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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!  

Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman
Author : Richard P Feynman
Publisher : Random House
Price : ₹ 389
Genre : Autobiography

In this book, Richard Feynman (1918-1988), winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, recounts in his inimitable voice his experience and ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek.

The book thrives on his outrageous adventures, from cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; painting a naked female toreador - and much else of an eyebrow-raising nature. Google cofounder Sergey Brin had once commented that this autobiography of Richard Feynman inspired him to dedicate his career to blending technology and creativity.

The book bares open Feynman's life in all its eccentric glory - a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unrestrained interest, and uncontrolled impudence. Overall, this is a highly interesting book for sure.

What is it that an executive is supposed to do? The author Peter F. Drucker defines an executive's job role when he specifies that its the ability to 'get the right things done'. And, that usually includes doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Drucker harps on the fact that intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive's job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies certain practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned: a) Managing time, b) Choosing what to contribute to the organisation, c) Knowing where and how to mobilise strength for best possible results, e) Setting the right priorities and finally f) Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making. Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skills of executives and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos found this book such a brilliant read that he chose this among the three books that he had his senior managers read for a series of all-day book clubs.

The Effective Executive
Author : Peter F. Drucker
Publisher : Harper Business
Price : ₹ 864
Genre : Non-fiction

Water for Elephants
Author :
Sara Gruen
Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
Price : ₹ 339
Genre : Fiction

The story is about an old man Jacob Jankowski recounting his days in a circus in America's Depression era.

Even though the storyline might seem a little cliche, with a boy stealing his ladylove away from her evil husband, it's the background and the other side characters that make the story stand out from the rest.

From Jacob's bad tempered dwarf roommate, to the occasionally psychopathic equine master, to the sinister ring master, and Uncle Al, every character has an interesting story. Even the animals seem to be more than mere brute creatures, with the most adorable being an elephant, who for a non-speaking character has an edge and humour to her. Water for Elephants is fun, sweet and thrilling and will pull you into the mysterious life of the circus in such a gripping manner that you won't want to leave.