Muhammad: A Prophet for
by Karen Armstrong. Harper Press. Pages 249.
introduction primarily because it can easily raise hackles today. The
gentler and rational followers of Islam probably understand this better
than any other people. Karen Armstrong’s biography of Prophet Muhammad
is an excellent and simply written ‘source’ on a religion that
preaches compassion above all else.
Special Topics in Calamity
by Marisha Pessl. Penguin. Pages 514. £ 2.99.
THE hallmarks of a
riveting mystery don’t let your thoughts wander and make sure that you
keep turning the pages, not allowing you to put it down before you reach
the very end. A sense of euphoria engulfs you and keeps you that way for
at least some time. You can feel the anticipation, the hurt and the
ecstasy of the characters as your own.
and Human Development in India
by K.S. Chalam. Sage.
Pages 210. Rs 275.
India is a common phenomenon and the latest clashes among Gujjars and
Meenas in Rajasthan, which had started over the issue of reservation and
turned into a bloody caste conflict over the former’s demand for
inclusion into the Scheduled Tribe list, have once again brought this
issue to the fore. What should be done to avoid such situations?
Surgeon’s-eye view of
Himmat Singh Gill
The History of the Sikhs
by W.L.M’Gregor. Rupa. Pages 376. Rs 595.
Originally written in 1846
by a British army surgeon, who was present in the Anglo-Sikh wars of the
time, and incorporating the biographies of the Sikh Gurus and Maharaja
Ranjeet Singh, this reprint retains the original, somewhat quaint
spellings, which have been reproduced in this review.
The doctrine of karma
What you would Like to
Know About Karma
by J.P. Vaswani. Sterling. Pages 161. Rs 85.
WHAT is karma? Is
there life after death? Do we have any control over our destiny? These
are some of the questions the mankind has pondered over since eternity.
The theory of karma is a very complex topic, which the author has
chosen to write about. It is as an ancient a topic as our civilisation,
and as complicated as this universe.
Short stories in short
Zafri Mudasser Nofil
the novel a preferred
choice for publishers than the short story? Yes to some extent, say a
few writers but according to publishers it all depends on the work and
there are no generalisations. "Short fiction has always got the short shrift. I think in the West
they have kind of settled the issue, but in India even today only a
novelist is considered a serious writer of fiction," says
Delhi-based author Shinie Antony, who has written two volumes of short
stories—Barefoot And Pregnant and Planet Polygamous—and
one novel, Kardamom Kisses.
A Bible for soccer lovers
Almanack of World Football
by Guy Oliver Headline London. £ 12.
THE World Cup Football
Championship for the Jules Rimet Trophy offers such a wide and panoramic
canvas that it provides fodder for many a book, though the Almanac of
World Football 2007 beats them all, for the sheer volume of
information it carries.
Aparna M. Sridhar
Tarbela Damned –
by C.N. Anand. Indialog
Publications, New Delhi. Pages 192. Rs 195.
Tarbela Damned –
Pakistan Tamed is a racy work of fiction set amidst political and
social crises in the sub-continent. It is the kind of book one would
want to read while waiting for delayed flights or on long tedious train
journeys. It is a heady mixture of diplomacy, terrorism and
inter-continental intelligence, with a fairy-tale ending in which India
brings Pakistan to heel.
Bridget Jones not worried about Mr Right
new study has crushed the Bridget Jones myth by suggesting that many
single women are happy with their status, and get all the closeness they
need from friends, family and so-called ‘buddies’. Dr Roona Simpson
interviewed dozens of women about their lifestyles and attitudes and
found that the vast majority were too busy with their careers and social
lives to be bothered about their Mr Right.
Back of the book
The Adoption by Dave Hill
Headline. Pages 312. £
Companions of Paradise
by Thalassa Ali, Headline.
Pages 334. £ 6.00