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A Festival of Krishna — Under the Kadamba Tree: Harsha V. Dehejia; Roli Books (P) Ltd., M-75, Greater Kailash-II Market,

New Delhi-110048.

Rs. 2975.

This coffee-table book along with a DVD, Ateliers of Love, is a journey of poets, painters and patrons featuring paintings of the loves of Krishna, His sports, divine deeds and above all the celebrated rasa lila. Krishna is not only for the royalty and the nobility. He belongs to the people, the potter and the puppeteer, the bride and the mother for He is celebrated at village fairs and in chowks. Equally the modern artist does not remain untouched by the magic of Krishna and depicts Him on his palette.

This mystical journey is a festival of heart throbbing love and pulsating romance, of tender moments of longing and belonging, and ultimately of listening to the flute of Krishna within oneself for that is where the journey ends.

To wait under the Kadamba tree is to invite Krishna into our lives and enter the magical and charmed world of His love.

Asian Security Dynamic — US, Japan and the Rising Powers: Edited by V. R. Raghavan; Pub. by Delhi Policy Group, Promilla & Co. Publishers in association with Bibliophile South Asia, C-127, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 375.

This book, a compilation of papers and views, is the outcome of an international seminar, Asian Security Dynamic, conducted by the Delhi Policy Group.


The major themes addressed are: security dimensions of power relations in Asia, and the possible shift in power structure; utilities and limitations of regional security frameworks in Asia; Japan’s emerging nationalism and its new Asia policy; China’s rising role in Asia and its new approach to Asian security; China, India and Japan — the economic and political forces driving a new Asia; and an Indian perspective on the strategic dynamic between China and Japan.

Think on These Things: J. Krishnamurti; Edited by D. Rajagopal, Krishnamurti Foundation of India, Vasanta Vihar, 124, Greenways Road, R.A.Puram, Chennai-600028. Rs. 50.

Published previously as “This Matter of Culture” this is an excellent introduction to J.Krishnamurti’s teachings for the young and the old. Consisting of his talks and discussions with students, teachers and parents in India, it has been translated into the major languages of the world. Krishnamurti states, in unmistakeable terms, that the function of education is not different from the purpose of human life itself. “The function of education is to bring about a release of energy in the pursuit of goodness, truth, or God, which in turn makes the individual a true human being and therefore the right kind of citizen… As a river creates the banks which hold it, so the energy which seeks truth creates its own discipline without any form of imposition, and as the river finds the sea, so the energy finds its own freedom.”

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