Book Reviews (240)

  • Hell Yeah or No

    By: Derek Sivers   

    Pages: 133

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 16th Sep'2021

    Brief review: Short and sweet. That is how I will introduce this book. Full of personal experiences by someone who is living a life of choice. You will find many anecdotes and examples that you can relate to your own life. The main idea behind this book is to focus on your most important work and goal and say No to everything else. The book is available only on Derek's website You should also check out other books of Derek (Anything You Want & Your Music & You) that I have read and reviewed here. 

  • The Thoughtful Investor

    By: Basant Maheshwari   

    Pages: 426

    Investments

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 14th Sep'2021

    Brief review: Basant Maheshwari is a self-made billionaire investor from India who learned it all after losing everything in the stock market during the early years of his life. The author gives a step by a step action plan, data points, and ratio analysis to differentiate between a great investing idea vs an average stock. The book is quite exhaustive from an Indian stock picker's point of view giving examples of Indian stocks. Among many books written on fundamental analysis, this one is one of the simplest.

  • Homo Deus

    By: Yuval Noah Harari   

    Pages: 496

    History, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 26th Aug'2021

    Brief review: Homo Deus attempts to peep into the future of mankind as well as argues the validity of several myths and beliefs we hold today. The author touches upon diverse topics in this well-researched book with compelling arguments. Can man beat mortality? Is war obsolete?  Can artificial intelligence make humans extinct in the future? If these questions (and many others) interests you, you should read this book. A deep and fascinating book by Yuval Noah Harari who is my favorite author. His earlier book 'Sapiens' is also a brilliant read.

  • Principles

    By: Ray Dalio   

    Pages: 552

    Investments, Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 10th Aug'2021

    Brief review: As the name of the book suggests, it talks about principles to follow in life, work, and investing. Ray Dalio founded the world's largest hedge fund 'Bridgewater'. He is an extraordinary individual who started his journey from a two-bedroom apartment and reached the pinnacle, in personal and professional life. A few key messages in the book are, build what you want to use. Do one thing great, not many things average. Make a small to-do list. Whether you are starting out in your life or a seasoned professional, this book has to offer something which you won't get anywhere else. The first half of the book was really nice and it got a little preachy in the second half. I will recommend this book to all.

  • The Joys of Compounding

    By: Gautam Baid   

    Pages: 403

    Investments

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 25th July 2021

    Brief review: There are hundreds of books written on investments and the magic of compounding. This book kind of summarises the wisdom of Warren Buffet, Charlie Munger, and few others. Though I found no new ideas of the author himself,  if you haven't read much of others, this book shall give you a concise version of what the experts have to say regarding wealth creation, pitfalls to avoid, and life lessons too. It is worth reading if you want all the wisdom of the investment world combined into one single book.

  • Richer, Wiser, Happier

    By: William Green   

    Pages: 280

    Investments

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 18th July 2021

    Brief review: The book peeps into the lives and strategies of some of the world's super investors and tries to decode their success mantras. Though every individual is different, their wealth creation strategy is pretty much the same. Having a concentrated portfolio, buying cheap, and holding for the very long term. I particularly liked the personal lifestyle of all these investors and fund managers, their early life and beliefs which helped them become worldwide celebrities in investing. William Green is an outstanding journalist and author. If you want to get some useful ideas into investing, do read this book.

  • Deep Work

    By: Cal Newport   

    Pages: 263

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 13th July'2021

    Brief review: Many books have been written on the concept of focussed work. ie., spending a few hours every day in total solitude without any interruptions into your most important craft, developing skills, or a meaningful project. Sometimes, even days and months. Though the concept is simple, I liked most were the examples of great men and women who achieved remarkable success using deep work principles. If you struggle to get things done on time or lack focus on that one thing that can bring lasting success and happiness, you should read this book.

  • Most and More

    By: T T Rangarajan   

    Pages: 242

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 9th July'2021

    Brief review: T.T. Rangarajan, also known lovingly as Mahatria by his followers is an inspiring personality. He has the ability to break complex things into simple forms. This book is a guide to all those who are looking for an answer to their personal and professional problems and illusions. I loved the way life lessons were articulated by way of stories. The context and examples are relatable by one and all. It's an easy read for all ages. This book was gifted to me by a dear friend Ashish Modani. Thank you Ashish.

  • The Most Important Thing

    By: Howard Marks   

    Pages: 180

    Investments

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 23rd June'2021

    Brief review: Howard Marks is the chairman and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management which manages assets over $100 billion. Over the years he has given wise advice through his famous 'memos' to investors in which he often mentions 'the most important thing' which investors should do in order to achieve good investment performance. He finally summed up all his advice in this book. It is a book every investor and investment professional should read. If one can follow his advice, it will surely bring in better rewards. 

  • The Courage To Be Disliked

    By: Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga   

    Pages: 272

    Philosophy, Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 20th June'2021

    Brief review: The book is based on Alfred Adler's theory of human psychology. Adler is considered to be one of the greatest in history in the area of human behavior, alongside Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. He suggests that we all have the power to change our lives from this moment onwards. His theory is based on teleology (the purpose) and not aetiology (the cause and effect). The book is written in a conversation mode between a philosopher, who advocates Adler's theory, and a youth who wants to question it. The arguments are brilliant. There were a lot of take-aways from me and I believe you too will have more clarity in life.

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