THE BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 29Th January 2016

The Z Factor
By - Subhash Chandra 

About the Book : 
Subhash Chandra, the promoter of Zee TV, Essel Packaging and Esselworld, is an unlikely mogul. Hailing from a small town in Haryana, where his family ran grain mills, Chandra has been a perennial outsider, repeatedly aiming high and breaking into businesses where he was considered an interloper. Starting work as a teen to pay off family debts, Chandra had to rely on bluff, bluster and gumption, and sheer hard labour, to turn things around. A little bit of luck and political patronage saw him make a fortune in rice exports to Russia. A risk-taker, he then had the vision of getting into broadcasting early, even as established media players failed to see its potential. Several new forays followed - including failed attempts at launching a satellite and a cricket league - but the man continues to reinvent himself: he is now also focusing on infrastructure and education. This is an unusually candid memoir of a truly desi self-made businessman who came to Delhi at age twenty with seventeen rupees in his pocket. Today, he has a net worth of $ 6.3 billion and his group revenues are nearly $ 3 billion.           
About the Author : 
Subhash Chandra is the promoter of Zee TV. His Essel Group of companies is a major player in the fields of media and entertainment, packaging, technology, infrastructure and education. Pranjal Sharma has been in print, digital and TV media for twenty-five years. He has led teams at India Today Group, CNBC Network 18 and was founding executive editor of Bloomberg TV in India. He currently writes for BusinessWorld and hosts a show for Zee Business.  
   ISBN : 9789351773245          Price : Rs. 699.00   
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 22, January 2016

Shammi Kapoor: The Game Changer
By - Rauf Ahmed 

About the Book : 
SHAMMI KAPOOR was an absolute original, who redefined the profile of the Hindi film hero in the late ’50s and cast him in a unique, highly individualistic mould. He was a far cry from the self-righteous ‘hero’ of the time. He broke the existing rules, made his own. He became the first hero to break into the formidable cordon of the Big Three of the time: Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand, who had dominated the scene unchallenged for more than a decade.
As film scholar Dr. Punita Bhatt succinctly avers, “Shammi Kapoor represented the blending of unique elements rooted in time, place, and his own talent. More important and less appreciated, is the fact that Shammi Kapoor’s contribution, like Dilip Kumar’s, has seeped into the mainstream of popular cinema in India, becoming a part of the larger tradition every actor is heir to.” 
Journalist and film critic, RAUF AHMED has made a mark in mainstream print, film and television media. Starting out as a trainee at The Times of India, he joined the Free Press Journal as a Sub-Editor in the early ’70s, rose to be the Features Editor, then Magazine Editor of the Sunday Journal. He later joined The Times of India Group as Editor of Filmfare. During his tenure, he was instrumental in relaunching the Filmfare Awards in a new format in 1990. 1n 1994, he returned to mainstream journalism as Chief of Bureau of the newly launched daily, The Asian Age, Mumbai. After a three-year stint, he moved to The Indian Express Group to edit the weekly Screen. He then joined The Zee Group as Founder Editor of a premium film magazine, Zee Premiere. In 2011, he was Content Advisor on a documentary, Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, produced by Shekhar Kapur for UTV and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The documentary was the opening film at the Cannes Festival in 2011.             
About the Author
Rauf Ahmed is the author of Mehboob Khan: The Romance of History. He has also written on Dilip Kumar in Bollywood’s Top 20: Superstars of Indian Cinema.   
  ISBN : 9789385609626       Price : Rs. 595.00  
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 15Th January 2016

The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley
By - Eric Weiner

About the Book
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Timesbestselling author of The Geography ofBliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley-and throughout history, too-to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humour, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, "What was in the air, and can we bottle it?" This link can be traced back through history: Darwin's theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favourite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods. Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Geniusredefines the argument about how genius came to be. His evaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history.
About the Author
Eric Weiner is author of the New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss, which has been translated into twenty languages, as well as the critically acclaimed Man Seeks God. A former correspondent for NPR and The New York Times, Weiner's work has appeared in the New Republic, Slate, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Magazine, and the anthology Best American Travel Writing. 
ISBN : 9781501124594       Price : Rs. 599.00
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 8Th January 2016

The Blood Telegram : India's Secret War in East Pakistan
By - Gary J. Bass 

About the Book
Drawing on unheard White House tapes, recently declassified documents, and investigative reporting, Gary Bass uncovers an astonishing story of superpower brinkmanship, war, scandal, and conscience. This is the definitive account of the build-up to the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War and the birth of Bangladesh. In the midst of this Cold War cataclysm, the Bangladeshis became collateral damage, victims of power games played by Nixon, Kissinger, Yahya Khan and even Indira Gandhi. Revelatory, authoritative and compulsively readable, The Blood Telegram is a thrilling chronicle of a pivotal chapter in South Asian history.
Awards
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year
An Economist Best Book of the Year
A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
A New Republic Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

About the Author :
Gary J. Bass is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention and Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals. A former reporter for The Economist, he has written often for the New York Times, as well as writing for the New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs and other publications.
    ISBN : 9788184005769           Price : Rs. 499.00    
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 1St January, 2016

Jinnah Often Came to Our House
By - Kiran Doshi

About the Book
India, 1904. The young and dashing Sultan Kowaishi has just returned from London to Bombay after passing his barrister exam. Among the first persons he meets is Mohammed Ali Jinnah, already an advocate of note, and is quickly drawn to him. It is also the time when Jinnah decides to join the Indian National Congress, soon to become its brightest star. The stir against the British rule holds no interest for Sultan but it attracts his wife Rehana, and, inexorably, weaves its way into their lives. In this brilliant saga of love and betrayal, pain and redemption, set amidst the long struggle for freedom and its terrible twin, the call for Pakistan, we confront questions that are as relevant today as they were a hundred years ago. Questions of identity, of purpose, of the shackles of a thousand memories . . .
Author Biography :
Kiran Doshi studied history, politics and law in Bombay before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1962 for a 35-year-long career which not infrequently saw him tackling relations with Pakistan, always an important, exciting but ultimately frustrating task. He is the author of Birds of Passage, a greatly engrossing and hilarious novel set in the world of India-Pakistan-USA diplomacy, and Diplomatic Tales, short stories written in comic verse. He lives in Delhi with his wife Razia.
    ISBN : 978-9385152931          Price : Rs. 695.00    
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