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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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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‘Step Out of the Car!’: Excerpt from Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers is a veritable psychological and intellectual adventure, told through a mix of history and anecdotes, where author Malcolm Gladwell asks pertinent questions about how we make sense of interact with people we don’t know. Here’s a peek into one of the stories from the book. “Step out of the car!” Bland: I’m…

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Who was Shehnaz?

Shehnaz was a beautiful, erudite woman from the royal family of Bhopal. She was almost cast to play Anarkali in K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam! Her daughter Sophia Naz tells her story as she heard it from her. As a child, the author accompanied her mother every year to Mumbai, where she would try to find some…

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An Excerpt from ‘Shadow City’

When Taran N. Khan first arrived in Kabul in the spring of 2006-five years after the Taliban government was overthrown-she found a city both familiar and unknown. Shadow City is an account of Khan’s expeditions around the city of Kabul, a personal and meditative portrait of a city we know primarily in terms of conflict.…

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Dear Reader- A Letter From Jojo Moyes

Bestselling author Jojo Moyes’ new book The Giver of Stars is a mesmerising tale of female friendship, romance, and the wonder of books and reading, inspired by a remarkable true story. Here’s a special letter from the author in which she gives insight into the inspiration behind her novel:   Dear Reader,   Fifteen months ago I read an…

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An Exclusive Excerpt from Harinder Sikka’s Newest Book!

Bestselling author of Calling Sehmat, Harinder Sikka is back! His new book Vichhoda, narrates the experiences of another powerful woman, Bibi Amrit Kaur. Bibi’s life is torn apart in the 1947 riots. She’s now living in a different country with a different identity, a fate she eventually accepts gracefully. She gets married and has two children. Life,…

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