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Indira’s invisible mentor | Intertwined Lives

Indira’s invisible mentor | Intertwined Lives

History usually remembers only the leaders. Jairam Ramesh’s Intertwined Lives: P.N. Haskar and Indira Gandhi brings alive the lives and times of a man who spent his life being invisible. Haksar was Indira Gandhi’s principal secretary. But, as Ramesh’s biography illustrates, he had a great deal of influence on India ...

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Wondering what life in North Korea is like? Read these 4 books to find out | books

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju arrive at Pyongyang International Airport.

We love books. But no matter how much we read, there are always dusty shelves and stories — real or fictional — that we still haven’t opened our eyes to. So every month, we’ll write about a topic, an author, or a series that catches our attention. Whether it is ...

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Tale of two sides: Book on mental scars of Partition, and a cursed heirloom | books

Anirudh Kala

Rulda Singh of Rawalpindi and Fattu of Hoshiarpur are inseparable friends and also inmates of the mental hospital at Lahore. Admitted there under the Indian Lunacy Act, they are declared fit for discharge in May 1947, and their families are informed; but no one comes to take them, so they ...

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Children’s books: Take your pick from these recent releases | books

Some recent releases in the children’s books section.

Summer vacations might be almost over. But that doesn’t mean that should stop books from making our lives magical. Here are some reads for kids that teach while also making life fantastical. The book about mangoes, The Good Indian Child’S Guide To Eating Mangoes!, is the perfect prelude to the ...

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HT-Nielsen top 10: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is the top fiction novel this week | books | top 10

Here’s the HT-Nielsen Top 10 list for this week.

This week, Paulo Coelho’s best selling novel The Alchemist reclaims its top spot from last week’s topper Calling Sehmat by Harinder S Sikka in the top 10 fiction titles category. The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi comes in at number three. Top – 10 Fiction Titles The Alchemist, Paulo ...

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Review: Re-build by Ramya Ramamurthy | books | reviews

Sweet like chocolate! The book details how different brands, including Cadbury’s, overcame a crisis to emerge stronger.

420pp, Rs 599; Hachette No, the hyphen in the single-word cover title isn’t a typo. It’s there to assert that this book is as unique as the brands it talks about. Curiously, Ramya isn’t a brand executive. She’s described as a storyboard creator busily tracking the advertising and marketing ups ...

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Excerpt: Love and Marriage in Mumbai by Elizabeth Flock | books | excerpts

Living through the drama: Couples at Dadar Chowpatty in Mumbai.

360pp, Rs 399, Bloomsbury Nine years ago, at the age of twenty-two, I moved from Chicago to Mumbai in search of adventure and a job, knowing no one in the city. I lived there for nearly two years. During that time—because I was restless and homesick—I stayed with half a ...

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Review: Everyday Communalism: Riots in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh by Sudha Pai and Sajjan Kumar | books | reviews

Police patrolling Aligarh town in Uttar Pradesh on 07 June, 1972, after curfew was imposed due to communal riots.

348pp, Rs 995, Oxford University Press While communalism and the frequency of communal riots have grown, research on the subject seems to have lost its appeal. Hence, it is thrilling to see a book on the subject; particularly one that is empirically rooted and cannot be dismissed as ivory-tower scholarship. ...

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Review: What A Life! A Kaleidoscope of Rajinder Puri’s Cartoons | books | reviews

Cartoonist Rajinder Puri

  Edited by Partha Chatterjee and Arvindar Singh; 148pp, Rs 495; Niyogi Books Cartoonist Rajinder Puri was a standing refutation of, or grand exception to, WB Yeats’ famous line in the Second Coming: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” He was nothing if ...

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Crime thrillers are among my favourite books, says author Seema Goswami | books

Author Seema Goswami has employed her extensive political journalism experience to explain in depth the machinations of politics in Delhi in her book, Race Course Road.

As a former political journalist in New Delhi, Seema Goswami has for many years had ample exposure to India’s centre of power and the people that control it. Now, she has employed all her extensive experience to give us a glimpse of exactly how politics and power works with her ...

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