Friday, July 24, 2009

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Hi all,

Greetings from the twistntales team. Lots of new books have been released in the past month, and some very interesting ones. Our mails are getting longer and longer, as it becomes a monthly newsletter. Our effort is in bringing information to your inbox, along with a little something about the book (our own very subjective but acceptable evaluation of the book). In this age of information overload, we try and highlight the really good ones, which we feel YOU should not miss!

Books are often hyped and attain publicity sometimes for the wrong reasons. In our own small way, we are trying to correct the situation. Books which are brilliantly written but not in the limelight will now feature in our “Book of the Month” (Books which are in the limelight are NOT necessarily disqualified from making it to the list!)

Our “Book of the Month” for July’ 09 is “Molly Fox’s Birthday” by Deirdre Madden. This book has been short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009. A review of the book follows below, but just a few words on why this book has been chosen. Firstly, “Molly…..” is a very gentle book. Gentle – without being saccharine sweet. There is love, there is death, there is drama (the narrator is a playwright!), basically, it is both a celebration and a simple acceptance of life. It talks about relationships, without being judgemental, without taking stands. It breathes free, provides space and flows easily. It is written excellently, the craft is highly polished, no flab, edited well and is contemporary. YOU must read it!

New Books:


“Chaotics – The business of managing and marketing in the age of turbulence” by Philip Kotler and John A. Caslione @ Rs. 1280/- (Pgs 206)

Philip Kotler, the Strategy Guru has come out with another winner in Chaotics. This is all about coming up trumps in a volatile and turbulent economic environment. The Chaotics Management System outlined gives you the tools and techniques to minimise vulnerability and exploiting opportunities – and putting yourself way ahead of competition. Tools to develop early warning systems for identifying the first signs of upheaval, securing market share from core customer segments, compressing strategic planning into shorter, three month time cycles to keep a closer read on the pulse of the company are widely discussed with case studies. Makes for compelling reading for “Strategy” enthusiasts.

“How The Mighty Fall And Why Some Companies Never Give In” by Jim Collins @ Rs. 635/- (Pgs 222)

Great companies can stumble, badly, and recover. Anyone can fall and most eventually do. How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? In this research, Collins confronts these questions offering leaders the hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and if they find themselves falling, reverse their course. Collins uncovered five step wise stages of decline:
Stage 1: Hubris born of success
Stage 2: Undisciplined pursuit of more
Stage 3: Denial of Risk and Peril
Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation
Stage 5: Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death.

By understanding these stages of decline, leaders can substantially reduce their chances of falling all the way to the bottom.

“Inside Steve’s Brain: Business Lessons from the Man Who Saved Apple” by Leander Kahney @ Rs.399/- (Pgs 294)

Steve Jobs gives almost as much thought to the cardboard boxes his gadgets come in as the products themselves. Here is a book that makes you understand how one man turned his personality into a business personality. One man…the pivotal figure behind the success stories of both Apple and Pixar.
In this book, the author distils the principles that guide Jobs as he launches killer products, attracts fanatically loyal customers, and manages some of the world’s most powerful brands. The result: A unique book; part biography and part leadership manual, a fascinating insight into one of the critical business and cultural figures of our time.

“The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law & Business” by Robert Plotkin @ Rs.599/- (Pgs 270)

Inventing has been considered a uniquely human activity.
With artificial invention technology, we stand poised to see the emergence of the ‘digital renaissance artisan’ – a person who will have the ability to not only design new inventions at the touch of a button, but also to manufacture them from the comfort of home! Plotkin reveals in this book, how our decisions about these inventions today will dictate who gets to control this powerful technology tomorrow.
Should inventions designed by software be patentable?
This book offers the first-ever examination of the implication of artificial invention technology for patent law, along with practical advice for inventors, high-tech companies, and patent lawyers.

“The Salmons of Narmada: Nest Returned Indians” Edited by Bhooshan Kelkar @ Rs. 195/- (Pgs 203)

We read about ‘brain-gain’ taking the place of the earlier brain-drain. However, there are mixed reactions to this change. Sensing this change that has occurred in the last 5 to 10 years and having listened to the reactions to it, Kelkar felt, let us ask our salmons to speak their mind, since they plan an important role in rebuilding India. There are, in all, people from 15 different professions in this book; not just from IT. They have returned from 10 different countries, not just from the US. These are the salmons of our river Narmada. The author has deliberately called them ‘We, the Marathi NRI’, rather to mean ‘nest-returned Indian’! Let them tell you their stories.

“Making It On My Own: 10 Inspiring Stories Of Your Entrepreneur-Next-Door” by Prashant Karhade @ Rs. 125/- (Pgs 252)

This book is a compilation of stories of ten real-life entrepreneurs who are into 10 diverse businesses: power plant equipment manufacturing, metal fabrication, software development, printing, IIT JEE coaching, private healthcare, stone crushing, IT training, international education consulting, and construction. The diversity in the businesses is by design, not by accident, to make the book as informative as possible, and also to highlight the fact that the underlying principles to succeed in any business are the same. But the stories are also quite entertaining as opposed to being just informative, dry, and emotionless. So this book is guaranteed to be a fun read!


“A.R.Rahman: The Musical Storm” by Kamini Mathai @ Rs.499/- (Pgs 265)

His name is legend, but what is A.R.Rahman all about? Very few can claim to know the man behind the music as Rahman shies away from the public eye.
But this book tells A.R.Rahman’s incredible story: the tragic death of his father R.K.Sekhar, when Rahman-then Dileep-was nine; his desperate efforts as a teenager to keep the family afloat by playing sessions, missing school; his reasons for embracing Islam and turning to Sufism; his ‘discovery’ by Mani Ratnam and his subsequent ascent to fame. It also takes us to his compulsive need to ‘get it right’, his continuing fascination with electronic equipment; his relationship with his mother, his inspiration; and above all his religiosity.
Based on extensive interviews with Rahman, his family, and those who have worked with him and know him best, this marvellously readable, chatty and anecdotal biography will delight every fan of the man Chennai calls ‘isai puyal’ – the musical storm!

“Shane Warne’s Century: My Top 100 Test Cricketers” by Shane Warne @ Rs. 340/- (Pgs 317)

Shane Warne writes about 100 players from every Test nation who have had the most significant impact on his cricketing life. He has written this book taking friendship out of the equation as to be as objective as he can. In 2007, he had written an article in The Times of his top 50 players, and a brief summary of each, the feedback was amazing. The idea for this book came from all those emails and letters. He also talks about the serious issues affecting the cricket today as cheating, bowling actions, match-fixing, etc. A must read book for all fans of the sport.

“Burning Bright: Irom Sharmila and The Struggle for Peace In Manipur” by Deepti Priya Mehrotra @ Rs.275/- (Pgs 219)

In November 2000, 10 innocent people were mowed down by security forces in Malom, a village near Imphal. Irom Sharmila, a young Manipuri, who hails from a very ordinary family of Imphal, could not accept the situation. In response to this tragedy, she has been on indefinite fast for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. The government arrested her later in the same month, and began force-feeding her through nasal tube. Been released and re-arrested innumerable times for over eight years now, she has still stood by her demand, refusing to eat and spent most of these years in jail alone.
Burning Bright is a moving portrait of a heritage under attack and of Irom Sharmila, ‘the Iron Lady of Manipur’, who has staked her life to bring peace to her ravaged land.

“Gandhi Speaks: The Mahatma’s Words for Children” foreword by Rajmohan Gandhi @ Rs.125/- (Pgs 106)

‘If we are to reach real peace in this world and we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children…’ - Bapu
Mahatma Gandhi arouses many opinions among adults. But what do children think about him? Is he anything more than a holiday on 2 October for them?
Mahatma Gandhi’s writings and speeches, hold as much relevance as they did during his lifetime and today, more than ever, they need to reach out to a new generation.
What did Gandhiji think about his own family and school life? What were his thoughts on the role of the youth in a nation’s life? Children will find this book inspiring, thought-provoking and pertinent. It is the perfect introduction to the thoughts and dreams that went into creating a self-reliant, independent India.

Indian Writing:

“Eunuch Park: Fifteen stories of love and destruction” by Palash Krishna Mehrotra @ Rs.250/- (Pgs 185)

Palash Krishna Mehrotra writes about prostitutes, cross dressers, murderers, drug addicts, students and stalkers, portraying their perversions and vulnerabilities with equal insight, taking us deep into the dark and seamy soul of India. The Author takes us for a walk on the wild side to dark places that few of us would dare to explore alone. Set in the murky underbelly of big cities and small towns, slums and dotcoms, college hostels and rented rooms, Eunuch Park is a collection like no other. Gritty, grim and depraved, these are candid vignettes of an India most of us are afraid to acknowledge.

“First Love” by Brinda Charry @ Rs.250/- (Pgs 211)

Ever wondered what happens when a young girl finds herself falling in love for the first time ever? Or…
What happens when a little boy and girl are fascinated with their neighbour, a eunuch; who finds excitement in marriage? Or…
What happens when the kuttichethans and Mohinis wander the streets of Thiruninravur at night?
Filled with many short stories in this unforgettable collection from southern India, Brinda Charry’s work engages the human condition and the personal with an intensity and authority that can only be explained by literary grace.

“Arzee The Dwarf” by Chandraha’s Choudhury @ Rs.325/- (Pgs 184)

Arzee is a man searching for the ingredients of a normal life – a job, love and dignity. And as doleful, he is just the most delightfully uncharacteristic hero you’ll meet. Arzee is a dwarf whose dream comes true. He gets crowned as head projectionist at the Noor, the Bombay cinema where he has been working since his teens. He thinks that the worst of his troubles are behind him, and that he can marry and settle down now. But not for the first time, Arzee has it all wrong!
Follow Arzee day and night, setting off the inner world of his jagged ruminations against the beating and pulsing of the great city around him.
Can Arzee find a place for himself in ‘the world of the fives and the sixes’? This bittersweet comedy, shuffling between hope and dread, between the yearnings of body and soul, is a book about the strange beauty of human dreaming.


“Molly Fox’s Birthday” By Deirdre Madden @Rs. 299/- (Pgs 221)

‘What we have to do with life is LIVE IT!’ – Molly Fox
Molly Fox is an actor, and is regarded as one of the finest of her generation. In the height of summer, she loans her house in Dublin to a friend while she is away in New York. Alone in the house on Molly’s birthday, her friend finds her thoughts turn to her relationship with Molly and their old university companion Andrew. She wonders why Molly never celebrates her own birthday and in this process contemplates on her own friendships and relationships that have evolved over the course of many years.
Here is a moving and truthful novel about identity, friendship and how the past informs the present in ways we might never have imagined.

“Six Graves to Munich” by Mario Puzo @ Rs.399/- (Pgs 200)

This addictive thriller was written only a year before Puzo completed The Godfather, and was published under a pseudonym as Mario Cleri and only recently brought to light. The story takes you through the torture of Captain Michael Rogan by seven senior Gestapo officers who also murder his pregnant wife and leave him for dead. After the end of the Second World War, they escape to new lives. But Rogan survives. He recovers from his appalling injuries and devotes the intervening ten years to planning how best to exact his revenge. In his journey to track down his Nazi targets – some of whom have new identities, he meets and falls for the beautiful Rosalie. Should Rogan continue to pursue vengeance or sacrifice it for the sake of happiness?

“Baking Cakes in Kigali” by Gaile Parkin @ Rs.399/- (Pgs 361)

This is a story about us …. Like us in twistntales selling books here in Pune, Angel in Kigali sells cakes! Angel Tungaraza has recently moved to Rwanda from her native Tanzania. While life keeps her busy with its own share of challenges, Angel finds time to pursue her passion: her small but increasingly successful business, baking individually designed cakes for the parties and celebrations of her friends. Much like Chocolat, people and their lives within the community are intertwined to create a uniquely charming, gently moving, deliciously funny novel about life, love and food.

“Something to Tell You” by Hanif Kureishi @ Rs.299/- (pgs 520)

“Secrets are my currency: I deal in them for a living. The secrets of desire, of what people really want, and of what they fear the most. The secrets of why love is difficult, sex complicated, living painful and death so close and yet placed far away”
Here is the voice of Jamal Khan, a psychoanalyst in his fifties living in London, is haunted by memories of his teens: his first love, Ajita; the exhilaration of sex, drugs and politics; and a brutal act of violence which changed his life for ever. As he and his best friend Henry attempt to make the sometimes painful comic transition to their divorced middle age, balancing the conflicts of desire and dignity, Jamal’s teenage traumas make a shocking reappearance in his present life.
From the same author of The Buddha of Suburbia, here is a novel that describes with such elegant seriousness the fear of ageing, the initiation of pleasure, the survival of love, the longing to understand and be understood.

“A Mercy” By Toni Morrison @ Rs. 280/- (Pgs 165)

By the same author of Beloved (made into a major film) here comes a book so enthralling, so powerful and elemental that you’ll want to read it over and over again! The issues Morrison explores here go to the root of what humanity is.
Little Florens’s life changes after Jacob agrees to accept a slave as payment for a debt. With her intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress, Florens has never blended into the background and now, aged eight, she is taken from her family to begin a new life. The women in this book face the trials of their harsh environment as Jacob attempts to carve out a place for himself in the brutal landscape of the north of America.
This novel will leave you trembling at the sheer brilliance of its storytelling and the unassailable dignity of its purpose.

“B is for Beer” by Tom Robbins @ Rs.450/- (Pgs 125)

Once upon a time (right about now) there was a planet (how about this one?) whose inhabitants consumed thirty-six billion gallons of beer each year (it’s a fact, you can Google it). Among those affected, each in his or her own way, by all the bubbles, burps, and foam, was a smart, wide-eyed, adventurous young schoolgirl named Gracie; her distracted mum, her insensitive dad, her non-conformist uncle and a magical, butt-kicking intruder from a world within our world.
As charming as it may be subversive – B Is For Beer is a children’s book for grownups AND a grown-up book for children, taking you into the far-reaching investigation into the limits of reality.

“The Magic Thief: Lost Book Two” By Sarah Prineas @ Rs. 299/- (Pgs 392)

Connwaer, wizard’s apprentice, has developed a new experiment to save his city from the death of magic: making explosions! And his quest has become urgent: his power stone is lost and Shadows, ruthless assassins, are stalking the city’s people.
Conn’s experiments soon set him on a new adventure. He must travel to Desh, a glittering city in the desert, home to the Shadows and run by a mysterious Sorcerer-King…

Health/ Wellness/ Inspiration

“Jaldi Fit with Namita Jain: Your Complete Fitness Plan” by The Times of India @ Rs.250/- (Pgs 103)

Fitness is not a goal; it is an endless process that needs everyday efforts. And just like you diligently carry out your workout schedule, it is equally important to have a dedicated diet regime. Paving your way to a top-of-the-world healthy lifestyle with tips on nutrition and weight loss, follow Namita Jain on to your complete fitness is your 24X7 guide to good health which also comes with a follow-me strength workout DVD. This book is filled with workout pictures and training tips that one can follow everyday. Namita holds international certifications in several fitness-related disciplines. For over 20 years, Namita has kept pace with new trends and techniques in her field, offering holistic, hands-on guidance to wellness enthusiasts.

“Light on Astanga Yoga” by B K S Iyengar @ Rs. 225/- (Pgs 198)

Astanga Yoga is an ancient wisdom, the greatest and noblest gift that Sage Patanjali has offered to man. Light on Astanga Yoga provides lucid explanation on the exposition and application of the principles of Sage Patanjali’s Astanga Yoga.
B K S Iyengar has been teaching and demonstrating yoga throughout the world for over 75 years. Having several million students, and having established many centres, his Yoga courses are included in the curricula of many universities around the world. He has authored twenty books and his magnum opus Light on Yoga has been translated into 18 languages.

“Pran Oorja – Raho positive hamesha!’ by Dr.Surakshit Goswami @ Rs.350/- (Pgs 116)

This book unfolds the goodness of Yoga in two packages of yogic practices and comes with a free DVD. Pran Oorja Yog which is a series of various yogic-kriyas, aasanas and pranayam, especially designed for the corporate world. The practices take only 30 minutes of your day, and are highly effective. Pran Oorja Kriya: 3 simple breathing exercises of one minute each, can be practiced anywhere, anytime! It increases positive attitude, creativity and understanding power of an individual. Give into Pran Oorja daily…it is the key to wholesome wellness.

“When Everything Changes, Change Everything” by Neale Donald Walsch @ Rs.295/- (Pgs 299)

Many changes are occurring now in the lives of all of us, but does ‘change’ have to equal ‘crisis’? NO. Not if you have the means with which you can change your experience of change – and that is what you are holding in your hand.
The author of the Conversations with God series presents a fresh and startling perspective on something that will never change: Change.
This is more than a book about change. It’s about how life itself works. It is about the very nature of change – why it happens, how to deal with it, and how to make it be ‘for the better’. On these pages are Nine Changes That Can Change Everything.
Is it possible that what you are about to read has come to you at the right and perfect time…?

“Life’s Missing Instruction Manual’ by Joe Vitale @ Rs.179/- (Pgs 158)
“What you do now creates your future” – Dr.Joe Vitale
How rare it is in life to discover a book in which every idea is sound and every word rings true! To read a little book and learn lessons about life you wish someone had told you sooner.
Here is a guidebook that you should have been given at birth. In simple, digestible form, using humour and anecdotes, Vitale presents practical steps to take control of you life, overcome obstacles, and find happiness. Vitale presents a real-life example of each lesson, followed by steps on how to put each lesson into practice. This book offers what no other does: Extraordinary wisdom put in simple terms that are practical enough to use everyday.

“Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur” by Pamela Slim @ Rs.1060/- (Pgs 340)

‘I have a fancy title, steady pay check, and good benefits. Why am I so miserable’? Does this sound like you? Then here’s a book that provides everything you’ll need to consider for a major change-not just the nuts and bolts of starting a business, but a full discussion of the emotional issues involved. Pamela Slim knows firsthand that leaving corporate life can be very scary, especially if you have a family and other obligations. Fears and self-defeating thoughts often hold people back from pursuing an extremely gratifying solo career.
Get ready to learn your real options, make an informed decision, and maybe, just maybe, Escape from Cubicle Nation.

“Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul” by Stuart Brown, M.D. @ Rs.1025/- (Pgs 229)

What enables us to innovate, problem-solve, and be happy, smart, resilient human beings...Our ability to Play!
We’ve all seen the happiness in children’s faces while they play in the school park. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing with glee across an open lawn. THIS is the joy of play! Dr. Brown explains, even the lowest creatures on the evolutionary spectrum have a play mechanism. Play offers an inside look at new research suggesting the direct role of three-dimensional object play in shaping our brains and at animal studies showing the startling effects of the absence of play. This book is a blend of cutting-edge science and inspiring personal stories.


“Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun” by Sister Jesme @ Rs.225/- (Pgs 178)

“This is just an attempt to disclose the hitherto hidden life inside the enclosures of the convents; to enable society to have a peep into the panoramic but veiled ocean”
– Sister Jesme
Sister Jesme left the Congregation of Mother of Carmel on 31st August 2008. There have been repeated attempts to have her declared insane. The authorities left her no other option, but this book, a first of its kind in India, that speaks of the life of a nun growing inside the convent and being forced to remain silent about many ills that distressed her. Corruption, sexual relations, class distinctions…many more that Sister Jesme speaks about in this book. This is not just an autobiography!
Amen is a plea for a reformation of the Church and comes at a time of its growing concern about nuns and priests.

“The Great Divide: India and Pakistan” edited by Ira Pande @ Rs.495/- (Pgs 379)

At a time when India and Pakistan are both reeling under terror attacks and hysterical talk of an impending war, it is important to take stock of where we have reached, individually and as part of the Indian subcontinent, sixty years after the two nations were carved out as two distinct entities. This volume of essays by writers from both sides of the border attempts to do just that.
Lived experience, shared concerns, food and travel, nostalgia and analysis, and an extraordinary selection of previously unpublished photographs from the ‘40s and ‘50s make this an unusual compilation on the subject of two nations forever in love and hate with each other

“Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World” by Jeb Brugmann @ Rs.399/- (Pgs 330)

Brugmann shows how India’s continued rise is inextricably linked to its success in becoming an urban nation. He takes his readers on a street-level tour of the world’s cities, challenging conventional thinking about globalization and revealing cities as the medium for revolutionary change, arguing that the 21st century’s greatest challenges can-and must-be met through improved approaches to city building. India’s productivity, economic efficiency, and political stability, he explains, depend upon a renewal of Indian forms of urbanism. Brugmann proposes a transformation in the way we view our cities which goes way beyond globalization.


“Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism” by Muhammad Husain Jah @ Rs.495/- (Pgs 447) - History

Long, long ago, a group of sorcerers created a tilism or magical land. It is a world of spirits and talismans, where mountains change shape, fairies spring from the earth, dragons’ heads dart out of flowers, and things are rarely what they seem. But it has a limited lifespan for its destruction is preordained. Hoshruba is its name, and it is ruled by the bold sorcerer Afrasiyab. Prophecies claim that Hoshruba will someday fall to a hero who possesses the key to the tilism. But the key has been lost, and Afrasiyab, with his invincible army of sorcerers, has remained the unchallenged ruler of the land.
Full of magic, adventure, romance and fantasy, the Tilism-e Hoshruba is the Indian subcontinent’s greatest Urdu epic. Composed by two rival storytellers in late 19th century Lucknow, this classic of world literature has never been – until now – translated into English.

“The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century” by Alex Ross @ Rs.599/- (Pgs 695) - Music

Alex Ross is a music critic for the New York Times. More importantly, though, he is a listener and a maker of connections. And that’s exactly what he does throughout The Rest is Noise. Ross gives twentieth century’s classical music an all-inclusive background. As far as he is concerned, there is no historical happening, no cultural movement that was isolated from classical composers and no piece that was left untouched by the socio-political changes of its time. From Hitler’s Germany to Stalin’s Russia, from Mao Zedong to the charged hippie sounds of the 60’s, Ross incorporates all the world into what was previously looked upon as an Euro-centric art. Without getting technical or running down other musical forms, Ross manages to give contemporary classical music its due without isolating it in its importance.

“Dad Rules” How My Children Taught Me to be a Good Parent” by Andrew Clover @ Rs.525/- (Pgs 284) - Parenting

Here is a book for to-be-dads, must-be-dads, and already-dads. And it’s not just about being a dad, but also, about being a husband after being a dad.
Kids have rules, but there are parenting rules too…How do parents cope with issues like sibling rivalry? Or choosing a school? Or getting them to eat something that’s not a fish finger? Then there are other big issues like Will you ever see your friends? Will you turn into your dad? Will you ever have sex again? So, this book, in its own mad way is curiously complete; it covers almost everything a modern parent might think about. You will laugh out loud even if you don’t have children of your own!

“The Book of the Vedas” by Virender Kumar Arya @ Rs.295/- (Pgs 128) - Philosophy

A concise, clearly written introduction to the world’s most complex religion, The Book of the Vedas provides an inspirational and easily followed guide to the mysteries of the Hindu faith. With colourful illustrations on every page, this enthralling volume provides explanation and inspiration for everyone who wants to find out more about one of the world’s greatest religions. This book explores the Hindu pantheon, it examines the cultural backdrop to Hinduism and identifies the philosophy at the heart of Hinduism.

“The Wild Life” by John Lewis-Stempel @ Rs.995/- (Pgs 293) – Inspiration !

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one could live on what Nature provides for free? Here is John Lewis-Stempel’s account of 12 months eating only food shot, caught or foraged from the fields, hedges, copse and brook of his forty-acre Herefordshire hill farm. Nothing from a shop and nothing raised from agriculture. Could it be done?
In this book we witness how the author survives on Nature’s larder and get closer to it, because, after all, one is never closer to Nature than when one is trying to kill it or pick it.
The Wild Life is an extraordinary celebration of our natural heritage and a testament to the importance of getting back to one’s roots – spiritually and practically.

“What On Earth Happened? …In Brief: The Planet, Life & People From The Big Bang To The Present Day” by Christopher Lloyd @ Rs. 399/- (Pgs 328) – Popular Science

How did the universe form? How did humans evolve as hunter-gatherers whilst living in a state of nature? What happened to the dinosaurs? How was the moon created? Are humans really superior to other living things? AND how can you fit the complete history of the planet into one pocket-sized book...Well, this book does just that! In this thrill-ride across millennia and continents, the complete history of the planet unfolds. From the Earth’s fiery birth to the Triassic period…from the first signs of humanity to the tentative future of a world with a burgeoning population and a global warming crisis, What On Earth Happened? covers a wide range of topics including astrophysics, zoology and sociology, and is complete with maps and illustrations. This book is the endlessly entertaining story of the planet, life and people.

New Books:

“The Khufra Run” by Jack Higgins @ Rs.250/- (Pgs 338)
“Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of The Great Railway Bazaar” by Paul Theroux @ Rs.850/- (Pgs 485)
“You’re Hired- How to get that job and keep it too” By Nasha Fitter @ Rs. 199/- (Pgs 434)
“I heart New York” by Lindsey Kelk @ Rs.225/- (Pgs 307)
“The Man Who Sees Dead People” by Joe Power @ Rs.415/- (Pgs 246)
“How to Instantly Connect with Anyone” by Leil Lowndes @ Rs.250/- (Pgs 314)
“The Penguin CNBC-TV18 Business Yearbook 2009” compiled and edited by Derek O’Brien @ Rs.399/- (Pgs 600)
“The Last Oracle” by James Rollins @ Rs.295/- (Pgs 497)
“Bits of Me Are Falling Apart” by William Leith @ Rs.350/- (Pgs 202)
“The Unbearable Lightness of Scones” by Alexander McCall Smith @ Rs.295/- (Pgs 328)
“Liberty In The Age of Terror: A defence of civil liberty and enlightenment values” by A.C.Grayling @ Rs.599/- (Pgs 283)
“Laxman Rekhas” Times of India @ Rs.199/- (Pgs 127)
“Ecological Intelligence: Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy” by Daniel Goleman @ Rs.399/- (Pgs 276)
“Beyond The Secret” by Brenda Barnaby @ Rs.395/- (Pgs 183)
“Pygmy” by Chuck Palahniuk @ Rs.495/- (Pgs 241)
“The Return of the Economic Naturalist” by Robert H Frank @ Rs.340/- (Pgs 263)
“The Undercover Scientist” by Peter J. Bentley @ Rs.340/- (Pgs 247)
“I Will Survive” by Sunil Robert @ Rs.200/- (Pgs 191)
“Welcome to Advertising” by Omkar Sane @ Rs.395/- (Pgs 230)
“Bringing Up Vasu: That First Year” by Parul Sharma @ Rs.250/- (Pgs 262)
“Swimsuit” by James Patterson @ Rs.495/- (Pgs 407)
“The Silent Man” by Alex Berenson @ Rs.495/- (Pgs 418)
“Extreme Measures” by Vince Flynn @ Rs.290/- (Pgs 515)
“The Crash of 2008 and What It Means: The New Paradigm For Financial Markets” by George Soros @ Rs.475/- (Pgs 258)
“Doctoring The Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail” by Richard Bentall @ Rs.599/- (Pgs 363)
“The Case For God: What Religion Really Means” by Karen Armstrong @ Rs.520/- (Pgs 376)
“My Friend Sancho” by Amit Varma @ Rs.195/- (Pgs 217)
“Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur” by Richard Branson @ Rs.340/- (Pgs 359)
“Dark Summit” by Nick Heil @ Rs.375/- (Pgs 271)
“Making Breakthrough Innovation Happen: How 11 Indians Pulled Off The Impossible” by Porus Munshi @ Rs.295/- (Pgs 236)
“Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors” by Bill Bryson @ Rs.480/- (Pgs 453)
“The Atlantis Code” by Charles Brokaw @ Rs. 299/- (Pgs 584)
“Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age” by Arthur Herman @ Rs. 480/- (Pgs 721)
“The Recipe For Success” by Blaire Palmer @ Rs. 399/- (Pgs 157)
“Why I Am A Believer: Personal Reflections On Nine World Religions” Edited by Arvind Sharma @ Rs. 450/- (Pgs 378)
“Perfect Persuasion: All You Need To Get It Right First Time” by Richard Storey @ Rs. 450/- (Pgs 234)
“Girl Friday” by Jane Green @ Rs. 399/- (Pgs 400)
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