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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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Gloomy Characters: The Melancholic Aspect in Literature

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Gloomy Characters: The Melancholic Aspect in Literature

By Vikas Datta | IANS The human race displays an infinite capacity for dividing itself into various categories — justified or not. But one rather interesting differentiation is in the (figurative) eyeglasses people use to see their world, with their lenses’ colour ranging from rose to jaded (or being particularly effective sunglasses). It may be a […]

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A Look Into Mankind’s Oldest, Fiercest Ongoing Battles – Inside Us

By   /  September 10, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on A Look Into Mankind’s Oldest, Fiercest Ongoing Battles – Inside Us

Vikas Datta | IANS Title: Immune; Author: Catherine Carver; Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma; Pages 288; Price: Rs 499 Picture a mighty fortress besieged by a huge array of cunning invaders, some of whom have even managed to enter and entrench themselves by a range of subterfuges. But then, its defenders are mostly equal to repelling them […]

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Enjoying Power: A Lesson From a Legendary Indian King’s Throne (Bookworm)

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Enjoying Power: A Lesson From a Legendary Indian King’s Throne (Bookworm)

By Vikas Datta | IANS Rulers of men, be it in a system autocratic or democratic, soon begin to believe in their “divine right” of leadership and that they outstrip their predecessors — some of whom are sought to be brushed out. This sentiment is not alien to our country and our time, despite the lessons […]

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Partition Through the Eyes of an Ex-British Commander (Bookworm)

By   /  August 20, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Partition Through the Eyes of an Ex-British Commander (Bookworm)

By Zafri Nofil | PTI A veteran British commander looks at the Partition from a military perspective, analysing the thinking of and pressures on the politicians, administrators and soldiers of 70 years ago and how the violence could have been prevented. Barney White-Spunner describes the partition as a “tragedy that was, because the British had stayed […]

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Judging Books by Their Names: A Trip Through Tantalising Titles

By   /  August 13, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Judging Books by Their Names: A Trip Through Tantalising Titles

By Vikas Datta | IANS “Conquering kings their titles take..” begins a Christian hymn, but what about those of books that demand you take a second look at them for something inviting, intriguing, or even incongruous in their name. While an indirect, rather fanciful title is now the norm, even among them, some have an edge […]

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The Saga of the Kings and Why its Influence Persists into Today

By   /  August 6, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on The Saga of the Kings and Why its Influence Persists into Today

By Vikas Datta | IANS No great civilisation is without an epic, or two, whose importance is not limited to just reciting their particular creation myth and a gloriously golden past. Nor does their influence stop at national or cultural borders, or conform to arbitrary historical divisions imposed by vested interests. This saga of a […]

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