Duncan Green

Do ‘active citizens’ and ‘effective states’ change the world? According to the sub-title of the book From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green they do. Yet, as the author himself recognizes there is ‘good’ change and ‘bad’ change. What Green means by good change is change that helps ‘build a secure…

Reviewed by: Ajit Menon
Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward’s fourth book on President George Bush and his war on Iraq is subtitled ‘A Secret White House History 2006-2008.’ His earlier three books are: Bush at War(2002),Plan of Attack(2004, ) and State of Denial(2006).

Reviewed by: K.P. Fabian
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been writing for fifteen years, during which she has honed her talents; the range of her work has consisted mostly of fiction: novels, short stories and the occasional article in prestigious journals. She has made use of various techniques to project her views on marriage and gender…

Reviewed by: Lola Chatterji
G.P. Deshpande

This book surveys the field of philosophical discourse in modern Maharashtra, by revisiting three iconic figuresPhule, Vinoba Bhave and Savarkarthrough their writing, and the responses it has evoked, in Marathi. In the process, G.P. Deshpande interrogates contemporary trends in historiography…

Reviewed by: Mudita Mohile
G.K Das

Literature of Resistance: India 1857 is a compilation of academic papers pre-sented at a seminar held in late 2007 at the D.A.V. College for Girls in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana.

Reviewed by: Mala Pandurang
C. Vijayasree

Gayatri Spivak, Helen Tiffin, Aijaz Ahmadwith the opening batters like the first two and such a number three, the danger is that you may never get to see the others in action! But get you must, since this team of writers includes many more who would be part of a Worlds Eleven of Postcolonial Studies…

Reviewed by: G.J.V. Prasad
Shoma Munshi

We Indians love watching rich family dramas play out on the screen. The big screen has KJo and the small screen has Ektaa Kapoor and her Band of Bahus. The workaholic Kapoor alongwith Star TV changed the way Indians watch television. A few others joined the bandwagon and the world of tradition…

Reviewed by: Vaani Arora
Mushtaq Shiekh

Deewanawas a hit. The audience loved him. Shah Rukh Khan, the actor, had made it.A hundred and six pages into Mushtaq ShiekhsShah Rukh Can, the lines wash over you and ring loud the words that youve been waiting for from the moment you started reading it. Careful choice of wordsShah Rukh Khan, the actor, not Shah Rukh Khan, the star…

Reviewed by: Dhruv Mookerji
Leela Naidu

Poet and philosopher Khalil Gibran noted, Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart Leela: A Patchwork Life, among other things, reveals precisely this. Radiant, ethereal, stunning, Leela Naidu was the purveyor of beauty for a generation of Indians and foreigners alike. With her sublime smile…

Reviewed by: Kartik Bajoria
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

This is a new and slightly abridged edition of Khwaja Ahmad Abbass autobiography of the same title originally published in 1977. Edited and introduced by Suresh Kohli, the reincarnated version has a Foreword by Amitabh Bachchan as its novel feature, highlighted on the front page of this hard cover book…

Reviewed by: Amrit Gangar
Ravi Vasudevan

Writing on film in India was for a long time mired in different kinds of bias and untouchability. While only certain kinds of films and filmmakers in the realist tradition were considered worthy of critical attention, bulk of the films produced here was considered trash. As for the writings, most of them…

Reviewed by: C.S. Venkiteswaran
Radhika Singh

Fabindia is our favourite fairytalea dashing young foreigner in India with a dream, marrying a beautiful Indian girl, and creating a kingdom based on high principles and beautiful craft skills. Armed with a belief that success and prosperity, used wisely, can also bring prosperity to the poor. Now someone has written the story.

Reviewed by: Laila Tyabji
Hasan-Uddin Khan

Mapins richly illustrated book does what its editor Hasan-Uddin Khan promises to: produce a broad look at the city by having a range of international specialists examine Chandigarh through different lensesto creatively speculate about the city and the way that its original conception has stood up to the pressures of a contemporary Indian city…

Reviewed by: Aftab Jalia
Bernard Bel

The function of communication to shape the dialectics of the time provides it with a rare power. Defined as the interplay of various, often conflicting, images and symbolizations, the process of communication as well as the import of that process hold within them the innate will to move thought-processes in a particular direction…

Reviewed by: Roshni Sengupta
B.G. Verghese

Once upon a time, and not very long ago either, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi where several large and small newspapers have their offices didnt used to be as horribly crowded with cars as it is now. From 1982, when I first went to work there at the Express Group, until 1987 when George…

Reviewed by: T.C.A. Srinivasa Raghavan
Jyotirmaya Sharma

Acollection in honour of distinguished philosopher Mrinal Miri, this volume is held together less by any thematic unity, despite its title, than by the personal closeness the authors and editors (two of his former students), feel towards an undoubtedly remarkable thinker and institution builder…

Reviewed by: Nivedita Menon
Mala Dayal

The blurb of Celebrating Delhi appropri-ately mentions that the book takes us on a journey varied and unexpected. We may add that it also infuses and inspires a deep sense of involvement and enchantment with the city through the passionate and committed writings of each author. The themes cut across pre-colonial…

Reviewed by: Meena Bhargava
Christian Lee Novetzke

If one were to write a history of Namdev and trace the traditions that bear his name, how would one set about doing it? There is no historical record of his life and composition, either in court documents or in inscriptionsa fate he shares with most great bhaktas or devotional poetsaints of medieval and early modern India…

Reviewed by: Vasudha Dalmia
Heinrich Von Stietencron

Max Weber spoke of man as a meaning making animalspinning constantly and being suspended in webs of meaning to make sense and give an orientation to the world that he lived in and wished to order. Such a formulation seems to lie at the basis of Heinrich Von Stietencrons study of the iconography of the Ganga and Yamuna on temple doors…

Reviewed by: Lakshmi Subramanian
Rita P. Wright

The Harappan or Indus civilization is a subject where the amount of new data and analysis are constantly growing, and it is difficult to keep pace with both. That is why a new book on the subject excites interest. Rita P. Wrights The Ancient Indus: Urbanism, Economy, and Society is part of a series that aims at introducing students…

Reviewed by: Upinder Singh
Leela Samson

The book under review written by an eminent artist with emotional appeal has twelve hapters with impressive photographs and lay-out and is not too unwieldy for capturing the salient features of the life of a colossus that Rukmini Devi was. In the preface the author says that she started her research in 1992 collecting data regarding years…

Reviewed by: Padma Subrahmanyam
Peter Gonsalves

This slim book seems to be the outcome of a well-meaning attempt to understand thoroughly the communicative aspect of Gandhiji’s personality and politics. Much energy has obviously gone into the enterprise; the many tables, appendix, the pages of endnotes at the end of each chapter as well as the long bibliography…

Reviewed by: Rohini Mokashi Punekar
Anand Pandian

Crooked Stalks is a powerful reminder, especially to those who believe otherwisedespite mounting evidence to the contrary, that development is not a codewritten computer programme. In this wellresearched study of the Piramalai Kallar community of southern Tamil Nadu, Anand Pandian blends precolonial past and colonial history…

Reviewed by: R. Venkat Ramanujam Ramani