A Side Note.

Its been a long time since the blog has been updated. Frankly my interest in reading has dwindled over the last few years and priorities have shifted from personal to domestic front. Time time spend reading books have been replaced by tending to the needs of the bringing up little  Atharv. Time is now spend reading the little child which itself is time well spend and extremely gratifying.

Over the past few months I’ve rekindled the habit of reading, this time trading the habit of reading physical books to listening to audio books on Audible.  I still like the physical format of a book and the sense of completeness of reading a books  comes only after  turning the last leaf of the book. Listening to books however is a perfect use of the ambient time available while driving to work or having a morning jog.

I hope to blog again with the books that I’ve read/listending to.

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Crucial Conversations:Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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Nanovation : Kevin and Jackie Freiberg

nanovation

The book is written by Kevin and Jakie Freiberg, the same set of authors who’d written about southwest airline.  Frankly speaking, the book is less about technical achievement of the Nano team and more about cheer-leading and motivational talk about the team’s achievement. Written in the same style as “Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success” , the book is indeed an inspirational read.

Do you get to know something about Nano that you already don’t know? perhaps not.  Most of what’s there in the book as far as technical matters are concerned, its already been told by the media several times.

Its Not About the Bike: Lance Armstrong


Armstrong’s language is so eloquent that you relive his experience.  Aptly mentioned in the title, its not a biography of Lance as a biker. This book however is his experience as a cancer survivor. Lance was at the peak of his career when he was diagnosed with advanced stage of testicular cancer. Chances of his survival was slim,  but against all odds stacked up against him, he survives cancer. Not just that he survives cancer, but the very next year he wins the “tour de france” often known as  “The Race”.  The race often stretches the limits of human endurance and for a cancer survivor to win the race is near to unthinkable.

The book is a highly motivational book and a must read for all ages.

Great By Choice: Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen

Jim Collins never disappoints!. This is another truly great book by Jim. A comparative study of organizations that thrives regardless of adverse conditions.

Jim’s research concludes 4 aspects of these organizations that makes them apart from their counterparts.  “20 Mile March”, “Fire bullets, then Canon Balls”, “Leading above the death line”, “SMac Receipe – Specific, Methodical, and Consistent”

The research subjects used by Jim is also a compelling read. Companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Southwest airlines, Skyter, Amgen, Biomet are compared against their lesser counterparts.

A highly recommended book!

http://www.jimcollins.com/index.html

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Beyond The Last Blue Montain: A Life Of J. R. D. Tata : R. M Lala