“Reading is to mind what exercise is to body”
Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind
(Yuval Noah Harari )
Yuval Noah is a master story teller. In this book he about three main revlutions of humankind history. Cognitive Revolution (70,000 years ago), the Agricultural Revolution (10,000 years ago), and the Scientific Revolution (500 years ago). These revolutions have empowered humans to do something no other form of life has done, which is to create and connect around ideas that do not physically exist (think religion, capitalism, and politics). These shared “myths” have enabled humans to take over the globe and have put humankind on the verge of overcoming the forces of natural selection.
Why Nations Fail
( Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson )
It’s neither the geography nor entirely culture because of which countries are poor. Its institutions and policies that determine how well off a country are on an economic scale.
Nudge-Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
( Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein )
Simple nudges in behaviour can bring about grand changes. A must read that will change perspective on how we look at our world around.
Flashpoints-Emerging crisis in Europe
( George Friedman )
History of pre-war Europe, 31 war years and post-war Europe. German dominance in EU is discussed in detail.
( Helen Kennerley )
A basic self-help book for people with low to mild anxiety for managing their day to day lives.
After the Prophet
( Lesley Hazleton )
Discusses the sunni-shia divide and ends with the power struggle between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia in the 21st century.
( John W. Creswell )
AR is master of personal development. In this book he discussed the methods of achieving big. Take away is the modelling technique.
7 habits of highly effective people
( Stefen Cowey )
1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. First things first
4. Think Win
5. Understand first
6. Whole is greater than sum of parts
7. Build physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions.
The sane society
( Enrich Fromm )
Social Ills and how to overcome them. “That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”
Creativity-unleashing the forces within
( Osho )
– Become a Child Again
– Be ready to learn
– Find Nirvana in the ordinary
– Be a dreamer
Working with people
( Scott A Bonar )
Targeted at professionals working in realms of conservation.
( Anton Fischer )
Benefits and dangers associated with tourism.
( R kerry Turner )
Philosophy of science
( Samir Okasha )
“ The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of. “
The tipping point
( Malcolm Gladwell )
The moment when a phenomenon crosses a threshold and spreads like wildfire.
“ If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge. Soon, more windows will be broken, and the sense of anarchy will spread from the building to the street on which it faces, sending a signal that anything goes. In a city, relatively minor problems like graffiti, public disorder, and aggressive panhandling, they write, are all the equivalent of broken windows, invitations to more serious crimes. “
You can heal your life
( Louise L Hay )
Summary lies in its title.
( Daniel Goleman )
Along with hard work, attention is the key.
The Soul of a Butterfly
( Muhammad Ali with Hana Yasmeen Ali )
Anecdotes from his life, each closes with a lesson learned. “ You don’t really lose when you fight for what you believe in. You lose when you fail to fight for what you care about. “
( Paulo Coelho )
Takeaway: “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
Communism. A history of the intellectual and political movement
( Richard Pipes )
Failed to understand it.
( Raj Pershad )
Thinking Fast and Slow
( Daniel Kahneman )
Blend of findings and experiments from fields of psychology and how they can be applied in economics.