September 8, 2002
myth of western civilisation
Review by Shelley Walia
Civilization edited by Silvia Federici,
Prager, Connecticut, USA. Pages 210. $ 42.
revelation about the evil capabilities of the human race would be
revealed only after the holocaust. As Hannah Arendt points out in
her book Origins of Totalitarianism, ĎWe can no longer
afford to take that which is good in the past and simply call it our
heritage, to discard the bad and simply think of it as a dead load
which by itself time will bury in oblivion. The subterranean stream
of Western history has finally come to the surface and usurped the
dream of our tradition.í
Review by Surjit Hans
Historical Dictionary of Sikhism by W.H. McLeod. OUP, New Delhi.
Pages 349. Rs 395.
must declare my interest before the readers. My name figures in the
acknowledgements. The first edition of this book was published in
1995 by the Scarecrow Press, London. The Oxford University Pressí
second edition would make the book accessible to readers in India.
fresh life into a classic
Review by Vikramdeep
Mother India by Gayatri
Chatterjee. Penguin Books. Pages 87. Rs 250
classic usually suffers the fate
of a historic monumentóboth are taken for granted by the
masses. Familiarity breeds indifference, if not contempt.
However, there are always those "passionate few", as
litterateur Arnold Bennett put it, who keep a classic alive
from one generation to the next by rediscovering it.
look at the Kashmiri poetess who gave voice to women
Lal Ded: The Great Kashmiri Saint-Poetess edited by Dr
S.S. Toshkhani. APH Publishing Corporation, New Delhi. Pages
14th century Kashmiri poetess,
Lalleshwari, popularly known as Lal Ded, continues to
influence the Kashmiri mind even in modern times. The sayings
or "vaakhs" of this spiritual seer preach harmony
between people of all creeds and faiths. Her poetry presents
the vision of a peaceful and melodious world of joy.
tale of biases and racialism
Review by Bhavana
Paddy Indian by Cauvery Madhavan,
Penguin Books, Pages 237, Rs 250
itís a nice book. Not something that youíd feel incomplete
without if you didnít read it. Itís funny, yes. Not the
way Anurag Mathurís The Inscrutable Americans was.
You donít exactly hold your sides and laugh till you cry. It
makes you chuckle alright, but only in the mind...
to manage oneself with respect to time
Review by D.S. Cheema
Cool Time and the Two Pound
Bucket by Steve Prentice. Macmillan India Ltd. Pages 298. Rs
the physicists work with time every day", said late Nobel
Laureate Richard Feynman, "but donít ask me what it is.
It is just too difficult to think about." Some define
time as "Time is natureís way of keeping everything
from happening at once." For centuries our calendars and
clocks have tried and failed to tame the greatest mystery of
the universe, time.
from the land of fairies
Review by Madhav Tankha
Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: the Arctic Incident both by Eoin Colfer,
Viking Books, 2001, Pages 280, UK £12.99, Puffin Books, 2002, Pages
288, £2.99 respectively
who are anxiously awaiting J. K. Rowlingís Harry Potter: The Order
of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, should
know that they might have to wait a little while longer. In the
meantime, they are well advised to read some other books written on the
lines of Harry Potter. Apart from the now well-known Lord of the
Rings trilogy, there are some newer books, which are well worth a
Meet the author
"I write for the sheer
pleasure of telling stories"
being a cartoonist and a graphic artist, 42-year-old Ravi Shankar Etteth
is the deputy editor of India Today. And with the recent launch
of his debut novel The Tiger By The River (Penguin), he has also
become a writer. Humra Quraishi met Ravi Shankar Etteth for an
exclusive interview. Excerpts: