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Top Ten Books This Week - May 07
Books from Adi to Jim Rogers to Debashis Sarkar and Lionel Shriver | By Yentha
On May 07, 2013

 

FICTION

1.Adi :Tantra :Rs 195.00

Anu is a leather wearing, no-nonsense professional guardian with a reputation for killing the most dangerous villains in New York City. But when her enemies murder the one person she truly cared about, all she wants is vengeance. The only clue points to New Delhi, so Anu puts in for a job transfer.In India, she finds more than she expected. For one thing, her fellow operatives have made a truce with the vampires. For another, its way too hot to wear leather.At first, it seems Anu's biggest challenge will be evading the nice boys her aunt wants her to marry. But when children start disappearing, she discovers forces older and darker than anything shes faced before. All of Delhi is in danger, especially the sexy stranger who sets Anu's pulse racing.To prepare for the coming battle, Anu must overcome her personal demons and put aside years of training. This time, her most powerful weapon will come from her mind, not her weapons belt.

2.John Le Carre :A Delicate Truth :Rs 399.00

A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar.  Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.Cornwall, UK, 2011. A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be—or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher (“Kit”) Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit’s beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?

3.Lionel Shriver :Double Fault :Rs 399.00

Love me, love my game' says twenty-three year-old Willy Novinsky. Ever since she picked up a racquet at the age of four, tennis has been Willy's one love, until the day she meets Eric Oberdorf. She's a middleranked professional tennis player and he's a Princeton graduate who took up playing tennis at the age of eighteen. Low-ranked but untested, Eric, too, aims to make his mark on the international tennis circuit. Willy beholds compatibility spiced with friendly rivalry, and discovers her first passion outside a tennis court. They marry. Married life starts well but soon gives way to full-tilt competition over who can rise to the top first. Driven and gifted, Willy maintains the lead until she severs her knee ligaments in a fall. As Willy recuperates, her ranking plummets whilst her husband's climbs, until he is eventually playing in the US Open. Anguished at falling short of her lifelong dream and resentful of her husband's success, Willy slides irresistibly toward the first quiet tragedy of her young life.

4.Kishwar Desai :The Sea of Innocence :Rs 350.00

Simran Singh is desperate for a break and some time away from her busy job as a social worker-come-crime investigator. And so the unspoilt idyll of Goa seems just the place - white beaches, blue seas and no crime.But when a disturbing video appears on her phone, featuring a young girl being attacked by a group of men, she realises that a darkness festers at the heart of this supposed paradise. And when she discovers out that the girl is Liza Kay, a British teenager who has gone missing, she knows she must act in order to save her.But first Simran must break through the web of lies and dark connections that flourish on these beaches. Everyone, it seems, knows what has happened to the girl but no one is prepared to say. And when more videos appear, and Simran herself is targeted in order to keep her quiet, the paradise soon becomes a living nightmare.

5.Sonora Jha :Foreign :Rs 399.00

The book is a fictionalized account of the farmers suicides in contemporary India. It is set in Seattle and in Vidarbha, Maharashtra, with the two worlds tumbling together in a web of suicide, politics and betrayal. In a village in India, a forsaken man is about to kill himself in quiet despair. A million miles away, Katya Misra is celebrating a perfect evening in her fine, academic life in Seattle . . . until she is informed that her teenage son Kabir has run away to India in search of a father he has never met. Contemptuous of her homeland and determined to bring Kabir back where he belongs, Katya must follow her son into the home of a suicidal farmer, in a village where, every eight hours, a man kills himself. Here, as Kabirs father inspires his son with his selfless social work, Katya finds an ally in the farmers wife Gayatribai, who saves Kabirs life by damaging her own, and in return asks for Katyas help in keeping her husband alive in the suicide epidemic that has gripped this treacherously changing nation. Whipped up in a world of violent protest rallies, mass weddings, inglorious suicides, and a love that demands to be rekindled, Katya must learn whose life can be saved and whose she should just let go.




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NON FICTION


1.Jim Rogers : Street Smarts : Adventures on the Road and in the Markets :Rs 599.00

Drawing from his early years growing up in Demopolis, Alabama, to his years rowing crew at Yale, to cofounding the Quantum Fund with George Soros--Jim Rogers offers insights and financial advice on today's financial world. Rogers is convinced that Southeast Asia and China are the dominant drivers of the world economy in the 21st century, and that America is in decline. He believes so strongly in Asia's economic future that he moved his wife and two young daughters to Singapore in 2007 from New York to immerse them in that world, and his daughters are now fluent in Mandarin.

2.Jonah Berger :Contagious :Why Things Catch On :Rs 499.00

How to make products, ideas and behaviours really catch on.?Why are some products and ideas talked about more than others? Why do some articles make the most emailed list? Why do some YouTube videos go viral? Wordof- mouth. Whether through face-to-face conversations, emails from friends, or online product reviews, the information and opinions we get from others have a strong impact on our own behaviour. Indeed, word-of-mouth generates more than two times the sales of paid advertising and is the primary factor behind 20-50% of all purchasing decisions. It is between 8.5 and 30 times more effective than traditional media. But want to know the best thing about word-of-mouth? It's available to everyone. Whether you're a Fortune 500 company trying to increase sales, a corner restaurant trying to raise awareness, a non-profit trying to fight obesity, or a newbie politician running for city council, word-of-mouth can help you succeed. And you don't have to have millions of dollars to spend on an advertising budget. You just have to get people to talk. The challenge, though, is how to do that. This book will show you how.

3.Debashis Sarkar :How Can I Help You : 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Customer Service :Rs  299.00

A timely book on what not to do in order to keep your customer happy.Customer is king. With rising consumer awareness and cut-throat competition, it is important to provide services which are differentiable and memorable for the consumer. With a ring side view to customer service excellence, Debashis Sarkarauthor, thought leader, and practitioner, who has held leadership positions with Unilever, Coca Cola, ICICI Bank, and now Standard Chartered shares valuable observations about customer service excellence.How Can I Help You? hands you the strategies and tactics to retain and nurture your customers by laying down the five major pitfalls to be sidestepped while dealing with customer service. Richly illustrated with case studies and examples, this book is an essential read for every modern professional.

4.Jules Goddard :Uncommon Sense Common Nonsense:Why Some Organisations Consistently Outperform Others :Rs 599.00

The aim of the book is to encourage managers to reject the fashion for business panaceas and theories that are no more than folk wisdom, and to turn away from slavishly focussing on 'best' practice and socalled strategies that are little more than banal wish lists .It puts forward the notion that the application of uncommon sense - thinking, doing or behaving differently from other organisations in a way that makes unusual sense - is the secret to competitive success, rather like the way in which asymmetric information (knowing something that someone else does not) can provide an economic advantage. In parallel it argues that to follow what you know makes uncommonly good sense means rejecting the common nonsense the empty philosophy and meaningless jargon - that so many organisations live their lives by. The book consists of some 75 short essays and is divided into four parts: winners and losers, strategy and tactics, organisation and management, biases and remedies. Some of the arguments of the book are grounded in recent economic and psychological research, but most of them are the fruit of working with executives who have attended the management development programmes that the authors have designed and run at London Business School over the past 30 years. This is a book for managers who know that their organisations are stuck in a rut, and who are frustrated and find their work insufficiently engaging. Above all it is a book for those who want to succeed and who dare to be different.

5.Prasad Kaipa :From Smart to Wise :Acting and Leading with Wisdom :Rs 499.00

A fresh and timely approach to nurturing wise, resilient, and flexible leadership in a world of growing complexity.Leaders insist on sticking to the time-tested formulae of either functional leadership that focusses on operational excellence or smart leadership that focusses on growth. When a leader's focus is too functional, the organization becomes introverted and can focus too much on bottom line profitability while missing out on topline growth opportunities. But when leaders focus too much on smart leadership, the organization may experience quick growth but lose its effectiveness quickly. To strike a fine balance between From Smart to Wise provides a fresh and timely approach to nurturing wise, resilient, and flexible leadership in a world of growing complexity.Drawing on inspiring real-life stories of historical and contemporary wise leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet the authors identify six characteristics of wise leaders and offer a practical framework to help readers develop their own style of wise leadership that is both functional and smart.

 

 

 

 
 
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