Tender moments, touchingly told
I too had a Love Story
by Ravinder Singh.
Pages 213. Rs 100.
stories attract readers, and when they portend to be based on real-life
incidents and the narrator is one of the protagonists, much more so. The
past tense in the title is intriguing, as is the dedication: "To
the loving memory of the girl whom I loved, yet could not marry."
Chandan recollects his conversations with noted Urdu poet Habib
Habib Jalibís poetry,
along with that of Faiz, was invoked in the recent pro-democracy
agitation in Pakistan. He visited London twice ó first in the summer
of 1988 when his collected works were launched. He was in his element
and enthralled his admirers with his poetry sung in style both in
private and public gatherings. Four years later, he visited again.
Mandy becomes Mandeep
Indian by Choice
by Amit Dasgupta.
Art by Neelabh.
Pages. 93. Price not stated.
there is a paean to Indian-ness, it is this, it is this, it is this. The
interesting thing is the format of the book. Itís a graphic novel,
using two additional mediums, text, that takes the form of e-mails
exchanged by the characters and photographs.
insiderís take on NE
Writing on the Wall
by Sanjoy Hazarika.
Pages 161. Rs 225.
only son of a family friend has been missing for the past three years.
His father, a retired professor, has been running from pillar to post to
find out what exactly happened to him. His ageing mother still dusts his
room and airs his clothes in the hope that one day her son would come
White Man Falling
by Mike Stocks.
Pages 302. Rs 250.
humorous tale centers around the family of Sub-Inspector (retd) R. M.
Swaminathan who carries a morbid fame for having once attempted suicide
using only a puncture repair kit.
in the 19th century
by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.
Pages viii + 125. Rs 150.
in 1864 in a magazine the Indian Field, this is generally
accepted as the first novel in English by an Indian. Since the original
three chapters in English were lost, Brajendra Nath Banerji supplied the
missing portion by translating it from Bankimís own Bengali version of
Indian books are missing in Pakistan
Debaprio D Choudhury
perplexes Pakistani writer Mohammad Hanif, who won the first Shakti
Bhatt award beating Booker winner Aravind Adiga, these days is the
unavailability of Indian books and magazines in his country when he is
able to watch Bollywood blockbusters there.
Tonkin looks at the legacy of the epic poet John Milton
before have I dared to suggest that Simon Schama might be ó not wrong,
but in sore need of an extra footnote. Viewers and readers of his The
American Future may recall its fervent praise for the "Statute
of Religious Freedom" that Thomas Jefferson drafted for the state
of Virginia in 1779.
on your coffee table
can now flip through the success story and the behind-the-scenes
technological marvels achieved while constructing the Delhi Metro
network, thanks to a book launched recently by the Delhi Metro Rail