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August 18, 2014


Harris Irfan Constable & Robinson; ` 990

Harris Irfan, founder of an independent Islamic finance advisory firm, Cardoba Capital, in this book describes how banking in Islamic countries is fundamentally different from the banking policies followed in the rest of the world. From his experience in Dubai as an employee of Deutsche Bank he writes, " Sharia holds that money itself is not good; it is useless until it is applied. It cannot be eaten and it does not provide heat or shelter." In other words, while most would ask what their money has earned, Islamic banker would ask, " What did my money achieve?"


Cyrus Mistry Aleph; ` 395

For those who skipped reading Cyrus Mistry's encounters with the breathing and palpitating modern day Mumbai nine years ago, here is an opportunity to pick up the book in the paperback format. The story describes the journey of a young Parsi writer, Jingo ( Jahangir) Moos, in search of an ethical universe.

" Perhaps later generations will be better placed to judge whether the story that follows is an aberration of a life, peculiar only to its author, or symptomatic of post- colonial turmoil." Both, it would appear, hold true.


Sonia Golani Westland; ` 250

This book contains 15 interviews with leading directors of Hindi cinema. It is not clear from the selection what guided the writer in choosing the people she did. All we are told is that the author believes " that the best way to understand the world around us is through conversations with people". In her conversations in which she delves into professional and personal lives of people she discovers that the film world has strong familial ties but what is " heartening and uplifting about the Mumbai film world is an innate respect for talent irrespective of connections".

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Source: Mail Today (India)

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