Book Review: Wings of Silence

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Chetan Bhagat in Ludhiana



It was all about promotion and publicity. Chetan Bhagat was in Ludhiana for a motivational session, 'CEO -2020', organised at Guru Nanak Bhawan in collaboration with the LMA (Ludhiana Management Association) and Shelly's Media Track. Having achieved roaring success with fiction, Chetan Bhagat has now ventured out into the field of non-fiction, motivational books, yet another genre that promises a hot market. But with Chetan Bhagat it is not that fiction sells or non-fiction sells. It is just that the name Chetan Bhagat sells! Now this celebrity writer was bemused by the fact that the organisers were 'courageous' enough to have this event planned for a city known for Butter Chicken, hosiery and business. Ludhianvis might take that as too narrow a description of their city Ludhiana, which has now moved much closer to the metro culture. The highlights of his three-hour session were the changing concept of communication, innovations for survival with the changing times and incorporation of technology. If Chetan Bhagat is there, can Bollywood be far behind! He informed about his upcoming movie projects: 'Kai po Che' based on his novel 'Three Mistakes of My Life' and the other one based on his novel 'Two States'.

Stephen Covey dies after bicycle accident


Stephen R. Covey, author of the bestselling self-help book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," died Monday, his family announced. Covey, 79, had been injured in a major bicycle accident in April. Covey's signature work was published in 1989 and became a lasting bestseller — in 1994, it had been on the New York Times bestseller list for 220 weeks. Currently its sales are tallied at more than 20 million copies. 

He went on to write a number of sequels and spinoffs, including "The Third Alternative" (2011) and "The Eighth Habit" (2005). He was also a sought-after management advisor. Covey was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He got an MBA at Harvard, then returned to Utah to get a doctorate from Brigham Young University, where he taught business management. The Salt Lake Tribune writes: Covey’s management post at BYU led to "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," which launched a second career as management guru for companies and government agencies, among them Saturn, Ritz Carlton, Proctor & Gamble, Sears Roebuck and Co., NASA, Black & Decker, Public Broadcasting Service, Amway, American Cancer Society and the Internal Revenue Service. 

The books have legions of adherents in corporate America who swear by its principles. But critics tend to see it as part of a cult of the self-help American frenzy of past decades or so that tends to trivialize big problems. Covey founded a Utah-based management training center that sold books and videos and held training seminars. In 1997 it merged with FranklinQuest, a deal from which Covey was said to have made about $27 million in cash and stock. "We believe that organizational behavior is individual behavior collectivized," he told Fortune magazine in 1994. "We want to take this to the whole world." 

 News Courtesy: LA Times

NBT World Book Fair 2013

The World Book Fair is India's oldest book fair. It was started in the year 1972. Earlier it was a biennial event. This fair is organized by National Book Trust (NBT). Now there's some good news for all the book lovers out there as it will be an annual event now. The 20th World Book Fair was held in the month of February in 2012. And the next, that is, 21st World Book Fair will be held as per the schedule given below:

EVENT: The 21th World Book Fair 2013 DATE: 4th February – 10th February, 2013 TIME: Daily 11:00 AM -08:00 PM LOCATION: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India COST OF TICKET IN 21TH WORLD BOOK FAIR 2013 Rs. 20 for Adult and Rs. 10 for children

The Last Day

Once again it's December 31. It has been a ritual to have a seemingly long, improbable and a questionable list of resolutions fo...