Blueprint for a better India
Amar Chandel
Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century
by Nandan Nilekani.
Penguin/Allen Lane.
Pages 531. Rs 699.
IT has generally been the prerogative of the politician to decide and tell us what is in the best interest of India. Off and on this task is also taken up by journalists, scholars and bureaucrats. The responsibility is shouldered less often by entrepreneurs — particularly a self-styled "accidental entrepreneur" like Nandan Nilikani, co-chairman of Infosys Technologies.

Books received

Voice without illusions
Race, family and sexuality are the big themes of Hanif Kureishi’s era-defining fiction – but he also stands accused of misogyny and exploitation. He tells Johann Hari about psychoanalysis, fundamentalism, and disillusionment
VER since I read his first novel, The Buddha of Suburbia, I have imagined Kureishi to be a living version of the novel’s protagonist, Karim. He is a beautiful mixed-race boy from the suburbs, determined to dream and shag and saunter his way to the big city.

Intricacies of urban life
Ramesh Luthra
Tomorrow’s Promise
by Bubbles Sabharwal.
Penguin Books.
Pages 132. Rs 199.
A maiden novel by Bubbles Sabharwal, Tomorrow’s Promise stands conspicuous in the realms of this genre. Its charm lies in starting with a mundane life and finally taking us to a higher level. It makes an interesting reading of relationships—sex, adultery, divorce et al in the so-called glamorous society of the high-ups in metropolitan cities.

A luminous, lyrical tale
Baljit Singh
The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry.
Faber & Faber. 
Pages 312. Rs 295.
OF the four books short-listed for the Man Booker Award 2008, The Secret Scripture emerged the first runners-up. As "leaked" by more than one member of the Booker jury, the book appeared to be the most favoured up to the very last moment, yet Arvind Adiga’s The White Tiger won in a digital photo finish, as it were.

History of Nabha
Aditi Garg
Kinship and State Formation: The Gills of Nabha
by J. S. Grewal and Veena Sachdeva.
Pages 141. Rs 395.
THE Punjabis are known the world over for their rich and vibrant culture. Punjabiyat did not happen overnight but is a result of assimilation over the years of elements and essences of religion and culture of the varied people who ruled this land. From the Mughals, through the colonial rule, the Gill family of Nabha has been through many ups and downs.

Tips for winning executive battles
D. S. Cheema
Executive Warfare: 10 Rules of Engagement for Winning your War for Success
by David F. D’Alessandro.
Tata McGraw-Hill.
Pages 265. Rs 350. 
THERE is an identity between principles of war and principles of business management, though with subtle difference. In war as well as in business, one must acquire thorough knowledge of adversary or competitors within and outside and handle/manage them appropriately. Success or failure is the result of many battles an executive has to fight to win the ultimate war of reaching the very top. It is about being hit and being able to stand up again.

Swayze’s story
Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze, who has been in the news for his agonising battle with cancer, is all set to pen a tell-all memoir with contribution from his wife Lisa Niemi, which will throw light on his "deeply personal" details. The Ghost actor will be revealing all about his life, including his colourful childhood, his acclaimed career, his lovely marriage, and his painful battle with pancreatic cancer.

Men of the millennium

Randeep Wadehra
1000 Years, 1000 People
by Agnes Hooper Gottlieb, Henry Gottlieb, Barbara Bowers and Brent Bowers.
Flywell Publications & Mosaic Books. 
Pages: xx+331. Price not mentioned.

  • Rainbow
    Translated and edited by Karamvir Singh.
    Pages 80. Rs 150.

  • Hindu Nationalism
    Eds Shyam Khosla & BK Kuthalia.
    Shree Natraj Prakashan.
    Pages 214. Rs 495.