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Books of the Week - Saturday, 30th July, 2022

HBR At 100: The Most Essential, Influential, and Innovative Articles from HBR's First 100 Years: The Most Influential and Innovative Articles from Harvard Business Review's First Century
by - Harvard Business Review 

About the Book
The most definitive management ideas of the century, all in one place.
Harvard Business Review is the foremost destination for smart management thinking. Now, at its 100th anniversary, this commemorative volume brings together the most influential ideas since its inception.
With an introduction written by editor in chief Adi Ignatius, HBR at 100 features business publishing's most influential voices on innovative topics, including:
Michael E. Porter on competitive strategy
Clayton M. Christensen on disruptive innovation
Tim Brown on design thinking
Linda A. Hill on being a first-time manager
Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence
Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee on artificial intelligence
Robert Livingston on racial equity at work
Amy C. Edmondson and Mark Mortensen on psychological safety
Robert B. Cialdini on the science of persuasion
W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne on blue ocean strategy
Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad on strategic intent
Peter F. Drucker on managing yourself
Whether you're a longtime reader or you're picking up an HBR volume for the first time, this book offers all you need to understand the most critical ideas in management.

About the Author
Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, 12 international licensed editions, books from Harvard Business Review Press, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.
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Books of the Week - 23rd July, 2023

Nehru and the Spirit of India
by - Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee  

About the Book
Jawaharlal Nehru was Plato's philosopher king, who 'discovered' an India that remains an undiscovered possibility. Nehru and the Spirit of India is a critical and nuanced perusal of his intellectual and political legacy.
From the 'politics of friendship' between Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah, Nehru's defense of secularism in the Constituent Assembly Debates, to what propelled Nehru to curb free speech in the First Amendment, Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee draws from political history to illuminate fierce debates in India today: Kashmir, the CAA, and hate speech. Be it contemporary events like the miracle of Ganesha drinking milk and the use of Vedic astrology in Chandrayaan-2, or the agonising suicide of a doctor, the author examines the fractured nature of Indian modernity, which Nehru had suggestively called a 'garb'. Bhattacharjee bolsters Nehru's view that India is enriched by the encounter of cultures and that we must not discard the past, but engage with it.
As a second-generation refugee, Bhattacharjee argues for a 'minoritarian' approach to national politics. Breaking ideological and disciplinary protocols, he compels us to learn from the insights of poets and thinkers. Lucidly written, this provocative book offers an original
perspective on Nehru and Indian history.

About the Author
Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee is a writer, political theorist and poet. He is the author of The Town Slowly Empties: On Life and Culture During Lockdown (2021), Looking for the Nation: Towards Another Idea of India (2018), and Ghalib's Tomb and Other Poems (2013). His writings, apart from regular contributions to The Wire, have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, World Literature Today, the Economic and Political Weekly, The Hindu, the Indian Express and Outlook, among others. He has taught Lyric Poetry and Literary Journalism in Ambedkar University.
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Books of the Week - Saturday, 16th July, 2022

Architecture For Well Being
By - Raman Vig 

About the Book

This is the first book of it’s kind that approaches Architecture from standpoint of ‘Holistic Wellbeing’. It introduces the emerging domain called ‘Bio-energetic Architecture’. This book is an eye-opener for people from all walks of life, not just architects and designers. It offers ‘9 precepts of Bio-energetic Architecture’. These precepts facilitate Health, Happiness and Harmony to people who inhabit such spaces. It also condenses traditional knowledge of vedic vaastu and contemporary fields of building biology and more into simple applicable design and lifestyle strategies Readers will recognize many concepts that pertain to various scientific disciplines and these are presented in simple words with reference to daily life contexts to make reading appealing to all tastes and preferences. For readers desirous of diving deeper on research on which ‘9 Precepts of Bioenergetic Architecture’ are based, there are numbered references throughout the book with links to research publications, websites and books in the bibliography. A shift of perspective holds key to design of ‘Architecture for Well-being’. Through this book, the author also offers some perspectives on simple lifestyle interventions and choices that can be a catalyst for anyone in search of designing spaces for Wellbeing. For an inside glimpse of this new domain, check out: Youtube : Bioenergetic Architecture www.bioenergetic-architecture.com “Our mind is influenced by multiple factors- both gross and subtle. The place one is in, the surrounding design and architecture affect one’s mind and life force energy. It is nice to see that Raman is sharing this knowledge through this book. Best wishes and blessings on this noble endeavor.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ( Padma Vibhushan ;a humanitarian and a global ambassador of peace and human values. Founder of ‘ The Art of Living Foundation’)

About the Author
Raman Vig is a New Delhi based architect, building biologist and aayadi vaastukar specializing in designing ‘Architecture for Well Being’.
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Books of the Week - Saturday, 09th July, 2022

A Country Called Childhood: A Memoir
by - Deepti Naval

About the Book
A Country Called Childhood is a beautifully told memoir of growing up in Amritsar in the tumultuous 1950s and 60s by award-winning actress Deepti Naval. In extremely visual and evocative prose, Naval describes an unforgettable childhood filled with love, adventure, mystery, tragedy, and joy. She uncovers, in great detail, life in an unconventional Punjabi family while plunging the reader into the distinctive sights, smells, and sounds of a fast-vanishing India. Starting at the moment of her birth on a rainy night, she tracks her journey to adulthood, a path punctuated by many personal turning points as also momentous events of national importance, such as the Sino-Indian War of 1962 and the Indo-Pak War of 1965.
Moving and illuminating, A Country Called Childhood shows how Naval’s early love affair with cinema and the experiences of her childhood shaped her career as one of the country’s most admired actors.

About the Author
Deepti Naval is an Indian actor, director, writer, painter, and photographer. A multifaceted personality, Deepti has carved a distinct niche for herself in the Indian film industry, winning critical acclaim for her ‘sensitive and close to life’ portrayals that emphasized the changing role of women in India.
Deepti made her debut in the year 1980 with the path-breaking film Ek Baar Phir, and has since appeared in more than ninety films, including Chashme Buddoor, Katha, Saath Saath, Kamla, Ankahi, Main Zinda Hoon, and Mirch Masala. She has received the Best Actor award in several national and international film festivals for her roles in Leela, Firaaq, Memories in March, Listen Amaya, NH10, The Boy with the Topknot, and others. She also won the Best Screenplay award at the New York Indian Film Festival for her directorial film, Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish, in 2010.
As a writer, she has three books to her credit—her first collection of poems, Lamha Lamha, published in 1981, Black Wind and Other Poems in 2004, and The Mad Tibetan: Stories from Then and Now in 2011. Her poems are reflective, sometimes autobiographical, and ‘constitute a direct and honest female voice’.
A graduate of Hunter College, City University of New York, Deepti acquired her bachelor’s degree in fine arts studying painting as her major subject along with psychology, astronomy, and American theatre. As a painter, her knife work with oil on canvas is distinctly expressionistic.
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Books of the Week - Saturday, 02nd July, 2022

Caste: The Lies That Divide Us: The International Bestseller
by - Isabel Wilkerson 

About the Book

THE TIME NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Required reading for all of humanity' Oprah Winfrey'It could not have come at a more urgent time' Fatima Bhutto, Guardian'An instant American classic' Dwight Garner, The New York Times'The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power - which groups have it and which do not'Beyond race or class, our lives are defined by a powerful, unspoken system of divisions. In Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives an astounding portrait of this hidden phenomenon. Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson reveals how our world has been shaped by caste - and how its rigid, arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today. With clear-sighted rigour, Wilkerson unearths the eight pillars that connect caste systems across civilizations, and demonstrates how our own era of intensifying conflict and upheaval has arisen as a consequence of caste. Weaving in stories of real people, she shows how its insidious undertow emerges every day; she documents its surprising health costs; and she explores its effects on culture and politics. Finally, Wilkerson points forward to the ways we can - and must - move beyond its artificial divisions, towards our common humanity.Beautifully written and deeply original, Caste is an eye-opening examination of what lies beneath the surface of ordinary lives. No one can afford to ignore the moral clarity of its insights, or its urgent call for a freer, fairer world.

About the Author
Isabel Wilkerson is the author of the acclaimed bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Her debut work won multiple awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Cited as a best book of the year by thirty news organizations, Warmth was named to Time's list of the Ten Best Books of the Decade, and The New York Times's list of the Best Nonfiction of All Time. Her second book, Caste, was a No.1 bestseller and heralded in The New York Times as 'an instant American Classic.' It appeared on forty best of the year lists, more than any other work of nonfiction, and was honored by Time as the No.1 nonfiction book of the year. In choosing Caste for her Fall 2020 book club, Oprah Winfrey declared it 'the most important book I have ever selected.'
Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal for 'championing the stories of an unsung history.' She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia.
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