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The Lives of Ants by Laurent Keller and Elisabeth Gordon,Oxford University Press, USA, $28

Since time immemorial, ants have captivated human beings. With numerous black-and-white images and eight pages of colour plates, the book depicts a world full of surprises, one which, even after decades of observation, is still replete with unsolved mysteries.

Unfreedom and Waged Work: Labour in India's Manufacturing
by Sunanda Sen and Byasdeb Dasgupta, Sage Publications, Delhi, Rs 695

The manufacturing sector is relatively well-regulated compared to the informal sector. Yet workers here are only marginally better write the authors of this inter-disciplinary study. They bolster their argument with figures.

Jagadish Chandra Bose and the Indian Response to Western Science
by Subrata Dasgupta, Permanent Black, Delhi and Ranikhet, Rs 350

In the Raj's heyday, Jagadish Chandra Bose did pioneering research in physics. This book is a study of Bose's intellectual career and the relationship of Indian science to colonial rule.

The Politics of Globalization,
edited by Prakash Sarangi and Hans Lfgren, Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad, Rs 350

We experience globalization every time we visit a tandoori restaurant in Chicago, or a Pizza Hut in Hyderabad, or watch Bollywood films in Australia. Globalization is a label used for a wide range of political, social and cultural phenomena, many of which are explored in this volume.

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