The Happiness Advantage!

An interesting book that I found and took it up. It talks about the seven principles that can help us perform better in the workplace.

I couldn’t judge what the book might be about going by the title. I was smitten by the theme as I got started by the book. It is all about how ‘happiness’ can actually drive ‘performance’ and ‘success’ at work. It’s a common notion that we think we would be happy when successful. This book would make you think otherwise. And, I couldn’t agree more.

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As such, this book is a must read as to how we could imbibe these simple tricks in our lives and see making huge differences in how we see life and work.

This book is also a great tool for all the ‘would-be’ Managers who can actually try to understand the nuances and try them out with the team. Such experiments can truly boost the overall productivity of the team and improve work culture as well.

I strongly believe we need not limit these to just our workplace, but learn to put to use in our day-to-day lives as well.

Shawn lists out these seven principles in a wonderful way and talks about the strategies that could help us implement them. This book is always worth a revisit and such a pleasure to read.

A profound book, perfect for gifting!   

Highly recommended. 

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Lean In : Women, Work And The Will To Lead!

I couldn’t have imagined a better start to the year than taking up this amazing book from my shelf.

I had just an iota of things about Sheryl Sandberg, which this profound book helped shape my views about what a wonderful and inspirational model Sheryl is. As she mentions early in the book that this is not a philosophical book, nor is a self-help kind and neither is it a biography. It is an astounding amalgamation of all these and in fact, I wouldn’t be wrong to say “more”.

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I had never given much thought to the perception of feminism earlier until this book happened. Sheryl enlightens us with her exclusive thoughts on feminism, but then she does make it a point to not fall into the trap of gender bias. She talks about the issues women face in their lives while managing their personal lives which get intertwined with their professional world. She highlights how challenging it becomes for women to satisfy everyone in the myriad roles they play during the course of their time. She lists down excerpts from her own personal life [which in itself, is no less than worth admiration] and aligns them with the points she brings to the table. Her most important stressed point is working towards equality in the world and overcoming gender bias. With this book, she has set role models in the form of Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg, for their efforts have not gone unnoticed. Since charity begins at home, Sheryl urges everyone to work on equality and more communication.

I was influenced by one of the lines from her book. She says, “there won’t be more female leaders in the future, there will only be leaders”. There are more such instances and notes which will leave a deep impact on our thinking and mindset and help us come out of the boundaries we [especially, women] set around ourselves.

Truly, an intense and a must-read book for everyone out there.

Happy Reading! ❤

How Emotions Are Made : The Secret Life Of The Brain!

Humans are probably one of the most interesting creations of life on earth. And even more intriguing is the human brain. To a person who is easily enticed by Neuroscience, this book is an easy catch. I picked this up the other day for I had this in mind since long.

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This book is a very different book, for it is medical yet very simply and succinctly explained. Lisa Barrett has presented the facts and figures in such a pleasant way that it doesn’t take a medical degree [or, an extensive medical knowledge for that matter] to get through this. For someone who takes pleasure in the study of medicine and related concepts, this book is a treasure. Explained in layman terms, Lisa beautifully weaves her words through the medical terminology and study to finally talk about how emotions define us ultimately.

I recall a small instance of my experiences in life. I was visiting a dentist for my root canal treatment. I have had few dental cases in the past and having borne through the pain that a decayed tooth can put one through, thinking specifically about the pain that might be caused due to the treatment, was pretty obvious. Note that the dentists are professionals enough who take due care in not causing any discomfort to their patients. And I found myself there in the dental chair getting treated with all sorts of needles, drilling machines and the like. I had been under anesthesia effect and I could no longer feel any sensation in the affected area. In spite of all this and the medical efficiency during the course of my treatment, I found myself cringing out of a ‘probable’ pain that the procedure might cause me, based on my earlier experiences. But then, it never really occurred. I realized I have been fooled by the probable pain that had got imbibed in my mind.

This realization made me ponder but with no conclusions. It was when I started absorbing what this wonderful book had to offer, I found myself relating to what I had experienced earlier. There is a concept that our brain works us through based on what is termed as ‘prediction’. Lisa says the brain tries to predict things/facts based on our earlier experiences and tries to build a picture for us and this results in developing the associated emotion which makes us feel what we feel. As such, in my case, my brain seems to have tricked me into believing that I am likely to be caused pain, which in fact was not the case. In such cases where in the result is something different, the brain tries to correct that up based on our experience.

There are a lot of such concepts explained beautifully by Lisa on how emotions are caused and what different emotions can impact us. This leads to a sort of introspection and has the capacity to;

  • Alter our thought processes.
  • Understand the intricacies of our thinking.
  • Apprise us about the impact of an emotion on us and its consequences.
  • Understand how our brain works.
  • Make us understand as to what exactly happens to us as we think.
  • Fathom the potential of this most amazing gift of life.

This book is highly recommended for it is in itself a great piece of work.

Happy Reading! ❤ 

The Emperor Of All Maladies!

Ah! This is one no less than an exhaustive book in itself. I had always been intrigued by the essence of the term called ‘Cancer’ and wanted something to dig deep into. And I found this gem. Siddhartha Mukherjee has done a wonderful job in coming up with this book that is all about this dreaded disease.

Look at the title, it is so catchy and such a perfect symbolism. This is a huge book that needs to be read inattention. It is more of a compilation of the history of cancer. It talks about the early cases, detection and remedies of cancer that were sought out. It enlists various cases describing how the research on cancer progressed and how the concept of ‘chemotherapy’ came into existence. Sidney Farber is known as the father of chemotherapy.

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It gives insights into how the understanding of a cellular disease as this gradually evolved. This was in accordance with the several attempts that were made to have people get cured of this deadly disease. The author primarily mentions quite a handful of cases of leukemia and also talks about other forms of cancer.

This book is a great guide towards understanding;

~ What cancer is all about?
~ What causes cancer?
~ How the medicines/cure for cancer came up?
~ What techniques had been sought after and/or are still relevant towards treating cancer?

I am in awe of this book that introduced me to a different world of cells and genetics. I could relate how the author talked about the symptoms that develop or become observable which eventually get diagnosed as ‘cancer’.

There has been an extensive study on this and this book clearly highlights as to where are we when it comes to cancer treatment. There is still a long way to go in order to make this world cancer-free.

A highly recommended book, especially for all those who find the field of medicine and/or genetics highly enticing!

Happy Reading! 🙂

Whistling Silence!

This post is not going to be a formal book review but is a collection of myriad emotions. A one of its kind ever, I am still in awe of the conceptualization and turning it into reality which no less than a wonder in itself. We often embark upon journeys keeping in view of our destination but tend to burn out owing to the obstacles on the way. This book is a perfect epitome of what dedication and perseverance actually appeal like.

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I could have never ever in my dreams wondered how a simple blog on a platform like Quora could be turned into a book one fine day. This book, Whistling Silence is the product of the vision, hard work and dedication put in order to have amateur poets published.

This anthology is a collection of poems by 47 amateur poets who hardly knew each other before but were united to stand for a single goal. The themes are myriad and enough to leave the reader in awe of the different ideas one can come up with.

When we often tend to think more or less on similar lines, this book made me think how important it is to look beyond the obvious. It made me trespass the invisible boundaries I restrained myself within. This opened up the box of thoughts that have encouraged me to take up writing on different aspects.

I just fell in love with the way the book has been brilliantly organized. From acknowledgments till the poems end, there is so much to purity within.

The official launch was on 21 May 2017 at Title Waves, Mumbai. Dr. Swati Lodha, an eminent personality in the field of art was the guest of honor.

I simply lack words to thank the entire Core Team in making this dream come true. I learnt how overcoming barriers, being resilient and focussing on the goal lead one to the path of success. This is just a beginning. There is more to this.

A definite read! 🙂

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership!

I found myself glued to this book in no time for this was based on one of my topics of interest – Leadership. To add on, nonfiction is something that appeals me faster than a work of fiction.

John Maxwell illustrates lucidly his observations about leadership over the years through ample of relatable instances. This helps the reader get connected with his writing intentions and carry on with the flow. The reader would be left with the view of how leadership is always more of an observable experience that makes way for the learning to happen. Some traits are inborn, some are developed over time and need.

Below is the way I summarize the takeaways from this thought-provoking book.

  • Rule # 1 – The Law of Effectiveness

The author conveys with the example of how McDonald’s rose to fame that leadership is about effectiveness. He says the more effective the leadership is, the more is the outcome and the success rate keeping dedication same.

  • Rule # 2 – The Law of Influence 

The author says one cannot lead if one cannot influence. That’s how the impact is felt around.

  • Rule # 3 – The Law of Process 

Leadership is a continuous process of learning and growth. It is the consistency that should drive an individual and the result(s) would show up eventually.

  • Rule # 4 – The Law of Navigation

Charting out the course in a planned manner helps in tackling with unforeseen circumstances. And, preparation is the key.

  • Rule # 5 – The Law of E F Hutton

When a true leader speaks, the world listens.

  • Rule # 6 – The Law of Solid Ground 

The foundation of leadership is trust that renders a solid ground.

  • Rule # 7 – The Law of Respect 

People respect and follow leaders who are stronger than they are.

  • Rule # 8 – The Law of Intuition 

True leaders evaluate with their inherent instincts and other intangible factors. They use this to solve real world problems.

  • Rule # 9 – The Law of Magnetism 

Leaders attract people with similar personalities.

  • Rule # 10 – The Law of Connection

Leaders tend to first connect with people through heart and then ask for the hand.

  • Rule # 11 – The Law of Inner Circle 

A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him/her. The strength of the people falling in the inner circle directly/indirectly impact the overall execution of the leader.

  • Rule # 12 – The Law of Empowerment 

Only secure leaders give power to others. Becoming dispensable makes a true leader indispensable. It’s the practice of uplifting others that show the real potential of a leader.

  • Rule # 13 – The Law of Reproduction 

It takes a leader to raise up a leader. It takes one to know one, show one, and grow one.

  • Rule # 14 – The Law of Buy-in 

People buy into the leader and then the vision.

  • Rule # 15 – The Law of Victory 

Leaders find a way for their team to win. Leaders who practice the Law of Victory believe that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B. That keeps them fighting.

  • Rule # 16 – The Law of Big Mo 

Momentum is a leader’s best friend. If your desire is to do great things with your organization, never overlook the power of momentum. It truly is the leader’s best friend. If you can develop it, you can do almost anything.

  • Rule # 17 – The Law of Priorities 

Leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment. Prioritize based on what gets most of the work done.

  • Rule # 18 – The Law of Sacrifice 

A leader must give up to go up.

  • Rule # 19 – The Law of Timing 

When to lead is as important as what to do and where to go. Only the right action at the right time will bring success. Anything else exacts a high price.

  • Rule # 20 – The Law of Explosive Growth 

To add growth, lead followers. To multiply, lead leaders.

  • Rule # 21 – The Law of Legacy 

A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession. A leader’s lasting value will be measured by succession.

 Some of the lines from the book that caught my attention;

“Character makes trust possible. And trust makes leadership possible.” 

“When the right leader and the right timing come together, incredible things happen.” 

The concepts in the book are definitely worth trying out over and over. This is one of the most interesting reads I ever had on leadership. Worth reading all over!

The Road Less Taken!

I was reminded of the famous poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’ when I happened to get a glimpse of this book and wondered what would be so special about this book for the title had already caught my attention. And here, I am just done with this wonderful book by Dr. Scott Peck.

The most distinguishing factor about this non-fiction is the mindblowing way a Psychiatrist can so beautifully weave the pages of a book such as this. This book talks about the major facets of life while diving deep into explaining them out the way he gets to perceive through his practice of Psychiatry. There are lot many instances he puts on the paper to study human behavior and derive conclusions hidden therein. Ultimately, this book will somehow make us introspect the hidden persona we all carry within and make us think the way we tend to behave under different circumstances.

The writing is very simple, to the point, keeps the reader hooked to it and makes him/her look forward to the next section ahead.

Few of the lines from the book that particularly caught my attention;

“The feeling of being valuable-“I am a valuable person”-is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline.”

“Some discipline we can solve only some problems. With total discipline, we can solve all problems.”

“Truth or reality is avoided when it is painful.”

“Love is the free exercise of choice. Two people love each other only when they are quite capable of living without each other but choose to live with each other.”

“It is true that love involves a change in the self, but this is an extension of the self rather than a sacrifice of the self.”

“Genuine love is a self-replenishing activity.”

“The essence of life is change, a panoply of growth and decay.”

“The highest forms of love are inevitably totally free choices and not acts of conformity.”

“One’s feelings are the source of one’s energy; they provide the horsepower, or slave power, that makes it possible for us to accomplish the tasks of living.”

A must-read book for sure for everyone from all age-groups.