epistles on Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir, 1949-64.
Select Correspondence between Jawaharlal Nehru and Karan Singh
by Karan Singh. Penguin/Viking. Pages 374. Rs. 595
product of Doon School and Delhi University, Karan Singh is a
multifaceted scholar. He made a deep study of Hinduism, in which his
proficiency in Sanskrit was naturally handy; he chose Sri Aurobindo’s
life and work as the subject for his doctoral thesis.
the Golden Gate
Twenty years after Vikram
Seth’s book created waves in India and abroad, Harsh
A. Desai doffs his hat to the Golden Gate
is 20 years since it was published and I stumbled upon it in a little
corner book shop on 116th Street and Broadway in New York across
Columbia University where I was a student. I picked it up, enjoyed it
and enjoyed it again.
not write with the audience in mind’
Vikram Seth, in a telephonic
interview from London, talks to Harsh A. Desai
about the process behind the writing of his first novel
The Goenka Letters: Behind the
scenes in The Indian Express
by T.J.S. George East West Books (Madras) Pvt. Ltd. Pages 239. Rs 250.
T.J.S. George, editor of the book, wrote pithily in his not-so-brief
introduction to the book, "Ramnath Goenka was not the founder of
the Indian Express. But he was overwhelmingly the Father of the Express".
The letters published in the volume were
selected from nine boxes of Goenka’s letters, Manoj Kumar Sonthalia,
chairman and managing director of The New Indian Express,
inherited following the partition of the Goenka estate in 1995.
Sumit Runs Away
by Mahesh Suvarna Frog. Pages 249. Rs 300
young boys pass through their college years.... The narrator and his
classmate Sumit, are different from each other. Whereas the narrator is
reclusive and an introvert, Sumit is a typical college bully, leading a
pack of frivolous college boys.
to STEM backwardness
Muslims in Indian Economy
by Omar Khalidi. Three Essays Collective. Pages 240. Rs. 575
absolutely fascinating book, for the depth of its research and the
authors’ ability to discover hard-to-find information about the
economic status of Muslims in India. It also is quite depressing the way
that Muslims have been sidelined in our economy.
of a classic
say great stories never age. Charlotte’s Web is a case in
point. With the movie set to hit the screens near you soon, there has
never been a better time to revisit the book. The
inspiration for the movie is the E.B. White classic Charlotte’s Web.
The book, which was first published in 1952, tells the story of a spider
named Charlotte and her friendship with a pig named Wilbur.
with inner spaces
Over the Edge
by Randhir Khare Rupa. Pages 288. Rs. 295.
novel deals with three things—the process of writing, human
relationship, and the unconscious. It takes up these issues on two
different planes. One is the stable sequential narrative—the story of
the coming of Biren, a writer, to Calcutta and his subsequent
interaction with different characters; the other is that of the
by Rama Gupta New Dawn Press. Pages 166. Rs 500.
by Karan Singh Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Mumbai. Pages: XII + 75. Rs 90
by Medha S. Rajadhyaksha National Book Trust.
xiii + 124. Rs 55