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  • Book Review | Those magnificent men who built science in newly independent India Jul 20, 2021 04:08 PM IST

    Book Review | Those magnificent men who built science in newly independent India

    Why did these extraordinary minds develop science in a newly created India? The book offers a perspective

  • Natasha Brown’s 'Assembly': a small shockwave of a novel Jul 17, 2021 08:32 AM IST

    Natasha Brown’s 'Assembly': a small shockwave of a novel

    This short, powerful debut explores the world of a character facing issues of race and class in Britain today.

  • Slumdog millionaire with teeth Jun 12, 2021 07:27 AM IST

    Slumdog millionaire with teeth

    Rahul Raina’s debut novel, How to Kidnap the Rich, is a biting satire that deals with the all-pervasive Indian realities of inequality, caste, class and corruption.

  • In Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s Second Novel, an Ex-President Goes Rogue Jun 09, 2021 01:10 PM IST

    In Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s Second Novel, an Ex-President Goes Rogue

    This novel offers tantalizing clues into the unconscious of Clinton, now 74.

  • Review | 'Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment': Daniel Kahneman's new book shows us why the boss' mood and other seemingly extraneous details matter Jun 06, 2021 10:03 AM IST

    Review | 'Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment': Daniel Kahneman's new book shows us why the boss' mood and other seemingly extraneous details matter

    Why is it that given the same data, people arrive at different decisions? Why is it that the same person can reach different conclusions at different times? And what implications does this have for life, the justice system, and for business? 'Noise' takes on these questions, and offers some solutions.

  • A novel that explores the disappearance of the Palestinians May 14, 2021 09:26 PM IST

    A novel that explores the disappearance of the Palestinians

    At a time when the conflict in Gaza is spinning out of control, Ibtisam Azem’s audacious 'The Book of Disappearance' asks what would happen if all the Palestinians in the area vanished overnight.

  • Book review | 'Rethinking Competitive Advantage': Ram Charan's lucid guide to six traits of successful businesses May 06, 2021 03:08 PM IST

    Book review | 'Rethinking Competitive Advantage': Ram Charan's lucid guide to six traits of successful businesses

    The book lists and illustrates concepts like increasing returns and company ecosystem that give digital firms an edge over traditional businesses.

  • How Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel is like Edward Hopper’s paintings  May 01, 2021 06:05 AM IST

    How Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel is like Edward Hopper’s paintings 

    The author’s 'Whereabouts' deals with incidents in the life of a professor in Rome and is shot through with solitude, detachment, and a sense of individuals in the shadows of their pasts.

  • Review: 'Sooley' | John Grisham's basketball thriller is finally out Apr 27, 2021 11:58 AM IST

    Review: 'Sooley' | John Grisham's basketball thriller is finally out

    'Sooley' follows the familiar Grisham playbook—short chapters, plenty of foreshadowing, and a rapid-fire prose that's easy to read and hard to put down.

  • Book review: An anthology of short stories by women, about (mostly upper-caste Hindu) women Apr 24, 2021 03:11 PM IST

    Book review: An anthology of short stories by women, about (mostly upper-caste Hindu) women

    Mainstream and entertaining, the stories in this book will appeal to most people.

  • A children's book about Nehru's animal diplomacy calls out the elephant in the room Apr 17, 2021 03:28 PM IST

    A children's book about Nehru's animal diplomacy calls out the elephant in the room

    'Uncle Nehru, Please Send Us An Elephant!' asks questions about animal rights and raises ecological concerns, even as the illustrations show each elephant with a winning personality of its own.

  • Book review | Why borders resemble bad fiction Apr 10, 2021 07:13 PM IST

    Book review | Why borders resemble bad fiction

    Suchitra Vijayan's new book 'Midnight’s Borders' is the result of seven years of travels through border areas, including the borders between India and China, India and Pakistan and India and Myanmar.

  • Two French novels on the effects of colonialism Apr 10, 2021 12:06 PM IST

    Two French novels on the effects of colonialism

    New works in English translation by Joseph Andras and Kamel Daoud offer vivid and contrasting accounts of the impact of foreign domination.

  • Book Review: Work from home tips for some universal WFH problems Apr 03, 2021 07:31 AM IST

    Book Review: Work from home tips for some universal WFH problems

    Neck pain? Check. Overheating laptop? Check. Managing family expectations when you have work to do? Check. Grace Paul's 'ultimate guide' is a comforting book of practical advice on working from home

  • Murder Most Cosy Mar 27, 2021 09:10 AM IST

    Murder Most Cosy

    How did a 50-year-old debut author’s crime novel beat Obama’s memoir on the bestseller lists and sell close to a million copies in hardback, with film rights bought by Spielberg?

  • Book Review | Social media gobbling up your time? Help is at hand    Mar 27, 2021 07:39 AM IST

    Book Review | Social media gobbling up your time? Help is at hand  

    Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World views time as a finite resource that should be optimised to grow. Social media is shallow, distracting and multitasking a big no if you want to be productive, says Newport.

  • Book Review | Becoming A Citizen lays bare covert racism of UK’s citizenship test Mar 21, 2021 07:25 AM IST

    Book Review | Becoming A Citizen lays bare covert racism of UK’s citizenship test

    As he chronicles the journey of ‘W’ from being a Yemeni migrant to a British citizen, Kamran Khan says the language test lets the British practice xenophobia while insulating them from accusations of overt racism.

  • Two great books on weapons of mass instruction in Syria Mar 20, 2021 09:07 AM IST

    Two great books on weapons of mass instruction in Syria

    Ten years after the start of the Syrian civil war, a look at two books on the legacy of a secret library in a town near Damascus.

  • Book Review | The Ventilator Project—a nod to Indian innovation in times of a global crisis Mar 14, 2021 08:55 AM IST

    Book Review | The Ventilator Project—a nod to Indian innovation in times of a global crisis

    The book tells the story of how in 90 days a startup, assisted by an IIT-Kanpur team, built an affordable but high-quality ventilator. It offers insights into technology, creativity and empathy that went into making a world-class product.

  • Tales of many cities Mar 13, 2021 09:20 AM IST

    Tales of many cities

    How do writers of non-fiction write about cities, and can their books capture the essence of a metropolis?

  • Book review | Fighting the loneliness pandemic, one connection at a time Mar 06, 2021 07:48 AM IST

    Book review | Fighting the loneliness pandemic, one connection at a time

    In his book Together, Vivek H Murthy, who is Biden’s pick to be the surgeon general, underscores the need for social connection to ensure physical and emotional wellbeing.

  • Book Review | Mastercard’s Raja Rajamannar builds a strong case for integrity, ethics in marketing Feb 27, 2021 07:39 AM IST

    Book Review | Mastercard’s Raja Rajamannar builds a strong case for integrity, ethics in marketing

    In his book Quantum Marketing, Rajamannar says ethical behaviour must extend to data collection and analytics. To Quantum CMOs, he says be willing to learn, have a global mindset and stay abreast of the latest developments. 

  • Author Vishaka George on her book that takes the lid off the stigma around HIV in India Feb 27, 2021 07:25 AM IST

    Author Vishaka George on her book that takes the lid off the stigma around HIV in India

    Published by Karadi Tales in partnership with the People’s Archive of Rural India, House of Uncommons is a fictionalised narrative based on real-life stories of children living with HIV.

  • Book review | Best-selling author David Epstein underscores role of detours, breadth and experimentation in career success Feb 20, 2021 07:52 AM IST

    Book review | Best-selling author David Epstein underscores role of detours, breadth and experimentation in career success

    Switching from one interest to another may not be “a failure of perseverance”. It could be an “astute recognition that better matches are available”.

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