Showing posts from February, 2015

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 6th March 2015

By - Kiran Nagarkar
About the Book  : Kiran Nagarkar is one of India's most significant writers. Of a piece with his searing, dark, wickedly funny works are these experiments with form:the screenplay Black Tulip and the play Bedtime Story, both of which,in keeping with the author's virtuosity, push the boundaries of their forms. Meet Black Tulip, aka Rani, a seasoned con artist and yoga expert with a taste for expensive jewellery. Hot on her trail is ACP Regina Fielding, a daredevil cop whose style and panache Rani worships. Rani executes one eye-popping heist after another and the cat-and-mouse game between the two heats up. But even as things come to a head, Mumbai is held to ransom by terrorists,and the two ball syantagonists, along with Rani's new boyfriend, a computer whizkid and hacker, must come together. The fate of the city rests with them. Black Tulip is a pacey, entertaining caper with a host of seedy characters - corrupt ministers, mob bosses, pet…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 27th February 2015

BUILDING BRIDGES The Role Of Indian Americans In Indo -U.S. Relations  By : Swadesh Chatterjee
About the Book :  When Swadesh Chatterjee arrived in the United States with his wife Manjusri and their baby daughter, he had just $35 in his pocket. A decade and a half later, he was a successful North Carolina businessman at the helm of a company, while Manjusri had a thriving practice as a psychiatrist. They were well on their way to achieving the American dream. Not satisfied with simply being an immigrant success story, Chatterjee decided it was time to give back—both to his adopted land and his motherland. He took on a leading role in the burgeoning movement of Indian Americans seeking a rapprochement between the United States and India after decades of Cold War misunderstandings and resentment. Chatterjee helped shape this movement and its strategy, and in the process he developed a new playbook for immigrant political empowerment. This memoir is a chronicle of the ups and downs of that mov…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 20th February 2015

By - Hindol Sengupta

ABOUT THE BOOK : Recasting India" does just that--it recasts India in our imagination. Hindol Sengupta breaks every cliche about India from caste to class, gender and poverty and shows us, through imaginative, vivid storytelling, the outstanding efforts of little known people and how they are tackling India's most daunting challenges through the sheer dint of everyday enterprise. Hindol brings us, finally, with startling clarity the little appreciated real story behind the rise of India. This is business at its best."--Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor at Tuck at Dartmouth and WSJ and NYT Best Selling Author" """Recasting India" brings to the fore our nation's ever-progressing entrepreneurial streak. Hindol Sengupta powerfully steers the book with his lucid opinion on free enterprise in India and its potential to transform our socio-economic landscape. His expert use of language and a riveting…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 13th February 2015

World Order
Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
By - Henry A. Kissinger

About the Book : As Henry Kissinger observes in this magisterial book, there has never been a true world order. For most of history, civilizations have defined their own concepts of order, each one envisioning its distinct principles as universally relevant. Now, as international affairs take place on a global basis, these historic concepts of world order are meeting. Every region participates in questions of high policy in every other, often instantaneously - yet there is no consensus among the major actors about the rules and limits guiding this process, or its ultimate destination. The result is mounting tension.
Blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a meditation from one of our era's most prominent diplomats on the 21st century's ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conf…