rivers, five centuries
V. N. Datta
Pre-colonial and Colonial Punjab: Society,
Economy, Politics and Culture:
Essays for Indu Banga.
Five Centuries of Sikh Tradition
ed. Reeta Grewal and Sheena Pal, Manohar, New Delhi. Pages 498 and 394.
Rs 1195, 975, respectively.
two felicitation volumes are presented to Dr Indu Banga as a bouquet
de fleurs by her pupils, colleagues, social scientists, and eminent
historians, Irfan Habib, J. S. Grewal, John C. B. Webster, Harish K.
Puri, K. L. Tuteja and others in recognition of her contribution to
historical knowledge, especially regarding Punjab. Dr Banga has carried
on the tradition sustained by J. D. Cunningham, Sita Ram Kohli, Hari Ram
Gupta and Ganda Singh.
step with tradition
Sridhar K Chari
Indian Classical Dances
by Shovana Narayan Shubhi Publications, Rs 3500. Pages 240.
various traditions of classical Indian dance are cherished by a select
following, but there is a wider audience out there crying out to be
introduced to their distinctive elements, their subtleties and nuances,
and indeed, the very building blocks with which these rich art forms are
constructed. Shovana Narayan’s book is tailor-made for that audience.
a woman's life worse
me a masochist, but I spent a recent weekend reading a book called Women
Who Make the World Worse: and How their Radical Feminist Assault Is
Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports. I
knew I really should have been dusting the blades of my ceiling fan, but
after months of hearing about author Kate O’Beirne and her
"battles with the man-hating ‘sisterhood’, " I figured it
was time I saw what the fuss was about.
My Sainted Aunts
Bulbul Sharma. Penguin. Pages 176. Rs 200.
Sainted Aunts is a delightful, yet thought provoking
collection of short stories by Bulbul Sharma. Stories revolve around
emancipation of women in pre-Independence India. Her protagonists embark
upon journeys and acquire changed mindset. Tongue-in-cheek narrative
makes the anthology appealing.
you whine about having to go to school? Some mornings, does your mom
yell at you to get moving? William
Shakespeare felt your pain, and wrote about it, 400 years ago! His
description of an unhappy student, "creeping like (a) snail
unwillingly to school," comes from As You Like It, one of
the 39 plays he is credited with writing.
Kraft Foods, recipes never include words like "dredge" and
"saute." Betty Crocker recipes avoid "braise" and
"truss." Land O’ Lakes has all but banned "fold"
and "cream" from its cooking instructions. And Pillsbury
carefully sidesteps "simmer" and "sear."
The Joy of Mental Health: Some popular writings of
Dr N.N. Wig
Edited by Dr K.J.S.Chatrath. Mental Health Forum.
Servants of the People society. Pages 215. Rs 250.
THE human mind is the most
fascinating creator. It weaves its own hell or heaven. We all have our
share of such swings of emotions. In an era of pop spirituality and a
market laden with escapist, inspirational books; this one by an
established eminent specialist is most welcome.
has virtually killed sports literature in India, with books on cricket
plummeting a whopping 90 percent in the last decade, a leading publisher
says. The reading culture itself
has drastically fallen in the country - and the worst hit is cricket
literature, according to Theo Braganza of niche publisher Marine Sports.
Verse gets better
Surinder S. Tej
Ik Kuknoos Hor
by Pritam Singh Rahi Ravi Sahit
Amritsar Pages 352, Rs.300
Parchhavian Di Khushboo
by Sukhdev Singh Grewal Lokgeet
Chandigarh Pages 107, Rs.100
Udai Ton Ast Hon
by Jagmohan Singh Prageet Prakashan, Mohali
Pages 112, Rs.125
Back of the book
The Critical Space Studies in Literature,
Theory, Nationalism and Diaspora
by Manjit Inder Singh National Publishing House,
Jaipur. Pages 259. Rs 575
The Complete Indian Wine
by Dr Aakash Singh Rathore Roli books.
Pages 175. Rs 295