Tallapalli Muralidhara Gowd

Thee subtitle given to it explains the content and context of the book ]eevana Rekhalu, Vakchitralu. This book contains life-sketches and views and attitudes of twenty-five literary personalities who have been associated with the world of letters in contemporary times, and draws for us the images of these writers in their own words.

Reviewed by: Syamala Kellury
Jibanananda Das

Translation is a desperate act, but culturally imperative and worth every attempt, on the part of the translator, to mediate between a canonical author and an eager reader when they are divided linguistically. Even as it seems quite disconcerting to me to be linked

Reviewed by: Ashok K. Mohapatra
Tejwant Singh Gill

Owing to the inordinate emphasis on English writing in India, there has been hardly any perceptible recognition of writings in other Indian languages. Recently, Sahitya Akademi has published two big volumes comprising selected writings of individual authors.

Reviewed by: Rumina Sethi
Nibir K. Ghosh

Autobiography has of late been taking unusual turns to reach us. Fiction is an easy choice when writers give their voices to handpicked characters, but we notice nearly everyone telling us where they live and what they live for in critical essays, professional notes and comments,

Reviewed by: K. Narayana Chandran
Vandana Shiva

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union it was propounded that we have reached the end of history where Liberal capitalist democracy was declared as the highest stage we are likely to achieve. Some differ and talk about a third way between socialism and capitalism.

Reviewed by: Prahlad Shekhawat
Radha D'Souza

This book gives evidence of truly formidable scholarship in a multiplicity of areas and disciplines, an acute and sophisticated mind, and a striking originality of approach; and in terms of scope and coverage it is monumental and encyclopaedic.

Reviewed by: Ramaswamy R. Iyer
Rila Mukherjee

A common predilection among historians is to protest against the tyranny of received paradigms and thereafter, to assert how their research departs from existing models. This predilection, even predicament, is in many ways tied up with the very practice of history-writing

Reviewed by: Lakshmi Subramanian
Lucy Moore

In mid March 2005, yet another news of school shooting in the U.S shocked the world. A teenager shot his grandparents and then proceeded to his school to shoot a teacher and several of his classmates before killing himself.

Reviewed by: G. Asha
Bob McKerrow

Bob Woodward’s State of Denial is the third in the series Bush at War, the earlier ones being Bush at War(2002) and Plan of Attack(2004). All the three belong to the category of international bestsellers.

Reviewed by: K.P. Fabian
Carl Schmitt

Few works of political philosophy in the last century can equal this thin volume under review. And few works can claim equal relevance in helping us to understand the motivations behind some key geo-political (mis) adventures of the present century so far.

Reviewed by: Prasanta Chakravarty
Pervez Musharaff

A book by the president of a country, while still in office, is bound to attract attention for several reasons, especially when that country happens to be Pakistan, embroiled as it is in many kinds of controversies, particularly after 9/11.

Reviewed by: K.S. Dhillon
Rina Verma Williams

The issue of reform of personal laws has been a site of intense conflict and tension in India. And the legal arena remains a primary site of contestation. Rina Verma Williams examines how the system of personal laws has been and continues to be critical to sustaining state authority and the exercise of power over the Indian citizenry.

Reviewed by: Ratna Kapur
M.G. Devasahayam

Civil Service officer’s career is like a dome of multi-coloured glass reflective of the varied experiences he straddles. Colonial administrators penned their experiences in the garb of memoirs generally for the benefit of their successors, as well as with the passag of time evolved a precious repertoire of the information they were privy to, ex-officio.

Reviewed by: Jivtesh Singh Maini
Edward Luce

As a journalist, there aren’t many things I can speak of with complete certainty. But I do know one thing. It is difficult not to admire journalists who write books. It is even harder not to admire journalists who write books about India.

Reviewed by: T.C.A. Srinivasa Raghavan