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    September 25, 2016, Sunday

    The derangement of American politics

    This is a stranger-than-fiction campaign many of us want to forget. So is it too soon to wallow in the reality of it?That ...

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    September 24, 2016, Saturday

    Mysteries of Rekha's mystique

    Yasser Usman's appraisal of the actor's life and work remains entangled in familiar anecdotes

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    September 21, 2016, Wednesday

    Anatomy of an ideological state

    "The Jihad in Kashmir is at a critical stage and cannot be disrupted. We have been covering our tracks so far and will cover them ...

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    September 18, 2016, Sunday

    Truth, libel and dissent

    More than half a century after A J Liebling declared that freedom of the press "is guaranteed only to those who own one," the ...

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    September 14, 2016, Wednesday

    The vultures still feed

    As the veteran journalist Josy Joseph argues in his new book, A Feast of Vultures: "India's socialist economy has not really been ...

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    September 11, 2016, Sunday

    The rise of modern philosophy

    The Dream of Reason the first volume in a history of Western philosophy by Anthony Gottlieb, a former executive editor of The ...

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    September 10, 2016, Saturday

    Good non-fiction, finally

    Why aren't more professors and academics writing more readable books on history, politics, diplomacy, economic or current ...

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    September 07, 2016, Wednesday

    Tamil Nadu's business guidebook

    Surge: Tamil Nadu's Growth Story starts promisingly with a description of how Tamil Nadu's story is the under-reported story of ...

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    September 04, 2016, Sunday

    The fertility debate

    For several years I was a professor of creative writing at an English university, and a native habit of finding metaphors and ...

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    September 03, 2016, Saturday

    Mandir, Mandal and the Muse

    In his "A Poet's Advice to Students", E E Cummings writes: "A poet is somebody who feels and expresses his feelings through ...

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    August 31, 2016, Wednesday

    Nationalism and its instant discontents

    The authors of the three essays that constitute this book do not make any bones about why they came together at this juncture. ...

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    August 28, 2016, Sunday

    A tower of Trump books

    Over the last year, we've been plunged into the alternate reality of Trumpland, as though we were caught in the maze of his old ...

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    August 27, 2016, Saturday

    Putin's novel dementia

    There's a reason Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump seem to like each other: They both dislike reality. It takes a special ...

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    August 24, 2016, Wednesday

    Modern India, traditional remedies

    Aarathi Prasad's book provides a good idea of how the two worlds co-exist happily

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    August 22, 2016, Monday

    T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan: Launch my ire

    After all, Rs 500 - which is usually around what the books cost - for a meal with unlimited scotch is not a bad deal. Or even for ...

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    August 20, 2016, Saturday

    Haldiram's: A Marwari success story

    Pavitra Kumar's book not only traces the tremendous growth of Haldiram's but also tells us why the Marwari business community is ...

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    August 17, 2016, Wednesday

    Shallow dive in the Indian Ocean

    The Pacific and the Atlantic are larger and deeper than the Indian Ocean and, in the last century, have figured more prominently ...

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    August 14, 2016, Sunday

    Shah of Iran's heavenly legacy

    The former shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, staked his modernisation project on the secularisation of Iranian life, and the ...

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    August 13, 2016, Saturday

    From the Kayasth kitchen

    Anoothi Vishal's latest book, Mrs LC's Table, traces Kayasth culture through its food

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    August 10, 2016, Wednesday

    Civil society and its discontents

    The idea of public policy has gained credence in recent years while discussing democratic institutions and political processes

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    September 24, 2016, Saturday

    Why Islam is not 'exceptional'

    Shadi Hamid's analysis points to a fundamental misreading of the history and politics of West Asia

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    September 22, 2016, Thursday

    The ghosts of Hillary's past

    This account of Hillary Clinton's journey from childhood to First Lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate by ...

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    September 20, 2016, Tuesday

    Icebergs in the start-up ocean

    Among the more prominent start-ups, the book has devoted many chapters to Kunal Bahl and Vijay Shekhar Sharma

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    September 15, 2016, Thursday

    Tipu Sultan in the 21st century

    Tiger: The Life of Tipu Sultan provides so nuanced a portrait that it probably won't change the terms of the popular debate

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    September 13, 2016, Tuesday

    Bandhan's high-yielding bonds

    Bandhan Bank has grown its deposits phenomenally in the first year of its existence, thus continuing in the footsteps of Bandhan ...

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    September 10, 2016, Saturday

    From perestroika to Putin

    What was life really like for ordinary Russians who lived through the fall of the Soviet Union to the rise of Vladimir Putin? A ...

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    September 08, 2016, Thursday

    Women on a beaten track

    All in all, She Walks, She Leads is an uninspired tome, enlivened only in part by some of the exceptional women who inhabit its ...

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    September 06, 2016, Tuesday

    One night in 1987

    Muzaffarnagar is a shameful episode but it is, sadly, not the worst communal carnage since 1947

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    September 03, 2016, Saturday

    A wondrous tale of India

    The best-selling story of a rollicking French adventurer during the Sepoy Mutiny captures one of the many ideas of India in an ...

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    September 01, 2016, Thursday

    The rise and ruin of 'Mother Merrill'

    Catching Lightning in a Bottle describes how Charles Merrill democratised investing by enabling countless middle-class ...

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    August 30, 2016, Tuesday

    Naguib Mahfouz's trivial pursuits

    As protestors dug their heels into Tahrir Square, Cairo, chanting "Go Mubarak!" and demanded the eponymous liberation that their ...

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    August 27, 2016, Saturday

    China's 'heihazi' crisis

    One Child documents in horrific detail how the single-child policy disrupted Chinese society in brutal and unimaginable ways

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    August 25, 2016, Thursday

    Manchester City's last blue moon

    Mr Lawton takes the reader beyond the football and into the hearts of City's golden generation, whose closeness, both on and off ...

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    August 23, 2016, Tuesday

    Plain tales from the UPA

    In India Rising Ravi Velloor leans towards the politician's view and picks the general election of 2004 and the subsequent ...

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    August 21, 2016, Sunday

    The case for euro reform

    Mr Stiglitz's main point is that for the euro to work its nation-states will have to function more like American states

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    August 18, 2016, Thursday

    Remembering the Nazi hunters

    The work of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, instituted by the Allied victors after the war, is regarded as a ...

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    August 15, 2016, Monday

    Game, set and yawn

    Ace Against Odds is a book that starts off brilliantly but somehow struggles to hold your interest as it trudges along

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    August 13, 2016, Saturday

    Indian history as a moveable Feast

    Colleen Taylor Sen's chronicle of the evolution of the Indian diet contradicts several myths about the subcontinent's culinary ...

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    August 11, 2016, Thursday

    The real story of the China miracle

    Arthur R Kroeber provides a detailed and masterful analysis of how China succeeded in his book China's Economy

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    August 08, 2016, Monday

    Despatches from the conflict zone

    There is a grand narrative about the way areas impacted by Maoist insurgency operate. Maoist rebels are painted as villains of ...

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