Top Ten Books This Week -March 16, 2015
On Mar 16, 2015
1.Us :David Nicholls :Rs 599.00
David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced One Day in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children.Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime one that will draw the three of them closer and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.What could possibly go wrong
2.Wanderers ,All :Janhavi Acharekar:Rs 499.00
An experimental novel that blurs the boundaries between historical fiction, memoir and travelogue, The Wanderers is the story of Murlidhar Khedekar, a failed actor-turnedpolice officer whose life plays out against the birth of a new nation. Set against the background of colonial rule and the formative years of the Indian police, it traces the story of this aspiring actor whose failure to land a role in the burgeoning Marathi theatre scene of the early 1900s leads to his ultimate employment in the Bombay City Police. As a parallel narrative,his great-granddaughter, traces her own kindred - if aimless -journey through present-day Goa and the Konkan. Alternating between the past and the present and juxtaposing migration with travel, The Wanderers throws up questions of divided loyalty, of belonging and ownership, of borders between humans and countries, the colonizer and the colonized.
3.Half A King:Joe Abercrombie:Rs 499.00
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi,reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself - all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi's path may end as it began - in twists, traps and tragedy.
4.The Lesson :Sowmya Rajendran :Rs 399.00
The adjustment bureau is snowed under with work the moral police force is on the prowl. The country but most of all the capital, must live by the Conduct Book. But it isn't easy. Despite all the efforts of these organizations to maintain peace and social order, people, especially women, continue to flout the law – they ask for divorces, dress provocatively, drink with men and attempt to avoid marriage and childbearing. But there's a one - man army, more effective than the entire moral police force put together, who will bring law to the land. A vigilante who has his own methods. No matter how many wanton, difficult women there are, he will persevere for the greater good. He will shame them like they have never been shamed before. And when one particular woman's rebellion threatens to spiral out of control, he's called upon to remedy the situation and teach her a lesson. The Lesson is a dystopian satire on the violence that women live with, structural, systemic and even just the everyday sort. It is a book that will remind you that, after all these years, Big Brother is still watching you.
5.Debt Collector's Due : Adhirath Sethi :Rs 250.00
There comes a day in every boy's life when he needs to sit down and decide what to do with the rest of it. But our layabout hero, Samay, slept through it, as he did most days growing up. Waking up aged twenty-nine, he finds that he barely has any money left in the bank and the only job anyone is willing to give him is as a debt collector for small businesses.To top it all, he has had no luck with his college flame, Amrita. They were close friends once but are not even in touch any more. His less-than-ordinary life takes a mad turn when he is mistaken by mob boss Pande for a hitman and given Rs 75 lakh as payment. Samay wants to take the money and flee the city,but he discovers that Amrita, now a journalist, is next on the hit list... The Debt Collector's Due is a wild ride through the drama of college heartbreak and a terrifying murder in south Mumbai's Parsi colony to the sweaty alleys of Crawford Market and the mist-filled valley of Panchgani. This is a story about shifting fortunes and high stakes, a breathless read from the first page to the very last word.
1.The Creator's Code:The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs : Amy Wilkinson :Rs 599.00
Kevin Plank was relatively small for an American footballer and when he weighed the cotton T-shirt he wore under his team uniform, he found it weighed three pounds because it was so drenched in sweat. Knowing he couldn't hinder himself in this way, he set about finding a material that wasn't so absorbent. Going to a local fabric shop, he soon learned that synthetic materials would not take in as much sweat, so he had a shirt made and found it added just four ounces over the course of a game. When he gave some team-mates samples to try, they also soon saw the advantages. He began to produce the shirts commercially and now Under Armour is a $2 billion global brand used by people from every sport.Packed with fascinating and inspirational tales of success, Amy Wilkinson's brilliant book explains the six essential skills required by entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams. Based on in-depth interviews with the founders of numerous global brands, from eBay to Spanx, from LinkedIn to PayPal, she shows just what they did and what set them apart. For the key to being a successful entrepreneur isn't necessarily about being 'first', it is about being the 'only' one and devising a new formula where none previously existed. Above all, these stories show how - if you follow the right steps - anyone can become a successful entrepreneur.
2.Changing The Conversation:The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution :Dana Casprsen :Rs 599.00
The seventeen key principles for transforming conflict—in a beautiful package from the creator of The 48 Laws of Power.From Joost Elffers, the packaging genius behind the huge New York Times bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction, comes this invaluable manual that teaches seventeen fundamentals for turning any conflict into an opportunity for growth. Beautifully packaged in a graphic, two-color format, Changing the Conversation is written by conflict expert Dana Caspersen and is filled with real-life examples, spot-on advice, and easy-to-grasp exercises that demonstrate transformative ways to break out of destructive patterns, to create useful dialogue in difficult situations, and to find long-lasting solutions for conflicts. Sure to claim its place next to Getting to Yes, this guide will be a go-to resource for resolving conflicts.
3.Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us:Kabir Sehgal :Rs 499.00
Money isn't just coins, bank notes or clamshells it is more than a store of value or unit of payment. It's an idea, a transformative player in how we view, cope and harmonise with the world. Like it or not, money is a measure of status, well‐being and our chances to survive and thrive. Money isn't just what makes the world go around, it is largely what makes each of us go around.In Coined, Kabir Sehgal travels the world while presenting a multidimensional portrait of currency through the ages. He explores the origin of exchange in the Galapagos Islands, searches for hoards of coins from an ancient civilization in Bangladesh and learns about the art that appears on money from coin collectors in Vietnam.He takes you from the vaults beneath the Federal Reserve in New York to a beehive where pollen can be understood as a natural form of exchange. He details the birth of money, to its place in our culture both past and present, to how the obsession for it can lead to death and destruction, all the while mixing engaging and entertaining stories from the front lines of global currency exchange with extensive, thoughtful research. The story of money is rich and varied because it is our story.
4.Lessons from Ruslana:In Search of Transformative Thinking:Amit Dasgupta;Rs 299.00
Ruslana was the face of a Nina Ricci perfume. With her striking features, she took the fashion world by storm and quickly became the toast of the glitterati. But who was she really, and why did she look so unhappy? No one would know until, one day, they discovered that she was just another lost and lonely girl. With Ruslana's tragic world as the centrepiece of this motivational masterclass, Amit Dasgupta explores why we do what we do. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, such as, John Berger, Viktor Frankl, Akira Kurosawa, Zen Buddhism and many others, he takes the reader on an inspirational journey, unravelling the mystery behind the one question that haunts us: why am I unhappy, why do I fail, will I ever matter?
5.Sri Lanka:The New Country :Padma Rao Sundarji: Rs 499.00
The thirty-year civil war in Sri Lanka which ended in 2009 shook the island-nation. Now there is peace, rapid development - and a new government. But questions remain. What do Tamils and Sinhalese feel about their new country? What are their dreams for the future? Sri Lanka: The New Country is insightful and unusual reportage with the dispassionate eye of a foreign correspondent who covered the bloody conflict for two decades. It is anecdotal narrative at its best: about ordinary Sri Lankans, former Tamil Tigers, meeting LTTE chief V.Prabhakaran, princes, 'secular clergymen', army generals, Tamil Buddhists, 'Sinhalese Tamils', politicians and - sailors wary of ghosts. As the writer traverses Sri Lanka's formerly embattled north and east, international stereotypes about the nation are challenged. The book is a tribute to a wonderful people, as they pick up the pieces of their fragmented national identity and get on with building a new country.
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