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'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. 

Much has changed in 25 years of India's liberalisation

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The book honestly makes you go through the good and bad turn of events. It is not judgmental but candidly spells out how India has shaped out. It is not preachy, but still makes the reader ponder at various points whether "what's changed" has been towards growth. Especially, at a point, where it reminds you of the 2012 gang-rape of a physiotherapy intern.

The hazards of changing history

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Suppose we had the power to travel back in time and change history by preventing the death of a key figure, or perhaps, eliminating a troublemaker. But would time sweep on in the same way we anticipated or would it or some other mechanism that runs the universe foil our efforts to make the future (our present) better than the one we know?

'Keh Doon Tumhe.': Shashi Kapoor and his all-round film career

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In time when Bollywood is a no longer only an Indian phenomenon, but engaging with Hollywood on its own terms and becoming a vibrant part of global cinema, his is a story that needs to be told. 

How Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw broke the glass ceiling with Biocon

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The book chronicles Biocon's 37-year long journey like a story. It narrates how, over a period of time, Shaw became a brand ambassador: "Not just of a flegling industry but of innovation-led business in general. By interacting with the funding and regulatory agencies and the political system, she gave a face to the industry."

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