Book Reviews

Author: Varija R Bolar 
Publisher: Readworthy Publications (P) Ltd
(Pp 298, ISBN 978-93-5018-010-5, Rs 2,999)

Karnataka adorns many Hindu temples, many of which have not been thoroughly surveyed and studied. These temples were constructed with different motivations – first out of devotion and fear and then for economic affluence and technical competence. The book helps to understand their antiquity of temples of different sects but also understand their chronology. The book aspires to be an exhaustive study on comprehensive scale, right from 3rd century BC to 1050 AD. The book is chronologically based on the inscriptions found by her in 19 districts of Karnataka as existed from the year 1956 to 1997.

Readers would also understand the influence of different sects of Hinduism like Saiva, Vaisnava, Sakti, Surya, Syncretistic cults and village deities. The role of the patrons of the society who encouraged patronage towards construction, consecration and maintenance of the temples has been examined as well. With more than twenty coloured pictures of the various temples, this scholarly work would be appreciated by scholars all over the world.

The author Varija R Bolar is the associate professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, Karnatak University, Dharwad. When she went for research for the temples, she did not find even the remains of the temples. Temples just remained in inscriptions and not in real forms. Hence, it is a historical book which might serve as a great reference material.
–Vasu V

Author: Ishwar C Dhingra
Publisher: Sultan Chand & Sons
(Pp 870, ISBN 978-81-8054-831-7, Rs 465)

This twenty-fifth thoroughly revised edition of the book is a modest attempt to catch the fast-changing profile of the Indian economy. Some deadwood had been removed and more attention has been devoted to analysis of different issues that Indian economy gets confronted with.

Some of the additional topics in the book include: happy planet index; report of the committee on the measurement of economic performance and social progress; Tendulkar Committee report on poverty estimates; India gender gap review; Copenhagen accord; Kirit Parekh Committee report; recent food inflation of India; 12th five year plan (FYP-12); report to the people on employment in micro, small and medium enterprises; report of the committee on financial inclusion; mobile banking; benchmark prime lending rate and base rate; 13th finance commission report and union budget 2010-11.

This textbook systematically analyses different aspects of India’s economic scene in a proper theoretical backdrop. In course of identifying the potentials and pressure areas, it diagnoses the various economic problems in their entirety and suggests suitable remedies to deal with them. The book also has unsolved question papers of BA, BCom, MA, BBA, UPSC civil services exams, etc. 
- Archana

Author: Dr Dinanath Rai
Publisher: Kundalini Yoga Research Institute, Lucknow
(Pp 164, ISBN 81-900929-1-X, Rs 80)

Indian scriptures abound in references to medicinal plants used in Ayurveda. India has a rich supply of medicinal plants and despite all the medicines available at the medical stores; we still resort to herbal remedies for common ailments. Some of these remedies have been scientifically proved to be effective. Grand Mother’s Herbal Remedies is a collection of such remedies.

The book explains 65 herbs, their common names, parts used for medicine, details about the plant, method of administration and therapeutic benefits. All these remedies have been given by Dr Dinanath Rai, who is a practicing Yoga and Ayurveda expert and founder president of the Indian Academy of Natural Therapeutics, Lucknow.
–V Verma

Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta
Photographs: Clare Arni
Publisher: Niyogi Books
(Pp 262, ISBN 978-81-89738-64-8)

No one forgets the first sight of Hampi. The road from the town of Hospet to Hampi climbs up the hill, curving higher and higher and then there is a steep suicidal turn and your heart stops. Spread across the landscape as far as the eye can see, are the remains of a city. Between the stony hills and by the Tungabhadra river and all around Hampi, history awaits you in red-gold silence, frozen in stone.

Such is the beauty of Hampi which has been brought alive in this book. Beautiful colour pictures printed on art paper, the book is a feast to the eyes, showing Vijayanagar through the lens and through equally appealing write-ups.

Hampi is one of the greatest heritage sites in India and a World Heritage Site of UNESCO - has not only temples or palaces but has the remains of the complete medieval city – the magnificent Vijayanagar. An exquisite collection of monuments lie scattered across a picturesque landscape.

The author Subhadra Sen Gupta aims to capture the fascinating, vibrant and many-hued aspects of the people, places and history of India while Clare Arni is a Bangalore based photographer who specializes in architecture, travel and documentary photography.
–V Verma

Author: Mira Aditi 
Publisher: Institute De Rescherches Evolutives, France
(Pp 214, ISBN 978-81-88893-25-6, Rs 130)

It’s an absolutely conscious work, which I could call ‘methodical’ that is imposed on the body so that one part after the other, and all parts, all the groups of cells, learn…true life.’

Satprem: The Mind of the Cells tackles with new sources of energy, new means of communication, a new power to handle matter. Inspired by the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Mother’s incredible discovery in the cells of the body, the book opens up a new biology and a new consciousness which will enable us to
meet the challenge of a species on its way to self-destruction.