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  Since you're planning on doing your MBA, you need to be well read, and not just on current affairs. In this section, we offer you some choices of books that will broaden your perspective, and you will find that you will never be at a loss in a discussion!  

The Effective Executive
Author : Peter F. Drucker
Publisher : Harper Business
Price : ₹ 880
Genre : Non-fiction

What’s the exact role of an executive? Well, to get things done. We knew this but writer Peter F. Drucker in his book The Effective Executive mentions that it’s a lot more than that. And the work usually involves doing what other people have overlooked and coming up with positive results.
Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organisation
  • Knowing where and how to mobilise strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making
In this book, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the particular skills that are specific to an executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

In a country on the brink of civil war, two young people meet and get involved in a relationship that is fierce enough to sustain them both. Sensual and brutally independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed are the two main characters in this tumultuous tale. They embark on a furtive love affair in a city that is marked by violence and unrest. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

Exit West
Author : Mohsin Hamid
Publisher : Penguin Random House India
Price : ₹ 361
Genre : Fiction

Angelas Ashes
Author :
Frank McCourt
Publisher : Scribner Book Company
House India
Price : ₹ 798
Genre : Autobiography

A story that accounts for Frank McCourt’s survival amidst trying times, Angela’s Ashes is an astounding humour and compassion, which bears all the marks of a classic. “When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”
So begins the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet the irresponsible father nurtures in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.

A book of astounding humour and compassion, Angela’s Ashes is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.