Reader Ridden

Reading Literature Today by Tabish Khair and Sebastien Doubinsky is precisely eponymous, it delves into the matter of reading and readers, as well as of writing and writers. The world is as much a text in this book as the word is, and the writers show how the makers of the world text are pushing the word text to a bestselling culture, and a culture of silent (and violent) complacency.

Elections and Voting in India

This book, as noted in its preface, is ‘an Evaluation Report on the Elections and Voting Behaviour Studies conducted in India since the first general elections’ commissioned by the Indian Council of Social Science Research. It surveys and codifies this wide ranging, vast and dis­parate literature and includes the results of a survey of scholars concerning their appraisals of the state of the art, and conducted by the author.