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  • 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”.

  • Love, sex aur dhoka: Three books on man-woman equation in the heterosexual universe Feb 20, 2021 07:49 AM IST

    Love, sex aur dhoka: Three books on man-woman equation in the heterosexual universe

    Gayathri Prabhu’s Love in Seven Easy Steps, Rucha Chitrodia’s It’s Also About Mynah and Madhavi S Mahadevan’s Bride of the Forest look at love and its many aftermaths.

  • Interview | A researcher and an author on ethics of death penalty, stories of death-row prisoners and more Feb 20, 2021 07:39 AM IST

    Interview | A researcher and an author on ethics of death penalty, stories of death-row prisoners and more

    The Punished is a collection of short stories based on a study on death-row prisoners in India. In an exclusive interview with Moneycontrol, Anup Surendranath, the lead author of the study and Jahnavi Misra, who transformed the report into a set of stories speak on effectiveness, feasibility and ethics of capital punishment.

  • The Empire Strikes Back | Sathnam Sanghera’s Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain Feb 13, 2021 09:36 AM IST

    The Empire Strikes Back | Sathnam Sanghera’s Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain

    Sathnam Sanghera’s Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain peers through a fog of amnesia and nostalgia to investigate how colonialism made Britain what it is today.

  • The Green Room—celebrating Wendell Rodricks Feb 13, 2021 08:29 AM IST

    The Green Room—celebrating Wendell Rodricks

    As the Delhi High Court hears petitions to legalise same-sex marriages, Rodricks’ autobiography offers a glimpse into the struggles and life the designer and his partner, Jerome Marrel, built together.

  • The Jokers Review: Taking jest to the corridors of power Feb 06, 2021 09:51 AM IST

    The Jokers Review: Taking jest to the corridors of power

    In Albert Cossery’s novel, some citizens plan to unseat the local governor by taking ridicule to an extreme.

  • The Hooghly and the World Jan 30, 2021 08:27 AM IST

    The Hooghly and the World

    An absorbing new book shines a light on the time when the Hooghly was a global waterway attracting merchants, missionaries, statesmen, soldiers and others from all over.

  • Interview | Author Savie Karnel on her debut book, freedom of expression, dissent and hope Jan 30, 2021 07:21 AM IST

    Interview | Author Savie Karnel on her debut book, freedom of expression, dissent and hope

    Set in an imaginary town called Jhunu, The Nameless God unfolds against the backdrop of an unforgettable event in recent Indian history – the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, and the communal riots that followed right after.

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