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Dogs of War, the Gunner Bear and World War II ‘s Other Unusual Combatants

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Dogs of War, the Gunner Bear and World War II ‘s Other Unusual Combatants

By Vikas Datta  | IANS The Second World War was truly a “world” war — for, apart from encompassing most of the globe, it saw all military forces drawing in additional “personnel” beyond the planet’s dominant species. These were not only beasts of burden and transport like horses or elephants, but also man’s best animal friend […]

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The Sub-Atomic Forces and Processes Enabling Our Hi-Tech Lives (Bookworm)

By   /  June 6, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on The Sub-Atomic Forces and Processes Enabling Our Hi-Tech Lives (Bookworm)

By Vikas Datta | IANS Title: The Physics of Everyday Things – The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day; Author: James Kakalios; Publisher: Crown Publishing; Pages: 256; Price: Rs 599 Oscillatory motion, capacitors, potential difference, disordered semiconductors, destructive interference and so on may seem, for many of us, terms only fit for a physics textbook — […]

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How a Once Shy Girl Became Tamil Nadu’s ‘Amma’ (Bookworm)

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on How a Once Shy Girl Became Tamil Nadu’s ‘Amma’ (Bookworm)

By M.R. Narayan Swamy  | IANS Title: Jayalalithaa – A Journey; Authors: Papri Sri Raman and Renu Kaul Verma; Publishers: Vitasta; Pages: 200; Price: Rs 3,995 How did a beautiful, doe-eyed woman of the 1970s become one of India’s most charismatic politicians? What made a once-shy girl to take to the male-dominated world of politics? And […]

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Anger is Good and Other Lessons From Mahatma Gandhi to His Grandson (Bookworm)

By   /  May 28, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Anger is Good and Other Lessons From Mahatma Gandhi to His Grandson (Bookworm)

By Saket Suman | IANS Title: The Gift of Anger; Author: Arun Gandhi; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 599; Pages: 292. Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is widely thought to have been a calm and composed personality but this highly anecdotal book by one of his grandsons suggests otherwise. Gandhi, the author says, lost his […]

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Unconventional But Alluring ‘Heroes’: Byron’s Kin Down the Ages (Bookends)

By   /  May 21, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Unconventional But Alluring ‘Heroes’: Byron’s Kin Down the Ages (Bookends)

By Vikas Datta | IANS In human affairs, things exist before they are formally named and continue to thrive even when people don’t know or forget the name. Take this type of literary character, who continues to hold a strange fascination for us — the “hero” (or rather, the anti-hero or even villain) who is passionate […]

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Angels, Demons, the Apocalypse – and the Human Will

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Angels, Demons, the Apocalypse – and the Human Will

  By Vikas Datta (IANS) Are good or evil intrinsic in humans or does free will play a role? Does destiny guide our actions or do they instead stem from the choices we make? These questions are the basis of most religious thought and a major part of philosophy — where they may sometimes need […]

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Neglected State of Sentencing in Judicial Decisions (Bookworm)

By   /  May 7, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Neglected State of Sentencing in Judicial Decisions (Bookworm)

By Garima Tyagi | IANS Title: Discretion, Discrimination and the Rule of Law; Author: Mrinal Satish; Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Pages: 310; Price: Rs 695 Even with stringent laws in place to deter sexual violence against women, inconsistencies in the judicial process many a time leads to lighter punishment for the perpetrators. Often women are judged […]

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Five Books to Look Forward to in May 2017 (Bookworm)

By   /  April 30, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Five Books to Look Forward to in May 2017 (Bookworm)

By Saket Suman | IANS On an average, at least 40-50 books from leading publishers hit the stands every month. Add to this the vast number of self-published books and you will get an absolutely staggering total. How many books are you going to read in a month? India is the world’s sixth-largest book market, and […]

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The Unhappy Marriage of Mrs Jinnah (Bookworm)

By   /  April 16, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on The Unhappy Marriage of Mrs Jinnah (Bookworm)

He was 42 and she was 18. The union of the reclusive and enigmatic Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the free spirited Ruttie Petit, was not a match made in heaven. The unlikely relationship that took 1918 Bombay by storm, is the subject of senior journalist Sheela Redddy’s new book, “Mr and Mrs Jinnah: The Marriage […]

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Not Only On the Idiot Box: Television Shows Needed As Books Too

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Not Only On the Idiot Box: Television Shows Needed As Books Too

By Vikas Datta (IANS) The egg or the chicken paradox doesn’t seem difficult to answer in its literary version — the printed word undoubtedly predates the moving image. Many much-loved books, across genres, have become acclaimed films or TV shows — with varying degrees of fidelity. Unfortunately, the reverse, though not unknown, does not happen as […]

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