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  1. 2019 marked a fantastic boom in Indian publishing, especially for non-fiction titles - several publishers reported great renewed interest as the Indian readerâs curiosity kept bringing them back to bookshelves time and time again. Several gifted authors also produced works of merit that received widespread national and international acclaim - here are some of the very best we saw across 2019. The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Military in India - Amit Mukherjee © Oxford University Press/Brookings Institution Informed by more than a hundred and fifty interviews and recently available archival material, The Absent Dialogue sheds new light on India's military and will reshape our understanding of both the history and contemporary dynamics of civil-military relations and recurring problems therein. A must-read for anyone curious about the state of our military bureaucracy today, and how it came to be. How to Win an Indian Election: What Political Parties Don't Want You to Know - Shivam Shankar Singh © Twitter/Penguin India Singh was a campaign strategist for the BJP in 2014. After he resigned, he publicly spoke about how they deal in fake news and censorship, creating quite the uproar in 2018. His book reveals an inside view of just how political parties use data analytics, political consultants and what goes on in the forbidden election war-rooms of Indiaâs political heavyweights. The book is invaluable for its extensively researched content, personal anecdotes and exclusive interviews. Wasted: The Messy Story of Sanitation in India, A Manifesto for Change - Ankur Bisen © Pan MacMillian India/Twitter Urban India generates close to 3 million trucks of untreated garbage every day. If these were laid end-to-end, one could reach half way to the moon - but just how did we get so dirty? Questions such as these, and a deep exploration of Indiaâs most obvious everyday problem present themselves in Wasted. Bisen aims to help people understand the complex, cast-driven dynamics behind sanitation and the invisible socio-political pressures that keep us from being a true âSwacch Bharatâ. A must read for those interested in policy, civil planning and the environment. The Patient Assassin - Anita Anand © Simon & Schuster/Sukhi Dhanda The dramatic true story of Udham Singh, a young orphan survivor of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, and his ferocious 20-year campaign of revenge that made him a hero to hundreds of millions. Anandâs book is voraciously researched and reads much like a dramatic thriller - taking us through a long journey from the blood-soaked earth of Amritsar to Africa, the United States and finally to London, where Singh finally finds his target. ISRO's Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines - Minnie Vaid ©Twitter/Speaking Tiger Through a combination of Bollywood and the recent public interest upsurge in ISRO, many of us came to know that a huge part of Indiaâs space programme is frontlined by women. Vaidâs book helps draw light towards the challenges and triumphs experienced by ISROâs female scientists. Itâs also been recently updated to include a bit about the 2019 Chandrayaan-2 mission, and a bit of speculation about the future of ISRO and careers in science for Indiaâs women. Straight to Normal - Sharif D. Rangnekar © Twitter/Rupa Publications One of the most honest, gritty and upfront autobiographies written by an Indian in recent years, Rangnekarâs story takes us through the 1970s to the modern LGBT revolution in India, charting a course through years of confusion, fear, depression and ultimately self-discovery and acceptance. Itâs a work written in deep retrospection and has been described in the authorâs own words as the story of âgaining an identity but losing a near lifetime, looking for love and companionship.â Behind Bars In Byculla: My Days In Prison - Jigna Vora © Twitter/Penguin India One of the most fascinating premises for any true story, Behind Bars In Byculla charts crime reporter Jigna Voraâs journey as a jailed suspect in connection to the underworld elites of Bombay. Covering seven years of jail time, courtroom sessions and her final days before acquittal, Voraâs story is incredibly fascinating. Particularly interesting are the interviews and conversations she had as a crime reporter behind bars, crossing paths with fallen socialites, gambling donnas and even Pragya Thakur. View the full article
  2. BRISBANE, Australia: Naomi Osaka battled for two hours while Petra Kvitova cruised to victory on Friday as both booked spots in the semi-finals of the season-opening Brisbane International. Osaka´s form slipped after the first set but the world number four eventually saw off sixth seed Kiki Bertens 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the Pat Rafter Arena. Bertens was on the attack in the second set but lost control in the decider when she began to struggle with her first serve. It was a more straightforward affair for fifth seed Kvitova, who downed American qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion who won her first WTA title in Brisbane in 2011, was in superb touch against Brady, who beat Maria Sharapova and Ashleigh Barty in the first two rounds but was never in the hunt. "I didn´t serve well at all the first game, but since then I served much, much better and that´s helped me a lot through this match today for sure," Kvitova said. "My body´s still not falling apart yet, so that´s good as well." Osaka, who burst to stardom by winning consecutive Grand Slam crowns at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australia Open, will next play defending champion Karolina Pliskova. Pliskova reached the semi-finals with a tough 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 over unseeded American Alison Riske. The world number two never had it easy against Riske, who let herself down with 11 double faults. "It´s always close -- I don´t know what it is about me and Alison," Pliskova said. "I think we played really good tennis today. We actually have very similar games. It´s always close and always seems to have tiebreaks. "I´m happy to win in two sets." Kvitova faces Madison Keys, who cruised past fellow American Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-1 to secure her berth in the final four. Collins seemed flat after two impressive victories in the opening rounds and her opponent never ceded control of the match. "I don´t think Danielle played her best tennis today, but I think I did a really good job taking care of my side of the net," Keys said. "I served well, returned fairly well, especially in the second set. So I think overall it was just a pretty solid match."
  3. While we sit and stare in to our screens and are privileged enough to have the luxury to do so, many of us can't even make ends meet. In a quest to educate the ones who find it hard to make a living, we often forget books can be such a luxury for them. This is the reason why the Kerala MLA has decided to break the mould and help the less fortunate with reasonable access to education. CPM MLA VK Prasanth has urged people to give him books, instead of flowers, which he has promised to donate to different government schools within his constituency. So far, this is the most noble cause we've seen the initiation for in the longest time and in all genuineness, this MLA is a true messiah for its people. © The News Minute According to a few reports, he was approached by some government schools, who were ardently seeking help to set up libraries for their students who could have access to a few books, whenever required. The MLA swung into action when he reached out to people of his constituency through Facebook, asking them to donate books, instead of spending money and giving him flowers. A rally held in his constituency last week helped him collect at least 3,500 books from the people who attended it. He announced that the books will be donated to various government schools in his constituency, where children will be granted complete and absolute access to them. He thanked the people for their generosity for donating the books they could, or didn't need. Prasanth was also very active during the 2018 Kerala floods and helped a great deal with the rescue operations in the state, after which he won the polls in the state elections and became an MLA in the Vattiyoorkavu constituency. © BCCL Just yesterday the world celebrated International Men's Day and we summoned all the men in their respective fields who've broken stereotypes and made a difference and Prasanth definitely should be added to that list. He's set a great precedence for all the politicians who spend their days rallying to win people's hearts, and not cater to their basic and immediate needs instead. Health and education is the first and foremost fundamental need that needs to be looked after by each state and we're glad MLA VK Prasanth has set foot in the right direction, giving us a positive change to look forward to. View the full article
  4. It's 'World Book Day' today which was originally an initiative by UNESCO back in 1995 to promote reading. Books are the friends and lovers we choose to seduce us into an insane level of intimacy, away from the madness of this world. Being a bibliophile myself, I decided to ask my fellow wonderful, equally book-crazy writers to list out that one book which they love for a million reasons and why they'd recommend it to anyone out there. Here's the result of my interesting conversation: 1. Palace Of Illusions By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni- If mythology inspires you and you savoured reading the 'Mahabharata', then this beautiful book is a good follow up read which takes you on a journey in time where our heroine is none other than the mighty Draupadi herself. “Divakaruni gave a voice to an iconic mythological character Draupadi who was wronged by her family as well as the society on many levels. But to have her side of the story, and watch her turn the events around to avenge her own humiliation was a welcome change and an inspiring read. “ – Devlina Datta View this post on Instagram So much has been written about this book over #bookstagram, it is one of the most important books in the #feminism category. An Indian female who married 5 Brothers but was still called a #DevouteWife (Pativrata) is a huge deal even in 21st century. It's this aspect which made Mahabharat stand out as an #indianepic. Moreover this retelling of the epic is from the point of view of the female protagonist. What I loved the most about this retelling was that no efforts were made to portray her as #perfectwoman. She had her flaws, her Desires. She felt anger, hatred and jealously towards people surrounding her. She threw tantrums and had her ways sometimes. Yet through all these flaws she always realized his mistakes, she was aware of the wrongness of her desires, she knew the consequences of her actions and took responsibility of those. These are the characters which make her a #perfectprotagonist according to me. Well if you haven't read this book yet, you can join #mumbaibookstgram where this is selected as #bookofthemonth. So I read this book in the month of April but just couldn't post about it or review it as have been going through a weird phase where am not able to write. It's becoming increasingly difficult to pen down the thoughts about anything. Have any of you faced such a issue?? How did you overcome it?? Please help me out as am still struggling through it. #palaceofillusions #chitrabanerjeedivakaruni #picadorbooks #retellingofmahabharata #retellingofepic #draupadi #panchali #indianbookstgrammer #crosswordbookstore #bookstagramprompt #BookstagramPost #unitedbookstgram #booktrovertsgirlgang A post shared by Mihika Sawant (@mihika_thebibliophile) on Jun 27, 2018 at 12:06pm PDT 2. Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R Tolkien- This epic fantasy adventure series is loved by millions of people across the globe. If an epic fantasy is your choice of genre, then you shouldn't miss it. “It's the father of all fantasy books, complex characters with individual stories, best story arcs. The world created by Tolkien has numerous characters with their own histories, languages. The death of Boromir is probably the strongest moment I've experienced in all fiction.” - Akshay Bhalla 3. Mein Kampf By Adolf Hitler- This autobiography takes you inside the life and the brain of Hitler himself. Intriguing and gripping, this answers a lot of 'why's for all that he did, what he did. “Even though the intentions behind writing the book weren't ideal, Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' lets me understand how ideologies can lead a man to extreme measures for better or worse.” – Aditya Pandey View this post on Instagram 1925: Mein Kampf is published. An autobiographical work from Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf was dictated by Hitler to Rudolf Hess during his 264 day incarceration in Landsberg Prison for the failed Munich Putsch of 1923. Mein Kampf described Hitler's growing anti-semitic feelings and outlined his political beliefs and plans for the future of Germany. The atitudes and views presented in Mein Kampf broadly summarise Nazi aims in World War Two: total dictatorship, conquering France, expanding eastwards into Poland and the Soviet Union and the extermination of the Jewish race and others deemed 'impure'. #ww2 #wwii #worldwartwo #worldwarii #secondworldwar #worldwar2 #adolfhitler #hitler #nazi #führer #thirdreich #meinkampf #landsberg #germany #nazigermany #hess #swastika #1925 #onthisday #history A post shared by 1939-1945 Second World War (@worldwar1939_1945) on Jul 18, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT 4. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone By J.K Rowling- The first book in the iconic series, you either love it or you don't know a thing about it. This book is pure magic, literally. “I remember reading Harry Potter very sceptically for the first time in 4th grade. I was not really convinced with the concept of a boy and wizards and magic, as at the time I was going through my superhero phase. Little did I know, Harry and Hogwarts opened a whole new world for me, letting me see a version of myself that I did not even know I had. It powered my imagination to new heights and continues to impart knowledge to me to this very day.” – Marina Paulose 5. Shadow Of The Wind By Carlos Ruiz Zafón- This Spanish best seller is a beautiful, well-told fictional novel. “Just like the protagonist of Shadow of the Wind, Zafon's words resonated with my own coming of age at the time of reading the book. What helped was that I visited Barcelona later that year too and discovered Zafon's Catalonia through my own eyes. Highly recommended for everyone in their early 20s.” – Alshaar View this post on Instagram “Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” â Carlos Ruiz Zafón • What's a book that you can't stop thinking about, months after it's come out? • #ShadowOfTheWind #FavoriteBook #BookQuotes #Bibliophile A post shared by Olivia Páez (@storiesforcoffee) on Apr 25, 2018 at 12:01pm PDT 6. Waiting For Godot By Samuel Beckett- This absurdist French play spells out an existential crisis like nothing else could. “I came across Waiting For Godot in my third year of college. Reading this absurdist play gave me comfort that there are people out there who question reality and the meaning of existence as we know it as I do. “ - Simran Arora 7. Harry Potter Series By J.K Rowling- This had to be more than once on the list because only a Potterhead knows the value of growing up reading this series which literally shaped and changed lives. No particular reason can justify it actually. You have to read it to believe it. “How often does it happen, that a book completely enchants you? Holds you captive in between its pages? Doesn't let you eat or sleep till you have gone through all of its magical pages with ravenous hunger? Not only did 'Harry Potter' do all of that to me, but it also made me laugh, cry, erupt in euphoric applause, and collapse into a ball in a corner with a sense of irrevocable loss - while I went through its multilayered, labyrinthine story-line. I read it quite late when I was no longer a child, but I was immersed in a world characterized by a sense of child-like wonder nonetheless, that made me believe in magic once more. I recommend it to every single person who can read, irrespective of whether they like fiction or not, because this particular book, in its inimitable brilliance, transcends the intricacies of genres. All I can say is that this book series will have a piece of my heart. Always. “ – Sowrav Bhowmik View this post on Instagram âCAMPAMENTO HOGWALMERIAâ NO TE QUEDES SIN TU PLAZA! *Campamento para niños de 12 a 20 años *Del 23 al 26 de junio *Localizacion: Cortijo rural Las Gachas, Cuevas del Almanzora #harrypotter #camp #campamento #potter #magic #magia #summer #verano #funny #youtube A post shared by Club Hogwarts Almeria (@potterhead_almeria) on Apr 23, 2019 at 6:37am PDT 8. The Complete Adventures Of Feluda By Satyajit Ray- Mystery fiction lovers already know and love this one! “I can safely vouch for 'The Complete Adventures Of Feluda' by Satyajit Ray as my go-to book even after all this while. My love for crime and thrill took off further while digging deeper into Feluda's character as this intense detective, but in all honesty, I consider myself Topshe—Feluda's nephew-cum-the narrator, assistant but at the same time the one with a sharp mind who would bravely jump into a case without thinking much about the consequences.” – Ipshita Kumar 9. On The Road' By Jack Kerouac- This is a beautiful read for anyone who is interested in a rich cultural book chronicling the travels of the writer himself across the United States “The novel was primarily an introduction to the 'beatnik' generation for me which was basically rich in culture, music and philosophy. I read it in college, where the protagonist was living a life against a backdrop of literature, travel and 60s jazz, something I'd envisioned on doing back then! I guess the book stuck as my favourite since.” – Sunaina Mullick 10. Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde- This book is confused to be a mere gothic fiction for many for honestly it teaches you so much about the philosophy of the human mind. “Gripping and enchanting at every level, it peels off layers of perception one might have about the human mind in general. It forces you to question the naked dark thoughts of your mind and if you'd ever be tempted to make a deal with the devil for your own vanity”. – Harshleen Anand View this post on Instagram Frumusete... frumusete... #oscarwilde #portretulluidoriangray #theportaitofdoriangray #doriangray A post shared by Oxi Cristi (@oxi_cristi) on Apr 22, 2019 at 11:07am PDT Which is your favourite book that changed the way you perceive life now?
  5. “Self-belief and hard-work will always earn you success,” this not just a statement given by a random person. It's by the man who stands by his words and has almost claimed every award a cricketer could get his hands on in international cricket. Yes, it's none other than our very own Virat Kohli. Arguably the most successful cricketer of his generation, Virat Kohli has achieved yet another milestone as he becomes the first player in the history to win all 3 major ICC awards in a single year. From bagging the Men's Cricketer of the Year to be named as the Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year, Kohli has won it all at once. And his accolades don't stop there. The Delhi lad has also been appointed as the captain for both ODI and Test Team of the Year. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 We know winning awards for King Kohli must be a regular thing by now, but even he would be elated bagging them all at once. Following a blistering run in 2018, Kohli amassed a total of 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries in just 13 Tests. On the other hand, his statistics in One-Day Internationals are out of the world. The right-hander has piled up 1,202 runs at an astonishing strike-rate of 133.55 with six hundreds in just 14 ODI games – something that substantiates his credentials as the one of the best in business. During a pre-match press conference, ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand, Kohli said: “It has been an amazing year. I was able to play in a manner that I would not have imagined. If the intention is right and you keep working hard, the results are there in front of your own eyes”. “The intent has always to be helping your team at any cost, that is when these performances come by and you are pushing yourself to the limit, which you otherwise will not be able to. That is something I experienced in 2018 a lot,” he added. Apart from Kohli, his teammates Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant were also included in the Test Team of the Year, while Kuldeep Yadav and Rohit Sharma made the cut for the ODI Team of the Year. Congratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018! ð³ð¿ @Tomlatham2 ð±ð° @IamDimuth ð³ð¿ Kane Williamson ð®ð³ @imVkohli (c) ð³ð¿ @HenryNicholls27 ð®ð³ @RishabPant777 ð @Jaseholder98 ð¿ð¦ @KagisoRabada25 ð¦ðº @NathLyon421 ð®ð³ @Jaspritbumrah93 ðµð° @Mohmmadabbas111 â¡ï¸ https://t.co/ju3tzAxwc8 pic.twitter.com/0H28spZUmm — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 Keeping at par with the Indians, the ODI squad also features 4 players from England and the Test squad includes 3 from New Zealand. Presenting the ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year 2018! ð ð®ð³ @ImRo45 ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @jbairstow21 ð®ð³ @imVkohli (c) ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @root66 ð³ð¿ @RossLTaylor ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @josbuttler (wk) ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ @benstokes38 ð§ð© @Mustafiz90 ð¦ð« @rashidkhan_19 ð®ð³ @imkuldeep18 ð®ð³ @Jaspritbumrah93 â¡ï¸ https://t.co/EaCjC7szqs#ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/dg64VGuXiZ — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019
  6. 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' took an estimated $44.1 million in ticket sales during its first weekend in North American theaters. Photo: AFP LOS ANGELES: Sony's "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" booked a stay at the top of the...
  7. You don't need to be a genius to learn how to invest like Warren Buffett does but you do need knowledge that will help you make better investments. Your first step would be to acquire that knowledge by reading and understanding other people's work. Warren Buffett still reads for 5 to 6 hours each day to keep himself updates. 1. 'The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing' by Paul Farrell © Amazon We have started the list with this book as it has been claimed by many as the first and only investment book you'll ever have to read. Yeah, that's how awesome the book is. Paul has a fun writing style which is often seen missing in the majority of personal finance books. As the title itself says it is the book for procrastinators, the financially challenged, and everyone who worries about dealing with their money. 2. 'The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read' by Daniel R. Solin © Goodreads This book by Daniel teaches all about investment in the most lucid form as possible. It teaches readers how to set up and monitor investments, assess risks and avoid common mistakes while investing. One more important thing is that is quite short in length and has only 154 pages to read but this does not limit it from delivering rich content it contains. 3. 'The Coffeehouse Investor' by Bill Schultheis © Goodreads If you ask what did I learn from this book then it can be broken down into three simple principles of complex investing: Don't put all your eggs in one basket; there's no such thing as a free lunch, and save it for a rainy day. The author believes that when you simplify your investment decisions, you end up getting better returns. 4. 'The Elements of Investing' by Burton Malkiel and Charles D. Ellis © Goodreads The Elements of Investing perfectly breaks down the skills and mindsets needed to invest wisely and here is your chance to learn from him. The book is not similar to jargon that most financial writers take for granted where an average person faces difficulty understanding the terms. 5. 'How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street' by Allan S. Roth © Goodreads Here Allan tells the story of how he taught his eight-year-old son Kevin the basics of investing, tackling complex topics with a simple approach. As you progress through the book you will learn how to create a portfolio with the widest diversification and lowest costs.
  8. Have you ever given a thought why some people are able to grasp things at a much quicker pace than others? Maybe it was their upbringing, certain habits, genetics or pure hard work that has rewired their brain to respond to things in a certain fashion. Well, if you are also looking to unravel this mystery and master your brain for the success you wish to achieve in life, then here are some book recommendations for you that will help in that endeavour. 1. 'Incognito' By David Eagleman © Goodreads Scientists and philosophers have been struggling in trying to figure out the correlation between brain and brain dependency Almost all of us consider ourselves as being in our conscious minds. But, are we really? Have you ever wondered if the mind can exist without a brain? One possibility is that it could. Author David Eagleman shows how our conscious mind is often the last to know things, while the real work of defining “you” is being done by the subconscious. Eagleman asks “Does free will actually exist?” According to him, our conscious mind is constantly lying to us. His perspective will allow you to take control of some of the most complex processes of your life, or at least give you the power to not be controlled by them. Won't that be the first step towards getting out of The Matrix? 2. 'Phantoms In The Brain' By V.S. Ramachandran © Goodreads This book takes its name from the strange phenomenon called the Phantom Limb Syndrome. It is the persistent feeling that an amputated limb is still present which is usually very painful. 'Phantoms in the Brain' explores the weird and wonderful world of the brain and its uses of mapping, re-mapping, and specialization. The book talks a lot about self-deception and how it is something anyone interested in self-improvement needs to study closely. 3. 'The Female Brain' by Louann Brizendine © Amazon Irrespective of your gender and irrespective of your interest in this general topic this book is still a must-read for everyone. It very finely details the phases and changes that a woman's brain goes through from childhood to post-menopause, which can help towards better understanding women. Won't you have a much healthier relationship with your wife or girlfriend if you started understanding them better. In short, communication will improve and you will have no such problems due which most of the quarrels occur. 4. 'Making A Good Brain Great' By Daniel Amen © Goodreads Although there are many amazing things and beautiful subjects about the brain that this book touches, what may really attract is how practical and applicable it is in your day to day life. From how to protect your brain from subtle damage, to how to defeat ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) and also regaining control of your brain and your mind, this book has it all. 5. 'The Tell-Tale Brain' By V.S. Ramachandran © Goodreads This is another great book by V.S. Ramachandran subtitled as “A Neuroscientist's Quest For What Makes Us Human". The author does not hesitate to explore everything from mirror neurons, a region of the brain with mind-bogglingly deep implications for how we relate to and understand each other, to synesthesia, a disorder in which people's neurological wiring gets crossed and people taste shapes and hear colors. If you are interested in exploring the processing power of the brain and how human behavior is controlled by it, then this is the book for you. 6. 'You Are The Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter' By Dr. Joe Dispenza © Goodreads In a fatal car accident, Dr. Joe was run over by an SUV at the age of 23 which shattered six of the vertebrae of his spine. He was told by countless doctors that he may become paralyzed unless he had surgery to implant a rod in his spine. But he refused to do so and he still managed to walk after nine weeks, went back to work in ten weeks, and was running by the end of the twelfth week. Now, the question is how did he do that? He healed himself by using the power of his thoughts. Sounds impractical right? But there he is, a live example with several other cases proving how you can even cure deadly diseases like Cancer and even Parkinson's with the power of your mind. Read this book to know if you can really heal yourself by simply translating your thoughts into emotions. 7. 'A Mind For Numbers' By Barbara Oakley © Amazon If you have ever struggled to learn something in life, this is the solution to that struggle. If math still haunts you, this is your guide to dare and achieve what you once thought as an impossible test. Basically, it will tell you how to learn anything and shed light on how your brain works. Once you understand and practice it, you will have learned the secret art of learning. There are as many possible tips and tricks to help you implement them in this book. Read it to learn how the great Thomas Alva Edison used to switch between his diffused (creative) and focused (Concentrating) mode.
  9. Apart from the experiences when you're growing up, a lot of external sources give you the kind of guidance you wish to seek. Be it schooling and education, books or movies, you need a second perspective most times to form fully informed opinions. I believe books are a nourishing tool for every individual to expand their horizon and unlearn something's that have been learnt along the way. There are a lot of books that you can read and form an objective opinion about the world, but the ones that'll help you in understanding the ways of life are the most important. So, we asked a few men about the books that may have changed their lives or which they completely fell in love with, and the responses I got were beyond overwhelming. Just to think that written words can have so much power and good will over someone's mind, is a grave cathartic thought! Maybe, you find some inspiration from the books listed here and give your own suggestions, in the comments below, so that the 'pay it forward' deed is well received! 'Impossibility: The Limits of Science and The Science of Limits' Author: John D Barrow © Amazon "This book moved me on concepts of humbleness, scope of nature, life and purpose. Basically, real life applications!" - Saurabh Sharma The author sheds light on what is 'possibility', both, practically and conceptually. The book is an extensive answer to the question- 'what is eventually possible in physics'? but he also throws light on the possibilities in the economical, biological and mathematical realm and what can or cannot be done and what can or cannot be known! Buy it here 'Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy' Author: Douglas Adams © Pan Books "The first few pages of Hitchhiker's will teach you more about human history (and humanity, in general) than any book before or after. The book will teach you that no matter where you go, even in the farthest corners of the galaxy, you will find bureaucracy. It will teach you that answers are not important, questions are. If you are prepared to hear the answers then maybe you should stick to easier questions. It also teaches us that we are all very, very weird. And that we should revel in being weird than being just another gear in the machine that everyday life eventually turns into. The most important take away from the book, however, is that the universe us much, much larger that we think it is. The same with our planet as well. The trees, the natural resources, the animals, they are not for us. We just live here. So, don't try to save the planet. Save yourself. The planet can take care of itself." - Deepro Banerjee "Impressive sarcasm and insights. '42' is a part of my tattoo! :)" - Saurabh Sharma "Even though it's an unintentional sci-fi novel, Douglas Adam's hilarious description of the most grounded earthly objects like towels and watches in an intergalactic setting are a riot! I love the way the inimitable space creatures are described with human qualities. I have never read a funnier book and never owned three different collectors' for the same, before"! - Gaurang Gautam The book revolves around the misadventures of the last surviving man - Arthur Dent, following the demolition of planet earth, to make a hyperspace bypass! You have got to read this one! Don't watch the movie though. Buy it here 'The Godfather' Author: Mario Puzo © G. P. Putnam's Sons "This book made me realise that no matter what you do, good, bad, ugly, you have to do it with a ferocity that would make your peers stand up and take notice. Also, that family comes first, no matter what." - Nipun Bhalla One of the first few books to give a detailed outline of the mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced everyone to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones and their powerful legacy of traditions, blood, family and honour! Buy it here 'The Catcher In The Rye' Author: J.D. Salinger © Little, Brown and Company "This book made me read more" - Kuber J.D. Salinger's classic tale of teenage angst and rebellion came out in 1950 and has been a beacon of hope for every young teenager, trying his best to cope with life's finest dilemmas'! Definitely the best read for your 20s! Buy it here 'Harry Potter' Author: J.K. Rowling © Bloomsbury Publishing "I love the collection mostly because of the age I read it at. Read the first book when I was 11, like Harry was, when he was first introduced! And then read the subsequent books as I got older, which were also read when I was the same age as the protagonist. The books opened up a whole new world of fantasy that felt as real as reality. And it kept this illusions throughout my teen years." - Abhimanyu Mullick Those who grew up in the 90s were experiencing a fresh new world of fantasy with Rowling's most imaginative, seven book narrative about a young wizard who faced esoteric challenges while defeating the 'dark wizard'. The books metaphorically explains a forever tryst between the inevitable 'good and evil'! It's never too late to start with your first ever Harry Potter! Buy it here 'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' Author: Hunter. S. Thompson © Random House "This book introduced me to Gonzo - a style of writing which I had never seen before" - Karan Vats One of the best books to read on a road trip, since it describes one of the best journeys undertaken on the roads, in the history of American pop culture! The book is the best drug-soaked, happily morbid chronicle that has found its way on printed page! The book is also one of the first accounts of 'Gonzo Journalism', a style of writing which doesn't take any accountability for objectivity and includes the reporter as a part of the story as he or she gives a first-person narrative! Soul food of the 'Beatnik' era, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has a cult following now! Buy it here 'Gone Girl' Author: Gillian Flynn © Crown Publishing Group "This book taught me that everyone has a dark side, so instead of being blinded by infatuation, indulge in due diligence". - Aditya Aima Most of you, I am sure have seen the movie featuring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. But reading the book is a whole different experience altogether! The book is an absorbing ingenious thriller and halfway through it, you realise there is a flipside to the story. The book is full of texture and detail, both forensically and psychologically! Get your hands on it, if you haven't read it or watched the movie yet. Buy it here 'The Fountainhead'' Author: Ayn Rand © Bobbs Merrill "The book had a solid impact on me. If you read them you'll know the contrast between Howard Roark and Peter Keating, makes for a very interesting analogy"! - Abhinav Rajpal "The book is about dark reality of adulthood and dynamics, and my first exposure to the same. It showed me how convoluted perceptions of personal dynamics can become in the larger world and how can a corporate chairman and a politician help being friends growing up before their roles in society caught up to (and enveloped) them". - Zain Khan 'Is there a dichotomy between morality and practicality'? Ayn Rand's philosophy on objectivism was loved by the readers and is still a favourite among many book lovers. Buy it here 'The Stranger' Author: Albert Camus © Amazon "'Stranger' helped me understand myself or what I was going through at that point a little bit better. It also opened up philosophy to me". - Vivek Premachandran 'Stranger' isn't your run-of-the-mill feel-bad-book, about a cold-blooded murder. Camus uses the plot of the book quite cleverly to explore issues of meaning and meaninglessness in life! In other words, the book is pure philosophy with a capital P. Buy it here Shantaram Author: Gregory David Roberts © Scribe Publications "The book took me on a rollercoaster and reaffirmed my wish to have a very full life with experiences of all kinds". - Sahil Seth The novel is set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay and is narrated by the protagonist Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees a prison in Australia and comes to the underbelly of Bombay to completely disappear in the crowd. What happens next? Well, read the book! Buy it here 'Fear And Loathing In La Liga' Author: Sid Lowe © Amazon "I love football and the book gave me an insight into one of football's oldest and probably the greatest rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid and how it all began".- Rohan Raj Anyone interested in Spain's two biggest teams and their historical rivalry, a journalist, a fan or a supporter, will definitely learn something of significance from this labour of love! It's the best two teams on the planet going face to face and toe to toe, after all. Buy it here 'The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F***' Author: Mark Manson © HarperCollins "As we know for decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life but that is not the case ever time. You cannot solve every problem in life by being positive about it. "F**k positivity," Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." The author says if you know your life sucks but still you disguise your thoughts with the notes of being and seeing positive in all situation you are only fooling yourself and avoiding the inevitable. If your life sucks, accept it, acknowledge it, be honest and be vulnerable and then you would be able to see life clearly. Another subject Manson focuses on choosing your metric wisely. If you are in a relationship where one always acts as a victim and other as a helper who does it only to seek his or her attention, then you in a toxic relationship. The truth is if you are trying to help, you will most often fail. The author says no one can solve your problems for you and you should avoid this victim-helper relationship and encourage your partner to deal with his/her problems by own". - Piyush Sharma "The book taught me to take responsibility for all my emotions and circumstances and how to act on things" - Sahil Sethi The book couldn't be described better by the men who read it and loved it! Buy it here 'The Lord of The Rings' Author: J.R.R Tolkien © Allen and Unwin "I'm not sure if the trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien changed my life, but it certainly impacted my life in a huge way. The book maybe high-fantasy in its nature, but certain concepts taught me a lot about life and how one should conduct themselves. The book taught me the importance of true friendship (Sam's undying loyalty to Frodo is remarkable). It also taught me to never lose faith or hope even when the odds are against you. Tolkien managed to impart wisdom in the most unlikely manner and to this day I have strong feelings for many of the characters, concepts and relationships in the book. LOTR is unequivocally the literary masterpiece of the 20th century. The trilogy has been a source of inspiration for every franchise we can think of: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones or every comic book ever. It is a complete work of literature that deals with good/evil, courage, sacrifice, friendship, love, and loyalty". - Akshay Bhalla If you're truly interested in discovering the magic of Middle- Earth, you should get your hands on one of the most epic trilogies ever written and quite simply one of the most memorable tales ever told. Buy it here 'The Road' Author: Cormac McCarthy © Alfred A. Knopf "It's about solace and the power of one person against all odds, handling everything himself, including his last surviving family member. It is an oddly therapeutic and cold read". - Anonymous The book paints a picture of a bleak vision of post-apocalyptic America and defines the journey of a man and his son and how their quest describes the unflinching exploration of human behaviour. Buy it here 'A Million Little Pieces' Author: James Frey © Amazon "The book's about the authors' tenure at a drug rehab and how his friend Leonard helped him through it. I think more than the details about how he found a way around his addiction, the emotional bond between two men who had just met, in some really insane circumstances, and even though they had a lot to deal with themselves, how they helped each other return to normal was a terrific story. You know, I was probably 20 when I read it, when I was still figuring myself out, my relationships with people, how to maintain them. I wasn't really aware of the odds of life, it taught me a lot of human behaviour not on a philosophical level, more personal so that, if I end up in rehab soon, I know what to do- maybe find myself a Leonard"! - Siddharth Batra The book revolves around drug and alcohol abuse and the rehabilitation way of life, like never told before. I am sure there's a Leonard in everyone's life! Buy it here 'Judge Dredd' (Original Comic) Author: John Wagner © Rebellion Developments "The one book that changed my life is the first Judge Dredd comic that I ever bought. At the time, which was the late 80s, we would get a ton of children's comic books and the first book that really blew my mind was Judge Dredd. The art was visually stunning. The stories were dark and edgy and it was the first book that started me on the journey of collecting comics. It also kick-started my imagination as a little boy and it hasn't stopped ever since." - Andrew The comic is set in the 22nd century, in a sprawling American metropolis - Mega-City One and is based on the life of a law enforcement officer-Joseph Dredd, who has the authority to apprehend, sentence and execute criminals on the spot! How cool is that? Buy it here 'Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent)' Author: George Lois © Amazon Well, the book gives damn good advice, for people with talent. Yeah, the title is quite literal! - Alok Yepuri George Lois is a legendary creative thinker, who offers inspirational anecdotes, some good practical advice and some real time facts. It's a great book for people looking for some heavy motivation and success in life. Buy it here There we have it, 17 men who love reading, telling us about the one book that they couldn't get over (in a good way). This is my official attempt to keep books as real as they can be and never let them get obsolete in our life! I think it's time to put those electronic devices away and pick up an actual book to read! If you have a book you couldn't put down even for a second or a book that helped change your life, do share it with us in the comment section.
  10. If you are tired of reading a lot of personal development blogs on the internet, then here is your chance to choose a book of your choice and make the journey with the author itself. You might be looking for a more healthy and stable life or one that makes life meaningful and more interesting. This list has it all to and will shower the knowledge and wisdom many successful and happy people share today. 1. Meditations on first philosophy by Rene Descartes © Amazon The author says, “my day begins by meditating at 4:15 am from 22 minutes to 70 minutes. This allows me to connect internally, be grateful, forgiving to all and myself, visualize my perfect future, see myself today doing a thing to reach my perfect future and blessings.” It is a book for someone who is ready to test his or her intellectual boundaries. 2. Siddharta by Herman Hesse © Amazon Siddharta by Harman Hesse tells a story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. You can read Siddhartha once a year to gauge if the life you are living is in line with the person you want to be. 3. Walden by Henry David Thoreau © Amazon If you are looking to disconnect from a world of so many distractions for a while and embrace the now then this is the best book for you to read. Henry hoped to isolate himself from society to gain a more objective understanding of it where simple living and self-sufficiency were his other goals. 4. The Master Key System by Charles Haanel © Amazon If you have already read the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and loved it then you would like to miss this one as this the one that inspired The Secret. The book says one you know, “we are spirits with bodies, not bodies with spirits, you'll be able to be what you will be.” 5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho © Amazon If you are at a stage of life where you are no longer in love with your profession and instead see it as a burden then this book can change your perspective. This masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. If you have crazy dreams then start with this book to make them come true. 6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck By Mark Manson © Youtube The writer of the book Mark Manson says, “For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity. Let's be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In the book, he shares his counterintuitive approach to living a good life, where you will learn to only give a **** about what's truly fuckworthy. 7. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene © Amazon If you haven't seen the movie 'Scarface' yet, then watch it today. It says “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women”. The book is about the harsh realities and how you can ace the game and it may also look evil at times but it, more importantly, depends on you how you use it to your advantage for good. 8. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell © Amazon If you have been long looking for what makes high-achievers different then go for Outliers by Malcolm. Malcolm says we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little to where they are from which is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, you will learn about why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band and the secret behind becoming a software billionaire. 9. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey © Amazon Well, the title says it all. As soon as the book was published it became an instant rage because people suddenly got up and took notice that their lives were headed off in the wrong direction. That's the power of this book. Put your hands on it right away. 10. Rich Dad Poor Dad By Robert T. Kiyosaki © Amazon All your life you have been working for money. But, did that make you super rich or even rich? If you are reading this then I really doubt that. You have more chances of becoming rich when the money works for you and not you working for the money. Read this book written by one of the wisest investors of our time, Robert T. Kiyosaki, to learn what schools never taught you about financial literacy and why the rich don't work for money, they work to learn. This book will change your perception on every liability that you own, whether it is your car, your home loan or anything whose value is depreciating with time, to the things where you can invest in to grow your assets. If you decide to read only one book on money and being rich, it is this. After reading it, you won't be saying that it is your hard earned money but your smart earned money instead. 11. Manual For Living by Epictetus © Amazon Unlike his forefathers in philosophy, like Plato and Aristotle, Epictetus focuses on how to practically apply oneself on a philosophical level. Suppose seeing yourself as a kid playing with another boy and girl. The three of you grow up as friends and despite your friend's shortcomings, 15 years later your friends fall in love and get married. In time, (with your love and support from the sidelines) your two friends start a family and navigate parenting with the best intentions through trial and error. Now, there comes a time when you see yourself in disagreement with your parent's opinion and here comes the time when you would like to read this book to help self-reflex and continue being the good son. 12. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli © Amazon The book says, “if you can learn from your own mistakes, good; if you can learn from the mistakes of others, better!” The Prince by Machiavelli offers a set of lessons through the mistakes of others. It was written by Niccolo' Machiavelli in the 1500s.
  11. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” After all, what's better than learning from others experiences. So, here is a list of such self-help books that will help you in finding that work-life balance and will help you change your life for the better. 1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck By Mark Manson ©YouTube The writer of the book Mark Manson says, “For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity. Let's be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In the book, he shares his counterintuitive approach to living a good life, where you will learn to only give a **** about what's truly fuckworthy. 2. 48 Laws of Power By Robert Greene ©Amazon If you haven't seen the movie 'Scarface' yet, then watch it today. It says “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women”. The book is about the harsh realities and how you can ace the game and it may also look evil at times but it, more importantly, depends on you how you use it to your advantage for good. 3. You Are a Bad-Ass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life By Jen Sincero ©YouTube This is a guide on how to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Jen Sincero's lessons explore tapping into overcoming one's fears and self-doubts through spirituality and a higher power. The author says, “This is about your faith being bigger than your fear." 4. Work Life: A Survival Guide to Modern Life By Molly Erman ©Amazon This book is about acing small things that make a bigger impact in your life. You will get to learn the real-life tips they don't teach you in college like email etiquette, acing performance reviews, decoding office culture, and quitting your job like a champ. In short, it is a handbook for the modern office culture. 5. Meditations On First Philosophy By Rene Descartes ©Amazon The author says, “my day begins by meditating at 4:15 am from 22 minutes to 70 minutes. This allows me to connect internally, be grateful, forgiving to all and myself, visualize my perfect future, see myself today doing a thing to reach my perfect future and blessings.” It is a book for someone who is ready to test his or her intellectual boundaries.
  12. Former US president Barack Obama included Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid?s Exit West in the list of one of best books he read in 2017. In a social media post, he shared: ?During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here's my 2017 list ? I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.? Other books in Obama?s list include, The Power by Naomi Alderman, Grant by Ron Chernow, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein, Five-Carat Soul by James McBride, Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. The former US president also included two special mentions for basketball fans; Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano. Exit West Hamid's fourth novel Exit West was even shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize, which was ultimately won by George Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo. Earlier, Hamid's acclaimed novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was also shortlisted for the prize in 2007 and even got made into a feature film by Indian director Mira Nair. Hamid is the author of four novels, Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. Born in Lahore, Hamid spent half his life there and the remaining in New York, California and London.
  13. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world!” Most of us have grown up listening to this golden advice from Mahatma Gandhi. But, how many of us take it seriously? We have complaints about anything and everything under the sun, but how many of us make efforts to mend ways and bring about that positive change? We talk about the underprivileged kids and the pain and struggle they go through to make ends meet. But, do we step forward to help them out? © Wikimedia We crib about how others' lives are simply 'perfect' and how fate has always played with us to turn our lives into a living hell. But, did we ever try to turn the tables and change our stagnant lives into a killer one, which makes others beam with pride and get jealous at the same time? Mumbai's Salman Syyed did just that and today there is nothing that can stop him from touching the sky. © Twitter Salman proved that with hard work and dedication, no dream in this world is impossible to achieve. From selling books at Mumbai's Haji Ali signal to studying in Houston, Texas; Salman's inspiring rags to riches story is touching many hearts, motivating people and restoring our faith in hard work. He started reading the books he sold at the signal, and that's how he learnt English. Writer-Director Ram Subramaniam who earlier made this video on his inspiring story and gifted him a Kindle so that he does not stop reading. Subramaniam took to Twitter to share Salman's incredible story and wrote, “This is Salman Syyed. He was born and lived on the footpaths on Mumbai. Sold books at Haji Ali signal. I met him and was so moved by his depth and knowledge, made a film on him and gifted him a Kindle. Today, Salman is studying in Houston, Texas. I am choking up as I type this.” This is Salman Syyed. He was born and lived on the footpaths of Mumbai. Sold books at Haji Ali signal. I met him and was so moved by his depth and knowledge, made a film on him and gifted him a Kindle. Today Salman is studying in Houston, Texas. Am choking up as I type this! âð¾ pic.twitter.com/uFf16Blkct — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 Salman, in the video, credited his 'Caroline didi', who helped him change his life for good. Just to add... salman and I are in touch over whatsapp. I had asked him to keep me posted about what he is up to so he sends me pictures of his life. From floods to Halloween parties to peace celebrations on campus. He is a star. Truly inspiring story. — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 From enjoying Halloween parties to being a part of peace celebrations, Salman keeps Ram posted with all the latest pictures from his life in Houston. I will post some of his pictures here (if he is cool with it), stuff he sent from Houston ... right from the day he landed. My Whatsapp is like a photo log of his life in America. — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 Salman's mother was a rag-picker and after 2nd standard, he dropped out of school to help his mother. After a couple of years, he started selling books at the signal. It was then that he met Caroline. With her help and that of the customers whom he used to sell books to, Salman learnt reading. News of him getting his admission pic.twitter.com/C6D1bh1bvg — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 Despite failing in the exams in his first attempt, Salman did not lose hope and in 2012, he reappeared. He scored 91% in class 11th and 81% in 12th. Salman starts volunteering with the Red Cross society in the US. pic.twitter.com/SytH2Fd358 — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 During the floods. No different from mumbai floods I guess. pic.twitter.com/beMjGYyyEv — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 Salman even got the chance to meet his favourite WWE star. With a WWE star who salman is a fan of pic.twitter.com/E29fwdKViq — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 With a friend while volunteering for the American Red Cross pic.twitter.com/a9X0cVigP3 — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 This is what Salman looks like today and we must say this transformation is commendable. :) oh yeah... this is how spiffy he looks right now. (Recent pic). The hero of kids who are still selling books at Haji Ali signal today. Next time you see a kid selling books, remember salman was the same just few years ago. All he did was read the books he sold to people. âð¾ pic.twitter.com/fudpYchKNW — Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) 15 December 2017 Salman's story is highly inspirational and internet cannot stop applauding him for his hard work. Wow. May you be blessed with all the greatness in the world for changing his life for the better. I salute you all the way from Pakistan. — Mir Mohammad Alikhan (@POSITIVEiBANKER) 15 December 2017 True Sir. No Nation is perfect. Before Neighbours we were children of the same Motherland. No one can change that. Political Extremism , Ideologies & differences apart, we as citizens of two independant Nations do share mutual love & affection. Cheers on that. — SHAILESH DEVADIGA (@SHAILRUPZ) 16 December 2017 Mir Sir its people like you who make World a better place. Need more like you. Ram is an absolute Angel. Moved by the story on Salman. — SHAILESH DEVADIGA (@SHAILRUPZ) 16 December 2017 While most people were in awe of Salman's incredible journey, there were some who tried to look at the bigger picture of how talented the underprivileged kids are, and if given the opportunity they can break through all the shackles to achieve their dreams. People like Salman are proof that if you are determined to make it happen, no dream is too big to achieve.
  14. The library contains 200,000 books and it has grand ambitions to grow its collection to 1.2 million. Photo: AFP TIANJIN: A futuristic Chinese library has wowed book lovers around the world with its white, undulating shelves rising from floor to ceiling, but if you read between the lines you'll find something is missing. Those rows upon rows of book spines are mostly images printed on the aluminium plates that make up the backs of the shelves. Pictures of the sleek Tianjin Binhai Library have gone viral on Chinese social media and abroad since its opening last month, with headlines trumpeting it as the "world's best library" and a "book lover's dream". On weekends, an average of 15,000 visitors flock to the six-storey space in the eastern port city of Tianjin. China is notorious for building astronomically expensive but often underused cultural facilities. Photo: AFP Designed by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, the building looks like an eye when viewed from the still unfinished park outside, with a spherical auditorium as the iris at its centre. The library contains 200,000 books and it has grand ambitions to grow its collection to 1.2 million. But readers expecting to pluck tomes from most of the terraced shelves are in for a surprise. Most books are in other rooms with more classic library bookshelves. "There's quite a big difference between the photos and reality," said Jiang Xue, a 21-year-old medical student left perusing one of the more robustly stocked sections: propaganda about the ruling Communist Party's recent congress. 'Give it a soul' An essential part of the original concept was for the upper bookshelves to be accessible via rooms placed behind the atrium, MVRDV told AFP, but a fast-tracked construction schedule forced them to drop the idea. The architecture of the new library has wowed visitors, but rows of book spines are mostly images printed on the aluminium plate. Photo: AFP The decision was made "locally and against the MVRDV's wishes," its spokeswoman Zhou Shuting said. But Liu Xiufeng, the library's deputy director, blamed the design for putting them in a bind. Liu said the plan finally approved by authorities stated that the atrium would be used for circulation, sitting, reading, and discussion, but omitted a request to store books on shelves. "We can only use the hall for the purposes for which it has been approved, so we cannot use it as a place to put books," Liu laughed, adding that they would likely soon have to remove all those temporarily on display. There's another quirk: The irregular white stairs have proven hazardous for selfie-snappers with eyes glued down to their phones or up at the stylish ceiling. "People trip a lot. Last week an old lady slipped and hit her head hard. There was blood," said one guard, who yells warnings at visitors. China is notorious for building astronomically expensive cultural facilities that open to great fanfare, only to end up standing empty without concerts or programming to fill them. It is also no stranger to controversy over book faking. Last month, Beijing's Liyuan Library, a non-profit space internationally recognised for its beautiful wooden reading spaces and design, suspended operations after its books were found to contain pirated and explicit content. But the Binhai library's viral image has boosted readership, with checkouts quadrupling since the opening. The library contains 200,000 books and it has grand ambitions to grow its collection to 1.2 million. Photo: AFP The children's rooms downstairs bustled with families flipping through illustrated stories. "The architecture they completed is like a newborn infant delivered into our hands. Now it's up to us to give it a soul," said Liu. 'I don't touch real books' Building membership, however, may prove a challenge for Liu in a country where readers increasingly flip through novels on smartphone apps. The popularity of reading apps has led to a boom in online publishing. Shares in China Literature -- the country's biggest player in the business, comparable to Amazon's Kindle Store -- shot up more than 60 percent on their debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange last week, after raising $1.1 billion in an IPO. Yuan Jiwen, an e-commerce major fond of online novels set in the Three Kingdoms period, held an unread paperback like a prop as he people-watched in the atrium. "I don't usually touch real books," he said. "But it feels appropriate to be holding one here."
  15. Answer this question honestly- How many times, in the last few months or even years, have you visited a library? Pretty sure that most of you will have zero as the answer. And before you think that it isn't a big deal then let us tell you, that it is in fact, unfortunate. Despite having the access to many libraries around us, we never or rarely visit them. And for this, we have the internet to blame. via GIPHY The moment e-books came into the market, the number of library visitors across the world saw a massive decline. But one thing's for sure, the pleasure of reading a printed book cannot be compared to reading a book online. And to make sure that people realize this and start going to libraries once again, China has taken a major step. A Dutch firm MVRDV with Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) designed a 368,000 square-foot library called the Tianjin Binhai library in Binhai district in Tianjin, China. And we assure you that it is unlike any other library you have ever seen in your entire life. © MVRDV With a futuristic vibe and a pleasant all-white color palette, it's difficult to get one's eyes off of this beautiful piece of architecture. The team who designed it sure deserves an award because not only does it look spectacular from the outside,the insides are also one of a kind. © MVRDV © MVRDV It spans across five floors and features layers upon layers of terraced shelving in a somewhat wave pattern and guess what? They aren't just restricted to being shelves but also act as platforms, stairs, seats, and mini-gathering areas. © MVRDV At the center of the library is 'The Eye'- a mirrored spherical auditorium where visitors can hangout and read their latest pick. If you see it from the outside, it forms the pupil of an eye that appears to peek out from the building. © MVRDV One of the best part parts of the library, apart from the breathtaking design, is that it can hold upto1.2 million books, stretching all the way up to the ceiling. © MVRDV The first two floors comprise reading rooms, books, and lounge areas, while the upper floors have meeting rooms, offices, computer and audio rooms, and two rooftop patios.Now a question that kept crossing our minds the moment we saw the photos was how do they access the top most portion of the bookshelves. And the answer to that is that they don't. © MVRDV The original design included provisions of small rooms that would be concealed behind the shelves and would provide access to the top shelves. However, due to time constraints, they decided to chuck the idea. So now, perforated aluminum plates printed to represent books have been installed on the upper shelves for aesthetic purposes. Cleaning is done with ropes and movable scaffolding. The firm says they hope that their “full vision for the library may be realized in the future.”If we talk about or rather dream about having something similar in India, one would expect that a structure like this would take at least a decade. But leave it to the Chinese to break records. This library was finished within three years. © MVRDV Now go ahead and add to this place to your list of must-visit spots.
  16. Some of the best lines of a book are written at the very start. That's when you know if a book has managed to reel you in, or left you with too little fodder to go on by. And if you were ever to judge a book at all, let it not be by its cover; but, by its opening lines. Here are 20 books which happen to have some of the best opening lines you'd ever read. 1. Cat's Eye Author: Margaret Atwood “Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.” © Mcelland and Stewart 2. A Confederacy of Dunces Author: John Kennedy Toole “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.” 3. The End Of The Affair Author: Graham Greene “A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” © Barnes & Nobles 4. The Napolean Of Notting Hill Author: G. K Chesterton “The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up.” 5. The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins “When I wake, the other side of the bed is cold.” © Scholastic 6. Catch – 22 Author: Joseph Heller “It was love at first sight.” 7. Life Of Pi Author: Yann Martel “My suffering left me sad and gloomy.” © Knopf Canada 8. A River Runs Through It Author: Norman Maclean “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” 9. A Clockwork Orange Author: Anthony Burgess “That was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodooks what to do with the evening, flip dark chill inter bastard though dry.” © Penguin 10. The Portrait Of A Lady Author: Henry James “Under certain circumstances here are few hours I life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” 11. City Of Glass Author: Douglas Coupland “It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of the night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.” © Coupland & McIntyre 12. The Stranger Author: Albert Camus “Mother died today.” 13. Paradise Author: Toni Morrisson “They shoot the white girl first.” © Amazon 14. I Capture The Castle Author: Dodie Smith “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” 15. Gone With The Wind Author: Margaret Mitchell “Scarlet O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as Tarleton twins were.” © Macmillan Publishers 16. Tracks Author: Robyn Davidson “We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.” 17. Breakfast Of Champions Author: Kurt Vonnegut “This is a tale of a meeting of two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.” © Amazon Canada 18. The Trial Author: Franz Kafka “Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” 19. Notes From Underground Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky “I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man.” © Vintage 20. Moby Dick Author: Herman Melville “Call me Ishmael.”
  17. In the last few cinematic decades, we have seen some extraordinary comic books being adapted into amazing films on screen. Be it Marvel Studio or DC Comics, both have been giving the audience a great share of entertaining films that we just can't get over. As it's National Comic Book Day today, we give you a sneak peek into some of the most exciting big ticket movies based on comic books releasing in the next few months! Thor: Ragnarok © Marvel Studios What would happen if Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer? Well, just the possibility of it takes our curiosity to another level. Marvel Studios and director Taika Waititi bring in “Thor: Ragnarok”, where Thor will be running against the clock to stop Ragnarok and get back to Asgard. That sounds quite tricky, but that's not it. Before doing any of this, he needs to face the Incredible Hulk. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, and Anthony Hopkins, the film is set to hit the theatres on November 3, 2017. Justice League © Warner Bros There is literally no one who ain't looking forward to watching this film. Warner Bros are all set to unite some of our favourite superheroes together, making sure that none of the fans miss it at any cost. The film is being helmed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon who have put together an exceptional cast of Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, and Amber Heard. Make sure you have already cleared November 17, 2017, on your schedule. Black Panther © Marvel Studios This comic character totally dazzled us when he appeared on the big screen for the first time in ‘Captain America: Civil War'. And as one would expect, this superhero got his own feature film within no time. Chadwick Boseman is all set to play the powerful role of the Black Panther who is from Wakanda, an African nation that has remained isolated for a very long time. It's time for Wakanda to get introduced to the rest of the world. Get ready for some dangerous conflict as Black Panther is all set to face an old enemy on February 16, 2018. Avengers: Infinity War © Marvel Studios Finally, Marvel has heard the fans and we are soon going to get the Infinity War storyline. There will be two movies made revolving around the subject. Thanos (Josh Brolin) will take the lead and will be joined by his Black Order aka the “Children of Thanos”. Obviously, the film stars nearly every single character who has appeared in the MCU before in what's said to be a “culmination event.” Directors Joe and Anthony Russo are directing both the films. Infinity War will be releasing on May 4, 2018. Deadpool 2 © Marvel Studios “Bad ass, smart ass, great ass”, this one needs no introduction. Just the announcement of this film has made people go crazy and they can't stop obsessing about it. Sequel to blockbuster 2016 film ‘Deadpool', this film will be the 12th installment in the X-men film series. Directed by David Leith, it's time again to see Ryan Reynolds getting into Deadpool's skin. All you fans, this movie will be releasing on June 1, 2018. Let us know which one of these you can't wait to watch.
  18. The city of Las Vegas is infamous for its ability to constantly beguile visitors into altering their perceptions - and, at times, their common sense - in a haze of hedonistic pleasures. And, the upcoming showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, with its unabashed glorification of money, image and bravado, fits perfectly within the daily excesses of the world's gambling capital. Saturday's mega event will pit a man widely considered one of the greatest exponents of his sport against a mixed martial artist who has never boxed professionally. While Mayweather's 49-0 professional record speaks for itself and undoubtedly gives him a major advantage, McGregor's mantra and hubristic claims surely make us all believe that he is ready to shock the world. Though the odds are stacked perfectly in favour of Mayweather, many believe that McGregor's sleight of hand against an ageing boxing legend could provide a major upset. It will be no illusion if he does win, ranking as one of the greatest shocks in sporting history. But remember this is Vegas. © Reuters The two protagonists have been made to appear as potential winners with the sole purpose of robbing you off the money in true Vegas style. Nothing is for sure here as the true verdict can only be delivered in the ring, and by the time you reach that part, your money will be far away from you, safely routed to the pockets of the very own stars you bet against. However, far away from the illusion, there is a 99 per cent chance of Mayweather making 50-0 this weekend, but the entire world will be tuning in to watch the richest fight in boxing history to see if the biggest fighter in MMA can seize that lowly one per cent chance. While you gear up for the mother of all spectacles in sports history, here are five ways the Irishman can bring down the house of five-division world champion: The All-Important Reach © Reuters Being a great boxer in MMA certainly doesn't translate perfectly to being a great boxer in the sweet science. But, there are a few things McGregor does very well from a boxing standpoint that enabled him to dominate opponents on his feet inside the Octagon. McGregor's strongest skill has been his ability to negotiate distance by lulling his opponents into a false sense of security before closing the gap quickly to land the mother of all punches. A combination of strong footwork and precision punching makes him a hard nut to crack, even against the likes of Mayweather. Using Unorthodox Stances © Reuters Boxing has had a long time to evolve and over the years a Darwinian process has refined boxing stances into a highly developed art. But, with McGregor, throw that all out. The Irishman is well aware of the fact that he will not be able to outbox Mayweather. While throwing kicks or knees would have surely helped his cause, McGregor's real chance relies on his ability to take the fight outside Mayweather's wheelhouse. The 29-year-old will have to deploy a variety of unorthodox stances possibly influenced by traditional karate, taekwondo and kickboxing. Mayweather's ability to take a snapshot of his opponent's offensive attack in the opening rounds before making an adjustment and disarming them is legendary. But, the defensive wizard has certainly had his easiest success against orthodox boxers, fighting in a tradition style and stance. Recall Marcos Maidana during their first fight in 2014 and you'd know how uncomfortable the champion boxer gets against opponents who rely on pressure and punches from almost absurd angles. McGregor can take a leaf out of Maidana's book. When it comes to the exchange, there are only so many ways you can throw a punch. The point will be to distract and deceive Mayweather with techniques he hasn't seen, so that when the Irish star does move in, the boxer isn't so ready to defend. Land The Left And Counter © Reuters McGregor's pull-back left-hand counter is widely considered to be one of the most destructive shots in MMA. His counter left has stopped some of the best in the UFC and come this weekend, it could very well be the weapon that might deliver the final blow to Mayweather. Few have been able to survive McGregor's all-mighty left-hand counter, and part of the intrigue of this fight is whether Mayweather will be able to survive the shot. The boxing great is going to be 41 years old this year. And if there is a kink in that armour, it has been with southpaws. While McGregor surely has the power required but for the moment to present itself he needs everything to go right. Mayweather is a proven master of exchanging, but only on his own terms, and always being in a position to minimise his opponent's strengths. To unleash his biggest weapon, McGregor needs to sufficiently mess with Mayweather, using distances he isn't used to, unorthodox stances, dirty tactics in the clinch, and mental warfare to goad the champion boxer into making a mistake. Then, just maybe, the Irishman can pull off one of the greatest upsets in sports history. Right Attitude © Reuters From his incredible wit and ability to market himself to the astounding way he backs up his bold claims, McGregor has managed to overcome some of the biggest challenges during his four-year rise from being a nobody to becoming the biggest star in combat sports. For someone who calls himself "Mystic Mac", it wouldn't really be fair to suggest he's some kind of a sorcerer who works in concert with the cosmos, but it has been almost scary how accurate McGregor's predictions have been, down to the tiny details. Just securing this fight has been an incredible victory for McGregor. But actually winning it? McGregor's ability to visualize success and will it to existence makes giving any definitive prediction against him an uneasy move. There's just something different about this Irishman which surely makes him the one to watch out for this weekend. A Natural Finisher © Reuters A fighter who is making the adjustment from four-ounce MMA gloves to the 8-ounce boxing ones - to be used this weekend - can assume their punching power will be slightly muted. But, power is power in combat sports, no matter how much padding is around a fist, and not many would doubt McGregor's ability to punch. Apart from youth and power, the Irish fighter is also well-versed with the tactics he needs to deploy when his opponent is hurt. His instincts to finish the job as efficiently as possible is something Mayweather will have to watch out for. Mayweather is brilliant defensively and so adept at recuperating quickly and tying opponents up that he rarely gets hurt. But, McGregor is dangerous enough that should he land that 'one lucky punch' his chances of winning have been reduced to, he's programmed with the natural ability to add on to the damage. It's the mismatch above all mismatches and probably the biggest joke of the century, but if there was ever going to be a man on the planet who could possibly pull off the biggest shock this weekend, it's gotta be the trash-talking and hard-hitting MMA champ from Ireland. The smell of money permeates the Las Vegas strip at the best of times. And this week, the stench is inescapable.
  19. Love reading books before they appear on the big screen? Then here's a treat for you. 2017 is a year where various popular books from different genres have been adapted into movies and are all set to release soon. If you want to know all the details, this is definitely the right place for you. Here's the guide that you have been all been looking for! Check out these book adaptations and let us know if you'll be watching any of them: The Dark Tower I: Gunslinger by Stephen King (c) Twitter Synopsis: Based on popular series of eight books, the film is a new take on the book of the same name. The story revolves around a young man who is all of a sudden transported to another universe known as Mid- World and eventually has to save the world. In this book, author Stephen King blends horror and sci-fi in a series for the ages. Release date: August 25th, 2017 Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Katheryn Winnick IT by Stephen King (c) Twitter Synopsis: Scared of clowns? Then this book is a must read. Stephen King introduces an evil entity that appears as a clown and hunts kids down and feeds on their fear. If clowns have ever terrified you, then you'd best watch the film in bright daylight! Release date: 8th September, 2017 Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (c) Twitter Synopsis: While the film on the same has been made before, this one is a new interpretation and people already love the idea. Our beloved Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot is all set to investigate a murder on the Orient Express. This book is worth every bit of your time to see how the murder mystery unfolds. Release date: 10th November 2017 Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad The Mountain Between Us by Charles L Martin (c) Twitter Synopsis: This is one of those films that I have been looking forward to. This beautiful story written by Charles Martin revolves around a pair who survives a plane crash. Left with no one but just each other, they are forced to trust one another. Release date: 20th October 2017 Starring: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle (c) Twitter Synopsis: Who doesn't love a Holiday romance! The book brings together a tale of holiday romance via three short stories written by the aforesaid authors. All the stories are connected to each other and will make you laugh, smile and cry. Definitely a worthy read and watch! Release date: December 9th, 2017 Starring: TBA
  20. Co-executive producer George R.R. Martin at season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in San Francisco, California March 23, 2015/Reuters LOS ANGELES: Author George R.R. Martin has hinted at the possibility of not one but two new "Game of Thrones" books in 2018, whetting the appetites of fans who have been waiting for the next installment of the epic saga since 2011. Martin, whose "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels were adapted into HBO's hit medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones," currently is working on the sixth installment, "Winds of Winter," continuing the story from 2011's "A Dance With Dragons." "I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that's all I care to say," Martin wrote on his blog, grrm.livejournal.com, during the weekend. "I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018... and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream...," he said. The seventh season of the television show, which premiered this month, already has advanced beyond the events of Martin's published books. There have been recent contradictory reports about "Winds of Winter" - that Martin had not even been started it or that he had finished it but was holding it back - and the author dismissed those as "equally false and equally moronic." The seventh season of the TV show has already advanced beyond the events of Martin's books. Photo: HBO "Game of Thrones" follows the epic story of warring families in a multi-generational struggle for control of the Iron Throne, which rules over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Martin has come under fire from avid "Game of Thrones" fans for taking so long to finish "Winds of Winter" and starting work on other projects. The author said in his blog post that he was working on a two-part history of Westeros' Targaryen kings called "Fire and Blood," with the first part to be released sometime late 2018 or early 2019. A trailer for the HBO show, released last week, shows a brewing battle between Cersei Lannister, who currently sits on the Iron Throne, and Daenerys Targaryen, who has traveled with her army and dragons to reclaim her ancestral home. The series will conclude next year with the eighth season, which will reveal who will sit on the Iron Throne. A series of spin-offs is being developed at HBO.
  21. The books, both by the British Library, include unseen sketches and manuscript pages LONDON: The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published in conjunction with a British Library event, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the magical series. The library exhibition titled, "A History of Magic," featuring the two books will be open from October 2017 to February 2018, British publishing house Bloomsbury announced on Tuesday. Readers of "Harry Potter: A History of Magic ? The Book of the Exhibition" will be able to explore the curriculum at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Potter's wizardry school, which includes Herbology, Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures. Mystical subjects including unicorns, alchemy and ancient witchcraft will be explored in "Harry Potter ? A Journey Through A History of Magic." The books, both by the British Library, include unseen sketches and manuscript pages from author J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and artefacts from the archives at the library. June 26 marked 20 years since the release of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," the first of seven Potter books in a series that sold 450 million copies in 29 languages and sparked a $7 billion movie franchise.
  22. It seems like the magic is never ending in the magical world and we're so happy about that. If you're wondering what I'm going on about, it's the news that two new Harry Potter books are going to be hitting shelves in bookstores (and hopefully in my private space) this October! Yes, you heard that right, so you can absolutely start panicking because this is real and magical, all the same! The announcement comes from the headquarters of Bloomsbury—the legitimate publishing house for the original series of books—on the occasion of the franchise having completed 20 years this year. ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone' originally released 20 years ago this time. © Warner Bros The two books will be titled ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic - The Book of The Exhibition' and ‘Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic'. Both books will trace the details of the subjects taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In an official statement made by the business department of the publishing house which has been carried by Business Standard, the former book will take readers on a journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; while the latter will detail the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Hogwarts. This means we'll finally know what Hermione Granger knows, all the time, every time! The release of the books will be a tie up with the exhibition by the British Library, also titled A History of Magic, which is set to open on October 20th 2017. © Warner Bros My advice to you, fellow witches and wizards would be this: start saving up for the next set of books in the franchise that will only add to your collection of magical wisdom from the realm of Harry Potter and friends. One simply cannot wait… If only there was a spell that could take us to the future and get us the blessed books, already! Where's the time turner when you need it?!
  23. What happens when you just continuously gaze at the sky for a period of time? Do you feel thoughtless, does is it feel like you gave your mind a break from that continuous rat race? Are you relaxed by the open sky and possibilities it has to offer? If you answered yes, did you do that intentionally or idi it just happened to you? This experience is known as the boketto mode. There are many other things that we subconsciously experience but only are aware of them when we first observe them. Read the list below and see which one resonates with your thoughts and demands your attention. 1. You Are The Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Dr Joe Dispenza © Amazon In a fatal car accident, Dr. Joe is run over by an SUV at age 23 which shatters six of the vertebrae of his spine. He is told by countless doctors that he may become paralysed unless he had surgery to implant a rod in his spine. But he refuses to do so and he still manages to walk after nine weeks, went back to work at ten weeks, and was running by the end of the twelfth week. Now, the question is how did he do that? He healed himself by using power of his thoughts. Sounds impractical right? But there he is, a live example with several other cases proving how you can even cure deadly diseases like cancer and even Parkinsons with the power of your mind. Read this book to know if you can really heal yourself by simply translating your thoughts into emotions. 2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki © Amazon All your life you have been working for money. But, did that make you super rich or even rich? If you are reading this then I really doubt that. You have more chances of becoming rich when the money works for you and not you working for the money. Read this book written by one of the wisest investors of our time, Robert T. Kiyosaki, to learn what schools never taught you about financial literacy and why the rich don't work for money, they work to learn. It will change your perception on every liability that you own, whether it is your car, you home loan or anything whose value is depreciating with time, to the things where you can invest in to grow your assets. If you decide to read only one book on money and being rich, it is this. After reading it, you won't be saying that it is your hard earned money but your smart earned money instead. 3. A Mind For Numbers by Barbara Oakley © Barbara Oakley If you have ever struggled to learn something in life, this is the solution to that struggle. If math still haunts you, this is your guide to dare and achieve what you once thought as an impossible test. Basically, it will tell you how do you learn anything, how your brain works and once you understand and practice it, you will have learned the secret art of learning. There are as many possible tips and tricks to help you implement them in this book. Read it to learn how the great Thomas Alva Edison used to switch between his diffused (creative) and focused (Concentrating) mode and many more mysteries of the mind. 4. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne © Wikipedia The secret to all your successes, happiness and all your wishes. In this book, Rhonda Byrne explains what the law of attraction is and how you can make it work for you. It talks about sending out your positive thoughts into the universe and the universe will send you what you desire. The book and the movie have both have received mixed reviews, but they will still give you a new perspective on how this world works. The choice is always yours. 5. Thinking Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman © Amazon India It is all about how we think and it indeed is a fascinating book. It is a book that basically challenges the very idea of human rationalism. Kahneman talks about how two different systems in our mind make decisions. System 1 which is the fast and intuitive aspect of the mind. System 2 is the slower one and is the logical and reasoning part of the mind. Just go for it, read it and leave the rest to your subconscious mind. Happy reading.
  24. A bibliophile is a person who collects or has a great love of books. And while it's hard to come across someone who has never read or owned a single book in their life, it is also extremely rare to come across people who have so many books, that they need a whole room just to house them. And there are at least 10 such famous people who have so many books, you would only dream of having even half the amount. 1. Karl Lagerfeld Number: 300,000 books (c) Lit Hub One of the most famous and recognisable faces in the international fashion league is that of Lagerfeld's who has been at the helm of brands like Chanel and Fendi. Once, at the 015 International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Lagerfeld said, “Today, I only collect books; there is no room left for something else. If you go to my house, I'll have you walk around the books. I ended up with a library of 300,000. It's a lot for an individual.” Lagerfeld stacks his books sideways to make more space in the room, in case you were looking for hacks. The man even has a catwalk to reach the higher levels. 2. George Lucas Total Number of Books: 27,000 (c) Lit Hub The man who gave the world Star Wars might not be anywhere close to Karl Lagerfeld; but, nevertheless, even 27,000 is an admirable number. Back in 1978, it was Lucas who established the Lucasfilm Research Library. What started as the love of collecting books in his Los Angeles office ended up with Lucas moving the entire collection to a separate place, at the main house on Skywalker Ranch. Lucas' library is open to his employees, as well as special guests, like Cecil B. DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Clint Eastwood, Steve Martin, Edith Head, and Charlton Heston. 3. Jay Walker Total Number of Books: 20,000 (c) Lit Hub A famous entrepreneur who invented Priceline.com, Walker has a special wing in his Ridgefield, Connecticut home. He calls it the Library of the History of Human Imagination. And it consists of three levels, a glass bridge and floating platforms. 4. Michael Jackson Total Number of Books: 10,000 + (c) Lit Hub The King of Pop loved to read and collect books. It is said that he used to be a regular customer at a local bookstore, in Los Angeles. He also used to frequent shops, like the Book Soup and Skylight. Bob Sanger, Jackson's attorney told the L.A. Weekly that the singer has 10,000 books at his Neverland Ranch. ““[a]nd there were places that he liked to sit, and you could see the books with his bookmarks in it, with notes and everything in it where he liked to sit and read. And I can tell you from talking to him that he had a very—especially for someone who was self-taught, as it were, and had his own reading list—he was very well-read.” He loved the poetry section of a bookstore and Ralph Waldo Emerson was his favourite. 5. Ernest Hemingway Total Number of Books: 9,000 (c) Lit Hub Debra A. Moddelmog and Suzanne del Gizzo, in Hemingway in Context, reveal that the writer is supposed to have carried a library with him wherever he went, and was continually acquiring new books, as many as 150-200 a year. He stored his books at the Finca Vigía library and by the time he died, the library had around 9,000 volumes, excluding those the author left behind at Kay West where he moved, along with at least 800 books and started adding to that. 6. William Randolph Hearst Total Number of Books: 7,000 + (c) Lit Hub Hearst is a name synonymous with every important media publication in the world. And so, it's only natural that the man behind the name would be a special kind of bibliophile. Hearst is said to have had two libraries in his castle, at Ken Dream House; one was the main library which had approximately 4,000 volumes; and then, there was the Gothic study with around 3,000 more. 7. Thomas Jefferson Total Number of Books: 6,487 (c) Lit Hub One of the initial presidents of the United States of America, Jefferson was quoted saying, “I cannot live without books.” According to information at the Library of Congress, Jefferson is said to have built the biggest personal library in the United States before selling it off to Congress for $23,950. After that, he promptly began acquiring books again. 8. Nigella Lawson Total Number of Books: 6,000 (c) Lit Hub While we might know her famously for her cooking skills, both on and off screen that set her apart as some kind of kitchen queen, Lawson did one other thing—collect books. In her house in Belgravia, London, had a library that went from floor to ceiling, where she would sit with her head buried in a book. One of her favourite books happens to be David Copperfield. 9. Harry Houdini Total Number of Books: 5,000 + (c) Lit Hub Houdini is said to have left his private collection of books to the Library of Congress. His collection spanned across subjects like magic, theatre and spiritualism. According to sources, Houdini is said to have had the largest collection of books dedicated to the subject of magic. Figures. 10. Hannah Arendt Total Number of Books: 4,000 (c) Lit Hub The German-born American political theorist had some 4,000 books which are now housed at the Bard College, under the Hannah Arendt collection that include 900 works featuring her annotations. All of these came from her New York City apartment where she lived until her death in 1975.
  25. It’s Father’s Day tomorrow. And the thing about Dads is that they honestly don’t really care about the gifts and the surprises. They’ll probably be more interested in the cricket match that’s happening tomorrow. But, instead of presenting your Dad with expensive presents, or taking them out, you could just order these books online or buy them from a bookstore nearby, or just pass the information along because fathers are information junkies, like that. After all, which Dad wouldn’t want to know about the books written by and about fathers, talking about fathers, on Father’s Day, right? 1. Lincoln In The Bardo Author: George Saunders Penguin Random House The long-awaited first novel from the author of 'Tenth of December': a moving and original father-son story featuring Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. 2. Between The World And Me Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates Penguin Random House Ta-Nehisi Coates shares with his son the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world, through a series of revelatory experiences. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, 'Between the World and Me' clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. 3. The Awkward Thoughts Of W. Kamau Bell Author: W. Kamau Bell Penguin Random House 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell' is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents, and much more. 4. The Loyal Son Author: Daniel Mark Epstein Penguin Random House Award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin’s biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son, William. 5. Last Night In Twisted River Author: John Irving Penguin Random House In 1954, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County—to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto in a story spanning five decades. 6. A House For Mr. Biswas Author: V.S Naipaul Penguin Random House An unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul’s father masterfully evokes a man’s quest for autonomy in order to achieve independence. 7. The Sense Of An Ending Author: Julian Barnes Penguin Random House Tony Webster built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. 8. The Chosen Author: Chaim Potok Penguin Random House The classic story of two fathers and two sons as they deal with the pressures to pursue the religion they share. As the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other is a lost spiritual brother and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. 9. Being A Dad Is Weird Author: Ben Falcone HarperCollins A funny and intimate look at fatherhood from the actor and writer/director of 'The Boss' and 'Tammy' that combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, who also penned the foreword, are shaped by his own childhood. 10. To Kill A Mockingbird Author: Harper Lee J.B. Lippincott & Co. One of the best-known classics that, on the overall, shed a lot of light on how a father teaches his two kids lessons on life, the unrest in America at the point and wisdom on how to deal with problems. It’s one of the best books you could ever read, or recommend to someone. [With inputs from Penguin Random House & HarperCollins]
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