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  • 08-Apr-2020 | Rajiv Shirali

    The 'groupthink' contrarian

    The term groupthink itself was inspired by such Orwellian words as newspeak and doublethink

  • 28-Feb-2020 | Rajiv Shirali

    Arrested development

    People of Chinese origin who were living in Kolkata and other towns in Bengal and Assam, whose ancestors had migrated to India in search of better opportunities, were put in internment camps in 1962.

  • 18-Feb-2020 | Rajiv Shirali

    Epiphany of a bhakt

    Messiah Modi? is not a straightforward linear narrative

  • 25-Oct-2019 | Rajiv Shirali

    The power of words

    The 78 speeches in Voices of History span two millennia, from ancient times to the 21st century, and are arranged into 19 subjects - resistance (to an enemy), dreamers, etc

  • 25-Jun-2019 | Rajiv Shirali

    Beyond the memsahibs

    The photographic evidence dating from British times suggests that Englishwomen in India were mostly "memsahibs" or gentlewomen

  • 16-May-2019 | Rajiv Shirali

    Earth's demographic myth

    What is startling about their conclusions are the imminent population declines in the developing world.

  • 19-Apr-2019 | Rajiv Shirali

    False narratives

    'So, was Trump's entire campaign based on a false narrative'', asks author

  • 11-Apr-2019 | Rajiv Shirali

    People and the planet

    Mr Morland offers remarkable insights - albeit entirely from the demographic perspective - into the progress of human society over the past two hundred years

  • 08-Feb-2019 | Rajiv Shirali

    80 trains to catch: Monisha Rajesh's global adventure is funny, insightful

    Rajesh concludes sorrowfully that high-speed trains in China and Japan kill the romance of railway travel

  • 04-Jan-2019 | Rajiv Shirali

    The innovative ancients

    Plato's Alarm Clock, fascinating and easy to read, ends on a sobering note

  • 21-Dec-2018 | Rajiv Shirali

    Book review: Capturing 365 historical events, one for each day of the year

    A TV presenter makes history come alive by focusing on an event that took place on each day in the calendar, but from an essentially Western perspective

  • 04-Sep-2018 | Rajiv Shirali

    Follies of the wise men

    A chapter on assorted kings and other leaders features a bizarre cast of characters

  • 06-Apr-2018 | Rajiv Shirali

    'There and Back' review: A history of famous travellers and their sojourns

    Stewart Gordon has made skilful use of his protagonists' memoirs, letters and travelogues

  • 26-Dec-2017 | Rajiv Shirali

    The rumblings of resentment

    Book review of 'The Second Anglo-Sikh War 1848-49'

  • 05-Dec-2017 | Rajiv Shirali

    The making of Kashmir's tragedy

    Book review of 'Kashmir In Conflict'

  • 15-Nov-2017 | Rajiv Shirali

    John Company conquers Punjab

    The First Anglo-Sikh War 1845-46 is a detailed account of the five battles that comprised the war

  • 19-Oct-2017 | Rajiv Shirali

    Kashmir's founding tragedy

    In Understanding Kashmir and Kashmiris, the author describes Hari Singh's accession dilemma and takes a critical look at how both Pakistani-held Kashmir and Indian J&K have fared in the decades since

  • 09-Oct-2017 | Rajiv Shirali

    Another tragic partition

    Book review of 'Durand's Curse: A Line Across The Pathan Heart'

  • 26-May-2017 | Rajiv Shirali

    First movers of globalisation: 10 people who made the world smaller

    A thought-provoking even if debatable analysis of the story of globalisation

  • 22-Mar-2017 | Rajiv Shirali

    Borderline cases

    Mr Damodaran sets out to write about the sleepy towns and villages on country's periphery

  • 09-Feb-2017 | Rajiv Shirali

    English, the mongrel tongue

    May We Borrow Your Language? examines the linguistic peculiarities of English

  • 18-Oct-2016 | Rajiv Shirali

    Anatomy of a turnaround

    The book describes how he achieved one of the most dramatic corporate turnarounds in US history, not only paying back the loan by the end of 2012, but also returning a profit of $22.7 billion

  • 22-Sep-2016 | Rajiv Shirali

    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 James D Boys traces the factors that have helped shape Ms Clinton's career, and assesses her chances of becoming the ...

  • 01-Sep-2016 | Rajiv Shirali

    The rise and ruin of 'Mother Merrill'

    Catching Lightning in a Bottle describes how Charles Merrill democratised investing by enabling countless middle-class individuals to save and invest

  • 30-Jul-2016 | Rajiv Shirali

    A terrorist's mind map

    An account of David Headley's life, often in his own words, provides a useful study in how radicalised youth cross the boundaries into terrorism