Preeminent 10 Books You Should Read This Summer of 2020: DE MODE

If you love reading, here’s a perfect reading list for you. Even if you aren’t so much into reading, here’re 10 reasons to love reading.


Reading lists begin as a shelf full of hope until the year flies by, and you find yourself flooded with procrastination. Cheers to the books we’ve been meaning to read all these years and should probably start at some point. The greatest books are defined as classics for a reason. Written by great literary minds, they have universal themes, characters, experiences, emotions and perspectives that are still relevant today. Some of them are the very inspiration from which entire modern genres of literary fiction have sprung up from.


Everyone should read at least once for these 10 books — some are well-known classics, others are modern giants.  All are well worth reading this 2020.


1. "WHO BLUNDERS AND HOW: THE DUMB SIDE OF THE CORPORATE WORLD" by Robin Banerjee

ABOUT THE BOOK

Many big companies famous brands, once loved and revered-often disappear into oblivion mainly due to their own follies. Look at the once invincible Kodak or the seemingly unfailing Premier Padmini cars. In the unforgiving world of modern business, they failed to adapt, only to perish. Many businesses fail to address this basic truth. Every business is tested for endurance and accomplishment but only a few extract strength and wisdom from their trying experiences. Even the infallible Nokia, BlackBerry, Woolworths and Lehman Brothers buckled. Companies such as Bethlehem Steel, Atari, Xerox, NCR, Mafatlal and Kingfisher Airlines once considered as the great ones to emulate, all failed to live up to their repute.


Instances of business blunders and bloopers are many. They could include compromising quality to cut costs, lack of professionalism in management, botched up mergers and acquisitions, customers being taken for granted, bad leadership, family squabbles, corporate fraud, unmanageable debts and numerous others.


This book will help you understand many famous, frequent and common mistakes committed by businesses over time. The lessons learnt should enable you to run your businesses with lesser hiccups and maximize stakeholder return, which makes this book a must-read. Founders and business professionals can learn a lot about the failure landscape analysed in this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robin Banerjee

Robin Banerjee is a senior professional executive with over 35 years of experience in several large multinational corporations in more than 20 countries. He is a Chartered Accountant, Cost and Management Accountant, Company Secretary and has a Master’s degree in commerce.


During the initial years of his career, he served in Hindustan Unilever in several positions, including as the General Manager of its Exports and MandA divisions. He then moved to Germany and joined Arcelor-Mittal as its Managing Director and CFO of its German operations. After working in Germany for five years, Robin moved back to India and joined Thomas Cook as its Executive Director. He then moved to Essar Steel as the company’s CFO and member of its global board. After that, he joined Suzlon India Ltd. as its Group CFO and member of its board for several of its international companies in Australia, China, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and the USA. Currently, he is the Managing Director of a large manufacturing company. 


Robin Banerjee has written three books on indirect taxation. He is an acclaimed speaker on business management and finance-related topics and has presented papers in numerous national and international seminars. He frequently writes for various journals, magazines and editorial websites.


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2. "DRAUPADI: THE TALE OF AN EMPRESS" by Saiswaroopa Iyer

ABOUT THE BOOK

Draupadi, the tale of an empress is the tale of Mahabharata narrated from Draupadi's point of view, with her being the driving force behind key events of the epic. Being born a princess, and raised by a loving father and three doting brothers would make life seem like a bed of roses to any woman. Born out of the sacred fire, Draupadi is no ordinary woman, and her destiny cannot be to walk the beaten path.


Witnessing estrangement and betrayal within her own family makes her perceptive and intuitive beyond her years. Complicated marital relationships, meteoric rise and a fateful loss, humiliation unheard of and a pledge of revenge, all culminating in a bloody war—her ordeal seemed never-ending.


Yet she stands up to it all—never succumbing, never breaking. One of the most unforgettable characters of the Mahabharata, Draupadi shows what a woman is capable of. Told with great sensitivity and passion, this book brings alive a character of epic proportions—one that resonates with every reader across space and time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Saiswaroopa Iyer

Saiswaroopa Iyer is an IITian and a formal investment professional turned satisfied author of four best selling novels all based on strong female protagonists from ancient India. She self-published her first novel Abhaya - a reimagination of Narakasura Vadha episode of Bhagavatam. The story explores the episode reconciling the Vaishnava and Shakta narratives about the same.


Her next novel Avishi, based on a Rig Vedic Warrior Queen called Vishpala has bagged a screen adaptation contract from a major production studio.