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'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.

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. 

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