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Top Ten Books This Week -Dec 23 , 2017
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On Dec 23, 2017

 

Fiction

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1.Malayatoor Ramakrishnan  :The Sixth Finger :Rs 399.00


Set in the 1970s and 1980s, this novel traces the story of the young uruli thief, Vedaraman. When the head constable takes his fingerprints, he realizes that the boy has six fingers on his left hand. Shamed by his involvement in the theft case and the whispered scandal about him and the maid Kozhukatta Paru who had both breastfed him and slept with him, Vedaraman leaves home and village. Adrift in the wide world, he meets a series of well-wishers who not only help him in deepening his knowledge, but also expose him to the realities of life. He finds that his sixth finger glows by itself and he possesses supernatural powers of predicting future events. Ministers and businessmen are quick to recognize his yogic qualities. Vedaraman becomes Vedanji and then Vedan Baba with a god-like aura and is installed in an ashram. Amidst this fame and glory, Vedan Baba finds himself a prisoner of a web of machinations. Will he be able to break the shackles and become a free man again?


2.Rajeev Saxena :Pinto Has An Idea :Rs 399.00


Young Pinto has from his childhood been an out-of-the box thinker, finding solutions in his everyday surroundings to a myriad ancient global problems. A certain machine he invents in his childhood makes him a hero in his village but it's not sufficient to change the mindset of naysayers for Pinto to pursue his career in hardcore science.Pinto Has an Idea is the tale of Dr Pinto, a small-town boy, an IITian and a scientist working in MIT, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation in the early days of his research, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.Returning to his native India, he finds his noble quest beset by unexpected adversaries, obstacles and trials, but emerges triumphant from each battle.Pinto does not like to appear a romantic person, and keeps women at bay. But when Lavanya returns to haunt his life, and eventually shoe-horns him into marriage, he obligingly falls in love. Because Lavanya is not just a pretty face, she's his partner in research. And Pinto, a newbie in romance, discovers a whole new craze. But life takes directions never aimed for. Pinto is on the road to becoming rich and famous. He invents a mechanism to eradicate corruption in the land, and in that process moves towards politics. That impinges on the couple's relationship so severely that Lavanya disappears suddenly without telling Pinto. Why does she leave their child with Pinto? Will he lose his greatest 'idea', Lavanya, and thereby, himself? Sure, Pinto's ideas bring dramatic changes to society. But how much romance can a scientist handle as well?Rajeev Saxena, in his debut novel, shows you just how much.


3.Gyandeep Kaushal  : Pluton's Pyre :Evolution of a Demon :Rs 250.00


What is the humility of a defeated man? To rise? Ascend? To accept defeat? What is the grace of a man who has learned he’s just lost everything? Do the right things, take the right steps, move forth? Vow to be one’s own impulse? Strive achieving what he couldn’t? God, what have I done…Seated in a corner of his cell, Suraj, with his knees bent and forehead resting on his thumbs, with his hands joined as if for prayer, contemplates on his deeds. Head brimming with the regret of rape and murder, heart filled with the pride for being nation-wide famous. All of this, juxtaposed against that one childhood-incident. One he cannot stop thinking about and getting sunk into the abyss of humiliation, inadequacy and obloquy, only to be amplified by his later life. And now, he’s waiting to die, trying to make the only gift he can for his little daughter, days before he’s set to die.


4.Shouvik Bhattacharya : Murder in a Minute :Rs 250.00


When a young woman is found lifeless in a pool of her own blood, everyone is convinced that it is her college sweetheart who murdered her. The victim's step-brothers, Rishabh and Arya,embark on a journey to unearth the truth, a journey riddled with fallacies and conspiracies, planted intentionally. What connection is there between a missing blue envelope, a misplaced sweater and stray footprints in a room. Could those people they thought they knew so well be hiding dark secrets about their past? Or did their dead sister have more to hide than they imagined?


5.E.Lockhart :Genuine Fraud :Rs 399.00



The long awaited new novel from E. Lockhart, the bestselling author of We Were Liars Ingredients 25% Heartless, 25% Reinvent, 25% Red, 25% Snake.From the author of the unforgettable bestseller WE WERE LIARS comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel-the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Non-Fiction

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1.Tim O Reilly :What's the Future and Why It's up to us  :Rs 699.00


Silicon Valley’s leading intellectual and the founder of O’Reilly Media explores the upside and the potential downsides of our future – what he calls the ‘next economy’.Tim O’Reilly’s genius is to identify and explain emerging technologies with world shaking potential – the World Wide Web, Open Source Software, Web 2.0, Open Government data, the Maker Movement, Big Data. ‘The man who can really can make a whole industry happen,' according to Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, O’Reilly has most recently focused on the future of work – AI, algorithms and new approaches to business organisation that will shape our lives. He has brought together an unlikely coalition of technologists, business leaders, labour advocates and policy makers to wrestle with these issues. In WTF? he shares the evolution of his intellectual development, applying his approach to a number of challenging issues we will face as citizens, employees, business leaders and a nation.What is the future when an increasing number of jobs can be performed by intelligent machines instead of people, or only done by people in partnership with those machines? What happens to our consumer based societies – to workers and to the companies that depend on their purchasing power? Is income inequality and unemployment an inevitable consequence of technological advancement, or are there paths to a better future? What will happen to business when technology-enabled networks and marketplaces are better at deploying talent than traditional companies? What’s the future of education when on-demand learning outperforms traditional institutions? Will the fundamental social safety nets of the developed world survive the transition and if not, what will replace them?The digital revolution has transformed the world of media, upending centuries-old companies and business models. Now, it is restructuring every business, every job and every sector of society. Yet the biggest changes are still ahead. To survive, every industry and organisation will have to transform itself in multiple ways. O’Reilly explores what the next economy will mean for the world and every aspect of our lives – and what we can do to shape it.


2.Dorie Clark :Entrepreneurial You :Rs 1250.00


What does it take to create the career you want? It’s no secret that the world of work has changed and we’re shifting toward an ever more entrepreneurial, self-reliant, work-from-wherever-you-are economy. That can be a liberating force and many professionals dream of becoming independent, whether by starting their own businesses, becoming consultants or freelancers or developing a side-line.But there’s a major obstacle professionals face when they contemplate taking the leap: how to actually make money doing what they love. You may have incredible talent and novel ideas, but figuring out how to get started, building your reputation in a new realm, developing multiple revenue streams and bringing in a steady flow of new clients can be a daunting prospect.Dorie Clark, a successful entrepreneur and author, has done it all. And in Entrepreneurial You she provides a blueprint for professional independence, with insights and advice on building your brand, monetizing your expertise and extending your reach and impact online. In short, engaging chapters, she outlines the necessary elements and concrete tactics for entrepreneurial success. She shares the stories of entrepreneurs of all kinds—from consultants and coaches to podcasters, bloggers and online marketers—who have generated six- and seven-figure incomes.This book will be your hands-on guide to building a portfolio of revenue streams, both traditional and online, so that you can liberate yourself financially and shape your own career destiny.


3.Annie McKee :How to Be Happy at Work :Rs 999.00


Life’s too short to be unhappy at work.“I’m working harder than I ever have and I don't know if it’s worth it anymore.” If you’re a manager or leader, these words have probably run through your mind. So many of us are feeling fed up, burned out and unhappy at work: the constant pressure and stress, the unending changes, the politics—people feel as though they can't give much more and performance is suffering.But it’s work, after all, right? Should we even expect to be fulfilled and happy at work?Yes, we should, says Annie McKee, coauthor of the bestselling Primal Leadership. In her new transformative book, she makes the most compelling case yet that happiness―and the full engagement that comes with it―is more important than ever in today’s workplace and she sheds new light on the powerful relationship of happiness to individual, team and organizational success.Based on extensive research and decades of experience with leaders, this book reveals that people must have three essential elements in order to be happy at work:A sense of purpose and the chance to contribute to something bigger than themselves.A vision that is powerful and personal, creating a real sense of hope.Resonant, friendly relationships.With vivid and moving real-life stories, the book shows how leaders can use these powerful pillars to create and sustain happiness even when they’re under pressure. By emphasizing purpose, hope and friendships they can also ensure a healthy, positive climate for their teams and throughout the organization.How to Be Happy at Work deepens our understanding of what it means to be truly fulfilled and effective at work and provides clear, practical advice and instruction for how to get there—no matter what job you have.


4.Paranjoy Guha Thakurta :Thin Dividing Line :India,Mauritius and Global Illicit Financial Flows :Rs 599.00


The use of tax havens to not just avoid the payment of taxes but also to evade them has attracted considerable attention across the world and in India. Tax havens, also known as low-tax or no-tax jurisdictions, enable ultra-rich individuals and corporate entities to not pay taxes, legally and illegally. There is a thin dividing line between tax avoidance often described as 'good' tax planning and tax evasion deemed criminal in most countries. In fact, the dividing line is so thin it is virtually non-existent. Tax havens have been used by the rich and the powerful to benefit themselves at the expense of the poor and the underprivileged. This led to widening inequality between citizens and across countries.This book looks at the India-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement in the global context of growing illicit financial flows. This agreement is important because 40 per cent of the total inflows of foreign money into India comes through Mauritius.You will also read about scandals surrounding the IPL, international companies that came under the scanner for tax evasion, black money, havala and an international criminal industry employing bankers, lawyers and corrupt bureaucrats who run an economy parallel to the world economy.


5.Pravin Palande :How Fund Managers Are Making You Rich  :Discover Ways to Tame the Bear and Ride the Bull :Rs 595.00


Money plus smart investing is equal to mutual funds these are the stories of some of the smartest investors in India—the star fund managers—who were instrumental in creating a 20 lakh crore mutual fund industry. What were the strategies that made these fund managers such legends? How did they grow the riches of crores of ordinary investors? How fund managers are making you rich takes an in-depth look at the rarefied world of fund managers and discloses the basic tenets of investing in the stock market. From Prashant Jain and Naren to Kenneth Andrade and Anoop Bhaskar, this book reveals how each one of them identified their biggest winners and the strategies and tactics used by them to stay at the top of the game. Quite a few of the celebrated fund managers are now successfully running their own investment companies. This book also traces the journey of the stock markets through the numerous boom and bust cycles and its present state. This book will help you understand the ‘dos and don’ts’ of investing, even if you are unfamiliar with the basics of finance. It is a must-read for those who want to become successful investors.

 

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