Saturday, July 28, 2018

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 28TH JULY, 2018

Devil's Advocate: The Untold Story
By - Karan Thapar
About the Book
Sometime in the late summer of 1976, Sanjay Gandhi asked if I wanted to go flying with him... After first attempting to teach Karan Thapar to fly (not very successfully) Sanjay Gandhi took the controls and performed a series of aerobatics, not particularly dangerous but nonetheless thrilling. Once they were further away from Delhi, he became even more daring. Suddenly, he decided to scare the farmers working in the fields below by aiming the aircraft straight at them. As he dived down, they scattered and ran, fearing for their lives. At the last moment, Sanjay pulled up dramatically and waved at the bewildered farmers, clearly chuffed with the whole performance. The manoeuvre required nerves of steel and tremendous self-confidence, both of which Sanjay possessed in plenty. In Devil's Advocate, Karan dives deep into his life to come up with many such moments. Included here are stories of warm and lasting friendships, such as with Benazir Bhutto, whom he met while he was an undergraduate. He also talks about his long association with Aung San Suu Kyi and Rajiv Gandhi. However, not all friendships lasted-for example, with L.K. Advani, with whom he shared a close bond until an unfortunate disagreement over an interview caused a falling-out. The tension generated during an interview has spilled over off-screen multiple times, and Karan discusses these incidents in detail. For instance, when Amitabh Bachchan lost his cool during a post-interview lunch or when Kapil Dev cried like a baby. And there's the untold story of two of his most controversial interviews-with Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi. While Jayalalithaa laughed it off later, the after-effects of Modi's infamous walkout have grown worse with time. Riveting and fast-paced, Devil's Advocate is as no-holds-barred as any of Karan Thapar's interviews.
About the Author
Karan Thapar worked for ten years in television in the United Kingdom with London Weekend Television, on programmes like Weekend World, The World This Week, The Business Programme, The Walden Interview and Eastern Eye. Prior to that, he worked as a foreign correspondent with The Times, London. After his return to India in 1991, he presented well-known programmes such as Eyewitness (Doordarshan), HARDtalk India (BBC), Devil's Advocate (CNN-IBN) and To The Point (India Today). Presently, he is the president of Infotainment Television (ITV). He writes a weekly column, 'Sunday Sentiments', for the Hindustan Times and a fortnightly column, 'As I See It', for Business Standard. Karan Thapar has won several awards such as the Asian Television Award for Best Current Affairs Presenter (five-time winner), the Ramnath Goenka Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award (2009) and the International Press Institute - India Award for Excellence in Journalism (2013).
ISBN : 9789352779840   Price : Rs. 699.00
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Books of the Week - 21St July, 2018

India Moving: A History of Migration
By - Chinmay Tumbe   
About the Book
From adventure to indenture, martyrs to merchants, Partition to plantation, from Kashmir to Kerala, Japan to Jamaica and beyond, the many facets of the great migrations of India and the world are mapped in India Moving, the first book of its kind. 
To understand how millions of people have moved-from, to and within India-the book embarks on a journey laced with evidence, argument and wit, providing insights into topics like the slave trade and migration of workers, travelling business communities such as the Marwaris, Gujaratis and Chettiars, refugee crises and the roots of contemporary mass migration from Bihar and Kerala, covering terrain that often includes diverse items such as mangoes, dosas and pressure cookers.
India Moving shows the scale and variety of Indian migration and argues that greater mobility is a prerequisite for maintaining the country's pluralistic traditions.
About the Author
Chinmay Tumbe loves to laugh and learn. He is passionate about migration, cities and history, and is currently a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science; the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; Ruia College, Mumbai; and Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle, he has been a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. He was a 2013 Jean Monnet Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence, and the 2018 Alfred D. Chandler Jr International Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School. He has published widely on migration for a decade and has served on policymaking groups. India Moving is his first book.
ISBN : 9780670089833   Price : Rs. 599.00
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