Man, Woman and
Parthasarathy Rupa & Co., New Delhi. Pages: 28. Rs. 40.
happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful!"
—-Samuel Beckett (1906–89) Irish novelist and
dramatist (Waiting for Godot)
young couple has already slipped into benign boredom. While the
husband passes time by reading newspapers and playing
"Patience", the wife attends to her domestic chores
all the while mouthing inanities. They argue over trivialities.
She asserts that she is waiting for God’s arrival, he retorts
that she is lucky for she has something to look forward to.
Perhaps, David Pryce-Jones, the British author and critic, had
such couples in mind when he remarked in Owls and Satyrs,
"When you’re bored with yourself, marry and be bored with
someone else". But beware of a bored life’s perils.
allegory deals with more than marital equations and tedium.
The arrival of
a puppy (nascent ideology) in the couple’s life helps it get
rid of the ennui, albeit temporarily. It feeds the puppy’s
insatiable hunger. With every intake of milk it begins to grow,
and becomes a menace to the couple’s very existence in no
time. We have seen how doctrines and dogmas devour trusting
masses and classes alike. The couple has to stoop to the level
of the hostile beast to get rid of it. Then the husband-wife
team returns to the former humdrum existence.
political satire, the storyline of this one-act play is simple.
The set is uncluttered. Dialogues are succinct. One would love
to see it enacted in Chandigarh, with the playwright’s
permission of course.
The Teaching of
by Baldev Singh,
Jashan Publications, Faridkot. Pages: 283. Rs 70
What do you say
of a book that is excellent in concept but less than
satisfactory as a final product? I quote from the book’s
Chapter 1, page 1, "The aims of teaching English and the
skills or the languages components targetted for achievement can
be easily understood by the underdrawn diagram:".
Compounding the bad syntax, on page 6, the author begins a
paragraph with, "English is such a global or international
language…". He repeats these sentiments on page 7,
"English is a great global language…". Surely
"padding" is the motive behind such insipid homilies.
On page 68 "definition(s)" is spelled as "deffinations"
This book needs
expert editing and diligent proofreading in order to make it
beneficial to teachers and students of the language.
Dr. Ram Dhan
by Shiva N.
Malik Shiv-Laxmi Vidya Dham, Hisar. Pages: 208. Rs. 300
According to the author, Dr Ram
Dhan Singh was a pioneer in making the undivided Punjab the
breadbasket of India. The burden of this eulogistic tome is that
some improved varieties of wheat and other crops were developed
as early as 1940. However, it is generally believed that the
Green Revolution began in the mid-1960s, when Punjabi farmers
took to the improved crop seeds with their traditional zeal.
Many scientists have openly acknowledged that the state was
chosen for experimental sowing of new seeds because the local
farmers showed rare enterprise. Other states followed suit after
the Punjab experiment succeeded. This book might be useful to