Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What I read in 2014

Amazon asked me to share my reading list in 2014 - a few old, a few new. Here goes:

Picks of 2014

1. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis -
This non-fiction book reads like a thriller - the scary part is it's all true. The greed and insanity on Wall Street is now driven by technology, just like everything else in our lives. Read it to learn many dirty secrets about the world of high finance.

2. Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson - Aa book by Ashwin which has nothing to do with mythology? Now this I was curious to read. And I must say it was racy, well-plotted and the author has deftly added a nice Bambaiyya touch. A good book to read in-flight!

3. If Truth Be Told By Om Swami - This is the true story of an MBA from Australia who set up a hugely successful company, only to chuck it all up to go and head to the Himalayas in search of 'enlightenment'. Om Swami has candidly shared his own thoughts, insights and experiences - you might be skeptical whether 'such things really happen'! But you will never be bored or find it 'heavy' - and definitely some parts will move you, make you think about your own life. Your own truth.

All-time favorite Reads

1. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay - Any time I am low or stressed I can pick up this book and find a 'pick me up'. This is a book packed with practical thoughts and ideas which you can actually use in day-to day life, whether it's work, relationships or money. I personally feel this is the most effective self-help book ever published.

2. The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams - Office satire is not an easy genre but Scott Adams makes it seem effortless. I love Dilbert in comic form but the book takes the inanity of modern corporate life to the next level. Ha ha ha ha ha.

3. Yuganta by Irawati Karwe - I first read this book as part of a course called 'Leadership, Vision, Meaning and Reality' at IIM Ahmedabad where we learnt about leadership principles through classic books. Yuganta is a study of the main characters in the Mahabharata and every time I read it I learn something new.

Here's wishing you all a very happy, book-filled 2015!

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