from the real world
The Winning Team
by Githa Hariharan. Rupa. Pages 96. Rs 395.
by Meena Arora Nayak. Puffin, Penguin.
Pages 240. Rs 250.
young children when introduced to books in English are given non-Indian
writings. It may be a good idea, since not much Indian writing in
English is available that can hold children’s interest. A
couple of new books make that seem untrue — The Winning Team by Githa
Hariharan and Legendary Lives by Meena Arora Nayak.
My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past.
by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. John Murray. Pages 276.
nation is an imagined community. When identity can
be imagined, and invented, it seems only natural that the individual
would want to reinvent her life, speculate on an alternative life and
live other lives. Everyone wonders, at one time or another, how it would
be to live another life than the one s/he is living.
. . . Pran: A Biography
by Bunny Reuben. Foreword by Amitabh Bachchan. HarperCollins. Pages 446.
this story, Pran is the hero. The life story of Pran Krishen Sikand is
just like the script of a Shakespearean play or a typical Hindi film
where destiny plays a bigger role than the actors themselves. Villainy
was thrust upon this quintessential gentleman who was actually much
better looking than many of the successful heroes he took on.
Many twists in the tale
by B. S. Bir. Mehram Publications. Pages 184. Rs 30.
THE canvas of the stories of B.S. Bir encased in Pauna
Adami is very contemporary as the author traverses through a world
well known to him from Goraya to Chandigarh or Ludhiana to Paonta Sahib.
Other times he moves to Bangalore or Mumbai and brings back everyday
tales of everyday people.
Pradhan Mantri Dr
Manmohan Singh: Ik Vilakhan Shaksiyat.
by B. S. Bir, Surinder Bir Singh Sethi, Ravinder Singh Sodhi. Arsee
Publications, Delhi. Pages 188. Rs 225.
Medicine for the soul
by Osho. Fusion Books,
Pages 294. Rs 150.
OSHO is a fountain of wisdom that never goes dry. (He
is) this century's most original mind`85the quintessence of the wisdom
of the ages. When V. N. Narayanan said this about Osho, surely he was
also referring to the fact that Osho makes ancient wisdom attainable and
simple to understand for the ordinary person who cannot go to the
The Penguin-Landmark Quiz Book
by Gautam Padmanabhan and Navin Jayakumar. Penguin Books. Pages 202. Rs
refreshing change from
monotonous books on general knowledge, the book is attempts to make
quizzing lively. The book is a compilation of the best questions of 11
Landmark Quizzes. The Landmark Quiz is held every year on August 15 at
the Music Academy in Chennai.
18 till you die
Harbir K. Singh
The End of Aging
by Carol Orlock. Magna Publishing, Mumbai. Pages 248. Rs 175.
age will no longer be life of wheelchairs, walkers, tottering bodies and
fading memories. Our seventies and eighties will be as productive,
charming, attractive, enthusiastic and smart as our youth. Scientists
are changing the biological process of aging. Medical science through
various experiments are changing concept of old age.
D. S. Cheema
The Power of Human
by Jyothi Menon. Pearson. Pages
156. Price not stated.
book is the story of the power of human relations read through the lens
of a grandfather’s wisdom tempering with practice, experience and
maturity. Jyothi Menon, Head of Human Relations, Lason India, distils
her personal passion for people at workplace and weaves it into a canvas
much beyond the walls of her own company.
The tragedy of trying circumstances
by Usha Rajagpoalan
Rupa and Co. Pages 334. Rs 295.
Intimate human relationships form the basis of a lot of
literature. The treatment that the author gives to the emotions of the
characters involved makes some works unique. Amrita is different and
better in a lot of ways from the run-of-the-mill stories. It focuses on
the love-hate relationship between two sisters.
Stories from abode of Gods
by S.R. Harnot, translated by Saroj Vasishth. Sanbun.
Pages 116. Rs 125.
THESE stories pertain to a world that is real, yet
seemingly ethereal: The idyllic countryside of Himachal Pradesh, where
people and birds and animals understand each other’s language and
communicate mutually. Shades of Hugh Lofting’s Dr. Dolittle? Hardly.
Song of Maize
by Gurdev Chauhan. Writers Club International. Pages
96. Rs 100.
by Onkar Thakur. Minerva. Pages 183. Rs 250.