From the blurbs

Wednesday 15 September 2010

A LITTLE BOOK OF LANGUAGE,

David Crystal, Yale University Press, Rs 700

This book drives home the complexity and the uniqueness of our many tongues – in speech, writing, and recent computer-based communication that is something of both. From the foundations of linguistics to why we love to slap a name on everything around us, to how advertisers select words to strategically woo buyers, Crystal rolls the basics of language into one neat little package.

TOWARDS A NEW POVERTY AGENDA IN ASIA, Arjan De Haan, Sage Publications, Rs 695

Over the last decade, particularly since the Asian financial crisis, extension of social protection to people affected by crisis has been a major theme in national and international policy debates. The book compares social policy experiences of nations by focusing on East and South Asian models.

WINDOWS OF OPPPORTUNITY, MEMOIRS OF AN ECONOMIC ADVISER, K S Krishnaswamy, Orient Blackswan, Rs 440

K S Krishnaswamy was a leading light in the Reserve Bank of India and the Planning Commission between the 1950s and 1970s. In this memoir he captures the idealism and optimism in economic policy circles in the first three decades after independence. Without going into polemics, he describes the political agendas eroding the Reserve Bank’s autonomy since the late 1960s.

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