The Gene: An Intimate History

By Sunil Kumar Only the 2nd post this month; another review. A long rambling philosophical cum scientific book by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Genetics is a new science – you can plausibly date it from the rediscovery around 1900 of Gregor Mendel’s …

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The Romanovs

By Sunil Kumar 9th month of 2017. On my visit to the U.K last month; picked up 3 books in Heffer’s Cambridge including this massive tome from Simon Sebag Montefiore; a history of Russia’s last imperial clan; the Romanovs. A …

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What does Nehru write about Shivaji in the “Discovery of India”?

By Sunil Kumar My Qra answers continued: Excerpts from Nehru’s Discovery of India; “Only an Akbar might have understood the situation and controlled the new forces that were rising. Perhaps even he could have only postponed the dissolution of his …

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In what ways was Ashoka the great inspired by Buddhism and the Arthashastra?


By Sunil Kumar Ashoka formed a strong empire and like other kings and emperors of the time intrinsically believed in the intrinsic powers of royalty. His religious world-view was tempered by Buddhism to the extent that he is supposed to …

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What are the top 10 non-fiction books about India everybody must read?


By Sunil Kumar In no particular order; here are some non-fictional books about India that made an impact somewhat personally. Around India in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh: Liked the descriptions in this book, the train rides and different facets of …

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