Books That Made it Big

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Here’s our best of the best! From investigative journalism to thrilling fiction to lucid business books – this list of our critically acclaimed books will have what you need. 

  1. Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban 

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In 2004, Dinesh Thakur, an employee of Ranbaxy discovered a terrible secret. Ranbaxy had been fabricating the test results of their drugs, endangering millions of patients. This is the sensational account of the fall from grace of India’s largest pharma. But the rot in Indian pharma isn’t confined to Ranbaxy alone. In this book, investigative journalist Katherine Eban also raises troubling questions about some of its biggest names – Wockhardt, Dr Reddy’s, Glenmark and RPG Life Sciences. Filled with shocking and eye-opening details, It will make you view every pill you take with foreboding and suspicion.

 

  1. Girl Made of Gold by Gitanjali Kolanad

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Thanjavur, the 1920s. One night, the young devadasi Kanaka disappears and, as if in her place, a statue of a woman in pure gold mysteriously appears in the temple to which she was to be dedicated. Many villagers assume that Kanaka has turned into the girl made of gold. Others are determined to search for her. Through the story of Kanaka’s disappearance, Gitanjali Kolanad gives us a beautifully realized world – of priests, zamindars and devadasis, and of art, desire and their dark reverse sides. Girl Made of Gold is a mystery, thrillingly told, and also a moving human story of the pursuit of love and freedom.

  1. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna

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A young girl transforms her village with an idea. At 68, Noni Appa is drawn to a married man. Bablu Kewat becomes obsessed with sanitary napkins, and a young woman keeps checking the weather as she plans each of her 5 weddings. Funny, observant and wise, this is storytelling at its most irresistible

  1. The CEO Factory: Management Lessons from Hindustan Unilever by Sudhir Sitapati

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Why are there so many CEOs across industries in India who are ex-Unilever people? What is the company’s secret management training sauce? Why is it easier to create a new market than to grab a slice of an existing one? How is it actually smarter to stock your product in smaller quantities in a store than to aggressively push orders? And why you should never, ever believe that pricing down your product will get you more customers. Sharp, insightful, and entertaining, The CEO Factory is an MBA course in a single book.

 

  1. The Prince by Samhita Arni

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The Chera court erupts in chaos when an astrologer predicts that the king’s second son, Uthiyan, is destined to be greater than his elder brother, Shenguttuvan, the crown prince. Forced to flee his home in the garb of a monk, Uthiyan must choose a side in a conflict that is certain to end in bloody violence. This is inspired by and based on Silappadikaram (The Ankle Bracelet), the most famous epic of Tamil Nadu.

 

  1. Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire by Pankaj Mishra

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In this outstanding collection of his recent writing, Mishra centres on the end of liberalism – its history and the contradictions within it which have led to its decline. Wide-ranging and full of ideas, the essays talk about, among other things, Salman Rushdie, the self-help guru Jordan Peterson, The Economist magazine, and Brexit.



 

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