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Vikram Sarabhai: India's last Renaissance Man?

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Apart from pure and applied science and technology, the Cambridge-educated physicist (1919-71) made his mark in the textiles and pharmaceuticals business, as well as management (and its instruction), market research, psychology, culture, and more - all in a little over two decades before his untimely death at 52.

Napoleon and Waterloo: Defeat in battle, but Victory over history

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Then, as Clarke tells us, a visit to the Waterloo memorial will leave many confused as to who had actually won, given the preponderance of Napoleon and his French army among the exhibits and presentation.

'She Walks, She Leads' an inspiring account of 24 women achievers

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It's an interesting format that the author has chosen, listing the achievers in six categories, their spouses or peers supplementing their efforts and a staggering 130 contributors adding value to the narrative.

Keep Calm and Read On: World War II and its enduring phrases

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Some of the entries cited may have prove to have the most unlikely connections - a feature of Harvard student life inspiring Adolf Hitler, and the role of castor oil in strengthening Benito Mussolini's Fascist dispensation in Italy, and sheer incongruity - where else the swastika was used, and the evolution of the "V for Victory" sign.

Reserve Bank, governments do differ, but Subbarao reveals how

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So much so, he does not shy away from naming some people like P. Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee when they were finance ministers, or even Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister during Subbarao's tenure. Their comments and Subbarao's take -- and misgivings -- make for interesting reading.

A radical religiosity's results - learning the hard way

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Muslim youth in/from the West are one - though not the sole - example, but with some being involved in the depredations of Al Qaeda and now the Islamic State, they receive most focus. What makes youth enjoying a quality of life many others can only envy become radicalised and fanatical as to cause death and destruction is difficult to determine.

'Impermanence is the first principle to recognise economic patterns'

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The 464-page book divides time into two eras - BC or Before Crisis referring to the pre-2008 times, and AC - the After Crisis time, highlighting how post the 'Great Recession' of this century, the "expectation of golden age gave way to new reality and hype for globalisation yielded to muttering about 'deglobalisation' ".

Giving China its due in the espionage genre

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The visceral start in the heyday of the Cultural Revolution's excesses sets the tone for a grim but engrossing thriller, with all the trademark appurtenances and tradecraft of the genre, but well updated- use of the 'dark net.'

Yoga: A holistic solution to ward off illnesses

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Her book acts as a handy guide that advises the readers regarding the right mix of foods to eat during a particular disease as well as the yogic exercises that can help alleviate that disease.

Six Machine: Gayle's autobiography as explosive as his

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The swashbuckling West Indies opener gives a comprehensive account of his colourful life, right from an impoverished childhood to becoming one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.

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Vikram Sarabhai: India's last Renaissance Man?

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Apart from pure and applied science and technology, the Cambridge-educated physicist (1919-71) made his mark in the textiles and pharmaceuticals business, as well as management (and its instruction), market research, psychology, culture, and more - all in a little over two decades before his untimely death at 52.

Napoleon and Waterloo: Defeat in battle, but Victory over history

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Then, as Clarke tells us, a visit to the Waterloo memorial will leave many confused as to who had actually won, given the preponderance of Napoleon and his French army among the exhibits and presentation.

'She Walks, She Leads' an inspiring account of 24 women achievers

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It's an interesting format that the author has chosen, listing the achievers in six categories, their spouses or peers supplementing their efforts and a staggering 130 contributors adding value to the narrative.

Keep Calm and Read On: World War II and its enduring phrases

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Some of the entries cited may have prove to have the most unlikely connections - a feature of Harvard student life inspiring Adolf Hitler, and the role of castor oil in strengthening Benito Mussolini's Fascist dispensation in Italy, and sheer incongruity - where else the swastika was used, and the evolution of the "V for Victory" sign.

Reserve Bank, governments do differ, but Subbarao reveals how

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So much so, he does not shy away from naming some people like P. Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee when they were finance ministers, or even Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister during Subbarao's tenure. Their comments and Subbarao's take -- and misgivings -- make for interesting reading.

A radical religiosity's results - learning the hard way

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Muslim youth in/from the West are one - though not the sole - example, but with some being involved in the depredations of Al Qaeda and now the Islamic State, they receive most focus. What makes youth enjoying a quality of life many others can only envy become radicalised and fanatical as to cause death and destruction is difficult to determine.

'Impermanence is the first principle to recognise economic patterns'

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The 464-page book divides time into two eras - BC or Before Crisis referring to the pre-2008 times, and AC - the After Crisis time, highlighting how post the 'Great Recession' of this century, the "expectation of golden age gave way to new reality and hype for globalisation yielded to muttering about 'deglobalisation' ".

Giving China its due in the espionage genre

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The visceral start in the heyday of the Cultural Revolution's excesses sets the tone for a grim but engrossing thriller, with all the trademark appurtenances and tradecraft of the genre, but well updated- use of the 'dark net.'

Yoga: A holistic solution to ward off illnesses

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Her book acts as a handy guide that advises the readers regarding the right mix of foods to eat during a particular disease as well as the yogic exercises that can help alleviate that disease.

Six Machine: Gayle's autobiography as explosive as his

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The swashbuckling West Indies opener gives a comprehensive account of his colourful life, right from an impoverished childhood to becoming one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.

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'Kabali': All style, no fire

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"Kabali" is a viscerally violent gangster film and amid all the bloodshed, betrayal and revenge, it's the story of a gangster who is desperate to reunite with his family after being locked up for 25 years.

'Madaari': Powerful and thought provoking

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Directed astutely by Kamat, the film is compact and never digresses from the core subject. It is engrossing and powerful. The screenplay is taut and the characters well-etched and real.

'Great Grand Masti': Adult humour overload

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The dialogues packed with innuendoes, double entendres and rhymes are poetry to the ears, except that these lines are profusely loaded with adult humour, that's neither crass nor profound.

Raman Raghav 2.0': Cleverly crafted, compelling

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This is not a biopic but a twisted fiction that encapsulates the life of two soulmates; the scar-faced serial killer Ramanna who also called himself Sindhi Dalwai, and the addicted to drugs Police Inspector, Raghavendra Singh Ubbi who was initially investigating the killings.

'The Conjuring 2' is intriguing but not terrifying

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Unlike its predecessor "The Conjuring", this film does not break any new mould in the horror genre. In spite of a heavy dosage of screaming, horror, destruction and gore, the essence of the shock value seems to be missing in "The Conjuring 2".

Big B, Nawazuddin, Vidya lend heft to 'TE3N'

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Debutant director Ribhu Dasgputa’s shimmering portrait of distant discontent is about John’s atonement, his 15-year long quest for justice (not vendetta, he stresses) and his rather unconventional method of seeking and obtaining a closure to his agonising journey of pain, hurt, guilt and loss.

'Teenage Mutant...': Most engaging superhero film in recent times

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This weekend don’t even think about any other film. Take your kids and rush to see "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows". This super-fun superhero film is funny, charming and goofy. This is where the fun begins. 

'Thithi': Ground-breaking, rule-bending masterpiece

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Every year, there is one outstanding non-Bollywood film that throws forward a socio-cultural dilemma in a style so direct and blunt that it doesn't feel like cinema. "Thithi" is that rare achievement of 2016. It is so real, it is unreal!

'Housefull 3': Packed with quirky characters, crass gags

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The actors, except for Jackie Shroff, indulge in buffoonery to the hilt. They all are loud, over-the-top characters who go overboard with their exhibition and that’s because their characters demands them to do so.

'Veerappan': Brilliant camerawork engages you

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The script written by R.D. Tailang and Ram Gopal Varma, is based on narratives from N. K. Senthamarai Kannan, the Police Commissioner, who headed Operation Cocoon, an initiative launched by the Special Task Force of Tamil Nadu Police to nab the forest brigand and his associates.

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