A 'structural' history of Buddhism in Southeast Asia

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It cannot stop us from appreciating the whole gamut of forms.

Romancing the haute cuisine of Awadh

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It display of the dishes he conjures up, the book also shows a whiff of being different.

An intense performance: Smita Patil's life and films

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Smita managed a wide gamut of earthy and complex performances, rendered with such intensity, empathy and maturity that older and more experienced actors would find hard to pull off.

 

Gut feeling: Have probiotics for improving brain functions

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The neurons in the gut are so innumerable that many scientists are calling them as “second brain”.

Argentina's Sikh policeman and other encounters of a globe-trotting Indian

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Prabhu Ghate subtly blends the memoir and travelogue genres to fashion a riveting account of his repeated brushes with history around the globe.

4G Jihad: The ISIS' genesis and gameplan

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With the arrest of an ISIS propagandist from India's tech hub, some volunteers trying to go to Iraq/Syria join the outfit, its flags being seen in the troubled Kashmir Valley, it is time Indians understood ISIS in detail - and the present volume goes a long way towards this this purpose.

How a book sparked of a Cold War battle

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Will anyone care as much for a book today?

Kamasutra in the time of porn ban

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The book, a re-telling of the Kamasutra by Wendy Doniger, explicates how ancient India appreciated eroticism and its progressive outlook on gender and female sexuality.

Manchurian Sojourn: Life in the other, unseen China

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 Meyer's work is an engrossing picture of China, a new China but with some unchanging traditions!

'Finding Audrey' makes you double up with laughter

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In "Finding Audrey", we enter a family which is messed up and argues a lot. It would be relatable to all teens- and their parents. 

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Books

A 'structural' history of Buddhism in Southeast Asia

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It cannot stop us from appreciating the whole gamut of forms.

Romancing the haute cuisine of Awadh

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It display of the dishes he conjures up, the book also shows a whiff of being different.

An intense performance: Smita Patil's life and films

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Smita managed a wide gamut of earthy and complex performances, rendered with such intensity, empathy and maturity that older and more experienced actors would find hard to pull off.

 

Gut feeling: Have probiotics for improving brain functions

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The neurons in the gut are so innumerable that many scientists are calling them as “second brain”.

Argentina's Sikh policeman and other encounters of a globe-trotting Indian

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Prabhu Ghate subtly blends the memoir and travelogue genres to fashion a riveting account of his repeated brushes with history around the globe.

4G Jihad: The ISIS' genesis and gameplan

IANS Rating  

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With the arrest of an ISIS propagandist from India's tech hub, some volunteers trying to go to Iraq/Syria join the outfit, its flags being seen in the troubled Kashmir Valley, it is time Indians understood ISIS in detail - and the present volume goes a long way towards this this purpose.

How a book sparked of a Cold War battle

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Will anyone care as much for a book today?

Kamasutra in the time of porn ban

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The book, a re-telling of the Kamasutra by Wendy Doniger, explicates how ancient India appreciated eroticism and its progressive outlook on gender and female sexuality.

Manchurian Sojourn: Life in the other, unseen China

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 Meyer's work is an engrossing picture of China, a new China but with some unchanging traditions!

'Finding Audrey' makes you double up with laughter

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In "Finding Audrey", we enter a family which is messed up and argues a lot. It would be relatable to all teens- and their parents. 

Movies

'Masaan': An emotionally engaging tale

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 "Masaan" is a poignant tale of two young couples, whose lives are intertwined by fate, set against the backdrop of a crematorium on the ghats of the river Ganges in Benares.

'Bajrangi Bhaijaan': Strong message of love, brotherhood

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What makes this film stand apart among Salman's repertoire is that he plays the saviour Bajrangi Bhaijaan with conviction of a simpleton and wins hearts instantly when he makes up his mind to do no wrong.

'Baahubali: The Beginning' - extravagant visuals, poor writing

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It almost places Telugu cinema on par with Hollywood standards with its vision, extravagant visuals and the lavish scale on which it's made.

'ABCD 2' - Collage of electrifying dances

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"ABCD 2" is motivational dance film with a tinge of patriotism thrown in.

'Gabbar Is Back' - Akshay redefines superhero

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A film about a man who decides to take charge of a social order on the brink of anarchy when all the formal faculties fail.

AIFW 2015 high on design, less on Bollywood drama

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"New talent is provided through fashion week. But then they need a platform to sell and also need data about what is in demand. We aim to bring all those things on table,"

'Zed Plus' - political satire which makes you laugh, weep

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Dwivedi's movie is a delightfully homespun take on the politics of communalism.

'Rang Rasiya' - thank god For Raja Ravi Varma

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Rang Rasiya is the life of Raja Ravi Varma hovers heftily between the sublime and the mundane.

'Bang Bang': Big, dumb and pointless flick

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 They think Hrithik dancing, singing, fighting and taking off his shirt amounts to entertainment.

Habib Faisal missed the plot in 'Daawat-e-Ishq'

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'Daawat-e-Ishq' is not as inviting as the title or the film's promotional events suggested.

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