Drama and laughter on weekend bookshelf

New Delhi: The bookshelf this week packs colour and fodder for thought. Browse with IANS...

Book: "Arranged Love"; Written by Parul A. Mittal; Published by Penguin-India; Price: Rs.150

Suhaani is enjoying her independent status in the US and her sexy Indian-American boyfriend, when she loses her job to recession. She is forced to move back to India where her father has selected a `boy` for her. Suhaani does not know how to refuse. But before she can turn down the boy, he rejects her.

Book: "Tata Log: Eight Modern Stories From a Timeless Institution"; Written by Harish Bhatt; Published by Penguin India; Price: Rs.599

From steel to beverages and from super-computers to automobiles, TATA companies have broken new ground and set new standards of excellence over the past two decades. TATA Log presents eight riveting and hitherto untold stories about the strategic and operational challenges that TATA companies have faced, and the forward thinking and determination that have raised the brand to new heights.

Among the engaging and inspiring stories told here are those of Tata Indica, the first completely Indian car that succeeded in the face of widespread cynicism; the jewellery brand Tanishq that has transformed one of India`s largest industries; and Tata Finance, which underwent several tribulations yet demonstrated the principles which Tata stands for.

Book: "14 Hours: An Insider`s Account of the 26/11 Taj Attack"; Written by Ankur Chawla; Published by Rupa & Co; Price: Rs.195

Chawla was an operations management trainee with the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008. As the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 attacks draws near, the writer reveals the inside story in the book. The book serves as a tribute to those who lost their lives and a celebration of the spirit of those who survived.

The world stood still on 26/11. The story has been heard and told in numerous snippets, especially over repetition of similar incidents of small nature. The book is written in a way that the world will not know as something that happened in the past to someone, but one can get a feel of being the part of the unfortunate mishap.

Book: "My Decade In the Premier League"; Written by Wayne Rooney; Published by Harper Collins India; Price: Rs.399

"My Decade..." is the writer`s first hand account of his 10 years playing at the highest level in English football - and for the biggest club in the world. This is his inside story of life on the pitch for Manchester United; the League titles, FA Cups, League Cups and Champions League adventures. A must for any Manchester United fan. Wayne Rooney is widely regarded as one of the leading football players of his generation.

A talisman for Manchester United, since his transfer to them in 2004, Rooney is their star player and the first name on the team sheet. In the 10 years since he made his debut as a 16 year old for Everton, he has acquired trophy after trophy, accolade after accolade and headline after headline.

Book: "Would You Like Some Bread With That Book? And Other Instances of Literary Love"; Written by Veena Venugopal; Published by Yoda Press; Price Rs.195

If you really look at it, there are only two kinds of people: those who spend the week before a trek to the Everest base camp training and eating right and those who lie in bed agonising over which book should make it to their backpack. The author browses through the bookstore aisles as she fantasises about falling in love with men who share her love for books or is spat upon by book-crazed gentleman, who is compelled to sell his library. The book is a volume of 14 laugh-aloud essays about books and reading.

Book: "Living the Quran In Our Times"; Written by Jamal Khwaja; Published by Sage Publications; Price: Rs.650

In a world where powerful lobbies are vilifying the Quran as the underlying cause of conflicts that are actually rooted in greed and the self-serving secular politics of oil, occupation, and social injustice, how can non-Muslims discover the authentic teachings of the Quran? How can they work with Muslims to overcome mutual suspicions, stereotyping, and self-serving propaganda?

A starting point would be to recognise that Muslims worldwide are engaged in diverse and robust internal debates. In "Living the Quran in Our Times," the author combines theological insight and philosophical erudition to delve into the semantics of the Quran and its vision.



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