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Books Of The Week - Saturday 16th December 2023

Dwapar Katha: The Stories of the Mahabharata
by - Sudipta Bhawmik 

About the Book
The Mahabharata, one of India's most cherished epics, has fascinated generations. The age-old saga of warring cousins-the valiant Pandavas and the formidable Kauravas-has left an indelible mark on our collective imagination. Yet, beneath the stories of valour and villainy lie complex human emotions that challenge our ideas about 'good' and 'evil'. Can the virtuous always conquer the malevolent? Are the Kauravas truly the embodiment of darkness, while the Pandavas exude righteousness? Does Dharma triumph in the end?
In Dwapar Katha: The Stories of the Mahabharata, Sudipta Bhawmik delves deep into the intricacies of human nature as he explores the psyches of an eclectic cast of characters, unearthing their motivations and desires. He immerses us in their ceaseless inner struggles on a battlefield more profound than Kurukshetra. Feel the seething anger of Bheem as he rages against the silent Yudhishtir during Draupadi's disrobing and grieve with Duroyadhan when he loses his dear friend Karna in the war. Explore the concepts of Dharma and Karma along with the Pandavas, as Sudipta unearths age-old tales of the Vana Parva, where rishis share life lessons with the exiled Pandavas.
Rooted in Sudipta's immensely popular podcast, which has recorded over 20 million downloads, Dwapar Katha is a delight to read. The captivating prose and stunning illustrations breathe new life into this timeless tale where darkness and light intertwine and heroes are often indistinguishable from villains. The Mahabharata has never been more enchanting, thought-provoking and alive.

About the Author
Sudipta Bhawmik is an award-winning playwright who has written nearly forty plays in both Bengali and English languages. He has also authored four books. His plays have been produced and staged across the US, the UK, India, and Bangladesh, and they have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, and Tamil. Sudipta holds a Ph.D., a Master's degree, and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He currently resides in New Jersey, USA.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 16Th December 2023

Aryans
by - Charles Allen 

About the Book
Few themes in history have had as strong a hold on people's imagination. Fewer still have managed to alter the course of civilization.
This is Charles Allen's definitive account of the Aryans, offering a grand sweep of language, mythology, contested histories and conflict. Spanning continents, cultures and societies: from the Russian steppe to the Indus valley, the Iliad to the Mahabharata, Greek to Sanskrit, Putin to Trump, and Müller to Vivekananda, Aryans astonishes with its scope. Allen, true to a style that has endeared him to a legion of admirers, weaves a narrative that is startling and illuminating.
Product of a great investigation and meticulous scholarship, Aryans, Allen's last book, is his crowning achievement and marks the end of an illustrious career.

About the Author
Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about India, including Plain Tales from the Raj, Kipling Sahib, Ashoka and Coromandel. A traveller, historian and master storyteller, his books, which draw on detailed research, are a testament to a life spent uncovering the stories of the land of his birth. His lasting legacy lies in a series of books about British involvement in India, and the people whose scholarship helped trace the past of the subcontinent and discovered the common root of Indian and European languages. He died in 2020, leaving Aryans, close to completion, with his dear friend David Loyn, who has edited the book.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 2nd December 2023

Prophet Song 
by - Paul Lynch 

About the Book
On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find the GNSB on her step. Two officers from Ireland’s newly formed secret police are here to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist.
Ireland is falling apart. The country is in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny and when her husband disappears, Eilish finds herself caught within the nightmare logic of a society that is quickly unravelling.
How far will she go to save her family? And what – or who – is she willing to leave behind?
Exhilarating, terrifying and propulsive, Prophet Song is a work of breathtaking originality, offering a devastating vision of a country at war and a deeply human portrait of a mother’s fight to hold her family together.

About the Author
Paul Lynch is the award-winning author of the novels Beyond the Sea, Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. He has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and France’s Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel, among other prizes. His books have been shortlisted for numerous international awards, including France’s Prix Jean Monnet for European Literature, Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, Prix Littérature Monde and the Walter Scott Prize. He lives in Dublin.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 25th November 2023

India and the Future of G20 : Shaping Policies for a Better World Hardcover – 18 November 2023
by - Iqbal Singh Sevea. Amitendu Palit & Vinod Rai 

About the Book
As the G20, the world's largest economic and strategic grouping, addresses issues such as climate change that are of immediate concern, this book provides insights on India's presidency and its potential to deliver sustainable solutions in a fractured world order. Visionary contributions from G20 member Sherpas, including Argentina, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore and the UAE, provide depth to the discourse.
The book showcases a diverse array of perspectives from distinguished scholars and policy practitioners. The contributors focus on key themes such as the digital economy, resilient supply chains, environmental standards, climate finance, gender empowerment, the future of multilateralism and the role of the Global South, offering a comprehensive examination of the G20's impact on the world stage.
Skilfully curated by noted experts Iqbal Sevea, Dr Amitendu Palit and Vinod Rai, India and the Future of G20 is an invaluable reference for policymakers, strategic experts and the business community worldwide.

About the Author
Iqbal Singh Sevea is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He is an internationally recognised scholar of contemporary and modern South Asia and his core research focuses on South Asian politics, social and political thought, and governance. Currently the vice president of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, he has also served on the committee of the American Institute of Indian Studies. He is the author of The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India and Islamic Political Thought in Modern South Asia.
Dr Amitendu Palit is Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economics) at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He is an economist specialising in international trade and investment policies, FTAs, supply chains, connectivity, cross-border data flows and the Indian economy. He has edited and authored several books, including Globalisation Impacts: Countries, Institutions and COVID19 (editor) and China India Economics: Challenges, Competition and Collaboration.
Vinod Rai is presently a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies in the National University of Singapore. Starting his career in the Indian Administrative Service in 1972, Rai rose to become the 11th Comptroller and Auditor General of India in 2008. He demitted office in May 2013. In 2016 Rai was appointed the first chairman of the newly created Banks Board Bureau, Government of India. He is the author of Not Just an Accountant: The Diary of the Nation's Conscience Keeper, Rethinking Good Governance: Holding to Account India's Public Institutions and Not Just a Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI. Rai was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2016.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 19th November 2023


Adman Madman - Unapologetically Prahlad
By - Prahlad Kakar

About the Book

In 1971, clutching a princely sum of three hundred rupees in his pocket, Prahlad Kakar arrived in Bombay Central station. During his early days of dire struggle, he slept on benches in train stations and on the sofas of reluctant friends. Scratching the underbelly of Colaba Causeway, he learnt many life lessons for his survival and eventual climb to notoriety.
Four decades later, he swears by Murphy's law, 'Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.' Murphy is certainly not a figment of anyone's imagination, but a gargoyle plucked from VT station, who is sitting crouched on your shoulder and waiting for an opportunity to pee into your ear. Come and share some uproarious laughs with the Indian ad industry's feared and beloved leprechaun as he takes you on this rollercoaster ride. From the bizarre to the brazen, prepare yourself for one hell of a journey.
Why does Prahlad have the right to lay claim to Shabana Azmi's second toe?
Why did Satish Shah pretend to be a chauffeur during a shoot?
Can a parachute-landing fall save you from a dating disaster?
How did a pig drive a member of the film crew straight to the shrink?
Meet Dumbell the Doberman. And Head of Outstanding Collections.
In this no-holds-barred memoir, Prahlad serves up scoops of his most unforgettable experiences, peppered with viciously funny anecdotes from his personal life and seasoned with lessons on how to tell a riveting story in thirty seconds.
Learn secrets of the trade to create memorable brands. Travel behind the scenes of celebrated advertisements that launched the careers of models who then went on to become famous Bollywood actors. Hear about the genesis of this accidental serial entrepreneur. And, above all, learn how to live life with complete abandon from none other than the enfant terrible of the advertising industry. As the man who wears many hats, literally and figuratively, Prahlad tips his hat to life's incidental wisdom with raucous laughter.
From those who have a love for advertising to those who have a zest for life, from the young to the old, this memoir will capture your heart and your mind, and tickle your funny bone.

About the Author
Prahlad Kakar is a renowned ad-film director and co-founder of Genesis Film Production, one of India's oldest and foremost ad-film production houses. He has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humour and memorable brand-building campaigns, and has created award-winning commercials for the most reputed corporates and agencies in India and the Asia-Pacific region.
Rupangi Sharma is an author, editor and edupreneur. She is the founder and CEO of EFG Learning, a Mumbai-based education consultancy. Her focus has been on the power of technology, storytelling and innovation, and their transformational role in education. Rupangi's recent books include A Life of My Own and Young Indian Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Change-maker.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 11th November 2023

Another Sort of Freedom
by - Gurcharan Das

About the Book

Another Sort of Freedom is a funny, moving and honest memoir of a man's struggle to break free from expectations. Gurcharan Das was born in Lyallpur, Punjab, during World War II, when Hitler, Churchill and Hirohito were bashing everyone around. His mother noted in her diary, 'This is a restless baby.' By age two he had become 'a difficult child', and by three she was calling him a 'troublemaker'. He discovered one day that he could run, and he has been running ever since.
There are strange twists in his journey, from Partition's chaos to misguided attempts at winning over first loves. Setting out to become an engineer, he ends up with a philosophy degree from Harvard University. He then abandons a promising academic career in ivy-covered halls to become a salesman for Vicks VapoRub in India's dusty bazaars. This leads him to the CEO's position of Procter & Gamble India. One day, at the peak of his professional life, his high-powered corporate mask crumbles, and he walks away to become a celebrated writer and public intellectual.
Candid, witty and wry, the memoir is filled with moments of deep introspection at every turn alongside wise observations on the author's encounters with history on four continents. This is Gurcharan Das as you have never seen him before.

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 Kama: The Riddle of Desire 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 recent book India Grows at Night was on the Financial Times’ list of best books of 2013. He is general editor for Penguin’s multivolume Story of Indian Business series. 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. He lives with his wife in Delhi.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 04th November 2023

Igniting Collective Goodness
Man Ki Baat @ 100

About the Book
A Book That Captures The Impact Of The Radio Show Mann Ki Baat Among People And The Nation.
Igniting Collective Goodness: MannKiBaat@100 is a journey towards kindling the collective consciousness of the people. As the monthly radio broadcast by Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached its milestone 100th episode in April 2023, leaving an indelible mark on the airwaves and igniting a social revolution across India, this book invites readers to delve into the captivating conversations that have touched the lives of millions. The book encapsulates the spirit of this transformative programme, its impact and the visionary ideas it propounded, shaping the social fabric of India. It transcends politics and manifests as a heartfelt connection between the people and their leader.
Igniting Collective Goodness seeks to explore life journeys, initiatives and milestones that have made the radio broadcast a force for positive change. Divided into three sections—each dealing with an aspect of nation-building powered by democratic conversations, social reforms and changing mindsets—the book contains a mosaic of experiences that have shaped the essence of the programme.
This book is a powerful showcase of how collective effort strengthens the foundations of the nation, fostering unity and citizen participation, thereby helping realise the transformative power of Jan Bhagidari.

About the Author
BlueKraft Digital Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that is actively working in the realm of policy and governance matters. The foundation brings together a wide spectrum of leading policymakers and citizens to debate, discuss, deliberate and formulate new ideas that will enrich India’s development trajectory. Its work is primarily focused on promoting the spirit of voluntary participation in sectors such as holistic education, women and child empowerment, farmer welfare, conservation of the environment, digital and social media, and diasporic relations. BlueKraft also works in the emerging discipline of data science. The foundation is privileged to have a youthful and vibrant team that is committed to public service and the cause of nation-building.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 28th October 2023

Too Far: A Blacklist Novel
by Sylvia Day

About the Book

Lily Black was presumed dead for years.
Now, she's back in the unquestioning arms of her loving husband, Kane.
Where she's been remains a mystery, but her past sins haunt her and bring deadly danger into the lives of the family.
Meanwhile Aliyah, Kane's mother, has worked hard for her position of power. She has never believed Lily is who she says she is, and will stop at nothing to expose her.
Amy, Kane's sister-in-law, has always been a pawn in the dangerous games this family plays. But she knows she deserves more, and will do anything to claim the biggest prize.
Three women fight to outrun their pasts.
But could they have more in common than they think?

About the Author
SYLVIA DAY is the number one Sunday Times and international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels sold in forty-one countries. She is a number one bestselling author in twenty-nine countries, including five number one Sunday Times bestsellers. There are over twenty-million copies of her books in print. Day is featured on Nielsen's 'Bestseller Hall of Fame', which denotes authors whose titles have reached platinum sales records.
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Books of the Week - Saturday 21St October 2023

1971 Rise of a Nation Bangladesh
by - Narendra Kumar

About the Book

In 1971, the Pakistani military junta wanted to prevent Bengalis of then East Pakistan from pursuing their just demands by using brute force. When the Pakistani army unleashed a genocidal attack on unarmed civilians on March 25, citizens of East Pakistan revolted, and after a nine-month war that resulted in a great deal of bloodshed and suffering, East Pakistan emerged as an independent nation — Bangladesh. The ideals of Liberation War thus entail, among other things, resistance to unjust display of power, tyrannical and exploitative rule, sexual violence, religious intolerance, and racial hatred. The freedom fighters and founding fathers of Bangladesh also deeply valued shared identity as Bengalis that bound people of all religions in the country. This struggle and genocide, often ignored by the global discourse, needs to be revisited for a better world tomorrow. Bangladesh celebrates 50 years of its independence that was preceded by 100 years of birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, founding father of Bangladesh, brutally assassinated by anti-Liberation forces backed by their international partners, four years after independence. The birth of Bangladesh coincides with creation of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and India. And as the two celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties, partnership is getting stronger by the day. The two not only share land and maritime boundary but share a common history, culture and heritage. It may be recalled that India stood as a rock and played a pivotal role in their freedom struggle. The 1971 Indo-Pak war helped liberate people of East Pakistan who suffered one of the worst genocides in human history. This book is a tribute to the birth of the new nation 50 years back and honour the valiant freedom struggle of common people of erstwhile East Pakistan. This publication hopes to honour the fallen heroes which will inspire generations to come and serve as a ready reference to the events of 1971.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 14Th October 2023

 I Am an Ordinary Man: India’s Struggle for Freedom (1914–1948)
by - Gopalkrishna Gandhi

About the Book
This book completes Mohandas K. Gandhi’s story that began in Restless as Mercury: My Life as a Young Man. That work contained the story of Gandhi’s life in his words from the time of his childhood until 1914 when, after the satyagraha launched by him in South Africa for redressing wrongs suffered there by the Indian community had ended in a measure of success, he returned to India. In this volume, we follow Gandhi’s story from the time he returned to India—his hopes, challenges, jail stints, fasts, relationship with his family, and more—completing his narrative in his own words right up to the last day of his life.
I Am an Ordinary Man (this is how Gandhi described himself at a Congress meeting in Madras on 30 January 1946) is the extraordinary account of Gandhi’s life in his own words—his political philosophies, convictions, doubts, and determinations, as well as personal struggles—against the huge canvas of India’s struggle for independence.

About the Author
Gopalkrishna Gandhi read English literature at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. A former administrator and diplomat, he has translated The Tirukkural from Tamil, authored a novel, Refuge, and a play in English verse, Dara Shukoh. He is currently Distinguished Professor at Ashoka University.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 07 September 2023

Ashoka : Portrait of a Philosopher King
by - Patrick Olivelle

About the Book
Ashoka, the last great Mauryan emperor, is one of the most iconic figures in Indian history. Under his rule (268-232 BCE) the Mauryan empire extended across almost the entirety of the Indian subcontinent. Apart from his effective reign over his vast kingdom, Ashoka is well known for his renunciation of war, his development of the concept of dhamma, his patronage of Buddhism, and his promotion of religious harmony.
Ashoka has been imagined, and reimagined, many times over. It has been said that there are at least two Ashokas: the historical Ashoka (whom we know mainly through his inscriptions), and the legendary Ashoka, who is largely a construct of the popular imagination. The distinguished scholar Patrick Olivelle's new book resists the temptation to blend the two-a temptation that many writers have succumbed to-as it seeks to gain an insight into the emperor's world. Based primarily on the inscriptions (which is where Ashoka 'speaks for himself'), Olivelle constructs a fascinating portrait of India's first great ruler, where the figure of Ashoka comes vividly alive notwithstanding the elusiveness and fragmentary nature of the sources.

About the Author
Patrick Olivelle received his MA from Oxford University and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a past President of the American Oriental Society and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Olivelle was awarded the honorary doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Chicago in 2016, the 2017 Prize of Fondation Colette Caillat of the Institut de France, the Career Research Excellence Award by the University of Texas in Austin in 2011 and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. He is the author of over thirty books, some of which have won awards from the American Academy of Religion and the Association of Asian Studies.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 30th September 2023

The Armor Of Light
by - Ken Follett

About the Book
The long-awaited sequel to A Column of Fire, The Armor of Light, heralds a new dawn for Kingsbridge, England, where progress clashes with tradition, class struggles push into every part of society, and war in Europe engulfs the entire continent and beyond.
The Spinning Jenny was invented in 1770, and with that, a new era of manufacturing and industry changed lives everywhere within a generation. A world filled with unrest wrestles for control over this new world order: A mother’s husband is killed in a work accident due to negligence; a young woman fights to fund her school for impoverished children; a well-intentioned young man unexpectedly inherits a failing business; one man ruthlessly protects his wealth no matter the cost, all the while war cries are heard from France, as Napoleon sets forth a violent master plan to become emperor of the world. As institutions are challenged and toppled in unprecedented fashion, ripples of change ricochet through our characters’ lives as they are left to reckon with the future and a world they must rebuild from the ashes of war.
Over thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, with this electrifying addition to the Kingsbridge series we are plunged into the battlefield between compassion and greed, love and hate, progress and tradition. It is through each character that we are given a new perspective to the seismic shifts that shook the world in nineteenth-century Europe.

About the Author
Ken Follett is one of the world's best-loved authors, selling more than 188 million copies of his thirty-six books. Follett's first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. In 1989, The Pillars of the Earth was published and has since become Follett's most popular novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah's Book Club pick. Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, and prequel The Evening and the Morning, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold more than fifty million copies worldwide. Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife, Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.
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Books Of The Week, Saturday 23rd September 2023

Escape from Kabul: The Inside Story
by - Levison Wood and Geraint Jones

About the Book
The evacuation of Kabul in August 2021 will go down in military history as one of the most unexpected events in modern times. In an eerie replay of the disastrous British retreat from Kabul in 1842, coalition troops withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 years of military campaigning. The subsequent collapse of the Afghan government
and its army shocked the world, as a resurgent Taliban gathered its forces and swept across the country. Thousands of Afghans who had worked with the allies were left to the meagre mercy of the Taliban.
As the Taliban went door to door to execute 'collaborators', a small international task force set out on a daring mission to evacuate as many Afghans and their families as possible.
Drawing on a wide range of first-hand accounts - the politicians and officers who planned the trans-continental rescue, the young soldiers who were faced with the unenviable task of keeping a crowd of thousands of desperate people at bay, former interpreters and soldiers of the Afghan Special Forces who made it out - Escape from Kabul is the harrowing true story of Operation Pitting and the Kabul airlift.

About the Author
Levison Wood is an award-winning author, explorer and photographer, whose books and documentaries have won critical acclaim around the world. Levison is the author of 7 books to date, including Walking the Nile and Walking the Americas, which were both Sunday Times bestsellers, and Walking the Himalayas which was voted Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. His book Arabia was also chosen by Hudson Books as one of their Top Ten Non-Fiction Titles of 2019 in the USA.
Levison's passion for adventure and discovering more about indigenous ways of life has taken him to over 100 countries. He served for several years as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, including an operational deployment to Afghanistan, where he fought Taliban insurgents in Helmand. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers Club and Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School.
He has presented several documentaries, which have aired around the world, including 'Arabia with Levison Wood', which was shortlisted for Best Documentary Series at the Broadcast Awards 2020 and his latest series 'Walking with Elephants', which recounts a trek across Botswana following a herd of elephants to the Okavango Delta. Levison is a passionate conservationist and an ambassador for the charity The Tusk Trust.
Geraint Jones is an author and military historian who served as an infantry soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. His war memoir Brothers in Arms was published in 2019, and his co-written account No Way Out was a Sunday Times bestseller. Geraint has also published several fiction titles, including titles with James Patterson.
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Books Of The Week - 16th October 2023

1947-1957, India: The Birth of a Republic
by - Chandrachur Ghose 

About the Book
The first decade after India's independence, 1947-1957, was probably the most crucial in the nation's history. Opening a window to this period, this book weaves a story out of the complex ideas and events that have largely remained beneath the surface of public discourse. The transfer of power, the framing of the Constitution and the formation of the governance machinery; the clash of ideas and ideologies among parties and personalities; the beginning of the disintegration of the Congress and the consolidation of political forces in the opposition; Nehru's grappling with existential problems at home and his quest for global peace; the interplay between democratic ideals and ruthless power play-all these factors impinged on each other and shaped the new republic in its formative decade.Thought-provoking, argumentative and unputdownable, 1947-1957, India: The Birth of a Republic is a must-read for anyone interested in Indian political history. 

About the Author
Chandrachur Ghose is an author, researcher and commentator on history, economics and environment, having graduated from Visva Bharati and the University of Sussex. He has co-authored Conundrum: Subhas Bose's Life After Death, which features among the bestsellers in Amazon. He is one of the founders of the pressure group Mission Netaji that has been the moving force behind the declassification of secret documents related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. His activism led to the declassification of over ten thousand pages in 2010.Chandrachur's Bose: The Untold Story of an Inconvenient Nationalist (Penguin, 2022) is a national bestseller. 
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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 09th September 2023

Bee Sting: Long listed for the Booker Prize 2023
by - Paul Murray

About the Book

Irresistibly funny, wise and thought-provoking, The Bee Sting is a tour de force about family, fortune, and the struggle to be a good person when the world is falling apart . . .

The Barnes family is in trouble. Dickie's once-lucrative car business is going under - but rather than face the music, he's spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker with a renegade handyman. His wife Imelda is selling off her jewellery on eBay while their teenage daughter Cass, formerly top of her class, seems determined to binge-drink her way to her final exams. And twelve-year-old PJ is putting the final touches to his grand plan to run away from home.

Where did it all go wrong? A patch of ice on the tarmac, a casual favour to a charming stranger, a bee caught beneath a bridal veil - can a single moment of bad luck change the direction of a life? And if the story has already been written - is there still time to find a happy ending? 

About the Author
Paul Murray was born in Dublin in 1975 and is the author of An Evening of Long Goodbyes, Skippy Dies, The Mark and the Void and The Bee Sting. An Evening of Long Goodbyes was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and nominated for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. Skippy Dies was shortlisted for the Costa Novel award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and longlisted for the Booker Prize. The Mark and the Void won the Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2016. Paul Murray lives in Dublin. 
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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 02 September 2023

Heart Tantrums: A Feminist's Memoir of Misogyny and Marriage
by - Aisha Sarwari

About the Book

In order to be able to survive, Aisha Sarwari was told, love and devoted acts of service will always light the way. These however, become the very reason of her complete unravelling.In this large and messy voice of a memoir, Heart Tantrums artfully describes the scatter of catastrophic losses-the loss of her father in early adolescence; leaving behind her family home in East Africa; and trying to fit into a completely different culture in Lahore after marriage. In 2017, when Aisha first held her husband Yasser Latif Hamdani's brain MRI against the light, she began to also lose the man she loved to a personality-altering brain tumour.Oscillating between being a good woman and a bad woman, Aisha has been adamant that the hard knocks of life would not define her. But even self-respect comes at a high price. The internal life of mental health chaos is like the very disease itself-degenerative. The book rejects the idea that love and domestic servitude saves the day.Pakistan, she never thought, could become like living in a state of self-exile for the couple that married for country-Aisha Sarwari, a proud Pakistani feminist and career professional, and Yasser Latif Hamdani, a human rights lawyer turned internationally acclaimed biographer of Pakistan's founding father, M.A. Jinnah. Often, they both failed to play for the team, but their fight for belonging was sometimes punctuated by the warmth of parenting and the joy of extraordinary friendships.This book is a prayer on a page, with this immigrant girl finding her way in the dark through a raw and magnificently well-told story of grief, hybrid identity, immigration woes, systemic family oppression, caregiver fatigue and, of course, what every good literature tries hard to hack-the terror of oblivion. 

About the Author
Aisha Sarwari is a public speaker, writer and women's rights advocate. She is the co-founder of Women's Advancement Hub. She has provided opinions for The Guardian, Dawn, BBC World, NPR, TRT World and The Express Tribune. Between San Jose and Islamabad, she has been working in the field of public affairs and communications for over 20 years across several industries.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday 26 Autust 2023

 The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom

by - Kedar M. Phalke

About the Book
In seventeenth-century India, the Marathas were rooted in the vocation of cultivation, working as tillers, peasants and landowners. They were also active in the field of politics and administration, and the rulers of the Maratha clan were revered for service to their subjects.
In his classic work The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom, historian Kedar Phalke, through his in-depth research, provides an excellent account of the Maratha Kingdom’s economy, administration and social structure in seventeenth-century India.
This book sheds light on a variety of issues that played a role in the rise of the kingdom, including revenue administration, agrarian economy, markets of the seventeenth century, sources of revenue, diffusion and consumption of revenue, foreign trade, currency system, demography and Mughal decline.
The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom is an excellent account of many untold facts that have been unearthed by the author through his years of dedicated research.

About the Author
Kedar Mahadevrao Phalke earned his master’s in Commerce and Management from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He completed his postdoctoral research from Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune. His doctoral thesis Administrative System of Chhatrapati Shivaji: Relevance to Modern Management was thoroughly eulogized. Among his many other books, he has authored Adnyapatra: Shivchhatrapatinchi Rajneeti, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Shivraj Bhushan, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharajanchi Rajneeti, Shivchhatrapatincha Warsa: Swarajya te Samrajya, The Legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji: Kingdom to Empire and Forts Architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
He has received scholarships to conduct research on different subjects from prestigious institutes such as The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, and Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi. He is a life member of Bharat Itihas Samshodhak Mandal, Pune; Shri Shivaji Raigad Smarak Mandal, Pune; and The Asiatic Society, Mumbai.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 19th August 2023

Love, Exile, Redemption : The Saga of Kashmir’s Last Pandit Prime Minister and his English Wife
by - Siddharth Kak & Lila Kak Bhan

About the Book
Ram Chandra Kak, the Kashmiri Pandit prime minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was ousted by Maharaja Hari Singh, and put behind bars on the eve of India and Pakistan’s independence. Over the decades, the blame for Maharaja Hari Singh’s indecision regarding Kashmir’s position is laid at the feet of the previous Prime Minister.
For the first time in history, witness the truth of Ram Chandra Kak’s career and life. Consisting of letters and diary entries by his wife Margaret Kak, as well as sections from Kak’s unpublished memoir that looks at his career in state administration, this book reveals a side to the family and Kashmir that has never been seen before. Written by their grandson Siddhartha Kak and their daughter Lila Kak Bhan, this book is a glimpse of a couple that was present at the precipice of history, facing all obstacles thrown their way with grace and courage.

About the Author
Siddharth Kak is a well-known television personality, commentator, foodie and author. One of the pioneers of Indian television, he is knowledge partner of Vitasta-The Festival of Kashmir hosted by the Ministry of Culture and member governing board of the Surajkund Mela Authority. His TV series Surabhi became a cult show of Indian culture and identity airing on national primetime from 1991 to 2001. Siddharth Kak’s television company, Cinema Vision India, has won several major television awards and three national awards. It has produced more than 100 documentaries and several long-running television series for leading television channels in India.
Lila Kak Bhan has devoted half a century to a career in teaching. She started working, straight after completing her TTC and BA in 1963. She worked in India for almost two decades, which included leading, as Headmistress, the Progressive Education School in Indore, MP, known for its studentcentered, holistic approach to learning. Lila also taught in the US for 30 years and retired from the Fessenden School in West Newton in 2020.
She now lives with her husband Krishen in Sudbury, the US, with both her children and their families also settled there.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 12Th August 2023

The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom 
by - Kedar M. Phalke 

About the Book
In his classic work The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom, historian Kedar Phalke, through his in-depth research, provides an excellent account of the Maratha Kingdom’s economy, administration and social structure in seventeenth-century India.
This book sheds light on a variety of issues that played a role in the rise of the kingdom, including revenue administration, agrarian economy, markets of the seventeenth century, sources of revenue, diffusion and consumption of revenue, foreign trade, currency system, demography and Mughal decline.
The Economy of the Maratha Kingdom is an excellent account of many untold facts that have been unearthed by the author through his years of dedicated research.

About the Author
Kedar Mahadevrao Phalke earned his master’s in Commerce and Management from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He completed his postdoctoral research from Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune. His doctoral thesis Administrative System of Chhatrapati Shivaji: Relevance to Modern Management was thoroughly eulogized. Among his many other books, he has authored Adnyapatra: Shivchhatrapatinchi Rajneeti, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Shivraj Bhushan, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharajanchi Rajneeti, Shivchhatrapatincha Warsa: Swarajya te Samrajya, The Legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji: Kingdom to Empire and Forts Architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
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Books Of The Week - Saturday, 05Th August 2023

How Prime Ministers Decide 
by - Neerja Chowdhury 

About the Book
India’s prime ministers have taken decisions that changed the course of the country’s history. This book by Neerja Chowdhury, an award-winning journalist and political commentator, goes beyond the news headlines to provide an eye-opening account of how some of the most important political decisions in independent India were taken.The author analyses the operating styles of the country’s prime ministers through the prism of six decisions of historic significance. These are as follows: the strategy that Indira Gandhi devised to return to power in 1980, after her humiliating defeat post the Emergency in 1977; the errors of judgment that led Rajiv Gandhi to undo the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Shah Bano case; V. P. Singh’s implementation of the Mandal Commission Report to save his government which forever changed the face of contemporary politics; P. V. Narasimha Rao’s masterful indecision that resulted in the demolition of the Babri Masjid; the rapidly changing political scenarios that turned the avowed pacifist Atal Bihari Vajpayee into a nuclear hawk who greenlighted the testing of nuclear devices; and the mild and professorial Manmohan Singh, widely regarded as one of the country’s weakest prime ministers, who defied interest groups and foes within the political establishment to seal a historic nuclear deal with the United States—and upgraded the bilateral relationship to a new level.Based on hundreds of interviews that the author conducted with prime ministers, key figures in the political establishment, bureaucrats, aides, policymakers, and even fixers—the book provides remarkable insights that have been gleaned over forty years of high-level reporting on the national political scene.How Prime Ministers Decide is an unparalleled book about modern Indian politics which will change the way we view how prime ministers govern the country. 

About the Author
Neerja Chowdhury is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and political commentator. In the course of a distinguished career of over forty years, she was political editor of the Indian Express for ten years and covered the terms of eight prime ministers and ten Lok Sabha elections. She has won several prestigious awards for her journalism including the first Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediapersons (1981), the India Today–PUCL Journalism for Human Rights Award (1983), and the Prem Bhatia Award for Best Political Reporting (2009–10).She is contributing editor, the Indian Express, and her weekly column, The Neerja Chowdhury Column, is widely followed by participants and observers of contemporary Indian politics. She lives in Gurgaon. 
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