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Top Ten Books This Week -May 22, 2017
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On May 22, 2017

Non-Fiction
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1.The Manual for Indian Start-ups:Tools to Start and Scale up your new Venture:Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi:Rs 250.00

Do I still need to make a founders' agreement even if my co-promoters are my childhood friends? What is a mentor agreement and how is it different from an investor agreement? What clauses do I need to really worry about in a seed investor agreement? Do I need to patent everything I build on my own? These are the typical questions that bother an early-stage entrepreneur in the burgeoning Indian start-up ecosystem. The Manual for Indian Start-ups has been ideated as a handy guide meant for daily use. Authored by industry leaders, this book provides ingredients to critical business aspects in terms of relevant templates based on the stage the venture is in for the first three years of the entrepreneurial journey.

2.Hacking Growth:How Today's fastest -Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success:Sean Ellis:Rs 699.00

Growth is now the first thing that investors, shareholders and market analysts look for in assessing and valuing companies. Hacking Growth is a highly accessible, practical, method for growth that involves cross-functional teams and continuous testing and iteration. Hacking Growth does for market share growth what the Lean Start up does for product development and Business Model Generation does for strategy. Hacking Growth focuses on customers - how to attain them, retain them, engage them and monetize them - rather than product.Written by the method's pioneers, this book is a comprehensive toolkit or "bible" that any company in any industry can use to implement their own Growth Hacking strategy, from how to set up and run growth teams, to how to identify and test growth levers and how to evaluate and act on the results. It is designed for any company or leader looking to break out of the ruts of traditional marketing and become more collaborative, less wasteful and achieve more consistent, replicable and data-driven results.

3.Doughnut Economics:Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist:Kate Raworth:Rs 699.00

Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its out-dated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures.Can it be fixed? in Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. She reveals how an obsession with equilibrium has left economists helpless when facing the boom and bust of the real-world economy. She highlights the dangers of ignoring the role of energy and nature’s resources – and the far-reaching implications for economic growth when we take them into account. And in the process, she creates a new, cutting-edge economic model that is fit for the 21st century – one in which a doughnut-shaped compass points the way to human progress.Ambitious, radical and rigorously argued, Doughnut Economics promises to reframe and redraw the future of economics for a new generation.

4.Boom Country:The New Wave of Indian Enterprise :Alan Rosling :Rs 599.00

In Boom Country?, Alan Rosling, entrepreneur and strategic advisor in India for over 35 years, explores an unmistakeable and profound change that is underway in the Indian business landscape. A fresh wave of enterprise and start-ups; rapid advancements in technology; government reform and recently developed pools of risk capital, he holds, are contributing increasingly to a massive expansion in new business – all of it underpinned by a deep social change, a willingness to ‘do things differently’, especially among the young. Drawing upon his own experiences and more than 100 interviews with Indian entrepreneurs – representing traditional leading business houses (Tata, Mahindra, Birla and Godrej), established first-generation entrepreneurs (Sunil Mittal, Kishore Biyani and Narayana Murthy, among others) and new-generation start-ups (including Sachin Bansal, Bhavish Aggarwal and Vijay Shekhar Sharma) – as well as forces of the government, Rosling provides an incisive and in-depth analysis of the opportunities and challenges, both traditional and contemporary, of doing business in India. Yet, the growing uncertainty of global trends and India’s own record of under-performing despite its massive potential, lead him to one vital question: Can the current upsurge in entrepreneurial activity – imperfect and early as it may be – really reshape India’s economy and propel it towards becoming a true boom country for new enterprise?

5.Seeing What Others Don't:The Remarkable Ways We gain Insights :Gary Klein:Rs 599.00

Insights can change the world, but we also need insights into the everyday things that frustrate and confuse us, so we can more effectively solve problems, make decisions and get things done. Yet until now, we knew remarkably little about insight: how it works and how we can develop it for ourselves. A keen observer of people in their natural settings- from soldiers to scientists, police officers to business people – renowned cognitive psychologist Gary Klein uses a range of fascinating real-life stories to illuminate the nature of insight. Revealing how insight is impeded by an over-emphasis on error reduction and ‘dumb by design’ IT systems, he demonstrates how insight can be positively encouraged through employing five key strategies: noticing connections, coincidences and curiosities, investigating contradictions and creating breakthrough solutions through the force of desperation.
Fiction
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1.The Small-Town Sea:Anees Salim:Rs 599.00

Uprooted from a bustling city, the thirteen-year-old protagonist of The Small-town Sea is replanted in his father's home town where he struggles to cope with his new life. He reluctantly makes friends with Bilal, a boy who lives in the orphanage run by the local mosque. Together, they embark on clandestine adventures while his ailing father-whose last wish is to die listening to the sea he has grown up by and written books about-rediscovers people from his childhood by accident. But his father's death unsettles the boy's life again and he finds himself grappling with altogether unexpected challenges.Lyrical and haunting, sharply funny and achingly sad, The Small-town Sea is a masterful tale of love, friendship and family from one of our most compelling storytellers.


2.13 Reasons Why:Jay Asher:Rs 399.00

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past.The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

3.Mirror,Shoulder,Signal:Dorthe Nors;Rs 699.00

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017.Sonja's over forty, and she's trying to move in the right direction. She's learning to drive. She's joined a meditation group. And she's attempting to reconnect with her sister.But Sonja would rather eat cake than meditate.Her driving instructor won't let her change gear.And her sister won't return her calls.Sonja's mind keeps wandering back to the dramatic landscapes of her childhood - the singing whooper swans, the endless sky, and getting lost barefoot in the rye fields - but how can she return to place that she no longer recognises? And how can she escape the alienating streets of Copehangen?Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a poignant, sharp-witted tale of one woman's journey in search of herself when there's no one to ask for directions.

4.Death's End:Cixin Liu:Rs 499.00

The third and final volume of the Three Body Problem Trilogy.Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge and, with human science advancing and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations can co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But peace has made humanity complacent. Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the start of the Trisolar Crisis, and her presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

5.Domina:L S Hilton:Rs 399.00

The Stunning New Thriller from the Bestselling Author of Maestra.Judith Rashleigh has made it..Living in luxury amidst the splendours of Venice, she's finally enjoying the life she killed for. But someone knows what Judith's done.Judith can only save herself by finding a priceless painting - unfortunately, one that she's convinced doesn't even exist.And she's not the only one seeking it.This time, Judith isn't in control. Outflanked and out-thought, outrun and outgunned, she faces an enemy more ruthless and more powerful than she ever imagined.And if she doesn't win, she dies.
 
 
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