The Waiting Room
by Anupa Mehta. Penguin. Pages 156. Rs 195.
or illusion`85we Indians love to name our protagonists maya,
especially if the protagonist is slightly fey, whimsical and tragic. So
is the case with the female protagonist of this book, a tragic heroine,
being shoved from one experience of abuse to another.
You mean, there is no
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins. Bantam Press.
Pages 406. £8.50.
The basis of a belief in
God, in most cases, is fear of damnation, of hell, not love. The French
mathematician Blaise Pascal suggested that no matter how statistically
improbable the existence of God might be, there is safety in believing
that he exists. Why? Because if he does not exist, we lose almost
nothing; but if he does, then the penalty could be quite severe.
Exploits of a cyber
Big Apple 2 Bites
by Arunabha Sengupta. Frog Books, Mumbai. Pages 275. Rs 275.
Set in the US on either
sides of 9/11, Big Apple 2 Bites is a contemporary novel. The
name of the protagonist Anirudhdha Sen Sharma is quiet a mouthful, he is
simply referred to as Sen. He is a statistician holding a mundane job of
a consultant with Technomind, India. It is his job which brings him to
from Down Under
Himmat Singh Gill
by Margo Lanagan. Viva Books, New Delhi. Pages 218. Rs 160.
put it simply, Margo Lanagan's short stories are refreshing and
strikingly different in plot and content to what many writers of fiction
are penning today. Whether it is young adult fiction, a fantasy-packed
journey or plain reality mirroring the brutally taxing lives being led
by the middle class today, her tales are certainly unique and
Lead, follow, or
D. S. Cheema
by Sydney Finkelstein, Charles Harvey and Thomas Lawton. Tata
McGraw-Hill. Pages 346. Rs 450.
There are very few
companies, big or small, which keep winning year after year. Why is it
so, and what maintains their momentum? On the other hand, many companies
start with a lot of promise but fizzle out in due course of time. Why
and how do some companies taste long-term success and why some others
experience persistent failure?
The root of rebellion
by Nikita Lalwani. Viking. Pages
Nikita Lalwani was born in
Kota, Rajasthan in 1973 and raised in Cardiff. After several years of
directing factual television and documentaries at the BBC, she has
returned to writing fiction. Gifted is her first novel. She lives
Long on insight
Blind Manís Buff:
Scintillating Short Stories
by Chetan Joshi. Stellar. Pages
383. Rs 295.
In the preface to his
maiden collection of Scintillating Short Stories, the writer,
Chetan Joshi, justifies the strange title, Blind Manís Buff,
which pertains to a childrenís game : "The game begins when you
pick up the book... you senses, are, infact, sharper than ever, through
you are blinded to the world... browsing through the stories".
GRAHAM Greene was fond of
a practical joke. He once anonymously entered a competition for short
stories parodying his work and took second prize, beaten only by his
hand-corrected manuscript of Pearl S Buckís novel set in China, The
Good Earth, surfaced in a Philadelphia auction house 40 years after
it disappeared, US authorities said. The auction house had been asked to
estimate the value of the manuscript, but took it to the FBI, instead.
"The manuscript is considered to be priceless," said an FBI
statement. It was known to have been missing from the writerís
archives since at least 1966.
World Book Capital
After New Delhi and
Amsterdam now it is Beirut, which has made an impact. The United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has selected
Beirut as World Book Capital, 2009.
Back of the book
by John Francome Headline. Pages
314. £ 6.00.
by Michael Dobbs. Headline.
Pages 375. £ 6.00.
The Year of the
by Paul Doherty. Headline.
Pages 401. £ 2.99.