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Pornography unveiled: Sex, confusion and misconceptions

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Trying to provide an informative but balanced approach to various aspects of pornography, including its burgeoning industry, is US academician Shira Tarrant, who contends that pornography deserves discussion "like any issue reshaping our cultural landscape" while its "ubiquity and easy access make the subject timely and important".

Vikram Sarabhai: India's last Renaissance Man?

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Apart from pure and applied science and technology, the Cambridge-educated physicist (1919-71) made his mark in the textiles and pharmaceuticals business, as well as management (and its instruction), market research, psychology, culture, and more - all in a little over two decades before his untimely death at 52.

Napoleon and Waterloo: Defeat in battle, but Victory over history

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Then, as Clarke tells us, a visit to the Waterloo memorial will leave many confused as to who had actually won, given the preponderance of Napoleon and his French army among the exhibits and presentation.

'She Walks, She Leads' an inspiring account of 24 women achievers

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It's an interesting format that the author has chosen, listing the achievers in six categories, their spouses or peers supplementing their efforts and a staggering 130 contributors adding value to the narrative.

Keep Calm and Read On: World War II and its enduring phrases

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Some of the entries cited may have prove to have the most unlikely connections - a feature of Harvard student life inspiring Adolf Hitler, and the role of castor oil in strengthening Benito Mussolini's Fascist dispensation in Italy, and sheer incongruity - where else the swastika was used, and the evolution of the "V for Victory" sign.

Reserve Bank, governments do differ, but Subbarao reveals how

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So much so, he does not shy away from naming some people like P. Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee when they were finance ministers, or even Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister during Subbarao's tenure. Their comments and Subbarao's take -- and misgivings -- make for interesting reading.

A radical religiosity's results - learning the hard way

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Muslim youth in/from the West are one - though not the sole - example, but with some being involved in the depredations of Al Qaeda and now the Islamic State, they receive most focus. What makes youth enjoying a quality of life many others can only envy become radicalised and fanatical as to cause death and destruction is difficult to determine.

'Impermanence is the first principle to recognise economic patterns'

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The 464-page book divides time into two eras - BC or Before Crisis referring to the pre-2008 times, and AC - the After Crisis time, highlighting how post the 'Great Recession' of this century, the "expectation of golden age gave way to new reality and hype for globalisation yielded to muttering about 'deglobalisation' ".

Giving China its due in the espionage genre

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The visceral start in the heyday of the Cultural Revolution's excesses sets the tone for a grim but engrossing thriller, with all the trademark appurtenances and tradecraft of the genre, but well updated- use of the 'dark net.'

Yoga: A holistic solution to ward off illnesses

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Her book acts as a handy guide that advises the readers regarding the right mix of foods to eat during a particular disease as well as the yogic exercises that can help alleviate that disease.

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