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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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  • Beyond Good And Evil

    Rs. 1,790.00

    Friedrich Nietzsche

     

    Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future is a book by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, first published in 1886. It draws on and expands the ideas of his previous work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but with a more critical and polemical approach. In Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche accuses past philosophers of lacking critical sense and blindly accepting dogmatic premises in their consideration of morality. Specifically, he accuses them of founding grand metaphysical systems upon the faith that the good man is the opposite of the evil man, rather than just a different expression of the same basic impulses that find more direct expression in the evil man. The work moves into the realm “beyond good and evil” in the sense of leaving behind the traditional morality which Nietzsche subjects to a destructive critique in favour of what he regards as an affirmative approach that fearlessly confronts the perspectival nature of knowledge and the perilous condition of the modern individual.

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  • Capital (Das Capital)

    Rs. 3,990.00

    Karl Marx

     

    Capital is a critical analysis of capitalism as political economy and how it is the precursor of the socialist mode of production. Karl Marx proposes that the motivating force of capitalism is in the exploitation of labour, whose unpaid work is the ultimate source of profit and surplus value. The employer can claim right to the profits (new output value), because he or she owns the productive capital assets (means of production), which are legally protected by the State through property rights. In producing capital (money) rather than commodities (goods and services), the workers continually reproduce the economic conditions by which they labour. Capital proposes an explanation of the “laws of motion” of the capitalist economic system, from its origins to its future, by describing the dynamics of the accumulation of capital, the growth of wage labour, the transformation of the workplace, the concentration of capital, commercial competition, the banking system, the decline of the profit rate and land-rents.

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  • Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family

    Rs. 2,490.00

    Omid Scobie

     

    • INSTANT INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
    • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 
    • #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 
    • ONE OF THE TOP 10 BEST-SELLING ROYAL BIOGRAPHIES OF ALL TIME

     

    “If you’re looking for a primer to the saga of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this book is a good place to start.” – New York Times

     

    “Required reading for any modern royal family fan.” — Buzzfeed

     

    “The definitive book about Meghan and Harry.” — The Cut

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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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  • Home in the World: A Memoir

    Rs. 3,190.00

    Amartya Sen

     

    it strikes me that Sen is more than an economist, a moral philosopher or even an academic. He is a life-long campaigner, through scholarship and activism, via friendships and the occasional enemy, for a more noble idea of home – and therefore of the world. — Edward Luce ― Financial Times

     

    hypnotic … Amartya Sen’s exemplary life is a lesson in engagement with the world in which he is so at home; he is a real advertisement for someone who is happy being “a citizen of nowhere”, or everywhere. — Ferdinand Mount ― Prospect

     

    Sen is so engaging, so full of charm and has such a clear gift for the graceful sentence. It’s a wonderful book, the portrait of a citizen of the world … full of its author’s beguiling personality, elegance and wit of presentation, and joyous in its celebration of the life of the mind. — Philip Hensher ― Spectator

     

    Sen’s sensibility still seems Tagorean. There is the same affinity for freedom and imagination, a similar commitment to the vulnerable and the downtrodden, but most of all a shared sense that we don’t yet know all there is to know about the world. — Abhrajyoti Chakraborty ― Guardian

     

    The clarity of Sen’s thought and the lucidity of his prose are delightful and entertaining but the lightness of his touch can often be deceptive because it sometimes conceals the depth and range of Sen’s erudition, the intensity and the passion of his commitment to certain values and ideas and his relentless quest to bring together the home and the world. — Rudrangshu Mukherjee ― The Wire India

     

    a charming, immensely readable, and very enjoyable voyage through the making of a great mind … we are just led with rare good humour and gentle wit through the formative years of his life … This is a very accessible book, “fun” to use one of Sen’s favourite words, written in beautifully constructed short sentences that explain the most profound observations with commendable brevity … It is Sen’s capacity to maintain a simple style while telling amusing stories or explaining complex issues (as he does occasionally) that is both unique and captivating … This memoir is an unforgettable story of the evolution of a thinking and enquiring and all too human a mind, as also a tribute to one who has harnessed his abundant academic talent to the needs of the humblest and poorest — Mani Shankar Aiyar ― Open the Magazine

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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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  • How the World Really Works: A Scientist’s Guide to Our Past, Present and Future

    Rs. 3,990.00

    Vaclav Smil

     

    • INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

     

    “A new masterpiece from one of my favorite authors… [How The World Really Works] is a compelling and highly readable book that leaves readers with the fundamental grounding needed to help solve the world’s toughest challenges.”Bill Gates

     

    “You can agree or disagree with Smil—accept or doubt his ‘just the facts’ posture—but you probably shouldn’t ignore him. . . In Smil’s provocative but perceptive view, unrealistic notions about carbon reduction are partly, and ironically, attributable to the very productivity that societies achieved by substituting machine work, powered by fossil fuels, for draft animals and human laborers.”The Washington Post

     

    “A scientific panorama of our well-being and how it can be sustained in our current tumultuous times and beyond. [Smil] aims to combat the widespread “comprehension deficit” about basic scientific facts, and he seeks to “explain some of the most fundamental ruling realities governing our survival and our prosperity.” That aim is marvelously achieved…[this is] an exceptionally lucid, evenhanded study of the scientific basis of our current and future lives.”Kirkus, STARRED review

     

    “How the World Really Works represents the highly readable distillation of this lifetime of scholarship… Mr. Smil looks over the horizon of the future with humility and calmness, foreseeing ‘a mixture of progress and setbacks, of seemingly insurmountable difficulties and near-miraculous advances.’”Wall Street Journal

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  • Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution

    Rs. 2,590.00

    Robert Chesnut

     

    • * An Inc. Magazine Top 10 Business Book for 2020 *

     

    “Stop talking about bringing your values to work and learn how to actually DO it!” ―Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor

     

    “The ethical expectation for companies is wonderfully changing from ‘do no evil’ to ‘do good.’ Companies and their leaders need to put ethics and integrity at the center of their mission and culture. Rob is an insider who’s combined doing good with doing business well in two iconic Silicon Valley companies. His book contains smart, practical advice for anyone looking to do good and do well.” ―Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and author of Blitzscaling

     

    “No one has wrestled with more difficult business integrity challenges over the last 20 years than Rob. His insights will instruct you how to drive integrity into your culture. Now, more than ever, we need someone to lead a constructive, direct conversation about integrity in business―Rob delivers.” ―Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi, former CEO of HP and eBay Inc.

     

    “Rob and I were peers at Airbnb and together we helped build a culture and public-facing brand with integrity as a core value. Not only was the work strategically brilliant but under Rob’s leadership, it was embedded into the very heart of the company. Rob brings creativity, empathy, credibility and a great sense of humor to this important topic ― he makes ethics human and fun.” ―Jonathan Mildenhall, cofounder and CEO, TwentyFirstCenturyBrand

     

    “Drawing on considerable experience with the nuances and circumstances of integrity violations at Airbnb, Chesnut offers plentiful examples of common integrity issues… He is especially good on such matters as enforcing consequences and handling situations involving violators who are high-performing employees. Valuable reading for companies that want to get serious about workplace ethics.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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  • No Filter: The Inside Story of how Instagram Transformed Business, Celebrity and our Culture

    Rs. 2,490.00

    Sarah Frier

     

    • Winner of the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2020
    • One of the best books of the year according to: The Times | Fortune | Financial Times | Inc. | Economist | Newsweek

     

    “Happily—this is a book about Silicon Valley. It is a record of a single app moving through the place. And in making that record, in hewing closely to Instagram and its founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, while giving new texture to the Valley’s major players, like Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, Frier tells the story of how that place works….The book manages to be clear-eyed and objective about the founders and their many flaws, without sensationalizing or oversimplifying—a hard balance to strike in tech coverage right now….we need a book like this to explain what it is I’m tapping on all day. I spend hours staring at the screen, and now I have a better sense of who’s staring back.” New York Times

     

    No Filter is a vibrant play-by-play of how Instagram reached that level of influence through the business of manufacturing coolness….Frier’s version of that story is rich with details, based on hundreds of interviews including sit-downs with the app’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Armed with their perspective, Frier is able to draw a line between each decision the founders made and the cultural consequences….The irresistible drama of No Filter plays out between the founders and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.” —NPR

     

    “Deeply sourced….Frier delivers a compelling tale of jealousy…. The David-and-Goliath tussle is deftly interwoven by Frier with another tale: the transformation of Instagram itself, from the photo app known for its artsy filters to the creator of ‘creators.'” Financial Times

     

    “If Aaron Sorkin wants to make a sequel to the movie The Social Network, he has his source material right here. Frier, a tech journalist, was given enviable access to Instagram’s founders and other key players. The result is an inside-the-room chronicle of one of Silicon Valley’s most fascinating and fraught acquisitions. A tale of luck, smarts, and strategy, No Filter also reminds us how much business depends on personal chemistry or—in the case of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom—the lack thereof. Just as intriguing is Frier’s clear-eyed commentary on what the rise of Instagram culture means.” Inc, Top 10 New Business Books for 2020

     

    “Successful startups in Silicon Valley are sometimes described as being akin to building a spaceship in mid-flight. With No Filter, the intrepid Sarah Frier takes you inside the spaceship that became Instagram. A deeply reported and beautifully written account of a company that has changed society, fame, culture, business, and communication—sometimes for the better and, as Frier so adeptly shows, also for the worse.” —Nick Bilton, special correspondent for Vanity Fair and author of Hatching Twitter

     

    “With No Filter, Sarah Frier has delivered a brilliant exploration of the highs and lows of human nature. The book is part business drama—packed with tales of creativity, ambition, and intrigue—and part an anthropologist’s examination of modern life. Frier’s vivid reporting and electric storytelling provide the definitive account of how Instagram turned into a cultural phenomenon and what the app’s success says about all of us.” —Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

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  • Open: How Collaboration and Curiosity Shaped Humankind

    Rs. 2,690.00

    Johan Norberg

     

    • AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR

     

    “No person or society is smart enough or wise enough or noble enough to solve the wicked problems of life by themselves. With clarity and grace, Johan Norberg reminds us that openness to things and ideas from others is the only route to well-being..” –Steven Pinker, author, Enlightenment Now

     

    “If we are to recover from the pandemic of 2020, the world needs openness more than ever: open minds, open hearts, open communications, open markets. Johan Norberg’s superb book demonstrates, with hundreds of examples, how openness has been the key to the success of our species over 10,000 years and is the secret of prosperity and peace today.” –Matt Ridley, author, The Rational Optimist

     

    “Johan Norberg has a great story to tell: how, throughout history, open societies have always closed down, but never for good. The tension between closed and open, between trading and tribalism drives both progress and reaction. Why are the virtues and benefits of openness always under threat? We can’t live without it, yet too often it seems that we can’t live with it either. Norberg has a powerful argument to give us insight and hope that man’s curiosity and imagination is unstoppable.” –Margaret Heffernan, author, Beyond Measure

     

    “Norberg reminds us that every great civilization has been destroyed by the end of openness. His essential book, then, is a timely reminder that the fate of our civilization rests on a defense of openness. Strongly recommended.” –Andrew Keen, author, The Internet Is Not The Answer

     

    Clearcolourful and convincing, marshalling evidence from a range of eras and civilisations. […] The author is often amusing as well as illuminating. ― The Economist

     

    Norberg has a strong case and he makes it with energy and charm. A pertinent book for grumpy times. ― The Times on Progress

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  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    Rs. 2,190.00

    Malcolm Gladwell

     

    Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain‘ Guardian

     

    Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon … he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure‘ Observer

     

    He is the best kind of writer – the kind who makes you feel like you’re a genius, rather than he’s a genius‘ The Times

     

    From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.

     

    Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary?

     

    In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined.

     

    He reveals that it’s as much about where we’re from and what we do, as who we are – and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone.

     

    Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique.

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  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

    Rs. 2,990.00

    Susan Cain

     

    THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE HOW YOU SEE INTROVERTS – AND YOURSELF – FOREVER.

     

    • A SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
    • Goodreads Choice Award for Nonfiction (2012)
    • Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (Shortlist) (2015)
    • Guardian First Book Award Nominee for Longlist (2012)

     

    Marvellous. The most important book published for a decade — Lynne Truss ― Sunday Telegraph

     

    Quiet is a very timely book, and Cain’s central thesis is fresh and important. Maybe the extrovert ideal is no longer as powerful as it was; perhaps it is time we all stopped to listen to the still, small voice of calm — Daisy Goodwin ― The Sunday Times

     

    Susan Cain’s Quiet has sparked a quiet revolution. In our booming culture, hers is a still, small voice that punches above its weight. Perhaps rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen — Megan Walsh ― The Times

     

    I can’t get Quiet out of my head. It is an important book – so persuasive and timely and heartfelt it should inevitably effect change in schools and offices — Jon Ronson ― The Guardian

     

    A startling, important, and readable page-turner ― Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth

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  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    Rs. 2,990.00

    Yuval Noah Harari

     

    • Royal Society of Biology General Book Prize Nominee (2015)
    • **ONE OF THE GUARDIAN‘S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**
    • **THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER**
    • #1 New York Times Bestseller
    •  J. A. Hollon palkinto (2017)
    • The Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg.

     

    “I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history… You’ll have a hard time putting it down” –Bill Gates

     

    Interesting and provocative… It gives you a sense of how briefly we’ve been on this Earth Barack Obama

     

    Jaw-dropping from the first word to the last… It may be the best book I’ve ever read ― Chris Evans

     

    Tackles the biggest questions of history and the modern world… Written in unforgettably vivid language ― Jared Diamond

     

    Startling… It changes the way you look at the world ― Simon Mayo

     

    One of the best books I’ve read recently… Gives an excellent overview of how our species has developed ― Lily Cole

     

    Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain… Radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new ― Sunday Times

     

    Sapiens is packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting, myth-busting book cannot be summarised in any detail; you will simply have to read it — John Gray ― Financial Times

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  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom

    Rs. 2,490.00

    T. E. Lawrence

     

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of T.E. Lawrence – also known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ – of his service in the Arab Revolt during the First World War, published in Penguin Modern Classics. Although ‘continually and bitterly ashamed’ that the Arabs had risen in revolt against the Turks as a result of fraudulent British promises of self-rule, Lawrence led them in a triumphant campaign that revolutionized the art of war. Seven Pillars of Wisdom recreates epic events with extraordinary vividness.

     

    ‘Round this tent-pole of a military chronicle, Lawrence has hung an unexampled fabric of portraits, descriptions, philosophies, emotions, adventures, dreams’ — E. M. Forster

     

    ‘I am not much of a hero-worshipper, but I could have followed T.E. Lawrence over the edge of the world’ — John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps

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  • Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know

    Rs. 2,990.00

    Malcolm Gladwell

     

    A Best Book of the Year: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, and Detroit Free Press

    Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2019)

     

    I love this book . . . reading it will actually change not just how you see strangers, but how you look at yourself, the news – the world. Reading this book changed me. ― Oprah Winfrey

     

    Fascinating . . . you should read the book . . . He’s tackling the dark side of human nature – what do we ever know about other people? — Sathnam Sanghera ― The Times Magazine

     

    Now that practically everybody seems to be spoiling for a fight, I have found Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers invaluable . . . His moral – to approach new people with caution and humility – has become my motto. ― Evening Standard

     

    Taut, provocative, smart . . . Gladwell’s cool, playful intelligence has made him one of our leading public thinkers ― New Statesman

     

    A book examining the ways we misinterpret or fail to communicate with one another could not feel more necessary . . . the page-turning urgency of a thriller — Chris Barton ― Los Angeles Times

     

     

    Superb writing. Masterful . . . bears all the marks that have made Gladwell one of the most successful non-fiction authors of his generation. — Pilita Clark ― Financial Times

     

    A dazzling book . . . Gladwell is a rock star of nonfiction . . . ideas are slowly revealed until the reader arrives at a conclusion they didn’t expect. Gladwell is advancing ideas and, sure, they are all open to challenge . . . but they are stimulating and convincing – and you won’t regret a minute you spend mastering them ― The Times

     

     

    A wonderful provocation which Gladwell delivers like no other, an awakening to just one of the fascinations that lie in ordinary human experience . . . as ever, Gladwell’s genius is in the telling. ― Spectator

     

    Malcolm Gladwell made his name bringing intellectual sparkle to everyday subjects, and his new book – about how strangers talk to each other – is no exception. — Sean O’Hagan ― Observer

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  • Tamil: A Biography

    Rs. 2,490.00

    David Shulman

     

       Spoken by eighty million people in South Asia and a diaspora that stretches across the globe, Tamil is one of the great world languages and one of the few ancient languages that survives as a mother tongue for so many speakers.

     

    David Shulman presents a comprehensive cultural history of Tamil language, literature and civilization emphasizing how Tamil speakers and poets have understood the unique features of their language over its long history. Impetuous, musical, whimsical, in constant flux, Tamil is a living entity and this is its biography.Two stories animate Shulman s narrative. The first concerns the evolution of Tamil s distinctive modes of speaking, thinking and singing.

     

    The second describes Tamil s major expressive themes, the stunning poems of love and war known as Sangam poetry and Tamil s influence as a shaping force within Hinduism. Shulman tracks Tamil from its earliest traces at the end of the first millennium BCE through the classical period, 850 to 1200 CE, when Tamil-speaking rulers held sway over southern India and into late-medieval and modern times, including the deeply contentious politics that overshadow Tamil today.

     

      Tamil is more than a language, Shulman says. It is a body of knowledge, much of it intrinsic to an ancient culture and sensibility. Tamil can mean both knowing how to love in the manner of classical love poetry and being a civilized person. It is thus a kind of grammar, not merely of the language in its spoken and written forms but of the creative potential of its speakers.

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  • The Ikigai Journey: A Practical Guide to Finding Happiness and Purpose Japanese Way

    Rs. 2,490.00

    Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles

     

    SEQUEL TO IKIGAI: THE JAPANESE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

     

    In The Ikigai Journey, authors Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles take their international bestseller Ikigai: the Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life a step further by showing you how to find your own ikigai through practical exercises, such as employing new habits and stepping outside your comfort zone.

     

    Ikigai is the place where our passion (what we love), mission (what we hope to contribute), vocation (the gifts we have to offer the world) and profession (how our passions and talents can become a livelihood) converge, giving us a personal sense of meaning. This book helps you bring together all of these elements so that you can enjoy a balanced life.

     

    Our ikigai is very similar to change: it is a constant that transforms depending on which phase of life we are in. Our “reason for being” is not the same at 15 as it is at 70. Through three sections, this book helps you to accept and embrace that―acting as a tool to revolutionize your future by helping you to understand the past, so you can enjoy your present.
    * Section 1―Journey Through the Future: Tokyo (a symbol of modernity and innovation)
    * Section 2―Journey Through the Past: Kyoto (an ancient capital moored in tradition)
    * Section 3―Journey Through the Present: Ise (an ancient shrine that is destroyed and rebuilt every twenty years)

     

    Japan has one of the longest life spans in the world, and the greatest number of centenarians―many of whom cite their strong sense of ikigai as the basis for their happiness and longevity. Unlike many “self-care” practices, which require setting aside time in an increasingly busy world, the ikigai method helps you find peace and fulfillment in your busy life.

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  • The Man Who Created the Middle East: A Story of Empire, Conflict and the Sykes-Picot Agreement

    Rs. 2,990.00

    Christopher Simon Sykes

     

    At the age of only 36, Sir Mark Sykes was signatory to the Sykes-Picot agreement, one of the most reviled treaties of modern times. A century later, Christopher Sykes’ lively biography of his grandfather reassesses his life and work, and the political instability and violence in the Middle East attributed to it.

     

    The Sykes-Picot agreement was a secret pact drawn up in May 1916 between the French and the British, to divide the collapsing Ottoman Empire in the event of an allied victory in the First World War. Agreed without any Arab involvement, it negated an earlier guarantee of independence to the Arabs made by the British. Controversy has raged around it ever since.

     

    Sir Mark Sykes was not, however, a blimpish, ignorant Englishman. A passionate traveller, explorer and writer, his life was filled with adventure. From a difficult, lonely childhood in Yorkshire and an early life spent in Egypt, India, Mexico, the Arabian desert, all the while reading deeply and learning languages, Sykes published his first book about his travels through Turkey aged only twenty. After the Boer War, he returned to map areas of the Ottoman Empire no cartographer had yet visited. He was a talented cartoonist, excellent mimic and amateur actor, gifts that ensured that when elected to parliament a full House of Commons would assemble to listen to his speeches.

     

    During the First World War, Sykes was appointed to Kitchener’s staff, became Political Secretary to the War Cabinet and a member of the Committee set up to consider the future of Asiatic Turkey, where he was thirty years younger than any of the other members. This search would dominate the rest of his life. He was unrelenting in his pursuit of peace and worked himself to death to find it, a victim of both exhaustion and the Spanish Flu.

     

    Written largely based on the previously undisclosed family letters and illustrated with Sykes’ cartoons, this sad story of an experienced, knowledgeable, good-humoured and generous man once considered the ideal diplomat for finding a peaceful solution continues to reverberate across the world today.

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  • The Price of Inequality

    Rs. 2,790.00

    Joseph Stiglitz

     

    A forceful argument against America’s vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist.

     

    “A definitive examination of inequality’s effects not only on the economy, but on democracy and globalization.”
    ― The Daily Beast

     

    “Stiglitz’s ideas in this book will prompt wide discussion and debate.”
     Booklist

     

    “An impassioned argument backed by rigorous economic analysis.”
    ― Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

     

    The single most comprehensive counterargument to both Democratic neoliberalism and Republican laissez-faire theories…Stiglitz’s contribution…to the public debate cannot be overestimated.”
     Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times Book Review

     

    “A model of clarity.”
    ― Jared Bernstein, Rolling Stone

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  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

    Rs. 4,990.00

    Daniel Yergin

     

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and hailed as “the best history of oil ever written” by Business Week, Daniel Yergin’s “spellbinding…irresistible” (The New York Times) account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power addresses the ongoing energy crisis.

     

    “Splendid and epic history of oil…. The story is brilliantly told…with its remarkable cast of characters.” — The Wall Street Journal

     

    “Impassioned and riveting…only in the great epics of Homer will readers regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen, heroes and villains.” — San Francisco Examiner

     

    “A masterly narrative…The Prize portrays the interweaving of national and corporate interests, the conflicts and stratagems, the miscalculations, the follies, and the ironies.” — James Schlesinger, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Secretary of Energy

     

    “Spellbinding…irresistible…monumental…must be read to understand the first thing about the role of oil in modern history.” — The New York Times

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  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    Rs. 2,490.00

    Malcolm Gladwel

     

    ‘Hip and hopeful, THE TIPPING POINT is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better’ — George Stephanopoulos

     

    “A wonderful page-turner about a fascinating idea that should affect the way every thinking person looks at the world.” —Michael Lewis

     

    “A fascinating book that makes you see the world in a different way.”―Fortune

     

    “Gladwell has a knack for rendering complex theories in clear, elegant prose, and he makes a charismatic tour guide.”―San Francisco Chronicle

     

    “Undeniably compelling. . . terrifically rewarding.”―Claire DedererSeattle Times

     

    “As a business how-to, The Tipping Point is truly superior, brimming with new theories on the science of manipulation.”―Aaron GellTime Out

     

    The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

     

    Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children’s television, direct mail, and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world’s greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics.

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  • The Trouble with Europe: Why the EU isn’t Working, How It Can be Reformed, What Could Take its Place

    Rs. 2,290.00

    Roger Bootle

     

    • Winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize
    • One of The Week‘s Best Business Books of 2014

     

    The Trouble with Europe by the respected economist Roger Bootle is ever so timely written in a faultlessly reasonable manner, this makes his criticisms about the EU even more powerful.”—The Times

     

    “An outstanding, grown-up account of the failures of the European Union. Bootle is certainly no little Englander, but his argument is calm, conversational, rigorous and – quite remarkably for an economist – entirely free of bafflegab. Engaging and absorbing, here is an eye-opening book that will inspire you to think through the issues clearly – without starting a saloon-bar brawl.”—The Telegraph

     

    ‘Here it is – a book for every faint-heart who thinks this country could never prosper outside the European Union. A timely and balanced analysis.’ —Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of UK

     

    ‘Few voters feel warmly about ever closer union; many would agree with Mr Bootle that this aspiration of the original Treaty of Rome should be formally ditched. The EU and the euro will get into trouble again—and the outcome next time could be even worse.’ —Economist

     

    ‘Roger Bootle perceptively analyzes what is wrong with the European Union as presently constituted, both politically and economically; what reforms are needed to make it wise for the UK to remain a member; and how we can most sensibly conduct ourselves outside the EU, should those reforms not be undertaken. It is essential background reading for any future in/out referendum.’—Rt Hon Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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  • The Wealth of Nations

    Rs. 3,290.00

    Adam Smith

     

    “Adam Smith’s enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things.”
    Robert L. Heilbroner

     

    Right from examining the division of labour, the origin and use of money and the division of stock, to the rise and progress of cities and towns after the fall of the Roman Empire, the systems of political economy and the taxes on various private revenues, Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations provides an extensive assessment of the creation of a nation’s wealth. Laying the foundation of classical political economy, this magnum opus is considered one of the best non-fiction books of all time. More than two centuries after its first publication in 1776, The Wealth of Nations continues to remain as influential as ever.

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  • Turning Points : A Journey Through Challenges

    Rs. 1,190.00

    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

     

    The inspiring sequel to Wings of Fire. Over 3 lakh copies sold.‘It was like any other day on the Anna University campus in Chennai. As I was returning to my room in the evening, the vice-chancellor, Prof. A. Kalanidhi, fell in step with me. Someone had been frantically trying to get in touch with me through the day, he said. Indeed, the phone was ringing when I entered the room. When I answered, a voice at the other end said, ‘The prime minister wants to talk with you.’ Some months earlier, I had left my post as Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India to return to teaching. Now, as I spoke to the PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, my life was set for an unexpected change.

     

    ‘Turning Points takes up the incredible Kalam story from where Wings of Fire left off. It brings together details from his career and presidency that are not generally known as he speaks out for the first time on certain points of controversy. It is a continuing saga, above all, of a journey – individual and collective – that will take India to 2020 and beyond as a developed nation.

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  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    Rs. 3,990.00

    Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

     

    Buy why nations fail and get it delivered to your doorstep.

     

    “You will have three reasons to love this book. It’s about national income differences within the modern world, perhaps the biggest problem facing the world today. It’s peppered with fascinating stories that will make you a spellbinder at cocktail parties—such as why Botswana is prospering and Sierra Leone isn’t. And it’s a great read. Like me, you may succumb to reading it in one go, and then you may come back to it again and again.” Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the bestsellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse

     

    “For economics and political-science students, surely, but also for the general reader who will appreciate how gracefully the authors wear their erudition.”Kirkus Reviews

     

    Why Nations Fail is a wildly ambitious work that hopscotches through history and around the world to answer the very big question of why some countries get rich and others don’t.” The New York Times (Chrystia Freeland)

     

    Why Nations Fail is a splendid piece of scholarship and a showcase of economic rigor.” —The Wall Street Journal

     

    “This is an intellectually rich book that develops an important thesis with verve. It should be widely read.” —Financial Times

     

    Why Nations Fail is a truly awesome book. Acemoglu and Robinson tackle one of the most important problems in the social sciences—a question that has bedeviled leading thinkers for centuries—and offer an answer that is brilliant in its simplicity and power. A wonderfully readable mix of history, political science, and economics, this book will change the way we think about economic development. Why Nations Fail is a must-read book.” Steven Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics

     

    “Some time ago a little-known Scottish philosopher wrote a book on what makes nations succeed and what makes them fail. The Wealth of Nations is still being read today. With the same perspicacity and with the same broad historical perspective, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have retackled this same question for our own times. Two centuries from now our great-great- . . . -great grandchildren will be, similarly, reading Why Nations Fail.” George Akerlof, Nobel laureate in economics, 2001

     

    “It’s the politics, stupid! That is Acemoglu and Robinson’s simple yet compelling explanation for why so many countries fail to develop. From the absolutism of the Stuarts to the antebellum South, from Sierra Leone to Colombia, this magisterial work shows how powerful elites rig the rules to benefit themselves at the expense of the many.  Charting a careful course between the pessimists and optimists, the authors demonstrate history and geography need not be destiny. But they also document how sensible economic ideas and policies often achieve little in the absence of fundamental political change.”Dani Rodrik, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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