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Exporting magic | Jadoowallahs | Jugglers and Jinns

Exporting magic | Jadoowallahs | Jugglers and Jinns

Charles Dickens loved magic and the art of conjuring. He is believed to have regaled children with rib-tickling magic tricks at his Twelfth Night parties in London. In 1849, the famous British novelist gave a performance as an eccentric magician in a tiny village on the Isle of Wight. The ...

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A necessary catharsis | Dare I Question? Reflections on Contemporary Challenges

A necessary catharsis | Dare I Question? Reflections on Contemporary Challenges

Vice presidents are part of the constitutional woodwork, and they mostly remain so—as the woodwork. They are rarely active except while presiding over the Rajya Sabha; they create no controversies except perhaps when they have to act as presidents and decide on ticklish issues. Hamid Ansari’s tenure, too, would have ...

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HT-Nielsen top 10: Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl tops fiction list | books | top 10

HT-Nielsen top 10: Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl tops fiction list | books | top 10

This week, Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl makes it to the top slot of the fiction titles chart. It is followed by Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and Dan Brown’s Origin. Top – 10 Fiction Titles One Indian GirlChetan Bhagat The AlchemisthPaulo Coelho OriginDan Brown Calling SehmatHarinder S. Sikka Sita:Warrior of ...

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The Keeper There Wasn’t

The Keeper There Wasn’t

Game Changer By Mihir Bose Palimpsest | Pages: 281 | Rs. 600 Imagine that on January 26, 1950, India on becoming a republic leaves the Commonwealth. Six months later, the ICC meet and downgrade India from provisional member to non-member. However, even as they come to this decision, Indian footballers, ...

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Between Avidya And Maya

Between Avidya And Maya

Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker By Pavan K. Varma Tranquebar | Pages: 364 | Rs. 699 I must start this review with a disc­laimer. I was brought up in the Vis­ishtadvaita tradition and as the aut­hor himself says, quoting Dr Rad­hakrishnan, the philosophy of Shankaracharya produces in Vis­ishtadvaitins not a ...

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Review: Missing by Sumana Roy | books | reviews

Review: Missing by Sumana Roy | books | reviews

261pp, Rs 599; Aleph The ‘new’ in news can be misleading because a lot of it is cyclical. For instance, take the recent perception poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation that declared India to be the world’s most dangerous country for women. A similar survey in June 2012, which ranked ...

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Review: Djinn City by Saad Z Hossain | books | reviews

Review: Djinn City by Saad Z Hossain | books | reviews

  447pp, Rs 499; Aleph Book Company For someone who grew up on a fairly heavy dose of djinn stories, mostly about the good ones occupying heritage buildings and abandoned mosques, the first few chapters of Saad Hossain’s “Djinn City” read like a fantastical bedtime story from a quintessential grandmother. ...

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Pearly Pages Of Flattery

Pearly Pages Of Flattery

Karunanidhi—A Life In Politics By Sandhya Ravishankar HarperCollins | Pages: 250 | Rs. 599 Recently, there has been a spate of English biographies on Tamil Nadu’s political leaders—Annadurai, M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalitha. One on Karunanidhi—undoubtedly the longest-serving veteran of Tamil politics, probably even Indian politics—was missing, and so here it ...

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Lechery In The Time Of Gout: A Domestic Idyll

Lechery In The Time Of Gout: A Domestic Idyll

Half The Night Is Gone By Amitabha Bagchi Juggernaut | Pages: 320 | Rs. 599 As the years passed Mange Ram’s body became a large and lumpy mockery of what it had once been and his reputation as a lecher grew. His digestion worsened, his liver grew wea­ker and his ...

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The Untold Story of Kargil | books | guest writers

The Untold Story of Kargil | books | guest writers

Rs 395, 175pp; Roli One evening, I was standing by a mountainside in the frigid heights of Kargil. Restless soldiers paced up and down. Their comrades had been killed and bodies were being brought down from the unsparing heights. It would soon be dusk and the waiting soldiers knew they ...

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