The Age Of Awakening – An Excerpt

Indian leaders at the time of Independence had their tasks cut out. The nation that was marred by an ugly Partition, had to be prevented from coming apart at the seams. An economic policy had to be shaped for a widely impoverished population. The Age of Awakening tells India’s economic story since the country gained…

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Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan – An Excerpt

Bhagwan Ke Pakwaan (or, food of the gods), a cookbook-cum-travelogue explores the connection between food and faith through the communities of India. In this book authored by Devang Singh and Varud Gupta, you will find legends and lore, angsty perspectives, tangential anecdotes, a couple of life lessons and a whole lot of food. Here is a…

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Martyrdom

Gandhi lived one of the great 20th-century lives. He inspired and enraged, challenged and delighted millions of men and women around the world. He lived almost entirely in the shadow of the British Raj, which for much of his life seemed a permanent fact, but which he did more than anyone else to bring down.…

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For Abba with Love – from Shabana Azmi

Kaifi Azmi’s literary legacy remains a bright star in the firmament of Urdu poetry. His poetic temperament-ranging from timeless lyrics in films like Kagaz Ke Phool to soaring revolutionary verses that denounced tyranny-seamlessly combined the radical and the progressive with the lyrical and the romantic. Kaifiyat, a scintillating new translation of his poems and lyrics that reflect Kaifi’s views…

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Emergency Chronicles – an excerpt

As the world once again confronts an eruption of authoritarianism, Gyan Prakash’s Emergency Chronicles takes us back to the moment of India’s independence to offer a comprehensive historical account of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency of 1975-77. Stripping away the myth that this was a sudden event brought on solely by the Prime Minister’s desire to cling to power,…

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Leapfrogging To Pole-Vaulting – An Excerpt

The Cambridge Dictionary defines leapfrogging as ‘making improvements to your position by going past other people quickly or by missing out some stages’. By definition, pole-vaulting requires you to go over a bar. In innovation, such bars are set by one’s limited aspirations or by the perceived limitations of current technologies. The core idea of ‘pole-vaulting’…

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Praise to the River Ganga: an excerpt

The river Ganga enjoys a special place in the hearts of millions. In Ganga: The Many Pasts of a River, historian Sudipta Sen tells the fascinating story of the world’s third-largest river from prehistoric times to the present. Here is an excerpt from the first chapter titled The World of Pilgrims Of the many odes written to…

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The 108 Upanishads – An Excerpt

The Upanishads contain the most crystallized bits of wisdom gleaned from Hinduism.In The 108 Upanishads, Professor Dalal explains the concepts at the core of each Upanishad clearly and lucidly. Moreover, her vast, diverse philosophical and theological readings add priceless scholarly context, making this volume indispensable for students of religious studies. Here is an enlightening excerpt…

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