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Jaipur Literature Festival 2012: One festival with numerous corners

Jaipur Literature Festival: 20th - 24th January 2012, Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India

Book fairs and seminars on the literature trend, workshops and discussions on the responsibility of literature hold in the aspect of the modern day times aren’t any sorts of uncommonness. But while describing the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2012, the event goes beyond par excellence, leaving the impact on the literature enthusiastic. In the 5th edition of this one of the most celebrated literature festival across the globe, there was everything that had made this festival the most significant one out of all the editions. A festival that included personalities from all segments of the society, encompassing a wide range of activities including debates, discussions, readings, music and workshops, and not to forget the rich interactive sessions featuring the worldly noted literature personalities, truly, it had every reasons to call it the prestige symbol for Indian literature background. Indeed, this is the Kumbh Mela of the literature field.

The event kicked off with all possible glittery, and the heritage rich Diggi Palace was the perfect place to host such a big and hugely acclaimed event that celebrates literature beyond boundaries. The five-day DSC Jaipur Literature Festival witnessed over 200 renowned speakers from around the world at the historic Hotel Diggi Palace in Jaipur. The venue was all set to host what Newsweek editor Tina Brown has called “the greatest literary show on earth.”

The festival programs featured debates, discussions, readings, workshops, and even live music. Guests at the festival will include celebrated authors VS Naipaul and Michael Ondaatje, playwright Tom Stoppard, Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri and Annie Proulx, who wrote ‘Brokeback Mountain’, which was later adapted into an academy-award winning film. The New Yorker editor David Remnick along with The Economist editor John Micklethwait will also be in attendance. As a result of last year’s successful discussion on the Sufi poet, Bulleh Shah, that drew a crowd of over 3,000 people – this year too shall focus on Sufi and Bhakti traditions. Other thought-provoking topics up for discussion will be the link between Gandhi, Ambedkar & Anna; vegetarianism; and censorship. In the evening the festival will host performances by Meesha Shafi and Arif Lohar from Coke Studio Pakistan along with an ethio-jazz and reggae band from Addis Ababa called Dub Colossus. Speaking about the festival, its co-director William Dalrymple quoted: “This is our best line up so far. I am particularly proud to have brought Tom Stoppard and David Hare, two of our greatest living playwrights, to Jaipur this year. We’ll also have dynamic writers of non-fiction like the Tiger Mother’s Amy Chua, Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker amongst us. There’ll be discussions on the Arab Spring as well as on the art of writing for stage and screen. We will also be analyzing the fascinatingly interwoven relationships of Tolstoy, Tagore and Gandhi.” Talking about the personalities to participate in this hi profile literature fest, he said “Besides showcasing the best of Indian-language and English writing from India, this year the festival will be importing a Nobel laureate, a winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, two Booker Prize winners and five winners of the Pulitzer Prize for literature, as well as leading writers from the world of history, biography, literary criticism, and travel, in addition to the stars of the world of fiction and the novel”.

After an introduction and welcome by Festival Producer Sanjoy Roy; the famous poet, literary critic, academician and activist Purushottam Agarwal spoke on bhakti poetry over the ages. He talked about the element of God as a child in bhakti poetry and about the poet’s equality and partnership in the relationship. No matter how bright today's individual literary stars shone, luminous Diggi Palace eclipsed them all. Clothed in vivid oranges, pinks and blues, glinting with Rajasthani mirror work, bedecked with little jewels of stalls, festooned in strings of light, and crossed and re-crossed by trails of beautiful people, it’s no surprise all the litterateurs were digging on Diggi. In their keynote address, scholar Purushottam Agrawal and poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra will be talking about Kabir and other mystic poets of the Bhakti movement. Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje, best known immediately followed their address for “The English Patient,” and he was in conversation with Indian writer Amitava Kumar. 'The Arab Spring: A Winter’s View' Kamin Muhammadi Navdeep Suri, Karima Khalil, Raja Shehadeh, Hisham Matar, Max Rodenbeck in conversation with Barkha Dutt and 'The Truth of Poetry and the Truth of Politics’ Kapil Sibbal in conversation with Ashok Vajpeyi were the other highlights of the opening day, and the last session before the night was the interesting discussion, involving authors Sunil Khilnani and Tarun Tejpal, about how India had progressed in the last 60 years, including the successes and challenges.

Day Two watched even more footfalls, perhaps stimulated with the grand opening and hugely appreciated inaugural session, and Chetan Bhagat was surely among the names to pull the crowd to the auditorium. When asked about the negative comments that his books often attract, he replied with some words of wisdom that everyone could all benefit from. Those are, “We don't spend enough time on people who love us, and loving them more. Instead, we waste our energy trying to convert those who don't like us into liking us”. Like it or not, Chetan wants to bring about change in a fun way that the masses can relate to, and his books are written in a simple style that reflects this. The second last session included book readings by a group of travel writers, lead by William Dalrymple. One book to watch out for is ‘India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India’, by Akash Kapur. Due out mid March 2012, it contains real life tales of the impact of development on Indians, both young and old, across the country. Akash's book reading was a particularly poignant tale of a rural landowner who was troubled by the changes in his village and nostalgic for the past. For the contemporary biography lovers, Lucknow Boy by Vinod Mehta is the one that found the spotlight, who's possibly the finest contemporary editor in Indis, and his note was the perfect one that could have had the crowd riveted and laughing along to his life stories.

Day Three was more than literature than the eager wait for the talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. For her Sunday morning session, visitors started queuing up hours before, eager to snatch one of the coveted seats with a good view of the stage. And the talk show queen did not disappoint. With lots of wit, heart and compelling stories, she charmed her audience and kept them spellbound for an hour that passed only too fast. Asked about the one thing that struck her about India, Oprah told Ms. Barkha Dutt that there were, in fact, three. ‘My first impression was that of chaos! And then, I started noticing the underlying calm.' The other thing she admired and respected was the all-pervasive sense of karma and spirituality. “People here don't just talk religion, they live it.” That was enough to set the madness for the day, and was beautifully counterbalanced by the calm acts in the musical session. Quite surprisingly, the evening began with a poetry reading by young poetess Tishani Doshi. But this aberration was more than welcomed by the audience, as they sat, mesmerized by Tishani's recitation, some inspired by Neruda, some anti-love, from her collection, "Everything Begins Elsewhere”. This was followed by another reading by poet Sudeep Sen, who chose poems about spirituality and the four-letter word which rocks everyone's world, love. Child prodigy Satvik Bhatt, 13, who could identify 45 ragas when he was just three-year-old, and was a Limca Book Record holder for the same, tuned in with some peppy stuffs like Kolaveri Di. What followed Satvik's act was a performance by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and a jazz performance by Dub Colossus, an Ethiopan band. Their female lead singer, Sintayehu 'Mimi' Zenebe, completely stole the show, with her disarming namaste after every number. At 10pm, when it was time for them to pack up, nobody was willing to stop the revelry, and scores of people kept yelling 'encore' even after the performers had said 'shukre' about 20 times more and exited the stage.

Day Four involved a bit different one, and One of the sessions featured a panel of authors, including Aman Nath and William Dalrymple, who'd all contributed short stories to a recently published book called Journeys Through Rajasthan: From the 16th to 21st Centuries. If you're interested in Rajasthan and want to get a better understanding of the state, this is the book to read. The wide and varied stories in it range from historic to contemporary pieces, with topics including everything from an amusing look at honeymooning couples at Mt Abu, to a tale about the endangered oral epic of Pabuji. Festival fatigue on Day Five of the Jaipur Literature Festival was effectively remedied by the simple prescriptive of taking the weight off the feet. Seats available for almost everyone who needed to sit, and everyone still here, did. The self-selection of only the fittest literary enthusiasts also meant that the open Q&A session was more robust than usual. Getting people out of work on a Monday morning to listen to poetry is not a hard task if you are Javed Akhtar or Gulzar. So the turnout at the 10 am session titled Kahani Kisko Kehte Hai? - featuring Bollywood's most wanted poet-lyricists with their younger counterpart, adman Prasoon Joshi, and filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj - was no big surprise. The session took off with the launch of photographer Rohit Chawla's calendar made especially for the festival and then progressed into an hour of satirical limericks, inspiring poetry and a series of pleasant exchanges between Akhtar and Gulzar, who pretty much took over the session, given that they are excellent public speakers, and both Joshi and Bharadwaj are the shy reticent types. However, the Rushdie issue dominated the penultimate day as well as the rest of the festivals, and DSC JFL finally came to an end with a debate about man and god. The festival organizers had to cancel a video address by Salman Rushdie, the writer of ‘The Satanic Verses’ after protests from some Muslim groups.

The Jaipur Literature Festival has had a ripple effect, with similar events springing up all over South Asia. They include the Karachi Literature Festival, a three-year-old event which Ameena Saiyid, a Pakistani publisher, says she was inspired to do after attending the Indian fest. The music program each evening at the Jaipur Literature Festival should not be forgotten. The music lovers in particular were greeted with some marvelous music pieces from the eminent names in musical industries. Starting every evening at 7:30 pm, after the literature sessions had finished, the musical program combined Indian and western, contemporary and classical music in an eclectic mix of performances. This year, those looking forward to hearing one of India’s (in)famous brass bands could do so with the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, followed by Rajasthani musicians, fire-eaters and dancers on the first night. Performances by Gods Robots, Dub Colossus, the Sabri Brothers, Shruti Pathak, Duncan Bridgeman from 1 Giant Leap and many other musical highlights rounded off each stimulating literary day perfectly. A special treat was the poetry night with Jeet Thayil, Sudeep Sen and Tishani Doshi on Sunday. Despite the chilly nights in Jaipur at this time of the year, the venue was packed each evening with revelers enjoying every moment of the performances.

The invasion of the British into the Chinese territory were spearheaded by the opium strategy, and Amitav Ghosh revives the history with the “Sea of Poppies” trilogy

While being in the Oxford for pursuing the doctorate, Amitav Ghosh came across the history of the British invasion into the Chinese arena. It was the opium that the British relied on, and there started the war of the opium for the supremacy over the land. In his ambitious new novel, “Sea of Poppies,” a finalist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, Amitav Ghosh attempts to fill in the blanks left by the archives. Set partly in Bengal, the scene of Grierson’s inquiry, and drawing on accounts the Englishman left, it opens in 1838 on the eve of the Opium Wars. A former slave ship called the Ibis has been refitted to transport coolies from Calcutta to the sugar estates of Mauritius, and for hundreds of pages we watch as its crew and passengers are slowly assembled until it finally gets on its way. The first in a projected trilogy, “Sea of Poppies is big and baggy, a self-styled epic with colossal themes and almost a dozen major characters, including the son of an American slave (who is passing as white), the orphaned daughter of a French botanist (who is passing as a coolie) and an Anglophile raja (who has been wrongly sentenced to a penal colony on Mauritius). But a majority onboard are Indian peasants from the opium-producing countryside, forced by famine or scandal to seek a new life elsewhere. Devoted to reinvention, Ghosh’s plot focuses on one of these villagers: Deeti, a widow who assumes another name and the (lower) caste of a new love as they escape together on the Ibis. There is a glossary of sorts at the back, but after a few exchanges, you get the gist – which is just about what the characters themselves get as they attempt to bridge linguistic impasses. Struggling to decode the strange patois, then slipping into its lilts and rhythms, illuminates how malleable language is, how much we mold and shape it to our own contexts and purposes, and yet so often view it as a rigid structure not to be tampered with. The pidgin tongue isn't always easy reading, but it's certainly fun. A class act that RightBooks.in is proud to host, and your visit to the link at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9780143066156&Sea%20of%20Poppies places it right before you.

Joseph Lelyveld the NY Times correspondent, lights up “Great Soul Mahatma Gandhi And His Struggle With India” with the angles that are perhaps yet to be visited

Before you are indulged into the “Great Soul Mahatma Gandhi And His Struggle With India, understand that this is not any other biography on Gandhi that Joseph Lelyveld has drafted. “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi And His Struggle With India” by Joseph Lelyveld is a highly original book on the life of the mahatma that deepens our sense of achievements and failures. His extraordinary struggle gets a brilliant new reconsideration. The book deals with his struggles on two continents, of his fierce enthusiasm, his unfulfilled hopes and his ever-evolving legacy, which even after six decades of his death, is admired by Indians and people the world over. Gandhi is still routinely called “the father of the nation” in India, but it is hard to see what remains of him beyond what Lelyveld calls his “nimbus.” His notions about sex and spinning and simple living have long since been abandoned. Hindu-Muslim tension still smolders just beneath the uneasy surface. Untouchability survives, too, and standard-issue polychrome statues of Ambedkar in red tie and double-breasted electric-blue suit now outnumber those of the sparsely clothed Mahatma wherever Dalits are still crowded together. Gandhi saw most of this coming and sometimes despaired. The real tragedy of his life, Lelyveld argues, was “not because he was assassinated, nor because his noblest qualities inflamed the hatred in his killer’s heart. The tragic element is that he was ultimately forced, like Lear, to see the limits of his ambition to remake his world.” It is a meditation on the interlinked puzzles of Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi's strange personal disciplines, the communalistic passions of the two societies where Gandhi worked (South Africa and India), his improbable achievements against vast odds, and the ultimate failure of his ideals. Here is an eccentric who achieved mass followings; a near-naked vegetarian and celibate who, by force of will, made masses of people temporarily abjure the primitive passion of communal enmity; and an icon who is worshiped globally while the hatreds he opposed flourish. Lelyveld, who worked in both South Africa and India as a New York Times reporter, focuses on Gandhi's opposition to race, class, and caste oppression in the two societies. He weaves a dense fabric of social analysis, biographical detail, and psychological speculation; zooms out for context and in for anecdotes; shifts between past and present tenses; and scrambles the chronology to find patterns across time. The book tries to reenter one's understanding of Gandhi away from the themes of Indian nationalism and nonviolent political action and toward the issue of social justice, which remains sorely unresolved in both countries where Gandhi worked And your link to get it all is at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9789350290583&Great%20Soul%20Mahatma%20Gandhi%20And%20His%20Struggle%20With%20India that RightBooks.in has placed for you.

Derek O’Brien ignites the quizzing mindset among your kid with “The Best of Cadbury’s Bourn Vita quiz contest”

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Be a part of the “Brief History of Time” that Stephen Hawking unfolds

It’s hard to believe that a whole book can be written be a handheld keyboard like communicator solely with the help of your fingers (and your brain of course) but Steven Hawking has done it. Lecturer in oxford, or in some other university, he is on the same position as Isaac Newton. In the line of great physicists, Hawking is the latest after Einstein, Newton and Galileo. The main objective in the book is the unification of physics, that is, to find a unified force. There are 4 fundamental forces: electromagnetic, weak, strong, and gravity. Electromagnetic and strong have been unified, a unification of electromagnetic, weak, and strong is on its way, but unifying gravity is tricky. The book is base d on finding the universal theory that could predict everything. Gravity, Relativity and Quantum theory all fail in one situation or another. To be precise, this book is a classic in the field of Science. It is a must read for anybody wondering about Universe and its phenomena. It explains a common man’s perception of universe. This book tries to explain the idea of a big bang and the beginning of the universe. It also deals in detail the concepts of space and time, the only two variables. The book addresses questions like, what is time? Did it exist before the beginning of the universe? The author tries to explain how universe was created, the expansion of universe, the origin and fate of universe. The book discusses the elemental particles and the various forces of nature. It also talks about black holes and the mysteries surrounding them. Through the course of ’this brief history’, Hawking convincingly de-mystifies to the lay reader the frontiers of cosmology in simple language. The reader is led through the concepts of time & space, the expanding universe, the Uncertainty principle, Elementary particles & forces, the intriguing black holes, the arrow of time, Worm holes and time travel, future endeavors in presenting a unified theory of forces etc. by Hawking using common language intelligible to the lay reader. The most appealing feature of the book, however, is the way Hawking shares candidly his own mistakes and confusions prior to his ultimate breakthrough. He comes out as a most human and humane scientist eliciting the reader’s faith in his theories. It’s the book that has made science as everyone’s business, and RightBooks.in brings it on for you. Be there at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9780553176988&Brief%20History%20Of%20Time,%20A for this winning stuff.

Pt. Radha Krishna Srimali unveils the mystery of the “Lal Kitab”

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“Non Stop India” is Mark Tully’s voice that defines India in true sense

Economy of words is responsible to make the written stuff appear lucid and smooth to read about, and while defining the vast demography that India is blessed with; surely this is the tool that every writer would wish to have in the armory. So does Mark Tully, and his ever increasing romance with India is only increasing with the time passage, as found in “Non Stop India”. The topics are varied, the narrative simple. It's the voice of a sincere and seasoned journalist throughout, attributing facts and opinion, presenting views and counter views, exploring beyond the obvious. But even the best may err. The author says Kaifiat Express was named after the famous poet Kaifi Azmi. The fact is no train in India has been named after a person. Tully travels to Naxal hotbeds to understand what is being called India's biggest internal security threat. He delves into the concept of caste politics and why Indians blame the government for all their problems. It's not a gripping story of India, but it's arguably better than what many others have attempted. Tully speaks with the authority that comes with decades of reporting and studying a region. Still, 'No Full Stops in India' remains his best. The Biblical dictum that "there is no new thing under the sun" in some measure applies to “Non Stop India”. Do not look for that shaft of insight, that revelation. It is all deceptively commonplace on Red India, Caste Overturned, Vote Banking, Ramayana Revisited, Building Communities, Farming Futures, The English Raj, Entrepreneurship Unleashed, A Forgotten Land (an absorbing account of Arunachal Pradesh) and, of course, saving the tiger. When Tully dwells on the Muslims of Azamgarh in his chapter on Vote Banking, (Muslims being one of them), I can almost see him extrapolate from numerous encounters like the one near Mahmudabad nearly 30 years ago. That is the book's richness: the author's vast experience. Somewhere these are also the sources of some disappointment with the book, possibly the fault of this writer who pitched his expectations too high. Can you blame the reader for expecting from legendary reporter stuff which has, in stages, graduated from information to knowledge and into wisdom? But Tully almost flinches from commentary or analysis. Be here at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9780670083893&Non%20Stop%20India to have it, the surprise that RightBooks.in has in place for you.

Nancy Friday talks about the “Men in Love”

An extraordinary, explicitly masculine journey, “Men In Love” develops a startlingly honest portrayal of what it means to be a man in contemporary America. Here are the unexpurgated dreams, fantasies and fetishes that excite and obsess men today. In creating this historic study, Nancy Friday listened - without disapproval, apology or censorship - to the candid responses of thousands of men aged fourteen through sixty. She gave them a legitimate arena where they could share their "secret gardens" - the hidden and forbidden but nonetheless real and true. Much more than a litany of erotica, this unique volume doesn't tell us how men should love. It tells us how men do love - a stunning insight into the desires that dwell within men's psyches... and their hearts. The content of this book is more graphic than Nancy Friday's other books. Some of the fantasies are extremely graphic and some might say rather unusual. In other words, you are going to read about some unusual practices and kinks. On the other hand, it captures the nature of the male's fascination for highly visual, genitally stimulating and sometimes extreme sexual practices. If you are looking for erotica written by males, this is a good place to start. What I like most about the book is the psychological interpretations of various men's fantasies. While I don't necessarily agree with Nancy Friday's line of thought some of the time, her interpretations are creative and in most cases plausible. Her narrative is certainly thought provoking and you will like the fact she brought sexual fantasy out of the realm of shame and guilt. A great book that explains the psychology of sexual fantasy is YOUR EROTIC MIND by Jack Morin. You may find this a very useful read if you are trying to understand your own or other people's fantasies in an in-depth way. The language is crude, and the scenarios are at times a little disturbing to say the least. If you believe that sex is dirty, or should remain in the confines of the bedroom with a loving partner, this book will probably disgust you. If you aren’t at ease with graphic sexual detail this book will probably shock you. Even the most broadminded of people will question the content. So, what is “Men in Love”? It’s a massive 531 page book of men's sexual fantasies. Categorised into 21 fantasy headings, the book consists mainly of contributions collected by Nancy Friday after a request in one of her works “Forbidden Flowers”. She made no specification of the requirements, just that she was compiling a book of men's sexual fantasies. She received over 3000 letters of which she read and analysed (with the help of psychoanalyst Richard Robertiello), and admits that she did at times think she had opened a Pandora’s Box that perhaps she couldn’t handle. Her reason in persisting was to allow herself to be at ease with and perhaps more importantly no longer intimidated by men's sexual fantasies by analysing and relating them to underlying fears of losing face by showing love in the open way that women do. Check out www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9780099462385&Men%20In%20Love to enjoy this RightBooks.in presentation.

Rhonda Byrne introduces “The Power” that is hidden and behind everything surrounding you

It’s the power to result the difference. You rate it from the self help side of yours to the ones that makes you attract your favorite persons, and like everything, there lies certain laws that makes you realize the outcome of the power. Rhonda Byrne, author of the self-help bestseller The Secret, strikes again with a sequel titled “The Power”. With very few differences, the second installment continues what the first book started – explaining the power of the law of attraction. The Power reveals through the first few pages that this power is love. Byrne argues that you should be open to happiness and that everything that happens to you is a result of your own feelings. However, the author’s ideas are very repetitive; she keeps stating the same theories over and over again, making it a labour to read through. Much of the book is dedicated to giving instruction on how you can have everything you’ve ever wanted. Much of the book is dedicated to giving instruction on how you can have everything you’ve ever wanted. The key is to imagine, to feel and then to receive. First you imagine what it is you want. Whatever it is, a new life, a new wife, never-ending perfect health, an awesome bowler hat you need to first imagine having it, doing something great with it. Then you are to feel the love for what you’re imagining. Or maybe you can’t, since it’s gibberish, but all you really need to take away from Byrne is that “feelings” are everything that matters in life. The “power” of the title is the power of love, the mainspring of the universe. A good part of The Power describes how Byrne greets each blessed moment with overwhelming love and gratitude toward all creation. Definitely it is the bookwork that you just want to add to your bookshelf, and RightBooks.in delivers it to you. The book includes a lot of quotable pieces of advice. The gist of The Power is that if you give love, you receive love. If you think happy thoughts, everything will start falling your way. Believing in something is the first step to getting it; but there's also a lot of hard work involved, an idea that the author has failed to tackle. Byrne has succeeded in offering the kind of basic ideas that everyone should take heed of; yet the examples that she cites to support her arguments are feeble and unconvincing. To exemplify, Byrne writes that researches have found that the structure of water becomes more harmonious when it is exposed to feelings of love and gratitude. Click the link at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9780857201706&The%20Power to bring it to your life now.

Michael D Watkins shows you the way to climb strategic ladder within “The First 90 Days”

You've landed the job you've had your eye on for a while. Now the difficult part begins. Forget the idea of a honeymoon period. It's time to get to the hard work, right now, because the first 90 days of any job can mean everything. They can be the difference between a quick, linear path to a seat on the board of directors or years stuck in cubicle world, lunching at your desk, toiling for little reward. How to make your first 90 days count. “In The First 90 Days”, Harvard Business School professor Michael Watkins presents a road map for taking charge in the first 90 days of a new executive position. The first days in a new position are critical because small differences in actions can have a huge impact on long-term results. This book summary will equip executives with strategies and tools to get up to speed faster and achieve more sooner. Watkins reviews with readers how to diagnose a situation and understand its challenges and opportunities. The pressure on new leaders to hit the ground running has never been greater, and the likelihood and cost of failure is escalating. For three years he explored these issues by studying dozens of leadership transitions at all levels, by designing transaction acceleration programs for leading companies, and by developing an outline performance-support tool for new leaders. That work culminated in the writing of this book. In this hands-on guide, Watkins provides strategies for avoiding the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter and shows how individuals can protect themselves - emotionally as well as professionally - during what is often an intense and vulnerable period. He provides a road map for creating your own 90-day acceleration plan. Watkins points out the obvious by noting that as long as there have been leaders, there have been leadership transitions. The changing of the guard and the challenges it poses for the new leader are as old as human society. Those challenges have not gotten any easier given the complexity of modern organizations and the speed at which business is conducted. If you succeed in meeting these core challenges, you will have a successful transition. Failure to surmount any one of them, however, is enough to cause potentially crippling problems. Concise and actionable, this is the survival guide no new leader should be without. “The First 90 Days” should be incorporated into every company’s leadership development strategy, so that anyone making a transition in an organization can get up to speed quicker and smarter. Just check there at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9781422124987&THE%20FIRST%2090%20DAYS%20%28Indian%20Edition%29 and make RightBooks.in count on your success mantra.

Chanakya is still relevant in corporate management and Radhakrishnan Pillai brings the “Corporate Chanakya” as modern management sastra

Corporate Chanakya” dwells broadly on Leadership, Management and Training. Author quotes 175 verses from Arthasastra and explains the meaning and relevance to the respective field in Management. Radhakrishnan Pillai, fondly known as Chanakya Pillai, is a teacher to his students, an author to his readers, a management trainer, consultant and guide to his clients. He believes that "management" is a universal art that can be put to use in almost all fields and thus had explored the same through management courses in fields ranging from ‘Industrial development’, ‘Tourism’ and 'Youth in National development' and have finally got his management consultant certificate from the international Institute of management Consultants, to spread the essence of 'management’. This is a rich book about Chanakya, also known as Vishnugupta and Kautilya. He was the leadership guru par excellence, who lived in 3rd Century BC. His book, Kautilya’s Arthasastra has 6000 sutras, which have been classified into 15 books, 150 chapters and 180 topics by Chanakya himself. He also wrote ‘Chanakya Niti’. Chanakya is called a 'King Maker' because of his role in Putting Chandragupta Maurya on the throne as the emperor. He is also the mastermind behind the defeat of Alexander in India when he was on his march to conquer the world. His ideas on how to identify leaders and groom them to govern a country have been well documented in his book Kautilya's "Arthasastra". In “Corporate Chanakya”, the author simplifies this age-old formula of success for leaders of the corporate world. Divided into 3 sections of Leadership, Management and Training, this book includes tips on various topics like - organizing and conducting effective meetings, dealing with tricky situations, managing time, decision making and responsibilities and powers of a leader. Very much of relevance in the context of modern day corporal management, this is the book that RightShopping.in has in offer for you, and the link at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9788184951332&Corporate%20Chanakya is where you are to visit.

A teenage love story with a touching appeal is what Mihir Raj has in stock for you, and “Plz. Kiss Me Or Kill Me” lets you get perception go gaga for the sweetest feel of love

This is a sweet love story of three friends who steps in a medical college. Characters are well developed and language of author keeps you engrossed with the characters. Climax of story will thrill you, best ever by any debut writer. This book is recommended to all who shares the bond of friendship and ever fell in love. Unique and new story with great turns is what the perfect one liner that can define “Plz. Kiss Me Or Kill Me”, and Mihir Raj, has undoubtedly, raised the level of expectations with his debut outing into the literature arena. Mihir Raj, by profession, a medico who developed a great passion for writing by the virtue of an introspective phase in his life when he realized this innate quality. Medicine is his profession but writing is the other side of his persona. He is a star blogger at Jagranjunction of Dainik Jagran and one of the winners of Blogstar contest held by Dainik Jagran a leading newspaper. He dreams to build hospitals in far flung areas where health facilities still do not exist and where the mortality rate is alarming simply because people do not get even basic health care. This time, the bright talent pens what suits him most, and chooses the same plot is most familiar with, the medical college background. “Plz. Kiss Me Or Kill Me” is about the initial phases the teenagers face right after the schooling, and a group of teenagers make their first outing in the medical professions. Attracted with the glamour behind it, soon they are wooed, and then life takes a complete turnaround. It’s the same story you get to see in every day’s school or college, the characters are just what you are. “Plz. Kiss Me Or Kill Me” narrate you the story of friendship, betrayals, misunderstandings, jealousy, love, fun, except the tragic end. The bomb blast that screws the lives of Raj, Charu, Robin, Ankita, but side by side, it leaves a long lasting feeling in your heart for the characters, because they are none but your mirror images. Check the link at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9789380349350&Plz.%20Kiss%20Me%20Or%20Kill%20Me now, and RightBooks.in makes them a part of your life.

Walter Isaacson opnes the undisclosed Steve Jobs through “Steve Jobs The Exclusive Biography”

Steve Jobs, the mainstay behind the emergence of Apple, and hence the status of the most trusted brand, is always been the person you wished to know a bit more. It’s the roller coaster ride that his life had gone through, was thrown away from his own established company, only to come up with a bang, something beyond the mere inspirational story that his life journey you could describe, and Walter Isaacson just brings that for you. “Steve Jobs The Exclusive Biography is what that fulfills the desire, and just the usual manner, the service from RightBooks.in is here again for your purpose. It was Jobs, and the world bent obligingly to his will. He got his first job with the arcade game company Atari by walking into their lobby and refusing to leave until someone hired him. He commissioned his friend Steve Wozniak to design the circuits for the legendary arcade game Breakout, and then stiffed him on the commission. In the offices of the fledgling Apple Computer, Inc, he exercised his “instinct to control”, turning down designs for circuit boards because the wires - invisible to the consumer - were not straight enough. This is the book about the seemingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. You might even add a seventh: retail stores, which Jobs did not quite revolutionize, but he did re-imagine. Plus, he opened the way for a new market for digital content based on apps. This is also, I hope, a book about innovation. Jobs stand as the ultimate icon of inventiveness, imagination, and sustained innovation. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology, so he built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, “Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography” is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation. It’s just a click away at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9781408703748&Steve%20Jobs%20The%20Exclusive%20Biography that brings it down right onto your desk.

Erin Morgenstern takes you to the “Night Circus”

Being at the various book outlets that RightBooks.in kept offering was always been the fruitful one for you. One more reason is there now, and Erin Morgenstern has “The Night Circus” plan for you. The setting is the late 19th and early 20th centuries in and around major world cities — New York, London, Paris, Boston and so on. The Cirque des Reves is an entertainment that whirls through these cities, appearing suddenly, disappearing suddenly, filled with psychics and contortionists and elaborate rooms and labyrinths of great holographic intensity. People are overwhelmingly drawn to the circus. Some, known as “reveurs”, even go so far as to follow it from town to town-dressed uniformly in black, white and red a la Diana Vreeland, maybe. Caught in the power vectors of the Cirque des Reves are two special children, Marco and Celia, who grow to adulthood over the course of the novel. Both are orphans; both have been hyper trained by stern guardians in telekinetic and psychic powers; eventually, it is revealed that the two have been groomed since an early age to be each other’s “opponents” in a contest of magical creation, of which the circus is the arena. The guardians have created this contest for what seems to be nothing but their own sense of power, and they are ruthless in seeing it through to the end: death for the loser. Celia grows to be an illusionist whose illusions aren’t really illusions (she turns clothing into birds and can change the color of a fabric with her mind, among other powers); Marco can create entire worlds at will, invented environments of great beauty, simply by passing his hands over one’s eyes. Eventually, of course, they meet, fall in love, and defy their fate. At the start of each chapter, it tells the year, and chapters go back and forth, sometimes skipping a decade. You will found yourself flipping back a lot to remember when some other event happened in relation to what I was reading, and aurally you will be wondered if some of your friends who have e-readers would have a harder time keeping track of the sequence of events. For you, flipping back and forth and rereading segments with a new perspective added to the excitement of the novel, but you could imagine this annoying some people. Still, you can think the structure is perfect for the story. It mirrors the confusion and disorientation circus visitors feel and also highlight how timeless the actual circus is. Watch is perform live at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9781846555244&The%20Night%20Circus before you.

Angela Saini narrates about “Geek Nation How Indian Science Is Taking Over The World”

Every year, 600,000 engineers graduate from Indian universities, with the single hope of making India a technological superpower. Along with scientists, doctors and inventors, these tech-savvy students are on a journey to build a nation based on the scientific ingenuity of its people. These are the people that science journalist Saini meets and writes about in her ‘geek' travelogue. This isn't your typical science book. Instead, drawing from funny and sometimes bizarre tales, Saini weaves the story of how ancient science is giving way to the new, and how the technology of the wealthy is passing to the poor. Delving into the psyche of India's science-hungry citizens, she explores why the government of the most religious country on earth has put its faith in science and technology. Almost one in five of all medical and dental staff in the UK is of Indian origin, and one in six employed scientists with science or engineering doctorates in the US is Asian. By the turn of the millennium, there were even claims that a third of all engineers in Silicon Valley were of Indian origin, with Indians running 750 of its tech companies. At the dawn of this scientific revolution, Geek Nation is a journey to meet the inventors, engineers and young scientists helping to give birth to the world's next scientific superpower - a nation built not on conquest, oil or minerals, but on the scientific ingenuity of its people. Angela Saini explains how ancient science is giving way to new, and how the technology of the wealthy are passing on to the poor. Delving inside the psyche of India's science-hungry citizens, she explores the reason why the government of the most religious country on earth has put its faith in science and technology. Through witty first-hand reportage and penetrative analysis, Geek Nation explains what this means for the rest of the world, and how a spiritual nation squares its soul with hard rationality. Full of curious, colourful characters and gripping stories, it describes India through its people - a nation of geeks. In a charming detour, she visits the "small Hindu town" of Melkote in Karnataka to observe how scholars are interpreting ancient Sanskrit texts to show that most modern science - from solar photovoltaic cells to aerodynamics - was already known to the ancient sages. This quixotic pursuit takes place in the Academy of Sanskrit Research. In a much more perceptive vein, Saini realises the hold of what she calls pseudoscience (actually superstition and literary flights of imagination) over the people. But then she quickly moves on to other temples of science. Something that really deserves your attention while looking for the ideal books, and RightBooks.in brings it for you, with www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9781444734096&Geek%20Nation%20How%20Indian%20Science%20Is%20Taking%20Over%20The%20World being the link to check.

“Aleph” to speak up the autobiography that Paul Coelho wishes to express

Drafting the journey with the perfect words needs the expertise, and certainly Paul Coelho is a master in it. The Alchemist writer has gone through so many things in his eventful and colorful life journey, and “Aleph” is the one that Coelho has in place for you now, through the service channel that RightBooks.in has placed for you. In his own style of searching for faith he yet again takes off on his third journey in order to get close to God. He does this through various experiments, travels and connecting with people around the world. The book begins with a confession of one’s perennially failing attempts to connect to one’s soul. Subsequently, it traverses a world of symbols, signs, intuition and adventure and ends with a rendezvous with one’s inner self - one’s own soul. Just like the writer’s international bestseller, The Alchemist, his newly published “Aleph” focuses on a personal and a physical journey; the only stark difference between The Alchemist and Coelho’s latest story is that the latter’s author is the protagonist. However, this does not imply that the “Aleph” has nothing new to offer to its readers, as far as its story-line is concerned. The story presents a purely autobiographical account of the author’s journey across the Trans-Siberian Railway, which passes through seven different time zones and is one of the longest railway networks in the world. Coelho presents the niceties of the journey - ranging from the constant lurching of the vehicle and the racket caused by the friction of the wheels against the rails, to the bothersome occasions of a sleep disrupted by the tumultuous halts and departures coupled with the constant jerks - in vivid, captivating detail. The novel starts with Paulo talking to his Master about the dissatisfaction in Paulo’s life and the stagnation of his spiritual growth. As per the suggestion from his Master, Paulo sets off onto a journey starting from Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Most of the novel or rather the book describes about the author’s experiences during the train journey he took with his publishers and a girl whom he meets in the journey. In this autobiographical account of what Paulo calls at few places in the book as ‘Journey back to my Kingdom’, he writes about his experiences through his journey of personal discovery. This is one of the most personal novels written by Paulo. Be there at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9780007456093&Aleph for more.

Stieg Larsson introduces “The Girl Who Played With Fire”

Millennium series from Stieg Larsson has earned quiet a bit of appreciation, and the second member of the series, called “The Girl Who Played With Fire” is right there on the money. Your search for the quality book always ended at the respective book catalog that RightBooks.in maintained for you, and this time, the potential visit is set to get the same class of appreciation as well. Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, “The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. Sex trafficking is a serious issue against the human rights for women, and certainly this book will be an eye opener not just for you, but also for all. “The Girl Who Played with Fire” picks up about one year after the end of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, with Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist having gone their separate ways - Blomkvist has rejuvenated his journalism career, and Salander has apparently fallen off the face of the earth. Their paths cross again soon enough; as Blomkvist finds himself thrust into a murder investigation of two friends and a third victim, with Salander the only suspect. Every chance is there that you are set to find “The Girl Who Played With Fire” a gripping mystery that was hard to put down. For readers of the previous book in the series, “The Girl Who Played with Fire” should prove to be an even more entertaining read than Dragon Tattoo. If you are a reader who is new to the series, the book will be an entertaining but somewhat difficult to follow read due to perceived gaps in the character development. Something that you just can’t afford to miss. And indeed, the service from RightBooks.in comes big time beneficial for you. It’s the link for this particular book at www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9781906694159&The%20Girl%20Who%20Played%20With%20Fire that awaits your visit, so as to serve your knack of reading quality books even better.

Sugata Bose lights on the undsclosed side of the forgotten hero through “His Majesty’s Opponent Subhas Chandra Bose And India’s Struggle Against Empire”

Sugata Bose didn’t wish to add one more to the innumerable biographies on India’s one of greatest sons to win her freedom, yet the one whom we have forgotten so easily. Without biasing, Subhash Chndra Bose’s contribution in India’s freedom doesn’t need any public holiday, memorial awards or any other to recall, and Sugata Bose torches on the undisclosed side of Bose’s fight not just against the mighty British empire, but also against his power mongering fellow countrymen. “His Majesty’s Opponent Subhas Chandra Bose And India’s Struggle Against Empire” is a fabulous computation of that undisclosed fight, and RightBooks.in brings it on before you. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose dedicated his life to the struggle to liberate his people from British rule. In pursuit of that goal he raised and led the Indian National Army against Allied Forces during World War II. This was a man whose patriotism was, as Mahatma Gandhi declared, second to none; nonetheless aspects of his life and death continue to be controversial both in India and abroad even today. His Majesty’s Opponent is a magisterial study of a life larger than its legend. Both intimate and global in significance, it is the portrait of a man, whose public and private life encapsulated the contradictions of world history in the first half of the twentieth century. India’s greatest freedom fighter – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose never supported the British whether in India, in Cambridge and London or in any other European country that he visited a number of times and delivered fiery speeches against British imperialism and British atrocities in India. Subhas was unlike Gandhi who had supported British till the end of 1st World War and even recruited soldiers for British imperialist and was called by Annie Besant, a true freedom fighter first in Britain then in India as British sergeant though for the sake of Indian’s independence she joined Independence movement led by the Mahatma Gandhi’s non violence struggle for independence of India. Using previously unpublished family archives, this account not only documents Subhas Bose’s thoughts during his imprisonment and travels, but also illuminates the profundity of his struggle to unite the diversities of India—religious, economic and linguistic into a single independent nation. Your visit to the link www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9780670084210&His%20Majesty%E2%80%99s%20Opponent%20Subhas%20Chandra%20Bose%20And%20India%E2%80%99s%20Struggle%20Against%20Empire briefs it all.