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Behind the beautiful forevers | Behind-Beautiful-forevers1In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting,carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.

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FIASCOFiasco | It is the shocking story of one man’s education in the jungles of Wall Street. As a young derivatives salesman at Morgan Stanley, Frank Partnoy learned to buy and sell billions of dollars worth of securities that were so complex many traders themselves didn’t understand them. In his behind-the-scenes look at the trading floor and the offices of one of the world’s top investment firms, Partnoy recounts the macho attitudes and fiercely competitive ploys of his office mates. And he takes us to the annual drunken skeet-shooting competition, FIASCO, where he and his colleagues sharpen the killer instincts they are encouraged to use against their competitiors, their clients, and each other.

FIASCO is the first book to take on the derivatves trading industry’s most highly charged and risky sector of the stock market. More importantly, it is a blistering indictment of the largely unregulated market in derivatives and serves as a warning to unwary investors about real fiascos, which have cost billions of dollars.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

 

How To Train Your Dragon 2 | We are in an uncharted territory where a sequel is a triumph over the original. DreamWorks and director Dean DeBlois’ has a set a new standard of  how to do a sequel right. Not only How To Train Your Dragon 2 has successfully incorporated all the best-selling parts of its prequel but it has also made inroads into new “awe-territories” (both literally and figuratively). This clearly shows that the animated followup doesn’t take its franchise lightly, and is ready to take its world-building to the next level.

In addition, the 3D view is something worth cherishing in this movie. It is a testament that when 3D is incorporated “properly” into story telling it can creates wonder – breaths life into landscapes and engages audience into virtual reality. These features have also made sure How To Train Your Dragon 2 taps into its rich franchise potential. Peter Degbruge has aptly proclaimed How To Train Your Dragon 2 to be “Braver than the ‘Brave’, more fun than ‘Frozen’. The mother of all animated sequels has arrived – all kinds of record in the history of animated movies are about to tumble! 4.5/5.0 stars