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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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  • Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone- Review

    Title: Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone Author: Satya Nadella With Greg Shaw & Jill Tracie Nichols Publisher: HarperCollins 2017 Pages: 272; Price: Rs 599   The best of times seldom prompt a change at the top. The cross-winds blow on mercilessly; the tides churn away regardless of…

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  • Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn- Review

    Title: Israel :A Concise History of a Nation Reborn Author: Daniel Gordis Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 546; Price: Rs 599   When a race stakes its claim for a separate nation, several questions arise. Questions that the world may ask, ranging from arrogance to alarm; questions that the race asks itself, range from self-doubt to self-determination, interspersed with…

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  • The Monk Who Became Chief Minister: The Definitive Biography of Yogi Adityanath- Review

    Title: The Monk Who Became Chief Minister: The Definitive Biography of Yogi Adityanath Author: Shantanu Gupta Publisher: Bloomsbury 2017 Pages 127 Rs.299 The most impressive part of this “definitive biography” is that it is contained in about a page in Section 3 of the book, supported by around twelve pages of Section 4 which includes…

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  • Globetrotting for love and other stories from Sakhalin Island: Review

    Title: GLOBETROTTING FOR LOVE And Other Stories From SAKHALIN ISLANDS Author: Ajay Kamalakaran Times Group Books: 2017 Pages 135: Rs.199   A blurb on the front cover says, “A post-Soviet Gogol wrapped in his overcoat can find a comrade in these warm tales”. Nikolai Gogol whose works range from the inimitable satirical drama called “The…

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  • Selfienomics: A Seriously Funny Guide to Living the Good Life- Review

    Title: Selfienomics: A Seriously Funny Guide to Living the Good Life Author: Revant Himatsingka Publisher: Bloomsberry 2016 Pages 191, Rs.299 From Napoleon Hill to Stephen Covey and beyond, writers of various callings have felt the need to tell us how our lives could be improved. Revant (known elsewhere as Revant Himatsingka, but here, simply, Revant)…

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  • Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work in India: Review

    Title: Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work in India Editors: Mark David Chong and Abraham P. Francis Publisher: Sage Publications: 2017 Pages: 297; Price: Rs 950 This book makes its appearance when everyone in the media is at its howling worst: Manjula Shetye’s death in prison due to the alleged sexual assault by a woman official…

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  • The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji- Review

    Title: The Wrong Turn: Love and Betrayal in the Time of Netaji Author: Sanjay Chopra & Namita Roy Ghose Publisher: Om Books International 2017 Pages.488 Rs.295/- Mark Anthony moved the people of Rome to kill Julius Caesar’s murderers for their “bloody treason” and Macbeth trembled over his own act of regicide. The ‘Mahabharata’ treats treason…

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