taste as vision of life
by Arnold Bennett. Rupa, New Delhi, Pages 172. Rs 95.
ARNOLD Bennett, often
referred to as a "a man of Potteries", was a man
whose area of expertise was amazingly wide. He was an English
novelist, critic, playwright, essayist, and journalist and
also an outstanding book reviewer. His prolific work brought
him all the accomplishment and commendation he ever desired.
Quite intriguingly, among his possessions was a splendidly
lavish yacht, the Valsa.
the tea leaves, literally
The Story of Tea
by E. Jaiwant Paul.
Roli Books, New Delhi. Pages 128. Rs 225.
IT is small, yet
powerful; mildly bitter, yet widely accepted. Without it, life
does not seem to tick. Without it, the early news-hour may
lose its relevance and the leisurely evenings their pace.
Well, it is nothing but a cup of tea—the official tonic of
the babus and a wake-up call for most of us.
a potential unfulfilled
Jharkhand: Politics of Development and Identity
by Amit Prakash.
Orient Longman, Hyderabad. Pages 382. Rs 525.
THE publication of
the book could hardly have been more timely, with the newly
created state of Jharkhand receiving the attention of the
civil society as the domicile issue hangs fire, igniting
ethnic violence. The book enables us to understand this
simmering identity politics, often articulated in the form of
radicalism, by analysing the evolution and transformation of
the Jharkhandi identity over the past half century.
matters spiritual and educational
Sri Guru Nanak Dev’s Japji
by Dr. G. S. Chauhan, Hemkunt Publishers, New Delhi. Pages
208. Rs 150.
FROM time to time
prophets, gurus, saints and seers have lit the spiritual torch
to guide a wayward humanity. This has been true in the case of
India, too, where spirituality has been a way of life.
Spirituality, unlike dogmas, is not a passive philosophy. The
ten Sikh Gurus through their teachings helped rejuvenate a
moribund community to fight oppressive forces by inculcating