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Maharishi and Me

Maharishi and Me

By Susan Shumsky

Click here to buy Maharishi and Me From ‘The Beatles Invade India’: Paul McCartney told Donovan that in India the Beatles hoped to get answers for per¬sonal and world peace. However, their towering expectations included the secret of life, astral magic, supernormal powers, and global peace—all in one month. George Harrison said, “I [...]

The Book of Love

The Book of Love

By Ekarat

Click here to buy The Book of Love From ‘The Date’ Love, you ask? Humbug, humbug. Who needs love when you’ve got everything else? It’s Friday night. Half past twelve. It’s not party night. My doorbell rings. I am asleep, at peace, after having written a bit and drunk a bit. The doorbell rings again. Then the [...]

Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines

Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines

By Minnie Vaid

Click here to buy Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines From the feasibility study’s institution in August 2010 to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s announcement of the Mars mission on 15 August 2012 and the actual preparations, the MOM journey took 15–18 months. A team of 500 scientists from ten ISRO [...]

On Leaders and Icons

On Leaders and Icons

By Kuldip Nayar

Click here to buy On Leaders and Icons Mohammad Ali Jinnah I was in my second year of law college in Lahore when Mohammad Ali Jinnah came to address the students. Habib, my Kashmiri classmate, was an active member of the Muslim League, and had arranged the function. Initially, he did not invite us, the non-Muslim students. But when he [...]

Cancer, Your Body and Your Diet

Cancer, Your Body and Your Diet

By Arati Bhatia

Click here to buy Cancer, Your Body and Your Diet Using the Beneficial Effects of Food in Cancer To all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. And so it was. —Genesis 1: [...]

Great Jataka Tales

Great Jataka Tales

By Noor Inayat Khan

Click here to buy Great Jataka Tales The Fairy and the Hare A young hare once lived in a small forest between a mountain, a village and a river. My children, many children run through the heather and the moss, but none as sweet as he. Three friends he had: a jackal, a water-weasel and a monkey. After the long day’s toil, searching [...]

The Greatest Indian Fairy Tales

The Greatest Indian Fairy Tales

By Joseph Jacobs

Click here to buy The Greatest Indian Fairy Tales The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal Once upon a time, a tiger was caught in a trap. He tried in vain to get out through the bars and rolled and bit with rage and grief when he failed. By chance a poor man came by. ‘Let me out of this cage!’ cried the tiger. ‘Nay, my friend,’ [...]

Strange Worlds! Strange Times!

Strange Worlds! Strange Times!

By Vinayak Varma

Click here to buy Strange Worlds! Strange Times INTRODUCTION Here’s what you probably know already: You know that sci-fi is a remarkable predictive tool. It takes the idea of the now and evolves it for the much later. It then casts that image in dread darkness or glorious light, into utopia or dystopia, depending on whether the creator of [...]

Jiya Jale

Jiya Jale

By Gulzar in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir

Click here to buy Jiya Jale NMK: I was talking to director Shaad Ali once about the importance of songs in India’s cultural life. He agreed with me and told me how thrilled he was that a song from one of his films had become part of the repertoire of wedding songs. He was talking about ‘Kajra re’ from his delightful 2005 film, Bunty aur Babli. It is also a [...]

Sky Is My Father

Sky Is My Father

By Easterine Kire

Click here to buy Sky Is My Father After the tiger kill, the men did not pay any more attention to field work. They were too preoccupied with accumulating arms and ammunition. The younger men were taught the rituals of war, for it had been a long time since the village had gone to war against another village. The new age-groups were ignorant of a man’s role [...]

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