December 8, 2002
US self-righteousness and the flip side
Granta 77: What
We Think of America
edited by Ian Jack Spring. Granta Books, London. Pages 258. £8.99
ARIEL 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.
to crimes against women calls for greater sensitivity
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.
IN 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
didn’t write I would feel incomplete”
MANDEEP 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).
rishi from Germany
by Thomas Mann. Rupa. Pages 162. Rs 150.
THIS 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.
Make Your Child a Winner
by Pradeep Kapoor. Rupa. Pages 258. Rs 195
AN 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.
can make a difference
by Meher Pestonji. Harper Collins, India. Pages 318. Rs 295.
"ALL 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.
for the Divine now delights mortals
by Ashish Mohan Khokar, Rupa & Co., New Delhi. Pages: 80. Rs 395.
DANCE 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.
elements, in his words
R. L. Singal
Transforming the Polity: Centenary Readings from Jayaprakash
edited by Ajit Bhattacharjea. Rupa. Pages 142. Rs 195.
THIS 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.
Force should be used to combat insurgency
Air Power and Counter Insurgency: A Review
Air Commodore A.K. Tiwary, VSM. Lancer’s Books, New Delhi,
2002. Pages 202. Rs 430
INDIA 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
medley of confusion
A Bouquet of Thoughts
by Robin Gupta. Minerva Press (India). Page 322. Rs 1250
THE 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
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.
THE 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.