Book Reviews

Author: Vibha Batra
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India, New Delhi
(Pp 183, ISBN: 97893859364, Rs 199)

This romantic comedy revolves around the protagonist Misha, a makeup artist, who after a series of twists and turns falls in love with Akki, a model whom she frequently associates in fashion weeks.

Despite being a dark horse, Akki passionately responds to her love; but the hindrance that comes between them is his Didi, would be sister-in-law of Misha. Ever since both the parents of Akki had passed away, Didi was in search of a dignified and homely bahu, which she thinks geeky, gawky and gainfully employed Misha wouldn’t fit. But the question here is will Misha be able to win Didi over this khandaani bahu brigade?

Author: PC Sarkar
Publisher: Kalpaz Publications, Delhi
(Pp 220, ISBN 9789322051281399, Rs 900)

The origin & history of Lucknow is truly intriguing not just to the historians but also to the common man. The history of Lucknow can be traced back to the ancient times of the Suryavanshi Dynasty. Lucknow Buildings, Begums and The British by PC Sarkar is not about history, rather it is a book about heritage. As a city, Lucknow has witnessed many turmoil during the past three centuries. The history of Lucknow is both rich and fascinating. The history of Lucknow reveals interesting and often charming aspects of the culture and try viagra for free life of the people of Lucknow.

The book deals with three different areas which are complimentary to each other. It very lucidly describes the building of Lucknow, the lesser known history of the Begums, who contributed to the growth and development of the city of Lucknow and British who ruled by proxy through their Residents.

PC Sarkar in this immensely researched book has thrown light on the lessor known but significant aspects of the history of Lucknow by incorporating information about events of the life and times of the British residents.

Supported by an exhaustive bibliography and large number of images of bygone era of Lucknow, the author has made this work a treasure– worth reading and preserving.

Yoga: The Science of the Soul Vol.1
Author: Osho; Publisher: Diamond Books
(Pp 256, ISBN 9789352612055 Rs 250)

Yoga is an integral part of our health-conscious cultural landscape practised by millions for health and fitness reasons. Yoga is not just a body exercise programme; it has a philosophical and generic cialis paypal look here spiritual dimension to it.

Diamond Books has brought a 10-part series of talks titled Yoga: The Path of Soul in which Osho talks about Yoga. This is the first book in the series and introduces us to Patanjali, the founder of ancient Yoga in India. It takes us step by step into a deeper understanding of the essence and origin of Yoga.

If you wish to meditate but find your mind drift away too soon, this is a book for you as Osho breaks down Yoga sutras in easy to digest chunks. He believes that there are no rigid rules to accomplish it, just ideas which can be digested and incorporated in our consciousness. The book teaches us exactly that.

Author: Sanjay Koppikar
Publisher: Sapna Ink
(Pp 282, ISBN 9789386116376, Rs 245)

The book Divided Minds is a tribute to scientists who are trying to make our lives better through nano technologies. As the name goes, characters in the book have divided minds – they are in a dilemma whether to go in one direction or the other.

Three parallel stories run together; but are entwined together. There is a brilliant scientist whose breakthrough in nano technology can change the world; a girl who has to choose between two men – one who stood by her in thick and thin and another who evokes deep feelings; and an army general who has to choose between his job and saving the nation.

The plot is interesting and reminds us how we battled the war within ourselves, making life’s toughest decisions.

Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(ISBN 987-93-85285-33-2, Rs 350; $ 10)

There are no Gods in North Korea is a pleasant travelogue. Written by Anjaly Thomas, the book chronicles her solo trips to North Korea, China, Mongolia, Egypt, Uganda, Nairobi and Turkey. The book is narrated in a conversational style, giving readers a sense of being privately engaged. The approach to the book is commendable as the author is being honest in her observations. From dancing in the rain in North Korea much to the chagrin of Miss Deer and Giraff, the tour guides, to finding her own roads in Mongolia where she is awed by the vastness of Gobi desert, she is the quintessential backpaker you’d want to go on a trip with. She doesn’t mince words; she is brutaly honest, which readers will find refreshing.

She related Pyongyang at night to a ghost city, and said, tellingly, that the Hermit Kingdom lacks people, life, colour, taffic jam and noise. Yet, she does not complain because, in her own words, she has stayed in far worse places. Even though she had to lie to gain entry into North Korea, her writing betrays that. She is honest yet restraint, in a good way, of course.

In Uganda, she is confronted by a pimp outside the airport asking if she needed a service. In Turkey, she tried couchsurfing and in China, she stopped to marvel at the Great Wall. These are some of the touristy encounters. She has done the African wild, too. Hoever, more than anything else if there is one thing that sets this book apart, it is this: through all these trips, she offers some interesting insights into the nature of human being and the extent of its diversity, all the while, questioning and celebrating.

In her writing, Anjaly uses sarcasm as an effective literary tool and asks a lot of rhetorical questions. The title of the book is not inspired by the communist ideology of godless state, but by the simple fact that North Koreans propitiate the Kims, much like the rest do their gods.

As you flip through the pages, you will get a sense of the zeitgeist that the author lived through, and begin to feel liberated even when confronted with vulnarabilities in the narration. You will find your own prejudices being radically redifined as you explore beyond your immediate surrounding through the book. Somewhere through the journey, you will find your own insecurity – to go out and explore the world – being addressed. There are ample humors too to lift your spirit. It is a journey of rediscovery worth taking. You must grab a copy and explore the world.

–Thanglenhao Haokip