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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 29TH July 2016

The Crown's Game 
by - Evelyn Skye 

About the Book :
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters, the only two in Russia and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. Two enchanters in the same generation, however, are a rarity. And a problem. There is only so much magic in Russia and it cannot be diluted. So the Crown's Game was invented, a duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Royal Enchanter and the Tsar's most respected advisor. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to showcase her skill in the grand capital of St. Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter-even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? For Nikolai, a common orphan, the Crown's Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with-beautiful, whip smart, imaginative-and he can't stop thinking about her. And when Pasha, Nikolai's best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself. As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown's Game is not one to lose.
About the Author :
Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C. I. A. , she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance, " and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. 'The Crown's Game' is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online.
    ISBN : 9780062560605      Price : Rs. 499.00    

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Courage & Commitment: An Autobiography
by - Margaret  Alva 

About the Book :
Courage and Commitment—Margaret Alva’s unflinchingly honest autobiography—details her forty-year career under four Prime Ministers—Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P.V. Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh and her eventual transition from politician to Governor.
As the inheritor of a legacy—the Alvas have been associated with Indian Parliament for over half a
century— Margaret Alva details her trials and triumphs and confronts the controversies that have rocked her career— her 1979 expulsion from the Congress party, her spats with Sanjay Gandhi, her role in framing Rajiv Gandhi’s last campaign tour, her involvement with the Jain Hawala investigation when in charge of the CBI, her denunciation of the manipulation of seats by her own party and the events leading to her resignation in 2008 from the post of the AICC General Secretary in charge of eight states. At the same time, she offers rare insights into the lives of national and international political luminaries.
Spanning Mangalore, Bangalore, New Delhi and the world at large, shedding light on family, friends and foes and detailing politics and policies, manipulations and machinations—Courage and Commitment is the story of a simple life made remarkable and is narrated with the author’s trademark candidness.

About the Author :
As one of India’s youngest Rajya Sabha MPs at the age of thirty-two and a Minister of State in Rajiv Gandhi’s Cabinet at forty-two, Margaret Alva is among India’s longest serving Parliamentarians. She has held several important positions in the Government of India and the Congress party and served as Governor of four states. Over the years, she has been witness to several events that have played an important part in the political narrative of our times—among them the 'Emergency', Indira Gandhi’s Chikmagalur election, Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and Sonia Gandhi’s entry into politics. Margaret Alva now lives in Bangalore with her husband.
   ISBN : 978-8129139566      Price : Rs. 500.00   
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 15Th July, 2016

The Singles Game
by - Lauren Weisberger

About the Book :
Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high – and no-one plays by the rules.

When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.

Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice.

Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. But as the warrior princess’s star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside?

About the Author :
Lauren Weisberger is the author of The Devil Wears Prada, which spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists, and became a huge success as a film. Her other novels have also been bestsellers. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
ISBN : 9780007569243     
Price : Rs. 350.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 08Th July 2016

The Rise and Fall of Nations
by - Ruchir Sharma 

About the Book :
Shaped by his 25 years travelling the world and enlivened by his encounters with presidents, tycoons and villagers from Rio to Beijing, Ruchir Sharma's new book rethinks the dismal science of economics as a practical art, based not just on crunching numbers but on live observation. He shows us how to read the political headlines, the world billionaire rankings, the price of onions and popular news magazine covers as signs of coming booms, busts and protests. Parsing the complicated flood of data on debt, trade and capital flows, Sharma explains exactly which numbers are most telling for a nation's fortunes and when they signal a turn for the better or worse. 
In our post-crisis age that has turned the world on its head and ended a decade of supercharged growth, replacing political calm with revolt and hype for globalization with fear of deglobalization, Sharma's pioneering book serves as a highly readable field guide to understanding change not only in this new era, but in any era. It is written for any practical person - newspaper reader, business executive, politician or investor - interested in a new economics focused on what is coming next, not on the past. There is a saying that to know the road ahead, ask those coming back. On this road, Sharma is the one who has been there ahead of us.

About the Author :
Ruchir Sharma is Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. With more than $20 billion of assets under management, Ruchir is one of the world's largest global investors. He typically spends one week every month in a different emerging market where he meets leading politicians, top CEOs and other local characters. He has been with the firm for 19 years and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Investment Management division.
Ruchir has been a writer for even longer than he has been an investor. He started writing at the age of 17 for India's largest economic daily, The Economic Times and is now a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs and The Times of India. His essays have also appeared in, Time, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Forbes and Bloomberg View. For much of the last decade he had been a contributing editor and regular columnist for Newsweek International.
Ruchir may be most well-known for his 2012 book, Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles. Breakout Nations debuted as the number one bestseller in India and earned Sharma the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for 2012. Breakout Nations also made the Wall Street Journal hardcover business bestseller list and was chosen by Foreign Policy as one of its “21 Books to Read in 2012”. Ruchir’s next book, The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World will be released in June 2016.
Bloomberg named Ruchir one of the top 50 Most Influential people in the world in October 2015. In 2012, Sharma was selected as one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and in June 2013, India's premier weekly magazine Outlook chose Ruchir as one of The World's 25 Smartest Indians. The World Economic Forum in Davos selected Ruchir as one of the world’s “Top Young Leaders” in 2007.
Ruchir is especially passionate about politics and has formed an informal group of senior Indian editors and writers with whom he travels extensively before major state and national elections; usually logging in over 1,000 miles over 4-5 days, meeting with the nation’s top leaders and getting a first-hand feel of local politics. Ruchir's other interests include athletics and a serious commitment to running. Despite his extensive travels, he tries not to miss a single day of training no matter where he is in the world. He regularly trains with a former Olympics coach and competes in sprinting events. In 2011, he represented India in the World Masters Athletic championship in Sacramento. Ruchir is a movie buff and makes it a point to attend major film festivals anytime he can take a moment away from his investing, writing and running. He also has a fascination with wildlife and his annual safaris inform the prologue to The Rise and Fall of Nations, a meditation on how witnessing predator-prey behavior on the African plains has shaped his rules for national survival and success in the global economy.
ISBN : 978-0241188514 
Price : Rs. 799.00
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Second-Hand Time 
by - Svetlana Alexievich 

About the Book : 
What if you could tell history through the countless voices of ordinary people who lived through it? In Second-hand Time, Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich invents a new genre as she writes the life stories of housewives, artists, party workers, students, soldiers and traders living through a time of political upheaval – the fall of the Soviet Union and the two decades that followed it. As they tell her their secrets, their passions, their sorrows, their hopes, she builds a picture of a nation and of lived history, as epic as the greatest of novels. One of the most extraordinary books ever written, Second-hand Time is Alexievich’s fi nest work.

About the Author :
Svetlana Alexievich was born in the Ukraine in 1948. She has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, where she worked as a journalist, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe. She won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for ‘her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time’.
ISBN : 978-8193237243 
Price : Rs. 699.00
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