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The unbelievable psychology of conspiracy theories

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Is it the Illuminati? The Priory of Sion? The New World Order? A powerful bureaucracy, business corporation or media? All of them? No, it something more powerful - and inescapable.

How a pacifist religion became warrior-like

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Dhillon admits that the Sikh history he is unveiling is not new. Yet, in re-telling a story that is known, Dhillon - who taught English for 47 long years -- proves he is a great storyteller.

From Athens to Silicon Valley, a quest to understand genius

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Weiner's conclusions include genius being simple/nothing new/expensive/ practical/ chaotic/unintentional/contagious/weak, and requiring conducive social, political and economic conditions, which may not be very expected (freedom but not necessarily democracy, not too plenty or many choices, and tension and disruption can be useful).

How a rural caste elite became urban, modern middle class

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The Tamil Brahmans have also changed in many other ways. Although they tend to marry within the community, Iyers (or Shaivites) are seen as less conservative than Iyengars (or Vaishnavites).

All the world's a stage - for Shakespeare

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These are the issues that theatre critic, Shakespeare scholar and writer Andrew Dickson painstakingly deals with in this book, the outcome of a travel to six countries on four continents - and spanning 400 years.

Witnessing history, writing a new literary story

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 The problem arises since the expectation that the author "would take the centrestage and be the hero of this story" is belied since Sahni is willing to "share the light with almost everyone else".

How inspiring figure Sundar 'Google' Pichai charted his way

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"In the 11 years that Pichai has been at Google, he has demonstrated an uncanny ability to focus on products and solutions that have worked wonders for the Mountain View based company."

This New Year do it the vegan way!

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"Guilt Free Vegan Cookbook: Oil, Sugar, Gluten and Dairy Free Vegetarian Recipes" shows the way to a healthier lifestyle.

Of science, the world of Pangea and tips to plan life post-retirement

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A fictional journey of a teen girl to Pangea for a new future after the end of World War III.

Why India needs a presidential system

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The Indian system began to break down almost immediately after Independence, because the powers of its two topmost officials were poorly defined.

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The unbelievable psychology of conspiracy theories

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Is it the Illuminati? The Priory of Sion? The New World Order? A powerful bureaucracy, business corporation or media? All of them? No, it something more powerful - and inescapable.

How a pacifist religion became warrior-like

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Dhillon admits that the Sikh history he is unveiling is not new. Yet, in re-telling a story that is known, Dhillon - who taught English for 47 long years -- proves he is a great storyteller.

From Athens to Silicon Valley, a quest to understand genius

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Weiner's conclusions include genius being simple/nothing new/expensive/ practical/ chaotic/unintentional/contagious/weak, and requiring conducive social, political and economic conditions, which may not be very expected (freedom but not necessarily democracy, not too plenty or many choices, and tension and disruption can be useful).

How a rural caste elite became urban, modern middle class

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The Tamil Brahmans have also changed in many other ways. Although they tend to marry within the community, Iyers (or Shaivites) are seen as less conservative than Iyengars (or Vaishnavites).

All the world's a stage - for Shakespeare

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These are the issues that theatre critic, Shakespeare scholar and writer Andrew Dickson painstakingly deals with in this book, the outcome of a travel to six countries on four continents - and spanning 400 years.

Witnessing history, writing a new literary story

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 The problem arises since the expectation that the author "would take the centrestage and be the hero of this story" is belied since Sahni is willing to "share the light with almost everyone else".

How inspiring figure Sundar 'Google' Pichai charted his way

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"In the 11 years that Pichai has been at Google, he has demonstrated an uncanny ability to focus on products and solutions that have worked wonders for the Mountain View based company."

This New Year do it the vegan way!

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"Guilt Free Vegan Cookbook: Oil, Sugar, Gluten and Dairy Free Vegetarian Recipes" shows the way to a healthier lifestyle.

Of science, the world of Pangea and tips to plan life post-retirement

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A fictional journey of a teen girl to Pangea for a new future after the end of World War III.

Why India needs a presidential system

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The Indian system began to break down almost immediately after Independence, because the powers of its two topmost officials were poorly defined.

Movies

'Kapoor & Sons': Joy and woe are woven fine

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"Kapoor & Sons" is a saga of a dysfunctional family, which makes you laugh and cry with its members, as you become an intrinsic part of their lives. It is a complete family entertainer with a universal appeal.

'Zubaan': An inspiring tale of self-discovery

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The screenplay with a layered narration, well-etched characters and gripping performances, make "Zubaan" real and stand out. The adept manner in which the back stories are inextricably woven into the main narrative is praiseworthy.

'The Revenant': Brutally mesmerising

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The film is believable and of course, a lot of this realism comes from DiCaprio's convincing performance. He has put in an astonishingly physical and mental effort to portray Glass. He doesn't say a word for long periods of time and yet spellbinds you throughout some visceral and seriously gruelling ordeals.

'Neerja' - A glorious tribute to the braveheart

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Nothing in the film appears staged or artificial. It is truly a slice of Neerja's life.

'Fitoor': No 'great' expectations from this adaptation

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While every actor is enthusiastic about their individual part, they lack the passion and this shows in their performance, which is very poised and theatrical.

'Sanam Teri Kasam': Intense and emotional

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With a well-written screenplay and powerful performances by the debutant duo in Bollywood, the film tugs at your emotional chords and makes you empathise with Saru and her plight. Their love story is credible and their onscreen chemistry is strong and tangible.

'Ghayal Once Again': High-octane action, drama

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The film starts off on a tacky note trying to establish the setting of the story and the characters. As the tale progresses, the film finds its focus when four college students stumble upon a murder. And then, the narrative picks up momentum and gallantly strides into the action arena.

'Airlift': A salute to an unsung hero

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The film starts off on a sluggish note, with a fairly slow pace and minimal drama, but picks up post intermission and more than makes up for the dull first half with drama, action, emotion thrown in for good measure.

Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip' - Entertaining roadless trip

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It is an adventure story with the usual hyper-frantic, song and dance sequences that will appeal to its young audience.

'Rebellious Flower': A sincere biopic

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"Rebellious Flower" is a sincere biopic based on the life of the spiritual leader Osho Rajneesh.

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