Battle for supremacy
Reviewed by Parshotam Mehra
India and China: The Battle between Soft and Hard Power
By Prem Shankar Jha.
Penguin/Viking. Pages ix + 398. Rs 599.
THERE is no dearth of literature on India and China; to be candid, there is a veritable glut. No wonder the sophisticated reader finds it difficult, if not indeed impossible, to separate the grain from the chaff. In this unenviable task, this book comes handy. 

Cosmological odyssey
Reviewed by Kuldip Dhiman
The Edge of Reason: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Cosmology
By Anil Ananthaswamy.
Penguin Books.
Pages 322. Rs 399.

IN the realm of physics, there are pure theorists and there are experimenters. Theoretical physicists study phenomena in nature, observe regularities, and then come up with mathematical models and theories that explain it. Their aim is to rationalise, explain and predict physical phenomena so that we could harness nature to our advantage.

When things fall apart
Reviewed by Shalini Rawat
Days and Nights in the Forest
By Sunil Gangopadhyay. Trans. Rani Ray.
Penguin Books. Pages 178. Rs 250.
"On the grass of sloping hills/a scatter of white sheep,/unravelling already like the balls/of wool they are going to be." ó A. K. Ramanujan (Uncollected Poems)
JUST as the first two lines of the poem hold a promise that is violently broken shortly after, the title of the book "unravels" as soon as you begin reading it.

Reality bytes
Reviewed by Parbina Rashid
Braking News
By Sunetra Choudhury.
Hachette India.
Pages 310. Rs 350.
ONE bus, two girls, 15 thousand kilometres, 715 million votesóadventure, misadventure; agony, ecstasy; breaking stories, flop shows; every reporterís dream and worst nightmare. This is what NDTV reporter and anchor Sunetra Choudharyís Braking News is all about.

Filmi critique
Reviewed by Rachna Singh
50 Indian Film Classics
By M. K. Raghavendra.
Pages 321. Rs 350.
WE Indians love films and almost always have an expert opinion on them. We invariably enlarge upon a filmís thematic structure in social soirees. Intellectual discussions also veer towards an analysis of the auteurís visual narratives. It is not surprising then that varied collections of film reviews hit the market from time to time.

Making Hay in Godís own country...
Britainís Hay festival to debut in India
Madhusree Chatterjee
lot of new writing from India has been making a mark across the world, says a top organiser of Britain's Hay Festival that will host its first India edition in Kerala in November with around 40 leading authors. "One of the reasons why we chose India is because writing from the country is fresh," said Lyndy Cooke, executive director of the festival.

Focus on feminism
Who's afraid of sexuality, asks Orissa's Virginia Woolf
Eliza Parija
SHE is considered the Judith Butler and Virginia Woolf of contemporary Oriya literature. And yet, for her, feminism is not just about battling male hegemony. For Dr Sarojini Sahoo, an award-winning Oriya writer, feminism is linked with the sexual politics of women.

Back of the book
Mughals, marriage and military

  • Akbar: The Mighty Emperor
    By Kavitha Mandana.
    Penguin-Puffin. Rs 150.

  • Chicken Soup for the Indian Armed Forces Soul
    Eds Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Raksha Bharadia.
    Tranquebar. Rs 295.

  • Legend of the Lepchas: Folk Tales from Sikkim
    By Yishey Doma.
    Tranquebar. Rs 200.

  • Love on Velocity Express
    By N. Sampath Kumar.

    Cedar Books. Rs 125.