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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 26TH MAY, 2017

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Two Saints:  Speculations Around and About  Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharishi  By - Arun Shourie
----------------------------- About the Book ----------------------------- The life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ‘enables us to see God face to face’, Gandhiji wrote. Similarly, when someone in his circle was distraught, the Mahatma sent him to spend time at the Ashram of Ramana Maharshi. Such was their stature and influence. The Paramahamsa and the Maharshi have been among the greatest spiritual figures of our country. They have transformed the lives of and have been a solace to millions. Moreover, in our tradition, words of such mystics are regarded as conclusive. They have evidentiary status: if they say there is a soul, there is; if they say there is life-after-death or reincarnation, there is. Their peak, mystic experience is what we yearn to have, even just once. But what if several of the experiences they had - the feeling that someone higher is present next to them, the feelin…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 12 MAY 2017

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Quicksand By -  Malin Persson Giolito 
----------------------------- About the Book ----------------------------- There could be two sides to Maja Norberg that shift silently like quicksand: the question is, which one do you believe? Is Maja a normal 18-year-old, the poster girl next door, popular and excelling at her schoolwork, caught in the middle of a terrible tragedy? Or, is she the most reviled teenager in the country? Either way, everyone knows her name. She has spent nine excruciating months in jail, awaiting trial for a mass murder that killed her boyfriend and her best friend and now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. What did she do? Or is it what she didn’t do that brought her here? Is Maja a cold-blooded murderer or is she just a girl who has lost her way and, as a consequence, now lost the ones she loved? ---------------------------- About the Author ---------------------------- Malin Persson Giolito was born in Stockholm in 1969. She has worked as a lawyer a…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 05Th MAY 2017

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Killers of the Flower Moon By -  David Grann  ---------------------------- About the Book ----------------------------- A fiercely entertaining mystery story and a wrenching exploration of evil’ Kate Atkinson From the bestselling author of The Lost City of Z, soon to be a major film starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattison, comes a true-life murder story which became one of the newly-created FBI’s first major homicide investigations. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up…