Drawing room deliberations
Superstar India From Incredible to
by Shobhaa De. Penguin.
Pages 442. Rs 350.
WELL, we canít say that
the book is boring. Itís not. But it is a bit disappointing. Is it
supposed to be a social commentary on India as it is today and has
evolved over the past 60 years? Is it a series of columns that have been
put together after having reworked them? Is it a book of memoirs of
Shobha De Superstar, as she turns 60, coincidentally with India?
If Better is Possible
by John Buchanan. Pages 252. Rs 295.
WHILE there is no
sure-short formula to success, victories in cricket are attributed to
the adaptability of a coach to a team and how well the former
comprehends their capabilities. It is a well thought-out combination
of the two, which can deliver and also take a team to new heights.
How to really have fun at
Laxmi Kant Verma
The Power of Humour at the
by K. Sathyanarayana. Sage Publications. Pages 284.
HAVING a good sense of
humour is very important; otherwise life would be incredibly dull and
boring. Laughter is the best medicine, so its significance becomes even
more important in todayís fast-changing business environment, where
cut-throat competition is involved. Also, humour helps in relieving
stress, improving communications, promoting creativity, teamwork and fun
A fight for womenís
Rights: Recasting Citizenship for Development
Ed. Sumi Krishna. Sage
Publications. Pages 404. Rs 695.
THE freedom struggle in
India did result in an awakening of women to the possibility of their
own emancipation, though in a limited sense. In 1931, the Fundamental
Rights Resolution of the Indian National Congress stated that the
freedom, justice, dignity and equality for women were essential for
nation building. These ideas were also enshrined in the Constitution of
Journey to redemption
Amar Nath Wadehra
One Master one Disciple
by Jyotii Subramanian.
Yogi Impressions, Mumbai. Pages IX+174. Rs 250.
BORN feet-first, Jyotii
appeared destined for an unusual life. A pampered child, she grew up
listening and learning Carnatic music and wearing
ahead-of-the-time dresses, thanks to her entrepreneur mother. Belonging
to a family from Keralaís Palakkad district, she had spent her
childhood in Bengal and Bihar before finally moving to Chandigarh (the
move was triggered off by a chance eavesdropping by her father on the
sweet-nothings that his teenage daughter was exchanging with a lad over
On road to peace through
Himmat Singh Gill
Four Crises And A Peace
By P.R.Chari, Pervaiz
Iqbal Cheema, Stephen P.Cohen Harper Collins. Pages 252.
Pakistanís Iqbal Cheema
and P.R Chari, members of two thinktanks on both sides of the border,
and Stephen Cohen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, have got
together to write about four crises, which in their reckoning enveloped
the sub-continent post-1971, and have thereafter traced the various
peace processes that ultimately were able to de-escalate these explosive
situations and in one case an armed conflict.
Emotion of devotion
by H. P. Sah Kalpaz Publications, Delhi Price: Rs 750, Pages: 286
WHAT does bhakti
devotion mean? At least to the Indian reader, the answer might be
obvious. Some might say it is the devoteeís love for God, and this
might bring the images of Meera and Chaitanya to their
minds. In his well-reasoned book Understanding
Bhakti, H. P. Sah shows that devotion or bhakti has many
dimensions, and it could be understood through various angles.
Tales of wacky titles
WACKY titles and contents
may sound interesting but such books have spawned more imitative work
and might not entice readers who mostly like to gel with the protagonistís
actual life or share his or her dreams, feel some authors while for
others they do make an impact.
Gone With the Wind: The
legend lives on
WHEN Margaret Mitchell
wrote Gone With the Wind to pass time during an illness, she
could never have foreseen its amazing popularity. As a musical of the
novel hit the West End recently, Liz Thomson traces the life story of
its reclusive author.