Book Reviews (218)

  • 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.

  • The Seven-Day Weekend

    By: Ricardo Semlar   

    Pages: 275

    Business

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 8th April'2020

    Brief review: Ricardo Semler is a Brazilian businessman who transformed his company, Semco Partners, by growing over 40 times over a few decades while enjoying a lot of free time himself and creating a working architecture that gives a lot of freedom and flexibility to employees. His ideas are radical; like, allowing employees to fix their own salaries, anybody can sit anywhere, new hiring is interviewed by a group of existing employees who may not hold senior management positions, etc. The first impression of a reader would be - oh! this won't work at my company. Yet, it offers meaningful insight into human behavior and how we can enjoy our personal life while achieving great results for the company as a whole. A very interesting read.

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

    By: George S. Clason   

    Pages: 155

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 25th Nov'2019

    Brief review: A short book with loads of wisdom on how to become wealthy. As the name of the book suggests, the richest man in Babylon shares his secret on how to become rich. We know most of the things told in the book but it will still refresh your mind and reinforce your learning's. I would recommend this book to one and all, specially children and young adults who will get timeless wisdom about creating long term wealth. 

  • Enlightenment Now

    By: Steven Pinker   

    Pages: 525

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 25th May'2019

    Brief review: A fabulous work by Steven Pinker. The book gives us hope about the future amidst current pessimism with regard to several issues being faced by mankind like global warming, food shortage, nuclear weapons, increasing inequality, the rise of artificial intelligence, etc. Supported by data and research, the author suggests that we are currently living in a time which is unprecedented. We are now more happy than ever before, have longer lifespan, more prosperous, more healthy and the world is more peaceful. While there are negative news all around, the world is in fact getting better and better on almost every account. The arguments placed in the book are difficult to refute and gives hope for a better tomorrow. A long read but an unputdownable book. 

  • Mossad

    By: Michael Bar-Zohar & Nissim Mishal   

    Pages: 338

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 18th May'2019

    Brief review: Mossad is considered to be the best intelligence service in the world. It could also be termed as the most lethal. This book captures details of several real missions carried out by Mossad over the last 60 years. From finding and killing the attackers of Israeli players during Munich Olympic games to successfully rescuing its people from terrorists at Entebbe airport in Uganda in 1976, 4,000 km away from Israeli soil; Mossad is credited with the most daring operations the world has seen. The book tells us an inside story of how a secret service operates and what are the stakes. A excellent read.

  • The Story of My Life

    By: Helen Keller   

    Pages: 408

    Biography

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 24th Apri'2019

    Brief review: It's a story of a girl who, by her sheer grit and determination, overcame her limits and inspired the whole world. So much so that even after a hundred years, she still keeps motivating millions of people to live a life of choice and never concede to the challenges we face. Although deaf and blind, she became an author, political activist and a lecturer. The book is written in short chapter format where in Helen Keller navigates the reader through her eventful life. A short and captivating read.

  • David & Goliath

    By: Malcolm Gladwell   

    Pages: 320

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 13th Apr'2019

    Brief review: In this well researched book the author suggests that what we consider weak may actually have an inherent strength and what we think is worthy may not be so. Using the precursor of how David beat Goliath and several other real life instances, the author makes a compelling case that a positive mindset, courage and resilience can beat the odds of adversity, disability and discrimination. The book will break some of the myths that you hold along with giving a dose of motivation and inspiration. A few stories drag but overall a good read. Malcolm Gladwell is a master writer and story teller. I would also recommend his other books 'Outliers' and 'The Tipping Point'.

  • The Outsiders

    By: William N Thorndike   

    Pages: 272

    Business

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 10th Apr'2019

    Brief review: The book is about 8 unconventional CEOs who transformed their companies and created extraordinary wealth for shareholders. Mostly unheard (except Warren Buffet), these CEOs were great at capital allocation, shunned media attention and extremely conservative while acquiring other companies. They lead companies like General Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington Post Company, Berkshire Hathaway, General Dynamics, Capital Cities Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne. While the book is filled with ratios and numbers which made it a little boring at times, I got some great ideas reading it. A well researched book. If you are a business owner or wanting to start your own company in the near future, you should read this one.

  • Educated

    By: Tara Westover   

    Pages: 324

    Biography, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 6th Apr'2019

    Brief review: It's a powerful, mesmerizing and inspirational story of a girl who, in-spite of all odds, carves out a life of choice for herself. Home schooled in early life, Tara Westover went on to get her PHD from Cambridge despite overwhelming challenges and an unknown outer world she knew little about. Reading this book will make you cry, make you laugh, make you sad and make you happy at the same time.  A awesome book which is also beautifully written. For me, it was pure joy to read this book. This true story is filled with humility, honesty and resilience which is rarely heard of. While I would recommend this book to everyone, I hope every mother would make their daughters read it too. 

  • Bad Blood

    By: John Carreyrou   

    Pages: 320

    Business, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 30th Mar'19

    Brief review: It is one of the most thrilling fictional stories you would ever read, the only caveat being; it's not fictional. It's a story of boom to bust. It's about a 19 year old Stanford dropout girl, Elizabeth Holmes who founded a blood testing startup company called Theranos in the year 2003. Theranos claimed to do hundreds of blood tests from a tiny drop of blood. At it's pick, the valuation of the company reached a mind boggling figure of $9 billion. However, the company went out of business shortly after as it was all built on false premises and revolved around the charm and charisma of Elizabeth. The investors included prominent names like Rupert Murdoch and others. Elizabeth and Theranos got worldwide attention from start to finish. The author did a commendable job by putting it all in a fascinating story which I found unputdownable. A must read.

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