Media under the
Reviewed by Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Reporting Violence — Media’s Symbiotic Relationship with Violence,
Ethnic Violence, Terrorism and War
By Gobind Thukral.
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.
Pages 214. Rs 495.
it terrorism, war or ethnic conflict, violence has become a world
phenomenon. From AK-47s to bomb blasts, to mid-air hijackings and
human bombs, the world has seen rapidly changing phases and faces of
terrorism that has become a central issue across the globe.
peep into woman’s psyche
Reviewed by Aradhika
Love from the Sidelines
By Mayank Anand.
Pages 347. Rs 350.
is a girly book—chick lit, as it is known as in the day’s
parlance. It speaks the language of women, it speaks of the concerns
of women, and it’s about, for, in and out of women. "So,
what’s the big deal you may ask? Isn’t that what chick lit is all
tales of yore
Reviewed by Amarinder Sandhu
The Phantom Rickshaw and
other Eerie Tales
By Rudyard Kipling.
Pages 170. Rs 199.
British towns, an abandoned cottage, a silent dak bunglow and
cemeteries—all have their own apparitions. A good writer can spin
many a yarn around buildings and ghosts. Kipling may have enthralled
us with the antics of Mowgli and introduced us to Kim, but
he is at his writing best when he presents these ghost tales.
Reviewed by Ashok Kumar Yadav
Maya: A Novel
By Dr Ruby Gupta.
Pages 272. Rs 350.
book fictionalises an enigmatic belief that this world is nothing but
an illusion in itself. Alluding to the main tenet of Hindu philosophy,
Ruby Gupta has succeeded in wrapping the entire concept in a
fascinating tenor. Even the title page is topical and signifies the
delusion the book is all about.
Reviewed by Akshay
Cyburbia: The Dangerous Idea that’s Changing how we Live and who
By James Harkin.
Little, Brown, London.
Pages 274. Rs 495.
as a barrage of information highways penetrate through the unconscious
of human mind, each one of us is willy-nilly turned into a traveller
or a jockey in the "cyburbia". Electronic inter-activism has
generated a vision or rather a mirage of unprecedented global
monk who told things literary
The Sun Will Rise Again:
by Acharya Mahaprajna
Translated by Sudhamahi Regunathan.
Pages 97. Rs 250.
going through Khushwant Singh’s essay On Religion, I was
pleasantly surprised to read these particular lines: "It was only
in the sixties when I had to teach a course in comparative religion at
Princeton University and later, at Swarthmore College and the
University of Hawaii that I read books on Jainism in order to pass on
the information to my American students.
Urdu book review
A poet for all reasons
Amar Nath Wadehra
by Kashmiri Lal Zakir.
Edited by Mahender Pratap Chand
Educational Publishing House.
Pages 160. Rs 140
Jahan raks kartee hai ruh-e-tamanna
Uss hadd-e-manzil pey main aa gaya hoon
Khuda bakshey meri nigaahon ko himmat
Qayamat sey main aaj takraa gayaa hoon
(I have reached those bounds
of the destination where the soul’s desires dance; may God bestow
courage upon me for today, I have taken on the apocalypse itself).
Masks are an integral part of the mukh-bhaona performances of Majuli
Island in Assam
Island is one of the most wonderful places God created on the earth.
It is the world’s largest river island in the Assam state of India.
It came into the prominence in the 16th century with Sankaradeva
propagating a new form of Vaishnavism. Sankaradeva’s Vaishnavism was
simpler and less ritualistic than the Hindu religion. It was rooted in
faith and prayer.
stays with everyone and is a wonderful subject to write about, says
newspaper editor and novelist Soumya Bhattacharya, whose new novel If
I Could Tell You has just hit the stands.