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BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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Cricket Cauldron
The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan
By  - Shaharyar M Khan, Ali Khan


About the Book : A book that views Pakistan through an unlikely medium: cricket Authors show how understanding the state of cricket in Pakistan is the key to understanding the country itself. Cricket Cauldron tackles the controversies and scandals associated with the game in Pakistan head on: ball tampering, spot fixing, matchfixing, player factions, increasing presence of religion in Pakistani cricket, Bob Woolmers mysterious death…

About the Author :  Shaharyar M. Khan is a distinguished Pakistani diplomat who served as High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, Ambassador to France and Jordan, Foreign Secretary and the UN Secretary Generals Special Representative in Rwanda. His cricket pedigree is impeccable. He distinguished himself at Cambridge University, played club cricket in Britain and Pakistan and was a playing member of the MCC.  Ali Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Depar…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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GANDHI BEFORE INDIA
By - Ramachandra Guha
About the Book :
In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a 23-year-old briefless lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. The two decades that he spent in South Africa were to be the making of the Mahatma. In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha argues that Gandhi’s ideas were fundamentally shaped before his return to India in 1915. It was during his years in England and South Africa that he came to understand the nature of imperialism and racism; and it was in South Africa that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would undermine and ultimately destroy the British Empire.
Based on a wealth of new material, and archival research in four continents, Gandhi Before India presents a vivid portrait of Gandhi and the world he lived in, a world of sharp contrasts between the coastal culture of Gujarat, High Victorian London, and colonial South Africa. It explores in rich detail his experiments with di…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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My Brief History
By  - Stephen Hawking
About the Book : The extraordinary personal autobiography of the world's most famous scientist, written solely and exclusively by Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.
My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him ‘Einstein'; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the w…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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MADDADDAM By-Margaret Atwood
About the Book :  A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers' reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack. Told with wit, dizzying imagination, and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood's unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world and holds up a skewed mirror to our own possible future.
About the Author : Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the …