Tap Dancing To Work: Warren Buffett On Practically Everything

Carol J. Loomis

(Portfolio, Rs. 799)

Theirs is a friendship that has lasted four decades. And that’s what makes acclaimed writer Carol Loomis’ book on one of the world’s greatest investors, riveting.

This unique relationship began when Loomis wrote about Buffett in the Fortune magazine, with which she has been associated since 1954. By the mid-1970s, Loomis was so close to Buffett that he trusted her to edit his famous annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. And she’s been doing so ever since.

This definitive history of Buffett’s business and investing career is actually a compilation of some of the best articles Fortune has published on Buffett, based on interviews with him, from the 1960s through the 2010s. Loomis adds fresh commentary and insights that will help Buffett’s fans see his triumphs (and tribulations) in a new light.

Head First Java

Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra

(Shroff O Reilly; Rs. 625)

Written with Java novices in mind, this tome is ideal for those who are interested in learning more about the complexities of the language. The book explores a new method of teaching the same, but in an innovative, fun-filled manner.

The book starts at the beginning with the basics and proceeds to extremely advanced levels, employing an easy-to-learn approach throughout. From distributed programming with RMI and network sockets, object-oriented design, and object properties and methods, to graphical user interfaces, Java archives, network connectivity and Java 5.0, the book examines every facet of the programming language. Puzzles and visuals add value.

Bank For The Buck: The Story Of HDFC Bank

Tamal Bandyopadhyay

(Jaico Publishing House, Rs. 395)

This is the story of the birth and growth of HDFC Bank. Set against the backdrop of the new bank movement which began in 1994 when the Reserve Bank of India opened up the sector to introduce competition, this is an engrossing account of the successes it celebrated and the failures it overcame to emerge as one of the most powerful banks today.

In his debut work, Tamal also tries to understand the story of modern India through the lens of banking and business.

Compiled by Savitha Gautam

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