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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 24TH FEBRUARY, 2017

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Intimacy Undone By - Malavika Rajkotia 
About the Book :        A leading expert in Indian family law and one of India’s most successful and respected divorce lawyers, Malavika Rajkotia has seen the drama of marriages coming undone at close quarters—the effects of infidelity, jealousy, domestic violence, property disputes and the end of love and compatibility. In this important and revealing book, she draws upon her own extensive experiences in court and with her clients, as well as on case law, to lay bare the mysteries of marriage, divorce and family law.       Intimacy Undone examines the institution of marriage in India, from its historical roots to its evolution towards the moral, social and legal position it holds today. This wide-ranging, perceptive book tackles subjects as diverse as the gender equations underpinning society, how current Indian property and family laws came into being, and the controversy about the Uniform Civil Code, deftly tying them all into a crucial argument …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 17TH FEBRUARY, 2017

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Strictly Personal: Gursharan and Manmohan By - Daman Singh  
About the Book : In 2004, Manmohan Singh became prime minister of India. Over the next ten years he led the country through opportunities and challenges, not without some controversy. But this is not that story. This is the story of what went before and it is told by his daughter Daman Singh. Based on conversations with her parents and hours spent in libraries and archives, this honest and affectionate memoir provides new insights into the former prime minister, his wife and their three daughters, Upinder, Daman and Amrit.
About the Author : Daman Singh graduated in mathematics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, in 1984. She went to the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, for further studies and worked in the field of rural development for twenty years. In 1996, she wrote the Last Frontier: People and Forests in Mizoram. Her first novel Nine by Nine was published by HarperCollins India in 2008. She lives in Delhi with her husba…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 11 FEBRUARY 2017

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The Book of Joy By - Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu 
About the Book : Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships – or, as they would say, because of them – they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.  In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu travelled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create this book as a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?  They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our times and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.  This book offers us a ra…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 04 FEBRUARY 2017

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Dragon on Our Doorstep: Managing China Through Military Power By - Pravin Sawhney 
About the Book :  India might not admit it, but should it find itself involved in a border war with China it will lose. Apart from superior military power, close coordination between the political leadership and the military and the ability to take quick decisions, China has potent anti-satellite and cyber warfare capabilities. Even more shockingly, regardless of popular opinion, India today is not even in a position to win a war against Pakistan. This has nothing to do with Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. It is because while India has been focused on building military force (troops and materiel needed to wage war) Pakistan has built military power (learning how to optimally utilize its military force). In this lies the difference between losing and winning. Far from being the strong Asian power of its perception, India could find itself extremely vulnerable to the hostility of its powerful neighbors. In Dragon…