Reviewed by Roopinder
Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and
his Struggle with India
By Joseph Lelyveld. Harper Collins. Pages 425. Rs 699.
after he was assassinated, Mahatma Gandhi lives — in the hearts of
those who regard him with awe; in the minds of those who read his works
and seek to follow his path; on the lips of politicians of all hues, who
profess to be his followers; and in the pages of writers and researchers
who mine his teachings and life as a part of their literary pursuits.
Reviewed by Lt Gen (retd)
Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1
ed. Harriet Elinor Smith. University of California Press, Berkeley.
Pages 737. Rs 2,250.
book arrived with the elating note, "this is the first copy sold in
India; shipped by air". Who could grudge the hefty price tag
considering the 737 pages of text, on paper the size of A-4 (almost),
inside covers solid as mahogany door-shutters, weighing 1.83 kg of
delicious nourishment for those who live on the reading diet.
Reviewed by D S Cheema
Shades of Olive Green
by B P S Mander Unistar. Pages 164. Rs. 295.
friendship can result in the highest form of human relationship; a bond
purely voluntary and between equals, compelled only by empathy and
self-less love. This book is the story of four friends who galvanise
their Lawrence School, Sanawar and National Defence Academy (NDA)
background into a unique bond for the sole aim of redeeming the honour
of one of them treated unjustly by Army.
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
by Chitralekha Cedar Books. Pages 232. Rs 150.
way to a woman’s heart is, well, through her heart. You can shower her
with gifts, get her the moon and do all that you can think of and more
and still be nowhere close to her heart. This eternal mystery has a
simpler solution. Listen to her, hold her hand, lend her your shoulder
to cry on and love her and truly mean it. It will probably win you more
brownie points than all the riches in the world put together.
of the ghazal
In this age of remixes
and seasonal stardom, ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh attributes the
longevity of his stay in music to dedication and discipline
S. D. Sharma
over five decades of sustained and incredible brilliance in vocal music,
ghazal supremo Jagjit Singh, along with life partner Chitra Singh,
emerged as a doyen of the modern ghazal with the memorable album, Unforgettable,
way back in 1976.
in time when he had just passed out of the National School of Drama (NSD),
he had the gumption to throw away an award on the stage. Since then,
eminent theatreperson M. K. Raina may have accepted many honours like
the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Sanskriti Sanman and others. But he has
neither lost his courage of conviction, nor the fire in him.
Tales of trapped women
by Shivani. Translated by
Ira Pande. Harper Perennial. Pages:
vii+193. Rs. 250
Buffet & Me
by Aryaman Dalmia Times Group
Books. Pages: 126. Rs. 249