June 29, 2003
artificial ideological constructs
Surinder S. Jodhka
Globalisation, Hindu Nationalism & Christians in India
by Lancy Lobo. Rawat Publications, Jaipur. Pages 240. Rs 450.
last 20 years or so have been very critical in the contemporary
history of India. Indian economy, politics and society have seen
many new processes and trends emerging during this period.
Globalisation and Hindu nationalism are two such important new
phenomena that made their presence felt on the Indian scene during
this period, more or less, simultaneously.
wine of dark arts
Sacred Evil: Encounters With the Unknown
by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti. HarperCollins India, New Delhi. Rs 250.
witches, tantrics, voodoo dolls, haunted trees and buildings`85. The
list can go on and on. We have all at one time or the other indulged
our imaginations and dwelt upon the unknown. In Sacred Evil
Ipsita Roy Chakraverti leads us into a world where the mystic dwells
with the tangible and the unreal is not quite so.
through mid-life marital blues
by Cauvery Madhavan. Penguin, New Delhi. Pages 239. Rs 250.
book is likely to be of interest to only a limited readership
because of it deals mainly with the marital problems of people in a
particular age group. Even the ones who are interested in the issue
that the author tackles will need plenty of patience to undertake
the long, tedious journey.
from Karnal who soared high
Kalpana Chawla: A
fairytale saga with a tragic end
by Indra Gupta and
R. Gupta; Icon Publications, New Delhi. Pages 126. Rs 25.
Kalpana Chawla: A
by Anil Padmanabhan; Puffin Books, New
Delhi. Pages 94. Rs 125.
FAIRYTALES, as a
rule, have a happy ending and the bottom line is: "and they
lived happily ever after". However, this fairy from the
small town of Karnal is an exception. In fact, Kalpana Chawla
has always been an exception to established rules.
modernity with tradition
Contemporary India: A sociological view.
by Satish Deshpande. Viking, Penguin, New Delhi, Pages 213. Rs 350.
the book, Satish Deshpande, a sociologist with the Institute of Economic
Growth undertakes the task of examining critically what common sense
tells us about the transformation of the social and economic landscape
in contemporary India.
Bengal in medieval
The Bengal Sultanate; Politics, Economy and Coins (AD 1205-1576)
by Syed Ejaz
Hussain, Manohar, Delhi. Pages XVIII +435.
conditions of Bengal, especially its long distance from Delhi,
put constraints on its control by the Sultans of Delhi. Taking
advantage of the difficulty in communication by land or water
and Bengalís hot and humid climate, which often did not suit
soldiers, its governors frequently asserted independence from
Life, love &
loneliness in a womanís world
by Shoma A. Chatterji. Rupa, New Delhi. Pages 161. Rs 150
FROM the title of
the book one would think it had 12 stories. A thirteenth story,
however, has been given as a bonus. The story goes that in
Britain one loaf of bread was given as a bonus on the purchase
of a dozen loaves.
A guru who fails
Guru by Your
by S.D. Pandey.
Penguin, New Delhi. Pages 268. Rs 250
IT is a tribute
paid by the author to his guru Sri Madhava Ashish, a Briton, who
came from England and joined the Mirtola ashram in Almora
hills. From his guru the author learned how to quieten the
restless mind by watching oneís thoughts, to recognise the
androgynous nature of the psyche, to drop the egotistical dross,
and to hold on to illuminating intuitions.
Meet the author
to be dealt with, not ignored
USA-based journalist Seema Sirohi came to India with her husband on his
three-year posting in 2000, she was no longer looking for news. Enough
of news had happened since the 1980s when she joined the New Delhi
bureau of the Associated Press after studying journalism at the
University of Kansas, Lawrence.
Rich expose of the
MITTER Sen Meet is
an attorney based in Ludhiana. However, he has been thrust into
the limelight as a Punjabi novelist, delineating intricate court
practices and the decadence in the legal system of the country.
Two of his earlier novels Tapteesh (investigation)
and Katehira (dock/witness box), dealing with the
cumbersome court procedure and the dispensation of justice, were