Enchanting tales
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
One Amazing Thing
By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books.
Pages 224. Rs 450.

D
O you remember Chaucerís Canterbury Tales? Geoffrey Chaucer describes a motley group of people going on a pilgrimage from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. On their way, share stories and tales that forms book that is now a classic.

From Kohlapuris to ear piercing
Reviewed by Rajbir Deswal
Right Fit Wrong Shoe
By Varsha Dixit.
Rupa.
Pages 234. Rs 95.
INDIAN Kohlapuris are not permitted in the West-influenced corporate offices in India, while ear piercing may be. This sums up the mood of the book, which otherwise has no story line but a narrative sequence that has no highs and lows but a free-flowing continuum, which is no doubt interesting to get along. More than storytelling, gossip-selling seems to be the author Varsha Dixitís tool here. Undoubtedly, she impresses though.

Indian reality
Reviewed by Charu Soni
Lanterns on their Horns
By Radhika Jha.
HarperCollins.
Pages 471. Rs 399.
WHAT do you do with a novel filled with a cast of rural and urban caricatures peppered with banal observations that are paraded as insight into the "transformation in the heart and body of India"? You set it aside and quickly reach out for a daily newspaper.

The lost cause of Eelam
Reviewed by D. S. Cheema
Lost Victory: The Rise and Fall of LTTE Supremo V. Prabhakaran
By Maj Gen (retd) Raj Mehta.
Pentagon Security International, New Delhi.
Pages 431. Rs 995.
FOR a moment, one may mistake Lost Victory as a biography of Prabhakaran. However, the book is more than that, for it takes a deep, incisive look at the over 30-year-old Sri Lanka conflict and the man who was considered one of the most effective guerrilla leaders in modern warfare, the man who lived and died for a cause, in this case, his dream of creating a separate Tamil homeland.

SHORT TAKES
Searching for the essence
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
The Missing Rose 
by Serdar Ozkan
Wisdom Tree.
Pages 192. Rs 245.

The Mahabharata
(Vol. 1) translated by Bibek Debroy.
Penguin.
Pages xxxviii+495. Rs 550.

Social Transformation of an Island Nation
By Rani Mehta & S. R. Mehta.
Kalpaz.
Pages 256. Rs 690.

Rising above rivalry
Lalit Mohan
Our founding fathers were men of uncommon decency, as revealed in a collection of old letters published by Nehru
T
HERE is something about a struggle for freedom that brings out the best in men and produces some of the titans of history. But it is also a fact that these men are, after all, human and the clouds of euphoria that surround such strivings often hide some of their baser and meaner qualities that are common knowledge to their close contemporaries.

TÍte-ŗ-tÍte
Art through the lens
Nonika Singh
H
IS presence as the chairperson of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi might make one forget who Diwan Manna really is. As he goes about extolling the qualities of invited artists at the akademiís hugely successful and exceptionally well-organised functions, only too happy to let others bask in the limelight, one is likely to overlook the eminence of Chandigarhís very own artist.

Pearson plans social network
Nick Clark

THe publisher Pearson is preparing to launch its own social network to capitalise on the success of a website designed to encourage reading among teenagers.





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