words and actions
Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat:
The Dire Warning
by John Lukacs.
Basic Books, New York. Pages147. $ 25.95.
A renowned scholar of European political history, John Lukacs states
that the subject of his work "is one particular sentence said by
one particular man on the 13th of May 1940, a man who perhaps
uniquely and providentially understood Hitler".
Goodnight and God Bless
by Anita Nair. Penguin Viking. Rs. 399. Pages 284.
WELL, the cover is rather attractive. Soothing, depicting a pretty green
cushion as a backdrop for a cuppa chai and a brownie. Comforting, you
know. It sets the tone for the book quite well, actually. The book
itself is a collection of essays, which tackle a whole lot of subjects.
In fact, the subjects are ruminations by Nair, supposedly at bedtime and
thus the title, Goodnight and God Bless. And this is probably why
the thoughts are so sweet and maybe a little boring at times.
and travails of a courtesan
The Courtesanís Keeper: A
Satire from Ancient Kashmir
Trans. by A.N.D Haksar. Rupa. Pages 85. Rs 150.
A translation of the 11th-century prolific Kashmiri writer
Kshemendraís Sanskrit work Samay Matrika, The Courtesanís
Keeper by A.N.D. Haksar is a remarkable book. Sanskrit is considered
Deva-basha and therefore appropriate for philosophical and religious
Boots, Belts and Berets
by Tanushree Poddar. Indiaink, Roli Books. Pages 223. Rs 295.
Marrying someone is like opening a
book midway; you really donít know what went on in the life of your
spouse before you arrived. Curiosity, however, must have got the better
of Tanushree Poddar when she saw the camaraderie between her Armyman
husband and his National Defence Academy (NDA) mates. She goaded and
cajoled him to recollect and narrate his experiences of his training,
often taking notes surreptiously. This book is a tribute to everyone who
has either taught or braved the tough training there.
by Prafulla Roy.
Translated from Bengali by John W. Hood.
Roli. Pages 313. Rs 295.
period novel is a throwback to the era where bonded labour was a reality
for many generations of underclass landless labourers for whom thraldom
was a way of life; a servility that ran in their lineage.
business of medicine
Medical tourism in India: management and promotion
by Dr R. Kumar. Deep & Deep, N. Delhi.
Pages: ix+335. Rs 980.
Medical tourism is one of the countless concepts spawned by
globalisation. It integrates international and domestic travel with the
supply and consumption of medical services, thus making top-of-the-line
healthcare available to anyone who needs it (and can afford it)
transcending international boundaries.
Lahiri: writer in quest of roots
There are not, I suspect, many authors who prefer never to read reviews
and profiles of themselves. "It's just too much, like looking into
a mirror all the time," says Jhumpa Lahiri. This is a pity, as
she's missing considerable acclaim. Lahiri is now almost a decade into a
stupendously successful career spent writing about the American-Bengali
OF THE BOOK
Beyond The World Of Apu ó
The films of Satyajit Ray
by John W. Hood. Orient Longman
Pages 476. Rs 550.
In this new work, John W. Hood
makes a thoroughly informed, socio-historical critique of all 29 feature
films of Satyajit Ray. Structured along themes which the author has
identified in Rayís movies, this reassessment analyses each film
independently, on the basis of its individual merits and lapses,
carefully avoiding the popular hagiography that is common to much of Ray
New look for Bardís tomb
deteriorating gravesite of William Shakespeare is set for a makeover
despite bearing a curse against those who move it. The tombstone is
being restored as part of extensive repairs at Holy Trinity Church in