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.


She was approached by Rupa Publications to write on various women from ancient Bharat and Draupadi - The tale of an Empress is the first in this collection. The book explores Draupadi's pivotal role as the Icha Shakti of Mahabharata. Saiswaroopa is also trained in Carnatic Classical Music and has been awarded a gold medal by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams for rendering Annamacharya Kritis.


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3. "FATHER OF YOUR TEAM: A SOULFUL GUIDE TO MODERN DAY MANAGERS" by Venkat Kumaresan

ABOUT THE BOOK

‘Father of Your Team’ authored by Dr.Venkat has hogged the limelight internationally for a multitude of reasons.

  • ‘Father of Your Team’ was ranked No 1 in ‘New Releases’ by Amazon US in – Office management category

  • Father of Your Team’ is the world’s first book on implementing ‘Paternalistic leadership’

  • Certified by Industry leaders as the essential super-valuable guide for managing millennials. Industry studies estimate that millennial staff will be over 70% of the global workforce by 2025

  • Top-rated 5-star reviews on Amazon of all the books published by BUUKS Publishing house.


This fascinating leadership life-guide book decodes the immensely powerful ‘Father Manager Belief System’. You will be introduced to an amazingly simplified leadership model termed ‘The Eight Natural Stages of Leadership’.  This model fused into a mesmerizing storyline has helped leaders discover fresh solutions for every practical challenge at the workplace through mirroring 'Freddie, the Father Manager'. Packed with over 50 unconventional tips and anecdotes, this book is relevant for a new manager to a top-notch executive to lead a legacy with contentment.


Use this book as a powerful tool to rewire the mindsets of your leadership staff to take your organization many notches up. Leaders will remain relevant, and revered regardless of changes, once they adopt the refreshingly simple practices prescribed. Precisely, ‘Father Of Your Team’ has the magic to re-program your neural schema.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Venkat Kumaresan

Dr Venkat Kumaresan, is an enterprising leader, humorist, coach, management expert and motivational speaker with specialization in Industrial psychology. His interview on world acclaimed Book Talk Radio club from the UK competed with 12 other International authors interviews and Dr Venkat was selected as ‘Author of the week’.  He was a successful columnist with ‘Idhayam Penmalar’, a popular Women’s weekly when he was just 24. Titled ‘Penternet’, this interesting series enabled housewives gaining knowledge of the internet in 2000.


Dr Venkat made his remarkable debut with this enormously practical life-guide book. He was mentored on book-writing by Mr Raja Singho, the renowned Asian Guru of Authoring. 'Your Elephant can fly' is Dr Venkat Kumaresan upcoming book in which he will be co-authoring with the behavioural coach Ramani Viswanathan.


He lives by the principle, ‘Leadership is not RACing ahead of others, Leadership is CARing ahead of others’. This quote has gained immense popularity ever since it featured in his leadership life-guide book, ‘Father Of Your Team’.


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4. "BANGLA GASTRONOMY: THE JOURNEY OF BENGALI FOOD" by Ananya Banerjee

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bangla Gastronomy takes us on a journey into Indian regional cuisine with its mouthwatering tastes, twists and turns.


"We live to eat goes the popular saying. Who does not like to have good food? I always dream of relishing at my home, some of the most wonderful dishes which the world is savouring. My deep love for Bengal enabled me to write the book on the authentic local cuisine and reproduce that special taste the inhabitants love. This book enables you to prepare and enjoy the mouth-watering Bengali recipes.


The cuisine of Bengal is as rich and distinct as the state itself. The author has deeply influenced Bengali food in her book which is a combination of subtle and fiery flavours. Bengali's share an irrevocable relationship with their cuisine that is a staple in almost every household. Since countless rivers surround the state, fresh sweet water fish is a major attraction with rohu, pabda and koi being the popular ones. Interestingly, there are more than 40 types of freshwater fish that are popularly served in Bengal.


BANGLA GASTRONOMY will help all food lovers with a penchant for trying their hand at testing and tasting the Bengal best dishes. Make and enjoy the delectable delicacies which the world is drooling over.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ananya Banerjee

Ananya is a globetrotter with a penchant for good food. Her first cookbook, Planet Gastronomy was a great success. Her latest book, Bangla Gastronomy takes us on a journey into Indian regional cuisine with its mouthwatering tastes, twists and turns.


Ananya is an acclaimed painter, a commerce graduate and lawyer by education. She is a regular food curator for hotels, corporates and special events. Her speciality dining experiences are very popular among discerning gourmands and foodies.


Ananya shares her culinary skills through two popular YouTube channels ananya-r rannaghor and Ananya Banerjee. She also shares her expertise through 24/7 pay-tv Tata Sky Active Cooking channel.


The Food Bloggers’ Association of India (FBAI) has recently awarded Ananya as the Best Home-Chef in Bengali Cuisine and as the Godrej Protekt Master Chef of India. Ananya’s other avatar is as a food entrepreneur with her own line of gourmet products, containing both Indian and international spice blends and relishes.


"Planet Gastronomy: 100 Most Popular Global Recipes" is another interesting book by Ananya Banerjee if you love to explore & taste cuisines from different parts of the world.