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In the tiny pilgrim town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, the son of a boatman had the courage to dream. One day his brilliance, perseverance and hard work would take Bharat Ratna A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to Rashtrapati Bhawan as the eleventh President of India.

By : ATULINDRA NATH CHATURVEDI
ISBN: 9788129118554
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 71
Imprint : Rupa
₹95.00
Angry Young Man; Big B; Superstar; Icon: The epithets are many for Amitabh Bachchan-the man who has captured and held the imagination of Indians for several decades now. And yet, what could be more appropriate, more fitting for who he is and what he is than ‘Legend’. Bachchan was the undisputed king of Bollywood for years-at one point of time, eight of his films were celebrating their silver jubilees simultaneously. Then came his fall from grace in the early Nineties. Today, he is back to where he was, and more. He has had five hits in 2005, is the host of a hugely successful game show, and is one of the most sought after brand ambassadors in India.

By : PRADEEP CHANDRA
ISBN: 9788129108814
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 210
Imprint : Rupa
₹995.00
From being one of the earliest members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Vajpayee blossomed into a leading opposition MP by the late 1960s, went on to become External Affairs Minister in the short-lived Janata government and, finally in 1999, to head the first non-Congress government to complete a full term in office. That it was a coalition government made the feat all the more remarkable, and testifies to the fact that though wedded to a right-wing political ideology, Vajpayee did not believe in the politics of exclusion.

By : Kingshuk Nag
ISBN: 978-81-291-3776-0
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 194
Imprint : Rupa
₹500.00
Autobiography of a Yogi is the story of the life of Paramahansa Yogananda (January 5, 1893–March 7, 1952) first published in 1946. Born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India, into a Bengali family, this book takes the reader on a journey into the life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his encounters with spiritual figures of both the East and West. Beginning from his childhood, his family life, to finding his guru and becoming a monk and establishing his teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation, this book allows the reader to see the spiritual yearning of the man and how he realizes that over the years. It draws on both his personal experiences—anecdotes and meetings with eminent spiritual personalities, his association with nineteenth-century master Lahiri Mahasaya who had prophesied the writing of this book—as well as how he travels across America lecturing and establishing his teachings in Los Angeles, California

By : Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
ISBN: 978-81-291-4536-9
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 521
Imprint : Rupa
₹195.00
Dr Rammanohar Lohia is known as a freedom fighter, a founder of the socialist movement in Asia, and a fearless politician always ready to fight for fundamental human rights. However, he was also a deep scholar, philosopher, a champion of the Indian tradition, and a visionary humanist with strong creative and imaginative powers.

By : S R Nene
ISBN: 9788129116093
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Pages: 252
Format : Paperback
Imprint : Rupa
₹395.00
In Dream With Your Eyes Open, first-generation entrepreneur and UTV-founder Ronnie Screwvala details his vast experiences and the myriad lessons learnt from more than two decades of building some successful (and some not-so-successful) businesses, bringing clarity to a quickly changing business landscape and making an impassioned case for the role of entrepreneurship in India’s future.

By : Ronnie Screwvala
ISBN: 978-81-291-3588-9
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Hardback
Pages: 208
Imprint : Rupa
₹500.00
What can Amitabh Bachchan’s life teach us in our pursuit of excellence? Everything. Amitabh Bachchan is not just a brilliant actor or the ‘Superstar of the Millennium’. He is an institution in himself—not just for acting but everything that makes a person successful in his life. Most of his virtues—like professionalism, determination, a never-say-die attitude—are traits which one can follow to achieve the ‘Excellence’ everyone aspires for.

By : Virender Kapoor
ISBN: 978-8129148902
Category: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Politics
Format : Paperback
Imprint : Rupa
₹195.00
Gandhi, an inspiration and a despair to all who approached him, has been subjected to MORE analysis than any other person in contemporary history. And yet something is missing in the puzzle that Gandhi was and is. This volume is one more attempt to understand and to explain him by laying a little more emphasis on the societal factors and the situations that shaped him and structured his personality during his formative years in England and South Africa. This by no means is an easy task. Gandhi was a complex personality. Moreover, as a continuously evolving phenomenon, he underwent several startling changes in his habits, views, and approaches to life. He therefore cannot be evaluated out of the time frame that was in existence at the time we talk about. Also, Gandhi has suffered a lot by the process of deification that started with his death or even before it. Much that is written about him is sheer hagiography with a few pieces of demonology too. Gandhi is too valuable a piece of humanity to be lost to history. We must strive to brush off the cobwebs gathering around him and portray him as the simple yet stupendous figure he was.

By : NAGINDAS SANGHAVI
ISBN: 9788129108357
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 476
Imprint : Rupa
₹595.00
Hero: A Biography of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the story of an extraordinary cricketer and the first sportsperson to be conferred the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour. This book showcases the evolution of an incredibly talented teenager from a middle-class household of Mumbai into a world champion and a legend. Starting off with his childhood and early days as a cricketer, the book takes the reader through the pulls and pressures and the moments of ecstasy and agony that one of the greatest sportspersons of all time experienced and surmounted in the course of a glorious career.

By : Devendra Prabhudesai
ISBN: 978-81-291-4565-9
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Imprint : Rupa
₹500.00
Sreedharan’s expertise and foresight—on behalf of those not as richly blessed as he was—ensured that political will was converted into a multipurpose railway project. The [Chithoni railway link] bridge was completed eleven weeks ahead of schedule and proved to be helpful to one and all.

By : RAJENDRA B. AKLEKAR
ISBN: 978-81-291-4521-5
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 263
Imprint : Rupa
₹295.00
Born in a middle class trading family, Kishore Biyani started his career selling stonewash fabric to small shops in Mumbai. Years later, with the launch of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar, Central and many more retail formats, he redefined the retailing business in India. Incidentally, Kishore Biyani s objective is to capture every rupee in the wallet of every Indian consumer, wherever they are – an investment banker living in a south Mumbai locality or a farmer in Sangli. As large business houses enter the retail space, Kishore Biyani is not just concentrating on retail but aiming to capture the entire Indian consumption space. From building shopping malls, developing consumer brands to selling insurance, he is getting into every business where a customer spends her money

By : Kishore Biyani
ISBN: 9788129111371
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 280
Imprint : Rupa
₹195.00
One of the most over-used words in the cricketing dictionary is “great”, because there are very few players in any country who qualify. It is in any case a subjective view and all of us are limited by the number of players we have seen over the year when judging earlier players, we have to take the word of people We trust, who have in fact seen them play. My view of Indian batsmen is that there have been a lot of very good ones, some able to play in all. Conditions, some best when playing on their own pitches.I believe there are three “great Indian batsmen and I put them in order of appearance on the Test scene – Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Tendulkar and Gavaskar have given me many days of great enjoyment and Dravid in recent times has played some wonderful innings. Attributes common to all three are courage and clear thinking and an ability to carry the attack to the opposition by keeping a step ahead of the bowler Richie Benaud The first Indian to score five double centuries in test cricket each of those five scores higher than the previous one.

By : Devendra Prabhudesai
ISBN: 9788129116505
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages:221
Imprint : Rupa
₹295.00
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