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    May 22, 2016, Sunday

    History through the paper trail

    Paper holds the world together. It wipes our foreheads, cleans up spills, bags groceries and disposes of waste products

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    May 19, 2016, Thursday

    Violence, guilt and shame in Pakistan

    The bustling metropolis, which allegedly served as the launch pad for jihadis who attacked Mumbai in 2008, is the primary setting ...

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    May 17, 2016, Tuesday

    South America's drug-fuelled holocaust

    Gangster Warlords is Mr Grillo's second book, coming five years after El Narco, in which he analysed Mexican drug cartels

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    May 15, 2016, Sunday

    A people's history of the Cultural Revolution

    Frank Dikotter's The Cultural Revolution, the third volume of his work on the Mao years, challenges the Chinese people to address ...

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    May 12, 2016, Thursday

    Yann Martel in Pi's shadow

    Yann Martel's The High Mountains of Portugal forces you to think deeply about love, loss, faith, suffering and pain

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    May 10, 2016, Tuesday

    Lost opportunities in Indonesian ties

    The book Masala Bumbu, ably edited by ambassador Gurjit Singh was published in 2015, coinciding with the "Sahabat India Festival ...

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    May 07, 2016, Saturday

    Tavleen's trysts

    Her book is less of a Hindutva-loving diatribe against the Dynasty than its detractors suggest, but it is still hard to agree ...

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    May 04, 2016, Wednesday

    The crisis of the Left

    Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya in his book Government as Practice seeks to provide a novel analytical tool to assess the experience

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    May 02, 2016, Monday

    Up close & pedestrian

    Memoirs of retired civil servants are usually an interesting read simply because they offer an insight into functional style of ...

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    April 30, 2016, Saturday

    India's World War II

    An accomplished history juxtaposes the far-flung campaigns India fought against the independence struggle

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    April 28, 2016, Thursday

    Why governments evade the 'rich tax'

    Authors Kenneth Scheve & David Stasavage find that there is little evidence to suggest that increasing inequality leads ...

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    April 26, 2016, Tuesday

    Making it in India

    Anyone looking for the real issues and insights about Indian manufacturing will need to read between the lines of these 16 pieces

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    April 23, 2016, Saturday

    Kiran Mazumder-Shaw: A journey marked by grit

    Seema Singh's new book tells the story of how Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw scripted the success story of Biocon through sheer grit

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    April 21, 2016, Thursday

    Reporting from the frontlines

    Shyam Bhatia's Bullets and Bylines is a tribute to all those journalists who risk their lives for the sake of telling the story ...

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    April 19, 2016, Tuesday

    Tips from the original start-up guy

    Mr Case's book is filled with such insightful scenes that describe how the modern online industry was put together

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    April 16, 2016, Saturday

    Sixers and fixers

    A brilliant analysis of the Indian Premier League explains why it alternates between thrill and scandal

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    April 13, 2016, Wednesday

    India-Japan: poised for a great leap forward

    The Indo-Japanese relationship has followed a sinusoidal pattern since the 1950s. It saw its crests right after India's ...

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    April 10, 2016, Sunday

    A penitent from Abu Ghraib

    The abuses had roots in decisions made at the highest levels of the Bush administration, which asserted that the United States ...

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    April 07, 2016, Thursday

    What Indian women want

    This book is a perfect amalgamation of voices resonating for such innate and intrinsic values and it is worth its modest price if ...

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    April 04, 2016, Monday

    Riding the Modi wave - again

    A seven-page foreword (in Modi and the World) written by Arun Jaitley in an anthology of essays on the foreign policy initiatives ...

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    May 21, 2016, Saturday

    The war that began all wars in West Asia

    A detailed study of the Iran-Iraq war provides a timely reminder of the eight-year conflict that shaped the current conflagration ...

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    May 18, 2016, Wednesday

    Business & palace intrigues in Nepal

    Binod Chaudhary's Making It Big lifts the veil over how business was done in Nepal when it was a monarchy

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    May 16, 2016, Monday

    T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan: Of economists and novelists

    Galbraith and Mr Basu have left me wondering if academics can write good novels and if their approach is not altogether either ...

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    May 14, 2016, Saturday

    An Adivasi's ways of seeing

    A beautifully illustrated autobiography of Venkat Raman Singh Shyam captures the joys and heartbreaks of being a folk artist in ...

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    May 11, 2016, Wednesday

    The realities of realty

    Sushil Kumar Sayal's account of the rampant corruption and irregularities in real estate extends to discussing the hush-hush ...

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    May 08, 2016, Sunday

    Frenemies of the state

    In Alter Egos, Mark Landler, who is a White House correspondent for The New York Times, comes down emphatically on the side of an ...

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    May 05, 2016, Thursday

    A reader's Happy Place

    Subsequent essays map the history of Indian writing in English and raise critical questions on the identity of the Indian writer

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    May 03, 2016, Tuesday

    Jack Ma: from 'shrimp' to whale

    Duncan Clark has drawn on his long experience of China, his stint as advisor to the company in its early years and his access to ...

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    May 01, 2016, Sunday

    Questioning the value of volunteers

    Some would concur instead with an opinion published by a Somali blogger in The Guardian in 2013 and quoted by the sociologist ...

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    April 30, 2016, Saturday

    Harper Lee in a new light

    When Charles J Shields's biography of Harper Lee came out in 2006, it was hailed as the definitive study of the famously private ...

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    April 27, 2016, Wednesday

    Debunking bad science

    Ben Goldacre specifically targets pseudoscience, fallacies and woo and he does so with a trademark blend of logic, wit, snark and ...

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    April 24, 2016, Sunday

    Senior moments for baby boomers

    Michael Kinsley's Old Age is attractively designed and just the right size to slip into one's pocket or purse

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    April 23, 2016, Saturday

    Programmed to deceive

    A new book explains the frightening evolution of cyber-warfare and suggests that it's not just governments but organisations too ...

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    April 20, 2016, Wednesday

    Defending the founding fathers

    Rajmohan Gandhi takes his arguments forward. His quarrel this time is with two equally fascinating characters - Swami ...

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    April 17, 2016, Sunday

    Where age 50 is the new 65

    Disrupted is born of Mr Lyons's attempt to cross over from covering tech to getting a piece of the action in the second, current ...

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    April 14, 2016, Thursday

    The CIA's first grandmaster

    The Devil's Chessboard covers mostly familiar ground but still makes for a compelling read

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    April 12, 2016, Tuesday

    The IMF's big stumbles

    In Failed, economist Mark Weisbrot chronicles the IMF's policy prescriptions during the Latin American, Asian and European crises

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    April 09, 2016, Saturday

    True grit

    Bending gender in a Pakistani village, Maria Toorpakai's story gives a glimpse into life as a woman athlete in a man's world

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    April 05, 2016, Tuesday

    How to view success

    Six Lenses is a great read, made richer by an author who has enough experience & knowledge to offer readers views on choices ...

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    April 03, 2016, Sunday

    The environmental 'activist'

    Franklin D Roosevelt thought deeply about the environment, more so than perhaps any other president save his distant relative and ...


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