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Responding to insurgency

It is strategic folly to expect police forces to do counter-insurgency job for which they are neither equipped nor trained »
INTERROGATING POLITICS & SOCIETY — Twentieth-century Indian Subcontinent: Suranjan Das; Primus Books, Virat Bhavan, Mukherjee Nagar Commercial Complex, Delhi-110009. Rs. 950.

Recreating the past to meet present ends

The past has always a way of influencing the present. Each generation, nay, each historian, interprets the past from the perspective of the present because we all live in the present. If a country... »
LADY LOKASUNDARI RAMAN — Reflections of Her Early Life and Times: Uma Parameswaran; Manipal University Press, Manipal-576104. Rs. 380.

The Raman wife effect: lively recollections

Today celebrity coverage thrives on the frenzy for popular culture. If you have ever wondered about the life of a cerebral celebrity, then Uma Parameswaran’s biography on Lokasundari, Sir C.V. Ram... »

Guide to a better life

An ex-bank manager, yoga practitioner and author of many Tamil books, S.P. Chockalingam has tried to study many curious questions people would have asked about the mysterious environment that surr... »
ESSAYS IN HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY — Themes, Institutions and Personalities: K. Paddayya; Archaeological Survey of India, 11, Janpath, New Delhi-110011. Rs. 1,160.

Reliving the work of pioneers in archaeology

Though much has been done, a proper historiography of Indian archaeology remains to be written »
The Story of our Family. Author: Anamika Mukherjee
July 19, 2014
Review

Sweet child of mine

In a country where most adoptive parents do not disclose the fact of adoption even to their child, Anamika Mukherjee’s candid and tell-it-like-it-is memoir provides an honest portrayal of the trial... »
MID-WICKET TALES — From Trumper to Tendulkar: S. Giridhar and V. J. Raghunath; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 525.
July 14, 2014

Capturing cricket’s varying hues

Cricket’s varying hues are like a tapestry, delicate yet complex. Here rummaging emotions swirl around the protagonists yet this is a game of undeniable romance. In the many-layered canva... »
PUNJABI PARMESAN — Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis: Pallavi Aiyar; Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 499.
July 14, 2014

Europe and its multiple crises and anxieties

An Indian-origin Mandarin-speaking polyglot, Pallavi Aiyar is a writer who not just revels, but also explores and excels in celebrating multiple identities. She expressed this through a breezy acc... »
National Security and Intelligence Management - a new paradigm; Vappala Balachandran; Indus Source Book Publications, PO Box 6194, Malabar
Hill PO, Mumbai-400006, Rs. 895.
July 7, 2014

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... »

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.
July 7, 2014

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... »

Genesis: Select Stories; Lakshmi Kannan, Orient BlackSwan, Rs.350.
July 5, 2014
Translation

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
novella

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
FICTION

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... »
G20 MACROECONOMIC AGENDA — Indian and the Emerging Economies: Edited by Parthasarathi Shome; Cambridge university Press, Cambridge House, 4381/4 Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 745
July 14, 2014

A forum that failed to go forward

It is instructive to study the origins of the Group of Twenty (G20). It will give us an idea of its innate strength and ability (or lack of it) to reach globally binding agreements. It was formed... »
KANSHIRAM — Leader of the Dalits: Badri Narayan; Viking/Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 499.
July 14, 2014

A look back at the colourful history of a bahujan leader

Forget the controversies about Satya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, he was far more effective in taking Hinduism to the masses than Swami Vivekananda, a strong Hindutva votary once argued. So a... »
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.
July 7, 2014

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.
July 7, 2014

Touching so many lives

Dr. Karan Singh needs no introduction. Heir-apparent to the Kingdom of Jammu & Kashmir — the largest princely state at time of India’s independence — later Sadar-e-Riyasat (President o... »
India Psychedelic: The Story of a Rocking Generation; Sidharth Bhatia, HarperCollins, Rs.599.
July 5, 2014
Music

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
novel

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
Translation

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... »

The Hindu presents the all-new Young World

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. <... »