Of friendship and struggle (Books This Weekend)

From friendship and cricket to movies and politics - the IANS book stack this weekend has books on these subjects, along with the struggle of the Tibetan people. Read on...

1. Book: Friendship; Author: Ruskin Bond; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 160; Price: Rs. 295
A fine compilation of Ruskin Bond's favourite sayings and quotes on friendship, family and love. Observed, and recorded in his diary over the years, the book brings together famous sayings by celebrated writers, poets and philosophers.

A master of stories, Bond's new book is compiled in his characteristic heartwarming style for his greatest friends - his readers.

2. Book: Mahi: The Story of India's Most Successful Captain; Author: Shantanu Guha Ray; Publisher: Roli Books; Pages: 193; Price: Rs 295

Mapping the journey of India's most successful cricket captains, the book charts the unparalleled rise of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. From playing tennis ball cricket in Ranchi to his deft helicopter shot, the journey of Captain Cool is replete with incidents and anecdotes. Driven with determination and his passion for the game, Dhoni took Indian cricket to new heights. Precisely researched, the book also has first-hand accounts from Dhoni's friends and family.

3. Book: Wind Horse; Author: Kaushik Barua; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 365, Price: Rs. 450

Born in Eastern Tibet, Lhasang and his family are forced to flee, making a dangerous trek across the mighty Himalayas, after the Chinese occupation. Norbu, from an affluent Tibetan expatriate family based in Delhi gets drawn to the Tibetan struggle of resistance after meeting Dolma, a young college student. In their bid to counter the Chinese, they befriend a group of fighters. But they find themselves in a dilemma when they realise they will have to defy the Dalai Lama's instructions by taking up arms.

The book follows the lives of this group of Tibetans who set up an resistance movement to fight the attackers with the sole intention of regaining their homeland.

4. Book: Confidence; Author: Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic; Publisher: Hachette India; Pages: 258; Price: Rs. 375

Busting myths about confidence, this book intends to be an eye-opener on how confidence is wrongly believed to be the reason behind a person's success. The book aims to help readers find out their insecurities and become stronger.

With chapters like 'Taking Advantage of Low Confidence', A Succesful Career' and 'A Healthier Life', the author, a leading psychologist gives tips to overcome low self-esteem, insecurity, and self-doubt.

--IANS (Posted on 30-11-2013)

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