A succinct account of how India
got caught in a cleft stick during the regime of Lankan President
Premadasa who continued to engage in a deadly game of political
My Days in Sri Lanka
By Lakhan Mehrotra.
Pages 254. Rs 595.
Reviewed by SJS Chhatwal
former High Commissioner of India in Sri
Lanka, the author comprehensively deals with the unfortunate
discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1956 and the long,
peaceful but unsuccessful struggle of Tamil political parties to get
equal rights. The trouble right from the beginning was that the Sri
Lankan government never conceded anything worthwhile to Tamil parties
struggling peacefully with which they could take back to their
constituents and give them confidence that their struggle would succeed
of strong-willed women
Three Parts Desire
By Shailaja Bajpai.
Pages 416. Rs 399.
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
have always been an avid
reader of Shailaja Bajpai’s columns that she writes regularly on
television for a national daily — pithy, caustic, humorous and
tongue-in-the-cheek write-ups, which are truthful and no-nonsense. I
was, thus, on the lookout for her first book Three Parts Desire.
Japuji Sahib: Prayer of the Soul
By Ranjodh Singh.
Wisdom Collection, Ludhiana. Pages 96. Rs 995.
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
JAPUJI Sahib remains Guru Nanak Dev’s most popular composition which has a unique position in the minds of millions of Sikhs as well as the world at large.
K. L. Saigal: The
By Pran Nevile.
Pages 218. Rs 299.
Reviewed by Kanchan Mehta
artiste K. L. Saigal reached the pinnacle of his career without any
formal training. He is a shining example of how talent, passion and
ceaseless practice are essential ingredients for success in singing
career. This book pays a tribute to him, highlighting his many
accomplishments and valuable contributions.
Basant Kumar & Sarala
Birla: Life has no Full Stops
By Rashme Sehgal.
Pages 252. Rs 495.
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur
business world is founded on partnerships and success depends on the
strength of these partnerships. The most profitable of all affiliations
are the ones that are long lasting. The most significant partnership
anyone can undertake is no doubt marriage; it is the ultimate joint
As Turbaned Tornado, the first official biography of half marathon runner Fauja Singh, is set for release, here’s a look at the life and legacy of the ‘Sikh Superman’
does not regret many things. That’s not in his DNA basically. But, of
late, there has been one thing that has been teasing the world’s
oldest half marathon runner, Fauja Singh. "I want to actually read
(the book). It would have been better had I paid heed to my elder’s
advice and done some schooling, too.
pen is bold and his vision clear. In the world of Punjabi rangmanch,
where few tread the path less travelled, well-known dramatist Pali
Bhupinder Singh comes across as a breath of fresh air. Yet, the man
hailed as the different voice of Punjabi theatre disagrees with the
select club that believes it isn’t good enough.
Breaking the mould
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Qurratulain Hyder & The River of Fire
Edited by Rakhshanda Jalil.
Pages 248. Rs 595.
The Body in the Back
By Salil Desai.
Pages 254. Rs 250.
Local Democracy and
Edited by Ranbir Singh & Surat Singh.
Deep & Deep.
Pages xx+288. Rs 1,280.
words for the panic-stricken
Choke: The Secret to
By Sian Beilock.
Pages 322. £8.99.
Reviewed by Lisa Gee
is the failure to perform at your best in high-pressure situations —
on the sports pitch, in exams, on-stage, during a business presentation,
wherever. Sian Beilock's fascinating book outlines where and why people
do it (causes can vary), why some are more liable to crack than others,
and how to minimise the risk that you'll be among them.