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Reads of The Week (Week #1)

Updated: Sep 5, 2019

As humans, we have a finite time on earth and what better way could there be to spend this time than amidst books? The hardest part when it comes to reading is choosing which books to read. Worry no more, we have a cure to this woe. Every week SYBMMSays in collaboration with the Library of Bunts Sangha's S. M. Shetty College of Science, Commerce and Management Studies will bring to you, a carefully curated, hand-picked list of book recommendations so that you spend more time reading books than you do thinking about which books to read.

This week's recommendations are:


I Was the Wind Last Night by Ruskin Bond


One of India’s finest and most popular writers, Ruskin Bond is loved as much for the lyricism of his verses as for his classic stories. Tender and unsparing, understated but powerful, his poems reveal a deep connection with nature and appreciation for a surprising range of human emotions. This definitive collection of his poems, written over a lifetime, brings together themes as diverse as love, nostalgia, humour, family and friends, solitude and, of course, the joys found in spending time with nature. A timeless classic to enjoy or share, I Was the Wind Last Night: New and Collected Poems is a treasured addition to every poetry lover’s bookshelf.



The Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi


Evil has risen.


Only a God can stop it.


Shiva is gathering his forces. He reaches the Naga capital, Panchavati and Evil is finally revealed. The Neelkanth prepares for a holy war against his true enemy, a man whose name instills dread in the fiercest of warriors.


India convulses under the onslaught of a series of brutal battles. It’s a war for the very soul of the nation. Many will die. But Shiva must not fail, no matter what the cost. In his desperation, he reaches out to the ones who have never offered any help to him: the Vayuputras.


Will he succeed? And what will be the real cost of battling Evil? To India? And to Shiva’s soul?


Discover the answer to these mysteries in this concluding part of the bestselling Shiva Trilogy.

Shakti: The Divine Feminine by Anuja Chandramouli


She is the Mother Goddess, Mahamaya-the enchantress, the supreme consciousness, the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all must eventually return. As Usas, the enchanting goddess of the dawn, she is loved passionately and hated fiercely, leading to a horrific tragedy. As Durga, the invincible warrior, she defeats the savage Mahishasura, whom none of the male gods could vanquish.


As Kali, the fearsome dark goddess, she delights in chaos. Yet she is also Shakti, beloved of all, who, when united with Shiva, restores balance to the universe. In this captivating narrative, explore the contrasting facets of the sacred feminine; experience her awesome power, forged on the flames of love and hate; and watch her teach the male-dominated pantheon a lesson in compassion. Witty, engaging and thought-provoking, Shakti: The Feminine Divine will force readers to re-evaluate everything they know about the gods and goddesses and inspire all to embrace the Shakti within.

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman


Fundamental frameworks for emotional intelligence and how to apply them every day.


According to research by Daniel Goleman, emotional intelligence has proved to be twice as important as other competencies in determining outstanding leadership. It is now one of the crucial criteria in hiring and promotion processes, performance evaluations, and professional development courses. And it's not innate--it's a skill that all of us improve.


With this double volume you'll get HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence and the HBR Guide to Emotional Intelligence. That's 10 definitive HBR articles on emotional intelligence by Goleman and other leaders in the field, curated by our editors--paired with smart, focused advice from HBR experts about how to implement those ideas in your daily work life.


With Everyday Emotional Intelligence, you'll learn how to:

Recognize your own EQ strengths and weaknesses Regulate your emotions in tough situations Manage difficult people Build the social awareness of your team Motivate yourself through ups and downs Write forceful emails people won't misinterpret Make better, less emotionally biased decisions Help an employee develop emotional intelligence Handle specific situations like crying at work and tense communications across different cultures.

Students can also check out HBR Ascend for more such reading material.


Have the Women Left Venus? by Geet Mala Jalota


Do you have what it takes to build a career successfully? While some women seem to handle workplace problems so effectively other women seem to be struggling. What needs to change now in order for the woman to get the power of her life back into their own hands. What are the key turning points in a woman’s life. What does gender discrimination look like at the workplace and what you can do about it. There are many question you may have which you can now get answers to as shared by other women with similar experience in different corners of India, UAE and Singapore.


Geet Mala Jalota is a Human Resource Development Consultant and Trainer, specializing in behavioral change. Her expertise comes from implementing Performance Management Systems, People Assessment, Soft Skills Training and Recruitment projects in over thirty growing companies in India, UAE and Myanmar.


The world of work has undergone extensive changes, sometimes difficult to navigate. Through her writing she hopes to act as a bridge between the person and their context. She shares her observations through her writings that have been published extensively in the Gulf News, Dubai.

Geet is also a full-time wife and mother, where she finds her anchor and sustains her offline passions.


Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono



The six thinking hats method is an extremely simple, but powerful technique for running meetings more smoothly and very much more productively.


Usually ego and performance in thinking are too closely bound together. The six-hat method separates ego from performance. Everybody in a meeting has to wear the same hat at the same time, so that everybody thinks in parallel. The thinker is challenged to use the different hats and actually experiences a sense of freedom because the thinker is no longer limited to one position.


IBM used the six-hat method in 1990, as part of the core of their training for their 40,000 managers worldwide. The method is widely used by Du Pont, Prudential, and many other major corporations. It is used because it is practical and makes a difference.


How To Live 110 by Brian Kirby & Tim Kirby


Wouldn't it be amazing to delay getting 'old'? To live past 100 and still be vigorous, active and clear - thinking? To stay so healthy through your later years that you rarely have to visit your doctor? This is not just wishful thinking. There are people in their nineties - and older - who still work, play sports and enjoy an active social life. They have avoided the diseases which we wrongly think of as a natural part of growing old. You too can ward off these diseases. All it takes is some simple changes to what you eat, drink and do.


How to Live to 110 is a scientifically grounded, no - nonsense guide to your best chances for a healthy, long life. It explains: Key processes in your body and how modern living messes these up Straightforward ways to avoid heart disease, cancer and the other big killers.

How to delay dementia, keep free from infections and avoid accidents What foods to eat - and to avoid - so your body stays healthy and does not put on fat Ways to lose fat and keep it off.


What really makes the difference, debunking some common myths Professor Brian Kirby has worked for more than 40 years in the NHS and has led health promotion organisations nationally and internationally and in 1997 received an OBE for his work. His son Tim Kirby is a full - time writer with a PhD in physiology. Together they have created a clear and informative guide packed with diagrams and advice for everyone aged 9 to 109. What better present could you give yourself, your family and your friends than the gift of great health and a long life?

Landour Bazaar by Ruskin Bond


This is the Garhwal Himalayas and the people who live on these mountain slopes in the mist-filled valleys of Garhwal, have long since learned humility, patience and quiet resignation. Deep in the crouching mist lie their villages, while climbing the mountain slopes are forests of rhododendron, spruce and deodar, soughing in the wind from the ice-bound passes.’


A lifetime in the hills and a bountiful collection of stories throughout it—for over six decades Ruskin Bond has been charming readers with his stories from India’s hinterland. He has brought to the forefront of everybody’s imagination the mountains, valleys and rivers of Garhwal, as well as the magic of small, tucked-away places.


Landour Bazaar is a collection of his best-loved stories about Garhwal over the years. Featuring some of his classics along with heartwarming anecdotes and essays woven around life in the hills, this book showcases Bond’s writing genius like never before. Get ready for an enchanting read that is sure to bring the mountains to you.

Physics of the Soul by Goswami Amit


The quantum book of living, dying, reincarnation and immortality


At last, science and the soul shake hands. Writing in a style that is both lucid and charming, mischievous and profound, Dr. Amit Goswami uses the language and concepts of quantum physics to explore and scientifically prove metaphysical theories of reincarnation and immortality.


Dr. Goswami helps you understand the mysteries of the quantum physics model of reality and the long-held beliefs of spiritual and religious traditions. They are not only compatible but also provide essential support for each other. The result is a deeply enriched worldview that integrates mind and spirit into science. Consciousness, not materiality, is the primary reality.


Theoretical nuclear physicist, Dr. Amit Goswami’s work integrates the knowledge of mystical traditions with his love for scientific exploration. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness” which assimilates theories of consciousness with quantum theory. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Calcutta University and taught at the University of Oregon.


“Amit Goswami brings a deep understanding of reality through a synthesis of science and spirituality. He has contributed immensely to my own understanding of the nature of existence.” —Deepak Chopra, International bestselling author.

Morning Noon And Night by Sidney Sheldon


The Stanford family is one of the most respected in America – but behind the facade of fame and glamour lies a hidden web of blackmail, drugs and murder…


When Harry Stanford, one of the wealthiest men in the world, mysteriously drowns while cruising on his yacht off the rugged coast of Corsica, it sets off a chain of events that reverberates around the globe.


At the family gathering following the funeral in Boston, a strikingly beautiful young woman appears. She claims to be Stanford's daughter and entitled to a share of the tycoon's estate. Is she genuine, or is she an imposter?



This is an initiative by SYBMMSays in collaboration with the library of Bunts Sangha's S. M. Shetty College of Science, Commerce and Management Studies.

Special thanks to Smitha Ravindranath- Head Librarian, College Library, Bunts Sangha's S.M. Shetty College Of Science, Commerce and Management Studies

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