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Apr 29, 2012 : 18:29 IST
Breaking out: an indian woman’s american journey
Padma Desai
Penguin, 2012, pp 222, 499

Having grown up in Surat, a scholarship to America in 1955 launched the author on a long journey to liberation from the burdens and constraints of her life in India; she made a new life for herself, met and married the economist Jagdish Bhagwati, became a mother, and rose to academic eminence.

Tamarind city: where modern india began
Bishwanath Ghosh
Tranquebar, 2012, pp 315 295

Bishwanath Ghosh wears a reporter’s cap and explores Chennai, the city he has made his home, delving into its past, roaming through its historic sites and neighbourhoods, and meeting a wide variety of people. What emerges is an evocative portrait of this unique city, drawn without reservation — sometimes with humour and irony — but always, with love.

Power and resistance — the delhi coronation durbars
Edited by Julie F Codell
Mapin, 2012, pp 241, 350

The essays and photos in this volume focus on semiotics of image and the role of durbar photographs in visually rendering the complexities of colonial logic, scopic regimes of surveillance and spectacle and ideologies and fantasies of a subjugated ‘orient’ promoted by the administration to justify British rule in India.

The terrorist
Juggi Bhasin
Penguin, 2012, pp 506, 250

When you are trained to endure harsh situations, there’s little difference between you and the man you are trying to kill. Suvir and Murad, both victims of circumstances, both numb with the pain of having lost their loved ones, choose to do things differently. One becomes the most feared of terrorists, the other joins the special forces: their face off is a fight to death.

The armageddon rag
George R R Martin
Hachette, 2012, pp 384, 695

Sandy Blair has travelled far from his roots in the ’60s, until the bizarre and brutal murder of a millionaire rock promoter draws him back. As Sandy sets out to investigate, he finds himself on a magical mystery tour of the pent-up passion of his
generation...

The art of teaching
Pius Alphonso
Leadstart, 2012, pp 229 195

This books offers workable solutions to many classroom situations that one comes across daily. It deals with problems that teachers identify as their greatest concerns; discipline, written work, pressure, effectiveness, burnout, parent co-operation and student motivation.

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