To Uphold the World: The
Message of Ashoka & Kautilya for the 21st Century
by Bruce Rich. Penguin.
Pages 326. Rs 495
THIS book tries to find
alternatives to uphold the strife-torn world. Bruce Rich finds his
answers in the thoughts and practices of Kautilya and Ashoka, " ...unquestionably two of the most extraordinary and, at least in the West,
unappreciated figures in world history." In fact, these two figures
are neglected even in the country of their birth. Except for a passing
reference in different courses in the universities in India, their
thoughts are not studied in depth.
How Lao Tzu’s wisdom
will help you
Change your Thoughts—Change
your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao
by Dr Wayne W. Dyer. Hay
House, New Delhi. Pages 392. Rs 395.
Attributed to the Chinese
philosopher Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching or the Great Way has been called the
wisest book ever written. In this collection of 81 poems, we are
confronted with mysterious language, a voice at times extremely personal
in its moral and ethical revelations, and at other times enigmatic,
teasing us out of our rationality into deeper considerations of who we
are, where we are and what we are doing.
K. C. Yadav
Bhagat Singh: The Eternal
by Malwinder Jit Singh
Waraich Publications Division, New
Delhi. Pages 206. Rs 150.
THE centenary year of
Bhagat Singh, 2007, prompted many people to write on the great
revolutionary. As a result, there is a proliferation of writings on his
life and work. Seeing their content, one can easily place these writings
into two distinct, if not neat, categories—one, those paying tributes
to the great revolutionary and the other, discussing/analysing his life,
ideas, work and so forth.
All about romance
Shall we dance Mr Koshy?
by Thangasurabi Bright Raj Frog Books. Pages 329. Rs
THIS is a soft, mellow,
heart warming love tale suffused with pink clouds et al. It is about an
extraordinary association between two individuals driven by distinct
passions. Candace, a misfit
merchandiser, 23 years of age with a ‘brain of Shakespeare’s theatre
assistant’ is pissed off with her lifeless existence in the garment
Spicing Up Britain
by Panikos Panayi. Reaktion Books Pages 288. £ 19.25
PANIKOS Panayi has written
extensively about migrants. His books surprise and gratify, draw readers
into the alternative history of this mongrel nation, unmade and remade
by waves of outsiders—and not only the usual suspects. He has studied
German migrants in the UK, earlier Italian and Spanish migrations to
England, and other unrecognised groups.
The sensible boy
Chetan Bhagat has retained
his down-to-earth attitude even as he has shot to the top of the
bestseller charts. His latest book is in its 16th reprint within a week
of its launch and has had a print run of lakhs. Roopinder Singh
interviews the author.
Tale of friends and
The 3 Mistakes of my Life
by Chetan Bhagat. Rupa. Pages 258. Rs 95
I got a mail from a mother
in Pune. "When I read about your third book, I became happy ...and
sad, because my 16-year-old daughter and I used to read your books
together and laugh together a lot. But I have lost her last year. She
would have been so happy to be there....to meet you."
Look, who's writing
Political memoirs almost
always create a flutter and generate considerable interest. Paul
Vallely examines what makes people write these and what purpose do
POOR old Gordon Brown is
facing an onslaught from three different sets of memoirs, which have
been released in recent days, by Cherie Blair, John Prescott and Lord
Levy. All of them have unflattering things to say about the Prime
Minister's personality and behaviour.
B. S. Thaur
by B. S. Bir Arsi Publishers, Delhi.
Pages 168. Rs 165.
book is a collection
of 21 stories in Punjabi by B.S. Bir who already has to his credit
several books in Punjabi and Hindi. The headings of some of the stories
are so colloquial and satirical that even an onlooker would get curious
and itches to know the end of it. Story after story offers a similar
treat and the reader tends to read the whole book in one go.
Power of mantras
Mantras: the sacred chants
by Swami Veda Bharati Wisdom Tree. Pages:
ix+123. Rs 125
Law functioning in Germany
by Harpreet Sandhu Baikunth Publications,
Ludhiana Pages: 140. Rs 250
by Surinder K Jindal
Vitasta, New Delhi Pages: xiii+217. Rs 250