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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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Five Books to Look Forward to in August 2017

By   /  July 30, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Five Books to Look Forward to in August 2017

By Saket Suman | IANS Another month has gone by and a fresh set of books is ready to hit the nearest stands. With an intriguing mix of genres — dominated by non-fiction — August offers simple reading options without the hype that distracts and manipulates readers. There are no big literary names, no grand book […]

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Business is to Increase Not Only Wealth But Also ‘Dharma’ (Bookworm)

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Business is to Increase Not Only Wealth But Also ‘Dharma’ (Bookworm)

By Porisma P. Gogoi | IANS Title: The Dharma of Business — Commercial Law in Medieval India; Author: Donald R. Davis, Jr; Publisher: Portfolio by Penguin Random House India; Pages: 155; Price: Rs 299 The first thing that comes to minds when we hear the word “dharma” is “religion”. But how is “dharma” related to business? […]

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Literary Tourism: Visiting Places That Inspired Iconic Literature (Bookworm)

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Literary Tourism: Visiting Places That Inspired Iconic Literature (Bookworm)

By Vikas Datta | IANS Title: The New York Times – Footsteps; Author: Various; Publisher: Three Rivers Press/Penguin Random House LLC; Pages: 304; Price: Rs 499 The unsettling story of an evil Transylvanian aristocrat’s depredations was brought home — in all senses — to the readers by a British coastal resort, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s fictional Colombian […]

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Lost or Distorted Messages: A Literary Malady

By   /  July 9, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Lost or Distorted Messages: A Literary Malady

By Vikas Datta | IANS The human capacity for perverse contrariness or, at best, a different perspective, is quite immense. And suffering most from it are writers, who must not only hope their work appeals to the public but also that their message gets understood. But responses to popular works of authors spanning Shakespeare to J.K. […]

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A Girl Swallowed by a Tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold

By   /  July 2, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on A Girl Swallowed by a Tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold

Author: Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton Publisher: Adivaani, Kolkota, India ISBN: 978-93-84465-08-7 Month/Year of publication: April, 2017 Pages: 211 One of the first impressions about the book A girl swallowed by a tree by Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton is the title. Though I’ve come across two retellings of the same story, this narrative appeals differently to the reader […]

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Would Like to Write, Read and Sleep: Ruskin Bond at 83 (Bookworm)

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Would Like to Write, Read and Sleep: Ruskin Bond at 83 (Bookworm)

By Trisha Mukherjee | PTI Author Ruskin Bond has his future chalked out – he wants to write more, read more and sleep more. Over 500 short stories, novellas, essays and an autobiography later, Bond – at 83 – stresses that there is a lot more to be written. The bucket list of the much-loved children’s […]

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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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