Vibha Singh Chauhan

It is quite likely that you have met someone like Kirpa, the protagonist of Ganga Jamuna Beech (Between the Ganga and the Jamuna). A woman whose speech carries the distinctive flavour of the village she grew up in but whose long sojourn in the city has contributed an idiom that makes it even more expressive.

Reviewed by: Deepa Agarwal
M.G. Vassanji

A Place Within: Rediscovering India is a detailed personal account by M.G. Vassanji of a series of visits he made to India, between 1993 and 2007. Born in Tanzania, and now a resident of Canada, M.G. Vassanji received international recognition with the publication of his first novel The Gunny Sack in 1989.

Reviewed by: Mala Pandurang
Swarnakumari Debi Ghoshal. Edited by C. Vijaysree

In her preface to The Fatal Garland (1915), the English translation of Phulermala, Swarnakumari Debi Ghoshal declares: ‘it is of the greatest importance that Europe—and more especially England—should understand India. And this understanding can, I think only be brought about by a study of our literature’.

Reviewed by: Radha Chakravarty
K.V. Ramani, Dileep Mavlankar and Dipti Govil

That India’s health service system poses critical health management challenges and demands bold initiatives is no exaggeration. The title is sure to be an invitation for public health scholars and health management professionals.

Reviewed by: Rajib Dasgupta
Teresita C. Schaffer

Teresita Schaffer, long one of the foremost India watchers in the United States, and one with a distinguished diplomatic career—including much involvement in South Asia—behind her, displays impeccable timing in publishing this volume as the dust (largely) settles on the protracted negotiations surrounding the US-India nuclear cooperation agreement, which finally came to fruition in 2008.

Reviewed by: David M. Malone
Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya

In 2002, the Oxford University Press, New Delhi, published an anthology of papers written by D.D. Kosambi. Consisting of over fifty articles, written over more than two decades, these were scattered across several journals and magazines, published from cities and countries across the globe.

Reviewed by: Kumkum Roy
Geoffrey Samuel

The stories of Indian myths, meditation, philosophy and poetry had gained access to the western world long before Sir William Jones imported in the eighteenth century the ancient Indian legal and literary traditions to Europe in the form of an academic exercise; and, for various reasons,

Reviewed by: Heeraman Tiwari
N.R. Narayana Murthy

The information technology industry occupies substantial quantum of public discourse space in India—be it in the times of boom or during a phase of recession. It invariably figures prominently in any discussion on economic liberalization or globalization of the Indian economy, and rightly so.

Reviewed by: Dinesh C. Sharma
Pushpam Kumar and Roldan Muradian

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows (Bob Dylan). Or do you? Seasons change, so do thoughts, deeds, ideas. Thought leaders—and cheerleaders—rediscover themselves, and turn old notions on their heads. New buzzwords get coined, new coalitions emerge.

Reviewed by: Anirban Ganguly
Pranab Bardhan, Samuel Bowles and Michael Wallerstein

The relationship between globalization and redistribution has been a major bone of contention in debates on globalization. The more enthusiastic advocates of globalization view global economic integration as a welcome high tide that will lift all the boats and bring significant economic gains to everyone across the globe; on the other hand,

Reviewed by: Praveen Jha
Alaknanda Patel

These volumes, appearing 17 years after he passed away, put together A.K. Dasgupta’s writings penned over a timespan of 62 years starting from 1929. They include books, monographs, articles, and reviews authored by him, reminiscences by and of him, and a biographical sketch of the author by the editor.

Reviewed by: Surajit Mazumdar
Liaquat Ahamed

This is one of the finest books that I, at any rate, have ever read. Nor have I come across anyone who has read it say anything else. It is superb not just in the way it has been written, but also in what it contains. Above all, it is absolutely unique in the angle from which it has come at the topic, the Great Depression of 1929–32.

Reviewed by: T.C.A. Srinivasa Raghavan