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From Hero to Anti-Hero: The Fictional Transformation of Vladimir Putin

By Vikas Datta In his initial stint in power, he was lauded for stabilising his country and restoring its great power status after the chaos and drift of the 1990s. Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin ended up facing criticism for the same reason...

27 Feb 2022

Traders, Pushers, Soldiers, Spies (BOOK review)

Sudeep Chakravarti Nearly a seventh of India’s landmass. Almost 50 million people. A pivot for India’s so-called Act-East policy, and a gateway to a future of immense possibilities from hydrocarbons to regional trade, the very harbinger of prospe...

11 Feb 2022

Forget ‘Shaken, Not Stirred’, This Is Hardcore

By Sukant Deepak In the last quarter of over 25 years experience in his line of work, he felt an acute need to unravel the enigma surrounding spy-craft. Considering the fact that their work has forever been ‘viewed’ in various ways —...

24 Oct 2021

‘Do You Think You Are Mother Teresa?’

My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future – Indra Nooyi   For a dozen years as one of the world’s most admired CEOs, Indra Nooyi, redefined what it means to be an exceptional leader. To the extent that when she once pitched a revolutiona...

03 Oct 2021

Reimagining the way in which you do business

On his podcast “Masters of Scale”, Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock, sits down with the leaders of the world’s most iconic companies, including Apple, Nike, Netflix, Spotify, Starbucks, Google, Instagram an...

05 Sep 2021

‘Oval Office Akin to a Star Wars Bar Scene During Trump’s Final Days’

“We won. Won in a landslide. This was a landslide,” Donald Trump had declared on January 6, triggering a violent attack by his supporters on the US Capitol in Washington seeking to overturn his defeat in the 2020 Presidential elections by...

22 Aug 2021

Agonising Journey Home In the Midst of a Pandemic

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS): As the nation marks the first anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic-induced nationwide lockdown, comes journalist-turned-filmmaker Vinod Kapri’s compelling book, “1232 km: The Long Journey Home” (HarperColl...

30 May 2021

Applying Sun Tzu’s Strategies to the Business World

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS): Based on author/broadcaster David Browns chart-topping “Business Wars” podcast re-imagined using Sun Tzu’s “The Art Of War” as a guide, “The Art Of Business Wars” features stories an...

23 May 2021

Fighting Covid the Alkaline Way, a Doctor Shows How

New Delhi, May 13 (IANS): In the midst of Covid-19, when the world is at a loss over how to tackle the pandemic unleashed by the coronavirus, with millions infected and hundreds of thousands dead and dying, an expert says keeping the body alkaline is...

16 May 2021

Identifying great opportunities and leveraging them when they arrive

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS): Are you waiting for that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change your life, change your business or change the world? How will you know when it comes? How will you be sure you’re ready? “Opportunity – S...

18 Apr 2021

Legendary Musician Dave Grohl’s Saga to Come Alive in ‘The Storyteller’

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS: Dave Grohl has been one of the most beloved and respected figures on the international music scene since his recorded debut with the alternative rock band Nirvana on 1991s generation-defining “Nevermind”. Gr...

11 Apr 2021

Of the Power of Books and the Bonds of Friendship

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS): The obsession with World War II continues — and from all indications, is not likely to die down anytime soon. Paris, 1939: Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all — Paul, her handsome police...

04 Apr 2021

Can a Cursed Inheritance be Turned Into a Blessing?

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS): Award-winning author and poet, Sutapa Basu brings to you a heady mix of mystery and the paranormal, a treasure hunt, and an amateur detective at work that will remind readers of the works of Satyajit Ray and Ruskin Bond. S...

07 Mar 2021

‘Restless As Mercury’ a Perfect Complement to Gandhi’s ‘The Story of My Experiments With Truth’

By Vishnu Makhijani ‘Original footage might be grainy and jerky but has a ring of truth because it is the ‘thing itself and not an image of it,’ Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes in the Preface of “Restless as Mercury – My Life As A Young Man...

21 Feb 2021

A True Story of Love Lost & Found in WWII

New Delhi, Feb. 12 (IANS): “Raj & Norah” is not only a thrilling account of love found, lost and reclaimed in the midst of World War II, it is also a story of two extraordinary individuals battling against their circumstances and what fate ha...

14 Feb 2021

Absorbing Tales from Nagaland

In her engrossing and insightful book “The Last Light of Glory Days: Stories from Nagaland” Avinuo Kire- Writer, Teacher, Poet and Storyteller- unspools absorbing tales of family, history, tradition and intergenerational trauma. Published by Spea...

10 Feb 2021

Journey Towards Healing and Reconciliation

A fictional novel based on Naga society by Konaei Shongdok As a literature student, I was taught that every conflict in literature, in its simplest form, is always a struggle between good and evil. I believe that Shongdok’s book also manifests diff...

05 Feb 2021

The Death Script’: A Haunting Account of the Maoist Insurgency

By Ashutosh Kumar Thakur Narrated in multiple voices, ‘The Death Script’ is a creative biography of ‘Dandakaranya’ that combines the rigour of journalism, the intimacy of a diary, the musings of a travelogue, and the craft of a novel. Through...

24 Jan 2021

Pathos of Ordinary Folks

Veio Pou’s debut novel Waiting for the Dust to Settle takes us through a myriad of exhilarating, heart-warming, and plaintive experiences of the young protagonist Rakovei who always wanted to join the army as a child. His fascination for people wit...

22 Nov 2020

‘Nervous, uninformed quality’: Barack Obama on Rahul Gandhi

New York, Nov 13 (IANS): Former US president Barack Obama’s new book ‘A Promised Land’ lands a sharp left hook on Rahul Gandhi’s “nervous, uninformed quality” while directing warm, not-so-political praise at Rahul&...

13 Nov 2020

Is India Missing the Wood For the Trees on China?

By Vishnu Makhijani A homily uttered over a century ago – “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” by American philosopher George Santayana seems to ring true even today in the face of a prolonged stand-off with China...

18 Oct 2020

ISI Afflicted by Same Bungling and Corruption as Rest of Pak — New book

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS): Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistans spy agency is afflicted by the same bungling and corruption as the rest of the Pakistani state, according to a new book. The book called, “The Nine Lives of Pakistan”, has been auth...

20 Sep 2020

Book: Kim Jong Un told Trump about killing his uncle

Washington, Sep 10 (AP): President Donald Trump’s comments about the threat from the novel coronavirus attracted widespread attention after excerpts from journalist Bob Woodward’s book Rage were released. The excerpts also provide new det...

10 Sep 2020

Of Dealing With Unconscious Bias

By Vishnu Makhijani We all have our conscious biases but how do we deal with our unconscious biases that could do us enormous harm without our realising it? Dr Pragya Agarwal, a behavioural and data scientist with a PhD from the University of Notting...

23 Aug 2020

A Treasured Legacy – Review of Naga Tales: Dawn

Author: Dr. Achingliu KameiPublisher: Pamei & Gaare PublishingYear of Publication: 2017 (First publication), 2019 (Paperback edition)Reviewer: Veio Pou, Asst. Professor, SBSC, University of Delhi. For an oral culture, storytelling is an integral ...

29 Mar 2020
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