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In our book review section you will find reviews of children’s as well as family books from all over the world. We also carry book excerpts, favorite reading lists by well-known writers and lists of great books for children. We review all genres of children’s books – the classics and the new, illustrated books, picture books…

Vipul B. Varshney Book Review: Lucknow: The City of Heritage & Culture

Vipul B. Varshney Book Review: Lucknow: The City of Heritage & Culture

Photographer: Ajaish Jaiswal Publisher: Niyogi Books Pages: 208 Price: Rs 2,500 It is an enduring example of Indian ingenuity. A city in a timber-rich, though rock quarry-deficient region still went on to host an array of grand edifices, “mimicking stone” that not only made it a byword for cultural sophistication but survived the devastation of time, destruction of conquerors and …

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Sahil Thaker Book Review: Dating & Marriage Diaries in Urban India

Dating & Marriage Diaries in Urban India - Sahil Thaker

Publisher: Notion Press Pages: 96 Price: Rs.149 Many Indians search for their life partners on matrimonial websites these days. Some have good experiences while some have sour memories by the end. A lot of parents in India look for NRI boys for their girls while a lot of NRIs look for their “typical Indian” girls via these websites. Although the …

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Michael V. Hayden Book Review: Playing to the Edge – American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Michael V. Hayden Book Review: Playing to the Edge - American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Publisher: Penguin Pages: 464 Price: Rs. 499 The memoirs of the American intelligence operative who headed the NSA, the world’s most potent electronic surveillance agency, and then the CIA in the dangerous decade when his country faced its biggest terror attack and went on a worldwide hunt against the conspirators would seem to make fascinating reading. They do – but …

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John Keay Book Review – The Tartan Turban: In Search of Alexander Gardner

John Keay Book Review - The Tartan Turban: In Search of Alexander Gardner

Publisher: Kashi House Pages: 352 Price: Rs 2,400 In one of his exploits, Flashman encounters a scary-looking Pathan in Khalsa-ruled Lahore and believes him an adversary. He, however, turns out to be an ally — and an American to boot. But while our anti-hero narrator is fictional, the American was not, with a long, colourful career of intrigue in Afghanistan, …

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Caroline Taggart Book Review: Answers to Rhetorical Questions

Caroline Taggart Book Review: Answers to Rhetorical Questions

Publisher: Michael O’Mara / Hachette India Pages: 160 Price: Rs 250 Questions may seem incomplete without answers but responding to some particular ones, say “To be or not to be?”, “How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?”, or even “You talkin’ to me?” (for Robert De Niro fans) may seem pointless, if not …

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Omar Shahid Hamid Book Review: The Party Worker

Omar Shahid Hamid Book Review: The Party Worker

Publisher: Pan Macmillan India Pages: 336 Price: Rs 399 Of all vendettas, the most vicious centre on politics, where they can encompass some of the strongest motives — pride, honour, power, money and sex. The high-flyers not only forget those who have helped them but, with more adverse consequences, those they have offended and are hiding massive grudges under outward …

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Leo Grasset Book Review: How the Zebra Got its Stripes And Other Darwinian Just So Stories

Leo Grasset Book Review: How the Zebra Got its Stripes And Other Darwinian Just So Stories

Author: Leo Grasset (translated by Barbara Mellor) Publisher: Profile Books / Hachette India Pages: 162 Price: Rs 499 It was birthplace of the human race but that is not the only contribution of Africa to life on our planet. On its sprawling savannah can be seen many intriguing and inexplicable natural phenomena, spanning morphology (stripes/long necks), behaviour (deer warning signals) …

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Geoff Tibballs Book Review: World’s 100 Weirdest Museums

Geoff Tibballs Book Review: World's 100 Weirdest Museums

Publisher: Robinson/Hachette India Pages: 256 Price: Rs 599 Geoff Tibballs Book Review: World’s 100 Weirdest Museums If you have a penchant for collecting something strange, say car horns, chocolate wrappers, or college yearbooks, of which your family or friends can never see the point, go on. If you amass a sizeable collection, your display may soon be among some unique …

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James Rinaldi Book Review: Saviours and Fools

James Rinaldi Book Review: Saviours and Fools

Publisher: Pentagon Press Pages: 251 Price: Rs 895 Astounding as it may sound, but the arguments put forth by the current Director of Himalayan Aid in a recent book bluntly show that the United States as well as the Western world has lost track of what it set out to achieve from the “Free Tibet” movement. And this is not …

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Claudia Hammond Book Review – Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How to Use it Better

Claudia Hammond Book Review - Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How to Use it Better

Publisher: Canongate / Random House India Pages: 384 Price: Rs 599 Money is on the minds of most of us, most of the time, as we think about how to get it and what to do with it. But our relationship with money is far more complex than this, and we need to understand this intricate psychology where we hate …

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