The Tribune stood
up for Bhagat Singh
Dutt gives an account of The Tribune reports on Bhagat
Singhís last days, which are being documented in the 10 volumes on the
newspaper and one politician truly fought a public battle against the
unfair trial of patriots Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The paper
was the The Tribune and the politician was Jinnah," says
historian K.C. Yadav, former Head of the Department of History,
man, the purpose
Tryst with Martyrdom: Trial of
Madan Lal Dhingra
by Malwinder Jit Singh Waraich and Kuldip Puri. Unistar. Pages 160.
Lal Dhingra, born in a rich family of doctors in Amritsar in1883,
was the earliest to lay his life in the path of the freedom struggle
when he was hanged on August 17, 1909, in a British jail. Later, Kartar
Singh Sarabha in 1916, Bhagat Singh in 1931, Sewa Singh Thikriwala in
1935 and Udham Singh in 1940 also became known for their courage to rise
against British imperialism.
close and personal
R. L. Singhal
On the Fringes of Government
by Arigupudi Premchand
UBSPD, New Delhi. Pages 372. Rs 395.
book is an autobiographical account of the authorís chequered
career as a student, university lecturer, central government official
and member of the staff of the International Monetary Fund, spanning
over five decades. Even after retirement from the IMF, he has been
working as a financial consultant for several international
organisations and is happily settled in Irvine, Southern California.
(1894-1955), first Director-General of the CSIR, came at a time when
science was greeted with a sense of mission, but literature was still
valued. Encouragement and recognition were sought from the colonial
empire, not as an end in itself, but as a prelude to nation building.
of centuries past
Chasing the Monkís Shadow
by Mishi Saran. Penguin. Pages 446. Rs 495.
do you say of a book that
takes you on a trip to trace the footsteps of the Chinese monk Xuanzang,
is an engaging and racy historical account of the seventh century AD and
lends an interesting perspective to places, people and words? Only, that
it is extraordinarily gripping.
magic still holds
Harbir K. Singh
The Diwali Nose and other
by Anuradha Khati Rajivan.
Rupa, New Delhi. Pages 75. Rs 70.
good collection of short stories, The Diwali Nose and other Marathi
Tales, has tales that have been passed down the generations. We all
have either read these tales or heard these from our grandmothers or
narrated these to our children. These are all very interesting,
fascinating and colourful tales of characters that regale children with
their antics and make elders smile.
wins the cartoons war
The Long Road Home
One Step at a Time
by G.B. Trudeau. Andrew McMeel Publishing. Pages 93. $ 9.95
me a new Doonesbury book by
G.B. Trudeau is always a matter of celebration. And, when I got The
Long Road Home ó One Step at a Time, the story of the former
American football coach B.D. whose leg has been amputated following an
RPG attack on his Humvee outside Fallujah, I wondered what Trudeau would
do with this one.
years late and a bestseller
unassuming retired lecturer is behind the French literary
sensation of the summer, having rescued the forgotten last novel of the
19th century epic novelist Alexandre Dumas from the dustbin of history. Claude
Schopp, who has devoted 30 years to the study of every aspect of the
authorís flamboyant life, stumbled across a first clue to the
existence of a lost work in the late 1980s. The discovery in the
national archives of a handwritten letter by Dumas set Schopp off on a
paper trail of clues worthy of the Da Vinci Code, the summerís
of the book
by Paulo Coelho. Harper
Pages 342. Rs 295.
day a renowned author
discovers that his wife, a war correspondent, has disappeared leaving no
trace. Though time brings more success and new love, he remains
mystified ó and increasingly fascinated ó by her absence.
by Stephen Leather. Hodder
Headline. London. Pages 520. £ 3.00.
Roisin Mc Auley. Headline.
Pages 374. £2.99
Book of my Mother
by Albert Cohen. Rupa. Pages
124. Rs 195.
The Rupa Book of
Ed Ruskin Bond. Pages 195. Rs