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Top Ten Books This Week - Oct 15, 2018
Top Fiction And Non-fiction Works Of This Week | By Yentha
On Oct 15, 2018

Non Fiction
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1. Krishna Trilok :Notes of a Dream :The Authorized Biography of A R Rahman :Rs 599.00

Who really is A.R. Rahman? We know the music. But do we know the man? For the first time, a nation's pride--winner of National Film awards, Oscars, Grammys and hearts--opens up about his philosophies: hope, perseverance, positivity and love. From his early days as a composer of advertisement jingles to his first big break in feature films, from his keenness to integrate new technology with good old-fashioned music scores to the founding of his music school, from his resounding entry on to the international stage to his directorial debut, from his philanthropy to his inner life, Notes of a Dream captures Rahman's extraordinary success story with all the rhythm and melody, the highs and lows, of a terrific soundtrack by the man himself.

Featuring intimate interviews with the soft-spoken virtuoso, as well as insights and anecdotes from key people in his life, this balanced, uplifting and affectionate book is the definitive biography of A.R. Rahman--the man behind the music and the music that made the man.

2.B A Prakash :Kerala's Economic Development :Emerging Issues and Challenges :Rs 1095.00

Focusing on current economic problems, Kerala's Economic Development: Emerging Issues and Challenges provides an in-depth analysis of the major development issues and challenges faced by the state. Kerala’s development experience has attracted worldwide attention due to its paradoxical development: attaining higher quality of life of people on the one hand and continuation of the backward productive sectors on the other. The state’s economy remained backward in many respects and relied heavily on the remittance of Keralite emigrants. The implementation of liberalisation and globalisation policies since 1991 radically altered the growth process and Kerala achieved higher rates of investment and growth and greater technological change. These policies, however, have not only provided enormous opportunities, but also new challenges. This book examines the state’s economic growth as well as the issues that have accompanied the policy changes.

3.K C Zachariah :Emigration from Kerala :End of An Era :795.00

Kerala Migration Survey KMS 2014 was conducted covering 15,000 households across the state of Kerala. The results of this round of KMS were largely on the expected lines as the state was preparing itself to deal with the prolonged aftershocks of the 2008 global financial crisis on migration. Surprisingly, variables by which migration is measured, such as the number of emigrants and remittances, shot up when compared with the values observed in the past. This survey gave a clear picture of the migration in Kerala, putting all speculations and doubts rest. The results of KMS 2011 revealed several signs of impending decline in emigration from the state. Why did the prediction of a decline not happen? The 2011 analysis would have missed out some factors that determine emigration trend. What are those missing factors? Moreover, remittances in 2014 were about 40 percent higher than that of 2011. The increase in emigration during the same period was only 5 percent. There should be factors other than emigration that determine the trend in remittances. What are those factors? This book tries to find out those factors and examines the related trends of emigration from Kerala.

4.Ravi Agrawal :India Connected :How the Smartphone is Transforming the Worlds Largest Democracy :Rs 550.00

Foreign Policy managing editor and former CNN South Asia bureau chief Ravi Agrawal takes readers on a journey across India, through remote rural villages and massive metropolises, to highlight how one tiny device - the smartphone - is effecting staggering changes across all facets of Indian life.

The rise of smartphones, and with them access to the internet, has caused nothing short of a revolution in India. In the West, technological advances have progressed step-by-step - from landline phones, to dial-up connections on PCs, to broadband access, wireless, and now 4G data on phones. But the vast majority of Indians, particularly low-income and rural citizens, have leapfrogged straight to the smartphone era, disrupting centuries of tradition and barriers of wealth, language, literacy, caste, and gender.

As always with India, the numbers are staggering: in 2000, 20 million Indians had access to the internet; by 2017, 465 million were online, with three Indians discovering the internet every second - mostly on smartphones. India Connected shows how widespread internet use is poised to transform everyday life in India: the status of women, education, jobs, dating, marriage, family life, commerce, and governance. Just as the car shaped 20th century America - with the creation of the Interstate Highway System, suburbia, and malls - the smartphone is set to shape 21st century India.

The rise of low-cost smartphones and cheap data plans has meant the country leapfrogged the baby steps their Western counterparts took toward digital fluency. The results can be felt in every sphere of life, upending traditions and customs and challenging conventions. Nothing is untouched, from arranged marriages to social status to business start-ups, as smartphones move the entire economy from cash-based to credit-based. Access to the internet is affecting the progress of progress itself. As Agrawal shows, while they offer immediate and sometimes mind-altering access to so much for so many, smartphones create no immediate utopia in a culture still driven by poverty, a caste system, gender inequality, illiteracy, and income disparity. Internet access has provided greater opportunities to women and changed the way in which India’s many illiterate poor can interact with the world, but it has also meant that pornography has become more readily available, and fake news more widespread. Under a government keen to control content, it has created tensions. And in a climate of nationalism, it has fomented violence and even terrorism.

The influence of smartphones on “the world’s largest democracy” is nonetheless pervasive and irreversible, and India Connected reveals both its dimensions and its implications.

5.Jean Sasson :Princess :Stepping Out of the Shadows : 599.00

In the international bestseller, princess: the true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia, princess al-sa’ud and the acclaimed author jean sasson began a remarkable series of books. Now, more than twenty-five years later, this compelling journey continues as we follow the fortunes and the dazzling life of the princess, her friends and her family.
But, of course, there is a less glamorous, much darker side to this engaging series and in stepping out of the shadows jean and the princess focus their attention on how, despite positive news on civil rights reforms, Saudi women still suffer physical and psychological abuse and have little legal protection due to the archaic guardianship laws of the land. So, although this is a kingdom on the threshold of revolutionary change spearheaded by the young Saudi crown prince who is keen to modernize his country any thoughts of equal rights and the chance to lead an independent life remain little more than dreams for most Saudi women.
Whilst the princess acknowledges and welcomes the reforms that are on the horizon, through stories of joy and sorrow, we see how she is determined to continue to fight for equal rights for women in this, her beloved kingdom.
Fiction
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1.Robert Galbraith :Lethal White :Rs 699.00

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: His newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that . . .

The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

2.Sophie Hannah & Agatha Christie :The Mystery of Three Quarters :The New Hercule Poirot Mystery :Rs 399.00

The world’s most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot – the legendary star of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and most recently the Monogram Murders and Closed Casket in a stylish, diabolically clever mystery set in 1930’s London.
home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met.
Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy and has accused nobody of murder.
Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy.
Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

3.Daniel Silva :The Other Woman :Rs 399.00

From Daniel Silva, the No.1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love and betrayal.
She was his best-kept secret.
In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West– a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.
Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the post-war global order hanging in the balance.

4. Jonas Jonasson :The Accidental Further Adventures of The Hundred years Old Man :Rs 399.00

The sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller the Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un.
Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated.

5.Mary Kubica :When the Lights Go Out  :Rs 399.00

Bestselling author of the Good Girl, Mary Kubica is back with a bang in this mind twistingly addictive tale of obsession and desperation.
As far as the world’s concerned, she’s already dead
Jessie Sloane is getting her life back on track after caring for her sick mother. But she’s stopped short when she discovers, that according to official records, ‘Jessie Sloane’ died seventeen years ago.
So why does she still feel in danger?
Thrown into turmoil and questioning everything she’s ever known, Jessie’s confusion is exacerbated by a relentless lack of sleep. Stuck in a waking nightmare and convinced she’s in danger, she can no longer tell what’s real and what she’s imagined.
The truth lies in the past.
Twenty years ago, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret history. Has her whole life been a lie? the truth will shock her to the core. if she lives long enough to discover it.

 
 
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