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Govinda, son of Nanda-one of the many cowherds in the verdant kingdom of Surasena, in Aryavarta-was content with his tough but wonderful life. That was until the king’s men came looking for him and his brother, Balabadra, spewing death and destruction in their wake.
Forced to leave behind those they love in order to save them, the brothers are now on the run-all the while being hunted by the tyrant king, Kans, and his bloodthirsty adviser, Chanuran, who will stop at nothing to kill them.
Even as their journey reveals Govinda’s true identity as a prince and the rightful heir to the Surasena crown, it pulls them deeper into the murky secrets surrounding the throne-and its bloody legacy.
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen is one of the world’s best-known voices for the poor and the downtrodden, and an inspiration for the proponents of justice across the globe. He has contributed almost without peer to the study of economics, philosophy and politics, transforming social choice theory, development economics, ethics, political philosophy and Indian political economy, to list but a few. This book offers a much-needed introduction to Amartya sen’s extraordinary variety of ideas. Lawrence Hamilton provides an excellent, accessible guide to the full range of sen’s writings, Contextualizing his ideas and summarizing the associated debates. In elegant prose, Hamilton reconstructs sen’s critiques of the major philosophies of his time, assesses his now famous concern for capabilities as an alternative for thinking about poverty, inequality, gender discrimination, development, democracy and justice, and unearths some overlooked gems. Throughout, these major theoretical and philosophical achievements are subjected to rigorous scrutiny.
The gripping inside story of the race to build conversationally capable computers Chat with the author: ask your Alexa device to ‘open the voice computing book The next great technological disruption is coming. The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build the last, best computer that the world will ever need. Whoever successfully creates it will revolutionise our relationship with technology – and make billions of dollars in the process. It is known as conversational AI. For years, computers that can speak and think like humans have been on the verge of becoming a reality.
Most of us know that we’re addicted to texting, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter not because we’re stupid or shallow, but because they provide real value in the form of connection, community, affirmation and information. But these tools can also disrupt our ability to focus on meaningful work and live fully in the present. In digital minimalism, Cal Newport outlines a practical philosophy and plan for a mindful, intentional use of technology that maximises its benefits while minimizing its drain on our attention, focus and time. Demonstrating how to implement a 30-day digital detox, this book will help you identify which uses of technology are actually helping you reach your goals, and which are holding you back.
A deadly river Collision puts Dirk Pitt on the trail of an ancient mystery stretching back thousands of years… When a rogue cargo firefighters strikes an oil tanker in the Detroit river, the oil spill is the worst marine disaster in years. Dirk Pitt’s NUMA team lead the Clean-up operation, with the help of new Green tech firm, biorem. But when one of numa’s best divers dies suspiciously while working on the wreck, Pitt fears there’s more to biorem than simply saving the environment. Discovering a trail of unexplained deaths which appear to be linked to biorem’s sites around the world, Pitt unravels a mystery from our past that could jeopardise mankind’s future. But someone is determined to make sure Pitt and his associates don’t survive to learn the truth…
In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security and social fabric. Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents’ large, imposing house in New York, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse.
Superb’ Daily Mail, ‘book of the week’ ‘Brilliant’ The times, ‘book of the week’ ‘[A] vivid, detailed account’ Guardian, ‘book of the week’ ‘Hugely enjoyable’ Daily Telegraph ‘fascinating’ Spectator Charles Dickens was a superb public performer, a great orator and one of the most famous of the eminent Victorian. Slight of build, with a frenzied, hyper-energetic personality, Dickens looked much older than his fifty-eight years when he died. Although he specified an unpretentious funeral, it was inevitable that crowds flocked to his open grave in Westminster Abbey. Experiencing the worst and best of life during the Victorian age, Dickens was not merely the conduit through whom some of the most beloved characters in literature came into the world. He was one of them.
Vernon God little, a humane, deeply empathetic starburst of a satire; the most moving and entertaining exaggeration of the fearful nightmare of trying to raise a kid now. Dopamine city is the story of lonny cush, sanitation worker and single parent, kind-hearted and red-blood, who is trying his best to protect his kids from the hysterical hyper-reality of 21st century life. He lives in an unnamed fictional world city, dominated by a huge tech company akin to Google. A manual worker – although he has been put forward for ‘retraining’, a euphemism for redundancy – lonny is out of sync with the changes in his hometown and his century, and doesn’t have the means to give his quiet teenage son Egan and his precocious, ultra-demanding nine-year-old daughter Shelby (one of the most memorably awful children in literature!) what they need, or say they need. But with his mother-in-law circling for custody, and needing to win back his kids’ favor after he maybe went too far in disciplining Shelby, he succumbs, splashing out on the thing Shelby wants more than anything else: her first smart phone. And so begins the silken silence as she drifts off to her room and down the rabbit hole of memes, trolls, hysteria and peer-pressure, and the true, vertiginous terrors of 21st-century life start flooding into the cush household. And what should lonny do? Rescue her or follow her? Because who is right: lonny, or the world he and everybody else is living in now?.
For the first time in millennia we live without formal empires. But that doesn’t mean we don’t feel their presence rumbling through history. The great imperial hangover examines how the world’s imperial legacies are still shaping the thorniest issues we face today. From Russia’s incursions in the Ukraine to Brexit; from Trump’s ‘america-first policy’ To China’s forays into Africa; from Modi’s India to the hotbed of the Middle East, Puri provides a bold new framework for understanding the world’s complex rivalries and politics. Organised by region, and covering vital topics such as security, foreign policy, National politics and commerce, the great imperial hangover combines gripping history and astute analysis to explain why the history of empire affects us all in profound ways.
What does drug withdrawal have in common with a broken heart? Why is the enemy of memory not time, But other memories? How can a blind person learn to see with her tongue or a deaf person learn to hear with his skin? Why did many people in the 1980s mistakenly perceive book pages to be slightly red in colour? Why is the world’s Archer harmless? Might we someday control a robot with our thoughts, just as we do our fingers and toes? Why do we dream at night, and what does that have to do with the Rotation of the planet? The answer to these questions is right behind our eyes. The greatest technology we have ever discovered on this planet is the three-pound organ carried around in the vault of the skull. This book is not simply about what the brain is, but what it does. The magic of the brain is not found in the parts it’s made of, but in the way those parts unceasingly re-weave themselves in an electric, living fabric. Surf the leading edge of neuroscience atop the anecdotes and metaphors that have made Eagleman one of the best scientific translators of our generation. Covering decades of research to the present day, livewired also presents new discoveries from eagleman’s own laboratory, from synaesthesia to dreaming to wearable neurotech devices that revolutionize how we think about the senses.
What’s more important than money? Seven entrepreneurs know this secret to success: it’s the people you can trust and turn to for advice and guidance…The team you build to support your plans and goals and dreams. Many people have million dollar ideas. They’re confident that their new product or service or innovation will make them rich and that all their dreams will come true. The problem is: most people don’t know how to turn their million-dollar idea into millions of dollars. According to many social scientists, the most important thing in life is a person’s social and professional network. In other words, The people around us – our associates, our team, our friends. The people we surround ourselves with – and the people we go to for advice and guidance – can mean the difference between success and failure. And as he taught in rich dad poor dad, if the people around you have a poor person’s mind-set, it’s likely that you’ll be, or stay, poor. Your team, in life and in business, will determine if your million-dollar idea will give you a million-dollar payday.
In Iran, 1953, a driver named Behrouz discovers an abandoned baby in an alleyway. When he adopts her, naming her Aria, he has no idea how profoundly this fiery, blue-eyed orphan will shape his future.
As she grows, Aria is torn between the three women fated to mother her: the wife of Behrouz, who beats her; the wealthy widow Fereshteh, who offers her refuge but cannot offer her love, and the impoverished Mehri, whose secrets will shatter everything Aria thought she knew about her life.
An addictive quiz ebook for all the family featuring 10,000 questions, The Big Quiz Book has something for everyone. With 10 different general knowledge categories – from Science & Technology, Art & Literature, and Natural History, to Food & Drink, Film & TV, and Sport & Leisure – and three increasing levels of difficulty, it offers a fresh and up-to-the-minute quizzing experience that will educate and entertain all the family.
Bursting with fascinating facts to boost your trivia knowledge, whatever your specialist subject or your nemesis topic, The Big Quiz Book is perfect for home entertainment and virtual pub quizzes. You won’t be able to put it down!
We all have the sense that our economy tilts toward big business, but, as Joseph e. Stiglitz explains in people, power, and profits, a few corporations now dominate entire sectors, contributing to skyrocketing inequality and slow growth. This is how the financial industry has managed to write its own regulations, tech companies have accumulated reams of personal data without oversight, and the government has negotiated trade deals that fail to represent the interests of workers. Too many have made their wealth through exploitation of others rather than through wealth creation. New technologies may make matters worse, increasing inequality and unemployment. Stiglitz identifies the true sources of wealth and of increases in standards of living, based on learning, advances in science and Technology, and the rule of law. He shows that the assault on the judiciary, universities, and the media undermines the very institutions that have long been the foundation of economic prosperity and democracy. He sets out the economic solutions which will exploit the benefits of markets while Taming their excesses, and how a decent middle-class life can once again be attainable for all.
Childhood Days is a biography of Satyajit Ray, which he wrote on his own. Through this book, readers will come to know about the people who were around him during his childhood years, where he spent the early years of his life and who Satyajit Ray was, the man who we now know as an artist, music composer, director and writer. This book enables readers to take a look at a different side of Satyajit Ray, which is affectionate, tender and humorous, quite different from the person everyone knows, who is a serious man who keeps himself isolated from the world.
In his landmark international bestsellers guns, germs and Steel and collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now in the third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis. Diamond shows us how seven countries have survived defining upheavals in the recent past – from the forced opening up of Japan and the Soviet invasion of Finland to the Pinochet regime in Chile – through selective change, a process of painful self-appraisal and adaptation more commonly associated with personal trauma. Looking ahead to the future, he investigates whether the United States, and the world, are squandering their natural advantages and are on a devastating path towards catastrophe. Is this fate inevitable? Or can we still learn from the lessons of the past? Exhibiting the awe-inspiring grasp of history, Geography, economics and anthropology that marks all Diamond’s work, upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal yet.
Should we believe in God? In this new book, written for a new generation, the brilliant Science writer and author of the God delusion, explains why we shouldn’t. Should we believe in God? Do we need God in order to explain the existence of the universe? Do we need God in order to be good? In twelve chapters that address some of the most profound questions human beings confront, Dawkins marshals Science, philosophy and comparative religion to interrogate the hypocrisies of all the religious systems and explain to readers of all ages how life emerged without a creator, how evolution works and how our world came into being. For anyone hoping to grapple with the meaning of life and what to believe, outgrowing God is a challenging, thrilling and revelatory read.
From Nobel Prize-winning economist and new York Times bestselling author Robert Shiller, a ground-breaking account of how stories help drive economic events—and why financial panics can spread like epidemic viruses in a world in which Internet troll farms attempt to influence foreign elections, can we afford to ignore the power of viral stories to affect economies? In this ground-breaking book, Nobel Prize-winning economist and new York Times bestselling author Robert Shiller offers a new way to think about the economy and economic change. Using a rich array of historical examples and data, Shiller argues that studying popular stories that affect individual and collective economic behavior—what he calls “narrative economics”—has the potential to vastly improve our ability to predict, prepare for, and lessen the damage of financial crises, recession, depression, and other major economic events.
A new, comprehensive playbook for innovation from the New York Times bestselling author of Reverse Innovation, Vijay Govindarajan
In his seminal book The Three-Box Solution, Vijay Govindarajan offered an amazingly simple and highly effective framework for leading innovation:
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