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THE US-INDIA NUCLEAR AGREEMENT — Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: Dinshaw Mistry; Cambridge University Press, 4381/4, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 695.
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THE US-INDIA NUCLEAR AGREEMENT — Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: Dinshaw Mistry; Cambridge University Press, 4381/4, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 695.

Proposal for pragmatic patience

It seeks to explain the delay in commercialising the fabled Indo-U.S. nuclear deal as it alludes to possible pitfalls »
A CONCISE HISTORY OF SOUTH INDIA — Issues and Interpretations: Edited by Noboru Karashima; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 995.

Fresh perspectives on South Indian history

Divided into eight broad time divisions, the collection carries articles reflecting recent advances by erudite Indian scholars who have worked earlier with Karashima on various projects in India. »
DISTRICT COLLECTORS — Recollections and Reflections: Edited by Ramesh K. Arora, C. K. Sardana; Paragon International Publishers, 5, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 795.

The thrill and pressures of running a district

The editors hope to convey to the reader the "thrill" of the experience of running a district. »
BECOMING MINORITY — How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India.

The state and minority status

Demands for assimilation have replaced a sense of multiculturality, without any attempt to create the necessary conditions »
WILL THE MIDDLE EAST IMPLODE? Mohammed Ayoob; Polity/Cambridge University Press, 4381/4, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002.

What could cause combustion in W. Asia

Scholarship on international relations is often built on the ideas of war, conflict, and genocide and that tradition is continued in this volume by employing the idea of implosion, also a notion f... »
Ormakalude Pattupetti
Thiruvananthapuram, February 19, 2015

Memories unplugged

There’s this very disturbing and touching incident that C. Suresh Kumar writes about in his book Ormakalude Pattupetti. The ‘Old is Gold’ music troupe was on a tour of West Asia. After a su... »
February 19, 2015

An objective monograph

Maanavalli Ramakrishnakavi (1866-1957) or M.R. Kavi as he was popularly mentioned, was a scholar of extra-ordinary ability. The volume under review is a monograph on M.R. Kavi’s life and work. writ... »
India and the European Union in a changing world: Edited by Rajendra K. Jain; Aakar Books, 28 E, Pocket IV, Mayur Vihar Phase I, Delhi-110091. Rs. 595.
February 9, 2015

India, multi-aligned, and at variance with EU

This is an edited volume of 11 well-researched papers presented at the international conference on “India and the European Union in a Changing World: Perceptions and Perspectives” organised by the... »
THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL — The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys: Jenny Nordberg; Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt Ltd., 4th/5th Floors, Corporate Centre, Plot No 94, Sector 44, Gurgaon-122003. Rs. 399.
February 2, 2015

Anything but an Afghan woman

The most dangerous nation for women on Earth, one where a woman would consider herself lucky if she gets to see her 50th birthday. The second-most dangerous country to be a mother, one where about... »
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA — Interrogating Policies and Progress: Varaprasad S. Dolla; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge House, 4381/4, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, Delhi-110002. Rs. 895.
February 2, 2015

Recovering a legacy of yore

Development theorists have brought out learned studies on the extra-ordinary rate of economic growth achieved by China during the last three decades. They have studied at length the factors that f... »
Hunt Bangle Chameleon: Selected Short Stories of U.R. Ananthamurthy; trs. Deepa Ganesh, Prism Books, Rs.225.
January 31, 2015

Confluence of passions

Few writers in regional languages have had as much visibility and influence in the Anglophone world as U.R. Ananthamurthy. This is largely due to his insistence on a public, intellectual self that... »
How Modi Won It: Notes From the 2014 Election; Harish Khare, Hachette, Rs.599.
January 31, 2015

Notes on votes

The other day at a Hindi news channel studio, one of its young correspondents informed me that Harish Khare’s book was out. “Have you read it?” he asked. “What is it called?”  “I can’... »
Islands; Keki N. Daruwalla, Tranquebar, Rs.325.
January 31, 2015

Isle seats

Whimsical and dreamy, this collection of short stories by Keki Daruwalla allows one that special pleasure that only poetry and short stories can offer: that of dipping into it at will and coming up... »
Ranga Manthana
February 19, 2015

Two records of a cultural ethos

Ranga Manthana by Narayana Raichur Bhagyalakshmi Prakashana Although there have been great playwrights and gifted directors in Kannada, theatre-criticism in Kannada... »
Shifting Ground. People, Animals, abd Mobility in India's Environmental History.Author: Mahesh Ranagarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan. Publisher: Oxford University Press publications release.
February 9, 2015

Ecological zones, fluid boundaries

The sign of a true scholarly work is to make you rethink conventional issues in a new light. Eleven essays in Shifting Ground — dealing with issues from the near extinction of the one-horne... »
Book Review Column: Title: Fragile Frontiers. Author: Saroj Kumar Rath. Publisher: Routle Taylor Francis Publicatons release.
February 9, 2015

Tracking terror’s footprints from Mumbai

A richly annotated, liberally footnoted research document, Saroj Kumar Rath’s Fragile Frontiers is a threadbare analysis of the plethora of questions surrounding the Mumbai terror a... »
MAKING GROWTH HAPPEN IN INDIA — A Road Map for Policy Success: V. Kumaraswamy; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 650.
February 2, 2015

Translating economic reforms into growth

The balance of payments crisis in 1991 pushed the Indian economy to near bankruptcy. In return for the IMF bail out, gold was transferred to London as collateral. The rupee was devalued and econom... »
Odysseus Abroad; Amit Chaudhuri, Penguin, Rs.599.
January 31, 2015

Stragglers in a strange land

Growing up, I used to miss reading about other countries from an Indian perspective. The opinionated desi travelogue that would tell you just how beautiful London’s parks are but how tastele... »
A Guest For Arundhathi and Other Stories; Sethu; translated by K. Kunhikrishnan, Palimpsest, Rs.250.
January 31, 2015

Tales of change

There are 10 stories in this collection. The common thread that runs through them is the writer’s fascination for change, and how it alters simple ordinary lives that are not really prepared for it... »
Aditya Chopra Relives... Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge; As Told to Nasreen Munni Kabir, Yash Raj Films Private Limited, Rs.2000.
January 31, 2015

DDLJ diaries

Aditya Chopra, scion of the house of Chopras and producer-director of some of the most successful Hindi films, does not like to give interviews. His photographs too rarely appear in the papers. Nas... »

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. <... »