Stories from the inside

This is a scholarly work relating to the growth of service jurisprudence in the domain of All India Services. The author has very assiduously and painstakingly dealt with the historical evolution of Indian Civil Service leading to the creation of All India Services, viz., IAS, IPS, IFS, and passing of All India Services Act, 1954.

It melds a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of administration with profound insights into nitty-gritty issues relating to practical problems of public service. The part of the book where the author has compared civil services in other countries, especially England, with Indian Civil Service, is very important and adds a great deal of value to the book. The book also deals with the question of the relationship between the political executive and the bureaucracy which is a very sensitive subject not only in India but in other democracies of the world as well. The book is undoubtedly a valuable addition to the otherwise meagre material on Indian Civil Services and will prove equally useful to the bureaucrats, policy makers and students.

Bureaucracy and politics by Mohammed Ali Rafat, Rawat publications, Rs.515

For the child in everyone

This wise and wonderful collection of short stories journeys into the world of ‘little people’. It is based on the very real dilemmas, worries and joys that colour the lives of children. It is a universe filled with wild adventures, great excitement, high hopes, and deep fears and looming dilemmas.

Here is a world where children, animals and innocence rule the day – and adults are welcome to enter only if accompanied by a child!

Nitya Satyani uses her experience as a parent, teacher and writer, to imbue these delightful tales with the rich colours of childhood, where reality and fantasy merge in the engrossing art of spinning stories.

Spinning Top by Nitya Satyani; Happy Squirrel; Price: Rs.250

All in a day’s work

A doctor looks at every patient from the perspective of a medical problem. A family physician looks not only at the medical problem on hand but also at the pulls and pushes which tear apart the human spirit. Doctors and Devils offers the unique family physician’s perspective on life. It is captured in both short stories and poems that bring a humane touch to some of the medical illnesses spoken about in this novel. None of these stories are factual, but all are based on years of medical experience.

Doctors and devils by Dr. Ratan Gajwani, Frog Books, Rs. 95


Gatha Trisathi

Gatha Trisathi is a book of Telugu translations of Prakrit gathas (lyrical stories). The collection of short poems offers a wide gamut of emotional underpinnings, ranging from sarcasm, satire, romance, compassion, humour etc.

Rama Reddy’s translation gives Telugu readers a peek into Prakrit tales. As per the introduction given by Dr C Narayan Reddy, the original verses date back to the first century Salivahana king Hala, who had compiled over 700 Prakrit stories under the title ‘Gatha Saptasathi’. While some gathas are ascribed to Hala himself, others have been written by others.

Gatha Trisathi by Narala Rama Reddy, Saroja Publications; Copies available at all branches of Visalandhra Book House and Saroja Publications, Proddatur, Kadapa, Price Rs.120