Grappling With Glory: India and its Wrestling tradition

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As a sports journalist, Sengupta saw his interest in wrestling spark, like countless other Indians, when Sushil Kumar won a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics -- over 50 years since the first -- and the term repechage entered the nation's sporting vocabulary. He was soon cured of his misconceptions.

'Chidambaram artificially lowered fiscal deficit in interim budget'

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The book is noteworthy for separately detailing the policy aspects of the Modi government in each sector.

Adolf Hitler's short-lived successor and his contribution

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It was then Doenitz convinced Hitler to agree to an evacuation and Operation Hannibal began. Ever bigger than Dunkirk, this, since its beginning in January 1945 to its end, brought out nearly two million civillians and soldiers across the Baltic, and the story is told here in all its shades of heroism, courage, cowardice and desperation.

Pornography unveiled: Sex, confusion and misconceptions

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Trying to provide an informative but balanced approach to various aspects of pornography, including its burgeoning industry, is US academician Shira Tarrant, who contends that pornography deserves discussion "like any issue reshaping our cultural landscape" while its "ubiquity and easy access make the subject timely and important".

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.

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Books

Grappling With Glory: India and its Wrestling tradition

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As a sports journalist, Sengupta saw his interest in wrestling spark, like countless other Indians, when Sushil Kumar won a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics -- over 50 years since the first -- and the term repechage entered the nation's sporting vocabulary. He was soon cured of his misconceptions.

'Chidambaram artificially lowered fiscal deficit in interim budget'

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The book is noteworthy for separately detailing the policy aspects of the Modi government in each sector.

Adolf Hitler's short-lived successor and his contribution

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It was then Doenitz convinced Hitler to agree to an evacuation and Operation Hannibal began. Ever bigger than Dunkirk, this, since its beginning in January 1945 to its end, brought out nearly two million civillians and soldiers across the Baltic, and the story is told here in all its shades of heroism, courage, cowardice and desperation.

Pornography unveiled: Sex, confusion and misconceptions

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Trying to provide an informative but balanced approach to various aspects of pornography, including its burgeoning industry, is US academician Shira Tarrant, who contends that pornography deserves discussion "like any issue reshaping our cultural landscape" while its "ubiquity and easy access make the subject timely and important".

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.

Movies

'The Magnificent Seven': A rehash of an oft-seen plot

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The script written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk is alternately gripping and weak. It offers nothing new in terms of the plot. Nevertheless, it is still reasonably engaging for the first half of the 132 minutes of its run time. The second half gets into the predictable slot of the engaging battle with Bogue's henchmen.

'Banjo': Earnest but cliche ridden

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"Banjo" could have been a story well told, sans the customary cliches of the lives of slum dwellers, but nevertheless, it has its moments of earnestness and Riteish and the music of the film are certainly among them. You may not love it, but you will definitely not hate this film.

'Robinson Crusoe': Lame and unexciting

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Technically, the anthropomorphized animation is spectacular with all animals faithfully created, looking appealing and truly alive. Also, each frame is visually colourful. But this is all what has been seen before. This one has nothing extraordinary to offer.

'Pink': Amitabh elevates powerful message-based film

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Amitabh Bachchan as Deepak Sehgall, the aged defence lawyer, shines as always, in a restrained, but powerful performance. His histrionics come primarily in the form of his well-modulated baritone, conveying his emotions and of course, from the well-written lines. 

'Freaky Ali': Crime-cum-sports flick brimming with mass appeal

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Overall, "Freaky Ali" inspired by the English film, "Happy Gilmore", entertains with its simplicity and raw Indian appeal.

'Baar Baar Dekho': Gorgeous looking film with a heart

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"Baar Baar Dekho" is about getting a chance of changing the mistakes in life without making them. But really, I can't think of one thing I'd like to see changed in this film. Except maybe Sarika's prosthetics when she plays dead. Someone overdid the mother's wrinkles.

'A Flying Jatt': A Bonafide Desi Super-Entertainer

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Tiger is a laugh riot in conveying the spellbound bewilderment of an ordinary guy who can suddenly fly. The narrative keeps pace with its sincerely committed hero most of the way, slowing down reverentially for an animation crash-course on Sikh history, as to why and how the adage of Sardarjis losing their equilibrium at the stroke of 12 came about. 

'Ben-Hur': This remake is epic in every sense

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There are visuals of great suffering as the Roman clampdown on the Jews, dragging Judah's entire aristocratic family onto the streets. Jesus Christ (played with hypnotic compassion by Rodrigo Santoro) is featured as a man on the street providing a healing touch to a wounded civilization.

'Happy Bhag Jayegi': A light-hearted, feel-good film

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With moderate production values, the film is technically well-crafted. The visuals, back-ground score and music are of fine calibre and mesh well in the final flow.

'Dishoom': Most fast-paced Bollywood bromance in recent times

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The best line in the film goes to Ms Fernandez who tells John, "You've just come out of your testicular cancer, now stop smoking."

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