Souring of the American Dream
Less government is not fair. In the absence of effective administration and good governance, those who take advantage of others have come to dominate the United States of America
Reviewed by Rajiv M Lochan
Time to Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline
By Edward Luce. Little Brown. Pages 292. Rs 699
THE American ability to innovate, craft and lead is in a crisis. The Americans pretend to elect a government, the government pretends to govern and everyone in America pretends to be happy that America is at the centre of the universe even though all around them people are going jobless, middle class incomes have stagnated and infrastructure is collapsing.

Snapshot of the great joint family traditions
Reviewed by Aditi Garg
By T.S. Tirumurti. Harper Collins. Pages 268. Rs 299
INDIA comprises, within its folds, many mini-Indias, each one unique and yet strikingly similar. There are differences regarding religion, language and customs but at its very heart, they all speak the same cultural language, follow similar customs and their Indian identity is their religion. Even the Indians settled abroad or those who have received their education on foreign shores cannot escape the pull that India has on them.

Complex world, deftly portrayed
Reviewed by Vikrant Parmar
Let Her Rest Now
By Vijay Nair. Hachette India. Pages 236. Rs 295
Certain dark alleys lead to a path that is illuminated beyond oneís expectations, one where memories of the blinding darkness fade away instantaneously. This is exactly what happens with Neha, the lead protagonist of Vijay Nairís murder mystery Let Her Rest Now, who quits a plush job in search of her motherís murderer not realising that her own life would run a course where death would be just inches away.

Love in times of chaos
Komal Mehta, whose debut novel Nick of Time has been well received, chats up about the book and more
Seema Sachdeva
First-time writer Komal Mehtaís Nick of Time takes you to the world of friendships, romance and love. The story, which is set in Chandigarh, revolves around the lives of three childhood friends Alehya, Vicky and Shagun, whom fate brings together after a long time. Written from the perspective of all three protagonists, the book sets out to discover how the three grapple with the issues of love and confusion.

Subtle narrative
By Jennifer Johnston, Headline Review, £ 7.99
Polly is a young Irish girl growing up during the Second World War. After her father is killed in action she spends much of her time at her grandparentís home, where she becomes close to her fatherís younger brother, Sam. But when he falls out with the family and leaves Ireland to become a Communist revolutionary in Cuba, Pollyís loyalties are torn. Jennifer Johnstonís novella is subtle and elegantly told.