Challenges ahead
Reviewed by B. G. Verghese
Comprehensive Security for an Emerging India
Ed. Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak.
Knowledge World.
Pages 394. Rs 780.

THERE are many more aspects to a nation’s security than the threat of war. Battles can be won and lost even without armies moving, which is now better understood. And the danger of armed conflict escalating to a nuclear exchange induces sobriety and restraint in military responses, though many have speculated on what could still happen below a certain threshold.

Journey worth taking
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents
By Minal Hajratwala.
Pages 430. Rs 595.
THE first thought to enter my mind when handed Minal Hajratwala’s debut book for reviewing purposes was: not another angst-ridden diaspora story, please.

Identities redefined
Reviewed by Amarinder Sandhu
Sikhism and Women: History, Texts and Experience
Ed. Doris R. Jakobsh.
Oxford University Press.
Pages 383. Rs 395.
THE question of Sikh identity has intrigued many scholars. The issue of "Who is a Sikh?" becomes all the more complex when it is woven into the intricate tapestry of religion, culture or ethnicity.

Judging the judges
Reviewed by Ram Varma
Wake up Call for Indian Republic
By Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer.
Gyan Publishing House.
Pages 220. Rs 540.
IN Plato’s Republic, Socrates asks the overwhelming question, "Who’ll guard the guardians?" In our republic, Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, comes nearest to donning the Socrates’ mantle, and he appropriately asks, "Who’ll judge the judges?"

Of culinary delights and heartbreaks
Reviewed by Sukhpreet Singh Giani
Chef: A Novel
By Jaspreet Singh. 
Penguin Books.
Pages 248. Rs 450.
JASPREET Singh’s Chef takes a gripping look at the India-Pakistan conflict and presents the edginess from an angle which is primarily linked to the Army, but it also tries to capture the lives of some individuals who play minor yet important roles in the Army and obviously have many emotions attached to their work.

Valley’s verse
Humra Quraishi
The prose and poetry of young Kashmiris carry an undercurrent of sorrow and stress
nCE upon a time, the Kashmir Valley was a hub of poetry and prose in this part of the world. And even in these troubled, tension-ridden times, there is writing and more of it, but it carries sadness and sorrow together with streaks laden with the stress that the young face in their daily lives

Creative purist
Nonika Singh

I don’t sing to entertain..." In the commerce-driven world where everything, even talent, is for sale these words may sound archaic. But for the man who proclaims so, this is no hyperbole but the cornerstone of his musical, nay, life’s philosophy.

Back of the book
Variegated reads
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Man of Glass 
by Tabish Khair
Harper Collins.
Pages: xiii+82. Rs 199

  • Of Wooing, Woes & Wanderings
    by Amitabha Chatterjee
    Gyaana Books.
    Pages 258. Rs 250.

  • Of Love and Politics
    by Tuhin A.Sinha.
    Pages 301. Rs 250.