Book Reviews

Stories about Posts: Vedic Variations Around the Hindu Goddess

By Madeleine Biardeau. Translated by Alf Hiltebeitel, Marie-Louise Reiniche, and James Walker. Edited by Alf Hiltebeitel and Marie-Louise Reiniche. 2004. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 0-226-04595-1 (hardcover).   Reviewed by Mahendra K. Mishra, Independent Scholar [Review length: 988 words • Review posted on May 4, 2006]                 […]

Denying Mother Tongue: Silencing the Child 

              Now a day’s news is coming that teachers of English medium schools punish the children for speaking in mother tongue in the classroom. This should be condemned. This is a violation of the child’s linguistic right. This kind of treatment to the child reminds of the colonial mindset […]

Seditious Histories : Contesting Thai and Southeast Asian Pasts

Seditious Histories: Contesting Thai and Southeast Asian Pasts By Craig J. Reynolds. 2006. Seattle: University of Washington Press. 376 pages. ISBN: 0-295-98610-7 (softcover).   Reviewed by Mahendra K. Mishra, Independent Scholar [Review length: 1305 words • Review posted on June 18, 2009]                   The book is comprised […]

Indian Folktales from Mauritius

Indian Folktales from Mauritius Translated by Dawood Auleear and Lee Haring. Edited by Dawood Auleear and Lee Haring. 2006. Nungambakkam: National Folklore Support Centre. 116 pages. ISBN: 81-901481-7-6 (softcover).   Reviewed by Mahendra K. Mishra, Independent Scholar [Review length: 917 words • Review posted on October 10, 2007]               […]

Fierce Gods: Inequality, Ritual, and The Politics of Dignity in a South Indian Village

Fierce Gods: Inequality, Ritual, and The Politics of Dignity in a South Indian Village By Diane P. Mines. 2006. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 240 pages. ISBN: 0-253-34576-6 (hardcover), 0-253-21765-2 (softcover).   Reviewed by Mahendra K. Mishra, Independent Scholar [Review length: 567 words • Review posted on August 22, 2006]             […]