Free Press Journal
  • 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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  • 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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