to manage people
The Human Side of Enterprise
by Douglas McGregor, Tata McGraw Hill, Delhi. Pages 423. Rs 395.
our normal lives, we know intuitively that people respond best to us if
we appeal to their better instincts, whether to their desire to achieve
or to a desire to be friendly or even to merely look good. Most people
routinely try to establish some non-monetary basis to their
relationships including that with the neighbourhood shopkeeper if only
in an effort to ensure that they do not get cheated.
The ground beneath reforms
J. Sri Raman
India’s Economy: A
Journey in Time and Space
Ed. Raj Kapila and Uma Kapila, Academic Foundation. Pages 390. Rs 795.
TIME was when matters
economic seemed more concrete than most other things in the world.
Economic growth, for example, appeared something more visible and
measurable than, say, political liberty or social justice. No longer,
alas. The economic boom, which our leaders and media luminaries never
tire of celebrating, appears an entirely remote abstraction to many lay
disasters loom large at book awards
set in the American West and Midwest recently won major prizes at the
2006 National Book Awards, in a year when both the fiction and
nonfiction categories included two nominees inspired by the terrorist
attacks of September 11 or its aftermath. The non-fiction prize went to
Timothy Egan for his look back at an earlier American crisis, The
Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great
American Dust Bowl, published by Houghton Mifflin.
that a sleepy village tells
Himmat Singh Gill
Bulbul Sharma, Penguin Books Pages 165. Rs 200.
is a sleepy little village in Himachal Pradesh where Bulbul Sharma and
husband K.K own a small cottage, to which they retire when Delhi gets a
bit too much for them. For company they have former diplomat T.K. Kaul
who lives nearby, simple villagers like Bua, Thakur and the roof
repairer, and of course all the birds, monkeys, butterflies, water
snakes and any other form of nature living or non-living that Bulbul
loves and cares for, and about which she often paints and writes about.
Tales Once Told: Legends of
by Abraham Eraly. Penguin. Pages 280. Rs 200.
even today, is viewed as "God’s own country", a romantic
retreat from the vagaries of modern life. Abraham Eraly has, in
addition, given us a view of the Kerala of the past, a simpler, more
rustic world that is infinitely more romantic than what even the
smartest travel brochures can advertise today.
and its impact
Essays on Caste in Modern India
by Dilip Menon. Navyana. Rs. 200. Pages 158.
this book is on casteism in the Indian society, the author has brought
out the atrocities/discrimination perpetuated against the Dalits,
adivasis and other subaltern classes by the so-called upper castes. The
tales of olden days when Dalits were not allowed to listen to Vedic
hymns, they had to wear tinkles before entering habitations of upper
caste and slavery, untouchability and subordination, the triple curse,
come alive in the book.
The Boy Who Fell Out Of
by Ken Dornstein Sceptre. Pages 355. £
IF there was ever a story
that proved beyond doubt that death could not do loved ones apart, then
Ken Dornstein’s memoir of his dead brother could well be it. Many
books have been written about the most transcendental of human emotions,
love; but The Boy Who Fell Out Of The Sky talks about love to an
extent when it hurts.
Moral Disorder and Other Stories
by Margaret Atwood
Pages 225. $ 22
THE versatile Canadian author has a new book of short stories which could be described as Scenes from the lives of Nell and Tig—an unconventional Canadian couple. Trueman Capote in The Paris Review Interviews says that when properly explored the short story is the most disciplined and difficult form of prose writing but I do not think that that is the reason that one feels more satisfied by the longer works of authors like Atwood—rather the reason seems to be that at the end of a book of short stories one wants more.
Surinder Singh Tej
by Gulzar Singh Sandhu Publications Bureau,
Patiala. Pages 154. Rs. 160
by S. Saki Vartman
Prakashan, New Delhi. Pages 152 Rs. 150
Stories from two extremes
Women heroes and Dalit
assertion in North India
by Badri Narayan. Sage. Pages 186. Rs 295
The life and times of the
Nawabs of Lucknow
by Ravi Bhatt. Rupa. Pages 245. Rs 295
Lahore Darbar and Rani
by Avtar Singh Gill Jaswant Printers,
Ludhiana. Pages 272. Rs 250.