Saturday, October 26, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

Cricket Cauldron
The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan
By  - Shaharyar M Khan, Ali Khan


About the Book : 
A book that views Pakistan through an unlikely medium: cricket Authors show how understanding the state of cricket in Pakistan is the key to understanding the country itself. Cricket Cauldron tackles the controversies and scandals associated with the game in Pakistan head on: ball tampering, spot fixing, matchfixing, player factions, increasing presence of religion in Pakistani cricket, Bob Woolmers mysterious death…


About the Author
Shaharyar M. Khan is a distinguished Pakistani diplomat who served as High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, Ambassador to France and Jordan, Foreign Secretary and the UN Secretary Generals Special Representative in Rwanda. His cricket pedigree is impeccable. He distinguished himself at Cambridge University, played club cricket in Britain and Pakistan and was a playing member of the MCC. 
Ali Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research interests vary from labour issues to popular culture in Pakistan, focusing particularly on cinema and sports. 
  ISBN : 9789350295007                                                               PRICE : Rs. 699.00  

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

GANDHI BEFORE INDIA
By - Ramachandra Guha
 
About the Book :
In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a 23-year-old briefless lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. The two decades that he spent in South Africa were to be the making of the Mahatma. In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha argues that Gandhi’s ideas were fundamentally shaped before his return to India in 1915. It was during his years in England and South Africa that he came to understand the nature of imperialism and racism; and it was in South Africa that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would undermine and ultimately destroy the British Empire.
Based on a wealth of new material, and archival research in four continents, Gandhi Before India presents a vivid portrait of Gandhi and the world he lived in, a world of sharp contrasts between the coastal culture of Gujarat, High Victorian London, and colonial South Africa. It explores in rich detail his experiments with dissident cults such as Tolstoyans and vegetarians; his friendships with radical Jews, heterodox Christians, and devout Muslims; his enmities and rivalries; and his failures as a husband and father. It tells the dramatic, profoundly moving story of how he inspired the devotion of thousands of followers as he mobilized a crossclass and inter-religious coalition, pledged to non-violence in their battle against a brutally racist regime.
This deeply researched and beautifully written book will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of India’s greatest man.
‘Perhaps the best among India’s non-fiction writers’—New York Times
 
About The Author : The writer was raised in Dehradun and educated in Delhi and Kolkata. Now based in Bangalore, he has previously taught at Yale, Stanford, Oslo, and the London School of Economics. He has pioneered three distinct fields of historical inquiry: environmental history (as in The Unquiet Woods, 1989), the social history of sport (A Corner of a Foreign Field, 2002), and contemporary history (India After Gandhi, 2007). His most recent book is a collection of essays, Patriots and
Partisans, published by Penguin in 2012. His other books include Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India (1999), soon to appear in a new edition from Penguin.
Guha’s awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Padma Bhushan. His books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2008, and again in 2013, Guha featured on Prospect Magazine’s list of the world’s most influential thinkers.
Work aside, Christopher is a musician and lives his passion for music through his band called Mid Life Crisis which plays classic rock.
He lives in Gurgaon with his wife, daughter and two dogs. The Mahabharata Secret is his debut novel.
  ISBN : 9780670083879                                                            PRICE : Rs. 899.00  

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

My Brief History
By  - Stephen Hawking 

About the Book :
The extraordinary personal autobiography of the world's most famous scientist, written solely and exclusively by Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inward for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution.
My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him ‘Einstein'; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia.
Writing with characteristic humility and humour, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS aged twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece A Brief History of Time – one of the iconic books of the twentieth century.
Clear-eyed, intimate and wise, My Brief History opens a window for the rest of us into Hawking's personal cosmos.

About the Author :
Stephe Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. He held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years and is the author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. His other books for the general reader include A Briefer History of Time the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.
  ISBN : 9780593072523                                                             PRICE : Rs. 399.00 
 

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Friday, October 4, 2013

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

MADDADDAM
By- Margaret Atwood

About the Book
A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers' reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack. Told with wit, dizzying imagination, and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood's unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world and holds up a skewed mirror to our own possible future.

About the Author :
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize, Oryx and Crake and most recently, The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice, and in 2012 was awarded the title of Companion of Literature by The Royal Society of Literature. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.

Out of this journey, A Walk Across the Sun was born. It is a novel that brings together three of Addison's great passions--storytelling, human rights, and the world and its cultures--in a narrative that enlightens while it entertains. Addison is a supporter of international justice causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, and he is committed to broadening this support through the publication of A Walk Across the Sun.
  ISBN : 9781408819708                                                         PRICE : Rs. 699.00  

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