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In April 2006 Robin 'Einstein' Varghese, a stupendously naïve young man graduates from one of India's best business schools with a job at Dufresne Partners, a mediocre mid-market management consulting firm largely run by complete morons. Varghese finds that he fits into the culture remarkably well. Or does he?
Through a stunning series of blunders, mishaps and inadvertent errors, Robin begins to make his superiors rue the day they were driven by desperation into hiring him. Dork is for all of those who've ever sat depressed in cubicles and wanted to kill themselves with office stationery.
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Maestro management consultant and strategy guru Robin 'Einstein' Varghese has been dispatched to London to the Lederman account. Things in the mother country are not all tally-ho as Einstein must make do with convoluted remuneration, temperamental digestion and a bizarre conspiracy by museums all over the city to frustrate his every attempt to imbibe in high culture.
Just when things look like they can't get any worse, Lederman threatens to shut down the project. Once again Dufresne Partners turns to their most resourceful, inventive, original, strategic, out-of-the-box-thinking employee.
With just 12 months to go before the 2010 Allied Victory Games in New Delhi, there is pandemonium at the Ministry for Urban Regeneration and Public Sculpture.
Preparations are months behind schedule and minister Badrikedar Laxmanrao Dahake not only has to deal with an irate PM but also the Lok Sabha, fiendish investigative journalists, and a relentless BBC reporter who insists on interviewing him live in English. Dahake is about to resign when he runs into an unlikely saviour: international financial wizard Robin 'Einstein' Varghese.
Timeless stories told anew
Find out how the world was created, why the sun and moon never meet each
other though they live in the same sky, how clouds appear to save mankind from
the sun's scorching rays, and why living creatures shed tears when they are in
Retold by bestselling author Anita Nair, these ageless tales come alive with a
freshness and exuberance that is sure to delight and captivate.
Stories of wonder and wit, from far and near
Everyone will find a favourite story in this collection of folktales and legends.
There is the story of Jumman the labourer, who thinks the Qazi of Jaunpur is
actually his donkey! And the strange adventure of Dhania who, stealing out for a
midnight snack, gets stuck in honey. Or the account of how a lowly weasel put
the mighty Yudhishtir in place. And what happens when Bhim tries to match his
strength against that of Hanuman!
Culled from all parts of the country, and spanning heaven, earth and the
netherworld, these stories let us into a world of enchantment, wisdom and loads
An evergreen classic about friendship and growing up, by a master
This book catches up with our favourite Rusty as he plunges not just into the
cold pools of Dehra but into an exciting new life, dipping his toes into adulthood.
Winding his way back to the city with Kishen, Rusty discovers that his beloved
room is no longer his! Undaunted, however, and in his trademark style, he forges
new homes and new friendships as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery
that spans the beautiful hillsides of India.
By turns thrilling and nostalgic, this heart-warming sequel is Rusty is at his best
as he navigates the tightrope between dreams and reality, all the time
maintaining a glorious sense of hope. Striking, evocative, witty and wise-this is
an ode to youth and all its complexities, amidst the colours, sights and smells
of Bond's India.
Wang Daifu is blind and works as a practitioner of tuina, a traditional form of pressure-point massage, in the burgeoning metropolis of Shenzhen. His is a uniquely coveted skill, yet it is one of the few options open to the visually impaired in China. When he loses his life savings on the stock market he returns to his provincial hometown, fiancée in tow, to work for an old classmate. But the transition is not easy as Wang struggles to deal with his own career frustration, his brother's gambling troubles, and the pressures of pleasing his wife-to-be.His fellow workers have their own stories: Duhong is a former pianist whose striking beauty goes undetected by her blind colleagues; strong-headed Jin Yan travels cross-country in pursuit of a man she has never met; and Xiao Kong hides her relationship with Wang Daifu from her parents. Together these fiercely independent people are united by the challenges of their shared disability. Amid growing uncertainty, this community of diverse individuals supports one another unfailingly as they navigate their world of darkness.This stunning portrayal of disability and the strength of human character is a rare glimpse into a small yet very real component of Chinese society, from one of China's most acclaimed contemporary authors. 'I love Bi Feiyu's novels for their compassion, insight and wit; their sense of both history and the future.' Justin Torres, author of We the Animals'Bi Feiyu's storytelling gifts are considerable.' Washington Post
Peggy Nettleton was P.I. John Marshall Tanner's loyal secretary for over eight years, so when she calls from her new home in Seattle asking for help, he can't say no.
About to marry wealthy investment banker Ted Evans, Peggy has a problem - Ted's young daughter Nina. The beautiful model has disappeared into the seedy Seattle underworld after posing for some nude photographs.
In helping Peggy, Tanner risks reopening old wounds and rekindling old desires, and faces a journey into the shady world of pornography and human trafficking in Seattle.
As he trails Nina to her oppressor's lair, Tanner is tested as never before... but can he find her before it's too late?
Nothing else comes so I set the notebook beside me. What else is here? I ask myself and listen. This section of stream purls and riffles amid small stones. What word might be made for what I hear . . .
Above the Waterfall is the story of Sheriff Les Clary. A man on the verge of retirement, he is plunged into deep and dangerous waters by one final case. A case that will draw him to the lyrical beauty of his surroundings and, in doing so, force him to come to terms with his own past.
Echoing the heartbreaking beauty of William Faulkner and the spiritual isolation of Michel Faber, Above the Waterfall is as poetic as it is haunting.
'Captivating ...There's a breadth of humanity in An Unsafe Haven which is very moving. I loved the sense of Lebanon and of what is unique and precious about the Arab world' Helen Dunmore
Set in contemporary Beirut, a rich, illuminating and deeply moving novel about a group of friends whose lives are shaped and affected daily by the war in Syria.