Book Review – The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon is a personal finance book written by George Samuel Clason in 1926. It is a small book with less than 150 pages, but has sold over 2 million copies and is considered to be a classic. Clason uses interesting stories set in ancient Babylon to teach us about fundamental ideas […]

December 28, 2022 | Posted in Opinion | No Comments »

Book Review – The Psychology of Money

The Psychology of Money is a self-help book written by Morgan Housel. It is a short book of around 250 pages containing timeless lessons on wealth, greed and happiness. The book was published right in the middle of the Covid Pandemic (September 2020) and went on to sell over a million copies within a year! […]

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Book Review – Four Thousand Weeks

Four thousand weeks is a time management/self help book by Oliver Burkeman. In his blog, Burkeman tells us that it is a book about the power of embracing your limitations. The name of the book, four thousand weeks, refers to the average lifespan of a human being rounded to a nice figure. There is something […]

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Book Review: Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Introduction When I read non-fiction books these days, I get a nagging feeling that the author could have communicated the idea in a much shorter book. Many books these days, especially in the self-help category, are bloated works converted from one or two blog posts. But very rarely you come across a masterpiece book and […]

August 18, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | No Comments »

Book Review: The First 20 Hours, How to Learn Anything Fast by Josh Kaufman

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. – Henry Ford Introduction I consider myself a learning junkie. I have a wide variety of interests such as chess, model railways, reading, DIY, programming, photography, travel, writing etc. Even the title logo of this blog is a […]

October 22, 2015 | Posted in Opinion | No Comments »

Book Review: Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Never invest in a tech CEO that wears a suit. Introduction Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel is a very popular book in India these days. This is hardly surprising since Startups and their crazy valuations are prime time news these days. I recently picked up […]

October 3, 2015 | Posted in Opinion | No Comments »

Book Review: The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

“I don’t make predictions. I never have, and I never will.” – Tony Blair Introduction Rolf Dobelli‚Äôs book, The Art of Thinking Clearly briefly explains common human behaviors which can be interpreted as illogical behaviors. This book is a database of human biases, fallacies and illusions. The title of the book is misleading since people […]

November 23, 2014 | Posted in Opinion | No Comments »

Book Review: Freakonomics by Steven Levitt

Introduction Freakonomics is a collection of interesting problems and a look at how statistical methods lead to surprising answers to these problems. Since the author (Steven Levitt) is an economist, he looks at them with an economist’s eyes focusing on the incentives that drive people behind these problems. It obviously helps to sell the book […]

January 12, 2014 | Posted in Opinion | No Comments »

Book Review: Wings of Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam

Introduction APJ Abdul Kalam is a renowned Indian scientist who went on to become 11th President of India (2002-2007). He is very well known across India and is a recipient of India’s three highest civilian awards – Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. Wings of Fire is an autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam written […]

November 28, 2013 | Posted in Opinion | No Comments »

Book Review : The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." – Randy Pausch Introduction It was sometime in 2007 that I first came across Randy Pausch’s "The Last Lecture" video in which Randy talked about about "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". It has been an influential talk in my life and […]

December 17, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | 2 Comments »