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BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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The Finish The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
About The Book : From Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.
After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda?a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track?demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war?the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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Not Only the Things That Have Happened
By - Mridula Koshy

About the Book : 

A woman relinquishes her four-year-old son to tourists passingthrough town. Losing him, she loses the story of her future. Aworld away from her, the boy becomes a man without the story of hispast. Decades on, the mother struggles on her death bed to find thestory that will release her from life; the son's struggle is forthe story that will allow him to live. Not Only the Things That Have Happened is a novel aboutthestories that make us and break us and then remake us. The noveltakes place over a thirty-six hour period, travelling betweenfar-flung places, characters, the past and the future. Time is acharacter here, revealing that though the story of our present isalways told for us, the story of the past and the future is ours totell.
About the Author :  Mridula Koshy's short-story collection If It Is Sweet(Tranquebar Press, 2009; Brass Monkey, 2011), won the 2009 ShaktiBhatt First Book Prize and was shortli…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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RETURN OF A KING THE BATTLE FOR AFGHANIS
by - WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

About the Book 
This is his most ambitious and best. A towering history with unforgettable characters, a tale of violent rebellion, great military humiliation and political intrigue.

The story of the First Anglo-Afghan War, with striking parallels with what's going on in our neighbourhood and the world today. A book full of literary treasures, it's even richer grander history than his bestselling The Last Mughal and The White Mughals. This is storytelling at its best, with an unforgettable cast of characters: Ranjit Singh, Shah Shuja, Dost Mohammed ... and features jewels like the Koh-i-noor, among others. In the spring of 1839 the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British faced little resistance. But after t…

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BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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THE WAVE RIDER 
By - AJIT BALAKRISHNAN

About the Book
Ajit Balakrishnan is quietly experimenting with the new and fascinating technologies of the Internet in 1995 when the dot-com fever grips the world. Venture capitalists, investment bankers and lawyers pound at the doors of his tiny office in a low-rent area of Mumbai, urging him to take his company public on New York’s NASDAQ stock market. Balakrishnan sets out on this enterprise, a path that takes him through the world’s financial centres of London, Hamburg, New York, Boston and San Francisco. This story recounts how he battles adversaries many times his size; fends off avaricious lawyers who try to extort money through class action suits in the tough courts of lower Manhattan; rebuffs investment bankers who try to engineer the sale of his company; and tries to make sense of a world where technology and business models change every few months. He steers his company through the financial crashes of 2000 and 2008; watches in awe as terro…