February 17, 2002
black girl and her aristocratic French mistress
by Claire de Duras and translated by John Fowles: The Modern
Language Association of America, New York. Pages 147. $5.95
did it matter that I might now have been the black slave of some
rich planter scorched by the sun, I should be labouring on someone
else's land. But I would have a poor hut of my own to go to at day's
end; a partner in my life, children of my own race who would call me
their mother, who would kiss my face without disgust, who would rest
their hands against my neck and sleep in my arms.
close look at Indian agriculture in 21st century
Modernizing Indian Agriculture in 21st Century
edited by B.S. Hansra, G. Perumal and K. Chandrakandan. Concept, New
Delhi. Pages 284. Rs. 450.
is a well known fact that India’s is essentially an agrarian
economy. Despite the fact that the country has made impressive
progress in industrial and service sectors, agriculture remains the
single largest employer in the country – providing occupation to
two-thirds of the total workforce. It also contributes about 25 per
cent of the nation’s GDP.
Accidents like love & marriage
by Jaishree Misra, Penguin Books India, Pages 213, Rs 250
shocking fluorescent pink cover of Jaishree Misra's novel Accidents
like Love and Marriage not only irks the eye but also
flashes a bright red signal: Stop. Expect non-serious handling
of a seemingly frivolous but sensitive topic ahead.