Book Reviews



Author: D.H Rajan
Publisher: Unistar Books Pvt Ltd
(Pp 368, ISBN 8189899201, Rs 495)

Here’s a mysterious book, which is full of thrill, where the protagonist Deepak Kanchan keeps changing his vice, who is addicted to gambling and infidelity. Sonali, wife of Deepak, catches him red handed while chilling out with her neighbor Shelly. Ashamed of his deeds, Deepak leaves house and disappears into thin air. Adding more climaxes to the story, the same night, a triple murder was commited in Mumbai and the police found Deepak’s finger prints at the crime scene. As the story forwards, more interesting cast get into the story making it meaty and entertaining, revolving around Deepak and Sonali.

As Sonali continues her life ahead, she encounters Keith Johnson, an affluent man from Bangalore. He totally baffles Sonali by showing an utter confidence by proposing her, however Sonali on the other hand fall in paradox if he was the same Deepak who has approached her again after being disguised. Was he the same guy to whom he knotted years before? If he is not then who was he?

The tale is so gripping that you will not put it down before you know what happens in the end. A well-woven thriller for all!



Architectural Splendor, Spiritual Bliss
Author: Avey Varghese; Publisher: Niyogi Books
(Pp 520, ISBN 978-93-85285-37-0, Rs 2000)

One look at the book and you are bound to pick it up. The book is a complete package that is interesting, useful and informative. The photographs showcase not only the deities in the temples, but also the sculptures, paintings and architecture inside the Divya Desams. This pictorial journey into ancient architecture and the art of temple construction and sculpture with interesting trivia, is sure to take your breath away.

Beautifully produced, the book is a treat for the eyes. Every page is adorned with a beautiful picture of the temple, with wholesome information on the temples’ history, architectural brilliance, art forms, rituals, beliefs and landscapes. The temple legend, deity positions and other significant mythical specifications are also built into the text.

The book is aimed at connoisseurs of art, architecture and literature and will be cherished by adults as well as children, who wish to know more about our religious past.



Author: Dinesh C Agrawal
Publisher: Pothikaar Books, New Delhi
(Pp 230, Rs 240)
The book takes the reader through the dawn of civilization to the threats of the present time giving some inkling about the concerns of the time. Though it is a work of fiction, it takes into account various facts and theories offered by archaeologists and also a good amount imagination. An interesting novel for the young and old!



Author: Munshi Premchand, Screenplay: Gulzar
Publisher: The Lotus Collection, Roli Books, New Delhi;
(ISBN 978-93-5194-105-7, Rs 795)

When we talk of Indian literature, we cannot fail to remember the writings of Munshi Premchand. Packaged beautifully, this two-book set is a treasure for all literature enthusiasts. The stories are realistic, focusing on the problems of the poor and urban middle class. Gulzar also needs no introduction. His screenplay has added charm to the whole script.

Written beautifully, these evergreen stories have come to life again. Set in a village in Uttar Pradesh, Godaan is the story of misfortunes of a poor farmer, who has his heart set on buying a cow but his life gets entangled in the web of debts and circumstances that never lets him come out of the throes of caste segregation and exploitation in an unequal society. Written more than eighty years ago, this classic adaptation by Gulzar is still relevant and brings to fore the fact that for the farmer or a labour in rural India, things are still the same.

The second book in the twin pack is a screenplay of Nirmala & Other Stories. Nirmala is about a young girl, who marries a widower. But, problem arises when the man sees his bride very friendly with his son, who is of the same age as her. All the stories are heart-warming and leave a lasting impression on the readers.



Author: Kalindi Charan Panigrahi
(Translated into English by Bikram Das);
Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(Pp 136, ISBN 9789385285585, Rs 350)
Odia writer Kalindi Charan Panigrahi's novel Matira Manisha, now translated into English as Born of the Soil by Bikram Das, is known for its simplicity in narrating the story of a peasant family whose joy and sorrow in life are bound with the soil they belong. The storyline revolves around the main character Baraju Padhan, who heads the family after his father’s death, inheriting humanism by maintaining the tradition of joint family. But the twirl in the story crops up when Baraju’s younger brother Chhakadi, prompted by his wife Netramani, attempts to split up the home. And it is Baraju’s nobleness that makes Chhakadi admit to his fault and the family eventually unites again. Born of the Soil is remarkable for flawless portrayal of human values as well as deep cultural ethos of rural Odisha. Bikram Das has translated many Odia books into English, including Gopinath Mohanty’s Paraja for which he bagged his first Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize in 1989.



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