Books to look out for this week

Akkitham: A Pictorial Autobiography
Bhaskaramenon Krishnakumar
Rupa, Rs 2,500

This is perhaps the first-of-its-kind book culled and created entirely from an author’s writings, interviews and private conversations. The text has been translated into English by Bhaskaramenon Krishnakumar, alias Atmaraman. It’s the journey of a village boy who went on to become a profound poet. His contribution to literature is summed up beautifully in the statement that was issued with the Jnanpith award 2019: ‘Akkitham’s poetry reflects unfathomable compassion and imprints of Indian philosophical and moral values, delving deep into human emotions in a fast changing social space.’ 

Danielle Steel
Pan Macmillan UK, Rs 450

In this spellbinding tale from Danielle Steel, a princess is sent away to safety during World War II, where she falls in love, and is lost forever. As the war rages on in the summer of 1943, causing massive destruction and widespread fear, the King and Queen choose to quietly send their youngest daughter, Princess Charlotte, to live with a trusted noble family in the Yorkshire countryside. A fascinating story of family and royalty, Royal is an exhilarating work from Danielle Steel, one of the world’s favourite storytellers of our times.

The Science of Mind Management
Swami Mukundananda
Westland, Rs 350

The quality of our mind determines the quality of the life we lead. It can be our greatest ally or our worst adversary. A mind that runs amok could steal our inner peace and undermine every productive endeavour. Yet, with proper knowledge, training and discipline, it is possible to unleash the mind’s infinite potential. In The Science of Mind Management, Swami Mukundananda charts the four different aspects of the human mind and lays down a clear path towards mastering it. He gently guides readers on the road to winning their inner battle

The Art of Leading in a Borderless World
C. Panduranga Bhatta
Bloomsbury India, Rs 699

The Art of Leading in a Borderless World is a reflective journey on the significant instances of leadership-when leaders were considerate and conscientious about heterogeneity through their focus on what they exclude when including, such that the excluded became the vantage point of their focus. An attempt is made here to retrace the global instincts long before globalisation was coined as an economic functionality. The combinations of texts, philosophies and events are uncanny and generate food for thought.

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