Yearly Archive:: 2008

Committed, Edited by Chris Knutsen & David Kuhn

I had picked up this book sometime in 2006, and by now I had almost forgotten what made me buy this book. The reason I picked up this book to read is that recently I had a conversation with a friend who is shit scared to commit

The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam

Dan Roam is someone who makes his living by drawing pictures. No, he is not a painter or an artist. But what he does is draw simple pictures for the corporate world, and helps them see their problems, situations in perspective using visual thinking. He narrates an

Great Speeches of Modern India by Rudrangshu Mukherjee

This book is a collection of some of the great speeches inIndiafrom 1857 onwards. The cover of the book has been interestingly designed with names of all those, whose speeches are a part of the book. Some of the names actually invite you to pickup the book

The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson

Medici effect refers to the creative environment created by the Medici banking family in Renaissance Italy in 16thCentury. And the author gives insights into how to create that effect again and create spurts of innovation in your environment. Frans refers to this phenomenon as ‘Intersection’, you may

Bookless in Baghdad by Shashi Tharoor

This book is a very personal account of author’s relationship with world of books, both that he has read and those he has written. Books is a collection of 40 essays that he has written in various places about literature, books, book reviewers, critics, literary festivals and

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This book was recommended by anyone who has read it, almost unanimously. The book is definitely different from the usual fiction written these days. It reminded me of the stories of survival that I used to read in Reader’s Digest as a kid. It’s just that this

Raga Mala by Pt Ravi Shankar

This autobiography completes a small biographies shelf in my library. The book has been well designed to give and gives you a feeling that you are reading something special. There is a lot of Golden color used, both on the cover and inside in text and in

Games Indians Play by V Raghunathan

If I have summarize this book in one sentence, it would be ‘A book written by a upper middle class Bangalorean, who has to drive through the traffic everyday, who happens to be a student and teacher of management, and he applies game theory to investigate the

Code Name GOD by Mani Bhaumik

Someone said ‘You can write and book and become famous, or you can become famous and write a book’. The author of this book definitely falls in the second category. Add to it the fact that he was born in an extremely poor, low caste family in

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