Sep 14

Maintaining and building an air force: IAF’s forgotten legend

Maintaining and building an air force: IAF’s forgotten legend Title: Spitfire Singh; Author: Mike Edwards; Publisher: Bloomsbury India; Pages: 334; Price: Rs 499 Joining the Indian Air Force in 1939 as a Pilot Officer, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh had joyously anticipated he would soon be in the air. However, a “fearsome” Indian

A modern day love story – of the closet kind

A modern day love story – of the closet kind (Book Review) By Vikas Datta Title: Love Bi The Way; Author: Bhaavna Arora; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 248; Price: Rs 199 Love never has an easy time in the world. And should it be something else than the ‘normal’ heterodox type, then it

Tackling fundamentalists, greedy corporates and rebels in Bengal

Tackling fundamentalists, greedy corporates and rebels in Bengal (Book Review) By Vikas Datta Title: Dark Diamond; Author: Shazia Omar; Publisher: Bloomsbury; Pages: 252; Price: Rs 399 It is a Bengal at its most cosmopolitan, cultured and prosperous with its produce, especially fabrics, sought across the world, and attracting European companies. But the new entrants want

Bollywood’s Other Woman: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rekha

Bollywood’s Other Woman: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Rekha (Book Review) By Vikas Datta Title: Rekha – The Untold Story; Author: Yasser Usman; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 499 Film stars are expected to shock with their apparel and appearances, but not with socio-religious customs. Yet she began applying sindoor – the traditional symbol

‘Higher Than Everest’ redux offers inspiring insights

Book: Higher Than Everest – Memoirs of a Mountaineer; Author: Major HPS Ahluwalia; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 290; Price: Rs 695/$20 For one who was not even a teenager when Major H.P.S. Ahluwalia was one of the nine Indians atop Mount Everest on May 29, 1965, the second and enlarged edition of his “Higher Than

NBT slammed for removing Bipan Chandra book from catalogue

New Delhi: Sahmat, an activist group based in Delhi, on Wednesday denounced the National Book Trust (NBT) decision to remove eminent historian Bipan Chandra’s book “Communalism: A Primer” from its Hindi catalogue. The decision to stop the reprint of the Hindi title of the 104-page book “Sampradayikta: Ek Praveshika” was taken last month. The statement

NTAS’ 185th Garden Theatre Festival’s plays appreciated

Patiala: National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) organised their 185th Monthly Garden Theatre performance in cooperation with philanthropist Dr. S.P. Singh Oberoi (Dubai) Head Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust as “Social Awareness Theatre Festival” at Baradari Gardens here. Two hour “Punjabi Haas Raag Rang programme, produced by duo Pran Sabharwal –Sunita Sabharwal as inspired State’s prominent

The democracy deficit and some simple solutions

Title: Against Elections The Case for Democracy; Author: David Van Reybrouck; Publisher: Bodley Head/Random House India; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 499 Democracies, at a time when they predominate both across the globe and as an aspiration, are paradoxically facing a crisis too. Were we to find, across various democratic nation, how much faith people have

NTAS’ 185th garden Theatre festival’s plays appreciated

Patiala: National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) organised their 185th Monthly Garden Theatre performance in cooperation with philanthropist Dr. S.P. Singh Oberoi (Dubai) Head Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust as “Social Awareness Theatre Festival” at Baradari Gardens here. Two hour “Punjabi Haas Raag Rang programme, produced by duo Pran Sabharwal –Sunita Sabharwal as inspired State’s prominent

10 Indians to join Poetry Festival in Germany

Mumbai: A group of 10 Indian poets will travel to Germany as part of an unique initiative ‘Poets Translating Poets’ as part of a two-year long literary project of Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, an official said here on Tuesday. Thes ten Indians will be joined by poets from Pakistan and Sri Lanka who will travel

Defying the Raj – a French hero with his tiger (Book Review)

Defying the Raj – a French hero with his tiger (Book Review) By Vikas Datta Title: Once Upon a Time in India -The Marvellous Adventures of Captain Corcoran; Author: Alfred Assollant (translated by Sam Miller); Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 252; Price: Rs 299 The Raj seems an integral part of our history, but was not a

A China year-book obliquely exposes India’s faultlines

Book: China’s Transition under Xi Jinping; Editor: Jagannath P. Panda; Publisher: Pentagon Press; Pages: 427; Price: Rs 1,995/$59.95 This China 2015 Yearbook of the defence ministry-funded think tank Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), while tracing President Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power, obliquely exposes India’s faultlines — but this in no way detracts from

A quest to find out Jamaica’s ‘fast’ secret (Book Review)

Title: The Bolt Supremacy – Inside Jamaica’s Sprint Factory; Author: Richard Moore; Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press/Random House India; Pages: 330; Price: Rs 499 When Jamaica started participating in the Olympics in 1948, its first few medals came usually from long-distance track events like the 400m or 800m. But since 1968, there has been no edition

The plight of former soldiers – in verse to shame

The memorial at the Kohima War Cemetery, where lie dead of a World War II battle termed “Stalingrad of the East”, asks us: “When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today.” It’s no less true for soldiers now, but do we consider it in our attitudes

Assamese poet and critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharya dies

Guwahati: One of Assam’s most prominent and celebrated poet and literary critic Nalinidhar Bhattacharya passed away at a private hospital in Guwahati on Friday. His family said that Bhattacharya died around 4.10 a.m. on Friday. He was 95 and was admitted in the hospital on Wednesday. He was suffering from age-related ailments. Bhattacharya had received

AB’s autobiography gets huge pre-launch response in India

Johannesburg: South Africa cricket team captain AB de Villiers is “incredibly humbled” by the huge response his autobiography has been getting in India even before it’s launch there next week. Asked at the South African launch of the book here last night whether this was because of his huge popularity among Indian cricket fans, de

Passion, love and ample romance

New Delhi: Flick through an exciting story triggered by Neil Armstrong’s moon walk, wade through the love story of a geek and a fashion model, read the romantic tale of three lives ruled by destiny and bury yourself in the gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds. 1. Book: Moonwalker; Author: Virendra Shahaney; Publisher:

Poet Kashmiri Lal Zakir passes away

Chandigarh: Noted poet, novelist and short story writer Kashmiri Lal Zakir passed away this evening, a state government release said. He was 97. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar condoled the death of Zakir who was also the Chairman of Haryana Urdu Academy. Khattar said, “With the death of Dr K L Zakir, a Padma

An easy-to-grasp Bhagavad Gita

Title: Amazing Secrets of the Bhagavad Gita; Author: E.D. Viswanathan Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 297; Price: Rs 295 When E.D. Viswanathan published his “Am I a Hindu?” – which took the form of a lively discussion between a 14-year-old American born Indian and his father, covering all aspects of Hinduism — it proved an instant hit.

Arts & Books Of finance, mystery, myth and wisdom

Learn to read balance sheets and deploy funds smartly, flick through the mysterious story of a murder, read the interesting story of Ramayana told from Sita’s perspective and gain ancient wisdom for modern-day living. There’s varied fare on the IANS bookshelf this weekend. Book: Romancing the Balance Sheet; Author: Anil Lamba; Publisher: Collins Business; Pages: