New Reads Off The Shelf

Nichola Marie gives you a glimpse of what the latest book releases bring… 

Vivekananda and Our Times: The Journey from Fear to Love
Author: Rajni Bakshi
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Price: ₹399

India’s politics and society appear to be deeply divided today. Polarisation is seen as being deeply entrenched. This book seeks to look beyond the dualities, to explore possibilities on another path. It sees the present turmoil as a churning that also offers opportunities for the Indian samaj (society) to evolve and grow. Expect answers on if and how Swami Vivekananda’s journey can inspire and guide us today.

In Search of the Indian Village: Stories and Reports
Editor: Mamang Dai
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Price: ₹499

A selection that captures the essence of rural India through the country’s finest short fiction, commentary, scholarship, and reportage. This anthology brings to the fore the complex and vast tapestry of lived experiences that make the Indian village.

Never Never Land
Author: Namita Gokhale
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Price: ₹499

A haunting novel about female friendship, loneliness and ageing — set in the Himalayan region of Kumaon — by one of India’s biggest literary stars, Namita Gokhale. With its themes of isolation in today’s digital world, complex friendships, ageing and the vanity and confusion of youth, prepare to be entranced.

7 Chakras of Management: Wisdom from Indic Scriptures
Author: Ashutosh Garg
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Price: ₹595

An insight into the seven essentials for managing organisations and businesses using principles from Indic scriptures. Understanding the relevance and impact of the seven chakras helps you stay current, relevant and effective in the modern workplace using powerful ancient techniques, and also guides you towards harnessing the energy of the chakras and discovering the fast-track path to success and happiness

Survival At Stake: How Our Treatment of Animals is Key to Human Existence
Author: Poorva Joshipura
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Price: ₹499

It is Joshipura’s view that if we reject speciesism — the belief in human superiority — and accept that we are animals too, irrevocably interconnected to other species, from the largest elephant to the smallest bee, and a part of, rather than holding dominance over, nature, we can take the necessary steps towards the betterment of all the planet’s inhabitants.

Because India Comes First: Reflections on Nationalism, Identity and Culture
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Author: Ram Madhav
Price: ₹395

The essays here discuss a range of issues that are at the heart of contemporary debates in India, and analyse India’s history of policymaking. The author also calls out liberal fascism, deconstructs our understanding of terrorism in India, and weaves a broad tapestry of India’s growth into a soft power, and predicts how it will shape up over the next few decades. 

Sustainable Sustainability: Why ESG is Not Enough
Author: Rajeev Peshawaria
Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA
Price: ₹599

This book puts forth a convincing argument on why steward leadership is critical for the survival of our planet and our future. Learning from the best champions of the environment and society, Rajeev Peshawaria asserts that business leaders need to up their game and excel at marrying profit and purpose. He lays out a practical, step-by-step playbook for any commercial entity that wants to succeed at marrying profit and purpose.

9 to 5 Cubicle Tales – A Race Against Time
Author: Harish Rijhwani
Price: ₹375

An overseas business trip. A mother’s foreboding prophecy. Will our novice programmer achieve his savings goal or succumb to the ominous foretelling? This is the immersive second book in the Cubicle Tales literature and fiction series. 

The Thief’s Funeral: The Book Review Anthology of Short Fiction
Edited by: Sucharita Sengupta, Chandra Chari, and Uma Iyengar
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Price: ₹399

The result of a short story competition initiated during the pandemic in 2020, these winning entries showcase fresh voices that brilliantly explore every nuance, wrinkle, and aspect of the country and its people.

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