A chequered past
Reviewed by Parshotam Mehra
China: A History
By John Keay.
Pages ix + 578. Price not mentioned.

NEXT to the US, if not already its equal, China dominates the world stage, as a super power, a virtual Colossus. Apart from its international status, nearer home we have to deal with this land and its people as our next-door neighbour.


Boarding school life
Reviewed by Aradhika Sharma
Third Best
By Arjun Rao.
Hachette India.
Pages 392. Rs 295.

FOR people who loved the Enid Blyton stories set in the residential schools, Mallory Towers and St Claire’s, this book would be an indigenous, more modern version of the same and, therefore, rather enjoyable. Arjun Rao’s debut novel, Third Best, is set in a boarding school located in the hills.

Measuring economic progress
Reviewed by Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
India’s Economy and Growth: Essays in Honour of VKRV Rao
Eds Pulin B. Nayak, Bishwanath Goldar and Pradeep Agrawal.
Pages 375. Rs 795.
THIS book is an outcome of a conference organised in 2008 by the Delhi School of Economics and the Institute of Economic Growth. It deals with major issues of economic growth such as the growth process, measurement of national income and related aggregates, environmental issues, and monetary and fiscal policies.

Empire and the environment
Reviewed by P. K. Vasudeva
The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia
Eds Deepak Kumar, Vinita Damodaran and Rohan D’Souza.
Pages 344. Rs 695.

  • Forest Laws and Policies in India
    By Dr A. K. Poddar, Swayambhu Mukherjee and Debosmita Nandy.
    Regal Publications.
    Pages 481. Rs 1,850.

Dancer par excellence
Nonika Singh
umility, thy name is greatness. Well, Shakespeare may not have said so. But one meeting with the living legend Pandit Birju Maharaj, Padma Vibushan, the indomitable exponent of Lucknow-Kalka Bindadin Gharana of Kathak, and one is compelled to observe so.

Corporate chronicles
New book traces path of IIM alumni who chose to be entrepreneurs
book tracing the inspiring journey of 25 IIM Lucknow alumni, who chose independent entrepreneurial careers instead of run-of-the mill private-sector jobs, was released in New Delhi recently. Written by IIM-L alumni, Amit Haralalka and Amitabh Thakur, The Fresh Brew: Chronicles of Business and Freedom intends to encourage its readers to follow their dreams while choosing a career.

B-school boys and beyond
Coffee-table book on IIM-A evokes nostalgia
HE Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (IIM-A), celebrating its golden jubilee year, recently released a coffee-table book on itself. IIMA: India's Management Athenaeum was released in Ahmedabad by Vijaypat Singhania, chairperson of IIM-A's Board of Governors.

Short Takes
Wanderers, wildlife and women

Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra

  • Balloonists 
    by Rajorshi Chakraborti
    Tranquebar. Pages: xiii+198. Rs. 200

  • Sprint of the Blackbuck
    edited by S. Theodore Baskaran.
    Pages xv+223. Rs 299.

  • Feminine Aesthetics of Indian Women Writers
    by Dr K.R. Sujatha and Dr S. Gokilavani.
    Regal Publications.
    Pages xv+199. Rs 780.