Thursday, June 23, 2011

Remaking India, One Country, One Destiny

In this book, one of India's foremost business consultants provides an invaluable insight into India's current economic and social problems and how they can be resolved.
Taking a close look at the current scenario as well as analyzing the future, the book discusses various critical issues including: planning and legislating for holistic growth and development; what businesses need from the government to grow in the right direction; the need for collaboration between business and government; and corporate responsibility and its role in growth and development.
Remaking India provides an invaluable insight in to India's situation, the rising aspirations of its population and the immense potential that it holds as a nation. It is essential reading for all those concerned about India's future and the need for change.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

We are like that only

Taking cues from economics, demography, history, culture, philosophy and good old common sense, Rama Bijapurkar makes sense of the complex and inscrutable Indian market—the many Consumer Indias, their diverse and schizophrenic consumer behaviour and the way to make your company’s fortune in this billion-plus market. Irreverent and insightful, this book answers the questions to twelve key facets of Consumer India. Bijapurkar explains why the Indian consumer market is ‘like that only’, why it will not change in a hurry, and what it takes to develop a winning ‘made for India’ business strategy.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A richly original look at the origins of money and how it makes the world go 'round

Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What's more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history, arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization. As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt's Memphis to today's Chongqing, he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise- and fall-of not just money but Western power as well.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Devil in Pinstripes

What do you do when your relationship with your spouse metamorphoses to that of professional colleagues? Chanda is ecstatic when through a strange quirk of fate both Amit and she end up working for the same foreign bank. There on begins a roller coaster ride which engulfs them in its talons and holds in it the capacity to tear apart their lives for ever. Will they be able to save their careers, their self esteem. most importantly their marriage?

Devil in Pinstripes, through the life of Amit, a starry eyed, ambitious MBA, who joins New York International bank (NYB), takes you behind the scenes and through the power packed aisles of New York International Bank and the sharpest of its minds. A racy narrative set in the milieu of modern day high pressure competitive foreign banking and the current crisis that engulfs this sector, it is a curious intermesh of the lives of Amit and three others - Chanda, a biotechnologist turned retail banker, Gowri, Amit’s arch rival, a full time New York International Bank baiter and a political maestro par excellence and above all Aditya, who plays devious power games with almost everyone in his quest for success and fame.

Join Amit as he blindly follows the Machiavellian plans of Aditya Bhatnagar- his mentor, plays power games with his antagonist Gowri and walks a tight rope in the relationship with his wife Chanda. Are they all Gods of Banking or masquerading Devils in Pinstripes?

What happens when God is dragged into a pit full of muck? Does he come out completely clean? Can he retain the status of being a God or does this corporate world engulf him in its talons..does he become the ultimate Devil in Pinstripes!!!!

An insiders fictionalized account of what goes on in the murky world of corporate politics.

If God was a Banker

A must read for every individual working in a corporate

Two young management graduates, with nothing similar in family backgrounds and temperament, join the New York International Bank on the same day and take two entirely different routes to success. Both rise up the ranks at breakneck speed: the fast and aggressive Sundeep, who would stoop to anything to get ahead, and the mature and sensible Swami, with a high regard for good old ethics. The racy narrative set in the high-pressure milieu of competitive banking carries the undercurrent of a clash of values, in the intermeshed realms of the personal and the professional. It’s a story peppered with ambition and frustration, deceit and malevolence, love and lust, and the desperate struggle for status and power. And, above all, there is a top-notch banker who plays the benevolent God whenever crisis looms over the young guns…

An insider’s fictionalised account of how Indian professionals experience the world of foreign banks, the story spans three continents.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rastapherian’s Tales

A collection of short stories, narrated in a lively and effortless manner, these delve into the life of the urban child in various everyday settings. The tales are built around interesting episodes like organising a birthday party, encounters with visiting cousins and uncles, plotting a “dare” with friends to have a go at a neighbour’s Harley, being touched by the warm gestures of friends and relatives... In many ways, the world of the urban child that emerges is — reassuringly — like it ever was, despite the frenzied consumer image that marketeers would have us believe. Many of the stories come with powerful messages, subtle and at times even oblique.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Dragonfly Effect

Proven strategies for harnessing the power of social media to drive social change
Many books teach the mechanics of using Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to compete in business. But no book addresses how to harness the incredible power of social media to make a difference. The Dragonfly Effect shows you how to tap social media and consumer psychological insights to achieve a single, concrete goal. Named for the only insect that is able to move in any direction when its four wings are working in concert, this book

•Reveals the four "wings" of the Dragonfly Effect-and how they work together to produce colossal results
•Features original case studies of global organizations like the Gap, Starbucks, Kiva, Nike, eBay, Facebook; and start-ups like Groupon and COOKPAD, showing how they achieve social good and customer loyalty
•Leverage the power of design thinking and psychological research with practical strategies
•Reveals how everyday people achieve unprecedented results-whether finding an almost impossible bone marrow match for a friend, raising millions for cancer research, or electing the current president of the United States
The Dragonfly Effect shows that you don't need money or power to inspire seismic change.

What Works

In a lively and counterintuitive exploration of success stories from across the globe, an award-winning journalist takes the reader on a fascinating journey in pursuit of the flimsy difference between triumph and failure

Drawing life lessons from the great ideas put to work on every continent?from America to Europe, from Africa to Asia and Australasia?these stories are as surprising as they are inspiring. This book explores such questions as Why do some initiatives take off while others flounder? How have some communities managed to achieve so much while others struggle? What distinguishes the good companies from the bad? What lessons can we learn from the surprisingly well-ordered Mumbai community made famous by Slumdog Millionaire? Why have Canadian manners helped Whistler become the most popular ski resort in North America? How has Zurich developed the world's most admired anti-drug policies? And how has Hong Kong used gambling profits to help its residents enjoy the greatest level of economic freedom on the planet? Readers will be entertained, informed, and enlightened as to how to achieve successes of in their businesses, communities, and lives

Monday, February 7, 2011

Fault Lines

Raghuram Rajan was one of the few economists who warned of the global financial crisis before it hit. Now, as the world struggles to recover, it is tempting to blame just a few greedy bankers who took irrational risks and left the rest of the world to foot the bill. In Fault Lines, Rajan argues that serious flaws in the global economy are also to blame, and warns that a potentially more devastating crisis awaits if they are not fixed. Rajan shows how the individual choices — made by bankers, government officials, and ordinary homeowners — that collectively brought about the economic meltdown were rational responses to a flawed global financial order in which the incentives to take on risk are incredibly out of step with the dangers those risks pose. He traces the deepening fault lines in a world overly dependent on the indebted American consumer to power economic growth and stave off global downturns. Alongside, America’s growing inequality and thin social safety net create tremendous political pressure to encourage easy credit and keep job creation robust. In the process these put the rest of the world in deeper financial peril, even as the economic choices of countries like Germany, Japan, and China place undue burden on America to get its policies right. In Fault Lines, Rajan outlines the hard choices that the world needs to make to ensure greater stability and restore lasting prosperity. Importantly, he shows how India’s development experience is different from that of other recent fast-growing economies. Despite India’s recent successes, however, he argues that India has to act decisively in certain areas to maintain its people-oriented growth. If India does so and continues on its unique development path, it will be a compelling role model, demonstrating how it is possible to grow rapidly even while having a flourishing democracy