Road to greatness
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India
By Joseph Lelyveld. Harper Collins. Pages 425. Rs 699.
LONG 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.

Engrossing self-portrait
Reviewed by Lt Gen (retd) Baljit Singh
Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1
ed. Harriet Elinor Smith. University of California Press, Berkeley. Pages 737. Rs 2,250.
THE 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.

Friends forever
Reviewed by D S Cheema
Shades of Olive Green
by B P S Mander Unistar. Pages 164. Rs. 295.
TRUE 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.

Love conquers all
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
Delayed Monsoon
by Chitralekha Cedar Books. Pages 232. Rs 150.
THE 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.

Guardian 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
ITH 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.

Firebrand fervour
Nonika Singh
ACK 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.

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  • Apradhini
    by Shivani. Translated by Ira Pande. Harper Perennial. Pages: vii+193. Rs. 250

  • Graham, Buffet & Me
    by Aryaman Dalmia Times Group Books. Pages: 126. Rs. 249