The Philosophy of Vivekananda
ed. Rekha Jhanji. Aryan Books International, New Delhi.
Pages XX+206. Rs 495.
in his teachings synthesised ‘immense idealism’ of the Advaita
Vedanta with ‘immense practicality’ of our workaday life. The
outcome of such a synthesis is a philosophy, which far from being
abstruse and abstract compendium of theories understandable only to the
experts becomes a ‘living-poetic’ that can be grasped even by a
child. He believed that "out of hopelessly intricate mythology must
come concrete moral forms."
Great lives, great
Nearer Heaven Than Earth
by Girish N Mehta. Rupa.
Pages 815. Rs 995.
essence of this remarkable volume is the sublime, aesthetic feeling it
evokes. It is not because it has any great craftsmanship or any usually
recognised literary merits of a biography; in fact, the author’s
artlessness and his avoidance of literary pretension turn out to be its
strengths. What more should you need when the subject of the book is the
union of two great lives rooted in the fusion of science and
Gentleman’s game no
Not Quite Cricket
by Pradeep Magazine.
Penguin. Pages 158. Rs 200.
Cricket is a ‘religion’ in India and
its stars are treated like gods. They are idols who can do no wrong, or
more aptly, are not allowed to. They have to win every game, day in and
day out, and bring glory to the nation. The country tends to forget that
its icons are human, made of the same flesh and blood, who cannot always
perform the same way, unlike machines.
Violence of our times
From Mathura to Manorama: Resisting Violence Against Women in India
by Kalpana Kannabiran and Ritu Menon. Women Unlimited and International
Centre for Ethnic Studies, New Delhi. Pages 201. Rs 300.
In today’s world, with its rhetoric of
liberalism and human rights, equality and gender mobilisation, it has to
be emphasised that sexual violence against women continues unabated:
rape, "honour" killings, dowry murders through the bursting of
countless kerosene stoves across the country, violence in areas of armed
conflict, foeticide, victimisation by the state, the warped edicts and
viciousness of village panchayats, the prejudice of law, all are in need
of urgent redressal.
world – for better or worse
Sridhar K Chari
How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalisation
by Nayan Chanda Penguin Viking. Pages 391. Rs 525.
Chanda has produced a sweeping, highly readable epic narrative of a
globalised human civilisation that has always been bound together, much
before it articulated for itself a concept of "globalisation."
Faulks takes up where
Fleming left off
He is a writer known for his emotional
insights into human character and it is not uncommon for him to spend up
to five years painstakingly researching his books. So when Sebastian
Faulks was asked to write a one-off James Bond story in celebration of
the centenary of the birth of the spy writer Ian Fleming, he felt he had
to reveal his limited knowledge of the genre.
Games Hitler played
On the face of it, the XIth Olympiad in
Berlin in 1936 was a triumph for the Nazi government and its leader,
More focus on learning
Hindi in US
A new US study seeks more support from all
levels of the US education system to develop an integrated approach to
learning certain "critical need" languages, including Hindi
Book hints at KGB’s
role in Kennedy killing
A former American spy’s book has reportedly thrown new light on the
November 22, 1963 assassination of former U.S. President John Fitzgerald
Kennedy. Tennent H Bagley, a former CIA case officer, has suggested in
his book Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games, that
Russia’s KGB may have actually had a role in recruiting Lee Harvey
Oswald to assassinate Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, 44 years ago.
A better pill to
Better by Atul Gawande Metropolitan Books. Pages 288. `£12.99
This is a book about failure: how it
happens, how we learn from it, how we can do better. Although its focus
is medicine, its message is for everybody. Against expectations, that
turns out to be hugely, enthrallingly optimistic. Atul Gawande is a
surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s hospital, Boston. He is also –
and this could only happen in America - a staff writer on The New
Yorker. He sees medicine from the inside, but with an outsider’s
perspective. His book is riveting: packed with insights, its luminous
prose lifting effortlessly off the page.
Back of the book
by Martina Cole, Headline.
Pages 505.£ 6.
Patrick Brodie is on the way up. He is a
chancer but, unlike his drunkard father, he wants to make sure that
anything he accrues stays close by. He also knows exactly how far he is
prepared to go to get what he wants. And he wants it all. Now, before
long, Patrick has taken out the old guard and become a legend in his own