Himmat Singh Gill
Winning India’s Next War
by Group Captain T. D. Joseph VM. Pages 261. Rs 820.
Budgeting for Indian Defence
by Wing Commander V. N. Srinivas. Pages 230. Rs 720.
Both titles by K.W. Publishers and the Centre for Air Power Studies.
Reflections of an Air Warrior
by Group Captain Arjun Subramaniam. K.W. Publishers. Pages 150. Rs 460.
senior serving officers of the Indian Air Force and the publishing house
concerned have set a welcome trend by bringing out professional books
that even a layman could read with considerable ease. Admittedly, all
the books here pertain to service matters only, yet the time has come to
open up all genres of writing for all those in uniform, endowed richly
as they are, with plenty of experience and the propensity to call a
spade a spade.
K. Chari reviews a new biography of Rudyard Kipling which
examines his ambivalent attitude towards the land and the people that
inspired his best writings
India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling
by Charles Allen. Little, Brown. Pages 426. Rs 795.
can’t think of a better way to prepare for writing a review of a book
on Rudyard Kipling, than to do as the man did, more than a hundred years
ago – take a morning ride through the fields of the Punjab. "Oh!
A ride in an Indian dawn, there’s no such pleasure in life..." I
was not quite on the banks of the River Ravi as was young Kipling riding
out from Lahore, but even on the fields near Siswan, on a black
Kathiawari mare, not much may have changed – the kite still calls in
the air, like in the poem quoted above, and the peacocks, wild pheasants
and rabbits dart out of bushes just as they might have done a century
Wanderings with Poetry
by Dilip Sankarreddy. Peacock Books. Pages 98. Rs 125.
Sankarreddy is a marketeer and a technologist. As a poet, his first
collection entitled Song of a Bard and Other Poems is about
things that one believes but which never really exist and they continue
to reside in the psyche of a man. The poet here accepts that this
collection is a result of his strong urge to articulate his muse. For
him, there are certain things that exist in reality but are considered
as mere abstractions.
tales for children
Laxmi Kant Verma
Chicken Mama and Other Stories
by Margaret Bhatty. Puffin Books. Pages 125. Rs 175.
children, we took great interest in listening to stories told by our
grandparents. However, as we grew up, the craze for stories was taken
over by storybooks, which were easily available at bookshops and the
school library. Today, children have TV cartoons,
magazines, Internet, etc., for recreation, but storybooks have their own
different world, which will
never lose its power to charm, for there is hardly anyone who doesn’t
like to read and listen to stories. Chicken Mama is a collection
that will attract you towards this world.
fear, guilt and suspicion
by Rajesh Khullar. Rupa and Co. Pages 280. Rs 195.
is a gripping story of a young couple that gets caught in a web of fear,
guilt, suspicion and alternately a sense of despair and betrayal. When
Vandana, the young wife of Vishal, discovers her medical status she is
understandably apprehensive of the future and when she prevails upon her
husband to undergo tests to determine his status, he panics.
the sixtieth year of Independence, the nation looks forward to build on
the struggles and sacrifices of freedom fighters, social reformers and
entrepreneurs. It is also the time to reflect on the lives and thoughts
of those revolutionaries whose names are not so readily remembered. Year
2007 marks the death centenary of Bengali firebrand reformer,
educationist, theologian, journalist, teacher and revolutionary
100 years of Indian migration to New Zealand
you know an Anglo-Indian from Goa, Edward Peters, was the first to
discover gold in the Otago region of New Zealand that led to the gold
rush of the 1860s? Such nuggets of information can be found in the book Indian
Settlers: The History of a New Zealand South Asian Community, published
by Otago University Press. From low-wage work to high-profile jobs, from
facing discrimination to integrating with the mainstream, the book
traces the journey of Indian migrants in New Zealand.
why superheroes never lose
rules of the Comics Magazine Association of America that restrict
glamorous presentation of criminals may be a reason why superheroes
never lose to villains in the children books, says a study. Physicist
Pablo Gleiser of the National Council for Scientific and Technical
Research in Buenos Aires, Argentina, analysed the social webs in 12,942
issues of Marvel Comics, comprising of 6486 characters.
Back of the book
Governance of Rural
Electricity Systems in India
Ed Haribandhu Panda.
Academic Foundation. Pages 376. Rs 895.
Writing A Nation
An anthology of Indian
Ed Nirmala Lakshman. Rupa.
Rs. 795. Pages 715
The 13th Apostle
by Richard & Rachael
Heller HarperCollins Rs 195 Pages 42.