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Sarpanch Sahib: Changing The Face of India
Edited by Manjima Bhattacharjya
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 152, Rs 175
Read the stories of seven gutsy women who are elected representatives in their villages in India. The profiles in this book vividly bring out the effective role that women in hundreds of thousands of India’s villages are playing to bring power to the people.

Jim Corbett of Kumaon
D C Kala
Penguin, 2009, pp 162, Rs 200
A revised edition of the first extended biography of Jim Corbett which was published in 1975. Considered a hero for keeping the forests intact and tracking and killing man-eating leopards, this book evokes Corbett’s life and world with unrivalled knowledge and authenticity.

Train to India: Memories of Another Bengal
Maloy Krishna Dhar
Penguin, 2009, pp 307, Rs 350
The partition of Bengal has had its share of tragedy, of lives unmade and lost, but it is relatively less chronicled than events in Punjab. This is a graphic and moving account of that turbulent era of Bengal history.

To The Elephant Graveyard
Indian Elephant
Tarquin Hall
Penguin, 2009, pp 260, Rs 299
In India’s North-East, an elephant is on the rampage. Stalking Assam’s paddy fields, he has killed dozen of farmers, crushing their bodies and mutilating them. Local forestry offices, powerless to stop him, issue a warrant for the rogue’s destruction and call in the one man equipped to bring an end to the killing.

Not By Reason Alone: The Politics of Change
N K Singh
Penguin, 2009, pp, Rs 499
A comment on the past and present of the politics of change, this book explores both interpretations of this statement: first, the accumulating evidence, anecdotes, and signs that reason alone does not drive the behavior of groups or of nations; second, that we need to not be reasonable sometimes, but need to be compassionate, creative and hopeful.

I Accuse...: The Anti-Sikh Violence of 1984
Jarnail Singh
Penguin, 2009, pp 165, Rs 350
A passionate indictment of the state’s response to the killings of 1984. It explores the chain of events, the survivors’ stories and the continuing shadow it casts over their lives. It was outrage at this state of affairs that led Jarnail Singh to throw his shoe at P Chidambaram during a press conference, which he later regretted.

My Friend The Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist
Sadanand Dhume
Tranquebar, 2009, pp 271, Rs 395
A portrait of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, painted through the travels of two unlikely protagonists — Dhume, a foreign correspondent who is also a Princeton-educated atheist and his companion Herry Nurdi, a young Islamist who hero-worships Osama bin Laden.

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