V N Datta
Select Documents on Partition of Punjab-1947, India and Pakistan,
Punjab, Haryana and Himachal-India, and Punjab-Pakistan
edited by Dr Kirpal Singh. National Book Shop, Delhi. Revised and
enlarged edition. Pages LXXVI + 789. Rs 995.
In his preface to the volume
under review, Dr. Kirpal Singh writes that his present work is a revised
and enlarged edition of his compilation which was published in 1991. The
partition of Punjab has been a special field of Dr Singh’s study and
research ever since he produced his Ph.D. thesis on it. Thereafter, he
went to England to collect and compile his material to form a book.
and satirical vignettes of life
by Parashuram (Rajshekhar Bose). Translated from Bengali by Sukanta
Chaudhuri and Palash Baran Pal. Penguin. Pages 306. Rs. 295.
I don’t remember if ever I
laughed going through any book more than pursuing Selected Stories
by Rajshekhar Bose, a legend in Bengali short story of the 20th
century. One smiles, chuckles and quite often enjoys a hearty laugh. The
collection in hand presents an excellent glimpse of well-crafted stories
enriched with a marvellous variety of characters.
not a woman
Janani:Mothers, Daughters, Motherhood
Sage. Pages 197. Rs 280
There is, perhaps, nothing more undervalued than a mother and her love.
In all her glory, a mother is the quintessential woman who gladly
sacrifices her all for her child. A paragon of virtue, an archetypal
mother cannot have dreams of her own, for only in their absence can she
nurture her child as expected of her.
bestselling writers work
Discipline. You need it in November,
and you need it to create any work of art, novel or otherwise. Prolific
crime author George Pelecanos never wrote a lick of fiction before he
was 31, then wrote his first eight books while holding down a full-time
By Guru Kay
Srishti Publishers: New Delhi. Pages 307. Rs 145.
Guru Kay is a pseudonym for Lt Col Manveet Singh. A serving commissioned
officer of the Indian Army, he has successfully woven his wide-ranging
experience gained through seventeen years of service in diverse parts of
the country in this fictional debut.
western industrial model does not work anymore’
Novelist, historian and
political philosopher, John Ralston Saul, is a unique man and a thinker
of Renaissance potential in today’s modern age. In his latest, very
celebrated, book: The Collapse of Globalism And the Reinvention of
the World, Saul expounds his theory declaring that globalisation
like many great geo-political ideologies is stone dead today. He
examines, in an unsparing manner, where the world is headed to in the
chaos that has followed this massive development.
life like a champ
My Fight Back from Death’s Door
by V. Chandrasekhar
East West Books, Chennai. Pages ix+121. Rs 150.
When limbs are strong and reflexes
panther-like, when one is in the prime of youth and is blessed with rare
talent, success in the chosen field is a foregone conclusion, especially
when one is ambitious, focused and hard working enough. But when
adversity strikes only a true champion has enough grit to overcome. This
is the story of the iconic Venugopal Chandrasekhar, the former national
table tennis champion who earned the Arjuna Award as well as lifetime
achievement award. He was striding towards the acme when the cruel blow
of fate in the form of negligence by a reputed hospital turned this
potential world-beater into a vegetable.
world of letters
C. D. Verma
History has it that Sparta and Athens, the two neighbouring city states
in ancient Greece, had been at war for many years. Eventually, the
Athenian rulers wrote a letter to Sparta threatening: "If we reach
Sparta, we will destroy you. Therefore surrender." The Spartan
Assembly discussed the letter and decided to send the following one-line
reply: "If you reach Sparta!" This is a laconic letter. The
term ‘laconic’ denotatively means Spartan, who had the reputation
for terseness of speech, involving the use of minimum of words, concise
to the point of seeming rude or mysterious.
Admirers of late shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan and lovers of Indian
classical music can leaf through a monograph on the musical legend. The
autographed monograph was launched in India recently.
of the book
Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Marketing
by Kaleem Mohammed Khan and
Mohammed Naved Khan
Response Books. A division of Sage Publications. Pages 352. Rs 550
In the dynamic field of marketing, new
terms, concepts and techniques are emerging everyday. Keeping track of
them is very difficult, if not impossible. This dictionary serves as a
comprehensive guide to understanding marketing, its lexicon and usage.
Marketing is discussed in all its dimensions, going beyond just the
meaning of words to their etymology, nuances and current significance.