between tradition and modernity
by T.S. Tirumurti. Penguin Books. Rs 275.
THE mere practice of
renaming cities and streets, "converting British relics
into national relics", cannot by itself help us shrug off
the imperial legacy. Clive Avene is, in fact, an
attempt to emphasise the futility of this exercise especially
when the imperial or rather neo-imperial culture has
influenced the very lives of indigenous people. The residents
of Clive Avenue cannot identify with any other name for their
home but the one given by the British.
encyclopaedia for beginners
Narrative Modes in Punjabi Novel
by N.S. Tasneem. Published by Indian Institute of Advance
Study, Shimla. Pages 118. Rs 175.
Tasneem has contributed eight novels to Punjabi literature
besides a couple of books and a few articles and research
papers in English. He has received both the Sahitya Akademi
Award and the Shiromani Sahitkar Purskar for his contribution
to literature. He has remained a fellow of the Indian
Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, as well and the present
treatise on Narrative Modes in Punjabi Novel is the
result of his stint there.
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Two Black Cinders
by Sheila Gujral. Allied Publishers, New Delhi; first
published in 1985, enlarged, new edition 2002. Pages 58
(paperback). Rs 100.
by Sheila Gujral. Allied Publishers, New Delhi. Page 56
(illustrated). Price not stated.
SHEILA Gujral is by
now an established poet with a distinctive oeuvre, form
and style. And the signatures, widely recognised, define her sui
generis verse. Since I’ve known her as a friend, and
exchanged notes with her during a memorable visit to 7 Race
Course during her husband I. K. Gujral’s Prime Ministership,
I find this assignment pleasurable, but also problematic.
notwithstanding, women still weak
Gender Related Problems of Women, Women’s Empowerment and
by Neena Joseph. Himalaya Publishing House, New Delhi. Pages
218. Rs 450.
OVER the past few
years, there has been an emerging consensus across political
parties and ideological divisions on the necessity of
decentralisation for fulfilling democratic aspirations of the
Indian people. Despite differences in points of departure
underlying this "consensus", it is a good time to go
over the debate on decentralisation that preceded this
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Marketing is Business
by Walter E. Vieira. Vision Books. Pages 268. Rs 395.
THE turning of the
new millennium is indeed a unique event in human history. It
has witnessed exciting new concepts and developments. In
India, the changes in our economy, ushered in during the
’90s, have finally unchained it. Marketing in contemporary
and future India will have an entirely different meaning, as
the success of any nation is becoming more and more dependent
on its marketing capabilities.