Book Reviews

Authors: Sushanta Dattagupta
Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(Pp 219, ISBN 9789385285400, Rs 450)

Santiniketan Ashram or simply Santiniketan or Visva-Bharti is truly a unique university, set up by Rabindranath Tagore. In this book composed of essays, author Sushanta Dattagupta, ex-vice chancellor of the university, recounts his days and experiences in the university during his tenure spanning four years (2012-04). The author recollects his reminiscences revolving around the exclusive merits of Santiniketan, which were developed by Rabindranath Tagore with an idea of what an ideal and holistic education ought to be. Moreover, in addition to the unique tradition instituted in the university, this book explores the way Santiniketan has been transforming through changes in time. A big question the author puts up in his narrative is ‘whether the university still holds its ‘Ashram’ stature?’

Author: Yashvardhan Shukla
Publisher: The Readers Paradise
(Pg 165, ISBN 9789382110385, Rs 195)

A 13-year-old teenager, Yashvardhan Shukla has brilliantly depicted his own sprouted state of mind, an adventurous one, well blended with the tender creativeness of a young mind. He has finely crafted a fictional story in which he tried to cast outland demons wrecking his house and causing chaos… but it’s all in his dreams. Written in a peculiar Hollywood sci-fi movie style, the story presents spooky journey of the protagonist i.e. DAVID who meets Godly creatures accidently, at the Southern-most hemisphere of the Earth, Antarctica. The book holds the readers’ interest in the wake of knowing what is next, but the abrupt ending of the story, leaves an open end for its sequel… just like Hollywood! Overall, it is a good fictional piece of writing.

Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing, UK
(ISBN 9781782260202, $159.80 USD)

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His works have been adapted and readapted to create new stories, but the original ones still remain evergreen. This timeless collection of 20 books is a tribute to the great writer. It presents a thoughtful selection of twenty plays which have been suitably simplified, narrated and illustrated for young reader. Though the illustrations are in black-and-white, but the effect is same as coloured ones. Every page has an illustration, thereby adding to the visualisation of the reader.

These books can be read by children. The easy-to-read narration and comic-style illustrations are sure to captivate children’s interest and develop their reading skills. Even teachers can use them as a classroom resource. A collector’s item for all!

Author: Sudipta Kumar De
Publisher: Gennext Publications, New Delhi
(Pp 503, ISBN 978-93-8022-287-5, Rs 540)

Oceans always fascinate us...its beauty and bountiness leave us amazed. Most of us feel an emotional tie to the oceans, and breathe a sigh of relief or relaxation as soon as we set our eyes upon the deep blue wilderness, a feeling of coming home. Oceans touch our lives in countless ways. Oceans are unique is a way that life is found all the way from the surface to the very bottom of the deepest part.

The book is written in a lucid and very readable style and provides a wealth of knowledge and insightful analysis, which is a rare amalgam of multidisciplinary perspectives and unique lines of intellectual inquiry.

Author: Dale Carnegie
Publisher: Diamond Books, New Delhi
(Pp 224, ISBN 978-93-5261-259-8, Rs 150)

This international bestseller is a timeless book on tips to win friends and influence people. The revised edition carries the same charm and helpful advice to win friends. It presents a lot of information on personality development, thus making one an extraordinary person. It gives simple tips like smiling and how to start a conversation. The book is simple to follow and can be of a great help to people who are shy or introverts. For others, it can help to make a good and lasting impression and develop leadership skills. A must-read book for everyone!