Into the world of great painters
These two volumes bring out the artists from the shadows of their ‘masters’and recognise the contributions long eclipsed by their patrons and scholars alike
Masters of Indian Painting 1100-1900 (Two Volumes)
Eds M. C. Beach, Eberhard Fischer and B. N. Goswamy.
Artibus Asiae Publishers, Zurich.
Pages 839, with more than 500 coloured illustrations.
Reviewed by Mahesh Sharma
THE "Masters" volumes are a landmark in the history of Indian miniature painting. The vision of these two volumes goes back to The Family as the Basis of Style, the path-breaking work that B. N. Goswamy published in 1968, replacing the hitherto accepted understanding of "style" as a court/regional phenomenon.

Books received: English

Aesthete assassin
By Don Winslow
Headline/ Hachette.
Pages 537. Rs 395.
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
NICHOLAI Hel stayed in my mind forever since my first encounter with the meditative ‘naked kill’ practitioner through Trevanian, the author of the 1979 bestseller, Shibumi. One among the millions of readers of this bestseller, I would sometimes find a nugget of useful information in my mind, and on further reflection its provenance could be traced back the book that was a richly-layered thriller. Like many readers, I wanted more.

Glimpses of life
Spotting Veron and Other Stories
By Ankush Saikia.
Rupa. Pages 182. Rs 195.
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
EVEN the simplest of lives have facets that fascinate, surprise, tickle and sadden. There are no ordinary people, only untold stories. Stories from around us and about the things that touch our lives are more engaging as we can relate to them.

Suspenseful whodunit
Love on the Rocks
By Ismita Tandon Dhanker.
Pages 211. Rs 150.
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
ISMITA Tandon Dhanker’s Love on the Rocks, part of Penguin’s Metro Reads series, is a romantic thriller that tests the bonds of love and marriage against a backdrop of suspense and intrigue. Staged on the high seas, this whodunit refreshingly explores previously uncharted settings in Indian fiction by placing its characters on a ship.

Praising puns
S. Raghunath
A good pun may be admitted among the small excellencies of a lively conversation. — James Russell
When common people like puns and make them, then a nation is on a high level of civilisation. — G. C. Lichtenberg
THERE is something to be said both for and against puns. They upset the dignity of speech, flout the rules of civilised conversation and cut the ground of logic from under us. On the other hand, to a great practitioner and artificer of words, a pun is a language on vacation. It exposes the
vulnerability of language to the onslaught by irreverence.

Realising life with clinical precision
Nonika Singh
dynamo of acting prowess, veteran actor Mohan Agashe is as dynamic in person. Before you pop the question, he has an answer. But then, reading minds is both his profession and passion. A qualified psychiatrist, Agashe can’t say whether art imitates life or vice-versa.

Fact and fiction
Zafri Mudasser Nofil
In A Scandalous Secret, reality creeps into fiction, says author Jaishree Misra
aishree Misra, whose A Scandalous Secret is the story of an Indian woman who gave up her new-born child for adoption when she was a student in England, feels her novel has a bit of reality invariably creeping into fiction and that makes it credible.

Potter casts one final spell on Bloomsbury
Nick Clark
S fans waved goodbye to Harry Potter with the release of the final film in the series, the teen wizard once again cast a spell over publisher Bloomsbury, whose sales "surged" in response.

Short Takes
Heart and heartbreaks
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Blinkers Off 
by Andaleeb Wajid
Rupa & Co. Pages 270. Rs 295.

  • Sword and Abyss
    by Keki N. Daruwala.
    Har Anand.
    Pages 152. Rs 295.

  • Love in the Reality
    By Hardik Dhamija.
    Mahaveer Publishers.
    Pages 189. Rs 125.