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Manto: Selected Short Stories translated by Aatish Taseer

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan A name that evokes perhaps the most quintessential idea of a writer from the pre-partition era. I had never read any work by a writer from the galaxy of stars generated in the Indian subcontinent during the early 20th century. This seemed to be a good place to start. Depicting …

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The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan Human beings are inherently flawed, and somehow, reconciling ourselves with this simple fact is perhaps the greatest task a human ever faces. People like to hold themselves by certain ideals of perfection, and often that drives them, overrules them and takes them over. But perfection is a myth. This book …

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Nehru: The Invention of India by Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan History is a cruel master. Ruthless actually. You can never be sure how future generations will view your present, or even what your past was. Hitler is probably the best example of this phenomenon. Let alone Germany, Hitler enjoyed support, both academic and otherwise across Europe. Yet, today he is …

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Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Originally posted on Kitabi Karwan A perennial issue faced by academia of any kind, and economics in general, is an alleged lack of pragmatism. Laymen generally tend to be dismissive of theories, with the most common complaint being that the suggested solutions, and for that matter, the propositions themselves, are detached from ground reality. Honestly, …