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From Atop The Golden Boughs

Kalidasa’s Ritusamharam: A Gathering Of Seasons Translated By A.N.D. Haksar Penguin | Pages: 223 | Rs. 399 Some years ago Sheldon Pollock, master-scholar, philologist and historian, issued a dire warning about the state of scholarship in Sanskrit and other classical Ind­ian languages. They were in terminal decline, he warned; a ...

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Anatomy Lessons

Anatomy Lessons

For Outlook’s year-end special issue in 2014, ‘100 Books That Can Change Your Life’, the jury got quite animated when it came to discussing Philip Roth. The sheer number of books he wrote, around 30, with so many fav­ourites, made it difficult to chose one, which was a pre-condition for ...

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Security first | A National Security Strategy For India

Security first | A National Security Strategy For India

India is facing threats in both traditional and non-traditional realms of security. The proposal to have cyber, space and special forces commands has been long pending with the Union government. Retired lieutenant general Philip Campose, former Army vice chief, believes that, unless India’s strategic goals are clearly articulated and professed, ...

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Come To Lord Over Us

Come To Lord Over Us

The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India By Milinda Banerjee Cambridge University Press | Pages: 450 | Rs: 995 Kingship was of supreme imp­ortance in Europe where the king was seen as the representative of God on earth. Hobbes in his Leviathan wrote of the abs­olute monarch stilling ...

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Few Feet From Anguished Cries

Another Life By Mohan Rakesh Edited By Carlo Cappola Harper Perennial | Pages: 408 | Rs. 399 To get an occasion to read Mohan Rakesh in times of newspeak is to remind oneself that the humanity of language is not lost. Language in the hands of a fiction writer performs ...

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Will technology arrest climate change? | climate solution

Will technology arrest climate change? | climate solution

Climate change is as real as it could get. But, can we all dream of a day when technology will step in and arrest it, the way it has solved many modern day issues? That is one of the main points that Mridula Ramesh raises in her book, The Climate ...

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A Parliament Of Sceptics

The bewildering contradictions about the essence of life’s ideal in three seminal Hindu texts are celebrated as the embodiment of dissent Source link

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Equality In Perfect Harmony

Appointment Of Judges To The Supreme Court Of India: Transparency, Accountability And Independence Edited By Arghya Sengupta and Ritwika Sharma OUP | Pages: 324 | Rs. 750 An unmistakable attribute of any nation which professes to be secular, democratic and upho­lder of the rule of law is the imp­ortance it ...

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Bill Clinton, James Patterson launch new, dramatic novel | books | ht picks

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as author James Patterson speaks during an interview about their new novel, ‘The President is Missing,’ in New York.

The book is officially fiction: the story of a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyberattack. The authors, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, swear it could happen. “You’re asking the Secret Service, in effect, to walk away from their duty,” the former president said during a ...

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HT-Nielsen top 10: Calling Sehmat continues to top bestselling fiction list | books | top 10

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

This week, Calling Sehmat by Harinder S Sikka continues to rule the top 10 fiction titles chart. It is followed by The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat. Top – 10 Fiction Titles Calling Sehmat, Harinder S. Sikka The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho One Indian Girl, ...

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