HT Picks: The most interesting reads of the week
A book on the Andaman and Nicobar islands, another on Japan, and one on fantastic Parsi characters!Updated: Nov 22, 2019 20:22 IST
THE GREAT NICOBAR ISLAND BY REHAN RAZA
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a group of 572 islands, located in the Bay of Bengal, form a beautiful canvas of vivid colours. A paradisiacal landscape, the islands are blessed with unique tropical rainforests , varieties of forest animals, exotic sea beaches and exclusive tourist attractions.
The Great Nicobar Island helps us understand how Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in general, and Great Nicobar, in particular, can be a keystone of India’s strategic and development trajectory. It also describes the fascinating collection of the exotic flora and fauna of the island and discusses the identity and tradition of the Nicobarese and Shompen tribes. Author Rehan Raza accounts his journey to Indira Point, Navy Dera, Mount Thullier, Galathea, Makachua and Afra Bay and thus parts of the book read like a delightful travelogue. It gives a vivid description of the potential tourism sites of Great Nicobar Island along with illustrating all the popular tourist destinations of Andaman Islands. In a personal account, Raza captures the ordeals of the tsunami survivers and the efforts made by the administration in the aftermath.
In his professional capacity as the SDM and Assistant Commissioner, Campbell Bay, Raza outlines the challenges to and discusses the prospects of unlocking the potential of growth and development in the Great Nicobar Island and transforming it into a strategic asset. A treasure of information, this book will be of immense value to scholars, strategic experts, bureaucrats and tourists visiting the islands. *
JAPAN MADE EASY BY SANDEEP GOYAL
For the average Indian, Japan is the land of the bullet train, zippy cars, and geishas – as also hard to understand. However, what appears to be opaque and insular to the world outside turns out toe be a society that is friendly, intimate, and loosely knit when you get to know it better.
In Japan Made Easy, Sandeep Goyal, an old hand at explaining the country, takes us on a joyous roller-coaster ride through Japanese aesthetics, business, culture, food, philosophy, spirituality and much else to make this land of mystery and mystique familiar to us.
With India’s rising number of tourists to Japan and Olympics 2020 on the horizon, this book is the best guide to a complex, nuanced and an utterly loveable country.*
THE BAWAJI; CHRONICLES OF A VANISHING COMMUNITY BY BERJIS DESAI
Fifty Parsi portraits include:
The city father assassinated in broad daylight
The aristocratic sisters owing allegiance to the British monarchy, fifty years after independence
The principal who bent all this principles for a masseuse
The accountant who organized tax raids on his own clients
The thumri humming high priest of Navsari
The conman who met Marilyn Monroe through time travel
The renowned forensic expert who hypnotized roosters
The stud who fathered half a village in Pune
The serpent avatars with their Bollywood glitz
The serial philanderer who seduced countless domestics behind a water tank*
*All copy from book flap.