“Devi: The Goddesses of India” edited by John Stratton Hawley & Donna Marie Wulff

Hindus, by and large, are accustomed to a plethora of Gods and Goddesses. From childhood on they have seen their parents and the elders in their houses worship a myriad of gods and goddesses. Every child will remember a shrine, big or small, ornate or simple, which housed the gods and goddesses to which the family prayed. The Gods and Goddesses which featured in the prayers often depended upon which part of the country one lived in. In the North of India, it was commonly Vaishno Devi, just as it was Durga in the East of India and Saraswati , the Goddess of Learning in the South of India. Perhaps Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth was a common factor all over the country. I too had my own notions about the Goddesses of India. Continue reading ““Devi: The Goddesses of India” edited by John Stratton Hawley & Donna Marie Wulff”

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“A Toast To Plum- Celebrating P.G.Wodehouse”

Having been a huge fan of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse for over 45 years, it’s not surprising that I chose to write about his works for my first foray into non-fiction. Let me explain what I have in mind. There have been many biographies about him. The ones by Frances Donaldson and Robert Crum come readily to mind. I decided to follow another route, the one taken by renowned experts like Jaggard, Garrison and Hill, which is to compile a compendium of his works. Continue reading ““A Toast To Plum- Celebrating P.G.Wodehouse””

TIME list of Best Non-Fiction

I like non-fiction just as I like fiction. Memories of my childhood are replete with many biographies and autobiographies particularly of military leaders after the Second World War. If, like me, you enjoy non-fiction, here’s a list for the connoisseur. TIME magazine has put together its list of the 100 Top Non-Fiction books since 1923. Continue reading “TIME list of Best Non-Fiction”