Book Reviews

Author: Ramapada Chowdhury
Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(Pp 118, ISBN 978-93-85285-44-8, Rs 295)

What happens when one comes faceto- face with the person you loved when you were young? It is sure to give sparks…but what happens next depends on individual to individual. Second Encounter is a story of Anupam and buy xanax online Anjali who meet after twenty years. This chance encounter turns their lives upside down as a lot has changed. They meet and speak freely and soon realize that their love has remained constant over the years. All is well until they realize that Anupam’s teenage son has fallen for Anjali’s daughter.

Life is not simple, they realize. They ponder over the depth of their unspoken and unfulfilled love, their values and outlook towards life and other questions that go in their minds as they explore the myriad shades of love. Many readers will find a streak of their love life as well.

Author: Ankit Kumar
Publisher: Kalpaz Publications/Gyan Books Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
(Pp 114, ISBN 978-93-5128-236-5, Rs 150)

Here’s a self-help book one can relate to. Written like a story, the book explores the ideas and methods which could help us to be the source of our creator’s smiles. These ideas and methods are simple and generic discount levitra can be incorporated in our daily lives, making us reconnect with our creator and bring God’s love in our lives and make him our true guide and friend. Without being preachy, the book gives solutions to our day-to-day problems in an easy to understand format.

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 resources 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: Vinod Pande; Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(Pp 264, ISBN 978-93-85285-45-5, Rs 250)

The cover itself is a testimony to the fact that the book would be provocative, racy and bold. The story revolves around Saanvri, who learns to use the wanton carnality in men as a means of gratification as well as a weapon for rising high. Soon, she learns that she is merely used and abused by this patriarchal society. Though Saanvri becomes emotionally involved with the men in her lives, she soon realises that they are merely looking for the physical gratification she provided. The story is not new, such things do happen all around and there are so many instances of women being used by men in power. Even today, women are objectified and used by them for mere pleasure. Yet, the story is captivating, compelling reader to know what happens next. But, the only thing that disturbs is the use of cuss words in Hindi, which could have been avoided.

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?’