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Book review: Thich Nhat Hanh's Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet feels less like a sermon, more like a piece of his heart
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Book review: Thich Nhat Hanh's Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet feels less like a sermon, more like a piece of his heart

The book presents glimpses of how painful it was for Thich Nhat Hanh to be away from Vietnam. In doing so, it humanises a spiritual figure who might otherwise seem far removed from the concerns of ordinary folks caught up in the drama of life and its unceasing ups and downs.

Book review — Suman Ghosh's Soumitra Chatterjee: A Film-maker Remembers is a thirst-quencher for incurable cinephilia
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Book review — Suman Ghosh's Soumitra Chatterjee: A Film-maker Remembers is a thirst-quencher for incurable cinephilia

In most Suman Ghosh films, Soumitra Chatterjee played characters who had no option but to stare at their own mortality and memory. It makes sense then that Ghosh has written a book on Chatterjee that is eventually an excavation of memory.

From Panipat to the Podium: Arjun Singh Kadian's Neeraj Chopra biography documents the athlete's astronomical rise
Sports

From Panipat to the Podium: Arjun Singh Kadian's Neeraj Chopra biography documents the athlete's astronomical rise

Written by a policy professional from Haryana, the book seeks to understand Neeraj Chopra’s journey in the wider context of what Haryanvis have accomplished in sports.

Book review | In his memoir The Ambuja Story, entrepreneur Narotam Sekhsaria throws light on origin story of the company
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Book review | In his memoir The Ambuja Story, entrepreneur Narotam Sekhsaria throws light on origin story of the company

Young entrepreneurs, who are not acquainted with the economic landscape in India before liberalisation in 1991, will find The Ambuja Story quite educational.

Book review | Remo Fernandes bares it all, from confessions on adultery to being blamed for death of fellow band members
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Book review | Remo Fernandes bares it all, from confessions on adultery to being blamed for death of fellow band members

There are some things Remo Fernandes is embarrassed about but he wants to acknowledge in his memoir they did happen. The sexual repression that resulted from his Catholic upbringing is a big theme in this book.

Book review | With Unbound, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke explains why she felt the need to reclaim the movement
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Book review | With Unbound, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke explains why she felt the need to reclaim the movement

"If these white women start using this hashtag, and it gets popular, they will never believe that a Black woman in her 40s from the Bronx has been building a movement for the same purposes, using those exact words, for years now."

Book Review | 'Shuttler’s Flick: Making Every Match Count' offers peek into mind of Pullela Gopichand
Sports

Book Review | 'Shuttler’s Flick: Making Every Match Count' offers peek into mind of Pullela Gopichand

The book would appeal to various kinds of people – those who enjoy reading about sports, those who like books on leadership, those who are curious about the lives of famous personalities, and those who thrive on self-help.

An Actor's Actor book review: Sanjeev Kumar's authorised biography is a peek into both his stardom and craft
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An Actor's Actor book review: Sanjeev Kumar's authorised biography is a peek into both his stardom and craft

All 22 chapters of this book are bursting with anecdotes from Sanjeev Kumar's professional life. However, there is a chapter on his landmark films that also discusses his most fruitful collaboration with filmmaker Gulzar.

Rijula Das' debut novel A Death in Shonagachhi is a peek into South Asia's largest red-light district under the garb of romance-mystery
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Rijula Das' debut novel A Death in Shonagachhi is a peek into South Asia's largest red-light district under the garb of romance-mystery

There is a crime, and there are clues, but the writing is not geared towards leading you to the culprit; there is a lot more going on in this novel

Book Review | 'Believe: What Life and Cricket Taught Me' offers glimpse into Suresh Raina's life
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Book Review | 'Believe: What Life and Cricket Taught Me' offers glimpse into Suresh Raina's life

The book’s title comes from a tattoo on Raina’s arm, which says, “BELIEVE”. It was inked to remember Tendulkar’s advice to him.

Divya Dutta on her new book The Stars in My Sky and writing about people who matter
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Divya Dutta on her new book The Stars in My Sky and writing about people who matter

In this exclusive interview, actor Divya Dutta talks about her new book, her roles that are the closest to her heart, how she has managed to choose diverse characters, and why she doesn’t regret not becoming a mainstream heroine.

Book Review | Retaining Balance: The Eternal Way shows economic policies need a human touch in India
India

Book Review | Retaining Balance: The Eternal Way shows economic policies need a human touch in India

Indian Constitution makers quoted constitutions from all over the world, but hardly introduced any elements of our own ancient Bharatiya wisdom.

Book Review | The Hindutva paradigm stands on its own, doesn’t need Western parameter and prism
India

Book Review | The Hindutva paradigm stands on its own, doesn’t need Western parameter and prism

Ram Madhav should write another book on Hindutva, and not look at the issue from the prism of Western philosophical doctrines.

Book review: Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh is an account more of SRK's (female) fans than the star himself
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Book review: Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh is an account more of SRK's (female) fans than the star himself

Shrayana Bhattacharya pieces together a story of what made Indian women love SRK, and what that love can tell us about the women themselves.

Actually... I Met Them book review: In new memoir, Gulzar doesn't hold back his awe and fondness for those who've shaped him
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Actually... I Met Them book review: In new memoir, Gulzar doesn't hold back his awe and fondness for those who've shaped him

Gulzar looks back at his encounters with the likes of Bimal Roy, Sharmila Tagore, Kishore Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Sanjeev Kumar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Basu Bhattacharya, Ritwik Ghatak, and Suchitra Sen with a lack of artifice that feels refreshing at a time when people speak in measured tones, concealing how they truly feel.

Book review: Alka Pande's Pha(bu)llus is a keen and insightful examination around cultural history of phallic imagery
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Book review: Alka Pande's Pha(bu)llus is a keen and insightful examination around cultural history of phallic imagery

Having a sense of humour might come in handy if you plan to lay your hands on this book. It will introduce you to practices and rituals that might seem outlandish to you but happen to be significant in other cultures. Judging them will ruin your enjoyment of the book.

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: A peek into lesser known facets in the glorious life of Aligarh Muslim University founder
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Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: A peek into lesser known facets in the glorious life of Aligarh Muslim University founder

Eminent scholar and critic Shafey Kidwai's painstakingly researched and illuminating new book, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Reason, Religion and Nation, breaks new ground in the studies around Sir Syed’s life and work, as well as his contributions to the making of modern India.

Book review: Amitav Ghosh's The Nutmeg's Curse lacks rigorous thought
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Book review: Amitav Ghosh's The Nutmeg's Curse lacks rigorous thought

Most of the information Ghosh conveys is generally available to the educated public and his contribution is primarily its assembly.

Book review: Attention Factory tells the story of TikTok and the mysterious art of converting attention into dollars
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Book review: Attention Factory tells the story of TikTok and the mysterious art of converting attention into dollars

Attention Factory manages to tell a story, humanise the company behind TikTok, dispel myths, and decode the power of short videos that changed the world in 2020

Book Review: Diversity Beyond Tokenism makes readers think about tough questions
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Book Review: Diversity Beyond Tokenism makes readers think about tough questions

This book may not be the last word on diversity but it is a good place to start for those who are grappling with some of these questions.