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.
The strains of living a modern, progressive life have annihilated all reflections of history, as visibly evident in the ruins of Old Delhi. It is high time the Government and public conscience woke to the hapless shrieks of Indian history, says ANANYA BORGOHAIN A realisation of decay often evokes nostalgic memories of a happy and glorious past...
The rise in the tiger population of India despite politicians and their motives has elicited the expected positive responses from the Government and wildlife lovers. However, a comparatively less publicised opinion on the dangers of focus on tigers at the cost of other wild animals cannot be ignored for long if the interests of wildlife and humans are to be taken care of effectively...
I feel it is necessary for me to keep away from controversies, and see how the Government decides in terms of awards.
There's so much variety in Shakespeare's text. I can pick up any play and make a film on it. I can live my life on Shakespeare.
The shared democratic and free market economic values of these two countries (the US and India) are now being recognised by them both.