The Illustrated History of the Sikhs
by Khushwant Singh.
Oxford. Pages 280. Rs 2,500.
go, this is a short one, considering that Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of
Sikhism, was born less than five and a half centuries ago. It has been
chronicled several times, notably by the late Dr Hari Ram Gupta.
However, the most popular account has been Khushwant Singh's A
History of the Sikhs, which was first published almost three
Subhas Chandra Bose: the Man and his Times
by Lt-Gen Eric Vas (retd).
Lancer Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi.
Pages 269. Rs 695.
was one man in India’s freedom struggle who fascinated milliona
irrespective of their religion, caste or language, it was Subhas Chandra
Bose who received unabashed hero-worship from his followers. If Mahatma
Gandhi represented the noble spirit of the country, Subhas was the
living symbol of national unity and the aspirations of the nation.
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
by Marina Lewycka.
Viking/Penguin. Pages 325. 9.
father, feuding sisters, disputes over a will or lack thereof might
sound like a script out of any typical family melodrama. Besides the
title, what really sets Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in
Ukranian apart you might wonder.
facts in memoirs
what standards of accuracy
is a writer of memoir required to observe?
That question is at the center of a storm now blowing around James Frey,
author of the best-selling, Oprah-endorsed A Million Little Pieces,
which purports to be about his history of substance abuse. Many of his
readers have described his book, which has sold more than two million
copies according to The New York Times, as inspirational.
I Promise to be a Good Girl,
by Kamini Banga. Penguin.
Pages 97. Rs 150.
first attempt at a book of poetry, Kamini Banga’s work reads well. It
takes one on a "roller coaster" ride of hype, fear, anxiety,
despair, and then appropriate hope for those afflicted with cancer. The
book dispelled my otherwise firm belief that one should not dwell upon
those things, which perpetuate a negative line of thought. Banga who has
been successfully battling with breast cancer for the last 10 years
states that grieving is a big healer, as it helped her realise what must
stay and what she could leave behind.
very likeable oddball
by Karan Thapar
Wisdom Tree, N. Delhi.
Pages: ix + 232. Rs. 395
can one be while judging people, especially, when one hasn’t met them
in person. After that televised interrogation of the sports icon, Kapil
Dev, I’d developed a strong dislike for Karan Thapar. When I read a
couple of his pieces in the Hindustan Times, I labelled him as an
Anglophile and hence unpatriotic. Therefore, it was patriotic to ignore
his writings. The loss, I concluded after reading this volume, has been
a marathon, 10-day auction, Diane Setterfield, a French teacher from
Harrogate, has been paid 3800,000 by UK publishers and a further $1m
from a US publishing house for her debut novel The Thirteenth Tale. Setterfield’s
deal with Orion is one of the biggest fiction debuts of the year.
of the book
of No Nation
by Uzodinima Iweala. John
Pages 180 £ 6.25
During a brutal civil war in an unnamed country, a young boy’s world
is uddenly transformed. When war arrives in Agu’s village, his father
tells him, ‘Run! Run! Run!’ and Agu does run—straight into the
path of the rebels and their leader, the Commandant.
The Road to Dune
Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Hodder & Stoughton. Pages 494. £11.99
SIGNS & SIGNATURES
and fury of language
The dexterous use of
rhetoric lends vigour to Faulkner’s prose, writes Darshan
distinguishes man from
animal is language; otherwise, the appetites, the emotions and the
inclinations are virtually the same. Such critics like Leo Spitzer and
other stylistic critics have written in detail about the power of