Twenty-two-year-old Yash Birla wakes up at the break of dawn to a phone call that changes his life — a plane with his parents and sister has just crashed in Bangalore. Leaving his college in North Carolina on a flight to Mumbai, Yash finds out that they have all passed away. Everything he has known is destroyed and his world is suddenly torn apart.Reeling from the loss, Yash is handed over a vast empire of companies that he is now at the helm of, where he has to fight for his rights and manoeuvre through relatives who have their own agendas.This is the story of a man who overcomes one of life’s toughest hurdles and lives to tell the tale. It is Yash Birla’s journey from a state of oblivion to survival, where his deep belief in spirituality and his faith in true love act as a crutch for him to go on. Money, greed, God and an inside view of one of India’s oldest industrial families… that is the story of On a Prayer.

On a Prayer; Yash Birla

Sdé Penguin, Rs. 599

Peep inside

Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan, Karan Johar. Each of these celebrities are adored and looked up to by millions who aspire to emulate their success stories. But what is it that separates them, and other Bollywood stars, from the rest? Which is that one defining trait that makes them stand out, and how can you benefit from knowing it? In this one-of-a-kind book, Priyanka Sinha Jha looks at eleven luminaries from Bollywood, and the attribute that is perhaps most responsible for their success. She details their stories, their struggles, their efforts to overcome setbacks, and what it is about them that made them not just reach the top of their game, but stay there. Be it Amitabh Bachchan’s discipline, Aamir Khan’s perfectionist nature, Salman Khan’s generosity, John Abraham’s enterprise or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s grace—each star has one unique quality that others can imbibe to reach greater heights in their own lives. With pithy observations and inspirational conversations, Supertraits of Superstars will show you how to live life star-size.

Supertraits of Superstars; Priyanka Sinha Jha

Rupa, Rs. 195

Tale of struggle

Post Independence, the state of Andhra Pradesh was created by merging the Telangana region, a part of the princely state of Hyderabad, with the coastal region of Andhra and Rayalaseema both parts of the erstwhile Madras state. With Madras, the major source of income of the state, allocated to Tamil Nadu, it was necessary to include the revenue surplus Telangana to create a financially viable entity. However, there had always been doubts about the long-term feasibility of such an arrangement. The Fall and Rise of Telangana; Gautam Pingle

Orient BlackSwan, Rs. 395

Modern day issues

The New Struggles for Survival is a collection of M. Riaz Hasan’s articles published in different dailies over the last three decades. The book highlights the new struggles for survival across the world: developing countries struggling to survive on scarce natural resources; the poor and needy struggling to survive on a dollar or two a day; moderate Muslims struggling to survive against the threat from extremism and sectarianism; and the world struggling to survive the threat of climate change.

The New Struggles for Survival; M. Riaz Hasan

Rs. 195