The power and the glory
Non-violent resistance and satyagraha, imbibed in South Africa, were the hallmarks of Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle to free India from the British
Catching up with Gandhi
By Graham Turner.
Pages 329. Rs 350.

Reviewed by Rumina Sethi
ATCHING up with Gandhi is Graham Turner’s spiritual Gandhian odyssey. Turner travels through places and relives episodes of Gandhi’s life in an endeavour to undertake "a series of magical journeys in India and South Africa" accompanied occasionally by one of Mahatma Gandhi’s grandsons, Rajmohan Gandhi, and at other times by his granddaughter, Ela Menon.

Trials and tribulations
The Collector’s Daughter
By S. K. Das.
Pages 290. Rs 295. 
Reviewed by Amarinder Sandhu
HE book is set in Orissa where the imperial British are all powerful. William Stewart, the Collector of Puri, forces himself on Meni, the teenage daughter of his chaprassi. Later, the girl is sent to her native village where she bears a daughter.

Of blue robes, steel swords
The Valiant Ones: A journey into the mesmerizing world of the Sikhs
By Gurbir Singh and Gagandeep Kaur
Kesar Media and Lahore Books. Pages 158. Rs 3,000.
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
THE Nihangs always attract the eye. Their colourful attires, displays of traditional and not-so-traditional weapons and distinctive lifestyle set them apart.

Whiff of Punjab’s mitti
Stories of the Soil
Edited and translated by Nirupama Dutt.
Pages 314. Rs 350.
Reviewed by Nonika Singh

AT first glance, the simple title of the book Stories of the Soil and rather unimpressive cover do little to excite one’s imagination. But unfurl the pages of the book, and soon enough the fragrance of the soil begins to overpower and grip your senses.

Disturbing history
The Jesus Mystery
By Lena Einhorn.
Lyons Press. 
Pages 279. $24.95.
Reviewed by B. L. Chakoo
HERE were always historians who said it could not be done because of historical problems. There were always theologians who said it should not be done because of theological objections. And there were always scholars who said the former when they meant the latter."

Paro to Priya
Madhusree Chatterjee
The concept of the Bharatiya nari is a can of worms, says Namita Gokhale as she talks of her latest title, Priya: An Incredible Indyaa
eing a housewife in contemporary India is a tedious task and comes with a new set of pressures, says writer-publisher Namita Gokhale, who also believes that Indian feminists balance and suppress a lot. "There is the pressure of looking young, slim and beautiful. As one gets older, one has to look younger. It is very hard work to be a Delhi society lady; a minute-by-minute struggle!" Gokhale, who has penned 10 books, said in a recent interview.

Archie in aamchi Mumbai
Comic hero Archie goes desi, dances to Bollywood songs
HE iconic red-haired Archie, a comic book heartthrob with a perpetually hassled look and two girlfriends, will soon be dancing to Bollywood numbers in the book's Indian avatar published in Hindi and Malayalam.

Orange win makes Obreht hottest name in fiction
Rob Sharp
HE first-time novelist Téa Obreht’s book The Tiger’s Wife, a surreal, seductive meander through recent history in the Balkans, has turned the 25-year-old into the latest literary superstar after she was crowned the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction recently.

Back of the book
The Emerald Atlas
By John Stephens.
Doubleday. Pages 417.

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