Sunday, November 10, 2013

#FREEBIE and #BARGAIN books quota of the day- Bestsellers from Indian Authors Special

Hi Friends,

In today's feature of #FREEBIES and #BARGAIN books, I have assembled some of my personal favorites written by some of the best Indian Authors and so I have named this feature as "Bestsellers from Indian Authors Special"!
The below are books which are diverse in their subject matter but will leave you thoughtful and will change your perspective towards life. Available at great affordable prices, these books are a treasure worth accumulating and savoring.
Enjoy! :)

This is a collection of 6 essays from by Mahatma Gandhi.


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Gitanjali, or 'Song Offerings'' in English translation, is a volume of 103 poems selected by Tagore from his several Bengali book of poetry. It was largely these poems that took the Western world by storm and brought him worldwide recognition.


This is an anthology made up of the stories that touched Ravinder Singh's heart the most will make you believe that someone, somewhere, is made for you. Ravinder is the bestselling author of "I too had a Love Story".


Unforgettable stories for children from the masterly pen of R.K. Narayan After the stupendous success of Malgudi Schooldays, R.K. Narayan’s chronicle of the escapades of Swami and his friends comes Malgudi Adventures, which contains more delightful stories of children’s adventures in the magical South Indian small town of Malgudi. There are the memorable stories of Babu, who, in trying to set up the lights for his sisters’ Navaratri display, manages to plunge the entire household into darkness; of a snake charmer boy who grows up with a monkey named Rama as his companion; and of Raju, who decides to become a guide when a train station is built at Malgudi. Also included are the fascinating stories of Balu, who dumps his father’s accounts ledger in the gutter; of a little boy who finds himself lost on the streets of Malgudi late one night; of Chandran, who falls head over heels in love on the banks of the Sarayu one evening; and of the hilarious sequence of events that unfolds when Raja the tiger decides to seek refuge in the local school.

    
This record making series from Amish follows the journey of a common man who later becomes the God of the Gods, Lord Shiva. This series is not to be missed.


Of Course I Love You! Till I Find Someone Better is a story of love and heartbreak in contemporary settings. It captures the nuances of life as lived by the young in India. Summary Of The Book: College life can be fun, but it’s also a time when there can be confusion and darkness in young lives. Debashish Roy (Deb) of Of Course I Love You! Till I Find Someone Better' is a rather unlikely hero. He flits between girls with ease, has a turbulent past that has cast its shadow over his present and to top it all, his relationship issues can make anyone flinch. His gang of friends also have shades of grey that make them real and contemporary. Set in Delhi, Of Course I Love You! Till I Find Someone Better brings out the edgy nature of life in the big city. Doing drugs, partying through the night and pointless college romances-the book covers all these aspects in Debashish Roy’s voice. Debashish’s life takes a sudden turn when he genuinely falls in love with the beautiful Avantika. Life looks rosy as Avantika too reciprocates his feelings. However, the joy is short-lived as Avantika walks out of the relationship. A broken-hearted Debashish plunges into depression and his life takes a dizzying downward spiral. As the college days come to an end, he finds himself without a job, friends or a lover. Loneliness strikes him hard. Will Debashish recover and pull his life together again? Or is his life irrevocably wrecked? Of Course I Love You! Till I Find Someone Better was on the India Today bestseller list for 17 weeks and features in the Top 250 in the AC Nielson Bookscan.

Some promises are worth keeping... She smiles wide, and under it, hides pain she barely manages to endure. Her happiness brightens up the room, while inside, her heart drowns little by little. Elusive, charismatic and incredibly rich, money is the one obsession he loves and hates in equal measure. He runs away from his past and the grief it brings with it. She is capable of breaking down all his barriers, making his heart implore to give love and trust a second chance. Caught in the waves of alien emotions, a promise is made a promise to be together, to make their love last. But when disaster hits, does their love prove strong enough to withstand the brutal force of reality? Or does the promise lay forgotten, as they struggle to regain balance of their lives?

Munshi Premchand needs no introduction. In this collection, twelve stories from his oeuvre, carefully adapted and specially illustrated keeping young readers in mind, offer a vivid glimpse of life in the villages and small towns of north India. Each story is unique in its own way. 'The Road to Salvation' traces the theme of revenge and human folly, while 'January Night' is as much about the plight of Halku, a poor farmer at the mercy of the local landowner, as it is about the bond he shares with his dog Jabra. 'A Catastrophe' narrates the suffering of an old, destitute widow, and shows that bad deeds never go unpunished. 'Penalty' is a surprisingly short story about finding kindness and sympathy in a cruel world. 'A Lesson in the Holy Life' varies the tone of the volume with its humorous dig at fake saintliness. 'Festival of Eid' celebrates young Hamid's act of love and sacrifice over the childish self-centredness of his friends. The self-appointed arbiter of correct social behaviour in 'A Car-Splashing' makes 'good' his escape in the end before himself coming to be judged. 'The Story of Two Bullocks' is a moving account of the close companionship shared between man and animal. 'The Thakur's Well' exposes the cruelty of a caste-ridden society. 'My Big Brother' is a tender yet comic story about the changing relationship between two brothers. 'The Na¯ve Friends' looks at the misadventures of Keshav and Shyama as they go about trying to safeguard the eggs of a bird which has made a nest in their house. And finally, 'The Power of a Curse' is a dramatic tale of human deception, wrongdoing and its effects, and fear of divine retribution. The simplicity of these stories of everyday life and the accompanying visuals will delight young readers and Premchand fans alike.


What would you do if destiny twisted the road you took? What if it threw you to a place you did not want to go? Would you fight, would you run or would you accept? Set across two cities in India in the early eighties, 'Life is what you make it' is a gripping account of a few significant years of Ankita's life. Ankita Sharma has the world at her feet. She is young, good-looking, smart and has tonnes of friends and boys swooning over her. College life is what every youngster dreams of and she also manages to get into a premier management school for her MBA. Six months later, she is a patient in a mental health hospital. How did Ankita get here? What were the events that led to this? Will she ever get back her life again? Life has cruelly and coldly snatched that which meant the most to her and she must now fight to get it all back. It is a deeply moving and inspiring account of growing up, of the power of faith and how determination and an indomitable spirit can overcome even what destiny throws at you. A tale, at its core a love-story that makes us question our beliefs about ourselves and our concept of sanity and forces us to believe that life is truly what one makes it.

Welcome to 2 States, a story about Krish and Ananya who are from two different states of India, deeply in love and want to get married. Of course, their parents don't agree. To convert their love story into a love marriage, the couple has a tough battle in front of them. For it is easy to fight and rebel, but much harder to convince. Will they make it?


Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India goes the logical next step and examines why, given all our skills, resources and talents, we, so obviously capable of being the best, settle so often for the worst. What is it that we as a nation are missing? For at the heart of Ignited Minds is an irresistible premise: the people of a nation have the power, by dint of hard work, to realize their dream of a truly good life. 
Kalam offers no formulaic prescription in Ignited Minds. Instead, he takes up different issues and themes that struck him on his pilgrimage around the country as he met thousands of school children, teachers, scientists and saints and seers in the course of two years: the necessity for a patriotism that transcends religion and politics; for role models who point out the path to take; and for confidence in ourselves and in our strengths. 
Who was he to write on so large a theme, he wondered as he started writing this book. But at the end, Kalam's humility notwithstanding, this may well prove to be the book that motivates us to get back on the winning track and unleash the energy within a nation that hasn't allowed itself full rein.

This book has changed the lives of millions of people and is the best selling book in India. Written in an easy to read, practical, common-sense approach that will take you from ancient wisdom to contemporary thinking, You Can Win helps you dispel confusion in daily life and clarify values. The book helps you to evaluate if you are going through life out of inspiration (playing to win) or desperation (playing not to lose). It translates positive thinking into attitude, ambition and action that brings in the winning edge. Contents Importance of Attitude How to Build a Positive Attitude Success What is holding us back? Motivation Self-Esteem The Importance of Interpersonal Skills 25 Steps to Building a Positive Personality Subconscious Mind and Habits Goal Setting Values and Vision.

Over the years, Sudha Murty has come across some fascinating people whose lives make for interesting stories and have astonishing lessons to reveal. Take Vishnu, who achieves every material success but never knows happiness; or Venkat, who talks so much that he has no time to listen. In other stories, a young girl goes on a train journey that changes her life forever; an impoverished village woman provides bathing water to hundreds of people in a drought-stricken area; a do-gooder ghost decides to teach a disconsolate young man Sanskrit; and in the title story, a woman in a flooded village in Odisha teaches the author a life lesson she will never forget.


When R.K. Narayan passed away last year at the age of ninety-four, tributes poured in from fans and admirers, celebrating the art of this master storyteller who has often been described as India's greatest English language writer. Narayan is better known for his novels set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi, but his essays are as delightful and enchanting as any of his novels. 
This collection begins with the short essays which Narayan wrote as a weekly contribution to the Hindu, the subjects of which are as diverse as umbrellas, weddings, monkeys, South Indian coffee, films, the black market, old age, the caste system, gardening and Vayudoot. The later, longer essays dwell on the cultural ambiguities that persist in our nation: Narayans description of the linguistic confusion between the North and the South with the advent of national television is reminiscent of the misunderstood messages in his famous story 'A Horse and Two Goats'. The highlight of this section is a scathingly funny essay on the making of the film The Guide, a project that distorted Narayans narrative beyond recognition. In a separate section on the world of the writer, Narayan describes the predicament of writing in English in India, an art which he pioneered, and the pitfalls of being considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature which he never got. 

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