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Refreshing candour – Frontline

Refreshing candour - Frontline

TO many, the name of the book will bring a smile to their faces. But truth be told, Ajay Gudavarthy goes beyond sentiment to cut out the clutter. He uses the tools of a political scientist to write with refreshing candour, avoiding jargon, about the twin strategies of development and ...

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Secrets held in archives – Frontline

Secrets held in archives - Frontline

India’s archival policy is an outrageous mess. The authorities in the National Archives of India are extremely helpful. But files are not released speedily to them by the government for perusal by scholars. Our academics seem uninterested; otherwise, they would have waged a sustained, spirited campaign for access to records, ...

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Struggle for supremacy – Frontline

Struggle for supremacy - Frontline

DILIP HIRO is not only one of the most distinguished geopolitical commentators on West Asia, he is also among the most prolific. Since the United States-led attack on Afghanistan in 2001 and later Iraq in 2003, hardly a year has gone by when he has not come up with a ...

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The club that fuelled culture

The Club – Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age. Photo: Amazon

The Club Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age Leo Damrosch Yale University Press; $30; 473 pages “O conversation the staff of life,” the young T S Eliot wrote to his Harvard friend and fellow poet Conrad Aiken in 1914. “Shall I get any ...

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Review: No Nation for Women by Priyanka Dubey | books | reviews

Review: No Nation for Women by Priyanka Dubey | books | reviews

235pp, Rs 399; Simon & Schuster India There are two kinds of journalists: those who care about a story, and those who care. With No Nation for Women, her debut collection of non-fiction stories, journalist Priyanka Dubey confirms she’s the latter. Dark and fierce, this book captures, in excruciating detail, ...

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Review: Shahryar: A Life in Poetry by Rakhshanda Jalil | books | reviews

Review: Shahryar: A Life in Poetry by Rakhshanda Jalil | books | reviews

226pp, Rs 599; HarperCollins India Established writer and translator Rakhshanda Jalil’s newest book is a biography of legendary poet Shahryar whose fabulous body of work spans several decades. Born Kunwar Akhlaq Muhammad Khan, in public memory, unfortunately, Shahryar is largely remembered for writing a few memorable Hindi film songs. In ...

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Review: Will Tibet Ever Find Her Soul Again? by Claude Arpi | books | reviews

Review: Will Tibet Ever Find Her Soul Again? by Claude Arpi | books | reviews

578pp, Rs 1550; Vij Books The brilliance of new China’s leaders in pursuing their hard-nosed strategic objectives in Tibet was to weave a plausible narrative of ‘liberation’ around what was an outright invasion of the country. The other twist in the narrative was to force Lhasa to sign the 17-Point ...

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A Separation Awaits

Calcutta In Dark Sci

Ascendance By Sadhna Shanker Rupa | Pages: 327 | Rs. 395 Have you ever noticed how your reading habits develop a go-to sameness, and you head for books, often by the same author, in the hope of reliving an old high? From time to time I would find myself checking ...

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Return of the legend | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

A 1956 Jawa 250 Type 353 flanked by Jawa 42. Book: Jawa: The Forever Bike: A Definitive History of Ideal Jawa and Yezdi Writer: Adil Jal Darukhanawala Publication: DJ Media Page: 286 pages Price: Rs 4,500 Probably the most famous photograph of a man fence-jumping on a motorcycle is that ...

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Unravelling the Putin enigma | Business Standard News

Putin

PUTIN’S WORLD Russia Against the West and With the Rest Angela E Stent Twelve Books; $30; 433 pages Russia has always been important to American diplomats, but rarely has it troubled civilians as much as it does ...

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