Top Ten Books This Week - January 12, 2015
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week.
On Jan 12, 2015


Non fiction

1.Parag Saigaonkar :The Perfect Storm :Are you the New India Manager ? :Rs 295.00

The ‘New’ Indian Manager.Since coming to India in 2005 in his role as a corporate leader, Parag Saigaonkar has watched the Indian business environment from up close and has also been an enthusiastic participant in the India success story.21st century India is a world away from the licenceraj India of the 1970s and 80s. With its large youth population, impressive English speaking man power and deep pool of professionals, India could well become a leading player in the world economy.But the challenge is that while being well equipped to take on the world, corporate professionals in India have also entered The Perfect Storm. Economic turbulence,an under equipped work-force, the need for soft-skills,balancing social pressures and other factors could well combine to sink all but the sturdiest of ships.The Perfect Storm is an insightful and measured assessment of corporate life, its demands and its upsides and downsides. Its astute observations and seasoned advice, coming as they are from a veteran corporate professional with years of experience in India and abroad, make it a must-read for any young manager poised for a career in the corporate world.

2.Awdhesh Singh :The Secret Red Book of Leadership :Rs 295.00

The hidden truths of leadership - bitter or sweet - revealed like never before! Great leaders are like icebergs. They conceal more than they reveal. Indeed, mystery and the art of retaining it, is integral to leadership.Leadership, then, is more an art than a science. It is not a reality that you can touch, feel and measure, but an illusion that is created by many tricks, which you should be able to learn and practise in a way that others are not able to grasp. This book, written by a serving officer of government, is an eye - opener for anybody who aspires to be a leader, at whatever level - nation, community or a small social group and in whatever sphere - business, politics or administration.

3.Amy Alkon :Good Manners for NICE People :Who Sometimes Say F*ck​:399.00

We live in a world that’s very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the increasing onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.
With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in. Alkon shows us how we can reimpose those constraints, how we can avoid being one of the rude, and how to stand up to those who are. Foregoing prissy advice on which utensil to use, Alkon answers the twenty-first century’s most burning questions about manners.

4.Philip Chacko :Salt of the Earth :The Story of Tata Chemicals :Rs 599.00

From its birth in a hostile setting, through the struggles that have defined its existence to the success it has secured in the face of formidable odds, the history of Tata Chemicals is rich in incident and endevour, sacrifice and fortitude. This intimate and illuminating chronicle of a singularly resilient enterprise narrates that history and the gallant efforts of the people who shaped it. Salt of the Earth tells the story of how Tata Chemicals emerged from the toil and despair of its early years to reach and breach new frontiers in its chosen industry and then beyond - in the manufacturing of soda ash and other alkalis, in the producton of fertilisers and by creating a trusted food brand.This is also the story of a company that has progressed and prospered by staying true to the legacy of its founders and the traditions and tenets of the Tata group and by committing itself to the cause of the communities in which it with a substantial presence in four continents, leadership positions in different business segments and the character and potential to touch yet greater heights, Tata Chemicals is poised to add new chapters to a saga 75 years in the making. The past will inform and influence that future.

5.Vinay R Kanchan :Lessons from the Play Ground :495.00

What does Sachin Tendulkar's bold and broad blade drive into the consciousness of the white-collar world? How do the monumental stories, which have unfolded at the Olympics over the years, light the torch for overcoming daunting organizational challenges? Does the silky smooth sophistication of Barcelona's playing style ignite ideas for synchronizing corporate teams more fluidly and effectively?? For ages sport has offered a rich repository of inspiration for the human race. Its champions have ceaselessly kindled hope. Its events have borne witness to glorious triumphs. Its methods have held the promise, of triggering new avenues of thought. Its records have served as milestones, on the never-ending journey of unraveling human potential. LESSONS FROM THE PLAYGROUND is a novel attempt to infuse the inspiration that sport provides into the conference room. It is a lateral adventure, to merge adrenaline with insight. It is an effort to liberate the sporting metaphor, far beyond the confines of the pitch. Because, as many of the examples cited illustrate, it is only when one goes beyond defined boundaries, does magical achievement of any sort transpire... 

1.Richa Lakhera: Item Girl : :Rs 195.00

Sunheri and Suhana twin sisters who share a horrific childhood get caught up in a vortex of pain and deceit when Sunheri, a popular item girl in Bollywood, is accused of murdering her vicious uncle and is sent to jail. Suhana, an aspiring filmmaker, is determined to seek justice for her sister but comes up against Kala, their stepmother, who has hatched diabolical plans of her own. And when three other manipulative item girls Nargis, Digital Dolly and Daisy are identified as key eyewitnesses in Sunheri's case, the matter only becomes more complicated.

2.Amritanshu Pandey : The Seal of Surya :  :Rs 175.00

The Seal of Aurvan Surya is lost. The Solar tribes are without a ruler, and the return to Aryavarta has resulted in a confederation where hitherto there was a united clan-hood. Rakshasas, Gandharvas and Yakshas threaten the nascent cities of Aryavarta, and if their rise is not checked the Solar tribes may lose all they have gained.And thus rises Ikshvaku, the son of Manu and descendant of Surya. He forms Aryavarta’s first Kingdom and unites the Solar strength against the Anaryas- Rakshasas, Gandharvas and Yakshas.But the Seal of Surya is still missing, and Ikshvaku will need to find it to put his claim and authority beyond all doubt. This is the tale of Aryavarta’s first dynasty, the Suryavansha, and its first King- Ikshvaku Manava.

3.Judy Balan :How to Stop Your Grownup from Making Bad Decisions :Rs 199.00

Nina has questions. Are moms just little girls who are taller and wear prettier shoes? Can I call pest control services to get rid of a pesky seven-year-old boy? What if my sister is a voodoo high priestess? Is a grownup refusing to grow up the same as someone pretending to be asleep? Are teachers not allowed to admit they're wrong? Who. Left. Parents. In. Charges? Somebody had better have the answers. Big announcement: Nina's mom is going to marry Dhiraj! He's not the wicked stepfather by any stretch of the imagination. He's much, much worse. He's a rapper! And a bad one at that. And his rapper name is Dhiraj Fist aka Diddy Blood. Case rested. After all, dumb is the new wicked. Nina must stop this catastrophe, but she's going to need co-conspirators. With her sister Nikki, who seems to keep disappearing mysteriously and her mother's best friend, Ashwin Uncle, who's now fighting with her mother, Nina must find a way to save her favourite grownup from making a really bad decision. Because, really, grownups just can't be trusted to make good life choices. As sweet as it is funny, Nina the Philosopher is a brilliant, witty, thought-provoking series that tells the story of a modern-day fairy tale: a single mother and her two wonderful, hilariously angst-ridden daughters. It's The Princess Diaries for a new generation. Except, you know, without a princess. Or a diary.The book is beautifully designed and illustrated by a remarkably talented new artist, Priyanka Shyam.

4.A N D Haksar : Jatakamala :Stories from the Buddhas Previous Births :Rs 399.00

The Jatakamala is a famous work in both sacred Buddhist and classical Sanskrit literature. It recounts thirty-four stories of the Buddha's previous births and his good deeds in those earlier incarnations as a god, man or an animal. Written in elegant Sanskrit prose and verse in the fourth century A.D., these tales were later translated into Chinese and Tibetan. Several feature in the Ajanta cave paintings. Their colourful backgrounds range from a sea voyage to a battle scene, a forest fire to a royal hunt and from the charms of the harem to the horrors of hell. Popular through the ages, they remain highly readable today, both for their timeless message of compassion and concord and the vivid, dramatic imagery with which it is presented.Twelve of these tales are not found in any other collection including the Pali Jataka texts. Arya Shura, the author of the Jatakamala, is known in tradition as a saintly teacher and an authority on prosody. In all probability he was a Buddhist monk. No details are available of his life, except that he wrote several other works, some of which are extant only in Tibetan and Chinese translations.

5.Amita Kanekar :A Spoke in the Wheel :Rs 495.00

This is a story about the Buddha and his disciples, among them an ordinary monk, one of the questioners, and an extraordinary king, who seemed to have all the answers. It is also about how the movement called Dhamma was born, spread, changed lives and got changed itself. Alternating Upali's chronicle - a de-glorified, factual account of the life of Buddha - with that of Upali's own life during the reign of Emperor Ashoka, and imbuing both these parallel narratives with a wealth of historical detail and philosophical debate, A Spoke in the Wheel is an ambitious and erudite work of historical fiction - intricate in its craftsmanship, vital in its ideas and epic in its sweep.


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