Glamour, Adventure and Redemption on this weekend`s bookshelf

The bookshelf this week is a mix of glamour, adventure and redemption...

1. Book: "Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva"; Written by Kareena Kapoor and Rochelle Pinto; Published by Penguin India; Price Rs.699

Kareena Kapoor, the Bollywood actress who single-handedly brought in the new vogue of size zero in India, is set to shell out the beans on her style, fitness and beauty. "The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva" is written by Kareena Kapoor and Rochelle Pinto. Famous personalities like Manish Malhotra her favourite stylist, Anaita Shroff Adajania, Karan Johar and her husband Saif Ali Khan have quoted about Kareena Kapoor and her style quotient in the book.

Kareena has always been quite candid about her personal and professional life in the media and this book just proves her generous nature further. She shares some of her beauty secrets and also provides tips on how to dress up the way she did in her most spectacular role of Pooh (Pooja) in "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham". In fact, she started a trend of wearing a salwar with a long T-shirt with her character Geet Dhillon in the movie "Jab We Met". Now you can emulate her style of dressing and get her size zero figure by reading this book.

2. Book: "The Yellow Wall"; Written by Albert Aspinosa; Published by Penguin India, Price: Rs.704

In 23 discoveries, Albert Aspinosa shows us how to connect daily reality with our most distant dreams. He tells us that "losses are positive", "the word pain doesn`t exist" and "what you hide the most reveals the most about you". Aspinosa has won several battles with death, which is why the stories are full of life. He is powerful because he has never given up. And as a last resort, he bargains. He swapped a leg and a lung for his life. He is hyperactive and refers losing sleep to losing experiences. If you want to tell him something, it has to be very good and told very fast. His greatest hope is that after reading the book, the reader will go in search of his yellow world.

3. Book: "What the CEO Really Wants from You"; Written by R. Gopalakrishnan; Published by Harper Collins-India; Price: Rs.399

There are many books on leadership. "What the CEO Really Wants from You" is one of the few to address the question that is uppermost in the mind of any manager: What he should be doing to make his or her boss his partner rather than his opponent. We spend most of our lives at work or thinking about it. Starting from a young age, fired by boundless energy and optimism, we launch into our careers sure of our abilities. Yet, things do not always turn out as we expect they would.

It is not our abilities alone. The business environment is one of change and ambiguity. It is no easy task for any manager to negotiate the journey to success. As Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, points out in his foreword, partnerships with others, but above all with your direct boss and organisation, are more important than ever before. Not only that, a good boss has an instinct for the right people, and getting them to do better. A good manager, by eliciting his help, helps himself.

4. Book: "The Land of Seven Rivers"; Written by Sanjeev Sanyal; Published by Penguin India; Price: Rs.499

Did the Great Flood of Indian legend actually happen? Why did the Buddha walk to Sarnath to give his first sermon? How did the Europeans map India? The history of any country begins with its geography. With sparkling wit and intelligence, the writer sets off to explore India and look at how the country`s history was shaped by, among other things, its rivers, mountains and cities. Traversing remote mountain passes, visiting ancient archaeological sites, crossing rivers in shaky boats and immersing himself in old records and manuscripts, he considers questions about Indian history that we rarely ask: Why do Indians call their country Bharat? How did the British build the railways across the subcontinent? What was it like to sail on an Indian Ocean merchant ship in the 5th century AD? Why was the world`s highest mountain named after George Everest?

5. Book: "Butterflies on the Roof of the World: A Memoir"; Written by Peter Smetacek; Published by Aleph Book Company; Price: Rs.405

In this book, Peter Smetacek invites us into the fascinating world of butterflies. We accompany him on expeditions deep into the mountains of the Himalaya, high desert landscapes of Ladakh, leopard and bear-infested forests of Kumaon, scenic meadows of Garhwal, and all manner of other habitats, as he attempts to capture rare and interesting species: an all-black butterfly that hasn`t been spotted for over a century, drunken moths that behave no differently from their human counterparts when they are tipsy, high-elevation butterflies that sail over mountain peaks and caterpillars that are worth more than their weight in gold.

Along the way, in prose that is lucid, witty and always entertaining, he illuminates for the reader the mysterious world of the elusive insects he has spent a lifetime with, and explains why the well-being of butterflies is of vital importance to us all.