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The Kremlin palace in Moscow.

Vladimir Putin is a well-known caninophile. His canines accompany him for official meetings at his residence, serving as a humanizing prop or an intimidating one. He has also been said to have compared ex-US President George Bush's Scottish terrier, Barney to his black Labrador Koni. He sardonically commented on the comparison by saying, "Bigger, faster, stronger," intimidating Bush.

His love for dogs has given other world leaders a plausible excuse to gift him puppies in hope of establishing cordial relations with Russia. Back in 2017, he received a puppy as a belated birthday gift from then Turkmenistan's President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

China is known to use Panda for diplomatic purposes, Russia seems to have also joined the league. Analysts might quote that Russia has invented a new chapter in world diplomacy, namely Dog Diplomacy. But, there is one particular rare anecdote about Putin and his beloved dog Konni.

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Recently the outgoing chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel made headlines for the last time. She firmly asserted that it is important to talk to the Taliban, and Germany would take steps to evacuate the remaining German citizens from Afghanistan. The outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen as a good interlocutor between Russia and the west. It is reportedly said that she was quite impressed by Putin's famously menacing speech at the 2007 Munich Security Conference. Wherein he attacked the "unipolar order" dominated by the United States. Publicly she was impassive but, backstage her comment was: "Cool speech!" ("Geile Rede!")

The relations between Merkel and Putin are all but cordial. Angela Merkel, having spent the first 35 years of her life on the eastern side of the iron curtain is well versed with the various intimidation tactics deployed by authoritarian regimes. On the contrary, Vladimir Putin being a former KGB agent is well versed with various intimidating tactics.

It was on 21st January 2007, the two world leaders met at Bocharov Ruchei, the Russian President's summer residence in Sochi. And during the onset of the meeting Putin's pet dog, Konni wandered into the room, leading Putin to ask Merkel, who reportedly has a "deep-seated fear of dogs", "The dog does not bother you, does she? She's a friendly dog and I'm sure she will behave herself." Merkel promptly responded in Russian, a language in which she is surprisingly fluent, "She doesn't eat journalists, after all." Konni then proceeded to sniff the German Chancellor and sat at her feet. Snapshots of the meeting, clearly show Putin smirking at Merkel's apparent discomfort.

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It is said that Putin after learning about Merkel's fear of dogs, apologized to her. A prominent magazine later reported that she had told journalists: "I understand why he has to do this -- to prove he's a man. ... He's afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this." Nevertheless, Konni the beloved pet dog of Vladimir Putin passed away in February 2015 at the age of 15.

The whole anecdote tells a tale of a man who is afraid of his own weaknesses and is trying to prove himself over others. Angela Merkel's impeccable career as the German chancellor has come to an end. It is up to her successor Armin Laschet to take up the reins of Germany and navigate her through the divisive, treacherous and most uncertain times of the century.


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Books that you can read in 2022.

Reading allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the world around you, stimulating your creativity and keeping your mind engaged.

A list of new releases published by Aleph:

What the Heck Do I Do With My Life?: How to Flourish in Our Turbulent Times

Many causes, including technology, climate change, demographics, and inequality, will cause our planet to change more in this century than in all of human history. Extreme change is offering unparalleled opportunities for individuals, companies, and society, as well as a 'adaptive challenge.' Those who can adapt to a fast-paced, complex, dynamic, and unpredictably changing world will prosper. Those who are unable to do so will suffer immensely.

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There are obvious signals that we need new ways of thinking about the world and our place in it all over the place. Our old ways of thinking about education, lifestyle, success, and happiness are no longer valid. What are the changes in the workplace? When future jobs are still being invented, how can you know what talents will be useful? Will 'jobs' even exist in the future, or will we be relegated to a world of projects and freelance work? What do you do with all of this and more?

What the Heck Do I Do With My Life? is a book on figuring out what you want to do with your life. Ravi Venkatesan argues that effective adaptation in the twenty-first century necessitates a "paradigm shift," a new attitude, new talents, and new techniques. Ravi also considers how, rather than drifting along like a piece of driftwood, we will need to live life more consciously, making deliberate decisions about who we are, what we do, and how we live.

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Neeraj Chopra: From Panipat to The Podium

On the night of August 7, 2021, a billion Indians' long-held desire came true as Neeraj Chopra won gold in the javelin in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The wait, on the other hand, had been extremely long. In reality, this is India's first individual gold medal in athletics since the modern Olympic Games began. The entire country showered him with affection when he did it in his signature flair and smile. The media went crazy, and the youth discovered a new source of inspiration. People flocked to get their photos taken with him, and businesses discovered a new wonder-ambassador. Neeraj Chopra: I'm Neeraj Chopra, and I'm From Panipat to the Podium begins in a small village in Panipat and tells the story of his formative years, which were marked by restricted resources and opportunities. It takes readers through his journey to Panchkula and then to the national camp in his quest to conquer the world.

My Cricket Hero: XII Indians on their XII favourite Cricketers

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It's A Wonderful World: A Memoir

His book is a provocative read that makes us wish we had a life like his. Khalid Ansari's life has been an exciting and purposeful journey in service to his fellow human beings, beginning with his birth in Mumbai's impoverished Madanpura to a father who began his life as an orphan and a mother from a poor household. Ansari has attempted to depict some highlights of a splendored life that he has been lucky to experience, catching stars while chasing rainbows in this 'donkey's tale'. It's been la vie en rose for him, from founding newspapers and magazines to representing his country at the United Nations, accompanying dignitaries on state visits, covering cricket Test matches, nine Olympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games, travelling the world, and being awarded the Padma Shri award. The author has worked hard to keep this narrative from devolving into a 'I-did-this-did-that' pat-on-the-back, shabash!' By 'spicing' it up with dollops of frothy stories and self-critical bon mots, he has attempted a discourse on the meaning of life, the 'right path,' and the like, even as he has attempted a discourse on the purpose of life, the 'right route,' and the like.

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