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Book Reviews

Of Sudden and Striking Realisations, Lessons from the Holocaust, Creative Solutions for Indian Cities

Read the epiphanies – sudden and striking realisations – of a girl born with SCID (severe combined immune deficiency) who died two months before her 19th birthday and through whose lens is told the love story of her parents in the just re...

13 Oct 2019

‘Change in Mindsets Required for Clean India’

By Vishnu Makhijani | IANS “The effort to clean India will take a little more than to simply pick up the broom and start sweeping,” is the grim message of “Wasted – The Messy Story of Sanitation in India, A Manifesto for Change” (Pan M...

06 Oct 2019

The Making of BigBasket, the Evolution of Election Campaigns, a Woman Leader’s Guide to Breaking Socially-Imposed Glass Ceilings

How did five entrepreneurs weather the dotcom bust around 18 years back to launch a successful e-grocery venture that is valued at $950 million today? You may read about it in a new book. You can also learn about the tactics employed in elections tod...

29 Sep 2019

Of life in the Indian Army, Rediscovering Delhi’s Stepwells, Indian Stories from America

What’s life like in the Indian Army? Beyond the medals and awe, there’s a lot of sweat and grime – and back room politics. You can read about this in a new book. You may also read about how ‘baolis’ or step wells met the water requireme...

23 Sep 2019

Make Data Open, Accessible as Electricity — Microsoft President

By Nishant Arora | IANS At a time when there are calls to break tech giants like Facebook and Google, Microsoft President Brad Smith has a solution: To ensure that data does not become the province of a few large companies and countries, the stakeho...

15 Sep 2019

My Mother’s Daughter- Neikehienuo Mepfhu-o: A Review

By Imtiyala Jamir | EMN The news of the release of “My Mother’s daughter” had immediately piqued my interest, not only because of its central theme which was domestic violence, but because it was based on true accounts from women who had to be...

08 Sep 2019

On Educating Marginalised in India, Fighting Losing Battle With Cancer, Rediscovering Past

Read about an organisation of 4,000 leaders – 275 staff members, 3,000 alumni and 1,000 current Fellows – that’s transforming the lives of 38,000 students across India who otherwise would not have access to quality education; follow the...

01 Sep 2019

Surviving as a Digital Entrepreneur, Kargil Battles Retold, of a Remembered Homeland

Read about the diehards in the e-commerce space who refused to give up even as the world was crashing around them; next, relive the battles of the Kargil war that gave new meaning to the concept of grit and determination; and finally, look at politic...

25 Aug 2019

Ethical Toolkit, Burnouts, Small-Town India

Read about a new toolkit required to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that go beyond the precepts of good business management and prevalent best practices in government and civil society organisations; then a handy guide that offers a...

18 Aug 2019

A History of Himalayas and Tibetans Rebuilding Life

Go beyond defining mountains only by their height, though the summit of a peak is nothing more than the point where it gives way to clouds and the sky; next, ponder over a paradigm shift in ancient Indian history in the modern day search for the myth...

12 Aug 2019

Sunanda Pushkar’s Spirit Was One That Couldn’t Be Contained

By Vishnu Makhijani | IANS From a convent in Ambala to the high-profile corridors of power in Delhi, from an event manager in Dubai to a “serendipitous” meeting with Shashi Tharoor, from polarising the media to a fairy tale gone wrong, Sunanda P...

04 Aug 2019

Of Journalism in New India, the History of India’s Churches, Day-to-Day Knocks with a Dollop of Humour

Despite the breadth and scope of the Indian media, there is little meaningful literature available about journalism practised in the country today. There have been individual accounts by journalists, some of them pretty eminent, but rarely has an att...

28 Jul 2019

Yashwant Sinha Laments Steady Erosion of Indian Institutions

By Vishnu Makhijani | IANS He has been a keen observer of the Indian scene for over five decades, the first 24 of them as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and thereafter as a politician — first with the Janata Party, then th...

21 Jul 2019

Walking The Roadless Road: Exploring The tribes of Nagaland

By Imtiyala Jamir | EMN “What does it mean to be a Naga?” Easterine Kire, in her latest book, posits this unrelenting question through a narrative that walks us through the annals of Naga history into the modern era. Kire’s meticulous mapping ...

14 Jul 2019

Gun Island: Magic of the Bonduki Story

By Shubha Singh | IANS Gun Island By Amitav Ghosh Penguin Random House, INR 699 Journeys to distant lands, migration and ancient connections between civilisations are recurring themes in Amitav Ghosh’s books. His latest offering, “” is a story...

07 Jul 2019

What if Gandhi Had Lived, Asks Manu Pillai

By Vishnu Makhijani | IANS Mahatma Gandhi had expressed the opinion that a human life could span 125 years and that he would quite like to live that long. “If he had his way, he would have departed not in 1948 but around 1994,” best-selling auth...

30 Jun 2019

‘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 bureaucrac...

23 Jun 2019

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 wha...

02 Jun 2019

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...

26 May 2019

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 ‘peoplescap...

19 May 2019

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 gr...

05 May 2019

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...

17 Mar 2019

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, fo...

03 Mar 2019

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 artif...

24 Feb 2019

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, un...

10 Feb 2019