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Sunday
, September 1, 2002
 Books

New woman, new earth
Rumina Sethi

Feminism and Ecology
by Mary Mellor. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. Pages 221. £14.99

E
COFEMINISM makes the assertion that the subordination of women and the debasement of nature are interconnected. Like women, the condition of nature is also fundamentally gendered.

Bestsellers

Doing business is tough, so get tougher
Chandra Mohan
The Agenda
by Michael Hammer. Random House. Pages 269. Rs 900.

WE live in a totally different world today, a world of excess supply and infinite choice. Suppliers can no longer fool us; education has made us wiser to analyse the pros and cons. Instant access to worldwide information has widened our choice and horizon to the entire world.

Damned if you dam, damned if you donít
Padam Ahlawat
The Narmada Dammed. An Inquiry into the Politics of Development
by Dalip DíSouza. Penguin. Pages 212. Rs 250.

DAMS are no longer accepted as fountainheads of development. Long ago, when droughts and famine were a recurring feature, dams were seen as safeguards from floods and droughts. Harnessing water for irrigation and power certainly ushered in the Green Revolution and laid the industrial base.

 


A fund of information indeed
Kamlesh Khosla

How Good Are Mutual Funds
edited by L. C. Gupta and Utpal K. Choudhury. Society for Capital Market Research and Development, Delhi. Pages 105. Rs 270.
THE book under review attempts to analyse the perception and attitude of investors towards mutual funds. Hence the title, How Good Are Mutual Funds, is quite relevant. It is a high-quality research-based book, which contains a study that gives valuable insight into the functioning of mutual funds in India.

Old wine in old bottle
Manisha Gangahar

Psychological Conflicts in the Fiction of Anita Desai
By Usha Rani Abhishek Publications, Chandigarh. Pages 287. Rs 595
THE literary scene in the last decade seems to have been taken over by the south Asian writers, especially Indian authors like Arundhati Roy, whose The God of Small Things earned her the prestigious Booker Prize in 1997; Rohinton Mistryís A Fine Balance; Jhumpa Lahiriís The Interpreter of Maladies which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 are some of the applauded works.

Into the minds of merchants of death
Jaswant Singh
Most Wanted: Profiles of terror
edited by Harinder Baweja; Roli Books, New Delhi, Pages 144, Rs 195.

WANT to make acquaintance with purveyors of death, training their guns mainly on India? Here is a list of six, four of them Islamic fundamentalists. These profiles have been prepared by journalists from India and Pakistan who came in contact with these merchants of death in the course of their professional duties.

Celebration of the worldís wilder places & people
Deepika Gurdev
A Mad World, My Masters
by John Simpson Pan Macmillan: . Pages 436. $20 (Singapore)
WHEN I come across a book this splendid, I don't stay up all night, turn page after page in breathless anticipation of reaching the very end. Strangely enough, I spend the next month or sometimes even two poring over every little bit of information that may or may not have been gleaned off the pages.

Off the shelf
Diversities in Urdu
V. N. Datta
T
HE Partition of India in 1947 gave a severe blow to the development of the Urdu language, and since then the popularity of Urdu has greatly diminished. Mostly it is the pre-Partition-born generation that takes to its reading and writing.

Write view
How numerals evolved with the flow of history
Randeep Wadehra

Numerals in Orissan Inscriptions
by Subrata Kumar Acharya, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Pages 244. Rs 350.

P
ALAEOGRAPHY, in its broader sense, is the study and analysis of the writing of ancient times and of the Middle Ages. In its restricted sense, palaeography denotes only the study of writing on such destructible materials as papyrus, wax, parchment and vellum, and paper. Acharya uses the term in its wider sense.