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The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Book Review 008)

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ISBN 0349114463 Tagline: How little things can make a big difference I was looking forward to reading books by Malcolm Gladwell and finally got my hands on The Tipping Point. It is not a very big book and I managed to finish it in three days, reading only in my free time. Most of you might be aware that The Tipping Point is popular bestseller and a highly appreciated book. ...

The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman (Book Review 007)

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ISBN: 0141022728 Tagline: The Globalized world in the Twenty-First century Hanging around for almost a month with The World is Flat, I finally completed it despite all the time constraints I was under. I have never read such a thick book back-to-back in my life until this one and this book is very special not just in that sense. I could have completed it within a short span but the ...

Mushroom Rice: A novel view on international relations by M.J. Akbar

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I came across this article Mushroom Rice by M.J. Akbar in Sunday (October 15th, 2006) issue of the newspaper Deccan Chronicle, under his famous editorial series Byline. With the recent nuclear tests by North Korea and America’s ire over Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme, the international scenario has reached a potential dew point. Fuelling this is the widespread outcry (in U.S and U.K.) against the Iraq war, the recent ...

“To India – My native Land” by Derozio

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I am not a poet and cannot write poetry but I am capable of appreciating good poems. I had started taking English poetry reading seriously during my class (grade) nine and ten, when we were to study a whole collection of poems as a part of our English syllabus (in I.C.S.E). Poetry had a profound influence on me and to this date I remember quite a few poems ...

Anne Frank: The Diary of a young girl (Book Review 006)

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ISBN: 0553296981 I had finished reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a young girl a few days ago. This book is the most popular war documentary of the Second World War and perhaps of all times. It was published in 1947 and since then it has been translated into more than thirty languages and adapted for theatre film and television. In her introduction to the diary's first American edition, ...

Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner (Book Review 005)

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ISBN: 006073132X Tagline: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything. I had completed reading Freakonomics over a month ago and was pretty much glued to it then. However, now that I have decided to pick up The world is flat and a few Malcolm Gladwell's books, I thought that I should finish this book's review so that I do not mix things up. About the authors I am not an ...

Biological Weapons: Issues and Threats by Chari & Rajain (Book Review 004)

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ISBN: 9812104046 This book published by the Indian Research press, has been edited by P.R. Chari and Arpit Rajain. Before I move on to the book, I would like to mention a few words about the editors as given in the book. P.R. Chari is a former member of Indian Administrative Services and has also served in the Ministry of Defense. He has worked extensively on Nuclear disarmament and ...

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho (Book Review 003)

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ISBN: 0060589280 Paulo Coelho is a popular author who shot to fame with his best-selling book The Alchemist. He has also written other books like the pilgrimage, the Valkyries, the fifth mountain, the Zahir (being his latest) and many others. Eleven Minutes is very different from his other works for it is based on an adult theme and contains vividly described scenes of sexual intercourse and 'eleven minutes' the name ...

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Book Review 002)

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ISBN: 0062502182 Tagline: A Magical Fable about following your dream This book review was long due. I had read this book over two years ago after a friend suggested it to me but never got a chance to pen down anything about it (I did not have a blog back then). After this book, I have read only one another book of Paulo Coelho, till date, i.e. Eleven Minutes and ...

India: Agenda 2020 for economic development

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India: Agenda 2020 is one of the best research projects I have undertaken till date. I had done this project in 2004 as a part of my assignment for the qualifying round of a management festival called Vistas organized every year by PES BBM (People's Education Society, Bangalore). The event I had participated in was called The clerk of the course or simply put the best manager of ...

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