narration of history
In Search of a Future: The Story of Kashmir
by David Devadas. Penguin. Pages 381. Rs 495.
is one of the most extensively written about topics in the
country. However, despite such wealth of published material, it is not
one of the easiest subjects to comprehend, for the simple reason that
there are far too many strands to the whole development. Miss one and
you run the risk of forming a wrong impression about the goings-on.
products in our villages
Advertising and Marketing in Rural India
Advertising and Marketing in Rural India by Tej K Bhatia. Macmillan
India. Pages 327. Rs. 465.
it is well established that India lives in its more than 65,000
villages and rural India is the backbone of Indian economy, yet this
sector has been neglected and rural marketing has not got its rightful
place in the post-liberalisation period.
more about North-East
Himmat Singh Gill
Frontier in Flames
Ed. Jaideep Saikia. Viking/Penguin. Pages 205. Rs 450.
can’t be said that the whole of the Indian north-east frontier
is up in flames. However, there is no gainsaying the fact that at some
time or the other this part of our land, which was amalgamated rather
late into the Dominion of India when the British were around, has been a
worrisome adjunct in governance and national integration ever since we
gained Independence. Due to its far-flung location and the indifferent
state of communications, the issue of merging with the others is often
compounded by a feeling of isolation and "not being part" of
the rest of the country.
colours of life
The Strawberry Sun and Other Poems
by Manjit Kaur. Writers Workshop, Calcutta. Pages 57. Rs 120.
is a collection rich with myriad colours of human experience told
in such a simple yet engaging manner that the reader doesn’t even
realise when the personal transcends into the universal. Many
poems depict feminist sensibility, which are perhaps the most powerful
ones. In some poems, like The Dilemma, the poet talks about very
personal and intimate experiences of a woman:
we did not win those wars
Unlearned Lessons: An Appraisal
of India’s Military Mishaps
by Lt Col Gautam Das (retd). Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi. Pages
352. Rs 595.
Indian subcontinent has been a vast battlefield since time
immemorial. It has faced more invasions and has seen more wars and
battles than any other region on the earth. Yet the dominating country
in this region has paid little heed to the art and science of war and
its application to achieve and sustain objectives of national interest.
Martyr As Bridegroom: A Folk Representation of Bhagat Singh
by Ishwar Dayal Gaur. Anthem Press. Pages 198. Rs 495
author seeks to pull out the revolutionary Bhagat Singh from the
confines of stuffy history books and political rhetoric and place him in
the pulsating and throbbing vernacular space where he continues to live
on and be immortalised. This popularity is in the form of catch songs or
popular forms of narrative. It is said that "Folklore should be
studied as a conception of the world and life in opposition to official
conceptions of the world." That is precisely what the author of the
book under review seeks to do.
of the game redefined
all those guys who are searching for the right girl and
meaningful relationships, the book The Rules of The Game will
surely come handy. The book’s author Neil Strauss strives to give guys
the confidence they often lack to have permanent affairs.
kiss in words
The golden rule of writing
love letters is ignored by this gang of professionals, writes Emma
Four-letter Word: New Love
Ed. by Joshua Knelman & Rosalind Porter Chatto & Windus, £312.99.
the words "Darling Dodi" failed to set your heart
aflutter, perhaps this anthology of fictional love letters might.
Drafting in the help of 40 professionals – Margaret Atwood, A L
Kennedy, Hari Kunzru and Leonard Cohen among them – the co-editors
hope to reveal what the "L" word looks like in the 21st
prefer stories that seem to be true, while men enjoy
fictionalised tear-jerkers where protagonists overcome challenges
through sacrifice and bravery, a new study says. The study, findings of
which have been published in the latest issue of the
Journal of Consumer Research, found there is a significant
difference in the way men and women react to dramatic entertainment that
elicits deep emotional reactions.
Woman consciousness and Indian
Ed Alka Sharma. Omega
Publications, New Delhi. Pages: xx+190. Rs 450.
ages women in India have been simultaneously deified, demonised
and damned. She is either a Devi, a she-devil (raakshasi) or a
doormat but never human. But, does this sum up her status in the Indian
ethos? More important, what is the level of her own awareness regarding
the various challenges to her very existence, and her potential to
Theatre of the
Ed. Sudhanva Deshpande. Jan
Natya Manch, N. Delhi, Pages 160. Rs 120
The portrait of
by Himendra Thakur
Antarjyoti, New Delhi. Pages xxii+90. Rs 100