Rise of a
The Ranbaxy Story
by Bhupesh Bhandari. Penguin, Viking.
Pages 240. Rs 450.
first suspicion a book of this sort arouses is:"Is it company
sponsored?" The sedond is : "Is it a PR job?" The
answer to both is: not exactly. The writer does view Ranbaxy and its
founders more often in praise than an impartial narrator should, but the
company’s rise from its humble origins to its present status does
the past haunts
by Shonali Bose. Penguin. Pages 142. Rs 200.
in words: this is what comes to mind on reading Amu. A novel
based on a movie is in itself rare, what is rarer still is the pure
emotion that comes across both mediums to envelop you till you are one
of the characters yourself. Shonali
Bose first wrote the screenplay for her debut film Amu and then
rewrote it as a novel.
and Bharjaiji in Birmingham
A collection of Punjabi short stories
by Raghbir Dhand, translated and edited by Rana Nayar Unistar
Publishers, Chandigarh. Pages 220. Rs 295.
look at Ms Dilshad, the way she pretends all the time. You know, I went
to her house in Amritsar. My gosh! What a house it was? Full of
houseflies. They ordered some Fanta from the bazaar and forced the
bottles in our hands. Of course, my husband drank it out of sheer
politeness. But you know, how I hate such cheap stuff. I just gave away
my bottle to the chauffer…"
a sorry state
R. L. Singal
by Arun Joshi. Marshall Covendish Academic. Pages 260. $ 19.
today is a nuclear flashpoint after tests by India and Pakistan in 1998,
rise in Islamic fundamentalism and the consequent terrorism post 9/11,
and the extremely belligerent stance of the Pakistani leaders bordering
on insanity. This is a media observer’s perceptive of the vicissitudes
through which the unfortunate people of the state have passed during the
past more than 57 years.
Stages in history
Performing Artistes in
by Dr Iravati D.K. Printworld Pages: 292. Price: Rs.
IN absence of the Vedas
for certain sections of the society, Brahma created the fifth Veda-
the Natyaveda. Combining recitation from Rigveda, songs
from the Samaveda, histrionic expression from the Yajurveda
and sentiments from the Atharvaveda, the responsibility of
creating itihas was vested with sage Bharata.
Fire and ice on the
Roof of the World
Duel in the Snows
by Charles Allen Pages:350. £9.99
THE British invasion of
Tibet in 1903 was an imperial afterthought, a last expansion hatched by
Indian Viceroy Lord Curzon, who is always present at the distant end of
a beeline of just-erected telegraph poles, in this book. When young he
had approached the mystic East via neighbour states of the Raj, and saw
his charge as defending India from Russian adventuring in Central Asia.
P.G. Wodehouse continues
to hold sway over readers even 30 years after his death on Valentine’s
Day in 1975. R.C. Rajamani on
THE fans of P G Wodehouse
can never forget Lord Emsworth of the Blandings Castle, nor
Freddie Threepwodd, the happy-go-lucky uncle Fred. In Blandings
Castle, Freddie Threepwood’s future father-in-law is telling Lord
Emsworth that he is a millionaire, the owner of Donaldson’s dog
biscuits and that he proposes to offer Freddie a steady and lucrative
job in his firm.
The Luminous Sparks
by APJ Abdul Kalam Punya Publishing, Bangalore. Pages: 65. Rs 345
HE has risen literally
from India’s backwaters to the most exalted status that the polity can
offer. By dint of sheer merit he has become a national icon and role
model for India’s youth. APJ Abdul Kalam gained national esteem as a
scientist, and was entrusted with the completion of some extremely
sensitive military projects; but this is only one facet of his persona.
Bell, the chief inspector of schools, UK, warned that bad
behaviour was becoming an increasing problem in schools in the UK and
his latest comments round off a series of negative reports on the state
of the education system. Mr Bell
said lack of space had forced many schools to have their
"library" in an entrance hall or corridor, making it
impossible for children to use it properly to help with their