Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
Ed. John Freeman.
Granta. Pages 288. Rs 599.
THE world seeks to understand
Pakistan, even as that nation seeks to define itself, and who better to
guide us than a collection of celebrated contemporary writers from the
country that has gripped the imagination of the world for all the wrong
reasons. We often forget that it is this land that gave such legends
like Heer-Ranjha and Sassi-Panu, two of the most powerful
love stories that form a part of our folklore; that the poets of the
region have a centuries-old tradition of stringing together
soul-stirring verses; the biting humour that expresses serious political
critique—there is much more to Pakistan than terror, which it is
experiencing as well as exporting.
Struggle for equality
Reviewed by Kanwalpreet
Changing Dalits: Exploration Across Time
By Paramjit S. Judge.
Rawat Publications. Pages 238. Rs 695.
PUNJAB is under turmoil and faces
the threat of the emergence of long-term caste war." This grim
prediction by Paramjit S. Judge about the future of Punjab is a warning
to set its house in order. In fact, it is just not a warning for Punjab,
rather for all the other states. Caste divides us horribly, and that is
why it has become a big vote bank. The surprising fact is that its
effect is not diminishing, even though education is spreading.
A model poses with Sony’s new “Reader” e-book device at its
unveiling in Tokyo last week Photo: Reuters
Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia
releases a book, Global Crisis, Recession and Uneven Recovery,
written by former RBI Governor Y. V. Reddy (second from left), in
New Delhi recently. Also seen are Infosys chief mentor N. R.
Narayana Murthy and (extreme right) chief economic adviser to
Prime Minister Kaushik Basu Photo: PTI
Reviewed by P. K. Vasudeva
Cost Management: A Strategic Approach
By S. C. Vaidya and Suveera Gill.
Macmillan India Ltd. Pages 355. Rs 298.
THE backdrop of the book is Indian
industry. It is accumulated interactions, observations and research of
the authors that has gone into the making of this book. The goal is to
develop ways of cost accounting of the business and strategic approach
to output-oriented management.
Flight to freedom
Reviewed by D. S. Cheema
Escape from Singapore
By Brig Jasbir Singh, SM.
Lancer. Pages 150. Rs 295.
THE book tells the story of a
daring escape of three Indian Army officers from a Japanese Prisoner of
War (PoW) camp in Singapore during World War II. Captain (later Brig)
Balbir Singh, Capt (later Col) G. S. Parab of 4 Kumaon and Capt (later
Brig) Pritam Singh of 5/6th Punjab Regiment fought another kind of war
to travel thousands of miles on foot, boat and train in enemy territory
and returned to their homeland almost after six months.
Khushwant Singh’s new novel, The
Sunset Club, looks at life through the eyes of three cronies in
their twilight years
As you hold this latest book, The
Sunset Club, from Khushwant Singh you simply marvel at his writing
prowess — at 95, he is writing not just two weekly columns but also
one book after another. No, no giving up. No slowing down. No retiring.
While many aspersions having been cast
over the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games, one person who
has every reason to hold her head high is leading Kathak dancer Shovana
Narayan, who incidentally is the Special Director- General, Ceremonies,
Organising Committee, CWG. As the world gaped in wonder at both the
opening and the closing ceremonies of the Games at New Delhi, she says,
"It was a team effort. It started with me but soon as other,s like
Bharat Bala and Bansi Kaul, joined in the ideas grew and we put it all
together on a magnificent scale." The experience she recalls was
fantastic. To compare it with her own dance performances would be
fallacious, akin to putting oranges and apples together.
Where Gods Dwell
by Kusum Budhwar
Penguin. Pages: xxiii+271. Rs 299
Folktales form an essential
ingredient in the evolution of cultures, reflecting prevailing
observances, customs, traditions, beliefs, superstitions and prejudices
of common people. Being a part of oral literature, folktales are heard
and remembered from generation to generation. During the course of
retellings, these get modified to suit extant socio-political-cultural
requirements. Therefore, one would find mythological characters in
folktales acquiring atypical antecedents and behaving quite differently
from their "given" propensities/identities.
What Goes Around Comes Around
by Naveen BC
Frog Books. Pages: 237. Rs. 245
The Warrior’s Mirror
Penguin. xii+169. Rs. 150