From the blurbs

Published: Tuesday 15 September 2009
Schooling the national imagination by Shalini Advani, Oxford University Press, Rs 575

How do textbooks define social roles and influence the way people look at themselves and others? Discussing the national education policy, Advani tracks the trajectory of state-produced school textbooks

Amulya Reddy, Citizen Scientist by S Ravi Rajan, Orient Blackswan, Rs 795

Amulya K N Reddy was a crusader for appropriate technology in India. As a researcher, he directed concerns of institutes to technologies for rural India, as a university don he inspired a generation of scientists to work in rural India, and as a Planning Commission member he clamped down on blindly aping the West. This is a festschrift for the scientist who passed away in 2006

The Miracle: The Epic Story of Asia's Quest for Wealth by Michael Schuman. Harper Business; Rs 1,000

Post-liberal regimes in Asia have enriched millions, far beyond even what optimists would have imagined just a few decades ago. They have also pauperized many. This book attempts to discern who and what energized each country and what went wrong where

From Western Medicine to Global Medicine: The Hospital Beyond the West Edited by Mark Harrison, Margaret Jones and Helen Sweet, Orient Blackswan, Rs 795

The hospital is an icon of modern healthcare. Until recently we had little idea of how hospitals developed outside the western world. This is the first book-length account of the hospital's emergence in Asia and Africa.
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