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  • Review | Urjit Patel book no tell-all; it is strictly for students of Indian economy and banking Jul 24, 2020 11:53 AM IST

    Review | Urjit Patel book no tell-all; it is strictly for students of Indian economy and banking

    The former governor of the RBI minces no words in describing the bad loan mess in government-owned banks. He does not spare any stakeholder, and rightly so

  • Book review | Utopia Avenue - not quite a great rock-n-roll novel Jul 18, 2020 09:29 AM IST

    Book review | Utopia Avenue - not quite a great rock-n-roll novel

    The novel is structured as a series of albums with individual tracks as chapters. These are set-pieces involving individual members of the band, studded with public triumphs and personal tragedies.

  • Book Review: ‘Pandeymonium’ — a glimpse into iconic ad maker Piyush Pandey's mindset, thought process Jul 11, 2020 09:08 AM IST

    Book Review: ‘Pandeymonium’ — a glimpse into iconic ad maker Piyush Pandey's mindset, thought process

    Piyush Pandey was among those Indians who most effectively linked life’s priceless moments to the marketing of products and services -- a linkage that was neither essential nor inevitable.

  • The very large pleasures of very short works Jul 04, 2020 07:56 AM IST

    The very large pleasures of very short works

    While a majority yearns for the immersion that a full-length novel can deliver, such immersion can also be provided by stories that are shorter than usual.

  • Stoicism and its Contents: Why this philosophical discipline still matters Jun 27, 2020 09:30 AM IST

    Stoicism and its Contents: Why this philosophical discipline still matters

    Over the years, especially in times of turmoil, countless people have found comfort in the lessons and lives of the Stoics. But, as Sellars emphasises, the real benefit arises only if we incorporate these ideas into our daily lives.

  • Ten words to understand China Jun 20, 2020 08:12 AM IST

    Ten words to understand China

    Many contemporary Chinese writers have offered us a window into the country’s lived reality. Among them is novelist Yu Hua whose work, from early avantgarde to grotesque realism, critiques China’s development from the Cultural Revolution to its modern-day variety of hyper-capitalism.

  • 5 must-read books you should pick to understand the India-China conflict Jun 17, 2020 01:42 PM IST

    5 must-read books you should pick to understand the India-China conflict

    The India-China history is steeped in deep distrust and periodic bursts of friction and as it happens in matters as these, details can often be scarce. Below are five important books that can help you catch up on the conflict and make sense of the tumultuous relationship between the two countries.

  • Book review: A French novel of bleak interior and exterior landscapes Jun 06, 2020 08:16 AM IST

    Book review: A French novel of bleak interior and exterior landscapes

    'Winter in Sokcho' is yet another reminder that when it comes to fiction, short narratives can penetrate states of mind more deeply than longer ones.

  • How re-reading reveals more about the reader than the book May 30, 2020 06:46 AM IST

    How re-reading reveals more about the reader than the book

    Re-reading can tell us more about ourselves than about the book in question. In a larger sense, it can also reflect how times have changed.

  • Books not to read before you die May 23, 2020 07:49 AM IST

    Books not to read before you die

    Reading at whim will make you stumble across books you really like, which will lead you to more books, which will lead to yet more.

  • Book Review: Author Daniel Susskind offers a peek into future of work, AI and human society May 16, 2020 10:18 AM IST

    Book Review: Author Daniel Susskind offers a peek into future of work, AI and human society

    The writer points out that those who take solace in the assumption that only routine tasks can be automated should realise that many non-routine tasks are also being taken over by AI, such as driving a car.

  • Book Review: Jerzy Kosinski’s 'Being There', and how we interpret the way leaders speak May 15, 2020 11:40 AM IST

    Book Review: Jerzy Kosinski’s 'Being There', and how we interpret the way leaders speak

    The glee with which Kosinski skewers the pretensions of movers and shakers is infectious, and it is evident on almost every page of the book.

  • Book review: ‘Tata vs Mistry’ shows how personal psychology impacts a corporate’s trajectory May 12, 2020 02:29 PM IST

    Book review: ‘Tata vs Mistry’ shows how personal psychology impacts a corporate’s trajectory

    Like any responsible writer, Deepali Gupta steers clear of speculation and points to what the available information says, thus demonstrating a journalist’s even-keeled outlook towards her subject matter.

  • Book review: Journalist-author Ben Cohen takes deep dive into science of winning streaks May 10, 2020 07:30 AM IST

    Book review: Journalist-author Ben Cohen takes deep dive into science of winning streaks

    Cohen jump-cuts between various stories in the same chapter with such enthusiasm and ability that you find yourself reading on just to see how he’ll tie all the loose ends together at the end of the chapter.

  • Book review: Mridula Ramesh’s new book on climate change makes us sit up and clench our teeth May 09, 2020 08:14 AM IST

    Book review: Mridula Ramesh’s new book on climate change makes us sit up and clench our teeth

    The book tells of how unequal the consequences of climate change will be for us, depending on whether we live in a developed or developing country, and depending on whether we are well-to-do or whether we are poor.

  • We’re all living in the world of Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’ May 08, 2020 11:17 AM IST

    We’re all living in the world of Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’

    It’s the victimisation at the heart of an utterly ordinary situation which makes ‘The Lottery’ so unnerving, and which caused its first readers to react the way they did.

  • Book review: ‘The Lost Decade’ decodes how India’s growth story fizzled out May 07, 2020 02:43 PM IST

    Book review: ‘The Lost Decade’ decodes how India’s growth story fizzled out

    Senior journalist Puja Mehra condemns both the UPA-II and NDA governments for failing to make the economy grow – but it is her critique of the economic policies (or lack thereof) of Narendra Modi’s government that make this book an indispensable read.

  • Book Review: Get some actionable knowledge to improve your financial health May 06, 2020 12:31 PM IST

    Book Review: Get some actionable knowledge to improve your financial health

    In Let’s Talk Money, Monika Halan tells us how to organise our cash-flow, save for emergencies, figure out and meet our insurance needs, evaluate and make investments, and plan for retirement-- all in 212 pages.

  • Book review: Montek Singh Ahluwalia's 'Backstage' gives an insider's take on India's reform years May 05, 2020 12:06 PM IST

    Book review: Montek Singh Ahluwalia's 'Backstage' gives an insider's take on India's reform years

    Ahluwalia proves to be an able communicator, proving himself adept at clinical, concise, accessible and vivid writing. This is a difficult feat to do, given that his subject is, for the most part, economic policy.

  • Book review: ‘Bottle of Lies’ explores Ranbaxy and the unethical underbelly of Indian pharma May 04, 2020 01:10 PM IST

    Book review: ‘Bottle of Lies’ explores Ranbaxy and the unethical underbelly of Indian pharma

    In the book, Eban brings the watchdog spirit to bear upon the generics manufacturing sector out of her concern for American citizens primarily. But she has ensured that her investigation also has points to ponder for the consumers in developing nations such as India.

  • Book review: What makes Sun Pharma founder Dilip Shanghvi tick, and how he became the richest self-made Indian May 03, 2020 07:49 AM IST

    Book review: What makes Sun Pharma founder Dilip Shanghvi tick, and how he became the richest self-made Indian

    Journalist Soma Das has interviewed "over 150 of his friends, extended family members, rivals, present and former aides and business associates", and also the famously publicity-shy Shanghvi himself to pen the 500-page tome.

  • Book review: ‘Unstoppable’ tells the untold story of Berger Paints and the Dhingra family patriarch May 02, 2020 08:32 AM IST

    Book review: ‘Unstoppable’ tells the untold story of Berger Paints and the Dhingra family patriarch

    In her second book, Sonu Bhasin writes the history of Dhingra’s business career and intertwined personal life in fine detail, and ensures ably that neither of these dual strands dominate each other.

  • Book review: 'The Making of Star India' untangles the knotted wires of media business in a refreshingly accessible way May 01, 2020 09:36 AM IST

    Book review: 'The Making of Star India' untangles the knotted wires of media business in a refreshingly accessible way

    If one were to compare the book to a painting, this one is a pen-and-paper drawing, and while it is a detailed, proficient and attractive one, it is no oil painting.

  • Book review: Nandita Dutta’s ‘F-rated’ narrates conflicts in the lives of women filmmakers in India Apr 30, 2020 11:24 AM IST

    Book review: Nandita Dutta’s ‘F-rated’ narrates conflicts in the lives of women filmmakers in India

    Though Dutta never generalises about her interviewees, in some cases the common motifs in their lives jump out.

  • Book review: ‘Flawed’ is an ‘infotaining’ depiction of the rise and fall of Nirav Modi Apr 29, 2020 06:35 PM IST

    Book review: ‘Flawed’ is an ‘infotaining’ depiction of the rise and fall of Nirav Modi

    As a senior journalist, author Pavan C. Lall is doubtlessly good at writing in a hurry while also keeping up standards of excellence in writing, and it shows.

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