Thursday, April 26, 2012

Some more new books for your summer reading !

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Hi all,

Congratulations to all kids and parents who have done well in exams. Report Days in various schools are happening and many kids are seeing the fruits of their hard work and application. But as we know, academic success is a small but integral part of overall success in life. Kudos to kids who have done well, but also kudos to parents who have emphasized other pursuits as well!

The heat of May is soon going to be on us, and very typically – most of us prefer to stay indoors, eat mangoes and generally chill! We in twistntales will be closed in the mornings in May, and will open only in the evenings at 4.30pm. Our working hours for May will be 4.30pm to 9pm, Tues to Sundays. We will revert to our normal working hours from June’12 onwards! Kindly plan your visits accordingly so that you can stock up the previous day to read for the next!

Increasingly, it is getting difficult for us to run the Store in normal working hours for lack of appropriate persons to assist. We mainly rely on students who are free only in the evenings. We do know and appreciate that we have many young mothers as customers, who find time to visit us only in the morning hours when the children are away in school. Starting June, we hope to come up with a solution which will be suitable to all.

In the meantime, lots of new wonderful books, news-making books all in the Store. The latest of Grisham and the new conversation starter, “Break-Out Nations” all in the Store!

Check it out!

New Books:

“Reverse Innovation: Create far from home, win everywhere” by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble @ Rs. 750/- (pgs 229)

Innovation knows no geographical boundaries. As the flow of innovation from developed countries to developing countries is reversing, leads to closing gaps between the economies of the rich and emerging nations. Vijay Govindarajan, ranked third in the recent Thinkers 50 list of greatest management thinkers in the world along with Chris Trimble analyze when, how and why reverse innovation is taking place and suggest innovative ways to succeed. Whether you are a CEO, financer, strategist, marketer, scientist, engineer, national policy maker or even a student forming your career aspirations, reverse innovation is a phenomenon you need to understand.

“Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles” by Ruchir Sharma @ Rs. 599/- (pgs 292)

Ruchir Sharma is head of Emerging Market Equities and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He is particularly suited to write a book on “where else will the money go?” Lucidly written, powerfully argued, and complete with illustrations and evidences, Breakout Nations is an eye opener in terms of reading the future. To identify the economic stars of the future, he says, we should abandon the habit of simply extrapolating from general global trends and look at emerging markets individually. The argument is that the astonishingly rapid growth over the last decade of the world’s celebrated emerging markets is coming to an end. The new “break out nations” will probably spring from the margins – even from the shadows. Read this book! It is a “game changer” – this book is going to be discussed in various public forums and private conversations for a long time to come!

“Econo Myths: How the science of complex systems is transforming economic thought” by David Orrell @ Rs.399/- (pgs 316)

David Orrell is an applied mathematician and author of popular science books. He obtained his doctorate on the prediction of non linear systems. Economics has traditionally been dominated by a linear mechanistic system of thought inspired by Newtonian mechanics. Orrell shows how new ideas from areas such as complexity theory and network science are revolutionizing economics. He explains how the economy is the result of complex, nonlinear network processes. Very interesting read, for all keen on Sciences and Humanities.

“The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories: 25 fascinating stories of the World that might have been” Edited by Ian Watson and Ian Whates @ Rs. 399/- (pgs 590)

What if, in a split second, the world went another? History as it might have happened… This book is a compilation of short stories with one thing in common: a divergence from historical reality resulting in a world very different from the one we know today. The stories included are: Stephen Baxter’s ‘Darwin Anthem’- the triumphant church puts Darwin’s bones on trial for heresy; James Morrow’s ‘The Raft of Titanic’- believed by the world to be dead, the passengers and crew are saved by their own efforts; Harry Turtledove’s ‘Islands in the Sea’- only pockets of Christianity remain in an Islamic Europe

“The Man Within My Head” by Pico Iyer @ Rs.499/- (pgs 242)

Pico Iyer explores his obsession since childhood for Graham Greene’s work and one of his greatest themes: what it means to be an outsider. But through his journey, another phantom takes shape in his mind that Iyer had long ago suppressed- the image of his father. Though his father has been a small part of his imagination and an elusive one too, this intimately related inner journey reveals his father to him as a man more mysterious than he had previously envisioned. Rich in insights and genuine in expression, The Man Within My Head is another superbly written masterpiece from one of our great essayist.

“The Armageddon Rag” by George R. R. Martin @ Rs.695/- (pgs 369)

Sandy Blair a journalist sets out to investigate the murder of a millionaire rock promoter. He soon finds himself on a magical mystery tour of pent-up passions of his generation. A new messiah has resurrected a once legendary rock band, Nazgul- but with an apocalyptic new beat that is a requiem of demonism, mind control and death, only Sandy may be able to change in time….
This latest novel by George R.R. Martin, bestselling author of “A Game of Thrones”, takes the reader deep into the murky underbelly of the 60’s rock scene.

“Calico Joe” by John Grisham @ Rs. 350/- (pgs 246)

In this unforgettable tale of a Father and son, Paul Tracy travels with his father, Warren to Calico Rock, Arkansas. Their aim is to face what had happened at the baseball field 11 years ago, where Warren, a pitcher for the New York Mets had faced his childhood hero, the Cub’s golden-boy Joe Castle, in a contest from which no winner had emerged. Their destination holds for them either redemption or rejection. This is a tale about how a lifetime of tragedy may finally be forgiven.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” by E L James @ Rs. 350/- (pgs 514)

After a bad interview with successful entrepreneur, Christian Grey, unworldly and innocent literature student Anastasia Steele starts falling for him. They meet again at the shop where Ana works part-time and set a Date. Though Grey warns her to keep her distance it makes her want him more. Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden from public view. A romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this first novel in the ‘Fifty Shades trilogy’ will obsess and posses you, and stay with you forever. On the NYT bestseller list for a while.

Library Of South Asian Literature, brings us some famous and favourite titles in translation. Umrao Jan Ada is perhaps one of the most enigmatic and forgotten female figures in South Asian literature. Written in Urdu by Mirza Muhammad Hadi Ruswa the book is translated by Khushwant Singh and M A Husaini. Land of Five Rivers is a collection by the best known writers from Punjab, selected and translated by Khushwant Singh. Another title is Yayati, winner of the Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi Awards. The story of Yayati is perhaps one of the most intriguing and fascinating episodes of Mahabharat with the central theme exploring the concept of lust. Originally written by V S Khandekar, the book has been translated from Marathi by V P Kulkarni.

Other famous translated titles are:

The Second Wife by Premchand, translated from Hindi by David Rubin
Anandmath by Bankim Chadra Chatterji, translated from Bengali by Basant Koomar Roy
Phatik Chand by Satyajit Ray, translated from Bengali by Lila Ray.

Other Titles from the Library of South Asian Literature:

The Stange Case of Billy Biswas by Arun Joshi
The Man Eater of Malgudi by R K Narayan
A Goddess Named Gold by Bhabani Bhattacharya
Across the Black Waters by Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand’s books have been a source of inspiration for many over the years. Adept in the art of literature, his writing is real, comprehensive and subtle, and the shifts in the mood from farce to comedy, from pathos to tragedy and from realistic to poetic is remarkable.

Lajwanti and Other Stories
• Lament on the Death of a Master of Arts… and Other Stories
• Things Have a Way of Working Out… and Other Stories
• Man whose Name did not Appear in the Census and Other Stories

Titles by R. K. Narayan in the “Epics Retold Series”:

• The Ramayana
• The Mahabharata
• Gods, Demons & Others

“Difficult Pleasures” by Anjum Hasan @ Rs. 399/- (pgs 247)

Difficult Pleasures is a collection of stories about the need to escape and the longing to belong. A solitary economist drives across Europe to try and redeem a tragedy; a boy fervently hopes his father will not miss his appearance in a school play; a girl sits alone in a deck chair in Goa, frightened by what she has done; a man tries to stop time. Written in a wry and tender style and border lined with surrealism, the book is a true master piece by one of India’s youngest gifted authors. Other books by Anjum Hasan are ‘A Lunatic in My Head’ and ‘Neti Neti’.

“The Terrorist: His Pain has Made Him a Dangerous Weapon” by Juggi Bhasin @ Rs. 250/-(pgs 506)

When you are trained to endure the harshest climate, the most hostile of situations, to survive where no ordinary man can- there’s little difference between you and the terrorist you are chasing. Little, except which side you are on. This the story of Suvir and Murad- both victims of circumstances, both numb with the pain of having lost their loved ones. But they both choose differently while one becomes a terrorist the other joins Special Forces and is assigned to catching terrorist. Moving breathlessly, through the rugged terrain, this edgy thriller will keep you hooked onto it till very last page.

“Tell Me a Story: A Moving Tale of Loss and Hope” by Rupa Bajwa @ Rs. 499/- (pgs 204)

After her stunning debut ‘Sari Shop’, Rupa Bajwa writes another brilliant tale of loss and hope. The story follows Rani, a young woman in contemporary India. Though a perfectly happy and satisfied character, due to her lower middle class background she forced into situations of financial and family trouble. Rani is sent to Delhi where she has to face a world completely alien to her. Will she succeed in balancing her life, which deeply is deeply interconnected with strangers and their emotions? Tell Me A Story displays remarkable clarity and depth in drawing up the real semi-urban living in India. Fragile and touching, it reminds us how thin and delicate are the connections which bind us to our illusory, sane-seeming lives.

“MBA at 16 – A Teenager’s Guide to the World of Business” by Subroto Bagchi @ Rs.199/- (pgs 154)

Teenagers today are our smartest generation. Most of them know the companies created by Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. But how many of them know how these companies work. Outside of software, again, they know the big FMCG and automobile giants. But do words like production, inventory, margins etc make sense? Teenagers who work at twistntales do get their MBA education free, but for the others, there is Subroto Bagchi. Teenagers today need to know about the corporate and business world. How do businesses touch everyone’s lives? What really makes an entrepreneur tick? How does the engine of a company run? Who is a social entrepreneur? And why do we need the world of business – is business good or bad for us? Aimed at an age group of 16+, this book is suitable for reading for students till their graduation years

“Grandma’s bag of Stories” by Sudha Murthy @ Rs. 199/- (pgs 166)

Come Summer Holidays and all cousins are off to Grandma’s house for a great time. This book is a collection of stories about animals and people that she tells over the long summer days and nights, about the morals she imparts without a lecture. These are entertaining, educative and fun stories to be read!

Other new books just received:

“GUY gets girl, GIRL gets guy: Where to find Romance and what to say when you find it” by Larry Glanz and Robert H Phillips @ Rs.140/- (pgs 162)

“The Devotion of Suspect X” by Keigo Higashino @ Rs. 350/- (pgs 374)

“The Diary of Amos Lee: I’m Twelve, I’m Tough I Tweet!” by Adeline Foo @ Rs. 195/-

“Kissing Ass: The Art of Office Politics” by Clyde D’Souza @ Rs. 150/-

“The Sixth Man” by David Baldacci @ Rs. 325/-

“I’ve Got Your Number” by Sophie Kinsella @ Rs. 550/-

CEO series:

“Gandhi CEO: 14 principles to guide and inspire modern leaders” by Alan Axelrod @ Rs. 299/-

“Winston Churchill CEO: 25 lessons for bold business leaders” by Alan Axelrod @ Rs. 299/-

Happy Reading and see you at the Store!

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