Top Ten Books This Week - January 19, 2015
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week.
On Jan 19, 2015

1.David Davidar: A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces:Rs 695.00

The stories in this collection will make you see the world differently as the greatest stories always do. The thirtynine short stories in this book will blow you away. Starting with a ghoststory by Rabindranath Tagore, India's most famous writer and ending with a fable by Kanishk Tharoor, a writer who has come of age in the twenty first century, these literary masterpieces showcase the extraordinary range and diversity of our story telling tradition. The first recognizably modern Indian short stories were written in Bengal (by Tagore andothers) in the second half of the nineteenth century and writers from other regions werequick to follow suit, often using the form to protest colonial oppression and the various illsafflicting rural and urban India. Over the next century and a half, some of the finest writers the world has seen produced outstanding fiction in every conceivable genre. Many of these stories find a place in this volume, as does work by emerging talent that has never been published in book form before. Here you will find stories of classical realism, ones rootedin folklore and myth, tales of fantasy, humour, horror, crime and romance, stories set invillages, small towns, cities and the moon. They will entertain you and shock you, they will lighten your mood and cast you down, they will move you and they will make you reflect onlife's big and little questions. Most of all, they will make you see the world differently as the greatest stories always do.

2.Shweta Taneja :Cult of Chaos: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery:Rs 350.00

The age of the Tantriks has dawned. They operate openly with their own council, police and judiciary. Of all their creeds, the Kaula Ashram’s white tantriks are the most powerful. The men of the ashram are powerful tantriks, and the women are intimate collaborators. Anantya has forsaken the Kaula path. She doesn’t see the need for official seals. She is more concerned with saving the world than with badges or honours. However, the world is heading straight to hell. Young girls are being sacrificed in a tantrik ritual in Delhi. Someone is summoning the God of Chaos. A daeva seeks to blackmail Anantya for some desperate cause, and a giant, three-headed Cobra shows up in Old Delhi. The Red tantriks are facing the White in conflict, and there is at least one Black tantrik who is messing with perilous shakti. Anantya is caught amidst the conflict, and to add to her problems, the supernatural netherworld comes alive with its ensemble of creatures.

3.Shatrujeet Nath:The Vikramaditya Trilogy: Book 1 - The Guardians of the Halahala:Rs 350.00

The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.But was the Halahala truly destroyed? A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!A sweeping tale of honor and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.

4.Perumal Murugan: One Part Woman:Rs 299.00

The book starts with the all of Kali and Ponna’s efforts to conceive a child going in vain. They tried everything from prayers to penance, pilgrimages, potions but with no result. Despite being in a loving, blissful and satisfying relationship, they constantly found themselves to be the target of a lot of taunts and insinuations from their folks and family. All their hopes and desires ultimately come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the Ardhanareeswara, the half-female god and the festivity surrounding it. That one night all the rules are relaxed and there can be a consensual union between any man and woman. Will their marriage be able to survive the test?

5.Desmond Macedo:A Guy Growing Old in a Country Growing Young:Rs 250.00

In a country where 50 per cent of the population is younger than twenty-five, what does it mean to be old? Ask Dan Mullagathanny. Not that Dan is old. He is only forty-nine. Anywhere else, he would be in his prime: ripe for the big promotion, ready for the big responsibility. If he was already married, he could have started an affair. If he was having an affair, he could have ended it and gone back to his wife to reflect on his foolishness. But in India, with youngsters all around, he is ageing faster. There are no jobs for him. And why would there be when his employers can hire two twenty-four-year-olds - smarter, more ambitious, more 'with it' - for the age of a forty-nine-year-old? In trying to woo girls, he becomes a storehouse of their secrets, and the most he can hope for is a polite platonic friendship. He cannot decide whether to be on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, and he cannot understand why he should say 'given the fact that' when he can more easily say 'since'. India is no country for old men. Will Dan make himself count or lose his voice here? A funny-sad story about being a misfit in a rapidly changing world, A Guy Growing Old in a Country Growing Young is compelling satire that asks important questions with an unusually light touch.


1.Javier Moro :The Red Sari:A Dramatized Biography of Sonia Gandhi: Rs 395.00

In the year 1965, Sonia Maino, a 19-year-old Italian student met a young Indian boy, Rajiv Gandhi, while they were both studying in Cambridge.She was born into a modest family in suburban Turin, where her father was a strict man who kept a close eye on his three daughters. Much to his chagrin, his painfully-shy middle daughter, of whom he was especially protective, fell in love with a man belonging the most powerful family in India. This marked the beginning of a story unlike any other-of a carefree Italian girl who was compelled to take on the murky world of rajneeti.With information sourced from close friends and colleagues, this book examines how Sonias courage, honesty and dedication have made her a leader in the eyes of one-sixth of humanity. From her idyllic childhood to her passionate love affair and from her days as a docile daughter-in-law to her current status of being the only Indian politician to have refused prime ministership - 'The Red Sari' tells the story of an extraordinary woman whose dreams of home, hearth and anonymous living were struck down by the hands of fate. This book examines the lives of the famous Nehru - Gandhi family set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War, the Emergency, Operation Blue Star and other events that have shaped modern Indian history.Author Javier Moro, a tireless investigator, writes the true story of a naive young woman, confronted by the complicated and dangerous world of Indian politics and surrounded by the intrigues of a family that is both reviled and admired.

2.Ned Hallowell:Driven to Distraction at Work:How to Focus and Be More Productive :Rs 995.00

Are you driven to distraction at work?Bestselling author Edward M. Hallowell, MD, the world’s leading expert on ADD and ADHD, has set his sights on a new goal: helping people feel more in control and productive at work.You know the feeling: you can’t focus; you feel increasingly overwhelmed by a mix of nonstop demands and technology that seems to be moving at the speed of light; and you’re frustrated just trying to get everything done well—and on time. Not only is this taking a toll on performance, it’s impacting your sense of well-being outside the office.It’s time to reclaim control.Dr. Hallowell now identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He explains why commonly offered solutions like “learn to manage your time better” or “make a to-do list” don’t work because they ignore the deeper issues that are the true causes of mental distraction. Based on his years of helping clients develop
constructive ways to deal with distraction, Dr. Hallowell provides a set of practical and reliable techniques to show how to sustain a productive mental state.

3.Cass R. Sunstein, Reid Hastie :Wiser:Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter :Rs 895.00

Why are group decisions so hard? Since the beginning of human history, people have made decisions in  groups—first in families and villages, and now as part of companies, governments, school boards, religious organizations, or any one of
countless other groups. And having more than one person to help decide is good because the group benefits from the collective knowledge of all of its members, and this results in better decisions. Right?Back to reality. We’ve all been involved in group decisions—and they’re hard. And they often turn out badly. Why? Many blame bad decisions on “groupthink” without a clear idea of what that term really means.Now, Nudge coauthor Cass Sunstein and leading decision-making scholar Reid Hastie shed light on the specifics of why and how group decisions go wrong—and offer tactics and lessons to help leaders avoid the pitfalls and reach better outcomes. In the first part of the book, they explain in clear and fascinating detail the distinct problems groups run into.

4.Dorothy Leonard, Walter C. Swap, Gavin Barton:Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for Managing Your Company:Rs 1500.00

When highly skilled subject matter experts, engineers, and managers leave their organizations, they take with them years of hard-earned, experience-based knowledge—much of it undocumented and irreplaceable. Organizations can thereby lose a good part of their competitive advantage. The tsunami of “boomer” retirements has created the most visible, urgent need to transfer such knowledge to the next generation. But there is also an ongoing torrent of acquisitions, layoffs, and successions—not to mention commonplace promotions and transfers—all of which involve the loss of essential expertise. Dorothy Leonard and Walter Swap first addressed this acute loss of knowledge in their groundbreaking book Deep Smarts (2005). Since then, managers have repeatedly asked them for practical, proven techniques that will help transfer those deep smarts—the organization’s critical, experience-based knowledge—before it’s too late. Now, with coauthor Gavin Barton, the authors share a comprehensive approach to doing just that.Based on original research, numerous interviews with top managers, and a wide range of corporate examples, Critical Knowledge Transfer provides a variety of practical options for identifying your firm’s deep smarts and transferring that intelligence from experts to successors. Critical Knowledge Transfer will enable managers to:  Determine the seriousness of their knowledge loss, Identify the deep smarts essential to their business, Utilize proven techniques for transferring knowledge when its loss is imminent,Identify and implement long-term transfer program apprenticeships,Set up individual learning plans for successors,Assess the success of their knowledge transfer initiatives.This book is essential reading for anyone managing talent in today’s volatile environment.

5.Sophia Loren :Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow : My Life:Rs 699.00

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow is Sophia Loren's definitive autobiography, revealing her personal journey from the hardship of her childhood in Naples to her life as a screen legend, sharing stories of work, love and family. Each chapter begins with a letter, a document, a photograph, or object that prompts her reminiscences. In her own words, these memoirs originated as, 'Unpublished memories, curious anecdotes, tiny secrets told, all of which spring from a box found by chance, a precious treasure trove filled with emotions, experiences, adventures.' In her incredible life story, Loren vividly recounts her difficult childhood in Naples during World War II, remembers her parents and their tempestuous relationship and reveals the pain of growing up in her grandparents' house with her single, unmarried mother and younger sister. She tells how she got her start by winning a beauty pageant ('La regina del mare') and how her ambition drove her success in cinema before revealing the influence of the producer Carlo Ponti, who cast her in her early roles and later became her husband. Loren takes us behind the scenes of the movies, her early stardom and move to Hollywood revealing intimate and never before shared stories of her famed costars - Brando, Newman, Burton, Peck, Heston and many more.


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