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BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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AROUND INDIA IN 80 TRAINS By - MONISHA RAJESH
About the Book :  In 1991, Monisha's family uprooted from Sheffield to Madras in the hope of making India their home. Two years later, fed up with soap-eating rats, stolen human hearts and the creepy colonel across the road, they returned to England with a bitter taste in their mouths.  Twenty years later, Monisha came back. Taking a page out of Jules Vernes classic tale, Around the World in 80 Days, she embarked on a 40,000km adventure around India in 80 trains. Travelling a distance equivalent to the circumference of the Earth, she lifted the veil on a country that had become a stranger to her. As one of the largest civilian employers in the world, featuring luxury trains, toy trains, Mumbai's infamous commuter trains and even a hospital on wheels, Indian Railways had more than a few stories to tell. On the way, Monisha met a colourful cast of characters with epic stories of their own. But with a self-confessed militant atheist as her…

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THE HANGING OF AFZAL GURU BY - ARUNDHATI ROY
About the Book :  On 13 December 2001, the Indian Parliament was attacked by a few heavily armed men. Eleven years later, we still do not know who was behind the attack, nor the identity of the attackers. Both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India have noted that the police violated legal safeguards, fabricated evidence and extracted false confessions. Yet, on 9 February 2013, one man, Mohammad Afzal Guru, was hanged to ‘satisfy’ the ‘collective conscience’ of society.  This updated reader brings together essays by lawyers, academics, journalists and writers who have looked closely at the available facts and who have raised serious questions about the investigations and the trial. This new version examines the implications of Mohammad Afzal Guru’s hanging, and what it says about the Indian government’s relationship with Kashmir. The writers show how there is hardly a single piece of evidence that stands up to scrutiny and emphasiz…

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THE SIKH HERITAGE OF PAKISTAN
BY - SAFDAR & JAVAID

About the Book :  Pakistan is a land of bounty and diversity with a glorious history of vibrant civilizations and colorful cultures that adorned its landscape. It is a land of legends and heroic tales giving birth to some fascinating folklore which shaped its literary traditions. Some of the oldest texts, like Rig-Veda, were composed on the banks of its rivers and in the religious retreats. No wonder some major religions flourished here. The religious interaction during the medieval period in India inspired new doctrines and reform movements in a bid of synthesize the rival ideologies. The Naths and the Bhaktas rejected the prevailing caste system and laid stress on inner devotion. However, a more coherent and enduring new philosophy, Sikhism, was expounded by Baba Guru Nanak.   ISBN : 9789699532016                                                              Price : Rs. 2,850.00


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FATEHPUR SIKRI BY - SUBHADRA SEN GUPTA  About the Book :  Four centuries ago, a magnificent king built his city of dreams on a hill. And then after a few years he walked away from it, never to return. The reason why Jalaluddin Akbar abandoned the city of Fatehpur Sikri remains a mystery.It is a city, of legends, frozen in time, of a grateful king's act of gratitude to a Sufi saint, and of a warrior who raised a giant gateway as an arrogant symbol of his power. The city saw the most gorgeous gatherings in Akbar's court-the poets Faizi and Abdur Rahim, the historian Abul Fazl, the singers Tansen and Baz Bahadur and courtiers like Man Singh, Birbal and Todar Mal. Few cities reflect the character of its builder like Fatehpur Sikri does; that of a hard headed imperialist who was also genuinely humane and tolerant and embarked on an unusual spiritual quest. To understand Jalaluddin Akbar you have to seek him in the red sandstone shadows of Fatehpur Sikri.
About the Author:  Subhadra Sen …

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WHATS LEFT by - NICK COHEN
About the Book  : 'A roaring polemic of outrage against the moral and political crisis of the liberal tradition. It is already one of the most discussed current affairs books of the new year…At the very least it forces anyone on the left to think carefully about where their movement has ended up in the modern world.' The Guardian ‘The book is a superbly sustained polemic.' Sunday Times ‘Exceptional and necessary…Do not feel you have to be a leftist or liberal to read it, because it engages with an argument that it crucial for all of us, and for our time.’ Christopher Hitchens, Sunday Times ‘This is a brave, honest and brilliant book. Every page has a provocative insight that makes you want to shake the author's hand or collar him for an argument. Who could ask for more?’ The Observer '(He writes with) a genuine passion and human sympathy about people who have experienced appalling suffering.' Michael Burleigh, The Evening Standard ‘Undoubtedl…