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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
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
Born in a traditional family of Karnal, Haryana, Kalpana Chawla had an unlikely background and unfavourable climate for becoming an astronaut. Braving opposition from her father and even some of her teachers, Kalpana, however, literally reached for the stars, by becoming an aerospace engineer.

By : Dilip M. Salwi
ISBN: 978-81-291-3995-5
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 88
Imprint : Rupa
₹95.00
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
Pioneer aviator, numero uno industrialist, institution-builder, philanthropist, and man manager par excellence, J.R.D. Tata was a nation builder, who was and continues to be a source of inspiration to both young and old. Having placed India on the aviation map of the world with his pioneering flight in 1932, he went on to guide the destiny of his child Air-India with the same enthusiasm and eye for perfection which informed his other ventures.

By : BAKHTIAR K DADABHOY
ISBN: 9788129106353
Category: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Politics
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 180
Imprint : Rupa
₹795.00
An Indian politician looks back at her journey and recounts how the going got tougher with her every success, perhaps because she was a woman.Life among the Scorpions recounts the deeply fascinating and often tumultuous events that mark thirty years of Jaya Jaitly’s political journey.

By : Jaya Jaitly
ISBN: 978-81-291-4909-1
Category: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Politics
Format : Hardcover
Imprint : Rupa
₹595.00
This is the heroic story of the man whose on-violent movement transformed his native India both spiritually and politically as it impelled the nation along the road to independence. With consummate skill, in narration that never flags in vividness and spiritual and historical force and as a living personality

By : Robert Payne
ISBN: 9780831758707
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Imprint : Rupa
₹495.00
Love and Revolution is the first comprehensive biography of the best-known Urdu poet of recent times, a portrait of the man behind the poetry—activist, revolutionary, family man, connoisseur of life—and a reading of his poetry in the context of his life and times.

By : Ali Madeeh Hashmi
ISBN: 978-81-291-3777-7
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Hardback
Pages: 232
Imprint : Rupa
₹595.00
My Country My Life ‘Advaniji Has Been My Friend And Comrade-In-Arms For Over Fifty Years. He Has Never Compromised On His Core Belief In Nationalism, And Yet Has Displayed Flexibility In Political Responses Whenever It Was Demanded By The Situation. He Has An Open Mind That Always Absorbs New Ideas From Diverse Sources. I Am Certain That My Country My Life Will Be Read Widely, And With Keen Interest, By People From Diverse Backgrounds. For Mirrored In It Is The Remarkable Journey Of A Sensitive Human Being And An Outstanding Leader Whose Best, I Hope And Pray, Is Yet To Come.’From The Foreword By Atal Bihari Vajpayee Prime Minister Of India (1998-2004) My Country My Life Is An Extraordinary Self-Portrait Of India S Leading Political Personality – L.K. Advani. As An Immigrant Who Was Forced To Abandon His Beloved Sindh, Which Became A Part Of Pakistan After India Was Partitioned In 1947, On The Basis Of The Communally Inspired Two Nation Theory , Advani Gives A Poignant First-Person Account Of That Tragedy. With A Career Spanning Six Decades As A Political Activist In Post-1947 India, During Which He Has Been A Ring-Side Viewer Of, And Participant In, Almost All The Major Socio-Political Developments In India, Advani Is Uniquely Qualified To Offer A Perspective On Independent India S Political Evolution. The Apogee Of Advani S Achievement Was His Seminal Contribution, Together With His Senior Colleague Atal Bihari Vajpayee, To Ending The Congress Party S Dominance Over India S Polity By Building The Bharatiya Janata Party As A Viable Alternative For Governing India. The Book Provides A Riveting, Insightful And Assertive Account Of Advani S Fight For Democracy During The Emergency, His Ram Rath Yatra For The Reconstruction Of The Ram Temple At Ayodhya That Resulted In The Biggest Mass Movement In India Since Independence And Catalysed A Nationwide Debate On The True Meaning Of Secularism, And His Years As India S Deputy Prime Minister And Home Minister In The Vajpayee-Led Government Of The National Democratic Alliance Between 1998-2004. The Importance And Relevance Of The Publication Of His Memoirs Has Increased Considerably Since He Has Now Been Chosen By The Bjp-Led Nda To Lead The Multi-Party Alliance Into The Forthcoming Parliamentary Elections. My Country My Life Is A Testimony To What Advani S Admirers As Well As His Critics Have Always Known Him For: The Gift Of Clarity Of Thought, Strong Convictions And Forceful Articulation. This Is A Candid Reflection On Himself, His Party And His Nation That Is Likely To Engage Readers In A Tour De Force With India S Leading Statesman. In A Country Where Political Memoirs, Especially By Those Who Are Still Active In Politics, Are Rare, This Book Is A Landmark.

By : L K ADVANI
ISBN: 9788129116543
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 1084
Imprint : Rupa
₹495.00
From a small boy growing up in Rameswaram, to becoming the country’s eleventh President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s life has been a tale of extraordinary determination, courage, perseverance and the desire to excel. In this series of anecdotes and profiles, Dr Kalam looks back on key moments in his past—some small and some momentous—and tells the reader how each of them inspired him profoundly. With warmth and affection, he talks about the people who left a deep impression on him as he was growing up and as an adult, and the lessons he drew from his interactions with them.

By : A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
ISBN: 978-81-291-2491-3
Category: Bestsellers Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 160
Imprint : Rupa
₹195.00
A concise biography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose meant for the young. The book will help to inculcate in the rising generation the basic human qualities like patriotism, national unity, self-sacrifice, courage and a concern for the poor of which Netaji was the shining example

By : KRISHNA BOSE
ISBN: 9788171672790
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 72
Imprint : Rupa
₹95.00
This is a gritty story of a badminton star Pullela Gopi Chand, who brought laurels to India by winning the coveted All England Championships 2001. The player for whom losing was not an option,who went against all rules and conventions. This book , the authorised biography of Pullela Gopichand, is about his rise from humble beginnings to become a star on Indian Badminton’s horizon,as well as his endeavours to produce more sports icons like him through his one of a kind badminton Academy.

By : SNAJAY SHARMA & SHACHI S SHARMA
ISBN: 9788129119001
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 344
Imprint : Rupa
₹495.00
An unpredictable music composer who defied the conventions of his time, a trendsetter who introduced a fusion of Western rock and jazz with Indian classical music—R.D. Burman’s life and career make him one of the most important and versatile artists to dominate the Indian film music scene from the 1960s to the ’80s. Whether the film itself was a blockbuster or a flop, his music always stood out—from the peppy ‘Dum maro dum’ and the evergreen ‘Chand mera dil’ to the soulful ‘Tum aa gaye ho, nur aa gaya hai’ and ‘Tujhse naraz nahin zindagi’. It is said that some films became hits on the strength of his songs alone! But while he was hailed as the reigning prince by all when he created one chartbuster after another, towards the end of his career he was labelled ‘luckless’ and subjected to indignities when his films started failing.

By : Khagesh Dev Burman
ISBN: 978-81-291-2428-9
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format :Paperback/Flexi
Pages:560
Imprint : Rupa
₹795.00
India's fight for freedom began within two decades of her crushing defeat in the Mutiny of 1857, also called India's First War of Independence. In his great pride of a conqueror, Lord Lawrence Humiliatingly asked the Indians: 'Will you be governed by the pen or the sword?' The British, nevertheless could not crush their spirit. It lay dormant over the next two decades, but re-emerged first in 1875 with Bankim Chandra Chatterji's immortal national hymn Bande Mataram. The second was in 1876 with Surendranath Banerjea emerging as Father of Political Consciousness. Finally, it was Gandhi as the Father of Mass Awakening. India's fight for freedom changed its ideology as time permitted: first with the Moderates, followed by the Extremists. At the end came Gandhi to turn the fight into a mass struggle, which continued till India emerged as a free nation in 1947. Outside these three groups were Independents of equal eminence who contributed to India's freedom struggle in their ways. Additionally, as Great Indians, the author has included Jamsetji Tata. He was a pioneer in hydropower generation and steel manufacture, besides other contributions, especially in sciences and education, which changed the face of Indian economy.

By : BALRAJ KRISHNA
ISBN: 9788129124500
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 482
Imprint : Rupa
₹595.00
A great warrior and skilled administrator, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, better known as Shivaji, was the founder of the great Maratha Empire, and one who instilled a sense of Maratha identity in his people. At a time, when the Mughal Empire was at its zenith, Shivaji was the only one who dared to challenge the might of Emperor Aurangzeb. He steadily grew his army from a humble contingent of 2,000 soldiers to a force of 100,000. Assisted by a disciplined military system, a well-structured administrative organization and a deeply traditional society, soon the Maratha force became the only military power of consequence against the Mughals in India.

By : Dennis Kincaid
ISBN: 978-81-291-3720-3
Category: Biographies & Memoirs
Format : Paperback
Pages: 345
Imprint : Rupa
₹295.00
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