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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY 30TH DEC 2019

Of Counsel
The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy
By - Arvind Subramanian  
About the Book
For nearly four years, Arvind Subramanian stood at the centre of economic policymaking in India. Through the communication of big ideas and the publication of accessible Economic Surveys, he gained a reputation as an innovator. Through honest pronouncements that avoided spin, he became a figure of public trust. What does it entail to serve at the helm of the world's fastest-growing economy, where decision-making affects a population of more than a billion people?
In of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy, Arvind Subramanian provides an inside account of his rollercoaster journey as the chief economic advisor to the Government of India from 2014-18, succeeding Raghuram Rajan as captain of the ship. With an illustrious cast of characters, Subramanian's part-memoir, part-analytical writings candidly reveal the numerous triumphs and challenges of policymaking at the zenith, while appraising India's economic potential, health and future through comprehensive research and original hypotheses.
Charged with the task to restructure an insecure and fragile economy, Subramanian's trusteeship has seen the country through one of the most hotly contested and turbulent periods of economic governance and policymaking in recent decades-from the controversial recall of 85 per cent of circulated currency during demonetization to a complete overhaul in taxation with the introduction of the GST. Subramanian also addresses the overleveraging of public-sector banks, the fraught links between the state and private sector ('stigmatized capitalism'), the changing relationship between the state and the individual, and the ever-pervasive, life-threatening issues surrounding climate change.
Recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers according to Foreign Policy magazine, Arvind Subramanian's Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy is a deep-dive into the man, the moments, the measures and the means.
About the Author
Arvind Subramanian is currently a professor of public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, having served as an economist at the IMF as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is the author and co-author of several books, including Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance and India's Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation, among others.
ISBN : 9780670092093
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 15 DEC. 2018

The Line of Control 
Travelling with the Indian and Pakistani Armies
About the Book
Happymon Jacob was given the unique opportunity to see the border between India and Pakistan from both sides. He travelled with the armies of both countries and could study what is effectively the ground zero-the location where entrenched animosities as well as sudden surges of comradeship are enacted. This is one of the most fortified places on the planet.
Jacob writes, 'I was keen on getting into their world, the world of men in uniform, fighting each other and yet respecting each other. It was a curious world. It had breath-taking adventure, mind blowing stories and unforgettable heroism. I loved it, and I was welcome.'
This vividly told, fast paced narrative brings the border area to life. Jacob was given unprecedented access by the Indian and Pakistani armies and he explores how the border is seen-both in the popular imagination and by those who exist in its shadow. He chronicles the lives of civilians and soldiers, their courage and resilience in the face of constant danger and the extraordinary similarities between the two sides.
About the Author
Happymon Jacob is an associate professor of disarmament studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a columnist with The Hindu, and hosts a weekly show on national security at the Wire. He has been a participant in several India-Pakistan track-two dialogues, and directs the Chaophraya India-Pakistan Dialogue (India Chapter). He was former visiting professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris and a senior global challenges fellow at the Central European University in Budapest. Jacob is the author of Line on Fire: Ceasefire Violations and Indo-Pak Escalation Dynamics (Oxford University Press, December 2018).
ISBN : 9780670091270   Price : Rs. 599.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 10TH NOVEMBER, 2018

The Ferment 
By - Nikhila Henry 
About the Book
From JNU to Jadavpur, anti-national movement spreads!’—Zee News
‘Activism or anti-nationalism?’—Times Now
‘Dalit students on warpath after Vemula suicide’—FirstPost
‘Violence on Ramjas campus: no room for free, peaceful political debate’—NDTV
‘Kashmir University students protest anti–free speech circular’—The Quint
These are but a tiny sample of headlines that have become commonplace in India in recent years. What is it about the present moment in the life of our nation that has stirred so many thousands of young citizens into political action? And what is it about the nature of their protests that is threatening enough for the establishment to brand it ‘anti-national’?
The wave of youth protests, agitations, and marches that gripped India in the last few years were not, Nikhila Henry argues, sporadic, isolated, or piecemeal. Rather, they were an organized effort against a fractured, unforgiving, and deeply discriminatory society. The participants, despite differences, often found convergence and empathy for each other, and fought larger battles: battles of the Dalit, of the Adivasi, of the Kashmiri, of the Women, of the Muslim. In so doing, it was not simply entrenched discrimination they highlighted. In so doing, they questioned fundamental ideas of public morality and the very essence that makes us a united nation.
About the Author
NIKHILA HENRY is a Special Correspondent with The Hindu in Hyderabad, reporting on education, student politics, civic administration and social welfare. An alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Programme on Investigative Journalism of the United States’ State Department, Nikhila worked as a Principal Correspondent for The Times of India in Hyderabad for eight years, covering education, youth agitations, gender struggles and politics. She also compiled and edited Rohith Vemula’s online diary, Caste is Not a Rumour. The Ferment is her first book.
ISBN : 9789386215437
Price : Rs. 599.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 27, OCT. 2018

Brief Answers to the Big Questions
By - Stephen Hawking
About the Book
The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.
How did the universe begin? Will humanity survive on Earth? Is there intelligent life beyond our solar system? Could artificial intelligence ever outsmart us?
Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.
And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.
Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.
About the Author :
MSTEPHEN HAWKING was a brilliant theoretical physicist and is generally considered to have been one of the world's greatest thinkers. He held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and is the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. His other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design, and Black Holes: The BBC Reith Lectures.
ISBN : 9781473695986   Price : Rs. 650.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 06TH OCTOBER, 2018

Because He Is... 
By - Meghna Gulzar
About the Book
Papi says it is wrong of parents to presume that they know better, or know more than their child does. They may be biologically older than their child, but in their experience as parents, they're of the same age. So if I was his two-year-old daughter, he was my two-year-old father. And we were both learning and evolving together - he as my father and me as his daughter.' All of us know Gulzar as a film-maker, screenplay and dialogue writer, lyricist par excellence, author and poet. Because He Is... presents a facet of the icon that none of us are aware of - as a father. In iridescent prose, his daughter, Meghna, documents his life, revealing the man behind the legend: in every way a hands-on father, who prepared her for school without fail every day, braiding her hair and tying her shoelaces, and who despite his busy career in cinema, always made it a point to end his workday at 4 p.m. because her school ended at that time, and who wrote a book for her birthday every year till she was thirteen. From her earliest memories of waking up in the morning to the strains of him playing the sitar to him writing the songs for her films now, Meghna presents an intimate portrait of a father who indulged her in every way and yet raised her to be independent and confident of the choices she made. She also records his phenomenal creative oeuvre, the many trials and tribulations of his personal and professional life, through all of which she remained a priority. Beautifully designed and illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, Because He Is... offers an incredible insight into the bond between a father and a daughter.

About the Author
Meghna Gulzar began her professional career in 1989 as a freelance writer for The Times of India. A graduate in sociology from St Xavier's College, Mumbai, Meghna assisted noted film-maker Saeed Akhtar Mirza on the National Award-winning film Naseem; and then went on to do a short course in film-making from the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, New York. She assisted her father on Maachis and Hu Tu Tu. Along with scripting her own films, Meghna has made documentaries for Doordarshan, directed videos for several music albums, and also anchored several TV shows including The Amul India Show. Her first feature film, Filhaal... (2002), addressed the issue of surrogate motherhood. She also directed A Pocketful of Poems - a short film on the celluloid and literary works of her father, for the Sahitya Akademi. Her feature film based on the Noida double-murder case of 2008 - Talvar - premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and garnered rave reviews and tremendous audience appreciation worldwide. Meghna's latest feature film Raazi has received both critical acclaim and audience appreciation, becoming one of the biggest box-office hits of 2018. She is currently working on her next film, based on the life of Field Marshal Sam H.F.J. Manekshaw MC.
ISBN :9789352770519   
Price : Rs. 2499.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 8TH SEPT. 2018

21 Lessons for the 21st Century
By - Yuval Noah Harari 
About the Book
From the author of the million copy bestseller sapiens. Sapiens showed us where we came from. homo deus looked to the future. 21 lessons for the 21st century explores the present.
How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?
Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?
About the Author
Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in world history. His two books, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, have become global bestsellers, with more than 12 million copies sold, and translations in more than forty-five languages.
ISBN : 9781787330672   
Price : Rs. 799.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 1ST SEPT. 2018

Kama: The Riddle of Desire
By - Das Gurcharan  

-------------------------About the Book-------------------------
A riveting account of love and desireIndia is the only civilization to elevate kama-desire and pleasure-to a goal of life. Kama is both cosmic and human energy, which animates life and holds it in place. Gurcharan Das weaves a compelling narrative soaked in philosophical, historical and literary ideas in the third volume of his trilogy on life's goals: India Unbound was the first, on artha, 'material well-being'; and The Difficulty of Being Good was the second, on dharma, 'moral well-being'. Here, in his magnificent prose, he examines how to cherish desire in order to live a rich, flourishing life, arguing that if dharma is a duty to another, kama is a duty to oneself. It sheds new light on love, marriage, family, adultery and jealousy as it wrestles with questions such as these: How to nurture desire without harming others or oneself? Are the erotic and the ascetic two aspects of our same human nature? What is the relationship between romantic love and bhakti, the love of god?
------------------------About the Author------------------------
Gurcharan Das is a renowned author, commentator and thought leader. He is the author of two bestsellers, India Unbound and The Difficulty of Being Good, which are volumes one and two of a trilogy on life's goals, of which this book is the third.His other literary works include a novel, A Fine Family, a collection of plays for the theatre, Three Plays, and a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm. His last book, India Grows at Night was on the Financial Times' best books for 2013. He is general editor for Penguin's multivolume 'Story of Indian Business'. He studied philosophy at Harvard University and was CEO, Procter & Gamble India, before he became a full-time writer. He writes a regular column for six Indian newspapers, including the Times of India and occasional pieces for the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs and New York Times. 
ISBN : 9780670087372   Price : Rs. 799.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 11TH AUGUST,2018

Between the Great Divide: 
A Journey into Pakistan-administered Kashmir
By - Anam Zakaria 
About the Book
Seventy years ago, as India and Pakistan gained their independence, the region of Jammu & Kashmir also found itself divided, with parts of the territory administered by Pakistan ever since. Located by the volatile Line of Control and caught in the middle of artillery barrages from both ends, Pakistan-administered Kashmir was until over a decade ago one of the most closed-off territories of the world. In a first book of its kind, award-winning Pakistani writer Anam Zakaria travels through Pakistan-administered Kashmir to hear its people - their sufferings, hopes and aspirations. She talks to women and children living near the Line of Control, bearing the brunt of ceasefire violations; journalists and writers braving all odds to document events in remote areas; political and military representatives championing the cause of Kashmir; former militants still committed to the cause; nationalists struggling for a united independent Kashmir; and refugees yearning to reunite with their families on the other side. In the process, Zakaria breaks the silence surrounding a people who are often ignored in discussions on the present and future of Jammu & Kashmir even though they are important stakeholders in what happens in the region. What she unearths during her deeply empathetic journeys is critical to understanding the Kashmir conflict and will surprise and enlighten Indians and Pakistanis alike.
About the Author
Anam Zakaria is a researcher, development professional and educationist with a special interest in oral histories and identity politics. She has a particular interest in trauma and healing in conflict zones. Her first book, The Footprints of Partition: Narratives of Four Generations of Pakistanis and Indians, won the KLF-German Peace Prize 2017.
ISBN : 9789352779475   Price : Rs. 599.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 28TH JULY, 2018

Devil's Advocate: The Untold Story
By - Karan Thapar
About the Book
Sometime in the late summer of 1976, Sanjay Gandhi asked if I wanted to go flying with him... After first attempting to teach Karan Thapar to fly (not very successfully) Sanjay Gandhi took the controls and performed a series of aerobatics, not particularly dangerous but nonetheless thrilling. Once they were further away from Delhi, he became even more daring. Suddenly, he decided to scare the farmers working in the fields below by aiming the aircraft straight at them. As he dived down, they scattered and ran, fearing for their lives. At the last moment, Sanjay pulled up dramatically and waved at the bewildered farmers, clearly chuffed with the whole performance. The manoeuvre required nerves of steel and tremendous self-confidence, both of which Sanjay possessed in plenty. In Devil's Advocate, Karan dives deep into his life to come up with many such moments. Included here are stories of warm and lasting friendships, such as with Benazir Bhutto, whom he met while he was an undergraduate. He also talks about his long association with Aung San Suu Kyi and Rajiv Gandhi. However, not all friendships lasted-for example, with L.K. Advani, with whom he shared a close bond until an unfortunate disagreement over an interview caused a falling-out. The tension generated during an interview has spilled over off-screen multiple times, and Karan discusses these incidents in detail. For instance, when Amitabh Bachchan lost his cool during a post-interview lunch or when Kapil Dev cried like a baby. And there's the untold story of two of his most controversial interviews-with Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi. While Jayalalithaa laughed it off later, the after-effects of Modi's infamous walkout have grown worse with time. Riveting and fast-paced, Devil's Advocate is as no-holds-barred as any of Karan Thapar's interviews.
About the Author
Karan Thapar worked for ten years in television in the United Kingdom with London Weekend Television, on programmes like Weekend World, The World This Week, The Business Programme, The Walden Interview and Eastern Eye. Prior to that, he worked as a foreign correspondent with The Times, London. After his return to India in 1991, he presented well-known programmes such as Eyewitness (Doordarshan), HARDtalk India (BBC), Devil's Advocate (CNN-IBN) and To The Point (India Today). Presently, he is the president of Infotainment Television (ITV). He writes a weekly column, 'Sunday Sentiments', for the Hindustan Times and a fortnightly column, 'As I See It', for Business Standard. Karan Thapar has won several awards such as the Asian Television Award for Best Current Affairs Presenter (five-time winner), the Ramnath Goenka Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award (2009) and the International Press Institute - India Award for Excellence in Journalism (2013).
ISBN : 9789352779840   Price : Rs. 699.00
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Books of the Week - 21St July, 2018

India Moving: A History of Migration
By - Chinmay Tumbe   
About the Book
From adventure to indenture, martyrs to merchants, Partition to plantation, from Kashmir to Kerala, Japan to Jamaica and beyond, the many facets of the great migrations of India and the world are mapped in India Moving, the first book of its kind. 
To understand how millions of people have moved-from, to and within India-the book embarks on a journey laced with evidence, argument and wit, providing insights into topics like the slave trade and migration of workers, travelling business communities such as the Marwaris, Gujaratis and Chettiars, refugee crises and the roots of contemporary mass migration from Bihar and Kerala, covering terrain that often includes diverse items such as mangoes, dosas and pressure cookers.
India Moving shows the scale and variety of Indian migration and argues that greater mobility is a prerequisite for maintaining the country's pluralistic traditions.
About the Author
Chinmay Tumbe loves to laugh and learn. He is passionate about migration, cities and history, and is currently a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science; the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; Ruia College, Mumbai; and Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle, he has been a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. He was a 2013 Jean Monnet Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence, and the 2018 Alfred D. Chandler Jr International Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School. He has published widely on migration for a decade and has served on policymaking groups. India Moving is his first book.
ISBN : 9780670089833   Price : Rs. 599.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 30Th JUNE 2018

Pakistan: At the Helm
By - Tilak Devasher 
About the Book
Fascinating vignettes about the men and woman who ruled Pakistan What did Muhammad Ali Jinnah say when he received a royal salute from the last British regiment about to leave Pakistan? Did Ayub Khan consider turning Pakistan into a monarchy? Why was Yahya Khan so confident that the 1970 elections would return a hung parliament? What did Zulfikar Ali Bhutto say when the Pakistan Army launched a brutal crackdown in March 1971? How did Zia-ul-Haq get Bhutto to appoint him the army chief? In 2007, did Benazir Bhutto misread the extent of American support for her return to Pakistan? Had Pervez Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif agreed to a pull-out from Kargil even before the latter went to meet President Clinton in July 1999? Backed by meticulous research, the second book from Tilak Devasher, author of Pakistan: Courting the Abyss, provides enthralling insights into the lives and times of the leaders of Pakistan over the seven decades of the nation's existence. Anecdotal and engrossing, Pakistan: At the Helm presents a human side to the country's political history for anyone who is curious about the inner workings of its corridors of power.
About the Author
Tilak Devasher retired from the cabinet secretariat, Government of India, as special secretary in 2014. His first book, Pakistan: Courting the Abyss, was published by HarperCollins India in 2016. During his professional career with the cabinet secretariat, he specialized in security issues pertaining to India's neighbourhood, with special focus on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
ISBN : 9789352779338  
Price : Rs. 499.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 23 JUNE, 2018

By - Jairam Ramesh   
About the Book
This is the first definitive biography of arguably India’s most influential and powerful civil servant: P.N. Haksar, Indira Gandhi’s alter ego during her period of glory.
Educated in the sciences and trained in law, Haksar was a diplomat by profession and a communist-turned-democratic socialist by conviction. He had known Indira Gandhi from their student days in London in the late-1930s, even though family links predated this friendship. They kept in touch, and in May 1967, she plucked him out of his diplomatic career and appointed him secretary in the prime minister’s Secretariat. This is when he emerged as her ideological beacon and moral compass, playing a pivotal role in her much-heralded achievements including the nationalization of banks, abolition of privy purses and princely privileges, the Indo-Soviet Treaty, the creation of Bangladesh, rapprochement with Sheikh Abdullah, the Simla and New Delhi Agreements with Pakistan, the emergence of the country as an agricultural, space and nuclear power and, later, the integration of Sikkim with India.
This power and influence notwithstanding, Haksar chose to walk away from Indira Gandhi in January 1973. She, however, persuaded him to soon return, first as her special envoy and later as deputy chairman of the Planning Commission where he left his distinctive imprint. Exiting government once and for all in May 1977, he then continued to be associated with a number of academic institutions and became the patron for various national causes like protecting India’s secular traditions, propagating of a scientific temper, strengthening the public sector and deepening technological self-reliance. Successive prime ministers sought his counsel and in May 1987, he initiated the reconstruction of India’s relations with China. He remained an unrepentant Marxist and one of India’s most respected elder statesman and leading public figures till his death in November 1998.
Drawing on Haksar’s extensive archives of official papers, memos, notes and letters, Jairam Ramesh presents a compelling chronicle of the life and times of a truly remarkable personality who decisively shaped the nation’s political and economic history in the 1960s and 1970s that continues to have relevance for today’s India as well. Written in Ramesh’s inimitable style, this work of formidable scholarship brings to life a man who is fast becoming a victim of collective amnesia.
About the Author
Jairam Ramesh is a member of Parliament since 2004 and has been a union minister between 2006 and 2014. He is the author of a number of acclaimed works including Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature (2017), Old History, New Geography: Bifurcating Andhra Pradesh (2016), To the Brink and Back: India's 1991 Story (2015), Legislating for Justice: The 2013 Land Acquisition Law (2015), Green Signals: Ecology, Growth and Democracy in India (2015), Making Sense of Chindia: Reflections on China and India (2005) and others. Before becoming a politician, he worked in various capacities in the Government of India including the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, Planning Commission and Ministry of Industry.
ISBN : 9789386797261   Price : Rs. 799.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 16 JUNE 2018

The Spy Chronicles
RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace
By - A.S. Dulat  
ISBN : 9789352779253 
Price : Rs. 799.00

About the Book
Pointing to the horizon where the sea and sky are joined, he says, 'It is only an illusion because they can't really meet, but isn't it beautiful, this union which isn't really there.' - SAADAT HASAN MANTO Sometime in 2016, a series of dialogues took place which set out to find a meeting ground, even if only an illusion, between A.S. Dulat and Asad Durrani. One was a former chief of RAW, India's external intelligence agency, the other of ISI, its Pakistani counterpart. As they could not meet in their home countries, the conversations, guided by journalist Aditya Sinha, took place in cities like Istanbul, Bangkok and Kathmandu. On the table were subjects that have long haunted South Asia, flashpoints that take lives regularly. It was in all ways a deep dive into the politics of the subcontinent, as seen through the eyes of two spymasters. Among the subjects: Kashmir, and a missed opportunity for peace; Hafiz Saeed and 26/11; Kulbhushan Jadhav; surgical strikes; the deal for Osama bin Laden; how the US and Russia feature in the India-Pakistan relationship; and how terror undermines the two countries' attempts at talks. When the project was first mooted, General Durrani laughed and said nobody would believe it even if it was written as fiction. At a time of fraught relations, this unlikely dialogue between two former spy chiefs from opposite sides-a project that is the first of its kind-may well provide some answers.
About the Author
A.S. Dulat was Secretary of the Research and Analysis Wing, 1999-2000. General Asad Durrani was Director General, Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, 1990-91. Aditya Sinha is a writer and a journalist living on the outskirts of Delhi.
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 9Th June 2018

Yoga Shakti
By - Shailaja Menon
About the Book 
Most people nowadays think of yoga as a class where you learn to twist your body into different asanas. However, the ancient philosophy of yoga is so much more than a mere physical activity and needs to be better understood in order to fully benefit from it. In Yoga Shakti, Shailaja Menon not only explores the physical benefits of practicing yoga, but the spiritual and mental fulfilment one gains from this practice.
Using personal experience as a driving force, Shailaja explains the origins of Manasa yoga in a way even laymen can understand and recommends daily exercises to help introduce beginners into the world of yoga. The author discusses how negative feelings like anger, depression and anxiety lead us to lose the power we have in our own lives and explores how yoga can help us regain this power and achieve self-realization. This book is the genuine expression of an author who has greatly benefited from practicing yoga and wants to share this knowledge with those who seek to do the same.
About the Author
Shailaja Menon is a certified Manasa yoga teacher, speaker and freelance writer/editor based in Malaysia. She has over 18 years of experience in yoga, both as a teacher and a practitioner and teaches at her studio, ‘Mat and Beyond Yoga Studio in Malaysia. Her ability to translate the practice of yoga from mere shapes on a mat to a living, breathing philosophy and way of life is what makes her classes, writings and perspectives so insightful. Through this she is able to transform and elevate an individual’s life at every level physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
ISBN : 9789386906441   Price : Rs. 495.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 02Ed June, 2018

Adi Shankaracharya
Hinduism's Greatest Thinker

By - Pavan K Varma 
About the Book------------------------------------------------------------
What is Brahman? What is its relationship to Atman? What is an individual’s place in the cosmos? Is a personalised god and ritualistic worship the only path to attain moksha? Does caste matter when a human is engaging with the metaphysical world? The answers to these perennial questions sparkle with clarity in this seminal account of a man and a saint, who revived Hinduism and gave to Upanishadic insights a rigorously structured and sublimely appealing philosophy.
Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya (788–820 CE) was born in Kerala and died in Kedarnath, traversing the length of India in his search for the ultimate truth. In a short life of thirty-two years, Shankaracharya not only revived Hinduism, but also created the organisational structure for its perpetuation through the mathas he established in Sringeri, Dwaraka, Puri and Joshimatha.
Adi Shankaracharaya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker is a meticulously researched and comprehensive account of his life and philosophy. Highly readable, and including a select anthology of Shankaracharya’s seminal writing, the book also examines the startling endorsement that contemporary science is giving to his ideas today. A must read for people across the ideological spectrum, this book reminds readers about the remarkable philosophical underpinning of Hinduism, making it one of the most vibrant religions in the world.
About the Author ---------------------------------------------------------
Pavan K. Varma is a writer-diplomat and now in politics, where he was till recently an MP in the Rajya Sabha, and earlier Advisor to the Chief Minister of Bihar. Author of over a dozen bestselling books including, Ghalib: The Man, The Times; The Great Indian Middle Class; The Book of Krishna; Being Indian; Becoming Indian; and Chanakya’s New Manifesto, he has been Ambassador in several countries, Director of The Nehru Centre in London, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, and Press Secretary to the President of India.
Pavan K. Varma was conferred an Honorary Doctoral Degree for his contribution to the fields of diplomacy, literature, culture and aesthetics by the University of Indianapolis in 2005.
ISBN : 9788193655610   
Price : Rs. 699.00
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