Free Press Journal
  • Requiem in Raga Janki by Neelum Saran Gour: Review

    Title: Requiem In Raag Janaki Author: Neelum Saran Gaur Publisher: Penguin Random House India 2018 Pages 357; Price: Rs.599   Approach Neelum Saran Gaur’s present work with caution! There is depth here which one may not dare delve into, and heights billowing beyond mere befuddlement. One hangs, like the neophyte sky-diver, straining to hold on…to…

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  • Anita Gets Bail: What Are Our Courts Doing? What Should We Do About Them? by Arun Shourie- Review

    Title: Anita Gets Bail: What Are Our Courts Doing? What Should We Do About Them? Author: Arun Shourie Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India Rs.699; Pages 277   Shourie developed a reputation as an “intelligent, fearless writer and editor who campaigned for freedom of the press, exposed corruption and defended civil liberties” particularly during the Emergency –…

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  • Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright-Review

    Title: Fascism: A Warning Author: Madeleine Albright Publisher: HarperCollins 2018 Pages 288; Rs 699   Born in Czechoslovakia when Hitler was building material for Churchill’s Gathering Storm, Marie Jana Korbelová spent her childhood in blitz-beleaguered Britain; back to Prague in July 1945, the young Marie went to a finishing school in Paris and changed her…

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  • Kranti Nation: India and the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Pranjal Sharma-Review

    Title: Kranti Nation: India and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Author: Pranjal Sharma Publisher: Macmillan Price: Rs.599 Pages: 263   Whether at the individual level or the global, our unending quest for improved quality of life has resulted invariably in de-humanising relationships. The first industrial revolution pulled us through its highs – and the horrors of…

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  • Sharpening the Arsenal: India’s Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy by Gurmeet Kanwal- Review

    Book: Sharpening The Arsenal: India’s Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy Author: Gurmeet Kanwal Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 268; Price: Rs 599 Si vis pacem, para bellum: If you want peace, prepare for war. It’s a thought, sobering and saddening, that we haven’t changed much in over 2500 years of civilisation. Ancient texts of China, Greece and…

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  • Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from Around the World by Mineke Schipper- Review

    Title: Never Marry A Woman With Big Feet Author: Mineke Schipper Publisher: Speaking Tiger Pages: 443; Price: Rs 599 Our development since early childhood would show our stories liberally strewn with sayings and adages, maxims and axioms and wise saws, not to forget the inevitable truisms, platitudes…and clichés. Some learnt at the mother’s knee, others…

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  • Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life by Sheila Dikshit: Review

    Title: Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life Author: Sheila Dixit Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 175 Price: Rs 599 History is replete with advice about autobiographies but, perhaps, the best came from Sam Goldwyn: “I don’t think anybody should write his autobiography until after he’s dead.” All such advice notwithstanding, and at the prodding of her family,…

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  • Sell: The Art, the Science, the Witchcraf by Subroto Bagchi: Review

    Book: Sell The Art, the Science, the Witchcraft Author: Subroto Bagchi Publisher: Hachette India – 2017 Pages: 244 Rs.499   A true salesman, it is said, can sell ice to an Eskimo; one also hears of those who can sell their mothers-in-law, but that can be dismissed as wishful thinking. And then there is a…

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  • Odyssey of Courage: The Story of an Indian Multinational by Habil Khorakiwala: Review

    Book Title: Odyssey of Courage: The Story of an Indian Multinational Author : Habil Khorakiwala Publisher : Rupa Publications Pages : 225 ; Rs 595   Ever since Homer’s epic depiction of Odysseus’ adventure-filled return from the Trojan war, millions have laid claim to their own odysseys. The reference to Odyssey raises irrepressible images of Cyclops, Circe and the Lotus Eaters,…

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  • Behenji: A Political Biography of Mayawati by Ajoy Bose- Review

    Book: Behenji: A Political Biography of Mayawati by Ajoy Bose Author: Ajoy Bose Publisher: Penguin Random House: 2017 Third Edition Pages: 315 – Rs.399 “A miracle of democracy,” said Prime Minister Narasimha Rao when Mayawati became Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh. Ajoy Bose asserts that that there is no “parallel anywhere else where a woman…

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  • The Lottery of Birth: On Inherited Social Inequalities by Namit Arora- Review

    Title: The Lottery of Birth: On Inherited Social Inequalities Three Essays Collective 2017 Author: Namit Arora Pages: 290 Price: Rs 395 “Equality” may be as old as human imagination, says Namit Arora, but what exactly we want is seldom clear: is it of “rights” (civil, fundamental), of results (socio-economic outcomes), or of opportunities (a level…

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  • The many benefits of having soups during winter

    Soups are great mood-boosting food during winters, apart from being healthy. Sapna Sarfare speaks of broths that score on both points Winter is a great season to go hopelessly mad over cosy sweaters, heavy food and just relax away to keep the chill away. While most of us are tempted to go for fried stuff,…

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