Classic myth retold
Reviewed by Ram Varma
The Poem of the Killing of Meghnad: Meghnadbadh Kabya
By Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Trans William Radice.
Penguin Books.
Pages 552. Rs 499.
THE fount of poetry that flowed from the mouth of Rishi Valmiki probably three-four millennia ago in the form of the Ramayana has in time become a perennial river that has branched out into a thousand of streams. The story has tugged at the heartstrings of millions of people.


Peep into vibrant British era
Reviewed by Amarinder Sandhu
Sahib’s India
By Pran Neville.
Penguin Books.
Pages 241. Rs 299.
COLONIAL India and the lives of the British pioneers here have intrigued many. A vacuum existed in information regarding the socio-cultural life of company’s employees, and Sahib’s India has filled that void. This book is an intricate tapestry woven with the stories of a group of traders who went on to rule the land of the "boiling sun and scorching winds".

Tracking economic recession
Reviewed by Rachna Singh
Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy
By Raghuram G. Rajan.
Pages 274. Rs 499.

INFLATION and economic meltdown are the terms that have dogged us for almost a decade. We have talked animatedly about the alarming increase in price of real estate and the inflationary trends of day-to-day commodities.

Change and consequences
Reviewed by Ravia Gupta
Extreme American Makeover
By Mitali Perkins.
Pages 258. Rs 199.
IT's for sure that you may not have heard or even read about such a makeover ever before. Extreme American Makeover is a story of a 16-year-old short, spunky and just a regular girl, Sameera, also known as ‘Sparrow’ among her friends.

Made on China
Humra Quraishi
Journalist Pallavi Aiyar’s novel Chinese Whiskers brings out interesting facets of life in the dragon country
WARD-winning journalist-writer Pallavi Aiyar launched her debut novel, Chinese Whiskers (HarperCollins), last weekend in New Delhi. Before Chinese Whiskers Pallavi had written non-fiction on China, titled Smoke And Mirrors. And that volume was enough to indicate that this young writer would write more `85several more volumes.

Melody reloaded
M.L. Dhawan
Raju Bharatan’s book traces the rise and fall of Indian film music
AJU Bharatan’s A Journey Down Melody Lane (Hay House India) cinematically highlights the contribution not only of music makers, singers and the lyric-writers but also of some exceptionally talented movie-makers, such as Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Dev Anand, Vijay Anand and thespian Yash Chopra.

Swift’s flirtatious game of self-censorship
Rob Sharp
onathan Swift, known for his satirical contributions to literature, sometimes flirted with the obscene. His most famous letters are riddled with crossings-out, which academics previously attributed to 18th century editors censoring the clergyman's bawdy lines. Swift called women "bitches", "huzzies" and complained about their looks.


Back of the book
Dead Like You
By Peter James
Pages 643. Rs 299.

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    By Charlaine Harris.

  • The Mysterious E-mail
    By Anirban Basu.
    Rupa & Co. Pages 146. Rs 195.