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Peep into my Reading List, books I want to read, have read and am reading.

Making Breakthrough Innovation Happen:

How 11 Indians Pulled Off The Impossible.

I highly recommend this book. Most inspiring and amazing story of Great Indian Entrepreneurs, Leaders, Innovators by Porus Munshi. Its compilation of 11 inspiring stories about the business, which we always knew, but the never knew about the efforts and innovation which went behind each.

The range of examples is extensive, spanning start-ups such as Aravind Eye Hospital and Su-Kam: Public Making Breakthrough Innovation Happenservice such as Trichy Police and Surat City; and technology-led firms like Titan ad Shantha Biotech and scaling of Dainik Bhaskar. These examples have a number of common threads: the feature men, who I dreamt big, took on unreasonable challenges, energised others around them and blended the qualities of Inspirational leader and benevolent dictator.

It talks about how it is important not to let the challenge dilute and keep the focus on keeping the intensity of the mission ‘on’.

It talks about setting an Orbit shifting challenge, which means setting up a challenge that would definitely seem impossible to begin with, but if achieved would put you in a place which would be difficult to match.

This brings a thought in my mind that there are many such hidden stories, which we are yet to discover.

Dont miss this one, Simply Awesome!

The range of examples is extensive, spanning start-ups such as Aravind Eye Hospital and Su-Kam: Public service such as Trichy Police and Surat City; and technology-led firms like Titan ad Shantha Biotech. These examples have a number of common threads: the feature men, who have dreamt big, took on unreasonable challenges, energised others around them and blended the qualities of Inspirational leader and benevolent dictator.

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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in My Side Table


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The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is the best mystery-thriller novel is have read. This book was gifted to me by a friend, and I took a while to start it. But believe me once you start..its a BIG ROLLER COASTER ride; you wont be able to keep is aside.

This is a brilliantly conceived book, as well written as any thriller out there. It’s about Divine mysteries that have been kept from us by the permutations of time and by corrupt individuals in high spiritual places. These are core issues of spirituality and gnosis that resonate with our pysche and subconscious views, built up over lifetimes. It is this that makes the book so compelling.

Those who love solving puzzles, decoding; you would enjoy this one for sure.
However, the premise of the story undermines the tenets of Christianity, thus the novel has stirred up a lot of controversy and spawned several nonfiction works debunking the theories discussed by characters.
Dan Brown has done an exhaustive amount of research to ensure that his explanations and depictions of history and the ancient societies that are featured in the book are as accurate as possible. I felt like Brown did a good job of researching computer encryption algorithms and network security for his book.When you introduce evidence and arguments which, if true, shake the foundation on which the entire religion of Christianity is based, there are bound to be skeptics.
The mysteries of God have been kept from us. But there are ciphers enough left in the world to help us find the key.
By the end, I am sure what I dont want to miss at Louvre, Paris and London.
Let me know your thoughts and reviews about this book.


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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in My Side Table


The Last Lecture

Frankly speaking, I had never heard of this book or lecture. Once, while scanning through some light reading books in library, I found this most amazing book.

I think, this is a timeless book. One can read it time and again to remind oneself of most beautiful and important things in life.

The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch

Randy’s lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities.

Hypothetically, if you knew that you were going to die and you had one last lecture, what would you say to your students?  It is an academic tradition of Professor Randy Pausch’s University to give a “last lecture” to the students except it was not just a tradition in his case; he is actually dying from cancer and only has months to live.  My friend from work, SF, has forwarded a YouTube video to me and in this Oprah episode, Randy Pausch talked about our childhood dreams, how to achieve them, and in essence, how to live our lives.  And he gave the lecture for only three persons in this world (the answer is in the video).  If you have 10 minutes to spare, you may wish to follow the link below and be inspired.  Below are the summarized points.

  • It is an easy time to dream when we are young (and happy) and we should never lose that spirit.
  • Experience is what you get if you don’t get what you wanted.
  • When people drive you hard, they care about you.  They want you to be better.  When you are doing a bad job and no one points it out to you, that is when they have given up on you.
  • Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.
  • Good parents are instrumental for us to achieve our childhood dreams.
  • The importance of people versus things (people come first, always!).
  • Never ever underestimate the importance of having fun.  Choose to have fun today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.
  • Work and play well with others: (1) tell the truth, (2) apologize (properly), (3) wait, and people will show their good sides.
  • Tell the truth – integrity.
  • A good apology has three parts.  (a) I am sorry, (b) it was my fault, (c) how do I make it right.  Most people neglect the third part and fail to demonstrate sincerity.
  • Be patience.  No one is pure evil.
  • Show gratitude.
  • Don’t complain, just work harder.
  • If you lead your life the right way, if you live properly, the dreams will come to you.

Excerpt from Wilfrid Wong.

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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Dreams, Life, My Side Table


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Ignited Minds

I bought this book quite some time back on my usual books shopping day! Though I wanted to read Dr. A. P. J Abdul Kalam’s book since long, finally I laid my hands on one.

I am fan of Mr. Kalam, quite inspired by his life’s work, dreams, vision and contribution to the society, especially focus on students to develop better India. During my engineering college days, we had visited events hosted by him for students, where tens of thousands of students attended and heard lectures from him.

Ignited Minds - Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Ignited Minds

To add to influence he has on my life, I got another chance to attend a close event hosted by TCS where Dr . A . P. J. Kalam was chief guest. He was invited at TCS Europe Head Office for some inauguartion and I happened to be posted there at same time. The high values in thoughts and simplicity in his talks, gets hime connected to each and every person he meets. He had no prepared speech, he spoke from heart and awed us completely with his thoughts.

There was a high energy level left in the room, a feel of inspiration & dedication could be sensed. I salute him.

His books not only give inspiration by true life experiences from his own life, but also give strength and faith on  dreams and provide a mission to life. He rules on hearts and souls of milloins of Indian.
In this book the president answers to the questions by student about life and dreams and the various questions by the young minds,on the educational system. It will intrust learning in todays youth and children in the right direction.

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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Dreams, Life, My Side Table


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Bubblegums and Candies

Recently I had been to a business trip to New Delhi. Trip was not the one which will go into my good-memory list. But Yes, it was adventurous enough to be mentioned in another blog. On my last day I happen to buy this book named “Bubblegums and Candies” by Preeti Shenoy. I just wanted to kill some time and had landed in this book store at metro station. But this book caught my attention. It seemed a book of short stories, sort of blogs by her. I was wondering should I buy this small thin book for 100 bucks or buy a magazine full of juicy gossips for 50.

I am glad I took a decision of buying this book. Of late books that I read are generally business and management books, though I like them but they are not able to catch my attention for long in one sitting. I do complete them by pace is too slow.

I took this book and immediately found a place to sit on platform and started reading it, as I had to wait for my husband there. Generally places like railway stations and trains are my favourite passtime as I simply love to observe the people around silently. This time it was unsual the book, I love such light reading books where people speak their mind out. Its fun.

The book consists of 20-30 odd short stories. Stories of her general observations in life, day-to-day work, realizations of human nature, happy-sad , high-low moments in life and its learnings. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Took some lessons for myself. Lot of observations and language was similar to one that I speak to myself. Lessons were ones which we already know, but we skip them off our mind in daily routine and race.

Things seem most important at one point of time and our whole world revolves around it. It seems to rule our life, but as time passes, we move on and understand that all that was important was living life to fullest at that time, loving, laughing, forgiving, letting go, giving life its best shot.

We must just let go all the grudges and lows of life like bubblegum bursts and enjoy the life as colourful candies!!!

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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in My Side Table