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What’s Your Password, Again

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on What’s Your Password, Again

By Himani Kothari | IANS Title: Password; Author: Martin Paul Eve; Publisher: Bloomsbury; Pages: 124 ; Price: Rs 250 We have come far as a civilised society and with it, the way we see or do things has seen a drastic change too. Take, for instance, the measure we use to keep our secrets safe. In […]

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Valued More in Fiction: Friendship Across Literary Genres

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Valued More in Fiction: Friendship Across Literary Genres

By Vikas Datta | IANS It is arguably our most valuable and worthwhile social attribute, but in human nature’s paradoxical way, quite undervalued. Friendships can last lifetimes but more frequently are subject to changing status, other interests (or self-interest), other companionship and so on. But the one place we can find it eternal and unalloyed — […]

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A Journey of 10k kms; 2 women, 8 States and Mighty Himalayas (Book Review)

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on A Journey of 10k kms; 2 women, 8 States and Mighty Himalayas (Book Review)

Porisma P. Gogoi | IANS Title: Zanskar to Ziro – No Stilettos in the Himalayas; Author: Sohini Sen; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 436; Price: Rs 995 Travelogues are always interesting: A new place seen through another’s eyes, sharing someone else’s experiences and, in this case, following a two-women team’s trips spread over 10,000 km. A […]

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The Superfluous Man: Russia’s Major Literary Contribution and its Significance

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on The Superfluous Man: Russia’s Major Literary Contribution and its Significance

By Vikas Datta | IANS The Russian Revolution led by Lenin, which had its 100th anniversary on Tuesday, can be assailed on many counts, but literary connoisseurs could chiefly fault it on one. This would be ensuring the disappearance of a prominent mainstay of classical Russian literature and its archetypical contribution to the tradition — the […]

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All Power to the Soviets: The Great ‘October’ Revolution 100 Years Hence

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on All Power to the Soviets: The Great ‘October’ Revolution 100 Years Hence

By Vikas Datta | IANS Given that the system it gave birth to lasted only a bit over seven decades and has now been gone for over a quarter of century, does the Russian Revolution, even in its centenary year, hold much relevance? But many still know little about what is known as the Great October […]

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Son of the Thundercloud

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Son of the Thundercloud

By Atseinuo Sekhose | EMN Winner of the Hindu Prize 2015, Book of the year 2017. Son of the Thundercloud by Dr. Easterine Kire is an allegorical novel set in a mystical land. A lone sojourner ‘Pele’ leaves his village because of a terrible famine that sweeps across the land. His journey takes to a village […]

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Foucault and the Quest to Discern the Relation Between Knowledge and Power

By   /  October 15, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Foucault and the Quest to Discern the Relation Between Knowledge and Power

By Vikas Datta | IANS Human development owes much to philosophical ‘gadflies’ who search for the ‘truth’ about us and our world – not only to discover it but also find if it conforms to what we believe it is. They can end up with surprising, contentious findings like French philosopher Michael Foucault whose quest led […]

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Unwritten Futures: Some Fictional Characters Who Deserve More Outings

By   /  October 8, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Unwritten Futures: Some Fictional Characters Who Deserve More Outings

By Vikas Datta | IANS “And they happily lived ever after” is usually an ending found — or desired — in fairy tales. But further adventures are always possible for the protagonists, with the journey continuing after both achievements or disappointments, as new challenges arise. This seems to explain why some of the most famous literary […]

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Not Just Air: The Gassy Origins and Basis of Our World and Civilisation

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Not Just Air: The Gassy Origins and Basis of Our World and Civilisation

By Vikas Datta | IANS Title: Caesar’s Last Breath; Author: Sam Kean; Publisher: Doubleday/Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 384; Price: Rs 699 There is one thing that unites all us humans, no matter how different we may think we are, or however separated we may be in space and time — at some time or the […]

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Of Discovery, Misery and Smart Shopping

By   /  September 24, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Of Discovery, Misery and Smart Shopping

Read a step-by-step programme to discover a new you; know the miserable stories around foreign nationals brought to the United Arab Emirates to construct its towering skyscrapers; get an interesting guide to learn smart shopping; and flick through the story of a young Punjabi boy who chases his unidentified dreams and ends up in solitude. […]

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