Daughters of the Empire: A Memoir of Life and Times in the British
by Iris Macfarlane. Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Pages 165. Rs
book contains Iris Macfarlane’s memoirs of four generations of British
memsahibs who settled in India during the days of the Raj. As her son,
Alan Macfarlane, was to write later: "It was an extraordinary
moment in history, when a small band of middle-class ladies held
together the greatest Empire on earth, to their private cost and
of faith, facts and fiction
The Order of Light
by Haroon Moghul Penguin. Rs 250 Pages 274
Moghul’s book is a discourse on the predicament of the Islamic world.
The opening chapter "The end of Islam" which encapsulates the
Arab world’s stormy history could be turgid reading. The militarily
weak Arab world’s sad history of humiliation at the hands of
well-armed crusaders tugs at the heartstrings.
Free Expression is No Offence
ed Lisa Appignanesi. Penguin. Pages 259. £ 4.50.
essays, one issue, brilliantly discussed. Penguin brings us a new
collection as part of its 70th anniversary celebration. This
collection of essays has been compiled in association with English PEN,
part of an international organisation that champions freedom of
expression and the "right of writers, artists and anyone to say
whatever they feel without fear of persecution or penalty".
The Second Nose and Other
by Yashpal. Translated by Anand. Rupa and Co. Pages 189. Rs 195.
into English by Anand, a print and broadcast journalist, The Second
Nose and Other Stories incorporate Yashpal’s 15 short stories. If
Munshi Premchand soared above all the writers in the Hindi literary
world in the first half of the 20th century, Yashpal (1903-76) dominated
the literary scene in the second half.
the recipe for this cook
Food is Home. The Little Book of Italian Cooking.
by Sarjano. Penguin. Pages 269. Rs. 250
sauces, gnocchi, lasagne, chicken soup, focaccia, spaghetti, farfelle,
and risotto might be mouth-watering but not as much as this book by
Sarjano is. The author and master
chef, whose repertoire incorporates journalism and photography, runs the
International Academy of Italian Cooking in Goa.
The Colour of Mehndi
by Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi. Frog Books. Page 248. Rs 300.
Pasha-Zaidi, a graduate in language education and educational
psychology, works as an online instructor in Arizona. Her book, The
Colours of Mehndi, is based on a Pakistani-American Woman,
Nazli Akram, who suffers from the obsessive-compulsive disorder, which
is marked by depression and low self-esteem.
pursuit of growth
D. S. Cheema
Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Ideas to Execution
by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble. Harvard Business School Press.
Pages 224. $ 29.95.
today’s fast changing and complex marketplace, business is breaking
all rules as innovation is becoming increasingly critical to its
success. Many corporations fail in creating value for investors when
they reach the maturity stage not due to lack of ideas but due of lack
of skills to execute those ideas.
of two Peter Pans
more than a century, the fans of J.M. Barrie’s classic story Peter
Pan have had a few mysteries to ponder over. Now a century after the
story first caught the public’s imagination, two rival publications
are jockeying to proffer answers.
Voice for Human Rights,
edited by Kevin Boyle, is an annotated collection of Mary Robinson’s
speeches, given when she served as U.N. High Commissioner for Human
Rights. The book also provides the
first in-depth account of the work of the Office of High Commissioner.
World of words
The Special Correspondent
by Dilip Awasthi Viva Books, N. Delhi.
Pages: viii+190. Rs 295.
edited by Nalini Rajan
Sage, N. Delhi. Pages: viii+358. Rs 450.