Book Reviews (218)

  • The Power of Habit

    By: Charles Duhigg   

    Pages: 400

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 27th Mar'2019

    Brief review: It's an amazing book. In this highly researched book, Charles Duhigg makes a strong case about the impact our habits can have on our lives; both positive and negative. The author doesn't just talks about personal habits but also about how organisations can rise and fall due to its habits & culture. You will be surprised to know how multinational companies are taking advantage of shoppers habit to sell more, how routine checks can avoid dangerous mistakes in hospitals and how a simple break in between work can increase your weight. A few concerns were; the examples and stories were quite long and a few chapters seemed repetitive and boring. Still, I would highly recommend this book.

  • Ikigai

    By: Héctor García & Francesc Miralles   

    Pages: 208

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 23rd Mar'2019

    Brief review: Ikigai is a Japanese word which stands for - a reason for being, living joyfully, having a sense of purpose and a feeling of well-being. While it may sound like a routine book giving lecture on how to live, it is not. It is far more enlightening. The book is full with real life stories which will touch your core. Authors have been able to decode the  essence of Ikigai and put forward simple ways by which all of us can follow its principles. Reading this book will make you re-look at your life. Your perspective and definition of success and happiness will change and you will definitely get a few tips to correct things which may not be going right for you.  A short book with a long shot.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    By: Yuval Noah Harari   

    Pages: 368

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 20th Mar'2019

    Brief review: Yuval Noah Harari is a master writer. Every sentence and every word is worth your time to read it. Yuval's viewpoint on various topics covered in the book has a lot of weight. His in-depth knowledge of almost everything is quite visible in his writings. Apart from many issues, he discusses about the possibility of humans attaining immortality, why nuclear weapons may not be used  and how artificial intelligence is going to change things in the future. It's thrilling. When I finished the book it felt like something nice has ended. Pick it up right away.

  • Life’s Amazing Secrets

    By: Gaur Gopal Das   

    Pages: 208

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 15th Mar'2019

    Brief review: Gaur Gopal Das has an outstanding ability to give simple solutions to daily life problems by giving brilliant examples which are easy to relate. The book is an easy read. Even if you read it with no preconceived notion, it will surely give you some good insights on strengthening personal relationships, looking at things from a different perspective and how to live a life without stress. The quotes in the beginning of each chapter are very powerful. The book is set in the background of the author talking to his wealthy friend while stuck in traffic on Mumbai roads. While the authors's sharing of experiences are good, I found the other characters in the book not very impressive. 

  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

    By: Richard Carlson   

    Pages: 204

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 3rd Mar'2019

    Brief review: In this no nonsense book, Richard Carlson provides 100 life lessons which are simple, practical and can be applied by everyone. There are very books which contain so much of wisdom in so little words. We know it all and yet most of us never implement them in our daily lives. This book will change your life if you can make small changes in your thought process, attitude, belief system and approach toward environment around us.

  • Chasing Daylight

    By: Eugene O' Kelly   

    Pages: 201

    Inspiration, Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 14th Jan'19

    Brief review: Eugene O'Kelly was the CEO of KPMG when all of a sudden he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He was given just 3 months to live. He was just 53 years of age. Between his diagnosis and death, he wrote this inspirational memoir reflecting upon his life and forthcoming death. The most profound statement he makes in the book is, 'I worked hard and planned all my life for a happy retirement life which never came'.  He coins the word 'unwinding' from relatives, friends and colleagues before he leaves the world. A good read to reflect upon our own lives.

  • The Go-Giver Influencer

    By: Bob Burg & John David Mann   

    Pages: 176

    Sales, Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 8th Jan'2019

    Brief review: It's the 4th book of the Go-Giver series. It's about how to create genuine influence during negotiations and problem solving. The key message in the book is to master your emotions, step into the other person's shoes, show genuine empathy and let go of having to be right. While the story lacks depth (The first book in the series - The Go - Giver still remains the best), readers will definitely get an idea or two from the book which is worth learning and implementing.

  • Thinking Straight: Change your thoughts. Change your life.

    By: Darius Foroux   

    Pages: 92

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 29th Dec'2018

    Brief review: We all think all the time. Research says 99% of of it useless. The author suggests that our mind is the most powerful tool on earth and we can change our life by changing the we way we think. What I liked most about this book is that it is short (just around an hour of reading) and to the point.

  • The 5AM Club

    By: Robin Sharma   

    Pages: 314

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 26th Dec'18

    Brief review: The book is all about waking up at 5 AM to make the most of your day and life. It's written in a fictional story format of a self made billionaire who coaches a couple of highly potential but struggling entrepreneur and artist. Robin persuades readers to own your mornings giving examples of some of the most successful and celebrated individuals of the modern world. The key concept is the 20/20/20 rule, suggesting that the first hour of the morning should be used for exercising, planning and reading. The concept is really good, though the author took 300 pages to explain something which could have been done in 3 paragraphs. I guess, the message could have been delivered in  a much simpler and effective manner. 

  • 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.

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