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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield

Pan Macmillan

Pages: 336, Price: Rs 599

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield’s success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it. In his book, Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement – and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don’t visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.

Ekkos Clan

Sudipto Das

Niyogi Books

Pages: 282; Price: Rs 350

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Someone wants Kratu’s whole family dead. Is it personal vendetta or is it because they have access to Kratu’s grandmother Kubha’s stories, which conceal perilous secrets. The eventful lives of Kubha and her family span a hundred years and encompass turbulent phases of Indian history. From her ancestors, Kubha inherited a basketful of stories. Kratu, a graduate student at Stanford mentions Kubha’s stories to Afsar Fareedi, a linguistic palaeontologist, in a casual conversation. Afsar quickly figures out that the – bedtime tales contain rich linguistic fossils and layers of history. Afsar, Kratu and his best friend Tista travel across continents to trace the origin of her stories. Their journey also leads them to discover one of the oldest civilisations of the world. But will their efforts also unearth the causes behind the series of murders.

Art of Life: Timeless Wisdom from the Gita

J. S. Mishra

Rupa Publications

Pages: 282; Price: Rs 295

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‘Art of Life: Timeless wisdom from The Gita’ throws light on the sacred words spoken by Lord Krishna and attempts to relate their essence with the life of the modern man. It is a painstaking effort to easily understand and convey the true message of The Bhagwad Gita, keeping in view the propensities and cultural inclinations of the common man as is relevant in the contemporary world. The author has carefully selected one hundred and twenty-one shlokas which form the core of the Gita and are extremely relevant to the everyday life-issues faced by the modern society. The shlokas are presented with their core message, and relevant interpretation both in Hindi and English. The presented message is a synthesis that the author has painstakingly culled from multiple sources of the text, commentaries, academic research, and related traditional wisdom of myths and legends. This work builds a bridge between the current civilisational mind & the ancient erudition.

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