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  • A Short History of Humanity: How Migration Made Us Who We Are

    Rs. 2,790.00

    Johannes Krause & Thomas Trappe

     

    highly readable, personal guide to the twists and turns in unravelling ancient DNA: Krause and Trappe expertly unravel the story of ancient DNA to reveal how the new field of archaeogenetics has utterly transformed understanding of our deep past. ― Rebecca Wragg Sykes, author of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death, and Art

     

    A Short History of Humanity is an eloquent and timely reminder that viruses and other pathogens of infectious disease are merely fellow-travellers in an epic journey that began when the first human migrants left Africa around 200,000 years ago. The solution to pandemics is not to close borders in the hope of keeping viruses out but to recognise that we are a fundamentally peripatetic species united in our shared genetic inheritance and common humanity. ― Mark Honigsbaum, author of A Pandemic Century

     

    A valuable contribution to our understanding of who we are and how we got here. ― Tim Marshall, bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography

     

    One of those books that stops you dead in your tracks and makes you say out loud – why didn’t I know that before? So easy to read. So logically argued. So satisfyingly sensible and thought-provoking. Read it, think about it, and then read it again. An absolute revelation. ― Professor Sue Black, bestselling author of All That Remains

     

    Extremely enriching. Rarely, have I been able to learn so much and get such radically new insights over 250 pages ― Süddeutsche Zeitung

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  • A Short History of Nearly Everything: A Journey through Space and Time

    Rs. 2,190.00

    Bill Bryson

     

    • Best-Selling Popular Science book of the 21st Century
    • Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Nominee (2004)
    •  EU Descartes Prize for science communication (2005)
    • J. A. Hollon palkinto Winner (2006)
    • The Aventis Prizes for Science Books for best general science book (2004)

     

    The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century and has sold over 2 million copies.

     

    Truly impressive…It’s hard to imagine a better rough guide to science.’ Guardian

     

    A travelogue of science, with a witty, engaging, and well-informed guide‘ The Times

     

    Mr Bryson has a natural gift for clear and vivid expression. I doubt that a better book for the layman about the findings of modern science has been written ― Sunday Telegraph

     

    A fascinating idea, and I can’t think of many writers, other than Bryson, who would do it this well. It’s the sort of book I would have devoured as a teenager. It might well turn unsuspecting young readers into scientists. And the famous, slightly cynical humour is always there ― Evening Standard

     

    A genuinely useful and readable book. There is a phenomenal amount of fascinating information packed between its covers … A thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Nobody who reads it will ever look at the world around them in the same way again ― Daily Express

     

    Of course, there are people much better qualified than Bill Bryson to attempt a project of this magnitude. None of them, however, can write fluent Brysonese, which, as pretty much the entire Western reading public now knows, is an appealing mixture of self-deprecation, wryness and punnery ― Spectator

     

    The very book I have been looking for most of my life… Bryson wears his knowledge with aplomb and a lot of very good jokes Daily Mail

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  • Alexander the Great

    Rs. 2,290.00

    Philip Freeman

     

    • Society of Midland Authors Award Nominee for Biography (2012)

     

    “Freeman tells us about Alexander’s life like a novel—a remarkably interesting novel, to boot.” —Sarah Hann, The Saturday Evening Post

     

    “Fast-paced and dramatic, much like Alexander himself, this is a splendid introduction into one of the most dramatic true stories of history.” -Adrian Goldsworthy, author of Antony and Cleopatra

     

    “As racy and pacey as any novel. Here, in vivid and exciting detail, are all the familiar highlights of Alexander’s career…. Mr. Freeman’s ambition, he tells us in his introduction, was ‘to write a biography of Alexander that is first and foremost a story.’ It is one he splendidly fulfills…. A rollicking read.” -Tom Holland, The Wall Street Journal

     

    “Freeman does not hero worship Alexander, and does not paper over his subject’s many faults. At times, Alexander can seem like an almost mythic figure, but, as Freeman shows, he was all too human.” -Matthew Price, The Boston Globe

     

    “Lean, learned, and marked by good judgment on every page, Alexander the Great is also a roaring good yarn. Philip Freeman has the eye of someone who has walked in Alexander’s footsteps, and he writes with grace and wisdom.” -Barry Strauss, author of The Spartacus War and professor of history, Cornell University

     

    “The author’s love for his subject infuses this footnote-free narrative with an unfussy breeziness, and readers are sure to come away from Alexander’s story with an essential grasp of the details and understanding of his character.” -Kirkus Reviews

     

    “A well-written, chronological narrative that allows Alexander’s remarkable career and achievements to speak for themselves. . . Readers will appreciate this fine account of a man truly deserving of the title ‘Great.'” -Booklist

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  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Rs. 4,390.00

    Thomas Piketty

     

    • New York Times #1 Bestseller
    • An Amazon #1 Bestseller
    • Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller
    • USA Today Bestseller
    • Sunday Times Bestseller
    • Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century
    • Winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2014
    • Winner of the British Academy Medal
    • Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award

     

    “It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year―and maybe of the decade. Piketty, arguably the world’s leading expert on income and wealth inequality, does more than document the growing concentration of income in the hands of a small economic elite. He also makes a powerful case that we’re on the way back to ‘patrimonial capitalism,’ in which the commanding heights of the economy are dominated not just by wealth, but also by inherited wealth, in which birth matters more than effort and talent.”Paul KrugmanNew York Times

     

    “In its magisterial sweep and ambition, Piketty’s latest work, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is clearly modeled after Marx’s Das Kapital. But where Marx’s research was spotty, Piketty’s is prodigious. And where Marx foresaw capitalism’s collapse leading to a utopian proletariat paradise, Piketty sees a future of slow growth and Gilded Age disparities in which the wealthy–owners of capital–capture a steadily larger share of global wealth and income…Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is an intellectual tour de force, a triumph of economic history over the theoretical, mathematical modeling that has come to dominate the economics profession in recent years. Piketty offers a timely and well-reasoned reminder that there is nothing inevitable about the dominance of human capital over financial capital, and that there is inherent in the dynamics of capitalism a natural and destabilizing tendency toward inequality of income, wealth and opportunity.”Steven PearlsteinWashington Post

     

    “Magisterial… Bursting with ideas… This book is economics at its best.”Philip RoscoeTimes Higher Education

     

    “In Capital in the Twenty-first CenturyPiketty sums up his research, tracing the history and pattern of economic inequality across a number of countries from the eighteenth century to the present, analyzing its causes, and evaluating some policy fixes. Spanning nearly 700 densely packed pages, it’s a big book in more than one sense of the word. Clearly written, ambitious in scope, rooted in economics but drawing on insights from related fields like history and sociology, Piketty’s Capital resembles nothing so much as an old-fashioned work of political economy by the likes of Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, or John Maynard Keynes. But what is particularly exciting about this book is that, due to advances in technology, Piketty is able to draw on data that not only spans a substantially longer historical time frame, but is also necessarily more complete and consistent than the records earlier theorists were forced to rely on. As a result, his analysis is significantly more comprehensive than those of his predecessors― and easily as persuasive… Capital is a consistently engrossing read, encompassing topics including the stunning comeback that inherited wealth has made in today’s advanced economies, the dubiousness of the economic theory that a worker’s wage is equal to his or her marginal productivity, the moral insidiousness of meritocratic justifications of inequality, and more. But the book’s major strength lies in Piketty’s ability to see the big picture. His original and rigorously well-documented insights into the deep structures of capitalism show us how the dynamics of capital accumulation have played out historically over the past three centuries, and how they’re likely to develop in the century to come… America’s twenty-first-century inequality crisis is, if anything, even more daunting and complex than the one we experienced a century ago. But as Piketty reminds us, the solutions to this problem are political, and they lie within our grasp. Should Americans choose to deploy those solutions, not only would we be doing the right thing, we’d be living up to our deepest traditions and most cherished ideals.”Kathleen GeierWashington Monthly

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  • Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War, and God

    Rs. 2,290.00

    Will Durant

     

    Praised as a “revelatory” book by The Wall Street Journal, this is the last and most personal work of Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Will Durant, discovered thirty-two years after his death.

     

    Fallen Leaves is in some ways a slight book. But it is also a revelatory one. Most of Durant’s work is about the thoughts and actions of others. Fallen Leaves is very much about the thoughts of Will durant concerning—well, almost everything. You’ll find short essays on childhood, old age, death, war, politics, capitalisn, art, sex, God and morality. … Above all, Fallen Leaves is a portrait of a sensibility. … Durant was a remarkable specimen of that nearly extinct species, a civilized liberal of wide learning and even wider sympathy for the fundamentals of human aspiration.” ― The Wall Street Journal

     

    “Short but persuasive commentaries on a diversity of topics from a respected scholar of humanity.” ― Kirkus Reviews

     

    “Some passages, such as his observations on youth and middle age, are personal and specific, while others, such as his ruminations on the existence of God, border on philosophy. . . . [And others] still carry a beneficial sting, such as his thoughts on war and nationalism and his plea for racial harmony (Durant’s civil rights advocacy dated back to 1914). . . . a thought-provoking array of opinions.” ― Publishers Weekly

     

    “Some of his musings are provocative, even outrageous…this is a work that demands we think, and it is a worthy conclusion to a long and distinguished career.” ― Booklist

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  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    Rs. 2,290.00

    Jared Diamond

     

    • New York Times Bestseller
    • Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction (1998)
    • Royal Society Science Book Prize for General Prize (1998)
    • California Book Award for Nonfiction (Gold) (1997)
    • Puddly Award for History (2001)
    • Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science (1997)

     

    A book of big questions, and big answers‘ Yuval Noah Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens

     

    “Artful, informative, and delightful…. There is nothing like a radically new angle of vision for bringing out unsuspected dimensions of a subject, and that is what Jared Diamond has done.” ― William H. McNeil, New York Review of Books

     

    “An ambitious, highly important book.” ― James Shreeve, New York Times Book Review

     

    “A book of remarkable scope, a history of the world in less than 500 pages which succeeds admirably, where so many others have failed, in analyzing some of the basic workings of culture process…. One of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years.” ― Colin Renfrew, Nature

     

    “The scope and the explanatory power of this book are astounding.”
    ― The New Yorker

     

    “No scientist brings more experience from the laboratory and field, none thinks more deeply about social issues or addresses them with greater clarity, than Jared Diamond as illustrated by Guns, Germs, and Steel. In this remarkably readable book he shows how history and biology can enrich one another to produce a deeper understanding of the human condition.” ― Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University

     

    “Serious, groundbreaking biological studies of human history only seem to come along once every generation or so. . . . Now [Guns, Germs, and Steel] must be added to their select number. . . . Diamond meshes technological mastery with historical sweep, anecdotal delight with broad conceptual vision, and command of sources with creative leaps. No finer work of its kind has been published this year, or for many past.” ― Martin Sieff, Washington Times

     

    “[Diamond] is broadly erudite, writes in a style that pleasantly expresses scientific concepts in vernacular American English, and deals almost exclusively in questions that should interest everyone concerned about how humanity has developed. . . . [He] has done us all a great favor by supplying a rock-solid alternative to the racist answer. . . . A wonderfully interesting book.” ― Alfred W. Crosby, Los Angeles Times

     

    “An epochal work. Diamond has written a summary of human history that can be accounted, for the time being, as Darwinian in its authority.” ― Thomas M. Disch, The New Leader

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  • HDFC Bank 2.0: From Dawn to Digital

    Rs. 2,190.00

    Tamal Bandyopadhyay

     

    “Tamal combines his financial knowledge, eye for detail, and an excellent storytelling style to create a vivid portrait of India’s most valued bank and its path to the future.” –NANDAN NILEKANI, Co-founder and Chairman of Infosys and Founding Chairman of UIDAI

     

    “Tamal has enthusiastically documented the epiphany that HDFC Bank’s leadership had in starting out on their digital journey. India is set for seismic changes to day-to-day banking over the next few years and banks who don’t commit to fully re-engineering their practice around becoming a technology company that delivers real-time, contextual banking experiences will wither on the vine. HDFC Bank has made a solid start on this journey, but the final chapter has not yet been written.” –BRETT KING, Founder, Moven and bestselling author of Bank 4.0

     

    The seeds of change were sown in September 2014, when HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri went to Silicon Valley to meet the brightest tech minds in the world. By the time he got back, he knew exactly what needed to be done.

     

    It was time for a revolution. Instead of waiting to be disrupted by fintech companies, HDFC Bank went all out to disrupt itself, recasting its role and scope on a scale that has never been attempted before. In one of the biggest transformations ever undertaken in any business, HDFC Bank wants to become a platform facilitating a financial experience.

     

    Tamal Bandyopadhyay chronicles HDFC Bank’s own digital disruption exercise through the very people who drove it, narrating a story that’s as compelling as unique in India’s financial system. With his keen eye for detail, deep knowledge of banking and unparalleled storytelling ability, Bandyopadhyay recounts the journey of India’s most valued lender from a life cycle bank to a lifestyle bank.

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  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

    Rs. 3,190.00

    Yuval Noah Harari

     

    **THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER**

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    Wellcome Book Prize Nominee for Longlist (2017)

     

    Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before.” — Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow

     

    “Thrilling to watch such a talented author trample so freely across so many disciplines… Harari’s skill lies in the way he tilts the prism in all these fields and looks at the world in different ways, providing fresh angles on what we thought we knew… scintillating.” — Financial Times

     

    “Spellbinding… This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit… It is a quirky and cool book, with a sliver of ice at its heart… It is hard to imagine anyone could read this book without getting an occasional, vertiginous thrill.” — Guardian

     

    “Harari is an intellectual magpie who has plucked theories and data from many disciplines – including philosophy, theology, computer science and biology – to produce a brilliantly original, thought-provoking and important study of where mankind is heading.” — Evening Standard (London)

     

    “I enjoyed reading about these topics not from another futurist but from a historian, contextualizing our current ways of thinking amid humanity’s long march–especially…with Harari’s ability to capsulize big ideas memorably and mingle them with a light, dry humor…Harari offers not just history lessons but a meta-history lesson.” — Washington Post

     

    “What elevates Harari above many chroniclers of our age is his exceptional clarity and focus.” — London Sunday Times

     

    “A remarkable book, full of insights and thoughtful reinterpretations of what we thought we knew about ourselves and our history.” — The Guardian

     

    “Provocative…the handiwork of a gifted thinker.” — Jennifer Senior, New York Times

     

    “[A] great book…not only alters the way you see the world after you’ve read it, it also casts the past in a different light. In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari shows us where mankind is headed in an absolutely clear-sighted & accessible manner.” — Mail on Sunday

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  • Jesus Lived in India: His Unknown Life Before and After the Crucifixion

    Rs. 1,690.00

    Holger Kersten

     

    Jesus Lived In India is a book by theologian, Holger Kersten, which presents the connection that Jesus had with India. It cites evidence that Jesus lived in India for a large part of his life after the crucifixion and died there at old age. The book asks its readers the question of why Christianity chose to ignore it’s connections with the religions of the east.

     

    Historical sites traced back Jesus to Israel, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and India. According to this book, this had been found out as a result of investigative research. Many startling conclusions have been presented by Holger Kersten.

     

    Some of the allusions made by this book include statements that Jesus followed the ancient Silk Road to India and studied Buddhism there, adopting its tenets in order to become a master of spirituality. This book states that he survived the crucifixion, and after that returned to India where he finally died in Jammu & Kashmir.

     

    Key Features:

    • The book is based on research by Holger Kersten.
    • It was not well-received by the mainstream scholarship.
    • Jesus In India was originally a treatise written by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
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