Reviewed by Kamlendra Kanwar
Turnaround: A Public Sector
By Shiv Malik.
Pages 178. Rs 395.
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
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.
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."
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.
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
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
By Imtiaz Gul.
Pages x+308. Rs 499.
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.
Reviewed by Charandeep Singh
Glimpses of Europe: A
Crucible of Winning Ideas, Great Civilizations and Bloodiest Wars
By Bindeshwar Pathak and S. P. Singh.
Pages 692. Rs 750.
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.
Reviewed by Sumit Ahlawat
Right to Education: The Way Forward
By Vinay Rai and Narendra Kumar.
Pages 162. Rs 495.
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.
back the sunshine
Journalist Neerja Chowdhury
describes her battle with cancer in a book. An excerpt…
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
of the book
What Really Happened
By Banaphool. Trans. Arunava Sinha.
Pages 327. Rs 299.
By Sudhir Thapliyal.
Pages 230. Rs 250.
By Aprilynne Pike.
Pages 426. Rs 325.
This Body of Death
By Elizabeth George.
Pages 608. Rs 595.