Leaderless revolution
Online activism has its own dynamics. Here is the experience of a man who used Facebook for effectively provoking "a nascent protest movement" for freedom and justice
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
Revolution 2.0: A Memoir from the Heart of the Arab Spring
By Wael Ghonim. Fourth Estate. Pages 320. £14.99
In this recent memoir by Wael Ghonim, an Egyptian computer engineer working for Google, it is argued that revolutions in the days of the internet will not be learnt and theorised in libraries, but will be spurred through the agency of social media and television, "beamed directly into our heads". The book is the first-hand experience of a man who used Facebook for provoking "a nascent protest movement" for freedom and justice unleashing the beginning of the end of authoritarian dictatorships in the Middle East and Africa.


Riveting family saga
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
Bombay Girl
By Kavita Daswani.
Harper Collins India. Pages 310. Rs 199
You can take an Indian out of India but cannot take India out of him. In fact, the farther away we move, the stronger the hold of traditions and beliefs gets. Around the world, the great Indian wedding still happens between two families and not two individuals. Family approval is of the utmost importance and should the elders decide otherwise, you can put your plans aside and start afresh. In the mechanics of a joint family, it gets difficult to cater to the whims of an individual and all decisions stem from the fulfilment of the greater good. The strong patriarchal setup rules the dynamics of the family and rebellion is not as effective as working your way around things.

Wordcraft alone does not make it gripping
Reviewed by Pooja Dadwal
Revolt of the Fish Eaters
By Lopa Ghosh. HarperCollins.
Pages 261. Rs 299.
With Revolt of the Fish Eaters, debut author Lopa Ghosh presents a highly dystopian world, punctuated with the sounds and echoes of capitalism, the world of business and the scathing oddities of life. This collection of nine short stories plays on the precipice of naked truth and perceived reality. It portrays a fractured world to a possibly fractured audience. Be it the Chairmanís Mother, Siberia, Richest man in the world or Love Story of the Oysters, Ghosh manages to narrate stories that, in essence, are very disturbing to an average mind, yet are the thoughts that an average mind thinks.

When the twain does meet in poetry
Reviewed by Jasmine Anand
A Peace of India: Poems in transit
by Brian Mendonca Pages 80. Rs 200
Poetry in the transit, the words not only shift places with the sifting of thoughts but navigate from page to page through cartographic and visual nitty-gritties of numerous sketches in Brian Mendoncaís A Peace of India. This anthology of travel poetry weaves Brianís journey through Indian states via railway from 1998-2010; romancing his observation through the window seat, on the move, contemporary allusions jostling with history, dipping into the culture as well as purpose of life through his "gastronomical tour".