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Monday 31 August 2009

India's Turn, Understanding the Economic Transformation by Arvind Subramanian, Oxford University Press, Rs 295

Post-liberalization Indian economy is the staple of news, analysis and media buzz in India and abroad. But what is so special about India's pattern of economic development? Are India's public institutions deteriorating or improving? What is India's economic future? The set of essays answer these questions.

Beyond Relocation, The Imperative of Sustainable Resettlement, Edited by Renu Modi, Sage Publications, Rs 850

Asian and African countries are increasingly confronted with the twin paradox of development and displacement. This collection of essays takes a comparative approach to the problem. It also studies the interaction amongst development agencies, project affected persons, researchers and NGOs.

Handbook of Law, Women, and Employment, Policies, Issues, Legislation, and Case Law by Surinder Mediratta, Oxford University Press, Rs 750

Despite innumerable laws to protect the interests of women at work, there is much cause for concern about actual conditions on the ground. This handbook examines gender friendly provisions of the Indian Constitution and shows why they do not work.

Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places by Bill Streever Little, Brown, Rs 800

Cold has many negative connotations--cold-hearted, cold feet, cold comfort, the Cold War. Humans struggle to isolate themselves from it, hiding in overheated houses, taking winter holidays in hot climates. Cold kills the old and vulnerable. Drawing on his experience of living in Anchorage, Alaska, biologist Bill Streever takes the reader on a tour of the ecology of cold temperature.

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