Personal Development

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The Legacy of Stephen Covey

From late 90’s to early 2000’s, I have read 6 books written by Stephen Covey. This is the first time I am counting and I can’t believe it was this many. Out of the 6, I own 5 of them. All 5 of them are packed away at my father’s home now. During my fascination … Continue reading

50 Models for Strategic Thinking (is it really all strategic?)

It is a little of a blog fodder to talk about strategic thinking and decision making model in my otherwise pleasure reading literary book review blog; but models were really what I do at work for awhile and still love them a lot. Pictures do speak a thousand words, a lot of complex management theories … Continue reading

The Mind Gym : Wake your mind up

10 years ago, I was a self-help buff. There wasn’t a self help book in the market that I didn’t know of. How to live our life and stop worrying, Men from Mars and Women from Venus, Why nice girls don’t get the corner office blah, blah..  you name it, I know it. (Actually I … Continue reading

First Anniversary and Reviewing Thoughts

Today is my blog’s 1st anniversary. (Wow is it one year already?!!) Bernardette’s entry article on reviewing., got me thinking about reviewing myself. When I first read her post I it would be a interesting to reflect on what I have done so far, after a year of book reviewing: Do you find that the anticipation of reviewing … Continue reading

Job Hunting Brilliantly

I picked up Brilliant Job Hunting on the spur of moment since it appeared on the new book shelf in the library. While I am at it, I thought I borrowed another 2 books just to compare notes and even if it takes just skim reading, there is much to learn from different perspectives from … Continue reading

Intercultural Marriage, not for the faint hearted

Imagine a starry eyed bride being whisked away to a foreign land, she is married to a handsome foreigner, anticipating a life of adventures and of different cultures, while teary-eyed friends and family members bade farewell and wish her the very best of her future. This is what fairy tales want you to believe. In … Continue reading

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

In the early 80’s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian maximum security prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic (with him providing the basic health services) and also joined the mafia, led by the all powerful Abdel Khader … Continue reading

Freakonomics (not too freaky actually!)

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do good parenting really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for … Continue reading

Here Comes Everybody

The revolution will not be televised –it will be emailed, texted, blogged, wikied and twittered…. If you have been emailing, texting, blogging, contributing or editing articles to Wikipedia, or twittering and facebooking, chances are there is nothing new that you will find about this book. We are pulled into it without knowing that we are … Continue reading

The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar

I picked up this book in a whim. Since I’m broke, no harm trying to find out what I have missed in this book. Many years ago before I began my fiction reading spree, I have been reading loads of management books including personal finance books. So this book is elementary in comparison to other … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)