Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Remarkable Seth Godin

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Seth Godin is considered to be a marketing guru but I look at him as a remarkable human being who sends out good messages to human beings via his daily blog. I have been reading Seth Godin’s daily posts for over fifteen years now.

He writes one blog post a day and each blog post contains a useful message that will help us become better in our life.

In his blogs, he writes about how each one of us is capable of doing remarkable things when we do good to others without expecting anything in return. He also explains very well how the world is switching from industrial economy to connection economy and each one of us has the reach to a vast amount of audience due to the power of technology.

What is remarkable about Seth Godin is the fact that he walks the talk when it comes to connection economy and my experience with Seth Godin is a classic example of connection economy.

For almost ten years, I had read his blogs and also most of his books that were available in the public library. In the past few years have purchased some his latest books directly from the book store or via Amazon or through Audible. It goes to show how his act of consistent guidance over a period of time, led me to be a part of his connection economy.

What is more interesting is that, in the past few years, the daily posts makes me feel as though he has been watching my actions in the past 24 hours and then is writing the post directly addressing me on the exact events that happened in my life in the past 24 hours. If he was in India, he could have become a God already and would have a billion followers by now ūüėČ

Some of my favourites from his books are ‘The Meatball Sundae’, ‘Purple Cow’, ‘The Icarus Deception’ etc.

If you have not been reading his messages, I highly encourage you to give it a try at .

The Alchemist – Book Review

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

When I had enquired with my friends for recommendations on books to read as the next steps, I got quite a few recommendations to read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.


The Alchemist is unlikely the other self help books that I have read in the past.

Some of my favorite sections from the book are given below:

1. When you set out to accomplish something, the whole universe conspires to support you to accomplish your goal.
This is so true – you should try to observe the next time when you set a new goal. It is an amazing feeling when you realize that you have no clue how it is going to be done, but when you put your heart out, you realize the universe adjusts itself to help you reach your goal.

2. Difference between a horse and a camel
While a camel is known for travelling quite fast in the desert, the only issue with a camel is that you never know when it is going to drop down dead in the middle of the desert. On the contrary, a horse does not reach the speed of a camel in the desert, but will clearly provide good signs much before it slows down. This helps you plan ahead of time and minimize the risks involved.
It made me immediately think about the resource management issues we some times have where some super smart team members join us but quit within a few months to join a top software services organization and compare them with some average performance producing team members who are guaranteed to stick around for a long time, thus providing with huge support in planning for long term projects.

3. Listen to your heart all the time and go after your dreams
The way I interpret it is simple. You live once, why compromise? Do everything that your heart says and just have fun all the way – this way, you can look back in the future and enjoy the journey you have enjoyed all the way.

A big thanks to everyone who recommended The Alchemist and I also recommend it to any one who is ready to read self help books.

Four Hour Work Week – Book Review

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Four Hour Work Week is a very interesting book by Tim Ferris, where he helps the readers understand the details of how we can switch to a four hour work week using some of the tactics he used in life.


Tim Ferris uses a few unconventional approaches, which help us to look at life differently and based on his experience has come up with this book to guide the readers on some of the alternate options available in life to be ‘Rich’ (which he calls as New Rich)

Not sure if we can end up with a ‘Four Hour Work Week’, like the title suggests, but this book surely has many useful tips that can be used by everyone in their day to day life.

Tim Ferris groups the process into four steps:

  • Definition: This is a classic one as it helps us understand the new definition of ‘Rich’ which is directly tied to wants – goals, etc. He brings out very well the difference between absolute income and relative income with numerous examples.
  • Elimination: This is revolutionary. He helps the reader think really hard about what is required and what is not required in life and take some concrete actions around eliminating the unnecessary things in life (According to Tim, keeping up to date with daily news is also unnecessary – in that case, think of what he would say about those who spend hours on Facebook and Whatsapp!
  • Automation: This is another master class. He explains various ways in which we can automate the business and take ourselves out of the critical path of the working of the business. (As some people say, he helps the readers understand how to be on the business and not in the business).
  • Liberation: This section contains some cool tips on how to free yourself up from many ‘man made’ boundaries in the society – both at work as well as in our lifestyle.

In fact Tim suggests that we should approach this as DELA and not necessarily DEAL approach, but overall, this book is a must for all entrepreneurs, not necessarily looking for a life style like Tim, but also for those looking to optimize and enhance the productivity of their current setup.

The Leader Who Had No Title – Book Review

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma is one of the handful of books which are for every single person in this world! The simple concept it teaches is that every one can be a leader in what they do.


I got introduced to Robin Sharma’s books through a good friend of mine (Prem), with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I loved the way Robin Sharma presents interesting facts using a story telling approach.


Can you suggest a few good books for me?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

I have come to realize that everything I read can be grouped into two:

– Technology
– Non Technology.

While the technology reading comes from various mediums (books, pdfs, online tutorials, forums, etc), the non-technology reading is primarily in the form of printed books (holding them in your hand and reading them itself is something).


In this post, I am looking for help in the form of suggestions for new non-technology books that I can try and read.

Here are some of my favourite authors and some of the non-technology books that I have read in the past.

  • Robin Sharma (All books)
  • Seth Godin (All books)
  • Abdul Kalam (All books)
  • Rhonda Bryne (All books)
  • Jim Collins (Good to Great and Built to Last)
  • Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager, Gung Ho, etc)
  • Spencer Johnson (Who Moved My Cheese)
  • Bill Gates (Business at the Speed of Thought)
  • Jack Welch (Straight from the Gut)
  • Sun Tzu (The Art Of War)
  • Mahatma Gandhi (My Experiments With Truth)

Some of the books that are in my pending list are:

  • Al Ries (Focus)
  • Steven Covey (Seven Habits)
  • Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now)
  • Joseph Murphy (The Power of your Subconscious Mind)
  • Religious Books (Bhagavat Gita, Koran, etc)

I am guessing you should be able to understand my reading interests based on these books.

If you can suggest good authors I might have missed, or books worth investing the time in 2014, I will be thankful to you.

Also, if you are looking for titles of good books to read, it might be worth trying one or more of the above authors.

Who Moved My Cheese – Book Review

Friday, November 1st, 2013

I had already read a book called The One Minute Manager by Dr.Spencer Johnson and hence was quite thrilled when I picked up this book called Who Moved My Cheese. I have got quite a few recommendations in the past about this book and hence was happy to read Who Moved My Cheese.


Who Moved My Cheese revolves around a simple concept – Embrace Change – explained using a story built around four characters, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw.


Gung Ho – Book Review

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Got a chance to read ‘Gung Ho – Turn On The People In Any Organization’ by Kenneth Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles. I guess I am becoming a fan of Ken Blanchard as I have already read The One Minute Manager¬†¬†and had loved it.

Gung Ho by Ken Blanchard and  Sheldon Bowles

Gung Ho by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles


Gung Ho is yet another book by Ken, that follows his unique style of story telling (I was amazed when I read the one minute manager) and hence I knew what to expect when Gung Ho started with this lady Peggy Sinclair goes to manage a new location and meets this manager, Andy Longclaw, and falls in love with his management style.

Andy Longclaw, the hero of our story, is a manager who follows three distinct philosophies in life to get his team to be motivated in the right direction. The names he gives these concepts are very interesting:

  • The Spirit Of The Squirrel
  • The Way of the Beaver
  • The Gift of The Goose

Each one of these philosophies revolve around a unique way in which nature works and Andy narrates how he has learnt from them and used them in his team successfully.

The book shows Peggy’s interpretation of these philosophies and how she realizes that she is able to use them effectively.

I highly recommend this book to any manager who is interested in motivating their teams.


Good to Great – Book Review

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Got a chance to read a book called ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. It is by far the best management related book I have ever read in my life.


This book talks about how companies have evolved from one stage to another, eg. from being a good company to becoming a great company, or the reverse of it. This is not a management book about how you can be great or how you have to find yourself, blah, blah, blah. Instead, this book is all about facts and data about a selected set of companies, analyzing their patterns of change over a period of 15 years or more, and how they transformed from an ordinary company into a great one.

As I have personal experience dealing with some of the companies mentioned in the book, such as A&P, Circuit City, Gillette, etc., I could visualize the transformation that has been discussed during the research on these companies.

The book has been well grouped into chapters which give you a nice story line – if you start thinking about how you would like to mould your organization. The key chapter topics are:


Super Learning – Book Review

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

I got a chance to read a few chapters of this amazing book called ‘Super Learning’ by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Shroeder.

This book talks about how each one of us is capable of performing at five to ten times our current potential (Eg. Students can get 30% to 60% more marks than what they are getting now, atheletes can perform much better, etc).

It appears to have been implemented for over thirty years in European countries and is starting to get popular elsewhere.

One chapter I read right away was about how this helps children improve their learning skills. Some of the techniques are what I have heard before (such as listening to the exact content, then meditating on it, etc).

I was surprised to know that this book has been in existence for over thirty years now and yet has not become as popular as I would have expected it to be.

I intend to read it from front to back as soon as I complete The Magic book – which by the way, is another amazing book I highly recommend.

The Magic by Rhonda Bryne – 28 Day Test

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

After the positive experience I got after reading The Secret by Rhonda Bryne, I was thrilled to hear she has launched yet another book called ‘The Magic’.

The Magic talks about practicing gratitude sincerely and the effects of it are supposed to be magical. In short, you will get what you want, as long as you sincerely thank people for what you already have.

As soon as I was given some details about this book, I jumped into the idea of practicing gratitude for 28 days. I intend to practice it every day (as recommended by the author) and also blog about it every day.  I am sharing the index of the book here, so that it will give you an idea of what to expect each day. If you are interested, please feel free to do it yourself.

Please find the tasks to be done each day: