Story of ISB

Ten years ago, the founders of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad articulated a vision that was as daunting to execute as it was simple to state: to build a world-class business school in India. The rest is history: within a decade the ISB grew from a start-up venture to globally top-ranked business school, named among the top twenty business schools in the world three years in a row, with the distinction of being the youngest business school ever to enter the world top twenty rankings. An Idea Whose Time Has Come traces the ISB's eventful history and also examines the reasons that account for the institute's success. It is no wonder that the ISB continues to attract thousands of confident, purposeful men and women every year and moulds them into talented professionals.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come,

The story of the Indian School of Business

Pramath Raj Sinha,

Portfolio Penguin, Rs. 499

Memorable compositions

From ‘Mora gora ang lai le', his first film lyric written for Bimal Roy's Bandini in 1963, to the Oscar-winning ‘Jai ho' from Slumdog Millionaire, Gulzar has brought a rare poetic sensibility to popular Hindi film music over a five-decade-long career. His sophisticated insights into psychological complexities, his ability to capture the essence of nature's sounds and spoken dialects in written words, and above all his inimitable—and often surprising—imagery have entertained his legions of fans over successive generations. It features anecdotes about the composition of the lyrics as well as sketches.

100 Lyrics


Translated by Sunjoy Shekhar

Penguinbooks; Rs. 299

A picture of New Delhi

New Delhi was purpose-built to trumpet the supremacy of the British Raj and inaugurated in 1931. Instead it came to represent a fading imperial dream in the two decades that followed. In the heyday of the British Raj, strict social and racial hierarchies governed the social life of the city's ruling elites. And the frivolity of New Delhi's high society was kept in check by a faithful adherence to etiquette and protocol in everyday life. For example, the sixteen-button glove at a formal viceregal dinner party was of great importance as a means of maintaining the authority of the Raj. But the 1930s and 1940s were a period of transition. The political shifts associated with India's journey to self-government echoed in the social codes of conduct adopted by the Indian elites of New Delhi, and undermining the Raj's pomp became a legitimate means of challenging its authority. Closely examining the role of social ritual, interaction and behaviour in the shaping of the city and its elite groups, Glittering Decades tells the story of New Delhi and its privileged inhabitants between 1931 and 1952.

New Delhi Love and War,

Glittering Decades

Nayantara Pothen,

Penguin Viking,

Rs. 499

Mulla's hilarious escapades

As thirteen-year-old Shashank sits despairing over his Maths homework, a little doodle comes alive and reveals himself as Mulla Nasruddin (MN). Shashank starts writing down MN's hilarious escapades—of falling off roofs and defeating the Travelling Brainies; of staying dry in the rain and finding a road on top on the top of a tree; how he once ate a whole basket of chillies; and how he tried to get rid of Timur the Lame's pet elephant. Taking the much-loved tales of Mulla Nasruddin into a young boy's richly imaginative world, Sampurna Chattarji's retelling is one that will entertain and move adults and children alike.

Tales of Wit and Wisdom,

Mulla Nasruddin

Sampurna Chattarji,

Penguin Books, Rs.199

Future of India

As India marks the twenty year milestone of economic liberalisation, some concerns about the country's future prospects as an emerging power are beginning to be voiced; often these stem from the past history of sharp swings in India's fortunes. Bimal Jalan, one of the country's well-known economists and former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, has closely followed the path of India's economic policies across its changing trajectories, from before the time the economy was liberalised to the very present.

This book brings together a definitive collection of Jalan's writings on the changing face of economics, politics and reforms in India, with a view to the future.

Emerging India

Bimal Jalan

Penguin Viking;

Rs. 599