Author: N Bhaskara Rao
Publisher: Sage, Rs695
Based on large-scale field surveys, the book studies trends in corruption in public services and offers suggestions on ways to implement good governance. Given the adverse effects of corruption on society and economy, the author illuminates upon the linkages between corruption processes and operations, and provides a strategic approach to curb this menace together with a methodology for ensuring graft-free delivery of public services.
Author: Sampurna Chattarji
Publisher: Penguin, Rs299
This is a sequence of stories set in the restless swirl of a Bombay where dream-shuttles speed through the rain and men fall prey to dirty love. Reeking of sewers, fish markets, slaughtered meat, and peopled with loners, misfits and drifters, these tales prise open the surface of everyday existence. We encounter a mother inexplicably estranged from her infant son, an Insectboy with a gift for fantasy, Night Rat Killers who prowl through the dark depths of the metropolis, and umbrellas that find refuge in their very own heaven.
Author: Hugh and Colleen Gantzer
Publisher: Niyogi, Rs250
The East is defined by the Bay of Bengal and the Brahmaputra that pours into it, creating the Andaman Islands. Or so a geologist assured Hugh and Colleen Gantzer. But they found more than forests there. In Ross Island, they had an eldritch encounter in the ruins of an abandoned church. In this, the fourth book in their Intriguing India series, the Gantzers describe the other experiences they’ve had in the Eastern States. In Puri, they saw a million people of all faiths. At Kamakhya, they saw evidence of an ancient celestial catastrophe. There are more such encounters with different places and people of the region.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced waiver of entertainment tax on the Bollywood film ‘Mary Kom’ in the state. The decision was takenon Sunday though Priyanka Chopra, who played the role of Olympic silver medalist boxer Mary Kom, during her promotional visit to Lucknow on Friday last had demanded the same...
Neither had I asked the Army to intervene nor had the Armed Forces sought a role in the present political crisis in the country.
I did not have preconceived notions about Bollywood. There was nervousness as I was to be part of a different world of entertainment.
A much fuller response is demanded from the world. We need to support Iraqi forces that are facing Islamic State threats on the front lines.