The end of history?
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
Theodor W. Adorno, History and Freedom: Lectures 1964-1965
Ed. Rolf Tiedemann. Polity. Pages 348. £ 19.99.
IN Adorno’s works we see the consistent relevance of history and freedom to contemporary times. The lectures complied here for the first time challenge the notion of progress, of primitivism, of human history. As a true postmodernist, Adorno, like Nietzsche, rattled the iron-cage of language and the foundations of Western philosophy, always standing against final solutions and fixed definitions.

Nostalgic journey
Reviewed by Jai Brar
Daughters: A Story of Five Generations
By Bharati Ray. Penguin. Pages 318. Rs 399.
A narration of women of the author’s family through five generations, Daughters, begins in the late 19th century with her great-grandmother and ends with her daughters in the early 21st century. For a major part of the book, the Indian freedom struggle, the Hindu-Muslim riots and the 1950 massacre of Hindus in Dhaka form the backdrop.

Play it like Pancham
New biography tells endearing tales of R. D. Burman
Madhusree Chatterjee
IS hit songs flooded the box office; he was the quintessential romantic hero with heartaches, longings and beachside philosophies. Yet, celebrated musician-composer and song-writer Rahul Dev Burman took time to flower into a Bollywood phenomenon.

Write moment in Warsaw
RabindranathTagore’s anthology released in Polish
Surender Bhutani
Polish anthology of Nobel laureate Rabrindranath Tagore, translated from the original Bengali instead of English, was released in Warsaw recently by the Indian Ambassador to Poland. "I speak more than 10 languages. In none of them can I find words to describe the genius of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, an outstanding son of India and eminent citizen of the world.

irreplaceable voice
Reviewed by Archie Bland
The Pale King
By David Foster Wallace. Hamish Hamilton. Pages 547. £ 20.
OF all the myths that have spread about David Foster Wallace in the years since his death, the most frustratingly pervasive was that he was a difficult writer. It came about mostly because he wrote a very long novel, Infinite Jest, that was exceptional for its intelligence and its vaulting ambition to summarise the meaning of life in an era of information overload.

Breaking free from virtues
Reviewed by Ravia Gupta
Vivek and I
By Mayur Patel. Penguin. Pages 384. Rs 299.
BEING ambitious may not be the purpose of everyone’s life, but adding a "meaning to their lives" is certainly everyone’s aim. This is a story of a man whose aims in life were limited. Having a large bank balance and owning luxurious things had never been his idea of a successful life. Family, friends and love mattered to him the most.

Of forgiveness and second chances
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
Lessons in Forgetting
By Anita Nair. HarperCollins. Pages 330. Rs 399.
ANITANAIR’S fourth book, Lessons in Forgetting, is a dark, reflective work, the two primary characters — Professor J. Krishnamurthy, Jak to friends, and Meera — continually revisiting their past to make sense of their present. Meera is trying to cope with a marriage that failed overnight and Jak is looking for the truth behind his vivacious 19-year-old daughter’s catatonic state.

Living out a legacy
Globetrotting Satvik Veena maestro Salil Bhatt talks of his experiments and evolution
S. D. Sharma
Hailed as the young face of Indian classical music and decorated with titles like Global Indian and the Prince of Ragas and winner of a host of national and international awards, Satvik Veena maestro Salil Bhatt (40) has emerged as the foremost proponent of the Indian heritage among the Gen Next of classical music.

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