Top Ten Books This Week - Feb 19
Some really top books in the shelf this week. For those who are confused about their future, about what they should do with their career ... to the ethics in corporate life ... this week has them all | By Yentha
On Feb 19, 2013

1. Shailendra Singh : F?@K Knows : Rs 195.00

Funny and candid, yet rich in insights on how to really live life on your own terms, this unconventional self-help manual is unlike any book around.What do you want from life? Are you on the right track? Are you truly happy?

If your answer to these questions is F?@k knows!, then this book is for you. Find the answers to life's most important questions with the help of uber-successful entrepreneur, Shailendra Singh, co-founder of Percept and inceptor of Sunburn. Told with sparkling, flavourful and in-your-face humour, this book will advise you on how to:

  • Find yourself (Because you're probably lost. Admit it.)
  • Follow your heart (Because if you dont then youll die unhappy, you stupid f?@ker.)
  • Achieve your goals (You know you want to.)
  • Live life like you give a f?@k (Because...why not?)
Candid and thoughtful, F?@k Knows will show you how to really live life on your own terms, to do what you want to do and not what you have to do just because your father said so!

2. Vikas Swarup : The Accidental Apprentice ; Rs350.00

From the author of the book behind the blockbuster movie Slumdog Millionaire, a brilliant novel about life changing in an instant.

Life pivots on a few key moments. This is one of them. Sapna Sinha works in an electronics store in downtown Delhi. She hates her job, but she is ambitious and determined to succeed, and she knows without the money she brings in, her family won't be able to survive. Little does she know it but her life is about to change forever. As she leaves the shop on her lunchbreak one day, she is approached by a man who claims to be CEO of one of India's biggest companies. He tells her he is looking for an heir for his business empire. And that he has decided it should be her.

There are just seven tests she must pass. And then the biggest lottery ticket of all time will be hers.

3.  Uday Prakash : The Walls of Delhi : Rs 350.00

In the title story a sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; in Mohandas a Dalit races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; and in Mangosil a baby's head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure. The stories in this collection are a testament to Uday Prakash's extraordinary gift as a storyteller and his original, bold voice.

4. Navtej Sarna : Winter Evenings : Rs 350.00

Two men stuck in a small mountain town develop an unlikely and unspoken friendship; a punctilious bureaucrat becomes briefly reckless at the end of his career; a high-class prostitute on vacation reads The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock to a man recovering from the end of a long affair; the ghosts of Partition return in 1984 to destroy the equilibrium of a tough Sikh matriarch; an ageing widow finds freedom and peace in poetry. In clean, understated prose Navtej Sarna's stories take us through the landscapes of Moscow, Geneva, Shimla, Paris, Delhi and Bombay, where everyday people find or lose their way in life quietly, almost by accident. Marked by rare sensitivity and compassion, this collection by the acclaimed author of The Exile and We Weren't Lovers Like That is a poignant ode to the human spirit.

5. Robin Cook : Nano : Rs 499.00

After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head in the cool air of Colorado, Pia takes a job at Nanobots, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology institute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nanobots is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.

But the corporate campus, for all its beauty, is a place of secrets. She's warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute's research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path, suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon one of Nanobots' human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the 21st century a treatment option for millions or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?



1. Robert Leaf : The Art of Perception: Memoirs of a Life in PR : Rs 999.00

Robert Leaf is the father of modern international public relations. The Art of Perception is the memoir of a life lived behind the scenes of the invisible business of perception management. A book that should be read by everyone who works in communications.

It has never been more vital for individuals and corporations alike to know how to manage perceptions and no one has more or better PR experience than Robert Leaf. Robert Leaf's The Art of Perception does for PR what David Ogilvy did for advertising.

2. Rahul Pandita : Our Moon has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits : Rs 499.00

This powerful and moving book throws a sharp new light onto one of the most tragic conflicts in the modern world. As a young boy, Rahul Pandita was exiled from his native Kashmir. Now, twenty years later, he returns to the prelude and aftermath of his exile, narrating his family's tortuous journeys with great sensitivity and skill. Every paragraph of this compelling memoir rings deeply true." - Ramachandra Guha.

The story of the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandit community from Kashmir in the 1990s, told for the first time. Memoir and history at its best.

3. Michael Woodford : Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal : Rs 599.00

When Michael Woodford was made President and CEO of Olympus, he became the first Westerner ever to climb the ranks of one of Japan's corporate icons. Some wondered at the appointment - how could a gaijin (foreigner) who didn't even speak Japanese understand how to run a Japanese company? But within months Woodford had gained the confidence of colleagues and shareholders. Then his dream job turned into a nightmare. He learned about a series of bizarre mergers and acquisitions deals totalling $1.7 billion - a scandal which if exposed threatened to bring down the entire company. He turned to his fellow executives - including the chairman who had promoted him - for answers. But instead of being heralded as a hero for trying to save Olympus, Woodford was met with hostility and a cover-up. Within weeks he was fired in a boardroom coup that shocked the international business world. As rumours emerged of Yakuza (mafia) involvement in the scandal, Woodford fled Japan in fear of his life. He went straight to the press - becoming the first CEO of a multinational to blow the whistle on his own company.

4. A.G. Lafley: Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works : Rs 995.00

Are you just playing or playing to win? Strategy is not complex. But it is hard. It’s hard because it forces people and organisations to make specific choices about their future something that doesn’t happen in most companies. Now two of today’s best-known business thinkers get to the heart of strategy explaining what it’s for, how to think about it, why you need it, and how to get it done. And they use one of the most successful corporate turnarounds of the past century, which they achieved together, to prove their point. A G Lafley, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, in close partnership with strategic adviser Roger Martin, doubled P&G’s sales, quadrupled its profits, and increased its market value by more than $100 billion in just ten years. Now, drawn from their years of experience at P&G and the Rotman School of Management, where Martin is dean, this book shows how leaders in organisations of all sizes can guide everyday actions with larger strategic goals built around the clear, essential elements that determine business success where to play and how to win. The result is a playbook for winning. Lafley and Martin have created a set of five essential strategic choices that, when addressed in an integrated way, will move you ahead of your competitors. They are:

  • What is our winning aspiration?
  • Where will we play?
  • How will we win?
  • What capabilities must we have in place to win?
  • What management systems are required to support our choices?

5. Robin Jeffrey : Cell Phone Nation : Rs 499.00

The cheap mobile phone is probably the most disruptive communications device in history, and in India its potential to stir up society is breath-taking. The number of phones in India increased more than twenty times in the last ten years, and by the end of 2012 India had more than 900 million mobile phone subscribers. The impact of the simplest version of the device has been deep. Village councils have banned unmarried girls from owning mobile phones. Families have debated whether new brides should surrender them. Cheap mobiles have become photo albums, music machines, databases, radios and flashlights. Religious images and uplifting messages continue to flood tens of millions of phones each day. Pornographers and criminals have found a tantalizing new tool. Political organisations have exploited a resource infinitely more effective than the printing press for carrying messages to workers, followers and voters. Cell Phone Nation masterfully probes the mobile phone universe in India from the contests of great capitalists and governments to control Radio Frequency spectrum to the ways ordinary people build the troublesome, addictive device into their daily lives.

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