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A hilarious quasi-French farce masquerading as a novel, follow Courtney Farquhar Tremayne's ten odd years touring with a second-rate vaudeville troupe in the 1920s and 1930s. Meet a cast of eccentric characters including a dog act, a family acrobatic and comedy act, Ireland's version of George Burns and Gracie Allen, a blackface minstrel singer, a pompous "star" actor, and the beautiful and alluring "star" actress. This entertaining tale takes readers on a humorous journey through countless Midwestern cow towns and backwater hamlets.
I have always advised my younger colleagues to read one book, if they wish to learn what the ethos of the IAS used to be,and should be. It is titled, “A tale told by an idiot,” and is the autobiography of RP Noronha, an ICS officer who retired as the Chief Secretary of MP in 1968 – source
The Unending Game [Hardcover] Vikram Sood
I have it, excellent Book – source
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China's India War
Collision Course on the Roof of the World
"China's India War" by Bertil Lintner explores the historical and geopolitical context of the Sino-Indian border dispute and the 1962 war. The book delves into how Mao Zedong used the conflict with India to reassert his power over the Communist Party and unite China amidst internal turmoil. With India emerging as a leader of newly independent countries in Asia and Africa, the stakes were high for China to win the war and potentially "dethrone" India. This insightful book uncovers China's early planning for the war and how it accomplished much for China, including becoming the main voice of revolutionary movements in the Third World.
Another timely Book – source
A Chequered Brilliance
Explore the captivating and complex life of V.K. Krishna Menon in this gripping biography. A key figure in India's fight for independence, Krishna Menon's political and literary achievements are not to be missed. Immerse yourself in his story as a global leader, and discover the tumultuous times in which he lived. This meticulously researched and newly revealed material is a must-read for history buffs and those curious about the life of this fascinating public figure.
For that you must read.. Biography of Krishna Menon written by Jairam Ramesh.. A well researched Book – source
So All Is Peace
Twin sisters are found starving in their upscale apartment, with one not speaking and one barely alive. Disillusioned journalist Raman is hesitant to cover the story until one sister starts talking. So All Is Peace is a gripping exploration of love, lust, fear, grief, and difficult decisions in a vividly depicted city and country. With an unflinching look at the effects of an unspoken wrong on a diverse cast of complex characters, this book provides a richly atmospheric, suspenseful tale that culminates in a stunning denouement.
A great Debut Book by Vandana Singh Lal.. What India’s middle class does not want to see Kavitha Rao In (cont) – source
The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
This riveting book unveils the story of the East India Company as it took control of Asia and ran a country with devastating consequences. At the heart of this story lies the creation of a government run by English traders who collected taxes through a private army. The company, transformed into an aggressive colonial power, ruled almost all of India south of Delhi for 47 years, leaving a painful legacy in its wake.
A great Book How British Looted Us – source
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