Corporate chronicles
Reviewed by Kamlendra Kanwar
Turnaround: A Public Sector Story
By Shiv Malik.
Om Books.
Pages 178. Rs 395.
THE stereotype that comes to mind when one thinks of the Indian public sector is of a behemoth that is a drag on the public exchequer, an entity with loose accountability characterised by sloth and inefficiency. There doubtlessly are a few brilliant minds in the set-up but they get neutralised by a system that is decadent to the core.

Rational humanist
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
The Critic Shakespeare: Essays in Appreciation
Eds Anand Prakash and S. P. S. Dahiya.
The Shakespeare Association, Kurukshetra.
Pages 208. Rs 595.
THE book, a collection of essays, is driven by the idea that so far as India is concerned, "Shakespeare symbolises the spirit of freedom in its enlightened struggle against challenges" of privilege and social oppression, and that "still more broadly, Shakespeare is the voice of committed humanity — committed to its indivisibility and rationalist assertion."

Of losses and triumphs
Reviewed by Manmeet Sodhi
The Pages of my Life
By Popati Hiranandani.
Translated from Sindhi by Jyoti Panjwani.
Oxford University Press. Pages 179. Rs 495.
WITHOUT any pretensions and pompous claims of making feminist statements, Popati Hiranandani’s autobiography and excellent collection of short stories facilitate and force one to question the basic truths of woman’s life: love, sacrifice, compassion, justice, respect and friendship.

Bird’s-eye view of terrorism
Reviewed by Nirbhai Singh
Hunting Bin Laden: How al-Qaeda is Winning the War on Terrorism
By Rob Schultheis. 
Pages 229. Rs 295.
The al-Qaeda Connection: The Taliban and Terror in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas
By Imtiaz Gul.
Pages x+308. Rs 499.
INTERESTINGLY, both the books have a common theme of terrorism which has fermented between the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan on the North-West regions of Waziristan and Khyber Pass.

Continental story
Reviewed by Charandeep Singh
Glimpses of Europe: A Crucible of Winning Ideas, Great Civilizations and Bloodiest Wars
By Bindeshwar Pathak and S. P. Singh.
Kalpaz Publications.
Pages 692. Rs 750.
EUROPE is called as "A Continent of Destiny". Why? We get an answer in this book. For an ordinary reader who is not a history student, Glimpses in Europe is a "Magna Carta" of European history. It is a compendium of sorts.

Active learning
Reviewed by Sumit Ahlawat
Right to Education: The Way Forward
By Vinay Rai and Narendra Kumar.
Perfect Publications.
Pages 162. Rs 495.
SOMEONE has rightly said, "Education is a companion which no future can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate and no nepotism can enslave". Education makes man worthy of himself.

Getting back the sunshine
Journalist Neerja Chowdhury describes her battle with cancer in a book. An excerpt…
aNCEr’ is one of those words which arouses a sense of dread and virtually half kills the patient. I knew this only too well, having lost my mother and younger brother to it. It goes without saying that what helps a cancer patient cope with the disease is the system of support that comes into play and this includes family, friends, colleagues at work place, and ... the medical community.

Back of the book
Sinister to sombre sagas
What Really Happened
By Banaphool. Trans. Arunava Sinha.
Pages 327. Rs 299.

  • Mansuri, Macabre
    By Sudhir Thapliyal.
    Pages 230. Rs 250.

  • Spells
    By Aprilynne Pike.
    Pages 426. Rs 325.

  • This Body of Death
    By Elizabeth George.
    Pages 608. Rs 595.

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