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‘Too much government, too little governance’ — new book decodes India’s private republics

Shankkar Aiyar's The Gated Republic, by Harper Collins, will be released on 20 June on SoftCover, ThePrint’s new e-venue to launch select non-fiction books.
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Mira Nair, Rahul Gandhi, Vishal Bhardwaj, Alia Bhatt — We now judge you by your bookshelf

Bookshelves are the greatest props in quarantine video calls. They give us a peep into the minds of coworkers, bosses, and celebrities in lockdown.
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Bookstores are the kind of endangered species Covid-19 could nearly wipe out

A lot of people will understandably be uneasy about browsing through bookstores now because it increases the chances of catching the infection.
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T20 to coronavirus to RSS — 6 books you need to read in self-quarantine

ThePrint with Penguin Random House India brings you the must-reads in March and April while self-isolating during the pandemic.
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If you can read this headline, you can read a novel. Ignore your phone & do it

It’s not just readers raised in a digital-age who have difficulty with long-form text. Are you finding it difficult to stay with a novel? You are not alone.
PM Narendra Modi reading a book | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

To save the republic, India must read these books in 2020

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Even if we dislike them, we must read Nehru, Tagore, and the Constitution to prepare for 2020.
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On climate, impeachment and financial crime: What to read in 2020

Bloomberg Opinion columnists pick out their favourites and must-reads before 2020 arrives.
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Best non fiction books of 2019 for contrarians and the curious

2019 was a good year for books that made one think — from Steven Strogatz's take on the powers of calculus to Tyler Kepner's account of the history of baseball.
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In era of Chetan Bhagat, Netflix & Twitter celebrity, the undiscovered author has lost

Small publishers find themselves in a tight corner — GST has hit where it hurts with increased production costs, Amazon is squeezing the average bookstore out of business and celebrity sells.

‘Screw it, we’ll do it’: This is how Flipkart decided to sell phones online

Flipkart’s mobile phones category went live in early 2010. The first order came in shortly.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

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India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.