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    'Comfort food provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to oneself'

    A basket of aloo papad, a small matthi with achaar, ramdana ladoo, gur chikki is placed in front of you as you settle down at your table. No, you don't see French fries, potato wedges or cheese sticks. You start munching and voila, your eyes twinkle. You start comparing the taste with what your grand mom prepared for you many moons ago.

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    Celeb bookshelf: International pop sensation RIKA is a fan of thrillers

    Escape mechanism I started reading seriously probably in high school. It was a nice way to escape the life of a student for a couple of hours. A group of my friends and I would read a book overnight and talk about it all week!Thrill seekerMy favourite book is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

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    Daler Mehndi's wow weekend: 'Sheer joy to tend to my farm with my family'

    Daler Mehndi, the God-gifted singer with a full-throated voice who sang 'Jagga Jiteya...' in 'Uri -The Surgical Strike', shares his plans for the weekend Weekend joysWeekends usually mean a concert. And when it's not that, then it's sheer joy to tend to my farm with my family.

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    Love In The Time Of Affluenza to How to Think Like Da Vinci: 4 books that are just out

    Book: Love In The Time Of AffluenzaAuthor: Shunali Khullar ShroffPublisher: BloomsburyRaising three children with her aristocratic husband of 15 years, Natasha has it all. But when her closest friend drops the bombshell that she isn't entirely fulfilled by her family and is having an affair, Natasha begins to ask some difficult questions about her own...

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    Crime knows no gender

    Book: Queens of Crime: True Stories of Women criminals from IndiaAuthor: Sushant Singh, Kulpreet YadavPublisher: Penguin Random House IndiaPages: 217; Price: Rs 299For years, it was only the infamous Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi whose name made the headlines when it came to women in crime.

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    Complex Sino-Indian relations

    Book: The McMahon Line: A Century of DiscordAuthor: J J SinghPublisher: Harper CollinsPages: 441; Price: Rs 799JJ Singh, a former Chief of Army Staff, has written and documented an important book The McMahon Line: A Century of Discord.

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    Music and rains: The inseparable 'Aashiqui'

    O sajna, barkha bahar aayee, ras ki puhar layee, ankhiyon mein pyaar layeeSawaan ke jhoole pade, tum chale aao,Bole re papaharaJhiri jhiri barse sawan...It's a given. As the monsoons charge in with thunder, lightning, and heavy blinding showers at the peak of summer, not just the earth and the trees rejoice, the human spirit too picks up - old rain melodies (such as these) erupting on lips, oozing...

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    Playboy to Prime Minister

    Book: The Political Journey of Imran KhanAuthor: B J SadiqPublisher: Speaking TigerPages: 230; Price: 499Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi set cricketing pitches on fire with his pace bowling since he made his debut for the Pakistan at the age of 18 way back in 1971. Notably, leading Pakistan to victory at the 1992 World Cup, his country's first and only victory since competition.

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    Sex and the city: Though I proclaim to be bachelor for life, I often have self-doubt

    All my friends are either hooked or dating or married with kids. I am single, and though I proclaim to be a bachelor for life, I often have some self-doubt about whether I'm just afraid of all that comes with initiating and sustaining a relationship which would make me an escapist, or am I really happy as a bachelor ?

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    Challenging an anatomical crisis

    Book: Invisible menAuthor: Nandini KrishnanPublisher: Penguin Pages: 497; Price: Rs 699This very subject needs deft and delicate handling because it's directly related to the anatomical sensitivity of an individual or a group of 'specifically homogeneous' (a euphemism for eunuchs) people.

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