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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!  

Mister Pip
Author : Lloyd Jones
Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
Price : ₹ 539
Genre : Fiction

Set in the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville, Lloyd Jones's Mister Pip starts off innocently enough. A small village of people living in the middle of a vast ocean, leading their small lives within their apparently cocooned world of limited technology. Living in the midst of the black community is the only single white skinned man for miles, Tom Watts, the quiet, soft spoken husband of a local woman. Watts takes up teaching the local children, and then, without warning, the reality of the ongoing civil war steps in.

Mister Pip is equal parts horrific in the brutal, bestial and often abrupt harshness of war, and equal parts uplifting in the escape of a young girl Matilda into the world of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, and from there to what we define as “civilisation”. A must read for anyone who yearns a change from light, entertaining reads.

In the category "Indians writing in English", Amish Tripathi has firmly cemented his place as an author to be read with his trifecta of books about the Lord Shiva - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras. The trilogy depicts Shiva as a real man - a Tibetan tribal chief - lock-haired, battle scarred and possessing a fierce wit.

Shiva hates the frequent inter-tribal fights and seeks a way out. Eventually, the books are about deciding between good and bad, right and wrong, and becoming man and god.

A fresh concept of depicting Shiva as a man, with a simple narrative, fast paced writing, a strong foundation in history, and an enthralling climax make this trilogy a must read.

The Shiva Trilogy
Author : Amish Tripathi
Publisher : Westland
Price : ₹ 639
Genre : Fiction, fantasy

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author :
Stephen Covey
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
Price : ₹ 413
Genre : Business, Self help

Dr Stephen Covey was and still remains a hugely influential management guru, whose most famous book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, became a blueprint for personal development when it was published in 1990. The principles may be used for life in general - they are not limited to workplaces, management, leadership, etc. The author’s concepts help people to grow, change, and become more effective in really any other aspect of human responsibility that you might imagine.

The book is easy to understand, and the "habits" seem very simple, and in many ways they are, yet to varying degrees they may entail quite serious changes to thinking and acting.

The book is really about developing that core set of values to the point where it's easy to draw solutions to problems from them, making you a much more effective person in all aspects of life.