Question of conspiracy
Who Killed Daniel Pearl?
by Bernard-Henri Lévy. Translated from French by James X. Mitchell.
Rupa. Rs 295. Pages 454
Ali Jinnah, founder of an Islamic Pakistan is said to have been secular.
Omar Sheikh, killer of Daniel Pearl, has been described as a
"perfect Englishman". There is truth in both statements, in so
far as these relate to a certain stage of development in the
personalities of these two individuals. However, what they became belied
the early promise.
An ode to common salt
The Romance of Salt, by Anil Dharkar. Roli. Pages 228. Rs 395.
book on a substance as common as the common salt! Sounds strange. What
could there be to write about salt? But the author has forged a romantic
relationship with it and has discovered some amazing aspects connected
with salt. He has divided the book into two halves.
Not all generals are
Leadership in the Indian Army: Biographies of Twelve Soldiers
by Major-General V .K. Singh. Sage. Pages
418. Rs 450.
military profession has always placed a greater premium on valour rather
than on victory, especially in India where most favoured leaders like
Porus, Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Maharana Partap and Laxmi Bhai lost their
battles but became legends to inspire generation of leaders.
Ways to excellence in
The New-Age Empowering Organisation
by Prem Chadha. Rupa. Pages 883. Rs 500.
a fast-changing business word, organisations have to make several
strategic and operational changes, including mergers and acquisitions,
technologies, downsizing, relocation, re-engineering, etc. In response
to environments that are shifting rapidly, organisations are now
required to initiate multiple changes simultaneously unlike the past
when changes were made adopting a step-by-step approach.
Code of the comic
Wodehouse: A Life
by Robert McCrum
Penguin Viking. Pages: 419. £ 15.
biography is not strictly meant for fans. The biography of Napolean, for
instance would interest a vast swathe of people but the PG Wodehouse
biography which fills a big gap in a fan’s life might not be
interesting to some one not familiar with Wodehouse’s work. I, for
instance, cracked up several times while reading the book.
History at hand
Nerhion Takia Itihaas
Essays by Tarlochan Singh, Ed Dr. Pritam Singh Batra. Unistar. Pages
260. Rs 150.
is a book of essays by someone who has closely witnessed the recent
history of India and had a special interest in what it has spelt out for
the Sikhs. The writer is Tarlochan Singh, who is chairman of the
Minorities Commission and member of the Rajya Sabha. In all it is a
collection of 62 short essays, published earlier in newspapers and
Managing people for
by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch.
Harper Collins. Pages 372. Rs 679
was once called ‘America’s toughest boss.’ Living up to that name,
his book has moved into the top 10 in the bestseller list in the US and
in Asia as well knocks some pretty hard punches about managing and
surviving in a workplace. However, the book itself defies definitions of
sorts. It is at best a part self-help, part leadership and part
management manual. And it is this interesting mix that attracts readers
like I, who generally tend to skip hardcore management books.
Victor & the
Black Statements: Sylvia Plath’s Poetry and Fiction
by Shyamsunder Padihari. Prakash Book Depot, Bareilly.
Pages 108. Rs 50.
like an academic thesis, Black Statements is a holistic study of
Sylvia Plath, the most haunting American woman poet. Classified into
sections and written in a jargon-free style, the book brings us face to
face with a towering genius who dared to articulate her unsavoury
emotions in public.