When Amritsar meets Delhi
Reviewed by Roopinder Singh
Tell Me A Story
By Rupa Bajwa
Picador/Pan Macmillan. Pages 206. Rs 499
WE listen to stories. We tell tales. Our lives have many stories, some of them tangled. We look at the world of others as a yarn that is unfolding in front of us.... Rupa Bajwa has an uncommon felicity with language and a rarer ability to look into the lives of ordinary people, relate to their world and narrate their story with candour, as readers of The Sari Shop, one of the most- acclaimed first books by an Indian author, are well aware.

Creating a new world of possibilities
Reviewed by D.S. Cheema
The Perfect World
By Priya Kumar
Embassy Books Pages 319. Rs 275
These are confusing times for millions of people worldwide who want to lead better lives. This has created a huge market of self-help books of all hues. Fortunately, this book by Priya Kumar is not one of those which offers cut-and-dry nuggets of wisdom neatly packed into a few hundred pages. It is uniquely different as it takes you to a new universe of fairy tales to narrate the story about the truth of life through a strange and imaginative manner.

A thriller that captivates
Reviewed by Pooja Dadwal
Portrait of a Spy
By Daniel Silva.
HarperCollins. Pages 455. Rs 299
Daniel Silva, with his Portrait of a Spy skilfully lures you into yet another covert world of agents and assassins, of clandestine operations and the fine art of subterfuge, Gabriel Allon style. The eleventh novel in the Gabriel Allon series, Portrait of a Spy is a good read with some rewarding moments.

Altruism, too, makes good business sense
Reviewed by M. M. Goel
Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
By B.N. Ghosh
Tata McGraw Hill Education. Pages 484. Rs 495
Business without ethics is like eyes without sight. To do business with morality and honesty of purpose is the need of the day. This is necessary to cope with the threats of panic and fear (false evidences appearing real) of the so-called global economic crisis by all the stakeholders in any economy.

A poetic treat
Reviewed by Geetu Vaid
Neglected Poems
By Gulzar
Translated by Pavan K Verma
Penguin. Pages 133. Rs 399
Gulzar is in the league of top Urdu poets in the country at present with his 50-year association with poetry and widely acclaimed lyrics for films like Bandini, Mere Apne, Khamoshi, Parichay, Mausam, Aandhi, Angoor, Ijaazat, Maachis and many more. As a poet and lyricist Gulzar’s wizardry with words has won him accolades from connoisseurs of poetry as well as from amateurs. Unfettered by rhyme and meter his brand of poetry captures the music of verse in ordinary things.

Exploring new terrain
Living and breathing Tagore gives the life of street children who act in it a new meaning
Madhusree Chatterjee
oet Rabindranath Tagore, who was often derided as "elitist" by a section of ultra-Left intellectuals during his time, is bridging the class divide in a new way -thanks to eight dancers of the Astad Deboo Dance Company, who began their lives as street children in the capital's forgotten alleys.

Plumbing depths of dance
Nonika Singh
Call her the diva of Indian classical dance or its modern face, well-known Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas' is a delightful presence. Profound and ethereal on stage in person, she reveals a mind as deep as the layers of ocean. Aditi, who was in Chandigarh for the Arts and Heritage Festival, says, "As an artist, my biggest concern is to transform life's experiences into dance."

Unique plot sabotaged
Philip Sington's novel has a lot going for it: The Valley of Unknowing has the fashionably grim setting of 1980s East Germany, with its thrillerish ambience of paranoia and Stasi informers; a love story that crosses geo-political borders; and an eye-catching plot that hangs on a novelist passing off the work of a dead rival as his own.