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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 31St July 2015

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Seiobo There Below by : Laszlo Krasznahorkai
About the Book :  "Beauty, in Laszlo Krasznahorkai's new novel, reflects, however fleeting, the sacred even if we are mostly unable to bear it. In Seiobo There Below we see the Japanese goddess Seiobo returning to mortal realms in search of perfection. An ancient Buddha being restored; the Italianrenaissance painter Perugino managing his workshop; a Japanese Noh actor rehearsing; a fanatic of Baroque music lecturing to a handful of old villagers; tourists intruding into the rituals of Japan's most sacred shrine; a heron as it gracefully hunts its prey. Told in chapters that sweep usacross the world and through time, covering the furthest reaches of human experience, Krasznahorkai demands that we pause and askourselves these questions: What is sacred? How do we define beauty? What makes great art endure? Melancholic and mesmerisingly beautiful,this latest novel by the author of Satantango shows us how to glimpse the divine through …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 24Th July 2015

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Autumn of the Matriarch :Indira Gandhi's Final Term in Office By : Diego Maiorano
About the Book :  Indira Gandhi's last years in office as India's prime minister ran from January 1980 to her assassination in October 1984, but until now no book has been devoted to her final term. Among the principal themes discussed in this innovative volume are how Indian politics and society changed in the 1970s, including the Emergency (1975-77), Congress's response to insurgency in Punjab, Assam and Kashmir, the rise of new forms of political mobilization in the early 1980s and the prime minister's relationship with the key institutions of state. Maiorano also reveals how Mrs Gandhi's policies in the 1980s impacted on the big industrialists, the middle class, the rich peasantry and the poor, thereby crucially re-orienting India's economic strategy. Autumn of the Matriarch is the first major study of Mrs Gandhi's last years in power, an important juncture in India's…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 17th July 2015

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Go Set A Watchman by : Harper Lee About the Book :  Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. About the Author : Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntingdon College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and has been awarded numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. ISBN  : 9781785150289     Price : Rs. 799.00   

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 10Th July, 2015

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Kashmir :The Vajpayee Years by : A.S. Dulat
About the Book :  Kashmir was an issue close to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee s heart. There were repeated setbacks, first the Kargil war, General Pervez Musharraf s coup in Pakistan, the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 in December 1999 and the Parliament attack two years later. But he countered each with an initiative full of hope: the bus to Lahore in 1999, the Agra Summit in 2001 and finally the hand of friendship extended to Pakistan in Srinagar in May 2003. A.S. Dulat, chief of the Research and Analysis Wing under Vajpayee and India s foremost Kashmir expert, brings nearly two decades of experience in the state to bear on the subject in this book. It looks as much into the future as at the years gone by as it throws light on how a new government can revive and conclude the Vajpayee peace process. About the Author : A 1965 IPS officer, A.S. Dulat spent thirty years in the Intelligence Bureau before he took over as the …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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The Janson Equation  by - Robert Ludlum
About the Book :  Paul Janson returns in a new adventure... To prevent a war in Asia - one that could quickly spread to the rest of the world - Paul Janson and Jessica Kincaid must learn the truth behind a young woman's murder...  Prominent U.S. Senator James Wyckoff hires former government agents-turned-private security consultants Janson and Kincaid to locate his teenage son Gregory. Gregory's girlfriend Lynell has been found strangled in a Seoul hotel, and Gregory has fled the city to avoid being arrested for the crime. But Senator Wyckoff insists that his son is innocent, suggesting that Lynell, who was a translator, may have been murdered because of something she overheard at a recent international conference. And when Janson and Kincaid realize they're being hunted by an assassin, they suspect that this crime - and the cover-up - were orchestrated by a shadowy unit of the U.S. State Department as part of a larger plot to provoke vi…