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The Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati
Michel Danino
Penguin, 2010, pp 357, Rs 399


Drawing from recent research in a wide range of disciplines, this book discusses differing viewpoints and proposes a harmonious synthesis — a fascinating tale of exploration that brings to life the vital role the ‘lost river of the Indian desert’ played before its waters gurgled to a stop.

 

 

Hundred Tamil Folk & Tribal Tales
Translated by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan
Orient BlackSwan, 2010, pp 291

In this collection is a rich variety of tales of a major South Indian oral tradition. It proves an easy access to the cultural registers and linguistic more of a tribal/folk population at a crucial juncture of colonial modernity. As a vibrant vein of wit and wisdom in Dravidian lives and traditions, the tribal-tale receives the first-ever straight look in these pages.

Hero Giri
Mainak Dhar
Random House, 2010, pp 288, Rs 199


Arnab Bannerjee, a shy 25-year-old, has little excitement in his life other than tracking down missing books as an assistant librarian in a Delhi college. Until the day he is beaten up during a bank robbery and he discovers that he has superhuman powers. And then begins his crusade against eve-teasers, corrupt policemen, and scheming politicians.


 

I Could Not Save Mahatma Gandhi
Jagdishchandra Jain, Compiled by James Campbell
Frontpage, 2010, pp 180

In early 1948, Dr Jain came to know of the plot to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi. He immediately informed the Bombay government, but unfortunately, his warning went unheeded. Jain had information of the secret plan when the Punjabi refugee Madanlal Pahwa, one of the key conspirators, had confided in him. What followed was a series of plots and an amazing tale of government apathy versus a lone citizen’s frustrating attempt to thwart one of the biggest conspiracies of the century.

Moving pictures: Rickshaw Art of Bangladesh
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt & David J Williams
Mapin Publishing , 2010

Rickshaws in Dhaka are viewed by the officials as a traffic nuisance in a metropolitan city. The rickety machines are seen as jamming up the roads of Dhaka and slowing down its traffic, thus pulling it towards a colonial past when the nation wants to move ahead at a fast pace. Yet, beautifully painted and brilliantly decorated, rickshaws are indeed one of the defining features of Dhaka, turning the city of mosques into a city of rickshaws.

Running on Full
Tina Sharma Tiwari
Rupa, 2010, pp 209, Rs 95

Men and sport can be exciting on their own, but what happens when you combine the two? Fast-paced and funny, this book takes you through the by-lanes of New Delhi, the high streets of Hong Kong, cricket stadiums of Mumbai and inside the head of a maverick young woman who insists on living life on her own terms.

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