March 17, 2002
flight of the spirit
by Andre Malraux. De Capo Press, New York. Pages 271. $16.95
resembled her portraits: the pretty Arlesian type, a Roman model
with an aquiline nose. This is how Andre Malraux saw her that
morning following Pablo Picasso's death. When he died on April 8,
1973, in Mougins, his friend the French art critic and political
activist, Andre Malraux was invited by Picasso's widow, Jacqueline
Roque, to have a last look at his collection.
Jai Narain Sharma
Decentralised Governance by
S. N. Mishra and Sweta Mishra,
Shipra Publications, New Delhi. Pages 210. Rs. 495.
of the tasks of nation building and development," writes Milton
N. Esman, "is to bring members of the national community into
network of relationships and institutions which enable them to
participate actively in decisions affecting their lives." This
is accepted by most of the persons charged with the responsibility
of shaping the destinies of these new nations.
setting, contemporary observations
The River is Three-Quarters Full by Ranga Rao. Penguin, New
Delhi. Pages 276. Rs 250.
late, the Coromandel Coast region in south-east of India, the
Bay of Bengal and in particular the course of Krishna river,
have offered a new kind of inspiration to Ranga Rao and David
Davidar (The House of Blue Mangoes). Rao sets his tale
in the early days of the Raj i.e. circa 1830.
study of maidservants’ lives
Women Domestic Workers' Socio-Economic Life
by A. N. Singh. Shipra Publications, New Delhi. Pages 144. Rs. 380
the history of mankind, the participation of woman in work cannot be
regarded as recent one; indeed it is as old as the human history
itself. The nature as well as our social system have assigned them
the most beautiful and the prestigious work i.e. production and
nurture of their young ones who will secure and promote our future.