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Book reviews and lessons


Non Fiction

Arise, awake and make your dreams come true

Arise, awake (2015) is a collection of inspiring stories from the most aspiring, up-and-coming entrepreneurs of the country who are working round the clock to ensure that they can help India to grow to its full potential. The world’s economic center is shifting towards east and India and China are the heart of that center.… Continue reading

Learning the art of ‘Walking’ from Thoreau

Have you ever experienced something ‘spiritual’ while reading a book? An experience so transcendental that could open your eyes and make you question the way you had been living your life till now. “Walking” also known as “Wild”, written by Henry David Thoreau is one such book. It was initially a lecture given by Thoreau, at the Concord Lyceum on April 23, 1851, and was published as an essay for the first time in “Atlantic Monthly” after his death in 1862.… Continue reading

Two rules to rule: lesson from “Four hour work week” by Timothy Ferris

As an employee, do you struggle to retain energy after 9-5 job? Do you feel inefficient even after studying all day long? Does your list of house chores seem endless no matter how much hours you invest?

I’m sure we all have been there. The hours that we put into work have never really shown proportionate results.… Continue reading

A feminist manifesto in fifteen points

Dear Ijeawele or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions is an epistolary novel written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Written in the form of a letter Dear Ijeawele was intitally a personal e-mail written by Adichie in response to her friend “Ijeawele”, who had asked Adichie’s advice on how to raise her daughter a feminist.Continue reading

Why reading Oscar Wilde never gets old

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast” by Oscar Wilde is one of the 46 new books in the best selling Little Black Classics, which was released to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book is different in its own way thereby offering diverse options for the readers.… Continue reading

The art of war by Sun Tzu

The Art of War (written around400 B.C.) is a concise, eloquent and descriptive piece of writing about strategies of war and it is still relevant in politics, business, sports, etc where the situations are war-like. The work is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (“Master Sun”, also spelled Sunzi).… Continue reading

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