Updated: Apr 21
These Are the Best New Books to Read in 2021:
The Everyday Hero Manifesto
Author: Robin Sharma
Genre: Development & Growth
Format: Kindle / Hardcover / Paperback
For over twenty-five years, leadership legend and personal-mastery path-blazer Robin Sharma has mentored billionaires, business titans, professional-sports superstars, and entertainment royalty via a revolutionary methodology that led them to accomplish rare-air results.
Now, in this groundbreaking book, Sharma makes his transformational system available to anyone who is ready for undefeatable positivity, monumental productivity, deep spiritual freedom, and a life of helping others.
In The Everyday Hero Manifesto, you will discover:
The hidden habits used by many of the world’s most creative and successful people to realize their visionary ambitions
Original techniques to turn fear into fuel, problems into power, and past troubles into triumphs
A breakthrough blueprint to battle-proof yourself against distraction and procrastination so that you produce the magic that dominates your domain
Pioneering insights on adopting world-class routines that will lead you to achieve superhuman fitness and become the most disciplined person you know
Unusual wisdom to operate with far more simplicity, beauty, and peace the Part memoir of a life richly lived, part instruction manual for virtuoso-grade performance, and part handbook for spiritual freedom in an age of high-velocity change, The Everyday Hero Manifesto will completely transform your life. Forever.
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
ROBIN SHARMA is a humanitarian who has devoted his life to helping people express their highest natural gifts. He is widely regarded as one of the top leadership and personal-mastery experts in the world.
His clients include NASA, Microsoft, NIKE, Unilever, GE, FedEx, HP, Starbucks, Oracle, Yale University, PwC, IBM Watson, and the Young Presidents’ Organization.
His #1 international bestsellers, such as The 5 AM Club, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The Greatness Guide, and Who Will Cry When You Die?, have sold millions of copies in over ninety-two languages, making him one of the most widely read authors on the planet.
My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future
Author: Indra K. Nooyi
Genre: Women in History
Format: Kindle / Hardcover
An intimate and powerful memoir by the trailblazing former CEO of PepsiCo
For a dozen years as one of the world's most admired CEOs, Indra Nooyi redefined what it means to be an exceptional leader. The first woman of color and immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company – and one of the foremost strategic thinkers of our time – she transformed PepsiCo with a unique vision, a vigorous pursuit of excellence, and a deep sense of purpose.
Now, in a rich memoir brimming with grace, grit, and good humor, My Life in Full offers a first-hand view of Nooyi's legendary career and the sacrifices it so often demanded.
Nooyi takes us through the events that shaped her, from her childhood and early education in 1960s India to the Yale School of Management to her rise as a corporate consultant and strategist who soon ascended into the most senior executive ranks.
The book offers an inside look at PepsiCo, and Nooyi's thinking as she steered the iconic American company toward healthier products and reinvented its environmental profile, despite resistance at every turn.
For the first time and in raw detail, Nooyi also lays bare the difficulties that came with managing her demanding job with a growing family, and what she learned along the way.
She makes a clear, actionable, urgent call for business and government to prioritize the care ecosystem, paid leave, and workplace flexibility, and a convincing argument for how improving company and community support for young family builders will unleash the economy's full potential.
Generous, authoritative, and grounded in lived experience, My Life in Full is the story of an extraordinary leader's life, a moving tribute to the relationships that created it, and a blueprint for 21st-century prosperity.
Print Length: 344 pages
Publisher: Hachette India
Indra K. Nooyi served as CEO and chairman of PepsiCo from 2006 to 2019. Her prescient strategic thinking, insight into consumer behavior, and wisdom on managing a vast, global workforce make her one of the world's most sought-after advisors to entrepreneurs, executives, and governments.
She is also revered as a role model for women and immigrants and celebrated for her empowering messages on inclusivity. She is also the first female independent director of the International Cricket Council.
Nooyi has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian honor, and the U.S. State Department's award for Outstanding American by Choice, and has received 15 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Yale University in 2019.
She is married to Raj Nooyi and has two daughters, Preetha and Tara.
FALSE ALLIES: India’s Maharajahs in the Age of Ravi Varma
Author: Manu S. Pillai
India’s maharajahs have traditionally been cast as petty despots, consumed by lust and luxury. Bejeweled parasites, they cared more, we are told, for elephants and palaces than for schools and public works.
The British cheerfully circulated the idea that brown royalty needed ‘enlightened’ white hands to guide it, and by the twentieth century, many Indians too bought into the stereotype, viewing princely India as packed with imperial stooges.
Indeed, even today the princes are either remembered with frothy nostalgia or dismissed as greedy fools, with no role in the making of contemporary India.
In this brilliantly researched book, Manu S. Pillai disputes this view. Tracking the travels of the iconic painter Ravi Varma through five princely states – from the 1860s to the early 1900s – he uncovers a picture far removed from the clichés in which the princes are trapped.
The world we discover is not of dancing girls, but of sedition, legal battles, the defiance of imperial dictates, and resistance. We meet maharajahs obsessed with industrialization, and rulers who funded nationalists, these men anything but pushovers for the Raj to manipulate.
Outward deference aside, the princes, Pillai shows, forever tested the Raj – from denying white officials the right to wear shoes in durbars to trying to surpass British administrative standards.
Good governance became a spectacularly subversive act, by which maharajahs and the ‘native statesmen’ assisting them refuted claims that Indians could not rule themselves.
For decades this made the princes heroes in the eyes of nationalists and anti-colonial thinkers – a facet of history we have forgotten and ignored.
By refocusing attention on princely India, False Allies takes us on an unforgettable journey and reminds us that the maharajahs were serious political actors – essential to knowing modern India.
Print Length: 568 pages
Manu S. Pillai is the author of the critically acclaimed The Ivory Throne (2015), Rebel Sultans (2018) and The Courtesan, the Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin (2019). Formerly chief of staff to Shashi Tharoor MP, he is also a winner of the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (2017). His essays and writings on history have appeared in Mint Lounge, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Open, New Statesman and other publications. This is his fourth book.