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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.

Independent India's wars: A full but not fully fair account

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To a great extent, the author meets most of his objectives - though he misses the opportunity to try to resolve certain controversies, reconcile conflicting narratives related to quite a few incidents and solve some mysteries - say for example, the mysterious officer who appears in Kashmir during the 1947 conflict and tries to reverse decisions (as recounted in Lt. Gen. L.P. Sen's "Slender Was the Thread").

An explosion far bigger than Gujarat riots

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This book is the ultimate in investigative journalism. One has to salute Rana Ayyub for taking extraordinary risks to do what she did. When she launched the book, she revealed that no publisher was willing to publish it; and so she decided to self-publish it. If Pulitzer had a prize for courageous journalism overseas, she would undoubtedly get it. 

Much has changed in 25 years of India's liberalisation

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The book honestly makes you go through the good and bad turn of events. It is not judgmental but candidly spells out how India has shaped out. It is not preachy, but still makes the reader ponder at various points whether "what's changed" has been towards growth. Especially, at a point, where it reminds you of the 2012 gang-rape of a physiotherapy intern.

The hazards of changing history

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Suppose we had the power to travel back in time and change history by preventing the death of a key figure, or perhaps, eliminating a troublemaker. But would time sweep on in the same way we anticipated or would it or some other mechanism that runs the universe foil our efforts to make the future (our present) better than the one we know?

'Keh Doon Tumhe.': Shashi Kapoor and his all-round film career

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In time when Bollywood is a no longer only an Indian phenomenon, but engaging with Hollywood on its own terms and becoming a vibrant part of global cinema, his is a story that needs to be told. 

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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.

Independent India's wars: A full but not fully fair account

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To a great extent, the author meets most of his objectives - though he misses the opportunity to try to resolve certain controversies, reconcile conflicting narratives related to quite a few incidents and solve some mysteries - say for example, the mysterious officer who appears in Kashmir during the 1947 conflict and tries to reverse decisions (as recounted in Lt. Gen. L.P. Sen's "Slender Was the Thread").

An explosion far bigger than Gujarat riots

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This book is the ultimate in investigative journalism. One has to salute Rana Ayyub for taking extraordinary risks to do what she did. When she launched the book, she revealed that no publisher was willing to publish it; and so she decided to self-publish it. If Pulitzer had a prize for courageous journalism overseas, she would undoubtedly get it. 

Much has changed in 25 years of India's liberalisation

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The book honestly makes you go through the good and bad turn of events. It is not judgmental but candidly spells out how India has shaped out. It is not preachy, but still makes the reader ponder at various points whether "what's changed" has been towards growth. Especially, at a point, where it reminds you of the 2012 gang-rape of a physiotherapy intern.

The hazards of changing history

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Suppose we had the power to travel back in time and change history by preventing the death of a key figure, or perhaps, eliminating a troublemaker. But would time sweep on in the same way we anticipated or would it or some other mechanism that runs the universe foil our efforts to make the future (our present) better than the one we know?

'Keh Doon Tumhe.': Shashi Kapoor and his all-round film career

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In time when Bollywood is a no longer only an Indian phenomenon, but engaging with Hollywood on its own terms and becoming a vibrant part of global cinema, his is a story that needs to be told. 

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'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.

'Phobia': Real and Palpable

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Radhika, who essays Mehak brilliantly, portrayed a gamut of emotions with ease and conviction. She almost carries the film squarely on her shoulders.

'Waiting': Actors rule the roost

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The characters are well-etched and the actors play their parts earnestly. Kalki Koechlin as Tara Deshpande and Naseeruddin Shah as Shiv Natraj, shine in their respective roles displaying a broad spectrum of emotions from serious to comic.

'The Angry Birds Movie' leaves you more annoyed than angry

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Thirteen years ago, Adam Sandler had anger management issues in a film called "Anger Management". This time it’s a red bird called Red who is prone to fly off the handle at the drop of a hat.

'Sarbjit' is a gem

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The film has tremendous visual velocity. Whether it’s Randeep’s Sarabjit locked up in a cell large enough to house a rat, or shots of Dalbir strolling forlornly amidst a bloom of yellow flowers, cinematographer Kiran Deohans captures the innermost sanctity of hearts torn asunder by political violence.

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