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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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 22, JULY 2016

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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