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Winning Like Saurav: Think & Succeed Like Ganguly | Book Review

Pradnya Joshi Nair | August 17, 2018

I have never been a fan of cricket. Why, then, would I pick this book, you may wonder. I like to read about people who have fought their way to the top; about people who have broken the mold, who…..

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Birthing Naturally by Dr. Mahima Bakshi

Pradnya Joshi Nair | June 4, 2018

Dr. Mahima Bakshi’s book, Birthing Naturally, is a guide to a stress-free pregnancy and natural childbirth. As a girl, the delivery scenes in movies filled me dread. As I watched the pregnant women on the screen wail in pain on…..

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Hell! No Saints in Paradise

Pradnya Joshi Nair | March 22, 2018

AK Asif’s makes his writing debut with a Fantasy novel that has elements of dystopia and dark humour. Set in the year 2050, Hell! No Saints in Paradise, is a story of Ismael Ibrahim, a PhD student from Pakistan, now settled…..

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Why I Am A Hindu

Pradnya Joshi Nair | March 6, 2018

Why I Am A Hindu by Shashi Tharoor is a beautiful book that describes the concept of Hinduism, explores how it’s followers practice it and what sets it apart from other religions. Shashi Tharoor has done a brilliant job of creating, what I would…..

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The Inheritors: Stories of Entrepreneurship and Success

Pradnya Joshi Nair | February 13, 2018

One look at the synopsis and you know you absolutely have to read the book. It promises all the scoop on some of the most successful family-owned businesses in India and does deliver to a large extent. Another reason for…..

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Murder on the Orient Express

Pradnya Joshi Nair | November 3, 2017

Not everyone likes to read. Most people of the people I’ve met aren’t avid readers or don’t read fiction in English language, in spite of which, most of them have told me that they have read Agatha Christie. And not…..

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The Judges of Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist

Pradnya Joshi Nair | September 16, 2017

The judges talk about the six books that made it to the Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist.   Get your hands on the shortlisted 2017 Man Booker Prize books here:

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Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist

Pradnya Joshi Nair | September 14, 2017

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist announced yesterday comprises two British, one British-Pakistani and three American writers.  The six authors who made it to this year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist are Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Mohsin Hamid, Fiona Mozley, George…..

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist

Pradnya Joshi Nair | August 15, 2017

Last month, The Man Booker Prize announced its longlist of 2017 award nominees of which some have made it to the list for the second time. Here are the thirteen nominees: 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) Days Without…..

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