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  • 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.

  • COVID and its impact on India | New book relies on economics to shine light on human face of tragedy Jan 30, 2021 07:20 AM IST

    COVID and its impact on India | New book relies on economics to shine light on human face of tragedy

    Arun Kumar, an economist with a decades-long career in academia and writing, has come up with the book Indian Economy’s Greatest Crisis, an accessible and comprehensive survey of the havoc wreaked on the Indian economy by the pandemic.

  • Book Review | Learn to free yourself from conflict loop and take charge of your life Jan 23, 2021 10:57 AM IST

    Book Review | Learn to free yourself from conflict loop and take charge of your life

    Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler’s book does not promise miracles or instant results. It only supports people ready to do the work it takes to free themselves from “habitual ways of thinking, feeling, and acting” that have held them “captive in the past.”

  • Book Review | The dirty underbelly of Indian development Jan 20, 2021 10:41 AM IST

    Book Review | The dirty underbelly of Indian development

    The picture the author paints is at wide variance with the image we have of India as a vibrant emerging power

  • Book review | Queer at Work shows companies that flaunt their diversity and equity still have a long way to go Jan 16, 2021 08:51 AM IST

    Book review | Queer at Work shows companies that flaunt their diversity and equity still have a long way to go

    Decorating an auditorium with rainbow flags is easy but creating a culture where LGBTQ employees feel safe and confident, and do not fear losing out on promotions, is a different ballgame.

  • Book Review: ‘The Brass Notebook’ by Feminist Economist Devaki Jain Jan 09, 2021 08:10 AM IST

    Book Review: ‘The Brass Notebook’ by Feminist Economist Devaki Jain

    ‘The Brass Notebook’ is the no-holds-barred intimate and political memoir of feminist economist and academician Devaki Jain.

  • Book Review | Jill Lepore gets up close and personal with ‘Cold War America’s Cambridge Analytica’ Jan 09, 2021 07:51 AM IST

    Book Review | Jill Lepore gets up close and personal with ‘Cold War America’s Cambridge Analytica’

    In If Then: How One Data Company Invented the Future, Lepore takes a close look at Simulmatics Corporation and reveals how data mining, and influencing human behaviour predates Facebook, Google and Amazon.

  • Book Review | Preparing for Death is a poignant work, a reminder to accept the inevitable Jan 02, 2021 08:21 AM IST

    Book Review | Preparing for Death is a poignant work, a reminder to accept the inevitable

    Mortality is not optional but one can choose whether to live in denial or with equanimity is Arun Shourie’s message.

  • Susanna Clarke’s new novel is a graceful, compelling evocation of a quarantined life Jan 02, 2021 08:13 AM IST

    Susanna Clarke’s new novel is a graceful, compelling evocation of a quarantined life

    With its eccentricity, its compelling readability, and its ability to reach a satisfying conclusion, Piranesi is quite simply among the more captivating novels of the quarantined year that we have just lived through.

  • 2 delectable books about South Asian culinary traditions that foodies will love Dec 26, 2020 09:26 AM IST

    2 delectable books about South Asian culinary traditions that foodies will love

    A foodie reviews two delicious works of food writing from South Asia and samples their traditional recipes as the new year dawns.

  • Book Review: Against COVID backdrop, Adam Kucharski's Rules of Contagion tells us how things spread Dec 26, 2020 08:13 AM IST

    Book Review: Against COVID backdrop, Adam Kucharski's Rules of Contagion tells us how things spread

    The title might lead readers to imagine that this book is about the COVID-19 pandemic but it has a broader canvas.

  • Book Review: ‘Trade Wars are Class Wars’ by Matthew Klein and Michael Pettis Dec 22, 2020 10:42 AM IST

    Book Review: ‘Trade Wars are Class Wars’ by Matthew Klein and Michael Pettis

    The authors’ provocative thesis is that it isn’t friction between countries but rising inequality within countries that has led to the current trade wars

  • 'Off Again, Gorgeous Day': One man’s impossible mission to climb Mount Everest Dec 19, 2020 07:47 AM IST

    'Off Again, Gorgeous Day': One man’s impossible mission to climb Mount Everest

    Ed Caesar’s new book, The Moth and the Mountain, is an engrossing and probing account of British mountaineer and aviator Maurice Wilson, who is known for his ill-fated attempt to climb Mount Everest alone in 1934.

  • Book review | Journalist Evan Osnos' breezy biography assesses track record and psychology of Joe Biden, warts and all Dec 12, 2020 08:09 AM IST

    Book review | Journalist Evan Osnos' breezy biography assesses track record and psychology of Joe Biden, warts and all

    This freshly released biography of the President-elect of the United States of America is frank and uncompromising– so much so, that, in the service of the facts, it will embarrass the subject of the biography wherever appropriate.

  • Book Review: What went wrong with WeWork? Reeves Wiedeman's Billion Dollar Loser tells us the inside story Dec 12, 2020 08:04 AM IST

    Book Review: What went wrong with WeWork? Reeves Wiedeman's Billion Dollar Loser tells us the inside story

    Published by Hodder and Stoughton, this book unpacks how WeWork founder Adam Neumann attracted investments worth billions of dollars with his charismatic appeal, soaring ambition, and ruthless networking.

  • Caught between the fascism frying pan and the Nazi fire Dec 12, 2020 07:40 AM IST

    Caught between the fascism frying pan and the Nazi fire

    Marco Balzano’s new novel, I’m Staying Here, now translated into English by Jill Foulston, vividly illustrates that competing ideologies and nationalisms may be all very well on a global stage, but it’s often the people on the ground who have to pay the price.

  • Book review: Author Sudipta Sarangi focuses on the ‘invisible hand’ of economics in our everyday life Dec 05, 2020 07:46 AM IST

    Book review: Author Sudipta Sarangi focuses on the ‘invisible hand’ of economics in our everyday life

    The book demonstrates how our behaviour is impacted by considerations which are avidly studied by economists – that much of our behaviour can be explained and demystified by explanations found in the science of economics.

  • Book Review | Stigma and survival in Bani Basu’s ‘A Plate of White Marble’ Nov 28, 2020 07:49 AM IST

    Book Review | Stigma and survival in Bani Basu’s ‘A Plate of White Marble’

    Bengali scholar Bani Basu's novel 'A Plate of White Marble' – first published in 1990 in the original Bengali as Swet Patharer Thala – gives English readers their first authentic taste of a stunning literary classic.

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