On the cart: Quest for self, leadership, drama (IANS Books This Week)

August 4th, 2011 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Sit back and shuffle through a pile of meaningful tomes on your bookshelf this weekend.

1. “Searching for Me”; Written by Ramesh Vaish; Published by Full Circle; Priced at Rs.295

Aparna, a doctor with a husband and a son, becomes conscious of a void in her otherwise successful life. She is perplexed by the basic questions about life. Her quest for the meaning of the self and being starts from Rishikesh where she expresses her doubts to Maa Amrita. “I have three questions for which I am trying to find answers. One, who am I? Two, what is this world, is it real, or is it just an illusion or ‘Maya’? And three, how do I fit into this world - as an individual, and with others?” Aparna finds pragmatic and scientifically verifiable answers.

The book is an eclectic mix of science and spirituality and the ideas discussed have come from some of the greatest minds of our times in the fields of philosophy, quantum physics, social sciences and spirituality.

2. “Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders”; Written by Rajesh Peshawaria; Published by Free Press; Priced at Rs.1,152

The chief executive officer of ICLIF, Malaysia and the former chief learning officer of Morgan & Stanley shares his more than two decades of experience in what it really takes to become an exceptional leader - one who not only runs the company but creates a cadre of supporters who understand the goals and missions of the company and work to embody them every day.

“Leadership needs to be discovered and there is no shortcut to the discovery process,” the writer says in the book.

3. “Noon”; Written by Aatish Taseer; Published by Harper Collins; Priced at Rs.995

Rehan Tabassum has grown up in a world of privilege in Delhi. His mother is a successful lawyer and her new husband a wealthy industrialist, the embodiment of all that dazzles about the New India. But there is a marked absence in Rehan’s life: his father, Sahil Tabassum, telecommunications mogul, who remains a powerful shadow across the border in Pakistan.

“Noon” follows Rehan’s attempts to negotiate this loss, as he travels, both emotionally and physically, through sudden wealth and hidden violence, towards the heart of his father’s world. Written with insight and with passion, this extraordinarily atmospheric novel confronts the nature of power in two changing landscapes.

4. “No Deadline for Love”; Written by Manasi Vaidya; Published by Penguin India; Priced at Rs.150

All her life Megha has diligently done what was expected of her: the graduation in economics, the MBA in marketing and now the strait-laced job in a high-profile FMCG company. But lately, she’s been wondering if this unending routine of juggling late hours and unreasonable deadlines is really her life’s calling.

Her mother’s desperate attempts to put her on the ‘marriage market’ are not making life any easier. And to top it all, Megha’s latest project has been bogged down by a complete dearth of creative ideas. The last thing she needs is having her suggestions trampled upon by the team’s new creative consultant, Yudi. The stage becomes rife for a quirky battle of wits and some unexpected romance.

5. “Blinkers Off”; Written by Andaleeb Wajid; Published by Rupa & Co; Priced at Rs.74

Noor has no idea that this frustrating question will turn around the course of her documentary film in more ways than she can imagine. At present she is more concerned about Supriya, the college diva who will make sure that she walks away with the credit while Noor does all the hard work. Moreover, when Supriya’s gorgeous boyfriend Dennis mysteriously makes an appearance in her film-making class, Noor has to deal with her burgeoning feelings for him.

The documentary is being shot at a wedding where Noor discovers the secret of the bride’s unhappiness. Should she help her out and face the wrath of the parents later? Should she involve Dennis as the bride is his friend’s sister? But as things come to a head at the wedding, Noor realises that there’s no easy solution in sight, especially when the blinkers begin to come off.

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