The Queen of Indian Pop: The Tribune India


FOR a whole generation of music lovers, Usha Uthup, with her legendary bindi and silk sarees, was the first whiff of pop music, that too in their own language. “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” (1971) catapulted her to instant fame. Fifty years later, Uthup, who embodies a unique vivacity, continues to excite fans. In this authoritative biography, originally written in Hindi, journalist Vikas Kumar Jha traces the path of her career – from her childhood in Mumbai and her gigs with jazz bands in the glitzy nightclubs of Chennai to her meteoric rise and his philanthropic work.

Entrepreneurs who built India: Gujarmal Modi by Sonu Bhasin. Harper Collins. Pages 263. Rs 399

Gujarmal Modi’s story is not one of rags to riches – he was born into a wealthy family. This story is about the man who took his family business to unfathomable heights, making it India’s seventh largest business empire in the 1960s. -father of Lalit Modi, the discredited former IPL boss. As part of a series, ‘Entrepreneurs Who Built India’, Sonu Bhasin chronicles the life of Patiala-born Gujarmal, banished for refusing a drink to the royal, then settling in his own township, Modinagar, on the outskirts of Delhi.

What remains of the jungle by Nitin Sekar. Bloomsbury. Pages 349.RS 699

IT is easy to say that those who live in areas of human-animal conflict must learn to co-exist. But ask Akshu Atri, the protagonist of conservationist Nitin Sekar’s ‘What’s Left of the Jungle’, who, along with his community, has long been tormented by the giants of the jungle – they burst into his kitchen, overturned his store, trampled and devoured his crops, and killed his neighbors. While the book unveils the complex relationship between rural Indians and wildlife, it also paints a picture of the power hierarchies and complications that accompany conservation work and research.

A story of objects by Carlo Pizzati. Harper Collins. Pages 219. 399 rupees

WHAT is inanimate is not necessarily lifeless, for within them reside memories, stories, secrets. In his new book, “A History of Objects,” Italian author Carlo Pizzati explores the nuances of human experience as objects of sentimental value, nostalgic appeal, or cultural significance. A candy box reveals a son’s true feelings for his mother. A fish sculpture insinuates itself into a building and relationships. A music teacher’s finger splint threatens to expose a secret. Author of seven fiction and non-fiction books, Pizzati takes us from India to America and Italy through this book.

Walk with the weary by Mr. Rajagopal. Pages 231. 299 rupees

DOCTOR who loves walks and PG Wodehouse, anesthesiologist who turned to palliative care, Dr. MR Rajagopal shares his journey in humanity in the field of health in this book. It is interspersed with several stories that show how understanding the patient and their pain is as important as administering medication. He recounts how he took a patient awaiting surgery to meet his son because she feared dying during the operation. How he took the needles out of a kid with leukemia whose dad couldn’t see him like that. How he convinced a patient of amputation by sharing inspiring life stories


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