Empire of liberty
by M. Rajivlochan
Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire.
by Niall Ferguson. Penguin, New York. Pages 386. £ 6.30.

ERGUSON says that the Americans have never hesitated in creating an empire even when they always denied its existence. First they did away with the autochthonous people to colonise a new land. Then they controlled a huge population of slaves to run their economy. In the interim, they scared away the Europeans from eyeing an empire towards the South; that area along with its banana republics being claimed as a preserve for the US.

Man who led the mutiny
Amaresh Misra records the life and times of the revolutionary Mangal Pandey, who triggered the First War of Independence.

Days at Mayo relived
Priyanka Singh
Tin Fish by Sudeep Chakravarti. Penguin. Pages 236. Rs 250.

IN Fish is funny and it is sad. It makes you giggle with its boyish, and sometimes wry, humour. It takes you through the lows with pretty much the same intensity. Feelings run deep here, even as there is a conscious effort to camouflage emotions—a typical boy-doing-the-big-man act.

Rescue from ivory tower
Rajdeep Bains
The India House
by William Palmer. Jonathan Cape, Random House. Pages 249. £ 11

HE past is another country: they do things differently there." So says William Palmer in an article describing one of his early novels, The Good Republic. He could well be talking about his latest, The India House, as well.

She took culture to the masses
by Shalini Rawat
Rukmini Devi Arundale (1904-1986): A Visionary Architect of Indian Culture and the Performing Arts ed. Dr Avanthi Meduri. Motilal Banarsidass. Pages 258. Rs 450.

OR someone who refused the candidature for the office of the President of India, Rukmini Devi Arundale clearly knew what she wanted from life. As for her story, she was crusading for a dying dance form, involved in reviving theatre arts, crafts and literature, actively disseminating the message of theosophy, fighting for animal rights and in whatever little space was left on life’s margins, she was creating, always.

Telling apart governance from governability
by D.S. Cheema
Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design
ed. Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Oxford University Press Pages: 491. Rs. 695.

ANAGEMENT guru Peter Drucker is not alone in projecting India as the economic powerhouse of not so distant future. However, it is well known that India is still underdeveloped because it is under-managed, mis-managed and un-managed.

More might to Akbar-Salim dialogues
It had to happen. The dialogues of the famous classic Mughal-e-Azam, by eminent Urdu writers Aman, Ehsaan Rizvi, Kamaal Amrohi and Wajahat Mirza, are as majestic as the film itself. So, documentary film-maker and writer Nasreen Munni has authored a book on this subject.

Short Takes
Reel under censorship
Randeep Wadehra
Bollywood Unlicensed
by Derek Bose. Rupa. Pages xix + 220. Rs 195

ENSORSHIP'S been a controversial issue in all liberal-democratic societies — more so in the post-Emergency India. It becomes all the more intense when performing arts, especially cinema, are involved. Should cinema be censored at all, if so, to what extent? There was a time when, in Britain, censorship was eulogised.

Useful presentation
Jayanti Roy
The Essential Guide to Doing Research
by Zina O’Leary, Vistaar Publications, Paes 226. Rs 350.

HERE is nothing original in the theme of how to conduct research. There are a number of books available on the topic and a lot of websites also provide tips on research methodology.