It was a sunny morning, almost
the first warm day in May after a severe winter that we walked over the
meadows on the banks of the River Cam towards Rupert Brook’s village,
Grantchester, a few miles from Cambridge. The village looked deserted,
and when we entered The Orchard, Rupert Brooks’s house now turned into
a charming pub, I was reminded of The Bloomsbury Group which often met
here and which had been instrumental in introducing modernism to
Factfile on historic centenaries
by Jaswant Singh
Celebrations of Sikh Anniversaries 2004
by Gurmukh Singh Sandhu. Pages 32. Price not stated.
is a pithy book that gives salient facts about three centennials of
important events in Sikh history that are being marked this year. The
400th anniversary of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib is being
celebrated from September 1, 2004.
A city older than history
by Jaswant Singh
A Banarasi on Varanasi
by Kunal Sinha. Bluejay Books, New Delhi. Pages 276. Rs 495.
and the Ganga, on the banks of which the holy city is situated, together
tell the story of India’s civilisation and culture. The city, known to
be the abode of Lord Shiva, represents the richness and fulfillment of
life as well as renunciation.
by Amar Chandel
The Princely and Noble Families of the Former Indian Empire (Volume 1)
by Mark Brentnall. Indus Publishing Company, New Delhi. Pages 374. Rs 1,250.
to inspired propaganda during the 50s and 60s, which blamed the former
princely families for all the ills of the country, this class is not in
very good odour even today because in the eyes of the common man born
and brought up on the staple diet of those salacious stories perpetuated
through books, films and articles, Thakur Saheb was the villainous man
responsible for everything from mismanagement of the countryside to the
rape of fair damsels on whom he happened to cast his evil eye. Only now
is the realisation dawning on some that these were not bad people after
Of mice and men
Lovelina Singh tells the story of the dispute over the bountiful estate of John Steinbeck
Steinbeck’s writings are, indeed, part of the photography of the U.S.
and his work to no small degree defines the American spirit. Even though
Steinbeck died in 1968, his books remain in great demand. Classics such
as Grapes of Wrath and of Mice and Men sell hundreds of
thousands of copies annually; and East of Eden witnessed a sudden
resurgence with Oprah Winfrey making it the selection that revived her
celebrated Book club stating that it might be the "best novel I
have ever read."
Pearl of the Panth
by Shalini Rawat
Gurcharan Singh Tohra Jeewan ate Siasat
A political biography
by Dalbir Singh Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh Pages 181. Rs 175
Singh Tohra - the benign patriarch of the Sikh community, protector of
the small peasant, a man who rose from a humble background to reign over
the SGPC for 27 years, who'd have broken the record for being in the
Rajya Sabha for the sixth time had he been sworn in.
In quest of happiness
by Inderdeep Thapar
An Interview with Self
by J.L. Dhar. Wisdom Trees. Pages 202. Rs 145.
book is an attempt to introduce the reader to an existence which is
outside his usual humdrum one. The first chapter brings out the
universal truth expounded by Buddha that the root of all problems is
desire and the only way out is to let go of desires.
Matter of vision
Care of Your Eyes
by R.K. Kapoor UBSPD. Pages: xii+168. Rs. 175.
environs are getting increasingly polluted, affecting our health
adversely. Eyes too are becoming prone to pollution related hazards.
It's true that nature has provided several protective 'shields' to our
eyes, viz., eyebrows prevent moisture from running into the eyes,
eyelids close to cover the eyeballs, eyelashes act as screen to stop
particles from entering the eyes. Inside the eyelids a thin membrane
called conjunctiva covers the visible sclera.
Net worth of good health
by Randeep Wadehra
Women's Health on the Internet
Pages: 153. Rs. 140. & Men's Health on the Internet. Pages: 117. Rs.
110. Both edited by Sandra Wood & Janet Coggan, & published by
not only are we becoming more health-conscious but also have come to
realise the value of healthcare; we want to know our rights as consumers
of medical services too. Thanks to information technology, some of the
most esoteric subjects have been demystified.