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INDIA AT A TURNING POINT — The Road to Good Governance: T.S.R. Subramanian; Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 7/16, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 595.
INDIA AT A TURNING POINT — The Road to Good Governance: T.S.R. Subramanian; Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 7/16, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 595.

Government as performance ritual

Former top civil servant Subramanian’s collection of essays is rich in anecdote — and, more importantly, insight »
THE LETTERS OF JOHN F KENNEDY: Edited by Martin W. Sandler; Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd., Vishrut Building, DDA Complex, Building No.3, Pocket C-6&7, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070. Rs. 499.

Glimpses into Kennedy’s political acumen

What manner of man was John F. Kennedy? Perhaps Theodore “Ted” Sorensen, his special counsel and legendary speech writer, and the man behind some of Kennedy’s most ringing presidential statements,... »
PROFITABLE CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT: — Concept, Metrics and Strategies: V. Kumar; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 795.

How to identify profitable customers and retain them

Consumer’s sovereignty is a central principle in the operation of the free market economy, wherein the will and want of the customer rule the roost. Mahatma Gandhi famously wrote: “A customer is t... »
DALIT ART AND VISUAL IMAGERY: Edited by Gary Michael Tartakov; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 1495.

Art that brings out the invisible

This collection of 13 chapters weaves together varied aspects of Dalit life in India and comes with fresh perspectivesThrough art and visual imagery of political and aesthetic expressions, it lead... »
SINGLE MAN — The Life and Times of Nitish Kumar of Bihar: Sankarshan Thakur; HarperCollins Publishers, A-53, Sector 57, Noida-201301. Rs. 599.

Solitary crusader for Naya Bihar

Nitish used astuteness and duplicity to get, and keep, power, says this political biography »
Chennai, April 18, 2014

On a spiritual adventure

This is an account of the amazing journey an American youth embarks on responding to the call of his heart. Barely out of his teens, restless Richard Slavin leaves the warm comfort of his Chicago... »
CONVERSATIONS WITH WAHEEDA REHMAN: Nasreen Munni Kabir; Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 499.
April 14, 2014

Down memory lane with a soulful actor

“I think I am most like Rosie. She’s a straightforward woman who knows her own mind and stands by what she believes in.” It took many years for Nasreen Munni Kabir to get Waheeda Rehman to agree t... »
CARIBBEAN ISSUES IN THE INDIAN DIASPORA: Edited by Kumar Mahabir; Serials Publications Pvt. Ltd., 4830/ 24, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 750.
April 14, 2014

Reconnecting with dispersed communities

Honestly, at the outset, one would tend to think that this was just another one of those books on diaspora that are doing the rounds these days. In size, shape, and perhaps even in production, the... »
Mahatma Gandhi - The Congress and the Partition of India: D.C. Jha; KW Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 4676/21, I Floor, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 595.
April 7, 2014

When Gandhi was bypassed with respectful attention

The book under review is the fourth edition of the title with additional information and comments spread over almost all the chapters. Eminently suitable to record the events as they took place... » 3 comments

Story of A Death Foretold - The Coup Against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera; Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd., Vishrut Building, DDA Complex, Building No. 3, Pocket C-6&7, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110070. Rs. 699
April 7, 2014

Remembering inspiration

“I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go Communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.”U.S. National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, just before Salvad... » 2 comments

India’s Muslim Spring: Why is Nobody Talking About It?; Hasan Suroor, Rupa, Rs.395
April 5, 2014

Premature celebration

Through his book India’s Muslim Spring: Why is Nobody Talking About It?, Hasan Suroor raises a much-needed voice in the nation’s cultural and political discourse. He posits that quietly, in... »
Lamplight: Paranormal Stories from the Hinterlands; Kankana Basu, Pan Macmillan India, Rs.250.
April 5, 2014

Not so scary spooks

Let it be clear from the very outset that Lamplight: Paranormal Stories from the Hinterlands is not for the hardcore aficionado of blood-curdling tales of the supernatural. In fact, Kankana... »
Requiem for the Living; Johny Miranda, translated by Sajai Jose, OUP, Rs.250.
April 5, 2014

Silent voices

Set in the clutch of small islands that dot the backwaters off the bustling city of Kochi, Johny Miranda’s novella tells the compelling story of a Creole people haunted by their real and unreal pa... »
RESURGENT INDIA — Glimpses of Rajiv Gandhi’s Vision of India: P.D.T. Achary; Pentagon Press, 206, Peacock Lane, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110049. Rs. 595.
April 14, 2014

A soft account of the Rajiv Gandhi era

When you look at the Rajiv Gandhi era the first impression you get is that here was a reluctant entrant into politics who was forced to take the reins of power upon the assassination of his mother... »
JUDICIAL RESPONSE TO SOCIAL JUSTICE: Mohd. Ashraf Ali; Raj Publications, G-108, 4855/24, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 495.
April 14, 2014

Tracing the judicial trajectory on social justice

Submitting a proposition that the post-colonial Indian political trajectory could very well be characterised as a contestation for establishing the spirit of social justice as a public value is ce... »
Stability and Growth in South Asia: Edited by Sumita Kumar; Institute for Defence
Studies, New Delhi/Pentagon Press, 206, Peacock Lane, Shahpur Jat New Delhi-110049. Rs. 995.
April 7, 2014

A case for economic integration in S.Asia

“I dream of a day, while retaining our respective national identities, one can have breakfast in Amritsar, lunch in Lahore and dinner in Kabul. That is how my forefathers lived. That is how I w... »

Muslim Voices- Community and the Self in South Asia: Edited by Usha Sanyal, David Gilmartin, Sandria B. Freitag; Yoda Press, 268 A/C, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070. Rs. 695.
April 7, 2014

The evolving worldview of South Asian Muslims

South Asia is home to about 40 per cent of the world’s Muslim population. Ever since the Muslims arrived here, first as Arab traders to Malabar in the 7th century and then as Central Asian conq... »

Writing Octopus; K. Srilata, Authors Press, Rs.195
April 5, 2014

Taut and crisp

The idea of poetry as an animal is not new. It has always evaded, yet delighted us with its moves, like Ted Hughes’s Thought-fox. In K. Srilata’s latest poetry collection, Writing Octopu... »
Virgin Gingelly; V. Sanjay Kumar, Hachette India, Rs.499
April 5, 2014

The wrong tone

V. Sanjay Kumar says of one of his protagonists, “He speaks in instalments”. Kumar, in turn, speaks in aphorisms. Surfeiting, they say, sickens the appetite and it dies. I must confess mine died r... »
Gone with the Vindaloo; Vikram Nair, Hachette India, Rs.350.
April 5, 2014

Chef’s touch

With a generous dose of colonial history, humour and food taking centre stage, Vikram Nair’s first novel Gone with the Vindaloo is largely driven by instinct but soaked with passion. Nair t... »

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »