world of a writer
V. N. Datta
A Writerís People: Ways of Looking and
Feeling by V. S. Naipaul. Picador.
Pages 192. £10.99.
we review a book it is natural to ask, "What is the
authorís intention in writing his book, and what is the meaning and
significance of his work. Is he saying something new, or saying what has
been said or is he pouring the old wine in new bottle, of course, with
changed labels." The author V. S. Naipaul, a Noble Laureate for
Literature, makes it clear, "I wish only, and in a personal way, to
set out the writing to which I was exposed during my career.
Limping to the Centre of the
by Timeri N. Murari. Penguin Books. Pages 287. Rs 350.
have to be difficult or else little merit will accrue to the pilgrim.
However, a pilgrimage to the Mount Kailas, the abode of Lord Shiva, is
doubly so not only because of cruel message that the mountains deliver
to the arrogant that nature canít be mastered but also because of the
new dimension that they add to the life of the pilgrim. Even those
brought up as agnostics and those who have learned to be skeptics often
come back calm, serene and acutely aware of being shorn of pretensions.
H. Kishie Singh
Your Childís Road Safety
Handbook by Harman Singh Sidhu.
ArriveSafe, Chandigarh. Pages 98. Rs 185.
instruction book on traffic discipline, in which the subject
matter is comprehensive and just about every aspect of road safety is
covered. However, the instructions in the book are terse, and in large
font which makes it easy to read and understand. To make it more
interesting for children, the book has self-explanatory colourful
of a storytellerís son
In Arabian Nights by Tahir
Pages 424. £12.99.
comes a time when even travel writers no longer feel like travelling;
they return home, exhausted, to explore their roots. Tahir Shah, who has
described his exotic adventures in Peru, India and Ethiopia, has reached
that stage. His previous book, The Caliphís House, began the
process, describing life in his home in Casablanca. But a recent
experience in Pakistanís North West frontier accelerated it.
noteworthy literary life
Sant Singh Sekhon by Tejwant
Singh Gill. Sahitya Akademi,
New Delhi. Pages 126. Rs 40.
year one can expect a number of seminars, lectures and theatrical
performances in Punjab celebrating the birth centenary of one of the
most versatile and innovative of the Punjabi writers of the 20th
century. Tejwant Singh Gillís informative, scholarly and comprehensive
monograph is the first to begin the process acknowledging Sant Singh
Sekhonís literary achievement. The bookís modest aim is to provide
an introduction to Sekhonís life and works.
of undying memory
Ed. Veena Talwar Oldenburg. Penguin. Pages 273. Rs 395.
unique collection of writings strings together gems written in
diverse formats belonging to different periods in a matchless manner to
produce a marvel that captures the very soul of the city. The pages
present a myriad images and metaphors of "the city of undying
memory" as the editor aptly describes Lucknow.
the road to better governance
V. Eshwar Anand
Splendour in the Grass:
Innovations in Administration
Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. Penguin.
Pages 305. Rs 495.
the past four years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken
several measures to streamline the administrative system. He has
motivated officers of the all-India services to contribute their best
and make a significant impact on peopleís quality of life. Last year,
he had instituted the Prime Ministerís Award for Excellence in Public
Administration to develop a competitive spirit among the officers and
improve governance with new techniques and strategies.
best in buying books: Jeffrey Archer
by the response that he got in India, best-selling British author
Jeffrey Archer said the people of the country bought books like in no
other nation. "Indians buy
books like no other nation," Archer, who is on a six-city tour of
India, said at the launch of his new work of fiction ó A Prisoner
of Birth, in Gurgaon last week.