Friday, February 27, 2015

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 6th March 2015

BED TIME STORY
By - Kiran Nagarkar
About the Book  :
Kiran Nagarkar is one of India's most significant writers. Of a piece with his searing, dark, wickedly funny works are these experiments with form:the screenplay Black Tulip and the play Bedtime Story, both of which,in keeping with the author's virtuosity, push the boundaries of their forms. Meet Black Tulip, aka Rani, a seasoned con artist and yoga expert with a taste for expensive jewellery. Hot on her trail is ACP Regina Fielding, a daredevil cop whose style and panache Rani worships. Rani executes one eye-popping heist after another and the cat-and-mouse game between the two heats up. But even as things come to a head, Mumbai is held to ransom by terrorists,and the two ball syantagonists, along with Rani's new boyfriend, a computer whizkid and hacker, must come together. The fate of the city rests with them. Black Tulip is a pacey, entertaining caper with a host of seedy characters - corrupt ministers, mob bosses, petty criminals, religious fanatics - in a world where nothing is as it seems.In Bedtime Story,the author uses the epic Mahabharata as a peg on which to hang a shocking tale of injustice and oppression. As a grandmother narrates a bedtime story, giving delectable twists to the age-old stories of Karna, Ekalavya and Draupadi, we see the gender and class violence that underlies the old tales of valour. Traversing the landscape of wars across the centuries - the ancient war of Kurukshetra to the Second World War, from the Bangladesh war in 1971 and to modern-day wars in boardrooms, Nagarkar reveals how little has changed in the centuries since the Mahabharata.Bedtime Story has been targeted by religious fundamentalist groups ever since it was first written after the Emergency in 1975 and this edition includes a trenchant essay on censorship and freedom of expression. The two works in this collection are a testimony to the multifaceted genius of Kiran Nagarkar.
About the Author :
Kiran Nagarkar is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ravan and Eddie, Cuckold (for which he won the Sahitya Akademi Award), God's Little Soldier and The Extras, a sequel to Ravan and Eddie. His first book, Saat Sakkam Trechalis, written in Marathi and translated into English as Seven Sixes are Forty-three, is considered a landmark in post-Independence Indian literature. His novels have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Marathi. Nagarkar has also written several plays and screenplays in Marathi and English.
   ISBN : 9789351369998         Price : Rs. 650.00   



Saturday, February 21, 2015

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 27th February 2015

BUILDING BRIDGES
The Role Of Indian Americans In Indo -U.S. Relations 
By : Swadesh Chatterjee

About the Book
When Swadesh Chatterjee arrived in the United States with his wife Manjusri and their baby daughter, he had just $35 in his pocket. A decade and a half later, he was a successful North Carolina businessman at the helm of a company, while Manjusri had a thriving practice as a psychiatrist. They were well on their way to achieving the American dream.
Not satisfied with simply being an immigrant success story, Chatterjee decided it was time to give back—both to his adopted land and his motherland. He took on a leading role in the burgeoning movement of Indian Americans seeking a rapprochement between the United States and India after decades of Cold War misunderstandings and resentment. Chatterjee helped shape this movement and its strategy, and in the process he developed a new playbook for immigrant political empowerment.
This memoir is a chronicle of the ups and downs of that movement, a blueprint for younger Indian Americans and other immigrant groups raising their voices in the United States, and a deeply personal family story.

About  Author
Swadesh Chatterjee is a successful businessman and entrepreneur, based in North Carolina. He has risen to prominence within the Indian American community not only in his home state of North Carolina, but also nationally.
Swadesh’s steadfast belief and diligence in improving U.S.-India relations has been the driving force behind a new and more pro-India U.S. policy. Swadesh Chatterjee has received many awards for this work. In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards, for building bridges between the U.S. and India. Swadesh, his wife Manjusri, daughter Sohini and son Souvik reside in Cary, North Carolina. This is his first book.
     ISBN : 9788129135322          PRICE : Rs. 500.00    


  BOOKS OF PART  B, PART D & DSSC 2015  

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Friday, February 13, 2015

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 20th February 2015

RECASTING INDIA
By - Hindol Sengupta

ABOUT THE BOOK :
Recasting India" does just that--it recasts India in our imagination. Hindol Sengupta breaks every cliche about India from caste to class, gender and poverty and shows us, through imaginative, vivid storytelling, the outstanding efforts of little known people and how they are tackling India's most daunting challenges through the sheer dint of everyday enterprise. Hindol brings us, finally, with startling clarity the little appreciated real story behind the rise of India. This is business at its best."--Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor at Tuck at Dartmouth and WSJ and NYT Best Selling Author" """Recasting India" brings to the fore our nation's ever-progressing entrepreneurial streak. Hindol Sengupta powerfully steers the book with his lucid opinion on free enterprise in India and its potential to transform our socio-economic landscape. His expert use of language and a riveting storyline create an interesting reading experience. The author's research-led approach captures the imagination, making it a worthwhile read for both aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders."-- N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman, Infosys "As India transforms from traditional to modern, rural to urban, agrarian to industrial and old to young, this book offers a fascinating look at the change from below: as seen by the entrepreneur, the consumer and, above all, the ordinary citizen. The added attraction is the lucid and engaging writing style of the author."--Arvind Panagariya, Professor of Economics, Columbia University

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Hindol Sengupta is the Senior Editor for the Indian edition of Fortune magazine and the founder of India's only open-government nonprofit, the Whypoll Trust. He has worked as a political interviewer on Bloomberg TV and as an anchor and reporter with the Indian editions of CNBC and CNN. He is the author of The Liberals, which won praise from globally renowned economists and public policy experts like British Labour peer Lord Meghnad Desai.The online ideas platform IdeaMensch included him on its list of 33 global social entrepreneurs who make the world a better place.
ISBN : 9781137279613         PRICE : Rs. 499.00 

  Books of Part A, Part B & DSSC  



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Saturday, February 7, 2015

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 13th February 2015

World Order
Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
By - Henry A. Kissinger

About the Book :
As Henry Kissinger observes in this magisterial book, there has never been a true world order. For most of history, civilizations have defined their own concepts of order, each one envisioning its distinct principles as universally relevant. Now, as international affairs take place on a global basis, these historic concepts of world order are meeting. Every region participates in questions of high policy in every other, often instantaneously - yet there is no consensus among the major actors about the rules and limits guiding this process, or its ultimate destination. The result is mounting tension.

Blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a meditation from one of our era's most prominent diplomats on the 21st century's ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology and ideological extremism.

About the Author :
Henry A. Kissinger served as National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and has advised many other American presidents on foreign policy. He received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty. He is the author of numerous books and articles on foreign policy and diplomacy.
   ISBN : 9780241004265          Price : Rs. 899.00  

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