4 Books To Read This June
Inspiring biographies, historical tales and stories of renowned women... our book list for the month will keep you engrossed.
Shashi Kapoor | The Householder, The Star
"Mere paas maa hai!" Said Shashi Kapoor in one of Hindi Cinema's most celebrated movies. The actor who is an important part of Bollywood's first family, who's played many dynamic characters, both on stage and the big screen.
Uncovering the man behind the public persona, is noted film journalist Aseem Chhabra's who's biography includes snippets from Kapoor's life, interviews with co-stars and family members, and a vast collection of monochrome and colour photographs. From telling a struggling Amitabh Bachchan that he is made for better things, to his days at Prithvi Theatre, the book is replete with stories about the star that both entertain and fascinate. As Karan Johar writes in the foreword: "...to a great many people, he will always be the gentleman, the moral hero, a Prince Charming'. We couldn't agree more.
The Leadership Sutra: An Indian Approach To Power
Combining mythology, business and management, Devdutt Pattanaik teaches readers the art of being a good leader through his latest book. Divided into four sections - significance, property, rules and stability, the book is a manual on the ethics and rituals of power.
Using examples from Indian epics, including the lessons from goddess Laxmi and tales from the Mahabharata - the work includes drawings and diagrams that make the topics easy to understand. This one's for all those who strive to be great leaders.
The Fire Of A Restless Mind
One of India's top designers, Ritu Beri has created ensembles that have been worn by the likes of Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Nicole Kidman. And now, she writes her autobiography, giving fans a glimpse into her journey in life. From her childhood days and her time at design school to fashion-week experiences and a 'love affair' with Paris (she was the first Indian designer to showcase her label in the city), the couturier reveals it all. Written in simple language and filled with delightful pictures from on and off the ramp, the title a great window into Beri's life. "I am who I am. That's My Fire!" The last line in the book motivates you to fulfil your own dreams.
The Sialkot Saga
The prologue of this best selling author's latest work of fiction takes place in 1947's Amritsar, and this lets us know what to expect in the following pages. Ashwin Sanghi's story travels from 250 BC's Pataliputra to 1520's Vijayanagara and from the streets of India during the Partition to 1830's Lahore, thrilling readers along the way. Fact, fiction, action, drama and politics find a place in this gripping historical tale. Perfect pick for a Sunday read.