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No Regrets by D N Ghosh, Rupa Publications, 375pp, Rs 695 (Hardback, Non-fiction) For those who are not aware: D N Ghosh has been an extraordinaire bureaucrat, banker, professor and corporate leader. Moreover, he is a known authority in banking and financial history, and accordingly his autobiography offers to his readers, a vast array of literature on the said topic besides the narrator’s reminiscences. Not in usual stodgy bureaucratic fashion of writings, Ghosh presents interesting anecdotes from his time as Secretary to the Government of India (GoI) and Chairman, State Bank of India (SBI). A remarkable policy maker and an

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Mayank Austen Soofi By Atul K Thakur Mayank is not laconic as a writer and he also breaks the stereotypical views. His book, Nobody Can Love You More on Delhi’s red light area, Garstin Bastion Road, confirms it. G. B. Road, as it is known popularly is generally considered the work place for ‘fallen women’, pimps and visitors without identity or moral position. But it’s an existing world, with running oldest profession of the civilization and also of other petty trades. Here flesh traded and could be seen from the corner, unlike Delhi’s alternative elite flesh trade market, which was

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By Atul K Thakur Book Review In the company of a poet by Nasreen Munni Kabir, Rainlight/Rupa, 206 pp; Rs495 (Hardback) (Non-fiction) This conversation book covers the work and life of Gulzar in high articulation. Nasreen Munni Kabir, w ho is known for her authentic knowledge on cinema has made another remarkable mark by infusing biographical element in a long interview with a timeless phenomenon-Gulzar. The best sense her conversation with Gulzar offers in not making this poet turned lyricist, a geographical indication-rather, he has presented here as someone who carries and express the steam made out of feelings. Gathering

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Portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli by Santi di Tito By Syed Aqeel ‘The Prince’ is a masterpiece on modern politics written by the father of modern political thought Niccolo Machiavelli. The Bible of the politician as it is called has laid the foundations of the current political system, providing a real picture of political realism and its dominance. ‘The Prince’ has been written in a more direct language rather than in an embellished or decorated style of writing, communicating a dictum of advices to ‘The Prince’ or a ruler about how to gain, retain, and exercise power in his dominion or

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