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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.

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.
The record industry got rid of vinyl fabrication when CDs appeared, but small producers and record stores that function as community centers have kept the culture alive | Pixabay

Why vinyl records, paper books and glossy magazines will never go away

The effect of psychological ownership will always trump technology -- it’s hard for people to feel they own something they can’t physically touch.
Journalist Biswajit Roy (Inset photo: Facebook) | Background photo: Arindam Mukherjee

‘War & Peace in Junglemahal’ editor is scared, fears police action after Bombay HC row

Biswajit Roy, the senior journalist who edited the book that was questioned by a Bombay HC judge, says his 'War & peace...' criticised Naxal violence.
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Daryaganj Sunday book market is gone. Court wins, Delhi loses

Delhi High Court ordered closure of the capital's favourite book market citing traffic impediments in July, leaving book lovers, vendors and students in despair.

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Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.


Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.