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Applied Minds explores the unique visions and mental tools of engineers and reveals the enormous—and often understated

By: | Published: August 23, 2015 12:08 AM

Applied Minds: How Engineers Think
Guru Madhavan, Penguin
Pp 252, Rs 599

Applied Minds explores the unique visions and mental tools of engineers and reveals the enormous—and often understated—influence they wield in transforming problems into opportunities. Madhavan’s account pairs the innovators of modern history—Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, Steve Jobs—with everything from ATMs and the ZIP code system to the disposable diaper. He peeks into the inner workings of complex systems and celebrates the people who shape our world.

The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism : From the Cold War to the Present Day
Nandita Haksar, Speaking Tiger
Pp 335, Rs 350

Nandita Haksar’s magnum opus traces the tortured history of Kashmiri nationalism through the lives of two men: Sampat Prakash, a Kashmiri Pandit and Communist trade union leader, who became active in politics during the Cold War years, and Mohammad Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri Muslim, who became active in the early days of the Kashmir insurgency. Spanning a period of over eight decades, from the 1930s until 2015, this is an unprecedented examination of the history of modern Kashmir.

The Footprints of Partition: Narratives of Four Generations of Pakistanis and Indians
Anam Zakaria, HarperCollins
Pp 248, Rs 350

The Partition of British India and the subsequent creation of two antagonist countries is a phenomenon that we are still trying to comprehend. Millions were displaced, thousands slaughtered and families divided and redefined. Using the oral narratives of four generations of people, Anam Zakaria, a Pakistani researcher, attempts to understand how the perception of Partition and the ‘other’ has evolved over the years.

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