Bridge of Clay – an excerpt

Here is a story told inside out and back to front: The five Dunbar brothers are living – fighting, dreaming, loving – in the perfect squalor of a house without grownups. Today, the father who walked out on them long ago is about to walk right back in. But why has he returned, and who…

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What Is Religion, and How Do Economists Think about It? – an Excerpt

Religion has not been a popular target for economic analysis. Yet the tools of economics can offer deep insights into how religious groups compete, deliver social services, and reach out to potential converts-how, in daily life, religions nurture and deploy market power. Here is an excerpt from Sriya Iyer’s book, The Economics of Religion in India. It…

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A Game Changer’s Memoir – an Excerpt

Highly admired for his outstanding credentials as the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) Chairman, G.N. Bajpai was hastily appointed as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) during one of its most turbulent times between 2002 and 2005. A focused regulator, he revamped the entire organization and introduced reforms and…

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Men of Steel, Heart of Gold – an Excerpt from ‘The Tata Saga’

The Tata Saga is a collection of handpicked stories published on India’s most iconic business group. The anthology features snippets from the lives of various business leaders of the company: Ratan Tata, J.R.D. Tata, Jamsetji Tata, Xerxes Desai, Sumant Moolgaokar, F.C. Kohli, among others. There are tales of outstanding successes, crushing failures and extraordinary challenges that…

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Vanara – an Excerpt

Baali and Sugreeva of the Vana Nara tribe were orphan brothers who were born in abject poverty and grew up as slaves like most of their fellow tribesmen. But Baali was determined not to die a slave. Aided by his beloved brother, Sugreeva, Baali built a country for his people. For a brief period in…

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Meet Anita from Fatima Bhutto’s ‘The Runaways’

Anita Rose lives in a concrete block in one of Karachi’s biggest slums, languishing in poverty with her mother and older brother. Determined to escape her stifling circumstances, she struggles to educate herself, scribbling down English words-gleaned from watching TV or taught by her elderly neighbour-in her most prized possession: a glossy red notebook. All…

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Meet Monty from Fatima Bhutto’s ‘The Runaways’

On one side of Karachi lives Monty, whose father owns half the city. But Monty wants more than fast cars and easy girls. When the rebellious Layla joins his school, he knows his life will never be the same again… Here is an excerpt from Fatima Bhutto’s The Runaways that will introduce you to Monty! During the…

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Meet Sunny from Fatima Bhutto’s ‘The Runaways’

Far away in Portsmouth, Sunny fits in nowhere. It is only when he meets his charismatic, suntanned cousin Oz-whose smile makes Sunny feel found-that that he realizes his true purpose. Here is an excerpt from Fatima Bhutto’s The Runaways that will introduce you to Monty! Cricket had been the early love of Sunny’s life. It was a…

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The Last Watchman of Old Cairo – an Excerpt

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a moving page-turner of a novel from acclaimed storyteller Michael David Lukas. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces—potent magic, forbidden love—that boldly attempt to bridge that divide. Here is an excerpt! One Sunday toward the end of fifth…

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