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An explosion far bigger than Gujarat riots

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This book is the ultimate in investigative journalism. One has to salute Rana Ayyub for taking extraordinary risks to do what she did. When she launched the book, she revealed that no publisher was willing to publish it; and so she decided to self-publish it. If Pulitzer had a prize for courageous journalism overseas, she would undoubtedly get it. 

Much has changed in 25 years of India's liberalisation

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The book honestly makes you go through the good and bad turn of events. It is not judgmental but candidly spells out how India has shaped out. It is not preachy, but still makes the reader ponder at various points whether "what's changed" has been towards growth. Especially, at a point, where it reminds you of the 2012 gang-rape of a physiotherapy intern.

The hazards of changing history

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Suppose we had the power to travel back in time and change history by preventing the death of a key figure, or perhaps, eliminating a troublemaker. But would time sweep on in the same way we anticipated or would it or some other mechanism that runs the universe foil our efforts to make the future (our present) better than the one we know?

'Keh Doon Tumhe.': Shashi Kapoor and his all-round film career

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In time when Bollywood is a no longer only an Indian phenomenon, but engaging with Hollywood on its own terms and becoming a vibrant part of global cinema, his is a story that needs to be told. 

How Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw broke the glass ceiling with Biocon

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The book chronicles Biocon's 37-year long journey like a story. It narrates how, over a period of time, Shaw became a brand ambassador: "Not just of a flegling industry but of innovation-led business in general. By interacting with the funding and regulatory agencies and the political system, she gave a face to the industry."

A 'jingo imperialist' called Rudyard Kipling

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Despite the nearly seven years he spent in India, Kipling's love for and knowledge of the country was debatable. He had no Indian friends and he knew India through servants and courtiers looking for favours from the white man. His mind was closed to anything good in the East. He would distort or bend Indian words, a liberty he would not take with European languages like French.

A desperate mission to Karachi - and its strange objective

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Military thrillers have not been very frequent in India - at least in the time when this first came - but Nath, who earlier "sold ice-creams, peddled computer training courses, written ad copy and reported on business as a journalist," manages to perform very creditably in presenting its various nuances, while combining it with a substantial espionage/international intrigue component.

When Chittagong was 'liberated' from British

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Subodh Roy was born into an affluent family in Chittagong - his father was a successful lawyer - and had no interest in politics until a friend's brother convinced him that ending the British Raj was more important than building a career. So, at age 12, Roy became a volunteer at the conference of the Congress party when it was held in the port town (then East Bengal, now in Bangladesh) in 1928. This is where he first met Surya Sen, popularly known as 'Master Da,' the later mastermind of the armoury raid.

A way to do more in lesser time with lower stress?

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Allen's method only calls for focus accompanied with clarity and decisiveness in planning and executing, which largely needs common sense and simple logic - but in most situations of pressure and tension, people to even forget these basic human attributes.

A versatile Tamil writer profiles Gemini Studios

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"Fourteen Years with Boss" is a fascinating, at times funny, account of how Ashokamitran, who would emerge as a leading light in Tamil literature, found work at Gemini Studios when he was financially distressed.

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