By his inference that Indira Gandhi committed an avoidable mistake by declaring Emergency, President Pranab Mukherjee may have alienated several old friends while winning some new ones, says Pradyot Lal
World-renowned surgeon and bestselling author of The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande, is back after four years with another wave-making masterpiece, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Expanding the conscience of the medical world, Gawande argues how acceptance of mortality must form the locus of how the terminally ill should be treated, and he does so by comparing attitudes towards ageing and death in India and the West.
When Google Met Wikileaks
Julian Assange Navayana 223 pp; Rs 295
In his latest book, Julian Assange produces a transcript of a secret meeting with Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google, in June 2011, while the former was still under house arrest in Norfolk, UK. The two giants locked horns, debating everything from the Arab Spring to Bitcoin. Assange explores the implications of Googleâ€™s vast reach and its relations with the US, and at the same time summarises his vision for the future and the freedom of the Internet, which he believes is based in its statelessness.
Ashok Mitra AuthorsUpFront 300 pp; Rs 345
Ashok Mitraâ€™s Calcutta Diary (first published in 1977) is a reprint of a collection of essays that he originally wrote for his widely read column by the same name in the Economic and Political Weekly in the 1970s. Most of these essays were written during the infamous Emergency and recount this difficult phase through the eyes of eastern Indiaâ€™s only metropolis. This new edition includes a foreword by Partha Chatterjee and commentary by Ranajit Guha.
Agitating the Frame
Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek Navayana 204 pp; Rs 295
The Slovenian philosopherâ€™s new book contains essays on economy, ideology, sexuality and cinema. While trying to engage the reader in a practiced craft of scepticism for all cultures and institutions, Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek decodes questions pertaining to the said topics and further goads us to question his answers. Whether it is the assertion of Gandhi being more violent than Hitler or analysing the traces of a virtual event using Christopher Nolanâ€™s The Dark Knight Rises, Agitating the Frame satiates them all.