OFF THE SHELF
V. N. Datta
Will the Iron Fence Save A Tree
Hollowed by Termites?
Defence Imperatives Beyond the Military.
by Arun Shourie. Rupa. Pages 587. Rs 595.
This big book (not the short one,
as the author claims), full of massive information, and overflowing with
facts and figures, focuses on the challenges, particularly military,
that India faces from her neighbouring countries: Pakistan, China and
The Spiral Staircase: A Memoir
HarperCollins, Pages 342 £13.50
IT was love at first reading –
Karen Armstrong’s Buddha: A Penguin Life. And that took me to Muhammad:
A Biography of the Prophet. The way she handled profound theological
questions in these thin volumes in an easy-to-comprehend layman’s
language was indeed amazing. When I read her, I felt as if I were
listening to a story narrated by my grandmother.
No, My Lord: A Window on India’s Realpolitik
by Hari Jai Singh; Siddharth Publications, Pages 531; Rs. 600.
For nine years Hari Jaisingh was
editor of The Tribune. All these years he brought under scrutiny
the goings on in the world and explained to his readers what those
happenings meant to the man in the street. This has not been an easy
task, to say the least. But his writings have made a profound effect on
the process of opinion-making in the north-western region of the
Gendered citizenship: Historical and Conceptual Explorations
by Anupama Roy. Orient Longman. Pages viii+291. Rs 550.
Anupama Roy’s work Gendered
Citizenship: Historical and conceptual explorations engages the
readers at two levels. While the first generally constitutes an
interesting and thought-provoking addition to the academic literature on
citizenship; the second is specifically of interest to Indian readers
since it provides an account of little-known facets of women’s diverse
engagements with the polity, both in colonial and contemporary India.
life among stars
Cilla Black: What’s it All About?
by Cilla Black. Ebury Press, London. Pages 406. £ 3.95.
Life’s mysteries and
uncertainties form the real subject of any autobiography. The
autobiography of Cilla Black, Britain’s pop star and TV icon, plays up
these factors to draw attention to her unique personality.
of the Orient
The Mortal Moon
translated by Chanda Atwal. Kapoor Investments Ltd, Canada. Pages 207.
These love stories (kissas)
of the Orient by famous writers/poets have been translated into English
by Chanda Atwal who is settled in Vancouver. Of the seven equally
captivating, I am dwelling on some, Sassi-Poonu
by Hashim is a famous traditional love story.
Shakespeare effect on Keats
Darshan Singh Maini
Though a very large number of
critics have written on the influence of the Bard of Avon on Keats, I
have perhaps a new view to offer.
Aalochak Ke Mukh Se – Namwar Singh
Ed. Khagendra Thakur; Rajkamal Prakashan, Pages 107, Rs. 125
There are not many people who have
influenced Hindi literature as much as Dr. Namwar Singh. At ease with
the written and the spoken word, he has been in the vanguard of
progressive literary movement. Because of his clarity of thought,
erudition and felicity with the spoken word, from his early days as a
historian of literature, he has been much sought after for delivering
Envisioning Empowered Nation
P J Abdul Kalam with A. Sivathanu Pillai. Tata-McGraw-Hill, New Delhi.
Pages: xxiv+255. Price: not stated.
Black Rose & other stories
by Anjali Khandwalla
(Translation: Pradip Khandwalla). Sanbun Publishers, New Delhi. Pages:
152. Rs. 150
by Prof Mohan Singh ‘Mahir’
(Translation: Dr. Raghbir S. Basi). Five Rivers Publishers Inc.,
Jalandhar. Pages: 111. Rs. 150