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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!  

Author : Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher : Penguin
Price : ₹ 251
Genre : Non-fiction , popular psychology

In this landmark bestseller, journalist, author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell revolutionises the way we understand the world within ourselves. Blink is about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant - in the blink of an eye - that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others consistently inept? Why do some follow their instincts and win, while others keep stumbling into error? How do our brains really work - in the office, classroom, kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

In Blink, we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities expert who recognises a fake at a glance. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing" - filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

To Kill a Mockingbird is rightly considered a classic, and is timeless and captivating from the first word to the last. There is no beginning, middle, or end to this story, but instead, it contains a snapshot of life. Lee creates a picture of a small Alabama town in 1935 with the narrative in the voice of a Southern child. It's a reminder that the world was once a simple place, as it eases the reader into the mind of an eight-year-old girl.

But soon the silky, calm pond of childhood is shattered by the impact of racism and the ripples of lessons learned courses through the water. The novel has a powerful political message about the downtrodden lives of African-Americans in 1930s America, the prejudice and fear they faced every day. It is a tale of how prejudice comes in many forms, and must be fought and overcome, no matter where it is present and how difficult the task might seem. This book is a must-read for everyone.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Author : Harper Lee
Publisher : Penguin
Price : ₹ 210
Genre : Fiction, drama

Fahrenheit 451
Author :
Ray Bradbury
Publisher : Panther
Price : ₹ 329
Genre : Dystopian fiction

Set in a bleak dystopian future, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 remains to this day a masterpiece. The main character is that of a fireman, Guy Montag, and in his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Initially never questioning the destruction, he begins to question everything when a friend introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and saw the world through the ideas in books. Montag begins to question everything he has ever known, starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, has to run for his life.
Written in 1953, everything Bradbury writes about is relevant even now. What happens when one begins to lose one's curiosity, the ability to question, and gets lost in the mindless chatter of television? Exactly how much would anyone be willing to sacrifice to keep alive the tradition one believes in? These are only some of the questions Fahrenheit 451 poses, and keeps you thinking months after you've finished reading it.