‘Let’s Kill Gandhi!’: A
Chronicle of his Last Days, the Conspiracy, Murder, Investigation and
by Tushar A. Gandhi. Rupa.
Pages 987. Rs 995.
is rightly said that the
life of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was very rich.
Though many writers have delved into his life, thoughts and actions,
he continues to remain elusive. Each attempt sheds new light on the
leader who dreamt of "Ram Rajya" or an ideal polity. In the
past, Prof. Bhikhu Parekh, Raj Mohan Gandhi and Kamran Shahid have
been some of the intellectuals who have analysed the leader who has
been treated as a demi-God by generations of his countrymen.
My Life in My Words
by Rabindranath Tagore.
(Letters selected and edited by Uma Das Gupta).
Penguin. Rs 495. Pages 395.
again I wake up when the
night has waned/when the world opens all its petals once more/and this
is an endless wonder. ‘Bismay’ Parisesh; 1932. "Does
one write poetry to explain something? Something felt within the heart
tries to find outside shape as a poem. So when listening to a poem,
(if) anyone says he has not understood, I am nonplussed.
world is possible
Making Globalization Work
by Joseph Stiglitz. Penguin Books.
Pages 358. Rs 595.
book is the "next
stop" in the series of great works like Globalization and its
Discontent and The Roaring Nineties by the Nobel
Prize-winning author Joseph Stiglitz who is considered a great
thought-leader in the world of economics. With his experience as
Chairman of Council of Economic Advisors under President Clinton and
as Chief Economist of the World Bank, he is the best person to tell us
how globalisation can work. While his earlier works showed why
globalisation failed, the present book discusses how globalisation can
be properly managed to the great benefits of both the developing and
Having it all... and Making
by D. Quinn Mill, Sasha K. Mattu and Kirstin R. Hornby. Pearson
Education Ltd. Pages 144.
book is about maintaining
a balance between one’s working life and family life. The authors
have given a six-step plan to help shed differences and dichotomies
that often exist between couples. The six steps are in fact sure-shot
tips as how to have a fast-track career and a fulfilling personal
of endless stories
The Top of the Raintree
by Kamalini Sengupta
Pages 291. Rs 295
into my parlour said the
spider to the fly’’ and in a similar vein, the house that holds
Kamalini Sengupta’s treasure-trove of stories, The Top of the
Raintree, effectively draws the reader in through the front door,
backdoor, the garden and even the roof. Stylishly named the Rajmahal,
this "creamy white" gorgeous turn-of-the-century Calcutta
house on Chowringhee, also has an abundance of voluble and vociferous
ghosts enjoying an unlimited, unpaid-for stay in its four floors, to
help in the story telling by adding their own masala and mischief.
of a reader as writer
For Sham Lal, a book was
not an escape from real, all-too-real problems of life, but a way of
dwelling intelligently in this world, questioning ideas and power. A
tribute to the eminent editor-writer by
focus on child rights
Focus on children under six (FOCUS) Abridged Report 2006
published by Citizen’s Initiative for the Rights of Children Under
FOCUS Report is unique in
many ways. First, unlike most Indian academic publications, it is an
action-oriented report exhorting the reader to act for the well-being
and rights of Indian children under the age of six years.
RJs and civilisation
by Anjana Appachana
Penguin. Pages 178. Rs 195.
in different situations
forms the main theme of this collection of eight short stories. My
Only Gods is about a girl-child who is possessive about her parents
to manic extent. Her insecurities have been highlighted with great
The Radio Jockey Handbook
by Simran Kohli
Fusion Books, N. Delhi. Pages XXVI+200. Rs 195.
Ed by Toshiki Osada
Manohar, N. Delhi. Pages: 269. Rs 750.