Book Reviews (234)

  • 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.

  • The Bed of Procrustes

    By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb   

    Pages: 157

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 13th June'2021

    Brief review: Taleb does it again. This time through aphorisms. Short and crisp messages that will shake your own self. Taleb's thinking is deep and has a lot of clarity. He doesn't mince words to please anyone. Full of life lessons, it will provoke you to look inside out. Easy reading and a must-read.

  • Hyperfocus

    By: Chris Bailey   

    Pages: 218

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 5 / 10

    Date read: 3rd June'2021

    Brief review: The book talks about the concept of focusing on the most important job a few hours every day, away from distractions. That's it. While this is good advice, it's been talked about in many other books in a much better way. To argue the importance of this point, the author takes 200 pages to explain. Frankly enough, it could have been done in 5 pages. You can skip reading this one.

  • The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

    By: Eric Jorgenson   

    Pages: 228

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 31st May'2021

    Brief review: Naval Ravikant is a successful individual and professional who lives a life of choice. The book offers many tips on living a good life, making good decisions, and becoming successful. I found it very practical and inspiring. The key message in the book is to 'earn with your mind, not with your time' and to be a voracious reader. The way he explains things with simplicity is commendable. A lot of wisdom in the book. You will definitely like this book. It is available free in PDF or you can prefer to buy it from stores. A must-read for everyone.

  • 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.

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