From Leeches to Slug Glue, Modern Medicine Has Come a Long Way.

Did you know that the world’s first eye surgeon, who lived 2500 years ago, came from India? Or that the standard textbook on medicine-for 600 years!-was written by a self-taught physician from Persia? Or that it was a seventeenth-century cloth merchant from Europe who discovered microorganisms? Discover dozens of ‘No way!’ nuggets like these in…

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The Two Warring Brothers- An Excerpt

One, an abrasive, fire-breathing demagogue, was seen as his uncle’s political heir whose behavioural traits he cultivated. The other, an introvert, is at his best when plotting strategies on the drawing board rather than the rough-and-tumble of street-corner politics that his party is known for in India’s financial capital. Dhaval Kulkarni’s The Cousins Thackeray evaluates…

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4 Humorous Instances That Make ‘Quichotte’ a Must-Read!

In the sumptuously imaginative Quichotte, Salman Rushdie’s uniquely textured characters wade through a tumultuous period in America even as they deal with their own dilemmas. Staggering underneath the weight of a ruptured sense of self, struggling writer Sam DuChamp transfers the burden onto his alter ego, Quichotte. Marvelling at the changing world order, Quichotte, wonders,…

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An Untold Account from ‘India’s Most Fearless 2’

The men who hunted terrorists in a magical Kashmir forest…a pair of young Navy men who gave their all to save their entire submarine crew…the Air Force commando who wouldn’t sleep until he had avenged his buddies…and many more. In this sequel to India’s Most Fearless, authors Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh offer the reader a poignant…

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An Excerpt from ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Japan’

After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how his adopted home is both hauntingly familiar and the strangest place on earth. He draws on readings, reflections and conversations with Japanese friends to illuminate an unknown place for newcomers, and to give longtime residents a look…

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An Excerpt from ‘Kargil: Untold Stories From the War’

Why does a group of stranded paratroopers call for Bofors’ fire upon its own position?  Why is an old man in Palampur fighting for justice for his dead soldier son?  Interviewing war survivors and martyrs’ families, Rachna Bisht Rawat tells stories of extraordinary human courage, of not just men in uniform but also those who…

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An Excerpt from ‘This Land Is Our Land’

There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Read an excerpt from the book below: — One day in the 1980s, my maternal grandfather was sitting in a…

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An Excerpt from ‘The First Aryan’

A series of murders have taken place in Parsupur, the capital city of Parsuvarta. Kasyapa and Agastya, two students training to become priests, are asked by their guru to investigate the deaths. It is an age when Vedic gods are worshiped, religious sacrifices are performed regularly, commerce flourishes and kings are guided by their loyal…

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An Excerpt from ‘Unstoppable’

How do you go from being a shopkeeper to multi-billionaire in forty years? Kuldip Singh Dhingra, the patriarch of the Dhingra family and the man credited with building Berger Paints, has remained a mystery. He is low-profile, eschews media and continues to operate from a small office in Delhi. In this candid and captivating biography…

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