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THE BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 29Th January 2016

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The Z Factor By - Subhash Chandra 
About the Book : Subhash Chandra, the promoter of Zee TV, Essel Packaging and Esselworld, is an unlikely mogul. Hailing from a small town in Haryana, where his family ran grain mills, Chandra has been a perennial outsider, repeatedly aiming high and breaking into businesses where he was considered an interloper. Starting work as a teen to pay off family debts, Chandra had to rely on bluff, bluster and gumption, and sheer hard labour, to turn things around. A little bit of luck and political patronage saw him make a fortune in rice exports to Russia. A risk-taker, he then had the vision of getting into broadcasting early, even as established media players failed to see its potential. Several new forays followed - including failed attempts at launching a satellite and a cricket league - but the man continues to reinvent himself: he is now also focusing on infrastructure and education. This is an unusually candid memoir of a truly desi self-made businessma…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 22, January 2016

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Shammi Kapoor: The Game Changer By - Rauf Ahmed 
About the Book : SHAMMI KAPOOR was an absolute original, who redefined the profile of the Hindi film hero in the late ’50s and cast him in a unique, highly individualistic mould. He was a far cry from the self-righteous ‘hero’ of the time. He broke the existing rules, made his own. He became the first hero to break into the formidable cordon of the Big Three of the time: Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand, who had dominated the scene unchallenged for more than a decade. As film scholar Dr. Punita Bhatt succinctly avers, “Shammi Kapoor represented the blending of unique elements rooted in time, place, and his own talent. More important and less appreciated, is the fact that Shammi Kapoor’s contribution, like Dilip Kumar’s, has seeped into the mainstream of popular cinema in India, becoming a part of the larger tradition every actor is heir to.”  Journalist and film critic, RAUF AHMED has made a mark in mainstream print, film and television…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 15Th January 2016

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The Geography of Genius:A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley By - Eric Weiner
About the Book :  Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Timesbestselling author of The Geography ofBliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley-and throughout history, too-to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humour, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, "What was…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 8Th January 2016

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The Blood Telegram :India's Secret War in East Pakistan By - Gary J. Bass 
About the Book :  Drawing on unheard White House tapes, recently declassified documents, and investigative reporting, Gary Bass uncovers an astonishing story of superpower brinkmanship, war, scandal, and conscience. This is the definitive account of the build-up to the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War and the birth of Bangladesh. In the midst of this Cold War cataclysm, the Bangladeshis became collateral damage, victims of power games played by Nixon, Kissinger, Yahya Khan and even Indira Gandhi. Revelatory, authoritative and compulsively readable, The Blood Telegram is a thrilling chronicle of a pivotal chapter in South Asian history. Awards Pulitzer Prize Finalist A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year An Economist Best Book of the Year A Financial Times Best Book of the Year A New Republic Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
About the Author : Gary…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 1St January, 2016

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Jinnah Often Came to Our House By - Kiran Doshi
About the Book :  India, 1904. The young and dashing Sultan Kowaishi has just returned from London to Bombay after passing his barrister exam. Among the first persons he meets is Mohammed Ali Jinnah, already an advocate of note, and is quickly drawn to him. It is also the time when Jinnah decides to join the Indian National Congress, soon to become its brightest star. The stir against the British rule holds no interest for Sultan but it attracts his wife Rehana, and, inexorably, weaves its way into their lives. In this brilliant saga of love and betrayal, pain and redemption, set amidst the long struggle for freedom and its terrible twin, the call for Pakistan, we confront questions that are as relevant today as they were a hundred years ago. Questions of identity, of purpose, of the shackles of a thousand memories . . . Author Biography : Kiran Doshi studied history, politics and law in Bombay before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 196…