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Of futile invasions

Eastern clash The British army camps at Urghundee, Afghanistan, during the first Anglo-Afghan war.  Photo source: Photos.com/Jupiterimages

Historical upheavals and failings of the first Anglo-Afghan war are recounted in an absorbing, easy-to-grasp narrative...

Book Rack..

Book Rack- The Green of Bengal and other stories

This short story collection is peopled with characters we recognise - a neighbour, an uncle, a niece - bringing alive the...

Mystery in history

The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry

Start with an all-American myth such as 'Abraham Lincoln got rid of slavery'. Stir in a sachet of American history, the Civil War...

Stars in the eyes...

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella,

What's more important - a believable plot with an iffy narration, or a ridiculous tale well told? If you're in it only for the ride......

No room for frenzy

Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series has its highs and lows, but the latest installment is perched on a hilltop.

Outstay welcome

THE PAYING GUESTS Sarah Waters Hachette 2014, pp 565

Sarah Waters is known for her period dramas and especially for those set in London. In her latest book, The Paying Guests, she paints a...

In between slashes

IQBAL: THE LIFE OF A POET, PHILOSOPHER AND POLITICIAN Zafar Anjum Random House 2014, pp 274

A misnomer persists amongst the academics that after Allama Mohammed Iqbal was nominated the "the national poet of Pakistan", he was relegated to pages of...

Not bowled over

Sachin Tendulkar seldom disappointed in his avatar as batsman nonpareil, as cricketer supreme. But you can't quite say the same of his first major venture post retirement, writes Madhu Jawali

Sachin Tendulkar seldom disappointed in his avatar as batsman nonpareil, as cricketer supreme. But you can't quite say the same of his first major...

Assange's search

Who will define the new digital age remains a contentious topic of discussion. Will it be the transnational corporations, governments or a network of whistleblowers......

Book rack

The author give you month-by-month predictions for every zodiac sign. It answers your questions regarding uncertainties in destiny, love, health, wealth, career and spirituality in...

Hard-hitting tales

How can a writer be in the front in her field for half a century, without taking a single step backwards? The secret of Margaret...

The exit strategy

In 'Being Mortal...' Gawande  (heading for 50) has turned his  attention to mortality, otherwise known as the one big thing in  medicine that cannot be fixed.

This book is an acknowledgment that serenity and well-being cannot actually be dished up cafeteria-style, Abigail Zuger writes

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