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Words of Wisdom by The Modern Monk

Vivekananda is one of the most important figures in the modern imagination of India. He was also an utterly modern man who consistently challenged his own views, and embraced diverse, even conflicting arguments. It is his modernity that appeals to us today and makes him the coolest monk we know. More than 100 years after […]

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The Challenge of Contemporary History – Day of 1 Spring Fever 2016 with Ramachandra Guha

It’s that time of the year when book lovers from all over the country have thronged to the India Habitat Centre in Delhi for the annual Penguin Random House Spring Fever. The fans appear giddy with excitement as they browse through the books from among 5,000 titles published by Penguin and Random House. As in […]

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‘Our Moon Has Blood Clots’ and ‘Karachi, You’re Killing Me’: Now To Be Adapted Into Major Motion Pictures

Pak bestseller gets a desi adaptation By Ankur Pathak The makers of the upcoming Akshay Kumar-Nimrat Kaur starrer Airlift have bought the film rights to bestselling novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me, written by Pakistani journalist Saba Imtiaz. Planned as India’s answer to the much acclaimed Hollywood film, Bridget Jones’s Diary, the makers will put the […]

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Terror and Faith – Jessie Childs at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

Jessie Childs (Extreme Left) , Ahmed Rashid (Left), Llewelyn Morgan (Right), and William Pinch (Extreme Right), moderated by Peter Frankopan (Middle) As the five luminaries take their seats on the stage, the front lawns seem to look fresher than it was yesterday. The rain gods sure did a good job of gifting us a refreshing second […]

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Meera Nanda- New Gurus

As the government’s flirtation with Ramdev breaks down, the team at Random Reads returned to one of our most thought provoking books of 2009. In God Market: how globalisation is making India more Hindu, Meera Nanda looks at the growing Hinduisation of the country and argues that politicians are increasingly using Hindu rituals, gurus and […]

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