A book by the president of a country, while still in office, is bound to attract attention for several reasons, especially when that country happens to be Pakistan, embroiled as it is in many kinds of controversies, particularly after 9/11. That catastrophic event in distant New York played a most important role in triggering an across-the-board restructuring of Pakistani policy imperatives and retuning the strategic goals of its polity.
The issue of reform of personal laws has been a site of intense conflict and tension in India. And the legal arena remains a primary site of contestation. Rina Verma Williams examines how the system of personal laws has been and continues to be critical to sustaining state authority and the exercise of power over the Indian citizenry.
Civil Service officer’s career is like a dome of multi-coloured glass reflective of the varied experiences he straddles. Colonial administrators penned their experiences in the garb of memoirs generally for the benefit of their successors, as well as with the passag of time evolved a precious repertoire of the information they were privy to, ex-officio.
Ranjini Rao and Ruchira Ramanujan’s book Bookworms And Jelly Bellies brings a refreshing change of pace to how we think, cook and consume our food. Aimed at children and parents who’d like to try a more ‘playful’ and creative approach to cuisine, it comes at a time when the Indian culinary world is being buffeted by the emergence of a modern Indian ‘food culture’—with competitive cooking television shows and trendy dietary fads overwhelming the simple pleasures of actually eating food and being happier for it.
I have liked most of the CBT books I have read. I have read them to my children, gifted them to other children. But this book needs to be kept away from children.
This is a compilation of prize-winning entries for 9–12 age received in the category of ‘Heritage and Culture’. However, there are several criticisms that may be levied against the book.