- Don’t Tell the Governor by Ravi Subramanian
On 8 November, when the clock strikes 12, your money will be no good.
Somewhere on the India-Nepal Border, a car full of passengers swerves off a
highway and plunges into a valley, its trunk full of cash. In the UK, a Bollywood
starlet wins Big Survivor, the most popular reality TV show in the country. In
Panama, Central America, a whistle-blower at a law firm brings down
billionaires across the globe. And in India, a new RBI Governor is appointed.
Aditya Kesavan is dynamic, charismatic and ambitious. And he’s been handed
the reins of the RBI on a platter. His only job: to make sure he doesn’t rock the
boat. But, unknown to him, the wheels have begun to turn, as the country
heads towards the biggest financial event in modern Indian history. And
Governor Kesavan is about to carry out the most brazen act of his life – and,
perhaps, his most foolish. Will he be able to pull himself out of the mess he has
got into or will he have to surrender to the manipulative forces behind the
scenes? Running desperately out of time, the Governor must set things right.
2. Numbercaste by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne
When Patrick Udo is offered a job at NumberCorp, he packs his bags and goes
to the Valley. After all, the 2030s are a difficult time, and jobs are rare. Little
does he know that he’s joining one of the most ambitious undertakings of his
time or any other. NumberCorp, crunching vast amounts of social network
data, is building a new society – one where everyone’s social circles are
examined, their activities quantified, and their importance distilled into the
all-powerful Number. A society where everything depends on an app that states
exactly how important you are. As NumberCorp rises in power and in influence,
the questions start coming in. What would you do to build the perfect state?
And how far is too far?
3. Free Hit by Suprita Das
The 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup saw the Indian team make it to the
finals, and although it lost the game, the tournament marked an unprecedented
high for viewership for women’s cricket in India. The ensuing euphoria that
followed, including the announcement of two film-deals with the team’s leading
stars, ensured that the only direction where Indian women’s cricket could go
from there was up.
Free Hit is the untold story of how women’s cricket in India got here, and casts
light on the gender-based pay gaps, sponsorship challenges, and the sheer
indifference of cricketing officials it faced along the way. Focusing on Mithali
Raj, the world’s greatest female batsman, and Jhulan Goswami, the leading
wicket taker in women’s cricket, author Suprita Das takes us into the lives of
the spirited bunch of women who, across the years, just like their male
counterparts, also brought home laurels that are worth celebrating
3. How to Rig an Election by Brian Klaas and Nic Cheeseman
In How to Rig an Election, Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas show how
elections enable authoritarian leaders to hold on to power, revealing the
reasons behind this seeming paradox. They develop the idea of a ‘dictator’s
toolbox’ to uncover the six main strategies – including gerrymandering, vote
buying and ballot-box stuffing – that enable authoritarian leaders to undermine
the electoral process and guarantee victory. By setting up flawed elections,
leaders gain the benefits of holding elections, such as greater legitimacy and
international financial support, without the costs.
This engaging and provocative book draws on global examples of election
rigging, from Azerbaijan and Belarus to India, the United States and Zimbabwe.
How to Rig an Election reveals the limitations of holding elections as a means
to promote democratization, and provides new ideas about how democracy can
be better protected from authoritarian subversion.
5. Building the Perfect Beast by Neil George
Building the Perfect Beast captures the exciting and often difficult life and
career of a brand marketer inside the fictional world of Golden Globe
Consumer Products, an FMCG company that makes shampoos and cosmetics.
Set in the company’s headquarters in London, the protagonist, Don George
and his four freshman colleagues on joining the firm, are immediately
confronted with a very difficult lady boss, tight deadlines for a new product
launch and an office eco-system made up of an intriguing, suave international
workforce that loves to work hard and party hard. Early missteps and naivety of
this group of new hires quickly gives way to a more confident and colourful
take-off for their careers.