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Sunday, October 28, 2001
Books

 

Books
received

PUNJABLI LITERATURE
A poet with lingering revolutionary impulses
Review by Jaspal Singh
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F all the towns of Punjab, Barnala houses the largest number of Punjabi writers. Mention may be made of Ram Sarup Ankhi, Om Parkash Gasso, Pritam Rahi, Amar Komal and Ravinder Bhattal.

An uncut diamond in Himalayas
Review by Jaswant Kaur

Himalayan Kingdom: Bhutan — Tradition, Transition and Transformation
by A.C. Sinha. Indus Publishing, New Delhi. Pages 260. Rs 450.
IN the present phase of modernisation and industrialisation almost all countries are busy in formulating policies to check population growth and environmental pollution. Bhutan is an exception. Its lofty mountains, thick forests, clear rivers, low population and pollution-free environment gladden every visitor.

He lived and died as a fakir
Review by Roopinder Singh

Giani Kartar Singh. A commemorative volume,
by Jasdev Singh Sandhu, S Jasdev Singh Sandhu Foundation, Patiala. Pp 365. Price Rs 300.
ONE of the most important figures in shaping the way Punjab is today was Giani Kartar Singh (1902-1974). He was born in Lyallpur district, though his family originally belonged to Nagoke village in Amritsar district.

 


Genesis and growth of LTTE
Review by S.S. Chib

Sri Lanka: from Peace to Insurgency: Origin and Development in the 19th and 20th Centuries
by A. Jayaratnam Wilson with a chapter "Eelam Tamil Nationalism: An Inside View" by A.J.V. Chandrakanthan. Penguin Books, New Delhi. Pages 250. Rs 250.
SRI Lanka is one of the hot spots of the globe along with Kashmir and North-East in India, Sindh in Pakistan, Afghanistan as a whole and the dismembered Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Chechnya, Ireland, etc. where terrorism is rampant. In Sri Lanka the Sinhalese and the Tamils who were late comers and migrants and who pushed the aborigines like Veddas to inhospitable and inaccessible pockets, fight for the past two decades.

A thought for your thoughts
Review by Kuldip Kalia

For the Soul: Thought; Book on Self-empowerment compiled
by M.M Walia. Sterling Publishers, New Delhi. Pages 63. Price not mentioned.
"BELIEVE in yourself" sounds like a dogmatic approach. So truth remains truth. But one should always think "positive and be optimistic" because "thought itself is a way of life. Moreover poverty and riches are considered to be the outcome of thought. That is why calm and happiness are always generated by pure and positive thoughts.

OFF THE SHELF
The queer man who won a world war
Review by V.N. Datta
A
BOUT 20 years ago Nigel Hamilton had published an authoritative full-scale biography of Field Marshal Montgomery highlighting his military accomplishments. Monty’s victory at the battle of El Alamein has been universally acknowledged as a turning point in favour of the British during World War II when the Germans were defeated, and they had to flee.

What she has gained and what she has lost
Review by Rumina Sethi

Women and the Common Life: Love, Marriage and Feminism
By Christopher Lasch and edited by Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn. W. W. Norton, New York and London. Pages 196. $12.95.
CHRISTOPHER Lasch, the controversial historian and brilliant social critic, persisted on the subject of women’s place in both personal and public life in the past 15 years of his life. The complex demands of the project could have only been dealt with by a man who had an erudition as well as an unfailing common sense.

WRITE VIEW
Of proxy war and Kargil conflict
Review by Randeep Wadehra
Pak Proxy War
by Rajeev Sharma.Kaveri Books, New Delhi. Pages 223.: Rs. 295.
PAKISTAN has vowed to bleed India through thousand cuts. This is being done by the cost-effective method of proxy war – a low-intensity warfare where infiltration and sabotage are used with telling effect. India is facing this menace for the past two decades and more.