Good reads

January 26, 2018 11:12 AM The Week Bureau

A God in Every Stone, Six Billion Shoppers and In The Skin of a Lion

A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie 
Price: Rs 798

Summer, 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is in an ancient land, about to discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and love. Thousands of miles away a twenty-year-old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is learning about brotherhood and loyalty in the British Indian army. Summer, 1915. Viv has been separated from the man she loves; Qayyum has lost an eye at Ypres. They meet on a train to Peshawar, unaware that a connection is about to be forged between their lives – one that will reveal itself fifteen years later when anti-colonial resistance, an ancient artifact and a mysterious woman will bring them together again. Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. She is the author of four previous novels: In the City by the Sea, Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Salt and Saffron and Broken Verses.

Six Billion Shoppers by Porter Erisman 
Price: Rs 958

 Six Billion Shoppers takes readers on an exciting and colorful journey around the world to visit the next e-commerce mega markets and explore how a new e-commerce boom is opening opportunities for entrepreneurs and global brands alike. Traveling through Nigeria, China, India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, Porter Erisman addresses e-commerce across these new markets and what it means for western brands. He argues that e-commerce in developing countries is revolutionary and will play a much larger role in emerging markets than in the West. With e-commerce in emerging markets entering a rapid period of expansion, Six Billion Shoppers explains how to seize the massive opportunity created by emerging market consumers and provides practical advice on how to ride this new business trend. This is an insightful, practical guide to e-commerce in emerging markets.

In The Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje 
Price: Rs 638

A nun is blown off an unfinished bridge in Toronto, one night in the early 20th century. She is caught by a construction worker who brings her to safety. They go to a deserted restaurant, where he drinks and falls asleep. When he wakes, she is gone. He gets a doctor to set his dislocated shoulder, and tells no one that she is not dead. This is the premise of Ondaatje’s brilliant storytelling, and it makes for a gripping narrative that is sure to keep you hooked. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick’s life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning, The English Patient. There’s love, despair, intrigue and, eventually, a compulsion to commit a violent act where Ondaatje uses “a brilliant spell of language” to spin this perfect tale. 

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