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‘Five Major Risks Will Haunt the Indian Economy’

By   /  June 23, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on ‘Five Major Risks Will Haunt the Indian Economy’

By Vishnu Makhijani | IANS India is a nation with a huge demand but one that lacks high quality services. Be it agriculture, manufacturing or other services, the Indian economy is still a work in progress and its political leadership, its bureaucracy, its business class and its citizens are on a learning curve, searching for ways […]

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Explore KL Saigal’s Soulful Renditions, Examine Where AI’s Taking Us and Ponder Over Gravitas

By   /  June 2, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Explore KL Saigal’s Soulful Renditions, Examine Where AI’s Taking Us and Ponder Over Gravitas

Kundan Lal Saigal once strode like a collosus over the Hindi and Bangla music worlds, jovial and good-humoured but never sharing his personal tribulations – here’s why; next, explore a new world where changes in technology make one wonder what the next generation will turn into; and finally, learn how gravitas not only inspires you […]

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Of Cricket and Leader’s Block; Poems That Remind Us of the Follies of the Human Race; the Complex Place of Caste in Human Society

By   /  May 26, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Of Cricket and Leader’s Block; Poems That Remind Us of the Follies of the Human Race; the Complex Place of Caste in Human Society

What’s cricket got to do with helping leaders overcome the mental and other blocks they often face? Plenty, it would seem. Then, also examine the work of an award-winning poet that mediates on our follies in the world as humans. And finally, ponder over how caste still thrives in post-liberalisation India. The IANS Bookshelf has […]

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The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: Slices of India, Some Savoury

By   /  May 19, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: Slices of India, Some Savoury

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar | IANS Sandwiched within the provocatively titled book, “The Assassination of Indira Gandhi”, Upamanyu Chatterjees collection of short stories takes a wide sweep of rural and urban India’s landscapes, and ‘peoplescapes’, through a range of extreme narratives, which deal with the figurative as well as fecal. The titular short story, comes towards the […]

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Of Decluttering, Translated Cultures and Business Wisdom

By   /  May 5, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Of Decluttering, Translated Cultures and Business Wisdom

Learn how outer order can spell peace for your inner calm and productivity; Read a translated love story that travelled from Persia to medieval Kashmir and eventually to the modern day; And finally, flick through the words of wisdom of some of the greatest business minds, including Azim Premji and J.R.D. Tata. The IANS Bookshelf […]

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Naqvi’s Novel Relevant for South Asian Geopolitics

By   /  March 17, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Naqvi’s Novel Relevant for South Asian Geopolitics

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar | IANS Book: The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack; Publisher: Fourth Estate; Pages: 269; Price: Rs 599 Heavy on flourish, fleet-footed to the point of extreme convolution and desperately crammed with humour, H.M. Naqvi’s second novel “The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack”, deserves a re-read, if only to understand what the […]

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An ‘Epic’ on Indian Soldiers in WWI

By   /  March 3, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on An ‘Epic’ on Indian Soldiers in WWI

By C. Uday Bhaskar | IANS Book: The Indian Empire At War; Author: George Morton-Jack; Publisher: Little, Brown; Pages: 582; Price INR 699 World War I was a long and brutal military confrontation between the major powers of the early 20th century, fought across the trenches of Europe and in large swathes of Asia and Africa, […]

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Heads, Hands and Hearts: How ‘Globotics’ Will Change Worklife

By   /  February 24, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on Heads, Hands and Hearts: How ‘Globotics’ Will Change Worklife

By Saket Suman | IANS Book: The Globotics Upheaval-Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work; Author: Richard Baldwin; Publisher: Orion/Hachette India; Pages: 292; Price: Rs 699 Predictions about job crisis that the advent of robotics and artificial intelligence may unleash in developing as well as developed nations have been doing the rounds for some years now […]

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For Once, Buttermilk Rises to the Top

By   /  February 10, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on For Once, Buttermilk Rises to the Top

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar | IANS Book: Karno’s Daughter; Author: Rimli Sengupta; Publisher: Context; Pages: 187; Price: Rs 499 In India, buttermilk is an often overlooked by-product of milk cream, prepared after churning treated milk vigorously, until the cream rises to the top. The cream obviously gets all the attention and the price, but buttermilk, the wan, […]

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A Cautionary Tale for Nations Toying With the Extremist Fringe

By   /  February 3, 2019  /  Book Reviews  /  Comments Off on A Cautionary Tale for Nations Toying With the Extremist Fringe

By Mayabushan Nagvenkar | IANS Book: Pureland; Author: Zarrar Said; Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India; Pages: 322; Price: INR 599 Zarrar’s Said’s “Pureland” could well be a post mortem of a nation, torn at its very roots by extremism. For sake of the record, Pureland, is an imaginary country, a fictional entity which carries within it lessons […]

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