Power of tank irrigation
Meeta Rajivlochan
Social Designs: Tank Irrigation Technology and Agrarian Transformation in Karnataka, South India
by Esha Shah. Orient Longman. Pages 288. Rs 295.
THE concept of community has occupied prime importance in developmental discourse since the 1980s. While there are several strands in this discourse, the dominant view has been that the community is an excellent manager of natural resources: the corollary to this view being that government should withdraw from managing them.


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Development and conflict
Usha Ramanathan
Interstate Disputes over Krishna Waters: Law, Science and Imperialism
by Radha D’Souza Orient Longman. Pages 487. Rs 1150
THE development project started coming up against roadblocks of resistance about three decades ago. Acquiescence in the planning and execution of projects was the dominant mood when the Hirakud and Bhakra dams were built. This has given way to endemic unrest based on experience of the ‘development project’ as inequitable, often with destructive potential, and appropriating.

Mysteries of the great goddess
Arun Gaur
Devi: The Devi Bhagavatam Retold
by Ramesh Menon Rupa. Pages 514. Rs. 595
THE mysteries connected with the Devi are dealt with in 83 chapters of this book. She is the representative of the Archetypal Feminine which has been illustrated through different inter-connected narratives, symbols, and configurations. Her involvement in the creation, nourishment, and protection of the mankind is inevitable.

Travails of migration
Santosh Kr. Singh
Migrant Women and Work
ed. Anuja Agrawal. Sage Publications. Pages 226. Rs.350
Migration is as ancient as the human civilisation. Modernisation brought prominence to the subject as it entailed an unprecedented large-scale human exodus, courtesy industrialisation and urbanisation in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries.

Revealing portrait of society
Kanchan Mehta
Conflict and Other Stories
by Shubham Gupta. Frogbooks. Pages 198. Rs 250.
THE 20 absorbing stories in this collection provide a revealing portrait of the present social reality, human moods and truths of life. All the devices of short fiction—irony, satire, sarcasm, wit, satire, metaphor, character and situation—are well exploited.

Discovery of a ‘woman eater’
Shubhadeep Choudhury
asthi Brata replied to my letter. The London-based writer was pleased that I liked his story that had been published in a collection of English short stories written by Indians. I also wrote to him that I did not like his travelogue set in India, which at best could satisfy foreigners looking for readymade, quickish stuff on India.

Decoding God
Shalini Rawat
Code name God
by Mani Bhaumik Penguin. Pages 222. Rs 150
FOR the major part of the history of mankind, God has been the director-cum-scriptwriter-cum-hero. Till science came along that is. It held man’s faith upside down and the small change of age-old beliefs fell to the wayside. It promised to deliver us from all evil and disease and answer all the questions that the mind could ever conceive of.

Publisher extraordinary
Keki N. Daruwalla
AVI Dayal passed away a week back, leaving a lot of authors and friends floundering in grief, not to mention people in the publishing fraternity. Those lucky enough to have known him will remember the frail figure smoking away, the shy self-deprecating smile, his gentle manner, unfailing courtesy, and the fresh ideas he would throw up each time you met him.

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