The science of temple architecture
Pyramid and Temple Vaastu
by Bhojraj Dwivedi. Diamond Pocket Books, New Delhi. Pages
219. Rs 195.
eagerness to know vaastu and feng shui is evident from the
number of books flooding the market; new publications are
coming from abroad as well. The reason for interest in them is
to seek remedial measures without repairs and undertaking
reconstruction work by just changing the placement of articles
in suitable directions and using wind chimes, flutes, amulets
G, Maneka and the Anands
Maneka's version, corroborated by her mother. Maneka first met
Sanjay Gandhi on 14 December 1973 at a cocktail party given by
her uncle Major-General Kapur (the husband of Maneka's
father's sister, a renowned beauty of her time) to celebrate
their son Veenu Kapur's forthcoming marriage. Sanjay, being a
school friend of Veenu, was present.
darted into the palanquin room and picked up the pot of mutton
cooked with black beans. She forgot everything ...religion and
rituals, wisdom and restraint...she started gulping it down in
great haste." In The Saga of South Kamrup, originally
called Une Khowa Howda in Assamese, Indira Goswami,
Jnanpith Award-winner for the year 2000, for her contribution
to Indian literature between 1978 and 1999, chronicles the
saga of this widow who, since the death of her husband, had
eaten only rice and boiled pulses with some vegetables.
as a conscience-keeper
By Daljit Singh, Pages 294
person who is busy daylong, from the early dawn to the late
evening in diagnoses and eye-surgeries of one sort or another
is not happy with the present state of affairs. He is
disturbed that there is so much squalor, disease and poverty
around him. The dawn of freedom, more than five decades ago,
has belied the hopes of the masses for a better tomorrow.
dreams give you a wake-up call
Vinaya Katoch Manhas
Wake up to your dreams,
Joan Hanger, Penguin, Pages 174, Price 200
intellect has assumed an overweening importance in the lives
of civilized people. It dries up the fertile mists of our
dreams and, in doing so, dries out the imagination.
Imagination and creativity feed on unconscious processes. And
while the operation of the intellect is one of our most
admirable attributes, and essential for the ordering and
onward trajectory of our minds and daily lives, the death of
the imagination in our culture is a sad thing to behold.