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An ode to life at the turn of the previous century

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It is this attention to detail that makes Zindaginama such a gem, set as it is in a small village of Shahpur and how the Ghadar movement, a planned mutiny against colonial rule, and the First World War changed it all. 

India's original and abiding 'He-Man' and his eventful life

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It was a tale that wouldn't seem amiss in Bollywood. A boy is pulled out of school and put to work on his family's farmlands, married off at a young age, gets frustrated at the bickering between wife and mother and leaves home for foreign climes to make his career. In a few short years, he is a celebrity sportsman, and a popular film star.

An Arab Spring version of Aladdin?

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Braswell's version of the Aladdin story is a tribute to the old stories' capability to be timeless and flexible enough to serve as a mirror, by accommodating notable features of the times they are told -- even the Arab Spring.

Making a difference in our world - the third Clinton's ideas

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"Knowing what was in the newspaper meant I didn't have to wait for my parents to explain everything to me. I could ask questions to start conversations about the world too," she says, but also revealing that the "newspaper helped hide how much honey I poured on top of my Cheerios" as "my mom wouldn't let me have sugary cereal.."

The ISI, Pakistan and South Asia: A dark, intertwined history

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Having forged close contacts among political, military and intelligence elites of Pakistan, where he lived during a crucial decade (1989-2002) when it lurched from military rule to democracy and back, became an overt nuclear power, and faced consequences of 9/11, he "seeks to present an objective history of the ISI, its origin and development, tasks and objectives, successes and failures". 

The life and times of women who influenced Tagore

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The book is a sequel to the author's Jorasanko, published in 2013. Both are part-fictional accounts of life and times of Tagore and the many women who influenced him in the ancestral mansion. 

Love in the shadow of the 'Nirbhaya' episode

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"Mornings After", interspersed with what are ostensibly Thomas' surrealistic blog posts, is not only about love or various facets of its modern urban manifestation, including what the maid might think of your live-in relationship, but also of roles and expectations as well as the responsibilities and commitments it demands.

Mentally mastering money for a more meaningful life

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In over a dozen chapters, which, like old novels, inform you of the varied topics that will be encountered, Hammond presents various facets of money and its use most comprehensively and lucidly. She takes special care to cite the psychological effect - "psychological salience", "loss aversion", "retrieval inhibition", "referent thinking" and others -- only after explaining it with concrete examples.

Understanding the maelstrom of the modern Middle East

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"It turned out the train of history would pass through the Middle East's station, but who would have guessed that the United States would fight two of the longest ground wars in its history and plunge the Muslim World into a frenzy of violence and revolution? My ambition was to ride the train of history, and the train came rumbling right at me," he says.

The unholy nexus that began World War II - the full story

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The story, which formally begins on August 23, 1939 from when Nazi German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and his team landed in Moscow to sign the pact, doesn't, as expected, end on June 22, 1941 when German troops crossed over into Soviet territory, throwing the Soviet leadership into near-paralysis, but over a month later, when Soviet Russia resumed diplomatic ties with Poland.

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