Book Reviews (227)

  • Billion Dollar Whale

    By: Tom Wright & Bradley Hope   

    Pages: 380

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 25th Feb'2021

    Brief review: An astonishing story of how Jho Low, a young graduate from Wharton Business School, siphoned billions of dollars from 1MDB, a sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia. It went on to become one of the biggest financial scandals of all time. Even the Hollywood blockbuster - 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is argued to be produced with this money. Jho Low spent this money so lavishly as to put on shame the wealthiest kings of all time this world has ever seen. The biggest celebrities in the world were regular at his parties. It all seems to be a fictional story, though it is all real.  The authors have done a brilliant job. 

  • The Psychology of Money

    By: Morgan Housel   

    Pages: 238

    Business, Investments

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 4th Feb'2021

    Brief review: It is one of the finest books I have read on managing money which has a lot to do with one's behavior. Morgan Housel shares his own journey of wealth creation as well as his experiences and learnings along the way. It is truly timeless. Morgan suggests that we need to follow a simple strategy rather than being hyperactive while handling our money. He says, even being average can make us wealthy and supports his view with real examples. It is not just a business book. Apart from money, it gives a solid perspective on living a happy life and its relationship with money. It is a simple and easy read. Everyone must read this one.

  • Rework

    By: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson   

    Pages: 271

    Business

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 20th Jan'2021

    Brief review: Simply brilliant. Written by successful entrepreneurs, it is filled with practical ideas that will encourage you to make meaningful changes you should make in your own life and at work. Some of the advice given in the book will seem radical, yet you will wonder why you never thought that way. Do less. Say no more often. Meetings are toxic. Long to-do lists don't get done. Make tiny decisions. Underdo your competition. Speed changes everything, and many other small bites make it a very interesting read. Though it is classified as a business book, it should be read by everyone.

  • Upheaval

    By: Jared Diamond   

    Pages: 463

    History, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 14th Jan'2021

    Brief review: It's a book on how nations deal with crises and how it eventually shapes the future course of that country. The author selects 7 nations (Finland, Japan, Chile, Indonesia, Germany, Australia & U.S), go deep into their history when they faced upheaval and examines how they handled the situation. Not only it gives a perspective on how world leaders react and behave during a challenging situation that sometimes lasts more than a decade, but it also enriches readers' knowledge about historical events and their consequences to the modern-day world. A long but engrossing read. 

  • The Book of Rumi

    By: Rumi   

    Pages: 176

    Philosophy, Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 7th Jan'2021

    Brief review: Rumi lived in the 13th century. He is considered to be one of the best poets and writers who ever lived. This book is a collection of 105 short stories and fables with such deep meaning that will make you dive into the wonderland of your own world as you will relate it to your own life and the people around you. Even after a thousand years, Rumi's words echo in our hearts and illuminate like a shining star in a dark night. If you love Rumi's writings, you can't ignore this book. If you haven't known Rumi, this short book will be a good start. Teenagers can also read.

  • Darkness at Noon

    By: Vintage Koestler   

    Pages: 211

    Fiction

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 27th Dec' 2020

    Brief review: When Rubashov, once a powerful player in a totalitarian government, is arrested for treason, he reflects upon his life and politics. An extraordinary piece of work that is meant only for those who love classics. The book was recommended by my father as the top 5 books to read. I started late with this book but I am happy I read it. Storytelling at its best. 

  • Russian Roulette

    By: Michael Isikoff & David Corn   

    Pages: 325

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Brief review: Few expected Donald Trump to become U.S. President in the 2016 elections. Despite losing popular votes and to surprise many, he won. Many Americans believe Russia played a big role to influence the U.S. election. Nobody knows for sure. Two of the best investigative reporters of current times give a detailed account of how Russia meddled with U.S. elections. It is hard to ignore the facts presented in the book. Whether or not you are interested to know about U.S. politics, reading this book will give you great insights into how governments think and act and what powers and resources they have to influence the general public. A brilliant read.

  • Your Music And People

    By: Derek Sivers   

    Pages: 140

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 14th Dec' 20

    Brief review: I have been following Derek Sivers for many years now. He inspires me with his life and work. His message is to live with freedom and do what you love. He walks his talk. In this book, he encourages readers to pursue their dreams and take courageous decisions. He gives numerous ideas on marketing and branding your product. He also gives valuable insights into human behavior which if we apply in our own lives, can give fantastic results. Written in simple words with tonnes of examples, you will enjoy reading this book.

  • The Book of Joy

    By: Douglas Abrams   

    Pages: 351

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 8th Dec'20

    Brief review: The book is filled with golden words, motivation, and inspiration from two of the world leaders, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa. In simple words and beautiful examples, they provide life lessons on living with joy. This is not a book that is meant to teach us. Rather, it feels like a conversation with two legends who have themselves lived a rich and fulfilling life. From forgiveness to gratitude and fear to generosity, the reader will surely find peace and get the conviction to stay happy all the time. A brilliant work by Douglas Abrams.

  • The Billionaire Raj

    By: James Crabtree   

    Pages: 358

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 10th May'2020

    Brief review: It's a story about modern India. It is about India's super-rich business tycoons, political cronyism, scams, and more. From the fall of Vijay Mallya to the rise of Arnab Goswami and the forgotten story of Lalit Modi of IPL fame, Crabtree tells us the inside story of how it all happened. From scrutinizing the impact of Narendra Modi coming to power to an end of an era with Jayalalithaa and from betting scandal in cricket to highly leveraged Indian conglomerates, Crabtree goes deep into the subject and provides an interesting perspective. Whether you believe him or not, you will definitely be engrossed in reading what he has to say.

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