Tale of failure, guilt and hope
Reviewed by Kavita Soni-Sharma
By Marilynne Robinson.
Virago, London. 
Pages 339. Rs 395.
THE novel takes place in the mid-1950s in the small town of Gilead, Iowa. It is set in the house of a retired pastor, Robert Boughton, who is a widower in frail health and is being cared for by his younger daughter Glory.


An emotional journey
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
See Paris for Me
By Priti Aisola.
Penguin Books.
Pages 296. Rs 299.

THIS is a book about a woman coming to terms with an unfulfilled love. Itís a love that she rejects because she canít deal with the fierce passions that has the capacity to shake the foundations of her comfortable life, yet she canít do without it. However, finally she does.

Snapshot of life in Pakistan
Reviewed by Ramesh Luthra
The Wish Maker
By Ali Sethi.
Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books. 
Pages 406. Rs 499.

VERY rarely does one come across a young voice with quite a new yet mature and somber approach to life and people around. This pleasant combination do we meet in Ali Sethiís The Wish Maker. The book has arrived on the literary scene with a whiff of fresh air. We have a fair glimpse of the changing Pakistan, especially of the youth.

Marketing lessons for police
Reviewed by Rajbir Deswal
Policing: Reinvention Strategies in
a Marketing Framework
By Rohit Choudhary.
Sage. Pages XX+306. Rs 395.
IN a popular Bollywood flick, the entire rhetoric of materialistic possessions by Amitabh Bachchan comes crashing when juxtaposed with brother Shashi Kapoorís matching them all with their mother, asserting, "Mere paas Ma hai?"

Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Confession of a murderer 
by Joseph Roth Vinayak Publications. 
Pages 223. Rs 325.

Cyberabad Days
by Ian McDonald.
Pages 313. Rs 350.

The Seven Secrets of Influence
by Elaina Zuker.
Pages xx+259. Rs 399.

Tee time for fiction
Madhusree Chatterjee
Given the Tiger Woods controversy, what better time to bring out a work of fiction based on golf
T is the season of birdies, eagles and avoiding the woods! No, this has nothing to do with the misadventures of a celebrity player, but is about the debut novel of a veteran golfer who uses the landmark Delhi Golf Club as his muse.

Stage presence
Nonika Singh
Decades ago he told thespian Ebrahim Alkazi; I donít want to make theatre my career. Had he stuck to his words, the world of contemporary Indian theatre would have been infinitely poorer. Bhanu Bharti, the gifted theatreperson who had to literally eat his words, has carved a firm niche for himself in the annals of theatre.

All set for lit fest
Jaipur Literature Fest to host Vikram Chandra, Tina Brown
HE fifth edition of the five-day Jaipur Literature Festival, beginning January 21, will host authors like Vikram Chandra, Tina Brown, Hanif Kureishi and Mahasweta Devi.

Classics for iPod gen
Jonathan Brown
GUY de Maupassant, Aleksandr Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol might appear unlikely pin-ups for the iPod generation, but audio files of short stories by the time. A website dedicated to the joys of the literary form has gone "live", applying Apple's world-dominating music model to the written word.