Epic saga retold
Reviewed by Kuldip Dhiman
Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam (Vol I & II)
By M. Veerappa Moily.
Pages 802+674. Rs 1,500.
THE story of Rama has been retold again and again in various ages and through languages as diverse as Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and others. Maharishi Valmiki’s Ramayana is not necessarily the first one because the story existed in folklore and in Buddhist and Jain traditions much earlier.


Tryst with destiny
Reviewed by Amarinder Sandhu
A Journey Forever
By G. A. Kulkarni.
Translated from Marathi by Vilas Salunke.
Frog Books.
Pages 332. Rs 350.

Journey Forever is a collection of Kulkarni’s Marathi short stories translated into English by Salunke. These short stories delve into the realm of the metaphysical, philosophy and the basic tenets of human existence.

Grim tale of human suffering
Reviewed by Harbans Singh
This is not that Dawn: Jhootha Sach
By Yashpal.
Penguin Books.
Pages 1119. Rs 599.

LMOST 50 years ago, when Yashpal’s Jhootha Sach was serialised by the then most popular Hindi magazine Dharmyug, it made the readers anxiously wait for the next issue. Much of the Hindi reading populace of the country had for the first time read an authentic and humane narration of life in Lahore and the trauma of the exodus that had struck Punjab.

Zestful Zohra
Zohra Segal's Close-up — Memoirs Of A Life On Stage & Screen relives the turning points of the actor’s life
N April 1981, I was very lucky to get this compact and pretty attic flat in Crouch End, Hornsey, N8, belonging to the Hornsey Housing Trust. I had been familiar with the area since 1970, as it was adjacent to our Highgate flat, and I often came to Crouch End to buy the Jewish chola bread, as well as borrow books from the Haringay Library.

Fortune built on a simple idea
Martin Hickman
HE autobiography of a cravat-wearing furry mammal is poised to become one of the publishing sensations of 2010, having already attracted more advance sales than the life story of Tony Blair.

Theatre with a vision
Nonika Singh
lARITY of thought and vision not only defines noted theatreperson Devendra Raj Ankur but is also the key to his resounding success. Back in 1969, when he joined the hallowed portals of the National School of Drama (NSD) he knew theatre and theatre alone was going to be his muse.

Short Takes
Casting the sardonic eye
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
The Goat, The Sofa and Mr Swami 
by R. Chandrasekar. 
Pages 296. Rs 250.

  • Her Flight to the Love Nest
    by Kuldip Singh Bedi.
    Diamond Books.
    Pages 206. Rs 100.

  • Kaihan
    by Lisbon Ferrao.
    Frog Books.
    Pages 208. Rs 225.