By Ashwini Luthra and Chandni Luthra. Photos: Parvin Singh.
Asian Education Society, Chandigarh.
Pages 96. Price not mentioned.
has emerged as the undisputed golf nursery of the country with Jeev
Milkha Singh climbing to occupy the highest slot in world golf ranking
and Irina Brar remaining the country’s amateur "queen" of
the greens for several years.
stories flower in India
ever-growing popularity of Indo-Anglian writing and the publishing
boom in India have opened the floodgates for English writers from
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh as well.
of trials and tribulations
In the Valley of Mist:
Kashmir: One Family in a Changing World
By Justine Hardy.
Free Press, New York.
Pages 209. $25.
of us who have occasionally worn a pheran, the large, often
beautifully embroidered Kashmiri woolen tunic, always well-suited for
northern India’s chilly winters, have noticed its gradual
disappearance from the shops of Delhi. There are good reasons,
according to Justine Hardy, in her latest non-fictional account of
life in Kashmir, In the Valley of Mist, because the pheran
has emerged as a symbol of separatism, death, and oppression.
Nautch Girls of the Raj
By Pran Neville.
Pages 136. Rs 250.
by many names like the celestial apsara, ganika, tawaif, the
dancing girl has always attracted everyone’s attention. She has
intrigued many with her beauty and finer accomplishments. Poets have
celebrated her classic looks and bards have sung her praises.
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur:
Battle Strategy Against Mughal Forces
By Surinder Singh.
Pages 128. Rs 295.
Singh has rightly
chosen Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, a martyr to the cause of the Sikhs,
as the subject of his book.
to Indian companies
D. S. Cheema
India’s Global Powerhouses
By Nirmalya Kumar.
Harvard Business Press.
Pages 250. Rs 695.
Sachs, a reputable
merchant banking firm, predicted in its 2003 report "Dreaming
with BRICs: The Path to 2050" that India’s economy would be
only behind the US and China by 2050, even if it grows at a
conservative 7 per cent annually.
Amar Nath Wadehra
Yeh Khandar Bhi Mere Hain
By Kashmiri Lal Zakir
Pages 123. Rs 175.
a writer feels impelled to pick up a pen to write about suffering
humanity there can be only one reason for it — unadulterated
empathy, which in turn is a product of heightened sensitivity and deep
insight. The writing becomes all the more effective and cerebral if it
is backed by informed imagination. Kashmiri Lal Zakir has all these
qualities as seen in his earlier books.
unfinished mystery found
was a gem of a find, a long-lost unfinished murder mystery tale
containing the classic ingredients of a country house, a dead body,
bloodied weapon and a cast of upper-class suspects. It was also
handwritten in Graham Greene’s distinctive scrawl and included the
Catholic themes that were hallmarks of much of