Dec 22

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

‘Walking with Nanak’ conscious attempt to humanise the saint: Author Haroon Khalid 

New Delhi: Its format is rather unique: part fiction, part history and part travelogue. Pakistani author Haroon Khalid says his third book, “Walking With Nanak”, is a “conscious attempt to humanise the saint” and could be the first work of its kind in the country. “I had already done two books which were pure travelogues.

Solving a messy life – with Audrey Hepburn’s advice 

Title: A Night in with Audrey Hepburn; Author: Lucy Holliday; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 400;        Price: Rs 499 She has been sacked from her miniscule onscreen part which is going to make her pushy mother furious, her alluring sister has hijacked the gorgeous actor who actually talked to her, and her scheming

Nazi past meets Cold War intrigue on the French Riviera

    Title: The Other Side of Silence – Bernie Gunther Thriller 11; Author:Philip Kerr; Publisher: Quercus/Hachette India; Pages: 400; Price: Rs 399 Surviving the Nazis, World War II at its most brutal, Soviet captivity, post-war deprivation, Latin American dictators, American gangsters, intelligence machinations and more, he had sought a quiet life, working as a

The sad finale to Ramayana 

  Title: Uttara: The Book of Answers; Author: (Translated by) Arshia Sattar; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 286; Price: Rs 499 The Uttara Kanda is the seventh and last book of Valmiki’s Ramayana. It chronicles events after Lord Rama’s exile and as the reinstated king of Ayodhya. As scholar Arshia Sattar says, it acts as an epilogue

Sachin Tendulkar thanks fans after winning Crossword Book Awards

New Delhi: Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar reached out to his fans after his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ won the Raymond Crossword Popular Award in the biography category. Speaking on the win, Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday said: “I cannot thank my fans enough for being part of my journey while I was playing, and during

Solving life’s mysteries with ancient and modern wisdom 

  Title: Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It; Author: Daniel Klein; Publisher: Oneworld Publications/Pan Macmillan; Pages: 220; Price: Rs 350 Upstaged by “TV talk show hosts, smartly dressed motivational speakers, and pop gurus who tend to favour flowing robes”, philosophers have themselves to blame. For they have abandoned their central

All my stories are genuine lies: Ruskin Bond

New Delhi: Ruskin Bond, whose stories have shaped many chidhoods, on Sunday said that storytelling is a “blend of factual fiction” and all his stories have been “genuine lies”. “All my stories are genuine lies. A story is often a blend of fiction and non-fiction. In order to tell an interesting story, you have to

Here’s how to remember lessons better during exam time

New York: Do you find it difficult to remember lessons despite reading them over and over again because of the stress that examinations put? If yes, this new study may provide you a solution. Researchers have found that learning by taking practice tests, a strategy known as retrieval practice, can protect memory against the negative

Write poetry to boost daily well-being

London:  Everyday creative activities like writing poetry or making new recipes can boost well-being as well as creativity in young adults, new research has found. “Engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in well-being the next day, and this increased wellbeing is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day,” said lead researcher Tamlin

A remarkable Indian renaissance man in riddles

Title: Amir Khusrau – The Man in Riddles; Author: Ankit Chadha; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 96; Price: Rs 299 He was a man of many parts — warrior and counsellor to sultans, prime disciple of an eminent Sufi saint, poet, historian, a man credited for two popular musical forms, two styles of classical