Business tips, a thriller and cricket (IANS Books This Weekend)

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New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Get a collection of new street-smarts based on interviews with experienced people, read a powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom, and flick through a sweet tale about a young chap deeply involved in winning a cricket tournament.

This is what the IANS bookshelf offers its readers for the weekend.

1. Book: Beyond Harvard; Author: Mark H. McCormack; Publisher: Profile Books; Pages: 256; Price: Rs 399

The publication of “What They Don’t Teach You” at Harvard Business School in 1984 introduced the world to the Mark H. McCormack’s street-smart nuggets of wisdom offering accessible insights into how to get ahead in the real world of business.

McCormack died in 2003, but his legacy and business philosophy live on. “Beyond Harvard” celebrates his genius with a collection of new street-smarts based on interviews with the people who knew, worked with and were influenced by him — colleagues, clients and competitors alike.

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From advice on managing people and building relationships, to the best negotiating tips and how to grow a business, a stellar line-up of contributors from the business, media and sporting worlds show us how a brush with McCormack could change forever the way you do business and live your life.

Learn from the outside-the-box thinking that encouraged a nervous Wimbledon committee to sign up to IMG-style merchandising; why it pays to hold your nerve when you reach a negotiating impasse; how the rituals and routines of the sporting world can work in business too, and even how re-using incoming paperclips or keeping 3×5 notecards at hand can contribute to success.

2. Book: Unlawful Justice; Author: Vish Dhamija; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 296; Price: Rs 250

Baby, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Diwan family’s household help, has been raped and brutalised.

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Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a shot at justice for the girl and a very powerful client. He cannot bring himself to proceed at the risk of all that he has secured for his family. His wife Priti, distraught and devastated at her husband’s decision, turns to an old friend for help.

Akash Hingorani, top criminal lawyer and best friend to Priti and Vansh, must step up. He is Baby’s last chance. But things quickly unravel as Akash’s probe into the rape suddenly turns into a murder investigation.

A powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom to homes to lay bare the difference between law and justice.

3. Book: Medium Fast and Furious; Author: Rahul Oak; Publisher: Scholastic; Pages: 230; Price: Rs 250

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Cricket is his passion. Wasim Akram is his hero. Raju Prabhakar aspires to be a fast bowler and has a wrong-footed action.

To top it all, his parents would much rather he focussed on becoming an engineer like his father.

Will Raju’s dream of winning the KL Rao cricket tournament for his school team ever come true?

Set in Bombay during the 1990s, this book is a coming-of-age story of cricket, puppy love, friendship, nepotism, power struggles, class differences and much more.



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