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A world of tax competitiveness

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Gautam Mukherjee | in Agenda

THIN DIVIDING LINE Author- Paranjoy Guha Thakurta Publisher- Penguin, Rs 599 This book is an eye-opener on how the world gets away with illicit funds gathered through the manipulation of rules regarding tax. It talks about tax havens, tax residency, tax competitiveness, and more, writes Gautam Mukherjee There are a plethora of almost...

A glimpse of Shivaji

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Kumar Chellappan | in Agenda

Shivaji: The Great Maratha Ranjit Desai HarperPerennial, Rs 799 This book breathes life into the enigmatic and often misunderstood character of Shivaji, writes KUMAR CHELLAPPAN Ranjit Desai wrote Shriman Yogi, a novel based on the life and times of Shivaji, the Maratha emperor, in 1968. But readers had to wait till 2017...

The great game, again?

Sunday, 10 Jun 2018 | Deepak Kumar Jha | in Agenda

The Trade Game Amiya Chandra Pentagon Press, Rs 1,095 There’s quite a conflict brewing within Central Asia, with China, Russia, and India as the stakeholders. From the point of view of security as well as trade, it can have everlasting implications for the parties involved, writes DEEPAK KUMAR JHA The book delves briefly...

India's first newspaper

Sunday, 10 Jun 2018 | Gautam Mukherjee | in Agenda

HICKY'S BENGAL GAZETTE Andrew Otis Tranquebar, Westland, Rs 899 This book takes a plunge into the story of the making of India’s first newspaper, writes GAUTAM MUKHERJEE Does history repeat itself in the media, just as it does in politics and governance? What are the origins of India’s particularly vibrant freedom of...

Redeeming an awkward Dostoevsky

Sunday, 03 Jun 2018 | KALYANEE RAJAN | in Agenda

Like a psalm Author - Perumpadavam Sreedharan Publisher - LiFi, Rs 725 For Dostoevsky admirers in particular, and for all those who like to believe in the hope offered by unconditional love in general, Like a Psalm is a must-read, writes KALYANEE RAJAN What constitutes love? How far does it differ from lust;...

Courtesans in Bollywood

Sunday, 03 Jun 2018 | ANUBHAV PRADHAN | in Agenda

Dancing with the Nation Author - Ruth Vanita Publisher - Speaking Tiger, Rs 450 This book examines the complex relationship between tawaifs and Indian cinema, writes ANUBHAV PRADHAN Some books are difficult to talk about, not because they are badly written or argued but simply because they are so meticulously researched...

Fissure lines of Tamilian casteism

Sunday, 27 May 2018 | Gautam Mukherjee | in Agenda

Black Coffee in a Coconut Shell Author - Perumal Murugan Publisher - SAGE, Rs 595 This book looks into the ways in which caste — a concept that could have done its share to preserve tradition — is often misinterpreted and misused in Tamil Nadu, sometimes even at the cost of lives of...

In love with Lucknow

Sunday, 27 May 2018 | Excerpt | in Agenda

Love and Life in Lucknow Author - Mehru Jaffer Publisher - Niyogi, Rs 395 With ordinary people — a rickshaw puller, a fruit vendor, or a free-spirited bua — as its characters, this book talks about Lucknow lovingly, without moving away from reality. Here is an excerpt: I wait for the caravan of stars...

Mahabharata The anti-war narrative

Sunday, 20 May 2018 | Shweta Duseja | in Agenda

A broken sun Author- Aditya Iyengar Publisher- Rupa, Rs 295 His characters are real, ordinary, pompous, terrified, vulnerable, and ambitious. They are neither fully good nor absolutely evil. Through this refreshing portrayal of its characters, the epic Mahabharata is demythified in Aditya Iyengar’s A Broken Sun, writes SHWETA DUSEJA A Broken Sun is a...

Understanding the Mughal women

Sunday, 20 May 2018 | Ira Mukhoty | in Agenda

Daughters of the sun Author- Ira Mukhoty Publisher- Aleph, Rs 699 The Mughal empire would not have been possible without its powerful women, writes Ira Mukhoty. An excerpt: When Umar Shaikh Mirza, the Timurid ruler of Ferghana, dies in 1494, falling ...


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Schoolchildren get info on benefits

22 Jun 2018 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Observing the Yoga Day, the school students of Sharda Vihar School performed Yoga postures on Thursday. Observing International Yoga Day 750 students of the school got information about Yoga and students were informed about the benefits of Yoga were...

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