The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, December 8, 2002

US self-righteousness and the flip side
Shelley Walia

Granta 77: What We Think of America
edited by Ian Jack Spring. Granta Books, London. Pages 258. £8.99

RIEL Dorfman, the playwright from Chile, watches a three-year-old American brat ruining a languid Chilean afternoon by the side of a pool in Jahuel. While the son shrieks and laughs, the mother sleeps in her bikini under a eucalyptus tree. The writer watches the sun set slowly on the slopes of the Andes while his girlfriend lies besides him, the promise of a quiet time shattered by this boy.

Response to crimes against women calls for greater sensitivity
Aruti Nayar

Justice For Women, Concerns and Expressions
by Dr. Justice A.S. Anand, Compiled by Munisha Gandhi. Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. Pages 271. Rs 350.

N a 1980 UN Report, it was reported that women constitute half the world’s population, perform nearly two-thirds of its work, receive one-tenth of the world’s income and less than one-hundredth of the world’s property. Women also comprise 66 per cent of the world’s illiterate and 70 per cent of the world’s poor.

Meet the author
“If I didn’t write I would feel incomplete”
ANDEEP Rai, a 1973 batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service, is now achieving recognition for his writings. He has already made a mark as a novelist, having written In the Shadow of the Pines, No Friends, No Enemies and now the latest When The Vulture Descends (all three published by UBS).

The rishi from Germany
Kuldip Dhiman
Arthur Schopenhauer
by Thomas Mann. Rupa. Pages 162. Rs 150.

HIS might look like a translation of a Vedic or Buddhist verse, but these are the words of Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), the German philosopher who took off from where the other great system builder Emanuel Kant left. Although some of Schopenhauer’s philosophy is similar to Indian philosophy, he discovered the latter after he had more or less formulated his own worldview.


Parenting no child’s play
Priyanka Singh
Make Your Child a Winner
by Pradeep Kapoor. Rupa. Pages 258. Rs 195

N American wit once said: "When I had no child, I had six theories on how to bring up children. Now I have six children and no theory." Truly, parenting is not the easiest thing in the world and doesn’t come naturally. There are no thumb rules here, only instincts. The concerns of a parent are as valid as these are varied and the fears are not exaggerated as the experiences of childhood often have a direct bearing on how a child’s personality shapes up later in life.

Individuals can make a difference
Manisha Gangahar

by Meher Pestonji. Harper Collins, India. Pages 318. Rs 295.

LL I want is everything" — this seems to encapsulate the yearnings and aspirations of the present-day individual. This craving is never-ending, especially when it comes to ‘power’, and there could be no better example of this than the politicians. In India politics goes beyond dealing with the affairs of the state and trickles into the spheres of culture and religion.

Write view
Ancient dance for the Divine now delights mortals
Randeep Wadehra

by Ashish Mohan Khokar, Rupa & Co., New Delhi. Pages: 80. Rs 395.

ANCE is a multi-layered activity – physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual. The rhythmic body movements express different feelings ranging from ecstasy and agony to anger and romance. The various mudras articulate different rasas. The variety, ranging from the simple folk dance to the more sophisticated classical forms, points to the profound evolution that has taken place in our socio-cultural milieu.


JP’s elements, in his words
R. L. Singal

Transforming the Polity: Centenary Readings from Jayaprakash Narayan
edited by Ajit Bhattacharjea. Rupa. Pages 142. Rs 195.

HIS select anthology of Lok Nayak Jayapraksh Narayan’s writings and utterances, compiled and presented by veteran journalist Ajit Bhattacharjea, is an extremely useful introduction to the great revolutionary’s well-considered views and beliefs expressed during the last 50 years of his chequered career on social, political and economic issues that concern India and the world at large.

Air Force should be used to combat insurgency
Rajendra Nath

Air Power and Counter Insurgency: A Review
Air Commodore A.K. Tiwary, VSM. Lancer’s Books, New Delhi, 2002. Pages 202. Rs 430

NDIA is involved in a campaign against Pakistan trained and equipped insurgents in J&K where the Indian Army and paramilitary are suffering constant losses. So far only the Army and paramilitary forces have been used against the insurgents. Why has the Air Force not been used to deal with the growing number of insurgents is not known.

Life’s medley of confusion
A Bouquet of Thoughts
by Robin Gupta. Minerva Press (India). Page 322. Rs 1250

HE author is an IAS officer of over 30 years’ standing. Writing judgements and minutes on official files has been his main preoccupation. At the same time he has been examining the eternal quest for life and seeking answers to life’s medley of confusion through the medium of poetry as well as prose. In this personal journal, he includes 43 poems, 17 essays and a portrait gallery reflecting the persona of 38 individuals, which together put the focus on understanding the purpose of human existence.

Farm science was his sole concern
Darshan Singh Maini

Dr Ram Dhan Singh A Pioneer Agricultural Scientist
by Shiva N. Malik. Shiv Laxmi Vidya Dham, Hisar.
Pages 208. Rs 300.

HE biography as one of the oldest literary genres in the comity of letters has undergone a lot of constitutive changes, particularly since the middle of the 19th century. With Freudian factors entering the picture with some other aesthetic considerations, the art of writing biography has acquired fresh and far-reaching dimensions. Accordingly, simple, well-meaning biographies, commissioned, or the result of personal connection, find themselves out of sync with the literary taste of today.