Is Money the Ultimate Measure of Happiness?

In a world driven by quantitative economic progress, the idea of measuring Gross National Happiness (GNH) was introduced by the King of Bhutan in the 1970’s. GNH takes into account a mix of quality-of-life factors to determine the happiness and well- being of a nation. A powerful countervailing force to the concept of GNH is…

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On Staring Out of the Window: Excerpt from ‘The School of Life’

For most of us, school is about facts and figures. It gets us to learn all about calculating probabilities and Shakespearean sonnets, but there’s not much we find out about coping with heartbreaks and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Ten years ago, writer and philosopher Alain de Botton found an organization called The School of Life, with…

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What Can We Learn from the Chinese Companies?

The Chinese invest hugely in understanding foreign cultures and markets while being confident in the knowledge that their competitors and would-be allies are unlikely to make sufficient effort to understand them. ‘Running with the Dragon’ by Saibal Dasgupta has nine case studies, which are inspiring stories of Indian and Chinese businesspersons engaged in remarkable work.…

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Taran N. Khan – An Indian Woman in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been under siege for decades and while ‘it is easy to forget that Kabul existed 3000 years ago’, Taran N. Khan renders a vivid account of her travel tales through Kabul in her latest book – Shadow City. Travel with her through Kabul: Taran’s first encounter in the land of Pashtuns reminds her…

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Phunchok Stobdan Answers Our Burning Questions

The Great Game in the Buddhist Himalayas by Phunchok Stobdan is an attempt to provide several unknown insights into the India-China, India-Tibet and China-Tibet relationships. The book tries to take into consideration the overriding power of the conflicting cultural interests that are linked to the geopolitical interests of both China and India. At the same time, the book…

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Beat Exam Blues with the Modi Mantra!

Exam Warriors by Narendra Modi is an inspiring book for the youth. Written in a fun and interactive style, with illustrations, activities and yoga exercises, this book will be a friend not only in acing exams but also in facing life. Non-preachy, practical and thought-provoking, Exam Warriors is a handy guide for students in India and across the…

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The Maoists and Nepal: Excerpt from ‘The Nepal Nexus’

The Maoist revolt, despite its ultimate failure, played a decisive role in the socio-political transformation of Nepal. In The Nepal Nexus, author Sudheer Sharma attempts to present a nuanced understanding of the poverty, oppression and unemployment that drove the revolt. He further assesses the relationship between the Maoists, the monarchy (Durbar), and the Indian establishment…

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