did what CBI could not
A. J. Philip
Reduced to Ashes: The
Insurgency and Human Rights in Punjab
by Ram Narayan Kumar with Amrik Singh, Ashok Agrwaal and Jaskaran
Kaur. South Asia Forum for Human Rights, Kathmandu. Pages 634. Rs
who have read Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and
the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen know how the Nazis
accomplished their task under conditions of social collusion. The
comparison may be farfetched or even hideous but it cannot be
gainsaid that the rampant human rights violations that occurred in
Punjab during the militancy days would not have been possible but
for the sanctions they received from influential sections of the
Review by Kamaldeep Kaur
by Rita Rahman, Penguin, New Delhi. Pages 134. Rs 200.
years have seen the advent of the postcolonial novel. The work under
review is an addition to this type of fiction. Rita Rahman, the
author, has previously published a collection of short stories and
numerous articles on international relations. The influence of this
earlier work is palpable in Love’s Perfume—a novel. This
is a story that spans disparate cultures and continents.
Review by Peeyush
Vedic Love Signs
by Komilla Sutton. Rupa, Delhi. Rs 395. Pages 388.
aside, West! India, the land of Vedas and Upanishads,
has found an answer to Linda Goodman in Komilla Sutton. If
Linda had a book on love and sexual compatibility based on sun
signs, Komilla has come up with nakshatras to deal with
What after curtains?
Review by Jaswant Singh
Death and After
by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer. Konark Publishers, Delhi. Pages 185. Rs
talk of life after death or survival of the human being after death or
the world of spirits is generally dismissed as a lot of superstition,
blind faith or even some kind of hocus-pocus. But when such assertions
are made by a person as eminent as Justice Krishna Iyer, one has to sit
up and take notice.
collection of an elegiac poet
Review by M. L. Raina
Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca
Revised & Bilingual Edition edited by Christopher Maurer Farrar,
Straus and Geroux, New York. Pages LXIV+990. $ 25.
Garcia Lorca was executed by Franco’s minions during the Spanish Civil
War. He was 38 at the time of his death in 1936, and left behind a large
body of poems, plays, correspondence, essays and musical writings.
Though not the first to be translated by diverse hands, Collected
Poems is the first bilingual edition, complete with notes and
emendations and a wide-ranging introduction by the new editor. It is, by
any reckoning, the definitive edition to date of Lorca’s poetry in
as a weapon against colonialism
Review by Tej N. Dhar
Home and Exile
by Chinua Achebe. Anchor Books, 2001. Pages 115. $ 10.
Achebe has already established his rightful place in the world of
letters. Apart from writing influential novels, poems, and short
stories, Achebe has also written ground-breaking essays. Without being
unduly loud, flashy, modish, or controversial, he has emerged as a
critic of seminal importance, and has exercised considerable influence
in shaping our response to post-colonial literature.
Review by Aradhika Sekhon
Maharani: Memoirs of a Rebellious Princess
by Elaine Williams. Rupa. Pages 247. Rs 19.
name of the book Maharani: Memoirs of a Rebellious Princess
certainly promises a good story. The princess’ rebelliousness,
unfortunately, does not quite impress since the rebellion is more in her
heart and mind than in anything she did. Born to a royal Rajput family
of Jubbal, she did pretty much what her parents decreed for her.
Meet the author
"Those living abroad have more reverence for their religion"
Delhi-based journalist-turned-author Gurmukh Singh’s first book, The
Global Indian - The Rise Of The Sikhs Abroad (Rupa), was released on
May 26. Even before it was released, orders for it had been placed by
Sikh organisations and Sikhs living abroad.
Off the Shelf
A head of state impeached
V. N. Datta
impeachment of Warren Hastings, first Governor-General of India and head
of state who consolidated the British rule against heavy odds weighed
against him, was one of the most dramatic, sensational and profoundly
significant events in the annals of British and Indian history.
Signs & signatures
Darshan Singh Maini
my long teaching career, I have had to study and teach scores of novels,
poems and plays, but if one book has to be singled out as a supreme song
whose spirit takes you to the farthest reaches of human thought, and
compels one to examine the phenomenon of suffering in its profoundest
sense, it is, undoubtedly, Shakespeare’s greatest play, King Lear.