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Top Ten Books This Week - July 28, 2014
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week.
On Jul 28, 2014

Fiction
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1.Sudha Murthy : The Mother i Never Knew :Rs 250.00

What secrets lurk in a familys past-and how important are they in the here and now? Sudha Murtys new book comprises two novellas that explore two quests by two different men-both for mothers they never knew they had.
Venkatesh, a bank manager, stumbles upon his lookalike one fine day. When he probes further, he discovers his fathers hidden past, which includes an abandoned wife and child. Ventakesh is determined to make amends to his impoverished stepmother-but how can he repay his fathers debt? Mukesh, a young man, is shocked to realise after his fathers death that he was actually adopted. He sets out to find his biological mother, but the deeper he delves, the more confused he is about where his loyalties should lie-with the mother who gave birth to him, or with the mother who brought him up.
The mother I never knew is a poignant, dramatic book that reaches deep into the human heart to reveal what we really feel about those closest to us.

2.Ashwin Sanghi :Private India :Rs 350.00

When a series of seemingly unconnected murders rock the city of Mumbai with the macabre rituals and artefacts found around the corpses, Private India, a leading investigation agency takes the case. Santosh Wagh, the head of the organization, has only one mission. He needs to stop the killers before they strike again. However, in a city of over 13 million people, he finds that the clock is ticking too fast. He finds himself pitted against underworld dons and a Godman who isn't what he seems. However, the worst is yet to come and Private India itself may be threatened with a revelation that could destroy the entire organization.

3.Niall Williams :History of the Rain :Rs 499.00

Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014.We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. In Faha, County Clare, everyone is a long story.Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between this world and the next, Plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father. To find him, enfolded in the mystery of ancestors, Ruthie must first trace the jutting jaw lines, narrow faces and gleamy skin of the Swains from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to grandfather Abraham, to her father, Virgil - via pole-vaulting, leaping salmon, poetry and the three thousand, nine hundred and fifty eight books piled high beneath the two skylights in her room, beneath the rain.The stories - of her golden twin brother Aeney, their closeness even as he slips away, of their dogged pursuit of the Swains Impossible Standard and forever falling just short, of the wild, rain-sodden history of fourteen acres of the worst farming land in Ireland - pour forth in Ruthies still, small, strong, hopeful voice. A celebration of books, love and the healing power of the imagination, this is an exquisite, funny, moving novel in which every sentence sings.

4.Joshua Ferris :The Rise Again at a Decent Hour :Rs 599.00

Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014.There's nothing like a dental chair to remind a man that he's alone in the world'.Paul O'Rourke, 40 year-old slightly curmudgeonly dentist, runs a thriving practise in New York. Yet he is discovering he needs more in his life than a steady income and the perfect mochaccino. But what?As Paul tries to work out the meaning of life, a Facebook page and Twitter account appear in his name. What's at first an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something more frightening - the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the man in the flesh. Who is doing this and will it cost Paul his sanity?

5.K R Meera :Hang Woman :Everyone Loves a Good Hanging :Rs 699.00

The Grddha Mullick family takes pride in the ancient lineage they trace from four hundred years before Christ. They burst with marvellous tales of hangmen and hangings in which the Grddha Mullicks figure as eyewitnesses to the momentous events that have shaped the history of the subcontinent.In the present day, the youngest member of the family, twenty-two-year-old Chetna, is appointed the first woman executioner in India, assistant and successor to her father Phanibhushan. Thrust suddenly into the public eye, even starring in her own reality show, Chetnas life explodes under the harsh lights of television cameras. As the day of her first execution approaches, she breaks out of the shadow of a domineering father and the thrall of a brutally manipulative lover and transforms into a charismatic performer in her own right.Meeras spectacular imagination turns the story of Chetnas life into an epic and perverse coming-of-age tale. Will the ardent young woman be able to escape the love that binds her? Will she bring herself to take a life? Will she add lustre to the illustrious name of Grddha Mullick? Or will she succumb to the dazzle of celebrity and the thrill of power over life and death? The lurid pleasures of voyeurism and the punishing ironies of violence are kept in agile balance as the drama hurtles to its inevitable climax. 
Non Fiction
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1.Niall Harbison :Get Shit Done ! :From Spare Room to Boardroom in 1000 Days :An Entrepreneurs Guide to Getting the Life You Want  :Rs 499.00

Do you start every day with a 'to do' list? Every year with new resolutions? Do you fantasise about winning the lottery, travelling the world or retiring at forty? Many of us dream big but we never truly believe we can achieve our life's ambitions.But it doesn't have to be like this. It is possible to make dreams come true as Niall Harbison has found out - aged just 33, and within 1000 days of starting a business in his bedroom, he sold it for millions. Before that he had already lived what seemed like a charmed life. As a private chef for billionaires (among other highlights, cooking for Bill Gate's fiftieth birthday) he travelled all over the world, getting paid to do so while enjoying a lifestyle normally reserved for the rich and famous.But Niall Harbison achieved his dreams despite a serious drink problem and crippling bouts of depression. Now he shares his secrets in Get Sh*t Done! Get Sh*t Done! contains a unique set of principles and a new way of thinking. It includes 'life hacks' that will help you escape the nine-to-five, overcome your limitations and make the things you dream about actually happen - and quicker than you could ever imagine.Let Niall Harbison be your inspiration. Learn how he got paid to snowboard all day and to surf in Hawaii, still gets paid to go on holiday and has never worked a day in his life. And learn how he doesn't let personal challenges get in the way of his goals. Stop dreaming and instead start getting sh*t done!

2.Andrew Yang :Smart People Should Build Things :How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs and Create New Jobs in America :Rs 699.00

The long-held, generally accepted view of our educational system goes something like this: If you do well and study hard in high school, youll get into a good college. If you do well in college, you can go on to law school or med school. If you work hard, youll wind up with a good job, which in the big picture leads to an efficient job market and a successful economy. But the truth is, this is a flawed system. College kids have no real idea what to do upon graduation. Many apply to law school, grad school, or, to a lesser extent, medical school because of a vague desire for additional status and progress rather than genuine desire or fit. Each path throws off waves of refugees that are often at a loss as to what to do with themselves.Smart People Should Build Things speaks to something our nation desperately needs and presents its readers with a new direction to follow-a model that will redirect a generation of ambitious young people, create thousands of new jobs and begin the restoration of our economy.

3.Sanjay Khosla :Fewer Bigger Bolder :From Mindless Expansion to Focused  Growth :Rs 699.00

When Sanjay Khosla took charge of developing markets for Kraft Foods in 2007, the business was floundering. Six years later, annual sales had soared from $5 billion to $16 billion with significant improvement in profitability. The secret? Making fewer, bigger and bolder bets. Kellogg School professor Mohanbir Sawhney discovered a similar formula for stellar results in advising Fortune 500 companies.Now Khosla and Sawhney have combined their experiences into a seven-step model for sustained profitable growth in any market, based on fewer but better bets. Drawing on case studies, the authors show how their programme applies to any company, from global giants to small start-ups.

4.Ian Macrae :High Potential :How to Spot Manage and Develop Talented People At work :Rs 599.00

Nurturing future talent in the workplace - choosing the right people, developing the good into the best and keeping hold of the brightest - is essential for a successful business.This research-led yet accessible book offers a practical guide to: Clearly understanding and defining potential,High flying personality traits to look out for and biographical markers of potential, Selecting positive high potential traits and weeding out negative traits like manipulation, superficial charm or narcissism, The best assessment and management methods,Managing high potential employees and developing their careers, Understanding why people choose to leave or stay at a company,Looking at potential in context, what it means to small vs large businesses, or the public and private sector..High Potential provides a practical framework for showing managers how to create a strong strategic vision for a high performing, high potential workforce, a real competitive business advantage.

5.Harris Irfan :Heaven's Bankers :Inside the Hidden world of Islamic Finance :Rs 999.00

A trillion dollar financial industry is revolutionising the global economy. Governments and corporations across the Islamic world are increasingly turning to finance that complies with Sharia law in order to fund economic growth. Even in the west, Islamic finance is rapidly becoming an important alternative source of funding at a time when the conventional finance industry is reeling from the effects of the financial crisis.From its origins in the seventh century, Islamic finance has sought to develop core ethical principles that are based in the foundations of Islam and Sharia. By engaging critically with the complexities of international finance, it has evolved and adapted into a world emerging from the economic and moral aftermath of a global financial crisis. But with an increasing western interest, is it able to remain true to the principles of its faith? Can it maintain its ideals of social justice? Or is Islamic finance guilty of the very dangers it seeks to avoid?In Heavens Bankers, Harris Irfan, one of the worlds leading Islamic finance bankers, gives unparallelled insight into the heart of this secretive industry. From his personal experience of working with leading bankers, scholars and lawyers, he debunks the myths of Islamic banking, analyses its greatest deals and looks to the future of a system that has reprioritised the very nature of money itself.

 
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