Saga of valour and glory
B. G. Verghese
Izzat: Historical Records and Iconography of Indian Cavalry Regiments 1750-2007
by Ashok Nath. 
Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, United Services Institution of India, New Delhi.
Pages 828. Rs 6,000.
THE Indian Army has a proud history, its lineage dating back to Mughal times when princely regiments and irregulars were raised from 1750 onwards. The most renowned among these formations were the dreaded and daring cavalry.

Books received:

first person
Okaguchi’s Punjab
Nonika Singh
orio Okaguchi, the name may not sound even remotely Punjabi, but this Japanese national shares a deep bond with the land of five rivers. He is mesmerised by the literature and culture of Punjab. Dr Okaguchi, Professor and Head of Research Institute for Languages and Culture for Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, a lecturer of Hindi, swears by Punjabi.

Beyond boundaries
Amarinder Sandhu
Tracing an Indian Diaspora: Contexts, Memories, Representations
Eds. Parvati Raghuram, Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Brij Maharaj and Dave Sangha.
Pages 467. Rs 850.
THE Indian diaspora is a current topic for discussion and there have been several interpretations of it. The Indian diaspora has its presence in more than a hundred countries. Till the early 1990’s the diaspora was synonymous to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) as a means for economic investment though attempts are being made to understand its aspects in a global context.

Punjab’s economy at crossroads
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Rural Development in Punjab: A Success Story Going Astray
Eds Autar S. Dhesi and Gurmail Singh.
Routledge India.
Pages 533. Rs 795.
FOR long, Punjab remained a source of inspiration for rest of the states in India. The role played by its sturdy farmers to make the country self-dependent in the food sector is an amazing success story. Owing to its hard-working people, Punjab remained a leader state for several decades in the country. Following its rising status, various states strived hard to move ahead on the development front.

Brewing happiness
Parbina Rashid
Cappuccino Dusk
by Kankana Basu.
Pages 296. Rs 295.
THE sense of rootlessness is doing a lot of good to the literary world. It may have made V. S. Naipaul a grumpy old man with unpredictable behaviour (according to his book editor of Andre Deutsch, Diana Athill, Naipual hated his childhood in Trinidad, later, college life in England and now, dislikes everything about India).

Call for peace and harmony
R. L. Singal
Envisioning a New South Asia
Eds T. Nirmala Devi and
Adluri Subramanyam Raju.
Shipra Publications.
Pages 251. Rs 695.
SOUTH ASIA is one of the most important regional groupings in the world, comprising India, Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. These seven countries between themselves constitute one-fifth of the human race, having approximately 1.5 billion people with a number of languages, religions and ethnic backgrounds.

Tale of two cities
Jonathan Gibbs
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
by Geoff Dyer.
Canongate Books.
Pages 304. £12.99.

IF ever there was a book of two halves, it is Geoff Dyer’s first novel for over a decade. His last fictional excursion (though for Dyer the division is largely artificial) was Paris, Trance, a druggy elegy for Ninties romanticism that was partly a reworking of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

Heaney wins David Cohen Prize
t was two in a row for the Irish in London last night when Nobel prize winning poet Seamus Heaney took home one of the most important UK literary awards.

Rowling fights online piracy
Author of Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling is fighting to have her wizard novels removed from a website which posted them online without her permission.

Search for spiritual solace
Randeep Wadehra
A Grasshopper’s Pilgrimage
by Manjushree Abhinav.
Pages 173. Rs 150.

  • Tit for Tat to Treat for Tat
    by Dr Pal.
    Life Care Foundation.
    Pages 194. Rs 250.

  • In Search Of Water
    by Narinder Kumar Bhangu.
    Pages 79. Rs 195.