Examining the Muslim Demographic through ‘Siyasi Muslims’ – Excerpt

How do we make sense of the Muslims of India? Do they form a political community? Does the imagined conflict between Islam and modernity affect the Muslims’ political behaviour in this country? Are Muslim religious institutions-mosques and madrasas-directly involved in politics? Do they instruct the community to vote strategically in all elections? What are ‘Muslim…

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Why and How do People Pray across the Earth?

(The Sun and the Moon will tell you) We all need a little time to re-affirm the healing, calming power of faith and to appreciate the plurality and flexibility of prayer, to appreciate prayers as a source of community rather than communalism. Children are usually already intuitively aware and accepting of spirituality and of individual…

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The Reluctant Billionaire – An Excerpt

Dilip Shanghvi is one of the most interesting and least understood business minds whose journey has been shrouded in mystery because of his reticence. The Reluctant Billionaire reveals the riveting story of the fiercely intense personality that lies beneath his calm demeanour. Based on interviews with over 150 friends, family members, rivals, former aides and…

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The Story Behind my New Book

by Tanaz Bhathena The Beauty of the Moment began as a short story, one that I didn’t think I would write, because I’m usually uncomfortable writing about anything that’s too close to my own life. The story, titled Last Days, First Days, was structured as a series of flashbacks and flash forwards, the flashbacks set…

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The Best of Ruskin Bond’s Years with his Daddy

At age eight, Ruskin goes to live with his father in Delhi. His time in the capital is filled with books, visits to the cinema, music and walks and conversations with his father—a dream life for a curious and wildly imaginative boy, which turns tragic all too soon.  This Father’s Day, we revisit the story…

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