Mahatma’s vital concern
Brahmacharya: Gandhi & His Women Associates
by Girja Kumar
Publishing Pvt. Ltd
Pages 411. Rs 695
exhibition that visited our village during the centenary of Mahatma
Gandhi’s birth in 1969 depicted dozens of his photographs from that of
a toddler in Porbandar to his last journey on a gun carriage in New
Delhi. However, the image that remained etched in my mind was that of a
toothless old man with a beatific smile on his face and clutching at a
Harvest of nature
Democratizing Nature: Politics, Conservation, and Development in
by Ashwini Chhatre and Vasant K. Saberwal.
Press, New Delhi.
Pages 267. Rs 575.
Shiva has memorably said, the world’s resources are at the hands of a
small number of multinational companies who "want to sell our
water, our genes, our cells, our organs, our knowledge, our cultures and
War that was
The Iraq War: A Military History
by Williamson Murray and Maj Gen
Robert H. Scales Jr.
Natraj Publishers, Dehradun. Pages 312. Rs
The March 2003 invasion of Iraq had its roots
in the 1991 war to liberate Kuwait from the illegal occupation of Iraqi
forces and preempt any further adventure into Saudi Arabia. The
Americans and their numerous allies had spectacularly routed the Iraqi
forces and infrastructure in 1991 using air power in a way never seen
before in the history of warfare.
Sensitive societal narrative
Gulabi Talkies & Other
Penguin. Pages 227. Rs 250.
is the pen name of noted Kannada writer Janaki Srinivasa Murthy. She is
hailed by critics and readers alike for her prolific short stories,
poems, plays, biographies and translations. Her deep and compassionate
understanding of the inner world of women allows her to meaningfully
mirror the ordinariness of their lives, and yet eloquently depict their
resilience in the face of sorrow and poverty.
A classic whodunit
The Menagerie and
other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries
by Sreejata Guha
Penguin. Rs 295 Pages 315
Saradindu Bandyopadhyay created Byomkesh Bakshi’s character in 1932,
little did he expect him to become so popular that almost a century
later a translation of his work would be so welcome. The detective
branch of fiction was rather looked down upon in those days. But as is
true for the Indian psyche which gravitates towards most things termed
‘commercial’ topped with a little masala, this indigenised version
of Sherlock Holmes too, was soon lapped up.
Useful reckoner for
Media and Law
A Reporter's Handbook
by Swati Deshpande. Published
by AMIC-India and Unesco. Pages 206. Rs 50
The book could not have
come at a better time, because it is needed in the scenario where the
focus is on breaking news, sometimes at cost to professionalism. That
the writer, the legal correspondent of The Times of India for
seven years has put her experience to good use is apparent.
Wings of Fire goes magical
Illusionist Gopinath Muthukad has created a magical version of Wings
of Fire, the widely admired autobiography of President A.P.J. Abdul
Titled, Wings of Illusion, the new programme is going to
be the first magical translation given to the visionary’s
autobiography. Muthukad said this is a magical venture that visualises
the successful life story of Kalam, a boy who was born and brought up in
a rustic ambience of inadequacies but still became the country’s
Writers on the works that influenced them
You could think of it as a big bag of literary potato
chips. Bet you can’t read just one. In fact, there are 71 essays to
savour in The Book that Changed My Life (Gotham Books), a
compilation edited by Roxanne J. Coady, founder of R.J. Julia
Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, USA and Joy Johannessen, who has
been an editor at several major publishing houses. Every essay has
something interesting to say, and the books that are praised make a
valuable guide to good reading.
Last of the titans
Poochte hai vo ki JP kaun hai by Dr Chandra Trikha.
Publications, Chandigarh, PP ix+117, Paperback. Rs 150.
That the acclaimed hero of the Emergency is becoming a forgotten
"JP who?" for the 20-something young men and women of today is
enough to shock any witness to that era. Jayaprakash Narayan, who as a
poor student in Chicago had to sell fairness cream to take care of his
expenses, rose to dizzy heights in the Indian political firmament.
Of Mughals and the maharaja
Foreign Trade Under Mughals
by Dr Mohammad
Shree Publishers and Distributors, N.Delhi. Pages: V+184. Rs
History books tell us that the Indian subcontinent had trade
links with foreign lands even before 300 BC. With the passage of time,
offshore trade developed markedly enough to create Indian presence in
the Far-East as well as Central Asia, Arabia and elsewhere. Much
depended upon the attitudes of the rulers in determining the nature and
extent of trade.