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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 28TH, JULY 2017

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Stealing Fire How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work By - Steven Kotler 
 ------------------------------------ About the Book ------------------------------------ Why has generating “flow” and getting “into the zone” become the goal of the world’s most elite organizations? Why are business moguls attending Burning Man? Why has meditation become a billion dollar industry? Why are technology gurus turning to psychedelic drugs to unlock creativity? All of these people are seeking to shift their state of mind as a way of unlocking their true potential. Altered states, the authors reveal, sharpen our decision making capabilities, unleash creativity, fuel cooperation and let us tap into levels of inspiration and innovation unavailable at all other times. Stealing Fire combines cutting-edge research and first-hand reporting to explore a revolution in human performance — a movement millions of people strong to harness and utilize som…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 21ST JULY, 2017

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A State of Freedom By - Neel Mukherjee 
------------------------------- About the Book ------------------------------- What happens when one attempts to exchange the life one is given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into? A State of Freedom prises open the central, defining events of our century-displacement and migration-but not as you imagine them. Five characters, in very different circumstances-from a domestic cook in Mumbai to a vagrant and his dancing bear and a girl who escapes terror in her home village for a new life in the city-find out the meanings of dislocation and the desire for more. Moving between the reality of this world and the shadow of another, this novel of multiple narratives-formally daring, fierce but full of pity-delivers a devastating and haunting exploration of the unquenchable human urge to strive for a different life. ----------------------------- About the Author ------------------------------ Neel Mukherjee is the author …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 30TH JUNE, 2017

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Giving with a Thousand Hands By - Pushpa Sundar 

----------------------------- About the Books ------------------------------ India has been a major recipient of international aid since its independence on account of its developmental gaps and wide income disparity; yet it also ranks among the top four nations in the world in terms of the number of billionaires. How and what do these fabulously wealthy Indians contribute to the development of their own society? What is the nature of Indian philanthropy? Has the phenomenal wealth creation in recent decades seen an increase in altruistic spending in social development, and what role does the Indian state play in promoting or restraining the act of giving? Making an important distinction between charity and philanthropy, Giving with a Thousand Hands argues that while charity is alive and well in India, the country is short on philanthropy defined as altruistic giving on a large enough scale to bring about transformative social change. The …