China has prioritised
development of infrastructure on all frontiers, including Tibet, with
the belief that such infrastructure is part of political and military
China: Military Modernisation
By Monika Chansoria.
Pages 339. Rs 795.
Reviewed by General V. P. Malik
China races forward in the next few decades to match its comprehensive
national power with that of the US, the study of China’s military
modernisation and strategy has become a mandatory subject for
strategic analysts and military experts all over the world.
tale of love and longing
The Folded Earth
By Anuradha Roy.
Pages 262. Rs 495.
Reviewed by Deepti
is love, hate, change and loss. And there is a sense of dislocation
and disbelief. Yet, being with woods, streams, stones and animals in a
sleepy town is what is destined for Maya. The
Folded Earth unfolds the
story of love and longing of Maya for her husband Michael who died
under mysterious circumstances during one of his trekking expeditions
in the Himalayas.
a helping hand
The Essential Guide to
your Research Project
By Zina O’Leary.
Pages 308. Rs 450.
Reviewed by Jayanti Roy
is more and more becoming a part of our day-to-day consciousness.
Research skills, which were earlier required only at the highest
levels of academia, have now become survival skills for students even
at the undergraduate level.
of English language
Tenses and Grammatical
Concepts in English
By Chander Parkash Rahi.
Des Raj & Sons, Patiala.
Pages 223. Rs 110.
Reviewed by B. S. Thaur
book is not only a manual on teaching of English, it is much more.
Like a babu who goes by the rulebook, the teachers ritualistically go
by grammatical rules which hardly sustain the interest of learners.
The author avers that in order to make the teaching of English
interesting, the concepts of grammatical rules be enjoined upon first.
Victorian man of letters
By D.J. Taylor.
Pages 512. £10.99.
Reviewed by Lesley McDowell
there be national celebrations this year for William Makepeace
Thackeray’s bicentenary? Probably not. It
probably isn’t "fanciful to suggest", as D. J. Taylor
does, "that Thackeray is the forgotten man of the Victorian
Premchand broke the barriers between the writer and the mass reader,
the peasant and the worker, as his novels and short stories advocated
humanism, equality and justice
Premchand was not only a versatile writer, but also a social
philosopher, a born rebel, a patriot, a freedom fighter, and the
harbinger of the progressive movement in Indian Literature. It was he
who brought a new wave of realism in Urdu and Hindi fiction in the
first decade of the 20th century and thus gave a new dimension to
fiction writing in these languages.
Magic and vampires stir India's young adult literature
wizard Harry Potter, youthful criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl and
vampire Edward from the Twilight series — the neo-adolescent heroes
of the West — have spurred the creativity of young Indian authors
and led to a stream of books set in a fantasy world, eagerly read by
of the book
Miss Timmins’ School for Girls
By Nayana Currimbhoy
Harper Collins. Pages 496. Rs 399.