Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, Daniel Goleman

(Bloomsbury Publishing, Rs. 499)

For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what’s new, surprising and important. In this book, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this mental asset that matters enormously when it comes to how we navigate life.

The research is split into three parts: inner, other and outer focus. Goleman shows why high achievers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focussed preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections and mental ‘prosthetics’ that help them improve their habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, the book throws light on what distinguishes experts from amateurs, and stars from average performers.

Hatching Twitter, Nick Bilton

(Sceptre, Rs. 599)

Twitter has become synonymous with communication today. Since 2006, this social platform has grown from 100 obsessive users to more than 100 million today — over 10 million of those in the U.K. alone. But how did such a radical transformation happen in just five years and what does it mean for business, politics and the Internet?

With access to some of the major players in this unique drama, columnist Nick Bilton chronicles the key figures who helped build the company and ultimately struggled to manage the influence and power they had been handed.

A business story like no other, it will shock, inspire and expose ‘The Twitter Story: How a company built on betrayal & battles for power became a multibillion dollar business & accidentally changed the world’.

iPad for Seniors in Easy Steps: Covers iOS 7 for iPad 2 - 5 (iPad Air) and iPad Mini, Nick Vandome

(In Easy Steps Limited, Rs. 742)

The iPad is stylish, versatile and easy to use, and there is no reason that it should be the preserve of a younger generation. This book covers the latest operating system, iOS 7, and explains all of the settings that can be applied and how to best use the virtual keyboard on the iPad.

The book details the main functions of the iPad, including working with built-in apps and navigating with Multi-Touch Gestures. It also looks at a variety of tasks that can be undertaken on the iPad, from staying organised to keeping in touch and getting the most out of music, photos, videos and books. This edition also includes tips for using the iPad when travelling, dealing with finances, and viewing artwork.