Books This Weekend: Of bosses, relationships and sexual encounters

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New Delhi– Learn how to effectively manage your relationship with the boss as you navigate your career in a corporate environment; read the interesting love story of two very different people; flick through writings on a woman’s experiences with her physicality and sexuality; explore the mysteries of the universe; and also know about the importance of sex and spirituality.

The IANS bookshelf offers reads on kinds of relationships this weekend. Read on!

1. Book: How to Survive the Boss; Author: Kanika Singal; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 168; Price: Rs 350
People don’t leave companies, they leave bosses. Working with a bad boss is stressful. Instead of focusing on performance and getting the job done, the focus often shifts to managing the employee-boss equation. A relationship which is supposed to be symbiotic and supportive often turns hostile, interlaced with personality issues.

In such situations, both the work and the individual suffer, resulting in low quality outputs and unhappy employees. “How to Survive the Boss” is a helpful guide to enable you to manage this relationship effectively as you navigate your career in a big corporate environment.

2. Book: Let’s Have Coffee; Author: Parul A. Mittal; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 230; Price: Rs 295
Working as an assistant wedding planner at an ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Meha encounters the delectably handsome wedding photographer, Samir. Conceited and a flirt, Samir reveals that the bride happens to be his ex. But when Meha finds out that Samir is using their relationship only as experiential material for his novel, she leads him to believe that he means nothing to her. Their chapter closes.

But life has other plans for Meha. Five years later, she finds herself in an online reality show living-in with the same Samir and trying to understand the true meaning of love. Will she find the forever-wala love in a world where relationships can be as brief as the messages we send each other and where we are spoilt for choices, whether it’s the screensaver on our phone or the flavours of a condom?

An interesting take on relationships in our times, “Let’s Have Coffee” is a funny, witty, warm and wonderfully realistic story of two very different people who fall in love.

3. Book: Memoirs of My Body; Author: Shreya Sen-Handley; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 264; Price: Rs 350
Shreya Sen-Handley wrote a wildly popular column about body parts and body fluids, flings and romantic encounters. As readers, young and old, began to write back to her, Shreya stepped back to think about it all: Her body, her writing and her life.

Intensely personal and utterly universal, this is a book about everything: Masturbation and the first kiss, pregnancy and sagging breasts, the wrong man and the right man. It is a tale of triumphs and tragedies, injustices (on a global scale) and ecstasy (the little ones we can all identify with). Funny, sad, serious and sometimes, very, very rude, “Memoirs of My Body” is the story of one woman and of Everywoman too.

4. Book: Science Sex Spirituality; Author: Yuresh Sinha; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 372; Price: Rs 450
How well does science explain the mysteries of our universe? Why is sex important in people’s lives? What role can spirituality play in helping us find ourselves?

Journey with Saagar, as he seeks the answers to these essential questions and transforms himself from a precocious adolescent to a sucessful inventor, on a mind-altering voyage of self -discovery. (IANS)



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