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Pitch It! is a refreshingly different book which provides readers with invaluable lessons in management and leadership with the help of real-life examples from the cricketing and the corporate worlds.

Summary of the Book

In Pitch It! Dev Prasad has used some exciting and fascinating stories from the cricketing world to build strategies that can be exceptionally useful in a corporate warfare. The author very skillfully draws similarities from the sporting and business worlds to provide his readers important lessons on leadership and management. The book comprises of enthralling anecdotes linking cricketing legends and business leaders. In addition, the book is packed with case studies from a wide range of industries such as IT, Consumer Goods, Automotive, Banking, and Food and Beverages. Pitch It! is an exceptional compilation of winning strategies and will make a great read for management professionals and entrepreneurs.

About Dev Prasad

Dev Prasad is an Indian author and IT professional residing in Bangalore. He completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Trichy and his postgraduate program from IIM Bangalore. He has held senior management positions at several European and American Multinational Companies. He enjoys reading, writing, traveling, photography, and listening to music. He has penned down several poems, one of which was selected by International Poets Association, USA. He is also associated with a few NGO’s working for underprivileged children. His debut novel Krishna: A Journey Through the Lands & Legends of Krishna was longlisted for 2010 Vodafone Crossword Award.

Pitch It ! : Inspirational Stories from the Cricket Dressing Room to the Corporate Boardroom (English)
Pitch It ! : Inspirational Stories from the Cricket Dressing Room to the Corporate Boardroom (English)
Dev Prasad
Rs. 279
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Sachin Tendulkar is undeniably one of the greatest cricketers of all times. He is a true icon, an object of adulation and an idol to millions worldwide. Each and every move of Sachin has been monitored and recorded for a long time now, and this book chronicles Sachin’s numerous achievements in the cricketing field. He has an outstanding and unbelievable record and he is also credited with scoring hundred centuries! His 100th century was at Mirpur, Dhaka on the 16th of March, 2012.

Summary of the Book

This book chronicles all of Sachin’s landmark centuries and presents them with some interesting trivia and facts about the cricketer. Sachin has had a long-run as a cricketer, with a career over 20 years he has had some exceptional moments. His cricketing life has also passed through many defining moments in world and Indian history. The author also compares and draws parallelisms between Sachin’s accomplishments and those of other sporting giants like Viswanathan Anand and Leander Paes.

About V. Krishnaswamy

V. Krishnaswamy is a famous Indian sports journalist. Krishnaswamy was born in Kolkata and grew up in Delhi. He has been a sports journalist and commentator for many years now. He has also authored Scholastic Quiz: Commonwealth Games. He was working as a sports reporter in the Times of India.

Sachin: A Hundred Hundreds Now (English)
Sachin: A Hundred Hundreds Now (English)
Krishnaswamy V
Rs. 257
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Final Test Exit Sachin Tendulkar, by Dilip D’Souza, examines the minute details of the last test match played by one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin Tendulkar.

Summary of the Book

Dilip D’Souza closely observes those two-and-a-half days of the last test match played by Tendulkar, at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai in November, 2013. The book captures the tumult of sentiments the match had spawned, the love and worship that was showered by the cricket lovers at the stadium, the choking emotion, and the match against the West Indies. This title discusses cricket from the olden days to the new, as Sachin takes to the pitch one last time. The deafening noise in the Wankhede turns into stark silence as the Little Master begins his walk back to the pavilion, marking the end of a glorious era. The author poignantly describes how there will be no more swearing and switching off televisions when he got out; no resonating chants of “Sa-chi-i-i-n, Sa-chin!” on the fields anymore. Final Test is a must-read for all fans of Sachin and of the game itself.

About Dilip D’Souza

Dilip D’Souza graduated as a Computer Scientist and worked in the software industry for many years, before turning into a full-time writer 15 years ago. He has, ever since, been an award-winning writer who has been associated with Outlook, Caravan, Mint, Hindustan Times, NYT, Die Zeit, Salon, The Hindu, Washington Times, The Daily Beast, and Newsweek among other publications. He has also written: The Curious Case of Binayak Sen, The Narmada Dammed, Branded by Law, and Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America.

Final Test Exit Sachin Tendulkar (English)
Final Test Exit Sachin Tendulkar (English)
Dilip D'Souza
Rs. 257
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The book is a compilation of articles written by well-known cricket expert Harsha Bhogle and follows the evolution of Indian cricket from over the years.

Summary Of The Book

Few people have followed cricket as closely as Harsha Bhogle. He has not only studied the game from the outside but experienced it right from the middle of the action. As a commentator and TV presenter, he has even brought the game to millions of people around the world. In Out Of The Box, he brings together years of cricket analysis in an attempt to track the evolution of the game in India. He also writes about cricketing legends like Sanath Jayasurya, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, and Sachin Tendulkar.

The book contains a selection of Bhogle’s articles that he wrote for The Indian Express. It explores the history of contemporary cricket tracking the rise and fall of some of the greatest Indian cricketers of all times. It gives an inside view of various aspects of the game, right from coaching methodologies to team control and management.

The book is full of interesting revelations about the Indian team as it played matches around the world. Bhogle’s expert analysis brings out the team’s key strengths and weaknesses and assesses its capability to become the greatest cricketing team in the world.

About Harsha Bhogle

Harsha Bhogle is a renowned Indian cricket commentator, TV presenter, and sports journalist.

Having a keen interest for cricket, he writes frequently about the game for leading news publications. His column Hitting Hard features regularly in The Sportstar magazine. He has authored the official biography of eminent cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin and a number of other books on sports including Complete Encyclopedia Of Cricket and Let’s Play: The Puffin Book Of Sports Stories.

Bhogle was born in 1961 in Hyderabad. He did chemical engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, and studied business management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is one of the leading presenters of International cricket and is seen at all major cricketing events. He has hosted a number of sports-based television shows for ESPN and Star Sports. He also hosted Travel India With Harsha Bhogle for TLC and The Discovery Channel. He is married to Anita Bhogle, whom he met at IIM-A. She runs Prosearch that is a Sports communications consultancy. They live in Mumbai and have two sons.

Out of the Box (R/E) (English)
Out of the Box (R/E) (English)
Bhogale
Rs. 289
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Ricky Ponting is undeniably one of the greatest cricketing legends, who looks down memory lane in this tell-all autobiography.

Summary

In this book, Ricky Ponting looks back on his remarkable life and career. Ponting has always been known for his blatant honesty and frankness and he reflects back on a lifetime at the crease. From being a childhood prodigy, Ponting came a long way to becoming one of the best cricketers of all time. He writes about his highs and lows, the scandals, and his triumphs,  and in brief about his extraordinary and magnificent International cricketing career. He also writes about his private struggle to maintain his form in the later days and the readers get a great insight into his life, his leadership qualities, career, defeats, and captaincy. The book very well shows his love and passion for the game of cricket and also what made him one of the most successful captains ever.

About Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting is Australian former cricketer and was the captain of the Australian Team for many years. He led his team to victory in both 2003 and 2007 Cricket World Cup. Throughout his career, he was involved in writing diaries on Australian cricket, which were produced with the help of a ghostwriter.

Ponting : At Close Of Play (English)
Ponting : At Close Of Play (English)
Ponting, Ricky
Rs. 859
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Sachin Tendulkar: The Man Cricket Loved Back is about the legendary cricketer and his last match. The match was the most watched cricket match as every Indian wanted to witness it and be a part of it. 

Summary of the Book

When Sachin Tendulkar played his last match on November 2013 the whole of India, especially cricket lovers, wanted to be a part of it. Fans saw him play for the last time. Shortly after this the Government of India presented him with the Bharat Ratna Award. This book contains the perspectives and appreciation of his teammates and rivals. It also features interviews conducted by him over the years, and pictures of him on and off the field.

About the Author

ESPNcricinfo is a sports news website which is specifically meant for cricket. The website was originally started during the World Cup in 1993. 

Sachin Tendulkar: The Man Cricket Loved Back : The Man Cricket Loved Back (English)
Sachin Tendulkar: The Man Cricket Loved Back : The Man Cricket Loved Back (English)
ESPN Cricinfo
Rs. 425
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Sealed with a Six: The story of how the World Cup saved One Day Cricket is for all those cricket buffs, who eat, sleep and dream only of cricket. 

Summary of the Book

2011 is considered the best World Cup of all time and why? Because the tournament helped resurrect the one-day international format. In addition, there were intriguing matches which kept the subcontinent occupied for quite sometime.

Sealed with a Six: The story of how the World Cup shows how every player was given a reasonable chance to showcase their talent and the favourites weren’t favoured much. The world cup to top it all made quite a difference to one of the best-loved cricketer’s already phenomenal career.

About the Author

ESPN Cricinfo is considered the world’s No. 1 cricket website and has over 20 million users on a monthly basis. The website gives its viewers quality content which includes news, live ball-by-ball coverage of all test, one-day international and Twenty20 matches.

Sealed with a Six: The Story of How The World Cup Saved One Day Cricket (English)
Sealed with a Six: The Story of How The World Cup Saved One Day Cricket (English)
Cricinfo, ESPN|author;
Rs. 533
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The Test Of My Life From Cricket To Cancer And Back is the heart-warming and inspirational tale of cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s battle with the dreaded disease and how he was able to overcome this traumatic phase in his life.

Summary Of The Book

The Test Of My Life From Cricket To Cancer And Back is a book that provides its readers with insights into the most traumatic period in the life of cricketer Yuvraj Singh, as he struggled to come to terms with the fact that he was afflicted with cancer. The victory of the 2011 ICC World Cup receded far into the background in the light of this new development in Yuvraj’s life.

The cricketer, who had recently been in the spotlight for his phenomenal performance in the World Cup, had to now see the world crumbling before him as he dealt with chemotherapy and its numerous adverse effects. What started off as frequent bouts of illness and insomnia, along with a persistent cough that caused him to vomit blood, had eventually been diagnosed as cancer. The author talks about the chemotherapy treatment, and how he lost his hair and appetite.

The Test Of My Life From Cricket To Cancer And Back is a heart-rending story that never fails to grip the attention of its readers. Filled with varied emotions, doubts, and fears, the book is a captivating story of how a human being can fight to survive, even in the toughest of circumstances. Yuvraj Singh also speaks about Youwecan, which is an NGO that helps patients with cancer.

About The Authors

The author of this book, Yuvraj Singh, is a renowned cricketer from India. Singh was born on the 12th of December, 1981, in Chandigarh, India. He completed his schooling from DAV Public School, Chandigarh. Since the year 2000, he has been a part of the ODI Indian cricket team, and started playing test matches since 2003. Singh was presented with the Man Of The Tournament award for his extraordinary performance during the 2011 Cricket World Cup. In the year 2012, Singh was also presented with the Arjuna Award by President Pranab Mukherjee. This award is the highest sport award in the country. In the year 2011, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, and was treated in the US. He recovered and returned to play cricket in the latter part of 2012.

Sharda Ugra is a well-known journalist from India. Through the course of her 22 year long career as a journalist, Ugra has worked in several forms of media, which include news magazines, broadsheets, tabloids, as well as radio, when she worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She currently holds the position of the Senior Editor at ESPNcricinfo.

Nishant Singh Arora is a former journalist from India and current manager of Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj Singh- The Test of My life (English)
Yuvraj Singh- The Test of My life (English)
Yuvraj Singh
Rs. 267
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Durjoy Datta
Durjoy Datta was born in New Delhi, India and completed a degree in engineering and business management before embarking on a writing career. His first book-of Course I Love You! - was published when he was twenty-one years old and was an instant bestseller. His successive novels-Now That You're Rich! She Broke Up, I Didn't!, Ohh Yes, I Am Single!, If It's Not Forever, Till the Last Breath, Someone Like You, Hold My Hand-have also found prominence on various bestseller lists, making him one of the highest-selling authors in India. Durjoy also has to his credit two television shows, Sadda Haq (Channel V) and Veera (Star Plus), both of which have done exceedingly well on Indian television. Durjoy lives in New Delhi, loves dogs and is an active Crossfitter.
Dream with Your Eyes Open : An Entrepreneurial Journey (English)

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. You’ve ever had an impactful, disruptive product or business idea, been curious about owning your own business or have already taken the first steps on your entrepreneurial journey, this is the book for you. If you’ve been running your own company for the last seven-odd years and scale, brand and value-creation are some of the crossroads for you now, keep reading. If you think your parents or family would freak out if you dared to suggest ditching your safe haven - your professional job - to pursue your dreams of owning your own business, relax. Better yet, share this book with them. If you’re an experienced professional ready to take the plunge into starting your own business or committed to growing into an effective leader in the company you work for, read on. This book hopes to demystify failure, inspire success, raise ambitions and help you think big.

Go Set a Watchman
An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.
Go Set a Watchman (English)
Go Set a Watchman (English)
Rs. 556
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Review by Tushar Joshi
I started Clifton Chronicles in 2014..After reading the first 2 books,i became hypnotized by the art of writing,the way of narration,the great suspense and above all....THE BRAVERY of the protagonist-HARRY CLIFTON...after reading the 3rd and 4th book,I was eagerly waiting for the fifth installment...and this one has proved to be even better....This is Jeffrey Archer at his very best...too good an experience to share in just few words....Read and enjoy...
Mightier than the Sword (English)
Mightier than the Sword (English)
Archer, Jeffrey
Rs. 419
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