Rights over needs
Grass-roots NGOs by Women for Women:
The Driving Force of Development in India.
Femida Handy, Meenaz Kassam, Suzanne Feeney and Bhagyashree Ranade. Sage, New Delhi.
Pages 236. Rs 320.
studies have grown at
such a pace in the last three decades that the connection between grassroots
activity and theory is well nigh lost. Jargon-ridden gender studies departments
at universities can scarcely accommodate the real struggles of women, their
frustrations, their marginalised status at home and in the public space and
their changing relationships with a rapidly mushrooming global world.
Majestic and imposing
on Raisina Hill
Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi.
Pages 163. Rs 2,100.
THE most magnificent residence of
the head of any democratic state, Rashtrapati Bhavan towers above the other
edifices of Lytton’s Delhi. Inaugurated in 1931, the building had taken
20,000 workers and 3,000 stonecutters 17 years to build, mainly because of
World War I.
reforms, Asian experience
J. Sri Raman
Labour Market Regulation and Deregulation in Asia, Experiences in
Ed. Caroline Brassard and Sarthi Acharya. Academic Foundation (in
association with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore), New
Delhi. Pages 229. Rs. 595.
market reforms are less often talked about than market reforms
themselves. And, when the subject is raised, it is usually as a result
of a headline-hitting instance of labour unrest that represents only a
minuscule section of the employment market.
Letters for Paul
Anu Kumar. Mapin. Pages 202. Rs 295.
the protagonist, is a school-going teenager whose police officer
father is transferred to Cuttack. As she adjusts to the relocation, an
acid-throwing incident happens not far from the Circuit House where
the family stays. The attack victim happens to be the granddaughter of
an author who "wrote several novels glorifying the heroes of the
First Proof II (The Penguin
Book of New Writing in India)
Penguin, New Delhi. Pages 288. Rs 275.
have never been able to understand the business of negative reviews. I
cannot understand how the reviewer forces himself to wade through a
book he does not like reading, and then spends so much time and effort
tearing it to pieces.
people and places
So Many Journeys
by Shiela Gujral Allied publishers. Pages 142 Rs 295
rust gold gleam of placid water on the cover of Sheila Gujral’s
latest book says it all. So Many Journeys is a panorama of a
life experienced in many places and on several planes of existence.
She extols the joys of solitude and writes with sensitivity. She
pleads for rehumanising of the mind.
jokes throw light on Third Reich
may have been a fascist, but Germans living under his iron fist made
full use of humour as a stress buster, says a new book. Here is a
sample of "Nazi humour" from German film director and
screenplay writer Rudolph Herzog’s "Heil Hitler, The Pig is
Dead"—the punch-line to another Hitler joke—that releases
this month: "Hitler visits a lunatic asylum.
tops best-seller list
Chomsky's 2003 book, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for
Global Dominance, shot to No. 1 on the Amazon.com best-seller list
just two days after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez held it up during
a speech to the United Nations.
Govt rules and poetic prose
Surinder Singh Tej
Sarkari Karamcharian Virudh Sazaa
Ate Appeal Niyma Adhin Karvaai
by Dr. Arvinder Singh Lokgeet
Parkashan, Chandigarh Pages 259. Rs 250
by Pritam Singh Rahi Ravi Sahit
Amritsar Pages 120. Rs 125
Thari Yaad Chokhi Aave
by Vishal Roopi Parkashan, Amritsar
Pages 119. Rs 100
by Harchand Singh Giani
Dit Singh Memorial Trust, Ludhiana Pages 40. Price not stated