Cryptic in Kashmir
Shalimar the Clown
Salman Rushdie. Random House. Pages 398. Rs 595.
IT’S impossible to read
a line like "an open city was a naked whore" without picturing
Salman Rushdie as Woody Allen’s Isaac Davis in Manhattan, pushing his
spectacles back up the bridge of his nose, wiping the sweat from his
fevered brow and peering down at the typewriter, feeling sheer delight
at the bombast of his own prose.
Mind of the massacre man
The Butcher of Amritsar: General Reginald Dyer
by Nigel Collett. Rupa. Pages 575. Rs 295.
WE all know him for what
he did—butchering civilians at Jallinawala Bagh in 1919—which put
him in the hall of infamy the world over and effectively ended his
military career. He, however, was not someone who hated Indians; he had,
rather, not only been born and brought up in India, but he also spent
most of his time with his Indian troops and learnt their languages to
communicate better with them.
Harsh A. Desai
Evoking H.M. Seervai:
Jurist and Authority on the Constitution of India.
Compiled for his Centenary
by Feroza H. Seervai. Published by Feroza H. Seervai. Pages 354. Rs525.
THE book has been compiled
and published by eminent jurist Homi Seervai’s wife Feroza for his
birth centenary. Seervai was born on December 5, 1906. The book is in four parts:
recollection by lawyer friends, family friends and family members;
Seervai’s articles, papers and memoranda; tributes by Seervai; and
letters written to and by Seervai.
An experience called life
The Ocean in my Yard
by Saleem Peeradina.
Penguin. Pages 229. Rs 250.
AN introspective and first
person account of growing up in Bombay, the author Peeradina takes us on
a journey, which is not so much about the physical aspect of it as it is
about the still dynamic creation of Saleem Peeradina, the poet, artist,
teacher and compulsive watcher of people.
The poet who misread the
Blood Kindred: W. B. Yeats,
the Life, the Death, the Politics.
W. J. McCormack. Pimlico, London. Pages 482. £ 8.50.
NOBEL Laureate William
Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is one of the greatest litt`E9rateurs of the 20th
century. His personality has endless fascination for biographers. Blood
Kindred serves as his political biography. W. J. McCormack claims to
lay bare Yeats’ "political unconscious" and the
investigation of "affinities largely denied in life", which
various biographers failed to examine.
Stage for picking holes
Collected Plays: Volume
Two—Screen, Stage and Radio Plays
by Mahesh Dattani Penguin. Pages 572. Rs
THE 10 plays by India’s
best-known English playwright, Mahesh Dattani, make you ponder, shaking
you out of your reverie and making you doubt your own staunchly held,
urban middle class beliefs. Is this not what Dattani excels at? Picking
holes in the social milieu and unravelling hypocrisy, intolerance,
emotions and concerns, he attempts to get to the core of disquieting
aspects of a society that would rather not face up to its collective
contradictions of a skewed value system.
Chetan’s second call
AUTHOR Chetan Bhagat,
whose first book Five-Point Someone on IIT underdogs was a
runaway bestseller last year, is ready with his second book on the hot
and happening topic of BPOs. To be released by Rupa
next month, One Night @ The Call Center is already trendily
shortened to ON@TCC.
Main Sare da Sara
by Halwarvi Tarlochan Publishers,
Chandigarh. Pages 160. Rs 150
by Jaswant Deed. Lokgeet
Chandigarh. Pages 118. Rs 150
A long poem by
Harvinder. Lokgeet Prakashan. Pages 231. Rs 250
18 Real Life Stories of
Great Valour and Bravery
by Nupur Majumder. Unistar,
Chandigarh. Pages 80. Rs 175
Memory, Mind & Body
by Biswaroop Roy
Chowdhury. Fusion Books. Pages: 285. Rs 195.
The Armchair Sikh
by Gajinder Singh. MS
Manbir G. Singh, Mohali. Pages 186. Rs 285.