Book review: MS Subbulakshmi

This time, the reader gets a glimpse into the life of one of India’s greatest musicians, Carnatic music icon, MS Subbulakshmi.

With brilliant pictorial images of the celebrated singer, the comic book takes us on a pictorial journey of her life, from her early years, when she began training under the tutelage of her mother, to when she became a famous singer. Subbulakshmi trained hard under different gurus and her talent mesmerised audiences the world over.

The book also talks about her interactions with Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and many other well-known personalities, and depicts the praises they showered on her. For aspiring musicians, this title can serve as ample inspiration.

MS Subbulakshmi, Amar Chitra Katha, Rs 50 

The Traveller’s Daybook
Here’s a book that will delight the traveller, the writer and the fact finder — at one go. Talk about a package deal! Yes, this Tour of the World in 366 Quotations by Fergus Fleming is a day-by-day chronicle, extracted from journals and writings of travellers, that takes the reader across the world, using some of the most famous explorers and their experiences as the compass. 

It’s a treasure trove of information snuffed out from every corner of the earth — be it Anton Chekhov’s journey to Siberia, the Gold Trail of Panama, Peter Matthiesssen’s excursion to Nepal, Leslie Stephen’s sunset on Mont Blanc or Ann Judson’s hostage story in Burma. It’s un-putdownable, racy and one is able to pick up any page, for a different vibe or adventure. Take it along on your travels, and rest assured, you will return with a different story
to tell.

The Traveller’s Daybook, Fergus Fleming, Atlantic Books, R1,600 (approximately). Both titles available at leading bookstores. 

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