Coming of age
Rumina Sethi
Women’s Studies in India—A Reader
Ed. Mary E. John. Penguin. Pages 657. Rs 599.
THE focus of this book is women’s studies movement rather than the women’s movement. In many ways, this anthology is akin to Tharu and Lalitha’s two volume collection of women’s writings in India, and complements it, except that the editor has put together excerpts from official documents and reports, research papers and commentaries, on issues relating to women rather than creative writing issuing from women.

Books received

Ways to cope with a mean state
Ash Narain Roy
Towards Improving Governance
Ed. S. K Agarwal. Academic Foundation
Pages 266. Rs 895.
Alexander Pope’s dictum that "for forms of government let fools contest, whatever is best administered is the best" aptly sums up what the current discourse on good governance is all about.

Science of day after tomorrow
Kuldip Dhiman
Physics of the Impossible
by Michio Kaku.
Allen Lane, Penguin Books. Pages 330. £8.
COULD we one day develop weapons that could shatter an entire planet to smithereens? Could we make people and objects invisible? Could we design machines that would generate their own energy? Is it possible to launch spaceships that travel faster than light?

Scarred by blasts
187 Lives—A Remembrance
by The Indian Express Team.
HarperCollins. Pages 229. Rs 395.
Terrorists aim to shake the foundation of countries and their governments, but unfortunately grievously injure innocent people. The latter are caught unawares while going about their business of living.

Life’s varied hues
Priyanka Singh
The Painter of Shanghai
by Jennifer Cody Epstein.
Penguin. Pages 486. Rs 450.
JENNIFER Cody has worked as a journalist in Asia and her knowledge and grasp on its cultural psyche is immaculate. She has done the groundwork rather well, even though the narrative doesn’t quite hold up at places.

A pastoral tale
Aditi Garg
Bandicoots in the Moonlight
by Avijit Ghosh.
Penguin Books. Pages 237. Rs 250.
THE growing up years of any person have such a deep impact on them that they can scarcely ever outgrow its effects. The environment markedly affects the basic perceptions about various aspects of life and their priorities. To understand why people behave the way they do, a look into their formative years can disclose a lot more than just childhood memories.

‘My work is literature’
Estelle Shirbon
Publishing a novel at 19 and selling more than 400,000 copies of it ought to be enough to be taken seriously as a writer, but not if you are young, French, of Algerian origin and living in a poor suburb of Paris
Faiza Guene, now 23, has just published her third novel and she is gratified to see reviews of it in the literary pages of the newspapers. It means she is slowly breaking down barriers.

The woman behind Hardy’s Tess
ugusta Bugler, a Dorset resident, was the woman who inspired Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles in 1888, reveals her daughter Norrie Woodhall. According to Norrie, the famous author used to spy on Augusta when she was just 18 years old, milking a cow on her grandfather’s farm in Dorset in 1888.

Back to Omen
Randeep Wadehra

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