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Top Ten Books This Week - Nov 27 , 2018
Top Fiction And Non-fiction Works Of This Week | By Yentha
On Nov 27, 2018

Non-Fiction
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1.R Gopalakrishnan :The Made-In-India Manager:Rs 499.00

Who are Made-in-India managers? What do they do differently?
Over the last fifty years, several Indians have occupied top positions in multinationals across the globe. From Vikram Pandit at Citicorp and Padmasree Warrier at NIO to Satya Nadella at Microsoft, there are now more Indian CEOs helming S&P's 500 companies than any other nationality except American. What accounts for such a prominent presence of the Indian professional in a global environment?
In The Made-in-India Manager two stalwarts from the world of Indian business and academics examine this little-studied phenomenon and present a singular, compelling argument: that a unique combination of factors has propelled Indian management thought and practice - exemplified by the super successful made-in-India managers across the world today - to be poised as a 'soft power' that has the potential to categorically influence global managers of tomorrow.
Charting the history of various aspects of Indian culture and tradition, and drawing on instances from their long and varied experience among corporates, the authors explore vital questions:
* What are the deep cultural influences that instill in people born and bred in India a sharp competitive instinct and an astute business perspective?
* What are the circumstances that engender in them a high degree of adaptability and resourcefulness, and ensure their success in multicultural work environments?
* Does the ability to 'think in English and act in Indian' enable Made-in-India managers to function more flexibly than others?
* And how can today's young managers build on these advantages and bring to the table their own generational learnings, attitudes and capabilities to ensure future success?
Thought-provoking and provocative by turns, this compelling treatise takes a long view of where Indian professionals are headed, and is compulsory reading for every management practitioner - of yesterday, today or tomorrow.

2.The Hindu :Table Talk :Conversation with Leaders:Rs 499.00

In the run-up to BusinessLine's silver jubilee in January 2019, the newspaper has delved into its archives to bring you its first full-fledged book, Table Talk with BusinessLine, which features absorbing conversations with thought leaders from the business, political, policy-making and sports arenas. The stories, enlivened with exclusive portraits and caricatures, are based on conversations BL's journalists had over five years with leaders across sectors: from automobiles and fast-moving consumer goods to IT, politics and pharma. There are interviews with Tata Sons' N. Chandrasekharan, the HCL Group's Shiv Nadar, Ashok Leyland's Vinod Dasari and its former Chairman R. Seshasayee; TVS Motor's Venu Srinivasan, the Murugappa group's A. Vellayan; the BJP's Nirmala Sitharaman, Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw; New Development Bank's KV Kamath, and many more. These trailblazers shaped the spheres they operate in and have, in some sense, been builders of contemporary India. Their ideas can continue to stimulate and help ideate for the future.

3.Nishant Uppal:Duryodhanization: Are villains born, made, or made up?:Rs 499.00

 Duryodhana was a man of strong character and integrity.
Duhsshasana was respectful, generous and kind towards women.
Shakuni was a simple man who loved his subjects unconditionally.
Dhana Nanda, Aurangzeb and Hitler possessed admirable leadership traits.
'Duryodhanization' refers to the birth and processes of development of a villainous character-whether in works of history or mythology. In this book, Uppal ekes out the dark side of management and leadership by studying fascinating characters from the Mahabharata. He probes into what it really means to be a villain, and if villainous traits are inherent or cultivated.
Original and thought-provoking, the book draws from history, mythology and literature, and unpacks the process of villainization through the character of the legendary villain, Duryodhana.  

4.MIke Brearley:On Cricket:Rs 699.00

From The Author of on Form: The Times Book Of The Year Daily Telegraph Sports Books Of The Year Longlisted For The William Hill Sports Of The Year 2017.For this collection of essays, Brearley has gone through pieces he has written over the past four decades, elaborating on many of them, cutting or adding, according to his second thoughts presenting to the reader something that is more holistic, more synoptic, from distance and old age. The portraits range from profiles of individuals everyone from Jardine and Bradman to Alastair Cook and Ian Chappell to profiles of hot issues such as race, prejudice and depression. Brearley touches on everything from a Socratic enquiry into the nature of sport to the relationship between sport and psychoanalysis. Praise For Mike Brearley: Endlessly curious and unapologetically intellectual - The Times.

5.VVS Laxman:281 and Beyond:Rs 699.00

A stylish batsman who could score against any kind of bowling, VVS Laxman played over a hundred Tests to aggregate more than 8,000 runs. Cricket fans still remember with awe his game-changing knock of 281 against Australia in 2001 at Eden Gardens. But playing for India was never easy. He was dropped as often as he was picked, and despite his vast experience and unimpeachable skill, he never made it to a World Cup team.

All through his playing years, Laxman was known to be a soft-spoken man who kept his distance from controversy. Which is what makes this autobiography truly special. It’s candid and reflective, happy and sad by turns, and deeply insightful. He writes of dressing-room meltdowns and champagne evenings, the exhilaration of playing with and against the best in the world, the nuances of batting in different formats and on various pitches, the learnings with John Wright and the rocky times under Greg Chappell.

In 281 and Beyond, Laxman lays bare the ecstasy and the trauma of being one of the chosen XI in a country that is devoted to cricket.

Fiction
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1.Khyrunnisa A: Of Course It's Butterfingers :Rs 250.00

Bang! Thump! Crash! Who's the wizard of the woeful, the foremost lord of the foul-up, the bumbling baron of blunders? Of course it's Butterfingers!
Even when Amar Kishen-better known as Butterfingers-isn't stumbling through misadventures, he sure has disaster tailing him every step of the way.

And now that he's back, his 'brilliant' ideas land him in trouble as usual, whether it's messing around with an Egyptian mummy, dropping a watch in a swimming pool, playing cricket with an all-girls team or saving a rock star's life.

Join the irrepressible Butterfingers in this exciting and enjoyable instalment of side-splitting short stories.

2. John Sandford: Holy Ghost:Rs 550.00

Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle... and a murder... in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of pulse-pounding thrillers. Pinion, Minnesota: a huge city of all of seven hundred folks who define the phrase `small town'. Nothing has ever happened in Pinion and nothing ever will... until the mayor of sorts campaign promise: `I'll Do What I Can' comes up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. He's heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of curious people and making the townsfolk rich overnight. Why not stage a prank in Pinion and do the same? No one gets hurt and everyone gets rich. What could go wrong? And then a dead body shows up. It turns out that lots can go wrong with a get-rich-quick scheme like this one... and lots will. It'll take everything Virgil Flowers has to put things to right - before someone else dies.

3.M J Arlidge:Down to the Woods:Rs 599.00

There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here...

DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? And what do their murders signify? Is a psychopath stalking the forest? Is there an occult element to the killings? Could the murders even be an offering to the Forest itself? Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging, most macabre case yet.

4.Stephen King:Elevation:Rs 499.00

Castle Rock is a small town, where word gets around quickly. That's why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he's losing weight, without getting thinner and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are. Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a 'fine dining experience' in town, although it's an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife Missy Donaldson don't exactly fit in with the community's expectations. And now Scott seems trapped in a feud with the couple over their dogs dropping their business on his lawn. Missy may be friendly, but Deidre is cold as ice. As the town prepares for its annual Thanksgiving 12k run, Scott starts to understand the prejudices his neighbours face and he tries to help.
Unlikely alliances form and the mystery of Scott's affliction brings out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

5.George R R Martin:Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III as scribed by Archmaester Gyldayn:Rs 999.00

Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, FIRE AND BLOOD is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R.R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen – the only family of dragon lords to survive the Doom of Valyria – took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice and Fire but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody and always fascinating history of Westeros.

 
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