Plays And Characters
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The book, a collaboration between Open University, University of Adelaide and BBC Media Action, has 13 essays. It has 10 interesting case studies from Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Nigeria and Rwanda. From India, apart from Jasoos, there is Life Gulmohar Style (a radio drama on gender equality). Four essays, written by the three editors, are theory-heavy and will put off the reader. That said, Power, who works for InterMedia, has an interesting piece on audience research.
Had the editors cut down on theorising and built more on cases, perhaps personalising them even more, one might have got a far more readable book. It would have been better if the book also included countries such as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 05-03-2012)