Saga of valour and
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.
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
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.
Tracing an Indian Diaspora:
Contexts, Memories, Representations
Eds. Parvati Raghuram, Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Brij Maharaj and Dave Sangha.
Pages 467. Rs 850.
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
economy at crossroads
Rural Development in Punjab: A
Success Story Going Astray
Eds Autar S. Dhesi and Gurmail Singh.
Pages 533. Rs 795.
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.
by Kankana Basu.
Pages 296. Rs 295.
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).
for peace and harmony
R. L. Singal
Envisioning a New South Asia
Eds T. Nirmala Devi and
Adluri Subramanyam Raju.
Pages 251. Rs 695.
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.
of two cities
Jeff in Venice, Death in
by Geoff Dyer.
Pages 304. £12.99.
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.
wins David Cohen Prize
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
of Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling is fighting to have her wizard
novels removed from a website which posted them online without her
for spiritual solace
A Grasshopper’s Pilgrimage
by Manjushree Abhinav.
Pages 173. Rs 150.