Enjoy the December sun with an armload of exciting books.
1. Book: Leadership @Infosys; Edited by Matt Barney; Published by Penguin-Portfolio; Priced at Rs.699
Powered by intellect and driven by values, Infosys has always been at the forefront of a new India Inc since 1981. This is the first book that attempts to codify Infosys' unique history, values and leadership practices that account for the firm's stellar rise from $200 seed capital to a multibillion dollar global enterprise.
As an extension of Infosys tradition of growing leaders through a programme called Leaders Teach, this book captures the origins of Infosys leadership approach and leverages model. These leaders share approaches that they believe account for their successes and are candid about where they stumbled in the past to help junior leaders avoid similar mistakes.
2. Book: East Of The Sun; Written by Siddhartha Sarma; Published by Westland; Priced at Rs.296
In the spring of 2008, Siddhartha Sarma went on a land trip across eastern Assam, Nagaland and Manipur - into western Myanmar. The book is his account of travelling over a part of the country that takes a great deal of convincing to cross alone, but which is totally worth visiting.
Peppered with anecdotes, accounts from histories and about the people of these lands, East of the Sun talks at a breakneck, quirky pace about what to do and what not to do while on the road there.
3. Book: The Dead Ringer; Written by Mary Burton; Published by Penguin-India; Priced at Rs.299
Beside each body, the killer leaves a simple charm bearing a woman's name. The victims are strangers to each other, but they have been chosen with the utmost care - each bears a striking resemblance to Kendall Shaw, a local TV presenter, and each is brutally strangled by a madman whose obsession will never end.
In front of the cameras, Kendall is the picture of stylish confidence. But at night she's haunted by disturbing nightmares that feel like fragmented memories of a childhood she can't remember. Kendall can't stop investigating the recent string of murders. She knows she holds the key to catching an obsessed psychopath - if he doesn't get to her first...
4. Book: Sadhguru: More Than a Life; Written by Arundhati Subramaniam; Published by Penguin-Ananda; Priced at Rs.499
This is the extraordinary story of Sadhguru - a young agnostic who turned yogi, a wild motorcyclist who turned a mystic. With his razor sharp intelligence, bracing wit and modern-day vocabulary, the book empowers you to explore your spiritual self and could well change your life.
It seeks to recreate the life's journey of a man who combines rationality with mysticism, irreverence with compassion, ancient wisdom with a provocatively contemporary outlook and a deep knowledge of the self. He is equally at home in rural Tamil Nadu and in the World Economic Forum at Davos.
5. Book: The Great Unknown; Written by Sankar/Translated by Soma Das; Published by Penguin-Viking; Priced at Rs.350
It is the story of the many people that Sankar meets as a young legal intern at an English barrister's office in Kolkata, and their lives. Some are seeking justice and others watching the drama of life unfold.
It offers a glimpse into lives unfulfilled, duplicity, unexpected tragedies as well as hopes and sudden upswings of fortunes that marks the everyday living of the Bengali middle class.