Top Ten Books This Week -March 23, 2015
On Mar 23, 2015
1.Anees Salim: Vanity Bagh:Rs 299.00
Now in Paperback. Inside every big Indian city, there is a tiny PakistanInspired by the legend of Abu Hathim, ageing don of Vanity Bagh, Imran Jabbariand his friends form a gang called 5 and 1/2 Men in their mohalla of Vanity Bagh. They are hired to dispense a batch of stolen scooters to different corners of the city, not until the city rocks with scooter bombs does Imran realize that they have been involved in a terrorist act.One of the prime accused in the 11/11 serial blasts, Imran is destined to live in captivity for the next fourteen years. He kills time plotting jailbreak until he is assigned to the bookmaking section of the prison. The new job equips him with a new facility: each time he opens a book and stares at its blank pages, he sees them scribbled with tales from Vanity Bagh. Imran thus traces the history of animosity between Vanity Bagh, nicknamed Little Pakistanand Mehendi, a Hindu neighbourhood.The solitude and reflection that characterize Imran's narrative are undercut by communal tension and a simmering violence. Touched with a wistful small-town feeling in the midst of a teeming city, Vanity Bagh is a darkly comic tale.
2.David Gibbins:Pyramid:Rs 399.00
Fans of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler will be unable to resist this thrilling new Jack Howard action adventure from Sunday Times bestseller David Gibbins.Underwater archaeologist Jack Howard is back with a dangerous mission to uncover a shocking secret which could rewrite history...In 1890, a British soldier emerges from the depths of a Cairo sewer. He claims to have been trapped for years in an ancient underground complex, and swears that he stumbled upon an incredible collection of gold, treasure, and thousands upon thousands of jars filled with papyri. Dismissed as a madman who has lost his mind in the desert, his story was lost to the world. Until now...When a colleague of Jack Howard's stumbles across the soldier's story, the mention of a 'blinding shaft of light' captures Jack's attention and resurrects the forgotten ramblings. With the political situation in Egypt at boiling point, Jack and his team risk everything in a treacherous archaeological expedition to find the truth. Their mission will take them across the globe, down to the darkest depths of the Red Sea, and back through Egyptian history to the bloody reign of Akhenaten, the Sun-Pharaoh - and keeper of a devastating secret...
3.Ian Caldwell :The Fifth Gospel :Rs 499.00
Lost gospel, a contentious relic and a dying pope's final wish converge to send two brothers—both Vatican priests—on an intellectual quest to untan-gle Christianity's greatest historical mystery.In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious ex-hibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation.
4.Jamie Freveletti:Robert Ludlum's The Geneva Strategy:Rs 699.00
One evening in Washington, DC, several high-ranking members of government disappear in a mass kidnapping. Among the kidnapped is Nick Rendel, a computer software coding expert in charge of drone programming and strategy. He is the victim with the most dangerous knowledge, including confidential passwords and codes that are used to program the drones. If revealed, his kidnappers could reprogram the drones to strike targets within the United States.Jon Smith and the Covert One team begin a worldwide search to recover the officials, but as the first kidnapping victims are rescued, they show disturbing signs of brainwashing or mind-altering drugs. Smith's investigation leads him to Fort Detrick, where a researcher, Dr. Laura Taylor, had been attempting to create a drug to wipe memory from soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. But Dr. Taylor's research was suspended almost a year ago, when she was placed in a mental institution. Now, if Smith doesn't figure out the brainwashing drug, and track down the kidnapped Nick Rendel, the kidnappers will soon have the power to carry out drone strikes anywhere in the world...
5.Shashi Warrier:The Girl Who Didn't Give Up:Rs 350.00
My home used to be in Kallur, near Moodigere. I used to go to the village school there and study and play and do whatever other girls like me do. Now I am a prisoner in a house with five other children. We are alone here. We do not know what is happening outside.Whoever you are, please help us. Please, God, help us. When Economics Professor Krishna decides to move for a few months to Goa from the US, he hopes to be able to do some research and perhaps try and recover from the death of his wife. But in the house he rents, he finds a roll of papers which he discovers is the diary of a ten-year-old girl, Suchitra. Through the heartrending entries, he discovers that she is one of several young children brought to Goa as part of a paedophile ring run by someone clearly influential.Krishnas decision to try and find the girl propels him into a web of intrigues and machinations. As he tries to grapple his way in a world far outside his field of experience, he must decide who to trust, what secrets to keep and most of all, how he can bring some justice to a little girl.
1.Pietra Rivoli :The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy :An Economist Examines the Markets Power and Politics of world Trade :Rs 699.00
The keys to global business success, as taught by a T–shirt′s journey.The Travels of a T–Shirt in the Global Economy is a critically–acclaimed narrative that illuminates the globalization debates and reveals the key factors to success in global business. Tracing a T–shirt′s life story from a Texas cotton field to a Chinese factory and back to a U.S. storefront before arriving at the used clothing market in Africa, the book uncovers the political and economic forces at work in the global economy. Along the way, this fascinating exploration addresses a wealth of compelling questions about politics, trade, economics, ethics, and the impact of history on today′s business landscape. This new printing of the second edition includes a revised preface and a new epilogue with updates through 2014 on the people, industries, and policies related to the T–shirt′s life story.Using a simple, everyday T–shirt as a lens through which to explore the business, economic, moral, and political complexities of globalization in a historical context, Travels encapsulates a number of complex issues into a single identifiable object that will strike a chord with readers as they:
Investigate the sources of sustained competitive advantage in different industries
Examine the global economic and political forces that explain trade patters between countries
Analyze complex moral issues related to globalization and international business
Discover the importance of cultural and human elements in international trade
This story of a simple product illuminates the many complex issues which businesspeople, policymakers, and global citizens are touched by every day.
2.George B Bradt :The New Leaders 100 Day Action Plan :How to Take Charge Build Your Team and Get Immediate Results :Rs 699.00
Your first 100 days in a new leadership role are critical. They determine the success of your mission, your relationship with your new team and the trajectory of your career. Turnover is high among new leaders who "didn't work out," and the costs to them and their organizations are dramatic. However, the odds are in your favor, if you have a comprehensive onboarding plan.This updated and revised Third Edition of the bestseller The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan provides authoritative guidance to prepare executives for an important transition and accelerate their results. Discover the right approach for taking charge in your new role, learn the key steps you should be making before Day One and engage your new colleagues by fully understanding the organizational culture. This edition also adds a new 100-Hour Action Plan for crisis situations, which has been adopted by the American Red Cross.With new chapters, sample action plans and down-loadable forms to help you plan, this invaluable handbook will help you: Assess the business context and internal political culture you'll be facing Implement the "Brave" approach to motivating your new team members by understanding their Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values and Environment Provide advice for your bosses so that they'll know how to help you succeed Use social media and other communication tools to reach and motivate your new stakeholders The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan will help you deliver better results faster. Ensure that you achieve all of your goals in your next leadership role by implementing an effective plan, starting even before Day One.
3.Ray Titus:Yuva India :Consumption and Lifestyle Choices of A Young India :Rs 399.00
Deep dive into Yuva India and discover how the lives of Indian youth are converging on a composite identity.Yuva India takes a deep dive into the lives of India's young men and women. In unravelling what makes them tick, Yuva India uncovers the phenomenon of 'attitudinal convergence' that is rapidly growing across youth cohorts in India. Tracing its origin to the arrival of and exposure to a 'composite culture', the research behind 'convergence' zeroes in on how a young India is defining itself using new-age sensibilities. Drawing on insights collected over a decade, Ray documents and analyses how young men and women in India approach issues of identity, image, sexuality, spirituality, personal relevance, social connections and community and professional pursuits.Filled with numerous firstperson accounts and brand stories, Yuva India provides an insightful understanding of India's most valuable asset, its youth population.
4.Herminia Ibarra:Act like A leader,Think Like A Leader:Rs 995.00
You aspire to lead with greater impact. The problem is you're busy executing on today's demands. You know you have to carve out time from your day job to build your leadership skills, but it's easy to let immediate problems and old mind-sets get in the way.Herminia Ibarra-an expert on professional leadership and development and a renowned professor at INSEAD, a leading international business school shows how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks and themselves.In act like a leader, think like a leader she offers advice to help you
Redefine your job in order to make more strategic contributions.
Diversify your network so that you connect to, and learn from, a bigger range of stakeholders.
Become more playful with your self concept, allowing your familiar and possibly outdated leadership style to evolve.
Ibarra turns the usual think first and then act philosophy on its head by arguing that doing these three things will help you learn through action and will increase what she calls your out sight the valuable external perspective you gain from direct experiences and experimentation. As opposed to insight, out sight will then help change the way you think as a leader about what kind of work is important, how you should invest your time, why and which relationships matter in informing and supporting your leadership and ultimately, who you want to become.
Packed with self-assessments and practical advice to help define your most pressing leadership challenges, this book will help you devise a plan of action to become a better leader and move your career to the next level. It's time to learn by doing.
5.Patrick Jered:Finding the Demon's Fiddle : On the Trail of the Ravanhattha:Rs 699.00
A European arrives in India and comes upon an ancient mythical instrument. This instrument, the Ravanhattha, is not only the earliest ancestor of the western violin, but was also, according to the early versions of the Ramayana, invented by the Great Demon King, Ravana.
Who exactly was Ravana? Was he just the vengeful abductor of Sita and the sworn enemy of Lord Ram? Or was he the wise and compassionate ruler of Lanka? Could Ravana be responsible for the birth of Zen Buddhism in Japan? How did Ravana contribute to the invention of Chinese Kung Fu? As the author's fascination for the Ravanhattha and his growing obsession with the Demon King himself take over, he is drawn into a world of desert musician-priests, obscure traditions and vibrant characters. This intimate and often humorous account of Patrick Jered's visit to India and Sri Lanka, reads like an engaging page-turner of a novel. The author skilfully interweaves a personal travel narrative with the history, scripture and arcane religions surrounding the Ravanhattha, drawing together several tales that all eventually reach their own surprising conclusions.
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