Rohit Handa

Rohit Handa, who some years back gave us A Twisted Cue, a fine novel set in the India of 1965, has now given us his second novel, actually his first one, for Comrade Sahib was first published in 1977.

Reviewed by: Kiran Doshi
Amrita Kumar

There are not too many Indian English novels that address the concerns of the Christian community in India. It is hard to think of instances beyond Arundhati Roy, I. Allan Sealy and David Davidar in recent years.

Reviewed by: Radha Chakravarty
Alka Saraogi

Alka Saraogi has made a big name in the realm of Hindi fiction. Her first novel Kalikatha: Via Bypass made such a mark that her reputation runs the risk of always being stitched to her first novel. It is hoped the rest of her work is not bypassed.

Reviewed by: Keki N. Daruwalla
Sunetra Gupta

The finest testament to good writing is surely the demand for an accurate response in its reader. Sunetra Gupta’s So Good in Black refuses the exigencies of large frames. Hers is not a global or postcolonial novel.

Reviewed by: Sally Bayley
Bishnu Mohapatra

A Fragile World, the English translation of Bishnu Mohapatra’s Oriya poems, published in 1997 under the title Pakhira Swabhabik Mrityu (‘The Natural Death of a Bird’) is the poet’s first collection. Like all first collections it expects to do something different from the ones that came before and to introduce a new poet promising to set a new trend in the genre of his writing.

Reviewed by: Prafulla C. Kar
Nasreen Munni Kabir

Sometimes idols always fail to impress on first sight leaving dedicated fans vaguely dissatisfied. My first glimpse of the legendary Lata Mangeskar was in pre-Emergency 1970s when Doordarshan featured excerpts from the ‘Lata Mangeshkar Nite’ held at Asoka Hotel, Delhi

Reviewed by: Partho Datta
Angana P. Chatterji

In this impassioned study based on what the inside cover of the volume describes as ‘situated reflections, story telling and ethnographic accounts,’ Angana P. Chatterji, a social and cultural anthropologist at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in the United States, attempts to understand organized Hindu majoritarianism in the eastern province of Orissa.

Reviewed by: Sachidananda Mohanty
Livingston Armytage and Lorenz Metzner

‘Judicial Reforms’ is a theme which is much talked of so much about but too little is done. The Indian judicial system has a long history right from the pre-British days. In the 18th century a uniform pattern of judiciary emerged and during the British regime High Courts were established in presidency towns.

Reviewed by: Rohini R. Karnik
Col. Harjeet Singh

The South Asia Defence and Strategic Yearbook has been an important yearly publication highlighting the main events that have happened in the larger South Asian region.

Reviewed by: Pankaj Kumar Jha
Anjali Ghosh, Tridib Chakraborti, Anindyo Jyoti Majumdar and Shibashis Chatterjee

The book under review is a massive sweep on the contours of India’s continuously evolving foreign and economic policy challenges that are in tune with the changing times. The volume contains as many as nineteen chapters by scholars from India’s premier universities and think tanks covering many leading countries and regions with which India’s foreign policy has remained significant. The contributors are leading.

Reviewed by: Rajaram Panda
Partha Ray

The present global economic crisis has generated considerable interest in the role of central banks in regulating the behaviour of commercial banks. Though the Indian story in this regard is seen in positive terms, we do not clearly know for certain as to what channels the monetary policy actions are transmitted to the real economy.

Reviewed by: D. Narasimha Reddy
J. Krishnamurti

Did India have economists before 1947? If so, how many? Who were they? What did they do? Until J. Krishnamurty decided to find out, these questions had not been asked in a any serious manner.

Reviewed by: T.C.A. Srinivasa Raghavan
Janet Rizvi and Monisha Ahmed

Janet Rizvi, with Monisha Ahmed has, after six years of intensive research, written a book on Pashm, Pashmina and the textiles woven from this incomparable fibre which promises to be the most authoritative book on the subject.

Reviewed by: M.N. Buch
Ashwini Tambe and Harald Fisher-Tine

The objective of the collected essays in this volume is to expand our understanding of the colonial experience by focusing attention on relatively neglected areas of study, especially on ‘subaltern groups and actors’ who are rarely explored through the use of conventional archives.

Reviewed by: Kanakalatha Mukund
Amartya Sen

In the Idea of Justice, Sen engages the work of John Rawls, who died in 2002, and was one of the foremost contemporary American philosophical thinkers on justice.

Reviewed by: Ratna Kapur