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      The Ivory Throne




      Took a whole week,but finally finished this one. Not coz it's boring or anything,far from it actually. Chroncling the history of the state of Kerala, especially the power games in Travancore,this is a must read for everyone mainly because our modern history writers tend to focus on everything north of the Vindhyas
      Last edited by The Poocha; 17th May 2020 at 10:59 AM.
      रू-ब-रू खुद से हुआ हूँ, मुझमें मुझको तू मिला
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      पिघली है अब रात भी, है सहर भी ये नम
      ना खुदा मैं तो रहा, बन गया तू धरम

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      The Complete adventures of Feluda(Part 1)



      Simply delightful. Recommended reading for kids and adults alike.
      रू-ब-रू खुद से हुआ हूँ, मुझमें मुझको तू मिला
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      पिघली है अब रात भी, है सहर भी ये नम
      ना खुदा मैं तो रहा, बन गया तू धरम

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      Phantom | Jungle Comics

      The Phantom and Mandrake comics were always a huge part of my childhood. Even more than the DC/Marvel offerings. The above link contains digital versions of a huge collection of old comics Phantom,Mandrake,jungle comics,indrajal comics etc

      While most of these Phantom comics are suited for kids,the limited series written by DC,are somewhat adult in nature
      Last edited by The Poocha; 5th June 2020 at 09:21 AM.
      रू-ब-रू खुद से हुआ हूँ, मुझमें मुझको तू मिला
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      पिघली है अब रात भी, है सहर भी ये नम
      ना खुदा मैं तो रहा, बन गया तू धरम

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      Default Ashdoc's book review----The big reverse : how demonetization knocked India out

      As India goes through an economic slowdown of considerable proportions , many opposition leaders are blaming it on the economic disruption caused by the decision to ban old cash notes and bring new ones into circulation done suddenly and without warning three years ago . This known as demonetization . The book I am reading is written by opposition leader of AAP party Meera Sanyal who was an economist .

      The author first writes about history of demonetizations done before.

      She gives examples of earlier demonetizations in India in 1946 and 1978 . She says that in 1946 the then RBI ( Reserve bank of India ) governor Sir Chintaman Deshmukh had opposed the demonetization. Again in 1978 the RBI governor I G Patel had opposed demonetization.

      In 1978 the Janata party government had already declared in its election manifesto about note ban and hence people were more prepared. But both in 1978 and 1946 only 1000 5000 and 10000 rupee notes were banned . At that time only rich people had these notes and common people were not affected .

      She also gives examples of demonetizations in foreign countries like Burma Nigeria Russia Ghana north Korea which were totally unsuccessful. She wonders why Indian government didn't learn from this history.

      Now she comes to 2016 demonetization. She says that the really rich were not affected by note ban . Most of their black money was in swiss banks , gold and property. The ones affected were small and medium traders .

      She also gives reason for introduction of 2000 rupee note which made future hoarding of money double easy . She says the large number of notes could not be replaced easily in short time and hence it was decided to pack larger volume of money in 2000 rupee note . So more money cash could be back in the system quickly in smaller number of notes .

      Also she asks why new notes were of different size than old notes . That made calibration of ATMs to new size note more lengthy and contributed to shortage of cash in early post demonetization period .

      She says that the RBI was forced to accept the decision of demonetization and this started the process of erosion of it's autonomy . Also she claims that wall street journal says that modi government had raised fears of taking advice from quacks by implementing the decision .

      Anyway as I read the book further , the author gives the usual sob stories of people who suffered temporarily during the demonetization. She gives many examples from fisherwomen in Mumbai to farmers in the countryside. I read those cursorily and fast . Because I had already seen that on TV in those times. In my opinion these people suffered only temporarily and later their sufferings eased as cash was made available. And Meera sanyal has not upto now come up with any explanation as to what made the same people vote for the ruling BJP party again in later elections.

      The author has demolished the claim that demonetization will root out corruption by quoting figures from transparency international which show that India has become slightly more corrupt after notes ban rather than less and has fallen further down the corruption scale after demonetization.

      The author also says that only 805420 notes were detected to be counterfeit out of 2402.3 crore notes demonetized . This figure came after 20 months in which all notes were assessed for genuineness. Thus the figure of counterfeit notes is tending towards zero percent of total notes demonetised . She also claims that the newly introduced notes being counterfeited just three months after being introduced. Thus the problem of counterfeit currency was not tackled by demonetization at all.

      The author says that the goal of cashless economy was not achieved in short term at least. She quotes figures to say that by June 2018 cash in circulation was 106 percent of pre demonetization levels.

      On the next day after demonetization Paytm ran full front page advertisements on major newspapers congratulating PM Modi on his note ban decision and using his photo in the ad along with the hashtag 'use paytm instead ATM' . She wonders how come paytm got so much advertising space in such short time and who gave permission to use Modi's face on the ad .

      The author also claims that real estate prices increased after demonetization , something that I found incredulous. Surely real estate prices have gone down after the note ban .

      However I agree with the author's conclusion that demonetization brutally targeted the informal sector of the economy and dealt a blow to supply chains across the economy, destroyed precious working capital, dented business confidence and set back economic activity in the country .

      My personal conclusion is that Modi did demonetization because he wanted to be remembered as a great warrior against black money. Needless to say this was ego centric and reeked of self aggrandisement . Because every person would have to go to the bank and stand in long queues to deposit old notes , modi calculated that even poor people would get awareness that he had done something against black money and would become a hero among them . While doing this he was targeting the very people like hindu merchants traders businessmen who had voted for him , so there was ruthlessness in his move . He thought that the economic downturn would be limited and short-term . But the fact that he did not trumpet demonetization at all and in fact largely kept mum about it during the national elections of 2019 tells us another story doesn't it ?
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      Thank You SS VAYANASHALA

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      Raider from the North (Empire of the Moghul:Book1)



      One of the descendents of Timur is leading a dull and dreary existence in his tiny Kingdom in Turkey. Facing the onslaught of Uzbek raiders as well as his more ambitious brethren,the monarch dies an untimely death. The onus of restoring the dynasty to its past glories now lie in the hands of his teenage son. A lad who would go on to lay the foundation of one of the greatest dynasties that India would see. This is an absolutely riveting adventure of the mighty Babur and the first in a series of 5 books chronicling the rulers of the Mughal dynasty. Must read for history adventure lovers
      रू-ब-रू खुद से हुआ हूँ, मुझमें मुझको तू मिला
      बादलों के इस जहाँ में आसमाँ तुझमें मिला
      पिघली है अब रात भी, है सहर भी ये नम
      ना खुदा मैं तो रहा, बन गया तू धरम

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      Brothers at War:Empire of the Moghul(Book 2)



      The emperor Babur has died and the keys to the Mughal throne lie with his eldest son,Humayun. But his reign is challenged by his half brothers and he is exiled out of Hindustan. Thus begins his epic journey to reclaim Hindustan from the hands of various usurpers. Another racy book
      रू-ब-रू खुद से हुआ हूँ, मुझमें मुझको तू मिला
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      ना खुदा मैं तो रहा, बन गया तू धरम

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      Ruler of the World(Empire of the Moghul:Book 3)



      The third instalment chronicles the ascent of Akbar to the throne of Hindustan and his campaigns which resulted in almost two thirds of the country coming under his reign. Towards the middle it shifts it protagonist to Akbar's eldest son Jahangir and then charters his growing discontent with his father,his subsequent rebellion and eventual ascent to the throne. Although the books has a story arc of Jahangir and his forbidden love story with Anarkali,no mention of Birbal/Tansen occur. Curious choice. Some parts of the book about Akbar's reforms, architecture and religious philosophies are dry mainly coz much has already been written about it before. But the rest is thrilling
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      रू-ब-रू खुद से हुआ हूँ, मुझमें मुझको तू मिला
      बादलों के इस जहाँ में आसमाँ तुझमें मिला
      पिघली है अब रात भी, है सहर भी ये नम
      ना खुदा मैं तो रहा, बन गया तू धरम

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      Kure vaayichu. Vaayichathil ettavum best k.r Meera yude ആരാച്ചാർ aanu. വിശദമായി റിവ്യൂ എഴുതേണ്ടതാണ് പിന്നെ nokkaam..

      പിന്നെ എംകെ രാമചന്ദ്രന്റെ ഹിമാലയ yaathrakalil, ആടികൈലാസം and ഡാകിനികളുടെ നാട്ടിൽ. C. Radhakrishnante മുൻപേ പറക്കുന്ന പക്ഷികൾ. പുനത്തിൽ എഴുതിയ സ്മരകാശിലകൾ, മഹാഭാരതം തർജ്ജമ by thamburan: 6volume ഉള്ളതിൽ ഫസ്റ്റ് full vaayichu. Not that easy. പിന്നെ അവിടുന്നും ഇവിടുന്നും ഒക്കെ. ഷെർലോക് ഹോംസ് ന്റെ സൈൻ ഓഫ് ഫോർ.. etc
      Out bdyond ideas of wrongdoings and rightdoing, there is a field. I 'll meet you there
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      Quote Originally Posted by The Poocha View Post
      Raider from the North (Empire of the Moghul:Book1)

      https://i.imgur.com/FS1osV4.jpg

      One of the descendents of Timur is leading a dull and dreary existence in his tiny Kingdom in Turkey. Facing the onslaught of Uzbek raiders as well as his more ambitious brethren,the monarch dies an untimely death. The onus of restoring the dynasty to its past glories now lie in the hands of his teenage son. A lad who would go on to lay the foundation of one of the greatest dynasties that India would see. This is an absolutely riveting adventure of the mighty Babur and the first in a series of 5 books chronicling the rulers of the Mughal dynasty. Must read for history adventure lovers
      Quote Originally Posted by The Poocha View Post
      Brothers at War:Empire of the Moghul(Book 2)

      https://i.imgur.com/cmb6eza.jpg

      The emperor Babur has died and the keys to the Mughal throne lie with his eldest son,Humayun. But his reign is challenged by his half brothers and he is exiled out of Hindustan. Thus begins his epic journey to reclaim Hindustan from the hands of various usurpers. Another racy book
      Quote Originally Posted by The Poocha View Post
      Ruler of the World(Empire of the Moghul:Book 3)

      https://i.imgur.com/WsaVw5J.jpg

      The third instalment chronicles the ascent of Akbar to the throne of Hindustan and his campaigns which resulted in almost two thirds of the country coming under his reign. Towards the middle it shifts it protagonist to Akbar's eldest son Jahangir and then charters his growing discontent with his father,his subsequent rebellion and eventual ascent to the throne. Although the books has a story arc of Jahangir and his forbidden love story with Anarkali,no mention of Birbal/Tansen occur. Curious choice. Some parts of the book about Akbar's reforms, architecture and religious philosophies are dry mainly coz much has already been written about it before. But the rest is thrilling

      Thanks for the recco

      need to understand how Mughal ruled for close to 300 years in a hindutwa country
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