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Freezing soldiers, daring cheetahs—how pilots saved the day at Siachen’s Amar & Sonam in 1987

Lt Gen. Ramesh Kulkarni and Anjali Karpe’s ‘Siachen 1987: Battle for the Frozen Frontier’ gives a blow-by-blow account of war in India’s highest battlefield.

When Arabs tried attacking Sindh 6 times, a Brahmin family beat them miserably every time

In 'Bravehearts of Bharat: Vignettes from Indian History', Vikram Sampath rediscovers some buried narratives that have been missed out in Indian historiography.

Tencent rose when Microsoft joined the list of foreign tech titans felled by Chinese rivals

In ‘Influence Empire’, Lulu Yilun Chen tells the much-awaited story of Tencent, the Chinese tech giant behind WeChat.

Fantastical beasts, sacred motifs—unique Harappan seals that drove Indus valley economy

The largest collection of Indus Valley stamp seals is housed in the National Museum, Delhi with many in museums across Pakistan, US and UK.

Sex toys are not a threat to men. Accountants don’t see calculators as competition

In 'The Sex Book', Leeza Mangaldas writes about pleasure and sexual relationships.

What Arabs said about coffee: 1st cup is hospitality, 2nd enjoyment, and 3rd for the sword

In 'Cherry Red, Cherry Black', Kavery Nambisan tells the story of how coffee arrived in India from the Middle East,

Priti Adani thought Gautam Adani wasn’t a good match for her. Father persuaded

Pritiben recalls how her husband, Gautam Adani, had the ability to switch off work once he came home, so that he could have quality time with his family and friends.

Bengal politics is not casteless or Bhadralok-free. But it’s still not a deciding factor

In ‘The Curious Trajectory of Caste in West Bengal Politics’, Ayan Guha writes why West Bengal has not seen large-scale Dalit resistance.

Indian policymakers overread 1962 Chinese threat, could’ve pulled out from the brink

In 'Power Shift', Zorawar Singh Daulet says the 1962 India-China war couldn't be pinned down to one cause. Here he gives a panoramic geopolitical perspective.

Jailed in Punjab, acquitted in Bengal—How judiciary handled drug law violations

In 'Truth Pill: The Myth of Drug Regulation in India', authors Dinesh S. Thakur and Prashant Reddy T. expose the faulty drug regulation in India.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...

Defence

The Defence Services Staff College in Wellington | Image credit: dssc.gov.in

In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.