Archetype of love & peace
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics
Ed Frankie Hutton.
Lanham: Lexington Press.
Pages 168. Price not mentioned.

THE rose is a popular archetype that resides deep in the human consciousness and often finds a pivotal place in works of art and rudimentary folklore. Reference to it comes in the purest expression of human experience assuming global significance and with broad cultural and social connotations ranging from anthropology to astrology, from the history of religions to the horrendous practice of genital mutilation, a practice endemic to the backward tribal world of Africa.

In search of identity
Reviewed by Charandeep Singh
A Break in the Circle
By Sharmila Kantha.
Pages 208. Rs 250.
AS the title of the novel suggests, it is a break in the monotonous and mundane circle of Anu, the protagonist, once she develops an online contact with a professor in America. Interspersed with Bhojpuri dialects, the novel is set in Patna, which is though urban but not so cosmopolitan at the same time.

Dark history
Reviewed by Ravia Gupta
Perfect Eight
By Reema Moudgil.
Pages 252. Rs 200.

WHEN the rain becomes just a beady fringe around the trees, the sun explodes in the sky, turning Missamari cantonment in Assam into a bright crayon drawing, and the children tumble out of homes to reclaim their front-yards, Reema sees her Ma looking at them, with a sad, half-finished smile.

An outstanding policeman
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet
The British, the Bandits and the Bordermen: From the Diaries and Articles of K. F. Rustamji
Ed. P.V. Rajgopal.
Wisdom Tree.
Pages 388. Rs 495.
THERE are men who work quietly, discharging their duties to the best of their abilities, motivating many around themselves and leaving their impressions on people’s minds for a long time. P.V. Rajgopal’s book on K.F.Rustamji reflects these traits about the latter.

Fascinating forecast
Reviewed by Peter Carty
Turned out Nice
By Marek Kohn.
Faber. Ł14.99.
MOST of us have some idea of what climate change might have in store for the British Isles – we’ll have a more Mediterranean climate, increased flooding, vineyards will flourish, malaria could reappear and so on.

Variegated tales of women
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Faces in the Water 
by Ranjit Lal.
Pages 202. Rs 199.

  • Voices in the Back Courtyard
    Trans. Narinder Jit Kaur.
    Pages XII+170. Rs 150.

  • Handbook on Wildlife Law Enforcement in India
    by Samir Sinha Natraj.
    Pages 198. Rs 495.

Mark-ing a century
Guy Adams
After keeping readers waiting for 100 years, Mark Twain’s tell-all autobiography will finally be released later this year

XACTLY a century after his death, Mark Twain’s autobiography, which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing, is finally going to be published. he creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes, saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.

Dramatist from the desert
Nonika Singh
gnoramuses might take refuge in the dictum—‘Ignorance is bliss’—but noted playwright, poet and critic Dr Nand Kishore Acharya feels that there is no greater happiness than the bliss of knowing. In the world of performing arts, his quest to know more had begun with theatre criticism. A cultural correspondent with a newspaper in 1974, as he went about reviewing plays he began to understand the medium inside out.

Pritish Again
ritish Nandy, who has donned multiple hats — of a painter, filmmaker, columnist, journalist — has brushed up his rusted knack of poetry and has after ages come out with a book, for which he gives all credit to his friend and Oscar-winning lyricist Gulzar.