Posts Tagged ‘divorce’

Nature Chronicles Of India
Ed. by Ananda Banerjee | Rupa | Rs 195

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 4.27.39 PMThis slim collection of essays on Indian wildlife has more on what the naturalists observed during the British Raj than what Indians or others may have in the last 60 years. Should one blame the editor of the compilation for this or the shrinking habitat? In this case, one fears, it’s the former. India has its share of wonderful writers on the subject but it needs a good editor to track them down and share their stories. Unfortunately, neither the publishers nor the editor seem to be too perturbed by their inabilities. Sad.


The Top Ten Things Dead People Want To Tell You
Mike Dooley | Hay House | Rs 299

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 4.27.53 PMThe most interesting thing about this ‘inspirational book’ is its writer. Why? Mike Dooley was an international tax consultant before he became an entrepreneur by kick-starting a philosophical adventure club. One is not sure what sort of club this is and what its adventures are. But if you read a passage, any passage in this book, you’ll learn that “to live is meaningful”. But didn’t we know that already? Honestly, maybe Dooley should read the Bhagwad Gita, who knows what the dead may convey to him and what we may learn from him. Seriously.


To D Or Not To D?
Vijay Nagaswami | Westland | Rs 395

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 4.28.06 PMIt’s very difficult to say what makes or breaks a relationship. The same is true of marriage. According to some studies in India, cruelty and desertion top the list of stated reasons for divorce. Other reasons that often feature in courts are adultery, sexual dissatisfaction and fraudulent or forced marriage. Whatever be the case, people do break up. In this book, written for Indians, the author discusses things that can help people put their relationship on track, and things that may help those who have had enough and want to divorce. It’s a wise book.

(The above reviews appeared in the Sunday edition of Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 1 February 2015)

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The Ex-Files
Vandana Shah | Penguin | Rs 299

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 9.07.05 PMTechnology has made us believe that we all live in a global village, ground facts however are different. Each nation and each society is bound by its own mores and social inequities. Vandana Shah’s coming of age autobiography about a 3-year-old marriage and a 10-year-long divorce reflects the conflicted India we live in. On one had we have ‘well-to-do’ and ‘well-educated’ people who feel entitled to control women (be it fathers, relatives, husbands, sons), and on the other we have Shah, who’s asking, “Will someone please get up and change this system?” It’s a long battle. Still.


The Small Big
Steve J Martin, Noah J Goldstein & Robert B. Cialdini | Profile Books | Rs 399

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 9.07.27 PMModern studies in the field of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, social psychology and behavioral economics have given us many insights about how we react and why. The authors of this book have gathered some of these ‘insights’ to help people organize their businesses and manage their employees. These tips warn the writers need to be used judiciously and wisely, “Trying to use too many tools of persuasion at once could actually make it more difficult to achieve the outcome you are hoping for.” In other words, the tips may not work all the time!


Angie Sage | Bloomsbury | Rs 350

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 9.07.43 PMEveryone needs magic. Angie Sage re-kindles it in her story of Alice Tod Hunter Moon, a young Pathfinder who leaves her seaside village in search of a lost friend, Ferdie. Rumour has it that Ferdie has been taken by the mysterious creature caked Garmin and Alice needs to rescue him. Set against the backdrop of Cornwall marshlands, this story is part of a trilogy sequel to the adventures of Septimus Heap and Jenna, the princes. For those who love the warmth and humour of Sage’s stories this trilogy is a special gift this season. Enjoy it.

(The above reviews appeared in Sunday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 28 December 2014.)

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