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  • A previously unpublished collection of stories from Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

    Meet the people of Cairoís Gamaliya quarter. There is Nabqa, son of Adam the waterseller who can only speak truths; the beautiful and talented Tawhida who does not age with time; Ali Zaidan, the gambler, late to love; and Boss Saqr who stashes his money above the bath. A neighbourhood of demons, dancing and sweet halva, the quarter keeps quiet vigil over the secrets of all who live there. This collection by pre-eminent Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz was recently discovered among his old papers. Found with a slip of paper titled Ďto be published in 1994í, they are published here for the first time. Resplendent with Mahfouzís delicate and poignant bservations of everyday happenings, these lively stories take the reader deep into the beating heart of Cairo.

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  • 3,000 years ago, deep inside the forests of India, a great ‘thought- revolution’ was brewing.

    In those forest labs, the brightest scientist-philosophers contemplated the universe and reflected upon the already-ancient texts called the Vedas, gaining some startling insights into questions that we still have no watertight answers to, like:

    * What is the universe made of?

    * How do I know I’m looking at a tree when I see one?

    * Who am I? My body, my mind, my intelligence, my emotions, or NOTA?

    And where did they put those explosive findings?

    In a sprawling body of goose-bumpy, thought-provoking and fascinating oral literature called the Upanishads!

    Intimidated? Don’t be! For this joyful, fun guide to some of India’s most enduring and secular wisdoms, reinterpreted for first-time explorers by author Roopa Pai, is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.

    Why haven’t you read it yet?

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  • Itís one of the oldest books in the world and Indiaís biggest blockbuster bestseller!
    – But isnít it meant only for religious old people?
    -But isnít the stuff it talks about way too complex for regular folks?
    -But isnít it deadly dull?
    Prepare to be surprised.
    Roopa Paiís spirited, one-of-a-kind retelling of the epic conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his mentor
    and friend Krishna busts these and other such myths about the Bhagavad Gita. Lucid, thought-provoking and brimming
    with fun trivia, this book will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.
    Why havenít you read it yet?

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    Welcome to the extraordinary world of Sukumar Ray – King of Humour and Wizard of Wordplay!

    A gifted poet, writer, playwright and illustrator, Ray wrote stories of various shapes, colours and flavours, transforming words into things of wonder and whimsy for generations of readers.

    Featuring broken stars and enchanted forests, cures for anger and greed, lazy pigs and sly parrots, wicked sorcerers and talking dolls, many of the tales in this unusual medley have been translated into English for the first time. The collection highlights not only Ray’s crazy imagination but also his ability to breathe life into fables from faraway lands.

    Brimming with wit and magic, this dazzling display of Sukumar Ray’s storytelling genius is sure to leave you utterly spellbound.


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  • A stunning collection of fables that have been part of India’s oral and scholarly traditions for at least two thousand years, perhaps longer.

    Collectively, the stories in this volume have been known as the Panchatantra, the Five Books. Although they originated in India, they have been told and retold all over the world in various versions and have impacted many literary genres, particularly those containing animal characters and ‘nesting stories’, that is,  a story within a story within yet another story. These stories have influenced Arabic and European story-telling since the middle ages and are clear precursors of the Aesop’s Fables and Arabian Nights.

    This edition, like the original Panchatantra, comprises eighty-five nesting stories placed within five frame stories. It is a collection of ancient folk wisdom, a guide on how to live a wise and good life in the multicultural, global world of today.

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  • It’s one of the oldest books in the world and India’s biggest blockbuster bestseller!

    – But isn’t it meant only for religious old people?

    – But isn’t it very long… and, erm, super difficult to read?

    – But isn’t the stuff it talks about way too complex for regular folks to understand?

    Prepare to be surprised.

    Roopa Pai’s spirited, one-of-a-kind retelling of the epic conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his mentor and friend Krishna busts these and other such myths about the Bhagavad Gita. Lucid, thought-provoking and brimming with fun trivia, this book will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.

    Why haven’t you read it yet?

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  • A pilot who has crash-landed in the Sahara Desert wakes up the next morning to a strange voice. ‘Please Ö will you draw me a sheep!’ it says. The voice, as he soon finds out, belongs to a little prince who has left his tiny planet to travel the universe. In response to this little man’s many curious questions, the pilot begins to draw a number of images and slowly comes to understand the truths about life in all its peculiarity and strangeness.

    The Little Prince was first published in 1943 and has since been translated into more than 250 languages. A remarkable story told with enduring charm, it soon became one of the most widely read books in the world and continues to delight readers of all ages.

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  • Fantastic Fables and Where to Read Them.

    Pssst… come here. A little closer. Yes, yes, right here. Now, what sort of story are you looking for? One with action and adventure, wily villains and valiant warriors? Or something that will make you laugh till your stomach hurts? Or perhaps youíd prefer a tale with some good old-fashioned magic?

    Well, whatever it is, youíll find it all here ó in this delightful trove of stories picked from one of Indiaís oldest classics, Somadevaís Kathasaritasagara (The Ocean of the Streams of Story), dusted and polished for a new generation of readers.

    Go on, step in, but be careful ó the shape-shifters arenít quite what they seem (obviously), the tricksters are always looking for someone to fool, and donít be shocked if you meet a talking animal. Oh, and one last thing ó make sure you ace the vetalaís quiz. Or else…

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  • A dry-fruit seller from Kabul, with a heart of molten gold and a fist of iron. Escapades of naughty schoolboys travelling on a train with an unusual teacher. The decisive battle of skill and oratory between two poets in a king’s court. The everyday joys and sadness of a sick boy who sees the world through a half-open window of hope. A bemusing world of Cards, based on rules and class divides. Morning and night, life and death, poverty and riches, working girls and growing boys… everything touched Rabindranath Tagore’s mind and heart and flowed into writing through his magical, unstoppable pen.

    Tagore’s genius has yet to be fathomed. His writings continue to stay fresh and crisp, surprising us, provoking us and moving us even a hundred years after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Original and touching, intense and unforgettable, the stories, plays and poems in this volume have been carefully selected and translated into a definitive and valuable collection of Tagore’s masterpieces.

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  • A general perception exists that ancient Indian literature on economic matters is fatalistic and an admixture of sacred and secular thoughts. Economic Sutra provides a comprehensive perspective on the elements of Indian economic thought leading up to and after the Arthashastra. Economic Sutra is a perception-correction initiative to distil the Indian mind in the realm of economic thoughts and behaviour as brought out by the ancient Indian authors. It highlights the broader spread of economic ideas both prior to and sometime after Kautilya, giving insights into the purpose, actions and vision of our forefathers.

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  • Foreword by Muhammad Yunus

    The Rule of One speaks about the power of social intrapreneurship in the developing world. Colleagues at Intel, Kazi I. Huque and Narayan Sundararajan founded an intrapreneurial venture between Intel and Grameen, called Grameen Intel Social Business, working with Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus. Along with Jacen Greene, they have collected and presented their original and transformational ideas in this book that explores crippling challenges like poverty, healthcare and education which plague the developing world and how problems related to these challenges can be solved in a sustainable and comprehensive manner.

    This book tells us that nearly half of the people living in developing countries are yet to benefit from information technology. Peppered with illustrative and useful examples and case studies, The Rule of One provides a comprehensive roadmap for any foundation, development agency and company to engineer solutions to deal with social and economic issues.

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  • Do you feel like you never have enough time or energy to get things done?
    Are you stressed and exhausted just thinking about work?
    Are you getting to the point where you dread Monday mornings?
    These are some of the telltale signs of burnout which, if not addressed, can wreck careers and relationships. Senior psychologist and business leader Anju Jain, PhD, finds out what makes some people tenacious and energetic while others suffer from fatigue and fall by the wayside. This book offers a framework and principles to ensure that you continue to have a hard-working and productive life without getting burned out.

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  • When Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman, News Corporation, blew up more than $870 million buying Star TV from Richard Li in the early 1990s, analysts were dismayed. Why on earth had Murdoch invested in a pan-Asian broadcaster that was neither fish nor fowl?
    More than twenty-five years later, with revenues of over $2 billion, Star India is one of the country’s three largest media firms. Murdoch’s instinct had done what a hundred investor summits could not: showcased the potential of the Indian media market to the world. Vanita Kohli-Khandekar tells the thrilling story of Indian television through its most notable protagonist: Star TV. The narrative is peppered with delicious anecdotes and a fascinating cast of characters that includes Rathikant Basu, Peter Mukerjea, Uday Shankar, Sameer Nair and the Murdochs, who loom large over every scene.

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  • A moral dilemma gripped Anil K. Gupta when he was invited by the Bangladeshi government to help restructure their agricultural on-farm research sector in 1985. He noticed how the marginalized farmers were being paid poorly for their otherwise unmatched knowledge. The gross injustice of this constant imbalance led Gupta to found what would turn into a resounding social and ethical movement-the Honey Bee Network-bringing together and elevating thousands of grassroots innovators.
    For over two decades, Gupta has travelled through rural lands, along with hundreds of volunteers of the Network, unearthing innovations by the ranks-from the famed Mitti Cool refrigerator to the root bridge of Meghalaya. He insists that to fight the largest and most persistent problems of the world, we must not rely only on expensive research labs but also look towards ordinary folk, and eventually build bridges between the formal and informal sectors. Innovation-that oft-flung-around word-is stripped to its core in this book.
    Poignant and personal, Grassroots Innovation is an important treatise from a social crusader of our time.

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  • Each and every one of us wants to become successful. We aim to fight and win in businesses, careers, relationships and, ultimately, in life. However, most of us fail to reach our full potential because of various speed breakers. Chanakya and the Art of War draws upon lessons from the great teacher, philosopher and strategist Chanakya’s masterpiece, Arthashastra, which can help us overcome those speed breakers to become innovative and influential and realize our true potential.
    Author of the bestselling Inside Chanakya’s Mind, Radhakrishnan Pillai decodes the war secrets of Chanakya as relevant to our personal and professional lives. Be it an army fighting enemy soldiers across the border, the police encountering internal challenges, a politician who wants to win an election, or the common man fighting for survival, Chanakya has a plan for every situation. In the game of life, Chanakya teaches you the winning strategies by putting into practice the Art of War.

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  • Through the technology embedded in almost every major tech platform and every web-enabled device, algorithms and the artificial intelligence that underlies them make a staggering number of everyday choices for us: from what products we buy to where we decide to eat, from how we consume our news to whom we date and how we find a job. We’ve even delegated life-and-death decisions to algorithms-judgments once made by doctors, pilots, and judges. In A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence, Kartik Hosanagar surveys the brave new world of algorithmic decision making and reveals the potentially dangerous biases to which they can give rise as they increasingly run our lives. He makes the compelling case that we need to arm ourselves with a better, deeper, more nuanced understanding of the phenomenon of algorithmic thinking. The way to achieving that is understanding that algorithms often think a lot like their creators-that is, like you and me.

    Hosanagar draws on his own experiences designing algorithms professionally, as well as on examples from history, computer science, and psychology, to explore how algorithms work and why they occasionally go rogue, what drives our trust in them, and the many ramifications of algorithmic decision making. He examines episodes like the fatal accidents of self-driving cars; Microsoft’s chatbot Tay, which was designed to converse on social media like a teenage girl, but instead turned sexist and racist; and even our own common, and often frustrating, experiences on services like Netflix and Amazon. A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence is an entertaining and provocative look at one of the most important developments of our time and is a practical user’s guide to this first wave of practical artificial intelligence.

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  • This groundbreaking book, by the bestselling authors of Jugaad Innovation, shows how India can harness the three megatrends — the sharing economy, the maker movement and the circular economy — and disruptive technologies such as AI and 3D printing to generate jobs and drive inclusive and sustainable growth in the decades to come.
    The world faces a stark challenge: meeting the needs of over 7 billion people without bankrupting the planet. India, with its large population and limited resources, is at the very epicentre of this challenge. It also offers a creative way out. Its resilient jugaad mindset, dynamic ecosystem of start-ups and enterprises, and the practice of NGOs and governments working together promises not only to meet its own requirements in a sustainable way but also the needs of billions around the world.
    Packed with over fifty case studies, Do Better with Less offers six proven principles that Indian entrepreneurs and businesses can use to co-create frugal solutions in education, energy, healthcare, food and finance that are highly relevant to India and the world.
    This book is India’s guide to claiming global leadership in frugal innovation.

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  • The first person who will live to be 150 years old has already been born.
    The screen that we peer into will soon be within us.
    We could soon be taking happiness pills before breakfast.
    The perfect partner might need to be charged before bed.

    This is a new world we are walking into. And the man who began this journey won’t be the man who ends this journey. Where Will Man Take Us? explores the changes technology is bringing about in us-as a society and as a species. What will the next generation turn into, what will it be like, how will the new Adam and Eve live and love?
    In this book, Atul Jalan tackles nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and genetics, seamlessly weaving the future of technology with the changing dynamics of human love, morality and ethics.

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  • Have you ever felt bored and uninterested at work?
    Do you feel that you are working hard and not seeing results?
    Does your day end with frustration and disillusionment?
    But what happened? After all, you loved this job.
    It could be ‘leader’s block’, a phase where leaders feel demotivated and unengaged. These are the same leaders who at one point found their work stimulating and exciting. Over several candid interviews, senior professionals reveal why they felt this way and the circumstances that caused it. Ritu G. Mehrish uncovers the reasons behind this feeling and the antidote to this malady.
    Identify when you are getting into the ‘leader’s block’ and learn how to break out of it!

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  • This book will prove that every organization’s best chance, to survive and become better than ever, lies within itself. Against the decidedly progressive, action-oriented, and above all restless backdrop of disruption, the DNA of established business is starting to realign. It’s the beginning of a groundswell that has started to make lean entrepreneurship a core competency within big business.
    Based on hundreds of interviews, as well as the author’s consulting work within companies, Jugaad 3.0 Hacking the Corporation identifies the competencies these corporate hackers possess. It also offers a spectrum of carefully crafted archetypes to help people see themselves in this trend and allow organizations identify the innovators in their midst.

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