Book Reviews

Author: Ranjan Kumar Singh
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
(Pp 142, ISBN 978-1-4828-7315-3, Rs 2499 (paperback), Rs 169 (Kindle))

The Islamic Monuments of Delhi is the second book on the monuments of Delhi by author-filmmaker Ranjan Kumar Singh. His first book on the subject Delhi: Rising above Ruins (published by Parijat) was highly appreciated. The present book (published by Partridge India) contains text and i use it viagra buy now photographic description of sixty beauties of the Islamic architecture in Delhi. It also presents a very concise and comprehensive history of Delhi with some interesting anecdotes.

Ranjan Kumar Singh, author and filmmaker, has created both print and audiovisual media specializing in depictions of art and culture. He has published six books and released more than 150 hours of films. He has presented papers on Indology and Upanishadic philosophy at several conferences worldwide. His two photo exhibitions on the Monuments of

Delhi have been highly acclaimed. Commenting on his works to generate awareness towards the monuments of Delhi, the former Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit exclaimed, “Historically and it-rechtsanwalt.at pictorially outstanding – just like Delhi!”. Italian diplomat Antonio Armellini too finds his work “very interesting, beautiful and well documented showcase of Delhi’s archaeological treasures.”



Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
(Pp 224, ISBN 978-0-2412-6430-0, Rs 999)

Aimed at the city dweller with little or no space for gardening, Gardening in Urban India will equip readers with important practical know-how while helping them understand their local environment better. Whether it is a small patio, large balcony, or a neglected verandah, this book packs in innovative ways to create a green oasis in urban homes. From step-by-step creative DIY projects, to easy growing techniques, to a detailed plant catalogue on the local plants, this book brings craft into the garden and plants into every home.

Nothing speaks more of tranquility and peace than a patch of lush greenery and colorful flowers, however big or small. But with urban living spaces shrinking, it seems like a distant dream. However, with a little touch of creativity, one can transform the tiniest of spaces into our own little personal garden. That’s what the book is all about.

It is a go-to-guide for city dwellers who want to develop their own patch of garden.

From explaining the basics of gardening to creative doit- yourself projects, the book covers everything an urban gardener would like to know.

The book is divided into six major sections – assess your environment, garden essentials, transform your space, garden projects, caring for your plants and plant directory. Written in an easy-to-understand language and format, the book equips the reader with practicalknow-how.The beautiful pictures and step-by-step approach are soothing to the eyes and motivate the reader to pick up gardening gloves and shovels and simply ‘go green.’



Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Publisher: Penguin India

Have you ever thought about what really happens after death? Taking us on a tour around Yama, God of Death’s world is the Anuja Chandramouli in her book “Yama’s Lieutenant.’ The book creates an invisible link between the mortal and immortal world. Agni, a young and carefree youth, is chosen as the saviour of Yama’s bride who is being chased down by the seven vices and their formless accomplice.

As challenging as the mission appears, it is also about Agni also faces his personal demons and losses that are invariably linked to the mission. He loses his twin sister to these evil immortals who have escaped from Yama’s prison. They are also on a mission to hunt down Agni.

On the onset, Anuja’s book seems to be a simple Good vs. Evil story. But the multi-layered story keeps the reader glued to the book. For instance, even immortals are not free from the clutches of jealousies, broken relationships and family disputes. Also, Anuja gives a horrid picture of the punishments meted out to those who are sent to the hell. The author has also contrasted the co-existence of extreme vileness and purity. The latter comes out in the form of a chaste kanya gurukul that exists in today’s world without being noticed.

The characters in the book have been thoughtfully created. Some of them are Varuna, Agni’s twin who is shrouded in mystery throughout the book. Minothi, a kanya from the gurukul, is vested with immense powers that she was never aware of. And also, there is Varuna’s manuscript that unfolds the story of Yama and his personal feuds.

Despite taking up a character like Yama, Anuja has managed to keep the plot detailed and interesting. An ideal read wherein you never realise when fantasy, mythology and reality really juxtaposed each other.



Author: Anita Roy, Publisher: Dorling
Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
(Pp 128, ISBN 978-0-2412-7101-8, Rs 399)

A lively read to ignite young minds, 100 Events that Made Indian History takes readers through India’s most incredible historical moments. Though not easy to zero in on 100 moments that shaped India’s history, Anita Roy has segregated the events into four parts – social firsts, battles and bust-ups, all change, and amazing achievements.

Written in a child-friendly way, the book informs but steers clear from being preachy. Beautiful illustrations support every achievement recorded in the book, and there’s not a single dull page. Every page clamours to better the last, with interesting information and attractive visuals. A must-have for every child!



Author: Keshav Aneel
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors, New
Delhi,
(Pp 154, ISBN 978-93-82665-73-1, Rs 175)

The book is a story of dreams, friendship, struggle and a will to make up for every loss with love by your side. The story revolves around two friends – Charlie and Edwin, who leave everything back in village for a new life in a city. While, Edwin is here to chase his dream of becoming an actor, Charlie is there to help his friend achieve his dream, until Charlie meets Aster, who is walking through instabilities of her own destiny. Intricately woven, the book will appeal to young readers!



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