The Point is not to Pocket the Truth, But to Chase the Truth…

This is a big, heavy book weighing about 5 lbs., but it is not heavy reading. On the contrary, it seems designed for scatter-brained, distracted reading—rather like watching a TV Talk Show, punctuated by commercial breaks and ‘recaps’ for those ‘who have just joined us’. The breaks here consist of numerous film and shooting stills from Mrinal Sen’s films, which interrupt rather than illustrate the text. Like those commercials, however, some of the stills are independently interesting.

Agrarian Scholarship: Actors, Processes and Policies

Published as the aproceedings of an international conference, organized by the Development and Planning Department of the Government of West Bengal, this is an exciting book. The book features stalwarts in the literature on the political economy of agriculture. The 20 essays and presentations are divided into 5 sections–(1) theoretical perspectives, (2) agrarian relations, human development and neoliberal land reform, (3) Latin America-country experiences, (4) South Asia-country experiences, (5) some socialist experiences.

Tracking the Trilogy

Contemporary regional drama in translation, one of the ‘not so exploited/explored sub-genres’ in literature(s) comes as a very easily enactable text for performance for theatre lovers who want to try something new with Rupalee Burke’s and Darshana Trivedi’s translation of the well known Gujarati playwright Satish Vyas’s Jal Ne Parde (Mist of Tears), Angulimal and Kamroo, a trilogy of two act plays.