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Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely, and youll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a Bank. Two hours later, chaos has descended. A bungled attempted robbery has developed into a hostage situation and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police. Within the building, fear quickly turns to irritation for the seven strangers trapped inside. If this is to be their last day on Earth, shouldnt it be a bit more dramatic? But as the minutes tick by, they begin to suspect that the criminal mastermind holding them hostage might be more in need of rescuing than they are.
Brave New World
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Brave New World is a novel with a science fiction theme written by bestselling author, Aldous Huxley, and was first published in 1932. It is set in the far future, in 2540 AD and features a utopian view of the society at that time, with a lot of material dedicated to sleep learning, reproductive technology, and classical conditioning. The title is derived from a line in Shakespeares The Tempest. The book begins with a lengthy introduction, detailing the authors views of how he thinks the entire world will function in the far future, in a global society that he terms The World State. The individual story only begins in the 7th chapter, where the reader is properly introduced to the story of Bernard and Lenina, two inhabitants of the World State. Bernard has a single friend in life, whose name is Helmholtz Watson. Bernard and Lenina go on a holiday to New Mexico where they meet John the Savage and Linda, both of whom have lived hard lives due to being ostracised by all the people they lived with. It is decided that John and Linda would accompany Bernard and Lenina back to the World State when they return, and the rest of Brave New World covers the events that occur on their return journey.
Girl In White Cotton
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020, AND PUBLISHED IN THE UK AS BURNT SUGAR Utterly compelling, complex, unflinching realism sometimes emotionally wrenching but also cathartic, written with poignancy and memorability. The Booker Prize Judges 2020 Avni Doshi is a writer of surgical precision and sharp intelligence. This novel of mother and daughter resentments and the deep, intimate cuts of ancient family history gleams like a blade both dangerous and beautiful. I loved it. Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love Taut and unsettling, a dark, ferocious novel. Fatima Bhutto, author of The Runaways Antara has never understood her mother Taras decisions walking out on her marriage to follow a guru, living on the streets like a beggar, shacking up with an unknown artist, rebelling against societys expectations ... But when Tara starts losing her memory, Antara searches for a way to make peace with their shared past, a past that haunts them both.<\p> As she relives her childhood in Pune in the eighties, the time she spent at a Catholic boarding school in the hills of Maharashtra, and her years as a young artist in Bombay, Antara comes up against her own fears and neuroses, realizing she might not be so different from Tara after all. Girl in White Cotton is a journey into shifting memories, altering identities and the subjective nature of truth. Tracing the fragile line between familial devotion and deception, Avni Doshis mesmerizing first novel will surprise and unsettle you.
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - At magic hour when the sun has gone but the light has not, armies of flying foxes unhinge themselves from the Banyan trees in the old graveyard and drift across the city like smoke . So begins The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roys incredible follow up to The God of Small Things. We meet Anjum, who used to be Aftab, who runs a guest house in an Old Delhi graveyard and gathers around her the lost, the broken and the cast out. We meet Tilo, an architect, who, although she is loved by three men, lives in acountry of her own skin. When Tilo claims an abandoned baby as her own, her destiny and that of Anjum become entangled as a tale that sweeps across the years and a teeming continent takes flight.
My Life As An Ice Cream Sandwich
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world thats changing at warp speed. Twelve year old Ebony Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Huntsville, Alabama ever since she was little. As one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, Jeremiah has nurtured Ebony Graces love for all things outer space and science fiction especiallyStar WarsandStar Trek. But in the summer of 1984, when trouble arises with Jeremiah, its decided shell spend a few weeks with her father in Harlem. Harlem is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and Ebony Graces first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summers end, Ebony Grace discovers that Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars. A New York Times Bestseller
Gunning For The Godman
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Notorious godman Asaram Bapu, aka Asumal Sirumalani Harpalani, serves life imprisonment in the Central Jail Jodhpur. He was convicted for the rape of a minor and also has murder charges against him. Gunning for the Godman is the no holds barred, first hand account of how Ajay Lamba, then DCP Jodhpur (West), landed the case and got a team of dedicated officers together. It is the story of how, foiling the Babas many attempts to get away scot free, they arrested him in a matter of only ten days, and how they assiduously saw the victim and her family through a four year long trial. This, despite the countless threats to not only the girl and her family, but also to DCP Lambas own family and team. A testimony to unrelenting courage, this story of a dynamic police officers pursuit of justice is a lesson for these troubled times. As on the date of publication of this book, the appeal of Sanchita Gupta Shilpi against the order of conviction passed by the Special Court (POCSO) Jodhpur, is pending before the Honble Rajasthan High Court. The sentence awarded to Sanchita Gupta Shilpi has been suspended during the pendency of the appeal.
Ajay Lamba Sanjeev Mathur
The School Of Life
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - This is a book about everything you were never taught at school. Its about how to understand your emotions, find and sustain love, succeed in your career, fail well and overcome shame and guilt. Its also about letting go of the myth of a perfect life in order to achieve genuine emotional maturity. Written in a hugely accessible, warm and humane style, the school of life is the ultimate guide to the emotionally fulfilled lives we all long for and deserve.
Alain De Botton
Cities And Canopies Trees In Indian Cities
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Native and imported, sacred and ordinary, culinary and floral, favourites of various kings and commoners over the centuries, trees are the most visible signs of nature in cities, fundamentally shaping their identities. Trees are storehouses of the complex origins and histories of city growth, coming as they do from different parts of the world, brought in by various local and colonial rulers. From the tree planted by Sarojini Naidu at Dehraduns clock tower to those planted by Sher Shah Suri and Jahangir on Grand Trunk Road, trees in India have served, above all, as memory keepers. They are our roots their trunks our pillars, their bark our texture, and their branches our shade. Trees are natures own museums. Drawing on extensive research, Cities and Canopies is a book about both the specific and the general aspects of these gentle life giving creatures.
Annihilation Of Caste
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - In 1936, a Hindu reformist group invited B.R. Ambedkar to deliver their presidential address and chart a path to end the caste system. When he argued that the immorality of caste was sustained by the Vedas and Shastras, and without dynamiting them there could be no reform, they withdrew their invitation. Ambedkar published the text on his own. Mahatma Gandhi responded to the provocation. The hatchet was never buried. This new annotated, critical edition features a comprehensive introduction by Arundhati Roy, who says to ignore Gandhi while writing about Ambedkar is to do Ambedkar a disservice. this edition generated inevitable questions regarding political representation, caste, privilege, and power in Indian society.
Shaheen Bagh And The Idea Of India
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - The first comprehensive book on one of the most important civil rights movements in the history of Independent India. On 15 December 2019, police in riot gear stormed Delhis Jamia Millia Islamia University and attacked unarmed students protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), which makes religion a factor in the process of granting Indian citizenship. In neighbouring Shaheen Bagh, mothers and other relatives and friends of the students came out into the streets in outrage and anguish. They sat on a main road demanding repeal of the CAA, which, twinned with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), could make Indian Muslims aliens in their own homeland. Within days, similar protests broke out across the country. Free India had never seen anything like it. Shaheen Bagh and the Idea of India examines how the sit in by a small group of Muslim womenmany of whom had stepped out of their homes alone for the first time united millions of Indians of different faiths and ideologies in defence of the principles of liberty, equality and secularism enshrined in our Constitution. It also throws up many important questions Can the Shaheen Bagh protests reverse the damage done to our democracy in recent years How did the non violent movement sustain itself despite vilification, threats and persecution by the establishment Is this movement the beginning of new solidarities in our society Will it survive the aftermath of the communal violence that devastated northeast Delhi in February 2020, and the witch hunt that was launched under cover of the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown This necessary collection comprises interviews with some of the brave women at the core of the protests ground reports and photographs by journalists like Seema Mustafa, Seemi Pasha, Nazes Afroz and Mustafa Quraishi and essays by thinkers, writers, lawyers and activists, including Nayantara Sahgal, Harsh Mander, Subhashini Ali, Nandita Haksar, Zoya Hasan, Apoorvanand, Enakshi Ganguly, Sharik Laliwala and Nizam Pasha. It is a book that must be read by everyone who cares about Indias democracy and its future.
Touching The Jaguar
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - This eloquent book inspires us to create a new reality of what it means to be humans on this magnificent planet. Deepak Chopra when new York Times bestselling author John Perkins was a young peace Corps volunteer, his life was saved by an amazonian shaman who taught him to touch the jaguar too transform his fears into positive action. He went on to become an economic hit man (Ehm), convincing developing countries to build huge infrastructure projects that put them perpetually in debt to the world Bank and other us controlled institutions. Although he sincerely believed this was the best model for economic development, he came to realize it was really a new form of colonialism. Returning to the Amazon, he saw the destructive impact of his ehm work. But he also was inspired by a previously un contacted tribe that touched its Jaguar by uniting with its enemies to defend its territory against invading oil and mining companies. For the first time, Perkins details how his experiences in the Amazon converted him from an EHM to a crusader for transforming our failing death economy that destroys its own resources and nature itself into a flourishing life economy that renews itself. He provides a strategy for each of us to change our lives and defend our territory thee earth against destructive policies and systems.
The Unending Game
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - In God we trust, the rest we monitor. A former chief of Indias external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, deconstructs the shadowy world of spies, from the Cold War era to the age of global jihad, from surveillance states to psy war and cyberwarfare, from gathering information to turning it into credible intelligence. Vikram Sood provides a panoramic view of the rarely understood profession of spying to serve a countrys strategic and security interests. As a countrys stature and reach grow, so do its intelligence needs. This is especially true for one like India that has ambitions of being a global player even as it remains embattled in its own neighbourhood. The Unending Game tackles these questions while providing a national and international perspective on gathering external intelligence, its relevance in securing and advancing national interests, and why intelligence is the first playground in the game of nations.
The 10 Rules Of Successful Nations
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - This short primer distils Ruchir Sharmas decades of global analytic experience into ten rules for identifying nations that are poised to take off or crash. A wake up call to economists who failed to foresee every recent crisis, including the cataclysm of 2008, 10 Rules is full of insights on signs of political, economic, and social change. Sharma explains, for example, why autocrats are bad for the economy robots are a blessing, not a curse and consumer prices dont tell you all you need to know about inflation. He shows how currency crises begin with the flight of knowledgeable locals, not evil foreigners how debt crises start in private companies, not government and why the best news for any country is none at all. Rethinking economics as a practical art, 10 Rules is a must read for business, political and academic leaders who want to understand the most important forces that shape a nations future.
Man'S Search For Meaning
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Mans Search for Meaning was first published in 1946. Victor Frankl was a leading psychologist in Vienna when he was arrested for being a Jew during the Nazi regime. He survived holocaust and used his experiences to write this book. He propounded the theory that it is Mans constant search for meaning that allows him to survive even the most brutal, the most degrading situations in his life. He said there are only two races in the world, the decent and indecent. They will maintain their innate beliefs, no matter which side they are on. The decent ones will try to help the fellow human beings and the indecent ones will be selfish and serve themselves at the cost to the others. Frankls views were different from those of the leading psychologist of his times, Freud and Adler. His research was intensely personal and unique. His findings of human behaviour were based on the most extenuating circumstances that humans face. He suffered holocaust along with several other inmates and he observed their behaviour closely. He found that those with a capability to focus on love were the ones that survived. He based this observation on a long walk he was forced into by his captors. His companion spoke about his wife. This made Frankl think about his wife and the thought of her took his mind away from his current agony of being hit with rifle butts by his captors for dawdling. The book has been listed as one of the 10 most influential books. It has a message of hope that has continued to inspire readers down the years.
Viktor E Frankl
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Curation or the art of selecting useful information to form meaningful collections, is the new buzzword that tech companies and media professionals have eagerly latched on to. But curation is a far more powerful and deeply relevant idea than we give it credit for. It answers the question of how we make sense of a culture in which problems are often about having too much, and shows how we keep growing in a world of excess. Acts of selecting, refining and arranging to add value help us overcome information overload. This book highlights the numerous places in which this simple but forceful skill is increasingly felt in art and on the Web, but also in retail and manufacturing, high finance and government policy. CURATION is an exciting and wide ranging work of business oriented non fiction incorporating the latest thinking in economics, technology, business strategy, complexity theory, media and psychology with strong narratives and big ideas. Through powerful personal stories about real jobs, lives, companies and industries fighting to thrive in crowded markets, it reveals how a little used word from the world of museums became a crucial business strategy for the 21st century. Curation is one of the most gripping and unignorable business ideas for our time, and organisations and individuals who make the most of it will position themselves to grow.
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Deeply researched and highly entertaining. The times vivid reporting and electric story telling. ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk clear eyed and objective. New York Times the extraordinary inside story of how Instagram became the worlds most successful app in just ten years, Instagram has gone from being a simple photo app to a dollar100 billion company. The journey has involved ground breaking innovations, a billion dollar takeover, and clashes between some of the biggest names in tech. But its a story that has never been told until now. In no filter, bloombergs Sarah frier reveals how Instagram became the hottest app in a generation, reshaping our culture and economy in the process. With astonishing access to all the key players from Instagrams co founders to super influencers like Kris Jenner frier offers behind the scenes glimpses of every moment in the Companies life from its launch, to its unlikely acquisition by face book, to its founders dramatic disputes with their new boss, mark Zuckerberg. But this is not just a Silicon Valley story. No filter explores how Instagram has reshaped global business, creating a new economy of influence Rs and pioneering a business model that sells an inspirational lifestyle to all of us. And it delves into Instagrams effects on popular culture, rewiring our understanding of celebrity and placing mounting pressure on all of us to perform online to the point of warping our perception of reality. The resulting book connects one companys rise to a global revolution in technology, culture and business. Facebooks decision to buy Instagram was the best investment it ever made. But were still learning about what it has cost the rest of us.
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Sunday Times bestseller that reveals the earthly awesome impact on the shape of human civilisations. stands comparison with sapiens thrilling Sunday Times human evolution in East Africa was driven by geological forces. Ancient Greece developed democracy because of its mountainous terrain. Voting behaviour in the United States today follows the bed of an ancient sea. Professor Lewis dartnell takes us on an astonishing journey into our planets past to tell the ultimate origin story. Blending Science and history, Aboriginal reveals the earthly awesome impact on the shape of human civilisations and helps us to see the challenges and opportunities of the future. A sweeping, brilliant overview of the history not only of our species but of the world Peter Frankopan, author of the silk roads absorbing a first class read and an important one observer.
Some Assembly Required
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Some assembly required is a lively and accessible guide to the most momentous transformations in the history of life the evolution of fish into land dwelling creatures, the origins of birds, how life took the first step from single celled Organisms towards complex beings with bodies. It is also a story that is full of surprises. If you think that feathers arose to help animals fly, or lungs to help animals walk on land, youd be in good company. Youd also be entirely wrong. Neil shubin delves deep into the mystery of life, describing how discoveries of the past fifty years have revolutionised our understanding of how we got here, and brought us closer to answering one of the great questions of science was life on Earth inevitable or is it an accident that we are here at all
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - In 1509 Krishnadevaraya, a prince from humble origins, ascended the throne of Vijayanagara. The empire he inherited was weak from two messy dynastic succession, and ambitious enemy kings loomed large on all sides a haughty king of Orissa in the east, five upstart Deccan Sultans to the North, revolting Tamil rajas in the South and enterprising Portuguese soldiers from the West. But Krishnadevaraya quickly rose to the challenge, and in the course of his remarkable twenty year reign, he changed history forever. He won every single battle he fought and unified the whole of South India under his banner. Krishnadevaraya is remembered today as one of Indias greatest kings, not only because of his successes on the battlefield or the dazzling splendour of his empire, but because he was Indias first truly global leader. He had to confront very modern problems, such as building international alliances and negotiating overseas trade deals, while grappling with the challenges of globalism and multiculturalism. The Deccan of his time was a cosmopolitan place where Hindus and Muslims, North Indians and South Indians, Persians and Portuguese, all intermingled as they made their lives and fortunes. This cultural dynamism also inspired Krishnadevaraya to look back at Indias past and reflect on her histories and traditions. As a philosopher king who was also a celebrated poet in his own right, he presided over an Indian Renaissance, when ancient texts and traditions were reinvigorated and infused with a fresh and modern vitality. Five hundred years after krishnadevarayas death, he is still remembered and loved as a compassionate and wise king, one who is immortalised in films and folk tales, poems and Ballads. This fascinating and riveting book is meticulously researched and beautifully written. Based on Portuguese and Persian chronicles, as well as many overlooked Telugu literary sources, Raya is the definitive biography of one of the worlds greatest leaders.
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Who are we Indians Where did we come from Many of us believe our ancestors have lived in South Asia since time immemorial. But, as it turns out, time immemorial may not have been all that long ago. To tell us the story of our ancestry, journalist Tony Joseph goes 65,000 years into the past when a band of modern humans, or Homo sapiens, first made their way from Africa into the Indian subcontinent. As Joseph unravels our history using the results of genetics and other research, he takes head on some of the most controversial and uncomfortable questions of Indian history Who were the Harappans Did the Aryans really migrate to India Are North Indians genetically different from South Indians Are Scheduled Tribes genetically distinct from the rest of the population This book relies heavily on path breaking DNA research of recent years. But it also presents archaeological and linguistic evidence all in an entertaining and highly readable manner. A hugely significant book, Early Indians authoritatively and bravely puts to rest several ugly debates on the ancestry of modern Indians. It not only shows us how the modern Indian population came to be composed as it is, but also reveals an undeniable and important truth about who we are we are all migrants. And we are all mixed.
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion -Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658 1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Hindu hater, murderer and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial era thinkers that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu loathing bigot there is an untold side to him as a man who strove to be a just, worthy Indian king. In this bold and captivating biography, Audrey Truschke enters the public debate with a fresh look at the controversial Mughal emperor.
An Indian Pilgrim An Unfinished Autobiography Bose Subhas Chandra
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - This autobiography supplies the material with which to study the socio cultural environment in which Subhas Chandra Bose grew up and the lineaments of his intellectual development. Bose was one of India s major militant nationalist leaders.
Bose Subhas Chandra
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion -Tipu Sultan was the most feared Indian of his time. To the British he was a cruel tyrant, but to his subjects he was a wise and just king. From his daring military exploits to his practice of recording his dreams, this book cuts through the myths to bring this enigmatic and controversial ruler and his times vividly to life.
The Hidden Life Of Trees What They Feel, How They Communicate Discoveries From A Secret World
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - InThe Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific mechanisms behind these wonders, of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities, he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest and he believes that eco friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.
Peter Wohlleben Pradip Krishen
Type - Hardback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Shashi Tharoor is the wizard of words. In Tharoorosaurus, he shares fifty three examples from his vocabulary unusual words from every letter of the alphabet. You dont have to be a linguaphile to enjoy the fun facts and interesting anecdotes behind the words Be ready to impress and say goodbye to your hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia
Adventures In The Anthropocene
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Winner of Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 We live in epoch making times. The changes we humans have made in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.6 billion year history. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing into the Anthropocene the Age of Humans. Gaia Vince decided to travel the world at the start of this new age to see what life is really like for the people on the frontline of the planet weve made. From artificial glaciers in the Himalayas to painted mountains in Peru, electrified reefs in the Maldives to garbage islands in the Caribbean, Gaia found people doing the most extraordinary things to solve the problems that we ourselves have created. These stories show what the Anthropocene means for all of us and they illuminate how we might engineer Earth for our future.
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The Calcutta Chromosome
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery, In this extraordinary novel, Amitav Ghosh navigates through time and genres to present a unique tale. Beginning at an unspecified time in the future and ranging back to the late nineteenth century, the reader follows the adventures of the enigmatic L. Murugan. An authority on the Nobel Prize winning scientist Sir Ronald Ross, who solved the malaria puzzle in Calcutta in 1898, Murugan is in search of the elusiveCalcutta Chromosome. With its astonishing range of characters, advanced computer science, religious cults and wonderful portraits of Victorian and contemporary India, The Calcutta Chromosome expands the scope of the novel as we know it, as Amitav Ghosh takes on the avatar of a science thriller writer.
Type - Paperback, Language - English, Descriprtion - Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions is a book on human behavior which tries to understand why we humans tend to make certain decisions and behave in certain ways. This book takes into account human reactions across a wide range of situations and tries to decipher the reasons. The main aspect of this book is to find out the process behind decision making. The intriguing language of this book along with the powerful narration makes this book a must have. This book has been written by Dan Ariely and was published by HarperCollins publications in 2010. The things we do, buy or experience are all based on the decisions we make. To lead a happy and prosperous life, one must make right decisions, which only happens after one gathers the understanding of how these decisions are made. This book tries to answer this basic question. The author uses various real life examples that enable the readers to understand that most of our decisions in life tend to be irrational. It consists of 15 well detailed chapters which speak about points like the truth about relativity and the attraction for words likezero andfree. The author further states that these 2 words tend to influence our thinking which ultimately affects our decision making rationality.
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