Top Ten Books This Week - November 24, 2014
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week.
On Nov 24, 2014



1. Ravinder Singh :Your Dreams Are Mine Now :Rs 175.00

Your Dreams are Mine Now explores the romantic relationship between Rupali and Arun. They are complete opposites and have nothing in common when it comes to their interests and priorities in life. Rupali is a small town girl and an idealist, whereas Arun is a Delhi guy with keen interest in youth politics. A major scandal on the college campus brings them together and somewhere along the line they fall in love with each other. Set against the backdrop of heavy campus politics in Delhi University, Your Dreams are Mine Now will make for an engaging and riveting read for those who enjoy love stories.

2. Keigo Higashino :Malice :Rs 350.00

Celebrated novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found inhumanly murdered in his home. He was supposed to leave for Japan the next morning, and relocate to Vancouver. But his murdered body is found in his office – a locked room. His wife and his best friend seem have strong alibis. Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga identifies Hidaka’s best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi, at the crime scene. They were both teachers at the same public school many years ago. Kaga joined the police force and Nonoguchi became a full-time writer, although he was not as famous as Hidaka. As Kaga investigates the murder case, he unearths evidences that show that the relationship between the two writers was very different than it was known to the outsiders. Kaga must discover the truth and find out why Hidaka was murdered. Will he be able to solve the mystery?

3. Rachel Joyce :The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy :Rs 650.00

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait?A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write a second letter; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this letter, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, 'It isn't Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.'This is that letter. A letter that was never sent.Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novella about a woman who falls in love but chooses not to claim it. It is about friendship and kindness as well as the small victories that pass unrecorded. It is about the truth and the significance - the gentle heroism - of a life lived alone.Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was just the beginning.

4. Niven Govinden :All the Days and Nights :Rs 499.00

The East Coast of America, 1980 Anna Brown, a dying artist, works on her final portrait. Obsessive and secretive, it is a righting of her past failures; her final statement. John Brown, her husband and life-long muse, has left; walked out of their home one morning to travel cross-country in search of the paintings he has sat for. As their stories unfold - independently, for the first time in many years - a passionate unconventional relationship is revealed, between two people living through the most tumultuous decades of modern history. All the Days and Nights is the story of an art hunt during a twilight period of painting. It lays bare two relationships that are ever changing and incomparable: of artist and muse, and of lovers. It is an exploration of what it means to create, what it means to inspire, what it means to live.

5. James Frey :Endgame :The Calling :Rs 399.00

Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality, until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the players-saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.Google Niantic is building a mobile location-based augmented reality video game inextricably tied to the books and mythology, a major prize will be tied to a puzzle in each book and Twentieth century Fox has bought the movie rights. Read the books. Find the clues. Solve the puzzle. Who will win?

Non Fiction

1. Ramgopal Vallath :From Ouch to Oops :Rs 199.00

RamG Vallath has everything going for him. He has studied at IIT, seen a 200 per cent jump in his salary and become one of the youngest circle heads in Indias telecom sector. When he steps into the role of a director at a major multinational computer hardware firm, he thinks he has it made.But life is soon about to come crashing down on him. He is diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder that weakens his muscles. Mundane tasks like buttoning up his shirt, climbing down steps and typing on a keyboard become extremely difficult. To make things worse, he loses his job at a time when his annual hospitalization bill has gone up to Rs 20 lakh.But even as the chips are down and hope starts to fade, RamG decides not to give up. He becomes the cheerleader at home and outside, spreading positivity wherever he goes and choosing to tackle his challenges head-on with a hearty yoohoo.RamG had bloated up to 94 kg when he was on a daily dosage of 80 mg of a steroid called prednisone at the time of his treatment. But he stuck to a strict regimen of exercise and workouts and managed to reduce 12 kg.From Ouch to Oops is the inspirational true story of RamGs life and holds lessons not just for people with disabilities but anyone with a mental demon. It will teach you grit and courage, make you laugh, coach you to own the corporate world and show how when the going gets tough, the tough get humorous.

2. Dr Eben Alexander :The Map of Heaven : Rs 350.00

When Dr. Eben Alexander wrote about his own startling near-death experience, he was contacted by countless people from all walks of life. His story had touched them personally and they in turn had their own miraculous experiences of the afterlife to share with Eben. In this fascinating collection, Eben recounts the astonishing stories he has heard on his travels, from near-death experiences and encounters with angelic beings to inspiring messages from departed loved ones. Each account helps us to understand just how vast the universe really is. Drawing on these accounts and lessons from religions across the globe, Eben explores our true place in the universe and what exactly exists beyond death.)

3.  Joshua Klein :Reputation Economics :Why Who You Know is Worth More Than What You Have  :Rs 999.00

As the internet has increasingly become more social, the value of individual reputations has risen, and a new currency based on reputation has been created. This means that not only are companies tracking what an individual is tweeting and what sites they spend the most time on, but they're using this knowledge to predict the consumer's future behavior. And a world in which Target knows that a woman is pregnant before she does, or where a person gets a job (or loses one) based on his high school hijinx is a scary one indeed. But what if there were a way to harness the power of these new technologies to empower the individual and entrepreneur? What if it turned out that David was actually better suited to navigate this new realm of reputation than Goliath? And what if he ushered in a new age of business in which reputation, rather than money, was the strongest currency of all? This is all currently happening online already.Welcome to the age of Reputation Economics:The value of individual reputation is already radically changing the way business is done.)

4. John Kampfner :The Rich :From Slaves to  Super Yachts A 2000 Year History :Rs  599.00

From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Richis the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money.Starting with Ancient Egypt and Greece and culminating with the oligarchies of modern Russia and China, it compares and contrasts the rich and powerful down the ages and around the world. What unites them? Have the same instincts of entrepreneurship, ambition, vanity, greed and philanthropy applied throughout?As contemporary politicians, economists and the public wrestle with the inequities of our time - the parallel world inhabited by the ultra-wealthy at a time of broader hardship - it is salutary to look to history for explanations. This book synthesises thousands of years of human behaviour and asks the question: is the development of the globalised super-rich over the past twenty years anything new?

5. Steve Harvey : Act Like a Success :Think Like A Success  :Rs 399.00

All of us are born with a unique gift that will help us reach great heights if we only put it to good use. This book will show you how you can make maximum use of it. Steve Harvey helps you learn how you can first identify and then define this gift. When you have done this, you will know how you can use it to be successful. Readers are provided with a set of principles that will lead you to your gift. He has provided us anecdotes from his own life, along with practical advice. These will guide you to touch the heights that you were meant to reach.


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