Belu J. Maheshwari
Readings in Indian Government and Politics: Class, Caste, Gender
edited by Manoranjan
Sage Publications, New Delhi.
Pages 439. Rs 395.
book is fifth in the series
titled Readings in Indian Government and Politics edited by the
prominent social scientist. What first catches the attention when you
pick up the book is the list of contributors. A galaxy of the most
distinguished and eminent scholars have contributed the research papers.
Most of these scholars have pioneered research in their respective
fields and contributed significantly to the understanding of social and
political changes in contemporary India.
A woman who wonít
A Podium on the Pavement
by Jaya Jaitly.
UBSPD, New Delhi.
Pages 401. Rs 495.
collection of essays by one
of the most pugnacious political lieutenants of our times makes for an
interesting read. Written over the past two decades and published in
various newspapers, the 69 essays that make up this volume are in the
nature of comments on contemporary events.
Mughals, the great
and their subjects
History of Mughal India
by Dr Pramod Sangar.
Abhishek Publications, Chandigarh.
Pages 160. Rs 295.
the most interesting features of the Mughal period was perhaps
how the emperors were sometimes bribed by their high officials. There
are many others such instances, which not only throw light on the
socio-economic history of the Mughals in India but also sustain our
interest in studying that period. Prof Pramod Sangar has meticulously
pinned together various aspects to translate this task into a
discursive, lucid and wonderful treatise.
and Her Neighbours: a History
edited by Alex McKay
Hansjong Mayer, London.
Pages 239. Price not stated
even though Tibet as a distinct political entity in its own right has
disappeared, its relevance and recognition as a land with a unique
culture of its own has never been greater. This volume is a compendium
of contributions by leading historians on the interplay of relationships
between the land of the Lamas and the world outside.
edited by Geeti Sen and Molly Kaushal.
India International Centre, New Delhi.
Pages 300. Rs 495
from exploring the geographical terrains, some journeys have the
distinction of marking a turning point in a life. Containing in-depth
accounts of some of the famous voyages undertaken by mythological
figures, trekkers, lensmen, explorers etc., the book has enough to
tickle the taste buds of those having a penchant to dig into the details
of journeys which transform a mere event into a historical date.
poets are known by the age to which they belong, but there are
some whose age is known by virtue of their towering presence.
Transcending the narrow bounds of moment, race and milieu, such poets
often belong to the common heritage of mankind. Valmiki, Vyasa, Homer,
Kalidas, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, Goethe and Whitman were
essentially such poets. Their Weltanschauung was the defining moment for
their age as much as it was for the successive generations.
Hilarious tales of
The Caterpillar Who Went
on a Diet and Other Stories
by Ranjit Lal. Puffin.
Pages 184. Rs 175.
who have grown up on Roald Dahl and P.G. Wodehose, know their
kind of wit and story construction is above board. Ranjit Lal is not in
the same league but his ingenuity is just as remarkable. To weave not one but 14
marvellous stories ó each better than the other ó on omnipresent,
non-exotic insects like beetles, mosquitoes and flies is no mean task.
The stories are so original that it is a virtual treat to read and
savour each word that creates a delightful and peril-filled world of
these tiny creepy crawlies.
History from the heart
Smundari Hawaon Ka
by Kasmiri Lal Zakir. Unistar Books, Chandigarh.
Pages 110. Rs 100.
especially fiction, can be seen as history written from the heart rather
than the head. These short stories by Kashmiri Lal Zakir have been woven
around the twists and turns of India-Pakistan relations. True to his
stature, Zakirís canvas has panoramic dimensions and his strokes have
an informality that comes naturally to masters.
A love like none
Darshan Singh Maini
literature, like Oriental, abounds in stories of great tragic
love, both in poetic and prose forms, but in nearly all such works,
religion as such is seldom a driving force. All secular in character.
But to find one such story of tragic but erotic love in the 12th century
monastic literature of Christianity is to come across a sui generis
phenomenon. And that story is the story of Abelard and Heloise published
in the form of their love letters.