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  • The Extraordinary Life and Death of Sunanda Pushkar

    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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  • Permanent Record

    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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  • Once upon a Time in India

    ?A collection of fascinating folk tales from India. These tales are an integral part of the country’s culture, having evolved over long centuries, perpetuated through the oral tradition of story-telling. They contain the practical wisdom of the simple village rustic as well as universal values handed down by thinkers and sages in ancient India. Retold several times over, they reflect the lives and
    philosophies of the different regions of a culturally rich and diverse land.

    Meet a faithless prince with ‘pins and needles’, a shepherd boy who plays
    magical melodies but is devoured by a wolf, a lovely forest nymph who languishes in a castle, a sly jackal who is outwitted by a bird, a prince who marries a donkey and yet manages to live happily thereafter . . . Each tale in this collection is a sparkling gem, specially handpicked for today’s reader from the exotic treasure chest of Indian folk tales.

    The Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC), in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), presents to readers a uniquely colourful collage of stories from all corners of India, retold by popular authors and illustrated by well-known illustrators.?

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  • Big Billion Startup: The Untold Flipkart Story

    Mihir Dalal’s deeply reported telling of the Flipkart story has it all: mercurial founders, avaricious investors and ruthless internet kingpins. Anyone interested in the remarkable history of the company that changed India should read this book’ BRAD STONE, bestselling author of
    The Everything Store and The Upstarts

    The definitive account of India’s biggest startup that redefined e-commerce, entrepreneurship and the way we shop and live.

    IIT graduates Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal founded out of a Bangalore apartment what would become India’s biggest e-commerce startup. Established in October 2007, Flipkart began as an online bookstore and soon came to be known for its ‘customer obsession’. As the startup’s reputation grew, so did its value, with venture capitalists in India and abroad lining up to invest heavily in the company that stood for bold ambition, unabashed consumerism and the virtues of technology.

    Investigative journalist Mihir Dalal recounts the astounding story of how the Bansals built Flipkart into a multi-billion-dollar powerhouse in the span of a few years and made internet entrepreneurship a desirable occupation. But it is also a story of big money, power and hubris, as both business and interpersonal complexities weakened the founders’ control over their creation and forced them to sell out to a retailer whose dominance they had once dreamt of emulating. Flipkart’s auction involved some of the corporate world’s biggest names, from Jeff Bezos, Satya Nadella, Sundar Pichai to Masayoshi Son and Doug McMillon, an ironic testimony to the strength of what the Bansals had forged.

    Based on extraordinary research, extensive interviews and deep access to key characters in the Flipkart story, Big Billion Startup is the riveting and revealing account of how Sachin and Binny Bansal built and sold India’s largest internet company.

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  • Range

    Range is the groundbreaking and exhilarating exploration into how to be successful in the twenty-first century. Through fascinating stories and vividly explained research, David Epstein demonstrates why, as the world has got increasingly complex, developing range can help us excel.

    ‘David Epstein manages to make me thoroughly enjoy the experience of being told that everything I thought about something was wrong. I loved Range.’ – Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Outliers.

    Range is the ground-breaking and exhilarating exploration into how to be successful in the 21st Century, from David Epstein the acclaimed author of The Sports Gene.

    What if everything you have been taught about how to succeed in life was wrong?

    From the ‘10,000 hours rule’ to the power of Tiger parenting, we have been taught that success in any field requires early specialization and many hours of deliberate practice. And, worse, that if you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up with those who got a head start.

    This is completely wrong.

    In this landmark book, David Epstein shows that the way to excel is by sampling widely, gaining a breadth of experiences, taking detours, experimenting relentlessly, juggling many interests – in other words, by developing range.

    Studying the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, and scientists Epstein discovered that in most fields – especially those that are complex and unpredictable – generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. They are also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Range proves that by spreading your knowledge across multiple domains is the key to success rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area.

    Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range explains how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience and interdisciplinary thinking in a world that increasingly demands, hyper-specialization.

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  • Fall From Grace

    An inspiring riches to rags story from the world’s favourite storyteller, Danielle Steel

    You find strength when you’re at your weakest . . .

    When Sydney’s husband dies, she is dealt another devastating blow. He never changed his will and she is forced to leave the beautiful home they shared. On a flight from Paris to New York, an emergency landing forces her into the arms of Paul Zeller. The pair bond over a shared love of fashion, and before long they go into business together. But Sydney’s daughters are less than impressed by their mother’s mysterious new acquaintance . . .
    Offered a job at Paul’s high-street clothing chain, Sydney thinks her luck has turned. But when a scandal hits the company, it’s Sydney in the firing line.
    Humiliated, publicly shamed, destitute – Sydney hits rock bottom. There are only two choices: giving up or starting over. With the unwavering support of her daughters and the assistance of an unlikely business partner, Sydney discovers that her greatest adventure might still be to come . . .
    Fall From Grace is an inspirational story about relying on the support of family in times of trouble, by the world’s favourite storyteller, Danielle Steel.

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  • How I Built This

    How I Built This will offer invaluable insight, direction and advice to entrepreneurs at every point on their entrepreneurial path.
    Based on the number one business rated podcast, How I Built This with Guy Raz, this book offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful business.

    Award-winning journalist Guy Raz has interviewed more than 200 entrepreneurs to uncover the amazing true story behind their success; such as Whitney Wolfe of Bumble, Tim Brown of Allbirds trainers, Sara Blakely of Spanx, and Jim Koch of Sam Adams beer. In How I Built This, he shares lessons for every entrepreneur’s journey: from the early days of formulating your idea, to raising money and recruiting employees, to fending off competitors, to finally paying yourself a real salary. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business or wondered how trailblazing entrepreneurs made their own dreams a reality.

    Learn how:
    ·The founders of Airbnb bootstrapped long enough to turn their business into a success.
    ·Jen Rubio created buzz for Away Luggage.
    ·Reed Hastings developed the unique company culture at Netflix.
    ·Five Guys harnessed the power of word of mouth.
    ·James Dyson protected what he built.
    ·Stacy Madison of Stacy’s Pita Chips was successfully able to pivot.

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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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  • Beautiful Place

    On a patch of Sri Lanka’s exquisite southern coast stands the Villa Hibiscus. It is Padma’s home. The owner of the villa, Gerhardt, is an elderly Austrian architect to whom Padma was taken when young by Sunny, her scheming father. He had hoped to use his attractive child to entice the wealthy new foreigner in the area. Gerhardt, in turn, adopted Padma, paying Sunny to stay away until she is grown up, when Gerhardt expects to have sent Padma to university, far away.

    But Padma fails her exams and is lonely in the city, gladly returning to her beloved old home by the sea. With Gerhardt’s help, she creates a guest house at the villa. Soon, guests start to arrive, opening new vistas for Padma through their friendship and love.

    Then Sunny appears, ready to reclaim his daughter …

    A captivating novel about the meaning of home and family, love and loss, Beautiful Place marks the arrival of a dazzling new voice.

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  • India Automated

    Rethinking the future of India through automation.
    From scavenging to lunar missions, from railway factories to healthcare and even tax planning, automation is growing faster and deeper in India than is visible. In a country where more than a million people get ready for jobs every month, this rise in automation can appear as an unwelcome change or a threat to their livelihood.

    But the reality is that automation is enhancing efficiency, accuracy and accountability of India’s working professionals in ways that haven’t been seen before. Automation is helping generate information in a data-poor country. It is making India’s private sector more active and government’s functioning more transparent and reliable.

    Through several case studies of private enterprises and government departments, India Automated chronicles the transformation that India is undergoing and how robotics and process automation are infusing proficiency in our work and personal lives. Automation is turning to be one of the most impactful results of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies in India. AI, drones, blockchain, cybersecurity, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality include automated processes. These are also opening new categories of employment for job seekers.

    This book argues for deeper collaboration between industrial and government sectors to ensure that automation enhances India’s steady growth while also mitigating its negative impact. With this forward-looking approach, Pranjal Sharma brings us face to face with the reality that it is imperative for India to align itself with this revolution.

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  • Genesis

    A medical mystery thriller from the master of the genre, Robin Cook.

    New York Times bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of using genealogical DNA database tracking to catch a killer in Genesis, an unforgettable medical thriller.

    When the body of twenty-nine-year-old social worker Gloria Montoya, seven weeks pregnant with her first child, shows up on Chief New York City Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery’s autopsy table, she’s baffled to find no apparent causes of death. With no clues to go on, Laurie enlists the help of Dr Tricia Albanese, a forensic pathology resident with a background in genetic science, to help her trace the identity of the unborn baby’s father using DNA from the mother and child. But when Tricia is found dead in her apartment in a manner strikingly similar to Gloria’s death, Laurie realizes she might have two linked homicides on her hands . . . and now it’s up to her, with the help of her husband, ME Jack Stapleton, to continue the tracking work Tricia had begun before a killer can strike again.

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  • Blessing In Disguise

    The world’s favourite storyteller, Danielle Steel, explores what it means to be a family in Blessing in Disguise.

    In Blessing in Disguise, Danielle Steel’s wise, warm-hearted novel, one of her most memorable characters discovers the highs and lows of being a mother to three very different daughters.

    As a young intern at an art gallery in Paris, Isabelle McAvoy meets Putnam Armstrong, wealthy, gentle, older and secluded from the world. Her time at his Normandy château is the stuff of dreams, for when she learns she is pregnant, she knows that marriage is out of the question.

    Returning to New York, Isabelle enters a new relationship that she hopes will be more stable but before long she realizes she has made a terrible mistake and once again finds herself a single mother.

    With two young daughters Isabelle unexpectedly finds happiness and a love that gives her a third child, a baby as happy as her beloved father. And yet, life brings more change . . .

    Her three girls grow up to be very different women and Isabelle’s relationship with each of them is unique. When one final turn of fate brings a past secret to light, it bonds mother and daughters closer, turning a challenge into a blessing.

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  • Wasted

    Urban India generates close to 3 million trucks of untreated garbage every day. If these were laid end-to-end, one could reach half way to the moon.

    The need for attention to sanitation and cleanliness is both urgent and long-term.
    This book takes an honest look into India’s perpetual struggle with these issues and suggests measures to overcome them. Historically, we have developed into a society with a skewed mindset towards sanitation with our caste system and non-accountability towards sanitation.
    Through stories, anecdotes and analysis of events, this book seeks solutions to the current entangled problems of urban planning, governance and legislation, and institutional and human capacity building. Wasted traces interesting relationships between urban planning and dirty cities in India; legislative and governance lacunae and the rising height of open landfills; the informality of waste management methods, and the degrading health of Indian rivers, soil and air.
    Arguing that all current solutions of India are extrapolated from these flawed beliefs and structures and are therefore woefully inadequate, Bisen draws a benchmark from clean countries
    of today.
    Underlining the need for inclusive human clusters, specificity in legislation, correction of existing social contracts and governance frameworks, creating a formal resource recovery industry in India, and the pursuit of diplomacy around this industry, this book shows how these solutions could lead us towards a brighter future and better social development.

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  • Amnesty

    Danny – Dhananjaya Rajaratnam – is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he’s been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal Australian life.

    But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. When Danny recognizes a jacket left at the murder scene, he believes it belongs to another of his clients ? a doctor with whom he knows the woman was having an affair. Suddenly Danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported, or say nothing, and let justice go undone? Over the course of a single day, evaluating the weight of his past, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

    Propulsive, insightful, and full of Aravind Adiga’s signature wit and magic, Amnesty is both a timeless moral struggle and a universal story with particular urgency today.

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    The gripping – and little-known – story of the courtroom drama that precipitated the rise of the Nazi party.

    The hitherto untold story of the scandalous courtroom drama that paved the way for the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
    On the evening of November 8, 1923, the thirty-four-year-old Adolf Hitler stormed into a beer hall in Munich, fired his pistol in the air, and proclaimed a revolution. Seventeen hours later, all that remained of his bold move was a trail of destruction. Hitler was on the run from the police. His career seemed to be over.
    In The Trial of Adolf Hitler, the acclaimed historian David King tells the true story of the monumental criminal proceeding that followed when Hitler and nine other suspects were charged with high treason. Reporters from as far away as Argentina and Australia flocked to Munich for the sensational four-week spectacle. By its end, Hitler would transform the fiasco of the beer hall putsch into a stunning victory for the fledgling Nazi Party. It was this trial that thrust Hitler into the limelight, provided him with an unprecedented stage for his demagoguery, and set him on his improbable path to power.
    Based on trial transcripts, police files, and many other new sources, including some five hundred documents recently discovered from the Landsberg Prison record office, The Trial of Adolf Hitler is a gripping true story of crime and punishment – and a haunting failure of justice with catastrophic consequences.

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    The international bestseller which has helped millions recover their creativity reissued in a beautiful new edition.

    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity. The Artist’s Way will demystify the creative process by making it a part of your daily life.

    From Alicia Keys to Elizabeth Gilbert, Patricia Cornwell to Pete Townshend and Russell Brand, The Artist’s Way has helped thousands of people around the world to discover their inner artist. Whatever your artistic leanings, this book will give you the tools you need to enable you to fulfil your dreams.

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  • Kali's Daughter

    On a chilly November morning in Geneva,
    Deepika Thakur prepares to address the
    United Nations Human Rights Council.
    Despite her personal experience of
    oppression as a Dalit woman, she must
    claim that the Indian government remains
    firmly committed to eradicating castebased
    discrimination in the country.
    As echoes of humiliation and atrocities
    flood her memory, Deepika is transported
    back in time, to almost six years ago, when
    she became the first member of her family
    to be selected for the Indian Civil Services.
    She had moved from Bhopal, her home
    town, to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National
    Academy of Administration in Mussoorie,
    to prepare for a career as a civil servant. It
    was here that she met Aman, an uppercaste
    Brahmin, and Vijay, a fellow Dalit.
    Both relationships defined by caste and
    class politics, Deepika had found herself in
    the crosshairs of an ancient history built on
    inequality and prejudice. Yet, as a diplomat
    from India’s Foreign Service, she must
    deny caste, and the fact that India’s
    fractured society, despite its apparent
    modernization and progress, remains stuck
    in the middle ages. Her father’s words
    come back to haunt her: ‘When you cannot
    fight the system, you must endure.’
    Will Deepika fight? Will she endure?
    What will she say to the Human Rights
    Council? How will she represent India to
    the rest of the world?

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  • Yoga Mala

    The seminal treatise and guide to Ashtanga yoga by the master of this increasingly popular discipline

    One of the great yoga figures of our time, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois brought Ashtanga yoga to the West more than thirty years ago. Based on flowing, energetic movement coordinated with the breath, Ashtanga and the many forms of vinyasa yoga that grow directly out of it have become the most widespread and influential styles practiced today.

    Yoga Mala—a “garland of yoga”—is Jois’s authoritative guide to Ashtanga. In it, he outlines the ethical principles and philosophy underlying the discipline, explains important terms and concepts, and guides the reader through Ashtanga’s Sun Salutations and the subsequent primary sequence of forty-two asanas, or poses, precisely describing how to execute each position and what benefits each provides. It is a foundational work on yoga by a true master.

    To coincide with publication of Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students by Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern, this new edition of Yoga Mala includes a foreword by Jois’s grandson Sharath Rangaswamy, currently co-director of the famous school Jois founded in Mysore, the Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

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  • One Simple Thing

    HARNESS THE POWER OF YOGA TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE.

    Yoga was created as a science for liberation, but in modern times it is used by many to improve physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, more responsible contributors to society, and better inhabitants of this planet. How does yoga accomplish all that?

    Believe it or not, the answers lie in how the human body and mind function. Eddie Stern’s One Simple Thing explains from both a yogic and a scientific perspective how the human nervous system is wired. It describes the mechanics taking place beneath the surface of our bodies and shows how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways.

    Drawing on modern neuroscience, ancient wisdom, and decades of practice and teaching, Eddie Stern reveals how what we do – from diet to chanting, from postures to meditation, from ethical practices to breathing techniques – affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.

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    [A] delightful book’ NAMITA GOKHALE

    ‘A must-read’ KIRAN MANRAL

    ‘Deeply researched’ PAVAN K. VARMA

    What makes the Big Fat Indian Wedding so central to our lives?

    The wedding is the most celebrated event in Indian society. It forms the heart of a multi-billion-dollar industry driving fashion, food, music, entertainment and our desire for companionship.

    In The Shaadi Story, social entrepreneur Amita Sahaya takes a fascinating look
    at the history, religious traditions, societal attitudes, industry and modern adaptations of the North Indian Hindu wedding and beyond. Across seven chapters structured like the traditional ritual of the saptapadi, this book illuminates the seven different aspects of the quintessential Indian wedding. Drawing on ancient Sanskrit scriptures, western philosophies, Bollywood movies and the voices of young Indians, this book is an in-depth examination of our evolving ideas of love and relationships through the prism of our society’s most elaborate celebration.

    Enlightening and entertaining, The Shaadi Story is a remarkable exploration of Indian weddings and marriages and what makes them tick.

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