Book Reviews

Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Om Books, New Delhi
(Pp 278, ISBN 978-93-84225-76-6, Rs 350)
It is an engaging and inspiring account of Lord Hanuman, the fearless fighter who sets the city of Lanka ablaze with his burning tail, the humble messenger who informs Mother Sita of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the noble fellow warrior who uproots Dronagiri, a mountain of herbs, to save Lakshmna’s life, et al. The book also has folk tales, local lore about Hanuman temples across India and Hanuman prayers. All in all, a very interesting book on our Monkey God.

Author: AK Rai
Publisher: Diamond Books
(Pp 144, ISBN 978-93-5261-624-4, Rs 125)
Stress can harm the physical, emotional and mental well-being. This book throws light on all the relevant aspects concerning stress, strain, depression, sleep, meditation and yoga. It shows how stress can be managed by just two factors: quality of sleep and quality of breathing. These factors are also important in meditation and yoga. It is also useful for those who are reeling through mood disorder and psychological disorders.

Author: Ranjan Kumar Singh
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
(Pp 142, ISBN 978-1-4828-7315-3, Rs 2499 (paperback), Rs 169 (Kindle))

The Islamic Monuments of Delhi is the second book on the monuments of Delhi by author-filmmaker Ranjan Kumar Singh. His first book on the subject Delhi: Rising above Ruins (published by Parijat) was highly appreciated. The present book (published by Partridge India) contains text and photographic description of sixty beauties of the Islamic architecture in Delhi. It also presents a very concise and comprehensive history of Delhi with some interesting anecdotes.

Ranjan Kumar Singh, author and filmmaker, has created both print and audiovisual media specializing in depictions of art and culture. He has published six books and released more than 150 hours of films. He has presented papers on Indology and Upanishadic philosophy at several conferences worldwide. His two photo exhibitions on the Monuments of

Delhi have been highly acclaimed. Commenting on his works to generate awareness towards the monuments of Delhi, the former Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit exclaimed, “Historically and pictorially outstanding – just like Delhi!”. Italian diplomat Antonio Armellini too finds his work “very interesting, beautiful and well documented showcase of Delhi’s archaeological treasures.”

Author: Priyank
Publisher: Teenage Publishers
(Pg 238, ISBN9789385385919, Rs 175)
A perfect blend of love passion and patriotism! God and his Girl-friend is a mercurial story about two youngsters, from entirely different backgrounds who strive hard against their comfort to live with their passion. A boy from the slums and a girl from a rich lavishing family - there’s got to be testing times, which do not deter them from loving each other and even make them do unforgettable service to the nation as true stalwart patriots. It’s a must read book for youngsters to know what love actually is!

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
(Pp 224, ISBN 978-0-2412-6430-0, Rs 999)

Aimed at the city dweller with little or no space for gardening, Gardening in Urban India will equip readers with important practical know-how while helping them understand their local environment better. Whether it is a small patio, large balcony, or a neglected verandah, this book packs in innovative ways to create a green oasis in urban homes. From step-by-step creative DIY projects, to easy growing techniques, to a detailed plant catalogue on the local plants, this book brings craft into the garden and plants into every home.

Nothing speaks more of tranquility and peace than a patch of lush greenery and colorful flowers, however big or small. But with urban living spaces shrinking, it seems like a distant dream. However, with a little touch of creativity, one can transform the tiniest of spaces into our own little personal garden. That’s what the book is all about.

It is a go-to-guide for city dwellers who want to develop their own patch of garden.

From explaining the basics of gardening to creative doit- yourself projects, the book covers everything an urban gardener would like to know.

The book is divided into six major sections – assess your environment, garden essentials, transform your space, garden projects, caring for your plants and plant directory. Written in an easy-to-understand language and format, the book equips the reader with practicalknow-how.The beautiful pictures and step-by-step approach are soothing to the eyes and motivate the reader to pick up gardening gloves and shovels and simply ‘go green.’