N. Haksar, George Kennan of India
V. N. Datta
Haksar Memorial Volumes I and II: Contemplations on the Human
Condition and Contributions in Remembrance, A Homaqe to P. N. Haksar
edited by Subrata Banerjee. The Centre for Research in Rural and
Industrial Development, Chandigarh. Pages 418 and 296. Rs 1,345.
elegantly produced volumes are actually homage to late P. N. Haksar from
the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID),
Chandigarh, with which he was closely associated as Chairman of its
Governing Body and Editor of its quarterly journal, Man and
Development, till he died in November, 1998.
Harsh A. Desai
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
by Suketu Mehta. Penguin/Viking. Pages 585. Rs 595.
Mehtaís Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found is not a
celebration of Bombay but an attempt to find out what gives Bombay its
magnetic pull. What gives it the power to thrill and make you shudder
Ė sometimes at the same time.
The Creation of Wealth: The Tatas from the 19th to the 21st Century
by R M Lala. Illustrated by Mario Miranda. Penguin/Viking. Pages 303.
our country tries to claw its way out of the dump that it has been in
during the past 200 years, it looks around desperately for heroes. By
and large none seem to be forthcoming. The ones who do exist have feet
of clay. In this dreary scenario when a miniscule number of heroes that
can be found get feted extensively and unquestioningly.
Good, the Better, the Best
Gandhi, Bose, Nehru and
the Making of the Modern Indian Mind
by Reba Som. Penguin, Viking, New Delhi.
Pages 259. Rs 350.
author has skilfully woven the relationship of the three national icons
who are placed on the highest pantheon of Indian firmament along with
giving an insight into their minds and how each moulded the course of
modern Indiaís thinking.
Surinder S. Jodhka
Political Sociology of Dalit Assertion
by Prakash Louis. Gian Publishing House.
Pages 326. Rs 495.
in the backdrop of the World Conference against Racism, Racial
Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban, South
Africa, in 2001, the book offers an account of the emerging Dalit
identity and politics in contemporary India.
of wealth, spiritual & material
The Yoga of Wealth - 5 Spiritual Keys to Creating Unlimited Wealth
by Vikas Malkani. Times
Editions. Pages 124. $11.50.
donít usually read self-help books. In fact, the only ones that Iíve
read so far are Deepak Chopraís Seven Spiritual Laws of Success,
that failed to impress me (but thatís quite another story), and John
Grayís famous Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus. What
redeemed Grayís book was the fact that it had been written in a
edited by Sham Singh and Keher Sharif. Tarlochan
Publishers, Chandigarh. Pages 128. Rs 125.
Singh Halwarviís life is like one of Turnerís canvasses.
Painted with deft broad strokes, the events in it as tumultuous as the
effect they produce, but nevertheless reflecting a strange tranquility.
However, the palette here is far more variegated.
treat for Hollywood
acclaimed magic realism novel by a California-based Indian writer will
soon be made into an $80 million lavish Hollywood production starring
Bollywood queen Aishwarya Rai. Mistress
of Spices, a novel about the
dilemmas of fitting in by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, is being made into
a film by Paul Mayeda Berges, the screenplay writer-husband of British
Indian director Gurinder Chadha.
lived as she wrote, with unrestrained passion. French writer Francoise
Sagan, who died on September 24 at Honfleur in Normandy, had shot to
literary fame at 18 with her first novel Bonjour Tristresse. Sagan
produced more than 40 novels and plays.