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Elections and coalition politics
INDIA'S 1999 ELECTIONS AND 20TH CENTURY POLITICS: Paul Wallace and Ramashray Roy — Editors, Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B-42, Panchsheel Enclave, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 850. THIS VOLUME is a successor to the editors' 1999 ...


From the pages of history
CHENNAI — Annals and Antiquities: Sir Charles Lawson; Shubhi Publications, 15, A.K.D. Towers, Section 14, Gurgaon. Rs. 950. WHILE WELCOMING this reprint of a hard-to-find historical classic, I cannot for the life of me figure ...
Insight into Carnatic music
RAGA SUDHA — Understanding Carnatic Music: B.R.C. Iyengar;, copies available from the author, 54, Ishaq Colony, Secunderabad-560015. Rs. 125. THE BOOK, in the main, is addressed to the general lover of carnatic music who may not ...
State and identity
THE FORGING OF NATIONHOOD: Gyanendra Pandey and Peter Geschiere — Editors; Manohar Publishers and Distributors, 2/6, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 500. TEN CONTRIBUTORS show a disturbing continuity between colonial ...
Upanishad according to Ramanuja's system
PRINCIPAL UPANISHADS,Vol.II — Chandogya Upanishad: N. S. Anantha Rangacharya; 780, Fifth Main Road, Vijayanagar, Bangalore-560040. Rs. 250. THE AUTHOR of the book under review is an erudite scholar and has written and translated ...
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Authors and publishers are welcome to send copies of their books to The Hindu for review. While every effort will be made to acknowledge receipt of the books under "New Arrivals", the decision to review a book rests entirely with the ...
Know Your English

WHAT IS the origin of "apple of discord"?
When you say that something is the "apple of discord" what you mean is that it is the cause of dispute. It's surprising how much trouble the apple has caused. Eating the forbidden fruit resulted in Adam and Eve being thrown out of Eden. A ...
What is the difference between "every day" and "everyday"?
These are two words that are often confused by people. When used as two words, it means daily. Here are a few examples. * Why should I have a bath every day? * There's no need for you to call him every day. * The children play tennis every ...
Is it OK to say "consensus of opinion"?
We hear the expression all the time, don't we? The consensus of opinion is this is the best movie in town. The consensus of opinion is that the law should be passed without any changes. We find such sentences in newspapers all the time. So, if ...
What is the meaning of the word "couple" in the following sentence? "I'll be gone a couple of days".
Dictionaries define the word couple as "two". So it can mean that you will be gone for two days. But usually in everyday speech, the word "couple" is used to mean "a few". So you could be gone for more than two days. When someone says that ...
How is the word "beat" pronounced in the following sentence? The Australians beat us quite easily.
It rhymes with "meat", "seat", and "heat". Some people pronounce it like the word "bet". It is wrong to pronounce it this way. * * * And God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light, but the Electricity Board said he would have ...

Language Books

TAMIL
Multifaceted personality
KAMARAJ ORU SAHAPTHAM: A.Gopanna; Surya Publications, `Kamaraj Bhavan', 573 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai-600006. Rs. 500. THE CALL for the revival of Kamaraj rule in Tamil Nadu is now very strident from Congress leaders. However, it ...
TAMIL
Commentary on Tiruvaimozhi
BHAGAWAD VISHAYAM — NANGAM PATTU: Puttur Krishnaswamy Iyengar — Editor; Sri Sundarsana Trust, 5, Puttur Agraharam, Trichy-620017. Rs. 125. AMONG THE commentaries of Tiruvaimozhi, the Etu has a unique position in the ...
KANNADA
Overview of theatre architecture
RANGAMANDIRAGALU — ONDU ADHYAYANA — A Study of Architectural Dimensions of Contemporary Theatre: K. R. Sumathi — Editor; Rangayana Vinoba Road, Mysore-570005. Rs. 30. A VERY good book on theatre construction it ...
HINDI
Feminist concerns
AMRITMAYI: Madhu Dhawan; Sahitya Bhavan (P) Ltd., 93, Zero Road, Allahabad-211003. Rs. 90. THIS IS a collection of verses by a woman writer-teacher asserting the rights of women to freedom from male domination, and proclaiming ...
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