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.

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.

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Books

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.

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.

Movies

'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.

'Chhota Bheem...': An exciting escapade for its young audience

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For those uninitiated into the series, Chhota Bheem and his friends Chutki, Raju, Kalia along with Dholu, Bholu and Jaggu the monkey live in a fictional town of Dholakpur ruled by King Indravarma.

'Hate Story 3': Erotic revenge drama encore

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This apart, there are lots of erotic sex and a couple of lacklustre songs in Mika's voice, thrown in for good measure.

'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' - This Prem backfires

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"Prem Ratan Dhan Payo", Sooraj Barjatya's latest offering, with a promise that "Prem is back", disappoints die-hard romantics. Prem aka Salman Khan may be back in a Rajshri production, but certainly, love isn't.

'Katti Batti' - Convoluted, cliched and confusing

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The script has a convoluted screenplay riddled with forced humour and glaring plot holes which include underdeveloped characterisations.

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