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FACE TO FACE
Pirates of the Commons
The Commons is a shared spring from which we all draw sustenance. But recent trends seek to diminish its relevance, writes SUDHAKAR THATHS CHANDRASEKHARAN.
Out of the lung
Wilson succeeds admirably on his own terms taking ownership of the disease from medics ... and giving it back to the patients who actually experienced it.
India is too diverse a country to be treated as a monolithic entity. The reason why Penguin India has gone for Indian Language publishing, says John Makinson, CEO of Penguin Worldwide.
Meditation on the futility of war
Slice of history
A Bunch of Old Letters: Being Mostly Written to Jawaharlal Nehru and Some Written by Him, selected and edited by Jawaharlal Nehru with an introduction by Sunil Khilnani, Viking, Rs. 750. NEARLY half a century after it was first ...
From a teacher of midnight's children
Interesting Times in India: A short Decade at St. Stephen's College, Daniel O'Connor, Penguin, Rs. 295. HAVING arrived in admission season, Interesting Times in India: A Short Decade at St. Stephen's College probably has a captive ...
Between fact and fiction
Mangal Pandey: Brave Martyr or Accidental Hero?, Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Penguin, Rs. 150. TRUTH, it is often said, lies somewhere in between. So, what the British prefer to call the Revolt of 1857, goes down in Indian history as "The ...
FAME, they say, comes at a price. Is that price motherhood? A "normal" lifestyle or a sense of alienation from things ordinary? As she delves into the strange life of her mother, the famous Hindi writer Shivani, Ira Pande looks at the dynamics of ...
The speaking book
Written with humour, intelligent self-reflection and with love, Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for 2005, is the story of an ethical man who found fulfilment in his calling.
At 96, the Tamil writer Chitti's interest in books, writers and people is still undimmed.
The twilight years of Tibet
At no point in this mesmerising narrative does Harrer reflect over the implications of his being a Nazi on the run.
A people's history
Thanks to Neera Adarkar and Meena Menon, the memories of a glorious and turbulent past will not be erased even as the physical structures are brought down.
Getting on with life
Portrait of an artist
Despite some substantial gaps, the diary is a remarkable record of a painter's enterprise.
Out of India
A problem with the book is that the writing style is academic and does not reach out to the general reader.
Meditation on loss
Despite being slightly overwritten, this is a far better novel than any contemporary Indian novel.
Recovering a space for the arts
De's success lies in her ability to draw her subjects out of their reticence and make them reflect on varied issues.
Tales with a twist
Cynicism is best countered by humour.
Two different kinds of craft
While Kannan's poems have an inherent lyricism, Dyson's poems are like prose paragraphs chopped up into line lengths, says MALATI MATHUR.
The Parsi Theatre: Its origins and development, Somnath Gupt, translated and edited by Kathryn Hansen, Seagull Books, 2005, p.223, Rs. 425.
The book won the best book award in Kannada in 1984. Translated into English by his son, Pt. Rajshekar Mansur in collaboration with his student Dr. Chandrika Kamath, it is the heartwarming story of a man who could truly be called a genius, yet ...
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