Off the shelf
Archaeologists and monuments
V. N. Datta
The Discovery of
Ancient India, Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology
by Upinder Singh. Permanent Black, New Delhi. Pages XIX + 318. Rs 695
discovery of India's past? I think that the primary purpose of this
enquiry is to describe and illuminate the rise, the scope and the
methods adopted in the study of the 18th and 19th century Indian
archaeology not as a branch of literature, but as a component of
quite a tsunami
State of Fear
by Michael Crichton. HarperCollins. Pages 603. Rs 250.
all know that the weather
patterns in the world are likely to change catastrophically if global
warming is not arrested? Right? Well, not really. Crichton takes us on
(for) a ride through the complex world of concerned citizens, some sound
scientists, a loose collation of NGOs, which is feeding on a continued
state of fear, that it helps generate through selective release of
information, and at times, disinformation, masquerading as simplified
Acting for Non-Resident Indian Clients
by Anil Malhotra, Ranjit MaIhotra and Rambert de Mello.
Jordan Publishing Ltd., Bristol. Pages XI+282. Price not stated.
bare perusal of the book under review instantly reveals that it deals
with issues of familial relations that often arise in the context of
non-resident Indians (NRIs)-the Indians who have migrated to the UK or
other countries, including Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Managing India's Small
by V. Padmanand and V.G. Patel. Response Books, New Delhi. Pages 203. Rs
an in-depth and comprehensive guide to solving the problems faced by
small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in today's fast changing business
environment. As the authors have very aptly put it, innovation and being
technically competent is one thing but a grim battle for survival in a
global economy is quite another.
daughter with love
Belu Jain Maheshwari
Two Alone, Two Together:
Letters between Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru 1922-64
edited by Sonia Gandhi.
Pages 608. Rs 595.
is an art, which is not only about penning words on paper, but also
about expression, spontaneity and creativity. Jawaharlal Nehru's letters
to his only child, daughter Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi, had been
published in a book form and became a classic glimpses of world history.
The letters written from jail imparts knowledge on world civilisations
and its history.
Susan Sontag wrote a number of novels, but it was as an essayist that
she made her greatest literary impact. For instance, Notes on Camp,
which spoke of gay aesthetics, established her as a major new writer.
Sontag, the writer and activist who died recently, was a fierce critic
of US foreign policy. Sontag, the
daughter of a fur-trader, wrote 17 books, including the influential 1964
study on gay aesthetics called Notes on Camp. But in the recent
years it was her outspoken opposition to the Bush administration’s
so-called war on terror that drew most attention.
as a terminal condition
Three Dog Night.
by Peter Goldsworthy. Penguin.
Pages 341. Rs 350
is a compulsive obsession.
To wreck such love is also a compulsive obsession. The way it turns out
between the narrator Martin Blackman, his wife Lucy Piper and his
once-close-now-hostile buddy Felix is richly but wrenchingly rendered by
Peter Goldsworthy in his Three Dog Night.
by Ganesh Saili. Roli Books, Delhi. Pages 144. Rs 395.
do you write about someone
who has already drawn on his life while writing his books? A writer who
is also much written about, Ruskin Bond has a tremendous fan following
and his readers would probably familiar with almost every episode
narrated in this biography authored by Ganesh Saili.
Cry of the
Nagare Ki Tarah Bajte Hain
by Nirmala Putul. Bharatiya
Gyanpeeth. Pages: 95. Price: Rs 40
is a collection of poems by Nirmala Putul dedicated to the culture of
Santhals. A nomadic tribe, Santhals have for long been relegated to
obscurity. The poetess, who also
belongs to a tribe from the Santhal area, has been working with the
Kya to Samay
by Arun Dev. Bharatiya Gyanpeeth
The Malgudi Man
Darshan Singh Maini
pioneering trioka of the
Indian Novel in English — Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao and R.K. Narayan
— brought the Indian Novel to a point of ripeness. Narayan created the land
of Malgudi out of his imagination. His Malgudi is located in the deep
South, and is peopled by village folk, small-town shopkeepers, petty
officials and their kind. Narayan’s aim is not to sermonise, but to
show how evil cannot last for long, and he does this through drama and
dialogues not through argument or counsel.