Top Ten Books This Week - December 22, 2014
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week.
On Dec 22, 2014


1. Moloy K Banerjee :Start-Up City :Ten Tales of Exceptional Entrepreneurship from Banglore's Software Miracle :Rs 450.00

Start-up City is about Bangalore and its booming software sector. It looks at how ten successful first-generation entrepreneurs got to where they are, what they learned along the way and ultimately, why they chose Bangalore as their start-up city. In the process, it explores questions like: What makes successful entrepreneurs tick? Is it in their nature, or is it a function of how they were nurtured? What compels them to engage in unconventional, high-risk ventures? For anyone interested in Indian entrepreneurship, the struggles and eventual successes of these entrepreneurs will make for interesting and relevant reading. It will most benefit young and ambitious entrepreneurs who may be looking for inspirational, yet accessible, examples to follow on their own journeys.

2. Ridhima Verma : Seven Uncommoners :Rs 350.00

This is a story of seven commoners whose farsightedness and resilience to think beyond the obvious and to ingeniously master the practices of their respective fields, made them the Seven Uncommoners.While some journeys show incredible upswings against awe-wrenching odds, others give remarkable examples of when, how and what to do best with the resources at hand.With fields ranging from technology to infrastructure, from managing hotels to supply chains, from setting up law offices to investment banking firms, together these seven showcase the transforming face of Indian business that is ready to take on the best in the world.As a faithful rendition of the lives of these fascinating individuals who understand the crests and troughs of a demanding business environment, Seven Uncommoners offers a rich insight into the riveting world of start-up culture and its subsequent growth.

3. Madhav Godbole :The God Who Failed :An Assessment of Jawaharlal Nehru's Leadership :Rs 500.00

Nehru's life is unique in that it is the veritable history of modern India both pre and post-Independence Writing about Nehru means reliving history in every sense of the term.' No leader of independent India has towered as high over Indian politics as Jawaharlal Nehru. Highly educated and articulate, he had a deep understanding of the history and culture of India and was responsible for laying much of the foundations on which today's India is built, an enlightened Constitution, parliamentary democracy with adult suffrage and secularism. However, of equal significance are Nehru's failures, for which he and his admirers have been increasingly criticized since the turn of the century. These include the imbroglio that took place when Kashmir became a part of India, the Indo-China border dispute of 1962, his overlooking the growing menace of corruption on his watch and Nehru's futile pursuit of his own brand of dubious socialism The God Who Failed, An Assessment of Jawaharlal Nehru's Leadership provides an objective and unbiased look into Nehru's legacy his triumphs, his failures and his unfulfilled vision for India. Written by the veteran administrator and author Madhav Godbole, this book is a powerful account of the leader who shaped modern India as we know it.

4.Saurabh Mukherjea :Gurus of Chaos:Modern India's Money Masters :Rs 350.00

What does it take to be a stock market guru? What are the traits needed to be a successful investor? Can one master the stock market or is it a gift one is born with? How does one build a portfolio and protect it? Learn from the masters. The Indian stock market is many things to many people. Some are drawn to its thrill and promise but, more often than not, they fail to recognize the risk that accompanies the reward of a great ride. For many, the market and its workings defy logic and mastery. However, within the universe of market watchers in India, there is a small group that has managed to build a fine set of navigation tools and develop a unique perspective and approach towards the market. They have created and institutionalized investment strategies based on their experiences and philosophies. Saurabh Mukherjea delves into the minds of seven such individuals asking them to elaborate on the tools they use and how these work. He traces their journey from being novices to successful long-term investors. Using their insights and his own experience of working in the market for nearly a decade, Mukherjea provides an essential and indispensable framework for operating in the Indian stock market.

5.Sudha Murty:Something Happened on the Way to Heaven: 20 Inspiring Real-Life Stories:Rs 250.00

The inspiring true stories of the interesting people who inhabit the pages of Sudha Murty's books leave an indelible impression on us. But the books are able to chronicle the stories of only the men and women Mrs Murty has actually come across herself in the course of her social work. There must be so many more wonderful stories that many others have to share. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven is a collection of twenty such memorable true life stories. Handpicked by Sudha Murty from a contest run by Penguin, they capture the hope, faith, kindness and joy that life is full of, even as we make our way through the daily grind. Moving and uplifting, this is an anthology that will engross and delight every reader who believes in the goodness of the human heart.

1.Stephen King:Revival:Rs 699.00

A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what might exist on the other side of life.In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Charles Jacobs. Soon they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.Decades later, Jamie is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Now an addict, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.

2.P G Wodehouse :Jeeves and the Yule Tide Spirit and Other Stories:Rs 599.00

Aunts, engagements, misunderstandings and hangover cures; this delightful collection from ‘the greatest chronicler of a certain kind of Englishness’ (Julian Fellowes) brings together a baker’s dozen of P. G. Wodehouse’s finest short stories.In this beautiful edition we find Bertie Wooster and Jeeves embarking on foolhardy quests and inspired rescue missions. We discover Ukridge, the ever-optimistic animated blob of mustard, undeterred in his big broad outlook, no matter how bleak things look, while the Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred, continues enjoying life, quite oblivious to the embarrassment he’s causing.And, as snow falls on the links outside the Angler's Rest, Mr Mulliner, the Oldest Member at the Golf Club, settles in to recount tales of romance and ghosts, and keep the tide of intellectual – albeit rather one-sided – conversation flowing.

3.Krishna Udayasankar :Kurukshetra :The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 3 :Rs 350.00

The empire that was Aryavarta fades under the shadow of doom. As the bitter struggle to gain control of the divided kingdom ensues, Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa of the Firstborn and the Secret Keeper of the Firewrights can only watch as their own blood, their kin, savage and kill on the fields of Kurukshetra. Restraint and reason have deserted the rulers who once protected the land and they manipulate, scheme and kill with abandon - for victory is all that matters.At the heart of the storm stands Govinda Shauri, driven by fickle allies and failed kings, to the very brink of darkness. He may well be the greatest danger Aryavarta has faced yet, for he is determined to change things forever. Reforging the forsaken realm in the fire of his apocalyptic wrath, he prepares to destroy everything he loves and make the ultimate sacrifice of them all for the sake of one last hope: that humanity will rise, that there will be revolution. In the spectacular, entrancing final episode of The Aryavarta Chronicles , Krishna Udayasankar's recreation of the world of the Mahabharata establishes her as a storyteller of formidable power and imagination.

4.Kavita Kane :Sita's Sister :Rs 295.00

From the bestselling author of Karna’s Wife, comes this book about Urmila, Sita’s sister and the neglected wife of Lakshman, and one of the most overlooked characters in the Ramayana. As Sita prepares to go into exile, her younger sisters stay back at the doomed palace of Ayodhya, their smiles, hope and joy wiped away in a single stroke. And through the tears and the tragedy one woman of immense strength and conviction stands apart—Urmila, whose husband, Lakshman, has chosen to accompany his brother Ram to the forest rather than stay with his bride. She could have insisted on joining Lakshman, as did Sita with Ram. But she did not. Why did she agree to be left behind in the palace, waiting for her husband for fourteen painfully long years?

5.Arnaldur Indridason :Strange Shores :Rs 399.00

A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns - for the last time.A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge.Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.


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