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  • Charles Chaplin – My Autobiography

    By: Charles Chaplin   

    Pages: 477

    Biography

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 11th Dec'2018

    Brief review: Arguably the greatest entertainer of the 19th century and even today, Charlie Chaplin wrote a 'bare it all' autobiography. He started doing odd jobs from the age of 10 to beat extreme poverty. By the next decade he shot to worldwide fame by his unique acting and comedies.  Charlie Chaplin received more accolades, respect and followings than he himself expected at every step of his life. First published in 1964 at his age of 73, he captures even the minutest happenings of his life in great detail. A good read for all Charlie Chaplin fans.

  • Becoming

    By: Michelle Obama   

    Pages: 421

    Biography

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 25th Nov'18

    Brief review: I loved reading this autobiography. While Michelle Obama is most famous for being the first lady, she has a personality of her own. A lawyer by profession, Michelle Obama worked her way up by sheer determination and hard work. It's a honest account of her life, from being dubbed as a loser by her teacher to graduating from Princeton and Harvard; from challenges of pregnancy to gracing the most secured premises in the world - the White House. It's an inside out story of the first lady of United States of America. It is written beautifully. I would recommend this book highly to everyone, specially women and girls of all ages.

  • My Turn

    By: Johan Cruyff   

    Pages: 302

    Biography, Sports

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 30th Oct'2018

    Brief review: The International Federation of Football History & Statistics voted Johan Cryuff as the 2nd best footballer of the century, only after Pele. Not only was he one of the greatest players who played football, he also went on to become a highly successful coach. Famous for his 'TURN' on the field, the book is an inspiring account of his life in his own words. A good read for all football lovers. 

  • The Art of Learning

    By: Josh Waitzkin   

    Pages: 266

    Biography, Sports

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 29th Apr'18

    Brief review: It's a remarkable story of Josh Waitzkin won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994 and also went on to become the world champion in Tai Chi Push Hands within two years of starting to learn martial arts. While many top athlete struggle to be on top of their game consistently, Waitzkin achieved excellence by his sheer dedication and practice. The book is about his art of learning. One of the things he talks about is 'investment in loss' meaning to learn by 'going down first and knowing your weakness' as an effective way to master new skills. The book is a journey of an extraordinary champion and his constant introspection and search for peace. The movie 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' is based on the book written by his father on his life as a chess player. 

  • Born Standing Up

    By: Steve Martin   

    Pages: 228

    Biography, Inspiration

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 9th Apr'18

    Brief review: Steve Martin was one of the world's most sought after stand up comedian during the 1970's. But it didn't last long. Not because people stopped laughing at his performance but because he chose to leave. In this book, Steve tells his story straight from the heart. How he reached from empty halls to massive attendance of over 50,000 people in his shows and why decided to abruptly end his performances. He candidly shares his personal challenges, emptiness and reconciliation with his family. A true story of sheer hard work and dedication. An inspiring and motivating read.

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