Entwined experiences of sisters
The Vine of Desire by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Abacus.
Pages 373. Rs 475.
one picks up where the earlier one stopped. For all you Chitra
Banerjee Divakaruni fans, you guessed it. The much-awaited The
Vine of Desire continues the story of Divakaruni's earlier
bestseller Sister of My Heart'
bit of a grey area
Review by Hephzibah
The White Family
Maggie Lee Saqi Books. Pages 420 £11.95.
shortlist for this year's Orange Prize for fiction is
dominated by home-grown talent, but of its six contenders none
is more deliberately British than The White Family. In this,
Maggie Gee's eighth novel, she has left behind the
experimental excesses of her youth to focus on the prejudice
and violence she perceives as ingrained in contemporary
the of pangs of Partition
Review by Sandhya
Pangs of Partition, Vol. II, The Human Dimension, Edited by S.
Settar & Indira Baptista Gupta, Indian Council of
Historical Research, Manohar Publishers & Distributors,
New Delhi, 2002, Pp 358, Rs. 700/-.
Volume II ‘Human Dimension’ can be called a people’s
history as it takes us away from the history of the official
records to the domain of tragedy where the drama of Partition
was enacted with a pang in the heart. Based on experiences,
recollections and reminiscences in the form of eye-witness
accounts, testimonials and oral narrations, it listens to the
marginal voices and focuses on popular culture of the period.
It provides a microscopic view of the fallout of Partition.
wise friend for the fretful ones
Review by Randeep
compiled by Ajanta Chakravarty. Rupa & Co. New Delhi. Rs
95. Pages: 64.
out? Not surprising, considering the sort of lifestyle we are
forced to adopt. Old values espousing self-restraint and
contentment have given way to an acquisitive mindset,
triggering off a frenzied pace of living. It takes its toll in
the form of perpetual personal dissatisfaction and social
strife as well as various physical and psychological ailments.
and yearning lend philosophical depth to Ghalib’s verse
Review by Amar Nath
Love Sonnets of Ghalib
Translations and Explications
by Dr. Sarfaraz K.
Niazi. Rupa & Co, New Delhi. Pages: xliii + 1019. Price:
churns up emotions. Emotions ignite ideas. Ideas fuse with
passions to give birth to poetry. Poetry is a sensitive soul's
ultimate form of expression ranging in hue from the profane to
the sublime. Nowhere is this truer than in Mirza Asadulla Beg
to women writers’ voices
Review by Ashu
Women and Self by
Rajni Walia Delhi: Book plus, 2001, Pages: 200, Rs 400.
research has unearthed a mine of unacknowledged women’s
writing from the past and from diverse nations and cultures.
Among women novelists, it is usually Jane Austen, who is
singled out as a name worth mentioning. She is followed by
other well-known women novelists, like the Bronte sisters.
George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.