Soul-searching journey
Two close brushes with death in volatile Punjab prompted a mind with a seriously scientific temper to collate his musings in prose and poetry form
By Rajeev Nanda.
Frog Books. 
Pages 204. Rs 195.
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu

AJEEV Nanda, author of Conversations, has been working in the hi-tech industry since 1985. He started his career as a software engineer in India and has worked across many roles and organizations both in India and US. After spending more than 10 years in the US, he relocated to Bangalore to help Intel set up their IT group in India.

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Municipalities at crossroads
How India’s Small Towns Live (or Die)
By Paromita Shastri.
Academic Foundation. 
Pages 180. Rs 695.

Reviewed by Amarinder Sandhu
USH and pull factors are responsible for the rapid urbanisation taking place in India. It is estimated that within the next two decades, nearly half a billion of the Indian population will be living in urban areas. As unabated migration to the towns continues, the infrastructure of urban areas fails to meet the needs of the growing population.

Making sense of irrational mind
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
By Dan Ariely.
Pages 334. Rs 399.
Reviewed by D. S. Cheema
DAN Ariely, a social scientist and behavioural economist, is the New York Times best-selling author of Predictably Irrational. Only a brave man like Dan, with full-blooded passion for what he believes in, can produce a path-breaking book like this after suffering third-degree burns on 70 per cent of his body and spending three long years in hospital.

Snippets from life
A Life of Light
By Sumita Misra.
Unistar Books Pvt. Ltd.
Pages 80. Rs 195.

Reviewed by Aditi Garg
He journey of life is a medley of experiences. Even the most ordinary people have stories that are far from mundane. Sumita Misra has put together her poems in A Light of Life. The compilation has poems from different facets of life. She is an IAS officer and lives in Chandigarh with her husband and two daughters.

Moods of Malhar
S.D. Sharma
Artistes talk about the role and relevance of monsoon melody Megh Malhar
Prominent seasonal ragas which evoke human emotions and sentiments in eloquent and irresistible ways include the rainy season Raga Megh Malhar, which has many derivatives and its intrinsic melody and beauty can best be relished when sung in the months of July and August.

Rooted creative flights
Nonika Singh
am a very simple artist who speaks in the language of pigments." This modest refrain of artist Paramjit Singh may not throw light on his eminence or the significance of his masterly strokes and splendid landscapes. But nothing can cloud the fact that the visual vocabulary he creates has critics lauding and fellow artists gushing, some like Gulam Mohammed Sheikh dubbing his works as "visual hypnotism."

British Library bids for oldest bound book
Rob Sharp
HE British Library has launched a campaign to buy the oldest bound book in Europe, the £9m St Cuthbert Gospel. The library hopes to raise £2.75m to complete funds already donated by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund.

Short Takes
Social radicalism and historiography
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Social radicalism in Urdu literature 
by Rajwanti Mann
Pages 253. Rs 750.

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    By Sibesh Bhattacharya.
    Pages xii+183. Rs 395.

  • India Calling
    By Anand Giridharadas.
    Fourth Estate.
    Pages 306. Rs 499.