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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 29TH July 2016

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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 …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 22, JULY 2016

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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 …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 15Th July, 2016

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The Singles Game by -Lauren Weisberger
About the Book : Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high – and no-one plays by the rules.
When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.
Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice.
Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. But as the warrior princess’s star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside?
About the Author : Lauren Weisberger is the author of The Devil Wears Prada, which spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestselle…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 08Th July 2016

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The Rise and Fall of Nations
by - Ruchir Sharma
About the Book : Shaped by his 25 years travelling the world and enlivened by his encounters with presidents, tycoons and villagers from Rio to Beijing, Ruchir Sharma's new book rethinks the dismal science of economics as a practical art, based not just on crunching numbers but on live observation. He shows us how to read the political headlines, the world billionaire rankings, the price of onions and popular news magazine covers as signs of coming booms, busts and protests. Parsing the complicated flood of data on debt, trade and capital flows, Sharma explains exactly which numbers are most telling for a nation's fortunes and when they signal a turn for the better or worse.  In our post-crisis age that has turned the world on its head and ended a decade of supercharged growth, replacing political calm with revolt and hype for globalization with fear of deglobalization, Sharma's pioneering book serves as a highly readable field g…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 01 JULY 2016

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Second-Hand Time 
by -Svetlana Alexievich 

About the Book : What if you could tell history through the countless voices of ordinary people who lived through it? In Second-hand Time, Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich invents a new genre as she writes the life stories of housewives, artists, party workers, students, soldiers and traders living through a time of political upheaval – the fall of the Soviet Union and the two decades that followed it. As they tell her their secrets, their passions, their sorrows, their hopes, she builds a picture of a nation and of lived history, as epic as the greatest of novels. One of the most extraordinary books ever written, Second-hand Time is Alexievich’s fi nest work.
About the Author : Svetlana Alexievich was born in the Ukraine in 1948. She has spent most of her life in the Soviet Union and present-day Belarus, where she worked as a journalist, with prolonged periods of exile in Western Europe. She won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for ‘her…