Category: Book Reviews

[Book 12/52]Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr.Seuss – Review

[Book 12/52]Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr.Seuss – Review

I found this book in the background of a Garyvee daily video. I immediately ordered it from Amazon.  I do not regret the decision of buying this book. Although a children’s book grown ups can also be inspired by this book.

Dr.Seuss talks about the challenges you will face in life and what you should do. Life may not always be a smooth ride. Like many wait for something to happen when they face a challenge, you should not be the same. Rather you should pick yourself up and go places. Once you are out of a challenge, you may face many others.

What should you do?

Pick yourself again and again for each of the challenges that slow you down.

You can find this book on Goodreads here.

[Book 11/52] Giving Effective Feedback by HBR

[Book 11/52] Giving Effective Feedback by HBR

A quick read and it gives concise actions which can be implemented immediately.

There is a real science on how we can provide a feedback and why should we differentiate it from Coaching, Mentoring and Performance Appraisals. Quite often we tend to mix them.

Top things that a worth mentioning from my perspective are:

  1.   I assumed that the other person cannot take feedback. If you are doing it right, even the most defensive person could handle it.
  2. Timing is critical for giving feedback. Best time is when the other person has cooled down. The cooling period gives you time to structure your feedback with valid points.
  3. We should not assume and provide feedback but rather questions and hear the person’s perspective.
  4. Giving a feedback or receiving one is behavioural change. It cannot happen without an environment created. If you want an environment that encourages feedback, start by accepting feedback openly.

Feedback is most effective when we focus on the behaviour that the recipient can change and its delivery is timed.

You can read this book within 20 minutes.

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[Book 10/12] The Decision Book – Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking by Mikael Krogerus

[Book 10/12] The Decision Book – Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking by Mikael Krogerus

The models discussed in the Decision Book have direct application in your life. The book has four parts.

  1. How to understand myself better
  2. How to improve myself better
  3. How to understand others better
  4. How to improve others

I like the first and second section. Post reading and “applying” these models you can undoubtedly discover some aspects of yourself which otherwise would have remained unknown to you. Within them, this is how I used the following models.

The Making-Of Model

It helped me identify the repetitive patterns which hinder my performance in given a task even today. Once you are aware of those hindering patterns, you can position yourself to avoid them. You cannot just apply this once and expect you will get all the answers. Regularly revisiting this model will help uncover many aspects of your life.

The Cognitive Dissonance Model

There is an enormous gap between what we think and what we do. For example, we read a self-help book and believe we are already applying the principles mentioned in the book. But there is a gap of how much we use in our life. Our actions do not align with the call to the measures mentioned in the book. We can closely relate this situation to a someone with wishful thinking.

The Crossroads Model

Not all of us have figured out what we want out of life. For many, it takes some time to figure out where they are and where they need to be in future and are recently working towards it. This model works best for those people who “want” to make a conscious effort to give this a serious thought. This model lists a series of questions which you need to answer and note down. The first time you won’t be able to come up with something substantial. With multiple iterations, you will get much accurate at where you are first. Once this is done, you will move on to thinking about where you want to go.

Of course, there are many models which I applied. Some of them need revisiting. Some went above my head. On applying these multiple times, you gain more clarity.

If you are one of those who wants to consciously make an effort to improve themselves, the Decision Book is must have near your bed book. Also, don’t read this book without a pen and paper.

You can find The Decision book on Goodreads.

[Book 9/52] Animal Farm by George Orwell

[Book 9/52] Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm is the first Allegorical novella I have read. It’s based on the Russian Revolution of 1917. I feel there cannot be a simpler way to explain this revolution in a simpler way.

Although the whole resemblance to the revolution with actual names in real life has been shown in the Wikipedia Page, I would like to mention few characters that I liked.

Boxer: His loyalty, determination, and strength were commendable. Although his contribution to building the Windmill even after it had been destroyed multiple times, he ensured it was built. Sadly, his during his death, he was not even honored with due respect. Instead, he was sold to a knacker in exchange of some whiskey.

Benjamin: “Life will go on as it has always gone on—that is, badly.” A quote by the oldest and the wisest in the Animal Farm. What he quoted was true. The revolution never motivated him, and as always he remained cynical. He is a perfect example of someone with wisdom but lacks the motivation to control events for the betterment of others. We cannot blame him much also regarding this.

Squealer: Without his ability to tell a story by twisting the facts, it would not be possible to sustain the operation in the farm. I hated him when he twisted the facts about Boxer death. Boxer deserved a high respect for his hard work on the Windmill.

A quick and easy read novel. Read this book if you would like to understand a simple way of how a revolution works.

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[Book 8/52] How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Review

[Book 8/52] How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Review

All my life I have been worried about many aspects of my life and that has probably caused a steady hair fall.

We can find many friends who have always advised us not to worry. The fact is neither they nor us know how to stop worrying. It’s not a like a switch where you can switch Off the worry Button. Of course there those who have mastered it but there a lot many who think they have mastery over it. I being one if them.

This book has been a pivotal point in my life, which not bring the hair I lost or the lines on my forehead. But from now on I can confidently express myself and be carefree. Dale Carnegie has done a Fabulous job in explaining how not to worry and has illustrated many methods, out of which we can adopt few.

While reading this book, you might feel this is common sense, but it’s not as easy to apply as it may seem. For anyone who is thinking to read this book, please hand in there till the last page of the book.

Who should read this book? If you think you are a person who victimises himself or herself and constantly dwells over the last or is obsessed with some situation that you have no control over. How to stop worrying and start living is a book for you.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living has changed my life and will go into the section of my favourite reads.

You can find the book here on Goodreads.

[Book 6/52]Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

[Book 6/52]Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari describes the current scenario of modern dating and relationship with surprising statistics. For a person from the Analytics and lack of humor, this book has been filled with insights. I would not believe half of what he said if it was not backed up by some solid statistics.

The dating scenario now has a lot more channels of communications, and with these new emerging challenges, things get more complicated. There new ways of expressing love in different ways but patience to stick on to one relation is short lived. Aziz in his last chapters mentions how important it is to treat all the communication from different channels equally important and avoid getting into the trap of playing games.

What I took away from this book were a little sense of humor and grew a bit more intelligence on how to sustain a relationship. Of course, there are other things in the book, but it’s difficult for me to consume that sort of information.

Not a must read, but if you do enjoy good humor and some sexy statistics about relations, this book is for you.

You can find the book here on Goodreads.