Suppressed histories
Rumina Sethi
Speaking for Myself: An Anthology of Asian Women’s Writing
Eds Sukrita Paul Kumar and Malashri Lal.
Pages 557. Rs 650.

HE purpose behind this anthology of Asian women’s writing is laudable: to "encourage the academic world to make space for the inclusion of writing from Asia and provide an opportunity to think about cultural affinities and crossovers". 

Books received: hindi

K. L. Zakir: The pride of Urdu
Syed Nooruzzaman
HE other day an invitation card from the Ghalib Institute, New Delhi, had it that a special programme would be organised on June 12 to felicitate the doyen of Urdu literature Kashmiri Lal Zakir on the occasion of his 90th birthday (it actually fell on April 7).

A beautiful place of contradictions
Aditi Garg
Kerala, Kerala: Quite Contrary
Ed. Shinie Antony.
Rupa and Co.
Pages 255. Rs 195.
IN this age, when nothing, absolutely nothing, sells without marketing and catch phrases, places also have slogans brandishing their USP. Though few can compete with the all-encapsulating ‘God’s Own Country’. Whether or not the place can match up to its name is a very individual perception.

Life and times of a babu
Laxmi Kant Verma
No, Minister: Memoirs of a Civil Servant
by Mahesh Prasad.
Pages 286. Rs 295.
THE job of a civil servant is considered to be very respectable, but it involves many challenges and responsibilities. The book No, Minister by Mahesh Prasad, a retired civil servant, comprises author’s personal observations on bureaucracy, politics and life in general.

Journey of love & despair
Parbina Rashid
Fidali’s Way
By George Mastras.
Page: 388. $ 26.
Dominique Lapierre’s City of Joy, a blockbuster that touched millions of hearts all over the world, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Vikas Swarup’s Q & A, the book which put India once again on the world map (if not directly, indirectly through its screen adaptation Slumdog Millionaire) is still reeling under the Oscar fever.

Stubborn battle for autonomy
Kanchan Mehta
When the Waters Wail
by Darshan Dhir.
Pages 271. Rs 395.
Carrying poignant title, sombre synopsis, melancholic, plaintive tone, the narrative delineates agonies of the diasporic woman protagonist Navjot, whose gritty, stubborn battle to sustain her autonomy is recurrently thrashed by the "hissing darkness" of tragedies and trials.

Punjabi poetry going mystic
Sidhu Damdami
by Sarod Sudip. Ravi Sahit Parkashan,
Amritsar. Pages 88. Rs 100.
WITH Sarod Sudip’s Devi, Punjabi poetry seems returning to mysticism—the rootstock of Punjabi ethos—after a long gap.

urdu book review
Ghazal reinvented
Amar Nath Wadehra
Dooa Zameen
by Parveen Kumar Ashk. 
Unitech Publications.
Pages 136. Rs 160.

Poetry is considered the sanf-e-nazuk (a delicate, alluring maiden) of Urdu literature whereas Ghazal is considered Urdu poetry’s sanf-e-nazuk.

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Footprints of history
Gurdial Singh’s Parsa: A Semiotic Outlook
by Harjit Singh Dhaliwal.
Pages112. Rs 295.

  • How the Paper Fish Learned to Swim
    by Jonathon A. Flaum.
    Indra Publishing House.
    Pages 146. Rs 125.

  • Inclusive Education Across Cultures
    Eds Mithu Alur and Vianne Timmons.
    Pages 468. Rs 795.