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Colours Of The Cage
Arun Ferreira | Aleph | Rs 295

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 7.40.30 PMIn May 2007 human rights activist from Bandra, Arun Ferreira, was arrested by the Nagpur Police. He was charged with criminal conspiracy, murder, possession of arms and rioting. He was branded a Maoist. It took him four years and eight months to prove the State wrong. Ferreira was held in the notorious Nagpur jail – which he describes in this book in great detail. He speaks of the corruption, torture, code of conduct between prison mates, the general air of helplessness and the small things that keep hope alive. A chilling story, simply told.

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Fewer, Bigger, Bolder
Sanjay Khosla & Mohanbir Sawhney | Penguin | Rs 699

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 7.40.46 PMSanjay Khosla is a former president of Kraft Foods and Mahanbir Sawhney is a consultant in business innovation. Both currently work at Kellog School of Management. The flap mentions a third person, a longtime editor of ‘Chicago’ magazine, Richard Babock as a writer and teacher in Chicago – who we suspect is the actual writer of this tome. The book comes with a foreword by former chairman and CEO, Kraft Foods, Irene Rosenfeld who reveals that Khosla helped the company sell ‘Oreo’ cookie outside US. This book, she hopes, will be a ‘classic’ like ‘Oreo’.

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Turning Point
Ed. by Nikita Singh | Offshoots | Rs 399

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 7.41.01 PM‘Turning Point’ presents 8 short stories by young Indian writers that includes a vampire going through an identity crisis, a ghost stuck in the world of the living, a closet psychopath, a boy in love and a crime buster in Ahmedabad. The writers include Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Durjoy Dutta, Judy Balan, Harsh Snehanshu, Shoma Narayanan, Parinda Joshi, Atulya Mahajan and the editor of the anthology, Nikita Singh. “Every story,” says Singh, “starts or ends at a turning point. Or maybe revolves around one. Things change – that’s one truth of life.” Where have we heard this before?

(The above reviews appeared in Sunday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 16 November 2014.)

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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.

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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.

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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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