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BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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IQBAL :THE LIFE OF A POET, PHILOSOPHER AND POLITICIAN BY - ZAFAR ANJUM 
About the Book :  Allama Mohammad Iqbal, whom Sarojini Naidu called the Poet laureate of Asia, remains a controversial figure in the history of the Indian subcontinent. On the one hand, he is considered the Spiritual Father of Pakistan. On the other, his message of eastern revivalism places him in the ranks of the twentieth centurys major intellectuals. Iqbals tragedy was that after his death, he was made the national poet of Pakistan and largely ignored in India. In his time, he was lauded as much as Tagore, but today India celebrates Tagore while Iqbal has been banished from her consciousness. This meticulously researched biography will redress that erasure. This is the story of Iqbals evolution as a poet, philosopher and politician. While his role in the struggle for Indias freedom and the Pakistan movement are well known, not much is known about his personal life. This book highlights some of the least known facet…

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Making Dreams Come True The Story of the Tech Mahindra Foundation By -  Vinod C. Khanna
About the Book : In just over five years of its existence, the Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF) has helped bring about a significant change for the better in the lives of thousands of underprivileged children and youth. Funded entirely by Tech Mahindra, the well-known IT company belonging to the Mahindra Group, it has risen to the Herculean challenge of providing them educational opportunities from primary schooling to vocational training. In this endeavour, it lays special emphasis on those who are more vulnerable: the girl child, the physically challenged and religious minorities. And with each passing year, its philanthropic operations and its successes continue to grow, bringing hope to an ever increasing number of disadvantaged young people.  Making Dreams Come True provides valuable insights into how a medium-sized private foundation has become a significant contributor to some of the country s most…

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The Ramayana:Love and Valour in India's  By -  J. P. Losty
About the Book : The Indian epic "Ramayana" is one of the world's greatest and most enduring stories. Prince Rama was exiled with his beloved wife Sita for 14 years through the plotting of his stepmother. Sita was carried off by the demon Ravana, King of Lanka, and Rama gathered an army of monkeys to search for her. The allies attacked Lanka, killed Ravana and rescued Sita. In order to prove her chastity, Sita entered fire, but was vindicated by the gods and restored to her husband. The illustrated "Ramayana" commissioned by Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar in Rajasthan between 1649 and 1653 and now mostly in the British Library is among the greatest of seventeenth-century Indian manuscripts. The huge scale of the project, with over 400 paintings, allowed the artists to focus on telling the epic story on the grandest scale. Nearly 130 of the paintings are here presented in book form for the first time, allowi…

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher By -Hilary Mante
About the Book : In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday façades. Childhood cruelty is played out behind the bushes in ‘Comma’; nurses clash in ‘Harley Street’ over something more than professional differences; and in the title story, staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting game. Whether set in a claustrophobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road in Greece, these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit. Displaying all of Mantel’s unmistakable style and wit, they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powers. 
About the Author : Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books , including A PLACE OF GREATER SAFETY, BEYOND BLACK, and the memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST. Her two most recent novels, WOLF HALL and its sequel BRING UP…