Book Reviews

Author: Poonam Surie
Publisher: Konark Publishers, New Delhi
(Pp 117, ISBN 9789322008871, Rs 250)

Poetry books are scarce these days. Those in search of a good one may end their pursuit with Poona Surie’s Scattered Rays, which reflects multitude of emotions, experiences and reflections that subconsciously exist somewhere. An anthology of 114 poems, this poetry book draws a picture of life the poet draws from her own or someone else’s life. Most of the poems in the collection reflect some thoughts and actions that compel the poet to a point where she can’t stop penning down her thought.

Reflecting brilliantly in the poems, such as The Sari Shop, On Diplomatic Dinner, The Sea of Fragrant Snow, The Terrorist and Paper Flowers, is the poet’s wide canvas of rich experiences she has garnered through her travels crossing the borders, traversing across cultures, seeking out empathy for people she knew or complete strangers to her. This book of poem deals issues that touch human lives, which is important in the contemporary architecture of social life.

- Jyaneswar Laishram

Author: Eram Fatma
Publisher: KW Publishers Pvt Ltd
(Pp 136, ISBN 978-93-86288-63-9, Rs 400)

Border trade between India and China was closed shortly before the India- China war of 1962. The growing tensions between the two countries due to border issues along with India’s stand to give refuge to the Dalai Lama added fuel to fire. There was about a decade and a half long Cold War like situation that existed between the two countries. Relations began to normalise from the mid-1970s. On 16 December 1991, India and China signed a memorandum of understanding on resumption of Border Trade. It was decided initially it would be carried out at one point across the Uttar Pradesh-Tibet border through the Lipulekh pass. This was followed by the reopening of Border Trade in 1992. Two years down the line, a second trading point was reopened across Himachal Pradesh- Tibet border through the Shipki La. Later in 2006, Nathu La pass was reopened in Sikkim as per the agreement signed between India and China in 2003.

In the decade that has followed, few of the expectations that the people in the Sikkim region had from the opening of this route has materialised. This work deals primarily with the nature of the border trade across the Nathu La, the expectations the people had from it, and humble for suggestions for attaining them. The book throws light on the way of addressing to the objectives of study.

- Vasu V

Edited by: Rajnish Wattas and cialis samples in canada Deepika Gandhi
Publisher: Niyogi Books
(Pp 260, ISBN 978-93-85285-85-1)

With the recent recognition of Chandigarh's Capitol Complex as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the spotlight on its creator, Le Corbusier considered the 20th century's greatest architect-planner attains a more illustrious glow. Against this backdrop, Le Corbusier Rediscovered: Chandigarh and Beyond weaves together an anthology of inspired essays by eminent, global experts on Corbusier's life, ideas and work, both in Chandigarh and at other places.

The book is a commemoration of the legendary architect Le Corbusier and his masterpiece the city of Chandigarh. It features essays by world-famous architects and urban planners on Le Corbusier and his vision. It includes almost 250 images, maps and rare sketches by Le Corbusier himself, on the city of Chandigarh.

The diverse yet interlinked themes forming a composite compendium, rediscover the timelessness of Corbusier's architecture and revisit his impact in India and the world over. Current issues like conservation of Chandigarh's architectural heritage, future strategies for its growth and the Smart City model for Indian urbanization are also addressed. The book is imbued with a patina of historicity imparted by the inclusion of some rare archival images and once daily cialis try it texts.

With focussed essays by international experts like BV Doshi, William JR Curtis, Raj Rewal, Rahul Mehrotra, Jacques Sbriglio, Michel Richard, Alfredo Brillembourg, SD Sharma, Jagan Shah, Rajnish Wattas and Sumit Kaur on thematically linked topics this richly illustrated book - with nearly 250 images - constitutes a seminal new publication. It rediscovers Le Corbusier and his crowning glory Chandigarh, viewed afresh in a new light.

- Vasu V

Author: H Sarvothaman
Publisher: Asiatech Publishers, Inc
(Pp 388, ISBN 978-81-87680-33-4, Rs 540)

Even though awareness towards environment has significantly improved in the last three decades, yet, it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the implementation of the measures to improve the environment around us and avoid the disaster risks that cause the hazards. It is foremost important to know the fundamental form of energy and nutrients that sustain the ecosystem is produced, as also the flow of energy and nutrients to various levels of energy consumers, and the overall function of the ecosystem. It requires an understanding of the energy flow patterns to sustain the array of flora and fauna in the ecosystem and alter our food habits for sustainability. All these information is incorporated in the book.

Divided into eighteen chapters, the book is a valuable resource on environment science.

- Varsha Verma

Author: Evald Flisar
Publisher: Nirala Publications, New Delhi
(Pp 243, ISBN 9788182500945)

Captivating, as always, is the work of Slovene author Evald Flisar. He is a master craftsman of diverse genres covering literary fiction, travelogue and children’s stories. His books have been translated into English and other languages, including Hindi and Bengali. Words Above The Clouds, originally Besede Nad Oblaki, is translated by Timothy Pogacar from Slovene, and it is a mixture of detective uncertainty, tragedy, laughter and derision of people (air passengers) who involve in personal conversations of all kinds—polite or chatty, rude or disturbing. First chapter of the book opens with the narrator and his young son travelling to Australia, for meeting his wife after a gap of two years. The young boy tirelessly chatters throughout the air trip and asks his father questions why his mother is away from them, childish at some sense, but all painstaking reality that often bites.

This book is an increasingly dramatic exploration, as most of the chapters/stories are written in dialogues. The dialogues echo the fragmentary nature of contemporary human thought and a catalogue of deceptions people employ in their dealing with one another, all visibly displayed among passengers travelling long air journeys that include newly married couples, gay-heterosexual partners, relatives and complete strangers. This book is yet another brilliantly compiled history Evald Flisar has written collecting human ideas shared and expressed.

- Jyaneswar Laishram