath Tagore, who was often derided as "elitist"
by a section of ultra-Left intellectuals during his time, is
bridging the class divide in a new way -thanks to eight dancers of
the Astad Deboo Dance Company, who began their lives as street
children in the capital's forgotten alleys.
depths of dance
her the diva of Indian classical dance or its modern face,
well-known Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas' is a delightful
presence. Profound and ethereal on stage in person, she reveals a
mind as deep as the layers of ocean. Aditi, who was in Chandigarh
for the Arts and Heritage Festival, says, "As an artist, my
biggest concern is to transform life's experiences into
has a lot going for it: The Valley of Unknowing has the
fashionably grim setting of 1980s East Germany, with its
thrillerish ambience of paranoia and Stasi informers; a love story
that crosses geo-political borders; and an eye-catching plot that
hangs on a novelist passing off the work of a dead rival as his