Top Ten Books This Week - November 17, 2014
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week.
On Nov 18, 2014


Non Fiction

1. Ashwin Sanghi :13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck :Rs 100.00

Life isn’t always easy. There are people who seem to drive through it with hard work and talent. There are others who just fall by the wayside. Then there are those who seem to find luck wherever they go. They seem to have some mysterious way of attracting luck, empowering them in all that they do. But is it possible to attract luck? Is there some way of training ourselves to become lucky? In this book, Ashwin Sanghi reveals that luck isn’t a fickle mistress always on the run. She’s well within reach, if you know where to look. He brings together several anecdotes and narratives incorporating personal experiences and vignettes which show readers how to tap into this mysterious fountain of luck. He gives readers a brand new image of what it means to be lucky and shows them how to become successful by finding luck no matter what they do. If luck has seemed to be in short supply in your life, this is the book for you!

2. Jeffrey MA :The House Advantage :Playing The Odds to Win Big in Business :Rs 599.00

As part of the notorious MIT Team depicted in Ben Mezrich's now classic "Bringing Down the House," Jeff Ma used math and statistics to master the game of blackjack and reap handsome rewards at casinos. Years later, Ma has inspired not only a bestselling novel and hit movie, but has also started three different companies--the latest of which, Citizen Sports, is an innovative marriage of sports, betting, and digital technology--and launched a successful corporate speaking career. "The House Advantage" reveals Ma's cutting-edge mathematical insights into the world of statistics and makes them applicable to a wide business audience. He argues that numbers are the key to analyzing nearly everything in the world of business, from how to spot and profit from global market inefficiencies to having multiple backup plans in anticipation of every probability. Ma's stories and business lessons are as intriguing as they are universally applicable.

3. Andrew Benett :The Talent Mandate :Why Smart Companies Put People First :Rs 1250.00

"Our employees are our greatest asset"its a clich companies feel obliged to spout. Some may even believe it. But as with eating healthy food and getting exercise, lip-service doesnt make goals come true. In this groundbreaking book, Andrew Benett explores how truly "talent centric" organizations thrive in today's changing economy. Based on original research and in-depth interviews with outstanding leaders of talent-driven organizations such as Zappos, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Nestle, Dow Chemical, The Motley Fool, AnswerLab, and more, Benett uncovers emerging trends and benchmarks and shows why it is so important to invest in and develop tomorrows talent. Readers will come away with a clear lesson: Talent is no longer something to be palmed off down the chain of command. It must be the top business priority of the most senior people in the companyincluding the CEO.

4. Crisafulli Patricia :Rwanda INC :How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing world :Rs 999.00

Nearly two decades after Rwanda's horrific genocide, the country has been transformed. High rises are going up in the capital city of Kigali; a newly established stock exchange is attracting investors; and the economy is transitioning from subsistence agriculture to information and communication technology. In pursuit of the alchemy that made Rwanda such an unlikely success story, Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond interviewed Rwandan government officials, including current president Paul Kagame, as well as business leaders, foreign investors, NGOs, and everyday civilians. In "Rwanda, Inc." they look at the key factors that allowed this tiny country to beat the odds--including Rwanda's efforts to encourage private sector development and foster entrepreneurship, and how Kagame's unique leadership approach led to gains in health, education, and food sustainability. They also explore what the future holds for this resilient nation, and the steps it's taking to develop the next generation of public servants. With so many eyes on Africa as nations rebuild in the wake of the Arab Spring, this is a timely and fascinating look at what other emerging democracies can learn from Rwanda's triumph.

5. Allen P Adamson :Brand Simple :How the Best Brands Keep it Simple and Succeed :Rs 799.00

In an era of mixed media messages, in which brands are extended to the breaking point and complex marketing theories compete for attention, it is more difficult than ever to create effective brands. Allen Adamson offers a refreshingly simple solution: Bring back the basics of good branding and ensure success. Build a brand on a good idea that you test. Make sure the design and message of your brand fits the brand?s true meaning, and?stay away from unnecessary and complicated strategies. Drawing on his years of experience working with some of the world's top brands, from GE to IBM, Adamson?shows how to communicate?with customers and make your brand resonate. He also gives a behind-the-scenes?look at his work with traditional names like Maxwell House as well as newcomers like JetBlue and iPod, explaining what they do right--and wrong.

1. J D Robb : Festive in Death :Rs 750.00

The kitchen knife jammed into his cold heart pinned a cardboard sign to his well-toned chest. It read: Santa Says You've Been Bad!!! Ho, Ho, Ho!.It's Christmas, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in no mood to celebrate. While her charismatic husband Roarke plans a huge, glittering party, Eve has murder on her mind.The victim - personal trainer Trey Ziegler - was trouble in life and is causing even more problems in death. Vain, unfaithful and vindictive, Trey had cultivated a lot of enemies. Which means Eve has a lot of potential suspects. And when she and Detective Peabody uncover Trey's sinister secret, the case takes a deadly turn.Christmas may be a festival of light, but Eve and Roarke will be forced once more down a very dark path in their hunt for the truth.

2. Atia Abawi :The Secret Sky :Rs 499.00

Pashtun and Hazara are two ordinary teenagers in love. However, the land they live in is not so ordinary. They must face crippling odds if they want to be together, odds such as their families, their culture, their tradition and the threat of the Taliban. They live in Afghanistan, where terror attacks and murders are everyday events. Yet they believe there is hope. When another boy turns them over to the Taliban, the little hope they have seems to disappear. Blending realistic descriptions of the conditions in Afghanistan and the timeless story of forbidden love, this tale shows how love will always bloom, despite the darkness.

3. Kate Darnton :The Misfits :Rs 250.00

A hilarious, heart-warming novel from a brilliant new children’s writer.The last place Chloe Jones wants to be is in Class Five of Premium Academy, New Delhi. That is, until a strange new girl shows up, another kid who doesn’t blend in. Divided by background, class, language, skin colour – you name it – Chloe and Lakshmi soon realise they have a lot more in common than meets the eye. With a little help from Chloe’s crazy mom, her prefect-perfect sister and a street dog called Kali, they discover that even a couple of misfits can change the world.

4. Bijoya Sawian :A Family Secret and Other Stories :Rs 295.00

On a rainy afternoon in Cherrapunji, the postman arrives with a letter for fourteen-year-old Saphira, and her life will never be the same. Dalinia, meanwhile, seems to have the perfect life: successful husband, cute children, a beautiful home. But her troubled past refuses to disappear, and the emergence of a handsome competitor at the local golf course brings it back in disturbing fashion. Written in a lyrical, yet plainspoken style, this collection of ten short stories tells of love, loss, and longing, set against the brilliantly realized backdrop of contemporary Meghalaya, in India's northeast. Readers of contemporary fiction will find themselves transported-into other lives and other places-but they will recognize the dilemmas, the heartbreaks, and the emotions as those common to all humanity.

5. Uddipana Goswami :No Ghost In This City :Rs 295.00

Twelve short stories about everyday life and the political realities of Assam.In this collection, a doctor’s comfortable existence in a tea estate is rudely shattered by violent conflict, a daughter reflects on the failure of her parents’ inter-religious marriage, and children discover how shockingly little time it takes to go from joking to being thrown headlong into bloody carnage.Sharp and eloquent, Uddipana Goswami’s stories bring into harsh focus how interwoven political violence is with everyday life.


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