National Security and Intelligence Management - a new paradigm; Vappala Balachandran; Indus Source Book Publications, PO Box 6194, Malabar
Hill PO, Mumbai-400006, Rs. 895.
National Security and Intelligence Management - a new paradigm; Vappala Balachandran; Indus Source Book Publications, PO Box 6194, Malabar Hill PO, Mumbai-400006, Rs. 895.

Intelligence: more failures than successes

Strategic thinkers through history — from Chanakya through Sun Tzu to Machiavelli and down to the Indian strategic guru K Subrahmanyam — have emphasised the pivotal role intelligence plays in t... »

The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruptionand the Turbuoent Rise of Modern India, James Astill; Bloomsbury Publishing India, Vishrut Building, DDA Complex, Building No. 3, Ground Floor, Pocket C-6&7, New Delhi-110070. Rs. 399.

A concise history of the conquest of India by cricket

A rare gem of Indian trivia from James Astill’s The Great Tamasha is the tidbit that the great Hindustani vocalist Hirabai Barodekar entertained those celebrating the victory of The Hind... »

Meetings with Remarkable Women: Karan Singh; Palimpsest Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 1500.

Touching so many lives

Karan Singh provides a glimpse into the lives and contributions of 27 outstanding women in various walks of public life »
How Neighbours Converge - The Politics and Economics of Regionalism, by I.P. Khosla; Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 206, Peacock Lane, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110092. Rs. 795.

Exploring the emergence of regional blocs

It is a simplistic truism that relationships between neighbouring countries are always determined by the logic of history and geography and these given factors have to be kept uppermost in mind... »

British Strategic Visions in the Post-War World:
Aiyaz Husain; Harvard University Press,

Geography and global order

A thesis that explains how the Cold War, origins of the UN and decolonisation were mutually implicated processes »
India Psychedelic: The Story of a Rocking Generation; Sidharth Bhatia, HarperCollins, Rs.599.
July 5, 2014

Rock stories

From among the 11 chapters — standalone yet seamless — that comprise India Psychedelic: The Story of a Rocking Generation, there is one titled ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ that tells the story o... »
The Blind Lady’s Descendants; Anees Salim, Tranquebar, price not mentioned
July 5, 2014

Striking overview

The blind lady makes her appearance on page 100. Does blindness run in her family? The protagonist’s memoir, his farewell note, his chronicling of family woes, call it what you will, it’s pr... »
Angarey; Trs Vibha S. Chauhan and
Khalid Alvi, Rupa, Rs.195
July 5, 2014

A face in two mirrors

The publication of Angarey, a joint collection of short stories and a one-act play in 1932, was perhaps the greatest explosion in the world of Urdu literature. Within months the book was ban... »
July 5, 2014

Mining maps

When E. Forbes Smiley III, one of New York’s top dealers in rare maps, walked into Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library on June 8, 2005, no one suspected he was there to steal some of t... »
July 3, 2014

Contemporising mythic tales

Venkat Garikapati showed interest in literature right from his childhood. He even took part in literary symposiums and in literary events on All India Radio. He used to write on his favourite subj... »
History: Niraja Gopal Jayal;
Permanent Black, D-28 Oxford
Apartments, 11 IP Extension,
Delhi-110092. Rs. 795.
July 1, 2014

Reducing the citizen to a consumer

This book, among other issues, raises two very pertinent questions regarding the Constitutional and democratic processes in post-Independence India. Firstly, “unlike in the West, where differen... »

Srinagar: An Architectural Legacy; Feisal Alkazi, Lotus Roli, Rs.395.
June 28, 2014

Travel Reads

Notes from paradiseA unique part of India that is associated with the best living traditions in craft, cuisine, houseboats and shikaras, rushing mountain streams and snow-clad mountai... »
June 23, 2014

The revolt that foreshadowed many agrarian uprisings

Students of history may consider the Indigo Rebellion (1859-61) an appendix to the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, which resulted in the nearly a century-old rule of the East India Company losing power to t... »
Genesis: Select Stories; Lakshmi Kannan, Orient BlackSwan, Rs.350.
July 5, 2014

Cultural nuances

Space seems to be the common link between almost all the stories in this collection, the trope that runs through is “set adrift on the stream of time”. The lack of space, the need for space, the de... »
Ballad of Ontillu; Kesava Reddy, OUP, Rs.250.
July 5, 2014

Stripping the veil of familiarity

“Just as they knew that Duryodhana’s obsession with power was as boundless as Yudhishtar’s for the truth, they now knew from their own experience that a farmer’s obsession with his land could be eq... »
July 5, 2014

Two worlds apart

Many people do know quite a lot about Bangladesh. They happen to be living in the region. I don’t think Indians and Pakistanis are quite ignorant about Bangladesh as the people you have in mind, a... »
The Kabul Beauty School; Deborah Rodriguez, Sphere, Rs.499.
July 5, 2014


The Kabul Beauty School; Deborah Rodriguez, Sphere, Rs.499.The book is narrated in first person by the author, who joins a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan. Despite the language an... »
New Directions:
Murali Sivaramakrishnan;
Authorspress, Q-2A, Hauz Khas
Enclave, New Delhi-110016.
Rs. 800.
July 1, 2014

Aurobindo and the aesthetics of transformation

Murali Sivaramakrishnan belongs to that rare breed of the vanishing (rather vanished) tribe of English teachers who are well-equipped with a strong foundation in the Indic spiritual tradition. »

from former War Zones: Minna Thaheer,
Pradeep Peiris, Kasun Pathiraja;
International Centre for Ethnic Studies, 2,
Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka.
July 1, 2014

Reconciliation elusive on the ground

The packed hall at the Galle Literary Festival was stunned into silence by a series of abuses hurled on a Sri Lankan human rights activist by a member in the audience. The hurler of abuses, a w... »

An Undocumented Wonder — The Great Indian Election: S.Y. Quraishi; Rupa Publications. Rs. 795
June 23, 2014

The big election story

Elections in this country have always been fascinating, be they at the level of Parliament or State Assemblies or local bodies. But, the principles, processes, and people behind them may not appea... »

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. <... »