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”.


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.


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! ❤ 

Books – My Lifeline!

My love for books has had its roots from time immemorial. I knew I always liked dwelling into the world of books since childhood, however, I rarely paid heed to my reading skills. I was interested in writing as well that took shape in and around my high school and then the passion faded over time. Though, I always loved the smell of books and have always been overprotective about them.  

It was during my graduation days when an avid reader of mine shared ‘The Alchemist’ with me. I was so smitten with this book and had thoroughly enjoyed this book, that simply couldn’t let my hands off it. A starting point to a newly discovered avocation was on its way. It was not long before I left it behind even until I had joined the corporate world.  

It was a few years back when I was new to the corporate, I started getting back to books again. As they say, the company matters and I had a colleague who was into reading and was kind enough to lend me a book by Jeffrey Archer. That was the booster I needed to get back to my reading. A few months later, a good accomplice of mine had introduced me to the world of books at the Goodreads. In the world and era of where social networking is defined by the likes of Facebook, Goodreads presented me a different world altogether. I realized I had read such less number of books in my lifetime until then and that books were the long lost love of my life.  

As I dived deep into the beautiful world of books, my passion only grew. Books gave me the much-needed solace and peace, especially in those stressful days. I started becoming more inclined towards books that influenced my thought process. The world present there in makes you forget the actual world around. And how amazing it is to see how each book can offer a different world of happiness to the readers.   

Books help to increase our intellectual prowess and add to our vocabulary. It’s a must-have feed for every writer, irrespective of the level he/she is currently at. Reading and writing go hand-in-hand.  

A great way to spend time is by reading books. The time spent with books is never wasted. It’s one such habit that does only good is highly recommended. I could clearly understand how people who imbibed the habit of reading since childhood stood out different from the rest of the lot. They tend to cultivate a different level of intelligence that leaves me flabbergasted. These are the kind of people who have their fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary clear. They can easily spot the errors and can even derive the meaning of a relatively unknown word just from the roots. And then this is the troupe that finds it effortless to crack difficult entrances like the Common Admission Test [CAT], when the other lot is busy contemplating what went wrong. All I say is developing fundamentals gradually develops over time and with appropriate application and reading is the best way to do that.  

I regretted how I the neglected the unfathomable magic the world of books weave and that I should have cultivated this habit long back.  

And needless to say, books make one of the most wonderful and useful gifts to anyone! 🙂  

All in all, books bring me the world where I get to find my soul. A day without reading is a day wasted.  

When people ask me how do I keep up with reading, in spite of the busy schedules, I just get to have a hearty laugh. I think we would find time for anything that is important to us. And books are the best friends in disguise. We would always find ways to do things we are passionate about. I always keep a book with me. I tend to read during my travels and make it a point to read something every day. Goodreads’ Reading Challenge also helps me keep up with reading. I ensure I touch different genres. Precisely speaking, it takes a great deal of discipline to get into this habit. However, books are no less than an addiction. You then wouldn’t mind spending time with them, in spite of all other priorities. It’s all individualistic, I would say.  

I still have a long way to go in the world of books. And this is to ask everyone out there to grab a book and embrace reading, for it’s never late to start.   

Before I sign off, here’s wishing everyone a very Happy World Book Day! ❤