A man of action
Reviewed by B.G. Verghese
Civil Disobedience
By L. C. Jain.
The Book Review.
Pages 265. Rs 395.

AKSHMI Jain was a self-effacing man who spoke through his actions. He had a wide circle of friends and associates who knew of his quiet efforts and admired him. But it only now, after his passing, that a semi-autobiography has appeared.

Fascinating glimpse into Mughal era
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
The Shadow Princess
By Indu Sundaresan.
Pages 364. Rs 399.
THE romance of the Mughal era has always fascinated me. It was my favourite era even when I was studying history. I have simply loved to read accounts of the Mughal times, their customs and systems, the formality in the courts, the gossip and the machinations in the courts and in the zenana.

Witty tale of Indian politics
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
Battle for Bittora
By Anuja Chauhan.
Pages 426. Rs 299.
ANUJA Chauhan’s second book, Battle For Bittora, will make you LOL (laugh out loud). Crafted around the Lok Sabha elections, this romantic comedy brings to the reader a rather "cute" (if I may) version of the Great Indian Democracy, by marrying politics and pop-culture.

Will science find the final answer?
Reviewed by Kuldip Dhiman
The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life
By Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow.
Bantam Press.
Pages 200. Rs 599.
AS you are reading this review, an exact copy of yours could be going to war in a galaxy far away, and yet another copy doing household chores in another universe, and yet another having dinner in a restaurant hundreds of light years away.

Living beyond the legacy
Humra Quraishi
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson and former bureaucrat-turned-diplomat Gopalkrishna Gandhi revisits history in his latest book
opalkrishna Gandhi is a former civil servant-turned-diplomat, who was later appointed as Governor of West Bengal. Today, this grandson of Mahatma Gandhi is known through his writings, the latest being his book Dara Shukoh: A Play (Tranquebar Press). Excerpts from an interview:

Medium for entertainment, not messages
Nonika Singh
E not only says it the way it is, but also debunks most widely prevalent notions associated with theatre. Meet well-known theatre person Padmashri Aamir Raza Husain. The man, who himself became a legend of sorts with the spectacular theatrical production The Legend of Ram, has no hesitation in stating that theatre’s first and foremost purpose is to entertain.

Short Takes
Warriors and winners
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
The Siege of Warwan 
By Major General G.D. Bakshi (retd)
Harper Collins.
Pages: 284. Rs 299.

  • Nandan Nilekani
    By Rajiv Tiwari.
    Diamond Books.
    Pages 142. Rs 95.

  • The Story of Napoleon
    By Harold F.B. Wheeler.
    Arora’s Book World.
    Pages xvi+304. Rs 160.