Shantaram

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Gregory David Roberts
  • ISBN : 1429908270
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Number of Pages : 944
  • Readers : 5964

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured." So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power. Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

Accidentally on Purpose

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Jill Shalvis
  • ISBN : 0062448072
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Number of Pages : 384
  • Readers : 9028

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: (A standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel) There’s no such thing as a little in love . . . Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . . There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . . Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . . There is such a thing as . . . As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along . . .

Maharashtra B.Ed.-CET (2Years) Ebook-PDF

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  • Category : Study Aids
  • Author : Chandresh Agrawal,nandini books
  • ISBN : Not Available
  • Publisher : Chandresh Agrawal
  • Number of Pages : 690
  • Readers : 6444

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: SGN.The Ebook Maharashtra B.Ed.-CET (2Years) Covers All Sections Of The Exam.

Maharashtra B.A.-B.Sc.-B.Ed. Integrated CET Ebook-PDF

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  • Category : Study Aids
  • Author : Dr Chandresh Agrawal,nandini books
  • ISBN : Not Available
  • Publisher : Chandresh Agrawal
  • Number of Pages : 550
  • Readers : 4920

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: SGN. The Ebook-PDF Maharashtra B.A.-B.Sc.-B.Ed. Integrated CET Covers All Sections Of The Exam.

V. Shantaram

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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Author : Madhura Pandit Jasraj
  • ISBN : 9384544418
  • Publisher : Hay House, Inc
  • Number of Pages : 328
  • Readers : 4317

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: He immortalized movies on celluloid… An authentic, heartfelt, insightful and comprehensive account of one of India’s most respected and eminent filmmakers, who was an institution in himself… V. Shantaram (1901–90) stands out as a colossus in Indian cinema. As one of the pioneers in this field, he honed his skills not only as a producer and director but also as an actor, writer, cameraman, technician and editor. He effectively used the medium of cinema as a vehicle for creating awareness about numerous social problems (such as communalism, dowry and the cycle of debt and poverty) and tried to bring about a change in society. This riveting biography – penned by his daughter – brings alive the life and times of Shantaram and his contemporaries, while simultaneously throwing light on a bygone era of Indian cinema marked by struggles, uncertainties and difficulties but yet infused with hope, perseverance and determination. Among Shantaram’s prominent creations in Hindi are Ayodhya Ka Raja (1932), Sairandhari (1933; India’s first colour film), Amrit Manthan (1934), Duniya Na Maane (1937), Aadmi (1939), Padosi (1941), Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946), Dahej (1950), Janak Janak Pyal Baaje (1955), Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957), Navrang (1959), Sehra (1963), Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964) and Pinjra (1972)

T Regulatory Cells in Human Health and Diseases

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  • Category : Medical
  • Author : Song-Guo Zheng
  • ISBN : 9811564078
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Number of Pages : 302
  • Readers : 2215

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This book addresses one of the major challenges of immunology today that is being directed to the translation of the rapidly emerging volume of basic science contributions of immunology to clinical medicine. In so doing, the book systemically introduces and discusses concepts, classifications, phenotypic and functional descriptions of regulatory T (Treg) cells in health and disease. The authors of the 15 chapters were selected from among the most qualified experts in the field of Treg cell research who provide a comprehensive overview of Treg cells and their biology in the ensuing chapters. The beginning chapters provide a useful contemporary classification of Treg cell populations and then progress to chapters that explore basic mechanisms of Treg cell function and epigenetic control. In addition to descriptions of typical CD4+ Foxp3+ cells, other chapters provide detailed presentations of Treg subsets such as CD8+ Tregs and IL-10-producing Tr1 cells. The differences of various Treg subsets, as well as circulating and resident Treg cell populations, are next compared. Importantly, the next chapters provide the clinical correlation of Treg cells with autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases, metabolic diseases, cancer and organ transplantation and progress to chapters that highlight emerging innovative technology including nanoparticle-Treg cells and their translational values. In summary, the book will provide a valuable resource not only for graduate students and researchers in the fields of immunology, cell biology and translational medicine but also for all others interested in learning more about Treg cells and their application in human health and disease.

A Discovery of Witches

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Deborah Harkness
  • ISBN : 1101475692
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 592
  • Readers : 7767

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People). Look for the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches,” streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season 2 premieres January 9, 2021! Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

A Little Life

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Hanya Yanagihara
  • ISBN : 0385539266
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Number of Pages : 736
  • Readers : 6000

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A stunning “portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century. A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST • WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. Look for Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel, To Paradise, coming in January 2022.

Lost in the Valley of Death

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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Author : Harley Rustad
  • ISBN : 0735279470
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Number of Pages : 371
  • Readers : 1377

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: NATIONAL BESTSELLER In the vein of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, a riveting work of narrative nonfiction centering on the unsolved disappearance of an American backpacker in India—one of at least two dozen tourists who have met a similar fate in the remote and storied Parvati Valley. For centuries, India has enthralled Westerners looking for an exotic getaway, a brief immersion in yoga and meditation, or, in rare cases, a true pilgrimage to find spiritual revelation. Justin Alexander Shetler, an inveterate traveler trained in wilderness survival, was one such seeker. In his early thirties, Justin quit his job at a tech startup and set out on a global journey—across the United States by motorcycle, then down to South America, and on to the Philippines, Thailand, and Nepal—in search of authentic experiences and meaningful encounters while documenting his travels on Instagram. His enigmatic character and magnetic personality gained him a devoted following who lived vicariously through his adventures. But the ever-restless explorer was driven to seek out ever-greater extremes, and greater risks, in what had become a personal quest—his own hero’s journey. In 2016, he made his way to the Parvati Valley, a remote and rugged corner of the Indian Himalayas steeped in mystical tradition and shrouded in darkness and danger. There he spent weeks studying under the guidance of a sadhu, an Indian holy man, living and meditating in a cave. At the end of August, accompanied by the sadhu, he set off on a spiritual journey to a holy lake—one from which he would never return. Lost in the Valley of Death is about one man’s search to find himself, in a country where, for many Westerners, the path to spiritual enlightenment can prove fraught, even treacherous. But it is also a story about all of us and the ways, sometimes extreme, we seek fulfillment in life.

A House on Liberty Street

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Neil Turner
  • ISBN : 1777517923
  • Publisher : Neil Turner
  • Number of Pages : 382
  • Readers : 3200

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A father. A son. A murder. Meet Tony Valenti. His high-flying corporate law career just cratered. His society marriage blew up in a bitter divorce. He’s returned to the Chicago suburbs to lick his wounds and regroup in the haven of the Valenti family home. But time to heal isn’t in the cards. Tony’s elderly father inexplicably shoots a sheriff’s deputy on their front porch. Nobody knows why, and Papa isn’t talking. Then their house becomes an unlikely target for condemnation and expropriation by corrupt local officials and their cronies. With money and hope dwindling, Tony steps up to defend his father and take on city hall, and quickly finds himself in peril when he unearths sinister connections between the cases. The audacity of the plot against them fuels a gritty determination to get to the bottom of what really happened—regardless of the risks and ultimate cost to himself. To win, Tony must earn his father’s trust and outwit his wily opponents. A House on Liberty Street is the first book in the gripping Tony Valenti series. If you enjoy page-turning thrillers with compelling, complex characters battling to untangle twisted conspiracies, this series is for you. "Neil Turner unravels an ever-deepening drama that exposes the lengths one man will go to protect his family in A House on Liberty Street, a suspenseful and heartfelt thriller. The storytelling is casual but compelling, with memorable characters, intriguing dynamics, and an unpredictable case for readers to piece together. …there are also touching moments of paternal wisdom and honesty that shine… A House on Liberty Street is a neatly penned thriller that will keep readers guessing to the very end." —SPR REVIEWS “Turner hits the mark in a spellbinding, page-turning thriller featuring a worthy underdog hero and prose that tugs at the heartstrings.” IndieReader 4.5 Star Review “A neatly penned thriller that will keep readers guessing to the very end.” Self-Publishing Review “I stayed up until 3 a.m. last night - I had to finish the book.” Elena Carter, author of Follow the Hummingbird A good mystery to curl up with. “A House on Liberty Street” is the first book in a mystery/thriller series called “The Tony Valenti Thrillers." Our protagonist, Tony, has just hit rock bottom. He went from being on top of the world as a successful corporate attorney to a divorced man without a career. The icing on the cake is when he has to head back to his father's house to figure out why his dad seemed to have killed a cop at his home for no reason. As the haters pile up and the damage spreads like wildfire, Tony has to protect his father's legal interests. But how can you defend someone who isn't talking? And when he finally does learn the truth, is he ready for the consequences that come with it? It's a fast-paced, easy read that leaves the reader ready for the next Tony Valenti book." A. Cannady 5.0 out of 5 stars A good combination of a court room procedural and thriller "I couldn’t put it down. It’s a good combination of a court room procedural and thriller. While there is plenty of suspense in the legal wrangling, there is also plenty of action outside of the court room. As our protagonists fights city hall, he comes under physical threat from unknown sources. Characters are well developed and engaging. The plot is well paced and interesting. And the good news is that if you like it, there are other books in the series." Guy Wheatley 5.0 out of 5 stars Slow build but great story. "Easy reading. This mystery-thriller is not your typical murder whodunnit (though that does wrap into the story). We start knowing a cop has been murdered and knowing who shot him, which set up the drama very differently. The clue trail was similar to other mysteries but the story was less gritty film noir which I enjoyed. Especially not having any overtly sexualized female characters. Overall, a great read but it was a little slow in places as parts of the story and characters are built. It made for a rich detailed read but less action than I typically find in thrillers. Kat Denning 4.0 out of 5 stars How far will you go to save a loved one? "Tony Valenti, a successful lawyer until recently, returns home to regroup and is confronted with a unique situation. His father shoots the deputy and in taking on his father’s defense, Tony unearths corruption in the Sheriff’s department. Now trying to figure out how deep the corruption is, Tony must still fight for his father’s case. 1st book in a new series, I found the story to be gripping, compelling, and fast-paced once things started rolling. The plot was well defined, and the characters were very fleshed out, made it very realistic." J Armstrong 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Work! “A House on Liberty Street,” is book one in “The Tony Valenti Thrillers” series. This book is most certainly one for anyone who is a fan of mystery and thrillers. The plotline is absolutely well-written, there are literally no flaws in this story overall. The character development of those in the story is absolutely believable and incredibly well-written, which is something that is most certainly something that can be quite hard to do, yet author Neil Turner accomplishes it with a sense of ease. I can't wait for the next book in the series!" Amy K. 5.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good story "If you're in the mood for a fast-read, feel-good story, this is a great book for you. It may be a bit simplistic in places, but the characters are interesting and the author keeps the story moving along. The only knock I found was that maybe the characters were a bit too flawless. Despite that, it kept me reading until a very satisfying end. I'm sure I'll read the second in the series." Bill Zahren 4.0 out of 5 stars Great Trial Portrayal "The details of Tony's father's trial are well portrayed and the ending will blow your mind. This book and author are well worth your time to look into." JRL 5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! Can’t wait for the next book! "Tony Valenti is a down to earth guy and this book left me wanting more from this author! can’t wait for the next book!!" Mikell Hite 5.0 out of 5 stars 5.0 out of 5 stars "Very original story about a corporate lawyer who learns new skills defending his father. Well written and could not put it down. Look forward to reading his next book." by Tfani on 3 December, 2021 4.0 out of 5 stars "Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way it was written. Will read more by this author." by Rhonda from Australia on 15 December, 2021 Jessica rated it 5.0 out of 5 stars "1st book in a new series, I found the story to be gripping, compelling, and fast-paced once things started rolling. The plot was well defined, and the characters were very fleshed out, made it very realistic."

The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : Vicki Mackenzie
  • ISBN : 0834840715
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Number of Pages : 208
  • Readers : 8615

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A fascinating biography of Freda Bedi, an English woman who broke all the rules of gender, race, and religious background to become both a revolutionary in the fight for Indian independence and then a Buddhist icon. She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun—but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi (1911–1977) broke the rules of gender, race, and religion—in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, spiritual seeker, scholar, professor, journalist, author, social worker, wife, and mother of four children. She counted among her friends, colleagues, and teachers Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many others. She was a woman of spiritual focus and compassion who was also not without contradictions. Vicki Mackenzie gives a nuanced view of Bedi and of the forces that shaped and motivated this complex and compelling figure.

Finite and Infinite Games

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  • Category : Philosophy
  • Author : James Carse
  • ISBN : 1451657293
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 256
  • Readers : 8425

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: “There are at least two kinds of games,” states James Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. “One could be called finite; the other infinite.” Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning, but ensuring the continuation of play. The rules may change, the boundaries may change, even the participants may change—as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end. What are infinite games? How do they affect the ways we play our finite games? What are we doing when we play—finitely or infinitely? And how can infinite games affect the ways in which we live our lives? Carse explores these questions with stunning elegance, teasing out of his distinctions a universe of observation and insight, noting where and why and how we play, finitely and infinitely. He surveys our world—from the finite games of the playing field and playing board to the infinite games found in culture and religion—leaving all we think we know illuminated and transformed. Along the way, Carse finds new ways of understanding everything from how an actress portrays a role, to how we engage in sex, from the nature of evil, to the nature of science. Finite games, he shows, may offer wealth and status, power and glory. But infinite games offer something far more subtle and far grander. Carse has written a book rich in insight and aphorism. Already an international literary event, Finite and Infinite Games is certain to be argued about and celebrated for years to come. Reading it is the first step in learning to play the infinite game.

Maximum City

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : Suketu Mehta
  • ISBN : 0307574318
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Number of Pages : 560
  • Readers : 1075

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us an insider’s view of this stunning metropolis. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs, following the life of a bar dancer raised amid poverty and abuse, opening the door into the inner sanctums of Bollywood, and delving into the stories of the countless villagers who come in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks. As each individual story unfolds, Mehta also recounts his own efforts to make a home in Bombay after more than twenty years abroad. Candid, impassioned, funny, and heartrending, Maximum City is a revelation of an ancient and ever-changing world.

The Fountainhead

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Ayn Rand
  • ISBN : 0143194623
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Number of Pages : 704
  • Readers : 2947

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special afterword by Rand’s literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand’s own notes on the making of The Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero—and about those who try to destroy him.

The Color Purple

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Alice Walker
  • ISBN : 1453223975
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Number of Pages : 288
  • Readers : 8256

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon. A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband. In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all. The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers. This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. The Color Purple is the 1st book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy.

A Gentleman in Moscow

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Amor Towles
  • ISBN : 0399564047
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 512
  • Readers : 3234

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility, a beautifully transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Body Sensor Networks

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  • Category : Computers
  • Author : Guang-Zhong Yang
  • ISBN : 1447163745
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Number of Pages : 564
  • Readers : 5907

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The last decade has witnessed a rapid surge of interest in new sensing and monitoring devices for wellbeing and healthcare. One key development in this area is wireless, wearable and implantable in vivo monitoring and intervention. A myriad of platforms are now available from both academic institutions and commercial organisations. They permit the management of patients with both acute and chronic symptoms, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, treatment of epilepsy and other debilitating neurological disorders. Despite extensive developments in sensing technologies, there are significant research issues related to system integration, sensor miniaturisation, low-power sensor interface, wireless telemetry and signal processing. In the 2nd edition of this popular and authoritative reference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN), major topics related to the latest technological developments and potential clinical applications are discussed, with contents covering. Biosensor Design, Interfacing and Nanotechnology Wireless Communication and Network Topologies Communication Protocols and Standards Energy Harvesting and Power Delivery Ultra-low Power Bio-inspired Processing Multi-sensor Fusion and Context Aware Sensing Autonomic Sensing Wearable, Ingestible Sensor Integration and Exemplar Applications System Integration and Wireless Sensor Microsystems The book also provides a comprehensive review of the current wireless sensor development platforms and a step-by-step guide to developing your own BSN applications through the use of the BSN development kit.

Snakepit

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Moses Isegawa
  • ISBN : 0307427811
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Readers : 8820

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Praised on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in the author’s native Uganda, Moses Isegawa’s first novel Abyssinian Chronicles was a “big, transcendently ambitious book” (Boston Globe) that “blasts open the tidy borders of the conventional novel and redraws the literary map to reveal a whole new world” (Elle). In Snakepit, Isegawa returns to the surreal, brutalizing landscapes of his homeland during the time of dictator Idi Amin, when interlocking webs of emotional cruelty kept tyrants gratified and servants cooperative, a land where no one–not husbands or wives, parents or lovers–is ever safe from the implacable desires of men in power. Men like General Bazooka, who rues the day he hired Cambridge-educated Bat Katanga as his “Bureaucrat Two”–a man too good at his job–and places in his midst (and his bed) a seductive operative named Victoria, whose mission and motives are anything but simple. Ambitious and acquisitive, more than a little arrogant, Katanga finds himself steadily boxed in by events spiraling madly out of control, where deception, extortion, and murder are just so many cards to be played.

Essential Microbiology

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  • Category : Science
  • Author : Stuart Hogg
  • ISBN : 1118527267
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Number of Pages : 528
  • Readers : 9852

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Essential Microbiology 2nd Edition is a fully revisedcomprehensive introductory text aimed at students taking a firstcourse in the subject. It provides an ideal entry into theworld of microorganisms, considering all aspects of their biology(structure, metabolism, genetics), and illustrates the remarkablediversity of microbial life by devoting a chapter to each of themain taxonomic groupings. The second part of the book introducesthe reader to aspects of applied microbiology, exploring theinvolvement of microorganisms in areas as diverse as food and drinkproduction, genetic engineering, global recycling systems andinfectious disease. Essential Microbiology explains the key points of each topic butavoids overburdening the student with unnecessary detail. Now infull colour it makes extensive use of clear line diagrams toclarify sometimes difficult concepts or mechanisms. A companion website includes further material including MCQs, enabling the studentto assess their understanding of the main concepts that have beencovered. This edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect thedevelopments that have occurred in recent years and includes acompletely new section devoted to medical microbiology. Students of any life science degree course will find this a conciseand valuable introduction to microbiology.

Vedic Symbolism

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  • Category : Religion
  • Author : Sri Aurobindo,Aurobindo Ghose
  • ISBN : 9780941524308
  • Publisher : Lotus Press
  • Number of Pages : 122
  • Readers : 7410

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The value of the Rig Veda as a guidebook to spiritual practice has been obscured due to the heavy veil of symbols used by the Rishis to hide their meaning from the uninitiated. "Vedic Symbolism" introduces the major vedic concepts and reveals their esoteric sense.

Underground Sensing

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  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Author : Sibel Pamukcu,Liang Cheng
  • ISBN : 0128031549
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Number of Pages : 522
  • Readers : 9508

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Underground Sensing: Monitoring and Hazard Detection for Environment and Infrastructure brings the target audience the technical and practical knowledge of existing technologies of subsurface sensing and monitoring based on a classification of their functionality. In addition, the book introduces emerging technologies and applications of sensing for environmental and geo-hazards in subsurface – focusing on sensing platforms that can enable fully distributed global measurements. Finally, users will find a comprehensive exploration of the future of underground sensing that can meet demands for preemptive and sustainable response to underground hazards. New concepts and paradigms based on passively powered and/or on-demand activated, embeddable sensor platforms are presented to bridge the gap between real-time monitoring and global measurements. Presents a one-stop-shop reference for underground sensing and monitoring needs that saves valuable research time Provides application cases for all technologies that are covered and described in detail Includes full, four color images of equipment and applications Designed to cover a wide variety of underground sensors, from agriculture to geohazards

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • Category : Philosophy
  • Author : Robert M. Pirsig
  • ISBN : 0061907995
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 448
  • Readers : 7163

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: THE CLASSIC BOOK THAT HAS INSPIRED MILLIONS A penetrating examination of how we live and how to live better Few books transform a generation and then establish themselves as touchstones for the generations that follow. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one such book. This modern epic of a man’s search for meaning became an instant bestseller on publication in 1974, acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters. It continues to inspire millions. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions on how to live. The narrator's relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, this classic is a touching and transcendent book of life. This new edition contains an interview with Pirsig and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be.

Devil's Advocate

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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Author : Karan Thapar
  • ISBN : 9352779851
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 2434

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Sometime in the late summer of 1976, Sanjay Gandhi asked if I wanted to go flying with him... After first attempting to teach Karan Thapar to fly (not very successfully) Sanjay Gandhi took the controls and performed a series of aerobatics, not particularly dangerous but nonetheless thrilling. Once they were further away from Delhi, he became even more daring. Suddenly, he decided to scare the farmers working in the fields below by aiming the aircraft straight at them. As he dived down, they scattered and ran, fearing for their lives. At the last moment, Sanjay pulled up dramatically and waved at the bewildered farmers, clearly chuffed with the whole performance. The manoeuvre required nerves of steel and tremendous self-confidence, both of which Sanjay possessed in plenty.In Devil's Advocate, Karan dives deep into his life to come up with many such moments. Included here are stories of warm and lasting friendships, such as with Benazir Bhutto, whom he met while he was an undergraduate. He also talks about his long association with Aung San Suu Kyi and Rajiv Gandhi. However, not all friendships lasted--for example, with L.K. Advani, with whom he shared a close bond until an unfortunate disagreement over an interview caused a falling-out.The tension generated during an interview has spilled over off-screen multiple times, and Karan discusses these incidents in detail. For instance, when Amitabh Bachchan lost his cool during a post-interview lunch or when Kapil Dev cried like a baby. And there's the untold story of two of his most controversial interviews--with Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi. While Jayalalithaa laughed it off later, the after-effects of Modi's infamous walkout have grown worse with time. Riveting and fast-paced, Devil's Advocate is as no-holds-barred as any of Karan Thapar's interviews.

Nine Lives

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  • Category : Travel
  • Author : William Dalrymple
  • ISBN : 1408803410
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Readers : 7533

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Three brothers from a remote village in the Himalayas are driven by poverty to become monks. One becomes a famous masked dancer; the second an accomplished player of the Tibetan temple trumpet; and the third a great Buddhist scholar. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. A woman leaves her middle class family in Calcutta and her job in a jute factory, only to find unexpected love and fulfillment living as a tantric in a skull-filled hut in remote a cremation ground. A prison warder from Kerala becomes for two months of the year a temple dancer and is worshipped as an incarnate deity; then, at the end of February each year, he returns to prison. An idol maker, the thirty-fifth of a long line of sculptors going back to the legendary Chola bronze makers, regards creating Gods as one of the holiest callings in India, but has to reconcile himself to his son who only wants to study computer engineering. An illiterate goat herd from Rajasthan keeps alive an ancient 200,000-stanza sacred epic that he, virtually alone, still knows by heart. A devadasi - or temple prostitute - initially resists her own initiation into sex work, yet pushes both her daughters into a trade she regards as a sacred calling. Nine people, nine lives. Each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story.Exquisite and mesmerizing, and told with an almost biblical simplicity, William Dalrymple's first travel book in a decade explores how traditional forms of religious life in South Asia have been transformed in the vortex of the region's rapid change. Nine Lives is a distillation of twenty-five years of exploring India and writing about its religious traditions, taking you deep into worlds that you would never have imagined even existed.

The Sixth Extinction

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  • Category : Nature
  • Author : Elizabeth Kolbert
  • ISBN : 0805099794
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Number of Pages : 336
  • Readers : 1758

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

White Apples

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Jonathan Carroll
  • ISBN : 1429971681
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Readers : 2402

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Pushed and prodded by strange omens and stranger persons, he gradually learns that he was brought back by his one true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child-a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe. But to be brought up right, he must be educated in part by his father. Specifically, he must be taught what Vincent learned on the other side-if only Vincent can remember it. On a father's love and struggle may depend the future of everything that is. By turns quirky, romantic, awesome, and irresistible, White Apples is a tale of love, fatherhood, death, and life that will leave you seeing the world with new eyes. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Paris Apartment

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Lucy Foley
  • ISBN : 0063003074
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Number of Pages : 368
  • Readers : 6075

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley’s latest whodunnit." -- Parade "Exceedingly clever." -- Booklist From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide… Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there. The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question. The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge Everyone's a neighbor. Everyone's a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.

Shantaram. Volumul 1

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Gregory David Roberts
  • ISBN : 9737247981
  • Publisher : Elefant Online
  • Number of Pages : 321
  • Readers : 9491

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Într-un formidabil roman de inspirație autobiografică, Gregory David Roberts spune povestea australianului Lindsay, unul dintre cei mai vânați oameni ai planetei. Dependent de heroină și încarcerat pentru jaf armat, Lindsay evadează și se stabilește la Bombay, unde numele său va deveni Shantaram – adică „om al păcii“. Fără casă, familie sau identitate, Shantaram își face ucenicia în rândurile mafiei locale, o lume a cerșetorilor și gangsterilor, a prostituatelor și înțelepților, a luptătorilor și actorilor. Pe drumul care-l va duce la regăsirea de sine, două personaje îi vor influența în chip decisiv destinul: Abdel Khader Khan – don-ul mafiot, criminal-filosof-sfânt, și Karla – o femeie seducătoare și periculoasă.

Shantaram. Volumul 2

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Gregory David Roberts
  • ISBN : 9737248007
  • Publisher : Elefant Online
  • Number of Pages : 290
  • Readers : 6110

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Într-un formidabil roman de inspirație autobiografică, Gregory David Roberts spune povestea australianului Lindsay, unul dintre cei mai vânați oameni ai planetei. Dependent de heroină și încarcerat pentru jaf armat, Lindsay evadează și se stabilește la Bombay, unde numele său va deveni Shantaram – adică „om al păcii“. Fără casă, familie sau identitate, Shantaram își face ucenicia în rândurile mafiei locale, o lume a cerșetorilor și gangsterilor, a prostituatelor și înțelepților, a luptătorilor și actorilor. Pe drumul care-l va duce la regăsirea de sine, două personaje îi vor influența în chip decisiv destinul: Abdel Khader Khan – don-ul mafiot, criminal-filosof-sfânt, și Karla – o femeie seducătoare și periculoasă.

Tikli and Laxmi Bomb

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  • Category : Books
  • Author : Aditya Kripalani
  • ISBN : 9385221035
  • Publisher : Krimiga Books, Krimiga Content Development Pvt. Ltd.
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 3155

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Two sex workers, Putul (Tikli), 22 and Laxmi, 40, decide to form a co-operative of their own and create a system of sex workers which is run by and for the women themselves. An anit-patriarchy story that takes on patriarchy at its very root. "A Thelma and Louise-like vibe enters the narrative from the moment Tikli's first ill-advised outburst lands the pair into a spot of bother. Character development is the author's strong suite and it is obvious that he has carried Tikli and Laxmi inside his head for years. Laxmi, in particular, leaps off the pages, especially at the junctions like the first time she threatens a man with violence and all-important where the co-operative (or "our system", as Tikli and Laxmi call it) has its first physical confrontation with Mhatre's goons... ...Tikli and Laxmi Bomb is neither with fulfillment, feel-good literature nor a violence-fuelled revange story, although it flits briefly with the notion of being both. Thankfully, it sticks to what it is at heart: a gripping, no-hold-barred realist novel. ...it is rare to see genre fiction of this calibre coming out of India. ...Tikli and Laxmi Bomb, then, completes a formidible, intensively cinematic troika for Kripalani. Read to experience the agony and ecstasy of Mumbai." - The Sunday Guardian

Synthetic Biology

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  • Category : Medical
  • Author : Markus Schmidt,Alexander Kelle,Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra,Huib de Vriend
  • ISBN : 9789048126781
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Number of Pages : 186
  • Readers : 1516

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Synthetic biology is becoming one of the most dynamic new fields of biology, with the potential to revolutionize the way we do biotechnology today. By applying the toolbox of engineering disciplines to biology, a whole set of potential applications become possible ranging very widely across scientific and engineering disciplines. Some of the potential benefits of synthetic biology, such as the development of low-cost drugs or the production of chemicals and energy by engineered bacteria are enormous. There are, however, also potential and perceived risks due to deliberate or accidental damage. Also, ethical issues of synthetic biology just start being explored, with hardly any ethicists specifically focusing on the area of synthetic biology. This book will be the first of its kind focusing particularly on the safety, security and ethical concerns and other relevant societal aspects of this new emerging field. The foreseen impact of this book will be to stimulate a debate on these societal issues at an early stage. Past experiences, especially in the field of GM-crops and stem cells, have shown the importance of an early societal debate. The community and informed stakeholders recognize this need, but up to now discussions are fragmentary. This book will be the first comprehensive overview on relevant societal issues of synthetic biology, setting the scene for further important discussions within the scientific community and with civil society.

The Book of Joy

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  • Category : Self-Help
  • Author : Dalai Lama,Desmond Tutu,Douglas Carlton Abrams
  • ISBN : 0143198343
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 256
  • Readers : 3887

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: NATIONAL BESTSELLER Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity. The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet, despite having experienced great personal and national suffering. From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake, the first being their personal stories and teachings about joy. Both the Dalai Lama and Tutu have been tested by extraordinary adversity, oppression, and conflict. The second layer consists of the exciting research into joy as well as the other qualities essential for any enduring happiness, like gratitude, humility, humour, compassion, generosity, and forgiveness. And the third encompasses practical exercises and guidance based on the Dalai Lama's and Tutu's own daily practices, which anchor their emotional and spiritual lives. Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and even wise-cracking humour, how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of being.

Sacred Games

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Vikram Chandra
  • ISBN : 0061807265
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 992
  • Readers : 1345

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Now a Netflix original series “SACRED GAMES [is] as hard to put down as it is to pick up.” — New York Times Book Review “Bold, fresh and big…SACRED GAMES deserves praise for its ambitions but also for its terrific achievement" — Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air. Seven years in the making, Sacred Games is an epic of exceptional richness and power. Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh—and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But "the silky Sikh" is now past forty, his marriage is over and his career prospects are on the slide. When Sartaj gets an anonymous tip-off as to the secret hide-out of the legendary boss of G-Company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize. Vikram Chandra's keenly anticipated new novel is a magnificent story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side. Drawing inspiration from the classics of nineteenth-century fiction, mystery novels, Bollywood movies and Chandra's own life and research on the streets of Mumbai, Sacred Games evokes with devastating realism the way we live now but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.

Politics and the English Language

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  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Author : George Orwell
  • ISBN : 1913724271
  • Publisher : Renard Press Ltd
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 7647

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: George Orwell set out ‘to make political writing into an art’, and to a wide extent this aim shaped the future of English literature – his descriptions of authoritarian regimes helped to form a new vocabulary that is fundamental to understanding totalitarianism. While 1984 and Animal Farm are amongst the most popular classic novels in the English language, this new series of Orwell’s essays seeks to bring a wider selection of his writing on politics and literature to a new readership. In Politics and the English Language, the second in the Orwell’s Essays series, Orwell takes aim at the language used in politics, which, he says, ‘is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind’. In an age where the language used in politics is constantly under the microscope, Orwell’s Politics and the English Language is just as relevant today, and gives the reader a vital understanding of the tactics at play. 'A writer who can – and must – be rediscovered with every age.' — Irish Times

The Singles Game

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Lauren Weisberger
  • ISBN : 147677840X
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 352
  • Readers : 6393

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and When Life Gives You Lululemons comes a dishy tell-all about a beautiful tennis prodigy who, after changing coaches, suddenly makes headlines on and off the court. How far would you go to reach the top? When America’s sweetheart, Charlotte “Charlie” Silver, makes a pact with the devil, the infamously brutal coach Todd Feltner, Good Girl Charlie is banished. After all, no one ever wins big by playing nice. Charlie finds herself catapulted into a world of celebrity stylists, private parties, charity events on mega-yachts, and secret dates with Hollywood royalty. But in a world obsessed with good looks and hot shots, is Charlie willing to lose herself to win it all? A sexy and wickedly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high—and no one plays by the rules—“the book zooms along in the great tradition of summer reads” (The Washington Post).

A Modern Course on Statistical Distributions in Scientific Work

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  • Category : Mathematics
  • Author : Ganapati P. Patil,S. Kotz,J.K. Ord
  • ISBN : 9401018421
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Number of Pages : 424
  • Readers : 4934

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: These three volumes constitute the edited Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Statistical Distributions in Scientific Work held at the University of Calgary from July 29 to August 10, 1974. The general title of the volumes is "Statistical Distributions in Scientific Work". The individual volumes are: Volume 1 - Models and Structures; Volume 2 - Model Building and Model Selection; and Volume 3 - Characterizations and Applications. These correspond to the three advanced seminars of the Institute devoted to the respective subject areas. The planned activities of the Institute consisted of main lectures and expositions, seminar lectures and study group dis cussions, tutorials and individual study. The activities included meetings of editorial committees to discuss editorial matters for these proceedings which consist of contributions that have gone through the usual refereeing process. A special session was organized to consider the potential of introducing a course on statistical distributions in scientific modeling in the curriculum of statistics and quantitative studies. This session is reported in Volume 2. The overall perspective for the Institute is provided by the Institute Director, Professor G. P. Pati1, in his inaugural address which appears in Volume 1. The Linnik Memorial Inaugural Lecture given by Professor C. R. Rao for the Characterizations Seminar is included in Volume 3.

Bombay Novels

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  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Author : Mamta Mantri
  • ISBN : 152752552X
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Number of Pages : 388
  • Readers : 1894

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Mumbai? Bombay? How do we explain this city and ourselves within it? How do the city and the city dweller together allow for representations of urban life to arise in literature and the fine arts? This book is an understanding of Mumbai, both as an architectural and literary space, through the lens of spatial criticism and the technique of flânerie. As an icon of experiences, Mumbai is felt through the simultaneous acts of walking, observing, remembering and articulating. In analyzing four novels, namely Baumgartner’s Bombay, Ravan and Eddie, Shantaram and Baluta, the book claims that the characters and their authors offer an alternative vision of the city, as they also construct a transient place for themselves. This act of flânerie is an act of transgression as it turns the outside into the inside, changing public space into private space. As the characters serve to disrupt meaning, uncover hidden histories and expose power relations involved in the representation of place, they actualize many possibilities and meanings. Using the novel as a literary device, the authors have told stories, not only of the protagonist-flâneur, but also of people around them; sometimes in detail, sometimes in passing. In contesting, claiming and owning the lives, the stories, and the city, the humane aspect is never forgotten.

Dharavi

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky
  • ISBN : 1000084310
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Number of Pages : 414
  • Readers : 1700

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Located in the heart of Mumbai, Dharavi is estimated to be the largest slum in Asia. Often referred to as ‘Little India’, it has been home to thousands of migrants from across the country providing opportunities for work and livelihood. As such, Dharavi presents a fascinating paradox: the convergence of stereotypes associated with the slum — poverty and misery — and an effervescent economic vitality, impelled by globalisation and international capital flows. Bringing together 20 years of painstaking fieldwork, this book reveals the social, economic, political, and urban complexities that define Dharavi beneath the shadow of Mumbai, the financial capital of India. It provides a rare account of the slum’s history, with a special focus on the original populace of leather workers — who form the backbone of its urban informal economy — their work, organisation and increasing political awareness. Dominated by a population of ex-‘untouchables’, conventionally stigmatised by poverty and low status, Dharavi illustrates how traditional caste-based occupational and regional divisions continue to be strong and affect structures of political governance and economy. At the same time, it testifies to an intimate encounter with consumerism, liberalisation and technological innovations, and its resultant cultural globalisation under the heady influence of media, advertising and cinema transmitted by the city of Mumbai. This book traces the mega-slum’s gradual transformation as a thriving trade centre, through an informal economy’s successful adaptation to global markets, in turn establishing an urban paradigm. It will be useful to those in sociology, anthropology, urban studies, politics, public policy and governance, and to those interested in globalisation, transnational migration and town planning.

Unruly Cinema

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  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Author : Rini Bhattacharya Mehta
  • ISBN : 0252052005
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Number of Pages : 232
  • Readers : 5570

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Between 1931 and 2000, India's popular cinema steadily overcame Hollywood domination. Bollywood, the film industry centered in Mumbai, became nothing less than a global cultural juggernaut. But Bollywood is merely one part of the country's prolific, multilingual cinema. Unruly Cinema looks at the complex series of events that allowed the entire Indian film industry to defy attempts to control, reform, and refine it in the twentieth century and beyond. Rini Bhattacharya Mehta considers four aspects of Indian cinema's complicated history. She begins with the industry's surprising, market-driven triumph over imports from Hollywood and elsewhere in the 1930s. From there she explores how the nationalist social melodrama outwitted the government with its 1950s cinematic lyrical manifestoes. In the 1970s, an action cinema centered on the angry young male co-opted the voice of the oppressed. Finally, Mehta examines Indian film's discovery of the global neoliberal aesthetic that encouraged the emergence of Bollywood.

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  • Author : Sruthi. S,Dr. Shalini Jiwan Chahande,Shantaram Baban Bhoye,Prof. R. Anita,Dr. Shalini Chaturvedi,Dr. Satyendra Nath,Dr. Umesh D. Laddha,Bhagyashree M S,S.R.K. Rao
  • ISBN : 9393239592
  • Publisher : RED'SHINE Publication. Pvt. Ltd
  • Number of Pages : 313
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Read CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY SUBJECTS: VOLUME-1 book online. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY SUBJECTS: VOLUME-1 by Sruthi. S,Dr. Shalini Jiwan Chahande,Shantaram Baban Bhoye,Prof. R. Anita,Dr. Shalini Chaturvedi,Dr. Satyendra Nath,Dr. Umesh D. Laddha,Bhagyashree M S,S.R.K. Rao, the book is categorize as Antiques & Collectibles book. Read More »

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Read CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY SUBJECTS: VOLUME-1 book online. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY SUBJECTS: VOLUME-1 by Sruthi. S,Dr. Shalini Jiwan Chahande,Shantaram Baban Bhoye,Prof. R. Anita,Dr. Shalini Chaturvedi,Dr. Satyendra Nath,Dr. Umesh D. Laddha,Bhagyashree M S,S.R.K. Rao, the book is categorize as Antiques & Collectibles book.