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  • Book review | No Rules Rules is a tight, detailed account of the inner workings of Netflix Oct 24, 2020 10:02 AM IST

    Book review | No Rules Rules is a tight, detailed account of the inner workings of Netflix

    This new book on Netflix's unique and sometimes shocking work environmnt is a fresh, new way of looking at corporate culture.

  • Book review: Isher Judge Ahluwalia’s memoir throws light on economic policymaking, gender discrimination at work Oct 24, 2020 09:32 AM IST

    Book review: Isher Judge Ahluwalia’s memoir throws light on economic policymaking, gender discrimination at work

    Writing this memoir helped Isher Judge Ahluwalia revisit each phase of her life and reflect on how all the pieces came together. It is moving to read about the determination and resourcefulness it took to cultivate her intellectual gifts.

  • The joys of reading books about books Oct 24, 2020 09:20 AM IST

    The joys of reading books about books

    Reading books about books will bring back to us what it’s like to be lost in a book. Two new books by Michiko Kakutani and Cathy Rentzenbrink are also not an exception.

  • Book review: Sit Your Self Down is the perfect read for those who haven’t tried Vipassana, and those who have Oct 24, 2020 08:05 AM IST

    Book review: Sit Your Self Down is the perfect read for those who haven’t tried Vipassana, and those who have

    Journalist Gayatri Jayaraman’s new memoir about her vipassana experience 'Sit Your Self Down' accomplishes a rare feat.

  • Addictions and anxiety: Navigating the murky world of today’s teenagers Oct 17, 2020 07:59 AM IST

    Addictions and anxiety: Navigating the murky world of today’s teenagers

    Jyotsna Mohan Bhargava's new book shows how addiction to gadgets and the internet, coupled with emotional disorders and drug abuse, have led to a vicious cycle.

  • Book review: Dealing with cross-cultural love, language and loss Oct 16, 2020 07:45 PM IST

    Book review: Dealing with cross-cultural love, language and loss

    At a time of dislocations and identity clashes, Xiaolu Guo’s A Lover’s Discourse is also a reminder of the fragility of relationships and the importance of bridging differences.

  • Book Review: Blood and Oil — a geopolitical thriller on Machiavellian crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Oct 11, 2020 03:48 PM IST

    Book Review: Blood and Oil — a geopolitical thriller on Machiavellian crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman

    Mohammed bin Salman's character was shaped by an early fascination with Niccolò Machiavelli as well as Alexander the Great, and he grew up talking about “Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, men who built enduring legacies by focusing on results and being shrewder than their competition”.

  • New novels in conversation with America Oct 10, 2020 07:36 AM IST

    New novels in conversation with America

    Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar, and Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam compellingly bring out what it means to live in America – and elsewhere -- during this fractured era.

  • Seeking love, fuelled by fame, freedom and drugs: Bollywood icon Parveen Babi Oct 03, 2020 07:42 AM IST

    Seeking love, fuelled by fame, freedom and drugs: Bollywood icon Parveen Babi

    In a new biography of 1970s' Bollywood star Parveen Babi, author Karishma Upadhyay uncovers issues that are just as relevant today: mental health, drugs and the fast life.

  • MC special podcast | Saurabh Mukherjea and Anupam Gupta reveal the secrets of professional success in 'The Victory Project' Oct 01, 2020 05:11 PM IST

    MC special podcast | Saurabh Mukherjea and Anupam Gupta reveal the secrets of professional success in 'The Victory Project'

    In this special podcast, the authors give a sneak peek of the book to Moneycontrol's Ravi Krishnan.

  • A book that will make you think about your groceries Sep 29, 2020 01:27 PM IST

    A book that will make you think about your groceries

    “The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket” by Benjamin Lorr exposes facts about the food industry that nauseate and startle, even when you are not expecting anything to the contrary.

  • Some sentences about sentences Sep 26, 2020 08:05 AM IST

    Some sentences about sentences

    Sentences, more than words, are the basic building blocks of all we write. They are containers to organise thoughts and describe the world. Beautiful sentences, as William H. Gass said, are “rare as eclipses”.

  • The packaging of Haruki Murakami Sep 19, 2020 07:55 AM IST

    The packaging of Haruki Murakami

    Writers, of course, are under no obligation to live up to anyone’s expectations but their own. One can’t help but wonder, though, whether in trying to make him palatable to the West, Murakami’s team of translators, editors and publishers have rendered him a bit too slick.

  • Why we should be thinking about the future of office work Sep 05, 2020 07:42 AM IST

    Why we should be thinking about the future of office work

    One of the fallouts of a post-pandemic workplace will be a fewer number of what the influential activist and anthropologist David Graeber provocatively called "bullshit jobs".

  • Book review: Parmesh Shahani’s Queeristan makes pitch for queer-friendly workplace Aug 29, 2020 03:06 PM IST

    Book review: Parmesh Shahani’s Queeristan makes pitch for queer-friendly workplace

    The global spending power of LGBTQ consumers is estimated to be more than $5 trillion a year. In a white paper published in April 2018, the non-profit LGBT Foundation in Hong Kong calculated that if the LGBTQ community worldwide were a country, it would be the fourth-largest economy in terms of GDP.

  • With Political Storytelling, Emotions Trump Reason Aug 29, 2020 07:46 AM IST

    With Political Storytelling, Emotions Trump Reason

    The power of stories in general is that they offer ways to understand experiences, and to perceive the world by imposing order on it. They also allow us to create and define identities that form, in Benedict Anderson’s influential words, “imagined communities”.

  • How to deal with a deluge of new books Aug 22, 2020 07:56 AM IST

    How to deal with a deluge of new books

    Many writers who have spent so much time and energy on their work now risk being part of an enormous crowd, or even rendered invisible.

  • Book Review: High priestess of ‘minimalism' Marie Kondo offers tips on how to declutter your career Aug 16, 2020 07:42 AM IST

    Book Review: High priestess of ‘minimalism' Marie Kondo offers tips on how to declutter your career

    This book is not just about how to tidy up your workspace. It’s about how to put in order both the physical and nonphysical aspects of your job, including your digital data, time, decision-making, and networks, and how to spark joy in your career.

  • Book Review: Debut short stories that mirror internal and external lives Aug 15, 2020 09:45 AM IST

    Book Review: Debut short stories that mirror internal and external lives

    While The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook displays a variety of engagements with the external world, frequently mediated through the Internet, Shruti Swamy’s A House Is A Body explores facets of internal lives.

  • A Korean novel asks whether the future of tourism is a disaster Aug 08, 2020 03:00 PM IST

    A Korean novel asks whether the future of tourism is a disaster

    The ethics and implications of so-called disaster tourism are at the heart of Korean writer Yun Ko-Eun’s sardonic new novel, translated into English by Lizzie Buehler.

  • Book review | Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac Aug 08, 2020 10:34 AM IST

    Book review | Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac

    Isaac’s story is more a story of Kalanick, and less of Uber, and it could be argued that no matter the company, a good story is always about a person

  • Book review: Nir Eyal and Julie Li offer some fine-grained tips to stay focused Aug 01, 2020 10:11 AM IST

    Book review: Nir Eyal and Julie Li offer some fine-grained tips to stay focused

    The unique self-help book excels in explaining why we get distracted so easily.

  • A philosopher and a novelist reflect on the pandemic Aug 01, 2020 10:08 AM IST

    A philosopher and a novelist reflect on the pandemic

    Two short, dissimilar books by philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and novelist Zadie Smith are vistas of our changed lives.

  • Book Review | Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy Jul 25, 2020 02:12 PM IST

    Book Review | Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy

    American technology journalist Levy, a veteran of half a dozen books and Editor-at-large for Wired, got unprecedented access to Zuckerberg.

  • What we talk about when we talk about talking Jul 25, 2020 09:02 AM IST

    What we talk about when we talk about talking

    In her timely new book, Katherine D. Kinzler stresses that there is no inherently good or bad language and way of speaking. Language reflects social life, and there is no right or wrong way for it to evolve.

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