1.    The Two-Year Mountain: A Nepal Journey by Phil Deutschle, paperback, published by Speaking Tiger, pp 350, Rs 632 2.    Convince Them in 90 Seconds by Nicholas Boothman, paperback, published by Majul, pp 295, Rs 360 3.    The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins, paperback, published by Hachette, pp 281, Rs 478 4.    Kiss That Frog ! by Brian Tracy, paperback, published by Collins Business, pp 145, Rs 318 5.    Heaven’s Edge by Romesh Gunesekera, paperback, published by Bloomsbury, pp 234, Rs 638 ... Mountain two-year-mountainWhen Phil Deutschle sets out for Nepal, he’s naively unaware of the ordeals he will face — striving to teach in Nepali language, suffering from debilitating disease, painfully adapting to a foreign culture — but  over two years, he grows so attached to the village that he ultimately leaves it in tears. Following the alienation of this departure, he sets off on a reckless, solo climb of Mt Pharchamo, hardly caring whether he survives. Now, 34 years later, Deutschle returns to his village, intent on learning the fate of the family and his students in the wake of Nepal’s bloody Maoist civil war. Vividly written and deeply felt, The Two-Year Mountain combines adventure, travel and autobiography with rare skill. Convince ...   convince-them-in-90-secsWhether you are selling, negotiating, interviewing, networking, or leading a team, success depends on convincing other people — and convincing other people depends on making meaningful connections. Nicholas Boothman, an expert on forting instant relationships, shows how to use the tools that belong to all of us — face, body, attitude, and voice — to make a dazzling first impression, establish immediate rapport and trust, and master the people-to-people skills that will help you persuade others to embrace and act on your ideas. In the book, Boothman’s stroke is to guarantee that within the first 90 seconds of meeting someone you will be communicating like old trusted friends. The ... Thinking art-of-creative-thinkingRod Judkins has studied successful creative thinkers from every walk of life, throughout history. Drawing on a range of reference points — from the Dada Manifesto to Nobel Prize winning economists, from Andy Warhol’s studio to Einstein’s desk — he distils a lifetime’s expertise into a succinct, surprising book that will inspire you to think confidently and creatively. The Art of Creative Thinking makes readers realise why they should be happy when their train is cancelled; meet most successful class in educational history; discover that gra-phic nudity during public speaking can be both a hindrance and persuasive; and learn why, in the 21st Century, it’s technically illegal to be as good as Michelangelo.   Kiss That Frog! kiss-that-frogNegative thoughts and emotions are the number one reason people don’t fulfil their potential. The good news is that you have the power to change this. You can ‘kiss’ your negative frogs and transform them into positives. Use the simple but powerful methods and techniques in this book to turn every problem into a benefit and live a truly extraordinary life. Bestselling author and speaker Brian Tracey and his daughter, therapist Christina Tracy Stein, present a step-by-step plan that addresses the root causes of negativity, helps you uncover blocks that have become mental obstacles, and shows how you can transform them into stepping-stones to achieve your fullest potential. Heaven’s Edge heavens-edgeMarc, in search of a dream, leaves London and sets out for the island where his grandfather was born and where his father’s plane was shot down in flames. It is an island once said to be near the edge of heaven, but now ravaged and despoiled by war. There by a glittering lake he sees the subversive Uva, an eco-warrior releasing emerald doves. Finding her launches him into a world of passion and difficult choices. But their affair is cut short when she disappears. Desperate to find her, Marc embarks on a final terrifying journey that will test all his beliefs as he confronts violence in a quest for love. The writing here is powerful — dense, cadenced, the images perfectly observed. EKTA BOOKS Ekta Books, Thapathali, Kathmandu, 4245787, 4230729; Ekta Educational Palace, Manbhawan, Lalitpur, 5533862 Ekta Books Pvt Ltd, Lamachaur, Pokhara, 061-440409 ektabook@mos.com.np