Tome that caters to intellect & faith

I often speculate if the progenitors of the sacred Rig Veda ever had the faintest idea of the word Hindu. When the venerated sages of the many mandalas that spawned this great compendium of lofty intellectual thought which also blends holy practice and earthy philosophy they were clear about one belief; worship of the Creator. The Rig Veda exhorts the individual to focus on the life here as opposed to the hereafter. It then permits or provides ways and means to connect with the Creator according to ones predilections and needs. Thus, one of the opening richa’s of the Rig Veda categorically states: Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah (1.89.1 Rigveda), which in translation best reads as ‘Let noble thoughts come to us from every direction’..

Stemming from this philosophical belief flows much of that which is described as Hinduism today. Sri Krishna sermonises in the Bhagwad Gita are regarded as divine by the adherents of Hinduism, ‘Just as all rivers fall into the same ocean, all

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A scholarly peep into State politics!

Let me make a confession at the outset. I am a lazy reader. I have never ever read such a bulky (yet thoroughly interesting) book ever in life. The question of reviewing it thus did not arise before. Reading for pleasure is one thing and reading for reviewing a book is different. I have been reviewing books for many years now for different publications but this single book is the mother of all earlier books that I introduced to my readers from time to time. This one huge volume (editors could have split it into twothree volumes but may have their own difficulties) has been with me for some time and I had been flipping through it but never picked up courage to thoroughly read and properly review it. However, the recent political upheavals forced me to pen this piece and re-read most of the book’s 900 odd pages rather hurriedly. Politics is one topic which a large number of educated people love to read about and about an equal number, or perhaps..

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Full flavour of Telugu writing

The short story as a narrative encapsulates an ethos, a plot, a paradigm that is complete in itself with an ease that is deceptive and tantalising in its flow. This anthology has been very carefully and meticulously gleaned from the rich storehouse that Telugu literature is. Every tale is telling. Every tale is relatable. Every tale is identifiable. Every tale is contemporary. This is where the compilation becomes both compelling and contemplative.

The translation is so complete that one can easily divine the patios of the native language in the context of every circumstance and each anecdote. Almost every facet of human emotion, anticipation and condition, has been clothed in a tale that delineates man’s journey from the cradle to the grave. It is in this, that the compilation makes the decisive score. Every story is a

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Jealous mistresses of nine men—politics and practice

Shweta Bansal’s Courting Politics is about nine of India’s distinguished lawyer—politicians. Shweta, a lawyer by education also cleared the civil services and went on to join the coveted Indian Foreign Service. She has featured nine lawyer politicians in her book. All the nine men documented in the book— Ram Jethmalani, Shanti Bhushan, P Chidambaram, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Kapil Sibal, Arun Jaitley, Salman Khurshid, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are legends, both in field of law and politics, which is evident from the fact that six of the nine, have been union ministers The book is divided into nine chapters; each dedicated to a dignitary and discussing the journey of the protagonist highlighting the ups and downs in their professional and personal live..

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Murty presents the trinity for children

Sudha Murty is back with her second book in the mythological series, titled The Man in the Egg: Unusual Tales about the Trinity. The book has three sections - Omkara Swarup, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, and Sambhavami Yuge Yuge which tells numerous stories about the Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh respectively.

Alongside, the stories also tell the importance of rituals and tales behind them, giving a logical insight to the activities performed in a Hindu household. Each story discusses an entirely different concept, such as Brahma’s folly shows how even Gods were not perfect and committed mistakes, The Story of Sati brings into focus the wrath of Shiva and its consequences, and The Bones of Dadhichi explains the importance of sacrificing oneself for a greater good..

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Gurmehar’s subtle attempt at writing an autobiography

Gurmehar Kaur, the girl who rose to fame amidst the infamous clash of 2017 between AISF (All India Student Federation) and ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad), has added yet another feather to her hat—of that of an author. The 20 years old Delhi University student’s ‘Small Acts of Freedom’ is an account of sheer courage in the face of adversity by the three generations of Kaur women. However, these stories are not unusual in any way whatsoever. These are the everyday narrative of every single woman in our families.

The struggles that a woman faces within the four walls of a house might seem too trifle to even notice, but the truth is that they are not. Therefore, the story does not present anything new to the table but it does give away an insight into how those..

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