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Mumbai: Learn how to resolve mathematical puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and their surprising solutions; know how to put the pieces together to create a powerful social media presence; flick through the story of five youngsters who have to deal with extreme circumstances and learn how the consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary.
In a culture overwhelmed by marketing, know about the struggles of the people of a town in renaming it; explore your entrepreneurial skills, navigate your way towards your own definition of success no matter what you are – a part-time PA with a blog or a nurse.
Learn how you can leave behind your nine to five job, change your life and achieve your grandest goals; and finally, flick through a witty story of love, family and difficult choices.
Finally, wading through a collection of “real stories for tough kids” that features crisp and easy to read biographies of 56 inspiring women.
The Big Binge Bookshelf has all this on offer for its readers this weekend.
1. Book: Weird Maths; Authors: David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee; Publisher: Harper Collins
Is anything truly random? Does infinity actually exist? Could we ever see into other dimensions?
In this journey of discovery, David Darling and child prodigy Agnijo Banerjee draw connections between the cutting edge of modern mathematics and life as we understand it, delving into the strange – would we like alien music – and venturing out on quests to consider the existence of free will and the fantastical future of quantum computers.
Packed with puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and surprising solutions, this is for anyone who wants life’s questions answered – even those you never thought to ask.
2. Book: The Essential Social Media Marketing Handbook; Author: Gail Z. Martin; Publisher: Rupa
It’s time to take the fear and frustration out of social media.
In today’s crowded marketplace, it’s harder than ever to rise above the noise and clutter. For millions of businesses, a savvy approach to social media is the secret to creating sustainable engagement with a profitable niche audience. Social media done right can build and strengthen your relationship with your customers, encourage brand loyalty, extend your influence, and expand your credibility.
Social media changed the world and its platforms have evolved to meet the world’s changing needs. You’ve got more choices than ever before in online video, web audio, teleseminars and more, plus new ways to attract prospects, retain customers, and reach a bigger audience. The trick is learning how to put the pieces together to create a powerful social media presence that draws in your ideal clients around the clock and around the world.
By using the powerful strategies in “The Essential Social Media Marketing Handbook”, you will jump ahead of the competition and get to expand your visibility and influence as a leader in your industry.
3. Book: The Blue Moon Day; Author: Santhosh Sivaraj; Publisher: Invincible
Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who were lost at crossroads and there was no way back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fears and leave the rest to destiny. The individuals were tested away from their comfort zones and it produced abstruse results – a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza-making contest and a tennis prodigy runs for his life on a war-torn, bloodied island.
Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary. Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves? “The Blue Moon Day” questions an individual’s priorities, ridicules worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.
4. Book: Like A Girl; Author: Aparna Jain; Publisher: Westland
Do you ever get the feeling that girls have it less easy than boys? Have you been told to behave ‘like a girl’? That you should learn to cook and be nice and keep your legs crossed? Well, here are the stories of 56 women who broke the rules to forge new paths for themselves and others.
Adventurous and ambitious, they fought battles and legal cases. They won elections and matches. They climbed mountains and mastered science. Best of all, they never stopped chasing their dreams. The book features chapters on the likes of M.S. Subbalakshmi, Aruna Roy, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Leila Seth, Gauri Lankesh, and among several others, Sunita Narain and Kalpana Chawla. Read about them. Talk about them. Get inspired.
5. Book: Apex Hides The Hurt; Author: Colson Whitehead; Publisher: Fleet
The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original choice of the founding black settlers; the town’s aristocracy sees no reason to change the name at all.
What they need, they realise, is a nomenclature consultant. And, it turns out, the consultant needs them. But in a culture overwhelmed by marketing, the name is everything and our hero’s efforts may result in not just a new name for the town but a new and subtler truth about it as well.
6. Book: The Multi-Hyphen Method; Author: Emma Gannon; Publisher: Hachette
In “The Multi-Hyphen Method”, Gannon teaches us that it doesn’t matter if you’re a part-time PA with a blog, or a nurse who runs an online store in the evenings – whatever your ratio, whatever your mixture, we can all channel our own entrepreneurial spirit to live more fulfilled and financially healthy lives.
The internet and our phones mean we can work wherever, whenever and allows us to design our own working lives. Forget the outdated stigma of being a jack of all trades, because having many strings to your bow is essential to get ahead in the modern working world.
We all have the skills necessary to work less and create more, and “The Multi-Hyphen Method” is the source of inspiration you need to help you navigate your way towards your own definition of success.
7. Book: 5 Day Weekend; Authors: Nik Halik and Garrett B. Gunderson; Publisher: John Murray Learning
You know there’s a better way to live your life. You want to stop living by other people’s rules. Now there’s a way. “5 Day Weekend” shows you how to build multiple streams of passive, gain independent income through the property and by exploiting the business opportunities all around you, opening up your world to more and better choices.
Covering money and personal freedom, you will focus on ways to tighten your finances, increase your income, and develop passive investment strategies. Discover how to build regular, independent cash flow until it matches your standard of living, freeing you to live your life to the fullest.
You will find tools to support and realise your new goals, and read real-life stories and cases giving examples and guidance.
This is your chance to leave behind your 9 to 5 job, change your life and achieve your grandest goals.
8. Book: The Bollywood Bride; Author: Sonali Dev; Publisher: Harper Collins
Ria Parkar is Bollywood’s favourite ice princess – beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof – until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Travelling home to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.
Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria’s exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love – until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it’s taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged.
And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she’s been guarding for everyone else’s benefit – and a chance to stop acting and start living.
Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.
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