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Biography & Memoirs

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  • An extraordinary life. A strange death. The untold story of Sunanda Pushkar.

    On 17 January 2014, Sunanda Pushkar, businesswoman and wife of writer and politician Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in her hotel suite in New Delhi. Her death was as shocking as it was suspect, spawning many a controversy and complex legal battles. Her life was no less dramatic but far lesser known.

    A culmination of material drawn from personal archives, numerous interviews and investigation across continents, this riveting biography attempts to answer the question: Who really was Sunanda Pushkar? Was she a social climber hankering after power and fame? Or was she bold and unconventional, achieving success on her own merit only to become a casualty of circumstance? Was she a villain or a victim? Or a bit of both?

    In search of these answers, Sunanda Mehta, journalist and Pushkar’s former schoolmate, traces her subject’s life from her early days in cantonment towns, to her first two marriages, a largely unknown stint in Canada, her rise as a Dubai businesswoman, and finally her much-publicized years with Tharoor until her controversial death shook the nation.

    Through the soaring highs and wrecking lows that marked her forty-nine years, Sunanda Pushkar lived with passion, ambition and defiance. This definitive biography is the account of her phenomenal life and its turbulent end.

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  • Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down. In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online – a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.

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  • ‘An “out-of-the-box” approach to performance enhancement’ Mahesh Bhupathi

    ‘This book will benefit the readers in transforming their lives positively’ Gaur Gopal Das

    ‘Inspiring, uplifting and thought-provoking’ Lara Dutta

    ‘A must-read for anyone searching for equilibrium in life’ Brad Hodge

    ‘A powerful, practical guide to self-discovery’ Soha Ali Khan

    ‘Profound and sophisticated’ Kristina Mand Lakhiani

    ‘A very useful book’ Max Miryni

    ??‘Simple yet powerful’ Sania Mirza

    ‘Powerful book’ Amit Mookim

    ‘[Shows] a deep understanding of the human condition’ Shunali Khullar Shroff

    Breathe Believe Balance is one part memoir and one part guide to self-discovery. It is an intimate account of the lessons Shayamal Vallabhjee learnt while growing up during South Africa’s apartheid era, from living the life of a monk and travelling the globe with professional athletes. He has popularized the concept of ‘Balance’ in India. Using his knowledge and experience from the worlds of science, spirituality, and psychology, in this book, Vallabhjee takes you through this introspective and self-healing journey.

    From understanding the importance of self-love to decoding the science of healthy relationships; from learning to be emotionally present in every conversation to engineering your environment for success, Breathe Believe Balance helps you take a deeper look at your life. Offering a scientific analysis of the human psyche and packed with useful questionnaires, this book is your guide to self-transformation and personal mastery.

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  • The classic story of Elsa the lioness and the woman who cared for her.

    A special edition of Born Free by Joy Adamson reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan’s 70th anniversary.
    In 1960, Joy Adamson first introduced to the world the story of her life alongside Elsa – the lioness she had rescued as an orphaned cub and raised to adulthood at her home in Kenya. But, as Elsa had been born free, Joy made the heart-breaking decision to return her to the wild.
    Born Free is an enchanting, inspirational true story about a truly remarkable relationship, and was the subject of an award-winning 1966 film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers.

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  • Revered Dada J. P. Vaswani, the illustrious spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, was a saint, who carried forward the glorious message of India’s rishis and seers. An epitome of love and compassion, forgiveness and selfless service, Dada upheld the teachings of the holy scriptures and guided his followers through the challenges of modern life. During the hundred years of his earthly life, he shared his wisdom and insights with everyone who sought his guidance. Under his direction, the Sadhu Vaswani Mission stood up for causes such as women’s empowerment, education, vegetarianism and animal rights on a global level.

    The book, A Messenger of Love, is an authorized, loving and intimate account of his life written by two of his closest followers to commemorate his first Mahayagna, on the completion of a year from 12 July 2018, when his soul merged in the Divine Ocean. As one reads through this biography, and the many wonderful incidents that shaped his spiritual journey, one is able to experience the magic of his love.

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  • A dramatic insider account by the former deputy director of the FBI detailing how law enforcement battles terror threats, Russian crime, and attacks by the White House itself on the US Constitution
    On March 16, 2018, just twenty-six hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy.”

    In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career, and an impassioned defense of the FBI’s agents, and of the institution’s integrity and independence in protecting America and upholding our Constitution.

    The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump’s November 2016 election and McCabe’s firing, set against a page-turning narrative spanning two decades when the FBI’s mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen.

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  • A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained as a result.

    ‘One of the most inspiring books I have ever read.’ Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

    Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s experience begins the night he has chosen to embark on a four-year wandering retreat, slipping past the monastery gates. Alone for the first time in his life, he sets out into the unknown. His initial motivation is to step away from his life of privilege and to explore the deepest, most hidden aspects of his being, but what he discovers throughout his retreat – about himself and about the world around us – comes to define his meditation practice and teaching.

    Just three weeks into his retreat, Rinpoche becomes deathly ill and his journey begins in earnest through this near-death experience. Moving, beautiful and suffused with local colour, In Love with the World is the story of two different kinds of death: that of the body and that of the ego, and how we can bridge these two experiences to live a better and more fulfilling life. Rinpoche’s skilful and intimate account of his search for the self is a demonstration of how we can transform our dread of dying into joyful living.

    Published in the UK as Wandering: What a Buddhist Monk Can Teach You About Living from Nearly Dying

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  • “For all those who wonder what Islam says about war and peace, men and women, Jews and gentiles, this is the book to read.”-Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World
    If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Power’s eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. Their friendship-between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text.

    A journalist who grew up in the Midwest and the Middle East, Power offers her unique vantage point on the Quran’s most provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, family gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations filled with both good humor and powerful insights. Their story takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage sites in Mecca, as they encounter politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative scholars. Armed with a new understanding of each other’s worldviews, Power and Akram offer eye-opening perspectives, destroy long-held myths, and reveal startling connections between worlds that have seemed hopelessly divided for far too long.

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  • ‘No biography of Mahomed Ali Jinnah – Pakistan’s Quaid-e-Azam – has been true to the man who described himself as “plain Mr Jinnah”. Yasser Latif Hamdani’s book fills that void. The author puts together an account of Jinnah’s life with affection, without neglecting key facts and by including commonly repeated distortions. Jinnah’s greatness shines through [in this book] while maintaining the humanity of his character’

    Husain Haqqani, Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Author of Reimagining Pakistan

    Was Jinnah the sole driving force behind the Partition of India? Or was he a champion of Islam who stood for a new Islamic renaissance?

    Mahomed Ali Jinnah started his political career firmly in the Congress as a staunch Indian nationalist. He believed in secular politics and was opposed to bringing religion into that politics. But he changed his belief and ended up making a separate state for Muslims at the very end of his career.

    This new biography casts fresh light on the life of Jinnah, his political and legal careers, his relationship with Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru as well as his disagreements with their ideas. Carefully examining the major events of his life – from early childhood to his first speech as President of the All India Muslim League – Yasser Latif Hamdani presents a complex and fascinating portrait of Jinnah who is often wrongly regarded as a votary of a theocratic Islamic state, an idea which he, in reality, stood against.

    Based on extensive research and a wealth of archival material, Hamdani has revealed those traits of Jinnah’s personality that made him the most misunderstood leader of his times. He also comments on how religious zealous elements have turned Pakistan into the Islamic Republic contrary to Jinnah’s vision.

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  • The autobiography of one of the world’s finest ever batsmen.

    ‘AB has become the most valuable cricketer on the planet’ Adam Gilchrist

    AB de Villiers is one of the finest batsmen ever to play cricket, and yet his achievement extends beyond his outrageous armoury of drives, pulls, paddles, scoops and flicks.

    Whether he is delighting home crowds at the Wanderers or Newlands or setting new records in Bengaluru or Sydney, he plays the game in a whole-hearted manner that projects a positive image of his country around the world, and also makes millions of South Africans feel good about themselves.

    This is AB’s story, in his own words. The story of the youngest of three talented, sports-mad brothers growing up in Warmbaths, of a boy who excelled at tennis, rugby and cricket, of a youngster who made his international debut at the age of twenty and was then selected in every single test played by South Africa for the next eleven seasons, of a batsman who has started to redefine the art, being ranked among the world’s very best in test, ODI and T20.

    Through all the pyrotechnics and consistency, AB has remained a true sportsman – quick to deflect praise, swift to praise opponents, eager to work hard, to embrace the team’s next challenge and to relish what he still regards as the huge privilege of representing his country.

    This is the story of a modern sporting phenomenon.

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  • On 19 May 2014, as seventeen-year-old Reshma Qureshi left home for the examination centre, everything happened in a flash. The men rushed towards her. Grabbed her. Tugged at her hair. Poured acid on her face. Soon she started to burn like a living corpse. The acid ate through her skin and aimed for her bones, but it could not quell the fire in her heart.

    Rising from tragedy and suffering, Reshma soon made global headlines by becoming the first acid-attack survivor to walk the runway at the New York Fashion Week. Now an international anti-acid-sale activist, vlogger, model, and the face of Make Love Not Scars, Reshma works tirelessly towards empowering other acid-attack survivors like herself and has become a beacon of hope for millions.

    Inspiring and life-affirming, Being Reshma is the extraordinary story of this young girl from the slums of Mumbai, who overcame insurmountable odds in an unjust world and dared to change it.

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  • Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai introduces some of the faces behind the statistics and news stories we read or hear every day about the millions of people displaced worldwide.

    Malala’s experiences travelling the world and visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement – first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world, except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced , which is part memoir, part communal storytelling, Malala not only explores her own story of adjusting to a new life while longing for home, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her various journeys -girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they’ve ever known. In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is an important reminder from one of the world’s most prominent young activists that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person – often a young person – with hopes and dreams, and that everyone deserves universal human rights and a safe home.

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  • Meet the wonder women of Indian history!

    They flew planes, swam across oceans, led armies, performed stunts, built cities and captured historic moments on camera, despite being constantly told to stay home, because that’s what ‘good girls’ did. These are women who dared to dream and worked hard to turn their dreams into reality, who shaped their own destinies and refused to let anyone tell them what to do.

    Featuring the amazing adventures of Janaki Ammal, Rani Abbakka, Nadia Wadia, Sarla Sharma Thakral, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Unstoppable is a collection of 75 bite-sized true stories of the extraordinary Indian women who broke the rules to change the world around them for the better.

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  • The greatest run-scorer in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 after an astonishing 24 years at the top. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, he received the Bharat Ratna Award – India’s highest civilian honour – on the day of his retirement. Now Sachin Tendulkar tells his own remarkable story – from his first Test cap at the age of 16 to his 100th international century and the emotional final farewell that brought his country to a standstill.

    When a boisterous Mumbai youngster’s excess energies were channelled into cricket, the result was record-breaking schoolboy batting exploits that launched the career of a cricketing phenomenon. Before long Sachin Tendulkar was the cornerstone of India’s batting line-up, his every move watched by a cricket-mad nation’s devoted followers.

    Never has a cricketer been burdened with so many expectations; never has a cricketer performed at such a high level for so long and with such style – scoring more runs and making more centuries than any other player, in both Tests and one-day games. And perhaps only one cricketer could have brought together a shocked nation by defiantly scoring a Test century shortly after terrorist attacks rocked Mumbai.
    His many achievements with India include winning the World Cup and topping the world Test rankings. Yet he has also known his fair share of frustration and failure – from injuries and early World Cup exits to stinging criticism from the press, especially during his unhappy tenure as captain.

    Despite his celebrity status, Sachin Tendulkar has always remained a very private man, devoted to his family and his country. Now, for the first time, he provides a fascinating insight into his personal life and gives a frank and revealing account of a sporting life like no other.

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  • Few people know better than Viswanathan Anand how to think strategically at lightning speed and work under immense pressure to overcome the toughest odds.

    From the time he learnt to move pieces on a chessboard as a six-year-old, Vishy – as Anand is fondly called – has racked up innumerable accolades. The first World Chess Champion from Asia, he emerged on to the world stage when chess was largely a Soviet preserve, climbed the ranks to become World No. 1, bagged five World Championship titles and won tournaments across all formats of the game. A peerless ambassador of chess, his is one of the most revered names in the sport.

    In Mind Master, Vishy looks back on a lifetime of games played, opponents tackled and circumstances overcome, and draws from its depths significant tools that will help every reader navigate life’s challenges:

    What role do tactics and strategy play in the preparation for achieving a goal?

    How can emotions be harnessed to your advantage in tricky situations?

    What precautions should you take before you decide to leave your comfort zone and embrace risk?

    What do you need to do to stay relevant in the face of rapidly changing realities?

    Is unlearning really the only way to learn? 

    These are just some of the nuggets Vishy touches upon with characteristic wit, easy wisdom and disarming candour in Mind Master – a delightful and invaluable exploration into the self that will thrill, inspire and motivate readers as few books have done before. 

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  • One of the comedy world’s brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him. Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away. A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man’s fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother – a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.

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  • The first book by a Coca-Cola CEO tells the remarkable story of the company’s revival.
    Neville Isdell was a key player at Coca-Cola for more than thirty years, retiring in 2009 as Chairman after rebuilding the tarnished brand image of the world’s leading soft-drink company. Inside Coca-Colatells an extraordinary personal and professional worldwide story, ranging from Northern Ireland to South Africa to Australia, the Philippines, Russia, Germany, India, South Africa, and Turkey. Isdell helped put out huge public -relations fires (India and Turkey), opened markets (Russia, Eastern Europe, the Philippines, and Africa), championed Muhtar Kent, the current Turkish-American CEO, all while living the ideal of corporate responsibility. Isdell’s?and Coke’s?story is newsy without being gossipy; principled without being preachy, and filled with stories and lessons appealing to anyone who has ever taken “the pause that refreshes.” It’s also a readable and important look at how companies can market and govern themselves more?ethically and to great success.

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  • The life of a television journalist can often be described as full of thrills and the rush of providing ‘breaking news’ can be inimitable. Throwing a contentious question to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his visit to Chennai, escorting an NDTV colleague who had just survived an LTTE attack in Colombo, out of the Chennai Airport, edgy encounters with Boris Becker or humorous ones with Rahul Dravid or Vishwananthan Anand, My NDTV Days presents engaging details of the art of chasing news. At the core of Sanjay Pinto’s remarkable recounting of these interesting incidents, the life of a 24X7 journalist comes to the fore with all the unpredictable aspects of the profession.

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  • The explosive new book by Stormy Daniels which tells the story everyone wants to hear for the first time.

    She was already well-known in some circles before March 6, 2018, but that’s probably the first time you heard the name Stormy Daniels. That’s the day she filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over a nondisclosure agreement negotiated before the election but never signed.

    How did Stormy Daniels become the woman willing to take on a president? What is it like to be reviled by some, held up as a beacon of hope by others, and to be an object of fascination to all?

    In this book, Stormy Daniels tells her whole story for the first time: everything about the events that led to the nondisclosure agreement and the behind-the-scenes attempts to intimidate her, how she came to be a leading actress and director in the adult film business, and the full truth about her journey from a rough childhood in Louisiana onto the national stage.

    Stormy is funny, sharp, warm, and impassioned by turns. Her story is a thoroughly American one, of a girl who loved reading and horses and who understood from a very young age what she wanted – and who also knew she’d have to get every step of the way there on her own.

    People can’t stop talking about Stormy Daniels. And they won’t be able to stop talking about her fresh, surprising, completely candid, nothing-held-back book.

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  • Truth is a pathless land’ – J. KRISHNAMURTI

    ‘A clear, concise and immensely enjoyable exposition of Krishnamurti’s thinking and life’ – SHOMIE DAS
    ‘In this unputdownable narrative, Roshen Dalal goes where the facts take her, and she does not mince her facts’ – ARVIND K. MEHROTRA

    Among the most famous visionaries of our times, J. Krishnamurti (1895–1986) continues to transform thought, lifestyles, and education across continents more than three decades after his death. In this new biography, tracing the nine long decades of his life, from his growing-up years, his relationships to his writings and talks, Roshen Dalal provides a much-needed corrective – an objective and balanced view of his legacy.

    Adopted by Theosophists at the age of fourteen, and proclaimed a world teacher and messiah, in 1929, Krishnamurti dissolved the Order of the Star created for him and went on to develop his own philosophy. What is it about his ideas that draws the following of generations of people? Delivered to a divided world then, what makes his message so relevant now? While his ideas on education are idealistic, why do they continue to be everlasting in their contribution and appeal? Krishnamurti’s vision is of a world without boundaries or wars, a world where compassion and goodness predominate, and his message is that such a world can be arrived at only through individual transformation. There is no direct path to transformation, yet through intense perception and understanding, it is possible to achieve this goal.

    Carefully reconstructing the events and extracting the essence of his talks, Dalal dispels several myths, explains his teachings, and reveals the underlying theosophical and occult influence in Krishnamurti’s life. Here is the most complete biography yet, of one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century.

    ‘A clear, concise and immensely enjoyable exposition of Krishnamurti’s thinking and life. Drawing upon meticulous research and personal experiences, Roshen Dalal examines his inspiring views and utopian ideals of a holistic education free from the evils of hatred, envy, and competitiveness – values which are needed in today’s world. For the first time, Dalal uncovers the mystique that surrounded Krishnamurti and shows him endowed with the weaknesses and failings of any human being, making this account fascinating’ – Shomie Das, educational consultant, founder of Oakridge International School and former headmaster of The Doon School, Mayo College and Lawrence School, Sanawar

    ‘What happens when a young Brahmin boy is plucked out of nowhere, put in touch with “astral bodies” and anointed World Teacher? Well, he becomes J. Krishnamurti. In this unputdownable narrative, Roshen Dalal goes where the facts take her, and she does not mince her facts. In this inspiring yet human depiction of Krishnamurti, it is an extraordinary tale that she tells – both deeply researched and engagingly written’ – Arvind K. Mehrotra, poet, translator, literary critic and former professor, Allahabad University

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