Driven by the mirage
by Darshan Singh Maini
by Norma Khouri. Bantam Books, London. Pages 253. £ 6.99.
Love by a Jordanian Christian woman reminds one strongly of the book,
The Princess, also a harrowing tale of "honour-killing" in
Saudi Arabia. The present story may not be a real-life tale told
by the victim’s friend in Amman (as the author claims), it is still
very horrifying, the controversy surrounding it notwithstanding. The
author was determined to bring this tragic story to the notice of the
outside world —especially to that of human rights groups, and to the
the learning path
by M. Rajivlochan
The Unbound Prometheus:
Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from
1750 to the Present
by David S Landes. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Pages
576. £ 19.99.
family of giants, the offspring of Uranus and Gaia, used to rule the
earth before the gods overthrew them. These were called the Titans. Full
of pride, gregarious, enjoying life and taking care of humans, the
Titans fell foul of the gods when one of them, Prometheus, stole fire
from heaven and gave it to mankind.
from the forgotten childhood
by Prakash Singh
by Torn Asacker. Pearson Education. Pages 121. Price not stated
in a while a book comes along that is simple in language, enjoyable to
read and profound in its meaning. Sandbox Wisdom is one such
book. Tom Asacker narrates a story about Bill West, who is on a quest to
finding solutions for rescuing his sinking company.
of sync with self
by Tanuja Desai Hidier. Penguin Books. Pages 413. Rs 295.
"I guess I’m just not
Indian enough for the Indians or American enough for the Americans,
depending on who’s looking," sadly declares Dimple Lala, who is
labouring under the confusion of growing up in different cultures.
participation diluted it
by Yogesh Snehi
Voluntary Organisations and Social Welfare
by Raj Kumar Siwach. Shankar Publications, Delhi. Pages 212. Rs 495.
is argued, "the government has limitations in reaching out to all
the segments of society and take up every development-related issue.
Voluntary organisations (VOs) thus come into existence to fill this
gap." It is also argued, comparing with the "top-down
approach" of the State, that VOs are significant because of their
"grass-root approach", their flexibility and efficiency in
look at unipolar world
by Rajinder Puri
The World According to
Washington: An Asian View
by Patwant Singh. Rupa. Pages 224. Rs 395.
Singh’s The World According to Washington is a historical
appraisal of America’s interaction with Asia leading up to 9/11. His
writing is flawless. In barely 200 pages he has masterfully condensed
the salient points of US relations with most Asian countries. The facts
are peppered with a running commentary that exposes America’s
hypocrisy and ruthlessness in pursuing its hegemonic ambitions.
behind the blood-sucking hero
by Ian Thomson
From the Shadow of Dracula: A
Life of Bram Stoker
by Paul Murray. Jonathan Cape. Pages 340.
Stoker, a minor but distinguished Victorian novelist, took six years to
write Dracula. Published in 1897, few novels have gripped the
reader so irresistibly. It unfolds in a late Victorian England of plate
cameras, phonographs and other nascent technologies. The contemporary
setting thrilled his readers — this could happen here.
by Rajnish Wattas
Under a Cloud
by Binoo K. John. Penguin. Rs 250. Pages 162.
school child knows that Cherrapunji is the wettest place on earth. But
in childhood, this is just a fact to be mugged up for exams; the real
significance of this drama of nature soaks you only when you are old
enough to appreciate the beauty of monsoon.
by Ashok Malik
Main Sach Nahin Bolunga
by B S Bir. Bhartishri Prakashan, Delhi. Pages 112. Rs 120.
Bir brings itinerants touch to his first collection of Hindi poems. Most
of his writing has been so far are in Punjabi, but he also has two Hindi
books to his name - Dhuan, a novel, and Ye Janam Tumhare
Lekhe, a collection of short stories.