It’s Shakespeare centrestage, yet again
Reviewed by
Shelley Walia
Subalterns in Shakespeare: A Postcolonial Review
Ed Anand Prakash. 
Shakespeare Association,
Kurukshetra. Pages 240. Rs 795
It is interesting to note that for years the debate between the conventional literary critics and the postcolonial revolved around the need to move away from the cultural hegemony of the canon, the power structures implicit in the curriculum around the world. "Will is no great shakes" was a statement that did provoke the Shakespeare lobby which would react by asserting that the postcolonial studies was more of a bandwagon, a fiefdom of no significant consequence. Interestingly, Shakespeare’s return to English Studies is ironically via the postcolonial.

When US muddled at policy level
Reviewed by Rakesh Datta
The Art of Intelligence
By Henry A Crumpton. The Penguin Press, New York. Pages 338. $27.95
Clausewitz in his classic On War stressed that the art of war in its highest sense is policy – a policy that fights. It equally brings out the role of intelligence generally responsible for major conflicts in the world. For instance, when Al-Qaida (AQ) assaulted US chancelleries in Dar-es-Salam and Nairobi in August, 1998, killing more than 200 people including Americans, it actually brought the onset of new techniques of warfare to which the US was not prepared as a matter of policy.

Mind over matter
Reviewed by Vikrant Parmar
By Lata Gwalani. Frog Books. Pages 267. Rs 195
Be enigmatic, remain incognito' - goes a saying. Implies verbatim for Lata Gwalani's book Incognito, where she remains enigmatic till the last 40-odd pages and thus incognito. Post the initial few pages where the protagonist, Anjali, relates the story of her four friends — Shailee, Rachna, Anuradha, Shakti — and how they 'decide' to murder the respective men in their lives, Vikram, Rohit, Avnit and Kartik - to her doctor, the narrative becomes episodic.

Making a difficult life simple for special children
Reviewed by Chandni S Chandel
Parenting Your Complex Child 
By Peggy Lou Morgan. Indiana 
Publishing House. Pages 183. $16.95
No teacher, no doctor, no book can teach you parenting unless you do not become a mother yourself, they say. The author rightly puts her mentor’s quote aptly right in the beginning "If only the world could understand you through your’s Mom’s ears and eyes", which can be a motivating force for you and your special-needs child. This book offers disciplined and inexpensive ways of dealing with a special-needs child, suffering from autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, bipolar disorder, etc. Morgan’s book is a handy help book for all mothers as she shares first-hand experience of rearing a child with multiple or single disorders.

The road to self realisation
Reviewed by Balwinder Kaur
The Man Who Tried to Remember
By Makarand Sathe (translated by Shanta Gokhale). 
Viking. Pages 237. Rs 399.
Amnesiac Achyut Athavale is trying to collect the pieces of his life, while he is locked in a cell and facing murder charges. Haunted by ghosts of memories, he clings to cold hard facts delineating and deconstructing social structures instead. Being highly disenchanted and disassociated, he doesn’t consider degrees of culpability; instead condemns himself. It portrays the fragility of a highly intellectual mind which has failed itself in small but crucial ways. Beginning in medias res, the book is a postmodern riddle on the subjectivity of perspective and experience.