P. 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.
THESE 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.


Bombay dreams
Harsh A. Desai
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
by Suketu Mehta. Penguin/Viking. Pages 585. Rs 595.

uketu 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 Tata story
Meeta Rajivlochan
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.
AS 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.

The Good, the Better, the Best
Belu J.Maheshwari
Gandhi, Bose, Nehru and the Making of the Modern Indian Mind
by Reba Som.
Penguin, Viking, New Delhi.
Pages 259. Rs 350.
THE 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.

Cast in prejudice
Surinder S. Jodhka
Political Sociology of Dalit Assertion
by Prakash Louis.
Gian Publishing House. Pages 326. Rs 495.

ritten 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.

Pursuit of wealth, spiritual & material
Deepika Gurdev
The Yoga of Wealth - 5 Spiritual Keys to Creating Unlimited Wealth
by Vikas Malkani.
Times Editions. Pages 124. $11.50.
I 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 tongue-in-cheek style.

punjabi review
A life lived fully
Shalini Rawat
edited by Sham Singh and Keher Sharif.
Tarlochan Publishers, Chandigarh. Pages 128. Rs 125.
Harbhajan 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.

novel talkies
A spicy treat for Hollywood
N 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.

Rites of passion
HE 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.