Book Reviews

Author: Dr GN Chauhan
Publisher: Popular Book depot
(Pp 350, ISBN 973-81-86098-35-8, Rs 350)

Our kitchen is full of foods which have healing properties but we don’t know how to use them efficiently. The book is a comprehensive guide which helps in curing the disease in a natural way. It gives an intensive detail of almost every disease and how to heal with usage of certain foods, which are rich in minerals, vitamins, trace elements, vital nutrients and other substances that have positive medicinal and curative values. Easy to understand and follow, the book is a boon for one and all!

- Varsha Verma

Author: Meta B Doherty
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
Pvt Ltd, Delhi
(Pp 166, ISBN 978-81-208-4096-6, Rs 345)

We all know the benefits of Ayurveda and it is important to reiterate the facts. Ayurveda is the Science of Life that originated in the distant past (over 40,000 years ago) on the Indian mainland. The principles of Ayurveda are rooted in the intense and astute study of the laws of nature and how they apply to human life. The principles, when understood, can be used effectively to shape a life filled with wellness and health.

The book is uncomplicated yet holds true to the sublime principles of life. It is a step-by-step book which shows how to take care of your body and mind. This book will become a handbook to many who seek better health and a more fulfilled life.

- Vasu V

Author: Sudhir Chakravarti
Translator: Utpal K Banerjee
Publisher: Niyogi Books
(Pp 390, ISBN 978-93-85285-69-1, Rs 595)

The book is a translation from the Bengali original Gobheer Nirjon Potheye. It throws light on the mystic minstrels that have been part of the Indian society for centuries. Not much is known about their art and lifestyle which is not only unique, but also intriguing. The author has extensively travelled to the remotest areas of Bengal such as Nadia, Murshidabad, Birbhum, and Bardhaman, to know more about them.

Tracing the distinctive strain of folkfore, music and spiritual beliefs, the book throws up certain characters which have no archetypes, lending a composite structure to all. The book highlights the contributions of the bauls, bairagis, dervishes, fakirs, sahajiyasin in the Indian society. All in all, a very good attempt to know the relatively unknown world.

- Vasu V

Author: Yasaswini Sampathkumar
Illustrator: Henu Mahtani
Publisher: Pratham Books
(Pp 16, ISBN 978-93-8672-137-2, Rs 40)

Kottavi Raja had trouble sleeping... but only at night. During the day, when his ministers discussed complex problems, he’d find himself nodding of f. He asked everyone for remedies. Nothing seemed to work. Where had Nidra Devi gone?

An interesting story with befitting colourful pictures, the book is a real treat for the eyes. The language is simple…children will love to hear or read the story. Another beautiful book from Pratham’s treasure trove!

- Varsha Verma

Author: Vinod Malhotra
Publisher: Third Eye, an imprint of Pentagon Press
(Pp 194, ISBN 978-93-86618-00-9, Rs 295)

The debate whether Krishna or Arjuna are historical or mythological personages, will continue as long as the word Bhagwadgita is spoken. What is more relevant is the context, vulnerabilities, lifestyle and the avowed goals of human existence. The breadth and the depth of Krishna's wisdom encapsulated in 700 verses have no parallel and are relevant for the entire mankind in a timeless paradigm. This book is a humble attempt at simplifying the esoteric contents of Gita for a universal reference.

This book gives practical aspects of management of our life and teaches us how to apply the teachings of Gita in our day-to-day life. It delivers valuable insights on how most of the physical pains that we experience, are due to our "thoughts." Written in an easy-to-understand language, the book is a must read for people of all ages.

- Varsha Verma