Story of free India
India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy
by Ramachandra Guha. Picador, New Delhi.
Pages 900. Rs 695.
latest history of contemporary India is a welcome read. Narrating the
history of India since Independence, it traces the transformation of
India from a colonial nation to the one that was socialist in name,
capitalist in cupidity and plain simple Gandhian in its desire to help
the downtrodden and involve everyone in governance.
All is nothing but
Vedanta and its Philosophical Development
by A. Ramamurty. D. K. Printworld (P) Ltd. Pages 151. Price not stated.
The sheer depth and
poetic quality of the Upanishads make them the highest
achievement of the Hindu philosophy and religion. However, the great
ideas of this tradition reach very few directly, most of us get a
glimpse of them through books like the Bhagavadgita.
Snapshots of tough women
The Illusion of Home
by Raji Narsimhan.
Promilla & Co., Publishers.
Pages 184. Rs 200.
The book takes a look at
the world of women separated from their moorings and trying to find
their way around. We could also define the book as a collage of stories
comprising snapshots of different women, who are really one woman, in
differing circumstances but with a common angst.
The facets of human life
Defining Moments: A Memoir
by Rajendra Shekhar. Rupa & Co.
Pages 263. Rs 395.
A memoir occupies a
legitimate place in the spectrum of autobiography. It customarily
highlights personalities and actions other than the writer’s own.
Likewise, Defining Moments by Rajindra Shekhar, a former DGP of
Rajasthan and former director of CBI, focuses on people and
episodes/events the author has known or witnessed.
A love no less
Running up the Hill
by Anita Krishan.
Pages 152. Price not stated.
people with pets will
instantly relate to the incidents in the book, but for others, it may
seem like a whole lot of experiences hastily strung together. Anita
Krishan wants to tell her story, and fast.
Re-look at the uprising
Myth, Memory, History
Ed. Sharmistha Gooptu and
Boria Majumdar. Roli Books.
Pages 218. Rs 295.
mutiny, a revolt, or a
fledgling national movement? This archetypal debate about the 1857
uprising has resounded in the academic corridors for decades.
Voices of the spurned
by Rahila Gupta
Portobello. Pages 318. `A312.99
Rahila Gupta is
indefatigably watchful. Like a floodlight, she turns her furious
intellect and passion to social injustices, leaving no place for excuses
to hide. Many years back she joined Southall Black Sisters, a forceful
collective set up to protect Asian and Afro-Caribbean women from
Early Auden poems
A collection of
previously unknown poems, thought to be early examples of the work of W
H Auden, have been unearthed in a school magazine. Auden at Gresham's
School next week, were discovered by John Smart, a former head of art,
who chanced across them while researching the life of another literary
East and West meet in his work
Shusaku Endo, often termed the
Japanese Graham Greene, was the quintessential outsider who explored the
themes of grace, faith, betrayal and moral dilemmas, writes Ashish
Eleven years after his
death, Shusaku Endo remains one of the most-read Japanese novelist world
wide. This despite not being a Nobel laureate like his contemporary,
Kenazaburo Oe, who won the award in 1994 and Yasunari Kawabata who was
the first Japanese to receive the coveted prize in 1968.
Bio of barefoot girl
A biography of Shakira,
put together by her first promoter, will recount the difficult start to
the Colombian pop star's now-wildly successful music career. Shakira:
la nina de los pies descalzos - la verdadera historia (Shakira:
The Barefoot Girl - the True Story), a documentary based on the book
will also be shown on Spanish television before the year's end, the
singer's erstwhile promoter, Carlos Vanegas, told Spanish news agency
EFE. He added that the book would go on the market
Jinnah & the maharaja
Jinnah and Punjab
Ed Amarjit Singh
Kanishka, New Delhi. Pages xlv+354. Rs 850
It’s a known fact
that in pre-P artition Punjab it was the secular Unionist Party that had
popular support whereas the fanatical, Jinnah-led, Muslim League was
struggling to secure a toehold in the region – something it eventually
achieved thanks to British machinations.
later perspectives on Maharaja Ranjit Singh
by Radha Sharma
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Pages: ix+170. Rs 200.
Sophistry of Dr. WH
by Dr. Amarjit Singh Bal.
B. Chattar Singh Jiwan Singh,
Amritsar. Pages xxii+215. Rs 250.