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My Paper Half
Shrishendu Mukhopadhyay | Niyogi Books | Rs 195

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 6.01.55 PMTranslated from Bengali by Soma Das, ‘My Paper Half’ tells a story of young unemployed youth who lives off others to feed his stomach. Upal, the protagonist of this slim novel, first published as ‘Kagjer Bou’, owes allegiance to no one. Not even his conscience. He is a thief, a floater and a cad. But is he the only one? His college friend Subinoy, a gentleman about town, is no different. Neither are the women that appear on the pages of this slim novel. Mukhopadhyay says, life is about insatiable hunger. A hunger for love. A hunger for violence. A hunger to be. To live.


Success Mantra Of BrahMos
A Sivathanu Pillai | Pentagon Press | Rs 395

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 6.02.11 PMThis book by defence technologist, Dr. A Sivathanu Pillai, details the journey that went into the making of the made-in-India anti-ship missile we all know as BrahMos. Jointly developed by India and Russia, BrahMos is capable of striking targets at sea and land. “I consider this book a valuable narration to young scientists, technologists, techno-managers and the youth who aspire to excel in this competitive world,” says Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in the introduction to the book, who as Director of DRDO, gave the programme the impetus it needed.

Left-Wing Extremism and Human Rights
K.V. Thomas | Sage | Rs 995

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 6.02.21 PMFormer Director of IB, Ministry of Home Affairs, K.V. Thomas takes on the role of civil liberties groups in Andhra Pradesh to suggest what can be done to defang LWE in the country. Citing the example of AP, the writer, argues that government should rope in NGOs to deliver ‘social goods’; reinvent the ‘development paradigm’; encourage ‘better relations’ between NGOs and civil liberty groups; train police force to respect human rights guaranteed under the Constitution; solve land reform issues; and, create a comprehensive plan to wean away marginalized societies from LWE. Doable? Doubtful.

(The above reviews appeared in Sunday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 19 October 2014.)

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