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My Three husbands

by Swan Adamson Headline
Pages 308. £2.50

What’s a girl to do when husbands just keep lining up? Meet Venus Gilroy: twenty-five, carefree, irresistible, and with a nasty habit of getting hitched to the wrong guy. Husband No. 1: would have been a winner, if it hadn’t been for the forgery and embezzlement charges.

Husband No. 2 sometimes a girl has to realise meeting a husband in a strip bar will never end well.

Husband No 3: Is the real deal. Isn’t he? Surely sexy, rugged, principled Tremaynne is finally the right one for Venus?

With her insane mother, not to mention her two gay dads, plus her porn-video-store-owner boss all weighing in with advice, it’s time for Venus to learn for herself — how you know that Mr Right... isn’t going to turn into Mr Wrong.

Nepal Atlas and Stastics Ed Harka Gurung
Himal Books and Tony Hagen Foundation. Pages 214. Price not stated

Most country atlases, including thematic ones, are usually collections of maps with brief geographical information in the introductory section. In the case of Nepal, some like Nepal: Atlas of Economic Development by R.K. Shrestha and Pitamber Sharma (1980) have a series of maps accompanied by explanatory text. Others such as the Districts of Nepal: Indicators of Development (1997) have related data facing the maps. This atlas belongs to the latter genre as a compilation of maps and diagrams alongwith relevant tables and statistical data. The 100 maps and digrams included in this Atlas are placed on the odd pages (right side) while the related tables are on the facing even pages (left side). All data tables have serial numbers corresponding to the related map or figure.

This work is the first project undertaken by the Toni Hagen Foundation, Nepal, and is supported by Save the Children, UK. It is likely to be of interest especially now that events in Nepal have been in the news.

Language and Politics in Pakistan
by Tariq Rahman
Orient Longman. Pages 320. Rs 450

Language and politics in Pakistan is an incisive and analytical study of the intimate linkages between language, politics and ethnicity in Pakistan. It has objective and well-argued accounts of the many ethnic/ language movements that have been a significant part of the history of the subcontinent. It is an important contribution to understanding the history of post-Independence Pakistan and by extension, the social configurations of the Indian subcontinent. Language and Politics in Pakistan has won two awards from the Government of Pakistan. Tariq Rahman is presently Quaid-i-Azam Professor at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Carly Fiorina:Tough Choices
A Memoir
Research Press. Pages 319. Rs 995

Fortune named her “The Most Powerful woman in Business” and she was recruited to be chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard—the first female CEO of a Fortune 20 company—with a mandate to shake things up. For five and a half years, Fiorina led HP through major internal changes, the worst technology slump in decades, and the most controversial merger in high-tech history. Yet just as things were about to turn around, she was abruptly fired, making front-page news around the world. Fiorina has been the subject of endless debate and speculation. But she has never spoken publicly about crucial details of her time at HP, about the mysterious circumstances of her firing, or about many other aspects of her landmark career. Until now. In this extraordinarily candid memoir, she reveals the private person behind the public persona. She shares her triumphs and failures, her deepest fears and most painful confrontations. She shows us what it was like to be an ambitious young woman at stodgy old AT&T, and then a fast-track executive during the spin-off of Lucent Technologies. Above all, Fiorina describes how she drove the transforation of legendary but deeply troubled HP, in the face of fierce opposition. She was an outsider in every way imaginable—the first CEO not promoted from within; a woman leader in a male-dominated culture; a marketing expert in a company that worshipped engineers; an easterner surrounded by Silicon Valley lifers. One of Fiorina’s big themes is that “in the end business isn’t just about numbers; it’s about people.” This book goes far beyond the caricature of the most powerful woman executive to show who she really is and what the rest of us—male or female, in business or not—can learn from the tough choices she made along the way.