Jan 09

An Indus Valley city’s end and its shadow on the present

Title: The Curse of Mohenjodaro; Author: Maha Khan Phillips; Publisher: Pan Macmillan India; Pages: 448; Price: Rs 399 Certain patterns of behaviour crop up regularly in the course of human history. Attempts to channel supposed power over the unseen, or even religion, to secure unquestioned authority, enrich oneself and yet crave more influence — behaviour

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World Book Fair kicks off in the capital

  New Delhi:  Focussed on writings on and by women, the nine day-long New Delhi World Book Fair kicked off here at the Pragati Maidan today amid an impressive ambience, decked with hoardings and posters of women scholars and writers. Minister of State for Human Resources Development Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurated the fair after which

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The recipe for looking good? Eat well

Title: Gorgeous – Eat Well, Look Great; Author: Shvetha Jaishankar; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 175; Price: Rs 799 If you happen to think that all top models have gone through their phase of anorexia and bulimia, here’s something to break the myth — they eat well, and, well, still look great and gorgeous. Former beauty queen

‘Standing on an Apple Box’: Family beyond reel life, sans controversy

Book: Standing on an Apple Box; Author: Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 171; Price: Rs 399 For every daughter, the father is a super hero, her first love, greatest admirer, biggest supporter. The bond they share is special. But how does it feel to have one of the real superstars as a father? How

Punjabi Poet Chaman Hargobindpuri passes away

Jalandhar: A famous Punjabi poet Charan Singh alias Chaman Hargobindpuri passed away at the age of 82, on Friday at Jalandhar. According to the information, Hargobindpuri was suffering from prolonged illness and died in the middle of the treatment at a private hospital in Jalandhar. The cremation to be held on 2.30 pm at his

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A quest for wisdom across the ages and around the world 

Title: Wisdom – A World History; Author: Trevor Curnow; Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Pages: 240; Price: Rs399 Wisdom is elusive and doesn’t even have one accepted definition, but it still has been ceaseless pursuit of humans, who have been long enamoured of it, naming specific deities (especially goddesses) or even legendary forebears as its patrons, searching

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An unseen but admirable aspect of Genghis Khan 

  Title: Genghis Khan And the Quest for God; Author: Jack Weatherford; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House ; Pages: 429; Price: Rs 699 He has a prominent place in the annals of history, but as a restless, relentless warrior who shook up the world of his time, invaded territories across what are now 40 modern nations,

A ‘spirited’ history of the British empire and its ‘high’ legacy

Title: Empire of Booze; Author: Henry Jeffreys; Publisher: Unbound Publishers; Pages: 303; Price: Rs 699 This is one legacy for which avid party animals with thirsty throats will always thank the British Empire, which is otherwise not very popular currently. Besides English and cricket, one more abiding — and cheering — legacy is preserving (with

Sukhbir releases PSPCL coffee table book
Sukhbir releases PSPCL coffee table book

Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday released a Coffee Table Book on the glorious historical perspective and achievements of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board) since 1959. Speaking on the occasion Badal disclosed that Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) had brought out first ever document in

A trio of unlikely arms suppliers in the US’ Afghan and Iraq wars 

Title: War Dogs; Author: Guy Lawson; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 304; Price: Rs 499 The premise — a trio of Miami youth, barely in their 20s and habitual drug-users, turn top US arms suppliers, even landing a $300 million contract in 2007 to supply the new Afghan army ammunition, until jealous competitors, crusading journalists and vengeful

Zebras, giraffes, impalas and other evolutionary conundrums

Title: How the Zebra Got its Stripes And Other Darwinian Just So Stories Author: Leo Grasset (translated by Barbara Mellor); Publisher: Profile Books/Hachette India; Pages: 162; Price: Rs 499 It was birthplace of the human race but that is not the only contribution of Africa to life on our planet. On its sprawling savannah can

Book on cancer by Indian-American scientist launched

Singapore:An Indian-American scientist has published an international award-winning book about his study on a cancer-causing gene. Arnab De’s book “Ubiquitin Chains – Degradation and Beyond”, explores protein degradation and focuses on a gene, A20, whose deregulation might cause cancer. He had studied on this subject as part of his doctorate work at Columbia University.”Ubiquitin chains

Newton’s book auctioned for record USD 3.7 million

New York:  A bound copy of Sir Isaac Newton’s seminal work describing his famed three laws of motion has sold for a whopping USD 3.7 million, making it the most expensive printed scientific book ever sold at an auction. The ‘Principia Mathematica’ book written in 1687 was described by theoretical physicist Albert Einstein as “perhaps

The schizophrenic, suspicious world of spying – and its costs

Title: The English Teacher; Author: Yiftach Reicher Atir (translated by Philip Simpson); Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 272; Price: Rs 399 For any spy agency, even more worrisome than the possibility of its agents abroad being unmasked and inviting some sort of reprisal from the targeted country, is the prospect of its spies (or even ex-spies for

Of loot, massacres and exploitation: The legacy of the Raj 

Title: An Era of Darkness; Author: Shashi Tharoor; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 333; Price: Rs 699 For those of us in India and elsewhere, whose perspectives of the Raj have been shaped by the British version — that the metaphorical political unity, democracy and law-bound society as well as modernity and technological advancement were a direct

A catalogue of unlikely, unexpected museums around the world 

Title: The World’s 100 Weirdest Museums; Author: Geoff Tibballs; Publisher: Robinson/Hachette India;  Pages: 256; Price: Rs 599 If you have a penchant for collecting something strange, say car horns, chocolate wrappers, or college yearbooks, of which your family or friends can never see the point, go on. If you amass a sizeable collection, your display

A catalogue of unlikely, unexpected museums around the world

Title: The World’s 100 Weirdest Museums; Author: Geoff Tibballs; Publisher: Robinson/Hachette India; Pages: 256; Price: Rs 599 If you have a penchant for collecting something strange, say car horns, chocolate wrappers, or college yearbooks, of which your family or friends can never see the point, go on. If you amass a sizeable collection, your display

Love in different age

  Title: Second Encounter; Author: Ramapada Chowdhary (Translated from the Bengali novella ‘Je Jekhane Danriye’ by Swapana Dutta); Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 118; Price: Rs 295 It is true, as the saying goes, that love knows no boundaries — surviving across borders, time and space. In other words, the desire can neither be restricted to

Where from here? The curious case of Free Tibet Movement

Title: Saviours and Fools; Author:James Rinaldi; Publisher: Pentagon Press; Pages: 251; Price: Rs 895 Astounding as it may sound, but the arguments put forth by the current Director of Himalayan Aid in a recent book bluntly show that the United States as well as the Western world has lost track of what it set out

Understanding Ukraine through its complex history and demography

Title: In Wartime – Stories from Ukraine; Author: Tim Judah; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 259; Price: Rs 599 Truth is the first casualty of war, goes the old saying, and this holds most true in civil wars where the arguments over legitimacy of a government, the course and meaning of history (which rarely remains